BoltFest rolls on

first_imgLONDON, England: ‘BoltFest’ continues today, while throwers Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle created Jamaican history at the World Championships on yesterday’s first day of competition inside a rocking London Stadium. Damar Forbes qualified for his second-straight long jump final at a major championships after last year’s Olympic effort, while a couple of other big-name Jamaicans are in line to make their first appearances today, with Elaine Thompson and O’Dayne Richards, who won shot put bronze at the Beijing 2015 instalment, highlighting a day where 16 Jamaicans are expected to go into action. Bolt recovered from a so-so start to clock 10.05 seconds in winning his 100m heat, with Yohan Blake (10.13) and Julian Forte, who led all qualifiers with a personal best-matching 9.99 clocking, also securing safe passage to today’s 7:05 p.m (1:05 p.m. Jamaica time) semi-final. The final is set for 9:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m). Dacres became Jamaica’s first discus finalist at the World Championships, when he defied the odds in 2015 to book a spot in the medal round. No one was surprised this time around, as the impressive Jamaican overcame a poor series, to log a best effort of 64.82m. Smikle had two foul throws but secured the last qualifying spot with a 63.23m throw ensuring that for the first time in history, two Jamaicans will be throwing for discus medals at the World Championships with the final set for 7:20 p.m. (1:20 p.m). LOOKING TO CONTINUE  DOMINANCE Thompson will look to continue her dominance in the women’s 100m when she faces the starter at 11:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m Jamaica time) in the first round, where she will be joined by Jura Levy, Simone Facey and Natasha Morrison. Jamaica has the luxury of fielding four women in the field, as opposed to the usual three, due to Thompson’s Diamond Race triumph in the event. The double Olympic champion leads the world with a 10.71-second clocking and should comfortably book her spot here. Nathon Allen, Demish Gaye and Steven Gayle are in line for the men’s 400m heats at 10:45 a.m. (4:45 a.m.) with Kimberly Williams and Shanieka Ricketts competing in women’s triple jump qualifying at 11 a.m. (5 a.m.) Ramone Bailey failed to advance in yesterday’s long jump action, with a 7.76m effort in qualifying, while Senoj-Jay Givans, 10.30 ran seventh in his 100m heat. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Top 25 basketball: Duke not looking ahead yet

first_imgThe hype is already beginning on Tobacco Road in advance of next week’s showdown of unbeatens No. 1 Duke and No. 2 North Carolina. The Blue Devils learned Friday night that looking ahead can be dangerous as they had to withstand a second-half challenge from Virginia for a 76-61 victory. “I think people around the country think it’s the Big Three, and we know – we know – it’s not,” Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said of the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the rivals hold the top two spots and defending national champion Maryland is No. 4. Lindsey Harding scored 21 points and Alison Bales added 11 points and 12rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-0, 8-0), who are off to the best start in program history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video Review of DJ Rex, the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Droid Toy

first_imgShare This!When the Droid Factory was announced, the immediate question was would this be the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge answer to Pandoran banshees? After the price was announced, people were understandably skeptical. Here’s a first look at the DJ Rex Bluetooth Speaker toy so you can decide for yourself.What do you think? Is it worth the price or is it a hunk of space junk? Let us know what you think in the comments.last_img

More price cuts for 2013?

first_img3 January 2013 Economists say motorists can expect a few more petrol price cuts during 2013.Last week, the Department of Energy announced that the price of petrol would drop by up to 15 cents a litre and the price of diesel by nearly 30 cents a litre from Wednesday, 2 January.Economist Dawie Roodt attributed the drop to a strong rand and said he wouldn’t be surprised if it happened again.“My suspicion is that the petrol price is likely to keep on falling over the next couple of months,” Roodt said. “I expect the rand to remain fairly stable over the next couple of months. I’m also not surprised to see the oil price coming down as well.”Economists say the drop will not impact spending, but will provide slight relief for motorists following the busy festive season. Sapalast_img read more

Are you a “people developer” or just a “red pen”?

first_imgMichael was a Director at a medium-sized company. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, he had equally high expectations of his direct reports. He began with the company when they were first formed and had the luxury of hiring and training his own team. Like so many young leaders, he struggled with delegation. Michael was a work horse. He could crank out work like nobody’s business, and many times, found it easier to do things himself rather than engage the team he had hired. His team of professionals was relegated to less than fulfilling work for much of the time. When he did let go and assign a project to his capable team, they were thrilled. The team would fly into a flurry of activity and enthusiastically complete the assignment. Michael would review their work and the “red pen” would come out. He wasn’t pleased with their staff work, so he would grab a red pen and begin to edit and edit and edit and edit. He would share with me how shocked he was with the “quality of their work “and comment this was precisely the reason he preferred to do all of the project work himself. Once Michael finished with his editing, he’d hand the work back to the team. Completely demoralized, they would make the necessary “corrections” and return the product to Michael. Now, he was satisfied. So, what’s wrong with providing your team constructive feedback? Nothing, if it is done well. You see, Michael wouldn’t give much in the way of guidance when he’d give an assignment to his employees. Instead, he would communicate just enough to give the team the sense they understood what was being asked of them; however, never enough for them to be successful. What was always interesting was the fact Michael thought he was a very strong communicator. He’d make reference to his communication skills quite often, in fact.  To Michael, he provided more than sufficient guidance. In addition to a lack of communication, Michael had difficulty realizing that no one on his team was going to be a miniature version of him. I find it interesting, just how many leaders struggle in this area. He expected a work product that looked exactly what he would have put together, rather than stepping back to consider whether the end goal was accomplished.  Did it really matter how his team got there? To Michael, the answer to that question was “yes”. So, how do you ensure that you’re providing your team sufficient information to be successful and yet giving them creative license to learn and grow? Does the path the team chooses to take as they successfully complete a project have to be yours or one they are comfortable with? Are you offering a safe environment or one where it is only safe to take on projects in the manner in which they believe you would have done it? My advice to you is that you take your team’s training wheels off and watch how far they can go.last_img read more

How Zimbra Went From Web 2.0 Poster Child to $350M Yahoo! Acquisition, in 2 Years!

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Last week Read/WriteWeb editor Richard MacManus interviewed Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO. The result is a 30 minute podcast available on Read/WriteTalk (transcript included). The following post is highlights from the discussion, which focused on Zimbra’s journey from October 2005 Web 2.0 Conference launch to September 2007 acquisition by Yahoo! for $350M.In September 2007 Web Office startup Zimbra was acquired by Yahoo! for $350M. As I noted at the time, it seems like only yesterday that Zimbra was the buzz of the 2005 Web Conference (which incidentally was the first Silicon Valley conference I attended). Yet in just under 2 years from launching, Zimbra went from Web Office poster child (one of them at any rate) to a company worth $350 million. How did it happen? What lessons can aspiring entrepreneurs learn from Zimbra, as they attempt to create a multi-million dollar business too? For me there was only one way to find out: interview Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO.The entire interview is up on our podcast show, Read/WriteWeb. Here are some of my favorite bits:Question: who came up with the idea for Zimbra and when did that happen?Satish: “While we were brainstorming on ideas – and we cycled through a lot of them – we always kept coming back to: What are the big things that people do on a computer? Well, they search and they web browse and they read email. We started believing that people spend more time on email than search or web browsing, and so we said, ‘Man, that’s huge.’ It seems so evident but that was basically the genesis. Well Google is tackling search and, obviously, Firefox and IE are tackling the web browsing issue, and then we have Outlook or Thunderbird or Entourage for email. Well, that seems really broken. […]Then at the same time, we were thinking about technologies and how the web browser is becoming the predominant platform of modern day computing. Do we really need to have a desktop app and can we do everything on the server side? That’s something to break into.”Question: […] What was the initial reaction to the product when you launched in October of 2005?Satish: “Peoples reactions to it was unanimously: ‘I can’t believe this is a web browser. I can’t believe that this can be done all inside of Ajax and all with a server that’s not hosted or with data that resided remotely.’ Our goal was to basically blow the pants away of Outlook or any other client in terms of user interactivity, even though it was inside of a web browser. I think when we launched, we successfully got that kind of a reaction from people who were just totally wowed with it. They were all extremely excited that somebody was putting up such a huge and competitive product in the mail landscape which people had thought had been written off.Then, for us, we knew in our hearts, and we didn’t want to be a web 2.0 company that’s just all hype and glam. We knew that we had planned all of this carefully with our board. We had always wanted to start making money. It has happened. As soon as we launched in October, back before we started making money, before we sold to Yahoo, we were handsomely cash flow positive. So we’re always proud of what we went through as a company: got a lot of bugs, got a great product but at the end of the day, we were making money. That was basically the difference that set us apart.”Question: One thing that web 2.0 critics often derive about the current generation of web apps is that they are features and not businesses. Also, the web 2.0 startups have too large a reliance on M&A as the end goal. This is something we constantly hear from critics of web 2.0. Zimbra was obviously a very successful buyout. Was that your plan from the start or did you start out with the aim of being a viable standalone business? Back in October of 2005, what was your end goal for Zimbra at that point?Satish: “Honestly, I can say this. We set out to build a great company with a real business behind it. That’s what I think people should do when they start a business. They [have] got to think about: How do I make this an independently successful cash flow self-sustaining business? Then, there’ll be very interesting M&A opportunities that will come and knock on the door. If instead we started a company thinking that there is going to be a quick flip, [in] 90% of the cases that does not work out because no one is interested in buying – or they want to buy you off really cheap. We were not thinking of an ideal nor were we thinking of an M&A. We were just thinking: Let’s go and create a compelling product and create some real business in specific markets. That’s what we started out to do and that’s what we did.”Listen to the full podcast for more insight into the growth of Zimbra and some of the tactics they employed to build their ultimately successful web 2.0 business. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Intense Debate: A Very Sweet Comment Management Plug-in

first_imgColorado based Intense Debate, the sophisticated blog comment system with the silly name, launched its public beta this morning. There are some definite kinks in the service still, but there’s also quite a lot to take note of. The service offers a powerful combination of ease of use and feature richness; I’m impressed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is the kind of option that makes all the difference in user adoption – I will let value from my work accumulate in your service if I know I can get it back out again if I so chose. Thank you Intese Debate! I ask every web app I profile about data export and the vast majority just tell me “oh, we’re working on that.” marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#web OpenID support for leaving comments is fantastic, if a bit clumsy in implementation right now. It’s really difficult for individual bloggers to install OpenID support in their own blogs right now. If Intense Debate can do it for us, that’s great. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Email notification is a global setting. Every blog should let you get an email if your comment has been replied to. With this plug-in, you can automate that on any Intense Debate using blog you comment on.The single most important thing about Intense Debate is its data export options. If you are using the service in WordPress or Blogger (more platforms to be supported later) and you decide you want to stop using Intense Debate, you can export your comments for import into your native blogging software’s comments database. Intense Debate lets users set up good profiles that include easy access to their social networking pages around the web, you can friend or follow comments from particular users, there’s some basic stats available to both comment leavers and publishers and threaded comments are available. It’s got reputation, it’s got lots of RSS, it’s got quite a few widgets (like “top commenters on this blog”) and it integrates with your blog’s CSS. It’s nice. I’m testing it out over at my personal blog, marshallk.com and there are a list of other blogs using it on the Intense Debate site. One issue I do see is that the commenting platform takes a moment to pull in its host blog’s CSS, that’s not ideal. I wonder if a copy of my stylesheet could be cached with Intense Debate. Throughout the site it would also be nice if avatars were larger, visual recognition of faces is huge in tools like this.Important DifferentiationThe comment plug-in market is a really crowded one, but there are some things about Intense Debate that warrant an extra close look. (Update: Wednesday morning saw a $1m VC investment in a more lightweight competitor, SezWho. TechCrunch coverage is good. You may or may not feel inclined to use a service like this, and we’ll see how it holds up against spam over time, but at the very least – I think Intense Debate is a classy operation that deserves some attention for its technology implementation in a crowded market space. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Ease of install. One tiny PHP file is all it took me to get Intense Debate running on my Word Press blog. It was remarkably easy.last_img read more

The Latest Ultrabooks with Intel vPro Technology!

first_imgI have been asked lately about which Ultrabooks support Intel® vPro™ Technology? Below is a list* of some of the latest of the Intel vPro enabled Ultrabooks available today:*Note: This list above is not all of the Intel vPro capable Ultrabooks available, just a few to get you started! Feel free to share your favorite Intel vPro enabled Ultrabook by replying to this post! To see even more, visit Ultrabook™ for Businesslast_img