LATEST STORIES But Halep’s hopes of overturning last year’s defeat to her 23-year-old opponent quickly evaporated in a completely one-sided encounter that saw the Romanian fail to produce a real challenge.Svitolina, the world number four, has now successfully defended three career titles, in Baku, Dubai and also Rome; she also won in Brisbane and Dubai this season to take her 2018 title total to three.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 crownThe win also marked Svitolina’s 12th career title on what was her eighth final in succession.“It’s amazing that I could do this here a second time and defend,” said Svitolina. “This is something very, very special. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning the women’s final against Romania’s Simona Halep at Rome’s WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 20, 2018 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEElina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favorite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday.In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed had ousted Russian Maria Sharapova.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT “Congrats to Elina, she played amazing,” Halep said. “It’s like this court is now her home. But I didn’t do so badly, reaching the final again. I hope to be back next year.“Maybe third time is lucky for me.”Thanks to reaching the final in Rome, Halep will take the top seeding for Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Congratulations to Simona, she had a great week of tennis.”The French Open at Roland Garros starts in just over a week, and Svitolina added: “Roland Garros is still a week away, but this gives me confidence.“I can’t make any predictions as it’s very tricky in Paris, but I’m sure I will enjoy the next tournament.”Halep, who was broken four times and lost the opening set in 19 minutes, did not win a game until the start of the second, 24 minutes in.The world number one saved match point before bowing out after 67 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ
“Since 2010, the collaboration has resulted in surgeries for more than 800 children and training for hundreds of medical professionals from Liberia and surrounding countries.”The Firestone Medical Center in Duside has begun screening in preparation for an up-coming mission from Children’s Surgery International (CSI) to provide free surgeries to Liberian children in order to correct craniofacial, urologic, and other pediatric medical conditions, a press release has said.Craniofacial is a medical term that relates to the bones of the skull and face. It’s abnormalities are birth defects of the face or head, including cleft lip and palate which are among the most common of all birth defects; while urologic diseases or conditions include urinary tract infections, kidney stones, bladder control problems, and prostate problems, among others. Some urologic conditions last only a short time, while others are long-lasting.According to the release, the annual partnership between CSI and Firestone-Liberia began in 2010, and to date the collaboration has resulted in surgeries for more than 800 children and training for hundreds of medical professionals from Liberia and surrounding countries.The CSI team will consist of world-class surgeons, doctors, nurses and medical and non-medical volunteers, and will also provide specialist training to doctors and healthcare staff working at the Firestone Medical Center and other medical facilities in the country.The program, the release said, is a part of Bridgestone’s global corporate social responsibility (CSR) and commitment under the theme, “Our Way to Serve,” which is aligned with the company’s long-standing corporate mission, “Serving Society with Superior Quality,” based on the philosophy articulated by “our founder, Shōjirō Ishibashi, and which reinforces our promise to use our strengths as a company to improve the way people move, live, work and play.”“We are so proud to once again partner with CSI to provide lifesaving and life changing surgeries to the children of Liberia,” said Don Darden, vice president of Administration for Firestone-Liberia, adding, “The impact these surgeries have on children, families and people of Liberia is simply immeasurable.”Pediatric medical conditions can cause stigmatization and serious distress, to the point where children affected often do not attend school or socialize in their communities.As such, the CSI mission at Firestone offers treatment to children from birth up to the age of 20 years; cleft lips, cleft palates, hernias and urological issues are the most common conditions corrected during the mission.The company has a long history of significant investment in healthcare, providing free healthcare to approximately 5,000 patients/visitors for its employees and their dependents every month.The Firestone Medical Center in Duside is one of the best referral hospitals in the country, and works closely with the government to administer various vaccinations and other disease control initiatives.CSI is a volunteer not-for-profit organization based in the United States of America, providing free surgical services and professional training to communities in need around the world.“Our vision is a world where communities have access to skills, tools and knowledge that provide essential and life-changing surgical and medical care to children,” said Megan Sparks, executive director of CSI, noting, “We are deeply grateful to our long-time partner, Firestone-Liberia, for the opportunity to work together toward realizing that vision in the country.”According to the release, preliminary screening for this year’s mission has begun and will run every Tuesday and Thursday until December 27. The CSI Mission will take place from January 13-18, 2019, at the Firestone Medical Center at Duside.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Appointment of GECOM chair…discussions between Jagdeo, Granger to continue todayOnly four of the initial 11 names put forward by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to be hammered out have been found to be “not unacceptable” by President David Granger for the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with President David Granger, PPP’s Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, and Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon during Tuesday’s meetingThis was revealed following a near two-hour meeting between the Head of State and Leader of the Opposition on Tuesday evening at the Ministry of the Presidency. Accompanying the two leaders were PPP’s Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali and Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.A joint statement coming out of the meeting stated, “It was agreed that from the list of five names shortlisted by the working group, four were found not unacceptable to the President”.This means that those four individuals can make the final list of six nominees and could potentially become the new GECOM chairperson. While neither side opted to divulge information about those names, Guyana Times understands that Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh is among those whom the Head of State found acceptable.Initially, Jagdeo presented 11 names to be “hammered out” by a working group comprising of representatives from both Government and the Opposition. These included: retired Major General Joe Singh, who served as GECOM Chairman years ago, Environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins, retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, businessman Captain Gerry Gouveia, Attorney-at-Law Kashir Khan, former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh, Retired Major General Norman McLean, businessman Ramesh Dookhoo, Retired Puisne Judge William Ramlall and Pastor Onesi La Fleur.However, during those meetings last week, the President’s representatives shortlisted only five of those nominees and went ahead to submit a list of eight names suggested by the Head of State for consideration.This resulted in a breakdown in those talks after the Government’s side could not say definitively whether those names shortlisted, as well as those suggested by President, are not objectionable to him. The process was then referred back to the two political leaders.After several correspondences over the weekend, Granger and Jagdeo finally met on Tuesday. Coming out of that meeting as well, is the two leaders agreeing that the hammering out process will continue today and during that process, the two names suggested by the President, along with others “as may be necessary”, will be further discussed.These two persons are Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Chair and lawyer Kesaundra Alves and retired High Court Judge Justice Claudette La Bennet.Following the meeting, Jagdeo read the joint statement to media operatives outside the Ministry of the Presidency and was cautious not to stray away from what was agreed upon during the meeting.The same position was taken by President Granger, who, at a media briefing immediately after the meeting, emphasised that his suggestion of names does not impede on the powers given to the Opposition Leader but is in fact consistent with the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) encouragement to hammer out the list.“Please bear in mind that the authority of the Leader of the Opposition under the Constitution to submit a list of six names not unacceptable to the President has not been impaired, has not varied. Equally, when the President receives that list, he will make a choice,” Granger posited.The Head of State, who described the meeting as “fruitful”, is optimistic that today’s engagement will make progress in crafting that final list of six names to be submitted to him to select a chairman of the elections body.“We feel that this process can be brought to an end very quickly… But the list is not complete even though, numerically, we have six names… it’s a question of selecting persons who satisfy the criteria which has been laid down in the Constitution,” President Granger asserted.Meanwhile, Harmon assured that the selection of a new GECOM Chair would not be “stretched out” since both leaders have committed to ensuring that the appointment is made in the fastest possible time so as to allow the elections body to proceed with its work, which includes preparing for early elections.In handing down the Court’s consequential orders last Friday, CCJ President Adrian Saunders highlighted the provisions of Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana, saying that “their meaning is clear and it is the responsibility of the constitutional actors in Guyana to honour them…the Guyana Elections Commission has that responsibility to conduct elections and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.Furthermore, the CCJ President urged that the two political leaders expedite the process to appoint a new GECOM Chair.“It is now a matter of the greatest public importance that the President and the Leader of the Opposition should, as soon as possible, embark upon and conclude the process of appointing a new GECOM Chairman. This imperative is now of the utmost urgency in light of our decision in the No-Confidence Motion cases that the motion was validly passed, thereby, triggering the need for fresh general elections,” Justice Saunders stated.Nevertheless, the “hammering out” process is expected to continue between the Government and the Opposition today.
0Shares0000Eden Hazard’s brace eases the pressure on under-fire Chelsea manager Antonio Conte © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Antonio Conte thanked the Chelsea fans for their loyal support as Eden Hazard’s double eased the pressure on the Italian with a 3-0 win over rock bottom West Brom on Monday.Three-goal thrashings at the hands of Bournemouth and Watford saw odds slashed on Conte becoming the latest Chelsea boss to be dismissed just nine months on from winning the Premier League. However, Conte’s name was sung loudly around Stamford Bridge as the brilliance of Belgian Hazard either side of a second-half strike from Victor Moses moved Chelsea back into the top four.“I think they are reading speculation, rumours on me, and for sure I am grateful to the fans for supporting me this way,” said Conte.“Maybe in this year-and-a-half they understand my patience and will to defend this colour, this shirt, this badge.”Chelsea climbed into fourth with the gap between Manchester United in second and fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur now just four points in the race to join runway leaders Manchester City in next season’s Champions League.“It’s not easy to lose two games but now we are back,” said Hazard. “We are Chelsea, we are the champions, we have to give everything.”At the other end of the table, a third straight defeat is another huge blow to West Brom’s chances of survival with the Baggies now seven points adrift of safety and just 11 games remaining.– ‘Fight until the end’ –“We are going to fight until the end,” said Baggies boss Alan Pardew.“The games coming up, looking at the calendar, this is our period. But it is not good saying they are good games, you’ve got to win them and that’s something we haven’t managed to do for a long time.”Crucially for Chelsea ahead of a huge month on three fronts, Conte’s forward options were replenished as Olivier Giroud was handed his full debut, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata made his return as a second-half substitute after nearly a month out with a back injury.West Brom were dealt an injury blow themselves inside three minutes when former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge limped off to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez.Pardew insisted he had no problem fielding Rodriguez, who was charged by the FA on Thursday with using racist language towards Brighton’s Gaetan Bong last month, but has vowed to clear his name.Rodriguez had by far the best chance of a bright start from the visitors when he latched onto Moses’s wayward defensive header, but dragged his shot wide with just Thibaut Courtois to beat.Giroud passed up a huge opportunity to mark his Stamford Bridge bow in Chelsea blue with a goal when his weak right-footed effort was easily smothered by goalkeeper Ben Foster on 20 minutes.But the French international made amends by providing the pass for the opener as a neat one-two opened the space for Hazard to fire his 14th goal of the season into the bottom corner.West Brom only had themselves to blame for not getting back into the game early in the second period.West Brom’s Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon could have equalised before Chelsea ran away with it © AFP / Glyn KIRKSalomon Rondon fired too close to Courtois after outmuscling Andreas Christensen despite Chelsea claims for a foul on the Dane.And, from the resulting corner, Jonny Evans headed inches over the bar.Moments later, Pardew’s men were 2-0 down as Moses latched onto Cesc Fabregas’s deflected pass to slot low past Foster.Hazard then capped a welcome win when he cut inside before drilling a left-footed shot inside Foster’s near post.The serenading of Conte then began, but far tougher tests await following Hull City’s visit in the FA Cup on Friday.Firstly, Barcelona visit the Bridge in the Champions League last 16 in eight days time before back-to-back Premier League visits to Manchester to face United and City.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
FAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney will be the Donegal Sports Star organisation’s special guest for the 38th official annual awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 31st.FAI boss John DelaneyIt’s a huge coup for the committee to have secured the soccer chief just a few short months after he rubber-stamped the appointments of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as the new Republic of Ireland management team.Sports Star Committee Chairperson Neil Martin who confirmed the news on Saturday evening said he was delighted that Delaney had accepted the invitation to present the awards. “John Delaney is known across all sports not just soccer over the past decade as CEO of the FAI. Coming to our awards so soon after one of the most talked managerial appointments in the history of Irish soccer will make it an extra special occasion when I’ve no doubt we’ll learn more about John’s involvement in getting Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to manage our national team” Mr Martin said.Delaney is no stranger to Donegal having being special guest at previous soccer functions in the county including a Kilmacrennan Celtic celebration in the Lagoon four years ago. He also led the FAI delegation to Donegal in July 2012 for the week long ‘Festival of Football’ which culminated with the organisation’s AGM in the Mount Errigal Hotel.46-year-old John Delaney who is a native of Waterford became the youngest treasurer in FAI history in 2001. His father Joe was also previously treasurer of the Ireland’s governing soccer body.John rose to prominence in the wake of the 2002 Roy Keane Saipan saga, having emerged as the FAI’s public figurehead during the affair. He became acting chief executive of the organisation in December 2004, after Fran Rooney’s acrimonious departure. He took up the role full-time the following March 2005. Four years ago the FAI’s Board of Directors agreed to extend his contract for a second time again until 2015. When FIFA offered Ireland a Fair Play Award following the controversial Thierry Henry handball incident which gave France victory over the Republic of Ireland in a World cup play-off, Delaney declined and said FIFA President Sepp Blatter was “an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to FIFA”.Prior to securing the services of O’Neill and Keane, Delaney had overseen the appointments of Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni as Irish managers. FAI BOSS DELANEY TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: January 6th, 2014 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSFAIJohn Delaney
WASHINGTON – Early support for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is considerably weaker among such key groups as evangelicals, Republicans and the wealthy than it was for John Roberts, an AP-Ipsos poll found. The survey put public sentiment for Alito closer to the level of early backing for the failed nomination of Harriet Miers. About four in 10 respondents – 38 percent – say they back the confirmation of Alito, a federal appeals court judge from Philadelphia. Twenty-two percent say they strongly support him. For Roberts, now the chief justice, 47 percent said in July that they supported his confirmation, 36 percent strongly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Nearly two-thirds of evangelicals supported Roberts’ confirmation with half strongly backing him. For Alito, about half of evangelicals support his confirmation, one-third strongly. There were similar drops among Republicans and among people who make more than $75,000 a year. Alito’s selection followed the implosion of the Miers nomination, which could leave some people slow to embrace President George W. Bush’s latest nominee, said presidential scholar Charles Jones, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “That has led to a hesitancy among some Republicans, conservatives and evangelicals,” Jones said. “The Miers experience really raised doubts about the president and his judgment; it’s more of a wait-and-see.” Despite Bush’s call for the Senate to confirm Alito by the end of December, the Senate put off hearings until Jan. 9, giving Judiciary Committee investigators and the public more time to delve into his background and record as a judge. Bush, in Argentina for a 34-nation Summit of the Americas, told reporters he was “disappointed in the date but happy they do have a firm date for his confirmation hearing.” Several Republican officials said the president was considerably more insistent in a telephone conversation Thursday with Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the committee. In a call placed from Air Force One, Bush said emphatically that he wanted Alito confirmed by year’s end. Specter replied that wasn’t possible. Officials who described the call did so on condition of anonymity, citing the private nature of the conversation. Alito has met with at least two dozen senators as he courts support among the 100 Americans with the power to approve or reject his nomination, but among the public, his profile is vague. “I don’t know enough about him to have an opinion,” said Ann Clark, who lives near Reading, Pa., and leans Republican. “I want to make sure that he’s compassionate toward the working class and the middle class.” The nomination of Alito comes at a pivotal time for the Supreme Court. He is a solidly conservative judge who will be replacing Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate swing vote on the court who helped guide decisions on such contentious issues as abortion, affirmative action and religion. One in five Democrats say Alito should be confirmed to the court, and twice as many, 41 percent, say he should not be. “I’m worried that he is going to vote against women’s rights,” said Elizabeth Gardner, a Democratic-leaning resident of Wellesley, Mass. “If women don’t have the right to choose, then they’re no longer equal.” A solid majority of Americans oppose overturning the landmark case legalizing abortion, but polls have found most willing to support some restrictions. White House spokesman Steve Schmidt said he’s confident “the American people will be very comfortable with Judge Alito as he moves through this process.” If Alito wins confirmation, he would become the fifth Roman Catholic on the court, the most ever. Although evangelical Protestants historically have been wary of Catholics, relations between the two groups have warmed in recent years because of shared concerns over abortion and the declining role of religion in American life. For Patricia Carter, an evangelical from Roland, Okla., the most important factor is that Alito is “a Christian, a conservative and the choice of President Bush.” “What I’ve heard about him I like,” she said. “If the Democrats don’t like him, he’s got to be good.” The telephone poll of 1,006 adults was conducted Monday through Wednesday by Ipsos, an international polling firm and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, larger for subgroups. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL Ladies Gaelic Football Association has organised a refresher Level 2 Referee Course for ALL referees currently officiating at Ladies games.“Clubs need now to get their club refs signed up for this course, so we can get a good pool of refs to officiate at our games,” said Donegal LGFA development officer Donal O Searcaigh.All the details are below: LEVEL TWO REFEREE COURSE.Monday 9th of June in the Clanree Hotel @7PM.What is this course about?• Provide a refresher on the rules of the Ladies Football … • Study the red and yellow cards associated with Ladies FootballTarget Group:• All referees who have COMPLETED the LGFA Grab Your Whistle Level 1 course• All referees who have refereed for a minimum of 5 years in Ladies Football or with the GAA• All participants must be 17 years and over Duration: 2 1/2 hours.A minimum number of 12 referees are required for the course to be viable.DONEGAL LGFA: LEVEL TWO COURSE FOR ALL REFEREES was last modified: May 16th, 2014 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:Donegal LGFAreferee course
Eibar have picked just a single point from their last five La Liga games. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Eibar vs GranadaEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarFriday, 20-12-2019 @11pmRef: Pablo GonzalezEibar go into this Friday’s fixture 16th in the table and just two points above the relegation zone, after picking up just one point from their last five La Liga matches. The hosts have lost four of their last five matches at Ipurua, and have kept just one clean sheet in eight home games this term.Granada are still sitting 9th in the table; however they are also struggling for form. Nazaries have lost five of their last seven league outings and their last four away on the bounce. The visitors have drawn a blank in their last two away fixtures, though they did manage to net in their previous six on the road, and have scored in 14 of their 17 league matches overall this season.Last weekend’s 0-0 stalemate away to Athletic Bilbao was definitely a step back in the right direction for struggling Eibar, and although they went on to sweep aside third tier SD Logrones 0-5 in the Copa Del Rey on Tuesday evening, more evidence of a revival from Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men is needed in the coming weeks before they can be classed as a feasible betting proposition again in La Liga.Eibar lost four league matches on the spin prior to picking up a point at San Mames, and they have now scored just one goal in their last five La Liga outings.Los Armeros have been extremely solid and reliable at home in recent seasons, but their form at Ipurua has truly gone awry this term, with five defeats suffered from eight games including four from their last five outings.Mendilibar’s side have failed to score in four of their last five at home and defensively they have also been poor in their own backyard, with 15 goals conceded in total and just one clean sheet mustered in eight.Granada have to be content overall with their top half position going into the Christmas period, but recent form is definitely a concern for Nazaries, who travel to Ipurua on the back of five La Liga defeats in seven.Last weekend’s 1-2 reverse against Levante at Los Carmenes was the latest setback suffered by Diego Martinez’ side, and the result was a bitter pill to swallow as they looked on course for a share of the spoils before Enis Bardhi bagged the winner for Granotas in the 89th minute.It’s important to consider though that Granada have had to deal with some tricky fixtures over the past few weeks, taking on the likes of Real Sociedad (1-2), Valencia (2-0), Athletic Bilbao (2-0) and Atletico Madrid (1-1) – teams all currently positioned in the top eight.While they would have expected better from last weekend’s clash against Levante, this Friday’s encounter against Eibar presents Nazaries with a decent opportunity to get their campaign back on track.The other La Liga match-day 18 fixturesSaturday, 21-12-2019 -Real Mallorca vs Sevilla @3pm-Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves @6pm-Villarreal vs Getafe @8:30pm-Real Valladolid vs Valencia @11pmSunday, 22-12-2019-Leganés vs Espanyol @2pm-Osasuna vs Real Sociedad @4pm-Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid @6pm-Levante vs Celta Vigo @8:30pm-Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao @11pmComments Tags: EibarGranadaSpanish La Liga
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceNext up for the undefeated 49ers and their dominating defense: a second-year quarterback making his first NFL start.The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that Ben Roethlisberger needs season-ending elbow surgery, thus thrusting Mason Rudolph into the lineup Sunday for the 49ers home opener.Rudolph, who stands 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, was a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State. His only NFL experience came …
dan lyons Tags:#Android#Apple#iPhone Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Social media maven Robert Scoble says he’s migrating from Apple to Android. “I’m no longer an Apple fanboy,” Scoble wrote in a post on Google+ yesterday. “I’m getting ready to leave the Apple platform and switch to Android.”That might not seem like a big deal. But the fact is, a lot of people follow Scoble on social media and consider him influential. They respect his opinion. And Scoble isn’t just any fanboy. He’s the kind who camps outside Apple stores and sleeps on the sidewalk when a new Apple product is coming out and cheers like a triumphant hero when he walks out of the store with the latest iToy in his hands. (See also here and here and here.)Scoble isn’t the first high-profile Apple defector. A few months ago we reported that legendary Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki had become a hardcore Android fan. Reasons For SwitchingKawasaki said he moved to Android because he simply believed that Android had leapfrogged past Apple and was delivering a better solution.Scoble said he’s bailing because “Apple lately HAS slipped in my eyes and there are lots of examples how (Google Now, Waze maps, and tons of apps that are here already and coming on the Android platform, like SwiftKey keyboards).”Scoble still believes that “most apps are smoother and have fewer problems on iOS,” but he’s switching anyway. Partly Scoble seems excited about Google’s Project Glass wearable computer. He’s getting one soon, and says that “of course that will work better if you use Android.”Yet Another SwitcherThe irony is that Scoble was writing this stuff about Android in a post where he was criticizing a reporter from GigaOm who Scoble felt had unfairly criticized Apple.The GigaOm reporter, Mathew Ingram, had written an article describing his own switch from Apple to Android.Ingram originally adopted Android because he got sick of Apple’s walled garden, only to discover that he also likes the way Android handles notifications and finds it less intrusive than how Apple does it.Scoble went on a rant saying you can just turn off Apple notifications if you don’t like them. But then Scoble confessed that he too is in the process of switching to Android.What does it mean when high-profile “influencers” and devoted Apple lovers start moving to Android? They all have different reasons, and you may or may not agree with them or be persuaded by their arguments. But even the most hardcore Apple fans must recognize that these decisions are significant.Image courtesy of Wikimedia. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …