Whittaker dreams of expanding Unity Cup

first_img Five matches Former national goalkeeper, Allien Whittaker, dreams of expanding his annual Allien Whittaker/SAP Sports Unity Cup football festival, scheduled for Turners Oval in Clarendon on Sunday at 8 a.m. The event, in its 12th staging, is usually held over one day, with teams playing one game over 90 minutes for a trophy. However, the Clarendon native has always dreamed of making it more than it is based on overwhelming requests from patrons for a longer version. But he said expansion is not possible with his limited support and resource. One-day format “The one day format has worked, but people always tell me to have a two-day tournament. But I would like a one-week tournament if I had sponsors,” he said. “I have sent sponsorship letters, but only FLOW ever gave me a response. But I hope to get sponsored, so teams can get jerseys and it can be easier, instead of everything coming straight out of my pocket,” Whittaker told The Gleaner. Whittaker’s support come from Patrick Sappleton, owner of SAP Sports, national footballer, Rodolph Austin, who provide trophies, and the owner and operator of Turners Oval. “The biggest support for the last two years is from the owner of the field. When people were asking for money, he just granted me permission.. He has filled a big gap,” he stated. The tournament, which is geared toward providing quality practice games for teams going into the schoolboy football season, has continue to be a main attraction for the community. “Only Clarendon College (CC) and Garvey Maceo, the two schools I attended, are fixed, the competition was built around them. Clarendon has been absent for the last two years, but Lenny Hyde (CC technical director) told me they will be back this year. Last year I turned down about six teams. People look forward to it, and it affords the teams a good practice game. Plus, they get to see a feature game with Humble Lion playing another Premier League team,” he said. Tens teams will contest five matches. The event opens with Lennon against Central High, then at 10, Munro plays Manchester high. Denbigh entertain Wolmer’s at noon, while Clarendon College take on Garvey Maceo at 2 p.m. The feature game between Premier League teams, Humble Lion and Dunbeholden starts at 4 p.m. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Gunfire hits vigil for 3 fire victims

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBezart on Monday said there did not appear to be a connection between the shooting and the vigil, which was being held to collect donations to pay for the girls’ funeral. “It just happened to be horrible luck as they were standing out there to collect money for the funeral,” she said. The three girls died after a fire ripped through an illegally converted garage apartment they were sleeping in about 2 a.m. Friday. The girls, 6-year-old Stephanie Aviles and 10-year-old Jasmine Aviles, died a few hours after the fire. Jocelin Aviles, 7, died Saturday morning at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center burn unit. Authorities still believe the fire at the home of a different aunt was sparked by a portable space heater plugged into an overloaded power strip, said Capt. Mike DuRee of the Long Beach Fire Department. Since the fire, there has been an outpouring of support from the community. Seal Beach resident Rudy Ceniseroz said he stopped by Monday to donate $100 because he read about the fire in the newspaper. “All three at one time. It couldn’t get any worse than that,” he said. Long Beach police officers Jack Dial and Sean Bookout made an extra stop Monday to the girls’ home while making their yearly toy drive rounds to needy families in the city. There are three other children – all under age 10 – in the family. “We’re here to do whatever we can,” Dial said. The officers brought bikes, wagons, games, puzzles – “every type of toy you can imagine,” he said. Honduras Consul General Vivian Panting also was at the house Monday to give the family “emotional and moral support.” The family is originally from Honduras, Panting said. kelly.puente@presstelegram.com hanna.chu@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As friends and relatives gathered at a Long Beach vigil for three young sisters killed in a fire, an aunt was hit by a stray bullet fired by a suspected gang member. The 22-year-old Long Beach woman was hit in the leg in the shooting at 7 p.m. Sunday and is recovering at a hospital, said Long Beach police Officer Jackie Bezart. Police believe the shooting near 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue was possibly gang-related, Bezart said. Two Latino males standing across the street from the gathering fired several shots, she said. A 17-year-old Long Beach boy, on the same side of the the street as the suspects, was hit in the upper torso. His injuries were not life-threatening. last_img read more

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Both sides forced to share spoils in tense Anfield game

first_img1 Mohamed Salah returned to haunt former club Chelsea but Liverpool were denied a hugely significant victory as Willian conjured an equaliser out of nothing at Anfield.Salah was tried, tested and discarded with indecent haste at Stamford Bridge but has been a revelation on Merseyside, topping the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals in 13 games after stabbing home from close range in the 65th minute.Yet Jurgen Klopp’s side were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw when substitute Willian floated the ball over Simon Mignolet in what could have been either a show of outrageous skill or sensational fortune.Victory would have catapulted Liverpool into the top four and left Salah basking in lashings of narrative given his baffling treatment at Chelsea – but the 85th-minute leveller left them three points behind their opponents in fifth.Both sides showed five changes from their midweek outings in the Champions League, leaving the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Cesc Fabregas and Willian starting on the bench.The alterations resulted in seven Englishmen taking the field, including Danny Drinkwater – making his first league start for Chelsea.Liverpool pressed high and hard as they won the initial scrap for territory, but the best their early forays yielded was a Salah curler which ended up in the stands.With Chelsea’s wing-backs retreating to form a back five at times, it required more than a little craft to unlock the door. Salah was the most obvious danger, a nimble-footed menace to Marcos Alonso and Gary Cahill on the right wing, but phase after phase broke down around the box.Chelsea were slower out of the blocks but had a clearer objective: find Eden Hazard and watch him go.The Belgian drew the first meaningful save of the match with a rasping strike at Mignolet’s near post and then teased out a glorious chance for the visitors.Hazard’s dribble pulled Liverpool out of shape and his deft pass put Drinkwater one on one with the goalkeeper. The midfielder’s run was perfect but his touch was heavy, inviting Mignolet to snuff out the danger.Salah popped up shortly before half-time, winning a yard of space from Cahill and pulling a left-footed effort just wide from the edge of the area to preserve an entertaining stalemate.Hazard, last seen barging Philippe Coutinho off the ball firmly but fairly in the box, was quick into the game after the restart, driving his side up the field with his faultless close control.But it was Liverpool who threatened to break the deadlock in unlikely circumstances, Sturridge flicking a dismissive effort at goal only to see Thibaut Courtois dive inexplicably over the ball as it crept wide.Gradually, the game was breaking open at both ends – Cahill surviving a borderline penalty appeal for handball and Alvaro Morata failing to connect properly with chances at both near and far post.Cesar Azpilicueta’s selfless block denied Sturridge but an opener now seemed as inevitable as the man who scored it.Coutinho’s break had almost come to nothing when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stretched a boot out, making a slim but essential touch towards Salah. The Egyptian was quick to accept, prodding his shot past Courtois but declining to celebrate as he was mobbed by team-mates.It looked to be enough to secure the points until Willian’s late arrival. Whether or not he fully intended to chip the ball delicately over a crowded box and dip it just under the crossbar was not immediately apparent. What was clear was Klopp’s men had allowed another winning position to escape them.Salah went close to winning it but Courtois parried his injury-time effort wide to quash a dream day for the Reds’ record signing. It is not clear whether Willian intended to lob Simon Mignolet last_img read more

Running back Zirbel returns to Saugus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I think Ryan kind of got wrapped in a process that snowballed,” Bornn said. “The bottom line is he missed his friends on the team, and he realized this is where he wanted to be.” Canyon High has hired as its top football assistant 34-year-old Chris Rzewuski, who previously was an assistant at Poway High. An experienced clinic instructor, Rzewuski replaces Scott Blade as Harry Welch’s on-campus assistant and linebacker coach. “This is really exciting because Chris worked for the ultimate football instruction guru, Billy Williams, who teaches NFL clinics,” Welch said. “The players have already bonded with him, and I think our linebacking will be a stronger position because of him. “He’s got a terrific personality, and I feel very good about this.” Welch said published reports that he threatened to quit if a new on-campus assistant wasn’t hired were misleading. Six days after officially checking out of Saugus High with plans to transfer to Alemany High of Woodland Hills, promising running back Ryan Zirbel returned to Saugus. “Ryan is not going anywhere. He’s staying right here,” Saugus coach Jason Bornn said. “He and his father came to my house last night and spent an hour in my living room. He wants to come back with his friends and stay at Saugus.” On Saugus’ freshman team last year, Zirbel rushed for a Foothill League-record 1,283yards – including 283against Valencia in the season finale – and 15 touchdowns, and he was also a top defensive player. Many consider Zirbel, 15, to be the future of Saugus football, a program starved for success in the shadow of state powers Hart, Canyon and Valencia. That’s what was so shocking when news broke of his departure last week, but for the Centurions the important thing is he’s back. “I never said that, but I was in a situation where I was the only varsity coach on staff, and that was just about mission impossible,” Welch said. Since Blade left, several applicants agreed to replace him, but none worked out. “They were good people, but their personal situations required them to return to other places of employment,” Welch said. Rzewuski also will help with special teams and running backs, and he’ll teach physical education on campus. Several newcomers have joined the staff, including former assistant Bryan Wilson, who has returned after a two-year break, along with Ray Green and ex-Canyon receiver Robert Hendricks. The holdovers are Dave Ends, John DiLuigi, Monterio Witherspoon and Tim Hollinger. “We were a staff of emptiness, but we’re a full staff now,” Welch said. In other Canyon football news, track standout Paul Ned, a senior who’d hoped to join the team as a kick-return specialist, has instead decided to concentrate on track and academics. Ned participated with the football team during several summer passing tournaments. Valencia High softball player Alyssa Ishibashi is enjoying a successful summer as a starting infielder for Valley Breeze, which also features Daily News Player of the Year Bianca Mejia (El Camino Real of Woodland Hills). Ishibashi has helped the Breeze remain in the hunt for an ASA Gold national championship in Oklahoma, the most competitive teenage softball tournament of the year. Winner’s-bracket competition continues today. Sacramento State football quarterback Marcel Marquez, who passed for more than 3,100 yards and accounted for 41 touchdowns at College of the Canyons last season, has fallen behind during summer drills because of a paperwork error. School officials are still waiting for his AA degree to be posted. Synergy, a Santa Clarita-based girls’ softball team (12-under), won the ASA national championship in Bloomington, Ind., last weekend, finishing 7-0 in the tournament after qualifying by winning a regional title. The team is sponsored by Synergy Sports and Tutoring, a training facility owned and operated by former Hart pitcher Samantha Ford, who won two national championships at UCLA. The players are: Karlee Bickford, Ali Cason, Christin Clark, Jenna Kelly, Janelle Lindvall, Sammie Murrietta, Kiana Qualos, Sara Shier, Emi Shimamoto, Lauren Spargo, Madeline Velasquez, and Katlin Wieselthier. The manager is Dave Shier, assisted by Tod Shimamoto. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want 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

Football Friday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HE SAID “Too early, too soon, too much. I don’t like it.” – Coach Harry Welch on Canyon being listed among nation’s top 20 teams this season. DID YOU KNOW Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks head coach Kevin Rooney, whose visiting Knights face Canyon tonight, lives in Santa Clarita. SPOTLIGHT Chris Chapman is the latest in a line of excellent Canyon kickers, connecting on field goals of 42 and 22 yards with three PATs in a 33-14 season-opening victory over Moorpark last week. Chapman, a returning senior who split kicking duties last season, also recorded five touchbacks on kickoffs. Last year, Chapman kicked one field goal with 61 PATs. OFF THE CHART Hart’s 34-0 loss to St. Bonaventure last week, the worst defeat in coach Mike Herrington’s 18-year career, was only the fourth Hart loss by 21 points or more during Herrington’s tenure. Here’s a list: DEFICIT YR SCORE 34 2006 St. Bonaventure 34, Hart 0 30 2004 Mission Viejo 50, Hart 20 25 1997 Peninsula 35, Hart 10 21 1994 Antelope Valley 36, Hart 15 Note: During the same 18-year stretch, Hart has 130 victories by 21 points or more. STANDINGS Canyon 1-0 1.000 Golden Valley 0-0 .000 Saugus 0-0 .000 Valencia 0-1 .000 Hart 0-1 .000 Others: West Ranch (freelance) 0-0; Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage) 0-0.last_img read more

Marshfield boys golf third in second leg of Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament

first_imgHanson, Schneider tie for eighth to lead TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — For the second-straight conference meet, the Marshfield boys golf team finished third in the standings as the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament continued with its second leg Tuesday at Greenwood Hills Country Club. D.C. Everest was the host school.Battling windy and chilly conditions, no individual broke 80 on the par-72 course. Stevens Point had a 340 to finish first, five shots ahead of Wausau West. Marshfield was third with a 361.Merrill’s Russell Dettmering was meet medalist with an 80, one shot ahead of the Stevens Point duo of Evan Thomas and Max Backer.Zach Hanson and Brendan Schneider each had 88s to lead Marshfield and finish in a four-way tie for eighth. Derek Michalski tied for 16th with a 92, Grant Michaelis was 18th with a 93, and Joe Kirschnik finished with a 96.Marshfield will compete in the third leg of the seven-meet conference tournament Friday at Merrill.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Golf TournamentMeet No. 2, May 2, at Greenwood Hills Country Club, Wausau (Host: D.C. Everest)Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 340; 2. Wausau West 345; 3. Marshfield 361; 4. D.C. Everest 365; 5. Wausau East 386; 6. Merrill 390; 7. Wisconsin Rapids 407.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: 1. Russell Dettmering (MER) 80; 2. Evan Thomas (SP) and Max Bancker (SP) 81; 4. Ben Langlois (WW) 82; 5. Matt Tuman (WE) 83; 6. Josh Yang (WW) 84; 7. Charlie Okray (SP) 86; 8. Hunter Ricklefs (WW), Zach Hanson (MAR), Brendan Schneider (MAR) and Sam Hagedorn (DC) 88; 16. (tie) Derek Michalski (MAR) 92; 18. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 93; 22. Joe Kirschnik (MAR) 96.Overall standings through Meet No. 2 of 7Team standings: 1. Wausau West and Stevens Point 13; 3. Marshfield 10; 4. D.C. Everest 8; 5. Wausau East 5; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 4; 7. Merrill 3.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield golfers: 1. Russell Dettmering (MER) 27; 2. Evan Thomas (SP) 26.5; 3. Josh Yang (WW) 25; 4. Ben Langlois (WW) 23; 5. Max Bancker (SP) 22.5; 6. Matt Tuman (WE) 20; 7. Charlie Okray (SP) 18; 8. Derek Michalski (MAR) 14; 9. Hunter Ricklefs (WW) 13.5; 10. Mike LaPree (WE) and Ben Peloquin (DC) 9; 12. Zach Hanson (MAR) 8; 13. (tie) Sam Hagedorn (DC) and Brendan Schneider (MAR) 6.5.last_img read more

Hashim Amla named South Africa’s test cricket captain

first_img “We would like to assure him of our continued support and commitment, as we have done for previous Proteas captains.” Leadership experience Amla previously captained the South African under-19 team and KwaZulu-Natal provincial side the Dolphins, but he chose to step down from the leadership role with the franchise to concentrate on his batting. The 31-year-old has scored 6 214 test runs at an average of 51.35, with 21 centuries and 27 fifties. He is the South African record holder for the highest score in a test innings of 311 against England in the first test at the Kennington Oval in London in July 2012. His first series in charge will in July be against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, where the Proteas will play two tests.‘An honour and a privilege’ “It is an honour and a privilege to be given this responsibility,” Amla said in a statement on Monday. “I would like to pay tribute to the leadership Graeme Smith has provided throughout my international career. This is an exciting challenge but one that I take on with positivity with our test team being in an exceptionally good space at the moment with the support of a strong core of senior players. “I have concentrated on taking my batting to the highest possible level, and now I feel I am in a position to make a contribution to South African cricket in a leadership role.”Unanimous decision Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat welcomed Amla’s appointment, which was taken with a unanimous decision by the CSA board of directors, saying: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Hashim on his appointment. “It is a reflection of the excellence and standing of our senior players that there was more than one quality candidate to consider for this most important leadership position. “Hashim is universally respected, both in South Africa and around the cricketing world, not only for his quality as a player, which has seen him ranked among the best batsmen in the world in both test and ODI cricket, but also for his personal qualities,” Lorgat said. “He has shown his steel in playing in the key number three batting position, one which he took over from Jacques Kallis with great success. “The manner in which he has adapted his game to suit the different forms of cricket speaks volumes for his skills to react to changing circumstances.”Respected Citing the standing Amla has earned in the world of cricket through the example he has set, Lorgat added: “He has earned particular respect as a role model for his humility and his upholding of the best traditions and spirit of the game. Becoming captain is a natural progression for his outstanding career and we are indeed fortunate to have a leader of his quality. “Stability has been one of the endearing qualities he has brought to the Proteas and this is important at a time when we have had to replace several key players in [Graeme] Smith, [Jacques] Kallis and [Mark] Boucher.”Sponsors’ support The sponsors of the Proteas’ test and one-day international teams, Castle Lager, added their congratulations, with South African Breweries Sponsorship and Castle Lager General Manager Alastair Hewitt saying in a statement: “We welcome and support the decision by Cricket SA and the coaching team and congratulate Hashim Amla on his well-deserved appointment.center_img 3 June 2014 Hashim Amla has been appointed captain of South Africa’s test cricket team, becoming the first black cricketer to hold the post permanently. He takes over from Graeme Smith, who retired earlier this year after a world record 109 matches in charge. Cricket South Africa made the appointment on Monday, naming AB de Villiers, who is captain of the Proteas’ one-day international team, as Amla’s deputy in the test team. South Africa’s first black test cricket captain was Ashwell Prince, who led the Proteas on a tour of Sri Lanka in July and August 2006 after Graeme Smith withdrew from the tour because of an injury. Highly respected throughout the cricket world, not only for his excellence as a batsman, but also for his calm demeanour, Amla becomes the fifth (permanent) South African test cricket captain since the country returned to international cricket in 1992. He follows in the footsteps of Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Shaun Pollock and Smith. Besides Prince, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis also served as stand-in captains during that time.last_img read more

Aggregate Knowledge’s Content Discovery – How Good is it, Really?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web No Actual Content Analysis?So based on my tests, it doesn’t seem like there is much – if any – semantic analysis of the page content in order to come up with the “More from BusinessWeek” links. Reading between the lines of the AK quote above, this discovery system is based on clicks and not content.It appears as if this is collaborative filtering – i.e. users who clicked X also clicked Y. This is basically the system that Amazon and Netflix use. For Aggregate Knowledge, collaborative filtering is still going to give interesting results. But how is it better than – for example – the ‘Related Entries’ plugin that we use here on ReadWriteWeb (which is based on tags, and so is much more closely aligned to the content itself). See bottom of this post for an example.Surely for media sites a content discovery system that analyzes the content of a page, such as Reuters Open Calais does, would give better results. Please let us know your opinion in the comments. No Apple or even tech stories are linked to. Here’s another example – about Russian police visiting BP offices. Curiously, this one lists an Apple story! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Aggregate Knowledge, which operates a content discovery network under the brand name Pique, today announced a deal with BusinessWeek to deliver “user-driven content suggestions” on their website. It’s the latest in a string of similar deals – Aggregate Knowledge powers “discovery” of both editorial content and product recommendations for over 100 websites, with a particular focus on retail and media. In this post we take a closer look at the implementation at BusinessWeek – and ask if the results come up to scratch.At last year’s Supernova, Aggregate Knowledge CEO Paul Martino referred to his company as the “world’s largest implicit social network.” The company told ReadWriteWeb today that media sites like BusinessWeek.com, WashingtonPost.com and LATimes.com are using Aggregate Knowledge’s Pique Discovery Network “to help users discover new and exciting content on their site.” The company has some high powered backing, including uber VC firm Kleiner Perkins.How Well Does it Work?Here’s how Aggregate Knowledge describes the system for BusinessWeek.com:“When a reader clicks on a breaking news story on the site, the Aggregate Knowledge Pique Discovery Window automatically provides user-driven content suggestions in the form of “More from BusinessWeek.” These suggestions are based on what visitors are actually reading across BusinessWeek.com.”I clicked some stories on the BusinessWeek.com homepage, and noticed a “More from BusinessWeek” list of links to the right of each story. However, none of these links seemed very relevant to the story. Check out this example from a story about Apple iTunes:last_img read more

How Storifying Occupy Wall Street Saved The News

first_img“All news is social now,” says Storify CEO and co-founder Burt Herman. Whoever’s on the ground is the reporter, and whoever’s curating on the Web is the editor. It doesn’t matter who is whom. “We always talk about quoting from the original sources, from politicians, companies and everybody else, but now the journalists who are normally reporting are the sources.”From a Dorm Room to the Front Page While career journalists were being removed from Zuccotti Park, Ben Doernberg was watching the Web from his dorm room at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Ben is a college junior, and journalism is not his major. But his Storify of the Occupy Wall Street raid reached tens of thousands of people and was embedded by the Washington Post.“This is not actually my first Storify,” he says, despite fun rumors to the contrary. “I was at Zuccotti Park about a month ago and happened to take a video that ended up getting on CNN, so this is kind of the second bizarre media day I’ve had in the last month.”Doernberg used Storify to track the reports of the media blackout. “I looked at Twitter around 1 o’clock, and everything was going insane,” Doernberg says. “By the time I decided to make a Storify, I had already read probably 100 tweets on this issue, so I tried to figure out what the overarching themes or the story seemed to be to me, and I went back through my memory of who tweeted what at what time.” What resulted was a comprehensive document of tweets, links, photos and videos of instances of the NYPD suppressing the media presence in Zuccotti Park. The Washington Post ran it, and the post has been viewed more than 20,000 times.The 99% MediaThe founders of Storify couldn’t be more delighted that students are making headlines using their platform. The day after the raid on Zuccotti Park, Storify shared two student stories from the raid on its blog. Doernberg’s was one. The other was by Columbia journalism grad student XinHui Lim, whose Storify post captured the grisly details from the ground and included embedded live-streamed video. At one point in the night, that amateur video stream had 23,000 viewers.Damman says this is the perfect demonstration of the Storify redesign. These social media documents are the real story, and the NYPD’s obstruction of credentialed journalists only shows how out of touch the police are. “The police in New York don’t realize that it doesn’t matter to not have journalists on the scene,” Damman says, “because everybody is a reporter. What happened last night shows that they don’t get that.”“Most of the content comes from the people on the ground, from the 99%.” In the dead of night on Monday, November 14, Zuccotti Park in New York City was raided by police. In the preceding days, there were crackdowns at several of the major Occupy protests around the country. The effort had apparently been coordinated between cities. Monday night’s actions against the original Occupy Wall Street encampment were stern, heavy enough to bring a decisive end to the protest. But the raid only served to turn up the heat in New York and around the country.As they have since the Occupation began, people on the ground fired up their smartphones to report the events as they happened, and curators around the Web gathered and retweeted the salient messages. But early on in the raid, mainstream media outlets began reporting that the police were barring their reporters from entering the park. The NYPD even grounded a CBS News helicopter. The night had chilling implications for freedom of the press. But the news got out anyway. The raw power of citizen media – and the future of news envisioned by a site called Storify – thwarted the media blackout. Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’re re-publishing some of our best posts of 2011. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2012. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb! Tags:#New Media#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “Most of the content comes from the people on the ground, from the 99%.”Storify is one of those companies that arrives at its point in history just in the nick of time. Its co-founders pitched the idea during the Green Revolution in Iran, one of the first popular uprisings driven by social media. “Now it’s actually happening here, on the soil of America, with the Occupy movement,” says co-founder Xavier Damman.The world needed a shareable, embeddable way to gather the tweetstorm of breaking news and turn it into a lasting document. Storify has made that possible. After a closed beta period with professional journalists, Storify opened to the public in April.In October, it rolled out a brand new editing interface making the tool vastly easier to use. And one week ago, just before the police raided Zuccotti Park, Storify made its move, redesigning its homepage as a destination featuring the most important stories on the social Web. Storify’s vision is no less than a leveling of the media playing field. On the Storify homepage, lifelong and first-time journalists stand side by side. “If we’re having people who are non-traditional journalists doing critical reporting, and they’re getting thrown in jail because they don’t have the right press credentials, we need to figure that out.”And law enforcement agencies seem to have little conscience about arresting journalists, even ones who are waving press credentials at them. Doernberg’s Storifycaptures two police officers replying “not tonight” and “don’t care” to protestations by journalists.For Stearns, the important question is why. “The question becomes, were [the police] effective only to the point because they were only paying attention to one kind of media? And what was the intention behind that?”“Why was there the decision to have a media blackout? Why were helicopters grounded? Why were journalists kept to the edges? If we ask those ‘why’ questions, and it turns out there was actual intentionality behind it, then that’s profoundly troubling.” If the police are really concerned about any message getting out at all, Stearns worries, they will learn to adapt to new media eventually.Adapting To The New RealityFor some law enforcement agencies, that adaptation is already underway. “We’ve heard about Occupy protests around the country where they do strobe lights that actually blind camera phones and other kinds of cameras. Or things like the BART stations in San Francisco shutting down the cell networks when the protests come in.”Law enforcement isn’t the only force that threatens freedom of the press. The technology companies who make the devices used by citizen journalists are a bottleneck for what kinds of reporting are possible. And many of the big ones have shown a disturbing willingness to comply with authorities.“Whether it’s Amazon taking down all of WikiLeaks that was stored on their cloud servers because Senator Joe Lieberman asked them to,” Stearns recounts, “or whether it’s Apple and their patent for the camera [that blocks recording in designated areas], or Verizon blocking NARAL text messages, regardless of what issue it is, as the platforms change, the gatekeepers are changing.”Taking Back The Media Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Storify’s New Role: The Backbone of News A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Stearns sees hope in the way Storify and social media platforms have broken the police barricades around the media. “The one thing I think is really encouraging is that people are actually feeling ownership of their media,” Stearns says. “People feel like, ‘This is my phone. I’m creating my media on this.’ People want to take back the media.”This is what the Storify founders have in mind. “This is a chance to create this whole new form of news,” Herman says. Storify held a gathering called Occupy The News at its San Francisco headquarters on November 7, where career journalists from a range of publications came together to discuss the possibilities of new media. You can soak in their insights – where else – on Storify.A tumultuous time like ours is ripe for a disruption of the ways in which we capture our stories and work toward the truth. The gatekeepers are changing, but the media are changing faster. There have never been more ways to experiment with information. Thanks to platforms like smartphones, Twitter and Storify, the barriers to participation are vanishing.You can see all Storify posts about the Occupation on the occupy topic page.Check out our guide on How To Curate Conversations With Storify.Sign the petition to Save The News.Have you ever used Storify? Share your posts in the comments. Related Posts Saving The News This is a new media age. The news of the Occupation has countless reporters, and some of the Web’s best curators have taken on the task of weaving the Occupy stories together. In particular, Xeni Jardin has been a machine on Twitter, providing a one-woman breaking news channel of so many successive Occupy confrontations.But for the Monday night raid at Zuccotti Park, and indeed for much of the Occupation, Storify has come into its own as the social news curation tool par excellence. In fact, thanks to the media blackout Monday night, some of the most important news outlets in the country would not have had a story if not for Storify.Josh Harkinson, a reporter for Mother Jones, crashed the barricades and reported from the scene, becoming a source for all the curators, including his own publication: One of the things Stearns struggled with during Monday’s raids was “that reports were coming in at all different times. Trying to piece together when something happened” was a challenge, since both the events and tweets about the events were displaced in time.“Twitter’s so great for seeing the story unfold, but I think there’s a lot of awesome work that can be done in contextualizing it.” That’s where Storify comes in. “I think Storify is a very flexible tool, being able to do that kind of rapid reporting or to bear witness over time.”Media SymbiosisStearns was impressed with Doernberg’s work Monday night and how Storify enabled it. “His Storify wouldn’t have been possible without people on the ground, and people on the ground weren’t able to get their story out until his Storify collected those from all over the place and broadcasted it, and that story got into the Washington Post.” Storify provides the bridge between legacy and new media in situations like this. “I think there’s really nice symbiosis between the two,” Stearns says. “I think that’s one thing Storify has done really well, positioning itself within a new media realm but making new media approachable for traditional organizations.”The Gatekeepers Are ChangingBut legacy institutions aren’t weathering the transition well. The Associated Press came down hard on its staff for tweeting too eagerly about their arrests in an email that feels awfully shy about new media participation. It warns AP reporters not to get “caught in the moment.” jon mitchell Herman agrees that Monday’s events prove that the distinction between legacy media and new media is no longer important. During the raid, journalists became sources, regular people became journalists, and they traded places with each other throughout the night. It’s all one medium now. “Let’s not spite the Internet,” Herman says. “Let’s let the Internet be what it is.”The GatekeepersThe NYPD’s censorship efforts were thwarted by smartphones, Web technology and good, old-fashioned gumption. But authorities are working hard around the country to block journalists from covering the Occupation. Twenty six reporters have been arrested so far, ten of them in Zuccotti Park on Monday night.Fortunately, those incidents are being captured on Storify, too, and the curator wants to make sure the free press is protected. Josh Stearns, Associate Program Director at Free Press, has been storifying journalist arrests at Occupy protests since September. He’s using Storify as a living page, updating each time another journalist is arrested. You can help him by sending tips and tweets to @jcstearns.Free Press is also holding a petition for their Save The News campaign urging New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to stop attacking freedom of the press.Watching the Story UnfoldNovember 15 was a big night for journalist arrests, and Stearns was watching Twitter closely. “I think of Twitter as the place where I watch the story unfold,” Stearns says, “but then I often look to a place like Storify or an article or liveblog where there’s somebody intentionally trying to contextualize and weave things together.”last_img read more

Here’s why GDPR can drive the attitude shift that modern marketing needs

first_img HomeDigital MarketingHere’s why GDPR can drive the attitude shift that modern marketing needs Posted on 2nd October 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share If you listen to the buzz about the coming onset of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you might think you have to throw out all your brand’s tech and data and start over.But recent chats with two privacy-conscious managers — Episerver General Counsel and Vice President Peter Yeung and TrustArc Senior Global Privacy Manager Darren Abernethy — suggest that, while GDPR compliance will require some changes at your company, perhaps even some big ones, the biggest change will be in attitude.In fact, the change could be comparable to what happened with brands’ environmental consciousness over the last decade or two. That change is reflected in the likelihood that, when most brands build a new factory, develop a new product or create new packaging these days, they have green energy, energy conservation, efficient resource management, waste product management and similar environmental concerns at top of mind.And they let their customers know about what good corporate citizens they are.In a way, that sounds like the emerging attitude of many brands that have a major European Union presence, except for GDPR and consumer data.“For every European company,” Yeung told me, “it’s top of mind.”[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]From our sponsors: Here’s why GDPR can drive the attitude shift that modern marketing needs Here’s why GDPR can drive the attitude shift that modern marketing needsYou are here: 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 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more