Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Mike Bryan wins Wimbledon for 17th Slam, 1st without brother The Puerto Rican, though, had a fairly easier outing with 13 points and 11 rebounds with the rest of the Beermen taking charge.Balkman said that they can’t get too ahead of themselves as they still have to win two more games to advance to the title round.“I mean, you got to take it one game at a time,” said Balkman. “I’m really motivated to go to the finals but we got two more left.”As for the real celebration of his birthday, Balkman said he will go on a short break later in the year.“I’ll save my celebration later this year when I get a couple of days off and when I’m not playing basketball,” said Balkman. “What counts right now is winning a championship and everybody already told happy birthday to me. It was a great win for us and it’s a great day for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Renaldo Balkman may not have had 34 birthday candles or a celebratory cake, but he’ll take the win on his 34th birthday anytime.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names San Miguel took the first game of its five-game semifinals series against Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, moving closer to another finals return.“It’s always good when you get the win and celebrate your birthday at the same time,” said Balkman Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I wish it was a championship that we won on my birthday but we got a long series left.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Prior to the game against the Aces, Balkman had been on a tear in the offensive end, putting up 29.64 points while grabbing 13 rebounds a game.READ: San Miguel draws first blood against Alaska as Standhardinger returns Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments
Six suspects have been taken into Police custody, two of which have confessed to robbing a New Amsterdam, Berbice housewife.The articles that were found during the searchThe men were arrested at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam during an information-led operation conducted by ranks of the B Division.The search operation lasted for eight hours where several homes were searched. In those searches, articles which were stolen from New Amsterdam housewife were discovered.As such, the suspects were taken into Police custody.The men are expected to be arraigned for the crimes shortly.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The American Enterprise Institute hosted an event Jan. 24 titled “What will Greenspan’s departure mean?” One topic of discussion: “Will Federal Reserve policy change under Bernanke, or has the Greenspan approach been hard-wired into the Fed?” Translation: Will it even matter that there’s a new chairman? “It’s natural to be nervous about the transition,” said Marvin Goodfriend, professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. “It’s the nature of the beast, when someone has been terrifically successful at this job, like Alan Greenspan has been, and has been in the job for a long time, you have to adapt to a new style of leadership. But I don’t personally believe there will be much difference in the substance of the leadership.” Investors are hoping he’s right. Richard Bernstein, Merrill Lynch’s U.S. strategist, said when he lowered his rating for the financial sector Jan. 17, “if new Fed Chairman Bernanke is not as ‘dovish’ (toward inflation) as the market apparently expects, then investors might have to reconsider their recent enthusiasm toward financial” stocks, which could be hurt by further interest rate increases. NEW YORK – Wall Street loves incoming Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. It makes you wonder how investors would react to someone they hate. Merrill Lynch lowered its ranking of the financial sector from seventh to ninth among Standard & Poor’s 10 stock sectors, with concerns about Bernanke given as one reason for the downgrade. UBS is already talking about how the new Fed chairman can allay doubts about him. And some events marking the transition between chairmen are decidedly backward-looking. Bernanke was a popular choice as Fed chairman. On the day his appointment was announced, stocks had their best close in roughly six months; the Dow Jones industrial average rose nearly 170 points. But the truth is that after 18 years with Alan Greenspan as Fed chairman, the Street is still fixated on the man. Other investors are concerned that he won’t use short-term rate hikes to pop economic bubbles, as some feel Greenspan has done, using the most recent rate increases to cool down housing prices. Others are less nervous about Bernanke’s policies than where he comes from. “(G)iven his academic background, investors are more likely to question Mr. Bernanke’s ability to analyze real-time data, something Mr. Greenspan was famed for, than his commitment to low inflation,” UBS economist Maury Harris wrote in December. “In that context, he will lose credibility if he under-appreciates the extent to which (economic) growth is already weakening in response to earlier rate hikes,” Harris wrote. He then added ways Bernanke could “address doubts about his inflation-fighting credibility.” Some investors dare suggest Bernanke may have strengths Greenspan lacks. Penny M. Russell, executive vice president of H.C. Wainwright & Co. Economics Inc., points out that Greenspan was a child of the Great Depression, while Bernanke’s experience “is squarely within the baby-boomer generation.” Greenspan is 79, while Bernanke is 52. “That can’t help but imbue him with a more optimistic approach to the resilience of American financial markets,” Russell wrote. Merrill Lynch’s U.S. economist David Rosenberg wrote, with a nod to Greenspan’s often ambiguous speeches, “Given his (Bernanke’s) past accessibility to market types, his Fed experience, and the fact that we will not have to reach for a bottle of aspirin when reading his speeches, we think Bernanke is a great choice for Fed chairman.” When Bernanke was a Fed governor, “practically every portfolio manager we met with who visited the Fed had met Bernanke and had positive things to say about him,” Rosenberg wrote. Russell said Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman was asked whether he would like to see another genius at the Fed. His response, she reported, was, “Of course, we’d like to have another one.” Then he reconsidered, “Though wouldn’t it be better if we learned that we could do without one?” Russell wrote, “We agree. But absent that happy circumstance, it just may be that Mr. Bernanke will prove to be the next best thing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Niles started in Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Man City, but is now set for a long layoff 3 He was given a hard time against Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker in the 2-0 home defeat, but his game was cut short before the break when he limped off with an injury.And Arsenal have now confirmed the versatile starlet suffered a “small fracture” to his left fibula and will be out of action for up to two months.It leaves Nacho Monreal as the only fit left-back available to Emery, with the Spaniard back in full training after his knee problem and likely to be fit for Saturday’s home clash against Chelsea. Koscielny is set to return to Arsenal training ahead of schedule in November 3 The Gunners also gave an update on a number of their injured players, revealing they are hoping to have club captain Laurent Koscielny back in full training in November, as the French defender continues his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury which has kept him out since May.Full-back Sead Kolasinac remains on the sidelines with a knee problem but is expected to return to training in October. 3 Arsenal have also revealed Carl Jenkinson has suffered a ‘significant sprain’ to his right ankle and is set for six to eight weeks out, meaning a move to ship the 26-year-old out on loan is now unlikely. Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set for six to eight weeks on the sidelines with the broken leg, the club have confirmed.The 20-year-old was a surprise starter in Unai Emery’s first Premier League game in charge of the Gunners on Sunday, against defending champions Manchester City.
Donegal Senator Brian O Domhnaill has repaid the Oireachtas €3,434 for wrongly-claimed expenses, it has been revealed.Senator O’Domhnaill€The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars. Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.The repaid claims are from 2012, and a total of 12 TDs and Senators were picked at random to have their claims checked to ensure they comply with Oireachtas rules.The Mazars audit found four TDs – Mr Martin, Fine Gael’s Catherine Byrne and Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien and Michael Colreavy – repaid wrongly claimed expenses.The Irish Times revealed Mr Ó Domhnaill was the only member of the Upper House who had to do so, but he had to repay the largest amount. The Mazars report said: “In our opinion the member was unable to show/receipts relevant documentation, within allowable expenditure categories for the PRA (public representational allowance) as set out in the legislation in respect of €3,434.30 claimed by him during the period under audit.“The expenditure was ineligible as it was either not incurred in the relevant period, the expense category was not allowed for senators or was not applied wholly in respect of expenses specified in (standing orders).”Mr Ó Domhnaill last night said the claims related to the holding of “clinics and constituency offices”. Senators are not allowed claim for such, since they are elected on vocational panels and not constituencies, as TDs are.Mr Ó Domhnaill said there was a “lack of clarity” and said “for being productive on the ground, you are being punished”. He also claimed he would have been allowed claim expenses incurred for holding one-to-one meetings, but not clinics.The Donegal politician also asked the High Court last month to halt an investigation by the commission in the alleged duplication of his previous expenses claims. The action relates to an investigation concerning travel and subsistence claims made by Mr Ó Domhnaill between 2006 and 2007, when he was a member of Donegal County Council.The commission was due to begin a public session concerning the expenses matter last June, but that did not proceed after Mr Ó Domhnaill secured leave from the High Court days earlier to bring his challenge.The High Court is due to make a decision on the matter next month.DONEGAL SENATOR PAYS BACK €3,434 IN WRONGLY-CLAIMED EXPENSES was last modified: December 20th, 2013 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:Brian Ó DomhnaillexpensesOIREACHTAS
It all worked out for the 49ers.The Kyle Shanahan’s team didn’t have to sacrifice their principles. They didn’t eschew their intrinsic goals. They didn’t listen to the calls to roll over and end the 2018 season with a defeated whimper.Instead, they fought until the end (ok, until the second half of Week 17) and strung together a couple of strong, momentum-building performances in the final month of the season.And because of that, the 49ers are sitting pretty heading into the 2019 season. …
A comparable eHow article was helpful too, although much less comprehensive and with no accompanying media.The verdict? In this case the wikiHow article was better. But your mileage may vary per topic and article.Which Approach is Better, Wiki or Paid Content?When done on a large scale, is paid-for content (such as Demand Media’s eHow) better than volunteer wiki content? Herrick makes a good case, but in reality it isn’t black and white. The most famous example of a wiki, Wikipedia, generally produces quality content – although there have always been instances of contentious content on the site. wikiHow founder Jack Herrick: eHow content “lacks soul.”Herrick contends that wiki content is inherently better because “volunteer writers are passionate about their topics and we allow anyone to continuously edit articles.” In comparison, he claims that sites like eHow produce “static, low quality” content that “lacks soul.” Herrick even used the ol’ McDonalds analogy: “it’s like eating a McDonald’s burger vs. having your friend who happens to be a great chef cooking you a wonderful, home cooked meal.”Ultimately I don’t completely buy Jack Herrick’s argument that wiki-produced content is necessarily better than paid-for content from “content farms.” Both types of content could be either good or poor quality, depending on the quality of the people who write and edit it.How-to content needs to be precise and well-researched, which requires time. The best wiki how-to content is likely to be articles which have been edited by multiple people. But equally, well-informed writers can easily produce quality how-to articles in one go.However, the feng shui examples above showed that (in this case) multiple wiki authors produced better results than a single paid contributer.Let us know your thoughts about which is better: wikiHow or eHow? Or neither? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Jack Herrick knows a bit about Demand Media, one of the top 20 web properties in the U.S. and the subject of several ReadWriteWeb articles about sites that are pumping thousands of pieces of content into the Web every day. Herrick sold the business he founded, eHow, to Demand Media in 2006. eHow is one of Demand Media’s flagship properties, but Herrick became frustrated with the focus on quantity over quality. So he created another business, wikiHow, which he claims produces higher quality articles.wikiHow has today unveiled a redesign (screenshot below). However we were more interested in the content quality question, so we asked founder Jack Herrick what makes him think wikiHow is any better than Demand Media’s content farms?The newly re-designed wikiHowHow Jack Herrick Went From eHow to wikiHow“When I ran eHow,” Herrick told us via email, “we produced content in a manner somewhat similar to the way Demand Studios does today (although at a much, much smaller scale.)” However Herrick ultimately became frustrated with that model when he realized that “it would fill the web with a bunch of mediocre content.”“It’s like eating a McDonald’s burger vs. a wonderful, home cooked meal.”At the time Herrick thought that the mediocre content production would hurt eHow’s long term brand. Although he now concedes he may’ve been mistaken on that point, given Demand Media’s success over the past couple of years. When Herrick sold eHow in 2006, he began to work on wikiHow – a wiki how-to manual which now competes with eHow. wikiHow currently generates 19 million unique visitors per month, according to the company (it’s about to hit 20 million monthly uniques). Demand Media’s eHow is still the market leader in how-to content, however wikiHow is a small unfunded company with only 7 employees.Herrick is convinced that the wiki model for producing content attracts “passionate volunteers.” He thinks that the wiki way will “ultimately result in a higher quality product,” compared to eHow. The other prong of Herrick’s argument is that eHow gets what it pays for in terms of content quality. “When you pay $15 for an article, you get a $15 product…and nothing more,” he noted archly.Wikis Aren’t Perfect EitherJack Herrick admits that “wiki content typically starts out as low quality,” but claims that “once it matures and receives enough edits it can be amazing.” And that is really the crux of this argument. A quality wiki article, whether it’s found on Wikipedia or wikiHow, will generally be one that has received a number of edits from people who know the topic well. wikiHow itself has done research which shows this. Herrick told us that in previous research, wikiHow found that “the more people who edit an article, the more readers it attracted and the higher quality the article became.”The problem is, there’s no guarantee any given article will attract passionate volunteers to edit it. Wikipedia is a non-profit organization and so it’s more likely to be attractive to volunteers – they’re contributing to the world’s knowledge base and no corporation is profiting from that. wikiHow, on the other hand, is a commercial enterprise. It calls itself a “hybrid organization,” meaning a “for-profit company focused on creating a global public good.” But it’s a company nonetheless. While the content of wikiHow has a Creative Commons license, the company profits directly by it.The company vs. non-profit issue may not be a big influence on many of wikiHow’s current volunteers, but it may prevent wikiHow from scaling to Wikipedia’s size.Comparing wikiHow to eHowAlthough by no means a perfect approach, I decided to choose a random topic and compare wikiHow and eHow. The topic I chose was: decorating a room using Feng Shui. Tags:#Analysis#New Media#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The wikiHow article had been contributed to by 8 authors and it was a comprehensive, helpful article – complete with diagram and video. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus
So far, Facebook has made sure to offer apps for just about any smartphone you could get your hands one – iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Sidekick, Windows Phone, etc. Still, the company was missing out on one of the biggest mobile markets – feature phones. Today, the company announced that it is launching a new mobile app “to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world.”Last year, the company began offering Facebook Zero through 50 mobile operators in 45 countries as a way of ensuring ubiquitous access to the social network. Today’s launch of a feature phone app will bring a new mobile experience to 14 mobile operators and will work on more than 2,500 devices. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson “The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates,” writes mobile program manager Mark Heynen in the announcement. “We also wanted to make it available to as many people as possible. Similar to the 0.facebook.com site, we’ve worked with mobile operators from around the world to let you try this without paying for any data charges. The 14 mobile operators listed below are offering free data access when using the new Facebook mobile app during the first 90 days after they launch.”These mobile operators stretch across the globe, from Sri Lanka to the Ukraine to the Dominican Republic and more carriers in other countries are on the way.How long will it take for Facebook to reach 1 billion users now that it can reach the entire feature phone bearing world? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
The Indo-Uruguayan duo of Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas made it to the second round of the French Open after posting a straight-sets triumph over French pair of Mathias Bourgue and Paul-Henri Mathieu.The ninth seeds clinched a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over Bourgue and Mathieu. They will next lock horns with Filipino Treat Huey and Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.In another men’s doubles match, Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his American partner Scott Lipsky produced a spirited performance as they bounced back from a set down to book their place in second round of the tournament on Wednesday.After comfortably winning the first set, the Indo-American duo went down in the second before they rebounded strongly to register a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 win over Moldovan-Korean team of Radu Albot and Hyeon Chung in an opening round clash that lasted one hour and 55 minutes.Paes and Lipsky will now take on Spanish pairing of Tommy Robredo and David Marrero, who outplayed top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to storm into the next round.Meanwhile, India’s Sania Mirza and her Kazakhstani partner Yaroslava Shvedova suffered a major blow as they slumped to a first round defeat against Russian pair of Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 2-6 in the women’s doubles category of the tournament.