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  • Team Jorquelleh Launches Voter Registration Campaign in Bong County

    first_imgA political pressure group in Gbarnga, Bong County, styled “Team Jorquelleh,” has for the first time launched what it called a “massive participation (in the) voter registration campaign” in the central province of Liberia.According to the head of Team Jorquelleh and a representative aspirant of Electoral District #3 in Bong County, E. Edward Gboe, their intention for launching the civic voter registration education campaign is to buttress the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) recent call for Liberians to turn out in their numbers to register during the period of the registration exercise.It may be recalled that the Chairman of the NEC, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, recently informed the public that the NEC anticipates more than two million eligible voters to turn out and register during the voter registration period, which runs from February 1, 2017 to March 7. Mr. Gboe told the audience that the only way voters will participate and have a voice during the pending presidential and legislative elections is to register and obtain their voter registration cards.The Team Jorquelleh leader cautioned his audience not to stay away during the voter registration period but to make it their business to get hold of their voter registration cards as their participation in the electoral process is key to the development of their communities, including human resource development. Mr. Gboe explained that the 2017 elections were vital to the people of Bong, and by extension the people of Liberia, because “this will be the first time for the government to transition to another democratically elected government” in a long time. The program, which took place on Saturday January 28 at the David Kuyon Sports Stadium, was attended by more than six thousand eligible voters who paraded through the principal streets of Gbarnga. Some of the participants who spoke to the Daily Observer, commended Mr. Gboe for launching the civic voter registration campaign on his own volition as a means of encouraging voters to turn out and register. The citizens told this newspaper that voter turnout was low during the 2014 Senatorial election because of “voter fatigue” and the failure of some leaders to fulfill their promises after they were elected.Many of the citizens meanwhile vowed to register to take part in the forthcoming elections.In another development, Mr. Gboe has begun the distribution of textbooks to some public and private schools in the county. He said the distribution is intended to complement government’s efforts to promote education in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Montserrado Face Margibi; Nimba vs Bong in Semi Finals

    first_imgVice President Jewel Howard-Taylor takes the kickoff of the first quarterfinal matchDefending champions Montserrado County will face Margibi County in tomorrow’s semi-final after thrashing River Gee 5-0 in Sunday’s quarterfinals.The champions showed supremacy against the southerners by making more attempts from the start of the match before Michael Dennis scored the opener to send the champions to the first-half break with a 1-0 lead.River Gee returned with better performance in the first 20 minutes of the second half and put the champions under pressure, but failed to level things up. Later in the second half, the match became like a shooting practice for the champions after Mark Karlay scored a brace to change the score lines to 3-0 before Bright Tulo and Adolphus Roberts completed the 5-0 thrashing.Margibi, on the other hand, booked their semifinal slot following a 1-0 win against Sinoe County. Striker Daniel Tuazama’s lone goal was enough to edge out the southeasterners in the intriguing encounter. Sinoe have been absent from the quarterfinals for several years and put out a spectacular performance to reach the semi-final, but could not find the back of the net after several attempts.Tomorrow’s semi-final match between the two counties will be a repeat of the last edition semi-final after Montserrado won against Margibi 5-3 in a penalty shootout. The match headed to extra time after both teams could not find the back of the net during 90 minutes. Montserrado County former striker Joseph Zayzay scored the winning penalty before defeating Maryland County.It is now left with tomorrow’s match to decide whether the defending champions will repeat last year’s edition or Margibi will advance to the final since 2012 when they defeated Nimba County 2-0.In the other semifinals match, it will be another intriguing encounter between Nimba County and Bong who were paired after booking their semifinal slots through a win against Grand Camp Mount and Bomi counties respectively.A header from Pee Weh in the first half on Saturday separated Nimba from Cape Mount and remained the match decider to take Nimba to the semis.For Nimba’s opponents, Bong, they produced a shocking result in their quarterfinal match after a shocking 5-0 win against Bomi County. Not many expected such result against Bomi. The Northwestern County advanced to the quarters as winners of Group III but failed to show their strength at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.In kickball, Nimba will also be represented by their girls’ team and will take on Grand Cape Mount in the semifinals, while Grand Bassa girls will take on the girls of Margibi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Arsenal inflict first domestic defeat on Solskjaer to surge into top four

    first_img0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United from the penalty spot © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 10 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blamed Manchester United’s lack of ruthlessness as the Norwegian suffered his first domestic defeat as caretaker manager in a 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Sunday.Granit Xhaka’s early strike and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s penalty 21 minutes from time saw Gunners leapfrog United into the Premier League top four. Unai Emery’s men also close to within just a point of third-placed Tottenham and now hold the upper hand in the race for Champions League qualification.Arsenal do not face any of the top six in their remaining eight league games, whilst United host title-chasing Manchester City and Chelsea in the coming weeks on top of their Champions League and FA Cup commitments.“You have to be disappointed with the result, but the performance was a good one,” said Solskjaer.“The first goal always dictates how the game goes. We created chances, big chances, hit the woodwork twice, (Bernd) Leno played well.“In terms of what you can control, we shouldn’t be too disappointed.”European trips to France for both sides in midweek produced vastly contrasting results as United shocked free-spending Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Gunners on the other hand went down 3-1 to Rennes to give themselves a mountain to climb in Thursday’s second leg to reach the last eight of the Europa League.Emery made five changes from that side and was rewarded with a vital victory.“We are going to play difficult matches and being consistent is very important,” said Emery. “At the moment I think we are playing consistently, but we need to be calm and patient.”– De Gea not distracted –After a bright start, Arsenal were nearly hit with a sucker punch when with United’s first attack, Romelu Lukaku turned Luke Shaw’s cross onto the crossbar for the first of a series of wasted chances for the Belgian striker.However, at the other end it was the normally flawless David de Gea who was at fault for the opener as the Spaniard failed to read the swerve on Xhaka’s long-range strike 12 minutes in.Solskjaer, though, rejected suggestions ongoing contract talks over a new deal for the United goalkeeper has effected his concentration.“David’s really focused and concentrated, he’s too professional to let his mind wander,” insisted Solskjaer.United seemed to feel the after-effects of their heroics in Paris early on, but soon clicked into gear to look more like the side that had suffered just one defeat in Solskjaer’s first 17 games in charge.Fred’s curling effort from outside the box clipped the post before Lukaku tried to round Bernd Leno, but the Arsenal goalkeeper stood up well to block.The German stopper had an unconvincing start to life as Arsenal number one, but has looked ever more assured in recent weeks and made another huge save to deny Lukaku once more from close range six minutes into the second-half.United were utterly dominant for the first 20 minutes of the second period, but to Solskjaer’s frustration conceded a penalty when Alexandre Lacazette charged into the area and hit the floor under minimal contact from Fred.“I don’t think there is enough contact to warrant the penalty,” said Solskjaer, while even Emery categorised the award as “soft.”Aubameyang missed a last-minute penalty to win the north London derby against Tottenham last weekend, but made no mistake to leave the visitors a mountain to climb.“I knew it would be tough, but I was really confident,” said the Gabon international.Solskjaer’s time at United as a player and over the past three months as boss has been littered with late drama, none more so than at PSG on Wednesday.That was a Champions League night that will live long in the memory, but there was no turnaround this time to leave the Red Devils with plenty of work to do just to qualify for the competition next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LAST 5K/10K IN THE FINN VALLEY SPRING SERIES

    first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL BY CONOR McGONAGLE: MORE THAN 400 runners from across the North West took part in the last 5k/10k of the Finn Valley AC Spring Series.Photographer Conor McGonagle was there.   PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LAST 5K/10K IN THE FINN VALLEY SPRING SERIES was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10K5kFinn Valley ACpicture specialSpring Serieslast_img read more

  • DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NEWS

    first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 28th Feb 7.30-9.30 pm. Leaders on duty this week Claire Gallen, Julie Gavigan, Aidan Guthrie. Hoodies now available to those who have paid their €20. This Fri is Fitness night so please remember to wear suitable clothing and bring a sweat towel and water bottle. AB Fitness will be there to give us a fun workout.“Date for your Diary” our Easter quiz is on Fri 07th April, more details later. Drumkeen Community ChildcareEnrolment Evening (ECCE / Playschool places only)Date: Monday 10th March 2014 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Drumkeen Community Childcare Parents are asked to bring the following information;Both child & parent’s PPS number, Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate, Copy of Child’s Immunisation,Authorisation of collection photos (person collecting your child on your behalf)To qualify your child must be no less than 3 years 2 months and no more than 4 years 7 months on September 2014 (children must be born between 2 February 2010 and 30 June 2011). Phone 074 91 49919 for enquiriesSpinning/Circuits/BoxerciseWould you like to get fit or maybe just lose a few pounds? Spinning classes are available mornings and evenings, also circuit training and Boxercise? There is something to suit everyone just give Benny a call on 086 4562271 for details or check out our Facebook page AB Fitness. Jiving ClassesJiving classes continue in the parish hall every Monday from 9pm-10pm. For more information contact Aaron on 086 2431359.St. Mary’s GAABingo continues in Hall at 8.30 The National GAA Draw tickets are now on Sale priced at €10 ALL money goes directly to your Local GAA Club there are great prizes to be won from All-Ireland Football and Hurling packages AND trips to Australia and New York . Ticket sellers from St Marys Club will be calling around the Parish soon. Underage training from 6-7 on Fri Bring €2 and Drink Can all parents please ensure that their child keeps on the Footpath and that they are collected from the Playing Field after each session. Senior men Training as NormLadies training 7-8 Tues evening and sun morning 10.30 till 11-30 in clubhouse check page for detail new players welcomeBest wishes our Ladies Niamh Mailey, Cathy De Ward and Kelly Wilson in their matches for the Donegal Senior ladiesDrumkeen Utd FCThe lotto jackpot was not won. James Mc Bride matched 3 numbers and won €100. Next Sunday the jackpot will be € 3,260.00 draw will take place as usual in Jameson’s bar at 11 pm. thank you for your continued support and good luck to all taking part Lotto’s only €2 on sale in Jameson’s Bar Drumkeen Patton’s shop or the clubhouse.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 19th Feb 06, 08, 11, 19. No jackpot winner. 5 winners €20 each Nellie Cannon, Drumkeen. Mark Mc Cafferty, Drumkeen. Sean Toner, Newton. 2 winners c/o Fred, Buncrana. Next weeks jackpot €2,075. Go raibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

  • Byrd gets an Angelic sign of inspiration down the stretch

    first_img Paul Byrd felt it early, after the pitcher lost his first Angels start to his former Royals teammates in April. “He called me,” Byrd said late Sunday afternoon. “He said, ‘Hey, you’re going to come back from this. We’re both going to fight as hard as we can, we’re going to fight together, and we’re going to have a great year.’ Here he was, encouraging me. It should have been the other way around.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Obremski, 48, fought his illness long enough that Angels players were able to visit him in the hospital after returning Wednesday from the season’s last long road trip. Byrd saw him Saturday night and, believing Obremski would be watching the Sunday game on television as always, promised to give him “a sign.” The pitcher gave the sign before each inning, turning to the center-field camera and bringing his fingers together overhead, his arms forming an “O.” Only later did Byrd come to realize that this was Obremski was giving a sign right back. As Byrd tells the story, his routine was thrown off slightly before the game against the Detroit Tigers that was scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ANAHEIM – Chuck Obremski delivered his final Sunday message to the Angels over the weekend, inspiration they’ll carry through September and October, and forever. Obremski served as chaplain to the Angels and hockey’s Mighty Ducks, and had done the same for football’s Los Angeles Rams. His Baseball Chapel meetings before Sunday games at Angel Stadium so touched a few players that he was given a 2002 World Series ring. But his presence was never stronger than this year, when he couldn’t make those Sunday prayer services, as a two-year battle with cancer was coming to an end. center_img Normally, before games at Angel Stadium, Byrd goes to the mound for his final warm-up tosses as the ballpark clock reads :03 or :04 after the hour. In the Angels’ choreography, Byrd taps Darin Erstad on the leg with his glove, and Erstad leads the charge out of the dugout. This time, 1:04 came and Byrd saw that Erstad was still at the far end of the dugout, taking care of some business at the water cooler. The Angels wound up taking the field at exactly 1:05. The significance of that didn’t strike Byrd until the middle of the fifth inning, when injured outfielder Tim Salmon told him that Obremski had died. Officially, pastor Chuck Obremski had drawn his last breath at 1:05. “It could be coincidence, (or it) could not,” Byrd said after the game. “It gives me chills talking about it.” Obremski, a Pittsburgh native, is survived by his wife Linda, three children and two grandchildren. By the congregation at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills. And by grateful baseball and hockey teams. Recently, Byrd said, Obremski had been on medication to slow his heart rate, which sped up to 130 beats a minute for five or six days as the one-time marathon runner fought for breath. “He was a competitor, I guess, one of those who finished strong,” Byrd said. “I admired the way he battled.” As if to follow that example, Byrd worked through hard early innings to hold Detroit to one run in 6 innings and improve his record to 3-1 in September (the right-hander has a 0.91 ERA this month). The Angels held on to win 5-3. As he left the mound in the seventh, Byrd asked the home-plate umpire if he could keep the ball. He handed it to designated hitter Garret Anderson, who planned to give it to Obremski’s widow. Before ducking into the dugout, Byrd tipped his cap to the applauding crowd. Then he made the “O” one more time. “We’ll miss him,” Byrd said of his friend. “It’s sad for us. But it was time. His family was ready. He was ready. It’s the way death should be.” Byrd, 34 and a veteran of parts of 10 major-league seasons with the Mets, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Kansas City, is blessed with what appears to be a heightened sense of propriety. He knows what to say and what not to say. Sunday, he spoke of the Baseball Chapel’s value to its attendees but tried not to sound as if he was pushing religion. He was careful not to exploit a man’s death for the purpose of inspiring a mere baseball team. And yet, hearing Byrd speak, it was hard not to think the Angels won one for Chuck Obremski on Sunday. And hard to shake the feeling they won’t stop there. After a Monday to collect their thoughts, the Angels open their 13-game final push to the American League West championship by hosting Texas tonight. They hold a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland, a lead they’ll have to protect to reach the playoffs in this league of thoroughly mortal contenders. They’re going to have to fight as hard as they can. “I think just this game should be a special memory for (Obremski’s) family,” Byrd said in the clubhouse Sunday. “But he’s going to be in our thoughts and in our hearts. He finished strong. That’s what we want to do. If any of the guys in here take inspiration from how he finished, maybe we can do the same on the field.” Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 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

  • Fuel shortage can’t stop Rocket

    first_img His teammates picked him up with a couple of key hits, including Jason Lane’s tiebreaking single, and the Rocket improved to 12-8 lifetime in the postseason. And he might be on the mound again: If this year’s series goes the full seven, Clemens is scheduled to start the final game. Of course, if Houston drops the next three, this could have been the final outing of his remarkable career. “I was trying to stay extremely tall and violent on the mound, so my stuff was moving well,” said Clemens, bothered by a strained hamstring down the stretch. “Legs feel fine. You know, it was just emptying the tank.” The banged-up Cardinals, already playing without left fielder Reggie Sanders, lost third baseman Abraham Nunez to a bruised thigh – but he hopes to play today. Nunez only became a regular starter because All-Star Scott Rolen is sidelined following shoulder surgery. Larry Walker did play, despite an ailing neck, and delivered a sacrifice fly. Third-stringer Hector Luna made a key error at third, and the Cardinals dropped their second game in a row after taking the opener at home. The home team has won nine of 10 games between the clubs in the past two NLCS meetings. Clemens’ previous outing was Sunday, when he came out of the bullpen for his first relief appearance in 21 years and rescued the Astros in the longest postseason game ever played. The final Houston pitcher available, he threw three shutout innings and struck out four of his 11 batters to earn the win as the Astros beat Atlanta 7-6 in 18 innings to advance to the NLCS. He talked Friday about understanding that his job since he came home to Houston involves more than just pitching. With Astros mainstays Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell nearing the end of their careers, there’s an urgency to make the World Series – now. The Rocket showed plenty of determination Saturday. Making his 32nd career postseason start, he even singled in his first at-bat. Clemens struck out only one – matching his lowest total of the season, also against St. Louis on July 17. But he kept the ball down and minimized the damage in the fifth and sixth, allowing six hits and walking two overall. “He’s unbelievable,” Lamb said. Chad Qualls pitched two scoreless innings, and Lidge worked the ninth for his second save of the series. He gave up a two-out RBI double to pinch-hitter John Mabry, snapping a string of 31 consecutive scoreless innings against St. Louis dating to 2003. “I think it just proves he’s human,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “I mean, he’s really, really good, but if you compete against anybody, you have a chance to break through.” Losing pitcher Matt Morris, who won the clincher in a first-round sweep of San Diego, matched Clemens until the fourth, when he issued a leadoff walk to Morgan Ensberg (USC). Lamb then lifted a 2-1 pitch to the opposite field over the short porch in left, his second homer of the postseason. “I’ve seen them do it a number of times, flip it over into those boxes,” Morris said. “I didn’t think he hit it as good as he did, and I don’t think he hit it that good anyway – but it went out.” Now Clemens had a 2-0 lead, just as he did in Game 7 last year. Again, he couldn’t hold it. Yadier Molina and Nunez grounded singles to start the fifth, and Eckstein hit a sacrifice fly. Lane ran down So Taguchi’s long drive to right, ending the inning. Albert Pujols and Edmonds opened the sixth with singles, and Walker’s sacrifice fly tied it. With runners at the corners, Clemens retired Nunez on a tapper near the plate. “It’s damage control. You want to stay away from a big inning,” Clemens said. “I’ve been in this game long enough to know that you’re going to get tested. Throughout the ballgame, at least twice, you’re going to have to get out of trouble.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clemens held the Cardinals in check with six gutsy innings, Mike Lamb homered and Houston held off St. Louis 4-3 Saturday in Game 3 of the NL championship series. “It’s just experience, I guess,” Clemens said. “Sometimes, especially this time of year, you have to will yourself through some innings.” HOUSTON – Missing his most overpowering stuff, 43-year-old Roger Clemens gritted his teeth and pushed his hometown Houston Astros closer to their first World Series. After all, this is why he put off retirement – twice. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Brad Lidge finally allowed a run against the Cardinals, but got David Eckstein to fly out with a runner on second to save it. The Astros took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and need two more wins to reach the Fall Classic for the first time in the franchise’s 44-year history. “I’ll do whatever we need to do,” Clemens said. “We need to make it happen.” With two games remaining at Minute Maid Park, Houston can wrap up the series at home. “Roger pitched a Roger game,” Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds said. “They got two great pitching performances and we haven’t been able to score. But if we win (today), we’re even. There’s a lot of games left to play.” The Astros nearly won the pennant last year, but Clemens blew a two-run lead and lost Game 7 of the NLCS at St. Louis. This was his first chance to begin avenging that defeat, and he delivered – despite coughing up a 2-0 cushion again. last_img read more

  • Home sales at five-year low

    first_img Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Someone finally threw some water on the red-hot housing market in Santa Clarita, where sales fell to a five-year low for the month of November, according to a monthly report issued Friday by a trade group. But while sales closed on 235 homes last month – compared with 299 in November last year – the record sales price held steady at a median $595,000, according to a report by the Southern California Association of Realtors’ Santa Clarita Valley division. Local sales have been setting records for nearly three years with median prices jumping by two-digit percentages since 2000. The median price of a single-family home that year was $242,000. Still November through February is typically slower for home sales. Coupled with rising interest rates, industry experts have expected things to taper off but are confident the “bubble” won’t burst, at least locally where a limited inventory has been feeding demand. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Condominium sales are following the same pattern. Realtors sold 100 condos in November, compared with 147 the same time last year; 143 in November 2003; 152 in 2002 and 110 in both 2000 and 2001. The median price slumped $10,000, to $385,000 – more than triple the 1999 median. Mike Davis, president of the association’s local division, doesn’t see prices dropping. “Prices may float up and down around the record highs,” Davis said. “But one thing is clear: housing is not going to get any cheaper.” Jim Link, the association’s vice president, predicted that the market would stay healthy through 2006, but that the recent buyer frenzy will be replaced by consumers taking their time before taking the plunge. “No one thinks the seller’s market is over or that resale prices will fall below current levels,” Link said. “However, it is clear that buyers have a little more time to weigh their options, that there are more properties listed for sale and that sellers no longer can list properties well in excess of comparable sales support.” last_img read more

  • Apple Adds Social Playlists to Ping

    first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Ping: Dead in the Water?While this update brings what’s now one of the only notable features for Ping, as a whole, the social network is incredibly unremarkable. Although iPad integration and Twitter connectivity was added last month, Ping still lacks Facebook connectivity for finding friends or sharing music socially. And even the Twitter integration did not seem to pay off for Ping – our analysis of Twitter revealed a low volume of tweets and no re-tweets shortly after the feature was launched.As our own Marshall Kirkpatrick described it, the Ping user experience is “totally focused on commerce not community.”The new social playlists feature again confirms Apple’s stance on “social” once again is about money, not users. Without options for users to add their own esoteric, indie tracks from unsigned artists, Ping isn’t serving as a place where music fans can find the next big thing, it’s serving as yet another pointer to the virtual cash registers on iTunes.What’s more, according to a recent article from music technology blog Hypebot, Ping to date only has around 2,000 artists on board, an incredibly low level of participation considering the network’s potential to reach iTunes’ 160 million users. At launch, Apple said artist profiles were invite-only but “any iTunes user can create a profile on Ping, artist or otherwise.” Distributers like Tunecore and CD Baby who serve indie musicians are now helping artists create Ping profiles. So why haven’t more done so?Where are the Artists?According to a comment on Hypebot from Peter at TuneCore, the company has set up more than 1,000 of its artists with Ping accounts…which begs the question, if half of the 2,000 are from TuneCore, then how many has Apple actually “invited?” Where is everyone?MySpace?Perhaps. Fast Company said that the flailing News Corp-owned social network hosts eight million artists currently, while Apple is slowing adding “worthy” artists one-by-one. Meanwhile, Apple also posted a 9-page rule book for any other artists interested in joining the Ping network. The book includes a bizarre list of no-no’s for artists on Ping like a ban URLs in the About section of a Ping profile (artists can’t mention their own website?) and no posting links to other content providers or ads for sites outside of iTunes. It even recommends artists don’t recommend only their own songs to their fans. It’s likely that the limitations put into place have discourage some artist participation, but ultimately, it’s Ping’s overall lackluster appeal that is dragging it down. sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Ping, Apple’s half-hearted attempt at its own music-focused social networking site, has finally received an update worth noting: Social Playlists. On Friday, the iTunes-only website Ping added a new feature which lets you create a playlist of your favorite songs. Those playlists can then be published for your Ping followers to rate and review or even collaborate on with you.How Social Playlists WorkTo access the new feature, click on the “Ping” icon in the left-hand sidebar in iTunes to be taken to the social networking site. From there, look for the “Ping Playlists” section on the right side and click on “Create a New Playlist.”On the Playlist creation page, you fill out a title, description and can check a box that reads “Allow people who follow me to add songs” if you want to create a collaborative playlist with friends. However, in typical Apple fashion, the songs for your playlist can only come from the iTunes store – there’s no option to add your own MP3’s from your music collection. Tags:#Apple#music#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

  • BCCI’s own private investigator puts an end to match-fixing speculations

    first_imgAzharK. Madhavan, the Indian cricket board’s own private investigator, has put an end to the speculation over two controversial matches, which were seen as case studies of match-fixing.The report on the Kanpur one-dayer against the West Indies in 1996 and the Ahmedabad Test versus New Zealand in 1999 reaches two,AzharK. Madhavan, the Indian cricket board’s own private investigator, has put an end to the speculation over two controversial matches, which were seen as case studies of match-fixing.The report on the Kanpur one-dayer against the West Indies in 1996 and the Ahmedabad Test versus New Zealand in 1999 reaches two contrary conclusions.WadekarMadhavan states that coach Ajit Wadekar and captain Mohammed Azharuddin were “remiss” in not telling Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia to step up the scoring rate, and later suspending them for slow batting.KapilBut Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, the ex-CBI chief said, had shown “no misconduct” in choosing not to enforce the follow-on at Ahmedabad.The failure to win that game, Madhavan said, was proof of the “glorious uncertainties” of cricket.last_img read more