50 Kids Receive School Supplies Worth US$2,500

first_imgAt least 50 school children yesterday received an assortment of school supplies, valued at US$2,500 from Street Child of Liberia.The funds were provided by the Rotary Club of Monrovia.Each child received a book bag, uniforms, copybooks, pens and pencils. The presentation was made at the Timose Academy’s compound in Paco Community, near the Freeport of Monrovia.Before the presentations, which were made in the presence of the beneficiaries’ parents, Street Child’s Ebola Response Coordinator, Kaba Y. Moore, explained the need for both children and parents to observe Ebola preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health (MOH).“Don’t follow your friend to eat their food as you used to do before,” Moore, an expert in psychosocial counseling, told the children. “We beg you, when you wash your hands, do it so that every part of your hands is washed.”Moore explained that the fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia is everyone’s business, “and that’s why we are here to encourage you and your parents to follow the things you must do to kill Ebola.”He told the parents, “When you come to school and find your children being set aside because they are sick, don’t feel bad about it because by putting your child aside, school authorities are trying to ensure that other children are not affected by whatever ailment there is.”Moore effectively demonstrated step by step measures for the children and their parents to follow in washing their hands.Street Child of Liberia’s program director, Michael John Bull, told the gathering his organization is here to serve them, and urged the parents to take care of the children.“Street Child is here for you,” Bull said, “and if we work together we can achieve our goal to kick Ebola out of the country.”Representing Rotary Club of Monrovia, Walter J. Dean, a member of its Ebola Response Committee, expressed appreciation to Street Child of Liberia for effectively organizing the program, and assured the parents of Rotary Club of Monrovia’s interest and support through Street Child of Liberia.“We want your children to go to school,” Dean said, “and that is why we provided support by getting these items for all of you.”Responding, a spokeswoman for the beneficiaries said, “I want God to bless you for this important support to our children.” She promised to follow all the instructions to ensure that Ebola is driven out of Liberia.Present at the program were Street Child’s Program Support Officer, Ms. Lizzie Lake, presently in the country for six months, and Ms. Chloe Dannatt, Street Child’s Program Director, who is visiting Street Child of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marshfield’s Nolan Hertel excited for chance at first state wrestling tournament

first_imgMatches begin Thursday afternoon in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield freshman Nolan Hertel has high goals as he heads to Madison for his first WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Hertel (31-12) finished second at 138 pounds at the D.C. Everest sectional last Saturday, fighting through a third-place match and a second-place wrestleback, where he took down two state-ranked opponents by narrow margins.Hertel will face Zach Lee of Kaukauna in a Division 1 preliminary Thursday afternoon at the Kohl Center.“I’ve been really working my offense,” Hertel said. “I know that will help me succeed and reaching my ultimate goal of getting on the podium (with a top-six finish and a state medal).“It’s been an unbelievable journey. All of the hard work, it feels very good right now.”Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said Hertel made it to the state meet through determination.“It’s not a complicated formula,” Hein said. “The harder you work and the more you believe in yourself and the training, (the better you become).“He was focused the entire time, even when the match got tight, he had a lot of composure. Both matches he was tied up with about 30 seconds left. We’re looking that momentum going into the state tournament. He’s going to have a tough match, but I think if he wrestles the way he can and up to his ability, he’s going to do some damage like (at sectionals).”Hertel has never faced Lee, a member of the top-ranked Division 1 team in the state from Kaukauna. Going up against an unknown opponent is nothing new in high school wrestling, so Hertel is going to concentrate more on what he can do.“A lot of my matches have been like that this year,” Hertel said. “I don’t focus on names. I just go out there and do my best and beat the guy no matter what. I’m really excited. I just want to go out there and have a good time. That’s what I’m there for. I want to wrestle tough and give it my all.”Hertel has been to the state tournament before as a spectator watching his brother Mitch, who was a two-time state qualifier. His previous experience there, even though not in competition, could be beneficial for the freshman.“I keep telling him it’s not so much pressure as it is opportunity,” Hein said. “Last year his brother Mitch wrestled there and took third place, and I had Nolan on the floor trying to get him familiar with the environment. It is a fun environment, and it’s the big stage. To have some butterflies is normal, but I think his mindset is right in that it’s pure opportunity, and go out and battle every single match.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 WIAA State Individual Wrestling ChampionshipsFeb. 25-27, Kohl Center, MadisonThursday, Feb. 253 p.m. – Division 1 preliminaries5:15 p.m. – Division 1 quarterfinals7:15 p.m. – Division 2 & 3 preliminariesFriday, Feb. 2610 a.m. – Division 1 consolation matches11:15 a.m. – Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals1:45 p.m. – Division 1 consolation semifinals2:45 p.m. – Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals7 p.m. – Semifinals, all divisionsSaturday, Feb. 2711 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks, all divisions; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches in all divisions6 p.m. – Championship matches, all divisionsFirst-round matchupDivision 1 preliminaries (Thursday afternoon)138 pounds: Nolan Hertel (31-12) Marshfield versus Zach Lee (41-6) Kaukauna.last_img read more

While Facebook & Twitter Sit on Sidelines, MySpace Jumps Into Bulk User Data Sales

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#MySpace#news#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts The 22 sets of data being made available are cheap. Prices range from $10 for raw dumps from the MySpace API to $300 for everything broken out by latitude and longitude. Subsequently derived data sets can be put on sale by InfoChimps users as well, with a revenue split.Analysis coming from the data could include things like music trends per zipcode, popular URLs being shared, etc. MySpace is generally thought of as a social network on the decline, but if it is able to position itself as the place to do music still then its hundreds of millions of users could remain engaged. Will data scientists want this data, though? Time will tell, but MySpace has long done cooler things with data than competitors Facebook and Twitter and people haven’t gotten terribly excited about it yet.Related: See today’s coverage of the cancelation of the Netflix Challenge due to privacy concerns.Bulk user data has tremendous analytical potential and both Facebook and Twitter have thrown the breaks on 3rd parties offering up their user data more than once. We covered InfoChimps’ offering of bulk Twitter data in depth this Fall, but the marketplace quietly removed that data after Twitter asked them to “wait” for a second time.In February we profiled Pete Warden (The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul), a developer who planned on putting a huge pile of Facebook user data online for academic analysis. As we wrote in that article:If what people call Web 2.0 was all about creating new technologies that made it easy for everyday people to publish their thoughts, social connections and activities, then the next stage of innovation online may be services like recommendations, self and group awareness, and other features made possible by software developers building on top of the huge mass of data that Web 2.0 made public.Days later Facebook contacted Warden days later and asked him to hold off on release of that data as well. Last week Warden posted open source code for harvesting the same type of bulk user data from Google Profiles, so the game’s not up yet, not by a long shot.Why is this kind of big data interesting? This rational may be less applicable in the case of MySpace given its focus on music, or it may be more applicable given the allegedly poorer user demographics on the site compared to Facebook, but here’s how I explained my interest in big social network data analysis in general, as part of a discussion about an excellent special report on big data in the Economist this month.I think in big data there lies a lot of hidden patterns that represent both opportunities for action and for reflection. At RWW we’re working on trying to find ways to mine data to find news first (we’ve got some interesting methods employed already) and personally, I think the world is an awfully unfair mess and I’m hoping that data analysis will help illuminate some of the hows and the whys. Like the way that real-estate redlining was exposed back in the day by cross referencing census data around racial demographics and housing loan data. That illuminated systematic discrimination against black families in applying for home loans in certain parts of town. So too I think we’ll find a lot of undeniable proof of injustices and clues for how we might deal with them in big data today.What will we see come out of MySpace’s bulk data? What could we see come from Facebook and Twitter data if only they would let people get their hands on it? Time will tell. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification MySpace has taken a bold step and allowed a large quantity of bulk user data to be put up for sale on startup data marketplace InfoChimps. Data offered includes user playlists, mood updates, mobile updates, photos, vents, reviews, blog posts, names and zipcodes. Friend lists are not included. Remember, Facebook and Twitter may be the name of the game these days in tech circles, but MySpace still sees 1 billion user status updates posted every month. Those updates will now be available for bulk analysis.This user data is intended for crunching by everyone from academic researchers to music industry information scientists. Will people buy the data and make interesting use of it? Will MySpace users be ok with that? Is this something Facebook and Twitter ought to do? The MySpace announcement raises a number of interesting questions. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Apple Is Blacklisting European Users Who Game Its App-Refund System

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app refunds#App Store#Apple Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Apple is striking back at users who’ve figured out how to abuse its new refund policy for digital purchases in Europe—by blacklisting them from future reimbursements.To conform with the EU’s consumer protection laws, Apple rolled out a new policy last month that lets European users who purchase apps, songs, ebooks or other digital media claim refunds within 14 days of purchase. But some customers have discovered they can demand their money back on repeated purchases—apparently even if they keep the downloads. See also: How Apple’s New App-Refund Policy Could Hurt DevelopersIt may be tough to police everyone, but Apple’s ready to put the kibosh on at least the worst offenders who try to game the system. In other words, ask for too many refunds in a short time period, and the company will flag the behavior and revoke your refund privileges, iDownloadBlog reports. Apple has already sent messages to users through the App Store, alerting flagged users with the following prompt: “I acknowledge that if I download this app within fourteen days of tapping ‘Buy,’ I will no longer be eligible to cancel this purchase.” The user then has the choice of canceling the download or acknowledging the message to proceed while waiving the right to any refund. https://twitter.com/rosyna/status/554752303794647040/photo/1Clearly the company doesn’t want users treating the refund policy like a trial period for paid apps or to let unscrupulous types get away with shady practices. Its latest move seems designed to nip that in the bud. While the refund policy and its woes remain limited to Europe for now, the company could be eyeing it as a test of sorts for more universal changes down the road. In that way, how Apple handles refunds abroad could influence the way it approaches its App Store policies at home, which can directly affect the developers who stock its digital shelves everywhere. Photo by Ben Husmann; screenshot courtesy of Twitter user Rosynacenter_img adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Corini: ‘Brescia dominated after break’

first_imgEugenio Corini maintains Brescia “dominated the second half, but should’ve closed down” the Inter strikers earlier in a 2-1 defeat. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a deflected strike, then Romelu Lukaku doubled it with a scorcher from distance. Dimitri Bisoli’s finish ricocheted in off Milan Skriniar. “It was a good performance, we had to settle, as we’ve only been working with this system for a couple of days and at the start we didn’t have the right shape,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “We went behind with a bit of bad luck, but then dominated the second half and pushed to the very end. We should’ve closed down both Lukaku and Lautaro, but we were too passive in our defending. In Serie A, there are players who can put the ball in the net from 25 metres out. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t want to go in, so we go home empty-handed, but I am proud of this team for many reasons. “It was the response I wanted from a team in a difficult situation and an uphill struggle, but I never doubted these players anyway. “We must realise our dimension and our role in this season. We had two debutants in Serie A this evening, so if we don’t realise where we came from, where we are and what we want to achieve, it’ll all become more difficult. “The analysis should be also on the way we played the game, not just the results. I understand the popular conception of our campaign, but I want what is best for Brescia and I don’t feel that this ‘in or out’ approach is healthy for anyone.” Mario Balotelli was certainly more impressive than at the weekend with Genoa, but still has only one goal this season for Brescia. “I realise Mario attracts a lot of attention, but we need to just leave him alone to grow and develop in the role, to understand the context he is in. A great player combines talent with other attributes and I am proud to help accompany him in this journey, but I can only do so much and he is the one who has to take the final step.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Dravid named new Rajasthan Royals captain

first_imgVeteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was on Friday named captain of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals, replacing Australian spin legend Shane Warne who quit the IPL after the fourth edition earlier this year.”…gotta make another huge announcement,The New Captain fr Rajasthan Royals..Proud 2 have RAHUL DRAVID head the Team this season.Yipee,” tweeted the franchise’s co-owner Shilpa Shetty.”So its Official now!The “WALL” it is;)Congratulations Rahul, am sure u will make us all very proud at RR..Go Royals,” she added.The fifth edition of the Twenty20 league will be played from April 4 to May 27 next year.The 38-year-old Dravid, who was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore team to start with, was bought by the Rajasthan team for USD 500,000 in the players’ auction before the start of IPL 4 this year.Rajasthan was without a captain after Warne announced his retirement from the IPL in May this year.The 42-year-old Warne, who coached and captained Royals since the first edition in 2008, is currently playing in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 Tournament for the Melbourne team.Dravid was reasonably successful in his debut season for the Royals this year, scoring 343 runs at an average of 31 in 12 matches.last_img read more

2012 Queensland Junior State Cup Results

first_img180 teams from across Queensland took to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex last weekend to compete in the 2012 Queensland Junior State Cup. The Gold Coast was rewarded for its strong performances on the field, winning the Eggers Moles affiliate championship, making three of the 10 finals at the event. At the event it was also announced that Hervey Bay will host the championships for the next five years. Congratulations to the following teams on their respective wins at the event:10’s Girls Caboolture 2 defeated Toowoomba 1 Player of the Final – Chloe Sawtell (Caboolture)10’s Boys Palm Beach 2 defeated Redlands 1Player of the Final – Branden Taylor (Palm Beach)12’s GirlsBrisbane Metropolitan 3 defeated Gold Coast 2Player of the Final – Shante Phillips (Brisbane Metropolitan)12’s BoysIpswich 7 defeated Gold Coast 1Player of the Final – Paul Karaitiana (Ipswich)14’s GirlsRedlands 3 defeated Toowoomba 2Player of the Final – Jo Miller (Redlands)14’s BoysGold Coast 5 defeated Ipswich 2Player of the Final – AJ Brimson (Gold Coast)16’s Girls Rockhampton 3 defeated Ipswich/First Contact 2Player of the Final – Tamika Upton (Rockhampton)16’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Ipswich 4Player of the Final – Corey Russell (Redlands)18’s GirlsCaboolture 5 defeated Toowoomba 1Player of the Final – Paige Parker (Caboolture)18’s Boys BMTA/First Contact 7 defeated Labrador 2Player of the Final – Ash Taylor (BMTA/First Contact)Related LinksJunior State Cuplast_img read more