Virginia’s first urban winery to open in Norfolk in May – The Virginian

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Jennifer Doumar experienced her “Aha!” moment with wine in Napa Valley. She hopes some of her customers will have theirs in Ghent.

Doumar plans to open Mermaid Winery – which will produce, bottle and serve wine – in Norfolk on May 1. It will be the state’s first urban winery, according to Annette Ringwood Boyd, director of the Virginia Wine Board’s marketing office in Richmond.

“I’m not a farmer,” Doumar, 31, said last week, “so I thought, why don’t I embrace that and do something different and get this winery in an urban environment?”

She’ll buy her grapes from Horton Vineyards in Orange County. Horton will make the first batch of wines the business will serve under the Mermaid label. Once Mermaid receives its license from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, it will make three reds in 35 barrels at the
Ghent location, Doumar said.

Late last month, Doumar won approval from the City Council to operate the business in a 2,444-square-foot storefront in the Palace Station shopping center on 22nd Street near Llewellyn Avenue. It will have indoor and outdoor seating for about 60, including a tasting bar for up to 10 people, Doumar said. It also will serve other wines, as well as food, such as cheese plates and desserts, meant to be paired with the wines.

“You’ll find that urban wineries are really starting to take off,” Boyd said, citing places such as San Francisco and Hong Kong. “The vineyard is the best place to grow grapes. But it’s not always the best place to attract tourists.”

Not every oenophile is a believer.

Writing about a new winery in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2008, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov asked: “What exactly is the allure of the urban winery? Will it satisfy a desire for some distant connection to a more pastoral existence?”

Doumar pointed to the success of O’Connor Brewing Co., a small beermaker just a few blocks from the planned location for Mermaid Winery. “The trend is to go local,” she said. “People want to support that kind of thing.”

She also noted that sales of Virginia wine have remained strong despite the jittery economy. Last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office reported that sales reached a record in fiscal 2011 of 5.5 million bottles, up 11 percent from 2010.

Doumar graduated from Auburn University in Alabama and spent most of her career in advertising, including with The Virginian-Pilot. But she long harbored a thirst to go into the wine business.

She remembered when she got hooked, and she wasn’t even old enough to drink wine.

Doumar was about 11, and her family, which lived in San Francisco at the time, was visiting a winery in Napa. She was offered grape juice in a wine glass, and she swirled and sipped with the rest of them.

“At that moment, I was a big girl,” Doumar said, fluttering her arms with excitement as she relived the memory. “I was part of this world that everybody else was taking part of. It just stuck with me.”

As her dream crystallized, she left her career to learn the business. Doumar spent a year and a half in 2009 and 2010 working in sales for Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery near Charlottesville.

Doumar’s family is helping her with the venture.

Her husband, Thad, the general manager at Doumar’s Cones Barbecue, has offered her tips on everything from the kitchen setup to the color of the tabletops. Her father, George Eichert, is her silent partner, helping cover expenses, which she estimated at $130,000 for the renovation and equipment.

Doumar said she also is receiving a loan – she did not want to say for how much – from the Navy Federal Credit Union.

Aside from the barrels, Eichert said she needs little more equipment to make red wine, except for pH testers and other lab tools. The space on 22nd Street is barren, but Eichert has no doubt she’ll be ready to open on May 1.

“I’ve been planning this for two years,” she said. “Everything is rock ‘n’ rolling.”

Philip Walzer, 757-222-3864, phil.walzer@pilotonline.com

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Wayne Rooney sends Manchester United top as City crashes

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15 seed NSU opens NCAA Tournament vs. Missouri – The Virginian

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The one thing the Norfolk State Spartans didn’t want to do during Sunday’s hourlong NCAA tournament selection show was wait to know their fate.
Besides, they’d already waited 15 long years as a member of Division I to see their name on an NCAA bracket.

Fortunately, they didn’t have to wait very long.

At 6:19 p.m., their first-round match-up flashed onto the screen and the 400-plus people who had jammed into a viewing hall at the New Student Center erupted in joyous celebration.

Norfolk State (25-9) drew a No. 15 seed and will play Big 12 champion and No. 5 Missouri (30-4) at about 4:40 p.m. Friday in Omaha, Neb.

It was, quite possibly, the best seed the Spartans could have hoped for. Most of the internet bracket predictions had NSU, champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to play in one of the four first-round games Tuesday and Wednesday.

At least the NCAA calls them first-round games. Just about everyone else refers to them as play-in games. And the Dayton games just don’t have the same feel as the normal regional sites.

Instead, the Spartans dodged Dayton, although there were two moments early on during the CBS broadcast when the body language of Spartans coach Anthony Evans indicated he thought his team was going to Ohio.

When the South Region pairings flashed that No. 2 Duke would play No. 15 Lehigh on Friday in Greensboro, N.C., there were groans from the Spartans’ faithful who had hoped that would be their pairing and Anthony’s chin sank to his chest.

It would have been a travel-friendly site for Spartans followers.

Then, when the West Region’s first game flashed, pitting No. 1 seed Michigan State against No. 16 Long Island in Columbus, Ohio, Evans spun noticeably in his seat, fearing he’d be packing his bags tonight for a flight to Dayton.

Norfolk State beat Long Island 73-62 in mid-December, but Long Island was 81st in the NCAA ratings percentage index and the Spartans were 128th. Meanwhile, Lehigh was 91st in the RPI, which appeared to be pointing Norfolk State toward Dayton.

“From what everybody was saying, I thought we were going to be in Dayton,” Evans said. “I honestly believe Dayton is more than a play-in game because of what VCU did last year in coming out of there and making it to the Final Four, but when you go right into (a regional), you feel like you are more a part of the whole process.”

Moments later, Norfolk State’s pairing flashed on the screen and players leaped from their seats, knocking over chairs and hugging one another in a circle that became a bouncing maze of arms and legs.

“For the last 24 hours, I checked every bracket I could find on the internet and a lot of them had us in Dayton,” senior forward Marcos Tamares said.
“I’m happy that the selection committee had some respect for our record. I mean, we’ve won 25 games.”

Norfolk State star center Kyle O’Quinn said he did the exact opposite.

“The last three years, I would check ESPN’s bracketology constantly to see where we might go if we won the MEAC,” said O’Quinn, the MEAC Player of the Year. “This year, I never checked. I was determined to concentrate on winning the MEAC tournament and only on winning the MEAC tournament.

“I didn’t download any bracket apps to my phone, and my iPad is clean.”

Starting senior guard Rodney McCauley, who is from Dallas, might have been the happiest Spartan when it came down to where his team is headed.

“This is the closest site to my home that there is,” McCauley said. “I’m going to be scrambling to see how many of my family members can make it there.”

O’Quinn, like many of the Spartans, likes the match-up.

“Missouri is a guard-oriented team with a quality big man in the middle, and they like to run,” O’Quinn said. “We are a guard-oriented team with big guards who can defend the perimeter. If it’s not their night, this match-up plays to our favor. If we go in there and play hard and the ball drops our way, I think we can come out with a win.”

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Rocket Rod in position shift


Rod Davies

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Pacy strike weapon Rod Davies is being sized up for a new role at fullback for Queensland Reds on their tough two-match mission in South Africa.


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The electrifying runner trained regularly at fullback during the off-season and his 15-minutes as the replacement for Luke Morahan against Melbourne Rebels is a sign of a bigger experiment to come.

Davies and Morahan flew out with the Reds for Durban on Sunday and their jousting for the No.15 jersey will be an intriguing selection for the clash against the Sharks early Sunday morning (Qld time).


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Morahan has done plenty of positive things in his three matches at fullback apart from a wild pass against New South Wales Waratahs, a poor banana kick to touch and a missed tackle against Western Force, and his backhand flip pass into touch last Saturday night.

“It would be folly to have only one option at fullback because you can’t expect one guy to play every game,” coach Ewen McKenzie said.

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“We played Ben Lucas and Jono Lance at fullback last year but this season we are looking at a different role there.”

The Reds want more of an attacking, running fullback like Morahan or Davies while Quade Cooper is injured because that’s essentially the role he played there when dropping back from fly half for counterattack in 2011.

McKenzie has been prepared to experiment at fullback more than any other position during his three seasons at the Reds.

It was in the first match of last year’s trip to South Africa that McKenzie backed a one-off hunch on midfielder Mike Harris at fullback in Johannesburg with less-than-spectacular results under the floating high ball at high-altitude.

McKenzie has converted a winger (Peter Hynes) to fullback, he got good results from a utility (Lucas) playing there and a converted centre (Lance) won a Super Rugby title with No.15 on his back last July.

The fit-again Davies is too valuable a weapon to leave idling on the bench but young Dom Shipperley has performed so well that he is keeping him out of a wing spot right now.

The call the Reds should make is selecting Digby Ioane at outside centre to guarantee his hands are on the ball more often. Shipperley and Davies could play on the wing.

Ioane is starving. The Reds just couldn’t create good chances for him during the muddling, unimpressive first 50 minutes at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night when they dealt with the Rebels by just 11-6.

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Bradley Wiggins takes Paris-Nice crown

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Bennett defends Scott signing







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Wayne Bennett says the NRL’s current player trading system as “diabolical” before questioning whether a draft is the best solution to resolve the mess.


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The veteran coach, now with the Newcastle Knights, renewed his attacks on the contract system after both he and his team were criticised for signing St George Illawarra’s Beau Scott for next season only two rounds into the present one.

Dragons fans will now have to stomach Scott finishing off the season with their club knowing he will be heading up the F3 next season to join his former mentor.


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Bennett has been attacked recently for signing several players from his old club, including Darius Boyd.

“Don’t go down that path with me, OK?” Bennett said indignantly after the Knights’ win over Cronulla at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.

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“Every week and every month for the rest of this season there will be a drama with a player leaving a club, so let’s not use Beau Scott as an issue for Newcastle or anybody else, OK?



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“It’s been going on for the last five years and it’s been diabolical. You know that, I know that – so don’t pick on us about Beau Scott.

“We’re just doing what every other club has done, mate. You’re either in it, and if you’re not in it you’re going to miss out because there’s no one to recruit in September.”

The NRL used to operate on a June 30 deadline system which prevented clubs from talking to off-contract players until after that date.

The league abandoned the model to stop the deals that were being done behind closed doors, but the new system has proved to be even more unpalatable, with some players signing for new clubs even though they have more than a year to run on their deal.

The best example of that is Warriors five-eighth James Maloney, who announced last season that he would be heading to the Sydney Roosters in 2013 when his contract expires at the end of this year.

“It’s diabolical for the fans and the game, and nothing’s changed, but we’re not going to be disadvantaged and we’ll do what everybody else is doing,” Bennett said.

“We’re trying to have some type of code that won’t work.”

The ARL Commission is aware of the shortcomings of the model and has identified the player trading system as one of the major problems in the game.

A draft has been mooted as a possible solution but it has been tried and failed.

One of the major criticisms of a draft is that it can prevent home-grown talent from playing at their local club.

Although it is used in other sports successfully, including the AFL, the league has not revisited a draft since former Test centre Terry Hill challenged it as a restraint of trade in the High Court in 1991. That point wasn’t lost on Bennett.

“It works in a lot of other codes in the world and in this country but maybe the opportunity is not there for a draft because of what’s happened in the past,” Bennett said.

“On the other hand, I’m sure if the players’ association and the league thought it was in the best interests of the game they could do a deal on it where the players may get a fair amount of compensation from the league to allow them to have a draft.”

Rugby League Players Association chief executive David Garnsey says his body is willing to discuss the pros and cons of introducing a draft but admits the organisation is unlikely to support anything that leads to more restraint on the players.

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McCutcheon’s pain is Jenkins’s gain

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Jono Jenkins was working at a construction site a month ago. Now he has the job of helping to rebuild a New South Wales Waratahs forward pack that has been increasingly destabilised by injury.


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Jenkins, who is not part of the extended playing squad, has been training with the Waratahs for free just to get an opportunity.

He showed against the Highlanders on Saturday night that he doesn’t plan to waste it. Now, with Pat McCutcheon ruled out for the season after fracturing and dislocating his ankle in Dunedin, NSW will use Chris Alcock and Jenkins in the specialist openside flanker role.



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Given the length of the season and demands of the pilfering role, Jenkins will get significant playing time.

It is a responsibility the 25-year-old welcomes given where he was just months ago after leaving the Western Force without a contract.

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“It was a big risk but at the time it just felt like the right option,” Jenkins said. “I wanted to be closer to family, my girlfriend and my friends.

“From before Christmas I was working at a construction site run by my father from 7am to 3.30pm, and then went straight to Sydney University and did weights and field training usually until 7pm, sometimes later.”

The persistence of Jenkins, whose twin brother Ed is captain of the Australian sevens team, was rewarded when he was invited to travel with the Waratahs squad to Tamworth for the trial against Samoa on February 10.

Now he wants more than just a bench role behind Alcock.

“I have been training hard, I prepared myself,” Jenkins said.

“I just really had to wait for my opportunity. I knew in the back of my mind that if I kept chipping away, something would come up somewhere.

“I want that No.7 jersey.”

Article source: http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/jono-jenkins-set-to-replace-pat-mccutcheon-in-nsw-waratahs-squad-after-flanker-suffers-long-term-injury/story-e6frf4qu-1226296744480

HTML5 roundup: Mozilla and Google aim to level up gaming on the Web

Standards-based open Web technologies are increasingly capable of delivering interactive multimedia experiences; the kind that used to only be available through plugins or native applications. This trend is creating new opportunities for gaming on the Web.

New standards are making it possible for Web applications to implement 3D graphics, handle input from gamepad peripherals, capture and process audio and video in real-time, display graphical elements in a fullscreen window, and use threading for parallelization. Support for mobile gaming has also gotten a boost from features like device orientation APIs and improved support for handling touchscreen interaction.

A great deal of work is being done under the hood in browsers to boost the performance of Web scripting and rendering. This will help to make the Web a more suitable platform for handling the complexity of games. Browser vendors are trying to boost the speed of JavaScript execution, take advantage of hardware acceleration wherever possible, and minimize the latency.

Mozilla recently held an HTML5 games work week at its Toronto offices in order to flesh out its roadmap for improving Web gaming. The open discussions attracted some industry heavyweights, including video game publisher Electronic Arts. Mozilla technical evangelist Rob Hawkes wrote a high-level summary of the week’s activities on the Mozilla Hacks blog. The current roadmap can be found at the AreWeFunYet.com domain, which points to the relevant page in the Mozilla wiki.

Google has also been active in the effort to advance gaming on the Web. Google’s Christian Stefansen recently wrote an entry about the topic at the official Chromium blog. Like Mozilla, Google is collaborating with standards bodies to advance new Web APIs. The company even created a special page on its official Google Developers website that describes how various Google services and technologies can be used to accelerate and monetize the development of Web-based games.

HTML5 bullets

The video game industry got a lot of press this week due to the flood of news from the GDC event, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to highlight some of the ways modern standards are advancing gaming on the Web. There are a few other noteworthy developments from the HTML5 scene we also want to share:

  • The jQuery Foundation launched this week. The organization, which is a non-profit trade association, will provide a home for the popular open source JavaScript library. The jQuery project was formerly administered by an independent board through the Software Freedom Conservancy.
  • Some documentation on the MSDN website shows how developers can use “promises” for asynchronous JavaScript programming in Metro style apps. Their implementation is based on the CommonJS Promises specification.
  • Chromium recently got supported for scoped stylesheets, a feature that allows Web developers to plant a style element block anywhere in a page’s element hierarchy and restrict it to operating on the enclosing tag and its descendants.
  • A JavaScript port of SQLite has been published on GitHub. It was compiled to JavaScript from C with Emscripten, an LLVM-based transpiler.
  • WebKit has gained support for JavaScript speech APIs, which implement a draft-status speech recognition standard authored by Google.
  • Google has added mobile support to its Page Speed testing tool. It can now analyze mobile pages when used in conjunction with the powerful remote debugging capabilities that are built into Chrome for Android.

Crumbs from the cookie jar

If you missed our open Web reporting this week, you might want to check out our coverage of the Sencha Touch 2 launch, Mozilla’s effort to port Firefox to the Windows 8 metro environment, and the challenges that Android fragmentation pose for Web developers.

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Tampa Interactive Marketing Agency Launches Florida Manufactured Housing …

Tampa, FL, March 10, 2012 –(PR.com)– Tampa interactive marketing agency, Bayshore Solutions, is pleased to announce the new website for the Florida Manufactured Housing Association or FMHA. The custom website design was created to enhance FMHA’s online presence and to provide up-to-date and relevant educational resources for consumers.

The Florida Manufactured Housing Association, Inc. is an organization of over 900 individual businesses dedicated to the promotion of the best-built home in America: the modern precision-built, factory-constructed home. The organization serves the interests of their members in the manufactured housing industry as well as the interests of prospective homebuyers. FMHA provides prospective homebuyers with lower costs, fewer restrictions, more options and less worry.

FMHA came to Bayshore Solutions in need of a custom web design developed to educate consumers about the advantages of manufactured home ownership and residency in manufactured home communities in Florida. The goals for the new website were to generate an increase in information requests by consumers, generate more sales leads for members and create a member portal where FMHA.org becomes the primary source of information and news for its members.

Bayshore Solutions delivered a custom website design to allow FMHA to reach their goals. Through the implementation of Bayshore Solutions’ web content management system, WebModules CMS, Florida Manufactured Association can easily update and manage website content including latest news, education and information. A slideshow module was integrated within the website to highlight the different communities and lifestyles FMHA entails. Members can now login to a secure, password-protected member’s area to easily access current information and news about the industry.

“Bayshore Solutions is pleased to deliver this website to assist the FMHA with an easier administration of their online communications, and an effective way to grow their membership, and extend their expertise to the industry and home-buyers in Florida,” said Kevin Hourigan, President and CEO of Bayshore Solutions

The new housing industry association website design for FMHA can be found at www.FMHA.org .

About Bayshore Solutions
Interactive marketing agency Bayshore Solutions, offers award-winning capabilities for custom Web design, Web site development, e-commerce, and Internet advertising. Founded in 1996, the Tampa Web site design company has delivered custom Web applications and Interactive Marketing Services throughout the USA and internationally with physical offices accessible to Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Dade County, and Broward County in Florida. Bayshore Solutions integrates technology and Internet marketing services to ensure measurable results for clients. For more information about Web site design and Internet marketing services visit http://www.BayshoreSolutions.com.

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Jurrah vows to keep AFL dream alive




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Melbourne Demons forward Liam Jurrah says he won’t give up on his AFL dream despite the violent feud that has plunged his family and Northern Territory community into crisis.

Jurrah has been charged for his involvement in an alleged machete attack last week at the Little Sisters Town Camp in the remote Yuendumu community, where he was visiting his family after being granted personal leave from his AFL club.


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The 23-year-old appeared in Alice Springs Law Courts on Friday charged with unlawfully causing serious harm and armed with an offensive weapon at night.

With his case adjourned until May 17, he was granted bail and ordered to return to Melbourne.

On his return, Jurrah, who has denied any involvement in the attack, refused to speak about the complicated circumstances surrounding his trip home to Yuendumu.


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France v England as it happened

The second half is under way. “Could be a belting second half,” I say. “Or France could grind England down and win by a point,” says the man to my left. Someone has smuggled a cockeril in, which, if I was being honest, I would say is a lovely touch but, because I have to be PC, is actually a ruddy disgrace.

Clean take by Croft at the front of the line-out. Great take by Harinordoquy under pressure from opposite number Morgan – Pat Jennings-like, almost one-handed. Croft again and Dickson goes high. All a bit scrappy so far.

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GM’s Buyers Reject ‘Obamamobile’ Volt as Campaign Heats Up: Cars

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A General Motors Co. Chevrolet Volt at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, on Jan. 9, 2012.

A General Motors Co. Chevrolet Volt at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, on Jan. 9, 2012. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Pity the Chevy Volt. Ever since it
became known that the plug-in hybrid car’s batteries had burst
into flames after government crash tests, the Volt has become
the whipping boy of Republican politicians.

Conservatives have equated General Motors Co. (GM)’s Volt with
everything from government bailouts to radical left-wing
environmentalism.

“Although we loaded the Volt with state-of-the-art safety
features, we did not engineer the Volt to be a political
punching bag,” GM Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson said
during a Congressional hearing on the Volt in January. “And
that, sadly, is what the Volt has become.”

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich faulted the
Volt for its lack of space for a gun rack. Front-runner Mitt Romney called it “an idea whose time has not come.” American
Tradition Partnership Inc., a conservative group, referred to
Volts as “exploding Obamamobiles.”

Akerson said all the trash talk about the Volt has been
pinching sales. Obama’s challengers, though, see it as an
effective way to resonate with their voters. Republicans buy
Silverado pickups and other Chevrolets in greater numbers than
Democrats do, said Art Spinella, who studies new-vehicle buyers
as president of CNW Marketing Research in Bandon, Oregon.

While Chevy customers tend to lean conservative, less than
14 percent of Volt buyers so far this year identify themselves
as Republicans while about 53 percent call themselves Democrats,
according to CNW survey of 1,416 people. Buyers of the Chevrolet
brand as a whole were 37 percent Republican, 22 percent Democrat
and 41 percent independent.

Disappointing Sales

Politics aside, Volt sales have been a source of
disappointment for GM. The Environmental Protection Agency gave
it a 95 mpg rating for city driving, less than half the 230 mpg
rating GM had anticipated in 2009. After the battery fires
became public in November, 2011 sales fell short of Akerson’s
goal and following slow sales in January and February, GM
decided to stop making the cars for five weeks.

While the government’s investigation found the Volt to be
as safe as other vehicles, they are complicated and expensive
for a small car at nearly $40,000 before a federal tax credit.
Nissan Motor Co. (7201)’s Leaf electric car missed its sales targets
last year, too, raising questions about the size of the market
for technology-laden fuel-efficient vehicle.

Republican Bashing

It’s impossible to know to what degree political rhetoric
is hurting Volt sales, but Akerson isn’t alone in believing the
numbers would look better without the Republican bashing.
Chevrolet dealers in the U.S. sold 7,671 Volts last year,
missing GM’s target of 10,000. About 1,600 Volts were sold in
the first two months of the year, a pace that doesn’t match
Akerson’s plans to deliver 45,000 in the U.S. this year. At
least part of that gap is a result of attacks on the campaign
trail, Spinella said.

Buyers from the political center to the right, “will not
buy a car that has anything at all that they perceive being
associated with the administration,” Spinella said.

While the Volt accounted for less than 0.1 percent of the
world’s largest automaker’s sales last year, it is getting
heightened attention because “it’s a hallmark car,” Akerson
told reporters in San Francisco this week.

After the announcement last week that work would stop for
five weeks at the Detroit-Hamtramck where the Volt is made,
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee,
posted on Twitter about it with the hashtag “#ObamaonEmpty.”

The Volt, introduced a month before Obama said he would run
for president, can go more than 30 miles on electricity before
its gasoline engine kicks in and powers a generator to recharge
the battery. The car has a range of 379 miles with both electric
and gasoline power combined.

Lutz Outraged

Bob Lutz, the former vice chairman at General Motors who
helped develop the Volt, said he’s angered that the car has
become politicized.

“I don’t mind criticizing Obama, I don’t mind criticizing
the Democrats and, you know me, I think global warming is a huge
hoax perpetrated by the global political left,” Lutz said.
“But when it comes to starting to tell outright lies to advance
your political purposes and damage an American company that is
greatly on its way back, hurt American employment in Hamtramck,
Michigan, I just think it’s totally outrageous.”

Lutz, a Republican, said he voted for former U.S. Senator
Rick Santorum in the Michigan Republican primary in part because
former Massachusetts Governor Romney wrote an opinion piece in
the New York Times in 2008 headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”
about his opposition to a GM bailout.

Obama’s Role

After President George W. Bush extended emergency loans to
GM’s predecessor, Obama’s administration managed its $50 billion
bailout. The U.S. still holds 32 percent of the GM shares, which
have gained 26 percent this year after falling 45 percent in
2011.

Obama has embraced the Volt’s fuel-saving technology and
said it’s his choice for a new car once he’s no longer president.

“It was nice,” he told a United Auto Workers audience on
Feb. 28 about sitting in one. “I’ll bet it drives real good.
And five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy
one and drive it myself.”

Representative Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania,
who owns a Chevrolet dealership in Butler, said he doesn’t sell
the Volt at his store because it’s too expensive for his
customers, who would be better served with a cheaper Cruze.
While it may be an engineering marvel, it’s too far out for his
customers, he said.

“It’s still just not a viable alternative to the market
that I serve in western Pennsylvania,” he said. “I just don’t
have people coming in to buy that car.”

Social Issues

The Volt not only personifies the bailout for Republican
candidates, it also plays to other controversial issues such as
class and environment. On the campaign trail, for example,
Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker, has peppered his stump
speech with comments about the Volt, including during a stop Feb.
17 caught by C-Span.

“The average family that buys it earns $170,000 a year and
this is Obama’s idea of populism and in his new budget he wants
to increase the amount given to every Volt buyer to $10,000,
which is an amount which would allow a lot of people to buy a
decent secondhand car but it wouldn’t be an Obama car,”
Gingrich said to cheers in Peachtree City, Georgia. “But here’s
my point to folks: You can’t put a gun rack in a Volt.”

“So let’s be clear what this election is all about,”
Gingrich continued. “We believe in the right to bear arms and
we like to bear the arms in our trucks.”

The Volt “can do a lot of things,” including tote a gun
rack, responded Selim Bingol, vice president of GM’s global
communications, on a company blog. “But if you are looking for
a vehicle for your next hunting trip, it may not be your first
choice.”

To contact the reporter on this story:
Tim Higgins in Detroit at
thiggins21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net

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Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-09/gm-s-buyers-snub-obamamobile-volt-as-campaign-gets-hot.html

Tether For iPhone Returns For $30 a Year

iTether is back for the iPhone and iPad. But this time it comes with a new name — Tether for iPhone — and in the form of an HTML5 app that circumvents Apple’s App Store entirely.

iTether originally launched an iPhone app last November. The $14.99 app allowed you to tether your iPhone to a computer and use it as a web connection without paying any additional fees for your carrier.

The app was particularly attractive for people who have unlimited data plans, and particularly unattractive to mobile carriers who traditionally charge to enable the tethering or hotspot capability on smartphones. While it did initially make it into the App Store, iTether was removed by Apple shortly after launch with the claim that it “burdens the carrier network.”

The HTML5 Tether for iPhone will be available next week for $15 a year, and you can pre-order it now from the Tether site here. After its initial launch week, Tether will be increasing the subscription price to $30 a year.

“It was clear from our initial application, iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem,” says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. “It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for iPhone is unlike anything on the market.”

The new version of iTether is purely based on HTML5 and creates a wireless connection over Ad-Hoc mode. With the HTML5 version there’s no need to purchase an app from the App Store, and the service can work on any web-connected iPad or iPhone.

Tether currently provides tethering services to over 500,000 users on Android and BlackBerry devices, as well as the few who were able to scoop up iTether in November before it was removed.

“Look to innovate when the world is pushing you back!” Tether CMO Patrick Hankinson told Mashable. “There are quite a few great apps that Apple has removed over the years that could definitely be built over HTML5.”

Image courtesy of Flickr, builtbydave

Article source: http://mashable.com/2012/03/11/iphone-ipad-tetherin/

Sunday’s Premier League and Football League actionLive

Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury, Crofts, Hoolahan, Fox, Surman, Jackson, Holt. Subs: Steer, Martin, Johnson, Morison, Pilkington, Elliott Bennett, Wilbraham.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, Moses, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Ben Watson, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Diame, Stam.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17331059

France v England as it happenedLive

The second half is under way. “Could be a belting second half,” I say. “Or France could grind England down and win by a point,” says the man to my left. Someone has smuggled a cockeril in, which, if I was being honest, I would say is a lovely touch but, because I have to be PC, is actually a ruddy disgrace.

Clean take by Croft at the front of the line-out. Great take by Harinordoquy under pressure from opposite number Morgan – Pat Jennings-like, almost one-handed. Croft again and Dickson goes high. All a bit scrappy so far.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/17332275

How to Pick a Web Layout Firm That Will Adapt to Your Demands

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Tether releases ‘jailbreak free’ iPhone tethering HTML5 app

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology — whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.

Adrian has authored/co-authored technical books on a variety of topics, ranging from programming to building and maintaining PCs. His most recent books include “Build the Ultimate Custom PC”, “Beginning Programming” and “The PC Doctor’s Fix It Yourself Guide”. He has also written training manuals that have been used by a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Adrian also runs a popular blog under the name The PC Doctor, where he covers a range of computer-related topics — from security to repairing and upgrading.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/tether-releases-jailbreak-free-iphone-tethering-html5-app/19020

Pronto Post Announces New Web Design and Optimization Services

Pronto Post Inc., South Florida’s largest product fulfillment and direct mail company, is introducing a new service to help new and existing clients optimize their web sites to help them garner more web traffic and more business.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 11, 2012

Pronto Post Inc., South Florida’s largest product fulfillment and direct mail company, is introducing a new service to help new and existing clients optimize their web sites to help them garner more web traffic and more business.

Pronto Post, a leader in direct marketing, literature, and product fulfillment, is expanding its service offerings to include web site design, search engine optimization (SEO), and multichannel marketing to complement its direct mail expertise. Pronto has partnered with experts in the field of multichannel marketing in order to adjust to the changing marketplace and the need to provide comprehensive marketing solutions to its existing and prospective customers.

This new service comes at a time when companies are preparing to ramp up their marketing efforts to help grow their businesses.

According to Target Marketing’s 2012 Annual Media Survey, 29% surveyed plan on increasing their marketing budget in 2012. Marketers are planning to use more marketing channels for customer acquisition. Direct mail continues to be one of the top channels for marketing distribution, but emerging digital channels like e-mail, the Internet, social media, and mobile devices are getting an increasing share of many companies’ marketing budgets.

“Pronto is aware of the changes in marketing and is adapting to meet the new methods and technologies that are driving it today,” said Pronto Post’s General Manager Andrew Diamond. “While we are not abandoning our direct mail customers, we are positioning Pronto to become a marketing solution provider, capable of handling a variety of different media channels, and multiple services.”

Among the services Pronto is now offering are web site auditing, web site design, content marketing solutions, SEO, online lead generation solutions, search engine marketing (SEM), and solutions that intermingle offline marketing and online marketing to help various companies improve the return on investment for their marketing campaigns.

“This new service puts Pronto into a whole new level of marketing company,” says Robin Rodriguez, Pronto’s President and Sales Director. “We can guide a company’s entire marketing campaign from online acquisition right through to product fulfillment. This natural progression will allow our clients a seamless marketing solution across many channels.”

Pronto Post can be reached by e-mail at fulfillment(at)prontopost(dot)com, by visiting its web site at http://www.prontopost.com, or through its toll-free number, 1-866-834-2153.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/3/prweb9268294.htm

Article source: http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/Pronto-Post-Announces-New-Web-Design-and-3397638.php

Pronto Post Announces New Web Design and Optimization Services

Pronto Post Inc., South Florida’s largest product fulfillment and direct mail company, is introducing a new service to help new and existing clients optimize their web sites to help them garner more web traffic and more business.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 11, 2012

Pronto Post Inc., South Florida’s largest product fulfillment and direct mail company, is introducing a new service to help new and existing clients optimize their web sites to help them garner more web traffic and more business.

Pronto Post, a leader in direct marketing, literature, and product fulfillment, is expanding its service offerings to include web site design, search engine optimization (SEO), and multichannel marketing to complement its direct mail expertise. Pronto has partnered with experts in the field of multichannel marketing in order to adjust to the changing marketplace and the need to provide comprehensive marketing solutions to its existing and prospective customers.

This new service comes at a time when companies are preparing to ramp up their marketing efforts to help grow their businesses.

According to Target Marketing’s 2012 Annual Media Survey, 29% surveyed plan on increasing their marketing budget in 2012. Marketers are planning to use more marketing channels for customer acquisition. Direct mail continues to be one of the top channels for marketing distribution, but emerging digital channels like e-mail, the Internet, social media, and mobile devices are getting an increasing share of many companies’ marketing budgets.

“Pronto is aware of the changes in marketing and is adapting to meet the new methods and technologies that are driving it today,” said Pronto Post’s General Manager Andrew Diamond. “While we are not abandoning our direct mail customers, we are positioning Pronto to become a marketing solution provider, capable of handling a variety of different media channels, and multiple services.”

Among the services Pronto is now offering are web site auditing, web site design, content marketing solutions, SEO, online lead generation solutions, search engine marketing (SEM), and solutions that intermingle offline marketing and online marketing to help various companies improve the return on investment for their marketing campaigns.

“This new service puts Pronto into a whole new level of marketing company,” says Robin Rodriguez, Pronto’s President and Sales Director. “We can guide a company’s entire marketing campaign from online acquisition right through to product fulfillment. This natural progression will allow our clients a seamless marketing solution across many channels.”

Pronto Post can be reached by e-mail at fulfillment(at)prontopost(dot)com, by visiting its web site at http://www.prontopost.com, or through its toll-free number, 1-866-834-2153.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/3/prweb9268294.htm

Article source: http://www.chron.com/business/press-releases/article/Pronto-Post-Announces-New-Web-Design-and-3397614.php