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Call it a comeback: Serena Williams to 3rd Rd at French Open

first_imgCavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is dealing with anxiety Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, attributed much of the poor start to this outing coming about 48 hours after the first match of her comeback following a two-month break. She arrived in Paris having played only four matches all season — none on the red clay used at Roland Garros, and none at a major tournament since she won her 23rd such title at the Australian Open in January 2017, while pregnant.“She had no energy. She was struggling to move,” Mouratoglou said, adding that he had hoped for rain to postpone the match against Barty until Thursday. “She was struggling to use her legs on the serve and she was making much too many mistakes.”And then?“This ability to turn a match around and suddenly be like a superhero, basically — she’s normal and suddenly, Poom!” he said, snapping fingers on both hands. “Something happens, and she transforms into someone who’s almost unreachable at the level she gets to. This is something she’s always had. It’s really special, but that’s also why she is who she is.”Williams started yelling and pumping her fist after pretty much every point that went her way. It woke up Williams’ game. Might have startled Barty, too. As big a hitter as Barty is in her own right, she is hardly in Williams’ class — who is? — and never has been past the third round at a major tournament.ADVERTISEMENT The 36-year-old American, who became a mother on Sept. 1, grabbed four consecutive games over a span of less than 15 minutes to lead 4-1 in the second set, which soon enough would be hers. She gained control of the third almost immediately, breaking to go ahead 2-1, then holding for 3-1.After only three winners in the first set, she had 25 the rest of the way.“When push came to shove, the real Serena came out. And that’s one of her best assets: When her back is against the wall, the best comes out,” Barty said. “And that happened early in the second, and early in the third again.”When Williams served out the victory with a backhand winner down the line, she raised both arms. In the stands, Mouratoglou, shook his fist.“I felt like it’s been a long way and a long journey, and I’m still getting there, you know. But I have been working really hard, for a really long time,” said Williams, who is ranked 451st, 450 spots below her career high. “I just am hoping that every day I’m out there, every match I’m out there … it will come together.”Next for Williams is a third-round match against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany.Get through that, and Williams would face either five-time major champion Maria Sharapova or 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova. Williams beat Pliskova’s twin sister, Kristyna, in the first round in Paris.There were, to be sure, plenty of other big names in action Wednesday, including victories for Sharapova, No. 1-ranked Simona Halep and 10-time men’s champion Rafael Nadal.But the 2018 French Open is, first and foremost, about Williams and her return to a Grand Slam stage.“She’s not quite at the level she was when she was at her best, but that’s normal. That’s expected,” Barty said. “But her level when she’s not quite on her best is still bloody good.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And then, suddenly, after unleashing one particularly powerful backhand return winner that she punctuated with a shout, Williams was back. She was animated. Determined. Dominant, even. Shaking off some rust in her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth nine months ago, Williams recalibrated her shots and erased a deficit of a set and a break to beat 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that ended shortly before dusk.“I lost the first set, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to try harder. I’ve got to just try harder,’ she told the crowd afterward. “And Serena came out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWell put.Williams had all sorts of trouble in the opening set, compiling 12 unforced errors. By the time the second set was merely one game old, she had been broken twice in the match, each time at love, a rather surprising development for the owner of one of her sport’s most dangerous serves. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Serena Williams of the U.S. screams after scoring a point against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — After playing so infrequently, it’s as if Serena Williams is starting from scratch.Sure looked that way for a bit more than a half-hour in the French Open’s second round on Thursday, when she dealt with muscle soreness, a lack of verve and a bunch of mistakes. So many mistakes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

4 Elementary Schools under Construction in Nimba

first_imgThe local authority of Nimba County has signed contractual agreements with four construction companies to construct four elementary schools in Sanniquellie Administrative District of Electoral District #2.Over the weekend, the four companies, Origin Construction Company, Liberia Reconstruction Group Incorporated, Jireh Construction Expertise Incorporated, and Textual Accuracy Construction and Consultancy, signed separate agreements to construct the elementary schools in Gbonnie, Zolowee, Kinnon, and Gehwee towns.The County Acting Project Management Committee Chairman, Eddie Z. Tenwah, who made the disclosure yesterday via a mobile phone interview, put the cost of the projects at US$166,313.10.According to Mr. Tenwah, construction of the four schools will be completed in three months in keeping with the contractual agreement.Each of the units, when completed, will consist of six class rooms, a principal’s office and teachers’ lounge; a special toilet for the staff and another for general use.As for the Gboa Gehwee project, it is funded from the BHP Billiton affected communities which amounted to 20 percent of allocation, while the Kinnon, Zolowee, and Gbonie projects are funded from the Arcelor Mittal Social Development Fund, with similar percentages of allocation for the most affected communities.BHP Billiton and ArcelorMittal are both mining companies operating in the old mining Town of Yekepa.Superintendent Fong G. Zuagele, who signed the agreement for the county administration, said the contracts satisfied Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) procedures, and would be closely monitored.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DOHERTY SLAMS PROPOSAL TO TAKE WATER CHARGES FROM WAGES AND SOCIAL WELFARE

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has slammed a proposal to take unpaid water charges bills from wages and social welfare payments.He was referring to a section in the new Civil Debt (2015) Bill that would allow Irish Water to take court proceedings in order to make such attachments.He said it is no coincidence that they are doing both of these in the same week.Councillor Doherty said “This represents another desperate attempt by the Government to bully people into paying their water charges and to get Irish Water up and running. As with the railroading through of measures to penalise tenants and home owners, this Bill has only been published this afternoon even though it is to come before the Dáil next week.“We do know that it will contain a proposal to dip into people’s wages and social welfare payments. That contrasts starkly with how this Government has dealt with elites who have taken advantage of tax avoidance schemes. It is a vicious attack on people with low incomes.“As with the Government proposals to attach unpaid water charges to people’s homes, Sinn Féin will be strongly opposing this latest proposal next week in the Dáil.“Along with their refusal to state how many people have actually paid their water charges, we are clearly dealing with a desperate attempt by the Government to frighten people prior to the Summer recess, and before the EU decides on the status of Irish Water’s dubious finances.”DOHERTY SLAMS PROPOSAL TO TAKE WATER CHARGES FROM WAGES AND SOCIAL WELFARE was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalwater chargeslast_img read more

Taggers’ lament: Volunteers to whitewash Glendale’s graffiti

first_imgGLENDALE – They’ll head out with buckets and paint and come back later to party – all in a day’s work for the hundreds of volunteers painting out graffiti and cleaning up Glendale. Saturday’s event is part of a nationwide cleanup campaign organized by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. Organizers in Glendale expect 600-800 volunteers to participate. Volunteers will meet by Glendale police headquarters and eat breakfast before getting to work. Two hundred participants will drive over to the Los Angeles River to remove graffiti. Other volunteers will fan out with buckets, paint and tongs, cleaning up vacant lots, streets, pedestrian tunnels and a bridge. This year’s campaign will have 30,000 events nationwide. “It’s like a patchwork quilt, when you think of all the things that happen across the country,” Cunningham said. Glendale’s event is organized by the city’s Neighborhood Services division and the Committee for a Clean and Beautiful Glendale, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 ——— IF YOU GO The Great Graffiti Paint-Out and Community Clean-Up Day will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Glendale Police Department, 131 N. Isabel St. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter a couple hours of working, volunteers will trickle back to the front of police headquarters building to mingle and listen to a performance from the Glendale High School band. “It gets the community involved in a very worthwhile project, and that’s to clean up the neighborhoods of graffiti and trash,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. “And at the same time I think it impresses a sense of city pride on the kids, the young children who are participating, not to get involved in any activities that are destructive or vandalizing the city,” he said. “The Great American Cleanup” is a nationwide campaign in its 21st year, running from March 1 to May 31. Last year, volunteers nationwide collected 208 million pounds of litter while park rangers power-washed Mount Rushmore for the first time since 1941, said Gail Cunningham, vice president of Keep America Beautiful. last_img read more

Will Luke Shaw play? Man United predicted line-up vs Watford

first_img Rashford will miss the next three games How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 3 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 REVEALED “He was never, never out of selection, so he knows and that’s the most important thing. But again, media is very important and I think it’s important the Manchester United supporters know the truth.”Mourinho confirmed Luke Shaw, who was voted United’s Player of the Month for August,  is available for selection despite suffering a serious-looking head injury on England duty against Spain.The United boss remains without Marcos Rojo and summer-signing Diogo Dalot, who will both return from injury for the Under-23s against Reading on Friday night.This is how talkSPORT.com expects the Red Devils to line up on Saturday: Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 highlights If the Red Devils are to bring an end to Watford’s win-streak, they must do so without Marcus Rashford, who begins his three-game suspension following a controversial red card in United’s win over Burnley.Rashford’s future at United has been the subject of much debate after he scored in back-to-back England games against Spain and Switzerland.Jamie Carragher insisted he must leave Old Trafford to find more game-time, but Jose Mourinho launched an impassioned defence on Friday, demanding that United fans are ‘told the truth’.He said: “Since I’ve been here, Rashford has been selected for every single match – he was never, not even for one day, out of selection because of my decision or because he was injured or, like in this case, because he is suspended. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade United returned to winning ways against Burnley center_img impact smart causal silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Man United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, Fred, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, SanchezYou can listen to full commentary of the Vicarage Road clash LIVE on talkSPORT from 17:30 on Saturday, September 15. MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS possible standings RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Manchester United travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday in a bid to end Watford’s remarkable 100% Premier League record.The Hornets have four wins from four games, featuring an impressive 2-1 comeback victory over Spurs before the international break. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more last_img read more

FORMER TD HARRY BLANEY DIES

first_imgHarry Blaney was responsible for the Blaney Bridge. Picture by Francis Diver, Tirconail Tribune.FORMER DONEGAL TD Harry Blaney has died.Mr Blaney was 85 and passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital last night.He was a son of Neal Blaney, who was a TD from 1927 to 1948. Mr Blaney was elected to Dáil Éireann in 1997 after defeating Fine Gael’s Paddy Harte and retired at age 74 at the 2002 general election after serving one term.At grassroots level he worked tireless at county council level and served on numerous committees.His son Niall was then a TD in the 28th and 29th Dail.Harry Blaney’s support for the 1997 Ahern government led to the construction of the Harry Blaney Bridge, which opened in 2009 to link the Rosguill and Fanad peninsulas across Mulroy Bay. The former Independent Fianna Fail man’s death comes just a few weeks after the death of Bernard McGlinchey. FORMER TD HARRY BLANEY DIES was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FORMER TD HARRY BLANEY DIESlast_img read more

UPDATE: ORANGE ALERT EXTENDED, BUT DONEGAL ESCAPES WORST OF STORM

first_imgAN Orange Alert weather warning has been extended in Donegal until 6pm.Wind will subside later tonight with temperatures then falling to between -1 and +2 degrees with widespread sharp or severe frost with icy stretches on untreated surfaces.Nationally ESB Networks has now restored supply to over 55,000 homes during the day, at this time there are approximately 15,000 without supply. At the moment we have over 1400 individual faults and while our crews will continue to work into the late evening, however some damage requires more extensive construction work to be carried out. This means that unfortunately, some customers – around 5,500 – will be without supply overnight. We will have more information on these areas by 6pm. However customers who have medical conditions, are living alone or are elderly, may need to make alternative arrangements overnight. A general update for areas:The south west and west continues to be the most severely affected with over 400 separate faults. We have 1,500 customers without supply in Bandon and 2,500 in Killarney. We estimate that about 2000 customers in the South West may be out overnight. The worst affected locations are Kenmare, Castlemaine. Woodford and Milltown and Tarbert. Tralee has Ballybunion , Moyvane and Tarbert affected. We also have isolated pockets with small numbers of customers affected.Newcastlewest and Ennis also have a large number of customers without power and it is unlikely that all of these will have power restored today.In the South East, the large fault in Arklow and Avoca has now been repaired and only a small number of customers remain without power. The North, North West and North East are less affected however some customers in Mullingar, Cavan and Dundalk remain without power. However we are continuing to work on these this evening. There is also a fault in Louisburgh.In the Dublin/Kildare area, the original fault in Naas was repaired however a new fault in Naas town is currently being assessed. Our crews are continuing to work to restore supply to Howth, Clontarf and Ratheny and hope to have power restored this evening. We are continuing to work on a fault in Shankill.We are re-deploying crews from areas less affected to help those locations experiencing more extensive damage.ESB Networks has asked that only customers who are able to report the location of damage to the electricity network should call on 1850 372 999.ESB Networks has asked that only customers who are able to report the location of damage to the electricity network should call on 1850 372 999. Customers are therefore requested, where possible, to check PowerCheck online at; http://www.esbpowercheck.ie or download the PowerCheck app to their mobile phone to see if the fault has been logged before contacting the call centre.ESB Networks is asking customers to report any fallen wires or emergency situations to 1850 372 999. Network Technicians are working as hard as possible to reach all customers as quickly as possible.ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully if you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoningturn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lostleave a light switched on so you know when power has been restoredtake extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flamestest smoke alarms with fresh batteriesensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.customers should also ensure they have batteries for radiosUPDATE: ORANGE ALERT EXTENDED, BUT DONEGAL ESCAPES WORST OF STORM was last modified: December 27th, 2013 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:ESBorange alertstiormupdatelast_img read more

YAP award winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals program recently announced award winners for their 2019 contests. Program participants are ages 18 to 35, single or married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Matt Vodraska of Doylestown has been named the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. In addition, Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mt. Vernon have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award.The Outstanding Young Farmer contest is designed to help young farmers strengthen their business skills, develop marketing opportunities and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Contestants are judged on the growth of their farm businesses and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.Vodraska won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, in January where he will participate in the national competition.Vodraska farms with his parents and brother on a diversified specialty fruit operation. He serves as president of the Wayne County Farm Bureau, has helped to shape public policy at the county and state levels and was a member of the inaugural AgriPOWER class in 2009. He also has been active in local and state activities with the Ohio Grape Association, Midwest Apple Improvement Association and Ohio Produce Growers Marketing Association.Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes successful young agriculturalKyle and Ashton Wallsprofessionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture. The Walls will receive an expense-paid trip to Austin, Texas, to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in January. They also receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau.Kyle is a Regional Agricultural and Commercial Business Manager for a mid-size community bank. Ashton is employed with one of the top global agricultural equipment manufacturers. The Walls have built and manage a herd of cow-calf Mexican Corriente cattle, which are primarily used for competitive rodeo events. They also raise laying hens for egg production.Kyle and Ashton are both active in Farm Bureau at the county, state and national levels: Ashton served for many years as a Knox County Farm Bureau board member and was recently accepted by American Farm Bureau to attend the Women’s Communication Boot Camp in Washington D.C. Kyle has future interest in running for an Ohio Farm Bureau State Board role to serve his district.Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, single or married, who farm or work in related industries and are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program, visit visit experienceyap.com.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.last_img read more

You might be a Caching Connoisseur if…

first_imgActionPoint value Drop off trackable1 Log a Found it on any geocache5 Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points15 Attend any event5center_img SharePrint RelatedYou might be a Caching Connoisseur if…September 25, 2018In “News”You might be a geocacher if…August 28, 2018In “News”You might be a Social Butterfly if…October 22, 2018In “News” Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From October 1 at noon UTC through October 29 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Caching Connoisseur” souvenir. Keep reading to learn October’s challenge below!In October, you might be a Caching Connoisseur if…There are no LPC (lamp-post caches), guardrails, or PnG’s (Park and Grabs) for you! You’re all about creativity, the higher the Favorite points the better, and like a fine wine these quality caches have stood the test of time.To earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir, earn 60 points individually on your Friend League beginning Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and ending at noon UTC Monday, October 29. During this time, earn higher points for finding geocaches with 10 or more Favorite points! A true connoisseur could achieve this score by finding four great caches. How many will it take you?The scoring*:Found a geocache with less than 10 Favorite points: 5Found a geocache with 10+ Favorite points: 15Attended Event: 5Drop Trackable: 1For example, if you log a geocache with over 10 Favorite points you will earn 15 points for logging the find, giving you a total of 15 points on your Friend League! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month. *The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, October 1 at noon UTC.FAQ:How do I play?Find different geocache types to individually collect 60 points on the Friend League between Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and Monday, October 29 at noon UTC and earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir.How can I earn points?If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points. *The max number of points you can earn for any find log is 15 points by finding a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points.For example, if you log a geocache with over 10 Favorite points you will earn 15 points for logging the find, giving you a total of 15 points on your Friend League! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month.What is the Friend League?The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. After October 1, the Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, October 29 at noon UTC when the next souvenir challenge will begin.Can I join at anytime?Of course! Join anytime between October 1 through October 29 and earn 60 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab.Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app?The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone’s web browser.My Friend League points aren’t correct. Help!If you change a Note, DNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.You logged on Monday, October 1 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will count towards the September challenge and not the October challenge.You saved a Draft on a Monday, October 1 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here).If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.What does UTC stand for?Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you five points.Still have a question?Having trouble logging your finds? Have a question about scoring? The best way to get answers quickly is to write to us using this form. Thanks and good luck!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Sponsor Post: The Limits of Tweet-Based Web Search

first_imgEditor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Many of the recent real-time search engines are based on Twitter. They use the URLs enclosed in tweets to discover and rank new and popular pages. In this post, we’ll take a look at the quantitative structure of the underlying foundation, to determine the feasibility and limits of this approach. We’ll also look at how to overcome these limitations by using the implicit Web.You may have seen recently the interesting visualization of Twitter statistics. It essentially proves that, as with other social services, only a small fraction of users actively contribute.But it also shows another fact: that those people who contribute publish an even smaller fraction of the information they know.Both of these factors account for the huge difference in efficiency between implicit and explicit voting. Explicit voting, as the name implies, requires users to actively express interest in a page; for example, by tweeting a link. Implicit voting requires no deliberate action on the part of the user; a simple visit to a Web page would count as a vote.A Quick CalculationTwitter now has 44.5 million users and delivers about 20,000 tweets per minute. If every second tweet contained a URL, that would be 10,000 URLs shared per minute.According to Nielsen, the number of visited Web pages per person per month is 1,591.Twitter’s 44.5 million users visit 1.6 million Web pages per minute and explicitly vote for only 10,000 per minute. That is to say, implicit voting and discovery generates 160 times more attention-getting data than explicit voting.This means that 280,000 implicit votes could provide as much information as 44.5 million explicit votes. Put another way, as many Web pages are implicitly discovered during one day as there are Web pages explicitly discovered during half a year.This dramatically shows the limits of Web searches based solely on explicit votes and mentions, searches whose potential could be leveraged by using the implicit Web.Beyond the MainstreamThis becomes even more important if we look beyond mainstream topics and the English language. Then it becomes simply impossible to achieve the critical mass of explicit votes needed to have statistically significant attention-based ranking or popularity-based discovery.Time and Votes Are PreciousTime is also a crucial factor, especially with real-time search. We want to be able to discover new pages as soon as possible. And we want to assess almost instantly how popular those new pages are. If we fail to reliably rank a page quickly, it will get buried in the noise. But the goals of speed and votes conflict with the fact that the number of votes a page gets is inversely proportional to the time it took to be viewed.Again a much higher frequency of implicit votes would help.Relevance vs. EqualityWe could also improve on explicit votes. But we should not treat them as being equal because they are not. We trust some of them more than others, and our interests overlap with some more than others, for the very same reason that we follow some people and not others. This helps us get more value and meaning out of that very first vote.FAROO is moving in this direction by combining real-time search with a peer-to-peer infrastructure.A Holistic ApproachDiscovering topical, fresh, and novel information has always been an important aspect of search. But the perception of what “recent” is has changed dramatically with the popularity of services such as Twitter, and it has led to the emergence of real-time search engines.Real-time search shouldn’t be a silo, but rather should be part of a unified and distributed approach to Web search.The era of purely document-centered search is over. The equally important roles of user and conversation, both as targets of search and as contributors to discovery and ranking, should be reflected in the infrastructure.A Distributed InfrastructureAs long as both source and recipient of information are distributed, then the natural design of search is distributed, too. P2P offers an efficient alternative to the ubiquitous concentration and centralization of search we find today.A peer-to-peer client allows every visited Web page to be implicitly discovered and ranked according to attention received. This is important, because the majority of pages in a real-time search are in the long tail. They appear once or not at all in the Twitter stream and can’t be discovered or ranked through explicit votes.With real-time search, the amount of indexed data is limited, because only recent documents (those that have gained a lot of attention and a high reputation) are accounted for in the index. This allows for a centralized infrastructure at a moderate cost. But as soon as search moves beyond the short head of real-time search and aims to fully index the long tail of the entire Web, then a distributed peer-to-peer architecture provides a huge cost advantage. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… rww sponsor 1center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more