BOSTON, MA – MAY 15: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts after dunking the ball in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout.LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial James was also astoundingly efficient, using his dribble to create space, while he knocked down an assortment of jump shots.He finished the opening quarter 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 from the 3-point line.His momentum was stunted briefly at the 3:50 mark of the second quarter, when Jayson Tatum was whistled for a foul after catching James jaw with his shoulder as he attempted a steal. James stayed in the game and connected on one of his ensuing free throws, but then exited to the locker room with Cleveland leading 47-36.The Cavaliers said James had a neck sprain. He returned after missing less than two minutes of game time.Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland’s lead to 55-48 at the break.“I think we just have a group of guys that really believe in each other,” Horford said. “Our group in tough times, we’ve always found a way.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.Celtics: Went 10 of 31 from the 3-point line.QUOTABLE “We’ve got to be tougher. I think they’re playing tougher than we are. We see that. They’re being physical. They’re gooning the game up and we’ve got to do the same thing.” — Cavaliers coach Ty Lue40-POINT MANAccording to Elias Sports Bureau, James now has three career playoff 40-point triple-doubles. That is the most in NBA postseason history.DEFENDING A TEAMMATESmart said Smith’s play was a “dirty shot.”“That’s not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us,” he said. “It’s like a bully, you keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he’s going to pick on you until you finally stand up. And that’s what I tried to do.”UP NEXTGame 3 is Saturday in Cleveland. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re going to fight,” Rozier said. “At this point we don’t care if we win by half a point. If we win, that’s all that matters.”James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He scored 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points in the first quarter , tying his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs’ Game 1 loss.But he didn’t seem to play with the same force after straining his neck in a first-half collision and the Cavaliers wilted in the second half, with the Celtics outscoring them 59-39.“I think I’ll be fine. I’m not going to lose sleep over it. You go out and when you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that,” he said. “They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it’s our time to try to do that, as well.”Kevin Love finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT As expected, Tristan Thompson started in place of Kyle Korver in the hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish Cavs offense in Game 1. Thompson got Cleveland’s first basket of the night and helped to limit Horford’s effectiveness on the inside early on.Korver added 11 points off the bench for Cleveland. But starters Thompson, JR Smith and George Hill combined for just 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting.Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89. Marcus Morris got in Smith’s face after Smith pushed Horford in the back to prevent a layup. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated.Smith was assessed a flagrant foul and both received technical fouls.“I felt like it was uncalled for that type of play there,” Horford said. “We have each other’s backs. … We moved on to the next play way and we locked in after that.”Smith said there was no malicious intent on the play.“I blatantly pushed him. It wasn’t like I was trying to low bridge him or something. Just make sure he didn’t get it,” Smith said. “It was a good, hard foul.”Boston’s balanced attack was effective again, with six players reaching double figures. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points. The Celtics turned it over just six times.Boston led 84-77 after three quarters and took command late in the fourth with the Cavs getting little offense other than from James. Cleveland’s starters were pulled with 1:48 left and the Cavs down 14.James was on the attack from the opening tip. He turned the ball over the Cavs’ first possession. But it was one of his only miscues in the first quarter. Suns win NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew So did the Celtics.Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Boston withstood a 42-point night by James to beat Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.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 crownTerry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.Boston improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.
Mr. Richard Tolbert, the nephew of slain President William R. Tolbert wants to see a reformed True Whig Party (TWP) that will attract every Liberian who was never part of the party’s agenda during its over one hundred years’ rule until the ascendency of the last two standard bearers.President Tolbert , who was the last standard bearer of erstwhile grand old TWP, and inarguably its brightest leader, thought to radicalize the party upon his ascendency by bringing about reforms into the governing system, but had not realized his dreams when he was killed in the April 12, 1980 coup d’état. His reform initiatives were prompted by years of oppression of a majority of the population and lack of inclusiveness on the part of the ruling hegemony. Many said that he had the mind of a refined visionary, but was a victim of circumstances that had degenerated prior to his ascendency. The speaker at yesterday’s intercessory service held at the historic Zion Praise Baptist Church in Bentol City, the home of the Tolberts, in observance of the 35th National Convention of the TWP, Mr. Tolbert stressed the need to reform the TWP, adding that a reform could begin even with the name of the party. “This is my personal thought. I’m not on the executive committee. Certainly one can sit on the old mat to plait a new one.”The TWP is expected to elect its new corps of officers today in Bentol, the birthplace of President Tolbert, to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years. Delegates from the 15 counties are already converging in the city. Mr. Tolbert said the party should incorporate the aspiration of all Liberians, and not build on sectionalism, ethnicity or tribalism, “vices that invoked the level of insecurity that the country experienced over the years.”The long rule of the TWP came to an abrupt end on April 12, 1980, with the brutal assassination of President Tolbert by 17 enlisted men of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who formed the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) that was led by Master/Sergeant Samuel K. Doe. Thirteen senior officials of the government and party were also executed on orders of the PRC. The TWP was founded in 1869 and subsequently took state power, but its first standard bearer, Edwin James Roye, was reportedly assassinated by then members of the Republican Party.Dr. Tolbert noted that in spite of the unfortunate 1980 coup that took away the lives of his father and uncles as well as many other people, the party did a lot of good. He said “The party was not perfect; let me make this very clear. They made their mistakes, a lot of mistakes, most of all by not incorporating all of the citizens into the body politic as well as social and economic participation of all Liberians. We should have done more to unite all Liberians under the banner of the TWP.”He indicated that it was actually the mission of the last standard bearer, William R. Tolbert to bring about radical reforms and to build the country. “It was his goal and aim to reform the TWP and radicalize it to impact all Liberians.”During the Party’s last convention that was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, President Tolbert intended to bring young Liberians on board. He wanted to make an indigenous man, Jackson F. Doe, his vice standard bearer. “The party was actually going in the right direction, but it was halted by the abrupt coup.”Mr. Tolbert indicated that his uncle’s dreams can still be fulfilled, but this depended on the composition of the corps of officers that will be elected during today’s national convention.“For me it is a duty, a matter of pride and honor to be associated with the party again. I’m not a member of any party yet, but I’m proud to be associated with this party. It is a party that has great history,” said Mr. Tolbert. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At times, it seemed patchwork, parts gumption and determination. At others, it was seamless, all orchestrated and designed. These Angels appear a little of everything, somehow both easy to fathom and impossible to describe. What they clearly were Monday were winners, defeating the powerful Yankees 5-3 to capture their American League Division Series and advance to the championship series for the second time in four years. They won without getting a single victory from the man expected to win the Cy Young, Bartolo Colon. Won without getting a single start from Jarrod Washburn. Won without reigning A.L. MVP Vladimir Guerrero driving in one run the entire series. Without stolen base leader Chone Figgins stealing a single base. And they won anyway, found one more way to pull together, to go to the next man, to overcome the veteran Yankees and their record $203 million payroll. “What distinguishes this team is the love and respect we have for each other,” said second baseman Adam Kennedy. “We just have a good group of guys, guys who work hard and you want to battle with.” A team that won Monday behind a kid who started the season in Double-A, the amazing Ervin Santana, unexpectedly coming out of the bullpen when Colon went down in the second inning with a sore shoulder, acting the cool veteran in the first postseason appearance of his young life. Won with the home run, the line drive, the blooper, a deep drive that went off colliding outfielders, with sacrifice bunts, singles stretched into doubles, and not without a bit of luck. Won despite walking just five times in the five games compared with the 27 walks taken by the Yankees. By coming from behind in all three of their victories. With a home crowd that had been oddly dormant in the first two games at Anaheim alive and vibrant, awash in a sea of red, on its feet, imploring, pulling, believing. “This is a team with special chemistry,” said owner Arte Moreno. “These guys all want to win, and they don’t care who gets the credit.” They are a team of pieces where every member counts, a team hard to define but impossible not to appreciate. A team fun to watch. A team whose players celebrated and reveled in Monday’s victory, with champagne flowing and hugs and cigars and cries of joy in their post-game clubhouse. Colon approached first baseman Darin Erstad _ who plays his position like the center fielder he once was _ and hugged him tight, whispering in his ear that he would fight through his injury to help the team continue its postseason drive. “Just don’t do anything stupid,” Erstad said. It’s not some sappy catchphrase with this team; they actually do care about each other, pull for one another, band together to find a way to win. Unlike the Angels’ championship team of 2002, a powerful and explosive offensive team, the strengths of this team are more subtle. “We’ve had strong pitching and defense all year,” said general manager Bill Stoneman, as drenched in champagne as any of his players. “We do all the little things well. It’s a great group of guys with an experienced core.” A team that will need all its resources if it is to advance to the World Series. After the champagne ebbed and the celebration became more personal, the Angels boarded a late flight to Chicago. They open the ALCS tonight against the White Sox. They’ll be playing their third game in as many cities in as many days, weary and enthused, their rotation uncertain, their bodies in some vague time zone. The White Sox haven’t played since eliminating the Red Sox in their division series Friday. They are rested and waiting, their rotation set, and appear to have a clear early advantage. The Angels were too excited Monday to care. They had defeated a talented team that also played hard, that made them earn most everything that came their way and weren’t about to be deterred by the newest obstacle. “Any time you’re playing a team as talented as that club (Yankees) in that other locker room, you know you have to play at a high level,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We did that in a lot of important areas.” The Yankees had overcome much themselves to make it there, despite all their expensive stars, and banded together to chase down the Red Sox in the A.L. East. “I’m just terribly disappointed,” said Yankees manager Joe Torre. “I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed in a final score. “The White Sox are a very good ballclub, but these Angels don’t take a back seat to anybody.” The Yankees had to watch the Angels celebrate in Anaheim for the second time in four years. Despite the disappointment, like most, they still had a certain admiration for all the small things that make the Angels so huge. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Bulldogs’ 23 wins are the third-most in program history and the team’s 12 Valley wins are the fourth most ever by a Drake team. His debut season is the second most successful by a first-year head coach at Drake behind only Keno Davis’ 28 wins in 2008. His 23 wins are also the most by a rookie head coach in the nation this season and the second most by a coach in his first season at a school.”This group of guys, especially the three seniors, are truly inspirational to me,” DeVries added of his team. “What they’ve been able to do for us a program this year is truly awesome. A lot of it is because of who they are as people. Their unselfishness, their resiliency and their love of the game is what makes what we do so much fun. They just want to play hard, be coached and have fun. I love that about them. Because of that, they ended up as co-champions in this league.”He is also the fourth MVC coach since 1980 to win a league title in his first season and the fifth Drake head coach to be named MVC Coach of the Year. He was preceded in Drake history by Keno Davis (2008), Rudy Washington (1993), Gary Garner (1982) and Maury John (1964, 1968, 1969, 1970).DeVries leads the Bulldogs into the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Friday evening at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs, who enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, and will face the winner of the No. 7 Illinois State / No. 10 Evansville game. Print Friendly Version Drake University men’s basketball head coach Darian DeVries added yet another tremendous accomplishment to his first season at Drake Thursday afternoon when he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year.DeVries was announced as the winner of the prestigious award during the MVC’s annual Coach of the Year luncheon in St. Louis, Mo.The honor caps a tremendous regular season in which DeVries took the reins of a Drake program that was slated to return just two letterwinners from a season ago with no incoming recruits.Faced with the challenge of assembling a roster in mere weeks, DeVries and staff quickly put together one of the best teams in Drake history to claim the program’s eighth Valley title, first since 2008 and second since 1971.”This award is a team award,” DeVries said. “I’m so thankful for the guys that I have and a staff that comes to work every day and makes what we do so enjoyable. They have such an energy and passion to teach and coach and that’s what this award is about. I’m truly blessed to have such a great staff.”
Don’t worry about not catching Daniel O’Donnell at a venue near you this year.The proud Donegal man has revealed he would love to keep doing concerts until he’s 100.Daniel, who has just finished performing on a 12-week Alaskan cruise, says he has no plans to retire from touring any time soon. He said: “I just love what I am doing and, yes, I am inspired.“I am energised by Majella and my family and I am also energised by my brilliant fans.”The star is showing no signs of slowing down with 11 gigs planned in Ireland in August.Daniel, who turns 58 in December, told the Glasgow Post: “That is no age these days. I am looking forward to every single one of those dates in the diary and also to 2020 and beyond. Just look at Dolly Parton, she never seems to age, although she is older than me – but she is fantastic.“She looks great, she sounds amazing and she has that same bubbly character she had when she was a teenager. Who could fail to be inspired by her?”Daniel lists Cher, Barbra Streisand and Tom Jones as other examples of veteran performers still pulling huge audiences.He added: “I am just a boy compared with these great stars and I look up toall of them.“When I see their gigs advertised and there are sold-out signs across the details I just feel, ‘Wow’ inside and I want to follow their example. “It is true I have had my health scares but that is all in the past and I have never felt better.“I shall be 58 at the end of the year so I reckon I have got at least another 42 years left in me.“Dame Vera Lynn – what a lovely lady – had an album in the charts at the age of 100 so she has created a new target.“I want to still be getting albums in the Top 30 when I am 100, too. Now that really is an inspiration.” Daniel reveals he plans to tour until he is 100! was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Concertsdaniel o’donnelldonegal
An investigation has been launched after personal medical files were found dumped in a Letterkenny park.The large file was found dumped close to bushes and a children’s play area at Bernard McGlinchey Park close to Letterkenny University Hospital.A family out walking came across the files which contains sensitive medical history on an elderly woman from the Convoy area. As well as letters to the woman’s GP, the file contains parts of her medical history.How the file ended up dumped in the park is not yet known.Local county councillor Gerry McMonagle, who is a member of the Northwest Regional Health Forum has demanded a full investigation.He told Donegal Daily “A full investigation into how this woman’s file ended up in a public park for anyone to find has to be carried out. Bernard McGlinchey Town park in Letterkenny where medical files were discovered. (North West Newspix)“The hospital and the health board has to find out where this file was stored and how it came to be in a public place apparently dumped.”And Cllr McMonagle said the HSE must also investigate if other patients’ files are missing.“How do we know that there are not a lot of other files missing. A full check-list of all files will now have to be carried out.“I want to know what security measures are in place to secure these files and how come that security was seemingly breached on this occasion.”The woman who found the files while out playing with her children told Donegal Daily she was horrified that somebody’s full medical history was simply dumped in a public park. She said “I wasn’t sure what it was first when the children pointed to it. I had a quick look at it and I was shocked that it was a medical file with all this woman’s medical history in it.“I don’t know how it happened but somebody needs to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“I would be horrified to think my mother’s private hospital records were left in a public park.”The set of medical files found in the town park in Letterkenny. (North West Newspix)The full file has since been handed back to staff at Letterkenny University Hospital. Saolta, the communications Department of Letterkenny University Hospital, is aware of the breach and is due to issue a statement on the matter shortly.Exclusive: Investigation after medical files found in Letterkenny park was last modified: June 12th, 2019 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:hospitalHSEletterkennymedical filepark
29 April 2013 The South African Football Association (Safa) has launched its most ambitious development progamme to date, in the form of national leagues for under-13 and under-15 boys and girls, in a bid to lift the country’s football teams consistently into the top three in Africa and the top 20 in the world within the next decade. “A decade is both a long time and a very short time as well,” Safa president Kirsten Nematandani told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday. “The Fifa World Cup tournament to be held in Qatar in 2022 is just under 10 years away, and if our plan is to find success, it must be seen there if not before.” The Safa Under 13 and Under 15 Boys and Girls League will receive funding from the R450-million 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust established following South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The programme will kick off in all of Safa’s 311 Local Football Associations (LFAs) in May, with coaches and talent scouts selecting LFA teams to participate in regional competitions, followed by provincial competitions in September and national competitions in December. In the process, 1 000 boys and 1 000 girls who show potential will be identified and put through tests at high-performance centres located at the country’s universities. “This is the first phase in the implementation of our technical master plan, which is intended to enable us to reach our goal in the next decade of being consistently in the top three in Africa and top 20 in the world,” Nematandani said. South Africa’s national men’s team, Bafana Bafana, is currently ranked 62nd in the world, having climbed more than 20 places thanks to a relatively strong showing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in January and February. South Africa’s national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, is currently ranked 53rd in the world. Danny Jordaan, chairperson of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust, said this was the project in which the trust had invested the most funds during its first round of allocations. “The board of trustees was excited to note that Safa prioritised the under-13 and under-15 leagues for girls and boys as a key element of the technical master plan that was unveiled a few weeks ago,” Jordaan said. “The board was unanimous in their view that this focus will provide a solid foundation for meaningful development and transformation of the game, thus the lion’s share of the distribution of funds in this first allocation was directed to this initiative.” SAinfo reporter
15 October 2013Online entries for South Africa’s 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon opened on Tuesday. The 45th running of the 56-kilometre race takes place on Saturday, 19 April 2014, with an entry limit of 11 000 runners.To qualify for participation in the ultra marathon, runners must have completed at least one full marathon (42.2km) after 1 July 2013 in a time of less than five hours. However, runners do not have to pre-qualify to enter and can submit their qualifying times at a later stage.South African ultra marathon entrants are also required to belong to a registered running club and have a valid running licence. No temporary licences will be issued to ultra marathon runners.Race record money bonusIn addition to the R250 000 prize money that can be won by the ultra marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual will add an additional R1-million to the winning male and female runner if they break the race record.The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.The closest any runner has come to the record since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, a three-time race winner, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.Ralph Mupita, the CEO for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, said in a statement: “We want to encourage top runners from around the world to come and compete in the biggest road running event on the African continent.”Phased approachIn an effort to alleviate pressure on the online entry system, and to give runners a fair chance to enter, the organisers have introduced a phased approach to the 2014 Half Marathon entries, which includes application into an entry draw in January 2014.From 17 October, runners are encouraged to update their personal profiles and medical details on the entry system, while new entrants can create their profiles.Blue (10 or more Two Oceans Ultra Marathons) and Light Blue (10 or more Two Oceans Half Marathons) number holders may enter from 10:00 on 5 November (limited to 1 000 entrants).Runners with valid SA running club licences may enter from 10:00 on 11 November (limited to 5 500 entrants).Previous finishersPrevious Two Oceans Half and Ultra Marathon and Trail Run finishers may enter from 10:00 on 14 November (limited to 2 000 entrants).New entrants, previous participants who finished outside the cut-off and those who missed their original entry batch may submit their applications into the entry draw from 10:00 on 22 January 2014.A random electronic draw on 23 January will select 6 000 entrants who may proceed to pay for their entry.Entries into the popular Trail Runs will open at 10:00 on 2 December, with an entry limit of 400 runners for the 10km and 22km trail runs respectively. Trail enthusiasts are advised to enter early, as both distances sold out within hours of entries opening last year.Online entry and entry formsUltra marathon runners can enter online or download an entry form at www.twooceansmarathon.org.za from 10:00 on 15 October.The Two Oceans Marathon website has been upgraded to ensure a better user experience for athletes, and is jam-packed with information around the various events hosted under its banner.“Designed to Run” is the theme that supports the 2014 Two Oceans Marathon marketing campaign – a coincidental hat-tip to Cape Town’s status as the World Design Capital next year.SAinfo reporter
Tags:#Facebook#Features#news#RSS & Feeds#web marshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Today we’re ready to declare The Newsfeed the dominant internet metaphor of the day; the cascading waterfall of updates from your friends, with comments swirling even around those – that model is everywhere now!MySpace, Flickr, Yahoo!, Twitter (?), the sharing part of Google Reader and even Google Buzz – do all of these sites have technology at the center of their social experiences that falls under this new patent of Facebook’s? Twitter probably doesn’t fall under this patent because the filing Text of the PatentHere’s the abstract for the patent, filed August 11th, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg listed as the first inventor:A method for displaying a news feed in a social network environment is described. The method includes generating news items regarding activities associated with a user of a social network environment and attaching an informational link associated with at least one of the activities, to at least one of the news items, as well as limiting access to the news items to a predetermined set of viewers and assigning an order to the news items. The method further may further include displaying the news items in the assigned order to at least one viewing user of the predetermined set of viewers and dynamically limiting the number of news items displayed.An initial response from Google’s Chris Messina, a leader of the Activity Streams standards organization that includes Facebook.I hope that this is defensive and Facebook doesn’t intent to enforce this patent. this is why the Open Web Foundation was instantiated, so we could work on these kinds of features without any one organization invoking patent rights. this is just one more example of how the patent system isn’t architected to support the right kind of innovation.[For all the other websites using activity streams-like formats] if this patent gets enforced, you could do it in reverse chronological order where there is no algorithmic ranking or you could license this technology from Facebook. i don’t know what this means for Facebook’s Platform and Connect.It sounds crazy, but did Facebook invent the algorithm-driven newsfeed? Messina wasn’t quite willing to grant that in our conversation, but it’s a tough call. “Facebook certainly built the whole phenomena around the newsfeed,” he said.Don’t miss:Dave Winer’s take on this news.Nick O’Neill has published the following update to his story, but I’m not buying his conclusion:It appears that this patent surrounds implicit actions. This means status updates, which is what Twitter is based on, are not part of this patent. Instead, this is about stories about the actions of a user’s friends. While still significant, the implications for competing social networks may be less substantial.Implicit actions are a very big deal. LinkedIn contacts making new connections or changing their jobs would be the most immediate example that comes to mind. If offering a stream of updates of the non-status messages of friends is something Facebook alone could deliver, that would be a major loss for the rest of the social web.There’s an active conversation going on our Google Buzz page for this topic, too. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Facebook has been granted a patent on the Newsfeed, “displaying a news feed in a social network environment.” Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook found the patent first and says it could be “one of the most significant social web patents” in a decade.If all algorithmic ranking and delivery of social activity updates to social network users falls under this patent Facebook applied for in August 2006 (one month before it launched its controversial Newsfeed) then there’s going to be a whole lot of trouble for sites all over the web. We’ve got calls and emails in with Facebook PR, we’re going to start thinking and reading up about what this could mean but for now, please join us over on Google Buzz to discuss this story as it unfolds in real time. Our coverage continues below.Working Summary:This patent appears to cover primarily implicit user activity updates (such as “person X changed their employer listed or their relationship status or became friends with person Y”) and the dynamic ranking of those items when delivered in the context of a social network. In contemporary Facebook terms, it would probably cover the News Feed but not the status messages in the Live Feed. It would probably not impact what Twitter is doing today. It could impact any number of other social networks – like LinkedIn, Ning and other systems not created yet. But it’s possible that Facebook will only use this patent defensively. Time will tell what the company’s intentions are. 18 months ago we wrote the following, as site after site adopted a Newsfeed model for delivering updates to users: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Rajasthan Director General of Police O.P. Galhotra was shunted out on Thursday in the first reshuffle of IPS officers carried out by the newly elected Congress government in the State. Mr. Galhotra, whose handling of the law and order situation in the State was found wanting by the Congress, has been replaced by 1983-batch IPS officer Kapil Garg. Mr. Garg, who is the most senior IPS officer in the State, was serving as chairman, Police Housing and Construction Corporation. Mr. Galhotra has been shifted as Director General, Home Guards.Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal also received the marching orders, with new posting of Additional DG, State Disaster Response Force, in the transfer list of 17 IPS officers released by the State’s Personnel Department.Anand Kumar Srivastava, Inspector-General of Police, Kota Range, was shifted as the new Police Commissioner in Jaipur, replacing Mr. Agarwal. Dinesh M.N., discharged in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case last year, was transferred from the post of IGP, Bikaner Range, to IGP, Intelligence-I, Jaipur.Among other officers, Special DGP (Law and Order) N.R.K. Reddy was shifted as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur, and Mohan Lal Rathar from Additional DGP, CID (Civil Rights), Jaipur, to Additional DGP (Law & Order), Jaipur. Deputy IGP, Crime Branch, Jaipur, Sanjay Kumar Shotriya, was shifted as Deputy IGP, Chief Minister’s Security and Vigilance, Jaipur.The transfer list of IPS officers came two days after the Congress government’s first bureaucratic reshuffle on Tuesday, in which 40 IAS officers were shifted.