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Folayang to defend ONE title vs Nguyen at MOA Arena

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The 28-year-old Nguyen (9-1) is currently on a five-match winning streak and the Australian is motivated to become a two-division champion in the promotion.“New Year will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” he said.Other fights featuring Filipino fighters are still expected to be announced in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his world title against reigning ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen in a champion-versus-champion main event of ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old Folayang (18-5) is embracing his latest the challenge after disposing of Ev Ting last April.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers and Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the Team Lakay stalwart.But what excites Folayang more for the fight is to showcase his talents in front of his countrymen anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis first title defense against Ting was also held at MOA Arena.“This bout is for the fans and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’ DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

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Racela stays positive despite TNT exit: ‘We got a fair chance’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Every time they call it that way I think we have a chance, all we ask for really is a fair chance. Today we got that so it’s easier to accept defeat. We got a fair chance, we did our part, they did their part and in the end it was just them executing better in the end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That, however, proved to be the KaTropa’s last stand in the quarterfinals as the Beermen iced the game from the free throw line and advance to the semifinals.What Racela liked, though, was the free throw disparity wasn’t as glaring.Game 1 saw San Miguel take 40 free throws and make 31 while TNT only had 18 chances at the stripe and converted eight.The second game saw a closer, and fairer as Racela described, margin with San Miguel’s 30 free throw attempts just nine more than what TNT had.“It’s nice that today they allowed us to play, actually for the first time the free throws were surprising, I think 30-21 but we fouled in the end so it’s probably 26-21,” said Racela who almost put Game 1 in protest.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The KaTropa squandered a 23-point lead in Game 1 to lose 121-110 and botched comeback in Game 2 as the Beermen completed the sweep with a 106-102 win.With another lost opportunity for a title, Nash Racela still can’t help but look at the silver lining.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’“I like how we lost today, I really felt the team did their part effort-wise and they were just following the plan,” said Racela Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.TNT came back from an eight-point deficit, 94-86, in the fourth quarter with Jayson Castro’s three-pointer tying the game at 98-98 with 2:06 left. 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Marcial reminds Romeo: Be careful in public Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT’s quarterfinals series loss to San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t the easiest pill to swallow.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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The US watches…

first_imgDear Editor,President Jimmy Carter’s recent intervention in Guyana’s domestic politics is a refreshing development. It shows that the Carter Center and the US Government are closely monitoring Guyanese politics. Even more importantly, they are following issues of governance, or rather bad governance, which prevails today under the Coalition Government.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has done a remarkable job in exposing all aspects of mismanagement; incompetence; corruption; and significantly, abuse of power, violations of law, the Constitution, and several undemocratic decisions and actions taken. It appears that it is the latter conduct which is causing the West the most trouble. No doubt, free and fair elections would be among the priorities of the West.Every Guyanese who is interested in a better Guyana would find this pleasing.The PPP needs to continue the excellent exposure of these kinds of actions on the part of the Coalition Government whenever they surface.The two persons whose work in this area stand out are Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Anil Nandlall. Jagdeo’s press conferences have been very incisive in revealing the level of corruption and incompetence in the Government. Nandlall, almost single-handedly, has been very effective in the press and in the courts in exposing the lawlessness, breaches of the Constitution, and significant violations of democratic practices committed by the Government. The fact that he is representing the cause of persons across the racial divide and has been able to get favourable rulings from a Judiciary believed to be unfriendly to the PPP adds a tremendous amount of credibility to the PPP’s work as an opposition party. Nandlall’s contributions have been invaluable.However, as 2020 gets closer, the PPP cannot afford to become complacent. They must press forward even harder, in order to get more international attention. This will require greater contributions from other leaders of the party and Members of Parliament (MPs).Now that the PPP is about to name its Presidential Candidate, many aspirants have finally crawled out of their shells. It is a pity that they were not so active for the last three years; but it is never too late. Whoever the candidate is, it is hoped that those who are not selected will continue the hard work.Yours truly,Khal Morganlast_img read more

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I demand an apology from Guyana Chronicle, whose reporter maliciously misquoted me

first_imgDear Editor,When I received a phone call from a female Guyana Chronicle reporter last evening, my defenses immediately went up. This is a newspaper that is hostile to the PPP/C and its leadership, and has repeatedly omitted to publish the many letters I have being sending to that editor.And to further compromise their lack of credibility and objectivity, they are willing to publish slanderous statements about me, made by the likes of Rickford Burke in the Wednesday’s letter column of the government’s mouthpiece.The moment the Chronicle reporter introduced herself, I knew I had to be careful of what I say to her for I did not want to be misquoted. I was also aware of the subject she wanted to discuss as many believe that I possess duel-citizenship. I do not, and I made this very clear to her. When I was asked about the status of other PPP/C MPs, I referred her to our Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira. She told me she had tried but was unable to reach her. I then suggested that she attend the press conference being held by the Leader of the Opposition the following day, Thursday, January 17, to get the answers she’s looking for.Editor, in this sensational piece, “Several PPP MPs have dual citizenship”, the reporter wrote, “The MP said he fully agrees with retired judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Duke Pollard that the National Assembly of Members of Parliament should be cleared of all MPs with dual citizenship. Gill said there should be no cherry picking of the laws, and as such, MPs with dual citizenship should do the honourable thing and step down.”I categorically deny agreeing with retired CCJ judge Duke Pollard as reported, as it relates to his belief that “Parliament should be cleared of all MPs with dual citizenship.” And any reference I may have made about “doing the honourable thing” and stepping down, was totally sensationalized to give the wrong impression. I had just brought to her attention a duplicitous remark made by the AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan during an AFC press conference, in which he was asked, “What are the implications of the other MPs with dual-citizenship?” To which he replied that the case brought against Charrandas in the High Court would only apply to him, and said, “You would probably have to bring another case against the rest.” I reminded her that Ministers Joseph Harmon and Carl Greenidge had both admitted to having dual-citizenship and suggested they should do the honourable thing and step down. This is very different to what is being reported.All journalists should be guided by the professional ethics of that noble profession. But it is evident that the Guyana Chronicle has been been contaminated by government who uses that medium to peddle their propaganda.I hereby demand an apology from Guyana Chronicle, whose reporter maliciously misquoted me.I am a proud citizen of Guyana who remigrated after spending over 23 years in the good ‘ole USA as a permanent resident. After my children’s dependency period had ended, I returned home in 2012 in hopes of making a meaningful contribution to the land of my birth. I have never returned since and have deliberately caused my “Green Card” to expire. I am the holder of one valid passport, issued to me by the Government of Guyana. I will forever be grateful to the People’s Progressive Party for giving me the opportunity to serve my country and her people as a Member of Parliament.My personal views on dual-citizenship are as follows:We live in a democracy where the Constitution is our supreme law. Guyana is but a budding developing country when compared to the industrialized nations of the world. It is estimated that there are more Guyanese living in the diaspora than in Guyana itself. It is also an undisputed fact that Guyanese living abroad are generally more exposed, educated and experienced. As a third-world country, we must find attractive ways to tap-in to those human resources by attracting more and more Guyanese to return home to serve.The re-migrant scheme is one such incentive offered. But the political maturity that Guyanese acquire living abroad cannot be ignored if Guyana is to progress. Perhaps in recognition of this, the laws governing dual-citizenship have not been strictly enforced by all administrations.Since the Charrandass vote, Members of Parliament with known dual-citizenship are being branded as unpatriotic and having allegiance to foreign countries. Hogwash! Once a Guyanese, always a Guyanese! Ministers Greenidge and Harmon may be guilty of contributing to the visionless policies of this government, and Gail Teixeira may be guilty of fearlessly exposing government corruption but that has nothing to do with their patriotism and loyalty to Guyana and her people.Minister Harmon once risked his life serving this nation in the Guyana Defense Force, you can’t be more patriotic than that.Perhaps when we finally get down to constitutional reform, we can find common ground to allow resourceful patriotic Guyanese an opportunity to serve even though they may also have a foreign passport.My concern is the duplicitous action being taken by government to brand Charrandass as a traitor in pursuing charges to nullify his vote because he has dual citizenship.What Charrandass Persaud did was to alleviate the sufferings of the Guyanese people. He did not do it for Canada. In my books Charrandass Persaud is a brave man and a patriot. I hope the Guyana Chronicle will have the decency to publish this letter, unedited, in its next edition. These are my personal views!Sincerely,Harry Gilllast_img read more

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AFC defends poor ministerial performance in coalition

first_img…admits party lost touch with “common issues”After facing heavy criticism for its submissive position towards the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the Alliance For Change (AFC) said that it remained a strong member of the coalition Government and would continue to work to ensure that its views were taken on board.AFC Leader Raphael TrotmanTrotman also defended the poor performance of AFC Ministers within the coalition Government, asserting that while the party was “not perfect”, it has utilised its 12 seats in Parliament to make a significant impact and continues to do so on a daily basis.“I just mentioned an array of Ministries that the AFC has been blessed with having oversight of…Public Telecommunications – I am in awe at what the Minister (Cathy Hughes) has done. I’m in awe of the work (Agriculture Minister Noel) Holder has done against the odds at GuySuCo (Guyana Sugar Corporation) and with rice…Ministry of Business is doing things, (Public Infrastructure) Minister (David) Patterson I mean nobody could say that he has not performed,” he told the media.However, despite this praise, the performance of most of the AFC Ministers has been generally poor according to critics and independent analysts.Under David Patterson’s leadership, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has seen a slow implementation rate of its projects with the expenditure of millions of dollars without key checks and balances being followed, especially in relation to the questionable D’Urban Park Project.While one of the largest prison riots and fires occurred under Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan’s watch, along with other major scandals. And as stated by the parliamentary opposition most recently, while there has been a decline in some serious crimes, overall crime continues to rise.Critics have also highlighted that Business Minister Dominic Gaskin has not managed to attract any sizeable Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Guyana since assuming the post. While his Ministry has been pushing for the creation of cottage industries, there have been no business projects launched under the current Government that would help to create employment opportunities.Further, as it relates to Holder, the current Agriculture Minister, several critics have called for his resignation in light of his handling of the downsizing of the sugar industry. Holder was the first to announce plans by the coalition Government to close down sugar estates and fire sugar workers.In Holder’s defence, Trotman said, “We are not saying that we are perfect. We are far from being perfect. But we could say with what we have been given, we have done much. And, of course, there is room for improvement and we will work towards improving ourselves.”Aside from that, the AFC leader admitted that his party has lost touch with the common issues, becoming too involved in governmental matters and hence a little side-tracked from their duties.“In terms of self-analysis, or maybe some self-criticism, we’ve become bogged down with governmental matters and fighting to just get our agendas through…and we have lost touch a bit with the common issues, but no one could say that we haven’t pushed the IT agenda, telecommunications agenda, or business agenda or resources or infrastructure or agriculture or Indigenous affairs,” Trotman said.The fact that the AFC has not been able to successfully push for constitutional reform, a platform on which the party campaigned, some pundits believe, has seriously damaged its credibility and influence within the coalition. Critics said also that the party’s lack of understanding of its support base would ultimately be its downfall and the only way to maintain its credibility would be to resign.last_img read more

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Arsenal out to maintain winning run on long Europa League trip

first_imgAn eighth successive win in all competitions would represent Arsenal’s best run since the spring of 2015, and it would leave them in a strong position to qualify from Group E after they began their European campaign by beating Vorskla of Ukraine 4-2.Emery is likely to rest leading players for the 4,000km trip to the Olympic Stadium in Baku, which will host the final next May.Goalkeeper Petr Cech is out for up to a month with a hamstring injury, while playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan may not play given the long-standing political tensions between Azerbaijan and his native Armenia.Those issues meant Mkhitaryan did not travel with Borussia Dortmund to a Europa League game in Azerbaijan in October 2015, with the German club citing “safety concerns” at the time.Premier League rivals Chelsea host Hungarian champions Vidi, who dropped into this competition after losing to AEK Athens in the Champions League play-offs.Maurizio Sarri’s team won their Group L opener, beating PAOK in Greece with a solitary Willian goal.– Old Firm’s Austrian double-header –Scottish champions Celtic have had a poor start to the season, although Brendan Rodgers’ team did beat Rosenborg 1-0 in their Europa League group-stage opener.The Hoops are traditionally poor on their travels in Europe — excluding qualifying rounds they have won just twice away from home this decade.That means they are likely to find life tough against Austrian champions Salzburg, who reached the semi-finals last season.Rangers, meanwhile, face Austrian opposition too.Steven Gerrard’s side, who held Villarreal away from home two weeks ago, host Rapid Vienna, with the visitors to Ibrox having just appointed a new coach.Dietmar Kuehbauer, a former Rapid player, replaces Goran Djuricin, who was sacked at the weekend.Other fixtures to look out for include AC Milan’s home meeting with Olympiakos and former winners Sevilla’s trip to Russia to face Krasnodar.Fixtures in the second round of Europa League group games on Thursday (Groups A-F kick-offs 1655 GMT; Groups G-L kick-offs 1900 GMT unless stated):Group AFC Zurich (SUI) v Ludogorets (BUL)Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v AEK Larnaca (CYP)Group BRB Salzburg (AUT) v Celtic (SCO)Rosenborg (NOR) v RB Leipzig (GER)Group CZenit (RUS) v Slavia Prague (CZE)Bordeaux (FRA) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)Group DAnderlecht (BEL) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Fenerbahce (TUR) v Spartak Trnava (SVK)Group EQarabag (AZE) v Arsenal (ENG)Vorskla Poltava (UKR) v Sporting (POR)Group FAC Milan (ITA) v Olympiakos (GRE)Betis (ESP) v Dudelange (LUX)Group GRangers (SCO) v Rapid Vienna (AUT)Spartak Moscow (RUS) v Villarreal (ESP)Group HEintracht Frankfurt (GER) v Lazio (ITA)Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Marseille (FRA)Group ISarpsborg (NOR) v Genk (BEL)Malmo (SWE) v Besiktas (TUR)Group JStandard Liege (BEL) v Akhisar (TUR)Krasnodar (RUS) v Sevilla (ESP)Group KAstana (KAZ) v Rennes (FRA) (1450 GMT)Jablonec (CZE) v Dynamo Kiev (UKR)Group LChelsea (ENG) v Vidi (HUN)BATE (BLR) v PAOK (GRE)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery is getting his message across at Arsenal after a wobbly start © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, Oct 3 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal are looking to keep up their winning run when they make their longest ever journey for a competitive game to face Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday.The Gunners have recovered from losing the opening two games under their new Spanish coach and Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League was their seventh victory on the bounce.last_img read more

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MAN ADMITS STEALING €2,600 WORTH OF EMPTY BEER KEGS FROM PUBS

first_imgA young Letterkenny man has pleaded guilty to stealing dozens of beer gigs from two different pubs.Ferry admitting stealing dozens of beer kegs.Dean Ferry, 29, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with three different counts of theft. Ferry, of Lisnennan Court, pleaded guilty all three charges of stealing the empty beer kegs.Ferry was charged that on July 4th, 2012 at Sister Saras in Letterkenny he stole three beer kegs worth €300.On the same date he was charged with stealing 16 beer kegs worth €1,600, the property of Diageo, from the Cornerhouse Bar at Oldtown, Letterkenny.And on the same date he is also charged with stealing a further eight beer kegs worth €800, the property of Bulmers, from Sister Saras.Judge John O’Hagan ordered a probation and welfare report on the accused and adjourned the case until the next sitting of the circuit court.MAN ADMITS STEALING €2,600 WORTH OF EMPTY BEER KEGS FROM PUBS was last modified: February 10th, 2015 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:beer kegsDean FerryJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courttheftlast_img read more

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She Cranes go down in first encounter at Vitality Netball Series

first_imgThe She Cranes are preparing for the Netball World Cup next year (file photo)International Vitality Netball SeriesEngland 50-46 UgandaEcho Arena, Liverpool Tuesday, November 27LIVERPOOL – Uganda’s senior Netball team the She Cranes lost their opening game at the 2019 International Vitality Netball Series in UK.Despite trying to stage a late come-back, the She Cranes could not help but fall 46-50 to the England Roses in a thrilling encounter played at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom.This being the first of the three game series, the teams will now face off again in the remaining two games of the at London’s Copper Box on Friday, 30th November and Sunday, 2nd December.These series were lined up to prepare both sides for the forthcoming 2019 Netball World Cup that is set to take place in Liverpool-England.Facing off on Wednesday, this was the first meeting between the sides since the Commonwealth games group stage game which Cranes lost 55-49 earlier this year.The game was also the first for England to play on home soil since they won the Commonwealth gold medal. And Uganda were pumped up to spoil the hosts’ party.Uganda had a slow start as the team fell 15-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the worst was yet to come.The Roses capitalized on Uganda’s inability to get going as the hosts ensured they went into halftime leading by as many as nine goals (30-21).Uganda came back the strongest in the second half, reducing the deficit by two going into the last quarter.Led by Peace Proscovia who was playing against familiar faces due to her previous long spell with England’s Loughborough Lightening, the team ran riot to level the match 43-43 towards the closing stages of the game.However, the She Cranes couldn’t hold onto their dear lives as England managed to resurrect and survive a home shock, to seal a four goal victory.Teams UsedEngland starting 7:GK-Usuro Brown, GD-Guscoth, WD-Clarke, C-Guthrie, WA-Natalie Haythorntwaite, GA-Housby, GS-Dunn.Uganda starting 7: GK-Stella Nanfuka, GD-Lilian Ajio, WD-Muhayimuna Namuwaya, C-Nakachwa Halima, WA-Ruth Meme, GA-Rachael Nanyonga, GS-Peace Proscovia.Upcoming games:-England vs Uganda, 30-11-2018 @London’s Copper Box-England vs Uganda, 02-12-2018 @London’s Copper Box.Comments Tags: England Rosesshe cranestopVitality International Netball Serieslast_img read more

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Milford student’s masterpiece earns Young Writer of the Year award

first_imgBudding poet Alannah Ferry from Milford has won the title of Young Writer of the Year 2019 in a Pramerica/ North West Words competition. The Junior Writing competition prizegiving took place in Cafe Davitt Letterkenny on Friday the 24th of May with a packed house.Hundreds of students from Primary and Secondary Schools throughout Ireland entered the competition with Poetry and Fiction in six categories. There were three shortlisted writers for each category, with Alannah Ferry from Milford claiming the overall title of Young Writer of the Year 2019 with her poem ‘She’s Alone with Invisible Company’. Alannah’s work and all the winners’ poems are now featured in a new online magazine launched by North West Words.The magazine gives high praise to Alannah’s ‘chillingly brilliant’ poem.“Her poem ‘ She’s Alone with Invisible Company’ stands shoulder to shoulder with some of our best known poets. A real masterpiece, and a worthy winner,” said the editorial comment. The magazine showcases the  18 finalists entries of the Pramerica sponsored Young Writer of the Year 2019 and their poems while also including the judges’ notes on the finalists.Check out the Magazine at the link here: http://northwestwords.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/NWW-Childrens-Competition-Winners-20191.pdfMilford student’s masterpiece earns Young Writer of the Year award was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:NORTH WEST WORDSpoetrypramericayoung writer of the yearlast_img read more

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New ‘Social’ Businesses Want To Know All About You—No Thanks!

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… But consider Benioff’s example of the Internet of Things driving social business. He cited Philips’ Internet-connected toothbrush that records the time and duration of brushing. With one of these babies, when you go to the dentist and he asks, “have you been brushing” and you answer “yeah,” the conversation doesn’t end there, Benioff said. The dentist could reply “Let’s have a look” and see exactly how much brushing you actually did.That thought terrifies me. While such a scenario might indeed help keep my teeth from falling out, it’s also profoundly creepy and invasive. After all, what if my dental insurance provider got hold of the data, and decided it wouldn’t pay to fill that cavity because I didn’t brush long enough?As Benioff correctly noted, the “biggest part is trust.” “With all that data about you out on the network, it gets down to another level of trust with the vendors you choose to let be a part of your life.”I trust my doctor with a large amount of intensely personal information – augmented by pretty specific laws and industry practices. For some reason, I’m less comfortable giving my dentist the same degree of trust. Philips and Salesforce? Absolutely not!How Much Should Your Shirt Salesman Know About You?Another participant at the event, male-apparel retailer Trunk Club, is also leveraging user information to help “guys that just dont like to shop” said COO Rob Chesney. Trunk Club’s goal is to make “it really easy for you to look great” by not just tracking what he’s already bought, but whatever other information may be available online. When a customer contacts Trunk Club, “we pull up this guy and find out what is he all about. We see all his social media info. “It’s the future of service-oriented retail.”Not for me.Chesney noted that having this kind of info could help Trunk Club sell higher end clothing to a customer who just got a promotion – an event it might learn of Facebook. That might not be so bad, but what is the company going to do if the customer gets laid off? Offer condolences and try to sell them cheap t-shirts? Awkward to say the least.Social.com: Salesforce’s Facebook & Twitter Tools Salesforce also pitched its new Social.com tools, designed to help other companies operate this way. Salesforce rolled out the ability to run Facebook campaigns that target users based on what they’ve posted and linked to on their own Facebook pages.On Twitter, the idea is start “buying in the moment” – spreading promoted tweets even as the larger Twitter conversation is trending. The promoted tweet shows up any time someone tweets with a relevant hashtag.To make that work, of course, you’ve got to be monitoring all the time. “You can’t be relevant if you’re not listening,” explained Facebook’s Fergus Gluster (yes, that’s his real name). Jonathan Nelson, CEO of ad agency Omnicom Digital, said that these innovations are a key step toward closing the loop linking real-time advertising to real-time buying. The key, he said, is delviering “the right message for the right person at the right time.”Ironically, in a small panel discussion for journalists, Nelson noted that the “suppression of advertising” when it’s not appropriate is “more than half the battle.”That’s a key part of reducing the creep factor. Finally, just so you know, I’m not alone in worrying about these issues. Another panelist, Altimeter Group’s Susan Etlinger, admitted that “as a consumer, I don’t particularly want to be targeted.” The key, Etlinger said, is to build a relationship over time and “be relevant when the consumer needs us, not when we need them.” That’s a step in the right direction. But if companies they really care about not being creepy, they’ll learn to respond quickly and effectively when asked, and otherwise stay out of my face.Photos – except for the toothbrush – by Fredric Paul for ReadWrite Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com‘s hyperbolic CEO, has been telling anyone who will listen that the “sudden convergence of cloud, social and mobile spheres” is forcing – and allowing – companies to connect with customers in new ways, and to listen with an intensity never before possible.I’m sure the benefits of social business are dramatic and undeniable, but am I alone in being totally creeped out at what seems to be an obvious invasion of privacy? I don’t know about you, but I’m just not ready for companies – even companies I choose to do business with – to closely follow everything I do and say. Even if other humans aren’t involved.Do You Want To Be Connected To A Machine?At a recent executive event in San Francisco, Benioff entertained customers and journalists wtih a video featuring Beth Comstock, GE’s high-profile CMO, claiming her “core belief” is that “business is social.” But she didn’t just mean people communicating with people, she also meant people communicating with machines. The big question for GE, Comstock said, is “how do we connect our customers/employees to our machines?” GE’s goal is to combine data from customers and data from its machines – connecting machines to social networks is very big.The video demonstrated how GE was connecting jet engines to social networks to alert mechanics of their diagnostic status. “If you’re in business,” Comstock said, “you need social because it will get you closer to your customer… Feedback – that’s a marketers dream.”Sounds great, right?The Menace Of An Internet-Enabled Toothbrush Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Salesforce#social media#social networking#twitter The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos fredric paul A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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