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  • DANIEL TO PLAY THE ‘STRICTLY GAME’ TO SURVIVE ON BBC SHOW

    first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has said he will keep his cards closer to his chestfrom BBC bosses after he was handed the dance he didn’t want lastweekend on Strictly Come Dancing.Although the Kincasslagh man came sailing through the show, the 53 yearold star says he is going to play it cuter with TV producers.“I’ll never tell the truth again because the Charleston was the firstdance I got after I told them I wasn’t looking forward to it,” he toldHighland Radio. Daniel said his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff was in complete shockwhen their name was called out first to go through in Sunday night’sresults show.“Kristina has said to me that they always put her through last. Whenour names were called out first, she just couldn’t believe it.“She said to me ‘they must love you on the BBC because they didn’tleave it until last. But we know it’s in no particular order,” headdd.He admitted that he was ‘panting like a racehorse’ when he finishedlast Saturday night’s show. “I was completely out of breath. I couldn’t speak. I was just panting,I was like a horse after doing Becher’s Brook and all the things inthe Grand National,” he said.Daniel said he was heartbroken to see former Olympic sprinter IwanThomas and partner Ola Jordan voted off the show.“That is the rough old part of the show. Iwan was the fit person I metand we build up a friendship. We will certainly keep in touch with alot of the people we met on the show,” he added.But despite his constant work on the dance floor, Daniel admits thathe is not finding the dancing any easier.“Every week I think I’m never going to be able to do this. And thenKristina help me and we dance through it. “Some of them (the other contestants) are fantastic and are adaptingvery well. I’m pulling along in the middle but I might get better. Butwhen I’m out in the floor Im enjoying it,” he added.DANIEL TO PLAY THE ‘STRICTLY GAME’ TO SURVIVE ON BBC SHOW was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BBCdaniel o’donnelldonegalStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

  • Selling Thabo’s Antiques to Italy

    first_img1 December 2005KwaZulu-Natal antiques dealer and furniture maker Thabo Mhlongo has signed a R230-million deal with top Italian-based furniture manufacturer Fratelli Costantini to produce quality furniture for the international market.Mhlongo (43) owns Thabo’s Antiques, a well-known furniture shop in Howick on the Midlands Meander. The investment comes a few months after the formation of the KwaZulu-Natal Furniture Industry Cluster to help grow the local industry.The joint venture will be known as Thabo’s Designs Fratelli Costantini, with a 60:40 shareholding split in favour of Mhlongo.Thabo’s Antiques was established in 1983 and sells some 1 000 restored furniture pieces a month. The first phase of the new joint venture is the construction of buildings and an assembly plant at a cost of R30-million. Thabo’s Designs will sell furniture to wholesalers, not to the public.“We expect to break even with R1.5-million after three months,” Mhlongo told Business Report. Thabo’s Designs will initially use hardwoods such as teak, mahogany and beech imported from Yugoslavia, France and Romania, and will look at sourcing wood from Mozambique at a later stage.“It is good to have formed a partnership with a family that has been in the trade for a while. It will lead to job opportunities in my area,” Mhlongo said.Choosing a stable governmentWith a monthly turnover in Italy of R56-million, Fratelli has been in the furniture business for 55 years.Company owner Giuseppe Constantini said they were impressed by Mhlongo’s professionalism and did not doubt that the partnership would produce “durable, super quality” furniture well able to compete internationally.He said that with a stagnant market in Europe, his company had been looking abroad to diversify and expand. Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia and China were considered, but Costantini felt their governments were too unstable, according to Business Day.“Then we approached the Trade and Investment South Africa office in Milan and were referred to Trade and Investment KZN, which helped us identify a local partner,” he told the newspaper.International marketsOnce Thabo’s Designs Fratelli Costantini is established locally, the company will investigate exporting furniture to America, Russia and the rest of Africa.“Trade and Investment KZN is really working hard to help local businesses,” Mhlongo said.KwaZulu-Natal Finance and Economic Development MEC Zweli Mkhize said the deal showed that trips undertaken by the government to Europe and other countries were starting to bear fruit.“We are glad the Constantini family has chosen to do business in KwaZulu-Natal and, more importantly, that they selected an emerging entrepreneur as their partner,” he said.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

  • Is Juicero’s failure a warning to future investment in connected products?

    first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Tags:#Bosch#connected home#featured#hardware#IFA#IFA2017#juicero#Keurig#LG#MWCA17#Samsung#smart home center_img Follow the Puck When you consider the trajectory of connected home innovation, it’s easy to see that the big wins have been more infrastructural elements like connected lighting, utilities, and alarms rather than homewares. Particularly when investors seem compelled to invest in products as ridiculous as Juicero.In short, Juicero sold a $700 juicer with $5 pouches of fruit with a corresponding app. It sounds like the kind of product I like to laugh about on Kickstarter  — and often do —  yet a plethora of big-player investors put money into it, including GV (formerly Google Ventures), Nest co-founder Matt Rogers, First Beverage Group and Campbell’s Soup, to the tune of $118 million.I really started laughing when it was revealed that the juice could be squeezed from pouch without even needing a machine, just a pair of hands. Unsurprisingly, the company announced its closure of sales last week.Really, VCs? Why Juicero?It’s worth pulling the issues apart here. Firstly, VCs see consumer hardware as a compelling. David Krane, a partner at GV told the New York Times that Juicero was “the most complicated business that I’ve ever funded. It’s software. It’s consumer electronics. It’s produce and packaging.” Was he simply seduced by a shiny prototype that promised much but failed to deliver?I think it’s more likely to be the push of the repeat customer subscription-as-a-service model of Juicero. Products like Keurig and Nespresso set a precedence, particular where machines could only use certain brands. Campbells even tried a soup range with Keurig in 2013 but discontinued it in 2016 due to poor sales. Yet the idea must have persisted, a least in investors minds. Perhaps they were hoping to claw onto some of the pre-packaged market space as Amazon/Wholefoods are trying to turn people loyal to fresh door delivered produce?Innovation — not just newcomers but also the old guardThe bigger part of the whole issue is that a lot of innovation in hardware is coming from big, traditional companies and there’s the temptation to find hardware created by smaller companies like iRobot — the maker of Roomba — and Dyson — famous for their vacuum cleaner tech. It’s clear that while white goods, for example, can be accused of being dinosaurs of the tech space, the innovation is there.At last week’s IFA 2017 in Berlin, Samsung unveiled the WW8800M washing machine embedded with technology that cuts washing time by 50% and energy use by 20% without compromising the cleaning performance.They describe it as “IoT-ready” and it’s embedded with an AI-powered laundry assistant that enables consumers to manage a laundry finishing time, automatic recommendations for optimal wash cycles based on the information such as color, fabric type, and degree of soiling and remote monitoring to proactively alert users about potential problems and providing quick troubleshooting support.And then, there’s Bosch’s X-Spect, a handheld scanning device with the ability to identify the fabric composition of clothing and other materials as well as up to four different kinds of stains. According to Bosch’s Dr. Arndt von Bieren, the Head of Advanced Sensor and Food Technologies, the device can also measure the nutritional content of a piece of food:“The core technology is based on two optical scanners. The scanner itself transmits its readings to the cloud, where an algorithm then determines what the scanner is looking at. The data then travels back to the scanner, and from there you can send it to a connected Bosch appliance.”Perhaps the oddest home tech I can across was Pansonic’s robotic fridge. For those who might find a full faced robot too scary, the Panasonic fridge is on wheels. It can map and navigate your home autonomously and responds to voice commands such as “Come to the living room,” or “Go to the kitchen table.” It also retains data about every item in the fridge and makes appropriate beverage suggestions. It’s only a prototype right now, but like the washing machine and stain scanning device, it shows that innovation is alive and well in the hardware offerings of traditional companies, not just new players.Bringing consumer and company closerAny white good or big home appliance is part of a company to consumer relationship that might last ten years or more. It’s not just about a warranty, as connected appliances will be updated, security patched and repaired remotely. Then, of course, there are potential peripheral relationships with food and laundry retailers and cooking equipment companies, as the sheer volume of data that the devices can produce will have a big influence on their development decisions.Big players are leading the way here (for example last year’s launches of smart fridges by LG and Samsung.) Sure, the prices were and are prohibitively high for the majority of us, but innovation has a way of trickling down — Think of how many vacuum robots are on the market now.VCs want to be ready for the next big thing in home hardware and while the Juicero was possibly the worst example, the underpinning motivations were sound in regard to how we buy products, and their subscription supplements, and the changing nature of consumer relationships with both our connected home products and the companies that fill them. Cate Lawrencelast_img read more

  • Assam man drowns daughter for cure, arrested

    first_imgThe police in north-western Assam’s Baksa district have arrested a man for drowning his infant daughter in order to be cured of an unknown disease from which he was suffering.Birbal Boro, a resident of Lahapara village, was arrested on Saturday after his wife filed a First Information Report at the local police station, accusing him of killing their daughter.The accused had gone out with his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter for a walk Friday but returned home a couple of hours later without her. He told members of his family that he had “immersed the girl in the river because God had ordered him” to do this.Locals said the man was ill for almost a month and had visited a quack, who advised him to sacrifice one of his three children if he wanted to be cured.The police retrieved the body of the girl with the help of a State Disaster Response Force team.“We are questioning the man, his family members and other villagers to find out if any quack or witchdoctor was involved,” the district’s Superintendent of Police T.P. Vijay Kumar told The Hindu.The police would be producing the accused in a local court after his medical examination.last_img read more

  • Macandili not settling after winning AVC’s 2nd Best Libero

    first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Dawn Macandili may be the shortest player in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet on Thursday she stood as tall as anyone else.The Philippines’ unassuming defensive ace, who stands at five-feet tall, was shocked when her name was called as the tournament’s secnd Best Libero after helping the host to an eighth place finish in the Asian event.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It doesn’t stop in winning awards alone, I want to play and do my passion and that is volleyball,” said Macandili. “So that award is like a reward to the players who continue to play for the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan downs Thailand to win AVC gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Of course, I was surprised because this is my first time as a national player and I think this brings a lot of pressure,” said Macandili in Filipino at Alonte Sports Arena. “Now I have to perform on a higher level compared to what I do now.”“I don’t want to settle with what I’ve achieved today and I feel that I can improve from what I did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd just as fate would have it, Macandili’s Asian triumph happened exactly a year after she won the MVP in the PSL All-Filipino Conference after leading F2 Logistics to the championship.Macandili vowed that her award in the Asian Championship is not the culmination of her career. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more