Yahoo:We like to think that we make decisions based on our ideas of right and wrong — and we do, to an extent. But according to recent research, our choices may also be influenced by something as simple as whether we’re right or left handed.That’s because right-handed people are more drawn to things on the right side of a screen or page, while left-handed people look to the left. Cognitive scientist Daniel Casasanto of The New School for Social Research says it’s part of the “body-specificity hypothesis” — the idea that our physical bodies affect the decisions we make and the way we communicate with one another.Read the whole story: Yahoo
Pinterest A study published in Sexuality & Culture has found that a substantial proportion of male college students who identify as heterosexual have kissed another man.The researchers surveyed 442 men from 11 universities across the United States. They also conducted in-depth interviews with 75 male college students. All of the participants described themselves as heterosexual.Forty percent of the participants reported having kissed another man on the cheek, while 10% reported having kissed another man on the lips. Alcohol consumption was related to kissing another man, and participants who were involved in all-male competitive sports or members of a fraternal organization were more likely to have kissed another man.“A few of the guys in the frat have been known to kiss each other when drunk, it’s become pretty normal now. We all know who the kissers are!” one participant told the researchers.The study also found that those with more favorable attitudes toward gay men were more likely to have kissed another man.Some of the participants said they did not consider kissing to be a sexual act. “I kiss [my friend] because I love him. I’m not attracted to him like that, but I do love him,” one student explained.While for others, the opposite was true. “I consider it to be an intimate thing, something I’d only do with a significant other. That crosses boundaries that aren’t anything to do with gay. I wouldn’t even do it with a female friend because that’d just be weird,” a participant told researchers.The findings indicate that “same-sex kissing between men is a behavior that can be engaged in while maintaining a heterosexual identity at these universities,” the researchers concluded.The study, “A Mixed-Method Study of Same-Sex Kissing Among College-Attending Heterosexual Men in the U.S.“, was authored by Eric Anderson, Matthew Ripley, and Mark McCormack. Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter
West Ham United’s new attempt to sign the Porto winger Yacine Brahimi makes it to the front page of newspaper O Jogo today. According to their report, David Sullivan Jr, ‘shareholder and son of the club president’, has been at the Portuguese club to negotiate for the player.Brahimi would be a priority signing for the club this transfer window, with the approval of Manuel Pellegrini, in a project for the club to fight for a place in European competitions.O Jogo claims that David Sullivan Jr has placed an offer to both Porto and Brahimi on the table, trying to close a deal for the Algerian international at the first attempt.Embed from Getty ImagesNow the first problem is that Porto are demanding a lot.They want the interested clubs to pay for Brahimi’s €60m release clause, even though the player’s contract expires next year. The main reason for that is because they only own 50% of the player’s rights. And West Ham don’t want to pay anything close to that amount.Another thing that could stop the deal is Brahimi’s wish. The player does dream about a Premier League move, but O Jogo claims that after the great season he just had, he expects a transfer to a ‘club of bigger dimension’.So apparently no deal has been found yet, and O Jogo doesn’t have a definitive take to say if the negotiations will continue or not.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo
Argentinian coach Diego Maradona recently visited the 97 400-seater Soccer City stadium, which will host the opening and closing 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Argentinian national coach Diego Maradona sent a powerful message to the global football community during a recent visit to South Africa: “This will be a great World Cup, with no doubts of security.”It came as a welcome remark in the aftermath of the fatal attack on Togo’s football squad in Angola on 8 January, which cast widespread uncertainty over the safety of the June-July tournament.The Togolese team was in Angola to participate in the African Nations Cup, a 2010 Fifa World Cup forerunner, but they withdrew shortly after the incident.“They can say what they want but we know we are coming to play the World Cup in a safe country,” Maradona said during an inspection tour of the Argentinian base camp in Pretoria.“I have seen that with my own eyes. Anything can happen in the world, but I have spent a week in South Africa and everything is very good and the people very friendly.”The star also visited schools in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the south of Johannesburg, and other 2010 venues during his week-long trip.“I will tell my players that they only have to think of playing football when they come here and worry about nothing else – this is the impression that I will take back to my country.”On 21 January Maradona visited the almost-complete Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, which will host the opening and closing World Cup matches. The former Footballer of the Year was visibly impressed by the flawless pitch and striking orange seating, which will be able to accommodate 97 400 fans.“They really did a great job on this stadium. I have been to many stadiums before, but this is very big and so great. To be able to enter this stadium is so beautiful. I feel inspired to play here, but unfortunately my time has passed,” he said.Construction workers, who had filled the venue’s upper rows to catch a glimpse of the football great, cheered and chanted: “Maradona! Maradona!” as he demonstrated his effortless ball skills.Later the coach swapped signed national jerseys with Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee, and then broke away from the crowd to congratulate the workers on stadium.“I think this visit by Maradona gives South Africans an insight into the excitement that will be generated by the World Cup,” Jordaan said.“He didn’t go to any black tie events, he went into the townships where he said he felt safe, not threatened … he embraced people. Maradona’s contribution off the pitch has been very significant.”After the coach left the stadium, Jordaan spoke to journalists about World Cup safety fears: “We ended with the final draw on 4 December, and the international visitors left. Now it’s the 21st January – and absolutely nothing has happened. The English cricket team was here, and they were very happy; and now Maradona’s come, and he’s also happy – that should speak for itself.”
9 September 2011Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).Source: BuaNews
Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys did the unthinkable in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. (Images: Riaan Manser) • Karen Jurgens Riaan Manser Adventure +27 021 820 7373 [email protected] • Solms-Delta lives a transformation ethos • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play • Life’s a beach in South Africa • Travel and tourism boom for South Africa • Durbs on list for New7Wonder CitiesRomaana NaidooSouth African “oar-some” couple, Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, did the unthinkable when they took their Spirit of Madiba on an unforgettable adventure.Never in her wildest dreams did Geldenhuys think that a simple request for a New York holiday would result in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. Manser said he would take her, but that they were going to go his way – by rowing boat. Geldenhuys embraced his idea, through naivety, and the rest is literally history.Braving torrential storms, blistered hands and food poisoning, the couple tested their 14-year relationship as they rowed from Morocco to Manhattan in a journey that became known as TakeMe2NY. They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.They are the first people to have rowed from mainland Africa to mainland United States. Geldenhuys also became the first woman from the African continent to have rowed across any ocean.Manser explained that when they landed in Morocco they heard about the death of Nelson Mandela and as a small token of gratitude to what he had meant in their lives, they named their boat Spirit of Madiba. They first headed to the Canary Islands and then down to Cape Verde before they hit Barbados. According to Manser’s support team, there was “no support boat, no ablution facilities, no luxury; just Riaan, Vasti, their combined determination and a 7m rowing boat with their supplies”.Fishing for foodThe couple intended to row 20 hours a day, taking two hourly shifts at a time. With the huge amount of calories they were burning daily, they replenished with high-calorie freeze dried foods. Other nourishment was supplied by the ocean, and the couple had to catch their own food.Manser, an adventure junky, and Geldenhuys, a lawyer, mentally and physically prepared for their gruelling expedition by training daily on a stationary rowing machine and spinning bike. This, accompanied by an extensive knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean and their vessel, which became their new home, helped them ahead of the voyage.“Although we are both very active, taking part in mountain bike races, jogging and swimming, we didn’t do endurance training,” Manser said. “The most difficult part of this trip was not the physical rowing, which was already excruciating on our bodies, but more the mental torture this trip takes you through. You have to constantly convince yourself it is worth it, or that it is going to be worth it. It’s very monotonous and with the same view every day for four-and-a-half months, it’s gruelling mentally.”Asked how he was able to persuade his fiancée to take the trip, he answered that she “wanted to do something great in her life, something she could be proud of”.They learned everything there was to know about each other on the expedition. “You spend a lot of time together. We have been in a relationship for more than 14 years so we know each other pretty well, but one thing we have learned is that arguing about things really doesn’t get you anywhere, that you have to be patient with each other. Being right is not always being happy.” They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.You gotta wannaAs for how they managed on such a small boat, Manser said: “We often joked about it. We said ‘you gotto wanna’. You got to want to. When times were tough, this escalated to ‘you gotto.’ We knew our journey would not be complete until we reached our destination, New York. So every minute spent on that small space was with a goal. Getting across the Atlantic or getting to mainland USA in Miami would not have been good enough. Getting to New York was our goal.“We also realised that you don’t need much space. The ‘bathroom’ was outside and the kitchen, bedroom, living room, closet etc was our 1.5m by 1.5m space inside the cabin.”He explained: “The worst times were when our boat was capsized by a 7m wave while we were rowing.” Geldenhuys was stuck underneath the boat; Manser was thrown into the ocean and had to swim back to the boat. Another time, Manser drifted away from the boat while trying to film. There was no way the boat could have been stopped or turned, so he had to grab on to a fishing line and be reeled in.“The 900-foot container ships bearing down on us, and with some near misses, provided for some near heart-stopping moments.”Adventure junkyManser is no stranger to adventure. He has cycled 37 000 kilometres through 34 countries, covering the perimeter of Africa. This achievement earned him the title Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006 and led to his book, Around Africa on my Bicycle.TakeMe2NY was his fourth world-first expedition. In July 2009, Manser paddled 5 000 kilometres in 11 months in a kayak around Madagascar. He was alone and unaided. During this adventure, he was imprisoned and held captive by rebels.His travels then took him to Iceland, where he paddled 2 300 kilometres around Iceland with Dan Skinstad in a double sea-kayak over a five month period in March 2011. “We always knew that we would have delays during the winter due to bad weather, but we could never have predicted how long we would be delayed,” Manser explained.He has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and descended to Lake Assal, the highest and lowest points on the continent. The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organisation.
Using Google translate to communicate with passengers is one of the tech projects being investigated by AirNZ. Photo: Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand is searching for a new chief digital officer after incumbent Avi Golan has decided to return to the US.The Kiwi carrier said it was conducting a global search to find a replacement for Golan, who was heading back at the end of October to be closer to family.Golan was lured to join the company in January, 2016 as part of a strategy by chief executive Christopher Luxon to sharpen Air New Zealand’s the focus on technology and make it a leader in the digital space.The airline now has a team of 650 people working in the area investigating technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented virtual reality and Google Translate for cabin crew.An Israeli who moved to the US and worked in Silicon Valley, Golan previously held senior roles in companies such as Barnes & Noble, Google and Intuit.“Avi will leave a significant legacy when he heads back to the United States,’ Luxon said.“He has implemented a digital strategy that is the envy of many airlines globally and most New Zealand companies.“Avi has been a fierce advocate for the role digital can play in ensuring that Air New Zealand can compete and innovate within the broader travel sector.“His team has delivered numerous wins that have enhanced the customer experience, delivered incremental revenue, strengthened operational performance and made our systems more secure from cyber threats.”Read: The closely guarded secrets of Air New Zealand’s Hangar 22Golan’s decision to leave comes as long-serving AirNZ executive and chief of operations Bruce Parton leaves Air New Zealand at the end of September.Nor is Air New Zealand is the only Australasian aviation company undertaking an executive search: Virgin Australia has been on the hunt for a replacement for outgoing chief executive John Borghetti.Borghetti has said he is prepared to stay until the end of 2019 but it is widely thought he will leave before then if a replacement is found.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Up-and-coming mobile social network Brightkite faces some serious competition from a myriad of mobile social networks, all of whom are fighting to win the emerging mobile market. However, Brightkite has a few tricks up their sleeve that they hope will make them stand out from the rest, the most important of which is their ability to create a social network that merges with your real life. About BrightkiteA couple of weeks ago, Brightkite launched into their private beta, inviting 100 people to join their network. As those users invited others with the five included invites, the network began to grow. Recent conferences like the Web 2.0 Expo and ROFLCon spread the word even more. The service, a device agnostic, SMS-based application, lets you “check in” at various locations out in the real world and then see who else is there, has been there, and who is nearby. You can check in via text or via the web, but text is easiest if you’re mobile. After checking in, you can post updates in a Twitter-like fashion and upload photos to your Brightkite-enabled stream, available at a URL in the format of brightkite.com/people/username. A Brightkite User’s StreamPlaces, like your local coffee shop or favorite watering hole can have a stream of their own, too. Their “placestream” is created by the notes and photos that the Brightkite users in that area have added. What’s nice about Brightkite is that they aren’t trying to be a Twitter killer – they just add a layer on top of Twitter. Although they didn’t originally think to offer this type of integration, they soon realized that Twitter integration had a lot of appeal for their users. Now, in addition to Twitter, the service also works with Fire Eagle. Both services can be optionally turned on in the Account tab.Privacy Is ImportantThe way Brightkite works now is by letting you check in at various places, called “Placemarks,” which you can set up either via the web or via SMS. These placemarks don’t have to be specific – you can check in at a particular address or place of business if you want, but you can also check into a city, a state, or even a country – if that’s what you desire. You can name your placemarks whatever you want – for example I might make “Tampa, FL” a placemark called home as opposed to sharing my actual home address.When you add friends on the network, you can choose to “friend” them only, or friend them and add them as a “trusted friend.” By offering the fine-grained control of “trusted friends,” you can control who gets to see your exact location. This way, you can connect with people on the network level – adding relationships very much in the same way as any other social network – as well as connecting with actual, real-life friends. You can also edit each friend’s detailed privacy settings as well, and turn on or off their ability to access your friend stream, text you, or email you, which allows for even more privacy controls. Editing a User’s Privacy SettingsThere are also two modes in which you can post updates to Brightkite – public and private. Public mode is ideal when you’re out and about and looking to meet new people and private mode is for when you want to restrict your activities to only being viewed by friends. By default in private mode:Strangers see your checkins at the city-level, and don’t see your postsFriends see your checkins and posts at the city-levelTrusted friends see your checkins and posts at full accuracyHowever, all those settings are easily editable. Using BrightkiteThere are a lot of SMS commands to know if you want to fully use Brightkite, but a few basics will get you going without too much effort:Check in – @ address, city, zip, or placemarkPost a note – ! your messageFind a place to check in – ? business namePost a photo – Just email it in you’re provided with a private email address for your accountMessage someone – m username your messageThey also wanted to make sure that joining Brightkite was simple to do. Anyone can join by texting 80289 now (but due to the private beta, you couldn’t use the Brightkite web site yet). Current and Upcoming FeaturesBrightkite has big plans for gaining traction as a preferred mobile network. For one, they eliminate many mobile competitors by focusing only on competing with location-based networks. Even then they differentiate themselves by being platform and carrier agnostic and not focusing entirely on a niche crowd, like people looking for dates or iPhone users. Also, with their “Placestream” feature, there is an appeal to anyone with a projector of some sort and a crowd. You could imagine a bar, for example, setting up an on-screen Placestream on a singles night to get people talking, but that certainly wouldn’t be the only use. Denver’s PlacestreamBrightkite reaches beyond the dating crowd by offering a way for anyone with similar interests to connect in real life. Always typing away at your favorite coffee shop? You can connect with others who do the same. And unlike Twitter, which relies on hashtags to group people in a place, Brightkite does so by its very nature. Future plans for Brightkite include web site widgets that you can embed either on your blog (“what I’m doing”) or that a business could embed on their site in “placestream” format. They’re also working on GPS-enabled tracking and cellular triangulation features, but will make sure that neither of these are continuously tracking you – if you want to participate, there will be a simple way to turn the feature on and off.In a couple of weeks, Brightkite plans to offer an API that they hope third party developers will pick up on to build even more applications using their service, and an iPhone app will be available in June. Based on the SDK, Founder Martin May believes that the next gen iPhone may include GPS, which they plan to support. They’re also looking at options for data portability. They want to make it easier to for users to find friends and move their data in at out of the network, but haven’t settled on whether or not that method will utilize OpenSocial features or something entirely new. They will also make RSS feeds available for all the various streams.Will It Work?Does Brightkite have a shot at winning the mobile social network space? Yes, it’s very possible. By appealing to the Twitter crowd, they’re growing their user base quickly and by offering moblogging features, they make theirs a versatile app. Says Twitterer Aubiematt, “I was using Flickr to post pictures to my blog. Hopefully soon, I will be able to replace it with BrightKite.” Twitterer igorschwarzmann agrees with Chris Brogan, who likes their privacy features, CDReed is “all for encouraging real world interaction,” and jeffisageek likes the concept and being able to control everything from his mobile device. In fact, out of everyone I asked, I couldn’t find anyone who had anything bad to say about Brightkite at all, only people looking for an invite. So to those looking for an invite, leave your info below. We have 100 to distribute. (Remember, OpenID users, email might not be displayed so make sure you let us know what it is). Feel free to add me as a friend once you’re in. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said Bengal launched India’s first state-owned stem cell preservation centre at the School of Tropical Medicine here. On the occasion of World Marrow Donor Day, Banerjee taking to her Twitter handle said: “Today is World Marrow Donor Day. Donating blood stem cells for marrow transplantation can save many lives. In 2016, our Govt in #Bangla launched #India’s first state-owned stem cell preservation centre at the School of Tropical Medicine in #Kolkata,” she added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs instructed by the Chief Minister, the School of Tropical Medicine introduced cord blood bank in 2016. Prodded by her, the state Health department had taken up elaborate arrangements at the hospital for stem cell research. The umbilical cord blood of newborns — that contains stem cells — can be stored in the bank. The preserved stem cells can be used in future for treatment of the child or when he becomes an adult in case of congenital and genetic problems and also for tackling number of complicated diseases.