December 27

GOLF NEWS: FRANCIS MCGRANAGHAN IN FINE FORM AT MURVAGH OVER THE WEEKEND

first_imgDonegal Golf Club (Murvagh)Sat 24th October- Presentation Evening and “County Colours” Competition. The “County Colours “ competition takes place on Saturday the 24th of October and will be followed by Presentation of outstanding prizes from recent competitions. Entry Sheets are in the Ladies and Men’s Locker rooms. Enlist your name and Ancestral County.  Mixed Teams drawn according to county. Shotgun start at 2pm.  15 hole scramble.  Wear your county colours. Price €15 euro.Please ensure that your name is on the entry sheet before Wednesday 21st October.Men’s Competitions:Sunday 18th October Sponsored by Edwin Kirk Francis McGranaghan (18) 41ptsKevin Mundy (21) 40ptsDaire Woods (13) 39Barry Kennedy (15) 38pts (bot)Gross:  Conal Cooke (1) 29pts (bot)Prizes for Competitions from 30th August to 18th October will be presented on Saturday 24th October 2015 at 8.00 pm, following the County Colours Mixed Scramble.Thursday Specials:Our season finished with the traditional overnight away trip. This year’s trip was to Westport Golf Club with 30 players travelling. The weather was perfect on both days and once again it was a very enjoyable trip for everyone who travelled.The winner on Saturday was last year’s overall winner Bobby Beare with 37 pts, 2nd Place went to Liam Mundy with 35 pts, Paddy O’Reilly claimed 3rd place on 33 pts and Kevin Martin was 4th with 32pts on a break of tie. The winner on Sunday was Conor McNulty with 37pts, Aidy Gallagher was 2nd with 36pts, Kieran Keeney claimed 3rd with 33pts on a break of tie and Player of the Year Liam Farren was 4th with 33 pts also on a break of tie.Matt Gallagher won the prize for the longest Drive of the day at the 18th and Bobby Beare won the prize for closest the pin on the 9th.The Overall Prize for the man who played the best Golf over 2 days went to a last minute addition to the travelling party Matt Gallagher, not content with the Phoenix Cup Matt capped an excellent year with two very steady rounds and a 2 day total of 71pts to win on a break of tie.The rescheduled Mixed Greensomes was played on Saturday 3rd October, the weather this time around was perfect for golf. The winners declared after a recount were Ann McGlynn & Joe Craig with a very impressive score of 51½, Crona O’Reilly & John “C” Meehan were demoted to 2nd Place with 54½ on a break of tie, Patricia Britton & Brian Boyle were 3rd also with 54½. Dorothy Woods & Francis Brogan were 4th with 55 and Mary Talbot & Frank Cook finished 5th with 55½. Ladies Competitions20th / 22nd Sept Sponsored by Karen’s Hair Boutique1.     Dorothy Woods (12)  27(bot)2.     Rosemary Carr (19)    273.     Audrey Johnston (30) 26 (bot)Front Nine.  Bernie Finn (16) 18ptsNine Hole Competition:1.     Moragh Canney (27) 17ptsA list of the results for October will be displayed in the locker room on Wednesday evening.Winter League 2015:Please enter names and handicaps before 24th October ’15GOLF NEWS: FRANCIS MCGRANAGHAN IN FINE FORM AT MURVAGH OVER THE WEEKEND was last modified: October 20th, 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:golfSportlast_img read more

December 25

RATS INVADE ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST SCENIC BEACHES

first_imgIllegal dumping is being blamed for an invasion of rats on Magheraroarty beach.Locals say the issue has become one of major concerns in recent weeks.The issue has been raised at the latest meeting of Glenties Electoral area. It has been decided that rodent control measures will be used to tackle the rats.One local said she used to love walking in the area but was now afraid to after coming across a number of rats while out walking one morning. RATS INVADE ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST SCENIC BEACHES was last modified: August 31st, 2012 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:illegal dumpingMagheraroarty beachratslast_img read more

December 25

Searles goal on PK leads Biola over Vanguard

first_img Meanwhile, Vanguard fell to 6-6-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the GSAC. The Eagles were outshot 13-10 by their opponents, but Biola goalie Ryan George collected eight saves to preserve the victory. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALLUC Irvine 3, CS Fullerton 1 Lauren Kellerman pounded out a match-high 18 kills to lead the Anteaters to the victory over the visiting Titans in a Big West Conference matchup at UC Irvine. Amanda Vazquez finished with 17 kills, while Whitney Pavlik and Trisha White each tallied 12 for UC Irvine. Sarah Morrison led Cal State Fullerton with 16 kills, while Danielle Hitzeman added 14. The Anteaters improved their record to 7-12 overall and 1-5 in the Big West. Meanwhile, the Titans dropped to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in Big West play. John Searles scored on a penalty kick at 58:26 into the game, and the Biola Eagles men’s soccer team made that stand up in a 1-0 victory over visiting Vanguard College in a Golden State Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. Biola improved to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in GSAC action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

December 24

MANCHESTER UNITED STAR WAYNE ROONEY EAGER TO SUPPORT MARK FARREN TREATMENT FUND

first_imgManchester United player Wayne Rooney has become the latest high-profile star to lend his support to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund. The kind-hearted England captain contacted former Old Trafford teammate and Derry native Darren Gibson to find out what he could do to help.Rooney was made aware of the issue via social media and was touched by Mark’s heart-breaking story and immediately wanted to do something to help. Farren’s family revealed that Gibson was in contact with them and confirmed that Rooney was keen to lend his support to the treatment fund after becoming aware of Mark’s situation.Seamus Coleman, James McClean, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are just a few of the huge number of professional footballers who have rowed in behind the fundraising campaign set-up for former footballer Mark.The campaign has surpassed its initial target of £30,000 which was needed in order to send Mark to Mexico to undergo revolutionary treatment in which they hope can save the former Derry City striker’s life.An charity game in aid of Mark last night between a Derry City XI and Glenavon FC raised £7,000. The Derry City side was made up mostly of players that played during their epic UEFA Cup run in 2005/2006.A huge crowd turned out for Farren who served both clubs with great distinction throughout his career.The grand total for the Mark Farren treatment fund has almost raised an incredible £40,000.  MANCHESTER UNITED STAR WAYNE ROONEY EAGER TO SUPPORT MARK FARREN TREATMENT FUND was last modified: May 8th, 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:Manchester UnitedMark FarrennewsSportWayne Rooneylast_img read more

December 22

LUH Chaplain challenges Sinn Féin on Eighth Amendment support

first_imgA Catholic Chaplain at Letterkenny University Hospital has challenged Sinn Fein to explain how their support to repeal the Eighth Amendment does not conflict fundamentally with the 1916 Proclamation.Fr. Martin Chambers was speaking in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kerrykeel, during the Holy Thursday ceremonies where he said: “The Sinn Fein claims to cherish all the children of the nation equally is not only contradictory but far from the spirit of the 1916 Proclamation.”The nation goes to the polls on Friday May 25th to vote on removing the Eighth Amendment, which gives constitutional rights to the unborn as enshrined in the 1983 legislation. The Tirconaill Tribune reports that last week some 26 Evangelical Church leaders in Donegal added their support for the retention of the Eighth Amendment.Fr. Chambers said: “Insofar as equality is concerned, let us not forget that where a Sinn Fein politician has voted or supported the Eighth Amendment, they have been suspended from the party for three months. Where is the equality or freedom of expression in such actions and what does that say about a party supposedly cherishing the children of the nation equally?”Turning to the congregation in Kerrykeel and reflecting on the diminishing number of clergy and vocations in the diocese, Fr. Chambers asked: “Will this new legislation abort the next priest that might serve this community or this diocese? Will the proposed changes abort the scientist who might make the discovery to cure cancer… think seriously about that,” he urged.Saying that the 1916 Proclamation that is part of the Sinn Fein philosophy is “a very important document and one that should be studied carefully”, Fr. Chambers told the congregation that he found it very difficult to reconcile how removing the right of unborn children did not conflict with the spirit expressed in the Proclamation. Mass goers said Fr. Chambers said that the signatories of the Proclamation would be “turning in their graves” over the Sinn Fein support for changing the Constitution on abortion.Speaking last month, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald outlined that Sinn Féin supports the availability of abortion in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, health, mental and physical, and risk to the life of the woman.“The 8th Amendment should never have been placed in our Constitution. Bitter experience over decades demonstrates this,” the Dublin Central TD says.“It is essential to recall real cost to women and girls of the Eighth amendment… It has caused countless women and families with the trauma of a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality to be forced to make a harrowing journey abroad.“Even in death, the Eighth Amendment can rob a woman of her dignity… I say that these women are, in the first instance, the reason to repeal the 8th Amendment. We as a society must demand and ensure that there are no more hard cases, no more Savitas [Halappanavar] and no more traumatised women known to us in the public domain as letters of the alphabet. “That is our first duty, to assert clearly that that the state will not force a rape victim to carry a pregnancy to term. To demand that women and families faced with the devastating diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality are no longer denied care, comfort and choice here in their home country.“To assert that doctors must be free to do their job, must be able to take medical decisions in the interests of women without the threat of a criminal sanction hanging over them. To ensure that health care choices, life and death decisions, are not skewed or delayed while medics seek advice from constitutional lawyers.”Teachta McDonald says that the Eighth Amendment, or Article 40.3.3 “is a relic of an Ireland of the past.”“Yet, it restricts the rights of women in the here and now and affects our future in such a profound way. It has to go. It is time to trust women. It is time to allow doctors to do their jobs. And we, as legislators, must now do ours,” she concluded. LUH Chaplain challenges Sinn Féin on Eighth Amendment support was last modified: April 6th, 2018 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)Tags:abortionluhpro choicepro-lifeSinn Feinlast_img read more

December 20

Photos: 10 images that tell the story of Warriors falling to Clippers in Game 5

first_imgGame 5 didn’t go well for the Golden State Warriors.The Los Angeles Clippers came out with an intensity that the home team didn’t match. That was indicative of the score at halftime with Los Angeles up 71-63. Golden State was able to keep pace with the Clippers in the second half, and they even rallied to tie the game in the fourth quarter.Unfortunately, the Clippers’ Lou Williams made a 4-point play that sealed the win late in the game. The Warriors will unable to complete the comeback.That …last_img read more

December 19

Fish and Reptiles Converge on Magnetic Navigation

first_imgTwo very different kinds of animal both have outstanding ability to navigate by earth’s magnetic field: salmon and sea turtles.  A new hypothesis by scientists at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published in PNAS,1 suggests that the young are “imprinted” with their local magnetic field signature at birth.From a navigational perspective, some of the most remarkable migrations are accomplished by marine animals that begin life in particular geographic areas, migrate across vast expanses of sea, and then return as adults to their natal areas to reproduce.  How such animals navigate back to natal areas across seemingly featureless ocean, and after absences ranging in duration from a few years to a decade or more, has remained enigmatic.  In this article we propose a new, unifying hypothesis to explain natal homing in two iconic long-distance migrants, salmon and sea turtles.  Specifically, we propose that these animals imprint on the magnetic field that exists at their natal area and use this information to return to their natal region years later, close enough for local cues (olfactory in salmon, unknown in sea turtles) to guide them more precisely to their spawning or nesting sites.  This magnetic imprinting hypothesis, which focuses on the movement ecology linkage between an environmental factor (the Earth’s magnetic field) and navigational capacity, also suggests the surprising possibility that rapid, naturally occurring changes in the Earth’s field occasionally exert a strong influence on ecological processes by altering animal movements.The article was summarized by Science Daily.  In the original paper, the authors puzzled over how and why this amazing ability evolved:Regardless of how it is accomplished, navigating hundreds or thousands of kilometers to reproduce in a particular geographic area does not appear to be advantageous when other suitable sites for reproduction often exist along the way.  The costs of such migrations appear considerable in terms of energy expenditure, stress, and risk.  For such a pattern to evolve, the benefits must be correspondingly high.  In evolutionary terms, natal homing presumably arose because individuals that returned to their natal areas to reproduce had greater success than those that tried to reproduce elsewhere.This says little more than that the survivors survived.  All they could think of were special conditions in the environment that led to evolutionary success.  Turtles need to lay eggs on land.  The authors suggested that only a “tiny fraction” of beaches are suitable in terms of incline, temperature, accessibility and other factors.  For salmon, the need to lay eggs in fresh water causes them to seek out streams without unsurpassable obstacles.  It seems a stretch to imagine that so few habitats would work, but they tried:To human observers, an irrational feature of natal homing is that animals often forego reproducing in suitable nearby areas to migrate long distances to their natal sites.  For example, some sea turtles feed in areas adjacent to nesting beaches used by their own species, but nevertheless migrate long distances to nest elsewhere; similarly, salmon on their way to their own natal rivers often swim past other rivers where large populations of conspecifics spawn.  From the perspective of the animal, however, assessing the suitability of an unfamiliar area for reproduction may be very difficult.  A turtle crawling out of the sea to nest probably cannot tell that a large population of raccoons is nearby and will consume her eggs after she departs, and salmon passing by the mouth of an unfamiliar river may be unable to determine whether there are suitable spawning grounds a hundred kilometers upstream, or instead an impassible waterfall.Under such conditions, in which suitable reproductive habitat is scarce and reproductive output can be strongly affected by factors that are difficult to assess, it is perhaps not surprising that natural selection has favored individuals that return to their natal areas to reproduce.  In effect, the very existence of an adult animal confirms that its natal area has the attributes needed for successful reproduction, an assurance that no other location can provide.They did not ask if a salmon or turtle is capable of having a perspective or assessing anything, and they did not ask how the precision navigational ability evolved in the first place.  If some conspecifics managed to breed nearby, natural selection must have favored both long distance migration and staying near the feeding grounds.  Their hypothesis allows that changes in Earth’s magnetic field forces changes in breeding grounds.  If so, why did some species change and others stick with the old grounds?  And how did two very different kinds of animals converge on the same navigational skill?  With such puzzles to observe, they had to admit that even human animals find it “difficult to assess” such things.1.  Lohmann, Putnam and Lohmann, “Geomagnetic imprinting: A unifying hypothesis of long-distance natal homing in salmon and sea turtles,” Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesUSA, December 9, 2008, vol. 105, no. 49, pp. 19096-19101, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0801859105.The hypothesis does not even begin to explain the amazing feats of these animals.  Stating that they have a “navigational capacity” says nothing about how that capacity arose; it’s like Moliere’s doctor explaining why some drugs induce sleep is due to their possessing a “dormitive virtue.”  Saying that the “very existence of an adult animal confirms” that natural selection produced this ability is absurd.  I think, therefore I am; I am, therefore natural selection produced me, I think.     Their obfuscation continued.  “Once it arises, natal homing has important implications for population structure,” they said.  Once it arises.  OK, tell us about that.  Apparently a miracle of chance pulled it out of a hat somewhere behind a curtain.  We are asked to imagine a salmon family in a certain river figuring out the navigation game.  “Once it arises,” we are told, the rest is easy.  Now we learn that they “have evolved specializations that enhance survival in the home river.”  More miracles just occurred when you weren’t thinking.  (Hint: they were hidden behind that passive voice verb.)  Now, Mr. Darwin provides us with a self-reinforcing marketing scheme: “Such adaptations may in turn reinforce the benefits of natal homing, inasmuch as fish that return to their home streams will be better adapted to their natal sites than to other areas, and strays will also be less successful than the local fish.”  But why?  Didn’t they tell us that conspecifics do just fine without the long navigation?  Strays succeed, they said.  Is a difference in the smell of a certain faraway stream in amounts of parts per billion really so incredibly adaptive that the species will go extinct unless they escape hungry bears and leap waterfalls for miles to get there?     Then they told us that a certain small percentage of the population strays from the original breeding ground.  OK, then why do the traditionalists still pay the cost of going all the way to great-great-great-great-great-grandfather’s home if there is a workable shortcut?  One would think natural selection would favor those who take the easy way out.     Listen to their mythical tale of The Prodigal Salmon, with natural selection playing the heroic Father Darwin, always welcoming the stray data into his explanatory arms:From an ecological perspective, straying from natal areas is crucial because without it, new habitat would never be colonized [so what? who cares?].  For salmon, Quinn has hypothesized that straying and homing are under genetic control [intelligent design] and are maintained in dynamic equilibrium within species and populations.  According to this [dubious] reasoning, natural selection will favor [personification] precise homing in areas where spawning sites are of consistently high quality [judgment call] year after year.  In areas where the quality of spawning sites varies greatly in different years, however, natural selection should favor [personification] females [sexism; it takes a male’s help] which produce some offspring that home and others that stray; this strategy [intelligent design] maximizes the likelihood that at least some progeny will encounter favorable areas when they return to reproduce.This is a passive explanation, not an active one.  “An effect is seen, therefore evolution must have been the cause.”  They don’t explain how the capability originated, nor what the “genetic controls” are and how they originated.  Maybe a small fry had a mutation and couldn’t get home, they explained next.  So?  This only means that other locations can work just fine for breeding.  We’ve all seen the photos of salmon leaping up waterfalls past bears only to arrive exhausted at grandpappy’s exact stream, with just enough energy to spawn and die.  Why pay that huge cost if there are plenty of maternity wards downstream?  And why didn’t natural selection favor salmon learning to breed out in the ocean?  If that had been observed, no doubt there would be an evolutionist ready with a story about how natural selection “favored” it.     And didn’t they say that changes in the magnetic field can alter the animals’ ability to find their natal ground?  Indeed they did.  They said that reversals could cause “considerable ecological upheaval, as mass straying brings formerly isolated populations into contact and animals unable to locate their natal sites discover and colonize new areas (which subsequent generations can locate reliably as the field stabilizes and natal homing once more becomes possible).”  Count the miracles in that sentence.  Evolutionary miracle stories are like cigarettes.  Once you start exhaling them, it’s hard to quit.     There are more evolutionary conundrums they did not even attempt to address.  Salmon can smell their spawning waters in parts per billion, and navigate many miles, past many obstacles, to the exact spot where they were once little fry freshly hatched years ago.  Turtles can navigate flawlessly across the sea.  Just having a magnetic imprint of the ”end point” doesn’t explain how the animals can sense the earth’s field with such precision and orient themselves from point A to point B to arrive at a precise beach or stream.  Their hypothesis does not explain how they time their journey to arrive weeks later, just past high tide, ready to lay eggs.     Another most remarkable phenomenon is that this natal homing ability is perfected in two very different orders: fish and turtles.  In evolutionary theory, the trait would either have had to be gained by some miracle in a common ancestor of fish and turtles, then selectively retained in these two genera while other species lost the ability, or else it would have had to be “learned” independently by some nebulous idea of “convergent evolution.”  Fortunately the authors spared us the repetition of that miracle term.     Evolutionists undoubtedly think this is wonderful work.  They slap themselves on the back and laugh about the stupid creationists who employ the God-of-the-gaps fallacy, while they have used “science” to explain the world: the creative art of narrative that evolved from campfire storytelling to its present level of sophistication.  Another puzzle in nature has been tamed by the wonder-working power of a time-honored scientific theory: natural selection, that profound idea that survivors survive.  Evolution has navigated the treacherous waters of confusing observation, and spawned fresh ideas that will grow and reproduce.  Evolution has proven itself, once again, to be adaptive to changing environments.  Hard questions may cause “considerable upheaval” to the theory, but there will always be some small-fry scientists able to find new storytelling habitats to colonize so that the population endures.     All the while they were utilizing resources that had been provided them as a gift; neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 16

Content Farms 101: Why Suite101 Publishes 500 Articles a Day

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Tags:#New Media#NYT#Publishing Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts When it comes to content farms, companies that churn out hundreds or thousands of new pieces of content every day, Demand Media has harvested most of the headlines over the past year. But it’s not the only company out there betting on quantity of content – others include Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo! in May), About.com (owned by the New York Times), Mahalo (founded by Jason Calacanis, who sold his previous business Weblogs, Inc. to AOL in 2005) and Answers.com. Suite101 is a relatively low profile site compared to the others mentioned above. Yet it produces 500 new pieces of content per day. I spoke to Suite101 CEO Peter Berger to discuss why it produces so much content, how it compares to Demand Media, and what Google is doing about content farms.24 Million UniquesSuite101 is a publishing platform that hosts articles about niche topics. As its name implies, Suite101 focuses on ‘101’ style writing – beginners articles on thousands of topics. Berger described Suite101 as “a service to help writers be successful online.” It currently has 5,000 active writers and four different language sites. The biggest of these is the english language .com site, which he said currently has 24 million unique visitors a month. In a search on Google, Suite101 came up with 6.5 million pages on the Web. That isn’t far behind About.com, with 8.29 million. It isn’t on the same level though (in terms of quantity) as Demand Media – which at last estimate pumps out 7,000 new articles every day (it was 4,000 back in November). At that rate, Demand Media is probably producing upwards of 2.5 million new pieces of content per year. Eating The Lunch of Traditional Publishers Berger said that the name of the game in this space is SEO: writing content “that search engines want to present their users.” Like the Demand Media CEO when I questioned him about their business model, Berger claimed that his company’s model is not competing with traditional journalism. Rather, Berger said that Suite101 and others compete with “non-fiction publishing.” For example, he said, in the past if you were re-modeling your house you’d go buy a book on that subject. But now, people just Google it. He claimed that traditional publishers have “not woken up [to this] at all.”I asked what traditional publishers could do to ‘wake up’? Berger replied that there has been “no response from publishing houses” to topic-based sites like Suite101. The best that traditional publishers have come up with, said Berger, is ebooks. However “the questions of the users are so much more specific” than what ebooks can address, he continued. “What rules in this space is topic expertise” – which he noted is what Suite101 is a platform for.Demand Media vs. Google So is Suite101 worried about the sheer scale that Demand Media is working at and that they may dominate this space? Berger thinks that Demand Media is only interested in the “commercially lucrative space” and not the “more niche subjects” that Suite101 covers. What’s more, Berger believes that Google is a threat to Demand Media’s business model: “Google is best at solving problems algorithmically.”“Finding niche requirements is becoming a commodity,” he continued, “and Google – not Demand Media – is best placed to master that space.”What he means by that is that Demand Media has sophisticated software for identifying what content is ‘in demand’ on the Web (hence its name). But Google owns the dominant search engine, where millions of people go to search for content. So Google is in a position of power over Demand Media – its options include open sourcing the mechanism for identifying what content is needed on the Web (thus denying Demand Media its main competitive advantage), or it could change its PageRank algorithm to better account for quality over quantity (which based on what I’ve heard, is already happening).The New New AgricultureSuite101 doesn’t seem concerned with Demand Media vs Google. Berger says that Suite101 is focused instead on writers. He sees his company eventually moving beyond “professionalised niche writing” and becoming a “personal brand builder for qualified individuals.” In other words, a place where subject matter experts can come to share their expertise. Multiply this over hundreds of thousands of niche topics, and it’s a potentially valuable business. But highly competitive – because others like Mahalo, About.com and Associated Content are also farming the Web for the big bucks. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 16

Live Blog: IBM Lotusphere is all About Social Business

first_imgalex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#news 9:13 A.M EST: Every 1% in improvement saves over $50 million says Sandy Carter. One of the strongest marketing vehicle for IBM is the social media aggregator. Social media is leveraged in all of IBM’s marketing. All employees are active brand ambassadors.9:16 A.M EST: Twitter stream is getting antsy. We want the demos! More panels. An executive from RBC, a Canadian bank, is talking about using the Web to improve customer experience. Australian Football League is developing a portal for the league. The portal term is testament to this community here. It’s a term we do not see often used in the world of social technology. Social business is different in big business. 9:30 A.M EST: People cheer! Time for the demos!9:32 A.M. IBM executive is doing introduction for the demos. The new technology is called NEXT and its social business framework. We’re getting a demo for the new IBM customer experience suite. It integrates CoreMetrics for data visualization. New in Notes Next is a social calendar. Shared calendars has an updating experience. Now we are talking about Notes. Demo seems to be a bit all over the place.9:43 A.M. EST: Notes Traveler has activity stream. This is where IBM has a huge advantage over Microsoft, which lacks any activity stream features, except what is now in the early stages of development.9:44 A.M. EST: Showing unified communications in Traveler. Review of product details. APis in tool kits provide the basis for integration with multiple apps.9:51 A.M EST: New mobile demo showing new IBM development on Nokia platform. Demo shows how devices are getting more powerful. It’s a collaboration device more than anything. 9:54 A.M EST: Hearing about LotusLive success. Naming customers is always a big deal at these events. We’re not seeing demos. Are demos over?9:56 A.M. EST: Domino applications are now portable to the cloud. Applications will be deployed by IBM partners. IBM is offering a 30-day trial to use the IBM cloud for Domino.10 A.M. EST: Seeing demo. LotusLive Next project manager is showing her access to activity stream, mail and calendar. Mobile voice mail is configured to show up in activity stream. Message can be played in browser and text appears, too. Seeing how image can be seen in context with page the person is visiting. She is showing Lotus Live Symphony – which is integrated, real-time co-editing. Document can be marked up for others to follow up about. It includes in-line commenting. Symphony includes e-signature technology from partners. 10:05 A.M. EST: Reap: enterprise analytics is now offered on Lotus Conenctons 3. Social is everywhere in these apps. You see it in activity streams. This is the combination of Cognos and Lotus. It’s collaborative analytics.10:11 A.M. EST: LotusLive Symphony is ready this week. To me – Lotus Symphony is the highlight of the demos.Using subcommittee system in Symphony 3 to plan work more effectively.New web-based video capabilities that is integrated into enterprise communications systems such as Polycom. Audio and Web video will be integrated into communications environments.10:17 A.M EST: Showing customer experience suite. Changes to Web site updates are seen in real-time. It can be edited in real-time and annotated to see who has added notes. Why is this all a big deal? Paul Greenberg just asked that question. I have to agree that this does not seem that new. Facebook feature is the coolest yet. Facebook friends can be dragged and dropped into Web page. 10:22 A.M EST: Activity stream for Web page updates are available on mobile devices. You can see the updates as it would appear on a device such as the iPhone. Lead are tracked through Sugar CRM.10:23 A.M EST: Demos went well. That’s the first session. Back soon!10:47 A.M. EST: We are at the press conference. These are not always the most exciting of events. But let’s start with the discussion about open standards. Rennie says HTML5 is a big commitment. Open activity streams and OpenSocial are areas of commitment. SAML and OAuth are important, too. Rennie is saying Salesforce.com approach is wrong. It’s not open. Points to IBM’s interest in SugarCRM. 10:52 A.M. EST: Forbes.com reporter asking question. He says everyone talks about the cultural change we need. What do we do to navigate? What we have not seen is entire development process is reshaped. Social media is used as a spice but is not part of the process. Answer is in the examples. Process changes organically. So clear that social technology is mainstream. How can you tell? The big companies take the spotlight. 11:02 A.M. EST: Clarifying what is Project Vulcan. It’s a project that serves as an underpinning for all of IBM’s new products.Back in a bit!1:07 PM: Doing a live blog interview with Kevin Cavanugh, vice president of business and technology strategy. He says the inflection point is as important as it was for mainframes to departmental or from departmental to PC. This is a step beyond the Internet where people are creating their own content. That is transformative of how businesses will operate. Project Vulcan is an articulation of the strategy Notes Next, Connection Next, Sametime Next are the outputs of Project Vulcan. We asked Cavanaugh about Lotus becoming more like a platform.In its current form it seems more like a network of apps. He said IBM reacts negatively to the thought of a platform as thy believe they have evolved into a closed concept. He said you have to buy this stack and it has to run on this stack. “We talk of it generally as a social business framework with cross product APIs,” he sad. “We committed to adding the embedded aspects of OpenSocial for shared experiences with Sharebox, which integrates different widgets. IBM executives have been talking quite a bit about open standards. They cite HTML 5 as of importance.Cavanaugh said It used to be you could not do rapid development on the browser. But that is changing.WebKit browser brought along HTML 5. We have a broad standards effort. We get our say at the table. We are pushing state of the art. The standards efforts become discussions that come down to the details of implementation. “I find it hard to come up with all encompassing set of themes,” Cavanaugh said. “I think there is a vision of offline. We have had the richest offline experience of anyone in the industry.”Years ago Cavanaugh had a discussion with a group of Japanese experts in mobile technology. They said you have to think of the tunnel problems. They meant train tunnels. Others articulate it as the plane problem. So connectivity is getting more common but it is not 100%.Social business is still in the adoption stage but Cavanaugh said IBM has passed the tipping point and others are doing so, too.On the topic of activity streams, Cavanaugh agrees that they are becoming a standard for the archetypical modern application.The community has benefitted from RSS and Atom. Consumer apps like Facebook have taught a whole generation of people to interact with a stream of content. In the business world that stream will be richer. You might comment on a colleague’s engineer design. You may mark an edit. You combine these streams with analytics and you both avoid information overflow and you recognize patterns in activity streams. IBM Lotusphere is now just getting underway. It’s fiddling and super rock. That is all I can call it. We’ll be live blogging through the two days here at Lotusphere. The whole theme is about social business, which says a lot about the evolution of the market and a testament to the innovation of the open Web.Let’s get started.8:12 A.M EST: Kevin Spacey is the special mystery guest. He just did his impression of President Bill Clinton, who apparently likes his impersonations. Spacey is now working director at the Old Vick in London, a world famous theater.8:16 AM EST: Spacey is talking how social business has helped his career. He helped create a Web-based community for people in the the arts community. He is talking about how Facebook was created. He helped produce Social Network. He said when he was first told about the story of Eduardo Saverin and the way that the rise of Facebook ruined Eduardo’s friendship with Mark Zuckerberg.8:23 A.M EST: Spacey said he and his colleagues reached out to Saverin. A book deal was done and the film was on its way, By the time it was released, Facebook had 500 million users. Spacey and his colleagues had tapped into the zeitgeist.8:26 AM EST: Stay open and listen to other’s points of view, Spacey says. It may be a success and you may piss enough people off. Then you will know it is a success. Great opening. Spacey set a great tone for the event.8:28 A.M EST: Lotus General Manager Alistair Rennie is back on stage. He is talking about the customers such as BASF that will be at the event to talk about social business. The Twitter stream is hopping. Follow #ls11.8:33 A.M. EST: Looking at a slide that shows quotes from famous people who were way off about their predictions. Rennie’s favorite is Bill Gate’s quote that 640k of memory is all we will ever need. “I love this one,” Rennie said.8:36 A.M. EST: Companies using social technologies simply outperform their competitors. The idea behind the social business transformation is what we have all known. We have always put people at the center of the process. Social business is not about shuffling documents. It’s about people.8:37 EST: IBM will offer a social framework and it seeks to catalyze the community. If you are a developer, you need to develop a new generation of solutions. Open standards will be mor important than ever. Social business is open and transparent but needs to be augmented with enterprise grade security. IBM will dramatically bolster the depth of capabilities that offers innovation in such areas as unified communications. 8:40 A.M EST It is your time, Rennie says. It’s not about the blog post or the occasional tweet. It’s about making it a part of business.8:44 AM EST: Jim Balsillie,Co-CEO of Research in Motion is showing off the Blackberry PlayBook. He says it delivers an unmatched Web experience. He points to the native Flash experience so you do not need an app for the Web. For mobility, you don’t need an app for the Web. All we can say is that it looks like a browser based smartphone.8:48 AM EST: Blackberry PlayBook is CIO approved, Balsillie says. Ugh, CIO? Social business – do those two jive? 8:50 A.M EST: IBM Executive Jeff Schick is in stage. Very popular guy. He is doing a panel with executives from large, multi-national companies. Remember, this is IBM.8:54 A.M. EST: From the Twitter stream, Paul Greenberg says “… systems more integrated, intelligent interconnected, but they don’t run on autopilot. Another key point.”9:10 A.M. EST: Sandy Carter, rising IBM star, up on stage following panel. Two women in a row that have appeared on stage! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 3

Vyapam scam: Congress leader urges PM to remove MP CM Shivraj

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh, on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove Shivraj Singh Chouhan as Chief Minister in the wake of the CAG observations about the Vyapam scam.A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), released recently, rapped the State government over the Vyapam scam.The scam pertains to alleged irregularities in job recruitments and admissions by the state professional Examination Board, known by its Hindi name Vyapam.“I have written a letter to PM and urging him that Shivraj Singh Chouhan be removed from the post of chief minister as Vyapam scam took shape during his tenure. The CAG too has rapped the state government over it,” the Congress leader told reporters here.The CAG has passed strictures against the Madhya Pradesh government for “systematic subversion of rules” in appointment of director and controller of the scam-tainted professional examination board.Singh alleged that 53 persons died and 55 FIRs were registered in connection with the scam. Nearly 2,500 persons were facing investigation by various agencies including the CBI.Besides, 2,100 persons were arrested in connection with this massive admission and recruitment racket, he said.“All this happened during the tenure of Chouhan as CM. He was incharge of the State’s medical education department when this occurred. The CM himself has admitted to the irregularities in 1,378 appointments made through Vyapam,” he said.Leader of Opposition said, “Surprisingly, none of the investigating agency has summoned the Chief Minister to get details about the scam.“When former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could be summoned on ground of being incharge of coal ministry, why a Chief Minister can’t be examined?”, he sought to know.Earlier two chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh — Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur —were removed by the top BJP leadership when issues against them were not even related to corruption, he said. “Why BJP’s top leadership is going soft on Chouhan?” he wanted to know.last_img read more