UWI, Kingston in Senior Cup semis

first_imgEmerging Jamaica all-rounder Rovman Powell led the University of The West Indies (UWI) to a first-innings victory over Kensington in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval yesterday.The 22-year-old Powell, who played one match for Jamaica in the recently concluded WICB First-Class Championship and was surprisingly drafted by Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League, scored 80 before returning to claim four for 20 in the drawn affair.In another quarter-final match yesterday, Kingston, with half-centuries from all-rounder Derval Green and Brandon King, and fourwickets from left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, got the better of St Catherine CC at Chedwin Park.At the Sir Frank Worrell Oval, the UWI first made 250 with Powell getting support from Javaughn Buchanan, 49, and Mark Parchment, 33.OUTSTANDING BOWLERSOff-spinner Shamar Anderson, four for 59, fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, three for 23, and left-arm spinner, Ryan Francis two for 56, claimed most wickets.Kensington, in reply, were bowled out for 137 thanks to Powell and Horace Linton, who took four for 37. Anderson 23, David Bernard Jr, 21 not out, and Horace Miller, 20, made most runs.Batting a second time, the UWI closed on 105 for three with Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr, ending on 32 not out, and Powell, 18, not out.”It was a good result, one that we wanted and needed,” said UWI coach, Robert Samuels. “On day one, I thought we batted well under trying circumstances given the Kensington bowling attack.”They were then 60-odd for three overnight, and we returned bowled well and got the job done. Credit must also be given to Powell and the way he played.”At Chedwin Park, Green hit 86, King 50 and Aaron Johnson gathered 38 in Kingston’s first innings total of 244. Odean Brown, three for 58, and Stephan Casey, three for 54, and fast bowler, Brian Buchanan, three for 59, were the top wicket takers.St Catherine were dismissed for 99 with Harty four for 24, and fellow left-armer Paul Harrison, three for 13, claiming most victims. Mariano Dixon made a topscore of 40 with former national captain Tamar Lambert making 10 and Danza Hyatt, four.The UWI and Kingston have now joined Melbourne and St Thomas in the semi-finals, which are scheduled to be played next weekend.last_img read more

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Dirk Nowitzki passes Wilt Chamberlain for 6th on NBA scoring list

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made nearly 2,000 3-pointers in his career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He’s an 88-percent free-throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain’s mark.“One of his real legacies is gonna be how he helped this game evolve to what it is today,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “In the ’90s and early 2000s, there was a real crisis. Scoring was down. The way Dirk approached the game helped … nudge the game along and open up space. Eventually the value of the 3-point shot to open up space became a reality. And so today, you don’t hear anybody talking about how there’s not enough scoring or the game’s not exciting.”Nowitzki is 872 points behind Jordan but may retire at the end of the season, though he has said he will decide on his future when the season is over. He is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with one team.Nowitzki missed the first 26 games of the season recovering from left ankle surgery and has been reduced to a role player for much of the year, but he has started the past four games and nine out of the last 12 for the Mavs. His season high entering Monday was 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title PH Special Olympian inspires on Humans of New York post Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The basket brought Nowitzki to 31,420 points in his career, one more than Wilt Chamberlain. The 40-year-old German trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. James passed Jordan for fourth place on March 6.Coming into the game, Nowitzki needed just four points to pass Chamberlain, and he started for just the ninth time this season. His first basket was a 20-footer off an assist from rookie Jalen Brunson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWhile Nowitzki stands only an inch shorter than Chamberlain’s listed height of 7-foot-1, the two reached their point totals with contrasting styles of play.Chamberlain once averaged more than 50 points in a season, dominating inside to such a degree that the NBA widened the paint in an effort to neutralize him. Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., left, and Luka Doncic (77) celebrate with Dirk Nowitzki (41) after Nowitzki scored a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Dallas, Monday, March 18, 2019. The basket placed Nowitzki as the sixth all-time league leading scorer surpassing Wilt Chamberlain. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks became the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer Monday night with another of his signature long-range jumpers.Nowitzki took Luka Doncic’s handoff and backed down New Orleans’ Kenrich Williams before hitting a turnaround from the top of the free-throw circle with 8:35 left in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Budgetary Constraints Hamper Development in Nimba

first_imgAcute budgetary constraints are said to be hampering development initiatives in Nimba County since the last County Council sitting in April 2013.Speaking on a local radio station in Ganta on the 28th January, the Secretary of Nimba’s Legislative Caucus, Nimba Electoral District # 7 Representative Worlea Dunah said the Government of Liberia has owed Nimba County US$ 3.8 million since 2011.He said the delay in releasing the budget is causing problems in the implementation of the projects that were earmarked during the last Nimba County Council Sitting.Rep. Dunah quoted the Minister of Finance as saying the said amounts were in the government’s escrow account; and added that and it could be released at any time.“We have outstanding debt owed to us from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 budget years totaling US$ 3.8 million; members of the caucus have been advocating tirelessly to the government. We believe that this amount will be released soon,” he said.He quoted the Minister of Finance as saying that the national budget shortfall doesn’t affect the US$ 3.8million and that it was safe.There was a budgetary allocation for development last year in the County Council sitting, but most of the projects, including the scholarship scheme for Nimba students attending universities and colleges in Liberia, allotment for the disabled and other key projects remain in limbo.Last year, Nimba County Council Projected a US$2.8 million budget; within the projected budget around 23% (US$644,940) would go to development projects in the nine electoral districts of the count. Another 10% (US$ 305,000) goes to scholarships, youth and women’s empowerment, projects for the disabled, the county meet and the renovation of the chief compound in Sanniquellie. In a recent development, Nimba County’s infrastructural development project has begun the opening of streets and alleys in the city of Tappita, lower Nimba County.The project, which started a few days ago, is said to be destroying property built closely to the streets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wal-Mart worker fired over tapping

first_imgDuring the investigation, Wal-Mart said it discovered that, in separate instances, the same technician had intercepted text and pager messages, including communications that did not involve Wal-Mart employees. The eavesdropping by an employee is only the latest controversy for the world’s largest retailer, whose stock has been battered in recent months as sales growth stalled. The company also has been targeted by union-backed groups about its health care benefits and wages. It also is fighting a class-action lawsuit that accuses it of gender discrimination. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams said the technician “acted alone” and used his own personal equipment to intercept the text messages. “I can’t speak for why he did what he did,” she said. Williams declined to identify who the targets were besides the Times reporter, but said they did not include the company’s union-backed critics such as WakeUpWalmart.com or Wal-Mart Watch. No other journalists’ calls or messages were tapped, she said. NEW YORK – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it fired a systems technician who allegedly recorded phone conversations between the company’s public relations office and a newspaper reporter. The case is now being investigated by federal authorities. Wal-Mart said the technician, whom it did not identify, also intercepted text messages using his own personal equipment. The retailer said he was acting alone, but declined to say what his motive may have been. Wal-Mart said its internal investigation began Jan. 11 after an unidentified party alerted the company. That led to the discovery that the technician had monitored and recorded phone conversations between Wal-Mart’s public relations staffers and a New York Times reporter between September 2006 and January 2007. Wal-Mart said it notified The New York Times earlier Monday. A New York Times spokeswoman, Diane McNulty, identified the reporter as retail writer Michael Barbaro. She said the newspaper does not plan “to take any legal action at this time.” 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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City withstand late Watford onslaught to move five clear

first_img0Shares0000he Manchester City players embrace goalscorer Sane after breaking the deadlock at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night. PHOTO/DailyMailLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Manchester City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table with a seventh straight Premier League victory, but were made to work for a 2-1 win at Watford on Tuesday.City’s goals came either side of half-time as Leroy Sane chested home to end Watford’s resistance before Riyad Mahrez swept home early in the second period. However, they had to withstand a nervy finish after Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled home five minutes from time.Pep Guardiola made six changes to his starting line-up despite also missing Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne through injury.Yet, City were still far too strong for the dogged hosts, who had goalkeeper Ben Foster to thank for the visitors not racking up the 5-0 and 6-0 thrashings they did on their two previous visits to Vicarage Road.Guardiola changed his entire back four from Saturday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth and left the in-form Raheem Sterling on the bench for the full 90 minutes.Mahrez came in for the England international and the luxury of options on offer to Guardiola was obvious as both his wide men found the net in Sterling’s absence.However, Watford were left to rue their chances before the break against a City defence that appeared to miss Aymeric Laporte as the Frenchman was rotated for the first time in the league this season.Roberto Pereyra has already produced some spectacular goals for the Hornets this season and the Argentine was inches away from another when he curled just wide inside 10 minutes.City soon took control, though, and Foster made a brilliant save to deny Sane after the German had intercepted a wayward Pereyra pass.The former England international also spread himself well to claw away Mahrez’s attempted dink over the ‘keeper.Yet, the best save of the opening half came down the other end when Ederson stretched out his left foot to block Troy Deeney’s effort from point-blank range.Moments later, City were finally in front. Mahrez’s cross picked out Sane unmarked at the back post and he cleverly used his chest to power the ball below Foster.Six minutes into the second half, the visitors struck again when Gabriel Jesus — who endured another lean night in front of goal in the absence of Aguero — at least made a contribution as a provider by pulling the ball back for Mahrez to fire home.City got uncharacteristically slack in the final quarter, though, and were made to pay when Doucoure finally turned home after a goalmouth scramble.Guardiola was forced to throw on Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi in the closing stages to repel Watford’s aerial assault, but City held on.– Perez sparks West Ham –West Ham’s super-sub Lucas Perez celebrates after coming off the bench to scored a second-half brace on Tuesday evening. PHOTO/DailyMailElsewhere, Bournemouth moved above Manchester United, who host Arsenal on Wednesday, up to sixth thanks to a 2-1 win over Huddersfield.Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser continued their fine personal seasons by giving the hosts a 2-0 lead inside 22 minutes before Terence Kongolo pulled a goal back for the Terriers.Brighton edged into the top half as despite playing for over an hour with 10 men, they beat Crystal Palace 3-1.The hosts led 1-0 through Glenn Murray’s penalty before Shane Duffy saw a straight red, but further goals before half-time from Leon Balogun and Florin Andone sealed the three points despite Luka Milivojevic’s late consolation from the penalty spot.West Ham’s upward trajectory also continued as three goals in 12 second-half minutes beat Cardiff 3-1.Lucas Perez replaced the injured Marko Arnautovic in the first half and went onto score his first two league goals since a summer move from Arsenal before Michail Antonio added a third.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CHEQUE PRESENTATION GOES SWIMMINGLY FOR LEENAN BAY DIPPERS!

first_imgAnnette Kelly (left) organiser of Christmas Day Swim Leenan Bay, Urris, Clonmany with Anne Marie Fogarty and Eilish Kelly (who participated in the swim) presenting the 2012 proceeds cheque of €2,200 to Palliative Care Nurse, Inishowen Louise Duddy, (right) CNS on behalf of the Donegal Hospice at the Ballylffin Lodge Spa Hotel. Annette wishes to acknowledge her thanks to all who helped and participated in the swim. Photo C Giblin.CHEQUE PRESENTATION GOES SWIMMINGLY FOR LEENAN BAY DIPPERS! was last modified: February 21st, 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:Christmas swimclonmanydonegal hospiceLeenan Baylast_img read more

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Warriors’ training camp invitees brace for final week of preseason

first_imgOAKLAND – Each morning around 7 a.m. Tyler Ulis wakes up in his hotel room in the Oakland Marriott, takes an elevator down to the Warriors practice facility, eats breakfast and prepares for practice.For the past two weeks, this has been a consistent routine for Ulis. Now in his third year, Ulis is currently in training camp on an Exhibit 10 deal, which guarantees him up to $50,000 if he goes to the Warriors’ G-League affiliate in the event he’s waived before the season. Ulis is one of six …last_img read more

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Using football to heal a nation

first_img25 July 2006The most abiding image I took from Berlin, the week before the 2006 World Cup Final, was the crowd of about a million excited German fans, gathered in the Tiergarten behind the symbolic Brandenburg Gate, to watch the semifinal between Germany and Italy.Within a bottle-throw of Berlin’s new Holocaust Memorial, a shattering reminder of Germany’s catastrophic past, the crowd waved the black, yellow and orange flag with pride, draped themselves in it, painted its colours on their faces and hair, and cheered and drummed their approval every time the German team put a foot right.All very ordinary, one might say, for a World Cup semifinal against Italy.But for Germans, traumatised, divided and hampered by their past, this was a most extraordinary occasion – not because Germany lost to Italy – which was certainly a cause for national disappointment – but because it represented a seminal moment in the liberation of German spirit.“This is the first time in more than half a century that Germans have been able to wave their own national flag with unreserved pride,” said Mike de Vries, the managing director of Germany: Land of Ideas, a government and private sector-backed independent initiative, to ensure that there is a lasting pay-off for Germany for hosting the 2006 World Cup.The Tiergarten – a long clearing through the forested park leading to the Brandenburg Gate – was one of many “Fan Miles”, created in German cities hosting World Cup matches, to welcome fans – unable to get tickets for the matches – to enjoy German hospitality.But the organisers totally underestimated the demand, and had to erect 20 massive screens running all the way down the Tiergarten to accommodate – on this occasion – mainly German fans.Hosting the World Cup gave Germans an opportunity to celebrate their country, welcome the community of nations in their midst, transcend the traumatic legacy of the Nazi era and the legacy of division and alienation spawned by the Berlin Wall.The well-organised tournament has laid the foundation for a seminal transformation in the German psyche, which has boosted national unity and helped Germany regain a sense of national purpose.The German experience raises the question as to whether we in South Africa can turn the 2010 World Cup into a major unifying event, enabling South Africans to build a stronger shared vision of the future and release new energy for nation-building?At the Africa’s Calling event in Berlin before the World Cup Final, President Thabo Mbeki noted that the 1954 World Cup had succeeded in restoring some of Germany’s self-respect after its legacy of national socialism.“We are confident that the 2010 Soccer World Cup will do the same to consolidate our self-respect and dignity, gained when we attained our freedom and democracy in 1994 and, in a unique way, help our own nation and the continent of Africa, also to bask in the ‘miracle of South Africa’,” Mbeki said.“Every day we take important steps to unite what was a divided nation,” he said.United Nations’ secretary-general, Kofi Annan, a leading African on the international stage, stressed the importance of hosting the World Cup as a nation-building opportunity for SA and the continent.“The German national team will not be playing on Sunday,” Annan said at the Africa’s Calling ceremony. “But they have already won by organising the best World Cup ever, and uniting the whole German nation behind their effort.”The celebration of African mythology at the Africa’s Calling event – complete with fire, fireworks, audio-visuals and sound effects – provided a foretaste of the unique vibrancy, diversity and rhythm that an African World Cup will offer.Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, who has driven the decision to stage the World Cup in Africa for the first time, said soccer, as a universal sport, had a duty to take on social responsibility in human development.“It will not be the same World Cup that we have here in Germany,” Blatter said.“But it will be an African . a South African World Cup. There will be a lot of drums and other music.”What the German experience showed, is that hosting an event on the scale of the Fifa World Cup, demands that national divisions and skepticism be put aside in favour of a national effort, involving every sector of the society working in harmony.The Germany: Land of Ideas campaign – which has many similarities to South Africa’s own “Alive with Possibility” campaign – was initiated less than a year before the 2006 World Cup began.It seeks to extend the victory that Germany has scored, by hosting the event to boost Germany’s image abroad, in a way that will impact on foreign investment and revive Germany’s flagging economy.The Land of Ideas campaign established six massive public statues celebrating Germany’s achievements, published three books celebrating the innovation theme and commissioned leading writers abroad, to give their impressions of Germany. It also reached out to the foreign media, particularly those of the 20 000 or so, media workers who entered the country, but were not officially accredited to cover the World Cup.German President Horst Koehler initiated the Land of Ideas concept, and took full ownership of the campaign.But the organisers conceded that they had learned from their mistakes: they had started the campaign too late, different stakeholders in the society had not worked closely enough together, and there had not been sufficient sponsorship to fund an effective international campaign.South Africa’s challenge will be to focus our energies internally, and to unite in a national effort, proving the sceptics and the Afro-pessimists wrong. That will mean a massive push to ensure that our transport and security systems are up to scratch.South Africa has a headstart of a national pride campaign, and a slogan to unite all sectors of the population in a common cause: South Africa: Alive with Possibility. It has an outstanding local organising committee under Danny Jordaan, a president and a government totally committed to hosting the best World Cup in history, and host cities bursting with energy and pride.It was noted recently by Kabelo Selema, who heads the justice and peace department at the Southern Africa Bishops Conference, in an online article after attending the Africa’s Calling event, that hosting the 2010 South Africa World Cup would bring enormous benefits to the country.“Sports events such as the World Cup bring people together and we can build on that, with reconciliation efforts among South Africans of different races,” he said in an interview with Catholic Online.It would also be a boost to Africa he said, noting the presence in Berlin of representatives of other African countries and football ambassadors. “If we can continue with that spirit of inclusion, the World Cup will bring much hope to African countries.”John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of SA, and attended the Africa’s Calling event in Berlin’s Tempodrome on July 7 2006.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Google is Beating Bing & Yahoo Again, Now In Real-Time Search

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Bing’s “real-time search” comes in the form of a special page for Twitter results. On that page you see a tag cloud of popular terms on Twitter, links shared regarding those terms and a few recent tweets in which each link appeared. It’s not very visually appealing. In fact, it’s downright ugly. It’s also not integrated extensively into the main Bing site.Search results on Bing come only from Twitter and links share on Twitter. There are a lot of low-value retweets displayed. Twitter is of course just a small part of the real-time web.Yahoo is MIAYahoo! on the other hand, displays Twitter as a tab in a select few news search results pages. That tab offers links being shared on Twitter, not tweets themselves. It’s very hard to find a search result that uses Twitter results, though, on Yahoo!Google Is The Winner So FarGoogle’s implementation, at least in this demonstration, brings real-time search front and center, displays commentary from Tweets, links being shared through a variety of channels and will soon display messages from MySpace and Facebook. It’s broader, the User Experience is better and it’s more prominent.Are There Still Alternatives?There are countless real-time search engines that have to be disappointed to see Google going its own way instead of acquiring a real-time search startup, and its unclear how many of those services still offer something unique that Google hasn’t now captured in this announcement. Aardvark is one and its now reported that Google is looking to buy that company.We’ll still await the full public roll-out of Google’s real-time search, its integration with the company’s new Social Search, with localization and personalization. So far it looks like Google has done what neither Yahoo! nor Bing have, though – create a compelling, serious real-time search experience. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#NYT#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google unveiled its real-time search interface today and it looks much, much better than what rivals Yahoo and Bing have done so far. The new Google real-time search functionality will appear on selected search results pages, below News results, above or below top ranking natural search results – sometimes just above the fold of the page. The new type of results are well-integrated, unobtrusive, diverse in contents and formatted simply. It appears to be a job very well done. It’s hard to believe that neither Yahoo nor Bing have created an experience anywhere near as compelling.Bing is a Bummer Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How Nextdoor Can Help You Be A Better Citizen

first_imgWe’d all like to get to know our neighbors and improve the places we live, in theory—but it’s frustratingly hard to connect in person, especially compared to the one-click ease of a friend request on a social network like Facebook.This is where hyperlocal social networks come in—modern, friendly services that fit into our jumbled Twitter-Tumblr-Reddit-Instagram world. There’s been failure after failure in this space, from Backfence in 2007 to AOL’s money-losing Patch network to NBC’s shuttered Everyblock service, which closed in February.Finally, though, there’s a credible contender: the newly well-financed startup Nextdoor, based in San Francisco.Nextdoor writes in its mission statement—which comes in the form of a poem—that “we believe technology is a powerful tool for making neighborhoods stronger, safer places to call home” and “we believe strong neighborhoods not only improve our property value, they improve each one of our lives.” Amen to that.So how does it work?The Hyperlocal FacebookSigning up for Nextdoor was the most unique social network sign-up process I’ve encountered. Where LinkedIn is concerned with your professional identity and Facebook wants to know who your friends are, Nextdoor is chiefly concerned with your home address. That’s meant to limit each neighborhood’s network to people who really live there.There are several ways to verify your address. You can use a credit card (you’re not charged). If you have a landline phone, Nextdoor’s automated systems can call you. A current Nextdoor user can invite you or vouch for you. Or you can have a postcard sent to your mailing address. I chose the last option. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#everyblock#hyperlocal#local news#Nextdoor The postcard was in keeping with the design of the site: simple and clean, and mostly white with a splash of green. It was one more statement that Nextdoor really was a local network.   Like most fledgling networks, Nextdoor’s main problem right now is the lack of active users, though my neighbors have been slowly signing up for the network as word spreads. In my Chicago neighborhood, many were former users of Everyblock, which was based in this city. But by the numbers, most people haven’t used any hyperlocal website. A 2011 Pew Internet study found most people—even those under the age of 40—still rely on TV news or newspapers for local information.Even experienced users like me seemed daunted at having to rebuild their hyperlocal social-media experience all over again on Nextdoor. Some of the community organizations that got their feet on Everyblock—garbage cleanup groups, neighborhood beautification associations and anti-gang activists, among others—have dedicated Facebook pages.Facebook Groups might seem like an obvious way to organize locally. Yet because it depends on existing social connections, it’s not a great way for neighbors to discover each other. Nextdoor’s address-verification system could give it an edge over broad-purpose social networks in this regard. Creating the Perfect Hyperlocal Social NetworkEveryblock’s core strength was its automated data streams. Public records  like building permits and restaurant inspections were automatically indexed into a stream along with newspaper articles, blog posts and Flickr photos for each neighborhood on Everyblock. At the time, this was groundbreaking. But Everyblock took too long to add in contributions from users to capture those offline word-of-mouth conversations where a lot of local news is transmitted.Right now, the content on Nextdoor is user-generated. But since there aren’t many users, the conversation often isn’t there. That’s discouraging for new users who sign up. The perfect local site would weave automated feeds and social conversations to create a lively experience right off the bat. There’s a delicate balance where an urban streetscape tilts from loneliness to liveliness. Nextdoor could be on the cusp.Photo by Ken Lund Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts The site’s main function is to share news and information, sorted by seven categories which range from Review (for local businesses like Yelp) to Crime & Safety. Neighbors use these categories to post about yard sales, a meeting, or news affecting the neighborhood. Other site options include private messaging with your neighbors, a master list of all the neighbors who have signed up, and a calendar of events. It’s a good way to keep in touch with what is important to your neighbors. A disclosure here: I may be more interested in local matters than the average digital citizen. I worked for various Patch sites covering the Chicago suburbs, as well as the Windy Citizen, a hyperlocal news aggregator and forum operator. I’ve also organized neighborhood cleanups and other local activities. But even if they don’t take it to my level, I feel like many people are interested in their neighborhood. They just need better tools to get involved. Checking the real-life mailbox for a website was a novel experience, and the increased security made me feel more comfortable sharing information about my immediate vicinity. (I never got into Foursquare because of the privacy concerns.) GigaOm writer Mathew Ingram wrote that theses barriers to entry could be the key to Nextdoor’s future success, and I’d have to agree.  It may slow down signups, but it makes you feel better about your interactions with Nextdoor users.Nextdoor promises only your neighbors—those with verified addresses or proven connections to other residents—can see your posts. That should come in handy if you want to post your phone number in a message about your dog or cat being lost. Privacy concerns haven’t been completely eliminated, however: Nextdoor displays where your neighbors actually live on a map.  fruzsina eordogh A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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