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Johnson, Peterson win FARC Summer Race Series opener

first_imgThe Freehold Area Running Club kicked off its Summer Race Series Wednesday night at Battlefield State Park, Manalapan. Celebrating its 20th year, the FARC Summer Race Series is one of the oldest in the state. Freehold’s Eric Johnson won the first race of 2002, covering the 5K course within the park in 18:38. Megan Peterson of Hightstown captured the women’s race in 19:35. Dick Van Benthuyson of Monmouth Beach (32:11) edged Howell’s Ben Ottmer (32:39) to win the racewalk competition. Joan Venslavskly of Monmouth Beach was first among the women racewalkers (35:16). The age group winners in the first race of the year for the men were: 12-and-under, Richie Roman, Morganville (22:29); 13-19, 1. Jose Lucio Melendez, Freehold (19:28), 2. Mirza Salihogic, Freehold (20:18), 3. Jeffrey Smith, East Brunswick (20:28); 20-29, 1. Trevor Bryan, Ocean Grove (19:12), 2. Eric Fernstrom, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick (19:22), 3. Tom Brieva, Manalapan (19:32); 30-39, Glenn Noe, Tinton Falls (19:18), 2. Tom Erdeck, Flemington (19:35), 3. Jim French, Manalapan (20:31); 40-49, 1. Bill Winterbottom, Jackson (18:51), 2. Mark Leary, Roselle Park (19:52), 3. Rich O’Brien, Princeton (20:30); 50-59, 1. Tony Bleach, Cranbury, (23:00), 2. Bob Roman, Morganville (23:10), 3. Jim Lau, Freehold (24:25); 60-69, David Gross, Marlboro (23:04); 70-plus, Jim Robbins, Eatontown (30:34). Women age group winners were: 19-and-under, 1. Laura Saffer, Manalapan (21:13), 2. Erin Coyne, Freehold (22:17), 3. Cheryl Lynch, Howell (23:06); 20-29, 1. Allison Halsey, Middletown (21:01), 2. Maureen McCartney, Neptune City (24:24), 3. Liz Spector, Manalapan (27:06); 30-39, 1. Danielle Soldo, East Windsor (20:49), 2. Dorothy Peterson, Manalapan (26:13), 3. Laura Baldichino, Allentown (32:09); 40-49, 1. Sue Patla, Matawan (22:52), 2. Robin Domanski, Manalapan (23:05), 3. Lisa Herrick, Howell (24:18). The series continues tonight with the 5K going off at 6:50 p.m. Children’s races start things off at 6:10. On July 17 the club will celebrate 20 years of the summer series with an anniversary run. For more information on the series or other FARC events, visit the club’s Web site at farcnj.com, or call (732) 431-2627.last_img read more

Of Moles…

first_img…in governmentOver the past year, there’ve been a few instances where confidential information on suspicious or illegal activity from within the government was given out and ended up with the Opposition Leader. He – occupying the office constitutionally designated to keep the government on its toes – used his platform to inform the populace so that could make “informed decisions” on how their government was operating.Not surprisingly, the government – caught with mud on its face, or more frequently with their hands in the cookie jar – has been embarrassed!! The instance of US$9000 being deposited directly into the personal account of Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson and then exposed comes to mind. Then of course, there’s the more recent case when the info that $20Million had been transferred to the children of a Minister from the accounts of the Ministry of the Presidency was revealed.Matters took a turn into the surreal, however, when the just-appointed Minister of Public Service Sarabo-Halley fired the entire personnel department of the Ministry – plus a supervisor. Presumably because of the leak. Either the Minister or the government had made a decision to stop the leaks with massive force so as to deter others from repeating them. But wasn’t this like using a hammer to kill a fly that just landed on the head of the person sitting next to you? A bit of an overkill?Well, one analyst doesn’t think so. Executive Member of the WPA David Hinds who is closely related to Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley felt the PPP left “moles” behind in the government when they departed and there needs to be a systematic approach to rooting them out!! Wow!! Shades of McCarthyism creeping into Guyana!! McCarthy, of course, was the US Senator who saw communists not only in every government department after WWII, but under every bed!! He used his position to launch highly publicised hearings, forcing citizens to defend themselves against accusations of being Russian moles. Countless lives were ruined after folks just used the opportunity to “get” others they just didn’t like!!It all fell apart when one outraged soul finally cried out to McCarthy in front of the cameras: “Have you no shame, sir?” The country then turned against the bullying McCarthy!! But why go all the way to America. Didn’t Burnham do the same thing to Hinds’ WPA back in the 1970’s -without any “hearings”?? Didn’t Burnham boast at the 1979 Congress that when he fired those WPA “traitors” they “stayed fired”?? And that’s the problem, isn’t it?Even if the PPP had left “moles” in place, forget about how the COI that Hinds suggest would prove their guilt.How would they be identified?…and WhistleblowersThe Opposition Leader identified the persons passing on information as “whistle blowers”. This term made a distinction between “moles” who were passing on government information to foreign interests or for money and patriotic individuals who were responding to their consciences in not allowing the government Leviathan to get away with illegalities – whistleblowers. During the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg passed on thousands of top-secret filed to the New York Times, which showed that the government had engaged in a massive coverup of its war efforts. More recently, there’s been “Deep Throat”, Snowden and Manning in the US.The US Code of Ethics for Government Service says bluntly, “Expose corruption wherever discovered” and “Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.” With this background how could Hinds, who teaches in the US, call “whistle blowers”, moles?Guyana should do no less than the US: “whistle blower” legislation’s long overdue.…and witch huntingBut even before moles and whistle blowers, there were witches and witch hunting. Folks just had to make an accusation against another and the person was “tested” by the Church.One test was to tie their hands and dump them into a river. If they survived, they were witches.If they didn’t, too bad!!last_img read more

APNU/AFC challenged to defend their manifesto promises

first_imgDear Editor,Many promises in the APNU and AFC political manifestos were designed to attract votes from a wide cross-section of the population but essentially to solidify and secure their hard-core support base. Many of the promises made are not honoured faithfully by the political party since elected to govern.Deviation from some of these promises is replaced by actions of partisan and political “selfish, self- interest”.The leaders of the APNU/AFC Government, and party leaders, are called upon and challenged to justify and defend their policies and decisions to this nation during their election campaigning. The following two issues are to be addressed by APNU/AFC politicians:Substantial remuneration increases to itself:* They must justify their decision that within weeks of its assumption of government, it awarded itself (Executive and National Assembly) some 50% salary increases, substantial remuneration, and other benefits to the Executive – not widely known. This action is a glaring conflict of interest, ignoring other impartial means of determining the benefits through the recommendations of an independent body for parliamentary approval.Constitutional reform:* They must explain to this nation why they ignore the calls and promise for a more inclusive and broad-based government through major constitutional changes and amendments for shared governance and power-sharing, given the context of deep-rooted ethnic and political party nexus, so as to build long-term national governance consensus in the national interest.With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Colts get sneaky after Hester’s TD

first_imgColts wide receiver Ricky Proehl became part of an interesting Super Bowl streak. Proehl and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius have combined to take part in seven of the past eight Super Bowls – for six different teams. Super tickets Every Super Bowl ticket was sold long before Sunday. Some of them, though, were being re-sold, even in the final moments before the Bears and Colts took the field in Miami. On eBay, one seller claimed to have a pair of lower-level seats, ready to be picked up if you were in the region of Dolphin Stadium for a mere $11,000. “They’re the best seats you will ever own,” the seller claimed on his advertisement. It wasn’t known if anyone actually bought them before kickoff. Hunt’s wife honored Norma Hunt, wife of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, joined Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl XLI. Lamar Hunt died on Dec. 13, 2006, at the age of 74 and was one of the pivotal players in the growth of the NFL. He is even credited with coining the term “Super Bowl” to name the league’s championship game. Hunt and his wife had attended all of the previous 40 Super Bowls together. Storm remembrance Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who said he paid “an arm and a leg” for his Super Bowl tickets, wasn’t at the game. Crist was in central Florida assessing damage caused by three tornadoes that killed 20 people and caused an estimated $68 million in damage. He skipped the game and returned to the state capitol, Tallahassee, to watch the game with firefighters. Future odds Some sportsbooks have already set odds of who’ll win next year’s Super Bowl. San Diego is a 6-1 choice, as of now, to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Glendale, Ariz. next year, followed by Indianapolis (7-1), Chicago (8-1), and New England (10-1). Biggest longshots? That would be Oakland, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and San Francisco, all at 100-1. Colt fans celebrate Hundreds crowded onto Monument Circle in subfreezing temperatures in downtown Indianapolis to celebrate the Colts’ victory. Standing shoulder to shoulder on the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, jubilant fans didn’t seem to mind the cold. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reacting to Hester’s return, the Indianapolis Colts did their best to make sure the former University of Miami standout never had a chance to hurt them again. On Indianapolis’ next kick, Adam Vinatieri sent the ball short. It was caught by Chicago’s Gabe Reid, who was hit by Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis. Reid fumbled and the ball was recovered by the Colts’ Dylan Gandy. Figuring the Colts would squib kick it again on their next try, the Bears employed Hester at the 30-yard line and sent Rashied Davis deep for the return. Indianapolis wasn’t fooled, though, and kicked the ball deep to Davis. After the Colts scored again to take a 16-14 lead, Hester was deep again … and Vinatieri kicked it short. The Colts and Bears combined for three touchdowns in the first quarter, easily breaking a Super Bowl drought. The previous five Super Bowls had gone scoreless in the first quarter. In fact, an NFC team had not scored in the first quarter in the past eight games. When Joseph Addai got the start for Indianapolis, it marked the first time a rookie running back had started a Super Bowl since Denver’s Bobby Humphrey in Super Bowl XXIV in 1990. center_img Devin Hester set a Super Bowl record Sunday, and touched off a game of cat-and-mouse in the process. The Chicago Bears return man took the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI 92 yards for a touchdown. It was the eighth kickoff return for a score in Super Bowl history, but the first time it occurred on the game’s opening kick. last_img read more

REVEALED! The Top 10 FASTEST footballers in the world: Walcott, Bale, Alexis and more

first_img 2. Gareth Bale – 34.7 km/h – Gareth Bale just misses out on top spot to an possibly surprising victor… 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 3. Aaron Lennon – 33.8 km/h – Tottenham fans know all about the pace of Aaron Lennon, who is apparently even quicker than Walcott, Ronaldo and Robben. 10. Alexis Sanchez – 30.1 km/h – click the arrow to see who football’s nine fastest player are – Players like Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are often said to be lightning quick on the ground, while Lionel Messi’s bursts on the ball seem to reach greater speeds than most manage out of possession, but just who exactly is the fastest of them all? A study commissioned by FIFA attempted to answer that question. Starting with Alexis Sanchez, who is the 10th quickest at 30.1 km/h, click the arrows to begin… 4. Cristiano Ronaldo – 33.6 km/h – Cristiano Ronaldo combines pace and power to great effect and is the fourth fastest footballer in the world. 5. Theo Walcott – 32.7 km/h – Arsenal are hoping to see Theo Walcott tearing down the wing again soon. 1. Antonio Valencia – 35.1 km/h – Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia was, somewhat surprisingly, crowned the fastest player in the world according to the FIFA study. 6. Lionel Messi – 32.5 km/h – Messi’s dribbling, shooting and passing are often highlighted, but his pace is certainly one of the Argentine’s assets, too. 10 7. Wayne Rooney – 31.2 km/h – Wayne Rooney’s stocky stature may hide it, but the Englishman is deceptively quick, reaching number seven in the list. 8. Franck Ribery – 30.7 km/h – Robben’s team-mate Franck Ribery is equally formidable, and slightly quicker. 10 10 The Premier League is said to be among the fastest leagues in the world, but who is the quickest player in world football?According to a FIFA study, which appeared in the pages of Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the answer is…To find out, simple count down the contenders in the slideshow above.Just click the arrows on the right to see where Messi, Bale and Ronaldo rank among the game’s fastest. 9. Arjen Robben – 30.4 km/h – Arjen Robben has been terrorising defenders on the wing for a number of years now, so it’s no surprise to see him crack the top 10. last_img read more

Little foreign aid likely to reach Hamas-ruled Gaza

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe angry reaction by Hamas officials on Monday indicated Gaza’s cash-strapped rulers were rattled by the huge amounts promised to their rival, moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri denounced the Paris conference as a “declaration of war” on Hamas, while Hamas government spokesman Taher Nunu accused the international community of trying to bribe Abbas into making concessions in negotiations with Israel. Participants of the pledging conference avoided clear answers on what to do about Gaza, which has been cut off from the world since the violent Hamas takeover in June. Most expressed concern about the humanitarian situation, which has deteriorated sharply since Israel and Egypt virtually halted access to Gaza after the Hamas takeover. As a result, tens of thousands of jobs were wiped out, and three-quarters of the 1.5 million Gazans live in poverty. However, most speakers did not call for a lifting of the blockade of Gaza, even as they urged Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinian movement, presumably in the Abbas-controlled West Bank. PARIS – Hamas-ruled Gaza will likely see little of the unprecedented $7.4 billion in aid promised to the Palestinians by the international community on Monday. While donor countries say they won’t ignore the growing suffering in that isolated territory, they don’t seem eager to channel large sums there that could inadvertently help prolong Hamas rule. Still, the Islamic militants, pushed further into a corner, could emerge as perhaps the biggest spoiler of the renewed Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking that the economic aid is meant to buttress. Hamas has successfully derailed past peace efforts with attacks on Israel. A barrage of rocket attacks could provoke the Israeli military into invading Gaza. Without calling openly for regime change, Western leaders have suggested that once the residents of Gaza see the benefits of peace, they’d become increasingly disillusioned with Hamas. “In the end, if we get a strong process moving forward, I believe that all the Palestinian people will want to participate in a process leading to their own state,” international Mideast envoy Tony Blair said Monday, outlining his Gaza scenario. Hamas has rejected repeated demands that it recognize Israel and renounce violence in exchange for international acceptance. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad emphasized Monday that his three-year economic recovery plan, for which he received the aid, also includes Gaza. However, many of the development projects earmarked for Gaza would likely have to be put on hold until the blockade is lifted. In the meantime, some donor money would reach Gaza through continued salary payments to some 50,000 Abbas-allied civil servants who have stayed at home since the takeover, rather than work for Hamas. Also, the donors have been funding international aid agencies that try to alleviate suffering, including with food distributions. Naji Shurrab, a political analyst in Gaza, said that “it’s very clear that Gaza has been dropped from the (aid) plans, or at least has been postponed.” “This is a form of punishment for Hamas,” he added. Arab donor states, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, have been urging Abbas to try to negotiate another power-sharing deal with Hamas. But Abbas made clear Monday that he will not trade vague promises from Hamas for the massive international support he is enjoying now. Using the high-profile stage in Paris, he dismissed Hamas leaders as “coup-seekers” and said he would not resume dialogue unless they handed back Gaza. Persuading a hesitant Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank is another day-after challenge for the donors. The World Bank has said that even massive aid will not lead to Palestinian economic recovery unless Israel relaxes physical and administrative obstacles to travel and trade. However, it remains unclear whether the international community is willing to exert pressure on Israel, even with such large sums at stake. Blair, who has been shuttling between Israelis and Palestinians, is proposing a step-by-step approach. He is trying to get several “rapid impact” projects off the ground with Israeli cooperation, such as setting up an industrial park in the West Bank and repairing a Gaza sewage system. These projects would be a test of Israeli intentions. Israel has signaled it wants to go slow. “In the end, it comes down to the details, checkpoint by checkpoint, step by step for a better future,” Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told the donors. However, back in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert quickly reassured his centrist Kadima Party that he would always put security first.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

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Holiday movie, 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Pros Networking Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24210 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (877) 242-9384. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. TODAY Good Morning SCV networking breakfast, 7:30 a.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 23154 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 702-6977. International Reading Festival, 10 a.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Free lecture, titled “Preparing for the End of Life,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Daybreak Toastmasters will meet, 7-8 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Dan Jordan at (661) 296-9891. Moms mixer, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. SCV Quilt Guild member trunk show, 7 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at 9661) 298-1385. All Valley Le Tip Network will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety class, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY AARP Drivers Safety class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. SCV Jaycee Holiday boutique, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 28055 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Contact Dawn Abasta at dluventry@yahoo.com. Author Frank Wright will sign and discuss “The Ultimate Basketball Book,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Grand opening, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Elite Dance Studios, 29439 The Old Road, Castaic. Call (661) 295-7774. SCV Historical Society lecture, “Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California,” 2 p.m. at the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Workshop, titled “Creating Win-Win Relationships,” noon at the Masonic Lodge, 19310 W. Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall. Call (661) 904-1322 to R.S.V.P. Artist Judy Larson will make an appearance, 1-4 p.m. at B&R Gallery, 17726 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-2038. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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

Tigers taste regional victory

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tigers’ baseball team scored one of their biggest victories in recent memory, by coming from behind to defeat Holmen 4-2 in a Division 1 Regional Championship in Holmen May 30.Trailing 1-0 after five innings, the Tigers scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to grab the lead. Holmen got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but came up two runs short in the end.Marshfield starting pitcher Preston Wagner gave up both Holmen runs (one earned) on four hits while walking four and striking out three in six-and-a-third. Ryan Krueger got the final two outs in the seventh inning to record the save, and send the Tigers to the sectional round of competition June 4 in Eau Claire.Ben Gust had an RBI double, Isaiah Baierl smacked a two-run base hit, and Mason Coffren singled and knocked in a run for the Tigers, who improved their overall record to 16-12 with the regional championship win.last_img read more

Martha Stewart 2.0

first_imgTags:#Analysis#web Web 2.0 FeaturesWhat’s of most interest is what web 2.0 features the site has added. Given that many mainstream websites are now incorporating web 2.0 features, it’s almost becoming a necessity these days. The main 2.0 additions are:– Much more video; the site now boasts over 700 videos featuring cooking and how-to clips, plus daily episodes of the Martha Stewart Show on a one-day delay along with coverage from her other TV/radio shows. There is also going to be “original video content in development” (I presume made for Web);– a blog called Bluelines written by the editors of the company‚Äôs newest magazine, Blueprint;– general community features such as recipe swap functionality and message boards. Plus this fall, a raft of new community and personalization features will be unveiled, “enabling users to save, share, rate, review and collect content from the site, as well as interact with each other through interest groups dedicated to specific lifestyle passions and concerns.”– a new online game: “Visitors also have the opportunity to share their own ‚ÄúMartha‚Ä? moment and become a part of the Martha Stewart online community by creating a fun and inventive story through the So Martha game at SoMartha.com.”What’s Next?The marthastewart.com site aims to continue to evolve this year, with additional releases to “increase personalization and community features; launch advertising microsites; and spotlight original video and image galleries.”All in all, it’s certainly a good sign that mainstream websites are incorporating all of the community, personalization and multimedia features that Read/WriteWeb has been writing about for the past 4 years or so. It’s no longer just geeky or youth sites implementing these features. This is of course a healthy trend and one we’ll continue to track.2007 Martha Stewart website2005 Martha Stewart website 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Martha Stewart’s company today officially unveiled the latest version of its marthastewart.com website. They are  positioning it as “the most authoritative lifestyle destination on the Internet” and it’s aiming for a market of an estimated 102 million women online. I was immediately curious to look at the new site, because back in July 2005 I did a comparative analysis of marthastewart.com for a consulting client at the time. My conclusion in July 2005 was that marthastewart.com wasn’t a lifestyle website to emulate. My exact words in the report were: “The Martha Stewart site has a very strong offline brand, but the inconsistent navigation and design of the website produces a disappointing online experience.”Back in 2005, marthastewart.com had few community features – what it did have was in the form of bulletin boards and a Q&A called “Ask Martha”. But it hadn’t yet caught onto the web 2.0 craze. Mind you, few mainstream websites had at that stage. There was also no video or other media on the site in 2005. When it came down to it though, the real problem of the marthastewart.com site circa 2005 was inconsistent navigation and design – no-no’s in any era of the Web.So what’s changed in 2007? Well I’m happy to say that marthastewart.com has finally fixed up its navigation and design – everything is now consistent, colorful and easy to navigate. Specifically, visitors can now more easily browse marthastewart.com by lifestyle interest (gardening, health, entertaining, etc); as well as search and browse by media property. richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Apple TV’s New iOS Hack: A Hint of Things to Come?

first_imgjohn paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout For an Apple device, the company’s TV set-top box has had a surprisingly small impact thus far. Perhaps that’s because the product is considered by Apple to be, as Steve Jobs once said, merely a “hobby.” One of the reasons Apple TV hasn’t set the world on fire the way the iPad and iPhone have might be because unlike those devices, it lacks access to third party apps in the iTunes Store. Imagine all the things you could do on your TV if this weren’t the case. Well, that’s what exactly two hackers were envisioning when they came up with MobileX, a modification that jailbreaks the Apple TV via the Seas0nPass hack and lets users run full-screen iOS apps on the set-top box. The hack involves rewriting the Springboard iOS app launcher. So how does one use iOS apps on a large screen without multitouch support? In a demo, Steve Troughton-Smith shows how he uses VPN and SHH to control apps using a combination of the Apple remote, wireless keyboard and multitouch trackpad. The solution is somewhat clunky and the use of VPN slows it down, but it manages to get iPad and iPhone apps to display on bigger screens, often just as attractive and functional as they appear on smaller form factors. While the MobileX hack may not be something every Apple TV owner is going to have the stomach to tinker with, it may provide at least a partial glimpse into what Apple plans to do on television sets. Very little is confirmed, but rumors that began circulating a few years ago about an Apple-branded HDTV were all but verified by Steve Jobs himself in the late cofounder’s recent biography. Apple’s TV initiative is expected to go from hobby to big deal in 2012, with two different sizes rumored to be launching. In terms of its physical design, a sleek, clean form factor is a sure bet. But what about what appears on the screen? Apple is rumored to be working out content partnerships and the device will almost certainly hook into traditional cable subscriptions as well. How Would iOS and Apps Work on a TV Screen?In terms of its software and operating system, a big-screen version of iOS and its App Store may well be in the works, which will enable viewers to run media apps from everyone from Netflix and Hulu Plus to NBC and HBO Go, not to mention social networks and possibly even games. Of course, porting apps from iPhone and iPad to iTV will be even more of a dramatic shift than it was porting apps from iPhone to iPad. Since the device won’t be portable, that eliminates a whole breed of potential apps for it. For example, it’s conceivable that Apple’s TV will come with a built-in Web cam, but don’t expect it to be very useful for Instagramming. Games and other apps that use the accelerometer will also need to be re-imagined or scrapped all together. If a television-focused app marketplace is indeed part of the new offering, it won’t be the only feature worth touting. Recent rumors have included a built-in DVR, iCloud support and Siri-style voice control. At this point, there’s little more than speculation and rumors to go on. It’s more or less certain that Apple will be launching some kind of TV-related offering later this year, but exactly how they’ll tackle it – how they “cracked it,” as Jobs put it – remains to be seen. center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Apple#television#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more