Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#apps#Facebook#Government#mobile Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco, sounds tired – but still in a hurry. Darting between meetings in Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Newsom tells me that it’s long past time for government to embrace the opportunities presented by smartphones, social media, and Big Data. I spoke with Newsom as he was returning from a meeting at Cisco. As he said:We have (leaders) in government who download a book to their Kindle in seconds, or order their groceries online. They understand the power of a 24/7 service, yet rather than adopting new technologies for their organization, we are patching old systems from the 1970s. These were great once, but now are becoming burdens. Newsom has an infectious optimism regarding technology’s ability to improve government services and foster openness. “We need to learn and scale,” he says of government.The private sector is taking notice. Money, ideas and entrepreneurship are flowing into government at all levels. Not just to win big contracts or to promote immigration reform, but to use the very technologies that have changed homes and business to improve how government operates. Open GovEarlier this year, the Knight Foundation initiated the “Open Gov” challenge in order to, as the organization put it, “we sensed an opportunity to accelerate this nascent field and to help it develop solutions that serve defined needs.”Four months later, the foundation has just announced eight winners who will receive just over $3 million in funding. These include: Civic Insight: Providing up-to-date information on vacant properties so that communities can more easily find ways to make tangible improvements to local spaces.GitMachines: Supporting government innovation by creating pre-configured tools that developers in government agencies can use to easily build new technology.OpenCounter: Making it easier for residents to register and create new businesses by building open source software that governments can use to simplify the process.Procure.io: Making government contract bidding more transparent by simplifying the way smaller companies bid on government contracts.Toward A Government App StoreBusinesses that have worked with government for years also realize how mobile technology, social media and even smartphone apps can improve the delivery of service.Recently, I spoke with Maury Blackman, CEO of Accela, a Bay Area company that develops mobile apps specifically designed to streamline government activities and to make it easier for people to communicate with officials, get information, pay taxes and fees, access services and so forth.“Services once done in-person or online are now shifting to the smartphone,” Blackman told me. “Citizens expect around-the-clock access to government officials and services.”The Civic CloudAccela has also built a app platform it calls “the Civic Cloud,” one designed to help government agencies and app developers work more closely with one another. The goal is to create smartphone apps for government agencies that thousands of local governments across the country could easily replicate.If that effort is successful, developers would suddenly have access to a giant market. Meanwhile, government could offer improve service delivery, while citizens would get better roads, services and greater access to the government employees whose salaries they pay.Such apps might include a location-based pothole-repair request service, or one that would let contractors submit permit requests from the field. It’s not hard to see how such apps could scale across city and local governments around the country.In his book Citizenville, Newsom writes: “In the private sector and in our personal lives, absolutely everything has changed over the last decade. In government, very little has.” That finally may be about to change. brian s hall A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Cricket maestro and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood danseuse Helen are among this year’s Giants International awardees, according to an announcement here Tuesday.Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films.The awards shall be given away by the Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah at a function Wednesday.Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films.The other awardees include Urvi Piramal (Business & Industry), Hemant Thacker (Medicine), Kulinkant Luthia (Social Service), Bahubali Shah (Journalism), Anu Malik (Music) and Patangrao Kadam (Education).Giants International was founded Sep 17, 1972 by Nana Chudasama who is now its world chairman, with a purpose to serve humanity, promote unity, harmony and homogeneity among its members.For the past 35 years, it has worked for family planning, disaster management, flood relief, rainwater harvesting, low-cost housing, AIDS, drugs abuse awareness, academics, medicine, environment and saving the girl child.According to Giants International Executive World Chairperson Shaina NC, the organisation has 600 branches in India and abroad in countries like the US, Britain, Africa, Ukraine and Mauritius.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Shevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in chargeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndriy Shevchenko says former AC Milan teammate Rino Gattuso is the right coach for the club.The former Milan striker admits he’s a fan of Gattuso’s style.The Ukraine coach told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Very good, I like this attitude of the club, there are people who have clear ideas, who do not dance in the periods of difficulty: Leonardo and (Paolo) Maldini are working calmly and competently, Leo and Paolo know the reality better than anyone else, and then there is the blocking of the market: if you can only work on loans, getting back to the top is not easy. “I hope that Milan can continue to work serenely for the ascent. Rino’s support is very important because he is working well, he has given the team a sense of belonging. This is the right man for Milan, and I am happy with the confidence that he is collecting from the club.”
TagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are planning to expand Elland Road stadium to 50,000 if they get promoted to the Premier League, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The announcement was made by the club’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, during a civic reception to mark the team’s 100th anniversary.The planned extension will take place on the West Stand, matching the East Stand in terms of height, with Kinnear wanting the venue to “compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”But any move to take Elland Road’s capacity from just over 37,000 to 50,000 is dependent on a top-flight return for Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post’s Graham Smyth.Last season, they had the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 34,033, second only to eventual playoff winners Aston Villa.
John Calipari Tom IzzoJohn Calipari and Tom Izzo were together at an event to fight cancer at the Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday. During the event, put together by Oakland coach Greg Kampe, the Kentucky and Michigan State coach spoke with reporters. Recruiting came up. Calipari, who’s notorious at this point for being the best recruiter in the country, said Izzo has beaten him for prospects “way more than I’ve beaten him.” Izzo reacted appropriately. Here’s the full conversation, courtesy of the Lansing State Journal. Perhaps Izzo was beating out Calipari for recruits when the Kentucky coach was at Memphis, but it seems pretty crazy for him to say Izzo’s beaten him “way more than I’ve beaten him.” [LSJ]
The injuries and the extended absences gave Tiger ample time to fade into the background while a crop of young stars like McIlroy and Spieth ascended. But Tiger never really went away: Even though he hasn’t spent much time on the golf course, he still managed to garner more headlines than the others in this group in 24 of the past 47 months.The months since 2014 in which Tiger’s mentions are surpassed by any of these players mostly track with a given player’s success — or a given player’s epic collapse — at a major championship. For example, McIlroy’s headline mentions outpaced Tiger’s in July 2014 when he finally got over the hump to win his first British Open. Spieth’s mentions exceeded Tiger’s in June 2015 when he became the first 21-year-old to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones did so in 1923. In August 2015, Day and Spieth battled for the PGA Championship (where McIlroy was the defending champion). Day ultimately edged Spieth to claim the Wanamaker Trophy, and all three players’ names popped up in the media more frequently than Tiger’s that month.And even if Tiger had been swinging his sticks in April 2016 — he effectively disappeared from the public eye for much of that year — it’s safe to assume Spieth would have still topped Tiger that month: Spieth’s quadruple-bogey at Amen Corner on Sunday at the Masters was the story of the golf season, if not golf’s past half-decade.Tiger’s mentions spiked again in October 2016 when rumors of his return to competitive golf began to swirl (though he eventually postponed that return), and he’s remained steadily at or around the top since.4One big exception: July 2017, when Spieth and McIlroy battled for the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale. And Tiger’s biggest peak came in late May and early June of this year after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of, well, seemingly everything.5We’ve all seen the mugshot; we don’t need to make another joke about the mugshot.The overall trend has held true over the past two years, even as Tiger has been nonexistent in professional golf. Here’s how Woods has compared over that span to the top 10 PGA Tour money leaders in headlines,6Doesn’t include money earned on the European Tour and other non-PGA Tour circuits. according to Media Cloud. The 18-man field of this week’s Hero World Challenge1This event is hosted by Tiger Woods and is a benefit for the Tiger Woods Foundation. — a tournament that seems to function mostly as an excuse to wrangle the world’s best golfers and Derek Jeter for a hang in the Bahamas — features eight players ranked in the top 10 and nine others ranked no lower than No. 32. Rounding out the field is the world’s 1,199th-ranked golfer, otherwise known as Tiger Woods. Take a guess at who’s getting the lion’s share of attention?Woods made his latest return to professional golf on Thursday, giving us another excuse to indulge in a long-running national obsession. Tiger hasn’t won a tournament since 2013, and he hasn’t made a cut since 2015. He played just four meaningful2Assuming you count last year’s Hero World Challenge as “meaningful.” rounds of golf in 2016, and the event in the Bahamas is his first start in 10 months.But Woods’s prolonged absence hasn’t sidelined his status as golf’s biggest celebrity. To measure this using the Media Cloud — a database that collects news published on the internet every day — we looked at every time the words “Tiger Woods” appeared in a headline on a mainstream U.S. media outlet from the beginning of 2014 to the eve of the Hero World Challenge. Tiger garnered 4,489 articles3This may include different versions of the same story. despite making just 22 starts in that time. This number exceeds each of the five players who have held the No. 1 world ranking since Woods last gave it up: Rory McIlroy (3,844 headlines), Jordan Spieth (2,682), Dustin Johnson (1,207), Jason Day (995) and Adam Scott (512). The irony here is that these past two years have been an exciting time for golf as numerous stars have emerged in the Tigerless landscape. Over the course of the past two PGA Tour seasons, the 10 players in the chart above — which includes exciting American talents such as Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed — have combined to rack up more than $100 million and win four of the past eight majors. Despite the cupboard being stocked with all the ingredients for a piquant tabloid stew — youth, success, money, celebrity relationships, some casual cocaine use — none of these moneyed young players in the primes of their careers have managed to grow their personal brand enough to surpass the ultimate golf celebrity.Tiger Mania has had peaks and valleys, but it’s never died down entirely. If Tiger says his back is feeling good, we’re paying attention. If Tiger sneezes, we’re paying attention. And if Tiger messes up, we’re definitely paying attention. But now that he’s picked up the bag again, it would be nice if the quality of his game returned to the sublime golf that made us fall in love with him to begin with — and allow us to focus on that.Geoff Foster contributed research to this piece.
Napoli in-demand defender Kalidou Koulibaly has dropped a hint over his future amid Barcelona and Manchester United transfer talkEver since his arrival from Genk back in 2014, Koulibaly has imposed himself as one of the key figures in Napoli squad, having accumulated a total of 176 appearances for the Partenopei in all competitions.Known for his physical strength and his dominance in aerial duels, the 27-year-old Senegal international has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Italian Serie A.His impressive performance at the Stadio San Paolo has drawn up the attention of several notable Europe clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United.In his recent interview with Il Corriere dello Sport, Koulibaly has explained his situation at Napoli, with Calciomercato being the one to transcribe his words.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“My caretaker keeps telling me: ‘You cry twice in Naples, when you arrive and when you leave.’ I always reply: ‘I didn’t cry when I arrived, but I will cry a lot the day that I will leave If I’ll ever leave.”“I am happy in Naples,” Koulibaly said.“Sometimes people speak badly, but they don’t know how it feels to leave here. If you don’t live here, you can’t understand.”Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has recently extended Koulibaly’s contract until 2023 and would hardly accept to sell him unless a stratospheric offer was to arrive at his desk.
Australia captain Mark Milligan has praised Martin Boyle following the striker’s international debut.Milligan and Boyle both play their club football with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs and the former was impressed with the way the latter handled his first appearance in an Australian shirt.“I think Martin’s a wonderful player and I think he did show his qualities when he came on,” he said, according to official Socceroos website.“He loves getting at goal as we mentioned beforehand and he had a big hand in the equaliser in the end.”Australia’s golden generation might be coming to an end Manuel R. Medina – January 27, 2019 Mark Milligan is considering retiring and if he does, he will be the last remaining 2006 FIFA World Cup player for Australia to call…“Your debut is always a very nerve-wracking time and I think he came on and he did very well.”“I look forward to see what he does offer going forward.”Meanwhile, Milligan also revealed a mixture of the Socceroos’ fighting spirit and their new-look attacking style should really encourage Australian fans.“I think you couple that [spirit] with the things that we’ve been working on, which we’ve still got some time to fine tune and I think we’ll be very dangerous at the Asian Cup,” he added.
For former defender Beppe Bergomi, “the way to stop Gonzalo Higuain and Milan is by neutralizing Suso” in the Derby Della MadonninaInternazionale Milan and AC Milan will face off in the Derby Della Madonnina this Sunday at San Siro Stadium.And for former defender Beppe Bergormi, there is only one way to stop AC Milan.“The two players who I think are fired up in the right way to decide the derby are Lautaro Martinez and Patrick Cutrone, as they can also come off the bench with a sense of recklessness and shake things up,” Bergomi was quoted by Football Italia.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“There’s a lot of quality, but we saw in last season’s 0-0 that it doesn’t necessarily mean goals. Inter have the wide men and Radja Nainggolan who can slip in, while Milan can count on Suso, Higuain and their aggressive midfielders pushing forward.”“We can ask Icardi for more, to be a leader on the pitch and work harder for the team, but must ultimately concentrate on his extraordinary knack for finishing chances in the box,” he added.“The way to stop Higuain and Milan is by neutralizing Suso. Higuain lunges at every loose ball and has a good shot from distance too. I think Milan Skriniar is the one who can mark him, as he’s so good in one-on-one situations. He fires up the crowd with his tackles, too.”