Korea’s Asiad football gold secures military exemption for Son

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min’s professional career received a boost in the form of military exemption when South Korea won the Asian Games soccer gold on Saturday.Substitute Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored in extra time after a barren regulation time to help South Korea retain their title with a 2-1 victory against arch-rivals Japan.Ayase Ueda reduced the margin for Japan with five minutes left in extra time but his side could not find the equaliser to take the match to penalties.All able-bodied South Korean men must complete 21 months service in the military as a deterrent against the North, but exemptions are offered to athletes who win gold at the Asian Games or a medal of any colour at the Olympics.Son, who captained South Korea as one of the over-aged players in the under-23 competition, had a role in both goals.Gamba Osaka striker Hwang Ui-jo’s profligacy meant South Korea were not able to seal the victory in 90 minutes and it was left to Lee to score the first goal when he planted his drive into the top of the net from a Son layoff.Hwang’s pinpoint header from Son’s corner eight minutes later doubled South Korea’s lead though Japan refused to give up.Son was substituted seconds before the final whistle only to run back on the field in jubilation to celebrate the victory, which has huge ramifications for his career.Son made one appearance from the bench for Spurs before linking up with South Korea’s Games squad earlier this month and was congratulated by the Premier League team after the final.“Congratulations, Sonny — #AsianGames WINNER!” Spurs tweeted.last_img read more

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Tariff reduction on renewable energy equipment forthcoming – President

first_imgIn an effort to encourage the establishment of renewable energy sources, government will soon be moving to reduce the tariffs on the importation of key materials utilised to create greener energy. President David Granger has hightlighted the importance of having a greener economy; lessening the country’s addiction to fossil fuel, and moving into a new world with huge wind and solar farms, andPresident David Grangerhydropower systems.In order to advance to that stage, President Granger said his government will introduce legislation to allow for the reduction of tariffs on the importation of all equipment used to generate renewable energy. He was at the time fielding questions on his weekly programme,“The Public Interest”. In outlining the immediate steps he will soon embark upon to achieve a green economy, the President noted that the tariff reduction is of critical importance in this process.“We did this when we were embarking on the information technology revolution, we just reduced tariffs on computer equipment and we must do the same now for power generating equipment,” he stated. However, the President said the most important aspect would be to educate and expose stakeholders, including children, about the whole concept of a greener country. “Mainly it is, first of all, providing the sort of education and exposure to students, to teachers, to other operators within the public and private sector so that they will know what is available, have exhibitions, that sort of thing,” he stated.Thirdly, the President said government must lead the way in rolling out renewable energy systems: “We must take the lead, in government buildings, apartment buildings, university and so on, we must take the lead in actually converting these premises into buildings which use renewable energy, within the next 24 months.” Asked about any particular project of this nature, President Granger said the main initiative at this moment is to transform Bartica into a model green town, displaying all aspects and measures for implementing sustainable renewable energy.In fact, he disclosed that there is a plan outlining how government will embark upon converting Bartica into a green town. On the matter of funding for these lucrative undertakings, the Head of State made it clear that the country under his rule will not be seeking any handouts from other countries or international organisations. According to Granger, Guyana must learn to become dependent on its own resources and take responsibility of its own projects.However, he did not dismiss the idea of forming partnerships with international bodies to work on projects of this nature.On the topic of climate change and cheaper and sustainable energy, the President had previously stated that the Norway Funds, which Guyana receives, will be used on more projects than what was done under the previous administration.“The previous Administration was concerned about Low Carbon Development Strategy and was concerned with the direction of some of the funds to projects which were Amerindian retitling of lands and also regeneration of energy through the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. We would like to look at climate change more broadly,” Granger had stated.Some areas to be covered include the introduction of policies to promote reforestation in mined-out areas, generation of energy apart from hydropower, coastal zone management, and to combat the impacts of El Niño.last_img read more

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Bogues on Team USA pullouts: ‘l get some players feel like they’ve already done it’

first_imgBenefits of township living Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES “It’s different today, it’s all about professionals and there are no collegiate players that participate,” said Bogues during the media availability for the NBA 3X Philippines Wednesday at Conrad Manila.“A lot of guys have played many times for USA so l get some of the guys feel like they’ve already done it. They’ve been there and done it already.”NBA players were first allowed to participate in international competition during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when then Fiba secretary general Boris Stanković changed the governing body’s rules that granted the Dream Team the permission to play in the Summer Games.After Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird led Team USA to the gold medal in 1992, it opened the gates for NBA All-Stars to represent the Americans in the Olympics, Fiba Americas, and Fiba World Cup.Bogues, though, hopes Team USA will still send the best available players in China in August in hopes of getting the country’s sixth gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBA great Muggsy Bogues talks to the media during his second visit to the country for the NBA 3x Philippines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team USA has always enjoyed top-notch talent when it played in the Fiba Basketball World Cup and the high caliber rosters were usually the gold standard for any tournament.The roster that won the gold medal in the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup had a plethora of stars that included 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, and James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT Curry won his two MVPs in 2015 and 2016 while Harden took his in 2018, proving that Team USA always had the talent but the American squad that will play in 2019 in China won’t have the same intimidation factor.NBA All-Stars like Anthony Davis, Harden, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, and fringe stars Tobias Harris and CJ McCollum have withdrawn from their commitments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMuggsy Bogues, who played for the 1986 gold medal-winning team, he said that this era is different from the time he carried the American flag.The Charlotte Hornets legend represented USA in Spain while he was still a collegiate player for Wake Forest and didn’t have the same workload as the professionals of the current period.center_img “Hopefully they will continue to send the right guys over to keep representing the country at the highest level and come back with the gold medal,” said Bogues who teamed up with San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.“It was awesome as a collegiate player and having the opportunity to represent your country and go out and display your talent. That time it was just collegiate players playing against pros from other countries and we were blessed to win a gold medal in Madrid.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC: Protocols in place to ensure proper use of P6-billion SEA Games funds Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station MOST READ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solonlast_img read more

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I’m sorry

first_imgAfter ducking questions for more than a week, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo admitted Monday that his wife was behind the wheel of his city-assigned SUV and driving with a suspended license when she damaged it in an accident three years ago. Delgadillo also admitted he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for $1,222 in repairs to the SUV after the 2004 incident. His voice cracking with emotion, Delgadillo said he made a mistake and should have been more open about the collision and repairs. Under city policy, family members of employees are not allowed to drive city-assigned vehicles. He wrote a personal check to the city Monday to cover the cost of the repairs. “Like any husband, I love my family and have tried to keep them out of the public eye,” he said. “But as an elected official I am accountable to the public and I realize I should have spoken up earlier. That was a mistake.” “I am saddened that my wife’s life has become a public issue. I mishandled the situation and I apologize.” Delgadillo has been dogged for more than a week by questions over whether his wife, Michelle, occasionally drove his city-assigned GMC Yukon and damaged it when she used it to go to a doctor’s appointment. When asked why he didn’t divulge the accident and repairs earlier, Delgadillo said only that he made a mistake. Delays last week, he said, were caused in part by “earnestly trying to get information.” On Monday, he elaborated on what happened and said the incident occurred while he was at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July 2004. His wife, who was home with their sons, experienced medical problems and went to see her doctor in the Mid-City area. When her car wouldn’t start, she took Delgadillo’s city-assigned SUV. As she was leaving the doctor’s office, she bumped into a pole and dented the vehicle, he said. Questions had begun to swirl around the incident after the Los Angeles Times reported that city sources said Delgadillo’s wife sometimes drove his city car and damaged it during a doctor’s visit. Delgadillo said that when he returned from his trip, he had the car taken to the city’s fleet services to be repaired. His staff filled out the paperwork. When asked why his wife drove his SUV despite rules saying city vehicles are to be used strictly for city business and all personal use is prohibited, Delgadillo said there was an “ambiguity” in city policy. He said he thought it was OK for his wife to drive the city vehicle on rare occasions and so he didn’t think he needed to pay for the repairs at the time. “My wife is not going to drive my city car anymore,” Delgadillo said. “I’m going to work my hardest every day to earn the public’s trust back. I realize that I didn’t do it right and I’m going to do it right from here on out.” Michelle Delgadillo’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the accident, but he said she didn’t know it. Delgadillo said his wife’s license had been suspended by the California Department of Motor Vehicles a year earlier after she refused to provide proof of insurance to another driver involved in a minor accident. But Delgadillo said the couple never received the notice of suspension, so she continued to drive. She was driving on the suspended license when she got a ticket in September 2005 for disobeying a turn-only sign. She was in the family’s car at the time. “I’m embarrassed by the situation. I support my wife. I love my wife,” he said. “I should have done everything appropriate in this matter and not mishandled it in any way.” Michelle Delgadillo’s driving record became news as her husband pushed for more jail time for Paris Hilton, who had been released early from a 45-day sentence after she was caught driving after her license had been suspended for DUI. On Monday, Delgadillo said his wife’s case is very different from that of the celebrity heiress. “Paris Hilton was convicted of driving while drunk. She was violating probation,” Delgadillo said. “As I pointed out, when my wife received the ticket, she didn’t know that her license was suspended. They’re two different things.” Hilton’s attorneys did not want to comment on the city attorney’s confession Monday. Still, the revelations have put Delgadillo on the hot seat, and the criticism rose as he refused to answer questions during the past week. “When you’re a public official, your life is an open book and you have to realize that. Frankly, you’re held to a higher standard,” said Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “It should have been brought out much earlier. Without the Paris Hilton thing it probably wouldn’t have been brought out at all.” Observers said Delgadillo dug a deeper hole for himself by not addressing public questions earlier. Last week, fellow elected officials said it was time for him to fess up or face an investigation by the Ethics Commission or the City Controller’s Office. Controller Laura Chick said last week she has the authority to look into the SUV accident but had urged Delgadillo to publicly explain. “To me, what would be in the best interest to everyone would be the city attorney to bring out all the facts and discuss this in the open,” Chick said. “If there are mistakes made, it would be best to know now so we don’t have to investigate further.” Officials with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley – who has butted heads with Delgadillo recently over who should file certain cases – said the stories of improper conduct by Delgadillo raise concern. “However, because of Mr. Delgadillo’s stated interest in running for the office of district attorney next year, any comment by District Attorney Steve Cooley is inappropriate and any action could be seen as a conflict. This office will therefore defer any comment on this issue,” said Cooley’s spokeswoman, Sandi Gibbons. “Ethical issues should be handled by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission and or by the city controller. Allegations that merit a criminal investigation will be referred to the California Attorney General’s Office.” Delgadillo said he didn’t believe he broke any laws but would cooperate with any investigation. Staff Writer Troy Anderson contributed to this report. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Cross Country Results For Thursday October 24th

first_imgArea runners ran to qualify for the state cross country meet on Thursday. The top 3 teams and top 15 individuals get a spot in next week’s State Meet.Class 2AAt Unity Christian – Landsmeer Golf Course in Orange CityCherokee, Estherville-Lincoln Central, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon, MVAOCOU, OABCIG, Okoboji, Sheldon, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center, Spirit Lake, Unity Christian, WC-KP, West Lyon, Western Christian.Boys Top 15 Individual1 Dylan Blake, 12 16:24.98 Mvao2  Tage Hulstein, 10 16:35.65 Western Christian3 Carter VandeVegte, 12 16:52.454  Daniel Schriever, 11 16:55.14 George-Lr-Cl5 Sam Harrison, 12 16:59.03 Sioux Center6  Bryce Kremer, 12 17:03.76 Cherokee7 Taylor Myers, 12 17:13.57 Estherville-Lc8 Jager Roozeboom, 11 17:16.98 Sheldon9  Kirk Moser, 11 17:20.98 West Lyon10  Trevin Wasmund, 12 17:23.72 Sibley-Ocheyedan11 Zachary Minderhoud, 9 17:28.13 Western Christian12 Weston Beeson, 12 17:30.99 Mvao13 Lucas Lorenzen, 10 17:34.60 Okoboji14 Jacob Lamb, 12 17:34.99 Okoboji15 Taylor Parsons, 12 17:35.36 OkobojiTop 3 Teams1 Okoboji 672 George-Lr-Cl 933 Western Christian 97For complete boys results click on the link belowOrange-City-2A-boysTop 15 Girls Individual1  Whitney Minderhoud, 12 20:02.13 Western Christian2  Sarahy Hamman, 10 20:23.81 Wc-Kp3 Bria Wasmund, 9 20:26.11 Sibley-Ocheyedan4  London Rogge, 10 20:33.34 Cherokee5 Erika Kuntz, 10 20:40.60 Wc-Kp6 Amaya Van Essen, 10 20:47.81 Unity Christian7  Nevaeh Armstrong, 11 20:54.01 Okoboji8 Lexi Duffy, 10 21:01.43 Okoboji9 Riley Lubeck, 9 21:06.24 Cherokee10 Sarah Putze, 11 21:06.77 Wc-Kp11 Madison Marco, 9 21:07.16 Sibley-Ocheyedan12 Adriana Van Maanen, 9 21:07.44 Unity Christian13 Madison Brouwer, 9 21:11.89 Sibley-Ocheyedan14 Megan Te Krony, 9 21:13.61 Unity Christian15 Alayna Wingate, 9 21:16.34 Sibley-OcheyedanTop 3 Teams1* Unity Christian 652* Wc-Kp 653 Cherokee 90For complete girls results click on the link belowOrange-City-2A-GirlsClass 1AAt Ridge ViewAlta/Aurelia, Boyer Valley, East Sac County, Gehlen Catholic, GT/RA, Harris-Lake Park, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Hinton, Lawton-Bronson, Logan Magnolia, Manson NW Webster, MMCRU, North Union, Ridge View, Sioux Central, Siouxland Christian, South O’Brien, St. Albert, St. Edmond, Remsen St. Mary’s, Tri-Center, Trinity Christian, West-Bend Mallard, West Harrison, West Monona, Westwood, Whiting, Woodbine, West Sioux.Boys Individual Top 151 Roder, Will 12 Gehlen Catholic 16:34.222 Heisterkamp, Bennet 12 Saint Albert 16:57.083 Vaske, Isaac 12 Gehlen Catholic 17:32.254 McGee, Brett 11 Tri-Center 17:33.365 Lursen, Aaron 09 Saint Edmond 17:34.756 Jon, Franke 12 Tri-Center 17:35.547 Erickson, Wyatt 12 Sioux Central 17:38.088 Ashley, Aziah 10 Lawton Bronson 17:38.679 Moseman, Theo 09 Lawton Bronson 17:39.1910 Brannon, Eric 11 Siouxland Christian 17:40.6211 Brummel, Braxton 11 Trinity Christian 17:41.6612 Tesch, Carson 12 Gehlen Catholic 17:42.8413 Rowe, Tarick 09 Logan-Magnolia 17:43.5014 Henry, Deven 11 West Sioux 17:50.2615 Wright, Nate 10 Woodbine 17:50.61Top Three Teams1 Gehlen Catholic 932 Tri-Center 953 Saint Albert 102For complete boys results click on the link belowRidgeview-1A-boys-3Girls Individual Top 151 #321 Pogge, Peyton 11 Tri-Center 19:26.922 #190 Sporrer, Courtney 10 Logan-Magnolia 20:02.283 #191 Sporrer, Taylor 12 Logan-Magnolia 20:07.914 #201 Moline, Maddie 11 Manson North 20:22.325 #187 Morrison, Kylie 12 Logan-Magnolia 20:30.796 #202 Oswald, Preslie 09 Manson North 20:41.047 #186 Lapke, Violet 12 Logan-Magnolia 20:51.318 #244 Wiese, Katlyn 12 Ridge View 20:57.959 #263 Bemrich, Aubrey 11 Saint Edmond 20:58.3110 #301 Boardman, Abby 11 South O’Brien 21:07.5311 #177 Mesz, Jolee 09 Lawton Bronson 21:13.0812 #252 McKeever, Carly 09 Saint Albert 21:14.4513 #213 Goth, Kaitlyn 12 Mmc-Ru 21:15.5814 #243 Padavich, Paige 11 Ridge View 21:18.4015 #199 Condon, Paige 10 Manson North 21:29.45Girls Top 3 Teams1 Logan-Magnolia 392 Manson Northwest Webster 1013 Saint Edmond Fort Dodge 108For complete girls results click on the link belowRidgeview-1A-girls-1Class 3AAt HumboldtAlgona, Ballard, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Bishop Heelan, Gilbert, Humboldt, Le Mars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Spencer, Storm Lake, Waverly-Shell Rock, Webster City.Top 3 Boys Teams1 Gilbert 662 Waverly Shell Rock 853 Humboldt 93Boys Individual Top 151 Quinton Orr Humbolt2 Nathan Patel Gilbert3 Sam May MOC-FV4 Jason Sudtelgte Le Mars5 Eric Wittrock, Humboldt6 Ethan Hulinksy Le Mars7 Ethan Schmidt Spencer8 Andrew Cummer Waverly Shell Rock9 Griffin Ruba Gilbert10 Isaac Bryan SBL11 Marco Lopez BHRV12 Carlos Rodriguez SBL13 Devon Coon Humboldt14 Nick Kepford Waverly Shell Rock15 Ethyn Chesnut Waverly Shell RockFor complete boys results click on the link belowHumboldt-3A-boysTop 3 Girls Teams1 Ballard 302 Spencer 823 Bishop Heelan 94Girls Individual Top 151 Emma Hoins Waverly Shell Rock2 Paityn Noe Ballard3 Amber Aesoph Heelan4 Shewaye Johnson Ballard5 Ellie Twedt Ballard6 Bryce Gidel Humboldt7 Emily Haverdink MOC-FV8 Elisa Fisher Spencer9 Kate Huisinga Ballard10 Josie Fleischmann Ballad11 Grace Mahaney Heelan12 Caitlin Maher Ballard13 Brooke Loewe Ballard14 Chloe Calhoun Le Mars15 Grace Hamilton SpencerFor complete girls results click on the link belowHumboldt-3A-girlslast_img read more

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Woman searching for Donegal ties to late husband

first_imgMagdelene Gallagher is searching for family connections to her late husband Charles Keith Gallagher (pictured above), whose mother, Hannah Gallagher, was from Kincasslagh.Magdelene believes that Hannah was born in 1920 in Kincasslagh, and spent time in Auchterarder in Scotland in 1944.Charles kept the name his mother Hannah called him, and records from Fife Council show that Charlie had been with his mother for seven months living in Saint Andrews in Scotland. CharlesCharlie was then put into care at seven months, and was fostered by a loving family at two and a half.Magdelene is seeking connections to her late husband’s Donegal family, and would like to know what happened the mother-in-law she never got to know.Madgelene says “I am afraid I have very little to go on. My husband has recently died, and I am trying to piece together his early years and trace what happened to Hannah. I know that she was born in Kincasslagh in 1920.”“She gave birth to my husband in Auchterarder in Perthshire Scotland on 31 July 1944 in Strathearn Home which was actually the poor house. The poor house records show she was there for 99 days and she left there with her baby son. After that there is no record of where she went.” During the week, Fife Council gave Magdelene some information; according to their files Charlie must have been with his mother for seven months in Saint Andrews in Scotland, before being put into care and fostered at two and a half.“Sometime after, my husband went into care and was fostered by a kind and loving family, now only the younger members of that family are alive so information is scant. I am trying my best with the county council archives on fostered children. I don’t know when she went to Scotland, if she only went there when pregnant.”“She must have had somewhere to go when she left the poor house, I believe many people from Donegal settled in the Perth area at that time. My husband’s birth certificate has Hannah’s occupation as outworker. I know there isn’t much to go on, just need a bit of luck.”If you have any information that can help Magdelene please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Donegal Daily by emailing info@donegaldaily.com or send us a message on Facebook.Woman searching for Donegal ties to late husband was last modified: December 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

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Facebook Makes it Easier to Delete Your Account, Sort Of

first_imgIt was just Monday that the New York Times reported on the difficulty some users were having when trying to permanently delete their accounts from Facebook. The social networking site offers a “deactivate” feature, but still archives all of a user’s personal information in case that user decides they miss Facebook and want back in. Frustrated members turned to groups on the site to complain (where else?) and get advice on unofficial processes for deleting their accounts. Today Facebook made account deletion a tiny bit easier.Facebook modified its help pages to instruct users that permanent account deletion could be requested by contacting the company. “If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, we can take care of this for you,” says the page. “If you would like your account deleted, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page and confirm your request in the text box.”The company stopped short of saying they would supply a permanent account deletion button like rival MySpace. Facebook told the New York Times that if they perceived that they needed a more streamlined account deletion process they would test different implementations. So far, Facebook doesn’t see that need. “On any given day, the number of users reactivating their accounts is roughly half of the number of users deactivating their accounts,” Katie Geminder, Director for User Experience and Design at the social network, told the paper.Though welcomed by critics of Facebook’s lack of account deletion policy, some feel that the new blurb in the help pages doesn’t go far enough. The aforementioned “How to permanently delete your facebook account.” group has added almost 4,000 members since the original Times article ran on Monday. “But why hide the option far down in the help pages? And why make it a form? Do I first have to go hunting for HOW to leave, and then explain WHY?” wrote the group’s admins in response to this morning’s change, “This is a decent first step, now implement the long awaited delete button, thanks!”Being able to permanently remove information from social networks like Facebook is not a trivial matter for some users. As we recently wrote, Facebook and other social sites are fast becoming your online “permanent record.” People often feel comfortable disclosing sensitive information on these networks, possibly because they’re communicating with friends. Being able to remove that personal information permanently is an option that I’d wager many people want, even if most aren’t clamoring to exercise it (until the need to delete outweighs the utility of having an account, most people aren’t going to want to delete their account).What do you think? Should Facebook make it easier for users to delete accounts? Let us know in the comments. josh catone 1 Tags:#Facebook#news#Product Reviews#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Google’s Latest Acquisition: Plink, Mobile Visual Search Startup

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … While on the one hand, it does seem amazing that a mobile application can “see” the world like this, the reality is that this sort of mobile search experience is still in its infancy. Unlike with Google’s text-based search engine, there’s no guarantee that the app will be able to recognize the image in your photo. Was the photo too blurry? Too dark? Or was it a building (book/place/etc.) that the app doesn’t know yet?But just as how the original tablet computers were heavy, clunky, inelegant devices that blazoned a trail that led us to the sleek and shiny iPad, a tablet some now claim will “revolutionize” computing, Google Goggles could one day lead to a world where everything we see – including people! – can be identified through the eyes of camera and an algorithm. sarah perez Tags:#Google#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement That’s a somewhat frightening concept, but one that’s also incredibly exciting at the same time, we have to admit. Plink will now become a part of that effort, enhancing Goggles’ artwork search engine while the engineers bring their talent and ideas to forward the project as a whole. “There are beautiful things to be done with computer vision,” reads the blog post signed “Mark & James.” “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” it concludes. For us, too. (Originally reported via the Guardian) Google’s newest acquisition is Plink, makers of a visual search application for mobile devices called PlinkArt. The app “recognizes almost any work of art,” claims the app’s homepage, “just by taking a photo of it.” In addition to the visual identification aspect, Plink users can also discuss the art within the app, send images to friends or order prints of the artwork. On its own, Plink sounds like an entertaining and educational tool, but one whose real-life implementations would probably be limited to a tour of an art museum or a late-night cram session for an Art History exam. But Google didn’t just buy Plink for the art it can identify – that’s just an added bonus. It’s likely that Google bought the company more for the algorithm that powers the smart application and brains of those who invented it. According to a post on the Plink company blog, developers Mark Cummins and James Philbin, Oxford PhD students whose company was only four months old when acquired, will now join Google to commence work on the search giant’s “Google Goggles” project. This ambitious, futuristic mobile search application is already available for Google’s own mobile OS, Android, in a limited format. At the moment, you can use Google Goggles to take pictures of real-world objects like landmarks, logos, books, contact info, places, wine and – oh yes – artwork, too. The mobile application then recognizes the images and objects in your pictures and that, in turn, kicks off a Google search for whatever item it finds. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Axcient Cloud Continuity Wants to Put And End to Downtime for SMBs

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Axcient uses what it describes as a kind of box that is placed in every office that reads the state of the business computing and saves it in its entirety. Moore describes it as easy as having the cable man come in and set up your cable box. What Axcient does well is serve SMBs with a single solution for virtualized and read-state storage on one platform. It is not what Axcient is trying to do is completely unique in the data storage business but rather that it brings in the approaches of several different vendors into one easy solution.“We have been working for 14 months to develop a 20 second function,” Moore said. Moore believes that in the realm of data backup and infrastructure, the small to medium business vertical is not well represented and hence is a market that Axcient can be come ubiquitous in. The Cloud Continuity products starts as low as $100 and the user interface and administration controls are designed to be simple for even the most computer illiterate of businesses. Moore’s argument and vision is compelling and the technology may be able to pull it off.In terms of redundancy, Axcient has data centers on both the east and west coast and it is growing quickly, adding infrastructure and employees day-to-day. The model is built on Hewlett-Packard hardware and will be available in November. Axcient’s last funding round was in the realm of $15 million. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Data Centers#Products Related Posts dan rowinski Over the last several years, the cloud has brought a host of functionality to small and medium businesses that did not exist before. The ability to host and store data at the fraction of the cost than what was available before may prove to be a seminal shift in the history of how industries conduct digital business.A company called Axcient wants to take it a step further. Axcient, which specializes in data backup and infrastructure for SMBs, is releasing a product today that it calls Cloud Continuity and its makes a big, bold claim: the end to business downtown, period. Axcient’s approach to data backup and business computing certainly is unique in the industry, but can it really put an end to downtime?Axcient CEO Justin Moore is certain that his company has figured out the answer. The Cloud Continuity product is a mixture of several different aspects of the data backup industry tied in to Axcient’s existing infrastructure. Imagine the ability to save every single thing that happens in your business in the cloud. Not just the files and the data, but the actual infrastructure of your business, from desktops to applications to system administration files. Cloud Continuity claims to be able to save the entire business from the driver image level, file level and application level and to restore them to their entirety with the click of a button exactly as they were left. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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All-Star ‘Memorial Celebration’ for Climate Scientist Brings Powerpoints, Guitars, and Wine

first_imgPALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA—In March, climatologist Steven Schneider, drowsy from chemotherapy, was getting ready to go to bed. When he checked his e-mail, though, he found hundreds of messages from global warming skeptics and decided to respond. The next thing he knew, it was 3 a.m. and his wife was yelling at him to go to sleep. “In illness and in health, he was just plain working harder than everyone else on what needed doing,” said White House scientist-in-chief John Holdren on Sunday at a memorial service for Schneider. Schneider was a tireless and prolific scientist, publishing hundreds of influencial papers that he wrote, or edited as founder of Climatic Change. His battle with lymphoma barely slowed him down, but some speculated that his relentless pace may have ultimately taken a toll. Schneider died in July of an apparent heart attack while flying back to California from a climate meeting. “This brave and relentless man killed himself trying to do what he thought was right,” said Former U.S. Senator Tim Wirth. Memories, alcohol, and tears flowed between PowerPoint presentations on climate science and politics at this wonky and star-studded “Memorial Celebration.” More than 300 climate scientists, colleagues, and friends of Schneider crowded into a big lecture hall at Stanford University. Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., Holdren, and NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco sat through 6-hours of lectures on climate research and songs to celebrate the life of the climatologist who could communicate science like few others. 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It wasn’t all about Schneider. In dueling talks on climate and society Naomi Oreskes, a Univeristy of California, San Diego, historian, and Stanford political scientist Jon Krosnick each laid out aspects of the climate communication challenge. Oreskes tracked the history of “active, disinformation campaigns” in derailing progress on public climate awareness. Krosnick suggested the reason that so many politicians questioned climate science tenets was that they didn’t know their constituents actually thought global warming was a serious problem. Either way, Holdren’s view that the communication challenge was incomplete was shared by nearly all. “Finishing the job is the task that Steve’s untimely passing has left to all of us.” The adoration for Schneider seemed to bolster his widow, Terry Root, a Stanford expert on climate impacts on ecology. Root expressed her thanks at the microphone as night fell on the campus outside. “Having so much love in this room has really helped me,” she said quietly. Then she led the crowd in a folksy rendition of Crosby Stills, Nash, Young’s “Teach Your Children,” one of Schneider’s favorites.last_img read more

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