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Effort pays off as Blackwater neutralizes Ginebra’s height advantage

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first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Erram partnered with Belo in leading Blackwater as he nabbed 22 markers, 11 boards, and four rejections in the confidence-boosting triumph.Blackwater also drew inspiration from the patients of the Hope for Lupus Foundation, an institution which the team has been advocating since last year.“We’re showing our support to those patients and we feel that we’re representing them,” said Belo as he proudly pointed out the Hope for Lupus patch seen on the team’s jerseys.Blackwater wore violet shirts as warmers for the game in effort to spread awareness on the illness and promote the Hope for Lupus Run on January 21 in SM Mall of Asia.“In our own little way, we feel that we’re able to help them. And with this win, hopefully, we’re able to bring smiles to their faces,” Belo said.ADVERTISEMENT And the Elite hope to keep on smiling as they seek to sustain this groove as the Philippine Cup progresses.“We still need to improve a lot as a team. But now, we’re able to show that we’re blending well with each other. We just need to continue this,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pringle wants more from Globalport after first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments It also allowed Blackwater to start the year right and continue its winning run to move up to 2-1 in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“It’s really very special win for us because this is our first game in 2018 and the moment we entered the dugout, we all felt that we wanted to win,” said Belo, who uncorked 22 points on a 4-of-7 clip from three, to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe win, however, didn’t come easy as Belo and the rest of the Elite had to double or even triple their efforts just to neutralize Ginebra’s glaring size advantage.“We really doubled our effort because we’re smaller than them,” he said. “It’s a good thing that Poy (Erram) stepped up and tripled his effort against Japeth (Aguilar) and (Greg) Slaughter.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace PLAY LIST 01:57Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency01:55Off-duty cops to report to camps on New Year’s eve to avoid indiscriminate firing02:14Carpio 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMac Belo won’t deny that Blackwater’s 94-77 victory against Ginebra on Friday was special for a lot of reasons.For one, it’s only the Elite’s second franchise victory against the crowd favorites, and the first to come in an all-Filipino conference.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Running A Start-up With A full-time Job? Hard Work, But Not Impossible

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first_imgMany believe they have to give up formal employment and a stable salary to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. But Kenyan entrepreneur Alex Mwaura Muriu (27) has proven it is possible to do both. Muriu is the founder of Farm Capital Africa, a new crowdfunding model that enables investing in small-scale African agri-preneurs. This week, Muriu’s initiative won second place in the 2015 Innovation Prize for Africa.He is currently also working full-time as digital brand manager at the Kenya Commercial Bank, and believes he would have struggled to get Farm Capital Africa to where it is today if he wasn’t employed as well. As a young father, husband and entrepreneur, Muriu requires a stable salary to get his start-up off the ground, while being able to put food on the table.But how has he managed to do both jobs at once? Muriu says it hasn’t been easy, and warns that divided attention can put entrepreneurs at risk of losing both positions. However, some tactics have helped him do both.Get the right managers in place“One of the smartest things I did was getting on board my co-founder, Jason Musyoka, who is the chief operations officer at Farm Capital Africa.”Muriu explains that managing finance and operations are one of the most time-consuming tasks of running a company, and he needed someone able to focus on the financial details full-time, which he admits is not his strength.“So when I took Jason in I knew that about 60% of my time would be saved by having him there… it really saved me numerous headaches.”Muriu then found someone who could efficiently undertake project management. “Now with these two [managers] in place, my role in the company really came down to fundraising. And that’s not something I need to do from 8am to 8pm.”Working 14-16 hours a dayMuriu says he holds most meeting between 6:30 and 8:30am before work. He also utilises his lunch hour to meet investors, and then between 6pm and 9pm after work. This can translate into 14-16 hour working days.“And then there are weekends, especially Saturday mornings, and my wife knows I won’t be home,” he says.“I relax a bit on Sunday, and then Monday we get back on the climb again… But then again I am a young person. I can do it because my body is still in that place where I can work many long hours and still survive.”Be honest with potential employersHe also advises others looking to be employed while running a start-up to be honest with their employer and ensure there is no conflict of interest.Time management is also essential, as both jobs need to be given enough attention so that neither fall by the wayside.“If you are going to run a business while being employed, you will have to get used to the idea of long working hours, because you still have to give your employer the best,” he continues.However, he notes entrepreneurs juggling both employment and entrepreneurship might also have to accept that their start-up’s growth will be slower than they want it to be. “But that’s okay, because striking that balance in the interim until your business gets to a point where it can pay you a salary is important for success of the start-up. So be patient and plan your time really well.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gorneault trying to crack outfield

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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Of all the Angels’ candidates for a backup outfielder spot, Nick Gorneault brings the most power potential. The only problem is that Gorneault is the one without major-league experience. It leaves the 27-year-old with the prospect of spending a third full season at Triple-A Salt Lake unless he can jump Tommy Murphy and Reggie Willits on the depth chart. And even then it might not be enough. Getting in shape is the first step. Gorneault fractured his kneecap on a foul ball June 18 of last season, but missed only 25 days. The setback still showed in his numbers as he hit 15 home runs with 78 RBIs, a year after pounding 26 home runs at Salt Lake with a league-leading 108 RBI. He says that injury is well behind him, but now he must fight through some nagging leg problems. A sore quadriceps early in camp led to a sore Achilles tendon that Gorneault battled through enough to start in Tuesday’s intrasquad game. “Nick is a player that has made strides every year,” Scioscia said. “He was very raw when he came into professional baseball with terrific upside. He’s got big-time power, he can hit. He’s learned the game. He’s a guy who’s on our depth chart and we’re going to look at it closely.” Even though power sets him apart from the other outfield candidates, Gorneault is focused on an overall game. “The Angels stress that and they stress that in the minor leagues so that when guys come up to the big leagues they’re prepared,” Gorneault said. “I was once told that the only thing you can control in this game is how you prepare yourself, then you just go out there and play,” Gorneault said. “I’m not trying to outperform anybody, I’m just trying to take care of my game and do my thing and let the people who make decisions make decisions at the end of spring training.” center_img Ervin Santana will be limited to 30 pitches as the starter in today’s Cactus League opener against the Kansas City Royals at noon PST with the game to be broadcast on KSPN AM-710. Garret Anderson might not play in a Cactus League game until early next week as he continues to round himself into shape. Anderson struggled with a sore arch last season, an injury that started in spring training. Francisco Rodriguez (hamstring), Justin Speier (sore legs) and Scot Shields (shin) will not pitch in games until the weekend at the earliest as they overcome nagging injuries. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 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

Alan Brazil breakfast bite – Friday, May 26: The best FA Cup final song?

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first_imgAhead of the FA Cup final live on talkSPORT this weekend, Alan Brazil and Ray Wilkins answer the most important question: who has the best ever FA Cup final song?last_img

Former Donegal taxi driver to be sentenced on child pornography charges

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first_imgA FORMER Donegal taxi driver who has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography will be sentenced on Friday.David Martin (52), now of 78 Sylvan Park Letterkenny, was residing at 11 St Jude’s Court, Lifford when Gardaí were alerted by the Online Child Exploitation Unit to someone using an IP address associated with that house posting child pornography images on Twitter. Ms Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, said that Martin was arraigned and played guilty to the possession of child pornography at the April sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Detective Sergeant Michael Galvin said officers made a number of attempts to execute a search warrant at the address.On October 6, 2016 at 9pm, Detective Sergeant Galvin said he and other officers met Martin at the address and seized a Zeus Storm Desktop computer, which was taken to the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau for examination.Ms Crawford said that six video files, including one that was over one hour long, were located in a folder on the computer, all of them Category 1, the most serious category. The files, including some showing pre-teen children engaged in sexual activity with adults, had been downloaded on the night the search warrant was executed.In a statement, Martin admitted downloading, viewing and possessing the images and also posting images on Twitter. Putting the images on Twitter, Detective Sergeant Galvin said, brought the matter to a head.An application designed to hide online activity, an anti-forensic toolkit and an application used to delete user activity were also found on the computer. Those applications were used on October 6, 2016.Martin told officers that he often used search engines for the dark web. Detective Sergeant Galvin said that Martin co-operated fully and was contrite. He said the defendant’s wife was also present and was ‘shocked with what was transpiring’.“It was quite an emotional event for all concerned,” Detective Sergeant Galvin said.“He was remorseful and ashamed.”Barrister for Martin, Mr Peter Nolan BL, said his client was ‘curious what was on the dark web’, came across child pornography and ‘clicked out of curiosity’.Mr Nolan told the court that Martin’s marriage was over, the house had been sold and he is now living at a different address.Mr Nolan said: “He has insight into what he has done and he now has a broken marriage and a lost house. He is now living in rented accommodation and some of his family find it difficult to have a relationship.“He is anxious to put the matter behind him, he has no previous convictions and he pleaded at the first available opportunity. He has showed genuine remorse. He is a social pariah and will be after this. That is part and parcel of the offences that he has committed.”Mr Nolan told the court that his client had claimed to have been abused as a child by an uncle and an older brother. Martin, he said, had attended 16 psychotherapy sessions in Dublin.Mr Nolan said that Martin’s extensive heart issues made him unsuitable for community service and asked Judge John Aylmer to consider a non-custodial sentence. Judge Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday morning for sentencing and remanded Martin on continuing bail.Former Donegal taxi driver to be sentenced on child pornography charges was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:David MartinDetective Sergeant Michael GalvinJudge John AylmerLetterkenny Circuit CourtLiffordlast_img read more

IRELAND CAPTAIN MURPHY: ‘WE’RE READY TO TAKE ON AUSTRALIA’

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first_imgDONEGAL and Ireland International Rules captain Michael Murphy says his team is ready to face Australia in their clans on Sunday.In a message sent via his Michael Murphy Sports company, the Glenswilly man also spoke of his delighted at meeting legendary Irish athlete Sonia O’Sullivan.“After a good (and long) flight the whole team landed safely in Oz. It’s been great catching up with everyone. We’re in Melbourne now and busy getting ready for the practice game on Sunday,” says Michael. “The weather here has been a bit overcast since we landed. It’s been around 14˚c for the last few days, but we’ve heard it’s going to hit the 20’s at the weekend.“After training yesterday, we visited the historic MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) where we met a number of the Australian based Irish at a special function.The MCG hosts both AFL and cricket matches and has a capacity of just over 100,000, making it the 11th biggest stadium in the world.“We also had the great pleasure of bumping into former Irish athlete and Olympic medalist Sonia O’Sullivan who now lives in Melbourne. The whole group is really looking forward to taking on the Australian Rules team now and our focus is on getting the right result.”  IRELAND CAPTAIN MURPHY: ‘WE’RE READY TO TAKE ON AUSTRALIA’ was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AustraliaMELBOURNEMichael Murphylast_img read more

Hoos optimistic over QPR training ground

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first_imgLee Hoos has told QPR player he believes the green light for a new training ground at Warren Farm will come next year. The Rangers chief executive is confident that a judicial review brought by objectors will rule in the club’s favour.“We’re not going to be deterred from this – we’re not going to stop,” Hoos said.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Choppers to curb 2010 crime

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first_imgThe Robinson R44 Raven II, which is nowa part of the South African Police ServiceAir Wing. (Image: SA Air Force) The SAPS already has 31 choppers inits fleet and is expecting the number toincrease to over 40 by mid-2009.(Image: SAPS)Janine ErasmusThe South African Police Service (SAPS) took delivery of two new Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters in October 2008, to strengthen its crime-fighting capabilities ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The state-of-the-art aircraft, worth R5-million (US$496 000) each, are part of a consignment of six specifically commissioned with 2010 in mind. Armscor, the official procurement arm of the South African Department of Defence, facilitated the purchases from the National Aircraft Company, which specialises in aircraft sales and maintenance, as well as pilot training.The deal was funded by the SAPS 2010 budget, which has seen more than R600-million ($60-million) set aside for the purchase of equipment relating directly to the Fifa World Cup. The other four helicopters will be delivered at the end of November 2008.The SAPS is also anticipating the acquisition of at least five Eurocopter BK117 utility and transport helicopters from the South African National Defence Force in the early part of 2009.According to Minister of Safety and Security Nathi Mthethwa, who presided over the handover, the helicopters are part of government’s 2010 Fifa World Cup capacity-building programme, which is focusing strongly on the air support capabilities of the SAPS.“This acquisition forms part of the procurement of various items of equipment to enhance our capacity to secure the 2010 Fifa World Cup in an efficient and professional manner,” said Mthethwa. “Other specialised equipment already on order includes state-of-the-art water cannons, body armour, portable cameras, high-performance motor vehicles and surveillance equipment.”The craft will be based in Pretoria and dispatched to other host cities when necessary. The SAPS will use them primarily for crime prevention, including organised crime, specialised and intelligence operations, recovery of stolen vehicles, and aerial monitoring of major events, allowing police officers to reach crime scenes quickly.The R44s will also take to the skies for the 2009 Confederations Cup, which takes place in South Africa from 14 to 28 June as a prelude to the big event in 2010. Games will take place in four host cities, namely Johannesburg (Ellis Park stadium, also known as Coca-Cola Park), Pretoria (Loftus Versveld stadium), Bloemfontein (Free State stadium, also known as Vodacom Park), and Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng stadium).However, emphasised Mthethwa, all equipment bought will be used before and after the football events for general crime prevention tasks. He added that he expects the new helicopters to make a positive impact on crime-fighting in South Africa and will prove to be major assets during what he described as the best World Cup ever.Airborne tacticsThe SAPS Air Wing helicopter fleet currently consists of 13 BO105 twin helicopters, two BK117 twin helicopters, 13 AS350 helicopters and three Hughes 500 helicopters, deployed around South Africa. The new arrivals will boost the fleet to 37. The defence force acquisitions in 2009 will bring the total number of aircraft at the SAPS’s command to over 40.The single-engined Robinson R44 Raven is an American-built four-seater that features an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. The Raven II is a high-performance machine popular with police forces around the world, with its specialised equipment such as infrared imaging, global positioning system and enhanced radio systems.Studies by law enforcement officials, especially in the US, have shown that a helicopter is the equivalent of at least five ground units in search ability, and gives a tactical advantage during high-speed chases. The various SAPS machines, said Mthethwa, have proven to be one of the most vital and effective tools in the ongoing fight against crime.“The R44 can remain on station for up to three hours when fully fuelled,” he said. “The powerful engine, coupled with an aerodynamic fuselage, enables the aircraft to cruise at up to 209km/h. The R44 is a workhorse, able to fly 24 hours a day, seven days a week – ideally suited to police flying demands.”For the past four years the SAPS has been training pilots as part of a Designated Pilot Training Programme. This uses a screening process to designate various SAPS members, including women, from previously disadvantaged backgrounds for training as fully-fledged pilots by the Air Wing. Training is conducted on the Robinson R44 Raven.Pilots fly at least 100 hours in the R44 until they have enough experience to progress to the larger SAPS turbine helicopters. It is also expected that the new machines will allow the SAPS to train pilots more quickly, with the training period reduced by 18 months, according to Visible Policing Divisional Commissioner Arno Lamoer.High-tech crime fightingThe new additions to the SAPS fleet are equipped with forward looking infrared cameras. This is a type of infrared imaging system that uses detection of thermal energy to assemble a real-time image for video output. It can be used to help pilots and drivers steer their vehicles even at night or in conditions of poor visibility.The wavelength of infrared that this device detects differs from that of night vision aids. The device is often fitted to naval vessels, fixed-wing craft and helicopters, and armoured military vehicles. Its military and civilian uses include surveillance, target tracking and acquisition, warning drivers of animals in the road, locating people through walls during fire-fighting operations, and monitoring active volcanoes.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Related articlesCrime in South AfricaCrime in SA still a challengeSA ready for 2010Useful linksSouth African Police ServiceSouth African Air ForceRobinson R44 RavenArmscorNational Aircraft CompanyStadiums in South AfricaSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

Mobile Marketing Made Easier & Smarter: Urban Airship Launches New Publishing & Reporting Tools

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first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Cross-platform mobile push notification and in-app purchase service Urban Airship announced two new features this morning that mobile savvy marketers are sure to find compelling. In a world fast becoming more mobile, more real time and more data-centric, these technologies are very well timed. Hopefully they’ll be self-correcting enough that app users won’t be driven crazy. The company’s new Push Composer is a simple web-based publishing platform for publishing messages that will be delivered to app users’ iOS, Android or BlackBerry screens. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time and delivered to groups of users segmented by a variety of tags. The second new feature, UA Reports, displays daily metrics about notification open rates by time of day. With nearly 10 million notifications sent each day, Urban Airship says it intends to offer mobile marketing benchmarks, best practices for maximizing engagement through push and more data-centric insights in the near future.An Unusual CompanyWe first wrote about Urban Airship eighteen months ago, when the then tiny startup unveiled its plans to act as a technology middle-man for app developers interested in outsourcing the infrastructure required to take advantage of the new push notifications and in-app purchasing on the iPhone. The company was founded by a scrappy group of engineers with a bizzarre story: their previous employer collapsed overnight, offering company computers in lieu of final checks, they built and sold an online bacon delivery website and a number of them were fortunate enough to receive unemployment payments for bootstrapping entrepreneurs under an innovative program from the state of Oregon. Then they built Urban Airship. Led by serial innovator Scott Kveton, the company started landing customers fast and furious.Fast forward to today and the now venture-backed startup says it has more than 7500 customers, using the company’s services in almost 16,000 different apps, and adds an average of 43 new customers each day. In addition to push and in-app sales, the company was powering some of the first experiments with iOS content subscription. Urban Airship’s list of customers is long and interesting, from Target to the Guardian, Warner Brothers, the Vancouver Canucks and Groupon. That’s right – this little startup powers the push notifications for the fastest growing tech company in history. Say what you will about Groupon (I’m no fan) but that’s impressive.As we discussed in depth when it was revealed that push notifications were coming to the Twitter iPhone app, push enables new forms of interaction with mobile apps. Beyond increasing user engagement, push offers users opportunities to interact with apps in ways that are real-time, synchronous and rich with flow. The interruptive nature of push allows for finer-tuned prioritization of certain messages from certain sources. Push is a big deal, and Urban Airship makes it easy and systematic for app developers to implement it.From its humble beginnings, the startup has now grown to 25 employees, has taken over a spacious office in Portland, Oregon and is quickly hiring many of the most cutting edge engineers, designers and sales people in that tech-rich town. The building now houses a number of mobile startups, including former Twitter engineer Alex Payne’s forthcoming BankSimple. A publicly available mobile device testing lab is in the works as well, gathering devices from manufacturers around the world for anyone to come and test their apps on. Moving Beyond Speaking to GeeksUrban Airship says that companies come to it to save time and money on deploying push notifications, but there’s far more than can be done once the customers are in the door. The startup is building new features quickly – some go over well (like RSS to push) and others have been slower to gain adoption, like the feature the company calls “rich media push.”The two features the company is releasing today speak to a new audience, though. While the legacy product is ultimately an API play, the new features adress the needs of marketing organizations. Both features are being tested with existing customers but will be made generally available once that testing is complete.The new Push Composer is like a little blogging platform, or a Twitter client, but for writing Push Notifications. An attractive UI allows anyone to compose short messages, schedule them for delivery and segment the audience based on tags that users may have opted-into or that a mobile app provider applied to people themselves. For example: one group of recipients might like the Portland Trailblazers, another group may be people who have opened a push notification within the previous 24 hours. Tagged groups can be whatever you like. Click send and boom, the message will be sent and received in seconds.At launch the Composer does not allow users to determine what screen in an app gets opened when a notification is viewed, but the company says that may be offered in the future. Right now when recipients view a notification, the app simply opens up its front page.Even more interesting are the new UA Reports. At first the reports are simple. They just track app opens, time in app, and push volume over time.In time, Urban Airship hopes to see what kinds of data their customers want and to offer a wide variety of information based on that data it collects, cross referenced with other data sources. The company says it believes that app developers will eventually make decisions based on the data the reports deliver: what kinds of notifications get the most response? What kinds of features are users best alerted to by push? Which features or content types should be more prominent in the experience of the app? The company says, for example, that one of its magazine customers found that push notifications and icon badges for its mobile apps were being opened more often at 9 PM than at any other time of the day. In response, the magazine now regularly pushes new content and notifications around 8:30 to prime the pump for evening readers.Push notifications are great for keeping users engaged with apps, but some mobile devices handle them better than others. On iOS they are frankly terrible – though rumors are flying that drastic improvements may be forthcoming. Will putting push composition in the hands of marketers lead to notification overload, a declining user experience and consumer backlash? That seems like one of the risks, but one that Urban Airship hopes to tackle with data-based education about best practices. The company says it has one full time engineer dedicated to metrics right now, but does not offer any formal training or guidelines in pushing just right instead of too much.“2011 is the year that mobile apps need to prove their value,” says Urban Airship’s Jason Glaspey in the company’s announcement today. “With thousands of apps fighting for consumer attention and an average app lifespan of one month or less, developers and marketers need powerful tools.”With a full-speed-ahead attitude and plenty of momentum, Urban Airship will now try to provide just that kind of tools. Hopefully the data analysis the company shares with its customers will help keep trigger-happy push composers in check and not lead to an overwhelming flood of notifications. Time will tell. It looks like this new mode of communication is about to become easier and smarter than ever before.last_img read more

Kohli, Yuvraj fire India to 319/3 in rain-hit match

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first_imgcricket COMMENTS × Published on June 04, 2017 Virat Kohli (file phot)o   –  PTI India Virat Kohli (file phot)o   –  PTIcenter_img Pakistan Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stood out in an all—round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three against Pakistan after rain halted proceedings twice in the marquee clash of the Champions Trophy here today.Indian batsmen remained focussed despite the rain breaks with Rohit Sharma (91 off 119), Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 65), Virat Kohli (81 not out off 68) and Yuvraj (53 off 32) rising to the occasion in a game reduced to 48 overs a side.Thanks to the big hitting by Yuvraj, Kohli and Hardik Pandya, India amassed 72 runs in the last four overs with the 46th and 48th going for 21 and 23 runs.Pakistan’s target, though, is 324 in 48 overs.While Kohli punished pacer Wahab Riaz, Pandya smashed three consecutive sixes off left—arm spinner Imad Wasim in the final over.In a match watched by Sachin Tendulkar from the stands, Indian batsmen went on the rampage in the death overs after patiently seeing off two rain breaks.Play was stopped first when India were 46 for no loss in the 10th over and rain played spoilsport again when they were 173 for one in the 34th over with Rohit and Kohli holding fort.It was not surprising that Sarfraz Ahmed sent India in to bat after winning the toss under overcast conditions.The atmosphere around the ground was electric though the day began on a sombre note with players of both teams observing a minute’s silence for the people killed in the London Bridge terrorist attack.The start of the Indian innings increased the excitement levels by a few notches with a charged—up Mohammad Amir beating Rohit’s bat three times in what turned out to be a maiden over.It was a cautious start by both the openers with just 15 coming in five overs.Amir’s first spell of four overs was exceptional as he gave away 14 runs and was a tad unlucky to not get a wicket.Skipper Ahmed started with the pace of Amir and left—arm spin of Wasim. Though Wasim was economical, facing a spinner early on released the pressure on Rohit and Dhawan with Amir cranking up good pace at the other end.The experienced duo then played their strokes, especially Rohit, who exquisitely punched through the off—side. He brought his fifty by depositing spinner Shadab Khan over deep mid—wicket for a six. The stylish batsman was playing in his first international game since October last year, having undergone a thigh surgery in November.After Rohit reached his half century, Dhawan too changed gears as he smashed pacer Wahab Riaz for three successive fours before completing his half century.After the fall of openers, Kohli and Yuvraj took the innings forward. While Kohli was scratchy for a major part of his innings, Yuvraj was in full flow from the word go, hitting the Pakistani bowlers to all parts of the ground.The stylish southpaw hit eight crisp boundaries and a six in his entertaining knock, while Kohli made up for a sluggish start with a late flourish, ending with six fours and three sixes.Pakistan were ordinary on the field with Hasan Ali guilty of dropping Yuvraj when he was on 9. A little later, Fakhar Zaman dropped Kohli on 43, eventually hurting Pakistan badly. COMMENT SHARE 0 SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more