Hornets need to get some wins before it’s too late

first_imgThe Holmdel High School basketball team needs to win five of its seven contests remaining before the cut-off to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II playoffs. Coach Tom Stead’s team owns a disappointing 3-6 record, but the Hornets have played reasonably well, losing games to Middletown South and St. John Vianney by a combined three points, and dropping close games to Neptune and Red Bank Regional. That, however, provides little solace to the coach. “I know we can surprise a lot of people if we get into the playoffs,” he explained. “We can’t get in if we don’t start winning. Three-point losses are still losses. Right now our backs are against the wall.” Holmdel was slated to play at Middletown South last night. The Hornets host Monmouth Regional on Friday and visit St. John Vianney on Monday. Other opponents prior to the cut-off include Red Bank, Raritan, Neptune and Manalapan. “We control our own destiny and our guys know that,” Stead said. “If we do get into the tournament, we’ll be battle-tested.” Speaking of battle tested, Francis Anamaria has been doing his best to put points up on the board. The junior point guard is averaging 9.5 points, has 56 assists and just 26 turnovers, while usually playing the full 32 minutes. He also has canned 12 three-pointers and is shooting 91 percent from the foul line. Kyle Wiberg is averaging 12 points and Mike Fenimore is averaging eight points. Fenimore and fellow junior Brendan Dunne have received more playing time in recent games, and Stead has been pleased with their contributions. Their play has been a boost since the coach stressed the need for more scoring. The Hornets average just 44 points per game, and Stead would like to see that figure rise into the 50-point range. “As a team, we really haven’t found our shooting touch,” Stead said. “We very easily could be 6-3, but we play in a tough conference [Shore B North} and there’s just not a lot of room for error. Still, we have a lot of talent and I do think better days are ahead for our team. They need to come sooner rather than later, though.”last_img read more

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Clean-living Conte keen for Wembley cigar

first_img“We have to finish this great season and make it a fantastic season. There’s only one way to do that,” he told reporters at Stamford Bridge on Friday.“To try to win tomorrow and to celebrate. To drink a bit of champagne. I don’t smoke, but tomorrow I’m hoping to smoke a cigar if we win. I’m ready to do this!”The Wembley encounter is a repeat of the late-September fixture that proved to be the turning point in Chelsea’s season, with Conte switching to a back three after his side crashed to a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.Chelsea finished the league season seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and 18 points above Arsenal — an outcome Conte admits was practically unthinkable at the time.“It was very difficult to think about celebrating winning the league after the Arsenal defeat, to think we’d arrive at the end of the season and be celebrating winning the league,” he said.“Honestly, that felt very difficult. Not impossible, but in that period we had a lot of big problems to solve. To find the right solution quickly is not easy.“You must be very good, very prepared, but also lucky in these circumstances.“For that reason, I was lucky to have a group of players who put themselves in Chelsea and my ideas of football and we put ourselves in a position where we could secure a fantastic title and celebrate.“At the start of the season, if you’d said we could qualify for the Champions League, I’d have signed for that. Then I found great players and we were able to change our season.”– Costa del Sol –Chelsea’s Diego Costa looked to be on the brink of leaving Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January, but stayed put and contributed 20 goals to their Premier League title success © AFP/File / Justin TALLISDespite Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich subsequently spending three days at the club’s training ground, Conte says he never felt under threat.“He came for three days to watch our training sessions, to watch the video analysis, to stay with us. He supported me,” said the Italian.“He never showed me he was angry. I think the club always saw my job, during pre-season and in that period, and trusted in my job. I never thought the club was thinking about sacking me.”The showpiece showdown with Arsenal could prove to be Diego Costa’s last game with Chelsea, amid reports he is seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge.The Brazil-born Spain striker has admitted he has struggled to adapt to the British climate, but Conte hopes forecasts of scorching temperatures at Wembley will help inspire both Costa and his team-mates to great things.“Tomorrow we will have fantastic sun. For this reason, I hope to see a great game and all my players trying to win for us,” Conte said.“When we finish the season, then it’ll be the right moment to speak about the future of my players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“I don’t smoke, but tomorrow I’m hoping to smoke a cigar if we win,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of their FA Cup Final against Arsenal © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, May 27 – Health-conscious Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans to indulge himself with some champagne and a cigar if his side succeed in overcoming Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.Conte, 47, does not smoke, generally steers clear of champagne and even eschews carbohydrates, but he will make exceptions if his team manage to complete a Premier League and FA Cup Double.last_img read more

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MINISTER TO LAUNCH DONEGAL CHILDCARE RESEARCH PROJECT

first_imgMembers of the Donegal County Childcare group viewing the research document.The Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD, will be launching a Donegal County Childcare research proposal called ‘Supporting Working Families – Releasing a brake on economic growth’.The research will be launched on Wednesday 4th December in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin at 11.30am.The research has been undertaken by Indecon International Economic Consultants for Donegal County Childcare and concerns the provision and affordability of childcare in Ireland. The report will put forward key policy initiatives which could be undertaken to reduce barriers to employment arising from the cost of childcare for a targeted group of families.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager, is responsible for bringing the initiative forward.She said “In recent years the cost of childcare in Ireland has warranted considerable media attention, however, solutions to the problem have not come to the fore.“Therefore, Donegal County Childcare has commissioned this research as an independent examination of whether the cost of childcare represents a barrier to labour force participation. The proposal offers an examination of policy options to address childcare obstacles which may exist to increase employment’. Anyone interested in attending the launch and accessing full findings and proposals should contact Donegal County Childcare on 074 9123442. MINISTER TO LAUNCH DONEGAL CHILDCARE RESEARCH PROJECT was last modified: November 24th, 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:Donegal County Childcareresearchlast_img read more

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JPL anthrax device a tough sell in U.S.

first_imgLA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – European companies are interested in an anthrax-detecting device developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but response to the technology in the United States has been lukewarm, agency officials say. JPL developed the device based on research it had done to keep its spacecrafts sterile by detecting and neutralizing microbes in NASA spacecraft. In the wake of a series of fatal anthrax mailings that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Universal Detection Technology in 2002 reached a licensing agreement with JPL for the anthrax-detecting device, which is about the size of a microwave oven and works like a smoke detector. The Beverly Hills-based company recently found buyers in Spain and Italy. UDT has also received interest from Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom, all because of the continuing threat of terrorism. So far, the system has not detected any anthrax in the mail, and it is believed that none has passed by it. “It’s one of those systems you just hope that it’s there running and that you never have a positive,” said Richard Maher, a spokesman for the Postal Service. “And it’s a deterrent that someone would know that they would never get anthrax through the mail.” The Northrop Grumman machines, which were vetted by the Army, work differently than the JPL devices. The completely automated machines are hooked up to mail-processing equipment and compare the DNA of particles they collect to a template for the known DNA sequence of anthrax. The JPL-designed devices, on the other hand, collect spores with an air sampler, heat them up to expose a molecule unique to the anthrax spore and detect the presence of anthrax through a chemical test. At $85,000 each, UDT hopes to market the device for use in sports arenas, convention centers, financial centers and government buildings. If placed in a building’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation system, the device will detect any release of anthrax in the building, Ettehadieh said. “The sooner you detect a potential hazard the sooner you can treat it and get the business going again,” he said. UDT has just started hiring lobbyists in Washington, D.C., in the hopes of winning government contracts, and Ettehadieh said the Postal Service could save money if it used his company’s device. But Larry Dozier, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said there is nothing wrong with the current system. “We have the best system available in place to detect anthrax in any large organization,” he said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “As we saw in the Madrid bombings and the London bombings, (terrorism is) all over the place, and the Europeans are much quicker on buying this technology than the United States,” said Amir Ettehadieh, director of research and development for UDT, a seven-person company. Exposure to anthrax is usually fatal, but an antibiotic treatment given within days of exposure can often save a patient’s life. UDT about a year ago reached its agreement with an Italian company that will sell and service the devices in that country. Similar agreements with groups in Spain and Singapore were reached within the past few months. But the company has only made one U.S. sale – a deal announced about a year ago with a baggage-handling company at Miami International Airport, Ettehadieh said. After two of its employees were killed by exposure to inhalation anthrax in 2001, the U.S. Postal Service in 2003 signed a $375 million deal with Northrop Grumman Corp. to obtain anthrax-detecting machines for its 282 mail-processing facilities nationwide. last_img read more

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Challengers view seat of Richman as open

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The race for the north San Fernando Valley’s 38th Assembly seat may seem lopsided in terms of fundraising and party registration, but with no incumbent in the mix, the candidates see it as a wide-open field. Four Democrats, two Republicans and one Libertarian are vying in the June primary for the post now held by Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, who is termed-out and running for state treasurer. Political analysts see the district, encompassing the North Valley and parts of Ventura County, as a safe GOP seat, with voter registration about 44 percent Republican and 35 percent Democrat. But Richman is a centrist Republican, and the Democratic candidates believe they have a chance at regaining the seat despite the lopsided registration. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Still, Santa Clarita Councilman Cameron Smyth, a Republican who has raised more money than the six other candidates combined, is perceived as the candidate to beat, both in June and November. That doesn’t dissuade the competition. Mary Barrientos, a Republican intergovernmental affairs consultant from Granada Hills who has raised less than $20,000, said she is not discouraged by Smyth’s edge in fundraising and endorsements. “I don’t see it as a disadvantage,” said Barrientos, who also served as a city housing commissioner in the 1990s. “The endorsements he has – they don’t live in my district. They’re designer labels, all these Assembly people and party leaders. I’m looking for the Mr. and Mrs. Jones down the street.” If elected, Barrientos said, she would work to end term limits, reform the redistricting system and address homelessness. She also wants to tackle immigration reform, and would try to deny driver’s licenses, in-state college tuition and other benefits to illegal immigrants. Smyth, who also served two terms as Santa Clarita mayor, said he remains confident, but is not taking the race for granted. “Between my time in the private sector as well as on the council, I’ve had first-hand experience of what is going on in Sacramento,” Smyth said. “I always felt if you don’t like what you see, you should go in and try to make a change.” He favors spending more state money for infrastructure and transportation improvements, though he feels Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infrastructure plan relied too heavily on borrowing, rather than the pay-as- you-go approach favored by the Assembly Republican caucus. Smyth is conservative on both fiscal and social issues. He opposes tax increases, gay marriage and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and supports the death penalty. He also supports Richman’s efforts to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District and would work to continue the effort if it does not succeed before Richman leaves office. He would also like to combat runaway film production by looking at matching some of the incentives offered by other states and countries that have been luring studios away from California. On the Democratic side are several candidates who have been involved in political and community activism, but none has held significant elected office. Jim Alger is a community activist who has been involved in land-use and development issues, including the successful campaign that halted the opening of a Wal-Mart store in Northridge. He is president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council and sees serving in the Assembly as a chance to further his work empowering local communities. “It comes down to creating legislation that will mandate the community is consulted on decisions that are being made,” Alger said. For example, he would impose a statute of limitations on the amount of time that passes between developers obtaining permits and the time they start a project, to prevent instances where a developer is building a project that was approved a decade earlier when the community may have had a different political and economic profile. He would also like to restrict landfills in urban areas, such as Sunshine Canyon and Bradley, creating a mandated buffer zone between such facilities and residential areas. He also wants to promote clean-air vehicles and is considering an idea to make vehicle taxes scaled according to the amount of pollution emitted by that vehicle, with rebates given to the cleanest-burning cars. Last year Alger worked in the district office of Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. Previously he ran his own custom high-end car company, with production facilities in Sacramento. That business, however, went under as the economy soured in 2001 and Alger is still in Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He said he is on a monthly payment plan and intends to repay all of his debts. He is also struggling with muscular dystrophy. His ability to defy doctors’ predictions several years ago that he would never walk again, he said, is indicative of the same tenacity he will use to fight for his constituents. Alger and his wife are expecting their second child on Election Day. Democrat Jane Lowenthal is a professional mediator and arbitrator and a state library commissioner. She said her profession would translate well to helping break gridlock in Sacramento. “With 25 years of experience, I’ll work with everyone getting them to build a consensus so we can make progress on the issues important to the 38th,” Lowenthal said. “I say to my clients: Bring your sleeping bag, because we’re going to be here until we find common ground that we’re all satisfied with.” One of her top priorities, she said, would be working on infrastructure issues, again using her mediator’s perspective to find common ground rather than impose her own proposals on Assembly colleagues. She also wants to work on adult literacy by better promoting the literacy services already available through public libraries. She also would like to work on economic development and job creation. Lyn Shaw is a human services administrator who works for a nonprofit foundation that helps people with developmental disabilities. Shaw said she would use that experience to help fight in Sacramento to help the most vulnerable populations of society. “I want to be the voice, the lobbyist for people who don’t traditionally have lobbyists,” Shaw said. Shaw is married to Jim Hilfenhaus, an official with the Laborers Local 300 union. Accordingly, she is strongly pro-labor and has picked up a number of endorsements from powerful unions, including the state and county labor federations and the Teamsters. She would like to close corporate tax loopholes and would consider increasing corporate property taxes through modifying Proposition 13 to create a split roll tax that would increase the amount companies pay on properties they have owned for a long time, while not affecting homeowners. She also would support a clean money system of public campaign financing to help reduce political corruption. Sid Gold, a physician from Granada Hills, is also seeking the Democratic nomination. He could not be reached for comment. Peggy Christensen, an educator from Granada Hills, will also be on the June ballot, running unopposed for the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arsenal fans react to ‘disaster’ week as Gunners’ title rivals all win

first_imgArsenal endured a horrid midweek of Premier League football, seeing all their title rivals win the day after they were on the end of a 2-1 defeat at Everton.Ashley Williams’ header secured all three points for the Toffees, and meant Liverpool could move level on points with the Gunners – which they did with a win over Middlesbrough – and could also see Chelsea move six points clear at the top of the table – which they did by beating Sunderland 1-0.Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United – the other teams considered title contenders – also all secured victories, making it a thoroughly bleak round of matches for the Gunners.And fans of the North London club took to social media to react to the results… Arsene Wenger’s men endured a ‘disaster’ round of fixtures 1last_img read more

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Bush to increase troop level in Baghdad

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush said Tuesday a new plan to increase U.S. and Iraqi forces in the besieged capital of Baghdad will help quell rising violence that is threatening Iraq’s transformation to a self-sustaining democracy. “Obviously the violence in Baghdad is still terrible and therefore there needs to be more troops,” Bush said in a White House news conference with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Maliki, on his first trip to the United States since becoming prime minister two months ago, said he and Bush agreed that training and better arming Iraqi forces as quickly as possible, particularly in the capital city, was central to efforts to stabilize the country. “And, God willing, there will be no civil war in Iraq,” al-Maliki said, speaking through a translator. The two leaders disagreed openly on how to end hostilities between the Hezbollah militia in southern Lebanon and Israel, with al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim leader, reiterating his support for an immediate cease-fire and Bush sticking by the administration’s opposition to one. A group of House Democrats called on GOP leaders to cancel al-Maliki’s address to Congress today. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said he doubted he would attend and that there were a “large number of people (in Congress) who were uncomfortable” with al-Maliki’s condemnation of Israel’s attacks in Lebanon and apparent support for Hezbollah. Bush said that al-Maliki had asked for more military equipment from the United States and had recommended increasing U.S. and Iraqi forces patrolling Baghdad neighborhoods. “And we’re going to do that,” Bush said. The president said U.S. forces would be moved in from other parts of Iraq. He did not say how many, but Pentagon officials have suggested several thousands troops would be moved to Baghdad, including some now based in Kuwait. There are roughly 127,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. The administration is under increasing pressure from Democrats and some Republicans to bring a substantial number home by the end of this year. Asked if the tense situation in Baghdad would alter the equation for an eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces, Bush said troop level decisions will still be based on recommendations from military commanders in the field. “Conditions change inside a country,” Bush said. “Will we be able to deal with the circumstances on the ground? And the answer is, yes, we will.” The president and the prime minister met privately before the news conference to discuss strategy, then continued talks over lunch with a larger group that included Cabinet members and aides. At the East Room news conference, Bush said al-Maliki was very clear in stating that “he does not want American troops to leave his country until his government can protect the Iraqi people. And I assured him that America will not abandon the Iraqi people.” It was not clear how many U.S. troops will be in Baghdad as a result of the new plan. About two weeks ago, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that the number of Iraqi and U.S. troops in Baghdad had recently grown from 40,000 to 55,000. Bush and al-Maliki met alone with only a translator in the room for about 70 minutes before others joined the talks, Bush national security adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters. Under the plan to beef up security in Baghdad, forces would comb different neighborhoods to establish a police presence, “giving some reassurance to the population there that, in a way, the sheriff has arrived,” Hadley said. Bush complimented the beleaguered leader for his courage and perseverance in the face of sectarian violence. Recent attacks have sapped political support for the more than three-year-old war in Iraq, in both the United States and Iraq. On Lebanon, the administration insists that Hezbollah must first return two captured Israeli soldiers and stop firing missiles into Israel before any cease-fire. “I told him (al-Maliki) I support a sustainable cease-fire that will bring about an end to violence,” Bush said. Al-Maliki sidestepped a question at the White House news conference about his position on Hezbollah. “Here, actually, we’re talking about the suffering of a people in a country. And we are not in the process of reviewing one issue or another, or any government position,” al-Maliki said. Democrats criticized al-Maliki’s comments. “Prime Minister Maliki missed an important opportunity to state his position on Hezbollah, and instead left the impression that he does not oppose this terrorist organization’s outrageous attacks on Israel,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Kerry called on Maliki to strongly condemn the use of terror anywhere – including by Hezbollah against Israel – in his speech to Congress.last_img read more

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Tottenham target has produced stunning form since injury – summer signing?

first_imgJack Grealish’s influence at Aston Villa continues to grow by the game.Grealish, 23, is one of the most talented players outside of the top-flight and is once again bidding for promotion to the Premier League with his boyhood club this season. Grealish, who saw a move to Tottenham fall through last summer before signing a new five-year deal at Villa Park, returned from a three-month lay-off with a shin injury at the beginning of March.And Villa’s fortunes have drastically changed since then – winning six successive league games. huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 That has seen them move from 14th in the Championship table to 5th, giving the Midlands club increased hope they can seal a return back to the Premier League.During this winning run, where Grealish has skippered the side, Dean Smith’s men have scored 16 goals and conceded just three in the process.Grealish and co travel to Rotherham on Wednesday night as they look to make it seven wins in a row and tighten their grasp on a top-six spot. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury GETTY whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img REPLY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed 1 SORRY latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Jack Grealish has been in outstanding form for Aston Villa gameday cracker tense #avfc since Jack Grealish has came back from injury and was made captain: 🏟 6 games✅ 6 wins⚽️ 16 goals scored 🧤 3 goals conceded From 14th in the table ➡️ 5th 👏 pic.twitter.com/6XpneXGwdM— thevillazone (@thevillazone) April 9, 2019Given Tottenham’s current lack of depth in central midfield, you wouldn’t put it past them attempting to snap him up if they fail in the promotion bid, especially with this form.last_img read more

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Top 5 Hottest Product Launches of 2007

first_imgSo far in 2007 we’ve seen some exceptional web app launches. From video tomicro-blogging, new startups have transformed the web landscape. So what defines a ‘hotlaunch’? Obviously, a great product is essential, but also the ability to generatebuzz.So let’s take a look at the startup launches that have packed the most powerful punch in ’07.The selections below are in order of impact (number 1 having had the biggest). Ourcriteria? Mostly, huge user growth in a short period of time. But another importantfactor is getting maximum press and blogosphere exposure – i.e. there is a lot of buzzabout these startups prior to launch, or shortly after. Note that these are 2007 launches – e.g. Twitter, an obvious candidate otherwise, launched late 2006. We also haven’t counted big company product launches, such as the iPhone. Here then is our top 5:5. Babelgum Babelgum is a free, on-demandInternet TV experience. Set-up of the downloadable app is extremely easy and videocontent begins to stream immediately once logged in. A slick interface and TV-like feelfurther enhance the experience. Where Babelgum lacks is in the content column. Thecompany plans to initiate a 50/50 revenue-sharing program with publishers with aguaranteed minimum CPM of $5.00, which is very reasonable.Since launching just over a month ago, Babelgum has piggy-backed off the success of Joost. Internet TV seems to be an optimalchoice for many traditional TV viewers, as it provides the high-quality programming of TVwith the benefits of the Internet (i.e. free, on-demand).4. Tumblr Tumblr is a new way to share photos, quotes,text, links, chat, or videos. The interface of this micro-blogging platform is very slickand well-designed. The clean look is extremely similar to that of the WordPress back-end, down to the useof the word “Dashboard”. So far, the simple concept and refreshing designhave paid off for the company.Like Babelgum, Tumblr can attribute a large part of its fame to the success of acompetitor – Twitter in this case.The recent growth of the micro-blogging space has been phenomenal. Other notables in thespace include Jaiku, Pownce, Moodmill, and Hictu.3. Mahalo Mahalo is a human-powered search engine. Theeditorial team comprises in-house guides, as well as outsourced editors under the Mahalo Greenhouseprogram. These editors are paid $10-15 to create search engine results pages (SERPs) forthe web’s most searched terms. In essence, Mahalo is creating SEO-tailoredinformational pages, somewhat akin to what Wikipedia has done.Mahalo is headed by Silicon Valley veteran Jason Calacanis, formerly of Weblogs, Inc. and Netscape. Calacanis is hoping thisnew engine will outperform traditional algorithm-based search engines, such as Google and Yahoo. Thus far, the popularity and exposure of theendeavor have to be attributed to the celebrity status that Calacanis brings to thetable.2. Pownce Pownce is a new way of sharing things. Messages,links, files, and events can quickly and easily be sent to friends, family, andcolleagues with very little hassle. You have the flexibility of being able to share withone person, a group of people, or your whole list. This web-based service is alsoavailable as a downloadable app, powered by Adobe’s new AIR platform.Many are comparing Pownce to Twitter, although I’m not convinced this is a goodcomparison. In any case, due to the generic nature of the offering, competitors includethe likes of e-mail, IMs, as well as file-sharing programs among others.The small team of four is led by Kevin Rose of Digg fame. Much of the hype and buzz surrounding thelaunch of Pownce has to be credited to the fame of Rose. If Pownce does prove to be asuccess, it would be Rose’’s third hit in a row (Revision3 being the other).1. JoostSimilar to Babelgum, Joost is an on-demand Internet TV service – and it ranksas our hottest product launch of 2007. The downloadable app allows viewers the ability tostream high quality programming anytime, anywhere. Joost has signed numerous contentdistribution deals and pulled in many top-tier advertisers.Joost is led by the powerhouse duo of Niklas Zennström andJanus Friis(of KaZaA and Skype fame). When the two announced they were working ona new Internet TV start-up late last year, the world stopped to listen. Known as theVenice Project while in stealth-mode, Joost launched early this year to much fanfare. VCslined up to finance the new venture, as the probability of success seemed certain underthe current management team. With all due respect, Zennström and Friis could havelaunched a social network for European table-cloth enthusiasts and it probably would havestill garnered the same amount of publicity and acclaim.BONUS: TruemorsAll jokes aside, this low-budget GuyKawasaki side project did cause quite a stir when it launched in mid-May. Thepremise: users report rumors via e-mail, text, or phone. Popular rumors make it to thefront page in a Digg-like fashion. In other words, Truemors is “Digg for rumors”.Most attribute the success of the launch not to the service itself, but to the starpower of Guy Kawasaki. The idea is novel, but this leads many to believe that thesustainability and long-term prospects of the company are questionable at best.ConclusionWhat do you think of our selections? Have there been any other hot startups that havelaunched in 2007, that perhaps should’ve made the list? 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Kings and Queens Come to Life: Retelling History Through Apps

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “All those things you’ve had to level out to make the line of narrative … you can put back in,” Starkey told the Guardian. “I no longer have to take these decisions that involve sacrifice. The reader can arrive at the judgement for themselves.”Kings and Queens is interactive history at its best. It provides timelines, family trees and lineage and the themes that have emerged in tracking 2,000 years of British royalty. Starkey provides audio and video of the abridged text of his book. Oh, there is also feature footage of the most recent royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton (if you are into that kind of thing). dan rowinski Tags:#history#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… How do you visualize your thoughts? Are your dreams more like a sit-com or a documentary? English historian David Starkey thinks his thoughts and work are best represented through mobile applications after seeing his book, Crown and Country, turned into a rich media app.The goal of Starkey’s app — Kings and Queens — is to bring his book, and history, to life. If you are familiar with the history of the British monarchy, it is one of the most fascinating tales of intrigue, betrayal, politics and power in the history of the world. The topic was begging to be brought to interactive life. Starkey’s app is not just a splendid way to blend documentary and books but could signal the future of literature by looking into the past.“It’s a case of the technology catching up with what I wanted to do,” Starkey said in an interview with The Guardian’s Apps blog. “Television is a performance, but apps actually reflect thought processes.”Starkey told The Guardian that the app, created by Trade Mobile, “reflects the creative processes of a writer.” It gives him the ability to take certain aspects of history and his writing and give them digital life, as opposed to leaving them on the cutting room floor if he were making a documentary. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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