Bukusi appointed KRU CEO

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 19 – The Kenya Rugby Union Board has appointed former National Executive Trainer Ronald Bukusi as the CEO effective from February 1. Bukusi who worked as a corporate trainer in Chicago was selected after a month long recruitment exercise handled by a regional professional consulting firm, Career Directions that recommended him for the job.Bukusi, is no stranger to Kenyan rugby, having previously served at the Union as a trainer from 1994 to 2000 under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Dennis Awori and George Kariuki.Prior to his appointment, Bukusi worked as a corporate trainer with Chicago based firm Arthur Anderson LLP.He is a trained rugby coach and educator and has had a coaching stint with the Chicago Blaze Men’s Rugby and Chicago Sirens Women’s Rugby Clubs.“A holder of a Master’s Degree in Sports Management, Bukusi brings a lot of corporate experience as well as technical rugby understanding and is best suited to take charge of professionalization of the Secretariat alongside establishing systems and processes to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and transparency within the organization.“The KRU Board takes this opportunity to congratulate, welcome and wish him well as he takes up his appointment. He can rest assured of our unwavering support and zero interference,” a statement from KRU read.The Board is finalizing on the appointment of the Chief Finance Officer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Marshfield qualifies for sectional in 17 events at WIAA Division 1 Wausau West track regional

first_imgGirlsTeam scores: 1. Stevens Point 181.5; 2. D.C. Everest 111; 3. Wausau West 100; 4. Marshfield 93; 5. Wausau East 64.5; 6. Merrill 63; 7. Antigo 62; 8. Rhinelander 21.Top four (sectional qualifiers) and Marshfield finishersDiscus: 1. Natalie Mohring (DC) 116-5; 2. Samantha Danczyk (SP) 109-10; 3. Amy Martorano (MAR) 108-5; 4. Kendra Polzin (DC) 107-2; 9. Jamila Ougayour (MAR) 92.4.High jump: 1. Rylee Folz (MER) 5-0; 2. Stephanie Rhodes (MAR) 5-0; 3. Tijayne Coleman-Bell (WE) 4-10; 4. Olivia Hartigan (SP) 4-10.Pole vault: 1. Sophia Schuessler (DC) 10-0; 2. Mariah Larson (DC) 9-6; 3. Christa Schleif (MER) 9-3; 4. Hannah Zenkovich (ANT) 9-0.Triple jump: 1. Martha Kupfer (MAR) 36-7; 2. Morgan Marnholtz (MER) 35-11.5; 3. Tatum Houlihan (SP) 35-0.5; 4. Jasmin Samz (WW) 34-7; 8. Olivia Tierney (MAR) 32-10.3,200 relay: 1. Stevens Point (Mya Zajakowski, Miranda DeBot, Abigail Hyland, Erica Van Helden) 9:54.93; 2. Wausau West (Josie Hardell, Emelyn Sheehan, Haylie Craig, Shelby Samz) 9:56.75; 3. Wausau East (Jordan Burton, Libby McDonald, Brenna Urmanski, Kennidi Knoblock) 10:07.45; 4. D.C. Everest (Ariana Christophersen, Teagan Tretter, Emma Jourdan, Alison Cook) 10:17.25; 5. Marshfield (Courtney Brown, Lilly O’Brien, Ana Jensen, Dani Bender) 10:56.62.100 hurdles: 1. Hannah Zenkovich (ANT) 15.68; 2. Enne’ Burton (WE) 16.32; 3. Hannah Marrier (MER) 16.48; 4. Kelly Johnson (SP) 16.68.100: 1. Kaitlin Woyak (SP) 12.55; 2. Jade Hackbarth (DC) 13.14; 3. Tierney (MAR) 13.15; 4. Kaitlin Berry (MER) 13.22.800 relay: 1. Wausau West (Taylor Baine, J. Samz, Rebecca Stegmann, Alyssa Faucett) 1:45.11; 2. Stevens Point (Makani Peters, Hannah Sankey, Lauren Woyak, Kaitlin Woyak) 1:47.87; 3. Marshfield (Ashley Holubets, Brown, Emma Boson, Kupfer) 1:48.86; 4. D.C. Everest (Taylor Melk, Sydney Olund, Haley Kroll, Maddie Prohaska) 1:49.55.400: 1. Sarah Duff (ANT) 1:00.07; 2. Alexa Aumann (MAR) 1:02.20; 3. McDonald (WE) 1:05.30; 4. Kassidy Wolfe (SP) 1:05.85.400 relay: 1. Stevens Point (Kiana Thompson, K. Woyak, L. Woyak, Laura Canapa) 50.28; 2. Wausau West (Baine, J. Samz, Lina Yang, Faucett) 50.99; 3. D.C. Everest (Bryce Cebula, Jade Hackbarth, Hannah Tipple, Sydney Olund) 51.45; 4. Marshfield (Maddie Nikolai, Mariah Goeppinger, Boson, Tierney) 52.14.300 hurdles: 1. Holubets (MAR) 47.33; 2. Marrier (MER) 48.29; 3. E. Burton (WE) 48.29; 4. Baine (WW) 49.04; 11. Nikolai (MAR) 53.67; 13. Jensen (MAR) 54.56.800: 1. Zajakowski (SP) 2:25.59; 2. Hyland (SP) 2:26.24; 3. Van Helden (SP) 2:26.66; 4. Josie Hardell (WW) 2:29.58.200: 1. Faucett (WW) 26.59; 2. Duff (ANT) 26.96; 3. Halle Gregorich (SP) 27.66; 4. Autumn Schenzel (MER) 27.68; 5. Angelina Dunomes (MAR) 28.08; 8. Madeline Chaltry (MAR) 29.70.3,200: 1. Hannah Bielke (SP) 12:06.23; 2. Mackenzie Malone (WW) 12:11.63; 3. Kimberly Klein (SP) 12:20.35; 4. Christophersen (DC) 12:20.79; 5. Sophia Schrodi (MAR) 12:23.52; 8. Maddison Clemens (MAR) 13:26.57; 9. Madie Koehn (MAR) 13:33.48.1,600 relay: 1. Stevens Point (Talyn Solinsky, Hyland, Makani Peters, Sankey) 4:06.32; 2. Antigo (Brittney Bastle, Mandy Petts, Duff, Zenkovich) 4:08.06; 3. Marshfield (Holubets, Aumann, Bender, Kupfer) 4:09.05; 4. Wausau East (Jordan Burton, McDonald, E. Burton, Knoblock) 4:14.83.Long jump: 1. Faucett (WW) 18-2; 2. K. Woyak (SP) 17-8.5; 3. Kupfer (MAR) 17-5.75; 4. Marnholtz (MER) 16-11.25; 7. Tierney (MAR) 15-9.25.Shot put: 1. Taylor Louis (SP) 36-0.5; 2. Elizabeth Hirzy (SP) 35-0.25; 3. Mohring (DC) 34-10.75; 4. Lauren Smith (ANT) 32-6.25; 6. Martorano (MAR) 31-0.75.1,600: 1. Knoblock (WE) 5:12.60; 2. Miranda DeBot (SP) 5:35.73; 3. Rylie Westfall (DC) 5:35.75; 4. Eva O’Melia (RH) 5:38.25; 7. O’Brien (MAR) 6:06.05.—BoysTeam scores: 1. Stevens Point 200; 2. D.C. Everest 155; 3. Wausau West 114; 4. Marshfield 80; 5. Merrill 53.5; 6. Wausau East 37; 7. Rhinelander 28.5. 8. Antigo 21.Top four (sectional qualifiers) and Marshfield finishersHigh jump: 1. Jakob Tordsen (WW) 6-0; 2. Bryce White (RH) 5-10; 3. Carson Weber (WW) and Max Brown (RH) 5-8.Long jump: 1. Jake Anderson (MER) 22-3.5; 2. Isaac Frieders (DC) 21-6.75; 3. Zach Mancl (SP) 21-4.5; 4. White (RH) 19-5.75; 7. Chris Pahl (MAR) 19-4.25.Shot put: 1. Kyle Shepp (DC) 47-10.75; 2. Zach Mueller (DC) 44-9.5; 3. Alex Scott (SP) 44-6.75; 4. Logan Heise (WW) 43-4.5.110 hurdles: 1. Konner Fierek (DC) 15.18; 2. Stephen Paoli (DC) 15.83; 3. Tyler Patoka (SP) 15.88; 4. Will Spindler (MAR) 15.93.100: 1. DeShawn Bryant (DC) 11.26; 2. Lucas Lee (MER) 11.48; 3. Colton Kizewski (SP) and Calen Henkens (WW) 11.66; 8. Adam Elhendy-Gunnarsson (MAR) 12.05; 9. Thomas Gisvold (MAR) 12.13.1,600: 1. Logan Spooner (DC) 4:37.68; 2. Colin Koss (ANT) 4:37.73; 3. Sam Smith (SP) 4:41.36; 4. Tom Negaard (SP) 4:46.36; 6. Hunter McManus (MAR) 4:54.18; 13. Sam Huettl (MAR) 5:30.14.800 relay: 1. Stevens Point (Aaron Simonis, Mancl, Tyler Patoka, Victor Kizewski) 1:30.21; 2. Wausau West (Logan Ickert, Justin Rager, Weber, Tanner Baine) 1:31.71; 3. Merrill (Lucas Lee, Jake Nohr, Thomas Grund, Anderson) 1:32.06; 4. D.C. Everest (Kevin Sandoval, Alex Pagel, Matt Nichols, Isaac Frieders) 1:34.22; 5. Marshfield (Elhendy-Gunnarsson, Jimm y Draeger, Johanne Friedli, John Hardinger) 1:37.88.400: 1. Adam Stichman (WW) 51.26; 2. Calden Wojt (MAR) 51.30; 3. Chase Franz (SP) 52.04; 4. Nolan Metz (SP) 52.24.400 relay: 1. D.C. Everest (Alex Prohaska, Chris Miller, Nick Kohnhorst, Bryant) 43.50; 2. Stevens Point (Simonis, Mancl, Ross, Colton Kizewski) 43.81; 3. Merrill (Lee, Nohr, Grund, Anderson) 44.51; 4. Wausau West (Ickert, Sully Phillips, Calen Henkens, Baine) 45.04; 6. Marshfield (Gisvold, Hardinger, Elhendy-Gunnarsson, Draeger) 46.89.300 hurdles: 1. Patoka (SP) 39.54; 2. Fierek (DC) 40.95; 3. Spindler (MAR) 41.25; 4. Alec Mancheski (SP) 41.59; 11. Nate Beyer (MAR) 48.95; 12. Martin McCurtis (MAR) 50.48.800: 1. Evan Hatton (SP) 1:58.44; 2. Derek Cruz (SP) 1:58.87; 3. Liam Belson (SP) 2:00.47; 4. Aaron Carr (DC) 2:01.15; 5. Deven Klement (MAR) 2:01.66; 7. McManus (MAR) 2:09.57.200: 1. V. Kizewski (SP) 22.25; 2. Nick Kohnhorst (DC) 22.47; 3. Simonis (SP) 22.93; 4. Wojt (MAR) 23.01; 9. Pahl (MAR) 24.16.1,600 relay: 1. Stevens Point (Belson, Cruz, Hatton, V. Kizewski) 3:24.38; 2. Wausau West (Ickert, Kumbera, Phillips, Weber) 3:25.72; 3. Marshfield (Klement, Wojt, Spindler, Pahl) 3:33.59; 4. Merrill (Nevada Laabs, Kade Bonnell, Kylor Greene, Grund) 3:40.07.Discus: 1. Tyler Peterson (MAR) 149-9; 2. Mueller (DC) 147-1; 3. Scott (SP) 133-4; 4. Jakob Tordsen (WW) 132-9; 5. Jon Wittman (MAR) 131-5.Pole vault: 1. Darren Sanchez (DC) 15-0; 2. John Cihlar (WW) 13-9; 3. Connor Pliska (SP) 12-9; 4. Phoenix Ehn (WE) 12-0; 10. Taylor Schreiner (MAR) 10-6.Triple jump: 1. Anderson (MER) 43-8.5; 2. Spindler (MAR) 42-3; 3. Phillips (WW) 42-1; 4. Mancl (SP) 41-7.25; 5. Pahl (MAR) 41-5.3,200 relay: 1. Stevens Point (Belson, Franz, Cruz, Hatton) 8:25.22; 2. Wausau West (Kumbera, Eric Zengler, Adam Stichman, Josh Kurth) 8:34.62; 3. D.C. Everest (Carr, Spooner, Eric Weaver, Zach Ostrowski) 8:40.71; 4. Wausau East (Axel Treinen, Nicholas Lange, Bryan Lemmer, Charlie Brimacombe) 8:47.99; 5. Marshfield (Jordan Dzikowich, Paul Fischer, Jared Oemig, Huettl) 9:37.07.3,200: 1. Tanko (SP) 10:16.83; 2. Franz (SP) 10:17.92; 3. Anthony Anderson (DC) 10:25.21; 4. Treinen (WE) 10:30.07; 8. Fischer (MAR) 11:57.25. Spindler, Wojt, Kupfer move on in multiple individual eventsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Marshfield had nine individuals qualify in 13 events and four relays that will also move on to the sectionals after competition at the WIAA Division 1 track and field regional on Wednesday at Wausau West High School.The top four finishers move on to the Division 1 sectional at Goerke Field in Stevens Point on Friday.Martha Kupfer won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 7 inches, and Ashley Holubets took first in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 47.33 seconds for the Marshfield girls’ two regional titles. Kupfer also qualified in the long jump, taking third with a jump of 17-5 ¾.Winning the regional for the Marshfield boys was Tyler Peterson, who took first in the discus with a throw of 149-9. Peterson, who also was a favorite to move on to sectionals in the shot put, did not get out of preliminaries in the event.Both Marshfield teams finished fourth in the team standings. Stevens Point won both regional team titles.Other individuals qualifying for the Marshfield girls were Alexa Aumann, who was second in the 400 (1:02.20); Stephanie Rhodes (second in the high jump, 5-0); Amy Martorano (third in the discus, 108-5); and Olivia Tierney (third in the 100, 13.15).The 800 relay team of Holubets, Courtney Brown, Emma Boson, and Kupfer was third in 1:48.86; the 1,600 relay team of Holubets, Aumann, Dani Bender, and Kupfer was third in 4:09.05; and the 800 team of Maddie Nikolai, Mariah Goeppinger, Boson, and Tierney was fourth in 52.14 to also move on to sectionals.Senior Will Spindler will move on in three events for the Marshfield boys. He took second in the triple jump (42-3), third in the 300 hurdles (41.25), and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.93).Calden Wojt was second in the 400 (51.30); third in the 200 (23.01); and will join Spindler, Deven Klement, and Chris Pahl on the 1,600 relay team at sectionals after they finished third in 3:33.59.The top three in each event at the sectional will qualify for the 2015 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on June 5-6.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2015 WIAA Division 1 Track & Field RegionalMay 27, at Wausau Westlast_img read more

SA backs Nigerian for World Bank chief

first_img23 March 2012 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said his country fully supported Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature for the position of next World Bank chief, as Nigeria, South Africa and Angola jointly announced her nomination on Friday. “We are very proud as Africa and certainly this constituency to confirm that the Minister of Finance of Nigeria is going to be a candidate for the president of the World Bank,” Gordhan said on Friday – the day nominations close in Washington for the top post of the international body. Gordhan was speaking in Pretoria ahead of a constituency meeting of the World Bank between South Africa, Angola and Nigeria.A candidate of choice ‘not just in Africa’ Okonjo-Iweala is serving a second term as Nigeria’s finance minister, and has worked in a senior post at the World Bank for several years. Gordhan described her as being “very experienced”, adding that she holds eminent academic qualifications. “She would be a candidate of choice not just on the African continent but well beyond as well,” Gordhan said. The constituency meeting between South Africa, Nigeria and Angola forms part of the world body’s three sub-Saharan constituencies out of a total of 25 constituencies. Gordhan’s meeting with Okonjo-Iweala and Angolan Planning Minister Ana Dias Lourenco began on Thursday.Call for transparent, merit-based selection Gordhan added that the G20 had made a decision that future processes for the selection of heads of international finance institutions like the World Bank needed to be open, transparent, democratic and merit-based. “We believe that the candidature of Minister Okonjo-Iweala enables those that are going to make this decision in Washington to have before them an eminently qualified individual who can balance the needs of both developed and, importantly, developing countries,” Gordhan said. Okonjo-Iweala would also “provide a new vision and sense of mission to the World Bank and its relevance, particularly to developing countries across the globe”. South Africa and Angola have committed themselves to mobilise support for the Nigerian minister through the various bodies to which they belong on the continent.South Africa to lobby for BRICS support The countries will garner support for her candidature at next week’s meeting of the continent’s finance ministers in Addis Ababa, as well as at the BRICS summit in India, where South Africa will encourage Brazil, Russia, India and China to support Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy. The World Bank is expected to choose its next leader before its Spring meeting in late April. Asked about other nominated candidates, Gordhan said the US was expected to field a candidate later on Friday. “We’ve heard the name of a Columbian academic and former finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo, and Prof Jeffrey Sachs has made himself available. There could well be last minute surprises that we are unaware of,” Gordhan said. Okonjo-Iweala said she hoped the contest she faced would be merit-based and that those nominated applied their best minds in the interviewing processes. “I hope that the best candidates come forward,” she said. “I consider the World Bank [as] a very important institution for the world, particularly developing countries deserving of the best leadership. I look forward to a contest of very strong candidates. Am I confident? Absolutely,” she said. Okonjo-Iweala said it would be premature for her to lay out her vision for the World Bank. The current president of the institution, Robert Zoellick, announced in February that he would step down at the end of June. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Centre to focus on childhood development

first_img23 April 2014A new Centre of Excellence in Human Development has been established by the Department of Science and Technology to help address early child development challenges in South Africa.Michael Masutha, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, launched the new centre on Tuesday, which is to be co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is one of five such centres approved by the department in the past month.The centres have been established to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research among research-performing institutions, and to provide high-end skills development in priority research areas.Masutha said that early childhood development (ECD) had been declared by the Office of the President as a “national priority” in 2004. Since then, directives had been issued for municipalities to include ECD planning in their integrated development plans.The National Integrated Plan for ECD was published in 2005, and the Children’s Amendment Act passed in 2007, helping to strengthen the government’s commitment to providing children with a better start to life.“The centre will combine the multidisciplinary expertise of established scholars with dedicated research groups working on child development. The team’s diverse strengths will enable a better understanding of the challenges in respect of child development in South Africa, improve the country’s ability to address these challenges, and advocate for the most cost-effective interventions to give all children the best possible start in life,” he said.According to the SA Child Gauge report released by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, 58% of children in South Africa lived below the lower poverty line (R604 per month) in 2011. Current global trends indicate that by 2015 one in four children under the age five will suffer from stunted growth, a clear sign of malnutrition which affects children’s physical and cognitive development and capacity to learn.The World Bank says that up to 57% of young children in developing countries have no access to preschool. In sub-Saharan Africa the figure is 83% – and children living in the poorest households are up to 10 times less likely to attend early childhood education programmes than those living in the richest.Cheryl Potgieter, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities at University of KwaZulu-Natal, said the centre was in line with the millennium development goals and would “focus on human capacity, particularly economic participation and health, which will contribute significantly to enhancing and empowering the youth, and ultimately all South African citizens”.The research at the centre will help improve decision-makers’ understanding of the conditions, dynamics and the efficacy of these policies for people living in poverty.last_img read more

South Africa enters solar power world top 10

first_img8 July 2014 South Africa has now connected more than half a gigawatt of utility-scale solar power, moving into the world top 10 of countries harnessing renewable energy from the sun, according to figures released last month by Wiki-Solar.org. Wiki-Solar is a leading authority on the deployment of utility-scale solar power – photovoltaic (PV) power stations of 5 to 10 megawatts (MW) and above. The United States tops Wiki-Solar’s list of the top 10 markets for utility-scale solar power, with 349 solar plants together generating 6 498 MW, followed by China (4 607 MW), Germany (3 428 MW), India (1 897 MW), Spain (1 680 MW), the UK (1 523 MW), Italy (875 MW), Canada (714 MW), and France (677 MW). South Africa is in 10th spot, with 15 solar plants now contributing 503 MW to the country’s electricity grid. Most of these plant were built under the first round of the government’s renewable energy programme for private producers – and with several solar projects still under construction, and contracts for further projects having been signed, South Africa is likely to climb still further up Wiki-Solar’s rankings. In November, the Department of Energy signed agreements with 17 new preferred bidders in the third round of the programme, following the signing off of 47 projects in the first and second rounds, bringing to 64 the total number of renewable energy projects approved by the government since December 2011. Once they are all operational, the 64 projects – representing foreign and domestic investment of over R100-billion – will add around 3 900 megawatts of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to South Africa’s energy mix. And in his State of the Nation address last month, President Jacob Zuma said the government would push ahead with the fourth round of the programme so as to take advantage of wind, solar, biomass and other technologies that increased opportunities for rural development in the country. First-round solar projects that are delivering power to South Africa’s national grid include: SAinfo reporter The 75 MW Lesedi and 75 MW Letsatsi plants situated in the Northern Cape and Free State provinces respectively, built by a consortium lead by US company SolarReserve.The 75 MW Kalkbult solar plant near Petrusville in the Northern Cape, built by Norwegian-based company Scatec Solar with local partners.The 50 MW De Aar and 50 MW Droogfontein solar plants near De Aar and Kimberley in the Northern Cape, built and operated by a consortium led by British company Globeleq.The 22 MW Herbert and 11 MW Greefspan solar plants in the Northern Cape, built by US firm SunPower and owned by a joint venture between Spain’s AMDA energy and South Africa’s Alt-E Technologies.last_img read more

Missing the Point of WordPress Entirely

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise#Features A post by Kevinjohn Gallagher on “no longer recommending WordPress” to his clients has gotten a bit of traction lately. While there’s legitimate criticism to be leveled at WordPress, Gallagher’s isn’t (for the most part) it. If you’re approaching WordPress with the expectation that it’s the be-all and end-all of content management systems (CMSes) you’re going to be sorely disappointed. And frankly, I hope WordPress never tries to fit the ridiculous list of requirements that Gallagher tries to saddle it with.Apparently this has been brewing for a while, judging by Gallagher’s comments on WPTavern in December. While Gallagher has a few legitimate complaints (no doubt many users wish the admin UI would just settle down a bit), carping about lack of reporting and support for IE6 demonstrates criteria that are more than a bit out of whack. What Is And What Should Never BeLet’s look at some of Gallagher’s requirements, and ask ourselves was WordPress ever intended to do these things or were the expectations a little off?You can approach any piece of software and walk away completely disappointed if your expectations are out of whack. Gallagher’s complaints are as much a reflection on his poor choice of software as any failings on the behalf of WordPress.Gallagher says that WordPress has “no, or severely limited” document management, workflow management, single sign-on, digital asset management, publishing options, WYSIWYG editing, multi-lingual and many others. WordPress.org describes WordPress as “web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.”As WordPress has grown, it’s cautiously taken on the CMS label, but it does not promise to be a full-blown content management system in the old school tradition of biggie CMS installations. And despite the fact that many folks pine for WordPress to become the Swiss Army knife of CMSes, it simply cannot while staying true to its core community. Designing “beautiful” websites has very little to do with digital asset management features. Single sign-on is something that would be nice to have in WordPress, but is it really something that would benefit a large percentage of WordPress users for the effort required? Is true WYSIWYG editing really promised or required to build a Web site, or even necessary in any CMS? Many of the features Gallagher wishes for are available via plug-ins, though perhaps not implemented exactly as Gallagher would wish. For example, you can get some document management with plugins. You can get workflow management with a plugin. Note that these may not suit your tastes, but then again – they might not suit your taste if they were implemented in core WordPress, either. The nice thing is that you can get different implementations that suit different use cases. WP Document RevisionsIt’s also worth noting that some of Gallagher’s complaints about WordPress are inaccurate, overly vague or exaggerated. I’m not even sure what n-to-n sharing is, and trying to find that on Google didn’t help. (Any CMS gurus care to enlighten me in the comments?) The claims that WordPress beta didn’t work in Windows at all is a gross exaggeration. And it’s a bleeping beta anyway. And was this in Internet Explorer, or all browsers? I suspect when Gallagher says “Windows” he really means “old versions of Internet Explorer.” Setting ExpectationsYou can approach any piece of software and walk away completely disappointed if your expectations are out of whack. Gallagher’s complaints are as much a reflection on his poor choice of software as any failings on the behalf of WordPress. As he even says in his post, “Our clients have consistently given us worse and worse feedback on the update process, and asked for more and more features that WordPress simply isn’t capable of. That is not a criticism of the software itself, though I know many will think that, it’s just that it’s not able to do what we constantly try to make it do.”Well, yeah. WordPress also doesn’t make me waffles and wash my socks. Then again, I never expected it to.Long story short? Gallagher utterly failed himself and clients if he’s been banging away at WordPress for four years with increasing disappointment. While requirements do emerge over time in any project, it sounds a lot like the biggest failure here was in gathering requirements at the start of the project and ensuring that WordPress met them. As I’ve said here and elsewhere a number of times, I’m a big fan of Vim. It matches my requirements for a text editor perfectly, but it’s simply not suitable for any users who are unwilling to put in the time/effort. It’s not suitable for those who need something radically different, like revision tracking features in Microsoft Word. Want an editor that runs on the iPad? Sorry. That’s not a failing on the part of Vim, it’s simply a mismatch. All too CommonUnfortunately, Gallagher’s reaction to WordPress is typical. It sounds very much like Gallagher plunged into recommending WordPress without really scoping his client’s requirements under the assumption that it can do anything. WordPress does have its failings (so do the other CMSes) but it’s also chock full of awesome for a wide range of projects. Part of supporting WordPress is knowing what those projects are.Gallagher, his firm and his clients should use whatever works for them, of course. It doesn’t sound like WordPress fits the bill for whatever requirements they have, and that’s fine. But don’t slag WordPress (or any other software) for failing to deliver something it never promised in the first place. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… joe brockmeier 1 Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

US Justice Department to launch expansive new investigation into big tech firms

first_img HomeDigital MarketingUS Justice Department to launch expansive new investigation into big tech firms Posted on 24th July 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), The Justice Department (DOJ) is launching a new investigation into whether big tech companies are “unlawfully stifling competition.” It will take aim at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Notably absent is Microsoft, once the primary focus of the government’s antitrust ire. Taking investigations to another level. The WSJ says, “The review is designed to go above and beyond recent plans for scrutinizing the tech sector that were crafted by the department and the Federal Trade Commission.” Several months ago the FTC and DOJ each agreed to divide up investigation of the big tech firms, with the FTC taking a look at Facebook and Amazon and the DOJ taking Google/Alphabet and Apple. The FTC recently fined Facebook $5 billion for alleged violations of a 2011 consent decree that required the company to do a better job of protecting user privacy. This new DOJ investigation is apparently more sweeping and will review “how the most dominant tech firms have grown in size and might—and expanded their reach into additional businesses.” It will also explore how they benefit from “network effects” and their impact on competition.There’s also yet another, though unconfirmed, antitrust investigation brewing against Alphabet according to the WSJ. And while today’s report suggests that the FTC and DOJ will coordinate their parallel investigations, the DOJ appears to now be taking the lead with a new more aggressive posture. One door closes, another opens. In 2013, the FTC closed a multi-year investigation into alleged “search bias” at Google, as well as related issues. The settlement reached by Google and the agency required a number of minor changes to Google’s business practices, but nothing structural. Since that time Google critics have lamented that the agency merely delivered a slap on the wrist. But that was a very different time and political climate. Today both the right and the left are angry at Google and Facebook for different reasons and so the stars have aligned to support these investigations, which are partly motivated by concern about competition and partly political vendetta. Separately, the House Judiciary Committee has also been examining issues of competition and market power in the technology sector, around questions of:Whether and where competition is lacking in digital marketsWhether large companies are suppressing competitionWhether Congress and regulators need to do more “to address Big Tech’s dominance”Why we should care. The European Commission has been very aggressive in the past several years investigating and fining Google, and Facebook to a lesser degree. These broad, new investigations in the U.S. could result in fines, which have thus far not been very impactful, but also could bring recommendations for more fundamental change or even the breakup of these companies (though unlikely). Some analysts have cheered the prospect of breaking up Google and Facebook as a means to “unlock additional shareholder value.” Any such demands from the government would also have to win in court, which is far from certain. In the interim it would likely be business as usual for marketers. The post US Justice Department to launch expansive new investigation into big tech firms appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: US Justice Department to launch expansive new investigation into big tech firms Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 US Justice Department to launch expansive new investigation into big tech firmsYou are here:last_img read more

Lecce stun nine-man Cagliari

first_img 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/ Cagliari were 2-0 up and cruising until they self-destructed against Lecce, who extraordinarily salvaged a 2-2 draw in Monday’s rearranged fixture. Click here for a full match report.last_img

Suspects to be arraigned in court for recent murders

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, February 26, 2017 – Nassau – Excellent police work and overwhelming support from members of the public has resulted in police charging several suspects in connection with a number of recent murders. The suspects will be arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court, Nassau Street on Monday 27th February 2017 at 12:00 noon, to be formally charged.They are: A 16 – year old male and a 24 – year old male for the Murder of Leonardo Sweeting, the attempted Murder of Robert Munroe, Philip Rolle and a 1 – year old infant girl that occurred at Scott Street on 23rd February 2017.Two adult males for the Murder of Kurt Arista and the Attempted Murder of Dino Lorflus that occurred at Durham Street on 3rd February 2017.An adult male for the Murder of Clarence Gibson and the Attempted Murder of Shannahan Sweeting that occurred at Knowles Drive off Tonique Darling Highway on 19th February 2017.Press Release: RBPF#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

How Game Informer LevelsUp Print Subscriptions

first_imgAdditionally, as the loyal subscriber ages, the magazine does too. According to a recent survey, 91 percent of Game Informer readers are now 21 years old or over.“A majority of our readers echo a generation of gamers who have matured while maintaining video games as a hobby,” Borm says. “Many of these readers are career professionals who have families of their own and depend on Game Informer as their entertainment resource.”Andy McNamara, editor-in-chief, says that many subscribers have been loyal since the first issue of Game Informer from August 1991, which featured gaming tips for Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, in order to maintain its hold of readers’ attention, Game Informer evolves with both the gaming industry and the expectations of its subscribers to incorporate the wide variety of new and innovative games its readers are playing.“[Game Informer] organically reflects the nature of the content found in video games,” Borm says. “It directly mirrors the majority of the gaming community who has aged and matured in harmony with the games themselves.” Where the magazine may have once focused on usual classics like Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario Bros., the publication now features an arrangement of games, including mature-ratings like Grand Theft Auto.Moreover, Borm says that it is due to their “true to the game” mentality when reviewing and covering games that Game Informer can hold its ranking as the fourth-largest consumer magazine in the U.S. by circulation. “Our editors are true journalists—and gamers—who are a vital part of leading and engaging the gaming community via their advocacy. These relationships are earned over time and as a result of the content we provide our fans,” he says.Interests far beyond gamingA major revenue booster, however, is knowing which advertisers align with the magazine’s subscribers. Borm says the brand’s base of ad categories range from auto to theatrical releases, but all aim at the youngest generations.“Game Informer magazine is the most efficient and effective ad buy for brands seeking the attention of Millennials and/or the Gen X demos,” says Borm. He adds that popular alcohol companies like to run ads in their publication because some of their main targets are career-professional males whose interests “go far beyond gaming” — aka a major demographic within the magazine’s readership.And though the brand’s print circulation has been thriving, this is not the only platform where the company sees success. With an average of almost 2.3 million paid subscribers monthly to the digital issue, the digital magazine version is the largest digital consumer magazine in the U.S. and unofficially the world, according to Borm.“Our stories about video games, which inherently feature motion and sound, come to life in our digital magazine version, so it’s a differentiator for us and for our subscribers,” he says.The brand’s digital presence doesn’t stop there. As a companion to the magazine, the exclusive content from the publication is later posted to the website, which otherwise will generally hosts a strong presence of online video game news.“In balance with all mediums, we don’t underestimate the long-lasting value of earning access to the consumer’s coffee table,” says Borm. One of five special covers designed by Greg Semkov for the 300th issue of Game Informer.Upon the release of its 300th issue this month, Game Informer is looking at some of the highest subscriber figures in its recent history—specifically in print.With Alliance for Audited Media data indicating steady growth in overall print and digital subscriptions, Game Informer reported an increase of over one million print subscribers over the last year alone, bringing its year-end total to 5.3 million.Associate publisher of Game Informer Rob Borm attributes the brand’s success to refining its niche audience and orchestrating the careful blend of its partnerships, content and focus. “Our continued growth reflects a combination of uniquely catered components that include the right magazine video game content being presented by the right organization in the right place to the right audience at the right time.”Knowing its subscriber is what makes Game Informer successful by staying competitive, maturing with its reader, and honing in on ads that profitably align with its audience.Staying consistent with a maturing audienceKeeping the subscription cost at a low $19.98 annually and single copies at $5.99, Borm says that it’s important for the brand to remain consistent for the readers, which also gives the magazine the upper hand compared to competitors.last_img read more