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“Rohr” Nigeria who lead Group B with 10points, three more than Saturday’s opponents, Zambia, will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with any manner of win against the South Africans on Saturday.The other teams in the group, Cameroon (with 3pts) and Algeria (with 1 point) are out of contention for a place at the global showpiece.RelatedBEACH BOYS: Gernot Rohr And Victor Agali Enjoy Elegushi Beach [PICTURES]September 10, 2017In “Lifestyle”AUDIO: It Is Not Over Yet – Gernot RohrSeptember 2, 2017In “National Team”AUDIO: I Will Choose the Best Goalkeeper For Zambia Clash – RohrOctober 4, 2017In “Nigeria” “We know it would not be easy. I think it would be even more difficult than the Cameroon game,” Rohr stated. Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has warned that Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo will be very difficult, adding that the 3-time African Champions will not underrate the exciting Zambian team who beat Algeria home and away in the last two Match Days to bounce back to reckoning in Group B of the qualifiers.A win for the Eagles at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium on Saturday, will guarantee Rohr’s side a 6th World Cup appearance at the expense of Zambia, who will boost they chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia with either a draw or a unlikely win over Nigeria.Speaking in Uyo, the Franco-German tactician also admitted that the Zambians have immensely improved since losing 2-1 to the Eagles in the reverse fixture last November in Ndola.center_img “We are looking at making the decision in our group. Of course, if we win this game on Saturday, you know that we are qualified (for the World Cup), everybody wants to do it,” the 64-year old said.“But we know also that Zambia is a good team. They are champions of under20 in Africa; they have a different team now from the one they had in Ndola. So we must not underrate this team. We have a lot of respect for this Zambian team. They beat Algeria twice. 1. 0:31 “Rohr” last_img read more

Broward Deputies Face Criminal Charges for Pepper Spraying Teen

first_imgThree Broward County deputies are facing criminal charges for taking part in the pepper spraying of 15-year-old student Deluca Rolle last April, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Sargent Gregory LaCerra, 51, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of battery for spraying the teen and then throwing him to the ground. He also faces a charge of falsifying records, and one count of conspiracy to falsify records for allegedly “falsifying the description of the circumstances” of the incident with the teen, which was captured on cellphone video.The sheriff’s office also says that Deputy Christopher Krickovich, 29, was charged with two counts of battery for slamming the teen’s head to the pavement, and for punching him in the head. The deputy is also charged with two counts of falsifying records, and one count of conspiracy to falsify them.In Rolle’s arrest report, Krickovich claims that the deputies were being “threatened” by teenagers at a McDonald’s near J.P. Taravella High School in Tamarac. The high schoolers had apparently gathered to watch a fight. The police union that represents the deputies says they used appropriate force, according to the union’s policy.Meanwhile, Deputy Ralph Mackey, 49, was charged with one count of falsifying records and another count of conspiracy to falsify records, for falsifying the description of the circumstances of the teen’s arrest.The battery and falsifying records charges are first-degree misdemeanors, which means they carry maximum punishments of up to one year behind bars. The conspiracy charges, considered second-degree misdemeanors, carry punishments of up to 60 days in jail.All three deputies are expected to appear in Broward County Court within a few weeks to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges, the sheriff’s office said.Rolle’s family has hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.last_img read more

Officials Plan “Reimagined” South Beach with More Culture, Less Party

first_imgIn the video, the mayor goes on to say, “This is precisely the right time. We cannot continue to kick this can down the road. When we emerge from this pandemic — and we will emerge — we should have a different kind of South Beach. A better one. Just as vibrant and iconic, but also cultural and safe. A South Beach for everyone.” See more details on the mayor’s proposal below: South Beach could soon be getting a makeover, and not in the way you may be thinking.Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber announced Wednesday that he plans to replace the famous entertainment district with an “Art Deco Cultural District,” where alcohol sales would stop at midnight at most places, in order to reduce crime and other issues.“The current entertainment district has become too difficult and costly to police and, equally important, too inconsistent with our brand. And it’s too special and iconic a place to be so badly underperforming,” Gelber said.The mayor talked through his vision during an eight-minute YouTube video in which he noted that the city’s commission plans to further discuss the plans next week.Gelber explained that the entertainment district has become “a victim of its success” and grown to resemble “a beachfront Bourbon Street,” where visitors act in ways they never would at home.With that in mind, Gelber’s proposal calls for alcohol sales to be cut off at midnight.However, certain businesses would be allowed to apply for conditional permission to extend that deadline, if they meet certain requirements.center_img Miami Beach implemented an 8 p.m. curfew last weekend for parts of its entertainment district, in an effort to prevent gatherings that could increase the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

Literacy Volunteers Teaching Skills for 30 Years

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezLiteracy Volunteers of Mon­mouth County (LVMC) has been teaching adults in the Two River area to improve their literacy skills for 30 years.What started in 1983 as a handful of volunteer tutors teaching basic literacy students, has grown into an organization to include 133 active tutors who serve about 612 basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) students.“We’ve grown in leaps and bounds,” says Rebecca Lucas, LVMC director.Trained volunteers work one-on-one or in groups to help adults improve their writing, reading and speaking skills.Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County honorees (from left) Carl DeJura, Sarah Wilson Stewart and Ted Nappi, at the organization’s recent annual fundraising dinner.It was three decades ago that a small group of Mon­mouth County residents, trying to address the needs of low-income adults, began offering free tutoring to improve reading and writing skills. Now LVMC is a nonprofit charitable organization accredited by ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy organization in the United States.Divided into two groups of learners, LVMC helps the students meet their own individual literacy goals. The Adult Basic Education program is for people who lack an acceptable grade level of basic reading, writing and math skills. They may suffer from learning issues or were somehow overlooked in the education system. Often they have high school diplomas and longstanding careers, yet they never mastered foundational literary skills.The second group, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, are foreign-born New Jersey residents learning to fit in with their new environment. LVMC serves people from more than 39 countries helping them improve their language and literary skills.Students have various goals: Some may want to apply for U.S. citizenship or a drivers’ license or pursue a General Equivalence Diploma (GED); a parent may want to help a child with homework and communicate with the child’s teacher; another student may want to enjoy a classic novel or read to a grandchild.Almost every student wants to have the skills to secure a steady job or do their job better. But, such simple goals may seem unattainable to a person who cannot read.According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 1 million adults in New Jersey do not have a high school diploma or a GED. In addition, low literacy adds an estimated $230 billion to the country’s annual health-care costs, according to Proliteracy.org.“Educated employees can take on more responsibilities, provide increased productivity and be more effective problem solvers,” Lucas says.LVMC tutors, who vary in ages from 18 to senior citizens, are area residents from all walks of life who share the desire to help empower others through literacy. Becoming a volunteer requires no teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language.After completing a free 18-hour volunteer tutor training session, tutors are matched – often based on scheduling and location – with a student for one-on-one sessions or to help with an ESL conversational group. Tutors and students meet at mutually convenient locations such as libraries or churches that lend their spaces, usually once a week.The bond that develops between tutor and student is often very strong and many pairings grow into longtime friendships with shared family and cultural activities.In addition, LVMC offers workshops and classes for both students and tutors, including GED preparatory and computer skills, and family, financial and health literacy programs.All tutoring is free and confidential.LVMC could not do what it does without volunteers and supporters. “As a volunteer-based organization, we’re funded by grants, donations and our annual fundraising dinner,” Lucas says.During its annual fundraiser in May, the group celebrated 30 years of bringing literacy to New Jersey residents and honored a few fervent supporters.LVMC board members Ted Nappi was honored with the Literacy Champion Award and Carl DeJura received the Literacy Education Excel­lence Award. Longtime supporter and volunteer Sarah Wilson Stewart received the Literacy Advocate Award.“In today’s society, low economic adults cannot get a job unless they can read at a high school level,” Lucas says. “We try to help the students to get their reading, writing and conversational skills up to par.”Once up to par, students can enroll in GED programs, trade schools and Brookdale Community College or take advantage of resources such as the state Department of Labor and Workforce’s One-Stop Career Services Center.“In order to do that, we focus on adults with the lowest level of literacy to help them to get them off welfare so they can go out and get jobs and become contributing members to their community.”For information on supporting LVMC or becoming a tutor, call 732-571-0209 or visit www.lvmonmouth.org.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT WINNER RUNHAPPY HEADS FIELD OF SEVEN IN SANTA ANITA’S OPENING DAY, GRADE I, $300,000 MALIBU STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS THIS SATURDAY

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2015)–Fresh off victory in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint, owner James (Mattress Mac) McIngvale’s Runhappy heads a field of seven in Santa Anita’s Opening Day headliner, the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.Although the Sprint was Runhappy’s third consecutive graded stakes victory and fifth win in-a-row overall, trainer Maria Borell was terminated the morning after the Sprint on Nov. 1, following an apparent disagreement as to how the son of Super Saver would be managed that morning at Keeneland. As a result, the colt’s original conditioner, Laura Wohlers, is once again the trainer of record.Ridden to victory in his last three starts by the recently injured Edgar Prado, Runhappy will be handled for the first time in the Malibu by Gary Stevens, who has two lifetime Malibu wins to his credit. Blessed with eye catching speed, Runhappy’s lone career try at seven furlongs resulted in a four length triumph three starts back in the Grade I King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29.By all accounts, Runhappy has trained sensationally since his Breeders’ Cup win, with two bullet works in Kentucky at a half mile and five furlongs, and he followed those moves up with a bullet five furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:11.80 on Dec. 8. His most recent drill came here on Dec. 15, when he breezed seven furlongs in 1:25.40.A winner of the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 1, Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson enters the Malibu fresh, as he’s been idle since running fourth in the Grade III Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs May 2. A Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, Lord Nelson is owned by Peachtree Stable and would appear to be a dangerous commodity off the bench. In his only other start at seven furlongs, Lord Nelson ran a close second, two starts back, in the Grade III Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct April 4.Fourth, beaten 6 ½ lengths by Runhappy in the Grade I King’s Bishop two starts back on Aug. 29, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s lightly raced Watershed comes off a rousing allowance score going seven furlongs at Keeneland on Oct. 15 and has trained well locally since shipping in from South Florida earlier this month.A first-out maiden allowance winner going six furlongs at Saratoga Aug. 7, the Kentucky-bred colt by Bernardini has won two of his three starts, all in combination with Joel Rosario, who will fly in for the Opening Day assignment. Bred by Darley Stud and owned by their Godolphin Racing, LLC, Watershed is out of the Dubai Millenium mare Thousand Islands.McLaughlin will also send out another lightly raced colt by Bernardini, Godolphin’s home-bred Marking, who cuts back from a 5 ½ length allowance win going a mile on Nov. 4 at Aqueduct and is undefeated in two starts. Regular rider Jose Lezcano will ship in to stick with Marking, who drew post position two.The prestigious Malibu, which will be run for the 64th time on Saturday, has been won by a number of legendary horses, including A Gleam (1953), Round Table (1957), Hillsdale (1958), Native Diver (1962), Buckpasser (1966), Damascus (1968), Ancient Title (1974), Spectacular Bid (1980), Ferdinand (1986) and Shared Belief (2014).The complete field for the Malibu, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Pain and Misery, Tyler Baze, 118; Marking, Jose Lezcano, 118; Watershed, Joel Rosario, 118; Runhappy, Gary Stevens, 123; El Kabeir, Mike Smith, 118; Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 118, and Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 118.                First post time on Opening Day is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

Cape Epic a shining success

first_img8 April 2008 The final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw the Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen walk away as overall winners of the 2008 event.With a nine-minute advantage built up of over the last couple of stages, they solidified their position as winners once again when they crossed the finish line within the leading bunch of riders who sprinted the last couple of metres of “the Magical and Untamed African Mountain Bike Race.”Thousands of enthusiastic spectators lined the impressive finish at Lourensford in Somerset-West to welcome the top guns across the line.Final stage winnersHowever, first across the finish line of the final stage was the Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in a time of 2:42:21. The stage win secured them the second place overall in 36:10:49.Following the Bulls, in second place, was another German pairing, Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess of Alb-Gold Mountainbike, in a time of 2:42:25, which clinched them a fourth overall finish in 36:28:35.The Cannondale Vredestein team finished one second later to take top honours in 26:01:45.SA’s bestThe final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw the Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen walk away as overall winners of the 2008 event at the weekend.For the final stage of the 2008 Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas, riders enjoyed a stage half the length of the longest one, but the climbs were amongst the steepest.Through the vineyards and orchards of Oak Valley there were several short, jagged hills. The long, steep climbs over Nuweberg followed, which forced many of the riders into their ‘granny gear’.As slowly as they had to ride uphill, the opposite was true of the next downhill sections. Hair-raising descents forced riders to stay alert in order to avoid a tragic exit to the race at such a late stage.This took them to the flat section nearing the bottom of Gamtou Pass where, like last year, they had a compulsory portage section through the National Heritage Site. The Absa Cape Epic participants followed in the Voortrekkers’ footsteps down to the railway line, through more vineyards, which took them to the finish line at Lourensford.Winners’ strategyRoel Paulissen, one half of Cannondale Vredestein, the overall winning team, says they were prepared to ride the final stage at a very relaxed pace, as they felt they didn’t need to fight too much thanks to their time advantage. It didn’t work out that way, however.“In the beginning, Brandon Stewart of USN/adidas broke away to set the pace for the first 20 kilometres. Once he shot off to attack, our race instincts kicked in and we immediately stayed with him,” Paulissen said. He then decided to take over in terms of leading the teams, which he did for most of the race.The leading teams – Bulls, Alb-Gold Mountainbike, Cannondale Vredestein, MTN Energade and USN/adidas – enjoyed the final stage, although USN/adidas encountered some problems when Brandon Stewart had a chain suck one kilometre from the finish line, and had to fix it.“After that, I was out of the sprint and I am really sad about it. We felt so good today that I believe we could have stepped on the podium in the last stage,” he commented.ThrilledThe MTN Energade team was thrilled with their third place ranking overall. Kevin Evans said: “David (George) had very good legs today so he could have performed well in the sprint.“I ended up in the back of the leading bunch and once I tried to get to the front, it was too late and I was not in a good enough position to compete in the final sprint. However, we are really proud of our overall third place and our African category overall win.”He added that after winning the race’s prologue, he and George thought they might be able to take top honours in this year’s event. “But after stage two and three, we thought absolutely not. Then our confidence grew after stage four and we thought that maybe if we fight, and with Lady Luck’s help, we can climb the overall podium, which we did!”David George added: “What impressed me most about the Absa Cape Epic is the camaraderie between the pro riders. The mutual respect and the relaxed atmosphere amongst the top riders is something I have never experienced before in road racing. That’s why it stood out for me.”Defending championsIn second place overall, the German Bulls team returned to defend the title they won in 2007. Asked on whether they thought prior to the race that they could win again this year, Karl Platt said: “Absolutely, yes. I have never felt this good before during any Absa Cape Epic as I did this year.“Stefan had a few weak days in the beginning and I had to pull him on occasion, but we grew from strength to strength together. It was really hard work to at least claim the second place.”The champions, Jakob Fuglsang and Roel Paulissen of the Cannondale Vredestein team, embraced each other as they completed their race. Victory, they said, had been about tending to unfinished business.Ladies’ winnersFirst to cross the finish line in the ladies’ category were Finland’s Pia Sundstedt and Alison Sydor of Canada, the Rocky Mountain team, who won their sixth stage of the event in 3:23:45.They took overall victory in 43:05:51, which was enough to place them in the top 25 overall!.In second place during the final stage, as well as second overall, was the Trek/VW Wsd team of Susan Haywood (USA) and Jennifer Smith (NZL). They finished the stage in 3:28:16 and the race in 44:41:33 overall. The first South African team, Jane Seggie and Ischen Stopforth of the Scott Contessa team, captured third place in 48:00:03.CelebrationFor Sydor and Sundstedt, crossing the finishing line in Lourensford was a time for celebration as they hugged each other while rolling over the last timing mat of thes race.Unexpectedly, their handlebars caught, resulting in a crash in front of the astonished crowds. Sundstedt hurt her shoulder when they fell on top of each other, but she quickly back on her feet to celebrate the win.Sydor and Sundstedt both reckoned that the 2008 Absa Cape Epic was a hard race in a beautiful environment. “I can truly say that the Absa Cape Epic is the toughest sporting event I’ve ever done in my life. Everything about this race is extraordinary – the scenery, the organisation, the people. It is long ride, but it is a great ride and I can’t imagine a more fantastic way to explore this beautiful country,” explained Sydor.MastersIn the Masters’ category it was no surprise that the Absa Masters, South Africa’s Doug Brown and Switzerland’s Barti Bucher, walked away as the overall winners in 40:22:38.The were second on the final stage in 3:06:21, trailing the Adidas William Simpson team of Shan Wilson and Walter Platzgummer, who finished in 3:05:19. They ranked second overall, with third going to M. C. Franken and Peter Buggle of Pragma Masters.Brown said the Absa Cape Epic puts one through all the emotions a human being can experience in a very short period of time. “It’s an exceptional challenge and in a few years time I won’t be able to believe that I’ve finished it three times,” he said.His riding partner, Bucher, added: “I imagined the Absa Cape Epic to be a scenic ride through some game reserves where I can see giraffes and elephants. To be honest, during the first two stages I couldn’t see a thing around me. All I saw was the route that went up and down and up and down.“Big lungs and good legs are not enough for this race. You have to be an all-rounder who can cope with loose gravel, sand, steep climbs, single-track, wind, and endless flat stretches to win the Absa Cape Epic. Simply finishing it is a real accomplishment.”MixedTop honours in the mixed category went to the Joybike-Maloja Express combination of Ivonne Kraft and Nico Pfitzenmaier, who won their sixth stage in a time of 3:17:07. In addition, the German duo also won the Prologue. Their overall time was 43:31:32.Second place went the way of Cyclelab Toyota’s Johan Labuschagne and Yolande de Villiers in 44:15:58, while Absa Mixed’s Kobus and Fienie Barnard ended third in 45:50:21.Pfitzenmaier commented about his experiences during the event: “During the Absa Cape Epic you go through all stages in life. You experience emotional highs and lows, joy and happiness, as well as frustration and anger. It is a true life experience.”His riding partner Kraft added: “It is fun.pain, exhaustion, but happiness at the end.”RomanceThere was also a memorable romantic moment at the finish when John Bullens (41) proposed to his riding partner and girlfriend of the last 21 years, Patrice Vercammen (39), on the finish line as they completed their nine-day challenge. On reaching the line, Bullens, a firefighter from the Netherlands, went down on one knee and his bride-to-be accepted his proposal. They were married an hour later in Somerset-West!Mike De Beer and Casper van Wyk of Team River Group were the last riders to cross the finish line before the cut-off time in an emotional finale to the event. Overwhelmed by emotion, they rolled in to the tune of “Heroes Live Forever”.FinishersOut of the 1 198 riders who embarked on the gruelling journey on two wheels, 968 cycled the entire 966 kilometres Knysna to Lourensford.During the prologue and the eight stages, they climbed a total of 18 529 metres on their bikes, which is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice! In total, 435 teams managed to arrive at the final destination whereas 98 riders had to complete the event on their own.Since the event began in 2004, 29 riders have completed the Absa Cape Epic five times. In order to reward the loyalty shown by competitors who return each year to ride the Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas, the organisers have introduced a loyalty programme.‘Amabubesi’Riders that have finished the event three times will be awarded membership of adidas Amabubesi – The Absa Cape Epic Finisher Club. “Amabubesi” means “pack of lions’ in Zulu – an excellent description for mountain bikers that return year after year to ride the event.“To finish the Absa Cape Epic just once is a great accomplishment. That is why we would like to award mountain bikers that keep coming back and complete this tough race year after year. This way, we pay tribute to their achievements,” said Axel Burkhardt, head of Olympic Sports, Cycling and Outdoor at adidas Global Sports Marketing.Before the 2008 event, 139 Amabubesi riders had participated and completed the Absa Cape Epic at least three times. Eighty-five of those participated again in this year’s event!RESULTS MEN Cannondale Vredestein – Paulissen (Bel), Fuglsang (Den)Bulls – Platt (Ger), Sahm (Ger)MTN Energade (1) – Evans (RSA), George (RSA)Alb-Gold Mountainbike – Genze (Ger), Kaess (Ger)Full-Dynamix Rsm – Kessiakoff (Swe), Debertolis (Ita)Dolphin-Trek – Brentjens (Ned), Lakata (Aut)USN/adidas – Stewart (RSA), Knox (RSA)Etto Hoydahl (3) – Bratland (Nor), Torgersen (Nor)Etto Hoydahl (2) – Hoydahl (Nor), Kjoren (Nor)MTN Energade (2) – Heymans (Nam), Swanepoel (RSA) LADIES Rocky Mountain – Sundstedt (Fin), Sydor (Can)Trek/VW Wsd – Haywood (USA), Smith (NZL)Scott Contessa – Seggie (RSA), Stopforth (RSA) MASTERS Absa Masters – Brown (RSA), Bucher (Sui)Adidas William Simpson – Wilson (RSA), Platzgummer (Ita)Pragma Masters – Franken (RSA), Buggle (Ire) MIXEDJoybike-Maloja Express – Kraft (Ger), Pfitzenmaier (Ger)Cyclelab Toyota – Labuschagne (RSA), De Villiers (RSA)Absa Mixed – Barnard (RSA), Barnard (RSA)Source: Absa Cape Epiclast_img read more

SA ‘ready to help rebuild Libya’

first_img23 August 2011 South Africa has pledged to contribute to the rebuilding of Libya as Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule crumbles – while denying that it had sent a plane to evacuate Gaddafi from the oil-rich north African country. As news broke on Monday of rebel forces taking control of Tripoli, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa did, however, have a plane on stand-by in Tunisia in case South Africans and embassy staff in Libya needed rescue. “The South African government would like to refute the rumours that it has sent planes to Libya to fly Colonel Gaddafi and his family to an undisclosed location,” Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters. According to media reports quoting a rebel spokeman, the rebels now control over 95% of Tripoli, including the Libyan state radio building. Gaddafi’s two sons have also reportedly been arrested, with his eldest son, Mohammed Al-Gaddafi, apparently surrendering to rebel forces. South Africa says it will support the will of the people of Libya. “With the imminent fall of the government of Colonel Gaddafi, we wish to urge the interim authority in Tripoli to immediately institute an all-inclusive inter-Libyan political dialogue aimed at building a truly representative and people-centred dispensation,” the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement on Monday. The statement also made it clear that Pretoria had no knowledge of Gaddafi’s whereabouts, with Nkoana-Mashabane adding that officials in South Africa were “sure that he will not be coming here.” The government said the political and socio-economic transformation of Libya “held real prospects of ushering in a new era based on the will of people in which Libya should take its rightful place in the community of nations. “As Libya turns a new leaf in its history, the transitional government has the immediate responsibility of building national unity and reconciliation, restoring public order, reconstruction and reviving the economy.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Like Facebook, Starter Edition: Togetherville Launches for Kids (and Parents)

first_imgTags:#Facebook#news#NYT#Product Reviews#Real World#security#social networks#Social Web#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Another important element to the site is the lack of anonymity. On Togetherville, children use their real name and an actual photo. That may be startling to some adults who have traditionally been told that posting your child’s picture online is dangerous, but in Togetherville’s safe, stranger-free environment, it’s not a concern. …And It’s Fun! Beyond the stringent safety measures, which should assure parents, Togetherville is actually fun to use. Site activities include posting “quips” (pre-screened status messages like “Aced the test! Oh yeah!”), playing games and creating art projects via third-party, pre-approved apps, watching (age-appropriate) funny videos and cartoons, sending virtual gifts, earning badges for positive behavior and earning a virtual “allowance” that can be spent on goods, games and gifts. (Virtual goods and the allowance launch later this summer.) Games, videos and creations made on-site by the child can also be liked and commented on by parents, and can be easily shared back the parent’s Facebook account for “instant bragging rights.” Growing Up Digital: Some ConcernsTogetherville is one of many new social networking sites aimed at introducing kids to the concept of digital identities in safe environments. Everloop, for example (still in private beta), is similar but is positioned towards older kids, tweens and young teens. The idea of using sites like these as safe training areas where children can learn best practices and good online behavior is brilliant. The only downside is that a child’s history of interactions, creations and friend lists don’t come with them when they move from site to site as they get older. Although Facebook Connect makes the set-up process easier, we wish the exiting experience could somehow be improved so that the child’s creations are archived off-site for later access. At the very least, it would be nice to export the child’s art projects as digital photos.One day, when these sites are no more (or simply forgotten about), so much can be lost. Unlike Crayola-made drawings hanging on the fridge, digital art and expression is harder to archive. Status messages that fade away into oblivion are more ephemeral than pen-and-ink diaries that are a kick to re-read after years have passed. But perhaps that’s just how it is these days. Impermanence is par for the course on grown-up social networking sites like Facebook; it’s best to prepare kids early on for that fact of digital life. Related Posts center_img Togetherville is a new social networking site launching today that’s aimed at young children under 10-years-old. Although some parents may balk at the idea of children this young establishing a social networking identity and presence, the purpose of the new service is to provide a training ground where parents can teach their kids important lessons about online communication, community building and what it means to be a good digital citizen. Instead of pretending that today’s youngest Internet users aren’t socializing online (even the most watchful parent can be surprised sometimes), Togetherville acknowledges the fact that children can and do play and learn using social networking services. The problem though, as any good parent will tell you, is that young children need to be taught how to use these types of services appropriately. They don’t instinctively know what details should and should not be shared, who is safe to friend and who isn’t (“don’t friend strangers” is the new “don’t talk to strangers,” it seems), and they certainly aren’t prepared for the real-world dangers of using larger social networking services like MySpace and Facebook where issues like digital stalking, harassment and cyberbullying are a sad consequence of public socializing. Enter Togetherville. Togetherville is SafeIn the press release, the site creators call Togetherville a social network with “training wheels” and the description couldn’t be more accurate. The network has been designed from the ground up as a safe place for children to try out social networking. Here, parents can be highly involved with their children’s online ventures. They don’t have to demand the login from their kids – they’re given their own login where they can access their child’s account and activity, as well as interact directly with what the child is doing. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the most interesting aspects about the new service is how it establishes online friendships. Instead of leaving it up to the child to friend others, Togetherville uses the parent’s Facebook account (by way of Facebook Connect) to instantly build communities of trusted, real-world friends the child’s parent already knows. These communities, dubbed “neighborhoods” in Togetherville’s terminology, are made available to the parent who can then pick and choose which adults and children their child may connect to. Facebook Connect allows the parents to discover other Facebook friends who have already established an account on Togetherville. It streamlines the process so parents don’t have to “re-friend” their friends, they just “discover” them. When a child logs into Togetherville, the approved parent and child combos are seen as neighborhoods where “kids” are separated from the “grownups.” There is no way for other, unknown users to contact a child outside of this process. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Gaming in the Cloud: OnLive Launches Tomorrow

first_imgOnLive, the cloud-based gaming service founded by Apple alum Steve Perlman launches tomorrow. The service hopes to mark a monumental shift in the way gaming works: no more downloads, no more patches, no more discs. Instead of running a video game locally, players on OnLive connect via broadband to a gaming system that runs and stores not just their data, but the entire game itself. OnLive enables video games to be played on Mac or PC and, using their “micro console device” on your TV.In a world where “lag” – latency due to Internet or graphics hiccups – means “death,” there have been a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to make cloud-based gaming feasible. Some eight years in development, OnLive’s vision of instant-access, on-demand gaming has necessitated huge tech developments in both the servers’ and in the broadband capabilities. The machines required to run these games, for example, have to have graphics capabilities not typically associated with servers. According to Venture Beat, the service will limit players’ access, depending on their location from a server and the processing power of their computer, in order to ensure gameplay that’s, well, playable.According to CEO Perlman, the launch marks “the first step toward a future where video game content is increasingly free from the restrictions of device and location, while showcasing the ability to instantly play the latest, most advanced games at the touch of a button.”OnLive promises over twenty games available at launch, including Prince of Persia, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and Mass Effect 2. For a limited time, founding subscribers are being offered their first year of OnLive membership for free in a program sponsored by AT&T. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Announcements#cloud Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

On Friction

first_imgThe military strategist Clausewitz described the fog of war as friction. For Clausewitz, war was different in practice than on paper. You can have a strategy, a plan, and well-rehearsed tactics, but as soon as you come into contact with the enemy, there are so many variables that much of your best laid plans go out the window. The opposing force is pursuing its own outcomes, outcomes diametrically opposed to yours.Your prospective client isn’t your enemy (and you should never think of them as such). And you never engage with your competitors in anything that resembles the kind of direct conflict that defines a military competitor (you’re both competing to win hearts and minds, you do this without ever engaging with each other as “enemies.”).But the metaphor still works. In sales, there is friction.Friction Inside Your Client’s CompanyYou encounter friction within your client’s company. The status quo (and it’s many defenders) produce friction by opposing change. The stakeholders that prefer a different solution or a different provider produce friction by opposing your efforts.Sometimes you encounter friction when another project pops up and takes precedence over a deal you’ve been working on. Or maybe the stakeholder that was sponsoring your initiative leaves the company, a loss that sinks your project (or at least sets it back).Competitive FrictionYour competitors also produce friction. They create value in a way that is different from the way you create value. The attractive parts of the value they create can cause your client to change their minds about what they want. It can also make them prefer something different, something you don’t offer.Your competitor’s pricing model can produce all kinds of friction, especially when you have very different business models.Your competitors are good at what they do, too; they are also winning hearts and minds–maybe some of the very hearts and minds that you need. This is another list that could continue on for pages.Dealing with FrictionFriction is inevitable. To combat friction, you need to follow the rules of this disruptive age.As a salesperson, you need to develop yourself so that you are better prepared to deal with friction. You need to observe what’s happening, orient yourself, decide what you need to do, and act (The OODA Loop). You need to think about what needs to change in order for you to win. You also need to study your wins and your losses so that you can duplicate what works and eliminate what doesn’t.As a sales leader, you need to spend your time preparing your sales force to think for themselves, to exercise their initiative, and to be resourceful. Effectively dealing with friction requires creative solutions. Mostly it requires creative solutions on the spot. A lot of the answers aren’t going to be found within the confines of your sales process (although the creative solutions should be captured and codified so they can be shared).QuestionsWhat are the challenges that occur as you pursue an opportunity where your sales strategy and sales process provide no guidance?How do you deal with obstacles to an opportunity when you’ve never before experienced that obstacle?How do you prepare for problems, challenges, and opportunities that haven’t yet occurred?How do you lead people in a way that allows them to successfully deal with new, unique, and difficult obstacles?last_img read more