According to data and research of real estate ads Crozilla.com during May, house prices rose the most in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, while Zadar was most interesting to potential buyers from abroad. The largest change in prices on a monthly basis was recorded in Dubrovnik, where due to an increase of 4,2 percent, the average asking price of a house, including the price of a garden, rose to as much as 4134 euros. An increase in house prices was also recorded in Zagreb, where it amounted to 0,7 percent, and an average of 1229 euros was demanded for one square meter. Also, the data showed that Zadar recorded a monthly increase of 0,3 percent, and the price of a square meter of a house, including the price of a garden, was 1599 euros.The largest monthly decline in house prices during May was recorded in Bjelovar and Slavonski Brod. The average asking price of a “square meter” of a house including the price of a garden in Bjelovar fell by 3,3 percent and amounted to 470 euros, while in Slavonski Brod prices fell by 2,3 percent and averaged 632 euros. Varaždin, according to the Crozilla.com classifieds, recorded a drop in house prices of 0,8 percent, so they were advertised at an average of 655 euros per square meter. A drop of 0,2 percent was recorded in Osijek, where the price per square meter was 612 euros, and in Senj, where 1204 euros were demanded for a “square”. For houses in Split, the average asking price of “square meters” on a monthly basis fell by 0,9 percent, so it averaged 1972 euros.House prices are 18 percent lower than apartment pricesHouse prices were almost 18 percent lower than apartment prices in May. The biggest difference was recorded in Opatija, where the price of a “square meter” of a house was 683 euros, or 23,2 percent, lower than the price of a “square meter” apartment. In Varaždin, houses were as much as 41 percent, or 447 euros per square meter, cheaper than apartments, while in Zagreb the difference was 27 percent, or 442 euros.The smallest differences in the prices of “square meters” of these types of real estate were recorded in Senj, where houses were on average cheaper by 8 euros than apartments, and in Pula, where the difference is only 11 euros. Poreč and Dubrovnik are cities where the average asking house prices were slightly higher than the apartment prices. In Dubrovnik, the difference in the prices of “squares” is 197 euros, and in Porec 53 euros.Foreigners’ favorite house on the sea: Zadar the most sought afterOsijek, Zadar, Poreč and Zagreb are the cities in which the offer of houses for sale was most often searched for through the Crozilla.com classifieds in May. Potential foreign buyers, in search of houses sold on Crozilla.com, most often came from Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and showed the greatest interest in houses on the sea, mostly those in Zadar and Zadar County. then for those in the area of Crikvenica, and for houses in the Istrian area.Monika Sunara, owner and director of the real estate agency Adria team real estate doo from Zadar, told Crozilla.com what kind of houses foreigners are looking for and buying in the most sought-after area in Zadar: “Foreigners are mostly looking for and buying apartment buildings or luxury houses, and one third of buyers are explicitly looking for apartments near the beach with open sea views.”He also notes that the location is extremely important to them, and that they are most often looking for and buying houses with a price between 270.000 – 650.000 euros. “Recently, more and more new, modern and luxurious houses are in demand, and a smaller part is looking for older Dalmatian-style construction (stone houses) for reconstruction.. ”- said Sunara and added that buyers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia are also showing great interest in houses in the area.
Guyana will get its first luxury spa and salon on Saturday when the Vivaanta Ayurvedic luxury spa and hair salon officially opens.Vivaanta, located on Church Street, Georgetown, promises a luxurious experience to all of its customers, combining health, beauty, and hair in one for the ultimate experience.Following a successful mixture of ancient heritage with the latest techniques and unique innovations breaking barriers in the spa industry, Vivaanta has created a perfect fusion between old and modern therapies.The introduction of India’s Ayurvedic tradition is based on a 5000-year-old healing system of therapies designed to revitalise, balance, and restore mind, body, and muscles to a stronger state.Vivaanta Ayurvedic luxury spa and hair salonClients with various skin conditions such as: severe acne breakouts, blemishes, clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads, excessive skin oiliness or dryness, advanced aging processes, increased skin sensitivities and intense allergic reactions to sun and air pollutants can achieve deep healing in a relaxing setting.The synergy of techniques, products, and equipment used is designed for a lifetime of skin improvement and maintenance.From feelings of anxiety to feelings of sluggishness, Vivaanta will offer free consultations to assist you on your quest towards a healthier, happier life.Meanwhile, the hair salon provides a personal experience taking into consideration your style preferences, hair type, and facial structure so you can choose the perfect hair design and treatments.
HOUSTON — Perhaps at some point, Draymond Green and Russell Westbrook will exchange some sharp words when the Warriors (46-21) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-27) on Saturday. Those two players often consider that development both inevitable and necessary to fuel their competitive juices.As far as fans exerting that same behavior, though? Green found it completely unacceptable for a Utah Jazz fan to yell reportedly offensive and racist language toward Westbrook in a game earlier this …
It’s official: patent litigation is a fool’s game. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the past few years of patent litigation in the mobile industry have yielded participants very little, as courts have swatted down suits on the basis of prior art, obviousness of the technology or other reasons. However, Microsoft, by quietly, consistently threatening without overtly suing, has managed to pull in billions of dollars in license fees from Android licensees.In other words, speak softly and carry a big stick?Suing Competitors: It Seemed Like Such A Good IdeaFor years the mobile industry has been a morass of patent suits and countersuits. Everyone seems to be suing everyone. Yet, as the Journal reports, the industry has little to show for this except tens of millions of dollars in legal fees.Not only have courts been prone to strike down the lawsuits, even when they’ve accepted a patent litigant’s claims they’ve tended to take years to actually settle on anything and even then have rendered judgments that give the prosecution far less than they’d hoped. In technology, which moves at a blistering pace, court cases that take years are largely irrelevant, whatever a court may ultimately decide. By the time courts get around to rendering judgment, the industry has moved on.Hence, for all Apple’s attempts to kill Android in the womb, Google’s open-source mobile operating system now dominates the industry, and its primary licensee, Samsung, bests Apple in market share.This leads Stanford law professor Mark Lemley to quip, “buying up a few patents and trying to get rich off them by suing is a questionable pathway to profitability.” It has also pushed Microsoft to take a different tactic: threaten, don’t sue.Profiting From The Threat Of LitigationMicrosoft has never been one to sue. In its long history, the company has only taken someone to court a small handful of times, and itself has had to pay out more than $9 billion in damages. Perhaps because of how hard Microsoft has been spanked by the courts, it has taken a different tactic with Google Android.As reported by Reuters, Microsoft now makes far more on Android patent royalties than it does on its own Windows Phone OS. (For some this might make Microsoft a patent troll, but we’ll leave that for a separate blog post.) In fact, by some estimates Microsoft will clear $3.4 billion in Android royalty fees in 2013, and is on pace to top $8.8 billion within the next few years.Not a bad haul for simply sending lawyers to sell fear about its patent portfolio. Commenting on Microsoft’s claim that it now collects royalties on 80% of all Android devices shipped, Google spokesman Matt Kallman declared: “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Instead of building great new products, Microsoft attacks the competition and tries to drive up the prices of Android devices for consumers.”Patent Infringement? You BetOf course it’s possible that Microsoft’s patents are rock-solid; that their quality is super-high and could never fail in court. It’s also possible that Steve Ballmer is Santa Claus.Here’s the reality of patents: everyone violates everyone’s patents, all the time. The US Patent and Trade Office has been issuing patents of such dubious quality for so long that this isn’t merely speculation: it’s an absolute given.Perhaps for this reason Microsoft prefers to do its patent “litigation” in the quiet conference rooms of LG, ZTE, Asus and other Android licensees. Behind closed doors, Microsoft can persuade listeners that its patents are being violated (they likely are) and that a court would find for Microsoft (it likely wouldn’t). The risk to these licensees is enough that they sign on the dotted line, and Microsoft mints money without actually having to sell anything.Microsoft: We Come In PeaceMicrosoft, not surprisingly, articulates its strategy much differently. It is the injured party, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez intones:“Much of the current litigation in the so called “smartphone patent wars” could be avoided if companies were willing to recognize the value of others’ creations in a way that is fair. At Microsoft, experience has taught us that respect for intellectual property rights is a two-way street, and we have always been prepared to respect the rights of others just as we seek respect for our rights. This is why we have paid others more than $4 billion over the last decade to secure intellectual property rights for the products we provide our customers.”I don’t doubt Gutierrez’s $4 billion figure. I do doubt that it’s in any way commensurate with the amount of money Microsoft is extracting from the Android market for patents that likely wouldn’t win in court.Standing Up To MicrosoftThis was Microsoft’s same strategy on the server. Microsoft tried to shake down enterprise IT and enterprise software vendors. Despite proclaiming to the industry that Linux violated 235 Microsoft patents, the strategy largely went nowhere, except with Microsoft’s partner, Novell. For years, Microsoft trotted out Novell to show how “responsible” companies worked with Microsoft.Fortunately, few took the bait. The industry stood firm, Linux founder Linus Torvalds demanded that Microsoft actually name the allegedly infringed patents publicly and stop its whisper campaign, and Microsoft ultimately had to compete on the merits of Windows Server, not patent litigation. Guess what? Microsoft has done very well. It didn’t need patent litigation to compete.It would be nice to see Microsoft do the same in mobile or, at least, to have the mobile industry stand up to Microsoft.Yes, there’s a risk of going to court but, as recent court cases have shown, that risk is becoming smaller all the time. Courts don’t like competition-via-lawsuit, particularly when the lawsuits are fueled by specious claims and dubious patents. Microsoft has shown it can compete when its whisper campaigns fail.It’s time to give Microsoft the chance to prove itself in mobile, too, rather than collect fees on others’ hard work. Related Posts Tags:#Android#Google#litigation#Microsoft#Patents What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Lamenting the dearth of quality tennis talents in the country, legendary doubles player and the current non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team, Mahesh Bhupathi on Saturday urged to take a leaf out of Indian badminton’s story where there are multiple success stories for youngsters to emulate.Bhupathi, who became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam title in the mixed doubles event at the 1997 French Open, was candid enough to admit that tennis has never been a priority in the country, and the reason is lack of quality players playing every Grand Slam.”I am not the right person to answer because I have a very biased view. Sania Mirza created a revolution 10 years ago when it came to tennis. She broke all boundaries, she was playing in the third round of the Australian Open, third round of Wimbledon, everybody in India was watching her,” Bhupathi told reporters here on the sidelines of the final selection process of Kia Australian Ballkids International Program.”But what happened after that? We don’t have another 5 Sania’s. So I don’t think tennis is a priority in our country.””Today badminton is way above tennis because of (PV) Sindhu, Saina (Nehwal), (Parupalli) Kashyap and Gopi (Pullela Gopichand). You need to have multiple success stories non-stop that pushes people to want to aspire and unfortunately in India it doesn’t exist,” he added.Asked if the creation of junior tournaments in the line of Kabaddi’s KBD Juniors, could help inject that tennis culture in the country, Bhupathi said: “In Pro Kabaddi or any other sport, you have those 100 players from whom you can pick.””Today if you have an Indian league for tennis you don’t have 40 players to pick from. Can you name the top-10 players in India, that’s the concern. Can you name the top five female tennis players in India? Case closed,” he added.On being asked what has pulled back tennis from becoming India’s most followed sport, despite stars like him, Leander Paes, Sania and Rohan Bopanna winning in big ticket events, Bhupathi, who won four men’s doubles Grand Slams, put the blame on the whole system.”The whole system is lacking right now. If we have a player consistently playing the Grand Slams and the country following them then its a start. Unfortunately we did not have this media 10 years ago, if we had this media a decade back when Sania was successful, I think things could have been different.” “Today we can watch our Indian boys playing the Australian Open and the other Grand Slams. All these we didn’t have but I think it will only get better but we need to have some one who is representing us in every Grand Slam,” he maintained. –IANStri/bgadvertisement
Posted on November 4, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)It was my great pleasure to moderate the most recent Maternal Health Policy Dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, co-sponsored by the MHTF and UNFPA with invaluable technical assistance from USAID: “New Applications for Existing Technologies to Improve Maternal Health.” An impressive panel was convened; each of them brought a unique and complementary perspective to the role that digital technologies, especially mobile phones, can and does play in improving maternal health in developing countries.As they have done with each of these Maternal Health Policy Dialogues, our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson Center have posted an excellent summary report along with photos and copies of the panelists’ presentations on their website. A video of the session is also available there.New and existing communications technologies demonstrate great potential to fill vital gaps in referral, data collection, training, patient monitoring and so many other challenges to improving maternal health especially in remote communities. This policy dialogue and the upcoming mHealth Summit are contributing to the exciting and accelerating movement to apply existing communications technologies to solving one of the world’s most enduring and devastating public health challenges: maternal mortality and morbidity.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Klopp demands Liverpool stay ‘angry, greedy’ against Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to stay hungry against Newcastle United.Klopp knows the challenge facing the team if they want to win the Premier League. While they are four points ahead of Manchester City, the two teams meet on January 3rd in what will be a titanic clash.And the Reds will want to maintain the four point gap going into that fixture.Klopp said in his press conference: “The most important thing for us is [the reaction] after you win the last game – that is why the Wolves game was such a big challenge.”Because we played against United a few days, and before that against Napoli, you are on the big stage.”Then going to Wolverhampton, not only on players’ minds but in people’s mind, you could drop focus a little bit.”So I was really happy with our attitude. That is what we need – to stay angry, greedy and in the job. That is what we have to do against Newcastle.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Stephen A. Smith, perhaps the most provocative voice on ESPN, was suspended for a week from appearing on the network for comments deemed insensitive following Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for knocking his now-wife unconscious during a confrontation on an elevator on Valentine’s Day.Meanwhile, it was reported by the New York Daily News that Smith had already planned to leave the ESPN radio job he had for his own show on SiriusXM. Presumably, Smith will return to First Take and other responsibilities on ESPN next week.Smith said, among other things on the air last week: “What I’ve tried to employ [with] the female members of my family — some of who you all met and talked to and what have you — is that … let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you.”His comments, even though he vehemently denounced a man hitting a woman, started a deluge of outrage that eventually ESPN succumbed to with this suspension–which came after Smith made countless attempts on Twitter to explain himself and offered an on-air apology for his remarks.Smith tweeted, among other things: “But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them? In no way was I accusing women of being wrong. I was simply saying what that preventive measures always need to be addressed because there’s only but so much that can be done after the fact … once the damage is already done.”He apologized on television: “On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said. “My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say.”ESPN released a statement from its president, John Skipper, who said the suspension came as a result of speaking to the women employees resource group at his network: “As many of you know, there has been substantial news coverage in the past few days related to comments Stephen A. made last Friday in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following charges of assaulting his then fiancée, now wife, a few months ago.“We’ve said publicly and in this space that those remarks did not reflect our company’s point of view, or our values. They certainly don’t reflect my personal beliefs.”The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, among others, agreed with Smith’s take, and many have considered ESPN’s suspension a sad indictment on the NFL and its perceived insensitivity toward women. To wit: Rice knocked out the woman in his life and received just a two-game suspension; Smith did not abuse anyone and received a seven-day ban.Smith, the Daily News reported, will soon leave ESPN-98.7 FM and join SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show. Smith currently co-hosts a 1p.m. to 3p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco that airs in New York.
It’s a refrain almost as common as “Merry Christmas” this time of year: There are too many bowl games. While hardcore college football fans don’t mind watching, say, the Miami Beach Bowl on a Monday afternoon a full 10 days before the traditional bowlfest of New Year’s Day (guilty!), there’s also the sense that the bloated bowl season has taken away much of the meaning that used to be associated with playing in college football’s postseason.How much expansion has there been? This season will see a record 39 bowl games played, from the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Compare that to 1968, when there were 11 bowls, or even 1984, when there were 18 — a total that would remain more or less static for more than a decade. But in the late 1990s (perhaps not coincidentally, when the Bowl Championship Series began), the bowl field began expanding rapidly, reaching 20 games in 1997, 25 in 2000 and 32 in 2006.In the chart below you can see the proliferation of the bowl field since 1982, the year cable television money and the departure of the Ivy League from Division I-A ushered in college football’s truly modern era:Some of the bloat is associated with an increase in the number of Division I-A (now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS) football teams, to 128 this season from 113 in 1982. (A chunk of these new additions have come in just the past few seasons, as part of what FiveThirtyEight contributor David Goldenberg calls a “recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program.”)But the growth of the FBS only explains a small portion of the bowl explosion. Even as a percentage of all FBS schools, almost twice as many teams will go bowling this season as did in 1996:Economically, there are pros and cons to the inflated bowl field. And these games do matter football-wise, especially to a certain subset of mid-major programs looking for exposure any way they can find it. But, as a natural byproduct of expansion, the caliber of teams in bowls has plummeted over the past three decades.Using an Elo-like estimated version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) pre-bowl ratings, here is the progression of the average, worst, and 25th-percentile teams in the bowl field for each season since 1982:The average rating for bowl-bound teams is barely lower now than it was in 1982, and the fact that it crested in 1996 — right before the bowl boom — suggests that there were enough good teams to support some type of expansion in the late 1990s. (Why this change took place is up for debate, though it could point to the origins of today’s ongoing trend of reduced parity between college football’s haves and have-nots.)However, the trend lines describing the dregs of the bowl field (the minimum and 25th-percentile ratings) show how much the bar for bowl entry has been lowered since that time. Bad teams occasionally made their way into bowls before 1997, but that’s now commonplace, particularly since the number of bowl entrants has grown by 39 percent since 2005.Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl thriller, between Memphis and Brigham Young, showed that less prestigious bowl games can still provide excitement for fans that bother to tune in. But it’s also fair to question whether we really need to see FPI No. 95 South Alabama and No. 97 Bowling Green (both considered to be in excess of 8 points per game worse than an average FBS team) face off in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl — as happened on Saturday. Like so much in college football, the bowls are an as yet incomplete experiment in where to find a happy medium between tradition, money-making and the role of academic institutions in the world of high-profile sports.
Sergio Aguero can beat Alan Shearer’s Premier League goals record, says Manchester City team-mate Bernardo SilvaThe Argentine striker netted his 148th goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.But Aguero still has a long way to go before he can match Newcastle legend Shearer’s tally of 260 goals.However, Silva believes that Aguero does have the potential to reach the milestone.“I think he can reach it,” said Silva on Goal. “He’s got the potential.“Every season he keeps scoring more and more. We hope he can keep helping us win more titles in Manchester.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Sergio is the best scorer in Manchester City’s history,” added Silva.“He’s a legend not only for Manchester City but also for the Premier League, if not the best striker in the world then one of the best.“You have to admire players that score 30 goals and next season they don’t rest, they want to score 30 or 40 again. We have to admire that and be happy to have him and enjoy it.“If he reaches that level it will be even better because everyone knows how important Alan Shearer was for English football and for the Premier League.”Aguero has scored five goals in seven Premier League appearances and recently extended his contract at City until 2021.