Michael Jordan returns home to North Carolina, meets with hurricane victims Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud PLAY LIST 01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud00:50Trending Articles03:55BJMP chief visits QC jail ahead of New Year’s eve celebration02:14Carpio 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 Filipinos love Justin Brownlee and the feeling has been mutual with the prolific forward calling the Philippines as his second home.Brownlee is in the process to become a naturalized Filipino but since he arrived in the country and led Barangay Ginebra to a dramatic championship run in the PBA in 2016, he has already embraced how to be one of the locals. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The 30-year-old Brownlee showed he is every bit a Filipino when he celebrated with residents of Barangay Ugong in Pasig in their fiesta celebration on Sunday.In a video posted by Ronald Celestra on Facebook, Brownlee was all smiles as he participated in a popular parlor game with the residents in the area.He was game despite fresh off a semifinals exit where Ginebra fell to the Magnolia Hotshots in a best-of-five series that ended the Gin Kings two-year reign in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
The deteriorating state of a bridge that connects the villages of Waterloo and Mariville on the Essequibo island of Leguan has left residents fearful for their safety, especially parents.On Sunday, Guyana Times was informed that the bridge posed a grave risk to the children who cross it to attend school as well as farmers who transport their produce across it.Many of the boards on the bridge are raised and some sections have holes and gaps that are too wide. This newspaper was also told that on Sunday morning, a motorcyclist narrowly avoided an accident after dropping into with one of the holes in a section of the bridge.A section of the deplorable bridge at Leguan, EssequiboAccording to reports received, the bridge has been deteriorating over the last four months despite residents voicing their concerns to operatives of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). Guyana Times understands that the Assistant Regional Executive Officer (AREO) has a sub-office on the island and has been informed of the bridge’s deplorable state. Information reaching this publication also indicated that Regional Executive Officer (REO) Dennis Jaikaran was officially informed of the matter.
Dozens of speeding summonses continue to be thrown out of courts across Donegal each week because of a loophole in the law.A number of cases which came before Letterkenny District Court yesterday were struck out by Judge Paul Kelly. Judge Kelly was left with no option after defendants claimed they had not received summonses to their home address.Hundreds of cases of speeding across Donegal have been thrown out in recent months because the letters were not sent by registered post.Because the letters are not signed for, there is no proof that the letters were delivered to the address where the speeding summons was sent.The Garda Press office has previously admitted that summonses issued by the privately-operated speed camera company are sent by ordinary post.The loophole has proved a legal nightmare for courts since as far back as 2011 when we reported that dozens of cases occurred before Judge Kelly in Buncrana District Court.Yesterday four operators of the Go Safe Speed cameras appeared to give evidence at Letterkenny court.However the vast majority of their cases were thrown out because defendants claimed they had not received the summons demand to pay their speeding fines.All said they would have paid the fine if they had received the summons.Speeding summonses continue to be thrown out of court in letter debacle was last modified: November 8th, 2016 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)
Micheal could need a lifejacket going for a pint of milk to the shops.Local election candidate Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbauig has always been one to paddle his own canoe.But going for a paddle in his own canoe to highlight the state of West Donegal’s roads goes above and beyond the call of duty.This road at Arland is in such a bad state of repair that ten families find it impassable most days because of the number of potholes. Micheal says Donegal County Council has classified the road as private and so it will be a long time before the road is addressed.He is now calling for a reintroduction of the Local Improvement Scheme which catered for non-pubic road repairs.“This road is in a terrible state and these potholes are just unacceptable.“People cannot just be ignored like this when the road is classified as private. People have a basic right to transport when they are paying road tax,” he said. THE COUNCIL ‘CANOE’ LEAVE OUR ROADS IN THIS CONDITION! was last modified: February 1st, 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:canoeDonegal County CouncilpotholesWest Donegal
Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh with Mark Farren at a fundraiser.Former Derry City striker and Greencastle native Mark Farren has returned from Mexico after undergoing four-weeks of intensive treatment.The footballing community rallied to Farren’s cause when it emerged an operation he had to remove a tumour had been unsuccessful.It meant Farren had to raise £30,000 to undergo revolutionary treatment in Mexico to try and save his life. The response from all over Ireland and beyond was overwhelming and over £40,000 was raised to enable Mark to go to a specialist clinic in Tijuana in Northern Mexico.Farren was accompanied by his wife Terri-Louise and had gruelling treatment on the grade four brain tumour.However, it is not yet known if the treatment has been a success or not as it is too early to tell.They won’t know until they return to Mexico which they plan on doing at either the end of August or at the start of September. His wife Terri-Louise has said the treatment has left Farren exhausted but has thanked everyone for the messages of support and everybody is praying the treatment will be a success.STRICKEN SOCCER STAR MARK FARREN BACK FROM MEXICO AFTER INTENSIVE TREATMENT was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Mark FarrenMexiconewssoccerSporttreatment
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Bing, for its part, chose the Samsung Infuse 4G, released in May 2011, the superb Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc as its top three choices. At fifth, it placed the Apple iPhone 4s. At sixth, however, Bing chose the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, a phone that was released in 2009 and available from just one store. The T-Mobile G2, one of the very first Android smartphones, is seventh, one place above the Microsoft-powered Nokia Lumia 920. Wow.(Interestingly, if one searches for “smartphone” – not “best smartphone” – on both sites, Bing’s results bury the iPhone 4S farther down, bump up the Lumia, and include the original, much-despised BlackBerry Storm. Google places the Apple iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 in the first three results.)A more significant problem is the exclusion of Amazon in search results. This kind of thing happen all the time; search flight listings on Kayak.com and you’ll quickly find that the results exclude Southwest Airlines. But Kayak at least lists the flight times, even as it excludes the prices; on Google, you’ll need to remember to check Amazon to see if the company even sells the item. That’s a problem.“So for this holiday season, we just want to make sure shoppers know that when searching for that perfect gift for Cousin Harry on Google Shopping, the results they are seeing are partially optimized to benefit Google’s revenue, not a shopper’s pocketbook,” Microsoft’s Nichols wrote. “If this practice has you concerned, then please try Bing for an honest search.”The conclusion? Yes, more Microsoft FUD. But this time it just might be justified. Tags:#e-commerce#Google#Microsoft#search Related Posts On Wednesday, Microsoft began running a national ad campaign to warn users to avoid being “Scroogled” by Google search results that have been influenced by paid placement.Specifically, Microsoft’s campaign attempts to portray Google as basing its Google Shopper search results on the amount of money each vendor has paid, rather than the accuracy of the results themselves. More practically, Microsoft claims that popular online retailer Amazon opted out of Google’s search, but that Bing users will be able to compare prices against the Web’s largest e-tailer. Who Is More Unbiased?With the new campaign, Microsoft is taking the side of the angels, using semi-patriotic language reminiscent of the recent presidential election. “Today, Bing renews its commitment to the old rules – to honoring our side of the bargain with shoppers by delivering better, more objectively ranked search results,” Mike Nichols, a corporate vice president and chief marketing officer for Bing, said in a blog post. “We won’t let who pays us for ads or other services affect what you see in your search results. Search results are one thing; ads are another. We won’t switch to pay-to-rank to allow some shopping search results to appear higher than others. We don’t believe shoppers should risk paying more, simply because they started their search at Google.”Hoist By Its Own Petard?Now that the program is in place, Microsoft is positioning its own results as complete and unbiased, and a better alternative for shoppers this Holiday season. And the company is going full bore: not only has it launched a “Scroogled” Web site that invites shoppers to submit their examples of being “Scroogled,” but it has peppered the site with links to the Google founders’ letter, where Larry Page and Sergey Brin claimed, in the famous “Don’t Be Evil” paragraph, that their company’s search results “are unbiased and objective, and we do not accept payment for them or for inclusion or more frequent updating.”Damningly, Microsoft is also using Google’s more recent words against it, citing the language used by Google in announcing an update to Google Shopping announced this spring:“Ranking in Google Shopping, when the full transition is complete this fall, will be based on a combination of relevance and bid price – just like Product Listing Ads today,” Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Google Shopping, wrote in a blog post. “This will give merchants greater control over where their products appear on Google Shopping.”While Microsoft’s campaign must be seen as a classic example of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) tactics it has honed over the decades to fight everything from Netscape to Linus, the company suggests that shoppers won’t be best served by the pay-to-play rankings. Like Amazon, merchants may choose not to pay to rank results preferentially for low-margin products, which could affect their supply, and specialty merchants might be excluded as well. Microsoft also called out Google’s search results, which claim to be defined by “relevance”.If one clicks on a particular product, Google opens a separate page listing stores and prices, with a box that encompasses all of the results and defines them as “sponsored.” “Google is compensated by these merchants,” an informational blurb reads, but only if the user clicks on the “i.” But on the main results page, Google hides the pay-to-play results under the link, ‘Why these results?” – a difference in language Google couldn’t explain.“While good deals and wide selection take a back seat on Google Shopping thanks to its policies, the way to look at the deception taking place is how Google hides its disclosure policy to customers behind a little link on the side of the page and offers a vague explanation of the factors that may influence ranking, including payment,” Stefan Weitz, the senior director at Bing, said in an emailed statement to ReadWrite.For its part, Google wouldn’t specifically address the pay-to-play charge, but characterized Google Shopper as a useful tool.“Google Shopping makes it easier for shoppers to quickly find what they’re looking for, compare different products and connect with merchants to make a purchase,” a Google respresentative said in an emailed statement. “With new 360-degree, interactive product images, social shopping lists and a fast growing inventory of more than a billion products worldwide, Google is a great resource for shoppers to find what they need, at great prices for their loved ones this holiday season.”Does Pay-to-Play Affect Search Results?The problem in comparing the two search engine results is that the results are rarely, if ever, clear-cut. In one test ReadWrite conducted (without input from Google) Microsoft’s results seemed less relevant. But on others, an observer could conclude that a vendor paid for placement – but might also believe that the search engine simply returned a more relevant result.Take a search for “telescope,” for example. On Google, the first five results are for Celestron telescopes, then the Tasco Specialty 49TN. On Bing, the first two results are for Celestron products, then the Tasco 49TN, the BARSKA StarWatcher, and then two more Celestron scopes. The searches are different, but is one better than the other? 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The answer might lie in comparing the searches that you (or an acknowledged expert) might make himself. When shopping for the “best smartphone” on Google, Google ranked the Sony Xperia S as the most relevant result – an odd choice, given that few U.S. reviewers had actually reviewed it, let alone given it top marks. (CNET gave it three stars, though PhoneArena’s review said that Sony “hit the nail on the head”). Google’s next choices were the Samsung Captivate Glide (ranked 3 out of 5 or 4 out of 5 in most reviews, and then the Samsung Galaxy S II, the older version of the well-reviewed Galaxy S III now on store shelves. Google did not place an Apple product in the first page (18 products) of results. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Trying to raise funds on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark, or other crowdfunding sites? Here are five tips to help you reach your goal.All images via Shutterstock Crowdfunding isn’t a new topic here. We’ve talked about cool Kickstarter campaigns for videographers and photographers, as well as some tips on ways not to crowdfund projects. In this quick guide, we’re offering some tips that have stemmed from readers reaching out to us with questions. Here are five ways to successfully crowdfund a project.1. Prove the Value of Your ProjectThe only way you will reach your goal is to convince viewers that you have a project or product worth investing in. Just because you think — this will be fun — isn’t going to cut it. Everything comes down to the final product. The more information you can share, the better. Show off your research, the need for your project, how you are different from the competition, or how your campaign is unlike any other.2. Set Realistic Goals If your first approach to a fundraising campaign is to make every single dollar you need in the campaign, you are setting yourself up for failure. Before you even create a crowdfunding page, you should do your due diligence in research and preparation. Create a budget that covers costs to complete your project.Speaking from my experience, my campaign succeeded because I had already done a ton of work. I had planned to raise the funds to create a documentary film, and I was already filming before raising a single dollar. I filmed a proof of concept mini-doc for the campaign. I had already filmed days worth of footage, and the money raised would help me continue shooting.My budget included the costs for additional equipment needed, and the cost of services for other artists, musicians, and crew to work on the project. Finally, I took into account the cost for festival submissions, distribution, and delivery. I set the budget as low as possible so that I could at least make the feature-length film; any additional money raised would go on to help fund other needs. The money we raised wound up being less than 1/3 of the entire cost — but I was able to complete the film.3. Make Your Video Quick to the PointThere are countless crowdfunding videos, but all the most successful videos are quick to the point. In your video, be sure to explain your concept right away — otherwise you risk losing your audience’s attention. Get your message across fast, but be sure to be as clear and concise as you can. Note that I said quick to the point, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a short video. Sure, shorter is better — but if you need to spend more time explaining some intricate details or a production timeline, the more info you share, the better.4. License Your Music While on the topic of videos, be sure to license your music tracks. That is emphasized a lot on this site, but getting a copyright takedown for a fundraising video is a good way to not only miss your goal — but to lose money in fines. You can get great royalty free tracks right here on PremiumBeat that are perfect for crowdfunding videos. You can also check out other places like Shutterstock Music or any of the other options available. I’d much rather emphasize that you license music, no matter where you end up getting your tracks from.5. Big Prizes and Gifts Will Cancel out the Money You Raise This is one of the biggest mistakes so many campaigns make. Offering extraordinary prizes will do nothing but hurt you in the long run. Sure, it may be cool to have a hoodie or t-shirt — but these types of items cost a lot to make. That’s not even the worst part. After you’ve spent a ton making the prizes, you will have to individually ship them to all your contributors. Shipping may cost more than you even raised in the first place! There is nothing wrong with offering hand written thank you notes, stickers, or credits. Don’t hurt your campaign with frivolous fluff.Have you run a successful campaign? Any other tips to offer? Sound off in the comments below.
A Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change,A Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change this.SUNIL MUNDRA, on e-mail”The cover story was an awakener, not a revelation. To rectify the flaws in our education system, we need to promote learning by understanding.”ANJUM M. SAMEL, on e-mailOur Government should take serious steps to revamp the education system and focus on imparting real knowledge, which is not determined by marks alone. It is disheartening to see students performing well in examinations, yet lacking analytical skills.MAHUA VENKATESH, DelhiThe problem doesn’t lie with the syllabus alone. There is a dearth of trained tutors in our country as teaching today is a profession adopted by people who fail to make a mark in other fields. There should be enough remuneration and perks to attract educators in our country.HIRAK SENGUPTA, DelhiA clear distinction has to be made between learning and knowledge. Students should not be encouraged to memorise lessons to score in examinations. In stead, they should be motivated to exchange ideas on various educative topics with their fellow classmates to gain knowledge.S. LAKSHMI, on e-mailINDIA TODAY’s delineation on the education system unmasked some of the drawbacks that prevail in our schools. The learning process is akin to a sport. You need to play the game and not just read about it to be completely evolved. Perhaps, we need to adopt a lab approach which will help students learn faster.K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreadvertisementThere is a craze to admit children in good schools but in reality, do we know the definition of one? The best products come out of unknown schools. Just compare the results of civil services in the last decade and you’ll know that motivation doesn’t come from the tag of the school.MAN MOHAN BHATIA, DelhiPrisoners of FateIt is really outrageous that defying all international norms and protocols, Pakistan has not returned the Indian prisoners of the 1971 war, even after India released more than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers. (“Missing in Inaction”, November 27). India should take up the issue with the Pakistani Government and seek a solution for the release of the hapless POWs languishing in their jails.V.K.TANGRI. DehradunIt is disheartening to see that a story about our prisoners of war gets just two pages in a magazine like yours. The media seems to be blissfully unaware of the plight of the POWs and their families. The job of the media is to highlight the grievances of the masses. On this issue, however, it seems to have failed.BHAVYA BHATNAGAR, DelhiHu’s FriendsIt is only prudent on India’s part to improve relations with China in the face of increasing hostilities from Pakistan and Bangladesh (“Return of the Dragon”, November 27). We certainly cannot afford more enemies in the neighbourhood. Even on economic front, improved co-operation with China is imperative. As they say, if you cannot beat them, join them.SANJEET KHAJURIA, LucknowMoney and the MomsIt is incorrect to say that children of working women get a better deal than single income homes (“The Mummy Factor”, November 27). True, urban households with working women have higher annual incomes, but that’s not the only criterion to ensure better quality of life as the spending capacity of a family does not determine a child’s upbringing.VIJAYA BHARATI, RourkelaNo Child’s PlayWe need a clearer definition of innocence (“Loss of Innocence”, November 27). Today, no parent is keen on having a shy or dumb kid. Every one dreams of a Sanchita or an Akansha in their child and there is no problem in that. Children should be well trained to take on the competition around them.LATA RAGHAVAN, DelhiRoyal MistakeWhile elaborating the politics of royalty, you have mentioned that “Shrimant” means “your highness” (“A Battle Royale”, November 27). This is totally misleading as in the Hindi dictionary, the meaning of this word is wealthy and revered. When it is prefixed to a name, the more appropriate meaning would be revered.M.A. GHATGE, on e-mailDigital DivideOur technology is breeding a sense of deprivation among those tender minds whose parents cannot afford the gizmos that they see their friends hooked on to (“Wired Generation”, November 20). Such youngsters have a tendency to feel left out and inadequate during their school years. Such feelings can later develop into serious complexes, affecting their overall performances.SANDEEP SHETE, PuneadvertisementClean Up CricketIndian cricket has come of age; it has aged. So have our cricketers (“Perform or Pay Up”, November 20). Cricket now is not about performance but about endorsements and politics. Cricketers should be judged on their performances. There is no use dragging in coaches into the mess when the team is unable to perform.PRITAM SETH, on e-mailIt’s certainly the best time to institute a “pay for performance” system for our cricket team, which is under scrutiny for quite some time for its poor performance. If a fine is levied on them, our cricketers will be forced to perform on field. After all, they too should justify their salaries.JAYASHANKAR JAYARAMAN, BangaloreLabouring Over Child LawsIt shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Government has announced a ban on child labour without putting in place a mechanism to ensure a good future for them. After all, rehabilitation as a term has always been anathema to Indian governance.ALEX PAPERWALA, on e-mailThe coordination among ministries may be lacking as far as proper implementation of a ban on child labour is concerned, but at least the Government seems to have woken up to the problem. One should give Manmohan Singh some time to remove the speed breakers.KAILASH PATHAK, Patna
Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone gathering many admirers since its arrival is available in India at a price of Rs 41,500 via Samsung’s eStore.With 32GB in-built memory capacity, the S III was reportedly spotted in a black metallic finish on a UK retailer’s website and also on Samsung’s Facebook page.So far, only the 16GB variant of Samsung Galaxy S III was available in the country. The 16GB S III was launched at Rs 42,500, but is now available for Rs 38,400 in the market.Samsung had also announced a 64GB variant of the S III as well, but no price or India launch date of the device was mentioned. The Samsung Galaxy S III is successor to the Samsung Galaxy S II, which was one of the most successful smartphones of 2011.The SIII, which boasts of a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x 720 pixels, runs on Google Android 4.0.4 OS. It is powered by the Exynos 4212 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM.The Samsung also launched its London Olympics edition. The limited edition phone, which was introduced during the worldwide sporting event, featured four designs. The rear covers sport adorable designs of a soldier from the royal army, two designs of the British flag and a red and blue lion’s head.Samsung Galaxy S3, which topped 10 million units sold, has become one of the most popular Android smartphones. It has also caused a round of debates as to which smartphone will be worth purchasing: The Galaxy S3, the iPhone 4S, or even the Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.With Agency inputsadvertisement
The Indo-Swiss pair of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis on Thursday stormed into US Open mixed doubles final after beating pair of Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan 6-2, 7-5.Paes and Hingis will now face Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey in the final.It has been a lucky day for Hingis as earlier in the day, she tagging with Sania Mirza stormed into women’s doubles final by beating Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1.