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Gardner thanks late Burrell for opportunities

first_img DIFFICULT DECISIONS Former national footballer Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner has credited late president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell ,with providing him with a stage on which to display his talents and having enough confidence in him to allow him to put those talents on display to the world. Gardner was part of Jamaica’s historic football team that qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, a vision of Burrell, who died on Tuesday after a bout with cancer. “I think he (Burrell) played a very significant role in my life as a professional footballer because he was the one in charge of the JFF when I first played for Jamaica, and without Jamaica I wouldn’t be seen in the World Cup,” said Gardner. Gardner was playing with local Premier League club Harbour View in 1998 when Jamaica played their three games at the World Cup in France. His performance in those games led to him later being acquired on contract by English First Division club Bolton Wanderers. Bolton was promoted to the Premier League in the 2001-2002 season, and Gardner was able to display his skills in top-flight English football for 11 years. He was also appointed Reggae Boyz captain for four years from 2005 to 2009. The 38-year-old was also recently appointed National Under-20 coach and said it was again Burrell whose faith led to that appointment. “Recently, I was appointed national coach of the under-20 team, and he was part of that decision, and I want to thank him for that opportunity as it’s a stepping stone to where I want to go in the future, and I think that opportunity and that experience did a lot for me,” he told The Gleaner. Captain Burrell came in for much criticism during his tenure as president of the JFF, but Gardener views him as a “brave” man who was forced to make many difficult decisions and someone whom he could reach out to at any time. “He was always positive, and what I can learn from Captain is that he was very brave, and he was always making choices and difficult decisions that will always help our football fraternity here in Jamaica,” said Gardner. “I just want to thank him for the great job he has done while he was here with us in the flesh, and we only can cherish it every day,” he added. “It’s always sad to see someone pass away, especially someone you are close to and can reach out to any time,” he concluded.last_img read more

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BWI-AVTP Graduates 258

first_imgThe Accelerated Vocational Training Program (AVTP) at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County last weekend graduated 258 persons who completed courses in eleven disciplines.Some of the disciplines are Automotive, Carpentry, Drafting, Masonry, Plumbing, Domestic Science and Electrical.The event marked the 15th postwar graduation ceremony of the AVTP at BWI.The AVTP was established when the government, during the administration of President William R. Tolbert, Jr., identified the need to build the manpower capacity of the nation’s growing youth population through technical and vocational education and training. Established in 1977 the AVTP was a solution to the inadequate institutions of higher learning to absorb the high number of high school graduates, especially in 1976, when over 14,000 students graduated from high schools across the country. The Charter allows the AVTP to be established at all government owned vocational high schools, including the ones at BWI and the Liberia-Swedish Vocational Training Center in Yekepa, Nimba County.Youth and Sports Deputy Minister for Administration, Dr. T. Nancy Freeman, gave the keynote address on the topic, “The Importance of Technical Vocational Education on Our Development Agenda.” Said Dr. Freeman, the progress and prosperity of most nations of the world are closely identified with economic development. This is because the economic competiveness of a country depends on the skills of its workforce, she said, adding, “The skills and competencies of the workforce, in turn, are dependent upon the quality of the country’s education and training systems.”Vocational education, she said, is therefore considered as one of the crucial elements in enhancing economic productivity.“Technical and vocational education are tools for national development. It is also a form of education in both science, applied science and humanity, all aimed at developing individuals with the right attitude to work and the competency necessary to compete in a global society,” Dr. Freeman told the graduates. As a result, she said government was making all efforts to ensure that technical and vocational education is encouraged and promoted among Liberian youth, noting, “It is a relevant tool for addressing economic, political, and social crises that threaten the political and economic stability of nations.”She observed that reducing unemployment, lack of skilled workers and dropout rates, and the changing demographic nature of the workforce have placed the issue of workforce education high on the educational reform agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bulldozer demolishes pioneer bungalow

first_imgVAN NUYS – An effort to save the area’s oldest known home failed Wednesday morning when a bulldozer knocked down the 96-year-old bungalow. The clapboard home was flattened before 9 a.m. to make way for condominiums, a move that disappointed preservationists who had nominated it for city landmark status. “I’m absolutely devastated, absolutely devastated,” said Richard Hilton of Valley Glen, who had rallied a last-minute coalition to try to save the home. The 1,000-square-foot home was built in 1911 before an auction by San Fernando Valley pioneer William Paul Whitsett to sell homes in the fledgling town of Van Nuys. Preservationists had hoped to save the home for a future San Fernando Valley historical museum and fault Councilman Tony Cárdenas, whose office they contacted June 8 in a bid for his help. According to city records, Kami A. Merabi, president and chief executive officer of Merabi & Sons, contributed $500 to Cárdenas’ re-election campaign. Cárdenas did not return a phone call seeking comment. But a spokeswoman for Cárdenas said he and his staff had worked until midnight Tuesday researching ways to save the home. Two years ago, Cárdenas had ushered in a long-sought Van Nuys Historic Preservation Zone not far from the demolished house. “It’s just been really frustrating, really frustrating,” said Cárdenas spokeswoman Stacy Bellew. “The councilman was really disappointed. This house was really important to him.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Its status as a potential landmark was to have been considered next month by the Cultural Heritage Commission, but the developer exercised his legal right to destroy the home first. Developer Merabi & Sons LLC of Van Nuys recently bought the property for $1 million, with plans to build condominiums. Eleven days after the house was nominated as a landmark, the builder obtained a city permit to demolish it. A lawyer representing Merabi & Sons said that despite the last-minute preservation effort, “time was of the essence.” “Everything was already in motion,” said attorney Jeffrey Sklan. “The property was listed, it was open, it was no secret. Why did these people wait until the last minute to do something about it?” It would have been better, he added, for those hoping to save the house to have contacted the developer with a timely offer to relocate it rather than launch a lengthy city landmark application. last_img read more

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Virginia Tech officials criticized

first_imgBy Kristen Gelineau and Dena Potter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Tech officials might have saved lives if they had notified faculty and students sooner about the first two shootings on campus, a panel investigating the April shootings that left 33 dead concluded. “Warning the students, faculty and staff might have made a difference. ? So the earlier and clearer the warning, the more chance an individual had of surviving,” said the report, which was released late Wednesday night. “The points that I will raise tomorrow, I don’t view that they would be solved by taking that step,” Kaine said. The report also concluded that while Cho had demonstrated numerous signs of mental instability, the university did not intervene effectively. The panel sharply critiqued the university’s counseling center, where Cho was referred for treatment in 2005 after a stretch of bizarre behavior and concerns that he was suicidal. The panel concluded that the center failed to provide needed support and services to Cho, due to a lack of resources, misinterpretation of privacy laws and passivity. The report also noted that records of Cho’s “minimal treatment” at the counseling center are missing. Cho showed signs of mental health problems as far back as middle school, the panel found. His middle school teachers found suicidal and homicidal thoughts in his writings after the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. He received psychiatric counseling and was on medication for a short time, the report said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! However, the report concluded that while alerts might have helped students and faculty to protect themselves or alert authorities of suspicious activity, a lockdown on April 16 of the 131 buildings on campus was not feasible. It may not have prevented the determined gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, from carrying out the shootings. As a student, he had access to campus buildings and the ability to get the same messages as everyone else. He could have gained access to a dormitory or begun shooting people in the open. “From what we know of his mental state and commitment to action that day, it was likely that he would have acted out his fantasy somewhere on campus or outside it that same day,” the report said. The eight-member panel, appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, spent four months investigating the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Panel chairman Gerald Massengill declined to comment when reached Wednesday night. Kaine said earlier Wednesday he did not conclude from the report that either Virginia Tech President Charles Steger or campus police Chief Wendell Flinchum should resign. last_img read more

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IRISH WATER SAFETY CONCERNED ABOUT TRAINING OF DIVERS AFTER LATEST DONEGAL DEATH

first_imgChief executive of Irish Water Safety John Leech has urged divers to be well-trained and practiced before undertaking dives in Irish seas.The late Rev Dr Stewart Jones.He said the organisation is very concerned about the deaths of five divers in separate accidents in the past month.It follows the latest death in Co Donegal at the weekend. A 57-year old man was the latest person to die in a diving incident off St John’s Point.Rev Dr Stewart Jones of Donemana Presbyterian Church near Strabane, Co Tyrone, who was a qualified diving instructor died after getting into difficulty near St John’s Point lighthouse.Mr Leech said while many of those who died were experienced, conditions and decision-making can affect the outcome of any dive negatively.He said physical fitness was also very important. “Diving by its nature is not risk free – it’s all a case of managing risk,” Mr Leech said.“Generally speaking, what we’d say is that planning a dive is so important, the whole stress-management, training is vital.“The more training you do the less chance you have of dying, because the more time you put in in the water the more diving fit you are,” Mr Leech added.IRISH WATER SAFETY CONCERNED ABOUT TRAINING OF DIVERS AFTER LATEST DONEGAL DEATH was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DiversdonegalIRISH WATER SAFETYlast_img read more

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Adobe Apollo is now Adobe AIR

first_imgAdobe has just unveiled the official name of its much talked about Adobe Apollo product: Adobe Integrated Runtime, or Adobe AIR for short. Adobe is also announcing a beta version of the runtime, which will include Ajaxand HTML support. This means developers can create an Apollo application entirely based on HTML, without using Flash at all.For those who may not know, Adobe Apollo was the code name for the cross-operating runtime developed by Adobe that allows developers to create Rich Internet Applications for the desktop. There’s a myriad of possible use cases for this technology, from productivity applications that work both online and offline, to music players such as Finetune that can be accessed via the desktop.Adobe AIR is expected to be released at the end of the year, and will include a beta version of this runtime along with Ajax and HTML support. Previously, you could only build an Apollo application using Flash, but Adobe is now making it more appealing to a wider range of HTML developers – who may not use Adobe Flash. So included in this announcement is an extension that allows Apollo apps to be created directly from Dreamweaver, and PDF support to leverage the PDF platform in Apollo applications. The release also includes a SQLite database, just like Google Gears, so developers can gobetween the two easily.Adobe is attempting to streamline the process of building Apollo applications, in the hope it increases adoption rates. The challenge in introducing a web development platform is making it simple enough for developers to test drive, yet valuable enough for the end user. Adobe competitor Dekoh (see our profile here), is using an open-source model and community to increase adoption. In many ways, the Adobe strategy is similar to that of Facebook, which recently opened up the Facebook platform. Most web teams can easily develop a Facebook app in a weekend, as it is simple for the development team to create apps for that platform. In turn, the Facebook team hopes that it’s valuable enough to the end user, which then encourages more application building and innovation from developers at other websites.Although not exactly identical situations, Adobe is making it easier for all the developers out there to play around with the platform – and opening it up to HTML developers seems like a smart move. Backed by a $100 million venture fund and tons of corporate investment, Adobe needs to also do a better job of showcasing successful implementations of Apollo; and convince end users why they need to have online and offline support. That is probably the major goal behind the Adobe Bus Tour, also announced today, in which Adobe is traveling to 18 cities to perform demos and spread the word on the platform.Despite the bus tour, my mother and father (average Internet users) need to be convinced that there are many instances in their lives where they need a desktop application of some of their favorite Internet sites/applications. It’s still early in the process but, coupled with the open sourced Flex 3, Adobe is taking a very active approach to being more nimble and inclusive about engaging early adopters. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jay fortner 1 Tags:#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: March 15, 2018

first_imgCalifornia Highway Patrol program catches L.A. cargo crooksThe California Highway Patrol Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) in February arrested 15 members of a suspected theft crew in Los Angeles County following a seven-month investigation of organized commercial burglary. The total value of the stolen cargo was more than $1 million. Those arrested are alleged to have spent their days driving through industrial areas looking for merchandise, according to CTIP. At night they would return to likely spots, cutting holes into warehouse doors and loading stolen products into vans. Some businesses made the suspects’ jobs easier by leaving pallets of merchandise outside for quick pickup and delivery. The thieves targeted boxes of clothing, shoes, cosmetics and electronics and sold some of the merchandise to a Long Beach, California, couple. The CTIP said it expects to make more arrests in the case. The suspects were charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property. California formed the CTIP program in 1994. Security directors from such organizations as the Western States Cargo Theft Association, California Trucking Association and National Cargo and Security Council Transportation meet with law enforcement monthly to discuss recent trends, losses, suspects and active investigations.   [Source: Transport Topics]Casino employee arraigned in Easter promotion schemeA former host at Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Pennsylvania accused of participating in a scheme to rig an Easter sweepstakes in 2014 was arraigned Tuesday. Kenneth Rowlands, 32, of Kingston, surrendered before District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to participate in a rigged contest. Spagnuolo arraigned Rowlands at Luzerne County Central Court and released him on $15,000 unsecured bail. Rowlands was accompanied by his attorney, Peter Moses. Authorities allege Rowlands was in on the scheme that involved two other casino employees — Robert Joseph Pellegrini, 52, a former vice president of player development, and Colin Ray Boecker, 32 — plus casino patron Mark Heltzel. According to criminal complaints: Boecker set up the Easter sweepstakes, which offered patrons the opportunity to select plastic eggs that contained cash prizes and free slot credits. Rowlands had to make sure Heltzel was made aware that a certain egg contained the grand prize of $10,000, which he picked on April 27, 2014. Heltzel then gave some of the cash to Pellegrini, Boecker and Rowlands. Boecker, of Tonawanda, New York, and Pellegrini are facing similar charges. They have not been arraigned.Heltzel, 53, of Dallas, has not been charged in this case, but pleaded guilty in another. The alleged contest rigging happened before Pellegrini was involved another scheme with Heltzel and former casino waitress Rochelle Poszeluznyj, 40, of Kingston. Pellegrini, Heltzel and Poszeluznyj were charged in 2016 in the scheme that ran from May 2014 to April 2015 and involved the theft of personal identification numbers, or PINs, from gamblers. The numbers were then used to create duplicate rewards cards with $478,000 in free play credits. Heltzel gambled with the cards and split the winnings with Pellegrini and Poszeluznyj who stole the PINs. Heltzel was sentenced last August to 18 months in federal prison. Poszeluznyj was sentenced to six months on house arrest and two years on probation.[Source: Times Leader]Toys ‘R’ Us will sell or close all US stores, according to CEOToys “R” Us is set to file liquidation papers Wednesday (March 14) evening in advance of a bankruptcy court hearing on Thursday, reported The Record. Toys “R” Us CEO David Brandon spoke about the company’s fate to employees in a conference call, calling it a sad day, according to the report. He also said the brand would be missed. However, the decision to liquidate might not sink the retailer totally. CNBC reported that the toy giant is eyeing one plan that would keep some stores open ever after it liquidates the company. Under the proposal, the company would sell its stronger Toys “R” Us Canadian division, along with some 200 of its most profitable US stores, to a new buyer. Although there is no definite buyer yet, there are several circulating, according to CNBC. Toys “R” Us, which filed for bankruptcy in September, currently has more than 700 remaining US locations, between its namesake and Babies “R” Us banners. In related developments, the U.K. arm of Toys “R” Us on Wednesday announced it will be closing its store base within six weeks. [Source: Chain Store Age]- Sponsor – Man robs JCPenney store, threatens LP associate with knifePolice in San Antonio, Texas, arrested a 33-year-old man after he allegedly robbed a JCPenney and threatened a loss prevention associate with a knife. Investigators say Roland Pena was caught on camera stuffing a pair of jeans inside a shopping bag at South Park Mall on SW Military Drive around 1 p.m. on February 22nd and then putting on a new pair of shoes before walking toward the elevator. A police affidavit states Pena was confronted by a loss prevention associate, who said Pena took off the shoes but kept the jeans in the bag. Investigators say Pena pulled out a knife as he walked toward the store exit and told the LP associate to stop following him. Pena has been charged with aggravated robbery. [Source: News4SA]Retail jobs increased by over 46,000 in FebruaryRetail industry employment increased by 46,400 jobs in February over January, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said today. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 313,000 jobs, the Labor Department said. “This substantial gain in retail jobs is a significant positive sign regarding the health and viability of the industry,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “It is stronger than expected and there were broad gains across most retail sectors. Beyond retail, labor markets continued to strengthen in all industries in February, and more jobs throughout the economy will mean more consumers shopping in retail stores. With tax reform in effect, consumer confidence increasing and strong underlying economic fundamentals, 2018 is off to a good start and we expect a prosperous year ahead.”The February increase was more than four times the gain of 10,800 jobs seen in January over December. The three-month moving average in February showed an increase of 10,600 jobs.General merchandise stores were up by 17,700 jobs, fueled mostly by gains at warehouse and supercenter stores, while clothing and accessories stores were up by 14,900 jobs and building materials stores were up by 10,300 jobs. There were declines totaling 5,400 jobs spread across health and personal care, sporting goods and miscellaneous stores. Kleinhenz noted that retail job numbers reported by the Labor Department do not provide an accurate picture of the industry because they count only employees who work in stores while excludng retail workers in other parts of the business such as corporate headquarters, distribution centers, call centers and innovation labs. Economy-wide, average hourly earnings in February increased by 68 cents – 2.6 percent – year over year. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, unchanged for the fifth straight month. [Source: Business Wire]ATM debit card fraud hit 10 percent in 2017A new report has revealed that there was a 10 percent increase in the number of payment cards compromised at US ATMs and merchants in 2017. “The number of compromises and the number of card members impacted set a new record last year,” said TJ Horan, vice president of fraud solutions at FICO. “While most devices are safe, fraudsters are developing new technology and methods for hacking ATMs. This is why it’s important for consumers to be cautious when withdrawing cash, and also for them to check their account regularly and confirm that all the transactions on their debit card are legitimate.”The data – which is taken from the FICO Card Alert Service that monitors hundreds of thousands of ATMs and other readers in the US – also showed that compromised card readers at US ATMs, restaurants and merchants went up 8 percent in 2017.ATM hacks have proven to be a real concern for consumers and financial institutions. Earlier this year, Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corporation – the two biggest ATM makers in the world – warned that hackers are going after ATM machines in the US with tools that can force the machines to spit out cash. A confidential alert was sent to banks from the U.S. Secret Service that hackers are targeting standalone ATMs that are usually found in drug stores, big-box retailers and drive-thru ATMs. And while financial institutions are launching cardless ATM transactions in which customers can use their mobile phones to withdraw money, Krebs on Security found that feature can be hacked, with criminals using stolen bank account usernames and passwords to quietly take cash out of ATMs. In its report, FICO offered tips to keep payment card info safe, including staying away from an ATM that looks odd, or where your card doesn’t enter the machine smoothly; avoiding an ATM if anyone is hanging around nearby; calling your bank immediately if your card is captured inside of an ATM; requesting a new card number if you believe your card has been compromised; and checking your transactions frequently. 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Google Plus’ Circles System May Not be Sustainable

first_imgHere’s another example: you become friends with someone – real friends, not “Internet friends.” Thanks more public social networks like Twitter or even niche communities like “People You Follow” on Google Reader, there’s now an opportunity to know of someone, even chat casually with them in a safe, public, space. With Circles, you can easily dump all these same folks into one big Circle. From my initial foray into Google Plus, that’s precisely what many of the early adopters have done. They’re using Google Plus the way they used Google Buzz, or FriendFeed before that. Friend everyone, and engage in public chats – mostly about Google Plus, of course.But what about when one of those people becomes a real-world friend? Maybe you first run into them at a conference, putting a face to a name. They’re now an “Acquaintance.” Later, you spend a night out on the town with them, and realize you have a lot in common. You make plans to see each other again, at a non-work event, perhaps. This person has become a “Friend.” Depending on how your Google Circles are set up, you may have had to drag-and-drop them into multiple different circles over time, as this relationship changes. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Be Prepared: Circle Management Overhead Coming SoonNo big deal, you say – it’s just one person. But are you prepared to do that with all your relationships, from this point forward? Is that a sustainable system? How much of your time with Google Plus will be spent organizing and quantifying your degrees of closeness with your contacts? And if you choose not to, deciding to just friend only your “real” friends, or “return friend” everyone, then how exactly would Google Plus’s system be any different from Facebook or Twitter (respectively) for you, in terms of relationship management?These are some of my initial concerns with the Circles model of managing relationships. It’s not a system I personally mind, to be fair – I’m a geek too, and I like organizing things. But what about the mainstream user, arriving from Facebook? Circles are a lot like Facebook’s friend lists, a feature which Facebook has shown less support for and interest in over time. Maybe regular folks don’t think it’s useful to put people in lists? Maybe regular folks find it easier to live in public, and post things for everyone to see, even if “everyone” now includes mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and that random friend from high school who wanted to catch up?What Can Google Do?To continually differentiate itself from Facebook, and keep Circles from becoming an organizational overhead nightmare, Google Plus needs to get smarter, quickly. Google should use its engineering brilliance to build algorithms that do relationship management for you. It should know when you change jobs (you update LinkedIn, for example) and suggest or enact a Circles change to reflect that. It could monitor the frequency of your conversations with fellow friends and suggest they’re moved into a more personal circle – all you have to do is click “Accept.” Or it could even auto-create Circles for you based on those interactions, or based on keywords in Google Profiles, or based on whether or not you were friends on other networks, and so on.But should Google intervene? Or would that cross the “creepy line” it so likes to toe? And if it does not intervene, will Circles become end up being too much work to keep up with, thereby destroying the entire value proposition of Why Google Plus and Not Facebook?What do you think? Do you share this concern, or find me overly pessimistic? Let me know your thoughts via comments, Twitter, or heck, Google Plus. Tags:#Google#Op-Ed#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit There are now over 3,000 people in a circle I’ve dubbed “work friends.” That may be nothing compared to the likes of Robert Scoble, but at the current rate of friending occurring on Google’s new social network, I’m well on my way to seeing friend counts that rival Twitter, a network where I’m hovering around 12,000 followers. And this is during Google Plus’ private trial period!The beauty of Google’s Circles is that it does allow for this sort of public relationship with people in your industry – in my case, fellow tech enthusiasts. But at some point, I’m concerned the “put people into boxes” model may break down. Relationships aren’t binary (friend or not), but they’re also not static (e.g. “Friend A in Circle X”). Relationships change. How will Circles adapt to change with them?2 Examples of Changing RelationshipsHere’s one simple example to illustrate the problem with Circles: you change jobs. Let’s say you go to work for a competitor. Now, everyone in the circle called “Work” need to be put into a circle with less access to your daily thoughts and posts, assuming you were using Google Plus to talk about projects you’re working on or you were talking to others in your same industry. Those conversations may need to remain private.Even if privacy is not a concern, for organizational purposes alone, the title “Work” is no longer accurate. sarah perezlast_img read more

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Facebook Has Already Shown Us What Its VR App Will Look Like

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox let slip that the company was working on its own virtual-reality apps.Cox’s revelation, in a talk at the Code Media conference in Dana Point, Calif., is hardly a shocker, given Facebook’s purchase of headset maker Oculus VR last year. But it’s the first time the company has hinted at any plans to take advantage of its shiny new toy.So what is a virtual-reality version of Facebook going to look like? Turns out we’ve already seen it.Remember Facebook Home, the social network’s ill-fated attempt to take over your Android phone? Putting photos and status updates on your lock screen didn’t live up to the hype. But in two television commercials—one starring Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself—the company gave a very clear vision of what an immersive, IRL version of Facebook would look like.In one commercial, an airplane ride gets livened up by a shirtless dude in the luggage compartment, drag queens, and a cute kid:In the other, Zuckerberg is interrupted by a screaming goat and a pool party:These wacky interruptions were meant to represent what our friends’ pictures and updates would look like if we could experience them all around us.See also: Facebook Home Could Be A Pain, Unless You Really Love FacebookThe problem is that Facebook Home was a flawed product: It didn’t work as well as it could, and it just didn’t prove as compelling to users as Facebook’s designers and engineers hoped.“The version of the world where you’re sending an immersive picture of what you’re doing is far more interesting,” Cox told his interlocutor, Recode editor Peter Kafka, at the event. “You’ll do it, Beyonce will do it.”Oculus VR, whose Rift headset places you in a virtual world where you can turn left and right and see all around you, could be the vehicle for these experiences. It’s far less clear, of course, how we’ll capture these 360-degree views of what’s happening around us.But Facebook has the building blocks for those tools, in its core app, as well as photo-sharing tool Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp.Sharing cat GIFs is so 2014, in other words. Get ready for the screaming goats.Lead image courtesy of Facebook Tags:#Chris Cox#Facebook#Facebook Home#Mark Zuckerberg#Oculus Rift#Oculus VR#virtual reality You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th…center_img The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables owen thomas 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more

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Treatment of injured players burning a hole in BCCI’s pocket

first_imgIn just three months this year, the Indian cricket Board has spent Rs 34.50 lakh on medical assistance of players, with pacer Ishant Sharma’s ankle surgery raising the single biggest bill among the current players – Rs 15.82 lakh.The surgery on the 23-year-old pacer’s troublesome left ankle was performed in London in March and Ishant is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.Ishant rightfully deserves the treatment as one of the contracted players of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and one of its leading pacers, when fit. He is likely to return to action in August, for the home series against New Zealand and, therefore, needs to be kept in cotton wool.A top BCCI official disclosed that during the period under consideration, the BCCI had released a total of Rs 34,50,415 on the treatment of the current and former players. “Of this amount, Rs 27,48,671 has been spent on five contracted players of the Board, namely Ishant, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Munaf Patel and Zaheer. And on nine retired players the Board has spent Rs 7,01,744 between January and April,” the official told MAIL TODAY. Tamil Nadu opening batsman Murali Vijay raked up the second highest medical bill, of Rs 8,94,912, on his trip to Australia for treatment on his injured wrist. He has since returned to action and represented the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in April-May.In all, Rs 1,27,840 was spent on Tendulkar’s medical care. He visited London in March to seek medical advice on his troublesome right toe. Also, he got injured during Mumbai Indians’ opening IPL game against Chennai when a delivery from pacer Doug Bollinger hit his right glove and broke one of his fingers. He, too, has since returned to the field.Bills of pacer Munaf and Zaheer were Rs 79,254 and Rs 64,190, respectively, and settled in the same period – January to April. Both regained fitness and played for their franchises in the IPL, and should be in contention for India’s next assignment, the two-Test series against New Zealand starting on August 23 in Hyderabad.Ishant’s father Vijay Sharma lauded the BCCI for taking care of his son. “The Board pays attention to all the players, especially those who are on its contracted list. Ishant was in Grade A for 2011-12, which was worth Rs 1 crore,” he told MAIL TODAY. The BCCI is showing its humane face. It has reached out to the ailing ex-first-class players too, apart from giving the retired players a handsome one-time purse from the surplus earned from the IPL and Champions League T20.The biggest beneficiary among the nine first-class players is former Kerala player JK Mahendra, 61, who underwent angioplasty a few months ago in Chennai. The BCCI gave him Rs 2,94,291.The other first-class players who benefitted were P Ramesh Naidu (Rs 97,646), Michael Dalvi (Rs 88,194), PK Dharmalingam (Rs 37,000), Stanely Saldhana (Rs 29,265), PR Punjabi (Rs 5,282), and BB Nimbalkar (Rs 1,415).”My two arteries were blocked. I had medical insurance but it had lapsed. About five months ago I wrote to the Board, through the Kerala Cricket Association, for financial assistance,” Mahendra, who played 39 first-class matches between 1967 and 1981, told MAIL TODAY. “I was lucky that I got timely assistance, for which I am thankful to the BCCI. Without this help, I’d have been struggling.” The Hyderabad-based Sultan Saleem, 64, had a heart problem, according to P Man Singh, manager of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team. “He had a heart ailment for which he had received treatment,” said Man Singh, who’s also based in Hyderabad. “In the early 1960s, he scored a triple century in the first innings of a school match and a double ton in the second in a match of the Basalath Jah inter-school tournament. It was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records too.” advertisementlast_img read more

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