Imports key to PSL Finals

first_imgThe liberos (who are imports as well) will play significant roles for the floor defense. Petron’s Yuri Fukuda is a crowd favorite with her post-point motivating antics, while F2’s Minami Yoshioka is a picture of quiet consistency.The Filipino players will also be vital to the championship effort, especially the setters. Fajardo and Petron’s Rhea Dimaculangan are two of the best in the land and it will fall on their fingers how the ball is properly distributed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The championship of the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix which begins on May 1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum will be decided by import scoring and the defense played on them.It’s inevitable in an import-laden conference that the players from overseas will dominate the action. They bring height, athleticism and a skills set honed by high levels of international play. They will be the main points of attack and the ones that must be marked by the defense.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MOST READ Patrombon Crankit Open kingcenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers return to the Finals after stopping the Foton Tornadoes in the semifinals. Their main import weapon is Venezuelan national team player Maria Jose Perez. Perez is a returnee to the F2 fold and is clearly accustomed to her teammates and, more importantly, Kim Fajardo’s sets.The other F2 import is Kennedy Bryan. She seems content being forgotten by the defense on the other side but that is when she can be most lethal. Fajardo just knows when to swing the ball to Bryan when the opposing blockers are preoccupied with Perez and other attackers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Petron took care of Cocolife in two semifinal games and is looking to cap its successful conference with a title. Frequent Manila visitor Lindsay Stalzer is as reliable as ever but now gets ample support from the prolific Katherine Bell.The defense to neutralize these scoring imports will have to be consistently in place during the Finals. F2 is known as a resilient blocking team and this will be put to good use against Stalzer and Bell. On the other hand, Petron needs to be equally tireless at the net and alert to where the ball is on every point. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Tykes Play First League Game

first_imgAll four teams will be headed on the road again this weekend, making their shortest journey of the season to Mackenzie, which will also be their last weekend of regular season action. The Fort St. John Midget Thunder in action against Prince George 2. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Midget Thunder in action against Prince George 2. Photo credit: Annika Hedican Kyle Robertson of the Fort St. John Midget Thunder in action against Prince George 2. Photo credit: Annika Hedican Kyle Robertson of the Fort St. John Midget Thunder in action against Prince George 2. Photo credit: Annika Hedican Travis Domeij of the Fort St. John Midget Thunder in action against Prince George 2. Photo credit: Annika Hedican Travis Domeij of the Fort St. John Midget Thunder in action against Prince George 2. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Novice team in action against Williams Lake. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Novice team in action against Williams Lake. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Novice team in action against Prince George. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Novice team in action against Prince George. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Bantam team in action against Williams Lake. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Bantam team in action against Williams Lake. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Pee Wee team in action against Prince George. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Pee Wee team in action against Prince George. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Pee Wee team in action against Prince George. Photo credit: Annika Hedican The Fort St. John Pee Wee team in action against Prince George. Photo credit: Annika Hedican PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association’s teams were in Prince George this past weekend for a number of games.A team from the ‘Tyke’ division competed in a league game for the first-ever time on Saturday against players from Mackenzie. Both teams were bolstered with a number of Prince George players.The Midget team also took to the floor on Saturday for a pair of back-to-back games against two Midget teams from Prince George. Despite a solid attempt, the team fell to the PG1 team 10-5. Fatigue ended up being a factor in the team’s second game of the afternoon against PG2, which they also ended up losing 17-4.- Advertisement -The Pee Wee team also played two back-to-back games on Saturday afternoon, losing the pair to the Prince George PG3 and PG1 teams by scores of 11-5, and 30-0 respectively.The Novice team was the first to hit the floor bright and early on Sunday morning, and despite dropping their first game to Prince George, came back and won their second game against Williams Lake 13-10.The combined FSJ/Mackenzie Bantam team also ended up with a 1-and-1 record in weekend action. The team doubled up against Williams Lake in a close 6-3 win before dropping to Quesnel 15-2.Advertisementlast_img read more

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CJ sets August 23 to rule on 2nd House-to-House challenge

first_img– lawyer argues Justice Patterson’s June 11th order unreasonable, voidBy Jarryl BryanGuyana’s High Court on Tuesday heard the case brought by former National Toshaos Council (NTC) Vice Chairman Lennox Shuman, challenging the ongoing House-to-House process on the grounds that it will disenfranchise large sections of the population, including indigenous people.Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev DatadinDuring the hearing before acting Chief Justice Roxane George, Shuman’s lawyer, Sanjeev Datadin, argued strongly against the process. Datadin cited case law to argue that the order to start House-to-House— issued by former Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman Retired Justice James Patterson— was void.According to Datadin, this is because Patterson was unconstitutionally appointed in the first place and specific orders he made, once brought to the court’s attention, could not stand up. In addition, Datadin described the former Chairman’s decision as irrational, considering the fact that since the December 21 passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), GECOM knew it ought to prepare for elections.GECOM Attorney Roysdale FordeDatadin noted that at the time, and despite the possibility that they would have to carry out elections, GECOM moved towards House-to-House, despite a schedule that would have exceeded the time frame. In addition, Datadin noted that GECOM had received a legal opinion from its legal officer, Excellence Dazzel, telling it that it would have to update the voters’ list and not create a new one.He pointed out that the GECOM Chairman should have made his decision on H2H while catering for whether the CCJ might rule the way it actually did, that the NCMwas validly passed and elections must be held. Justice George noted that by Datadin’s reasoning, Patterson therefore gambled that the CCJ would rule against the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).Datadin informed the court that since Patterson should have been aware of the possibility that GECOM would have to hold elections in three months, but he chose to ignore that possibility and plough ahead with H2H Registration, his order was therefore unreasonable.Solicitor General Nigel HawkeHowever, GECOM’s lawyer, Roysdale Forde, and Solicitor General Nigel Hawke endeavoured to counter this argument. In Hawke’s case, he noted that GECOM was preparing for House-to-House anyway, and it is not a case where Patterson woke up one morning and decided to issue the order. Hawke also argued that this matter should be left to the political actors and that the courts should not interfere.Meanwhile, Forde cited a section of the National Registration Act, which he claims contemplates House-to-House registration as the means to update the List of Electors. According to Forde, Datadin did not prove that the law does not allow for House-to-House.In his rebuttal to Hawke’s submission, Datadin argued that they are not interfering with GECOM’s independence but rather, they are seeking to have GECOM act within the law, by holding elections in three months as specified by the Constitution. Datadin cited case law to emphasise that the court can— and should— question the legality of the actions of constitutional bodies and act accordingly if the law is being breached.The order issued by former GECOM Chair Retired Justice James PattersonElection modeIn an interview with this publication outside the court, Datadin noted that the NCM should have put GECOM in a different mode, instead of carrying on as though nothing had happened. And he noted that the de facto officer doctrine cannot protect Patterson’s issuance of the order.“The order that was made on June 11 and took effect until July 20. The de facto doctrine really saves complete acts. This was not complete as yet because it took place in the future by which time he had been declared unlawful. But the decision was irrational and unreasonable. Everyone in Guyana knows where we are and what we’re doing”.“On December 21, when we had a No-Confidence Motion, we know that what follows is elections in three months. Now if you say it went through the court system, well it was on pause. On June 18, when the courts ruled, then you know you have to hold elections in three months. You’re embarking on House-to-House, that’s going to take half a year or more”.Datadin also pointed out that Patterson’s House-to-House order was issued before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) invalidated the former Justice’s decision. Datadin therefore questioned how such a decision could be rational or reasonable.In addition, Datadin noted that the law does not cater for a new round of H2H Registration after the original National Register of Registrants (NRR) is created, but rather, for the list to be updated by continuous registration and Claims and Objections.In an interview with this publication, however, Forde insisted that the law does cater for House-to-House. Moreover, he was hopeful that the September 18 date can be extended, something Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeatedly poured cold water on.“There’s nothing in the CCJ’s decision that limited elections to September 18. We’re currently in the time period where the National Assembly as the body in the Constitution with the authority, has to meet and extend the date for national elections. That would have to be a decision made by the political parties,” Forde said.“There is no law which says there is only one time a list can be compiled. It speaks about database. But we’re speaking about the Official List of Electors. The list has to satisfy a number of requirements. Persons must be resident at the date of qualification. So how can GECOM comply with the law which says persons must be resident to be able to vote and you have persons not resident, living all over Guyana? Does that list comply with the constitutional requirements?”Patterson’s National Registration (Residents) Order of 2019, setting July 20 as the date for GECOM to commence House-to-House and for it to conclude on October, was gazetted in July. However, the order was signed by Patterson since June 11. The CCJ invalidated Patterson’s appointment via its ruling on June 18, with the retired Judge stepping down from his post at GECOM soon after.The Chief Justice set August 23 as the date for her ruling on Shuman’s case. Meanwhile, the Christopher Ram’s case against House-to-House will be ruled on today.last_img read more

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Big reward for Telkom as sponsor renews deal

first_imgSpeaking during the presentation of the sponsorship cheque to the team, at the City Park Hockey Stadium, Telkom CEO Aldo Mareuse pledged the company’s continued support to the team.“The long-standing relationship is borne out of our passion for the sport as well as the stellar performance of the team. We are excited about this team that remains the pride of Kenya on the African hockey stage. Over the years, it has continued to grow, withstanding the test of time and competition both locally and in Africa,” Mareuse said.The event also served as a send-off for the team that is leaving for Accra to defend their title at the 2018 African Cup for Clubs Championship set for January 20 to 28, 2018.The tournament that will be held at the Theodosia Okoe Hockey Stadium is the 30th edition. The Telkom Ladies Hockey team has won the continental title cumulatively nine times with the last five being consecutive wins.Head coach Jos Openda, who has been with the team since 1989, thanked Telkom for its support that has enabled the team to continually grow.“We continue to conquer the Kenyan and African pitches because of Telkom’s unwavering support. We are energized and look forward to another opportunity to successfully defend our continental title in Accra,” Openda asserted.Members from the Telkom Ladies Hockey team currently make up 11 of the 20 main players on the Kenya National Ladies Hockey Team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Speaking during the presentation of the sponsorship cheque to the team, at the City Park Hockey Stadium, Telkom CEO Aldo Mareuse pledged the company’s continued support to the team.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – The dominant Telkom Ladies Hockey team got a perfect gift for bagging a record successive 20th league title after title sponsor Telkom on Tuesday renewed their sponsorship to a tune of Sh12m.The team is scheduled to depart for Accra, Ghana to defend their African continental title and they will go smiling since the sponsorship will cover the team’s allowances, kit requirements and training throughout the year.last_img read more

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How Lionel Messi could face Cristiano Ronaldo in a 2018 World Cup quarter-final

first_imgThe famous rivals have played against each other on numerous occasions in past El Clasico club matches, as well as some international friendlies.However, they have never faced each other on the biggest stage of all before – at the World Cup.Both teams have tough last 16 ties to overcome, but should they manage to do so, then this could be the match to settle the ‘GOAT’ debate once and for all. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are now both just one win away from meeting each other in the World Cup quarter-final.Following their last-gasp victory over Nigeria on Tuesday, Lionel Messi’s Argentina qualified for the knockout stages and will therefore play France in the first round-of-16 tie on Saturday in Kazan (3pm UK time). GETTY Ronaldo has netted four of his country’s five goals at the tournament so far 2center_img 2 Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal meanwhile ensured their progression yesterday and will play Uruguay in Saturday’s second round-of-16 tie in Sochi (7pm UK time).As both teams finished second, they have the chance to meet in the quarter-finals, as the winners of their two round-of-16 ties will face off on July 6 in Nizhny Novgorod (3pm UK time). Messi scored Argentina’s opener against Nigeria last_img read more

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Critics Claim Agreement Helps Home-Building Industry Block Tougher Energy Codes

first_imgAn undisclosed pact between the nation’s most powerful home builders’ lobby and the organization that writes model building codes has slowed the adoption of energy-saving requirements for new homes, critics have claimed. The arrangement is between the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which represents some 140,000 U.S. builders, and the International Code Council (ICC), which publishes the International Residential Code, an influential model building code that has been adopted in many states. In a published report last week, The New York Times said a deal first signed in 2002 guaranteed NAHB four of 11 voting seats on the committee that develops new versions of the IRC in return for NAHB’s support of the model building codes that ultimately win ICC approval.RELATED ARTICLESAre We Really Better Off With Building Codes?Study: Green Building Codes Don’t Save EnergyGerman Building Codes Keep Ratcheting UpWhat Is the Building Code?The First Green Building Code The building codes are updated every three years and are not legally binding until they are adopted by state or municipal officials. The dispute pits energy efficiency advocates against a construction industry seeking to keep building costs low. Even though the four guaranteed seats are a committee minority, critics say they are enough to block or slow down the adoption of new provisions that would require greater energy efficiency in new houses. Whitney Doll, ICC’s vice president for communications, said the NAHB is “one of the groups that has reserved seats on the International Residential Code committee.” Doll would not disclose the full text of the agreement but she provided a summary that was prepared two years ago by Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm with headquarters in San Francisco. The summary said that the ICC agreed, among other things, that one-third of the voting members of the IRC code development committee would be qualified representatives offered by NAHB. In return, NAHB agreed to provide a “clear and definitive statement of support” for the adoption of the IRC at all levels of government. In an amendment to the agreement in 2005, the ICC also agreed that the IRC code development committee would hear all proposed changes to the IRC rather than have them assigned to a different committee. The ICC Board of Directors agreed to “oversee the committee appointment process and provide a direct and permanent conduit through the ICC CEO for NAHB and other strategic partners to request appointments.” NAHB was declared a “strategic partner” of the ICC. Ron Jones, a former board member at NAHB, told The NYTimes that the agreement makes it difficult to move energy-saving changes through the ICC. “The home builders took them hostage by saying, ‘If you don’t work with us, we will look elsewhere to promote other codes,’” he said. The view was echoed by Bill Fay, the executive director of the Energy-Efficient Codes Coalition. He said in a telephone call that the upshot of the pact—what he called the “30,000-foot view”—was that the NAHB committee membership was blocking the very energy efficiency improvements that many government officials want. In an email, Doll defended the arrangement and said that a certain number of seats on some of the ICC’s code development committees are reserved for representatives of industries that use the codes. “Representatives from these industries go through the same application, review, and approval process as all others who apply or are nominated for committee seats,” she said. “The participation of these industry representatives is critical to the process, as their input helps ensure that code-change proposals reflect the evolving needs of their respective trades.” Doll added that industry representatives do not make up a majority of any code-writing committee, and that final votes on all code changes are made by “governmental member representatives” with no financial stake in the outcome. “Non-governmental members who served on committees do not get to vote in this final round,” she wrote. There are roughly 8,000 voting members who ultimately determine the outcome of proposed code changes. “Our code development protocols are designed to protect the integrity of the process and ensure that no single group is able to influence the code development process to favor a particular trade or industry,” Doll’s email said. Analysis shows energy changes slowed NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde told The NYTimes that it is appropriate for the industry to have a voice in the code-writing process. He added that committee members selected by NAHB “make their own decision on how to vote” and don’t vote as a block. Yet evidence cited by the newspaper shows that moves toward greater energy efficiency slowed to a crawl after the International Energy Conservation Code fell under the agreement in 2011. Prior to that, in code changes for 2009 and 2012, energy costs for homeowners had been reduced by 32% compared to a 2006 baseline because of more rigorous energy requirements, according to an analysis of the Department of Energy. After the IECC became subject to the deal in an ICC reshuffle of the committee structure, however, projected residential energy savings went down by less than 1% in the 2015 code, and less than 2% in the next round of changes in 2018. More rigorous code provisions for energy efficiency can save homeowners many thousands of dollars over time, far outweighing initial investments in more efficient appliances, more insulation, or better air-sealing. But NAHB has objected to requirements that make new houses more expensive, and the association has crowed about the influence it has had on code changes. “Of the 259 proposals on which the association took a stand, the committees agreed 81% of the time,” a NAHB newsletter said in 2015. “And only 6% of the proposals that NAHB opposed made it through the committee hearings intact.” In a 2018 “NAHB Now” newsletter, the trade group told its members that among its “advocacy victories” was the “preservation of lower cost options in building codes.” The estimated value to builders was $1,000 per housing start. NAHB said it succeeded in blocking a number of proposed provisions that would have upped construction costs from the 2015 versions of the IRC and IECC. Defeated proposals included new U-factors for windows that would have meant a bump to triple-pane units in Climate Zones 5 through 8, high-efficiency water-heating equipment, and requirements that new homes accommodate solar installations in the future. A sleeper issue that got legs Although apparently long-rumored in the industry, the ICC-NAHB deal was first brought to light by Earthjustice after the organization began tracking down rumors two years ago. “The existence of the memorandum was a secret, but not a particularly well-kept one in that there were a lot of people who had heard something to the effect there was an agreement,” Earthjustice staff attorney Timothy Ballo said in a telephone call. “There was a lot of strong indication that there was one, but no one had really seen it.” Ballo said many members of the ICC board were state or municipal employees who are subject to open-records laws. Earthjustice began submitting Freedom of Information requests that would compel those employees to disclose what they knew about the memorandum. Eventually, the ICC contacted Earthjustice and the two began discussing how they would resolve the issue, “basically to make us stop,” as Ballo put it. Ballo said he was permitted to review the document, make notes, and prepare the summary that was ultimately approved by both NAHB and ICC. This was the summary that Doll sent to GBA. At first, Earthjustice did nothing with the information. “The feeling was that if we discredit the ICC process or cast doubt on it we don’t really have a Plan B,” Ballo said. “The thinking was that by showing we knew of the existence of [the memorandum] by putting some pressure on the ICC we would get them to even out the process a little bit and wouldn’t have the major roadblock to efficiency in the next iteration of the codes.” But the new version of the codes in 2018 suggested that it was going to be business as usual—slow progress on energy-saving code changes. The thinking, Ballo said, was that “if we’re not going to make any progress on the IECC, there’s no point in preserving whatever dignity the ICC’s progress supposedly bestowed.” Ballo then planned to write an Earthjustice blog about the arrangement. But he was contacted by NYTimes reporter Christopher Flavelle before it could be written or published. Ballo said he had no idea how the newspaper learned about the NAHB-ICC agreement and that he was actually surprised that such a “wonky” discussion on codes would even end up in the newspaper. But Ballo said there is no question the agreement has slowed progress on forcing builders to make new houses use less energy. “It’s made it very difficult, as I think the NYTimes piece said, for pro-energy-efficiency measures to succeed at that committee state,” he said of the ICC-NAHB arrangement. “You need essentially every committee member not connected with the NAHB to vote in favor of it. And the vote of that committee, while it’s true that the municipal code professional members of the ICC do get the ultimate say, the committee’s action where the NAHB has significant sway is dictating what threshold applies.” Was the deal common knowledge? The NYTimes article called the pact a “secret deal,” adding that when originally asked about it, the ICC denied having an agreement with NAHB. The efforts that Ballo describes to learn the details of the arrangement, as well as the ICC’s continued refusal to make the document public, suggests the parties are still sensitive about it. Yet Ugalde and others scoff at the notion there was anything secret about it. In a written statement released by NAHB, Ugalde said, “The idea of a ‘secret pact or agreement’ is ludicrous at best and harmful at worst.” The ICC hasn’t tried to disguise the fact that it has partnered with several groups, adding, “It would be more newsworthy if the governing body for the codes development process did not seek out the opinion of leading experts.” “We have made no secret of our resistance toward the adoption of requirements into the IRC that are not cost-effective,” he said. “Housing affordability must be a cornerstone in any efforts to create cleaner and stronger homes.” He said increasing housing costs “by imposing unnecessary mandates is not only tone-deaf but harmful to American consumers.” Michael Pfeiffer, senior vice president for technical services in the ICC’s central regional office, said the existence of the agreement is well-known. “It is not a secret agreement,” he said in a telephone call. “We have not publicly disclosed an agreement but for anybody involved in the code development progress it’s common knowledge, once again not only this agreement with NAHB but other agreements as well because these agreements foster ICC’s ability to bring the talent to the table.” Pfeiffer also took issue with the idea that NAHB committee members have an undue influence on energy policy because of the “checks and balances” built into the system. If tougher energy provisions are voted down in the first round of review—what are called the committee action hearings—they can be reintroduced later and voted on by the full ICC governmental membership. The committees consist of 12 members, but the chairman votes only in the event of a tie. It takes a simple majority of the committee to approve or reject new code provisions. However, it takes a two-thirds majority of voting members at the public hearing stage to get that provision back on the agenda for a final vote. So, for example, if the IRC committee votes against requiring triple-glazed windows or more insulation in new houses in the first round of review, it would take two-thirds of all governmental voting ICC members to reverse that later. “The process weights the expertise of the committee,” Pfeiffer said. “If you want to propose something differently than what came out of the committee, it does require two-thirds because the process relies on the expertise that’s brought to bear by the respective committees.” What’s next? The review process for the 2021 versions of the I-codes is still underway, but the disclosure by the New York Times has clearly ruffled some feathers. “Yes, there is going to be some fallout on this,” Fay said. “I don’t think it’s going to die and it shouldn’t. This stinks. It’s an astonishingly troubling document and I think that’s why it’s secret. I think it’s very disturbing.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

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As Internet Growth Slows, Tablets And Mobile Data Are The Industry’s Best Hope

first_imgowen thomas Related Posts Tags:#Internet#Internet usage#Kleiner Perkins#Mary Meeker#mobile#mobile revolution Growth in Internet usage on the whole is slowing, technology investor and analyst Mary Meeker warned in her latest Internet Trends report, an annual exercise in looking at the state of the industry that she’s done since her days as an analyst at Morgan Stanley and has continued at Kleiner Perkins, the venture-capital firm where she’s now a partner.While Meeker spent most of the report, which she published online and delivered at the Code Conference in Los Angeles Wednesday morning, looking at the Internet’s opportunities, the first line of the report should give people pause:• Internet Users<10% Y/Y growth & slowingfastest growth in more difficult to monetize developing markets like India / Indonesia / Nigeria  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai... Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting • Smartphone Subscribers +20% strong growth though slowingfastest growth in underpenetrated markets like China / India / Brazil / Indonesia Tablets are surging, with unit shipments growing at a 52 percent annualized rate; tablets have now surpassed both desktop and laptop PCs in sales. And mobile data usage is growing even faster, at 81 percent.Yet if overall Internet usage isn’t growing, especially in the developed markets where it’s easiest to make money off of users, that suggests that tech companies are, to a large extent, just reshuffling deck chairs, shifting share around as consumer habits change.Or they’re looking to make more money off the users they have. Meeker pointed out that Google makes six times as much money per user as Facebook does, and twelve times as much money as Twitter.One area where Meeker sees growth is the continuing shift of video usage from linear television to on-demand, online video.See also: Goodbye, TV Channels—And Hello, TV AppsMeeker’s complete report is available on Slideshare:KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Fitbit confident smartwatch will arrive on time, despite rumors of delays

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts David Curry Fitbit’s next smartwatch is “on track” to launch at the end of this year, according to chief executive James Park, who denied the multiple rumors of delays.In an interview with the Financial Times, Park said the smartwatch will be the company’s best yet, sporting “industry leading” GPS performance, a music player, and new biometric sensors that may find use in the medical industry, if Fitbit receives FDA approval.See Also: Study hints that wearables are terrible at counting calories, just like their usersOne thing that won’t be in the next Fitbit is cellular options, which Park says requires too many tradeoffs, the most important being battery life.Even though Fitbit has one of the better records for accuracy, in a report last year the Apple Watch was deemed far more accurate when it came to heart-rate and high-intensity exercise. The improved GPS may help reduce inaccuracies, alongside the new sensors.Customers say “Where’s my jam?”The company has also been hounded by customers that want to control music through the fitness tracker. The acquisition of Pebble late last year has helped them add third-party applications to the new wearable, according to Park.Entering into the medical market has been rumored for a few months, and Park confirmed the company’s intentions: “Getting approved by the FDA and going down that pathway is something we wholeheartedly embrace. The exciting thing about larger form-factor devices is it allows us to have those capabilities and unlock them over time.”Fitbit is in a tricky situation, if the FDA approval doesn’t come in and the smartwatch doesn’t work wonders, it could be seen as same old to Wall Street. The company’s stock has halved in the past year, and it recently lost its position as the most popular wearable manufacturer, now third behind Apple and Xiaomi.center_img Follow the Puck Tags:#biometric#FDA#Fitbit#fitness tracker#GPS#smartwatch Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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