To Control Proliferation of Arms, Defense Ministry, Small Arms Commission Sign MOU

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, both parties have recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-making, recordkeeping for tracing regime. In the MOU, the LiNCSA and the MOD/ Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) both members of the Peace, Justice, Security and Rule of Law Pillar recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-marking, recordkeeping and tracing regime. The parties also recognized the obligation of Liberia to adhere to Article 77 of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Treaty relating to sanctions applicable in cases where a member state fails to fulfill its obligation to the country. Another point is that the parties recognized the need to ensure full compliance of Article 9 of the Treaty to create a National Database and Registry of Small Arms and light weapons. At yesterday’s ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, Deputy and Acting Defense Ministers, Joseph F. Johnson signed on behalf of the Ministry, LiNSCSA Chairman; James M. Fromayan signed for the institution. The exercise, according to Mr. Fromayan, requires that state-owned arms such as the ones assigned to security personnel including the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are mark within the Mano River Basin.For his part, Minister Johnson expressed gratitude for the occasion, because it aims to uncover several would be hidden small arms around the country and at the same time, to curtail the proliferation of arms.  The signing ceremony was witnessed by top brass of the AFL headed by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Laptops a hit in Peru village

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFounded in 2005 by former MIT Media Lab director Nicholas Negroponte, the One Laptop program has retreated from early boasts that developing-world governments would snap up millions of the pint-size laptops at $100 each. In a backhanded tribute, One Laptop now faces homegrown competitors everywhere from Brazil to India – and a full-court press from Intel Corp.’s more power-hungry Classmate. But no competitor approaches the XO in innovation. It is hard drive-free, runs on the Linux operating system and stretches wireless networks with “mesh” technology that lets each computer in a village relay data to the others. Mass production began last month and Negroponte says he expects at least 1.5 million machines to be sold by next November. Even that would be far less than Negroponte originally envisioned. The higher-than-initially-advertised price and a lack of the Windows operating system, still being tested for the XO, have dissuaded many potential government buyers. Peru made the single biggest order to date – more than 272,000 machines – in its quest to turn around a primary education system that the World Economic Forum recently ranked last among 131 countries surveyed. Uruguay was the No. 2 buyers of the laptops, inking a contract for 100,000. ARAHUAY, Peru – Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago. These offspring of peasant families whose monthly earnings rarely exceed the cost of one of the $188 laptops – people who can ill afford pencil and paper much less books – can’t get enough of their “XO” laptops. At breakfast, they’re already powering up the combination library/videocam/audio recorder/music maker/drawing kits. At night, they’re dozing off in front of them – if they’ve managed to keep older siblings from taking over the coveted machines. “It’s really the kind of conditions that we designed for,” Walter Bender, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff, said of this agrarian backwater up a precarious dirt road. Negroponte said 150,000 more laptops will get shipped to countries including Rwanda, Mongolia, Haiti, and Afghanistan in early 2008 through “Give One, Get One,” a U.S.-based promotion ending Dec. 31 in which you buy a pair of laptops for $399 and donate one or both. The children of Arahuay prove One Laptop’s transformative conceit: that you can revolutionize education and democratize the Internet by giving a simple, durable, power-stingy but feature-packed laptop to the worlds’ poorest kids. “Some tell me that they don’t want to be like their parents, working in the fields,” first-grade teacher Erica Velasco says of her pupils. She had just sent them to the Internet to seek out photos of invertebrates – animals without backbones. Antony, 12, wants to become an accountant. Alex, 7, aspires to be a lawyer. Kevin, 9, wants to play trumpet. Saida, 10, is already a promising videographer, judging from her artful recording of the town’s recent Fiesta de la Virgen. “What they work with most is the (built-in) camera. They love to record,” says Maria Antonieta Mendoza, an Education Ministry psychologist studying the Arahuay pilot to devise strategies for the big rollout when the new school year begins in March. Before the laptops, the only cameras the kids at Santiago Apostol school saw in this population-800 hamlet arrived with tourists who visit for festivals or to see local Inca ruins. Arahuay’s lone industry is agriculture. Surrounding fields yield avocados, mangoes, potatoes, corn, alfalfa and cherimoya. Many adults share only weekends with their children, spending the work week in fields many hours’ walk from town and relying on charities to help keep their families nourished. When they finish school, young people tend to abandon the village. Peru’s head of educational technology, Oscar Becerra, is betting the One Laptop program can reverse this rural exodus to the squalor of Lima’s shantytowns four hours away. It’s the best answer yet to “a global crisis of education” in which curricula have no relevance, he said. “If we make education pertinent, something the student enjoys, then it won’t matter if the classroom’s walls are straw or the students are sitting on fruit boxes.” Indeed, Arahuay’s elementary school population rose by 10 when families learned the laptop pilot was coming, said Guillermo Lazo, the school’s director. The XOs that Peru is buying will be distributed to pupils in 9,000 elementary schools from the Pacific to the Amazon basin where a single teacher serves all grades, Becerra said. Although Peru boasts thousands of rural satellite downlinks that provide Internet access, only about 4,000 of the schools getting XOs will be connected. Negroponte says One Laptop is committed to helping Peru overcome that hurdle. Without Internet access, he believes, the program is incomplete. Teachers will get 2 days of training on the laptops, Becerra said. Each machine will initially be loaded with about 100 copyright-free books. Where applicable, texts in native languages will be included, he added. The machines will also have a chat function that will let kids make faraway friends over the Internet. The XO machines are water resistant, rugged and designed to last five years. They have no fan so they won’t suck up dust, are built to withstand drops from a meter and a half and can absorb power spikes typical of places with irregular electricity.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

Wolves vs Chelsea: Confirmed team news as Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts

first_img ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Maurizio Sarri’s side returned to winning ways after a dreadful showing against Spurs no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday night hoping to close the gap at the top of the Premier League table.The Blues recovered from their defeat by Tottenham last weekend to overcome local rivals Fulham and return to winning ways on Sunday afternoon. REVEALED REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 They moved back up to third in the table, and a trip to out-of-form Wolves presents the perfect opportunity to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool.The Molineux club enjoyed a great start to the season, but back-to-back defeats to Huddersfield and Cardiff have made it just one point from their previous six matchesQuestions have started to be raised about Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves manager, and he will hope for a midweek win to ease the pressure. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Football Newscenter_img RANKED MONEY shining huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars What the managers are sayingNuno Espirito Santo (Wolves): “A team is like a player, it has ups and downs.“I have nothing to say in terms of hard work, in terms of how we stick together as a team, but individually we have to raise it.”Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea):  “I expect a very difficult match because they are a very technical team.“They have a lot of players who are very technical. So they were unlucky in the last few matches, I think, but it’s not really very easy to play there.”Confirmed team news Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Here’s how Wolves line-up for tonight’s @premierleague clash against @ChelseaFC. #WOLCHE 📋🐺 pic.twitter.com/145kUYBHAF— Wolves (@Wolves) December 5, 2018 Team news is in and Maurizio Sarri has made five changes!#WOLCHE pic.twitter.com/FKDwqwvqNa— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2018last_img read more

East Kilbride 0-2 Celtic: Hoops unconvincing in seeing off minnows

first_imgIt was the end of the road for the part-timers who had beaten Forres Mechanics, Stenhousemuir and Lothian Thistle, while Celtic go into the draw for the last eight which takes place at Hampden Park on Monday evening.Celtic fans were pleased to see the return of fit-again Charlie Mulgrew for the first time since the Europa League clash with Ajax in November.Logan Bailly replaced Craig Gordon in goal, with Efe Ambrose and James Forrest returning and Kazim-Richards starting after coming on as substitute against Aberdeen.Unsurprisingly, the Parkhead side dominated. Celtic eased their way into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup as expected with a 2-0 win over Lowland League side East Kilbride at Airdrie’s Excelsior stadium.Back-to-back defeats against Ross County in the League Cup semi-final and Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership had piled pressure on boss Ronnie Deila.In reality there was no prospect of a shock here, although the Hoops fans booed off their team off at the interval as they led only by striker Leigh Griffiths’ 20th-minute opener, his 29th goal of the season.Deila and the Celtic supporters were able to relax after new striker Colin Kazim-Richards, making his first start, added a second in the 51st minute with his first Hoops goal and the Scottish champions ran out easy winners. There was some desperate defending from East Kilbride early on, with goalkeeper Matt McGinley making a good save from defender Erik Sviatchenko’s powerful drive after Mulgrew had headed wide from a Gary Mackay-Steven corner.It was from another corner that the Hoops took the lead.Mackay-Steven’s cross from the right was met by the head of defender Dedryck Boyata, with the ball coming off Griffiths a yard from goal before ending up in the net.If the Hoops fans expected the floodgates to open they were disappointed, although McGinley made fine saves from Forrest’s long-range drive and Mackay-Steven’s shot from 16 yards, after good work down the left from left-back Kieran Tierney.The Celtic fans were looking for more in the second half and there was a positive start when, after Griffiths’s over-head kick was blocked on the line, Kazim-Richards pounced to force the ball over.East Kilbride’s resistance was weakening, but they remained resolute.Defender Craig Howie sent the ball against his own post as he made a clearance before Griffiths went close with another effort from yet another Celtic corner.It was one-way traffic towards McGinley’s goal, although Bailly did make one comfortable save from Jack Smith in the 71st minute following a rare East Kilbride break.Celtic continued to push for a third, with skipper Scott Brown curling a shot from 20 yards off the outside of a post, but the match petered out, with East Kilbride taking the applause from their fans after the final whistle signalled their exit, the Hoops supporters appearing less impressed with their side’s display.last_img read more

Hughes would be huge loss for ICT and could be Celtic boss says Collins

first_imgFormer Celtic assistant John Collins says John Hughes would be a huge loss to Inverness CT, believing his former colleague is good enough to manage the Scottish champions.Hughes’ future is in doubt with the manager at odds with the club’s board over his player budget.The former Falkirk and Hibernian boss, who led the club to third place and Scottish Cup glory in 2014/15, has been at loggerheads with the Highlanders’ hierarchy in recent times over cash for new players.With no end to the dispute in sight, Hughes’ position appears in real doubt. After working together at Livingston, Collins – who recently departed Glasgow’s east end along with Ronny Deila – says Hughes is talented enough to take the Celtic Park vacancy. He said: “The first thing I will say is John Hughes has done an unbelievable job at Inverness. He took on a team that was a long ball team, played no football and he very quickly moulded them into a total football team.“They got to the League Cup final in his first season and lost on penalty kicks against Aberdeen. In the second season they beat us [Celtic] in the semi-final and won the Scottish Cup on top of that he has sold players and made players better.“How his name hasn’t been mentioned for the Celtic job I don’t know. What he has done with average players, no support, no training ground, no sports science, no video analysis is incredible. If Inverness lose John Hughes then it will be a huge loss to them.“Do you make players better? Do you make teams better? Do you play a brand of football that is entertaining? John Hughes ticks all those boxes. “He did us a great favour by beating Aberdeen twice and drawing with them at important moments in the season. He’s proved he can make teams better. His team’s play entertaining football with no money, no supporters so why not?”Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers held further talks with Celtic on Tuesday and while the Parkhead side will talk to other candidates, Collins feels the Northern Irishman would be a great choice for the role.He added: “Brendan would be a brilliant choice, I like him a lot. I enjoy watching his teams play football and I enjoy listening to him so I think he’d be a terrific choice. There’s lots of others in the mix.”last_img read more

Melvin Gaels go top as Mohill draw with Glencar/Manorhamilton

first_imgMelvin Gaels have gone top of the Leitrim Senior League.A 1-10 to 1-8 defeat of county champions Aughawillan in Kinlough last night was enough to see them overtake Mohill.The reigning league champions played out an entertaining 15 points apiece draw with third-placed Glencar/Manorhamilton last night, in what was the first competitive game played at the new pitch at Boggaun in Manorhamilton.Elsewhere, Drumkeerin and Dromahair lost to Aughnasheelin and Gortlettragh respectively; St Mary’s beat Ballinamore; and Fenagh/St Caillin’s won the battle of the bottom two against Allen Gaels.In Division Two leaders Ballinaglera beat Annaduff to go three points clear at the top.Cloone have gone second after their defeat of Aughavas, while Drumreilly have climbed to fifth thanks to their defeat of Carrgallen.last_img read more

Jackson County Releases 2017-18 Visitor Guide

first_imgThe new Jackson County Visitor Guide for 2017-18 is on stands across the county and state, and features new hikes, waterfalls to explore, arts & culture and things to do that both tourists and residents will enjoy. The guide is produced by the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, is available at no charge and can be picked up at visitor centers and select local businesses.The Visitor Guide showcases Jackson County’s rural, scenic and welcoming mountain communities of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire.The expanded 72-page, color guide with foldout maps is “full of information on restaurants and dining, accommodations, and things to do in the mountains,” JCTDA Executive Director Nick Breedlove said. “This year’s guide is 20-percent larger than last year and contains much more content,” he added.“Visitors to the area love to reference the foldout hiking and waterfall map to navigate our scenic trails,” said Breedlove. “In addition, we have a foldout for the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and information on Jackson County’s designation as NC Trout Capital.” Jackson County is home to the nation’s first-and-only fly fishing trail. With over 4,600 miles of pristine trout waters, Jackson County is a fisherman’s paradise.The “Things to Do” section of the guide contains six pages of helpful tips highlighting arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, shopping and adventures to experience while visiting our county. When asked, “What’s there to do in Jackson County?’, this list will be something one can hand to family or friends from out-of-town, and they’ll find more than a weekend’s worth of activities,” said Breedlove.The following additions and information are new in this year’s guide:Total Solar Eclipse- Being in the path of totality, Jackson County is a prime viewing location for the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon on August 21, 2017. The guide provides visitors with information on the events planned around this spectacular event.“On the Silver Screen” – This section details the recent filming of Three Billboards and Dirty Dancing, both of which will air this year. Details on where visitors can go to see scenes directly from the films and details on what makes Jackson County’s picturesque towns such a hot spot for film crews are all included.Ale Trail- With a fourth craft brewery opening this summer on Main Street, Jackson County’s Ale Trail has expanded to four breweries in a walkable one mile stretch. Information about the Ale Trail and each brewery appears in this year’s new guide.Also, a feature not to miss includes a list and description of Jackson County’s greatest natural assets, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Panthertown Valley, often called the “Yosemite of the East,” encompassing some 6,295 acres of wilderness.The JCTDA is continuing its focus on environmental stewardship by promoting the “Leave No Trace Seven Principles.” The LNT principles support sustainable tourism and preserving natural resources for years to come.“People are discovering what’s so special about Jackson County, and they’re planning trips up from the city to get away for the weekend,” Breedlove said, citing increasing tourism expenditures.“We’re just over two and a half hours from Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville and many other areas,” he said, making it perfect for a trip to the mountains. “We offer a wide array of hotels, resorts, vacation rentals and cabins for travelers; pair that with Jackson County’s craft breweries, farm-to-table culinary scene alongside all our outdoor activities, and it makes for a perfect weekend getaway.”In 2015, tourists spent $175 million in Jackson County, an increase of almost three percent over 2014. “We expect even more visitors this year,” Breedlove said.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: August 3, 2018

first_imgWatch: Armed guard shoplift with helpThe armed security guard who was caught on camera stealing $3,000 worth of electronics from a local Walmart in a cooler has been arrested. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Florida says Jamaal Montague, 27, was arrested Tuesday after numerous tips on their social media post. He has been charged with grand theft, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and dealing in stolen property.Deputies say the man loaded up a several coolers with $3,000 worth of electronics while inside the store. He then pushed the cart out through the garden center, pushed it up against a gate, and jumped the gate. On the other side of the gate, the guard’s accomplice helped him get the stuffed coolers over the fence. If you know the security guard or have any information, you are asked to call Detective Kevin Tim at 850.606.3300, or to remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward, please call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850.574-TIPS (8477).    [Source: WTXL27 News]Shoplifting suspect assaults two people; Hides In cornfieldMitchell Police arrested a shoplifting suspect who allegedly assaulted two people, and then hid in an Iowa cornfield Friday. Authorities say 32-year-old Victor McKittrick, Jr, pushed an employee to the ground while leaving a store with unpaid merchandise. Police say McKittrick then assaulted another victim and stole his side-by-side utility vehicle. McKittrick later abandoned the vehicle and ran into a cornfield to hide. McKittrick was arrested and is being charged with second-degree theft and simple assault.   [Source: Keloland News]- Sponsor – Five-Finger Discount: A look at Pennsylvania’s three strikes law for retail theftOn May 5, 2016, Robert Rice, a 28-year-old man from Trout Run, Pennsylvania, entered a Turkey Hill convenience store on South Market Street in Upper Allen Township and picked up some merchandise, according to Upper Allen Township Police. Police said Rice then left the store without paying for the items, which according to court records show cost a little more than $30.Typically, a retail theft involving the loss of $30 in merchandise would constitute a summary offense, similar to a traffic citation. However, Rice was charged with felony retail theft and sentenced to a maximum 12 months in Cumberland County Prison. Rice had two previous convictions for retail theft, triggering Pennsylvania’s three strikes law. The law states that all third or subsequent convictions for retail theft are to be graded as third degree felonies regardless of the value of the items stolen.His $30 retail theft also wound up costing him nearly $1,300 in fines and fees, including a $300 booking center fee, a $190 “plea fee” — which is a fee imposed on defendants for pleading guilty — $250 for the state DNA detection fund, $10 for domestic violence compensation, $5 for the firearms education and training fund. His crime did not involve a firearm or an act of domestic violence.In Pennsylvania, retail theft can be graded anywhere from a summary offense all the way up to a felony depending on the value of the items stolen and the number of prior convictions the defendant has. A first offense where the value of the items stolen is less than $150 is graded as a summary, which is the same grading as things like a speeding ticket. Retail theft can be a misdemeanor if it is a second offense or the value of the goods stolen is $150 or more, according to state law. Third or subsequent offenses, theft of a gun or a motor vehicle or where the value of items stolen exceeds $1,000 are all graded as a third degree felony. Other crimes that are graded as a third degree felony are involuntary manslaughter, institutional sexual assault and carrying a firearm without a license. In Rice’s case, if he had stolen all of the merchandise from all three of his retail theft cases, he would have faced just a summary offense. Court records show that the value of the items he stole totaled a little more than $100…   [Source: The Sentinel]Biting, shoplifting suspect arrestedA Connecticut woman faces charges for seriously biting a pharmacy employee who was trying to detain her for shoplifting. Marissa Chevalier, 20, of Enfield, tried to shoplift more than $200 worth of batteries from the Walgreens on Washington Street, police said. The incident happened on Tuesday around 7:40 a.m. When officers arrived, they met with the employee who had detained Chevalier.The employee told officers that Chevalier bit the employee and punctured the skin. Other employees had to aid in detaining Chevalier. She was taken into custody without further incident when officers arrived. Chevalier was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and sixth-degree larceny.The Walgreens employee had to be transported by an ambulance to Hartford Hospital’s emergency room for treatment for the bite.   [Source: WFSB3 Eyewitness News]WATCH: Thieves carry 50-inch TV … on a motorcycleAuthorities in Texas said two men who stole a 50-inch TV from a home fled with the stolen device on a motorcycle. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office said security camera footage shows the two men arrive at a Manvel home on a motorcycle and take a TV that had been screwed into a cabinet on the back patio. The men then fled on the motorcycle with the television sandwiched between them. Multiple witnesses snapped photos of the unusual sight and police said deputies followed the motorcycle for a time, but lost track of the suspects.  [Source: UPI]Retail fraud volume and cost increase sharply year-on-yearLexisNexis® Risk Solutions released its comprehensive 2018 True Cost of Fraud report, for the retail sector. Findings show fraud is escalating at an unprecedented pace in an industry already operating on very thin margins. The LexisNexis Fraud Multiplier, which measures the cost for each dollar of fraud loss, found that this year, every dollar of fraud cost merchants $2.94, up from $2.77 a year ago, a 6 percent increase. The report also found the volume of successful and thwarted fraudulent attempts rising steeply at the companies surveyed—from a monthly average of 238 to 306 successful fraudulent transactions, year-on-year, and from 257 to 313 prevented fraudulent transactions.Mobile commerce continues to be the sector most susceptible to fraud, particularly with identity fraud. Mid- to large-size mobile commerce merchants that sell digital goods see 39 percent of the fraud losses from identity theft, including synthetic identities. Though these merchants appear to have shown signs of investing in fraud prevention solutions in the past year, many still struggle with identity fraud. This is likely due to the types of solutions that these merchants are implementing.“The hotly competitive retail landscape means merchants must meet customer expectations for convenience and continually drive business growth,” said Kimberly Sutherland, senior director, fraud and identity management strategy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “However, these key drivers also have increased risk for identity-related fraud, especially with the rise of synthetic identities and the volume of botnet orders. Therefore, it’s crucial for retailers to not just invest in a large number of fraud prevention solutions, but the right combination and layering of the solutions to defend against different threats. Retailers are beginning to demand solutions that combine physical identity data with digital identity data so that they have 360 degree view to know if the person they are doing business with really is that person.”Other findings of the report include: • Digital goods merchants who layer core, identity and fraud transaction solutions have lower fraud costs ($2.88 for every $1 of fraud) than those that use only a limited set of core solutions (up to $3.61 per $1 of fraud).• The LexisNexis Fraud Multiplier has risen most sharply, year-on-year, among those selling digital goods through the mobile channel. For every $1 of fraud, mid- to large-mobile commerce merchants selling digital goods are hit with an average cost of $3.29, as opposed to their physical goods-only counterparts at $2.78.“Retailers are more likely to be tracking where they’ve successfully thwarted fraud rather than also tracking where they’ve been able to prevent it from occurring. This approach lessens the overall effectiveness of preventing fraud, given that fraudsters are adept at testing for areas that are less of a focus by merchants, and change their attack points accordingly,” added Sutherland.    [Source: PR Newswire] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

The Movement to “Save Google Wave”

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing#saas Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The news of Google Wave’s demise caught many of us by surprise. The service had been available for only about a year. It had just joined Google Apps. Google maintained that they had not seen strong adoption. This may be true but it did have a core community that is none too pleased about Google’s decision.So much so that a group has created “Save Google Wave,” a website dedicated to keeping Google Wave from being shuttered. The site provides different ways for people to express their support for Google Wave. As of this evening more than 19,400 people have given a “thumbs up,” for saving the service. The Twitter account has 360 followers. More than 250 people have retweeted the site and 70 have given it a Digg.Oh yes, and you can buy a t-shirt or a button. We’re not sure what that is for except perhaps to give the developers a bit for the work they are doing to raise awareness. It would help if they provided a disclaimer of some sort. These are not huge numbers. But more illuminating are the emails in support of Google Wave. These include those from a physicist, a student collaborating on a novel with his girlfriend and a software developer.“I am a technology student and have been working on a fiction novel for past few months. I collaborate with my girlfriend for the story who lives across the world. Google wave gives us a great way to Add, edit, argue, change, disagree and elaborate on the story all at once in real time. I see no other tool can provide that in present date. I love it. It’s a bit ahead of time product for sure, I think it should be worth waiting for people to come up with ways to use it in time. “Save Google Wave shows the effect that a large company like Google can have. To its credit, Google is releasing much of the technology to the open-source community. Unfortunately, many of the supporters may not be technically oriented to develop a service from open-source components. But perhaps their numbers will be strong enough to make Google at least think a bit more about the impact it has when a service is shuttered. alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Tapjoy Grabs Former Sony SVP As Its Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgTags:#mobile#Mobile Ads#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Mobile advertising and marketing company Tapjoy has added a big chip to its company. The company announced today that it has hired former Sony senior vice president of marketing and PlayStation Network development Peter Dillie to be its chief marketing officer. Grabbing an executive of Dillie’s stature is a big win for Tapjoy and a sign of the company’s maturation. Tapjoy’s network spans over 10,000 mobile applications that has around 250 million users on iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems. As Tapjoy looks to expand to Europe and Asia, Dillie will be instrumental in helping the company acquire more users, more developers and advertisers.“This is just a red hot market,” Dillie told ReadWriteMobile. “I think as far as size, it is a small company where I can really step in and make an impact.”Dillie left Sony in March, well before the hacking scandal where the PlayStation Network exposed the personal information of 70 million users to malicious hackers. He took the summer to spend time with his family including taking his son on tours of colleges. “Once you take a step back you can assess what kind of company you want to work for,” Dillie said. “There is a real close parallel (between Sony and Tapjoy) from a CRM and ARPU perspective.”Tapjoy plans on enhancing its product line to further help developers monetize their apps. That will include a video product that he describes, “will be on everyone’s go-to list when bringing and app to market.”“Peter has proven operating chops in the interactive entertainment industry and we are absolutely thrilled to bring Peter’s depth of experience to the Tapjoy team as we continue our rapid expansion,” said Mihir Shah, president and CEO of Tapjoy.Dillie’s hiring shows that Tapjoy, which has had a couple run-ins with Apple over the course of its short history over app store regulations, has turned a corner to become a mature startup. Its revenue is healthy and it has made developer partnerships in the last several months that should ensure its viability as a marketing platform. Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more