Strong sporting year – Fennell hails Jamaica’s widening impact on sports

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_img Good trend “You have to remember though, that in 2018, there were no World Championships or Olympics. There were other games, which merit consideration – the Commonwealth Games, Central America and Caribbean Games , and the other regional single-sport championships, but it is certainly something that we should recognise. It is certainly a good trend,” Fennell added. Fennell also underlined the remarkable performances of several of the country’s national teams and shared that though the major accolades are reserved for individual sporting accomplishments, they, too, will be duly celebrated. “This year has been particularly interesting for team sports. We started out with the sustained performances of the netball team. You had the Rugby Union and separately Rugby League teams. In the discipline of rugby sevens, Rugby Union continues to perform well and also Rugby League has a really distinguished record, mainly because of their victory over the United States and qualification for their World Cup,” Fennell stated. “The big one, which is exciting for everyone is, of course, the Reggae Girlz, and that is something that we really have to recognise. People have asked what will happen when the nation’s stars step away, but we see where other people are coming to the fore and certainly deserve the recognition that they will receive,” added Fennell. The RJRGLEANER Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards will be presented during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus on January 18, 2019. Mike Fennell, chairman of the Selection Committee of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation, notes that the diversity of the sports represented by the nominees for the 2018 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards shows that the country is widening its impact on the sporting world. This after the board of directors of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation yesterday announced that national netballer Shamera Sterling was among three additions to the list of nominees, which was first announced during a launch event at The Jamaica Pegasus last week. Sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment, and sprinter Shericka Jackson were also added to the respective lists, bringing the number of Sportsman of the Year nominees to four and increasing the Sportswoman of the Year nominations to 10, following a submission from the Selection Committee. Sterling became the first defender to receive the Most Valuable Player award at the Fast5 Netball World Series, as the Sunshine Girls finished second. Parchment won silver in the 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships, while Jackson also won silver at the Commonwealth Games, in the 200m. Their addition means that this year’s lists feature six sports – athletics, swimming, squash, netball, football and cricket. Three sports were represented in 2015 and 2016, with that number increasing to five sports in 2017. This, Fennell believes, demonstrates clearly that the country is performing at a high level in a wider range of sports. “I think this shows that we (Jamaica) are broadening our scope in sports. In recent times, we would generally see a lot of sprinters, and so on, but we are broadening our scope, and it is a very impressive development in terms of what we are recognising,” Fennell told The Gleaner.last_img read more


Peace Region wind warning

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgPotentially damaging winds are expected, as a low pressure centre tracks north of the region. The wind is expected to ease off by this evening. We will update as we receive more information.- Advertisement –last_img


Rashford ends Man City bid as United rise again

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium.MANCHESTER, March 20 – Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford struck again as Manchester United won 1-0 at Manchester City on Sunday to rekindle their top-four challenge and fatally compromise their derby rivals’ Premier League title hopes.Rashford embarrassed hapless City defender Martin Demichelis to score the game’s only goal in the 16th minute, taking his tally to five goals in eight first-team appearances and making him the youngest ever Manchester derby goalscorer at the age of 18 years and 141 days. Victory took Louis van Gaal’s side to within a point of fourth-place City, stemming a damaging run of four games without victory and creating hope that United may yet finish a testing season by claiming a Champions League berth.City’s grip on fourth place is also at threat from West Ham United and although they retain a game in hand on the teams above them, they now trail leaders Leicester City by a massive 15 points.Compounding a miserable last derby for outgoing City manager Manuel Pellegrini, the hosts lost both goalkeeper Joe Hart and winger Raheem Sterling to injury.With Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi having both succumbed to injury against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, it has been a week that Pellegrini may come to rue when his side cross paths with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next month.Buoyed by their historic Champions League success against Dynamo, City had attacked the game with purpose and twice went close to taking the lead through Jesus Navas in the early stages.Fernandinho also headed over the bar from a Navas corner, but United’s pace on the break gave them a ready outlet and in the 16th minute they struck.Juan Mata fed Rashford on the edge of the box and the youngster planted Demichelis on his backside before tucking a shot past Hart to claim his own piece of derby history.Shorn of captain Kompany and Otamendi, City were always likely to be vulnerable in central defence and Hart was called into action moments later to beat away a shot from Anthony Martial.At the other end, Demichelis got his head to David Silva’s free-kick, but the ball passed the wrong side of David de Gea’s left-hand post.– Torment –An apparent groin injury to Sterling gave Pellegrini an opportunity to bolster his midfield, with Fernando entering in place of the England international and Yaya Toure moving forward.It put Toure in a better position to inflict damage and he twice went close to equalising, curling narrowly wide with his left foot and then stabbing off-target after Bacary Sagna flicked on a Navas free-kick.But Rashford had not finished his torment of Demichelis and in first-half stoppage time he went down in the box after the Argentine stepped across his path, only for referee Michael Oliver to dismiss his penalty appeal.There was more to come for Demichelis after the break as an under-hit back-pass almost let Martial in, obliging Hart to make a rushed clearance.In doing so, the England goalkeeper damaged his calf and had to be stretchered off, with League Cup final penalty shootout hero Willy Caballero taking his place.Demichelis’s nightmare was brought to an end shortly after when he was hooked in favour of Wilfried Bony, which saw Fernandinho drop into central defence.City looked there for the taking and United poured forward in search of the reassurance a second goal would bring, Caballero parrying a deflected effort from Martial and Fernandinho blocking fortuitously from Rashford.But the hosts survived to go in search of an equaliser, with Sergio Aguero lashing a shot wide and heading against the post from Toure’s cross.Still City came forward, but Toure was unable to pick out Bony after Aguero looped a header across goal and both Navas and Fernandinho sent efforts into the stand behind De Gea’s goal.Six minutes of injury brought one last sight of goal for Aguero, but after chesting down Silva’s pass, he slammed wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Club 30 promotes citywide exercise

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Pushing a baby in a stroller during a trip to the grocery store can be good for your health. So can a new yoga class at Town Center Hall. Beginning next month, city officials are launching special classes to get seniors, adults and children off their couches and onto their feet. “We want to bring the general public awareness of the importance of having 30 minutes of exercise a day,” said Ana Alvarez, director of the community Services Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We want to encourage them and support them … by increasing recreational classes that would allow for more wellness and fitness classes.” A citywide fitness campaign, Club 30, is being launched as a result of the city’s Health & Wellness Initiative created by the City Council last June. It is designed to offer the community 30-minute exercise alternatives. But it also comes at a time when waistlines are expanding and chronic, obesity-related illnesses are increasing across the United States. “We’re addressing a major community issue. The majority of our children are obese, and they’re suffering from an obesity epidemic,” Alvarez said. A study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy found that 28 percent of children in California are overweight. That’s a 6 percent increase since 2001. Additionally, more than half of all California adults – 61 percent of men and 56 percent of women – reported gaining more than 20 pounds as adults, according to the 2001 California Health Interview Survey. In Santa Fe Springs, where about 70 percent of the population is Latino, many residents are at risk of developing Type II diabetes, said Erica Cacas, co-chair of the Health & Wellness Committee. She added that a Centers for Disease Control report noted that one in three local children under age 6 will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. Upcoming Club 30 recreational classes will be featured alongside traditional classes in the city’s quarterly “Community Services” brochure. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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


Donegal Sports Partnership receives €205,000 in grant-aid

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has welcomed a €205,000 grant announced this afternoon for the Donegal Sports Partnership.Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced an investment package of over €5.9m nationally from Sport Ireland to support the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) across the country.A total of €5,922,798 will be allocated to support the core work of the 29 LSPs; including the delivery of National Programmes, Education & Training initiatives, Strategic Development, Community Sports Development Officers, the Sports Inclusion Disability programme, Women in Sport Programmes and general participation programmes. Local TD McHugh said: “I want to pay tribute to all those involved with Donegal Sports Partnership and to those who work with them across the county.“Since its foundation in 2001, the local partnership through a series of initiatives including Active Donegal, has brought the relevance of sport and healthy living to thousands and thousands of people through sports groups and schools.”Speaking at the announcement in Limerick today, Minister O’Donovan said: “The vital work of the Local Sports Partnership Network in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society that are underrepresented in sport, makes a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation.“The significant Government investment announced today will allow the Partnerships to continue to provide many sporting opportunities for people in local communities right across Ireland.” The key aims of the LSPs are to increase levels of participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls & women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities.To ensure that people with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity, 20 LSPs will be supported with Sports Inclusion Disability Officers. 22 LSPs will be supported with Community Sports Development Officers, which will strengthen the capacity of the LSPs to further develop locally led plans and more long-term sustainable physical activity programmes under the National Physical Activity Plan.Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, said: “Sport Ireland has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. One of the fundamental principles of the Local Sports Partnerships is to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport and today’s investment will support the LSPs in the continued roll-out of programmes and initiatives which will get more people active on a regular basis.”Throughout 2016, 291,947 people participated in 861 participation programmes delivered locally by LSPs, with 18,500 participants taking part in the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs and Walks and 15,500 cyclists taking part in the An Post Cycle Series.2016 also saw 10,404 female participants taking part in 70 local Women in Sport programmes. This year €115,000 will be invested in LSPs through the Women in Sport Programme, which aims to raise the overall physical activity levels among women. Speaking at today’s announcement John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, commented: “The funding announced today marks a 7% increase in Sport Ireland’s investment in the Local Sports Partnership Network. Through this investment Sport Ireland will continue its work to increase participation across the country through range of programmes and initiatives implemented by the Local Sports Partnerships. Sport Ireland warmly welcomes the support and contributions given to the Local Sports Partnership Network by statutory, community and voluntary groups right across the country.”Donegal Sports Partnership receives €205,000 in grant-aid was last modified: May 5th, 2017 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)last_img read more


The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Walt Disney World Snacks You Gotta Try

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_img# 5 – Churro Ice Cream Sandwich (Sleepy Hollow Refreshments)Earlier this year Disney pulled a page out of the Universal playbook and posted on social media that there was a new Churro Ice Cream Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom. However, anyone who then went to Sleepy Hollow then found out the hard way that the venue did not have the frozen treat in stock. Disney then deleted the tweet and pretended like nothing happened. Over a month later the Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches made their actual debut. In theory, this should be the greatest snack on the list. However. we have tried the sandwich several times, and have found the churro part to be less than ideal. Each time the churros – which should be warm and easy to bite into – cold and extremely hard to bite into. Instead of actually eating in like a sandwich, we end up eating each part separately. A for concept, C+ for execution.Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. $6.49 (photo by SAT SIX Editor in Chief Megan Stump)Lots of cinnamon and sugar, which is always a plus. (photo by @Megadis13) Speaking of Disney Springs… for those who didn’t know, you can also get a Dole Whip or a Dole Whip Float at Marketplace Snacks. This can be especially handy when friends or family are in town and you want to give them a “Disney Fix” without having to go to the parks or try and talk your way into parking at the the Poly for the Pineapple Lanai. This option has been around for a while now, but guests often forget the snack options available at Disney Springs while being surrounded by so many great table service restaurants (and even more coming!)Dole Whip $4.49, Dole Whip Float $5.49. (photo by Michael Carelli) Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at WDW Snacks You Gotta Try! Every once in a while we need to drop everything and just start eating a lot of snacks at WDW. And by “once in a while” we mean “all the time.” We’ve eaten a lot of incredible new options lately that will tickle your taste buds, along with some tweaks on some old favorites.# 6 – Gideon’s Cookie (Polite Pig)While these 1/2 pound chocolate chip cookies at Polite Pig in Disney Springs aren’t exactly new, they don’t get a lot of attention either. First, some backstory: Gideon’s Bakehouse is an Orlando bakery that specializes in mouth watering cookies and generally sell out every single day. Gideon’s is bakery royalty, often with lines out the door. Unfortunately they are about 40 minutes away from The Disney Bubble and to get their you need to take I-4 (a road which is even worse than you’ve heard.) Thankfully, you can get a taste of Gideon’s Cookies at Polite Pig and it is worth going out of your way to experience this delectable treat. This dense cookie is filled with seemingly a thousand chocolate chips, and the sea salt sprinkled on top takes the overall flavor to the next level.At $8 a pop we were thinking “this BETTER be good.” Spoiler alert: IT IS. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Each Gideon’s cookie comes wrapped. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Literally can not fit another chocolate chip on the cookie. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)As good as it looks. (photo by @TheDCLBlog) # 3 – Baton Rouge Beignets (Scat Cat’s Club)Oh you thought we were down with beignets? NAY NAY! Staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, but moving across the lobby and over to Scat Cat’s Club we find the booze filled Baton Rouge Beignets. Here you get a serving of three (regular) beignets with the option of “jazzing” them up with Bailey’s, Kahlua, or Rumchata. We of course tried all three options. The beignets come with pipettes filled with liquor, allowing you to put as much – or as little – into each beignet.  This is “interactivity” we can get behind!Scat Cat’s Club. (photo by @HedgeHogsCorner)Baton Rouge Beignets with all three liquor choices. (photo by @HedgeHogsCorner)Baton Rouge Beignets with Kahlua pipette. . (photo by @HedgeHogsCorner)Baton Rouge Beignets. (photo by @HedgeHogsCorner) # 4 – Mickey Beignets (Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory)Our long national nightmare is over. For YEARS Disneyland has had Mickey shaped beignets, while we in Walt Disney World – the straw that stirs the drink mind you – had to “settle” for regular shaped beignets. The screams of “be fair to Florida!” were heard world wide (actually it was just Your Humble Author on Twitter, but still.) Thankfully the wrongs have been righted, and at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter, we now have Mickey shaped beignets! Made fresh to order, golden fried, and generously covered in powdered sugar, just like we love ’em.Mickey shaped beignets. $4.49 (photo by @ViewsAndQueues)Mickey shaped beignets. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Now you know why these gators are always smiling. (photo by @ViewsAndQueues)Mickey Beignet Sundae!What could be better than Mickey beignets? How about a Mickey Beignet Sundae?! Also available at the French Quarter food court, guests can have their three Mickey beignets surrounded by ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Yes please!Mickey beignet sundae. $6.49 (photo by @ViewsAndQueues)Ice cream flavors available. (photo by @ViewsAndQueues)center_img # 1 – Peter Pan Float (Storybook Treats)Who would have thought one of the best treats this year would be found in Fantasyland? At Storybook Treats you’ll find the must-try Peter Pan Float. There are a lot of photogenic snacks at Disney, but the best treats are the ones that also taste great. During the summer, bonus points are awarded to those that help cool you off. The new Peter Pan Float hits the trifecta as a colorfully cool concoction featuring Key Lime soft serve ice cream over Sprite soda, topped with a decorative chocolate feather. The name is a clever take on the nearby classic attraction Peter Pan’s Flight (especially compared to this summer’s “I Am Float” root beer float at EPCOT) and the key lime soft serve is a unique taste as its a flavor you can’t get anywhere else at WDW.Peter Pan Float. $5.49 (photo by Michael Carelli)Peter Pan Float. (photo by Michael Carelli) # 2 – Pretty Much Anything at Amorette’s PattisserieOne of the more underrated gems at Walt Disney World is Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs. Not only do they offer some of the tastier treats on property, but most of the items on the menu are works of art in and of themselves. One of their signature items are dome cakes that are themed to various Disney characters, including Mickey and Minnie. We’re huge fans of the petit cakes, which from the outside look like highly decorated miniature sculptures, but once cut open have all the layers of cake goodness that we crave. The hottest items this summer include the unicorn macarons and the Dole whip eclair (sold as the “whipped pineapple eclair.”)Millenial Pink Celebration Toast (with chocolate rose gold ears), Unicorn Macaron and Dole Whip Eclair. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Pluto dome cake. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)S’mores Petit Cake. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Petit Summer Cake. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Cross section of Petit Summer Cake. (photo by @TheDCLBlog) Honorable Mention: Tipsy Ducks In LoveWhile not a new drink at all, the guest favorite Tipsy Ducks In Love at the Joy of Tea in the China Pavilion is now served in a cute cup that somehow makes the drink even better. Ingredients: Bourbon whisky, coffee, black tea, cream, and chocolate syrup.Tipsy Ducks in Love. $10.50 (photo by Michael Carelli)So there you have it: Six Snacks at WDW You Gotta Try! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:6 Reasons We Love PORT ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER6 Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exists (But Totally Should)Are Disney’s Hotels Going To The Dogs? A Review.Special Thanks to our spirit animal Brandon Glover, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, Universal Secret Shopper Siren HedgeHog’s Corner, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, the Sommelier of Tony’s Town Square @ViewsAndQueues,  and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. None of this could exist without the support of goofballs like South of the tanks’ own Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde, and Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!last_img read more


Limpopo generates 62 400 new jobs

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgThousands of teachers have recently been appointed in Limpopo. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Phuti Mosomane Spokesperson for the Premier Limpopo Provincial Government +27 15 287 6083 +27 82 729 2783 RELATED ARTICLES • Roadwork to create 400 000 jobs • Limpopo’s new standards of success • Zuma: 2011 the year of job creation • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiThe Limpopo Provincial Government recently announced that it created 62 400 jobs over the first quarter of the current financial year – a move made in response to the New Growth Path (NGP).The province made a commitment earlier in 2011 to create over 166 100 jobs within its spheres of government. It has described its efforts so far as an achievement.“Job creation is one of the key priorities that we have set for ourselves as government,” the province’s Premier Cassel Mathale said.“We are working full throttle to translate our commitment to make 2011 a year of job creation through meaningful economic transformation and inclusive growth into reality,” he added.Through the NGP, South Africa has the challenge to create no less than 5-million jobs and slash the unemployment rate by 10% over the next 10 years. The government has vowed to do its best to achieve the targets, and has called on the private sector to help.The jobs in Limpopo were created in various government departments. With 19 978 jobs, the Department of Roads and Transport led the drive. It was followed by Department of Education with 17 890 vacancies filled.Positions for nurses and doctors were filled across the province, with the Department of Health generating 8 860 jobs.Up to 2 566 vacancies were filled in the Social Development Department, while the public agriculture sector produced 1 536 jobs.The Department of Public Works created 581 jobs, while 939 people found employment in the Local Government and Housing Department.Fifteen jobs were filled in the province’s Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and two in Safety, Security and Liaison.Mathale’s office created 143 new jobs.“Our government is committed to fight against poverty and unemployment in a quest to improve the livelihoods of the people of our province,” he said.The Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) has resulted in 17 800 new jobs in different sectors across the province.Figures indicate gainsAnnouncing new employment figures within departments helps the government prove it’s making progress in the campaign to produce jobs.A clear indication of gains made would only surface once departments in all spheres of government, ranging from local to provincial and national, make their figures public.News of Limpopo’s progress came a day after Statistics South Africa announced that the national unemployment rate jumped to 25.7% in the second quarter of 2011. It stood at 25% in the first quarter, so that means thousands of formal-sector jobs have been lost since the start of the year.According to Statistics South Africa, the number of unemployed people rose by 174 000 to 4 538-million people between April and June. The organisation said major job losses were recorded in the provinces of Gauteng, North West and the Eastern Cape, with a combined total of 81 000.Gains were experienced in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape with 71 000 and 21 000 new jobs respectively.Most jobs were lost in manufacturing and mining – the sectors which suffered the most during the global recession.last_img read more


Yoono: The Social Media Tool for Mainstream and Early Adopters

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgRoom for GrowthThis extension does what it says it does; it compliments your current tools instead of replacing them. There’s still plenty of room for Yoono to grow. Some of these widgets are not the real deal. The Gmail, Google Reader, and Digg widgets are more like mobile versions of their web service counterparts. Also, the extension has had numerous problems with several Firefox themes. So if you happen to run into a bug or two, turn off your theme to see if that helps. Installing a bunch of widgets at once could result in a serious overload and make Yoono seem very unappealing. Essentially, keep the amount of widgets you add low.Learn How to Use Yoono in less than 6 MinutesWe think anyone could find Yoono to be a valuable social media tool that’s easy to use. The extension provides numerous offerings and flexible options to users. Signing into social networks is a breeze and updates are instant. Here’s a clip on how to use Yoono is less than 6 minutes: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Yoono company profile provided by TradeVibes corvida 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Social media tools are some of the latest crazes these days. We happen to be huge fans of a ton of them here on ReadWriteWeb. Yet the biggest problem with most social media tools is that they aren’t for everyone. There’s a constant debate on how early adopters can persuade more mainstream users to try these tools out. We might have the most flexible social media tool available for any user: Yoono!Widgets GaloreYoono is a Firefox extension that sits in your browser’s sidebar and provides access to a ton of widgets that help keep you connected to your friends. The available widgets range from your favorite social networks such as Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook, and Flickr, to providing related web page recommendations.However the things that Yoono is able to do are endless. Essentially Yoono is a tool that can do a lot more than it seems at first glance.How Mainstream and Early Adopters Can Use YoonoFor mainstream users, Yoono is the perfect tool for casual surfing habits. With Yoono in your sidebar you can easily access all of your contacts from popular social networks, instant messaging platforms and receive instant update notifications of what’s going on. You can keep up with your Facebook friend’s updates (sorry Myspace users). If you’re on Flickr, you can view the latest pics from the photostreams of your friends. For those that don’t wish to leave their current page just to see one of your friend’s latest pics, Yoono provides a fast loading overlay of any picture you hover your mouse over. You can also add comments to Flickr photos and upload your own images right from Yoono. For Twitter users, Yoono pushes the latest replies, direct messages, and updates from your twitter friends with the ability to reply and send updates right back. There are also widgets for Google Reader, Digg, and Youtube.Early adopters can also find Yoono useful. Of course, the reasons stated above for mainstream users will also apply to early adopters. As an early adopter I’ve found more unique ways to Yoono. Normally I would overload Google Reader with a bunch of feeds that I’d like to keep track of. Flickr photostreams are a prime example of this for me. Now, I use Yoono instead to keep track of such feeds. Their web notes feature is great for annotating pages and sharing them with friends and contacts. The Discoveries widget is also valuable for finding related sites and services. We don’t recommend Yoono for heavy social media usage. However, Yoono can provide assistance in lightening the load of other tools that you might use. It’s just that flexible. Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


Microblogging vs. Blogging: 5 Ways to Create an Open Twitter Alternative

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Blogging#Microcontent#Real-Time Web#twitter#web guest author 1 The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Given the recent developments in the Twitter developer ecosystem, I think it’s a good time to revisit the idea of an open Web alternative to Twitter.The fact is, the differences between microblogging and normal blogging are insignificant. I’m going to detail five of the differences. My point in doing so is to illustrate that the best way to bootstrap an open alternative to Twitter is not by inventing a bunch of new technologies or products. Instead, I want to show that most of the pieces already exist in the current blogging ecosystem. With a few modifications, a distributed microblogging ecosystem can easily emerge.Guest author Chris Saad is VP of strategy at Echo, the world’s leading provider of comment/conversation technology to Tier 1 publishers. His role is to track trends in the marketplace, listen to and participate in the community and translate those needs into actionable product direction. His background includes co-authoring of the Attention Profiling Markup Language (APML) specification, and co-founding the DataPortability Project. Used by Digg, BBC, NewsGator, France Telecom and others, APML is industry standard for Attention Profiles. The DataPortability project’s mission is to advocate interoperable data portability for users, developers and vendors.LengthMicroblogs are, well, micro. They are shorter. This is not some marvelous invention – it is a simple, imposed limitation on the input field. Any publishing software today, from WordPress to Drupal, can be modified to force users to stick to 140 characters – call it “microblogging mode”. I don’t think this particular difference (or how to bridge it) warrants much more explanation.Real TimeWhile blogs used to update rather slowly in a publish and subscribe model, microblogging has had a reputation for being faster or real time. The old school refresh rate of 15 minutes or more (the time between RSS refreshes) seems like an eternity these days.Of course the reality is that the Twitter API is still incapable of sending updates to individual clients in real time, and the whole thing is far from real time. Updates in seconds, however, is a key trait of microbogging.The fact is, however, that blogs now have a method of pushing updates that’s faster and more effective than even the Twitter API. It’s an open standard called PubSubHub and it’s supported by both Blogger, WordPress, Buzz and countless other smaller services.Blogs are already real time.Identified SubscriptionsOne of the nice things that Twitter does that traditional Blogging software does not do is called Identified Subscriptions. That is, when you subscribe to (a.k.a follow) a user, their name and face appear in your sidebar, and you get a nice little ego boost in the form of a notification email and increase in your follower count.Why couldn’t we add a simple mechanism to PubSubHub so that when a client subscribes to push updates, it leaves behind some optional identifying information about the user like their name and avatar? Or maybe instead of leaving the actual username and avatar, it might provide a URL to the subscribing user’s own microblogging site that has that metadata stored in the header.AddressabilityThis is perhaps the most complicated difference and gap to close. With Twitter, you can easily say, “Hey @chrissaad you are are a crazy hippy” and I will get it in my message stream.Blogs can’t do that right?Well, actually, blogs have been doing addressability since day zero. The same way the rest of the Web does addressability – using links. Bloggers frequently link to each other and then check their trackbacks and pingbacks for incoming references. The only problem with this model is that it’s not user friendly enough. Mainstream users don’t understand URLs and checking pingback and referrer logs is just plain silly.So rather than reinvent the wheel, why not just add rubber?To make it easier for users, imagine if blogging software kept track of the users you were following (see Identified Subscriptions above) and when you type the equivalent of “@”, they provided a list of suggested aliases to choose from. When you select the person you are addressing, the software could insert the alias and hyperlink the name to the associated URL of that user’s microblogging site.Clients, then, could subscribe to Google Blog Search (remember blog search is essentially the blogging world’s open firehose) and search for any reference to your personal URL.The rest is just presentation tricks to show those replies mixed in with the rest of your microblogging items.ClientsWhy can’t existing Twitter clients allow users to subscribe to PubSubHub enabled RSS and Atom feeds. They would also subscribe to the Google Blog Search for references to your own URL (for @ replies). No need to rip and replace Twitter, just offer an open alternative: subscribe to any site – anywhere.The FutureAs you can see here, microblogging is and could be fundamentally the same as blogging in terms of the mechanics and technologies involved. The techniques used to build and improve the open blogosphere could be used to bootstrap a microblogging sphere as well.There have been many big strides in this area, such as Status.net. The opportunity now is for the (ex?) Twitter clients and blog publishing platforms and the standards groups to make small tweaks to extend the technology in the right way. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


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