The Monaco Yacht Show is world famous for its incredible displays from the international luxury yachting sector. Esteemed Swedish boat design and manufacturing company J Craft Boats is proud to unveil its new J Craft Torpedo luxury yacht tender at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show on Saturday 26 September 2009.

Photo (c) J Craft
Photo (c) J Craft
The launch of the Torpedo sees the dawning of a new era for J Craft, with the company boosting its production on the Swedish island of Gotland in order to meet the early demand. Eight J Craft Torpedos will be ready to grace the seas in 2009 and the early part of 2010 with one boat being built each month during the rest of the year.

The 12.63m J Craft Torpedo has a sprint speed of 44 knots and is powered by two Volvo Penta IPS 500 engines and transmission system which allows incredible manoeuvring sideways and through 360 degrees using a joystick. It is designed and constructed by J Craft and can sleep four passengers and one crew member.

Every J Craft Torpedo exudes elegance and a touch of extravagance featuring silver cutlery designed by Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and a Nardi hand-carved steering wheel also seen on another design classic, the Ferrari 250 GTO. Each individual detail comes together to form an unsurpassed whole, creating a boating experience unlike any other.

Sir Roger Moore said, “I can certainly see James Bond arriving in a boat like this at an exclusive party somewhere on the Riviera and I think any of my seven Bond Girls would have loved it too!"

The first boat manufactured by J Craft, the Cabrio Cruiser, left the shipyard in 2000 and was delivered to the King of Sweden, who still uses it today. In the past nine years, only seven of the exclusive Cabrio Cruisers have been constructed for discerning customers.

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ACCRA, GHANA, September 10, 2009 - Laureus World Sports Academy member Marcel Desailly, the French football legend who was born in Ghana and has now returned to live in Accra, received an ecstatic welcome from hundreds of young Ghanians as he visited a Laureus-supported OrphanAid Africa project in Ayeniah.

Desailly, who was joined on the visit by Dr Edwin Moses, the Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, met the Ayeniah community elders and project volunteers before taking part in football and basketball sessions with the young people. Desailly is a major supporter of OrphanAid Africa and became a Patron of the organisation in 2005. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation also announced its support for OrphanAid Africa last year.

OrphanAid Africa is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana to grow up in a safe, permanent and loving family setting with care and protection. OrphanAid believes that sport can help at risk children and provides a variety of sports activities, led by trained coaches, for the inhabitants of Ayeniah community, just 45 minutes from Accra, and the foster children in the surrounding area.

Posted by Podcast Journal in English, on Thursday, September 10th 2009 at 15:52 Thursday, September 10th 2009 - 15:52 | Comments (0) Facebook Google + Twitter LinkedIn Digg Google Tape-moi Blinklist Furl Reddit Newsvine Y! Blogmarks Technorati Meneame Viadeo Pinterest | Permalinks

First it was popularity on social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon that was being sold and now Twitter is in the sights of those looking to have their fame and status artificially increased.

Web traffic and promotion company – who famously received and ignored a Cease & Desist order from Digg after selling votes on the site – have just launched a service allowing Twitter users to purchase packages of followers if they are having trouble attaining them on their own.

Starting in packages of 1,000 and going up to 100,000 followers, the company launched the buy Twitter followers service not long ago with what they say was a massive response.

“It was obvious people had been looking for a service like this for some time as the day we launched we actually had to start turning people away before close of business,” said uSocial CEO Leon Hill. “It was a shock, but within a couple of days we revamped our systems to ensure we could handle the workload.”

uSocial themselves own three of their own Twitter accounts which have all been active for only seven weeks and each of them number between 8,000 and 14,000 followers, totaling over 30,000 people following their activities. It was the methods they used to create this large follower base in such a short amount of time that they now use on their clients accounts.

“We’ve had everyone from churches and automotive blogs, to Fortune 500 companies express interest and invest in our services,”
said Hill. “And with the growing popularity of Twitter, we can only see an even larger variety of organizations and businesses jumping on the bandwagon.”

The service is the second offered by uSocial that works on unnaturally increasing rankings or popularity on a social site. Upon their launch in December of 2008 the only service the company offered was their paid social bookmarking services which allowed clients to purchase votes on sites like Digg and StumbleUpon. While they do now offer other services such as press release distribution, it seems their artificial popularity services are by far the most sought after.

“We have gotten some bad feedback about some of our services, though we do get a lot more positive than negative response,” said Hill.

uSocial no longer offer the paid social bookmarking services on their site as they state they have a large number of regularly contracted corporate clients who fill all their available slots. Despite this, Hill says they will be reopening this service for new clients very soon.

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House prices dropped further around the world during the year to end-Q1 2009, as personal consumption expenditure decreased, consumer confidence remained low, credit remained tight and the unemployment rate worsened.

The housing crisis contagion reached more countries. Among the 32 countries in the Global Property Guide’s survey of house prices, 27 recorded price falls during the year to the end of the first quarter of 2009, in real terms.

The Global Property Guide uses price-changes after inflation, giving a more realistic picture than the (more upbeat) nominal figures usually preferred by real estate agents.

During the year to end-Q1 2009, price falls of more than 10% occurred in 12 countries, worse than the previously worst-ever year to end of last quarter of 2008 (8 price falls above 10%).

However, only 7 countries saw price falls of above 5% during the single quarter (i.e., Q1 2009), versus 8 countries during the previous quarter (though some individual price declines were much higher during this quarter than in the previous quarter).


Latvia is in surprisingly deep trouble. Average apartment prices in Riga declined an astonishing 50% over a year earlier, to €747 per square metre, with a 30% drop during the quarter. Latvia is in deep recession, with its economy contracting 18% in Q1 2009.

Dubai’s house prices dropped 35% over a year earlier, and 42% over a quarter earlier. Dubai’s economy is closely tied to the global market. As uncertainties piled up, demand for properties collapsed. Many developers have delayed or postponed construction of projects. Credit has also been tight. Interest rates have increased, and loan-to-value ratio reductions have been imposed.

Among Asian countries, Singapore’s housing market suffered the most. House prices plunged 23% in real terms over a year earlier, and 13% over a quarter earlier. This is the biggest decline since 2000. Singapore is heavily dependent on exports. When the global financial crisis began, demand waned. In Q1 2009, Singapore’s economy contracted by 10.1%, mainly due to a decline in manufacturing production.

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LONDON, APRIL 16, 2009 – Laureus and its Partners have made the decision that due to the current economic situation it would be inappropriate to stage a full-scale Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony at this time. Accordingly Laureus will forego its usual spring celebration.

A key focus for Laureus during 2009 will now be to support the funding and activities of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. There has been tremendous growth recently in the Laureus Foundation, despite the economic downturn, and Laureus will ensure that this is not only sustained but also increases in the future.

The winners of this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards will now receive their Awards individually at a series of presentations during May and June.

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The annual Future Play Conference on the future of game development has become an event that gets circled on the calendars of the gaming world's top scholars, students and industry leaders. With 2009 keynote speakers that include games pioneer and guru Don Daglow and Ben Sawyer of Digitalmill, this year promises to be no exception.

Future Play Gaming Conference
With the 2009 Future Play Conference now partnered with the Game Developers Conference® (GDC Canada), there will now be even more opportunities for participants to benefit from influential speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

University of Calgary Professor Jim Parker has been a long-time participant in Future Play.

"I have a high regard for the role of Future Play in the game research and development vista in Canada," he says. "I was an early participant in Future Play, since 2004 in fact, when it was still named the Game Technology Conference, and I have been enthusiastic ever since. It has been the home of many innovations, such as the game contest in 2007 and in acting as host for the Canadian Game Studies Association in its early stages."

Continues Parker, "What I think is important is that it is a broadly-based conference, having participation from academics and industry, game studies and technology. There is nothing else like it in Canada, and I am excited to see it connect with GDC Canada this year."

Posted by Podcast Journal in English, on Friday, April 10th 2009 at 14:18 Friday, April 10th 2009 - 14:18 | Comments (0) Facebook Google + Twitter LinkedIn Digg Google Tape-moi Blinklist Furl Reddit Newsvine Y! Blogmarks Technorati Meneame Viadeo Pinterest Tags : canada future play gaming conference | Permalinks

This PC giveaway is a Earth Day story about how organizations and individuals can reduce their CO2 emissions, eliminate e-waste, and save money at the same time – very important in today's economy.

PC giveaway in celebration of the 39th anniversary of Earth Day
CALGARY, AB (April 8, 2009) - Userful Corporation, the worldwide leader in high-performance, low-cost desktop virtualization, today announces a "PC" giveaway in celebration of the 39th anniversary of Earth Day. Userful is giving away a free 2-user version of their innovative software which turns one computer into up to ten with the goal of having 100,000 people download the software and share their computer before Earth Day. In 2008 Userful's PC-sharing software saved over 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions, and is on track to save over 200,000 tons of CO2 in 2009, the equivalent of taking more than 35,000 cars off the road, or planting 50,000 acres of trees!

Desktop computers sit idle while we check our e-mail, surf the web, or type a document. Userful's PC-sharing and desktop virtualization technology leverages this excess computing power to create an
environmentally efficient alternative to traditional desktop computing. Up to 10 users can work on a single computer by simply attaching extra monitors, mice and keyboards.

"On March 28th hundreds of millions of people turned off their lights for Earth Hour," says Timothy Griffin, President of Userful. "Events such as Earth Day and Earth Hour prove that a simple change worldwide can dramatically reduce global energy consumption and consequent CO2 emissions. For example the government of Brazil recently deployed over 350,000 Userful PC-sharing workstations into schools. This alone will save 200 million kWh annually, the equivalent of turning 3.7 billion lights* off for an hour. Now imagine if on Earth Day hundreds of millions of people decided to download Userful's free PC-sharing software to share their PC. The electricity and e-waste savings of this simple change would be incredible.”

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LONDON, April 7, 2009 – South African Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana is the newest member of the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors programme.

Habana was one of the stars of the 2007 World Cup, his eight tries equalling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999. He was acknowledged as the player of the tournament and won the 2007 International Rugby Board Player of the Year Award.

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Since 1999, the G-20 has contributed to strengthen the international financial architecture and to foster sustainable economic growth and development. The G-20 now has a crucial role in driving forward work between advanced and emerging economies to tackle the international financial and economic crisis, restore worldwide financial stability, lead the international economic recovery and secure a sustainable future for all countries.

Hereby the London Summit – Leaders’ Statement 2 April 2009

G20 - London Summit Communiqué
1. We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty, met in London on 2 April 2009.

2. We face the greatest challenge to the world economy in modern times; a crisis which has deepened since we last met, which affects the lives of women, men, and children in every country, and which all countries must join together to resolve. A global crisis requires a global solution.

3. We start from the belief that prosperity is indivisible; that growth, to be sustained, has to be shared; and that our global plan for recovery must have at its heart the needs and jobs of hard-working families, not just in developed countries but in emerging markets and the poorest countries of the world too; and must reflect the interests, not just of today’s population, but of future generations too. We believe that the only sure foundation for sustainable globalisation and rising prosperity for all is an open world economy based on market principles, effective regulation, and strong global institutions.

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Statement by Ms Leila Kurki, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship, on the occasion of International Women's Day

Dear friends and colleagues,

Increasing female employment rates and retaining older workers in their jobs are two of the key targets of the European Employment Strategy aimed at maintaining the competitiveness and productivity growth of Europe and combating the effect of an ageing population. In many EU countries women are still a long way away from the 60 percent employment target set for 2010 by the Lisbon Strategy.

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