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Zimbabwe could seize companies

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President Robert Mugabe’s government says the bill is part of its drive to empower the country’s poor majority and eliminate traces of the colonial past.

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Legislators of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) kicked off debate on the bill, saying it was designed to enrich a few powerful individuals and win votes for the ruling ZANU-PF party in parliamentary and presidential elections due next March.

At the UN General Assembly in New York, US President George W. Bush denounced Mr Mugabe’s government as “tyrannical” and demanded freedom for the Zimbabwean people.

But African nations, closing ranks behind Mr Mugabe, insist on his presence at an EU-Africa summit in Portugal in December, Zimbabwe’s information minister said in response to the British prime minister’s refusal to attend if Mr Mugabe was there.

Repression blamed for exodus

Critics accuse the Zimbabwean government of causing the economic crisis by seizing white-owned farms and handing them to inexperienced black farmers, leading to soaring inflation and unemployment and crippling shortages that have forced hundreds of thousands to seek work and food abroad.

Mr Mugabe has denied charges of economic mismanagement and blames the crisis on Western sabotage.

The European Union has imposed targeted sanctions on members of his leadership group it accuses of rights abuses and election fraud.

A survey released in Johannesburg today showed political repression was an even bigger cause of Zimbabwean flight to South Africa than the economy.

Between two and three million Zimbabweans are estimated to have fled to South Africa.

“The government has cracked down on peaceful calls for reform and forced millions to flee their homeland…The United Nations must insist on change in Harare and…on the freedom of the people of Zimbabwe,” Mr Bush told the UN General Assembly.

Foreign conspiracy theory

The MDC’s Edwin Mushoriwa, leading parliament’s debate on the bill, told lawmakers: “What we are seeing is an attempt obviously to use this as a campaign tool to woo voters for the elections and to give money to a few people.”

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Paul Mangwana and ZANU-PF legislators defended the bill and accused its opponents of trying to perpetuate economic imbalances brought about by colonialism.

“If we do not dismantle the structure of colonialism that we inherited, then we have not given back all the country’s resources to its rightful owners, our people,” he said.

Mr Mugabe, 83 and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, has accused some foreign-owned firms of working with his Western opponents to topple his government by raising prices without reason.

He has threatened to seize foreign businesses.

Mr Mangwana tried to allay business fears by saying the government would work with industries to set timetables for foreign-owned firms to transfer majority ownership to locals.

“We are not going to indigenise in a day,” he said.

Fears for the economy

Mining and business officials said the law could accelerate the decline of an economy that has shrunk by at least 30 per cent since 1999.

“Zimbabwe is now seen as a high-risk destination because of uncertainty over security of tenure and lack of confidence in the rule of law,” Chamber of Mines leader Jack Murewa said.

Information Minister Sikhanhyiso Ndlovu told journalists Mr Mugabe had solid African backing to attend the December summit.

“If any pressure is put on Portugal not to invite President Mugabe, SADC will also not attend and the AU will not attend,” he said, referring to the Southern African Development Community and the African Union.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said last week he would not attend the summit if Mr Mugabe did because Mr Mugabe’s presence would divert attention from important agenda items.

The EU-Africa summit did not take place in 2003 after Britain and other EU states refused to attend if Mr Mugabe did.

Somalians on the brink of starvation flee

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More than 170,000 people have fled fighting in Somalia's capital in the past two weeks, as up to a million people face starvation.

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The humanitarian crisis already facing the country is worsening, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency.

With near-daily clashes between Ethiopia-Somali forces and Islamist rebels, the UNHCR said it was doling out its last stocks from Mogadishu to the displaced, but warned of tough conditions as host areas struggle with the influx.

Some 90,000 people have fled to Afgooye, 30 kilometres west of Mogadishu, which has already taken in some 150,000 displaced people since the beginning of the year.

In the Afgooye area, “people can no longer find space for shelter around the town itself,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva.

“Many families are simply living under trees.

Although several NGOs are trucking water to the sites, it's not enough to meet demand,” he added.

Traders stayed away from the volatile Bakara market, where forces have been searching for weapons.

Government troops patrolled strategic positions in the city, but insurgents have stayed out of sight.

President calls on residents

Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed urged Mogadishu residents to join the fight against rebels or risk getting caught in the ensuing crossfire.

“People in neighbourhoods must also fight the Shabab and chase them away.

“Otherwise they are the ones who suffer in crackdowns,” he said, referring to the radical armed wing of the main Somali Islamist movement.

Dozens of people, mainly civilians, have been killed and at least 170,000 displaced in some of the worst fighting since April, when Ethiopian troops swept aside the Islamists who had briefly governed much of the country, including Mogadishu.

Witnesses said Ethiopian forces indiscriminately shot civilians in a bid to clamp down on insurgents.

“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers,” said Mr Yusuf, but the UN special envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, said such impunity was “unacceptable”.

Mr Ould-Abdallah raised the prospect of retribution for alleged war crimes that have long been ignored.

“People perpetuating crimes and violence are not being challenged before the International Criminal Court,” he said.

“I think the time has come to see what international justice can do to help Somalis,” he said in Nairobi, where he became the first top UN envoy to make such a call for trials before the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.

The recent clashes have worsened the humanitarian crisis that has dogged the nation for 16 years, with areas just outside the city struggling to cope with the latest influx of displaced people.

One million faced with starvation

The Shabelle region – Somalia's breadbasket – has suffered its worst crop in 13 years, putting the lives of nearly a million on the edge of starvation.

Aid workers have also said that the few who remained in the worst-affected areas of Mogadishu are beyond the reach of the relief net and face dire conditions.

Dampening peace prospects, Mr Yusuf said future peace talks, if any, would exclude Islamists, some of whose elements have been accused of terrorism.

“I will hold dialogue and consultations and reach peace deals with any group that will denounce violence.”

In Mogadishu, government forces yanked two more radio stations off the air, a day after shutting Radio Shabelle, one of the largest broadcasters in the capital.

The government said stations that “exaggerate the (security) situation” will be shut.

Mr Ould-Abdallah condemned the closure, saying: “This is the kind of thing that should be avoided.”

The International Federation of Journalists said the move was “appalling” and demanded the channels be reopened “immediately and unconditionally.”

Bloody clan bickering and power struggles that intensified after the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre have scuppered many bids to stabilise Somalia.

Trade dominates Day Two talks

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Prime Minister John Howard says the leaders, who represent major trading nations such as the United States, Japan, China and Russia, will issue a statement later in the day on trade talks now under way in Geneva.

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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is expected to pledge to ensure that the moribund Doha round of global trade talks enter their final phase this year.

Free trade talks

Asia-Pacific foreign and trade ministers meeting in Sydney have already agreed to accelerate global free trade talks.

US President George W Bush has called at APEC for more flexibility in world trade talks, saying the Doha round of talks in Geneva was a "once-in-a-generation opportunity".

APEC's 21-member economies account for half of global trade and nearly 60 per cent of the world's gross domestic product.

‘Close to deal’

Trade negotiators may be edging closer to a deal on the most divisive issues in the Doha talks, WTO director-general Pascal Lamy says.

"There is a strong sense that it's make-or-break moment.

“It may take a few weeks, but my sense is that there is a lot of focus and energy," Mr Lamy told CNBC in a taped interview.

Urgent negotiations

US Trade Representative Susan Schwab, who is attending APEC, says she also sees a sense of urgency and motivation among negotiators.

The Doha Round, named after the Qatari capital where negotiations were launched in November 2001, was first meant to wrap up by the end of 2004.

The talks have struggled to overcome many countries' resistance to open their farm and manufacturing sectors to more competition.

‘Aspirational’ climate goals

The APEC leaders agreed yesterday to a "long-term aspirational goal" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but no binding targets.

They also said all nations, developing and developed, should contribute according to their own capacities and circumstances to reducing greenhouse gases.

Green groups say the "Sydney Declaration" was a failure without binding targets to cut greenhouse emissions.

Tight security

The leaders met behind a tight security cordon at the Sydney Opera House, after police say they feared violent street protests against the Iraq war and global warming.

But yesterday's anti-APEC protest march was peaceful, with only a few arrests.

The final day of the conference will proceed without President Bush, who flew out of Australia late on Saturday.

Mr Bush returned home early to prepare for a major report on the progress of the Iraq war.

Ricciardo relieved to be handed the hot seat

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The 24-year-old Australian faced a barrage of questions at the Italian Grand Prix as he faced the world’s media for the first time since Red Bull announced he would partner triple champion Sebastian Vettel next year.

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Championship leader Vettel may have four titles by 2014 while Ricciardo, who replaces departing compatriot Mark Webber, has yet to appear on a Formula One podium in his third season in the sport.

If he was feeling the heat, he hid it well.

“I think it’s a bit of a relief now that there’s no more speculation and no more dodging questions and all the rest of it,” the ever-smiling driver told a news conference at Monza. “Everyone knows what’s happening, including me. It’s nice. It’s something to look forward to.”

Ricciardo’s appointment came as no surprise, with Red Bull trusting in the same supply chain that saw Vettel promoted from Toro Rosso at the end of 2008, but he said he was still not told until last week.

Team principal Christian Horner told reporters that Ricciardo was simply the best candidate “for the medium and the longer term.”

He indicated also that anyone suspecting the new man would pose less of a challenge to Vettel than Webber, whose relationship with the German has been more than frosty, should reserve judgement.

‘CALCULATED RISK’

“Daniel really deserves a chance. He’s a seriously quick driver, he’s a young guy and behind that broad smile he’s got a determination about him. There’s no reason at all why he can’t do a super job next year,” said Horner.

“He’s an intelligent lad. He’s demonstrated he’s capable of winning championships in lower formulae, he’s won races in all the categories he’s been involved in bar Formula One so far. It’s a calculated risk that we’ve taken but he’s got all the attributes of being a star of the future.”

Horner said money had not been a factor in the driver decision and nor had the Australian won them over with his character.

“You can have the best character in the world, but if you’re not quick it doesn’t help,” he said.

Vettel, still only 26 years old but with 31 career wins to his credit already, would not be drawn on whether he expected to get on better with Ricciardo than Webber, who is 10 years older than him.

“Whatever I say makes the relationship I currently have with Mark sound bad,” said Vettel. “We (him and Webber) are not best friends, yes…but equally we respect each other on the track as racing drivers

“(Ricciardo) is a different guy. I don’t know him yet that well. I don’t want to marry him so I don’t have to be best friends with him. But I think we’ll get along with each other.”

He also reserved judgement on his team mate’s potential.

“It is difficult to say because at the moment he is not in a car that allows him to score points regularly and race in the area where we race,” he said.

“People probably have the opinion that drivers that are in let’s say an average car and maybe somewhere in the midfield are generally not on the same level as the drivers at the front.

“I think on average that is probably the case, but how do you get to step up if you never get a chance? It’s a great time for him,” said the champion.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Alison Wildey)

Facebook in privacy row with new policy

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Facebook is drawing fire from privacy activists after unveiling a new policy that could turn users’ data and pictures into advertising.

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The new plan would “dramatically expand the use of personal information for advertising purposes,” said a letter this week to the US Federal Trade Commission by six privacy organisations.

The letter said the changes violate a 2011 consent order with the US watchdog agency and urged the FTC to “act to enforce its order.”

If the changes take effect, the letter said, “Facebook users who reasonably believed that their images and content would not be used for commercial purposes without their consent will now find their pictures showing up on the pages of their friends endorsing the products of Facebook’s advertisers.”

“Remarkably, their images could even be used by Facebook to endorse products that the user does not like or even use,” added the letter from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog and three other groups.

Facebook unveiled the changes as part of a settlement of a class action suit over the use of user names and images in so-called “sponsored stories.”

According to the letter, Facebook’s existing policy allows its users to limit how their name and profile picture may be associated with advertising.

Under the newly proposed policy, Facebook says, “You give us permission to use your name, profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content.”

Activists say this allowed Facebook to turn virtually all user data into advertising.

“Facebook has long played fast and loose with users’ data and relied on complex privacy settings to confuse its users, but these proposed changes go well beyond that,” said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy director.

Also endorsing the letter were the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, US PIRG and Patient Privacy Rights.

Facebook officials point out that its policies haven’t changed, but have been clarified under the new language.

Mexico will amaze Formula One, says Perez

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The McLaren driver, who will be hoping to have a car capable of winning his home race after a lacklustre season for the British team this year, told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix that it would be huge.

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A draft calendar circulated to teams before Sunday’s race at Monza had a record 21 rounds and Mexico listed for a November 9 date, the week before the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, subject to track approval.

“I’m very excited. It’s not confirmed yet, it’s just a pre-calendar but I feel there are very big chances now of this happening,” Perez said.

“It will be great for my country, great for the sport. Formula One will be amazed how popular this grand prix can become…it will be huge for Formula One as a sport to go there.”

Mexico last hosted a grand prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 1992, when Nigel Mansell was triumphant for Williams who were a top team in those days.

They have scored just one point this season, however, and that is not the only way in which the sport’s landscape has changed with new venues like Russia and India opening up.

Last year’s inaugural race in Austin drew a strong Latin crowd from both sides of the border and Perez agreed having the two races together would be like having two home grands prix in succession with big crowds at both.

He said he had been kept abreast of developments in Mexico City and was there a few weeks ago to watch his brother race.

“I know how good the racetrack is,” Perez said. “Obviously they need to rebuild it but there is time enough. I really hope for the good of the sport and my country that it happens.”

The Mexican reckoned a few flat-out months of work would be required to upgrade the pit and paddock facilities but the layout was good.

“Looking at it, they have to change the pits to make them proper for Formula One, (improve) a few corners maybe and apart from that it’s just a matter of time what they can do,” he said. “But I think they don’t have to do big things for the racetrack to be ready.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

In-form U.S. confident of getting first win in Costa Rica

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Juergen Klinsmann’s U.

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S. team have won their last 12 games, most recently coming from two goals behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in impressive fashion in a friendly in Sarajevo.

The winning streak includes the run to the Gold Cup title in July during which they beat Costa Rica 1-0 in East Hartford.

But the Americans have never won a qualifier in Costa Rica and the game has added spice following the controversial March encounter between the teams in Denver, Colorado.

That match was played in a blizzard with the field covered in snow throughout the second half and, after the Americans ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Clint Dempsey goal, furious Costa Rica officials complained to FIFA with their coach Jorge Luis Pinto describing the game as “an embarrassment to football”.

Media reports suggest the Americans have been given a frosty reception in Costa Rica and there will be a hostile atmosphere awaiting them at the National Stadium in San Jose on Friday.

“The fans have a lot of passion. It seems they have a lot of hard feelings from the last game in the U.S., and they are really amped for Friday night,” said American midfielder Kyle Beckerman.

The United States are top of the qualifying group on 13 points from six games with Costa Rica two points behind and Mexico on eight points, Honduras seven and Panama six with Jamaica propping up the standings after two draws.

CONFIDENT MOOD

Four days after the Costa Rica clash, the U.S. host rivals Mexico in Columbus, Ohio and four points from those games could see Klinsmann’s team qualify with two matches to spare, although they may get through with fewer if other results go their way.

Traditionally, the Americans have looked for draws away and wins at home but there is a positive and confident mood in Klinsmann’s camp.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt as confident about getting a result on one of these trips,” said forward Landon Donovan, who was the Gold Cup’s joint-top scorer with five goals, is back for what will be his first qualifier in over a year.

“We need to go in with the mindset that we absolutely can win this game, and that has to be the mentality,” he said.

“If we carry that energy and that belief on to the field Friday night, everyone is going to sense it on both teams and we have a real chance to do something special.”

Mexico started the campaign as favourites to top the group but, while unbeaten, have picked up just one win and five draws.

Honduras’s visit to the Azteca Stadium on Friday is thus a must-win game for Jose Manuel de la Torre’s team, who will be looking over their shoulders at Panama’s impressive rise.

Panama are at home to Jamaica, who have appointed Winfried Schaefer in a last-ditch attempt to turn around their campaign.

“It is a make-or-break fixture. We daren’t lose that one,” said Jamaica’s new German coach. “At the moment, we have maybe a 30 percent chance of making it to Brazil. If we beat Panama, that might become a 60 percent chance,” .

(Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing by Ken Ferris)

Clarke worried about team not captaincy

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Michael Clarke accepts his captaincy is under scrutiny following Australia’s failed Ashes campaign.

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But Clarke insists his motivations for the one-day series against England are team-driven rather than worrying about how it reflects on him individually.

“When you’re captain you’re accountable, especially when you’re not performing well and your team’s losing, so I understand that,” Clarke said ahead of game one of the five-match series in Leeds on Friday.

“But more than that, me wanting to win this series has nothing to do with my captaincy.

“It’s about this team and where we’re at. We’re trying to move forward and improve in this format and get back to being the number one one-day team in the world.

“That’s why it’s important to win this series.”

While Australia’s 3-0 Ashes series loss was attributed by most to batting woes rather than Clarke’s leadership, he hasn’t been immune to criticism.

Test great Matthew Hayden said Clarke needed to take more responsibility and questioned whether he had been thrust into the role at too young an age.

Clarke, though, says he’s not bothered by critics of him or the team and he doesn’t need reminding of the challenges ahead.

“It (criticism) doesn’t bother me,” Clarke told AAP.

“The (Ashes) result bothers me, that bothers me a lot.

“I’m doing everything I can to help us turn that around.

“I was as disappointed as anyone that we didn’t have success and what people say doesn’t really bother me.

“It’s about trying to get better every day and the boys are working hard so I can’t ask any more.”

While the Australians are fifth in the Test rankings they remain a power in the 50-over game, ranked second behind India.

Clarke said it was time the team started producing consistent results away from home.

“Our most recent trips to the UK have not been successful in the short form of the game as well as the longer form of the game,” Clarke said.

“Let’s hope we can turn it around.”

The first game of the series at Headingley is in some doubt with heavy rain forecast across the UK on Friday.

Clarke seemed to be aware of the threat when asked by a British reporter if Australia would “put on a show” for the Leeds fans.

“If you guys can provide the weather, we’ll provide the cricket,” he said.

Mexico back on F1 calendar

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Plans for a Grand Prix in New York have been dropped from the provisional calendar for the 2014 Formula One season, revealed to reporters on Thursday, but Mexico does return.

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New Jersey had hoped to stage a race around a 3.2-mile street circuit with views of the New York City skyline but, instead, Mexico can look forward to hosting a first Grand Prix since 1992 at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

A race in South Korea also features in the 21-event calendar.

A first draft of the 2014 provisional calendar has been distributed to teams ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix but must be approved at a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council due to take place in Croatia on September 26-28.

If it is approved and all the races take place, the teams will face their longest season in the history of the sport.

In addition to the return of Mexico, where big and enthusiastic crowds have always greeted F1, the calendar includes an event in Russia at the winter Olympic venue Sochi.

As expected, the season will start in Australia on March 16 with Malaysia a week later.

The Korean Grand Prix has been moved from the end of season run of flyaway events to become the fourth race of the campaign, taking place in the week after the Chinese GP.

However, the event is likely to only be made official subject to the completion of a contract.

The Austrian Grand Prix is also due to return and has been given a provisional date of June 22.

The returning Austrian race is pencilled in for June 22, earlier than the original July 6 date.

The new Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will become a back-to-back with Abu Dhabi, while the Mexican Grand Prix is being twinned with the United States Grand Prix at Austin, Texas.

Draft calendar for the 2014 Formula One season:

March 16 – Australia (Melbourne)

March 23 – Malaysia (Sepang)

April 6 – China (Shanghai)

April 13 – South Korea* (Korea International Circuit)

April 27 – Bahrain (Sakhir)

May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)

May 25 – Monaco (Monaco)

June 8 – Canada (Montreal)

June 22 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)

July 6 – Great Britain (Silverstone)

July 20 – Germany (Hockenheim)

July 27 – Hungary (Budapest)

August 24 – Belgium (Spa)

September 7 – Italy (Monza)

September 21 – Singapore (Marina Bay)

October 5 – Japan (Suzuka)

October 19 – Russia* (Sochi)

October 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

November 9 – Mexico* (Mexico City)

November 16 – USA (Circuit of the Americas, Austin)

November 30 – Brazil (Interlagos)

* Subject to confirmation

India’s Lahiri lights up European Masters

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CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland, Sept 5 AFP – Unheralded Anirban Lahiri of India carded an eight under par 63 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.

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Ranked 178 in the world entering the prestigious EPGA event in the Swiss Alps, the 26-year-old from Bangalore built his score around two eagles, including a 140-yard second shot on the ninth that flew straight into the cup.

Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez – who set the course record of 61 on his way to winning in 2010 – and Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood were two shots back.

“It’s nice to come back here with a bang as it was a tough pill to swallow last year missing the cut in the manner I did, so I’m delighted,” said Lahiri.

“I did not get off to a great start to be one over after four but then you never really expect to then have two eagles, so I tried just to build on the momentum of that.”

Two-time Ryder Cup winner Thomas Bjoern of Denmark was alone on five-under 66 after firing five birdies during a solid bogey-free round.

Six players, including Spanish veteran Jose Maria Olazabal, Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher and Thailand’s Pariva Junhasavasdikul were a further shot back on 67.

The day, however, belonged to Lahiri, who was lying in fourth place after an opening-round 66 last year but got caught out by a change in weather conditions on day two and ended up shooting an 81 to miss the cut.

“Playing here last year was a new experience for me as I went out in the second morning with about four layers on and after three to four holes I was sweating like a pig,” he recalled.

“The next thing I knew I had to peel off some clothes but then the clouds rolled in and the wind got up and I started then feeling like an icicle on the back nine.

“So that was a harsh lesson to learn and hopefully I can make amends this week.” added Lahiri, who only qualified for his first major at the 2012 British Open, where he not only made the cut but scored a hole-in-one during his third round.

Mowen’s rapid Wallabies rise continues

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Late-blooming Wallabies forward Ben Mowen’s amazing ride just gets better.

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After playing just five Tests in his debut season of Test rugby, the 28-year-old has been named Australia’s vice-captain for Saturday night’s Rugby Championship clash with South Africa.

A costly hamstring injury to skipper James Horwill has seen Will Genia given the captaincy for the Suncorp Stadium encounter and Mowen promoted as deputy.

The No.8, who had consistently been overlooked by former coach Robbie Deans until this season, rates it an even bigger honour than gaining his first Test cap.

“It’s the proudest moment of my rugby career for sure,” Mowen said.

“I feel extremely privileged to be a part of this group, and then to get a responsibility like vice-captain it means the world to me.”

Virtually unwanted by the NSW Waratahs two seasons ago when they signed Rocky Elsom from the Brumbies, Mowen’s move to Canberra was the trigger for his rapid rise this year.

Brumbies coach Jake White stunned all and sundry when he named the recruit captain ahead of Wallabies front-rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander before he’d made his ACT debut.

“It was a massive (surprise),” Mowen said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all and it’s a similar feeling to the one I have at the moment.

“It’s amazing when I look back at that decision (to leave NSW).

“I was enjoying my time at the Waratahs and they were a great bunch of guys. There were so many positives but the toughest thing was challenging myself outside that arena.

“Sometimes you just have to move out of your comfort zone and back yourself.”

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie also saw Mowen’s leadership attributes early on when he named him captain for his Waratahs debut in a trial against Queensland in 2008.

McKenzie said the Brisbane product’s captaincy experience, intellect and complimentary personality to Genia led to his promotion as vice-captain.

The Wallabies are aiming to keep intact their unbeaten record against the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium and also end the visitors’ current nine-Test winning streak.

Lineout caller Mowen said the biggest thing he’d learned in Test rugby was that every moment mattered.

“There are no small moments, everything counts and every moment could be the one that turns the tide and can win the Test.”

That was rammed home when Mowen was penalised for pulling back New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick in backplay in Wellington, which cost Australia a shot at penalty goal and a 9-7 lead.

Instead the All Blacks kicked their own three-pointer in a massive momentum shift on the way to a 27-16 result.

“It was a big lesson and I’m sure I’ve learned it.”

Growing sports revenues demand strategy, vision

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The 26 federations which took part in the 2012 London Olympics will divide up more than half a billion dollars in International Olympic Committee money, the largest amount ever dished out by the Olympic body.

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They shared less than $300 million only four years earlier at the Beijing Olympics, Andrew Ryan, general director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) told Reuters on Thursday.

“This is a very significant increase,” Ryan said. “In Barcelona in 1992 that figure was less than $30 million in total and federations divided up about $1.5 million each.”

After what Ryan said was the “phenomenal success” of the London Olympics last year, federations, split in four groups, made no less than $14 million and as much as $47 million for athletics.

Rankings have been recalculated for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, placing 28 sports – including new ones golf and rugby – into five groups.

“Sport is growing globally and international federations (IFs) see the same growth in their own revenues as in the revenues from the Olympics,” Ryan said.

“The IFs are ramping up their revenues.”

GROWING INCOME

He said income distributed from the Rio Games would again be in the $500 million range due to the long-term TV deals that have been agreed years before, the main source of the federations’ Olympic revenues.

But as Olympic revenues grow every four years so will international federations earnings.

Broadcasting revenues alone, the biggest source of income for the IOC, are predicted to top $4 billion until 2016.

“The future for federations is to think ahead, have a strategic plan. There will be casualties… those who fail to understand and modernise,” Ryan said.

One of the federations that failed to read the writing on the wall was wrestling which lost its spot in the 2020 Olympics in February.

The federation jumped into action, overhauling the sport and its administration in the past seven months to make a shortlist along with softball/baseball and squash for inclusion back in the Olympics and the Games’s financial gravy train.

“One of the consequences (of this growth) is that the gap between Olympic sports and non-Olympic sports is growing,” Ryan said.

An Olympic exit is certain to severely curtail a sport’s popularity, funding and reach. It means a cut in funding and a drop in overall broadcasting revenues, equipment sales, membership numbers as well as government funding in many countries and far less exposure.

“Every year by just being an Olympic sport it brings in hundreds of millions of dollars,” Ryan said. “It is serious. It is not just the few millions (in Olympic revenues), it is the hundreds of millions they would lose by being out of the Games.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

New Yahoo logo slims down

August 15th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 上海性息 - (Comments Off on New Yahoo logo slims down)

Web giant Yahoo has updated its logo with slimmer letters, while keeping its familiar purple colour and exclamation mark.

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“We knew we wanted a logo that reflected Yahoo – whimsical, yet sophisticated,” Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post. “Modern and fresh, with a nod to our history. Having a human touch, personal. Proud.”

On the Yahoo home page, visitors will see the familiar exclamation mark dancing along the letters before settling at the end of the name at a slight angle.

The updated logo comes as the internet pioneer continues a quest to re-invent itself after being eclipsed by Google in the world of online search.

Mayer says the Yahoo team “didn’t want to have any straight lines in the logo. Straight lines don’t exist in the human form and are extremely rare in nature, so the human touch in the logo is that all the lines and forms all have at least a slight curve.”

As a result, the design has “thicker and thinner strokes – conveying the subjective and editorial nature of some of what we do,” Mayer said.

She added that the new logo evokes the “Yahoo yodel” by making the final O larger than the first.

“We wanted to preserve that and do something playful with the OO’s,” Mayer said.

“We wanted there to be a mathematical consistency to the logo, really pulling it together into one coherent mark.”

The unveiling generated considerable reaction on social media and tech blogs, much of it unfavourable.

Silicon Valley gossip blog ValleyWag called the new logo “ugly”, and the news blog TechCrunch noted that users still preferred the old design.

“Yahoo! turned the logo refresh into a month-long event, a purple smoke and mirrors affair to mask inactivity with marketing,” wrote Sam Biddle on ValleyWag.