Monday, April 30, 2012
President Obama Cracking Jokes at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
At the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama showed off his funny side by cracking jokes offstage on his “live microphone” and then continuing the fun onstage. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted this year’s dinner (and was the brunt of some of the jokes).
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Trump threatens to sue Scotland over wind farm plan
- Tycoon Donald Trump threatens to sue the Scottish government over wind farm plans
- Trump opposes plans to build wind farm near his new golf course in Aberdeenshire
- Billionaire claims Scotland's first minister told him wind farm would not go ahead
- Trump has faced criticism of his golf and hotel complex from environmental groups
(CNN) -- It was Donald Trump's long-held dream. To build the best links golf course in the world in Scotland, as a tribute to his late mother who was born in the country.
But it is fast turning into a nightmare for the billionaire business tycoon.
After initial opposition to the project from environmental groups, Trump now has a green problem of his own, in the shape of an offshore wind farm.
With the Trump International Golf Links ready for action from July, Trump has shelved plans for an adjoining hotel until a decision is made on the wind farm.
And he was in Scotland this week to accuse the government of luring him into his £1 bn project by telling him the offshore developemtn would never be built.
He told CNN he plans to sue, unless the development is abandoned.
"If an administration that's previous gives a statement, and if you rely on that statement, and then you build and spend tens of millions of pounds in this case, building this great course -- if you do that and rely on certain statements, and the next administration say 'Well, we're not going to (do that)', then I think that is unfair..
"I don't think that is good business. I think people looking to invest in Scotland will look at this and say 'Well, we'll invest some place else.'
"I will sue if they try to advance it further, I will be suing Scotland."
Trump said he would never have begun his project on the east coast of Scotland if he thought the mooted wind farm was a possibility.
He says he received assurances from Alex Salmond at a dinner in New York back in 2007 that the offshore development, which is just a mile from his course, would not go ahead.
Trump told the committee that pursuing the construction of wind farms could, in his opinion, be the ruination of Scotland.
"The last thing I needed was to build a course in Scotland," he told CNN. "But the land was so incredible and in honor of my mother, who was born in Scotland, I thought it'd be a great idea.
"So I decided to do it and it came out even better than I thought."
Two groups of protestors gathered outside the Scottish parliament for Trump's visit -- those who support his opposition to wind farms, and those who claim his development has spoiled an area of outstanding natural beauty.
But advocates of Scotland's policy of embracing renewable energy projects insist the government should not be blown off course by entrepreneurs like Trump.
Niall Stuart, CEO of Scottish Renewables, insists the country's reputation for being at the forefront of the sustainable energy campaign must be maintained.
"Our government is absolutely committed to maximizing not just the environmental benefits of renewable energy but also the economic and employment benefits of renewable energy," he told CNN.
"Actually it's that political commitment to renewables that has put Scotland on the map internationally."
Friday, April 27, 2012
Xavier University Radio
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Online
The diversity of Track Cycling events makes it one of the most complex sports to time. Quite different timing methods are required for various styles of race.
For many years we, as Tissot Timing, have been a key partner of the UCI, enhancing our innovation in developing new timing systems.
How does it work?
Events such as the Sprint Qualification, Individual and Team Pursuits, Time Trials and the Team Sprint require very high-precision devices to deliver the required precision of 1/1000th of a second as the rider crosses the line(s). The entire width of the start, finish and pursuit lines are active sensors, sending signals to the timing system whenever a wheel passes over it.
The Keirin, Sprint, Points Race and Madison use the photo-finish concept to indisputably establish the order of finishing. It is also used to verify points allocation in Madison and points races.
A unique starting system is integrated into the timing system for certain races. The starting gate uses brake pads similar to a street bicycle to hold the rider on the start line. Our innovation, certified by the UCI, automates the entire process beginning with a 50 second countdown displayed in front of the rider(s). At "0", hydraulics release the rider and the timing starts. The countdown display then shows the rider "laps to go". In the case of pursuit races, red and green lamps on the display will illuminate as each rider crosses their finish line visually indicating the smallest of gaps.
SWISS TIMING technicians install transponders on the bicycles for all events (except for the Madison). The data collected from these enhance and speeds up detailed race statistics, provides additional security to the timing and can aid UCI officials resolve race disputes.
All this technology connects and integrates with our high-performance IT system, which is at the heart of processing and progressing the data for major competitions.
Scope of service
- Timing & Scoring
- Transponder system
- Public & specific scoreboards
- Team information (by Bluetooth)
- Photo finish
- TV graphics
Timing and Scoring
- Display of start lists, ranking, running time, competition progress on full matrix or video board (according to ORIS documentation)
- Calculation of results (standings, ranking, cup or championship rankings)
- Creation and printing of start lists, data entry and results production
- Provision of timing data and results to real-time displays such as scoreboards
- Live results to TV graphics, information systems and Internet
- Production of online graphics in SD and HD
- Display of running time, time to beat, pursuit gaps, intermediate and finish time(s)
- Display of distances and average speed
- Display of start lists, intermediate and final results
- Presentation of athletes information
- Provision of cup standings
- Special rankings (e.g. , by nation, team, medal tables)
- Display of photo finish images
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