Boyz held 1-1 by El Salvador

first_imgJamaica continued their unbeaten run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they battled to a 1-1 draw against El Salvador at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday. The Reggae Boyz, who had already qualified to the quarter-final knockout stage, ended Group C on five points, following a 2-0 win against Curacao and a 0-0 draw against Mexico. El Salvador also booked a spot in the next stage as they ended on four points. Nelson Bonilla scored for El Salvador in the 15th minute, while Darren Mattocks netted a penalty for the Reggae Boyz in the 64th minute. Jamaica came close to scoring in the first minute when striker Romario Williams steered wide after a one-on-one chance with El Salvador custodian Derby Carillo. SEARCHING FOR A POINT The Central Americans came into the game in search of, at least, a point to make it to the knockout and took control of the first half for the most part. El Salvador scored when Bonilla squeezed a shot past Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake from an acute angle. That was the first goal scored against Jamaica in 196 minutes during this year’s Gold Cup. Williams had a good effort saved by Carillo in the 38th minute. His shot hit the keeper’s leg and was deflected from the goal. With the introduction of Owayne Gordon for Cory Burke at the start of the second half, the Jamaicans looked more purposeful. They were awarded a penalty when Narciso Orellana handled the ball inside the 18-yard box. Mattocks, who was scoring his fourth goal in five Gold Cup appearances, stepped up and easily converted the penalty kick. Coach of Jamaica men’s national senior team Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore said that he was disappointed with how the team started the game. “I’m very disappointed as the team started out a bit slow against El Salvador. We created more opportunities than in previous games, and we welcome the point,” Whitmore said during a post-match press conference. When quizzed about whether he was concerned about his job as coach, Whitmore, who is a former Reggae Boyz captain, responded: “I am not under no pressure (as coach). We won once and drew twice in three games. We will leave that up to the Federation.” “I think it (the performance) was a mixture. Regardless of the result, we would go through, and that played on players’ minds. El Salvador needed a point to go to the next round and got it,” he reasoned. Mattocks, who is the Reggae Boyz top scorer in the Gold Cup, was happy that the team progressed to the knockout stage. “It’s a tournament. We just want to advance. We are pretty satisfied that we advanced,” Mattocks, who also netted in the first game against Curacao, said. “The second round will be tough. It’s a young team, so it will be difficult. It was good to score for the team,” he added.last_img read more

Assault on separation of powers

first_imgDear Editor,Fundamental to our constitutional democracy is the doctrine of Separation of Powers. Under that doctrine, the Judiciary is that branch of the Government vested with the sole and exclusive responsibility to pronounce conclusively on legal matters. Additionally, the Judiciary is the guardian of our Constitution and only the Judiciary can pronounce conclusively on the Constitution, its interpretation and effect.Against this backdrop, the statements attributed in the press to the President on acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s recent ruling on the Marcel Gaskin matter are nothing short of an aggravated assault on the doctrine of Separation of Powers, the Constitution itself and on the Chief Justice of this country.There are the most intemperate and contumacious utterances emanating from a Head of State and directed to a Chief Justice in the English-speaking Caribbean in recent memory.The President must understand that in the face of a pronouncement from the Judiciary on legal and constitutional matters, his obdurate and obstinate personal perceptions of what the Constitution says or means fade into oblivion and must yield in deference to those judicial pronouncements, whether he agrees with them or not. That is the unconditional and unqualified duty of every citizen of this land, without exception.Unfortunately, the President’s remarks are not isolated. To understand the gravity of this situation, it is necessary to examine the President’s remarks against a larger mosaic of similar conduct from other functionaries in his Administration.The Attorney General, the Chief Legal Advisor of the Government, is on record of unleashing a most scandalising attack on the former Chancellor of the Judiciary, as a result of a recent decision delivered by the Court of Appeals of which the Chancellor was the President.This was followed by the very Attorney General launching another contemptuous tirade against a High Court judge in open court causing that Judge to unceremoniously walk off the bench and lodge a letter of complaint with his superiors.Then you have a series of well-documented policies and actions designed to undermine similarly independent constitutional oversight bodies.In this admixture, one must add the fact that the President dithered and dilated for one and a half years on recommendations from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to appoint Judges, when the Constitution mandates him to act promptly.Lastly, the nation is also aware of the President’s belief that he can determine the legality of important documents such as 99-year-old leases and eject from the leasehold premises the occupants within 48 hours, without any resort to the Judiciary.The above are by no means exhaustive. But they all support a contention which I have consistently advanced over the last two years that there is a rise of authoritarianism in Guyana and that the authoritarian perceives democratic and constitutional institutions as nothing but obstacles. This recent incident has again vindicated my contentions.It is the duty of every citizen to protect and preserve the independence of our Judiciary and similar independent institutions. For it is only the Judiciary and those institutions, which will restrain this Administration from continuing to violate the rule of law, our Constitution and the civil liberties of our citizens. We need them now more than ever.Sincerely,Mohabir AnilNandlall,MPlast_img read more

Trashy pols

first_imgTrashy pols Re “Trashy politics” (Our Opinions, Aug. 10): Your editorial brought to mind a question: What do all the people who voted to give the useless L.A. City Council members an additional four years in office think now? How many lessons does one need before learning that a large majority of politicians are not in office to help the general public? It is too bad that there are not more Laura Chicks in public office. – Jasper E. Hood West Hills Reggie and the LAPD Re “Every gator has his day,” (Aug. 10): Why is it that whenever a story about Reggie the alligator runs in your paper, one of the men who released him is almost always identified as “former LAPD Officer Todd Natow?” The identification has become so closely connected that I have started wondering if “Former LAPD Officer” is part of his legal name. Natow left the LAPD four years before he released Reggie. It has now been six years since he left the LAPD. There was no connection between his employment with the LAPD and the release of Reggie. Why does the story need to have any mention of his former position? Had Natow once been in another occupation, would the story have identified him as “former plumber”? Or “former accountant”? Or “former Daily News editor”? – Bernard J. Wilson Chief of Airport Police (retired) Granada Hills Easier said than done Re “All Fall Down” (Viewpoint, Aug. 12): Richard G. Little says “We need to make sure that we have well-funded programs in place to reduce to zero the likelihood of neglected failures.” Where do we get the money needed to have a well-funded program? From taxes pulled from paychecks of American workers? From raising taxes? From stopping spending money in Afghanistan and Iraq? From selling American goods to foreign countries? It is so easy to say what must be done, and so difficult to be clear about what must be done. We know what must be done. Just tell us where is the money to do it. – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills It’s the spending Richard Little says that to deal with the state’s failing infrastructure, “we must put everything on the table: increased fuel taxes,” more fees and private capital. He is silent as to the pink elephant in the room: ever-expanding state spending. Just a few years ago, Gray Davis was recalled over an approximate $94 billion budget with a $15 billion deficit. This year’s budget, should it ever get passed by the incompetents in Sacramento, is about $140 billion. It is clear that tax revenues have grown since Davis left office. What plan do our “leaders” have to deal with the time when inevitably they fall? – Jim Lewis Los Angeles Home Depot orange Re “City Pandering Department,” Aug. 12: It’s apples and oranges. The downtown housing issue is not related to Home Depot’s project, which requires environmental review, and this editorial implies that it is. The warehouse is in the middle of our main street, not the outskirts of town. Council members who represent their constituents’ interests are not “scared to death”; they’re doing what we elected them to do. Let’s hear it for well-organized community groups who demand sensible planning! – Abby Diamond Secretary, Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, Inc. Tujunga No-love bullfighting Re “Ring masters” (Aug. 12): I cannot understand Paula Aguilar’s saying, “It’s a love of the bulls.” The bulls she claims to love are the unwilling victims of ritualized torture and slaughter in a most horrible and drawn-out way. Before the matador enters the area, the picadors drive lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles, twisting the lances to ensure a significant amount of blood loss and impairing the bull’s ability to lift his head. Then come the banderilleros who plunge brightly colored sticks with harpoon points into his back to ensue further blood loss and a terrible confusion. When the bull is sufficiently weakened, the matador finally appears and, after provoking a few charges from the dying animal, tries to kill the bull with a sword. If s/he misses, succeeding only in further mutilation, an executioner is called in to stab the exhausted animal to death. Aguilar calls this love? – Doris Hess North Hollywood160Want 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

Hearing to address Utah mine collapse

first_imgAmong those invited to testify are Robert E. Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy, a co-owner of the mine, and Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies, said Stickler, whose nomination he opposed, was too weak on the industry. “When we had the hearing on Stickler before, we were concerned about his record on toughness in enforcement on violations,” Specter said in an interview. In Huntington, workers are drilling a sixth hole near the miners’ last work site. When asked Wednesday what officials expected to find, Jack Kuzar, an official of the mine safety agency, said: “I don’t want to speculate. Mine officials had said the bodies might not be recovered. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. told a television station, “I think the way the families have been treated is unconscionable.” WASHINGTON – A Senate subcommittee that oversees labor questions said Thursday that it would hold a hearing on the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse in Utah. The panel is investigating what went wrong, where false reports of an earthquake originated and the failure to use advanced rescue efforts. Senators want to know whether Richard E. Stickler, director of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, has imposed proper penalties for code violations by mines and whether the agency has done enough to help the rescue of the six missing miners. The committee has also asked the agency for information on the Crandall Canyon safety record. 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

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Theater group presents awards WHITTIER – “Pirates of Penzance” won four of the top awards at Whittier Community Theatre’s 23rd annual awards show for 2006. “Pirates” won for best Production of the Year, while Regan Hunter won for Best Actress in the show. Candy Beck won for Best Supporting Actress and Eric Cajiuat won for Best Supporting Actor. “The Foreigner” received two awards, Best Actor of the Year for William Crisp and Best Actress by Nancy Tyler. Veronique Merrill Warner won Best Actress in a Minor Role for “Dancing at Lughnansa” and Don Yeomans was honored as Tech Star of the Year. Special service awards went to Roxie Lee, Lois McKinney and Estelle Underwood. Woodworkers club to hold meeting WHITTIER – The Woodworkers of Whittier will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30p.m. Thursday at Adventure County Park, 10130 S. Gunn Ave. There is no admission charge and refreshments are available. A raffle will be held. For more information, call (562) 693-5762. Seniors health issues to be topic WHITTIER – Gordon Brown of Haven Health will discuss health care rights of seniors at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Senior Center, 13225Walnut St. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. `Shaggy Dog’ film to be shown WHITTIER – The Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., will show the movie, “The Shaggy Dog,” at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. VFW post plans dinner Friday LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 of La Mirada will hold a meatloaf dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at 13932 Valley View Ave. Donation is $7 per person. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Breakfast event will raise funds SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752 will hold a fundraising breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the post, 11912 Rivera Road. The first menu includes eggs to order and hash browns. The second will be a Mexican breakfast with rice and beans. Cost is $4 and all proceeds will go to veterans. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Center to offer children’s class LA MIRADA – A Let’s Play with Clay Mommy and Daddy and Me class will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 5 to 26 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. To register or for more information, call (562)943-7277. Quilt guild sets potluck picnic LA HABRA – The Friendship Square Quilt Guild will hold a potluck picnic at 6:45p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, 631 N. Euclid St. Looking ahead, the guild will welcome Rose Hughes, giving a presentation on Wisdom and Whimsy in Life and in Quilts, at the Sept. 18 meeting. For more information, call (562) 697-3389. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Overcoming fear, anxiety and agoraphobia will be the topics of an upcoming self-help group. The group is forming now, and does not yet have a meeting space, but it will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lessons will include how to control panic attacks, and achieving positive self-image and constructive thinking. Anyone interested in joining the group, which is sponsored by Panic Relief Inc., should call Judy Schiffman at (732) 940-9658. last_img

Wolves book FA Cup quarter-final place with 1-0 win over Bristol City

first_imgWolves booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals thanks to Ivan Cavaleiro’s goal in a 1-0 win at Bristol City.Cavaleiro struck in the 28th minute following good work from Matt Doherty on the right wing. REVEALED And Wolves could have doubled their advantage after Doherty hit the post and Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho tested Robins goalkeeper Frank Fielding.The hosts had a strong penalty appeal turned down by referee Martin Atkinson after Jay Dasilva’s cross hit Doherty’s arm as they failed to break down a resilient Wolves side.The Championship club had their moments, but ultimately could have few complaints after they struggled to consistently impose themselves on the fifth-round contest.Wolves had not reached the competition’s last eight since 2003, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s team look solid bets to maybe go all the way to Wembley this season.The visitors made a bright start, with plenty of possession finding its way on the right to Doherty, who twice put in early crosses that tested City defensively. Ivan Cavaleiro netted the only goal of the game Even though clear-cut chances were at a minimum, Wolves continued to dominate territory and possession, with City’s most lively threat coming through Kasey Palmer’s impressive movement.But they could not shackle Doherty, and it was no surprise that he created an opening goal for his team.He found space just outside the box, easily cut inside Dasilva and crossed, before Cavaleiro side-footed past a prone home goalkeeper Fielding.It was a deserved reward for Wolves’ dominance, and Doherty almost came up trumps again two minutes later when he fired an angled shot past Fielding that glanced off the post.Wolves had a grip on the contest, and with City struggling to stem the tide of opposition ball in midfield, they needed a diving save from Fielding to deny Dendoncker. huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Lee Johnson’s men just could not handle Doherty, and another superb pass found Raul Jimenez in space, but he fell to the ground and the half-hearted penalty claims were waved away by Atkinson.City had made little impression during the opening 45 minutes and there was a muted feel around the stadium as Wolves closed out the half by remaining in control.Johnson made a double change at half-time, sending on Matty Taylor and Marlon Pack, and Taylor’s presence quickly offered far more of a threat before his captain Bailey Wright was booked for a clumsy challenge on Cavaleiro.John Ruddy was then forced to make a sharp save down to his left as City pressed for an equaliser, and they looked a team transformed from their ineffective first-half effort. Bristol City’s players gave a good account of themselves 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice 3center_img BEST OF Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo continues to impress ADVICE 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Wolves, though, remained dangerous, and Fielding tipped a 75th-minute free-kick from Moutinho over the bar.But back came City, building sustained pressure on Wolves’ defence. Callum O’Dowda shot straight at Ruddy, and then the visiting goalkeeper turned another effort wide for a corner.It was to prove City’s last notable assault on Ruddy’s goal, and Wolves closed things out to join the likes of Manchester City, Watford and Millwall in the quarter-finals. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY last_img read more

Scott McKenna is not for sale says Aberdeen manager

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has issued a warning to clubs interested in Scott McKenna, saying the defender is not for sale.It comes after the Dons rejected a second bid from English Championship side Hull City.McInnes says the player, who has made 15 appearances so far this season, will not be leaving during the January transfer window. He’s contracted until summer 2021 and the manager is adamant he has a lot to achieve at the club before moving on. Speaking to the club’s official website, McInnes said: “There has been an offer. There was then a secondary offer in terms of tweaking the figures but nothing more on the down payment. “It does not really matter. They have been told we have no interest or appetite to sell Scott. He will not be sold in January. “There will be a time when Scott McKenna will move on and he will be sold at some point, but it certainly is not going to be in this window. “And it will be when we feel he is going to be the player that he is going to be, hopefully on the back of breaking into the Scotland team and after playing 100 to 150 games for us.”last_img read more

Lagos, an ideal Monopoly city

first_imgThe Lagos version is the first African city edition to be launched since Monopoly was patented in 1935. According to the developers the game is not just about having fun, it also has educational value. It will educate people about the laws of the city and the chance cards, which issue players with fines, have been tailored to reflect popular street names and landmarks. Nigerian entrepreneur Nimi Akinkugbe’s childhood fascination with board games led her to realise a lifelong dream of creating a Lagos edition of the international property trading board game, Monopoly. (Images: Bestman Games) MEDIA CONTACTS • Adeoye Omotayo  Senior Account Executive  + 234 802 256 3602 RELATED ARTICLES • Board game makes Aids education fun • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • Nigeria invites SA to do business • Otelo leads the pack at awards Wilma den HartighNigerian entrepreneur Nimi Akinkugbe’s childhood fascination with board games led her to realise a lifelong dream of creating a Lagos edition of the international property trading board game, Monopoly. This is the first time the game has been customised for a city in Africa.Only two other African countries – South Africa and Morocco – have their own editions of Monopoly, but the Lagos version is the first African city edition to be launched since the game was patented in 1935.Akinkugbe, who is the CEO of Bestman Games, the company with distribution rights to customise editions of Monopoly for Africa (except South Africa), says she’s always wanted to create a monopoly version for the Nigerian market.“I grew up playing the London edition of monopoly, and I always wondered why we don’t have our own game that shows our landmarks,” Akinkugbe said at the launch event.With the game she hopes to change negative perceptions of the African continent, Nigeria and Lagos to encourage more interest in tourism and foreign direct investment.The rapid economic transformation of Lagos in the past five years has caught global attention, and this makes it an ideal Monopoly city.The vibrant home of more than 20-million inhabitants is considered to be one of Africa’s megacities and the economic capital of Nigeria. Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the centre of the country’s economic boom and one of the most innovative cities in Africa.“Monopoly is a leading international brand so there is some significance for an African city to join this stable of leading cities to have customised editions specially created for them,” she says.Showcasing prominent landmarksAkinkugbe says the developers included as many of the city’s usual and historic landmarks as they could, but as Monopoly is a property trading game much of the board is dedicated to prime real estate.“The locations and landmarks on the squares are places that we have genuine ties to and can relate to,” she says. “It creates a sense of nostalgia for Nigerians both at home and abroad, and for all those who love Nigeria.”To ensure each spot on the board is an accurate reflection of the city’s property market, the development team consulted real estate agents to verify which areas in Lagos fetch the highest prices.“We found that Banana Island had some outstanding real estate and at top prices. Ikoyi Crescent, Bourdillon Road, and other parts of Old Ikoyi were also major contenders,” she explains.Lagos’ floating slum of Makoko, where thousands of people live in shacks on stilts, won the famous Old Kent Road spot, which indicates the cheapest property on the London Monopoly board.The upmarket Banana Island residential development located in the Lagos lagoon is the most expensive property on the board.Significant landmarks including Murtala Mohammed International Airport, The National Theatre, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Tafawa Balewa Square and Third Mainland Bridge are featured either on the game board itself, on the lid cover or in a special leaflet enclosed in the box.Bestman Games was permitted to include a brief history of some of the landmarks on the board, as well as others that were not featured, in the leaflet included.This is the first edition of Monopoly that includes such a leaflet, making it an effective educational tool that also helps to build national pride.A game with educational valueAkinkugbe says the Lagos edition is much more than just a board game, it delivers some strong messages, too.“It has so many intricate facets to it, which make for outstanding educational value,” she says.Through the Lagos version she would like to reinforce the importance of family values by creating a reason for families to enjoy quality time together playing, learning and having good old-fashioned fun.“We have heard wonderful stories of families playing the Lagos edition during the holidays, taking the boards to the beach and just enjoying time together, having a good laugh and learning at the same time,” she says.“Lots of families now are quite disjointed because they don’t get to do things together. Board games like this will help people come together. This, in a way, will help to improve our society.”And, according to Akinkugbe, board games are a favourite pastime in Nigeria, so much so that they can be considered a national hobby.“We are proudly competitive,” she says. “Board games have been a staple in households for centuries and have always been popular in Nigeria and all over Africa.”Nigeria has a traditional board game called Ayo, a strategy game which has been played for centuries mostly in West Africa, but other board games such as Scrabble, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, draughts and chess are also popular.Nigeria even won the 2012 edition of the African Scrabble Championship in Zambia.“It has been very interesting to discover that there is a strong Monopoly playing community here as well,” she says.The game can also promote financial literacy, encourage personal financial responsibility from an early age, and educate people about the laws of the city, such as road regulations.“We want to promote and encourage strong ethical values and a sense of integrity amongst players by penalising negative or dishonest behaviour and rewarding positive actions in a symbolic but fun way,” she says.last_img read more

SharePoint: It’s Everywhere, but What to Make of It

first_imgSince May, SharePoint 2010 has been out in the wild.  It has been a big business for Microsoft.  AIIM now estimates that SharePoint sales topped $1.3 billion in 2008 and is growing at an annual rate of 25 percent.Different reports made by AIIM this year find that anywhere from 74 percent to 98 percent of organizations are planning to try SharePoint.  But how are organizations using it?  The AIIM report found that:47 percent use it for file sharingSharePoint is used infrequently for complex business processes, records management or digital asset managementSharePoint is typically viewed as just one component of a larger Enterprise Content Management (ECM) strategyAnn All quoted Rob Helm, managing VP of research at Directions on Microsoft, as sayting that “Microsoft is going to continue to pull SharePoint through as an infrastructure. It may never be as dominant as Office, but it may be like SQL Server, Microsoft’s database product. If you’re on the Microsoft stack, you almost can’t avoid it.”The low price point to get started and the ready availability of the software have led to many organizations starting to use SharePoint, but really without any plan for what to do with it.  In fact, the AIIM report pointed out that governance is one of the biggest issues around SharePoint.  AIIM found that 60 percent of organizations use SharePoint with no modifications out the box.  Of the more than 50 percent of the organizations that are using SharePoint, the decision to use it was made without a formal business case.  In those organizations using SharePoint, just 22 percent provide any guidance to their workers about document types and classification, and less than 15 percent have any notion about retention policies and legal discovery procedures.For those organizations with an upfront plan for what they want to accomplish with SharePoint, AIIM found that getting SharePoint to do things the way that their organization wants often isn’t as easy as they expected.  30 percent said that development time and effort required to make SharePoint business ready was a big challenge for them.  About one-thrid of the respondents said their SharePoint projects took them longer to implement than expected, and 21 percent complained that the SharePoint interface was not intuitive or easy to use.last_img read more

Push Comes To Shove: The New Way We Interact With Information

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… peter yared Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Google Now#PubNub#Pull Computing#push notifications#Simple Notification Service#Siri Guest author Peter Yared is co-founder and CTO at the push-notification startup Sapho.Since its inception in the 1960s, the modern computer has offered humans the same “pull computing” paradigm: make a query, get a response. Or, as we often experience it: Go to the haystack, try to find the needle.But that’s quickly changing. As software grows more intelligent and learns more about our preferences and behavior, it seemingly gets to know us. That knowledge makes software more valuable because it means that it can deliver things to us, perhaps even before we know we want it. We are at the start of the era of push computing.Pushmi-PullyuWith push computing, a computer is no longer just a question-and-answer service; it’s expected to proactively figure out what’s interesting to you and deliver that data. On mobile, that’s often an actionable stream of cards and timely notifications of important items.Push computing represents a major shift in architecture from the pull relationship computers have long maintained with users. Computing interfaces have evolved from green screens to GUIs to HTML5 to apps, but most applications have the same workflows and address the same needs in a pull-based fashion.Outside the view of users, however, software delivery has steadily evolved toward a push-type model. Just consider how far we’ve come, from the hosted timesharing of mainframes and minicomputers to dedicated Unix servers to the PC floppy disk and CD and finally to the increasingly prevalent “software-as-a-service” we see today.Over the past few years, push computing has also begun to infiltrate the interfaces of key consumer apps. Of course, as Chris Dixon recently pointed out, some Internet services are further along than others. Facebook, for instance, has mastered intelligent news feeds of cards and relevant notifications while Twitter delivers a straight temporal stream that grows more overwhelming the more accounts you follow.Don’t Push MeNot all pushes are the same, after all, and companies have to think carefully about the information that is important to push, when and why it‘s pushed, and how they expect users to react.Major players are also trying to figure out how to make push a central part of the mobile OS. As I wrote a few months ago, Google is aggressively recasting itself as a push player with Google Now and answer cards in search. Apple is decidedly in the pull camp, as Siri is rarely proactive, although the iOS notification manager is well ahead of Android’s. Push has also become the backbone of successful mobile apps powered by real time infrastructure such as PubNub and Amazon’s Simple Notification Service.Machine learning is key to the success of contemporary push-based services. Notifications and cards should only presented to users if they deliver relevant information users can act on easily.Previous attempts to provide user notifications via email failed because email notifications are typically irrelevant and spammy. We’re all well trained to avoid spam like the plague, so users typically dumped all notifications into an email folder and never looked at them at all. Email is also inherently less actionable because a user has to click on a link, log into an application, and then perform an action.For push to work, it’s crucial for applications to make their notifications actionable, friction-free, and rooted in sophisticated machine learning. Early efforts like PointCast to push information were too static and overloaded networks with continual updates.Getting Pushy At WorkWhile push got its start in the consumer realm, the case for business-based push is in many ways much stronger. Enterprise systems manage discrete events that often require urgent action. For example, a sales opportunity might be closing in a CRM system, a complaint from a customer you cover could pop up in the service system, or the HR database could flag you about a new hire you need to onboard.Conversely, the relative importance of events in consumer apps are much more nebulous. To deliver a superior experience to users, Google Now must continually learn, confirm and re-confirm details about where you live, where you work, your calendar, your travel arrangements, your preferences. Peoples’ lives and environs are constantly shifting, making it hard for the new generation of consumer apps to keep up.What is more difficult about enterprise events is that they must be extremely secure and the data is often locked away in a variety of data siloes.As users increasingly expect their services to be intelligent and proactive, push computing is making its way not just to mobile, but also to desktops and laptops by means of browser notifications. The new generation of push software is ushering in a new way for humans to interact with technology, and in the case of the Internet of Things, for technology to interact with itself in the form of networks of “smart” devices.But as digital data becomes more voluminous, our systems have to get more intelligent. They have to filter, analyze, and deliver information to users—and then only when they need to know it or act on it. The goal should always be simple: for the haystack to bring you the needle—whatever it is—before you even start to look for it.Lead photo by james moorecenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more