Funding Boost for Cedar Bayou Dredging Project

first_imgU.S. Congressman Brian Babin has released the following statement after the announcement by the Trump Administration that the Cedar Bayou Navigation District’s Channel Improvement Project has been allocated $32.125 million in the Army Corps Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan.These funds will be used to complete the dredging of Cedar Bayou in order to aid in flood mitigation and enhance the mobility of commerce along the federal channel.“The Cedar Bayou Navigation District has long been a critical channel serving the epicenter of America’s energy industry,” said Babin. “The benefits that will stem from this venture will greatly enhance the community as well as local businesses, even going as far as impacting America’s economy.”Covestro also voiced their support for the Cedar Bayou Navigation District.“The Cedar Bayou plays an important role in our supply chain, serving as a strategic passage between our largest North American production site and the Houston Ship Channel. The Bayou dredging project enables us to maximize our barge capacity, increasing our shipping efficiency and reducing overall barge traffic,” said Demetri Zervoudis, senior VP and site manager, Covestro Industrial Park Baytown.last_img read more

Why I accepted Super Eagles job despite pay cut — Rohr

first_imgGernot Rohr has explained that the current global economic meltdown forced him accept pay cut in his new contract as the Super Eagles coach.Rohr’s current contract runs out at the end of June and both parties are keen to continue their working relationship, which started in 2016. “I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,” he told ESPN. “But I heard like everybody what was said by President [Amaju] Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria.“I agree to these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.“I am not doing my job for money.“I am doing my job because I like it.“Because we have built a team like you know, and money is not the most important. “But I also have to look after my assistants.“I accept because I think that my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players.“I know very well the officials.“We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue, especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.”Rohr’s answer to the proposal goes with amendments, and he awaits the response of the Nigeria Football Federation to it. While he waits, the 66-year-old said he has two job offers he has not replied to, pending the final draft of his Nigeria contract.He said: “If the answer I give with some little changes in my contract is positive, I will continue.“If not, I have to see what they give me because I have still the requests from two other federations.“I received it – they are waiting for my answer – but I will take my time to give the NFF to make the final draft before I answer them.”RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians With football activities ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fifa has been helping federations and clubs with their financial support, donating $150 million as the first step of a relief plan to help member associations.Rohr, on his part, confirmed slashing his salary for three months as support for the NFF during this period.“Of course, everybody at the moment has an obligation to understand that there are no matches,” he said.“Clubs and federations have problems with money, even if they have assistance from Fifa or Uefa, but everybody has to be ready to make sacrifices.“So I already told NFF that in the months from April to June, we are agreed to cut our salaries, which is also a sign of solidarity.”Tags: CoachCOVID-19Gernot RohrGlobal EconomySalary cutSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Women’s sport needs more women to tell the story, says Asher-Smith

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON (Reuters) – British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, a triple European gold medallist, would like to raise the profile of female athletes and believes the best way of doing that is to have more women telling the story.The 23-year-old holds British records in the 100 and 200 metres, and won European gold in those distances and the 4x100m relay last year.“I was very fortunate to be able to go into track and field because I could see that as a woman I could make it to the top, I could be in the Olympics,” she told an Advertising Week Europe event on Monday.“If you don’t see it, you’re not aware that it’s there.”Her profile in track and field is growing fast but Asher-Smith believes the male-dominated sports media needs fresh voices and a broader perspective to tell stories that are not being told.“I do think it could do with being more diverse,” she said.“If you’ve only got one section of the population doing that reporting, there is only ever going to be one vision or one voice overall that comes through. The lack of diversity shapes everything.”Asher-Smith has signed up as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, which announced on Monday a new editorial initiative to “transform the profile of women’s sport and its visibility in the media.”The newspaper promised “unprecedented investment” in coverage of women’s sport by a British publisher, with female reporters and prominent columnists including British tennis coach Judy Murray, mother of Jamie and Andy.HUGE OPPORTUNITY Britain’s Sports Minister Mims Davies told the event that women’s sport represented a huge opportunity for sponsors and businesses.“Equality is visibility. If you see it, you think you can get there and you know it’s worth trying,” she added of the need to raise the profile of women’s sport in the public consciousness.England have been doing a good job at that already, with Davies speaking a day after the Red Roses rugby team won the Six Nations with an 80-0 demolition of Scotland at Twickenham.That match was played in front of a record crowd for a women’s rugby match of 13,278.The England women’s soccer side this month won the SheBelieves Cup for the first time, a tournament hosted by world champions the United States, with this year’s World Cup in France the next big target for the Lionesses.England’s Toni Duggan scored for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Atletico Madrid in a top-of-the-table LaLiga Iberdrola clash before a world record crowd for a women’s club soccer match of 60,739 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.The England netball team are also on a high after winning Commonwealth Games gold last year and with a home World Cup looming in Liverpool in July.Murray said investing in women’s performance in the same way as the men, through clubs or at national level, was the key and the results were coming through.“As soon as it’s watchable, it’s marketable, it’s sponsorable, it’s televisable and that generates bigger numbers who are inspired by watching it,” she said.last_img read more

Ryan on brink of tying Wisconsin legend

first_imgAs the Wisconsin men’s basketball team gears up for the Chicago Invitational Challenge and takes on three nonconference teams in the next five days, there will be more on the line than just another non-conference win for head coach Bo Ryan.With his next victory (which could come as soon as Tuesday with a victory over the University of Missouri-Kansas City), Ryan can tie legendary University of Wisconsin coach Doc Meanwell for No. 2 on the program’s all-time win list. In his 11 years in Madison, Ryan has racked up 245 wins, putting him just one win away from Meanwell, who coached the Badgers from 1911-1917 and again from 1920-1934.For Ryan, a self-proclaimed basketball historian, reaching Meanwell’s historic number Tuesday would be a major personal accomplishment.“Doc Meanwell was one of those guys who really had his players making the proper cuts, proper reads – he was way ahead of his time, it was the early Princeton offense,” Ryan said at his weekly Monday press conference. “It’s nice to be a part of a program where players can get those kind of numbers, whatever those numbers add up to, and I’ll let everybody else decide what those mean. But to be listed with Doc Meanwell for anything to me is quite an honor.”After playing Missouri-Kansas City at the Kohl Center Tuesday, UW travels to the Sears Centre Arena outside Chicago Friday to take on Bradley, followed by a matchup the next day against either Nevada or BYU.Ryan compared the odd setup of the tournament, with one home game and two road games, to the South Padre Invitational in Texas, which Wisconsin competed in during the 2006-07 season. Such tournaments serve as a chance for the Badgers to see how they stack up against other, smaller programs from around the country, the men’s basketball head coach explained, and often they face new, unfamiliar opponents there.Tuesday, Ryan will be looking for his squad to continue its impressive team defense, as Wisconsin surrendered just 33 points to Wofford Saturday. Holding the Terriers to 20 percent shooting from both the field and behind the arc, Ryan has been pleased by what he has seen on the defensive side of the ball.“I just like the way [the defense has] looked for each other, I like the way they’ve played off of one another, knowing that things are going to be changing here from the other side of the ball,” Ryan said. “Things can’t change with us; we have to still execute, we still have to get in position, we still have to do what we try to do better than other teams.”Ryan said he is also excited about the development of forward/center Jared Berggren, as the redshirt junior is averaging 11 points per through the first three contests of the season. Though he’s still proving that he has the physical presence and ball skills to build a formidable inside game, Berggren has turned into one of the Badgers’ biggest post threats thus far.Ryan said Berggren already had some solid post moves coming into this season, and that he is counting on the Princeton, Minn., native to blossom into one of the Badgers’ top scoring threats in his final two years.“He had a decent feel around the basket, but he’s worked at it, he really has,” Ryan said. “He really was held back with the shoulder problem, but that shoulder problem’s been taken care of, and I think these next two years, his last two years, he’s going to be a good player in the Big Ten.”last_img read more

LA Galaxy unveil statue of Beckham before 2-1 win over Chicago

first_imgFormer LA Galaxy MLS soccer midfielder David Beckham looks at a statue of himself at Legends Plaza in front of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)CARSON, Calif. — Major League Soccer’s past, present and future all converged at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night.One of the highlights of the opening day of the league’s 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy (2007-12) and led them to two championships.ADVERTISEMENT No. 3 Duke rolls past Miami Arena spoke during the ceremony and Jones was among the former players who were in the crowd.“In this era of analytics I am sure David’s numbers would not stand out,” Arena said. “But when he scored goals, he scored decisive goals. He was simply a great leader and winner.”Beckham was also placed in the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime. He will have a chance to his statue often during future seasons as he is one of the owners of Inter Miami FC, which will begin play in MLS next year.“My commitment to his league and country was always a lot more than on the field,” Beckham said. “I wanted to grow the game and play a small part in growing this league and making it bigger. I think we have been successful but there still is a long way to go but I think we are very happy with the growth over the past 10 years.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Beckham saw one of the league’s top players make an impact in the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a header in the 80th minute for the go-ahead goal. Chicago’s C.J. Sapong opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Daniel Steres tied it in the 68th on a header.Beckham’s signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more top players arrived and fan interest increased.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“No doubt our league wouldn’t be what it is today if David didn’t make that decision,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said during a pregame ceremony. “At that time we were a fledgling business and trying to figure out if soccer would make it in America. His signing told the world that Major League Soccer could be the league of choice.”Beckham admitted that he felt a little sheepish to be the franchise’s first statue in their legends plaza, which is located outside the stadium’s main entrance. Former coach Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones have had success both in MLS and with the U.S. national team. In sketches of the plaza, AEG, which owns the Galaxy, has plans for more statues. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

From priest, to activist and Public Peace Prize recipient

first_imgFather Michael Lapsley came to South Africa from New Zealand as a young man. In his adopted home, he could not ignore the horrors of apartheid. For his contribution to peace and reconciliation, he was recently named the recipient of the Public Peace Prize 2016 in the category “Global Peace and Reconciliation – Internationally Reputed Peacemaker”. Father Michael Lapsley gives a presentation in the Rector’s Forum at All Saints Church, Pasadena, USA, on Sunday, 28 September 2014. (Image: All Saints Church Pasadena, YouTube)• Anti-Racism Week: recommitting to non-racialism• 21 human rights all South Africans enjoy today• Global leaders share wisdom on unity• Story of Madiba and Zelda set for the big screen • Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Priya Pitamber“I have travelled the journey from being a freedom fighter, to being a healer,” said Father Michael Lapsley, recipient of the Public Peace Prize 2016. “And in some small measure, my journey reflects the journey of South Africa.“There was a time to slay the monster of apartheid. But now that we have democracy, it is time to heal, to reconcile, to rebuild.”Lapsley won the prize in the category “Global Peace and Reconciliation – Internationally Reputed Peacemaker”.Born in New Zealand in 1949, he came to South Africa when he was 24 years old. Once here, seeing the injustices of apartheid, he became involved in the struggle for freedom.“He went as far as accepting to become the ANC’s [African National Congress] chaplain, a position which exposed him to every danger,” reads the Public Peace Prize website. He became a marked man because of his involvement in politics, and for this he received death threats.To be safe, Lapsley first went into exile in neighbouring Lesotho, and then in Zimbabwe. In 1990, he received a letter bomb in the post. When he opened the parcel, he lost his hands, an eardrum and an eye.Lapsley returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid and took part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu.We congratulate Father Michael for being a co-winner of the Public Peace Prize! The Public Peace Prize Committee makes…Posted by The Institute for the Healing of Memories- North America on Monday, January 25, 2016#PostCabinet: Cabinet congratulates social justice activist Father Michael Lapsley for receiving the international 2016 Public Peace Prize.— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) March 17, 2016The journey to healingAfter contributing to the TRC, and later to the Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture, he set up the Institute for Healing of Memories in 1998.“Through his own experience of living in exile, losing both hands and an eye in a letter bomb attack in 1990, and listening to the stories of the survivors whom he counselled at the Trauma Centre, Father Michael realised the importance of giving people a space in which their experiences could be shared and acknowledged,” reads the institute’s website.“At the time of South Africa’s TRC, it was clear that only a fraction of all South Africans would have the opportunity to tell their story before the commission… It was felt by many that additional platforms were needed to enable all those who wished to share their experiences and be heard compassionately.”Lapsley started “healing of memories workshops” which ran alongside the TRC to support victims of apartheid violence.“The purpose of the workshops was to facilitate reconciliation between different racial groups and to heal emotional wounds, in order that individuals might contribute positively towards the reconstruction of South Africa,” reads the website. “The workshops were also used to give further support to those who testified before the commission.”Watch this for more:Healing workshops have since spread to other countries, such as the USA, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.The methodology used in the workshops has also been expanded to be used in various scenarios, such as with survivors of domestic abuse, teenage prostitution, prison wardens and offenders, refugees and people affected by HIV/Aids.His bookWorking with Stephen Karakashian, Lapsley wrote the memoir Redeeming the Past, My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer.“Michael’s life is part of the tapestry of the many long journeys and struggles of our people,” said Nelson Mandela, while author Nadine Gordimer described the book as “a uniquely alive, wonderful narrative”.last_img read more

South African artist to honour ‘lost men’ of WW1

first_img15 November 2013A work by South African artist Paul Emmanuel has been included in France’s official state commemoration of the centenary of the First World War next year.Emmanuel’s The Lost Men France was selected by a multidisciplinary committee of World War One experts from France and elsewhere.The programme, which was launched in Paris on 7 November, begins next year and will run for four years, Nkosingiphile Khumalo, account executive at Art Source South Africa, said in a statement last week. Art Source SA are managing The Lost Men project.Emmanuel’s work will be shown near the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in the region of Picardie, northern France from July to October next year. The banners will be reinstalled during 2016 and 2018.The Thiepval Memorial is a major war memorial to the more than 72 000 missing British and South African men who died on the Somme battlefields 1915 and 1918 and who have no known grave.As a member of the Commonwealth, South Africa joined Britain in its fight against the German Empire, Khumalo says. Many South African soldiers, who would have been wearing British uniforms, died in the Verdun/Normandy/Delville Wood areas during 1916.The Battle of Verdun is known as the single worst land battle ever fought; it had the most casualties ever recorded in any war in human history.The Lost Men France engages with the 45-metre-high Thiepval monument and “visitors will encounter the ephemeral, temporary installation while walking down an adjacent farm road within view of and accessible from the Thiepval Memorial grounds”.“An anti-monument, it does not glorify war but asks questions about masculinity and vulnerability,” Emmanuel writes on his website. “It questions the exclusion of certain people in traditional memorials – in particular black South African servicemen.”‘Left to the wind’The work will comprise a 600m stretch of “large, fragile, semi-transparent silk banners” which, unlike the Thiepval Memorial, will “depict the names of black and white South African servicemen and will include the names of soldiers from the other Allied Forces as well as those of German soldiers who died in battlefields all over the Western Front”, says Emmanuel. It will “be a non-partisan artwork and makes no political statements”.The names were photographed after being pressed into the artist’s body, without reference to rank, nationality or ethnicity. These banners will be hung in the landscape and “left to the wind”.In his speech at the projects’ launch last week, French President Francois Hollande invited the public to this and other sites of remembrance by saying, “tracer des chemins de memoire”, or “trace the paths of memory”.Emmanuel researched First World War battles during his extended stay in France in 2012 while on a four-month residency supported by Institut Français.In his artist’s statement, Emmanuel writes: “I am, as many are, affected by these terrible historic battles. A war has lasting psychological effects that are passed from generation to generation; we lose humanity, gentleness and vulnerability, feeling, empathy and sensitivity.“We lose dignity, treasured relationships, potentiality, hope and the future. We become defined by ideologies that can confine and define our world-view. As the Thiepval Memorial bears witness to the memory of thousands of lost servicemen, so The Lost Men France will also bear witness. It is a non-partisan artwork that aims to stimulate contemplation about all of this.”The Lost Men France is supported by La Mission du Centennaire de la Premiere Guerre Mondiale, Institut Français Paris and Johannesburg, and the National Arts Council of South Africa.Source: SAinfo reporter and ArtSource South Africalast_img read more

NCGA defends RFS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The top leadership of the National Corn Growers Association was well represented at today’s field hearing regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the volume of ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard.NCGA President Chip Bowling of Maryland and Chairman Martin Barbre joined scores of farmers and others on-hand in Kansas City, Kan., to speak of the importance of domestic, renewable fuels to the nation. The EPA’s proposal would cut nearly 4 billion gallons of ethanol from the RFS through 2016, representing nearly a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.“We simply cannot afford — and will not tolerate — efforts to cut the demand for corn, and that’s exactly what your proposal will do,” Bowling told the EPA. “We cannot let this stand. We’ve done our part, and our allies in the ethanol industry have done their part. It’s time the EPA sided with those of us supporting a domestic, renewable fuel that’s better for the environment.”Bowling ended his testimony telling the group that farmers were watching and would continue to speak out.“We have never before seen so much grassroots interest in a particular issue,” he said. “The many who came here today had to set aside important work back home, with delayed planting or other important field work. They are here because they know what’s at stake.”In his testimony, Barbre spotlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard and questioned the EPA’s methodology.“Until the EPA proposed changes to the renewable volume obligation for 2014, the RFS was doing exactly what it was intended to do — driving adoption of domestic renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in developing new renewable energy sources while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions here at home,” he said. “The EPA’s proposal threatens these outcomes. At the same time, we are extremely concerned about the methodology behind EPA’s decision. The EPA only has the authority to issue a waiver when reviewing the RVOs if either the RFS would cause ‘severe economic harm’ to the economy or the environment, or if there is an inadequate domestic supply.”last_img read more

ASF Outbreak Shifts in China

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lin TanDTN China CorrespondentBEIJING, China (DTN) — The impact of China’s African swine fever outbreak has grown, as the disease arrived in one of the country’s largest production areas while pork stockpiles are rapidly falling as well.The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) announced on Tuesday that an African swine fever (ASF) case was found in Bobai County in South China’s Guangxi Province. It was just one hog infected within a small farm, but the location created immediate concerns for the industry. Another outbreak was reported last Saturday on a farm of 104 hogs in Yunnan Province, another southern China province.Industry observers are now speculating whether this latest report out of Bobai County will be used as a policy to curb pork shipping out from Guangxi Province.Bobai County is one of the largest hog-producing counties in China. The county typically has stocks of 500,000 sows and produces 6.2 million head of hogs annually. In the U.S., such production would rank Bobai County behind only Iowa, North Carolina and Minnesota for hog production.Since at least April, there have been questions about a possible outbreak in Bobai County because of hog fatalities, but there was no official confirmation of the outbreak in the county. Hog farms started selling their hogs as early as possible to reduce their risk. Many hog farms have already emptied their barns at a lower price. Those hogs had been shipped to other regions of the country.“The situation is getting worse in South China,” said an industry expert who asked to remain anonymous. “Hog stocks in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces had left only less than half of the pig population.”Guangdong and Guangxi are two provinces in southern China and export pork to other regions, include Hong Kong and Macao.The Ministry of Agriculture said its sow herd in China is 22% smaller than at the same time last year, but many in the industry say this number could be more than 30%.ASF does not harm humans, though it is deadly to pigs and there is no vaccine or cure yet.Government officials have now started testing all pork stockpiles in China for possible contamination.“Many companies and restaurants had stored frozen pork early this year when the price was low and also later on when farmers wanted to sell off pork as there was an outbreak of ASF. It is highly possible frozen pork in storage has been contaminated,” said the expert.Surprisingly, pork prices in Beijing and Shanghai were not creeping higher because companies were selling the stockpile before the mandatory ASF testing.Tang Ke, head of the Market and Economy Information Department of MOA, said last month that the price of pork had already shot up in March and could rise by as much as 70% year on year to record levels in the second half of this year.Industry is expecting a pork shortage in China in the second half of the year. Imports will be the only help to China to fill the market demand for pork. Currently, USDA shows 122,000 metric tons of pork sales to China this year, with 72,800 metric tons already shipped. Canadian pork exports to Chin rose in value over the first three months of the year with a significant increase in March in variety meats such as offal. China also recently approved Argentina as an exporter as well.In the U.S., the pork industry and USDA officials have ramped up efforts to keep ASF out of the country. USDA officials testified earlier this month that biosecurity and import controls have been increased, though they acknowledged ASF would be a difficult disease to control once it arrives in the country. The economic impact, especially from lost exports, would be devastating to the industry. USDA officials also indicated ASF is a difficult disease to find a vaccine for or decontaminate a farm once an outbreak occurs.Over the past few weeks, ASF has spread in Asia with Vietnam reporting more than 2,500 outbreaks and 1.55 million diseased animals since early May, according to the latest report from the World Organization for Animal Health, known by its French acronym OIE.African swine fever has become a greater focus for the OIE. The group announced just Tuesday that it was launching a global initiative with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to curb the spread of ASF. The OIE called on countries that are both infected and free of the disease to tighten biosecurity and traceability controls, as well as manage wild populations of hogs.“Because of its complex epidemiology, it isn’t possible to control ASF without a coordinated response from the different sectors involved,” the OIE stated. (…)(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Finalists Announced for SXSW’s 2010 Accelerator Competition

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Last month we brought you information about a promotional package available to startups at this years South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) event, a popular place each year to launch new products. This year SXSWi will be holding their second annual Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator competition where a recently released list of 32 finalist companies representing innovative web technologies, entertainment, and social media (both business and personal) will battle for the chance to be named one of four champions.Among the notable innovative web technology finalists is metaio, a company on the cutting edge of augmented reality whose new Unifeye Mobile software development kit was announced just yesterday. From the entertainment category is Are You Watching This?!, an innovative product that will notify you or your DVR if a sporting event might become an “instant classic” using algorithms and live stats analysis. Most of the applicants, however, represented the two social media categories, including Mobile Roadie, a mobile app development service like iSites or AppMakr which allows for the fast creation of iPhone and Android applications. Another social media startup vying for one of the top four spots at SXSWi is the popular Sequoia Capital-backed mobile contact sharing serivce Bump.After the first day, 12 companies – three from each category – will be whittled from the original 32 pitches by a panel of judges. On day two, these twelve finalists will compete to be the winner of their respective category. Brad King, Dean McCall, Chris Sacca, and Tim Street will host the event which will be held March 15th and 16th in Austin, Texas. Though it’s obviously too late to apply, startups should pay close attention to the innovative technologies that come from the competition and look into applying for next year’s event. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups last_img read more