first_imgAsafa Powell was left fuming after his 100m defeat to Justin Gatlin; American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison blazed to the second fastest time ever in the 100m hurdles; and Omar McLeod continued to have his way in the men’s variant at the Prefontaine Classic – witnessed by a packed crowd at Hayward Field – in Eugene, Oregon, yesterday. It wasn’t a glittering performance, but super sprinter ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce also made her return to competitive action, while Elaine Thompson made her first 200m appearance this season, and Kirani James extended his authority over LaShawn Merritt in the 400m, now finishing ahead of the American in seven of their last nine meetings. Powell had to put in some work to get back and claim second spot in the men’s 100m in 9.94 seconds, but there was no catching Justin Gatlin, who crossed the line in a wind-aided 9.88 seconds, with Tyson Gay taking third in 9.98. However, the Jamaican, who was looking for his first win over Gatlin since 2004, was livid after complaining that he could not hear the starter’s gun, an issue that was also raised by Gay and Mike Rodgers, who finished fourth in 9.99. “The mic wasn’t working, so that threw me off big time. I thought the starter would have stopped the race, but that’s how it goes,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. DISAPPOINTING “I’m very disappointed because I felt good coming here. I am in good shape and I was expecting to come here and run really fast, so it’s disappointing that they allowed Justin (Gatlin) to go away with such a big jump, and he was too far for me to catch him,” added Powell, who joked about what he’d take from his performance here. “I’m very pleased that I was able to run back very well. That’s a good thing for me, but I’m very disappointed with what happened at the start. What I’d take from this? I would take away the starter’s gun,” he laughed. McLeod continued to add credence to his status as a serious threat for top honours at the Olympics, with another solid win in the 110m hurdles. The speedy Jamaican stopped the clock at 13.06 seconds, well ahead of former World Champions David Oliver, 13.38, and Jeff Porter, 13.48 – both from the USA. Hansle Parchment was eighth in 13.58 and despite seeming to be in some discomfort after the event, his management is reporting that the national record holder is fine. “This was a good win for me and I am grateful that I could come here and get this result,” McLeod said. Fraser-Pryce, who is trying to get her season on track after a toe injury that has kept her out of action for several weeks, was just happy to have completed her 100m assignment despite crossing the line in eighth place in 11.18 seconds. “I really had no expectations. I just wanted to come out and see what’s happening,” she noted. STOMPING GROUND The event was won by American English Gardner, who was competing at her old college stomping ground, with a time of 10.81 seconds – the second fastest time this season. Second place went to Tianna Bartoletta, 10.94, with Murielle Ahoure, 11.01, finishing third. Jamaican Simone Facey was fourth in 11.09. Competing in her first 200m of the season, world silver medal winner, Elaine Thompson, 22.16, took third place behind Tori Bowie, 21.99 (world leading), who scored a minor upset over world champion, The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers, 22.11. American Bowie now has the fastest time in both short sprints so far this year. Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller is now 3-0 in the 400m this year after a strong 50.15 seconds win over Francena McCorory, 50.23 and Natasha Hastings, 50.86. The Jamaican pair of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.07, and Shericka Jackson, 51.34, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The male equivalent was won by Grenadian James, 44.22, after another exciting battle with Merritt, 44.39, with the two coming off the 300m mark stride for stride. Isaac Makwala, 45.37, was third with national record holder, Rusheen McDonald, 46.82, finishing at the back of the field. The performance of the day was, however, provided by young American Harrison, who stopped the clock in a blistering 12.24 seconds in the 100m hurdles, a time only bettered by the world record 12.21 set back in 1988 by Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova. Harrison is now the holder of the three fastest times this year in the event.last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew — Williams streaked into the US Open having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon that year and chasing a second straight title in Flushing Meadows.In the semi-finals she was up against Kim Clijsters, a former rival who’d taken off nearly three years to have her first child and had returned to the sport just weeks before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Unranked and unseeded Clijsters won the first set with Williams receiving a warning for racquet abuse as she vented her frustration.Williams was serving to force a tiebreaker at 5-6 in the second set when she was called for a foot fault on a second serve, giving Clijsters double match point. MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA/AFPSix-time US Open champion Serena Williams has been embroiled in her share of controversies at Flushing Meadows. AFP Sport looks at three Williamsoutbursts in the wake of her clash with umpire Carlos Ramos in a loss to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final:2009: Semifinal against Kim ClijstersADVERTISEMENT 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way,” she said. “Because you’re out of control. You’re out of control. Totally out of control. You’re a hater and you’re just … unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser. You give a code violation because I expressed who I am? We’re in America last I checked.”2018: Final against Naomi Osaka— Battling to get back in a match against a 20-year-old opponent playing in her first Grand Slam final, Williamswas incensed to be warned for receiving coaching from her box.A relatively calm conversation on a changeover seemed to settle things down, but Williams was further infuriated when she was docked a point for a second violation after smashing her racquet in frustration at dropping serve, calling chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief”.Broken again to trail 4-3, Williams continued to berate umpire Ramos.“You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine,” she fumed. You are the liar,” prompting Ramos to issue another violation and dock her a game under the ascending scale of punishments for repeated code violations and putting Osaka on the brink of victory. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Sweat, friends and bagels: The making of Naomi Osaka Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Serena argued briefly, went back to the service line then directed a venomous rant at the offending lineswoman including a threat to “shove this ball down your throat.”The chair umpire assessed a point penalty for the outburst — giving Clijsters the match.2011: Final against Samantha Stosur— In the 2011 US Open final, chair umpire Eva Asderaki warned Williams for hindering opponent Stosur for shouting “come on” before the Australian had reached the ball.An angry Williams — who confused Asderaki with the umpire who was in the chair for the 2009 Clijsters match — verbally attacked her during the changeover.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSara Pulecio, who played for Colombia’s soccer club La Equidad, controls the ball during a soccer clinic for professional female players in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, March 8, 2019. Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments but has barely trained since the season ended last May and could be out of a job altogether this year, as soccer officials contemplate cancelling the local women’s’ league, due to its poor economic performance. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia— On a recent weeknight, Sara Pulecio dribbled a football ball gracefully through a set of orange cones, and jumped repeatedly over small obstacles placed by coaches along a field, to develop more strength in her legs.The football clinic, organized by a global sports apparel brand, gave Pulecio and several professional female players a rare opportunity to train in the long break between seasons. And even though the drills were intense, the 20-year-old midfielder finished them with a smile on her face.ADVERTISEMENT Ramon Jesurun, the president of Colombia’s Football Federation, said in an interview with local media Sunday that it is the first time he heard of these complaints, and has promised to open an investigation.But players said they have letters dating from 2012 and recordings that show they had previously brought their complaints to Colombian football officials.Daniela Montoya, a midfielder for the national team, said she was left off the Rio Olympics squad as punishment for speaking to the media about irregularities. Last week, she provided journalists with a recording made in April 2016 where a Colombian football official berates her for speaking out about disputes over prize money and describes her as a “spear in his backside” that had to be removed.The complaints have sparked a national debate on the status of women’s football in Colombia, where the men’s game is passionately followed, while the women often labor in obscurity playing for salaries of around $400 a month.They also encouraged a physical therapist who worked for the national team to disclose details of sexual harassment charges she filed last year against a 70-year-old coach who was in charge of Colombia’s female under-17 team.Carolina Rozo, 34, said coach Didier Luna overburdened her with work, left her out of meetings, shouted at her and made her life at work so miserable that it led to a bout of depression after she rejected several attempts by the coach to engage in a romantic relationship. She also said Luna groped players during training sessions.“I pressed charges because I want justice, not just for myself but for the players who are mostly under-aged girls,” Rozo said. “With everything that is going on now in Colombian football, many of the players are afraid to come forward.”Luna denied the charges in a statement, calling them a “sensational” effort to “tarnish” his image. But he has been removed from the national team and is now under prosecution. A player from the same under-17 squad who does not wish to disclose her identity filed separate sexual harassment charges against another member of Luna’s coaching staff.As members of the national squad wait for officials to take action on the allegations of sexual harassment and mistreatment, some 500 women who played in last year’s local league are stuck in uncertainty.Colombia launched its professional female league in 2017, becoming just the second country to do so after Brazil. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But last week Colombian football officials proposed downgrading the league of 23 teams to amateur status, saying that professional female clubs were not profitable and had created a significant financial burden for clubs that already run male teams. In Colombia, only members of the national football association known as Dimayor are allowed to run professional clubs. Most of the clubs currently running female teams have been running professional male teams for decades.Diego Perdomo, the women’s football director at local team Atletico Huila, said his club spent about $30,000 a month in salaries for female players, coaches and support staff last year.But Huila reported overall losses of $1 million in the first part of 2018, with most of its earnings coming from its long-established male team.The club got a small financial break in December after its women’s team won the female version of the Libertadores Cup, South America’s top club competition, netting $50,000 in prize money.Under current conditions, however, they would burn through that money in just two months. The male version of the Libertadores Cup awards winning teams $6 million in prize money.“We only have one company willing to sponsor our female team,” Perdomo said, “and support from the media has also been lacking.”He noted that only one Colombian journalist made the trip to Brazil to cover the female Libertadores final. The match was not broadcast on Colombian television.Players have proposed solutions to save the league that include reducing the number of teams, and using public funds, as well as grants from FIFA, to sustain it. They have also asked Colombia’s Football Federation to appoint someone to lead efforts to promote women’s football.Government officials have offered to meet with companies to raise funds for the league, but have stopped short of promising public funds.And as the uncertainty over the future of the league continues, the most talented players are already looking for ways to leave the country. In Bogota, Pulecio said she’s hoping the pro league will survive. But she has also signed with an agent, who is looking to place her with a team in Spain.“This league is something we have all dreamt about,” Pulecio said. “It would be really sad to end something that generations of players have worked hard to build.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We try to do things on our own time, to keep in shape,” she said. “But it’s not the same as when you’re training with your team.”Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments, and last year, she was one of the up and coming stars of the local professional women’s league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut the defensive midfielder has barely trained since the season ended last May, and could be out of a job altogether this year as football officials contemplate cancelling the local women’s league due to its poor economic performance.News that the recently created professional league could be cancelled capped a turbulent month for women’s football in this country. The month was also marked by sexual harassment complaints against two coaches and claims of poor working conditions for players on the national team. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Players are now making a last-minute attempt to save the women’s league, while they seek better conditions for the national team, in a struggle that mirrors the ongoing push for equality in women’s football in the United States.“It’s very tough to have your dreams and aspirations just brushed aside,” Pulecio said following a news conference in which players urged officials to come up with solutions to save the women’s league. She added that cancelling the league “would shatter the hopes of younger girls who are coming up the ranks.”Complaints over the management of women’s football in Colombia started to snowball last month, when two acclaimed national team players published a Twitter video where they outline what they claim are discriminatory practices.Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz say that for the past two years women’s national team players have been denied stipends paid to their male counterparts when they train with the national team.The players also claimed that they weren’t paid prize money promised to them for qualifying for the second round of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and said that on several occasions they were forced to pay for their own plane tickets to make national team training camps, something that is unheard of in the men’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WNBA star Maya Moore mural on Hypercourt for Her inspires women ballers to raise their gamelast_img read more

first_imgMadam Samelia Tweh, the customer service manager at Lone Start Cell Communication, MTN yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that over L$470,000 was mistakenly transferred to the mobile money account of defendant Suzette Binda Blake.Defendant Blake was then responsible for the GSM company electronic mobile money transaction, which she allegedly withdrew without authorization from the management.As prosecution’s second witness, Madam Tweh said the money was erroneously transferred to Blake’s mobile money account by the financial controller assigned at the entity’s Broad Street Service Center. The witness did not mention the name of the controller.Besides, she did not explain the number of erroneous deposits made into Blake’s mobile money account by her financial controller that reached the L$470,000 amount at the center of Blake’s trial.She however claimed that the act was discovered during their normal reconciliation process and, when they conducted an internal investigation into the disappearance of the money.“Huge deposit was made to the defendant’s mobile money account where she immediately withdrew those monies without being authorized to do so,” the witness alleged.She said when Blake noticed the erroneous transaction, she immediately withdrew the money from her account at Ecobank.She did not say how long it took the entity’s management to discover the mistaken transfer made into the defendant’s account by the financial controller, although the controller is yet to face prosecution.Concerning the role of the controller and the defendant, Madam Tweh said, Blake was also responsible to make a daily report to the financial controller after she had collected cash through the mobile money transactions from the company field agents.Tweh claimed that the controller also issued receipt to Blake as confirmation that he had collected money from the defendant and the controller, which she later deposited into the company’s account at Ecobank and other banking institutions in the country.Tweh, in her testimony, however, claimed that “The management through my office observed that the defendant could not properly account for money that was entrusted into her care when she took away cash that was given to her by our agents.”The case emerged when Lone Star Cell Communication and MTN alleged that from 2014 to 2015, Blake, who served as regional sales supervisor was directly responsible to businesses like supply stores, gas stations, pharmacies with mobile phones, scratch cards and sim cards.They further alleged that they entrusted her with electronic mobile money valued at L$449,515 and US$66,000 to sell, supply and report or deposit the proceeds into the company’s account at Ecobank, and other banking institutions in the country.To their disbelief, the GSM operator claimed, defendant Blake received the money from the sales and converted it to her personal use thereby depriving the entity of its legitimate revenue.They claim, Blake had denied when the indictment was first read to her in court and refused to be tried by a jury.The case continues with defense lawyers waiting to cross examine witness Tweh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img When Amacher told Steve Slakey, 59, of Glendora about her hobby, he was intrigued. “At that time, I had no conception of what she was talking about,” he said. But after learning more and seeing the puppets for himself, Slakey, a Glendora Library volunteer who coordinated the library exhibits, decided it was the perfect venue for the puppets. “I like to get displays that (show) the skills of people in the community and interesting aspects of the community. And this seemed to be a perfect fit,” he said. “It’s gotten a lot of positive feedback. They have tremendous eye appeal.” Twenty-four of the puppets are on display in the library. The exhibit is expected to continue through this month. “It’s fun to show them,” Amacher said. “My husband said, You’d better find something to do with them or they’re going to take over.’ “ Lafayette C. Hight Jr. can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764, or by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like a modern-day Gepetto, Rita Amacher transforms lifeless raw materials into incredibly detailed figures, including witches, pirates, princesses and clowns, all created in the style of Indonesian rod puppets. Amacher, 51, a library reference technician at Citrus College in Glendora, has manipulated wood, paper clay, papier mache and cloth in her free time for about four years, ever since her son presented her with the gift of a traditional Indonesian puppet. “I thought they were fabulous,” said Amacher, of Claremont. “In Indonesia, they are gods, demons, princes and princesses” used by storytellers in traveling puppet shows to teach history and tell stories. Puppet performances in Indonesia are geared toward adult audiences and are considered the highest form of dramatic performance art. Typically, puppet masters deliver hours-long performances. Some are believed to possess spiritual powers. Their puppets are made from wooden skeletons, with rods that allow heads and hands to be manipulated. Over the last few years, Amacher has made 26 of these rod puppets, including The Mad Hatter, pirate Jack Sparrow, Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespearean characters, a geisha, a fortuneteller, Rapunzel and Lemony Snicket’s Violet Baudelaire. Another five or so are in the works, including a mermaid and Don Quixote. All of them stand about 45 inches tall, and each takes about two months to complete. “I’ve always been interested in the theater,” she said. “I get a lot of ideas from stories (and) literature.” Amacher and head Reference Librarian Barbara Rugeley have given performances at Citrus and at local elementary schools.last_img read more

first_img12 March 2014 South African Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed the €120-million (R1.8-billion) investment in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project that was announced by the British government on Tuesday. “The significance of this announcement … is in the impetus that this provides to implementation of phase 1 of the SKA. This is a most welcome commitment and reaffirms the global partnership of the SKA countries in this mega project,” Hanekom said in a statement. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia, with South Africa and its eight partners on the continent hosting two-thirds of the technology and Australia the remaining third. South Africa is currently building the 64-dish MeerKAT, which is due to come online in 2016 both as the country’s precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right. Britain, a major player in the SKA project, hosts the head office of the international SKA Organisation at the Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester. UK Science Minister David Willetts, who made Tuesday’s announcement, paid a special visit the South African SKA site in the Northern Cape in September, accompanied by SKA project director Bernie Fanaroff. According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa and the UK are “already collaborating extensively in the field of radio astronomy, with 25 research organisations and more than 80 individual scientists from the UK directly involved in the large survey teams that will use the MeerKAT telescope for research during its first five years of operation.” This includes scientists from Oxford University and from Manchester University. There is also extensive SKA-related co-operation on big data and high-performance computing with Cambridge University, which Hanekom visited in January, the department said. The South African government has made a contribution of close to R4-billion to the MeerKAT and its associated human capital development programmes. The MeerKAT, with a further 190 antennas to be built on the same site, will make up the first phase of the mid-frequency component of the SKA. The second phase will see further mid-frequency antennas constructed across South Africa and in eight African SKA partner countries. Complementary components of the SKA will be located in Australia. The SKA will be at least 50 times more powerful and 10 000 times faster than any other radio telescope. It is expected to address fundamental unanswered questions about our universe, including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, how dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe, the role of magnetism in the cosmos, the nature of gravity, and the search for life beyond Earth. and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Northeast Counties Farm Bureau’s Farm, Business, Land & Homeowner Conference is on Friday, August 17, 2018.The specific topics that will be covered in breakout sessions at this event are:● Land As Your Legacy, a transition planning tool● Why do we do what we do: A look into our goals and mission as farmers and business owners● Timber Marketing and Property Tax Options● Growing Forward: Young Farmers● Landowner Toolkit: A professional guide on laws, regulations and more;● Nationwide Agribusiness Products and Services available for farms and ag businesses● Conservation Programs and how to preserve farmland forever● Home Preservation Methods● Soil Health and Soil Testing● Nutrient Management Plans● Health Benefits Plans & Workers Compensation Programs● What’s that mean? – Labeling, GMO’s, AntibioticsRegister today. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 10 for the conference, which is to be held at: Grand Valley High School Auditeria, 111 Grand Valley Avenue, Orwell, OH 44076. Cost is $10 per person for Farm Bureau members, and $75 per person for non-members, which includes a one-year membership to Farm Bureau. Please call the Farm Bureau office at: 440-426-2195, or register online at . FREE soil sample kits for attendees . Continental breakfast items, drinks, snacks, and a BBQ style lunch will be provided.Registration starts at 8am the day of the event for workshops from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Sorry, no refunds. If you have any questions, or need more information, contact the Farm Bureau office, or Mandy Orahood, Organization Director, at 440.426.2195.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Unlocks the Secrets of the Earth – Geocaching Weekly NewsletterJanuary 21, 2013In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”The Creator of EarthCaching talks about the 10th AnniversaryJanuary 10, 2014In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 13): EarthCachesMay 10, 2018In “Community” EarthCaching is a great way to combine science education and Geocaching.EarthCaches are locations that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.This week marks the 7th anniversary of the first EarthCache: “Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head” (GCHFT2) in New South Wales, Australia by geoaware. The listing went live on January 10th, 2004 and 96 people have since logged a smiley.If you are considering submitting an EarthCache for review, please read the updated EarthCache listing guidelines. The wording of the guidelines has been clarified and the guideline about logging requirements has been separated into two guidelines: one about logging tasks, one about logging photographs.Important points about the EarthCache guidelines:• Any requests for photos are considered optional.• Logging requirements should be centered on the Earth Science at the location.• You will need to provide the reviewer some information about permission or your EarthCache publication will be delayed.• If your EarthCache is not quite publishable, you and the reviewer will work together to ensure that it meets the guidelines.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Features#Open Thread#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell Being a technology blogger is like having a license for an around-the-clock gadget and Web addiction.No one expects you to leave your house during the day. You’re allowed to spend the majority of your life in front of a glowing screen, and flipping out over WiFi issues is par for the course. And you’re never far from the Web, since your mobile is always in hand when you have to leave your laptop behind for some incomprehensible reason.But even with such a license in hand, I have to make a case for periodically disconnecting. What do you think?More and more, I am trying to set aside unplugged hours and even days for Internet-free, mobile-free, “Luddite time.” Time for asking a stranger for directions, time for talking to the people you’re with rather than the people you “follow,” time for interacting with the world around you in ways that don’t include clicking, scrolling or downloading. Time that’s increasingly being destroyed by smart phones, “super” phones and what ever “super duper” devices are in the pipeline. Sitting in front of these glowing screens (as most of us do) for around eight hours a day for work and additional hours for leisure can’t be good for us as living, breathing organisms. Have you ever spent the whole day absorbed in the web – the rabbit holes of YouTube, the breadcrumb trails of Wikipedia, the party line of Twitter and the bottomless virtual library of blog posts – to find yourself startled by actual human interaction, in a strange and unrestul intellectual state. With enough consecutive days of online-only living, you might realize you’re making more connections between online entities and content, but you’re losing opportunities to have fresh, original thought or observations about your own world.I’m not saying that the Internet makes you stupid. I am saying that, if left to run wild across the vast territories of the Web, your mind can turn into a laboratory hamster, frantically pulling levers and running in wheels while his environment remains essentially static and his motivations essentially artificial. Another detriment to a constantly wired life is that you’re not truly present with the folks around you every day, and you begin to forget how polite, normal people communicate. You become too easily distracted by notifications from your mobile, glazing over and tuning out to parse your RSS feeds while real conversations are going on without you. And being accustomed to ignoring your surroundings in favor of your online life numbs you to the fact that often, your friends are doing the same to you. If you’ve ever sat through a dinner with your significant other or a group of geek friends as you all happily tapped away on your mobiles, you know this is true. And while being able to buck conventional table manners and geek out together is a wonderful thing, aren’t you cheating yourself out of valuable face-to-face interaction by doing so? And very often, an preoccupation with the Web leads to a total loss of perspective. If you have ever stayed awake until 2 or 3 in the morning entrenched in a furious debate on Scoble’s FriendFeed over something that the entire world had completely forgotten 12 hours later (guilty!), you have definitely lost perspective. Not typically the most empathetic people, we begin to give more attention and emotion to minor tech events (Google Wave, anyone?) than to major world events. If it didn’t trend on Twitter and hit Digg’s front page, we tend to not notice or care. Although the social web can occasionally be used as a power for good, notably through efforts such as those carried out during the Iranian election/debacle or on World Aids Day, this circle is notoriously self-obsessed and navel-gazing to the obfuscation of much more important matters. Finally, being constantly online is probably fairly bad for your health. A few of the people I’ve spoken to tonight tell me that to distract themselves from Internet obsessions, they turn to physical activity, such as gym workouts, yoga or running. These dear souls are escaping the sedentary lifestyle to which we’ve all grown fairly accustomed and which most certainly has negative effects on how we look, how we feel, our metabolism and energy level and so much more. And although mobile and AR technologies are making it easier for us to get out and about while still connected, more often they act as a tether to larger, more stationary devices.I personally want to spend many hours in 2010 offline and off my mobile. I want to do things like watch an old movie, go for a walk, have a dinner date or read an honest-to-god newspaper without checking in on Foursquare or posting an “overheard” on Twitter. Maybe it’s a sign that I’m aging. Many of my contemporaries say their sole offline time is sleeping. I’ve certainly lived that way, too, and I spend many days now online for 14-18 hours. But I don’t want every day to be like that.What about you, dear readers? Do you currently plan for and enforce offline hours for yourself, your significant other or your family? If so, how and when do you take your breaks? Or are you a tireless defender of the Internet junkie lifestyle?Most importantly, what do you see as the explicit benefits or detriments of being online around the clock – or of taking periodic furloughs?Let us know your opinions and best practices in the comments.last_img read more

first_imgIn San Francisco Wednesday, Google just kicked off I/O, its annual conference for developers with the audiovisual bombast that’s customary at these sorts of events. But underneath the music, behind the pulsing screens, a question lurked: What does it mean to be a “developer”? Who is Google speaking to?I’d argue that the definition of “developer” is expanding to embrace a larger and larger set of people, people who previously thought of themselves merely as technology enthusiasts or heavy users of technology at home and in the workplace. And Google is at the forefront of pushing this redefinition.Google executives Vic Gundotra and Sundar Pichai hinted at the expansiveness of I/O’s reach. We’ve heard that some 7,500 developers are registered for this year’s event. Gundotra, a longtime champion of developers at Google, noted that 1 million people were watching the live stream. (That’s him in the image above.) And Pichai hinted at the explosion of post-PC, post-smartphone, post-tablet devices for which we might build experiences soon: Google Glass, smart watches, and other wearable-computing gadgets.It’s All About The ToolsA software developer, in the Microsoft era, was someone who wrote applications for a desktop PC.Now, we get computing devices through an explosion of screens, from TVs to big monitors on our desktops to tablets and smartphones. Google Glass and the Pebble smart watch give us even smaller screens—just enough room for blips of information. There are simply too many ways of delivering digital experiences for anyone to dedicate developers to each one.That means that we need more and more layers of abstraction around the development of software. At I/O, Google showed off one such tool, called Android Studio, which aims to simplify the frustrating process of figuring out what screen an Android user might have. It was launched to big applause.A new developer console for Google Play, Google’s store for Android apps, tells developers when they’re getting a lot of users in a specific country—and even offers a translation service to adapt apps to speak those users’ language.But Google also seems to be recognizing that there’s a set of people who need simpler tools. Take its mobile content recommendations tool, which people can add to a website with a single line of code, like dropping in a YouTube video.Think of managing a YouTube channel, or a page on the Google+ social network: Those, too, in a sense are working in code, though at a very high level.As is anyone publishing a website. Google’s tools for webmasters, aimed at helping them make sure users can find their pages in Web search, can be thought of as another form of access to Google’s platform. Those are slowly getting woven into Google+, as are Google-linked Android and Web apps, which can now use Google+ to let users log in and share activity with friends.And for that matter, Android smartphone owners who simply download an app are, when you think about it, reprogramming an incredibly powerful computing device. That’s working with code, whether or not they think of it as such.Services At Your FingertipsWe’re only seeing glimmerings of how Google might pull this all together. But consider how, say, a music-video app might interact with Google. It might well use YouTube for distribution and discovery, as well as having a Google+ page. It might use Google+ for sign-in and activity sharing, so when people search for an artist’s name, videos watched by friends pop to the top of search results. For mobile, it would certainly have an Android version, sold through the Google Play store, of course.That’s a staggering array of Google services that one app developer might need to touch. And it’s hard to imagine that any single developer, or even a team of developers, might be able to learn how to use them in great depth. That means Google will need to deliver more simple ways of accessing the power of its computing platforms.There will always be a need for highly sophisticated programmers who dive deep into code, plumb the depths of computing architecture, and probe the limits of what’s possible.But for the rest of us, who just want to do something amazing and make use of Google’s tools while doing it, one line of code sounds awfully nice.Photo by Nick Statt for ReadWrite owen thomas Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Android#developers#Google IO13#io13#Sundar Pichai#Vic Gundotra 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more