Messi on bench but Barcelona advance to last 16

first_imgValverde: “Leaving Messi out was difficult but he has played a lot this season and today we saw a long and tough contest so we thought a rest would do him good”Turin, Italy | AFP | Lionel Messi started on the bench but Barcelona advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday and clinched top spot in Group D after drawing 0-0 with Juventus in Turin.Last season’s finalists Juventus remain second in the group following the stalemate, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5.? Enjoy the best photos from #JuveBarça https://t.co/cWK7Jolvzi ? #UCL ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/eGfc1POfvl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017Five-time European champions Barca came into the clash needing just a point to finish first in Group D, while Juventus needed to avoid defeat and Sporting to fail to beat Olympiakos in Lisbon in order to qualify.But the Portuguese beat their Greek rivals 3-1 in Lisbon, leaving Juve needing three points in Athens to be sure of a last-16 place.Barcelona star Messi surprisingly started on the bench, with Ernesto Valverde electing to rest the Argentinian ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table La Liga clash at Valencia.“There are times when despite his great quality Leo has to rest,” said Valverde.Messi came on after 56 minutes but could not follow up the brace he scored in the 3-0 beating Barca inflicted on Juve at the Camp Nou in September.“Leo has played a lot since the beginning of the season. Like everyone he’s a bit tired,” continued the Barcelona coach. “We thought that it could open up more in the second half and that it would be useful to give him a bit of rest with a view towards the championship.“There’s always a risk of not playing him but it was a considered decision.”Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri admitted it had changed the dynamics not seeing Messi starting.“It’s the first time in 13 matches that I’ve played Barcelona that Messi hasn’t played, but when he came on the players controlled him well.“For us it’s an important point.”– Buffon returns –Allegri recalled veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli after they were left out for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.In a first half lacking the quality expected of such a high-profile fixture, Brazilian Douglas Costa demonstrated early pace, forcing a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen after two minutes at the Allianz Stadium.Juventus’ livewire forward Paulo Dybala took a chance after 18 minutes following an Andres Iniesta blunder with the wily Argentine running into Ter Stegen.Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic went closest for Barca after 22 minutes, when his free-kick struck the post after making its way through a crowded box.Dybala looked like he was set to break through just before half-time when he picked up an Alex Sandro cross to go on a mazy run, but his shot from a tight angle flew over the bar.After the break, a Luis Suarez free-kick was deflected over the bar before Messi came on in place of Gerard Deulofeu, and the Argentina forward also fired a free-kick high over Juventus stopper Buffon.Barcelona’s Lucas Digne made the mistake of wanting to centre a ball instead of shooting directly at goal, letting a 68th-minute chance slip by.But Dybala thought he had won it in stoppage time from a corner, only for Ter Stegen to push the shot away and guarantee his side a place in the knockout stage.“We came to a difficult stadium against an opponent who are very strong at home, who normally create a lot of chances for themselves,” said Valverde.“We could have had a few more chances but it’s not easy to finish top of such a tough group. We’re satisfied with our solidity.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Doncaster trio win champion club title

first_img11 Aug 2015 Doncaster trio win champion club title A teenage trio delivered national glory to Doncaster Golf Club when they won England’s Junior Champion Club title by five points at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.The team of junior captain Connor Longworth, Jack Ciullo and Cameron Newman, supported by their reserve Declan Stoppard, amassed 162 points over 36 holes on the Green course (image © Leaderboard Photography).They are the first champions of England Golf’s new Golf Week, which is celebrating grassroots golf with a host of team and handicap events over a five-day festival.The runners-up were the team of Mikey Nicholls, Dominic Williams and Ryan Thrupp from Worlebury, Somerset, who scored 157 points. Third prize was won by Marley Najak, Imogen Rafferty and Joseph Capewell of Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, on 155 points. The best two scores counted in each round.“This is massive,” said Doncaster junior organiser Simon Longworth. “Nobody at the club has ever been involved in an event like this and to win it puts us well and truly on the map.“It’s one of the best golfing days of my life and I haven’t hit a ball!”Doncaster travelled a long road to the title. First they had to win the Sheffield Golf Union inter-club competition, which was contested by 37 teams, with all three scores counting. Then they had to win the Yorkshire team championship to take their place in the final.Yesterday all three team members played below their handicaps for a first round total of 80 points. Today, they did even better with 82, but they were among the earliest starters and had a long wait before they could begin celebrating.Cameron Newman, 15, led the team’s scoring today with 43 points, despite starting with a double bogey seven. “It didn’t really put me off, I’m used to getting them, it’s just one of those things,” said the 13-handicapper.“After that I had a string of pars and two birdies,” said Newman, who finished by holing a 10-footer for a birdie three on the 18th.Conor Longworth, 17, provided the other counting score with 39 points, playing off 14 handicap. Doncaster’s third player, Jack Ciullo, 17, had 33 points, playing off 13.Worlebury were the overnight leaders and they held on well today to take second place. Mikey Nicholls added 38 points to his opening 45, while Dominic Williams and Ryan Thrupp both had 35 pointsImogen Rafferty again led the scoring for the Breadsall Priory team adding 41 points to yesterday’s 40. The 21-handicapper started and finished with pars and she commented: “That’s really good.” The team score was completed by Marley Najak’s 37 points while Joseph Capewell had 33.The best score of the day was returned by 15-year-old Freya Daniels of Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, who scored one-over par gross for 45 points. The 10-handicapper even had a double bogey on the 16th, but bounced straight back with a birdie, par finish.“It’s definitely my best round ever and I’m really proud of it,” said Daniels. “This event has been a great experience and I really like the golf course, it’s one of my favourites.” Her team finished tied ninth.Other low scorers in the second round included Charlie Mintz of Shirley, Warwickshire, who also had a personal best with 44 points. “It’s a fantastic course and the greens are great,” he said. His team shared fifth place.Click here for full scoresCaption: (from left) Cameron Newman, Jack Ciullo, Connor Longworth and Declan Stoppard.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Brewzer

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Brewzer!  He is a happy and healthy five-month-old Lab/PitBull puppy, weighing in at 24 pounds.  Brewzer is actively exploring the world and learning new things.  He is beginning to understand what it means to walk on a leash politely and to “come” and “sit”.  He loves to play and looks cute while doing so!Brewzer is an eager 5-month-old puppy looking for a family. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetBrewzer’s coat is black and nicely accented with a white chest and white paws.  When he listens to humans talk, he perks up his ears so that he doesn’t miss a thing.  If you are a nice family with a fenced yard, and the desire to teach an eager puppy how to become a great forever companion, he would like to meet you.  Please schedule an appointment to meet him or if you have further questions, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet.  Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Home Improvement Show To Feature 150 Exhibitors

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauLINCROFT – Area residents can get their home and garden projects off the ground next week when the Jersey Shore Home Show springs into town.The show is a great place to meet area home professionals and gather ideas for future projects. The three-day event will take place Feb. 26-28 at Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Homeowners will have the opportunity to meet more than 150 home improvement specialists all under one roof. Builders, contractors, decorators and landscapers will be on hand to talk about their services. Visitors can find valuable information and ideas about kitchen and bath remodeling, flooring, patios, roofing and siding, and many other products and services.“I think for people who are looking to remodel their home, it’s a good place to find answers,” said Stephanie Kucharski, associate producer of expos for Townsquare Media Group, the company running the event. “You could do online research, but it’s nice to meet people face to face. You might also find things you didn’t think you needed for your house. It’s nice to have it all under one roof.”Some area exhibitors include Decorator’s Choice Closets of Shrewsbury, Majestic Exteriors of Colts Neck, Just Landscapes of Freehold, Superior Siding and Roofing of Ocean, Design Line Kitchens of Sea Girt and NJR Clean Energy Ventures of Wall.There will also be vendors offering information on basement waterproofing and remodeling, sunrooms, modular homes, tile, gutters, water conditioning, windows, awnings, home security, fencing and decks, solar panels, roofing and pools. Financial companies will also be on hand to help homeowners find a way to pay for it all.“It’s a pretty wide mix of companies,” said Kucharski.This year’s special guest will be Stephen Fanuka, host of the HGTV show “Million Dollar Contractor.” Fanuka, who has worked with some of the world’s top architects and designers, will host 45-minute workshops along with a meet and greet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.Tom Paolino, owner of Millennium Stone Works of Colts Neck, will be among the exhibitors Paolino, a third-generation mason, has been in the business for 22 years and has taken part in the Jersey Shore Home Show for nine years.“It’s a great way to introduce yourself to people,” he said.Millennium offers landscape design services that can include multilevel patios, fireplaces, firepits, waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens and outdoor entertainment systems.“I love to create,” Paolino said. “It gives me a lot of pleasure.”Tom Klahre of Shrewsbury-based Decorator’s Choice Closets will be on hand to talk about the latest trends, such as building drawers inside the closet so the homeowners don’t need a dresser.“A lot of people want a jewelry safe in their bedroom closet,” he said. “We have one that is tied into the studs and you open it with a fingerprint. Some people want one under the bed so they can reach their pistol in about five seconds. It’s pretty cool.”Klahre said customers these days are looking for garage cabinetry, rich-looking closet doors, or a small desk inside a pantry that can be used for paying household bills or wrapping gifts. He even built a three-level clothing rack in a closet with high ceilings, where the racks are spring-loaded and can be pulled down for use.“We design a 3-D picture on the computer with the exact dimensions of the project so people can see exactly what they’re getting” Klahre said. “Whatever the customer wants is what they get.”Klahre said appearing at the Jersey Shore Home Show has been beneficial to his business in the past, but he is glad that the scheduling for this year’s show was better than last year.“Last year, they had it during the football playoff game,” he said. “Thank God they didn’t do that again.”The Jersey Shore Home Show will take place 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults; children 17 and under are free. Seniors age 65 and up pay $6 on Friday only. Parking is free.This year, there will be a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive $5,000 to be spent at the exhibitor of their choice. For more information, visit www.jerseyshorehomeshow.com.Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] Find her on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more

Davies powers Nitros past Nelson Leafs

first_imgKorbyn Chabot tied the game a 1-1 with a marker early in the second before Davies notched the winner.The Leafs, despite out shooting the defending Kootenay Conference Champs 34-28 in the game and 15-6 during the opening period, struggled once again to score goals. Over the last three games Nelson has scored just six times.Nelson, 8-6-0-0-1, falls to five points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley won its seventh straight game, scoring three times in the second period to edge Creston 3-2 in the East Kootenay City. Devin Nemes netted the winner, snapping a 2-2 tie.Beaver Valley visits the Leafs as Nelson concludes a three-game road trip Tuesday in Grand Forks.Game time Friday is 7 p.m. Matt Davies scored with six minutes left in the game to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night in the Bavarian City.The game was the first of a weekend series against Eddie Mountain opposition for the Green and White.Nelson travels to Creston Saturday to face the Thunder Cats.Nelson opened the scoring five minutes into the contest when Andy Fitzpatrick scored his seventh goal of the season.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2016

first_imgMELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORKMISS SOUTHERN MISS IN TURF DEBUT MONDAYOFFSHORE IS ON COURSE FOR ZUMA BEACHKITCAT ‘PURRTY GOOD’ IN PREP FOR BC MILESANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY MONDAY MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSICSanta Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, unraced since capturing the Grade I Gold Cupat Santa Anita on June 25, continued preparing for a meeting with Horse of the World California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, working seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:27 Sunday morning under regular rider Joe Talamo.“He looked good,” said David Hofmans, who trains the five-year-old Kodiak Kowboy gelding for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “It was a nice, easy work. We got a lot of air into him and we’re trying to get him ready to roll.”Melatonin was given fractional times of 25.80, 50 flat and 1:03, with a one mile gallop out of 1:40.80 by Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Melatonin is unbeaten in four races at Santa Anita and has earned $1,218,552 thanks to a 5-3-3 record from 13 career starts. Peter Miller2173233%57%$207,965 Bob Baffert1536220%73%$631,215 Tyler Baze3132610%35%$161,985 TOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days tomorrow, Columbus Day. Beer, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Mike Smith1131127%45%$160,180 Kent Desormeaux2163129%48%$209,985 Philip D’Amato232059%30%$232,230 Victor Espinoza1742124%41%$620,495 FINISH LINES: Flavien Prat, who took over the riding lead with three victories yesterday, will be at Keeneland next Saturday to ride Senorita Stakes winner Stays in Vegas for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Next Sunday, agent Derek Lawson has the 24-year-old Frenchman booked to ride The Pizza Man in the $1 million Canadian International at Woodbine for trainer Roger Brueggemann . . . Condolences to trainer Eddie Truman and his family on the passing of his oldest brother, Dale, last Thursday in Wichita at the age of 78. Services are pending for Dale, a former chaplain for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. -30- Carla Gaines721129%57%$119,670 SURF’S UP FOR OFFSHORE IN ZUMA BEACHNeil Drysdale has a reputation of not winning with first-time starters, so it may have surprised racing insiders when the Exchange Rate colt Offshore won at first asking going one mile on Del Mar’s turf course Sept. 3.“Maybe he overcame my training,” the Hall of Fame trainer joked.Be that as it may, next up for Offshore is Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile on grass.Drysdale was cautiously optimistic, as is his wont, about Offshore’s chances.“There are others in the race with more experience,” he said.The Zuma Beach, race nine of nine: Offshore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ooper Wallah, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Toshiro, Florent Geroux, 5-1; Riser, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Sorry Erik, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Colonel Samsen, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Billy Big, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Bowies Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Secret House, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Harbour Master, Mike Smith, 4-1; Sonic Boom, Brian Hernandez Jr., 6-1; Big Score, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and also eligible Ventry Bay, David Flores, 15-1. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype720029%29%$52,685 Flavien Prat3584623%51%$797,990center_img Jamie Theriot1831217%33%$115,815 TRAINER FANCIES FILLY IN GRASS DEBUTMiss Southern Miss makes her turf debut in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for two-year-old fillies, and Keith Desormeaux is confident she will give a good account of herself in the one mile event.“She’s by More Than Ready out of a Stormy Atlantic mare (Miss Atlantic City),” the trainer said. “I’ve always been high on her since the first day she galloped. She was second in two stakes (the Landaluce and the Sorrento) but I thought she was capable of more.”Miss Southern Miss, owned by Peter Cantrell and bred by the Cantrel Family Partnership, was an eventful fifth behind Union Strike in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante last out on Sept. 3.The Surfer Girl, race six of nine: Happy Mesa, Florent Geroux, 4-1; Deer Valley, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Con Te Partiro, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Simmy’s Temple, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; La Force, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Doowop Shedoo, Mike Smith, 20-1; Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Miss Sugars, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Shy, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Lady Beware, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and Auntjenn, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2873425%50%$311,650 TEAM KITCAT PLEASED WITH FILLY’S U.S. DEBUTKitcat, the Filly from Chile, came out of her second-place finish behind Curlin’s Fox in Saturday’s Swingtime Stakes in good order and it’s on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males on Nov. 5.It was the first start in nearly six months for the four-year-old Chilean-bred daughter of Scat Daddy trained by Sebastian Silva and ridden Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, who was making his riding debut in the United States. The 37-year-old Perez has ridden Kitcat in all of her 14 races, winning seven.“She ran real good,” said former jockey Octavio Vergara, a native of Chile who has been interpreting for Team Kitcat during their stay in the U.S.“They run in the opposite direction (clockwise) in Chile, like they do in England, so this was the first time she ran this way (counter-clockwise),” pointed out Vergara.“She handled the turf very well and she hadn’t run for six months, so we’re very pleased with her second. Gary Stevens put up a good ride on Curlin’s Fox.“Gonzalo will stay here with the filly this month and he’ll ride her in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. I will try to help him with mounts here during that time.” SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Glatt1335323%85%$139,568 Peter Eurton820025%25%$177,064 Jerry Hollendorfer1922211%32%$126,045 Richard Baltas2135114%43%$230,660 Joseph Talamo2043020%35%$178,870 Doug O’Neill3856613%45%$226,223 Rafael Bejarano37513514%62%$630,265 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 8) Fernando Perez1940221%32%$90,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

National Dairy FARM Program now compliant with International Standards Organization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Dairy FARM Program is now the first livestock animal care program in the world to be recognized internationally for its industry-leading animal welfare standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) affirmed this week that the program complies with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)Animal Welfare Management/General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the Food Supply Chain.USDA’s affirmation that the FARM Program is ISO-compliant “validates the hard work of everyone who has contributed to the FARM Program in the past decade — from the veterinarians and academics who helped design the program, to the farmers and dairy cooperatives who implement it,” said Emily Meredith, NMPF’s chief of staff. “The U.S. dairy industry has worked hard to make the FARM Program a best-in-class animal care program, not just in the United States, but now around the world.”ISO’s animal welfare technical specification was designed to evaluate if animal welfare programs meet international standards for animal care. ISO, an independent, international standards-setting body, has worked for several years with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to help farmers and animal welfare programs like FARM determine how to implement species-specific animal welfare standards. The OIE, the World Trade Organization-recognized body for setting animal health and welfare standards affecting international trade, adopted dairy cattle welfare standards in 2015. In the United States, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) offers a voluntary marketing program that ensures independent welfare programs meet the specifications of the ISO standard.“ISO compliance means that dairy customers both here and abroad can safely trust that their products meet the stringent, internationally recognized animal welfare standards set by the OIE,” added Meredith. “What’s more, our dairy farmers can rest assured they only need to comply with one program — FARM — and not a potential myriad of other guidelines. This recognition becomes even more critical as nearly 16% of U.S. milk production is exported to foreign customers.”After a lengthy assessment process, the FARM Program now has a prestigious, independent corroboration that its science-based approach to high-quality animal care sets the standard for the dairy value chain in the United States and around the world. Consumers can trust that the dairy foods they consume came from animals treated under internationally recognized, quality animal care standards.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 5, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180405_RyanMartinPartly sunny and cold today. Winds may not be as strong as yesterday, but will still be out of the NW.We are watching a quick moving little wave coming in for overnight tonight. From midnight through late morning tomorrow we have light snow coming back into northern Ohio .We are looking for a coating to no more than 2 inches from US 30 northward. Coverage will be about 60%, but most snow totals will be to the lower end of the range as well. The best chance for the upper part of the range will be in NE Ohio where the lake can enhance the snow chances.Most of the state turns out partly sunny on Friday. However, this respite will be short lived. Light snow is back into the state Friday evening, and this quickly turns into a north vs. south event. Light snow can bring a coating to an inch or two north of a line from Hamilton to Chillicothe to Marietta Friday evening through early Saturday morning. South of that line, we can see significantly higher totals with moderate to heavy snow. 2-5” or more can fall, particularly near the river. The best will be falling from early Saturday morning through midafternoon. Gear up for a mess in southern Ohio on Saturday.High pressure moves over in and sets up for us from Saturday afternoon through Sunday. This should give us some good sunshine to finish the weekend.Our next system arrives Monday, but we will feel effects of this front through Tuesday. On Monday we see light snow moving across 60% of the state, giving a coating to an inch or so. Light snow lingers over the eastern third to quarter of Ohio overnight Monday night and it may end up having some rain mix in. Then Tuesday, we have a light rain and snow mix for a large part of the state. Precipitation totals will be from a few hundredths to .2” liquid equivalent, but we do expect some of that to be briefly accumulating snow.We are dry Wednesday through Thursday mid-morning. Then, rains return (yes, RAIN!!). But, they look to have the potential to be heavy. Right now we are looking at two waves coming through for Thursday and Friday, bringing combined rains of 1-2.5’ over 80% of the state. The heavier wave will be on Friday. Then we get a few dry hours Saturday.In the extended window, we have .5”-1.5” rains for late next Saturday afternoon (14th) through Sunday (15th). These rains will have 100% coverage over the state. Spits and sprinkles linger for the 16th. Then, (and let’s not get too excited…this is far enough out it can easily change) we may be able to put together our longest dry stretch of the month! We see no precipitation for the 17th-18th-19th. Rain is back for the 20th, bringing .25”-.75”Temperatures stay cold for the next week. We will be 10-20 degrees below normal now through next Wednesday. Then, we see temps climb quickly to above normal levels (in time to fuel the rain and thunderstorms) next Thursday and Friday. Behind that we are back to normal and below normal levels for the following weekend. The combination of cold air this week, ample moisture, and really only 2 above normal days out of the next 17 bring us to no change in our field work estimate: not getting in there for a while yet! Ten day moisture totals are below.last_img read more

Socialwok is a FriendFeed for Google Apps

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Google Apps is an impressive productivity suite. But however good Docs and Gmail are, organizations using Apps are left without the kinds of social software they’re used to having outside of work. Singapore-based startup Socialwok is attempting to fix that by offering a social app that lives on top of Google Apps. Socialwok resembles FriendFeed in many ways. The real-time stream of information can include attachments in-line and can be divided into topical feeds. The big difference is that all of it is nested securely under the umbrella of your Apps login. Social Feeds for OrganizationsThe aim of Socialwok is a provide a communication and collaboration platform on top of Google Apps, one that draws in all kinds of information that needs to be shared quickly in an organization. “In Socialwok the concept is all around feeds,” said Socialwok CEO Ming Yong in a demo video, “You can have feeds for a project, feeds for engineering, feeds for accounting, feeds for anything.” Socialwok feeds don’t refer to RSS feeds. They basically mean activity streams roughly equivalent to FriendFeed rooms. Every user that logs into Socialwok with Apps (there is no other login method) gets a central feed. Other feeds can be created, such as for different teams in an enterprise, and those feeds can be made private so that you only have access to feeds you’re invited to. Organizations can also selectively invite those outside their Apps domain to relevant feeds.In addition to simple short messaging like Twitter, Socialwok feeds are also suitable for sharing content from all the other areas of Google Apps, as well as media from outside Apps, including video. “Think of us like Facebook for groups, enterprise, and businesses, but we wrap around online productivity,” Ming said. In addition to intranet-style communication, Socialwok lets you publish messages to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.Socialwok also supports replying to a feed through email and has good mobile access. There’s currently a BlackBerry app and a dedicated mobile site for iPhone and Android users. All the mobile versions focus more on the microblogging aspects than anything else. What about Wave?The first thing that comes to mind when looking at how Socialwok talks about the “missing social layer” of Apps is that Google Wave is going to provide that layer. Wave is a social platform that sits on top of Apps like Socialwok does, and it does a whole lot more besides, especially since Wave is more than just a lone application. We asked Ming what he thought of the challenge Wave presents, and he showed us an experimental feature for including a Wave inside a Socialwok feed. The company doesn’t see Wave as a direct competitor.The ability to create a private network, and topical feeds within an organization’s Socialwok strikes us as a key difference as well. Whether that and other differences will be enough to build a lasting business in the face of Google Wave is unclear. Socialwok is built on the Google App Engine. It’s user interface is simple, but the core functionality makes perfect sense from the perspective of someone with an enterprise or education version of Google Apps. It’s currently free, though a paid version with advanced features is part of the company’s plan for the future. center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

CJ Perez early favorite for NCAA MVP

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s just halfway through NCAA Season 93 but Lyceum’s forward CJ Perez is being tabbed as the early favorite to win the MVP award in the men’s basketball tournament.Perez is the league’s top scorer after the first round after putting up 18.6 points to go along 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals across nine games with the Pirates yet to drop a match.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments But for the swingman, though, winning the MVP is just a bonus as he and the team have their eyes on the bigger trophy.“I’m thinking more of helping the team win a championship,” said Perez, who will play for the Pirates for this season only. “If I win the MVP, that would be just a bonus.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPirates head coach Topex Robinson said he’s glad Perez earned the recognition this early in the season.“It’s something he earned, and it’s obviously there,” said Robinson Wednesday. “We, however, don’t usually discuss it with the team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more