20 Jan
2020

Holmwood ready to challenge – Anderson

first_imgThis was the second-longest winning streak in Girls’ Champs history, behind Vere Technical’s 15.All of Holmwood’s victories came under former head coach Maurice Wilson, who has served as technical leader of Jamaica’s senior track and field team, and is also a senior lecturer at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports.Holmwoods’ last victory came in 2013, Wilson’s final year in charge of the team, and since his departure the team has struggled to remain in the top three, finishing a disappointing fourthat the last twooutings.Wilson’s long-time assistant coach Dave Anderson, who has been in the programme for the past 17 years, has been given the mantle to try and revive the programme. He was promoted to the head coach position at the start of the season and he is very confident of restoring pride at the institution.”This will be a new challenge for me and I am up for it, and after finishing fourth in the past two years, my aim is to ensure that the team move from fourth to a positive position, and based on the work the girls have been putting in so far, I am very confident that we will go higher than fourth,” said Anderson.Two of his best middle-distance athletes in Shanieke Watson and Lisa Buchanan, who scored major points for them over the past few seasons, have left, but Anderson thinks he still has enough ammunition to continue to do well in this area.”The young ones have done well so far at the various meets, and I am confident they can fill the shoes of those two girls, and we do have people in all three classes who can hold their own,” he continued. “We are very strong right across the board, and we have been doing well on the track and our strength is in this area, but we do have quality people in the field events.””Being fourth for the past two years has been an unfamiliar position for us, and we think we have a team that can challenge for the title. When you look on second and third for the past two years it is around 17 points separation here and because we have not executed well on the days, especially the final day, we have finished fourth, but once we do execute well, I am confident we can move up.”last_img read more

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18 Jan
2020

North Korean athletes arrive in South for joint Asiad training

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dressed in matching light blue outfits, the delegation of 34 athletes and coaches landed at Incheon International Airport via Beijing.Their exact schedules have yet to be determined but the North Koreans are expected to begin training with their South Korean teammates next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It is the first time North and South Korea have formed unified teams to compete at the Asian Games.The two countries –- which are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty –- will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies in Indonesia. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The move follows an agreement between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s president Moon Jae-in at their summit in April.Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw between the two Koreas after the North sent a high-level delegation and athletes to the Winter Olympics held in the South in February.Diplomatic efforts have gathered pace since then, leading to a landmark summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.Indonesia president Joko Widodo formally invited the Korean leaders to the Asian Games, although it is unclear if either has responded.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Two officials from the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) put North Korea flag next to South Korea flag prior to a meeting with Olympic Council of Asia at its headquarter in Jakarta on June 28, 2018.North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asian Games, organisers said on June 28, in the latest sign of thawing tensions. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYNorth Korean athletes arrived in the South on Sunday for joint training ahead of the Asian Games next month, the latest effort at rare cross-border sports diplomacy.The two Koreas agreed last month to field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Thomas effectively seals his first Tour de France title The idea for a joint team initially sparked a backlash in the South on the grounds that Seoul was depriving its own athletes of the chance to compete.Ultimately, the sight of North and South Korean players wearing the same jerseys drew emotive responses from spectators and the squad quickly became an Olympic favourite despite being thrashed in all its matches.Earlier this month, a group of 50 South Korean basketball players visited Pyongyang for friendly matches, and a team of North Koreans will be in Seoul in the autumn for another round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Region 7 hit by another violent storm

first_img…no school reopening today in Kako VillageIn less than one month, at least three villages in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have been devastated by violent storms, leaving residents to pick up the pieces and restart life. Late on Saturday afternoon, a violent storm wreaked havoc in Kako Village. Although there has been no loss of life, residents have to now pick up the pieces and start reconstructing their damaged homes.According to Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, no one was seriously injured. He said that a team from the Regional Democratic Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee has been dispatched to the village and has reported that some six houses were totally destroyed, six other buildings suffered major damage and the school in the area was also damaged.“Because of the damage to the school, there would be no school reopening tomorrow (Monday) and the Regional Administration would be there to begin repairs to the school soon,” Bradford informed Guyana Times.Flashback: The house that collapsed on Marsha Jordan and killed her during a storm last monthHe added that the team reported that residents indicated that for the past five days they have been experiencing heavy thunder coupled with lightning and precipitation. He said that this would begin in the afternoon hours around 15:00h.“The parents are fearful of sending their children to school, especially those that have to use boats, because of the storm. They are saying that the children should remain home, because it would be too bad if they get caught in a storm on the river,” he said.Bradford said that the Civil Defence Commission has been informed and was on standby to provide assistance if needed. He added that Kamarang, also in Region Seven, was affected, but because of its remote location, the details of the damage there are yet to be reported.The Regional Chairman said interior locations would experience frequent storms during the hurricane season and noted that the residents were already looking at the possibility of constructing storm-resistant homes. He said that a storm-resistant home would be built to house the family of Marsha Jordan, who was killed when a house collapsed on her last month during a violent storm.Jordan was seven months pregnant at the time. She was the mother of two girls aged 3 and 11. Around 16:00h on Friday, August 19, heavy winds, lightning and thunder wreaked havoc on the Amerindian village of Jawalla, damaging several houses in the process. Jordan and her two daughters were sheltering under a house when it collapsed on them, immediately killing her.last_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

Area boxer harbors Olympic-size hopes

first_imgAZUSA – Inside the old, stucco building, punching bags hang from the ceiling and a hand-scrawled sign that reads, “No spitting on the floor and lift up your shorts!” sticks to the wall. A creaking, wooden boxing ring occupies the middle of the floor. Rocky Balboa, it seems, could walk in at any moment. Instead, it’s Danny Martinez of Azusa throwing jabs and upper-cuts in the ring at the Azusa Boxing Club, while trainers Trey Torres and Ralph Rodriguez look on. Martinez, 21, has been training hard for five years and will be competing in Salt Lake City, Utah, starting Sunday for a place on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Martinez’s trainers said his progress has been outstanding. “He’s come a long way,” Rodriguez said. “Now it’s up to him to get to the Olympic team. He’s going to be one of the prizes of Azusa.” Martinez could be one of several boxing greats to come out of Azusa’s little grass-roots gym. The boxing club, which has been operating for 55 years, started small at Azusa High and functioned out of a couple of back yards before landing in the nearly 100-year-old building on Third Street and Dalton Avenue. It has produced champions Zack Padilla, Johnny Chavez, Paul Banke and Glenn Kennedy, fighters Martinez idolizes. Wrapping his hands and wrists in white cloth, he said boxing not only helped him blow off the steam built up from being the only boy of seven siblings, it also kept him out of gangs and away from drugs. Now, he said, he wants to provide a positive role model for Azusa’s youths. “I want kids to look up to us as athletes,” he said. “I want to make a difference.” For now, he said, he needs sponsorship “from companies or individuals” to help pay for gear and accommodations on his Salt Lake City trip. bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – Robbers smashed a vehicle through the window of Continental Check Cashing, 12854 Pioneer Blvd., and stole cash, police said Thursday. After taking an unspecified amount, the robbers abandoned the car, which deputies later identified as stolen, and ran to another stolen car to flee at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Tom McNeil. They abandoned the second car a few blocks away and got into a third stolen car. Anyone with information was asked to call sheriff’s Norwalk Station, (562) 863-8711. Officer crashes during car chase MONTEBELLO – A Montebello police officer was uninjured after his patrol car collided with a curb and rolled onto its right side Wednesday night, police said. The officer, a member of Montebello Police Department’s special investigations unit, was responding to a call for assistance from officers pursuing a narcotics suspect at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, said police Chief Gary CousoVasquez. As the officer drove through an intersection at Slauson Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard, two other vehicles did not stop, and the officer swerved his car to avoid them. His vehicle then rolled onto its right side and hit a curb. The officer, whom Couso-Vasquez declined to identify, was resting at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center Thursday night. The narcotics suspect officers were pursuing was apprehended and arrested, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. Afternoon stabbing leaves man critical NORWALK – A man was in critical condition Thursday night after being stabbed in an alley. Sam Leal, 37, of Norwalk was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center about 3 p.m. Thursday, after he was stabbed in the abdomen behind a business at 13422 Telegraph Road, said Lt. John Voza. Shelter store seeks volunteer workers WHITTIER – Sacks on the Boulevard, the Shelter’s Right Hand thrift shop that benefits the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, needs to add to is staff of volunteer workers. Sales from the shop generated $50,000 for the shelter last year. Now, the Shelter’s Right Hand has added an upstairs boutique, “A Step Up,” that carries upscale merchandise. If you can give a few hours in the morning or afternoon, or even once a month, call Jan McMahon at (562) 696-1399 or (562) 699-1558. Rio Hondo offers computer classes WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College is offering free computer classes at the Los Nietos Community and Senior Service Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave., from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Environmental group to meet MONTEBELLO – The Save Montebello Hills Task Force, a local arm of the Sierra Club, will hold a general meeting to discuss city park land from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Montebello Methodist Church, 1220 W. Whittier Blvd. All interested residents are welcome to attend and find out if Montebello has enough park space for all its citizens. Parking will be available in back of the church, off Taylor Avenue. For more information, call Margot Eiser, (323) 728-7066. – From Staff Reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

DETAILS OF HOSPITAL REBUILD TO BE UNVEILED TOMORROW

first_imgDetails of a major rebuilding plan for Letterkenny General Hospital will be unveiled tomorrow.The hospital during the flooding. Copyright Donegal Daily.Up to 70% of the hospital footprint was covered in water when the Co Donegal hospital was flooded in July following torrential rain.Details of the major rebuilding plan will be revealed by the hospital’s general manager Sean Murphy. It is believed the rebuild and recovery plan could cost in the region of €20 million.A team of civil engineers have been appointed to carry out an investigation into how the flooding happened.The engineers’ investigation is understood to centre around a culvert close to the hospital which is understood to have overflowed during the torrential downpour.At the height of the flooding disaster, a team of 500 volunteers rushed to the hospital to help with the clean-up. The recently-opened Accident and Emergency Department, which cost €22 million, was seriously damaged and forced to close.Patients were redirected to both Sligo General Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for a number of weeks.A new temporary A&E has since opened to walk-in patients.Hospital manager Sean Murphy will unveil the rebuild plans to the public meeting tomorrow in the Mount Errigal Hotel.        DETAILS OF HOSPITAL REBUILD TO BE UNVEILED TOMORROW was last modified: September 16th, 2013 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:Letterkenny General Hospitalmanager Sean Murphyrebuildlast_img read more

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28 Dec
2019

Where does it go?

first_imgRe: “DWP wants new rate hikes” (March 30 Councilman Tony Cardenas said the ratepayers need to know the details. I’m a ratepayer, and the alarming details I know are: The DWP gives $100-plus million to the city General Fund each year, and I don’t get notified what that money is used for. The city also collects a 10 percent utility tax on every DWP/city utility bill, and I don’t get notified what that money is used for. The sewer service charge is going to go up and has gone up a lot more than any water rate increase I’ve ever seen. I say that Water and Power revenue should be for Water and Power use only. I don’t want to see any gray areas. – Dennis T. Miller Tujunga DWP articles In Regards to DWP, past Daily News headlines Include: – Sept. 13, ’05: “Oops! DWP flub leaves 2 million powerless” – Sept. 21, ’05: “Big raises for DWP” – March 20, ’06: “OT flows like water at DWP” – March 30, ’06: “DWP wants new rate hikes” As a proud DWP employee, I am tired of the Daily News constantly bashing us. Why can’t you print some of the wonderful things this utility does within our communities, such as several of the facilities have adopted local schools? And yes, I am on my 15-minute break while I write this. – Cheryl Linn Power North Hills Dodgers uniforms Re: “Dodgers’ fans to sit pretty in new seats” (March 30) Frank McCourt spending $20 million renovating Dodger Stadium is impressive. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t have enough money left for the players’ names on the back of their uniforms. Despite that annoyance, I’ll continue to root for the old home team as I have since 1941 when I lived in the Bronx, a Brooklyn Dodger faithful midst taunting friends, fans of the hated Yankees. – Robert Schick Northridge Another unjust war On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Iran can have nuclear power plants but cannot enrich uranium. Nuclear power plants require enrichment of nuclear fuels. Rice is therefore suggesting that Iran accept dependence on foreign nations for their energy programs, but the U.S. has no authority to impose such a restriction. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty only forbids member nations from developing nuclear weapons. The treaty explicitly permits development of nuclear energy and does not restrict enrichment technology. The Bush administration has shown that they cannot be trusted with regard to what they claim to know. If they have any evidence that Iran’s nuclear program is for military purposes, let them prove this. Let’s not get into another unjust war. – David Holland Northridge Policing protest Re: “Biggest protest in city history hits tough immigration bill” (March 26 Not only was this the largest protest in the history of L.A., it was the largest in the nation. There were no serious incidents, no arrests or injuries. Chief Bratton and LAPD officers should be commended for their outstanding efforts in keeping the peace. – Monica Harmon Los Angeles Permanent underclass Re: “Latinos: It’s way overdue” (March 29 I am a legal immigrant from Mexico, yet when it comes to the current issues regarding illegal immigration, I can still remain objective. Apparently that is something Antonio Villaraigosa, thousands of protesters, and now Rodolfo F. Acuna cannot do. If they could, they would admit that amnesty without aggressive border enforcement will only create a permanent underclass in this country. If employers have the option of hiring from an immense pool of labor that is willing to work for even less than the “guest workers,” is there any doubt as to who will end up in their factories and fields? Add one more to the list of those in denial: the unions that grouse about the low wages earned by migrant workers on the one hand and advocate an open-border policy on the other. – Michael Cornejo Sunland Quality-of-life issue Re: “Latinos: It’s way overdue” (March 29 Considering Rodolfo F. Acuna’s ranting and name calling, I don’t expect better logic than what he presented. Ironically, 10 years ago, I hoped we could have an open-border system like the European community. But to have something like the EC, the Mexican and Central American governments would have to be stable and democratic, which I do not see in the near future. What the good professor ignores is that we are having uncontrolled growth that is overwhelming our system. Public facilities have posted numbers of maximum occupancy and occupants above that number are being deemed unsafe. That is what we are dealing with now. In this day and age, no one cares that someone is Latino or Chinese or whatever. We are concerned about quality of life. – Elizabeth Cronin Los Angeles Immigrant cartoon Great Patrick O’Connor cartoon on March 28. It truly conveys reality. If we allow immigrants to take care of our kids, pick the vegetables we eat, do our yards, and let’s not forget, allow them into our house to clean, why can’t we share basic civil rights? I think that Congress is just looking out for their interest. Republicans want our cheap labor and some Democrats take our voters for granted. – Baltazar Martinez Sylmar Mideast cartoon The David Horsey cartoon in your March 27 edition implying that there is essentially no difference between terrorists bent on murdering innocent civilians and Israeli soldiers defending their homeland was shocking. The concept of moral equivalence is the most egregious aspect of contemporary popular culture. Palestinians have allowed themselves to be led by people committed to genocide and have created a culture that lauds genocide. Israelis may be mindful of acts of genocide against Jews in the course of history. However, responding to perilous situations by committing genocide against others is unthinkable to Israelis. There is no equivalent. – Rabbi Louis J. Feldman Van Nuys Will not fly Ed Garfalo asks a good question in his letter of March 29: “What did it prove.” Well, Ed, the hundreds of thousands who marched last weekend proved that while peaceful this time, any effort to deport 12 million undocumented people, breaking up families, will not fly. The thousands of schoolchildren (a majority of whom are legal citizens) who left school to march will never settle for their parents being deported. So the short answer, Ed, is that the government that allowed this situation to develop had better come up with a good solution or, as Ronald Reagan said, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” – Philip Wilt Van Nuys Jobs they won’t do President Bush keeps repeating his slogan about “jobs Americans won’t do.” He must be talking about the president and Congress, who refuse to do their jobs of protecting the Constitution, U.S. sovereignty and the rule of law. Maybe we could hire guest workers to replace them. – Charles K. Sergis Calabasas This was a test Re: “What’s missing?” (Your Opinions, March 20 Mark Dam laments that No Child Left Behind only leaves between 30 and 45 minutes each day to cover every subject besides language arts and math, and then asks if he missed anything. Yes, sir, you did. Testing, and more testing, and still more testing … – Ron Mossler Northridge ——— How to write to us We welcome letters on all issues of public concern. All are subject to editing and condensation, and they can be published only with the writer’s true name. Only the writer’s home community, rather than full address, will be published. Letters must include the writer’s complete home address and daytime telephone number for verification purposes. Please limit letters to 100 words. Letters and columns that are submitted and for which no compensation was paid may be republished in digital and other formats and retained in archives, without compensation to the author. Mail letters to: Public Forum, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200 Fax: (818) 713-3723 E-mail: dnforum@dailynews.com Our Opinions reflect the opinion of the newspaper as an institution. Your Opinions are the personal opinions of readers of the newspaper. Their Opinions express the personal opinion of the writers. dailynews.com For the weekend package of local, state and national columns, editorials and Public Forum, go to Opinions section of dailynews.com. 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24 Dec
2019

EVOLVE VOTED BEST MENSWEAR WEDDING PROVIDER IN IRELAND!

first_imgWedding Hire Manager of Evolve Menswear Louise McPhilemy with JP and Mark McCloskey.Evolve Wedding Hire has just been awarded the Best Menswear Wedding Provider in Ireland by Mrs2Be.The Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards recognise quality of service, professionalism and flexibility of Irish-based wedding suppliers and venues.The awards are the first and only Irish wedding industry awards that are based on a detailed review process from actual couples who have experienced the services. The awards cannot be bought and they are not your typical “click to vote” popularity contest.Owners, JP & Mark McCloskey are thrilled with the award.“To win a Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice is a real achievement for us and we thank the couples who took the time to participate in the reviews as we know there were a lot of questions!”, said JP McCloskey.Mark McCloskey stated that “we are very fortunate to be so busy in the wedding department and most of the couples have been referred to us by previous couples. It means a huge amount to us to know that couples are happy with the service provided by Evolve and want to refer us to their family and friends”. He continued by saying that “it’s with massive credit and thanks to our Wedding Hire Manager Louise McPhilemy that the business continues to be successful. She is professional, a hard worker and wants to ensure that the wedding day for each and every couple is special and stress free when it comes to the groom and his party.”At the award winning store, Evolve offer the best in quality, lightweight, contemporary and modern suits along with unrivalled customer service.Wedding Hire Manager, Louise McPhilemy says “Me and the team are delighted to receive such a prestigious award and the fact that it’s feedback from our customers that has won us this award shows the importance of the quality of service each couple receives and why we go that extra mile at Evolve to ensure happy and satisfied customers.”The luxurious department allows the groom-to-be and his party to privately view and fit the range and quality of wedding suits, from traditional tails to shorter lounge jackets.So if you are getting married, you need to put Evolve Menswear top of your list. EVOLVE VOTED BEST MENSWEAR WEDDING PROVIDER IN IRELAND! was last modified: July 10th, 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:donegalevolve menswearlast_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

You have (1) new message in a bottle!

first_img SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”The journey’s begun and your ship’s underway!July 24, 2017In “News”The lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaitsAugust 7, 2017In “News” This week July 17-July 23, work with your crew to collect 30 gold coins on the Friend League and earn the first map piece souvenir. You’ll be one step closer to finding the lost treasure of Mary Hyde!The more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…Don’t have many geocaching friends? Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!To earn the souvenir you must contribute at least 5 gold coins towards your crew’s total. The Friend League will refresh every Monday at 5am (PST), noon (UTC). This week’s souvenir will be awarded to your profile on Wednesday July 26, 2017.Week 1 point values:Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 10 gold coins.Attend and log an event cache = 10 gold coins.Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.————————————————————————————————————————-Get on board:Add friends to your Friend League.Go geocaching to earn gold coins:As a team, earn 30 gold coins to receive the first map piece souvenir. (You MUST individually contribute at least 5 coins to earn the souvenir.)All logs must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26, 5am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to qualify for the first souvenir.Later that day (Wednesday, July 26) you will be notified by email if you earned the first souvenir. (Make sure to sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences.)To learn how to earn the next souvenir, follow Geocaching on  Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for the Weekly Newsletter. If you earn all four souvenirs to complete the treasure map, you’ll earn the meta treasure chest souvenir!Start yer quest!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010

first_imgThis time last year, I wrote about the 10 ways social media will change 2009, and while all predictions have materialized or are on their way, it has only become clear in recent months how significant of a change we’ve seen this year. 2009 will go down as the year in which the shroud of uncertainty was lifted off of social media and mainstream adoption began at the speed of light. Barack Obama’s campaign proved that social media can mobilize millions into action, and Iran’s election protests demonstrated its importance to the freedom of speech. This guest post was written by Ravit Lichtenberg, founder and chief strategist at Ustrategy.com – a boutique consultancy focusing on helping companies succeed. Ravit authors a blog at www.ravitlichtenberg.com.Today, it is impossible to separate social media from the online world. Facebook reached 350 million users last month — 70% of whom are outside the US — and it accounts for 25% of the Web’s traffic, according to Pew nearly one in five people on the web use Twitter or some other service to check status messages, and 94% of enterprises plan to maintain or increase their investment in enterprise social media tools. The social media conversation is no longer considered a Web 2.0 fad — it is taking place in homes, small businesses and corporate boardrooms, and extending its reach into the nonprofit, education and health sectors. From feeling excitement, novelty, bewilderment, and overwhelmed, a growing number of people now speak of social media as simply another channel or tactic. So what will social Web bring next? What will “being connected” mean? What will the next experience be for the 2 two billion people who are connected to the Internet? Here are 10 ways what we’ve called social media will evolve in 2010. Social Media Will Become a Single, Cohesive Experience Embedded In Our Activities and Technologies By this time next year, social media will no longer be “social media” — it will be an integrated, unquestionable component of your online and offline experience. Last year we spoke of cross-platform integration across media sites. Open APIs and OpenID made that possible, and even LinkedIn announced last month that it too will finally open its APIs. 2010 will be about integration and a single, cohesive experience across platforms as well as across products and devices — Web, mobile, TV, and video — will become near-inseparable experiences. Users will access content from any device or platform, co-create and mashup their photos, videos and text with traditional content while interacting with each other. Publishers will create new kinds of content for the connected world, and the last years’ lull in good entertainment will finally be lifted. This trend will cut across all of our activities — from playing games to shopping to emailing and texting — nothing will be lost; everything we do will be gathered and streamed together, allowing people to view their world of activities as if it were projected in front of them, open to change, review and input at any point in time from any device or online tool. Social Media Innovation Will No Longer Be Limited By TechnologyWith Web technology maturing and the near-elimination of previous barriers such as closed platforms and discrete logins, companies will now look to innovate the way they use existing technology, rather than focus on technology enhancements themselves. We will see a move to leverage existing assets — content and capabilities — in new ways, turning information to wisdom and insight to action. Whereas once user research required focus groups and usability tests, companies will utilize the Web’s capabilities to achieve the same. Naturally occurring conversations will be utilized in product innovation and design, and companies will create incentives for people’s attention and engagement while repurposing and analyzing content and engagement in new ways that will deliver valuable input. Mobile Will Take Center StageWorldwide, the iPhone alone accounts for about 33% of mobile web traffic and IDC predicts the number of mobile web users will hit one billion by 2010. As the technological barriers come down, people will increasingly use their phones on-the-go to access social networks, search, read content and find location-based information. Our phones will be used as a central hub and beacon — enabling a slew of new capabilities and experiences. Expect an Intense Battle As People and Companies Look To Own Their Own Content2009 marked the year of open Web, and divergence of content, making content available anywhere, anytime, by anyone and to everyone; it was the year content exploded across the web, platforms and devices. The issue Google solved so magically — content find-ability — will become all but moot in the coming years. Instead, content relevance and quality will become the key focus. In 2010 we will start to see convergence as companies take measures to own their own content, its location and its cost. Last month, Rupert Murdoch announced he may opt News Corp out of Google, instructing it to de-index its publications from the search engine and giving exclusive rights to Bing for a fee. This means that content publishers will be able to determine where they make their content available and at what cost. With the growth of user generated content and the dwindling relevance of search results, people will gradually shift their trust from large aggregators like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and move to searching and finding content at specific locations and, eventually, creating and integrating their own content hub into the rest of their personal digital experience. “People don’t realize that everything they do — on Facebook, Ning, Google and with their credit cards — is being collected, tracked, analyzed, owned and monetized by these companies who provide (so-called) free services. It’s not a healthy model.” Says John Faber, COO of af83, a Drupal development house and co-founder of the upcoming DrupalCon. Enterprises Will Shape the Next Generation of What We’ve Called “Social Media”It was easy to forget that enterprises and large institutions are the originators of some of social media’s pillars: listservs, forums, intranets and collaboration tools. As social media became a public domain, enterprises have been cautious participants, predominantly in the product space, with few visionary leaders like Zappos, IBM and Dell. But cautionary they are no more. With a reported average of 25% increase in funds allocation toward social media activities, in 2010 we will see a surge in adoption of social media across product, services and solutions companies. Having the need and the funds, enterprises will determine the next generation of social experiences. They will push enhancements that meet their needs, specifically around monitoring, automation, alignment with the sales cycle and integration with existing systems, expanding social “media” to encompass the ecosystem of social computing across solutions, and making them actionable for the company. Jive, blueKiwi, Remindo and Sharepoint support companies internally. Most recently, Salesforce.com released Chatter, designed to turn the corporation, and CRM, social. With its APIs opening later this year, “Chatter can become a new layer over its Force platform, already being used by 68,000 customers, enabling companies and developers to leverage the Salesforce infrastructure in a secure environment,” said Bruce Francis, VP corporate strategy Salesforce.com. ROI Will Be Measured — and It Will MatterReturn on investment on social media activities has been challenging to most companies this year. Surveys show only 18% of companies say they saw meaningful return on investment from their social media activities while the other 72% report modest, no return or inability to measure the return on their investment in social media. While the definition of ROI is evolving to better fit the world of relationships and networks, the ability to demonstrate ROI in hard numbers — not in followers or fans — will become a baseline business requirement in 2010. Already, both traditional firms and startups are working feverishly to demonstrate they can turn hype into science. But, only those companies who will be able to analyze and predict hard returns on investments will last. Finally: Real, Cool and Very Bizarre Online-Offline IntegrationVirtual worlds, games and avatars were just the beginning of the online-offline integration. In 2010 we’ll see a greater push on this front as distance and physical walls will matter even less. Augmented reality — already integrated into Yelp’s latest geo-tagging enabled application — will allow users to find relevant information and people depending on their location; Twitter360 will help people find each other, connect and see updates by location all while on the go through their mobile device. People will be able to scan products on shelves but process the sale online; you’ll never need to ask for a business card again at events — and you may actually get promotions and discounts that match your interests. Many “Old” Skills Will Be Needed AgainAn economic downturn coupled with the surge of social media eliminated many traditional marketing and PR roles. But this year, we’ll see the return of professionals to the field. Enterprises will turn back to marketers who specialize in understanding customer psychology and who are experienced in addressing these both offline and online. Research and development divisions will turn to customer experience professionals to draw on user needs and ideation as part of their product improvement and innovation process, and sales and support will continue to deliver services online. Expect to see job postings for social media managers, social media psychologists and social media executive administrators to help manage the infinite tasks involved with communities and social media campaigns. Women Will Rule Social Media2009 revealed the growing role women play online. Women make 75% of all buying decisions for the home, and 85% of all consumer purchases. Social networks have at least 50% female members, and it is women ages 35-55 who make up the fastest-growing population on Facebook — not the expected Gen-Y population as previously anticipated. Previously limited by organizational hierarchies and job demands, women today are free to create, express and promote themselves using social media channels. Innately excelling at communication, relationship building and multi-level attention, women will take the reins on their careers and network becoming both a sought-after consumer segment as well as driving business strategies for social-media-connected companies. Social Media Will Move Into New DomainsAs social media becomes integrated into our experiences online, it will have an impact on verticals such as nonprofit, job training, education, and health care. University of the People — a UN-backed initiative to offer free education in emerging markets — is using the power of distance learning and virtual collaboration. Obama’s campaign for job training also highly relies on the power of online interaction. “The top 10 companies to work for are going to become learning companies. Instead of having 10% of time to philanthropic activities, they’ll spend 10% of time on learning or teaching,” says Chris Heuer, founder of Social Media Club and director at iStrategyLabs. “Sites like I’m Too Young For This, and Know Cancer Community prove that no topic is too complex for social collaboration. These site help people connect and share information previously only available to their doctors,” says Jennifer Benz of Benz Communications, a consultancy that works with companies to introduce social media capabilities into employee benefits and health care communication. “Companies who integrate social collaboration and conversation into health care find they have more knowledgeable employees and patients who can make smarter choices and improve the quality of their care.” Social media as we knew it even 6 months ago has changed. By this time next year, it will have become fully integrated into everything we do online and offline. By the end of this year we’ll see a move toward greater control over content and companies will fight over social media land grabs in preparation for the future. By next year, we will no longer speak about social media technology but about what we’ve been able to do with it. We will discuss power of ownership and only accept quality, relevant content. As we move to automatically accept a narrowed selection of the mass content online, we will begin to crave larger reach again and the natural process of chaos and order — constriction and expansion, convergence and divergence — will repeat itself in an ever-accelerating pace. Whether you are an individual, a startup, small business or a large corporation, an online presence and an ongoing conversation with your constituents is a baseline requirement — and will take time and expertise. Companies are diverting resources and rethinking their traditional outreach strategies. “Whether you’re recruiting, looking for investment, trying to get buzz — you need to be visible,” says John Nogrady, director, emerging business at Microsoft bizpark, and serial entrepreneur. Brian Zisk, founder of SFMusicTech, which is taking place in San Francisco this week, says “If you’re out there as a genuine contributor in the community you can reach out to many people. Take the FooFighters’ free Facebook concert, or Zoe Keating — a local artist with over 1.2 million fans online. Their ability to connect with their fans was made possible because of the Internet.” As you read this, it may seem far reaching but so did a presidency won through the power of online community not too long ago. Whether you are a novice finally giving in to the pressures to “get on social media,” someone who is highly experienced, or a visionary already looking for the next big thing, you will play a role in social media in the coming year even through your simple, daily actions. And as the social media wave dissipates into the vast ocean of connected experiences, the term itself will become an entry in dictionaries and encyclopedias and we will embark on a new era of knowledge, accessibility and experiences unbound by distance, time or physical walls. 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