first_imgScotland manager Alex McLeish admits he fears losing some of the rhythm of their recent triumphs after Kieran Tierney became the latest player to pull out of their Euro 2020 opener.But McLeish hopes the much-criticised trip to Peru and Mexico last summer will pay dividends for Thursday’s contest in Kazakhstan.Tierney failed to overcome the fitness issue which affected him during Celtic’s win over Dundee on Sunday and looks set to be replaced by Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie in the Astana Arena.The 21-year-old was missing with a pelvic injury when Scotland overcame nine call-offs to beat Albania and Israel in November but he was the natural replacement for Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson, who missed the team flight after being told to undergo dental surgery.McLeish is missing six of the players who started in both of the games which ensured Scotland topped their Nations League group, with Allan McGregor retired from international football, Callum Paterson and Ryan Fraser both ruled out because of the artificial surface, and Steven Fletcher and Ryan Christie injured.The Scotland manager said: “Kieran has been ruled out of this game. We did a medical on him and he had a scan and he can’t be risked at this stage.“It is disappointing to lose my captain Andy Robertson and also Kieran. It’s really bad luck because they are two fantastic players.“But we are lucky to have a player of Graeme Shinnie’s quality, who can slot in in different positions. I don’t want to give you my team at this moment but he is certainly a candidate.”McLeish added: “We want to try and get a little bit of familiarity in the set-up every time we name the squad. If you keep changing the team then you lose a little bit of rhythm.“It doesn’t matter how good the players are that you bring in, if you get victories together and a set of players who know each other inside out then they get that momentum together, then that’s really important in any tournament, especially in these games coming up.“Obviously there’s a few players missing from the last two games. Tierney, to be fair, didn’t play those games.“But this is where the bigger squad comes into play and the fact we played games in Central America and South America last summer has helped us to get a good assessment on a lot of the other players that can be at Scotland’s disposal.“We don’t want to keep changing the team every single international but I’m afraid it happens to all international teams. At this stage of the season players have played a long season and some are picking up injuries and also fatigue sets in at this part of the domestic football season.”McLeish, who expects Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna to overcome a thigh strain, has selected Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor as his skipper in the absence of Robertson, who will join up with the squad in Italy on Friday ahead of Sunday’s game against San Marino.“Over the past few years Callum has shown tremendous ability on the field but also he is a very good ambassador of football on and off the pitch,” McLeish said. “An unfussy player, nothing seems to bother him.“He is a great example to the rest of the squad in his professionalism and I believe the players will respond to Callum being the skipper for this one.“He was delighted. It’s a great honour for any payer to play for their country but to be captain at some stage in your international career is a phenomenal honour.“Callum will take it in his stride. He’s the type of captain who is not a snarling, biting captain, he’s one who will encourage the players and try and get the very best out his team-mates as well as doing his own job well.”last_img read more


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A typical working day for Lakhi and Quarmy now begins at 4:30 a.m. with vigorous running, exercising and training drills. “This keeps the dog on its feet, disciplined and further enhancing her skills,” Lakhi says. To teach her to sniff out contraband, the trainer has Quarmy fetch balls containing small bits of rhino horn, tiger skin and other wildlife parts, familiarizing her with the scent. After that, a game of hide-and-seek with Lakhi keeps her tracking skills sharp. “A search, no matter how short or long, is a big game for her,” says Lakhi, patting her.Sundays are leisure time for Quarmy, when she enjoys elaborate grooming or even learns how to “drive” a car — Lakhi says Quarmy loves to sit in the driver’s seat and play with the steering wheel.  “She enjoys being the center of attention while learning to drive,” he says.The Malinois K9 squad prepares for duty with a similarly rigorous blend of play and training. Sanatan Mali, Zubi’s trainer, says the young female becomes absolutely focused once she’s put into her harness for work or training. This morning, Zubi is engaged in a tracking exercise, hunting a hidden staff member after being given a sniff of his shoe.Even young dogs like Zubi can be intimidating as they zero in on a target, but Sanatan says the dogs are trained to stop the moment a suspect is located. They are never let loose or allowed to injure or bite people, he says — a bit of training Zubi demonstrates when she locates the trainer posing as a poacher.The K9 pups squad puppies and their handlers get lessons from German instructors. Image courtesy of Aaranyak.In addition to rounding up the poachers, the dogs also help strengthen the ensuing investigations by tracking down evidence, says Rohini Ballav Saikia, the divisional forest officer at Kaziranga. Though the forest department is often able to make arrests after poaching incidents, conviction rates are as low as 5 percent, according to Rahul Dutta of the International Rhino Foundation. Lack of evidence remains one of the biggest problems for the department, and Saikia said he was hopeful that the dogs could be helpful here, by tracking down not just suspected poachers, but also weapons or pieces of horn that can definitively link them to a crime.Just as important, though, is the deterrent effect, Saikia says: “Poachers be aware and stay away, we are here to track you down!”After working hard all week, Quarmy enjoys “driving” on her day off. Image courtesy of the Assam Forest Department.Banner image: Canine officer Zorba from Aaranyak’s K9 squad on duty during a search operation in Kaziranga National Park. Image courtesy of Aaranyak.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Correction: this story was updated July 2 to correct the spelling of wildlife NGO Aaranyak. Quarmy at tracking practice with her handler. Image courtesy of the Assam Forest Department. Article published by Isabel Esterman Animals, Archive, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Featured, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, One-horned Rhinos, Poaching, Rhinos, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Since 2011, two dog squads have been deployed to help protect the greater one-horned rhinos of India’s Assam state.Together, the squads are credited with assisting in more than 46 arrests.Both the dogs and their handlers go through intensive training to develop and maintain their skills and the crucial bond that allows them to work as a team. ASSAM STATE, India: It’s 5 a.m. and Officer Zorba is reporting for duty at Kaziranga National Park, the global stronghold of the one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) and the epicenter of a fierce battle to keep poaching at bay. The breeze riffling through his short, coarse hair, Zorba prepares for training: a brief run followed by tracking drills.Suddenly, a shoe is thrown at him. In a flash, the Belgian Malinois, part of a K9 squad supported by local NGO Aaranyak, takes a sniff and begins to hunt for a decoy poacher hiding behind a tree. Zorba quickly finds him and gives chase until he is pulled up by instructions from his handler, Goura Baidya.Zorba and his handlers on a tracking drill. Image by Moushumi Basu for Mongabay.Deployed in Kaziranga in 2011, Zorba was the first dog used for anti-poaching operations in Assam state. His arrival was met with high expectations — expectations conservationists say he has more than met.“He has amazing success stories, leading to the arrests of nearly 30 poachers in 18 successful operations so far,” says Bibhab Talukdar, CEO of Aaranyak and chair of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group. This, he says, is the best record so far for a sniffer dog in Assam.“Once set tracking, after made to sniff a scent, he is simply unstoppable, no matter what comes his way,” Baidya says. The handler, a stocky, athletic man in his mid-20s, is effusive when it comes to the achievements of his “comrade.” He’s eager to recount the time when Zorba fished a camera trap out of a pond, leading to the recovery of images of poachers in action, key evidence that led to their arrest. Or another event, when the dog picked up a blood trail left by an injured poacher and followed it for nearly 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) until he was located.Buoyed by Zorba’s success, Aaranyak now has two other dogs in the field as part of its K9 squad:  4-year-old Bubbly and 19-month-old Zubi, both female Malinois — and another three pups in training. The dogs are raised, nurtured and trained by Aaranyak, with support from the U.K.-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and Germany’s Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU).Quarmy, part of the Super Sniffer squad, and her handlers with a rhino horn the dog helped to recover. Image courtesy of the Assam Forest Department.Since 2012, the K9 squad has helped forest officials track down and arrest more than 40 poaching suspects around Kaziranga, Talukdar says. The dogs have also helped recover arms and ammunition and other vital pieces of evidence.In a complementary effort, two German shepherds belong to the Super Sniffers, which are trained under the aegis of TRAFFIC India, part of the global wildlife trade and monitoring network. Four-year-old Kareena began patrolling in Assam in 2014, and was joined by 19-month-old female Quarmy in 2017.Quarmy is presently stationed in Kaziranga, while Kareena is with the Assam Forest Protection Force and is deployed in joint anti-poaching operations conducted with the forest department and state police. Over the course of a dozen operations so far, Kareena has helped nab five poachers, according to her handler, Jitu Gogoi. Meanwhile, Quarmy thwarted a poaching attempt within her first week of deployment in the northern range of Kaziranga National Park: she successfully sniffed out both a silencer-fitted firearm and a suspected poacher.K9-squad member Bubbly arrives for her field duty. Image courtesy of AaranyakBred for the jobBoth dog breeds have their proponents. The short-haired Malinois hold up well in India’s weather and don’t attract too many ticks and parasites, says Kaushik Baruah, head of Aaranyak’s dog-training program. “They are lighter, smaller in build than German shepherds and are less noisy; yet very tough, active and can continue to work for hours even in the hot and humid Indian climate.” The breed, used as military dogs in the United States, India and Europe, also has a strong sense of drive, Baruah says: “They can sniff, track, detect and attack.”TRAFFIC India, however, prizes German shepherds for their versatility. “German shepherds are amazing all-rounders,” says Amar Nath Choudhary, from the organization’s dog-training squad. “They can be trained to take various instructions on multipurpose activities and used for guarding, tracking wildlife crimes besides catching poachers.”Regardless of the differences, the forest department says it’s pleased with the contributions of the dog squads. Pradipto Barua, divisional forest officer at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, says sniffer dogs have helped authorities track down suspects in roughly 60 percent of recent rhino poaching cases in the state. In a 2014 report, former Kaziranga field director M.K. Yadov also sang the dogs’ praises, saying their introduction was an innovative step that helped modernize wildlife crime investigations in the park. Poachers could be tracked, he wrote, “based on just a piece of cloth found at crime scene.”Quarmy’s handler shows a sketch of his canine partner. Image by Moushumi Basu for Mongabay.Developing these skills doesn’t come easy. It takes long and rigorous training of both the dogs and their handlers.“The rapport between the dogs and their handlers is … crucial in getting the best out of the squad,” says Talukdar of Aaranyak. The dogs are trained to only take instructions from their handlers —or, in case of emergencies, Aaranyak’s in-house dog trainer — so there has to be perfect understanding and coordination between the two, he says.“Our handlers are not just regular employees, but they are recruited on the basis of their long-standing commitment and dedication. Only then, the dog can be kept motivated and healthy, enabling us to reap the best dividends from their invaluable partnership. Their job is thus not easy and there has to be a tenacity to learn and excel,” Talukdar says.Baidya, Zorba’s handler, says their relationship got off to a rocky start: “He got me nervous and even bit me.” Since then, it has evolved. “Soon we were best of friends, being together all the time — eating, sleeping, working together. Today it is hard to stay away from each other,” he says.For TRAFFIC India’s Super Sniffers, training lasts nine months. It begins with a month of bonding with handlers when the pups are between 8 and 12 weeks old. Lakhinandan “Lakhi” Baruah, Quarmy’s handler, says he had little experience with dogs before he began the program. “I was both excited and scared, as I had never stepped that close to a dog,” he recalls of their first meeting in April 2017, when Quarmy was about 5 months old and greeted him with a flying leap. The pair now have an unmistakable bond.center_img Quarmy at tracking practice with her handler. Image courtesy of the Assam Forest Department. Quarmy at tracking practice with her handler. Image courtesy of the Assam Forest Department. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

first_imgThe Regional Program Officer of the Right To Play (RTP) based in Accra, Ghana has described education as the single most important investment that any nation can make for the wellbeing of its citizens.George Boakye-Yiadom noted that “education is a catalyst for sustainable change” and helps to stimulate economic growth, improve maternal, newborn and child health.He also observed that education deepens the foundation for good governance, stability and democracy and empowers women and girls.Boakye -Yiadom made the statements last Thursday at a one-day national consultation with officials of the Ministry of Education and partners for the RTP for the Advancement of Quality Education (PAQE) held in Monrovia.The program sought to address the educational needs of over two million vulnerable and marginalized children and youth.He indicated that the PAQE Program is a two-year pilot quality education program that is expected to kick off in October in eight countries – Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Pakistan.He explained that the purpose of the consultations is to provide the platform for partners to contribute to the development of a robust and realistic program implementation plan for PAQE.In remarks, Assistant Education Minister Felicia Doe- Somah expressed gratitude that Liberia has been selected to participate in the two-year pilot PAQE program to buttress government’s efforts to improve Liberia’s educational sector.Minister Doe-Somah said the Education Ministry will collaborate with RTP Liberia to successfully implement the program to enhance the learning capacity of Liberian children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Western Stima head coach Henry Omino when being named the Fidelity Insuarance Coach of the Month for July.KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 9 – Western Stima head coach Henry Omino has been voted the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the month for July.The veteran coach steered his side for a bullish run that saw his side storm into the top five of Kenyan Premier League standings. Drawn alongside other remarkably performing coaches over that period, Omino amassed 17 points to become the fifth recipient of the monthly gong.Francis Kimanzi, Ivan Minnaert, Zedekiah Otieno and Salim Babu won the preceding four awards following its inception in February.The July vote drew Omino against Chemelil Sugar’s Francis Baraza and Mike Mururi of Kakamega Homeboyz after James Nandwa of Thika failed to make the shortlist.Omino however, garnered six points more than Mururi with Baraza finishing third on eight points.Western Stima stayed unbeaten in July and collected eight points from their four league matches same as Homeboyz.Omino’s side, despite losing their erstwhile target man Baron Oketch in the June transfer window, beat bottom placed Sofapaka and off-color Mathare United then drew stubborn Posta Rangers and a reinvigorated Thika United to round their points tally to eight.The veteran is now focused on lifting the title as top placed sides dither with nine matches left to the close of season.“Our target was to finish in the top five and we are happy to be right about there although the season is not due. A lot can still change but we want to stay positive and mount a title challenge.” Said the elated coach“The difference between us and top teams is not that big and if they continue dropping points we can catch up and steal the title. Nobody is thinking of us as title favourites but any team can win it this year. After the midseason we have emerged strongly and look to keep the tempo in the remaining matches so that we finish at the highest position that we can.” He addedThe tactician whose stay in the top tier can only be rivaled by Ulinzi Stars’ Robert Matano believes he can build an unbeatable side if he had resources similar to some of his contemporaries.“Our recruitment policy and budget restricts us to young and upcoming players who we cannot hold onto after they are developed but if the playing field was fair, Stima could have an unbeatable side.” He concluded.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is going to be hosting some special guests at its monthly Business After Five at Whole Wheat and Honey on Wednesday evening.The Chamber says that members of the Energy and Environment Research Initiative will be making a presentation about the Initiative`s ongoing research into the effects of oil and gas development on groundwater in the Peace Region. The Initiative is a team of researchers from UBC, SFU, and U of C, who are currently conducting the research with scientists from the BC Oil and Gas Commission and Geoscience BC.The EERI is currently studying the effects of fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas wells, what its origins are; what, if any, effects it has on groundwater; and whether any methane present in regional groundwater is related to oil and gas activities. The team is looking to install a groundwater monitoring network in the Peace Region and is wanting to get feedback from residents on where the fire 8-10 wells should be located. The team will also be answering questions, concerns, and suggestions from members of the public.- Advertisement -The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Whole Wheat and Honey Café, and is open to the public. Anyone wanting to attend is asked to register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-after-five-hosted-by-ubc-tickets-46242740281last_img

first_img Brighton star Anthony Knockaert and Leeds striker Chris Wood have been two of the Championship’s outstanding players this season 1 Promoted Brighton and Hove Albion have four players included in this season’s PFA Championship Team of the Year.French midfielder Anthony Knockaert, already named Championship Player of the Year, is joined by goalkeeper David Stockdale and defenders Bruno and Lewis Dunk for the Seagulls, who celebrated promotion to the Premier League for the first time on Monday.Brighton’s title rivals Newcastle have three stars in the line-up, with midfeidler Jonjo Shelvey, defender Jamaal Lascelles and striker Dwight Gayle all included.Meanwhile, on-fire Leeds striker Chris Wood – the league’s top scorer with 25 goals – is named up front.Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield and Fulham duo Tom Cairney and 16-year-old full-back Ryan Sessegnon complete the side.PFA Championship Team of the Year IN FULL:Goalkeeper: David Stockdale (Brighton)Defender: Bruno Saltor (Brighton)Defender: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)Defender: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)Defender: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)Midfielder: Tom Cairney (Fulham)Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)Midfielder: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)Midfielder: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)Forward: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle)Forward: Chris Wood (Leeds)last_img read more

first_img1 Riyad Mahrez is back in the Leicester team to play Man City – the club he wanted to join in January Riyad Mahrez has been named on the bench for Leicester’s Premier League clash at Manchester City on Saturday.The Algeria forward returned to training on Friday and declared himself available after more than a week in self-imposed exile following the collapse of a move to City.Premier League leaders City enquired about Mahrez’s availability on transfer deadline day last month but would not meet Leicester’s £95million valuation, refusing to pay more than £60million.Foxes manager Claude Puel ruled Mahrez out of the game on Thursday with the player, at that point, still not having returned to training.Developments since have changed the picture, however, with Leicester now appearing to welcome Mahrez back into the fold.Mahrez submitted a transfer request last summer and reissued it in January in an attempt to force a move but he stated on Friday he will “continue to give his all” for Leicester.last_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. Note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Product Reviews This week’s Web Product of the Week is Iceberg, which Phil Butler profiled for Read/WriteWeb. Iceberg is a private beta startup that provides a Web based platform for building, sharing and selling powerful business applications, without the need to do coding. Phil called it “potentially a powerful service for business and personal applications”. This week Alex Iskold wrote about Wine.com’s new RSS-based API. Until recently, Alex wrote, Wine.com was just a basic wine catalog. It was well designed and easy to navigate, but it was definitely a web 1.0 kind of site. Not only did Wine.com open up its catalog, the company did it with elegance worthy of modern APIs like del.icio.us and Flickr. The API is implemented via RSS, where each query returns a feed. Josh Catone checked out Operator11, a new entry into the growing field of live online video companies. It touts itself as an online television network that offers anyone the chance to host their own live television show. Where Operator11 differs from its competitors is that its software allows viewers to actually become guests on the show and participate in more than just text or voice chat.Other startups we profiled this weekPostful: Email Meets Snail MailTangler Launches Embedded Forums and ChatJayCut: Online Video Editing with ExportCreate Photo Books with PanravenFacebook App, Lending Club, Passes Half a Million Dollars in LoansAdjustables Debuts Video Ad Service at ad:tech ChicagorollSense: Your Blogroll on SteroidsNewser: Human Edited News AggregationRead/WriteWeb Files This week we introduced a new feature, the Read/WriteWeb Files. Every week we’ll investigate a current issue or topic in Web technology. On Monday we opened a file on Yahoo entitled 100 Days For Yahoo. The title referred to a statement made by new Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang during an earnings conference call on Tuesday 17 July, in which he said that “the next 100 days or so” will be spent mapping out Yahoo’s strategic plan. Josh Catone wrote a couple of excellent analysis posts about yahoo’s future: How to Fix Yahoo!: Building a Yahoo! Platform and A Yahoo!-eBay Merger Makes Sense. The first article suggests that My Yahoo becomes an open platform. The second article makes the case for a combined Yahoo-eBay, which Josh thinks will be a viable threat to Google.As for what assets Yahoo has now that it can build on, I wrote a post detailing the top 10 Yahoo! Properties. I also looked at how Yahoo’s new advertising system is performing: Panama, 6 Months On.Also check out Andy Pipe’s comparison between Yahoo! Buzzlist and Google Trends.Finally, this week we covered two new developments at Yahoo: Yahoo! Plans a Run at YouTube and New Yahoo! Search Features: Search Assist, Shortcuts.AnalysisHere are the analysis posts we published this week:Towards the Attention Economy: Will Attention Silos Ever Open Up?Microsoft Works to be Offered as Free, Ad-Supported Desktop Suite – No Browser Version?Google Mashup EditorVCs: Startups Are Too Reliant on the M&A MarketThe Emerging Global Innovation GraphSocial Networking Goes Global – Especially in North American RegionIM Most Valuable Web 2.0 Tool for EnterpriseR/WW Network Blogs Our Digital Lifestyle blog last100 looked at Amazon’s invasion into the living room. And in a post titled ‘Old technology creates meaningful connections‘, Josh Catone argued that some older technology — particularly physical media – has a more tangible connection with the user. Over on AltSearchEngines, our network blog devoted to new search engines, the August Top 100 Alt Search Engine list was released. This week AltSearchEngines also published a 3 part series defining a) What is a Search Engine? (an article by Nitin Karandikar), b) What is Not a Search Engine? (by Kaila Colbin) and finally c) What is an Alternative Search Engine? (by ASE editor Charles Knight). The third article by Charles explains his motives behind the Top 100 List.PollOur poll this week asked: Will Jerry Yang turn around Yahoo’s fortunes in 100 days? Here are the results:—Yes, Yang will sort Yahoo out and have them challenging Google and MS again 46% (111 votes)It will stay much the same; Yang won’t make that much difference 33% (81 votes)No, Yahoo has failed to adapt – Yang can’t stop the rot and Yahoo’s decline will continue 21% (51 votes)—Nearly half of respondants think that Jerry Yang will turn around the fortunes of the company he co-founded.That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups last_img read more

first_imgIncreasingly fewer decisions about IT are being made directly by IT departments.  The cloud is a primary area where IT is losing its grip.  A study by CapGemini found that 45 percent of decisions to use the cloud are made by business units, not the central IT group.Ron Tolido, senior vice president for Continental Europe at Capgemini, said that “The real cloud evangelists these days seem to be on the business side and not the IT side.  Until now cloud was often considered a more technology-driven topic.”Gartner reports that another change is increasingly occurring in the making of IT decisions.  Enterprise Architects have become major influencers on budget decisions.  Gartner found that 50 percent of IT budgets and decisions have been significantly influenced by Enterprise Architects (EAs).  Considering that global IT budgets surpass $1.1 trillion, that’s a lot of influence.  Gartner breaks that down into ‘final decision-making’ influence on $331 billion and ‘great deal of influence’ on $774 billion in IT spending.Philip Allega, managing vice-president at Gartner, said that “Overwhelmingly we find EA practitioners focused on delivering on business value and strategic transformation. Gone are the days of just ‘doing EA’ with little value or impact.”In a survey of 60 large government and financial service organizations, Booz & Company found that 60 percent of them were investing in Enterprise Architects as a one of top-five priorities for their organizations.But just what or who are these Enterprise Architect practitioners?  Isn’t an Enterprise Architect just another geek in central IT?  Not always.  Enterprise Architecture encompasses three elements: people, processes and technology. Leonard Fehskens of the Open Group wrote that “An IT-centric concept of Enterprise Architecture… will include just enough about business and people to enable practitioners to address the goal of ‘aligning IT with the business.’…  A concept of Enterprise Architecture based on the idea of enterprise as business … will include just enough about information technology and people to enable practitioners to address the goal of making IT a strategic asset for businesses…  A concept of Enterprise Architecture based on the idea of enterprise as human endeavor will emphasize the role of people, and be built around the sociology and psychology of individuals, groups and organizations, especially leadership and management as means to achieving organizational goals…  over 90% of most organizations is ‘not-IT’, and the IT-centric perspective is simply so imbalanced that it can’t ultimately prevail.”The style of the Enterprise Architect will depend on how they weight these three components in developing the their overall perspective.  And that ultimate blend has a big impact on how budgets are being and businesses are run.last_img read more

first_imgaudrey watters Photo credits: Flickr user Francisco Diaz Tags:#start#tips The New York tech scene is hot right now. Business Insider argued last week that “if your startup can’t get money in New York right now, there’s something wrong with it.” And just as investors are ready to inject cash into local startups, a group of local startups are looking to inject some more hackers into the scene.Their plan: Adopt a Hacker.Adopt a Hacker is a not-for-profit organization that hopes to bring hackers from outside the metropolitan New York area into the city. Hacker Hosts open their homes to visitors, giving them a place to crash for a few days. But it’s more than just a way to save money while checking out New York City. By staying with someone connected to the startup community, it’s a great way to get an introduction into it. The program is free and is the idea of Jonathan Wegener, Ben Fisher, Aaron Knight, Michael DeFranco, Nick Khuu, Heather John, and Ariel Zavala. Adopt a Hacker simply offers a way to match hackers to hosts. The application asks that you demonstrate not just the “cool products you’ve built,” but “your interest in the NYC tech community.” “Impress us enough,” organizers say, “and you might be surprised who reaches out.”If the program proves to be a success, it wouldn’t be surprising to see other communities extend a similar invitation, opening up their couches to hackers. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more