first_imgThe last of those came by the same scoreline in the final of the China Open in Beijing in October but this time it was the crunching groundstrokes of Konta that prevailed over the wily skills of Radwanska.The 25-year-old, who was born in Sydney, broke the Radwanska serve in the third game and deservedly took the first set.She increased her dominance in the second set, racing into a 4-0 lead and serving out the victory with an ace.The title comes in just her second tournament with new coach Wim Fissette and follows on from her maiden tournament win in Stanford last summer. British number one Johanna Konta has won her second WTA Tour title of her career after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the Apia International final.Konta did not drop a set throughout the tournament in Sydney, seeing her head into the Australian Open in fine form.The victory in New South Wales has made her a dark horse for the first Grand Slam of the year, as Konta goes in search of her first major title.Konta is in fine form. PAShe hit 32 winners as she overpowered world number three Radwanska to win 6-4 6-2, avenging two previous losses to the Pole. Speaking at the trophy presentation on BT Sport, Radwanska praised Konta’s “unbelievable tennis”.Konta, who was watched by her sister, nieces and nephews, said: “I was born here so this is a very special moment for me.”last_img read more

first_imgThe N.C. General Assembly has reappointed the first woman elected principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a Highlands homebuilder to the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.Joyce Conseen Dugan and John R. Lupoli will serve their second consecutive four-year terms on the WCU board, effective July 1.Dugan retired from the Cherokee Central School System in 2011 after a lengthy career that included stints as a teacher’s assistant, teacher, director of federal programs and superintendent. In 1995, she became the first woman elected principal chief, an office she held for four years. After leaving public office, Dugan began working at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, becoming the casino’s director of public, government and community relations.Dugan earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from WCU. She received the university Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 1996 and was placed on the Honor Roll of Peak Performers in the WCU College of Education and Allied Professions.Lupoli is owner and president of Lupoli Construction. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the N.C. Small Town Main Street design committee, and former chair of the N.C. Small Town Main Street economic restructuring committee.Lupoli is an active supporter of Highlands Playhouse and The Bascom, a nonprofit center for the visual arts. He was the 2012 recipient of the N.C. Small Town Main Street Award for Design for Highlands’ town square renovation project and a 2011 recipient of a grant from the N.C. Main Street Solutions Fund awarded by the N.C. Department of Commerce.The reappointed trustees and four newly selected board members will be sworn in at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 15. The WCU Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members, including eight elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four appointed by the General Assembly, and the university’s Student Government Association president, who serves in an ex-officio capacity.last_img read more

first_imgNorth Carolina’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly gave final approval Monday night to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the additional betting. The House voted for the measure that had already cleared the Senate three months ago. The bill now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. A Cooper spokesman says the bill will be reviewed before he makes a decision on whether to sign it. The sports-book option took shape after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law last year that made most sports gambling illegal. State law already lets the Eastern Band offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games.last_img read more

first_imgShare This!With miles of walking, heat, and humidity, Walt Disney World is the kind of vacation that you need to get some rest to enjoy. The paradox has always been that to get the most for your money, you’ve got to arrive early and stay late.Now, with the Animal Kingdom’s longer evening hours and Hollywood Studios’ construction closures, it’s possible to sleep in and still see everything in those parks in one day. That means you can alternate full days in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom with relaxed, late starts at the others – even on short trips. A sample 4-day, long weekend might look like this:Full day at Magic KingdomSleep late and visit the Studios or Animal KingdomFull day at EpcotSleep late and visit the park you’ve not yet seenThe key to those sleep-in days is setting up a touring plan with the right FastPass+ choices and times. To get you started, we’ve created new late-start touring plans for the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios below.Seth Kubersky and I have tested versions of these plans in the parks already, with different combinations of FastPass reservations. Let us know how they work for you.Late Arrival Animal Kingdom Touring Plan (link)Get FastPass+ reservations for these attractions and general times:Kilimanjaro Safaris 12:00 noon to 1 p.m.Expedition Everest 5:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.DINOSAUR 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Skip or substitute any attractions that don’t interest you. If you’d like to experience the new nighttime version of the safaris, change the time shown above to something around dusk or later. Then  move the safari step in the plan to an evening time.Arrive at the Animal Kingdom around noon. Pick up a guide map and Times Guide. Sign up for the Wilderness Explorers game as you cross the bridge to Discovery Island.In Africa, take the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Use your FastPass+ reservation.Take the Wildlife Express Train to Conservation Station and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.Tour Conservation Station and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.Take the Wildlife Express Train back to Harambe.Walk the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.Earn more badges with the Wilderness Explorers activities in Africa.See Festival of the Lion King in AfricaTour the Discovery Island Trails. One entrance is at the end of the bridge between Africa and Discovery Island. The trail ends near the Discovery Island bridge to Asia.In Asia see Flights of Wonder.Ride Expedition Everest using your FastPass+ reservations.Walk the Maharaja Jungle Trek.Eat dinner. My favorite nearby place is Flame Tree Barbecue on Discovery Island.Ride DINOSAUR in Dinoland U.S.A. using your FastPass+ reservations. After this, check FastPass+ availability for Rivers of Light or Kali River Rapids.Ride TriceraTop Spin if you have small children in your group.If time permits before Finding Nemo – The Musical, take a spin on Primeval Whirl. Otherwise, ride after seeing Nemo.See Finding Nemo – The Musical.Ride Kali River Rapids in Asia.See It’s Tough to Be a Bug on Discover Island.See The Awakening, the Rivers of Light show, or The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic.Here’s the Studios plan:Late Arrival Disney’s Hollywood Studios Touring Plan (link)Get FastPass+ reservations for these attractions and general times:For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Toy Story Mania 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 2:30 pm to 3:30 p.m.(Fourth Fastpass, while in the park) The Great Movie Ride 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Skip or substitute any attractions that don’t interest you.Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios around noon. Pick up a guide map and Times Guide.See For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration using your FastPass+ reservations.Ride Toy Story Mania using your FastPass+ reservations.See the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show at the park’s center stage.See Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage on Sunset Boulevard.Ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard.Experience The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror using your FastPass+ reservations.Tour the Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard.Take The Great Movie Ride using your FastPass+ reservations.Eat dinner. Backlot Express is a decent nearby choice.See the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Echo Lake.See Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream on Mickey Avenue. You’ll exit in Animation Courtyard.If time permits, see Voyage of the Little Mermaid in Animation Courtyard.See Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.See Muppet*Vision 3D.See any evening fireworks and the Fantasmic! nighttime show.last_img read more

first_imgConferousFrom PW: “A toll-free number with support for multiple conference rooms, create rooms with a specific purpose and track the number of participants.”A very simple service and there are others like GroupCall that use Twitter for creating a conference calls. RingerousRingerous lets you post to your blog by phone.Your recorded message is added to the post with an embedded MP3 player for easy playback. There are a number of similar services . alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Programmable Web (PW), the telephony category has 83 APIs. Of these, Twilio is by far the leader with 88 mashups associated with its API. That’s far ahead of Skype, which has 28; Jaduka has 8 and MyVox and Ringful each have six.Twilio is a cloud-based service that helps you build telephony-based services. In September it added more than 100 new features. Using telephony-based APIs is new territory for many. We are always asking how telephony services are used. Developers use the Twilio API for alerts, changes to calendars, conferencing and a host of other uses.To get a perspective, here are five ways developers are using the Twilio API:Bad News RobotBad News Robot allows you to call someone with bad news without having to do it yourself. The robot does the talking for you.Using Twilio, the service will call the recipient for the robot to deliver the bad news. The robot may have a “dude voice,” or a “chick voice.” The call costs 99 cents. Twitter and email is free. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing center_img VoxilateVoxilate provides the ability for a silent auction. Bidders can bid on items over the phone and are notified via text message when they are outbid.From the Voxilate blog, a walk-through for how it works:“All bid items are listed in a Google spreadsheetUsers at the silent auction enter their name, bid amount, and phone number on the auction sheets.When the auction completes, on-site staff enter the winners into the Google Spreadsheet.Bidders dial the Twilio-provided number and enter their phone number as a PIN (automatic if they send Caller ID). They are told whether they have won, and if so, what their total is (important for those who bid on multiple items!). They are then instructed to say their names, addresses, and other pertinent information and are of course thanked for participating.This information is then transcribed and posted into the Google Spreadsheet (this is fun to watch in real-time!) The Twilio link to audio is also included in case the information needs to be double-checked.On-site staff can then complete the checkout at their leisure.We’re using Google App Engine for serving the TwiML responses to Twilio, and the Google Data APIs for connecting to Google Spreadsheet.”The services we see range from the trivial to the truly useful. What they all offer is an example of how the telepehony space is rapidly becoming a platform for communication that sits on equal footing with the Web. From an interview with Pha on the Twilio blog:“I built Conferous using Ruby on Rails with a slightly customized version of the Twilio gem from Webficient to communicate with the Twilio API. The Twilio API was so flexible and easy to use that I was able to develop the core functionality very quickly. In addition, I deployed the application on Heroku, which sped up the development/deployment process even more. On the front-end side, I used jQuery to create some of the UI effects and for AJAX interactions. You could say I’m a sucker for technologies that make my life easier and let me focus on functionality and not nitty-gritty details.”Mobile CommonsMobile Commons is a service that is a page out of modern, political marketing. It provides advertisers and agencies quickly launch and manage mobile marketing campaigns from a Web-based user interface. Can you see how this might be used in the next session of the U.S. Congress? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more