Djokovic ends Nadal’s remarkable reign in brutal fashion (updated)

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarIt was sharp, quick and brutal as Novak Djokovic finally dropped the French Open guillotine on Rafa Nadal – ending the most remarkable of Roland Garros reigns in ruthless fashion on Wednesday.The champion, who was rumoured to have red clay pumping through his veins after ruling the Paris slam for nine of the last ten years, tamely surrendered his crown.A double fault ended the most miserable of miserable days for the Spaniard, with Djokovic proving that even players of Nadal’s stature can be turned into mere mortals.The manner of Djokovic’s 7-5 6-3 6-1 execution was impressive enough but unfortunately for the Serb, no one was running out on court to hand him a gleaming trophy for condemning Nadal to only his second defeat at Roland Garros.For this was merely a quarter-final.To get his hands on the Musketeers’ Cup and complete the coveted career grand slam, the world number one will first have to tackle Andy Murray – a 7-6(4) 6-2 5-7 6-1 winner over David Ferrer – and then win the final on Sunday.A match befitting the final of any grand slam stage came two rounds too early due to Nadal’s slide down the rankings.While injuries and appendicitis kept Nadal off court during the second half of 2014, 2015 has not exactly been a stellar year by his own high standards – he arrived in Paris without winning a European claycourt event for the first time in over a decade.Nadal’s woes meant he entered Roland Garros ranked seventh, which set him on the path to a horror 29th birthday date with Djokovic.The traffic-stopping 44th showdown between the two was dubbed ‘The Superbowl on clay’ by John McEnroe but there was nothing ‘super’ about it during the opening exchanges because within a blink of an eye, Djokovic was 4-0 up.As Djokovic unleashed an assortment of lethal backhands, forehands and volleys, McEnroe exclaimed: “Nadal unbelievably has no idea what he’s doing – that spells trouble.”There was trouble with Nadal’s forehand, there was trouble with his usually reliable top spin and there was trouble with his serve.“Novak had me under control most of the time. He was better than me. That’s it, simple,” said the sixth seed after suffering only his second loss in 72 matches in Roland Garros.“I’m gonna fight. I lost in 2009 (to Robin Soderling) and that was not the end. I lost in 2015 and this is not the end,” added Nadal, who produced only three forehand winners during the two hour 27 minute mauling.Even when Nadal came back to level the set at 4-4, his shots seemed to lack the firepower that in the past left countless opponents gasping for air.Djokovic, who had lost six previous French Open tussles against Nadal, stayed cool and collected throughout the contest to notch up his 21st win against his Roland Garros nemesis.“It’s definitely a big win, a match that I will remember for a long time,” said Djokovic.“At the end of the day, he’s human. I understand that people are questioning his game. But if you need a reminder of who he is, you just look at his career stats and grand slams that he won.”Djokovic’s next test will be against a player who also boasts a 15-0 record on red dirt this year.Murray’s triumph over Ferrer ended a miserable day for the Spaniards, who will not feature in the last four here for the first time since 2009.While Djokovic harbours hopes of becoming only the eighth man to win all four majors, Serena Williams showed that she is primed to win a 20th grand slam singles title.After surviving three tough three setters, she subjected poor 2012 finalist Sara Errani to a 6-1 6-3 hammering to prove that it will take a brave woman to deny her a third title in a city she calls her second home.Standing in her way to a final date on Saturday is surprise Swiss semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky, who toppled little-known Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 7-5.last_img read more

Burnley’s Barton banned for 18 months over betting

first_imgBurnley midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended from the game for 18 months with immediate effect after admitting to an FA misconduct charge over betting on matches.Barton, who said he will appeal the length of his ban, was charged with placing 1,260 bets on football matches or competitions from 26 March, 2006, to 13 May, 2016, in breach of FA rules which outlaw gambling on games.The FA said in a statement that the 34-year-old was suspended from “all football activity” with immediate effect, fined 30,000 pounds ($38,500) and warned as to his future conduct.There was no suggestion that Barton was involved in match-fixing.In a statement, Barton, who says he has struggled with an addiction to gambling, noted that in a “handful” of cases he had bet on his own club to lose games but only when he was not selected to play for the team.He said that since 2004 he had made over 15,000 bets across a whole range of sports with about 1,200 placed on football and that his betting account did not attempt to hide his identity.“I am very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction. The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. To be clear from the outset here this is not match fixing and at no point in any of this is my integrity in question,” he said in a statement.“I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players,” said the midfielder, who was involved in violent incidents earlier in his career.“I have fought addiction to gambling and provided the FA with a medical report about my problem. I’m disappointed it wasn’t taken into proper consideration,” he said.In his lengthy statement Barton also pointed out the heavy involvement of the gambling industry in British football where bookmakers act as sponsors at several levels.“That all means this is not an easy environment in which to try to stop gambling, or even to encourage people within the sport that betting is wrong,” he said.The former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder, who made one appearance for England in 2007, helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League last season and returned to the club in January after a brief spell with Glasgow Rangers.Burnley are 16th in the league standings, five points above the relegation zone with four games left to play.last_img read more

The Auditor General must investigate the ministerial housing benefit

first_imgLike everything else the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) does, the housing benefits for Ministers is now shrouded in another mountain of lies. Everything about their housing allowance now has the unmistakable stench of corruption. Parliament has confirmed that they pay rent twenty times above the statutory housing allowance for two junior Ministers, Simona Broomes and Valarie Patterson. But other Ministers are also living in rented properties. Who is paying those rentals? What is APNU/AFC hiding?Whenever the APNU/AFC is exposed for wrong doings, they have a nasty proclivity to throw people under the bus. Recently, Minister Lawrence threw the now fired CEO of the GPHC “under the bus and ran him over” for the shameful 5 million sole-sourced procurement of medicines for which GPHC paid prices averaging three times the actual cost. She pulled herself out of the mess and left CEO Johnson to suffocate in the stench of one of the many ugly APNU/AFC corrupt transactions. Now they have thrown Sherlock Isaacs and Parliament office under the bus for the abuse of the housing allowance for Ministers. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, claimed the payments of 0,000 each per month for rentals for two junior Ministers has nothing to do with APNU/AFC and the Cabinet. It is Isaacs and Parliament office that have gone rogue. I know that Isaacs will not exceed his authority.The Ministerial Housing Benefit is legal and is standard in all democracies around the world. There is nothing wrong with the Government providing housing for Ministers. However, Ministerial Housing Benefits have statutory limits. Governments must be accountable for how they implement a Ministerial Housing benefit. How governments treat the housing benefit is reflective of how prudent they are in spending taxpayers’ money. While Ministers must be offered decent housing, ministerial housing cannot be an extravagant affair.Some Ministers live in their own homes. Their electricity, water, telephone, Internet and security bills are paid for by the Government. These Ministers also receive a ,000 housing allowance. Some Ministers live in Government-owned properties, such as the Echilbar Villas. I lived there for over 15 years as a Minister. In such cases, there is no ,000 housing allowance. Some Ministers rent homes on their own and Government has a cap on what they can pay. I am aware that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government never paid rentals of 0,000 per month. But we now know after two years that Parliament pays rental of at least 0,000 per month for two Junior Ministers.How many Ministers are living in their own homes and how much are they paid as a housing allowance? How many Ministers are living in State-owned houses? How many Ministers are living in rented properties and what are the rents for these properties? These rentals and the housing allowances are part of the national budget estimates and cannot be treated as State secrets.Several APNU/AFC Ministers are living in rented properties, more than during the PPP terms of office. That more Ministers today live in rented properties is not an issue for quarrel. But the public should know how many Ministers are living in rented properties the State is paying for and how much the State is paying. APNU/AFC must come clean on this matter. This is even more critical in the milieu of suspicion that taxpayers are paying rentals that are extravagant. For example, I am informed that one Minister is paying more than million per month. Worse, this same Minister owns his own home and is renting it to the Government for one of the senior advisors. How many Ministers who own their homes are living in State-provided properties?The response cannot be that under the PPP some Ministers lived in rental properties too. That a Minister lives in a rental property is not being queried. What is being queried is that APNU/AFC is paying extravagant amounts. People want to know, they deserve to know and it is their right to know how taxpayers’ monies are being spent. Because it is taxpayers’ money, this cannot be treated as State secrets. If APNU/AFC is unwilling to tell us, then we want to know what is it they are hiding from us. This matter is now public and the Auditor General should investigate this matter urgently.Send comments to doc_ram@hotmail.comlast_img read more

SEA Games: Jocelyn Ninobla takes home 2nd poomsae gold for PH

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas MANILA, Philippines—Jocelyn Ninobla made it a golden double for the Philippines after a close win in women’s individual recognized poomsae in taekwondo in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Rizal Memorial Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Ninobla scored 8.433 for the gold medal, just .001 ahead of silver medalist Ornawee Srisahakit of Thailand who had 8.432. Vietnam’s Tran Kim Uyen Le rounded out the podium with her bronze performance garnering a score of 8.149.The jin from University of Santo Tomas joined Rodolfo Reyes Jr. as the first two Filipinos to win gold medals in taekwondo in the 2019 SEA Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Ninobla, who is also competing another event later in the day, is a gold medal winner in the team category in the 2019 Korea Open. Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations SEA Games: Cebuana gymnast Daniela Dela Pisa wins gold in hoops event No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Senate votes to revive immigration reform bill

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to jump-start a stalled immigration measure to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants. President Bush said the bill offered a “historic opportunity for Congress to act,” and appeared optimistic about its passage by week’s end. The pivotal test-vote was 64-35 to revive the divisive legislation. It still faces formidable obstacles in the Senate, including bitter opposition by GOP conservatives and attempts by some waverers in both parties to revise its key elements. Supporters needed 60 votes to scale procedural hurdles and return to the bill. A similar test-vote earlier this month found just 45 supporters, only seven of them Republicans. This time, 24 Republicans joined 39 Democrats and independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, to back moving ahead with the bill. Opposing the move were 25 Republicans, nine Democrats and independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., an architect of the bill, said he was proud of the vote, calling it “a major step forward for our national security, for our economy, and for our humanity.” “We did the right thing today because we know the American people sent us here to act on our most urgent problems. We know they will not stand for small political factions getting in the way,” Kennedy said in a statement following the vote. Tuesday’s outcome was far from conclusive, however. The measure still must overcome another make-or-break vote as early as Thursday that will also require the backing of 60 senators. And there is no guarantee that it will ultimately attract even the simple majority it needs to pass. The Senate was preparing to begin voting as early as Tuesday afternoon on some two dozen amendments that have the potential to either sap its support or draw new backers. Republicans and Democrats alike are deeply conflicted over the measure, which also creates a temporary worker program, strengthens border security and institutes a new system for weeding out illegal immigrants from workplaces. Bush has mounted an unusually personal effort to defuse Republican opposition to the bill, appearing at a Senate party lunch earlier this month and dispatching two Cabinet secretaries to take up near-constant residence on Capitol Hill to push the compromise. He called the measure a deal worthy of support. “In a good piece of legislation like this, and a difficult piece of legislation like this, one side doesn’t get everything they want,” he told business leaders and representatives of religious, Hispanic and agricultural communities earlier Tuesday. “It’s a careful compromise.” The vote suggested that key senators and White House officials had succeeded — at least for now — in bargaining with skeptical lawmakers for a second chance to pass the bill. Several senators who have been promised votes on their amendments, including Sens. Kit Bond, R-Mo., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Norm Coleman, R-Minn., Pete Domenici, R-N.M., John Ensign, R-Nev., and Jim Webb, D-Va., switched their votes to support moving ahead with the measure. Still, after a chaotic several weeks in which the legislation survived several near-death experiences, it remained buffeted by intraparty squabbles. As senators were preparing for the showdown vote Tuesday morning, House Republicans meeting privately on the other side of the Capitol were plotting to register their opposition through a party resolution. The measure never saw a vote for procedural reasons, but an attempt to kill it failed overwhelmingly, signaling deep GOP skepticism. “It’s clear there’s a large number of the House Republicans who have serious concerns with the Senate bill,” said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the minority leader. Several of the Republican amendments slated for upcoming Senate votes would make the bill tougher on unlawful immigrants, while those by Democrats would make it easier on those seeking to immigrate legally based solely on family ties. Particularly worrisome to supporters, including the Bush administration, is a bipartisan amendment by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., that would change the bill’s new program for weeding out illegal employees from U.S. workplaces. 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

DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR APPEARS ON TV3 SHOW AS HIS TOY COMPANY GOES GLOBAL!

first_imgDonegal entrepreneur and Finn Harps fanatic Ian Harkin disclosed the details of his incredible success with his company LOTTIE on TV3 last night.Donegal entrepreneur Ian Harkin made his TV debut last night as the incredible success of his toy company LOTTIE continues to gain recognition globally!The Ballybofey based businessman appeared on TV3 programme The Seven O’ Clock Show in which he discussed in-depth the success the business has generated over the last few years.Harkin disclosed how he and his business partner Lucie Follett boldly decided to take on the famous worldwide doll brand BARBIE. In a fascinating interview Harkin revealed that after extensive market research they realised there was a gap in the industry for a specific type of doll like LOTTIE that resonated with both parents and children.The success of his product has been evidenced by the fact LOTTIE is now being exported to over THIRTY countries from all over the world.Harkin said, “We launched LOTTIE just over two years ago, we spoke with a lot of parents when we conducted our research and also spoke to child psychologists, play experts and child nutritionists, we also done focus groups with kids and parents.“What we found was that kids were missing out on their childhood and were trying to be adults from a very young age, we found that they were already developing body image issues. “We based LOTTIE on a nine year-old, LOTTIE doesn’t wear make-up, doesn’t wear jewellery and she doesn’t wear high heels.“With LOTTIE were trying to let kids do everything they do in their own age group, and well never do an adult themed doll with LOTTIE.Harkin also discussed how he’d secured a deal with the European Space Agency to produce a LOTTIE doll that travels into space and this enables kids to learn about the solar system.Harkin told presenters Lucy Kennedy and Martin King that the risk of selling his home to invest in the business is now paying off.“We’ve really taken off and we’re now selling in THIRTY countries all over the world, this time last year there was just me and my business partner Lucie, but we now we’re employing eight people in Donegal. “I was living in London at the time we started the business, and I got support from Enterprise Ireland to move the company back here.“I sold my home, put everything into the business and Lucie re-mortgaged her home, so there was a lot at risk but thankfully it has paid off.“Our social media and PR has really brought us into the homes of many families right around the world.DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR APPEARS ON TV3 SHOW AS HIS TOY COMPANY GOES GLOBAL! was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessdollsFeaturesIan HarkinLottienewsToyTV3last_img read more

Free dental and eye exams for self-employed welcomed

first_imgSelf-employed people can now benefit from free dental and optical exams through the Treatment Benefit Scheme for the first time ever.Local Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh has welcomed the move by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to extend these PRSI benefits to 450,000 self-employed people and their spouses across the State.“Thanks to our recovering economy, the Treatment Benefit Scheme covering free dental and optical exams has been restored to employees, and crucially is now also being extended to self-employed people for the first time ever. “This means that small business owners farmers, tradesmen, freelancers, contractors and professionals can now benefit from this Scheme for the first time.”People who work for themselves and pay PRSI at class S can now get the same regular dental and optical examinations, free of charge, that until now were only available to employees.They can also get a grant for hearing aids of 50% of the cost, to a maximum of €500 per aid, every four years.Cllr Kavanagh added “This move is just one element of Fine Gael’s overall plan to support self-employed people. “We have already made steps along the road to fully equalise tax credits between PAYE workers and the self-employed. We also reduced capital gains tax relief for entrepreneurs, reduced commercial motor tax for road hauliers and reduced the cost of accepting card payments to help retailers. “Many small business owners have spoken to me about the fact that they were not entitled to State supports, compared with PAYE employees. Fine Gael committed to changing that, in recognition of the fact that self- employed people must be supported and encouraged. Successful small businesses create jobs, thereby increasing the opportunities for job seekers in our local towns and villages. Supporting the self-employed is good news for the whole community.“That’s why we committed to restoring the Treatment Benefit Scheme to employees which had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of their economic crash. We also committed to extending it to the self-employed and I am really pleased that small business owners will now benefit. I was also pleased to hear Minister Varadkar confirm that more benefits are to come and we will look to further strengthen supports for the self-employed.“This will include the restoration of scale and polish treatment under the dental scheme, and the option of free spectacles or a contribution towards a more expensive pair under the optical scheme. The past division between employees and self-employed people will be eradicated, as from now on, the restoration of benefits such as these will be available to both employees and the self-employed.”“Minister Varadkar will also make the invalidity pension available to self-employed contributors who cannot work due to long term illness or disability.The Fine Gael county councillor said this will be a really welcome move for self-employed people who, for the first time ever will have that security if they are unable to work.“Small and family businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and have played a crucial role in the recovery that is now well underway.” Cllr. Kavanagh concluded. Free dental and eye exams for self-employed welcomed was last modified: March 31st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

#Nextchat: Romance, Lust and Litigation in the Workplace

first_imgThere was a time when it was quite common for individuals to find their spouses (or partners) in the workplace. Indeed, this still happens today, although perhaps less so.However, we know that there are risks if someone with power dates or attempts to date someone over whom he or she has direct or indirect supervisory or institutional power. There are risks everywhere you turn: Let’s just focus for a moment narrowly on a supervisor asking a subordinate for a date:Supervisor asks a subordinate for a date. Subordinate says “No.” Supervisor asks again. Problem.Supervisor asks a subordinate for a date. Subordinate says “I’m busy.” Subordinate means “I would rather die.” Supervisor hears “Ask me again.” Supervisor asks again. Problem.Supervisor asks a subordinate for a date. Subordinate says “No.” Supervisor does not ask again. However, the subordinate is subject to an adverse action by the supervisor, which is perceived as retaliation. Problem.Supervisor asks a subordinate for a date. Subordinate says “Yes.” They fall in love until they hate each other. Subordinate then claims pressure to get involved or retaliation after getting out. Problem.Supervisor asks a subordinate for a date. Subordinate says “Yes.” They fall in love. But all their loving is making others uncomfortable. Problem.We know from the #MeToo movement that more than a few men with power have abused their power in the pursuit of intimate relationships. So now is a good time for employers to revisit their policies—or to consider developing policies—to deal with intimate relationships where there is a power differential.Employers need to protect employees from harm (and, in doing so, minimize their legal risk). But employers also cannot ignore reality: Love happens in workplace settings.The problem is clear. What may be less clear is what employers should do in response. That’s why we need to chat!Please join @weknownext on March 7 at 3 p.m. ET for #Nextchat with special guest Jonathan A. Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law). As a columnist for HR Magazine and an official SHRM Blogger, Jonathan has written extensively on the issue of workplace romance.In what we expect to be a lively and fun chat, we will discuss the following issues:Q1. What are the legal risks associated with romantic relationships in the workplace?Q2. How can workplace relationships where there is a power differential (such as supervisory-subordinate) affect other employees, teams and workplace culture?Q3. What are the perils of dating your peers in the workplace? Q4. What are the risks in romantic relationships between employees and clients/customers?Q5. Is it practical to prohibit workplace relationships where there is a power differential (such as supervisory-subordinate)? Why or why not?Q6. What are some of the potential risks of prohibiting intimate relationships where there is a power differential (such as supervisory-subordinate)?Q7. Are there alternatives to prohibitions that may minimize potential for harm and associated legal risks of work-related romantic relationships?Q8. What should an HR professional do if he or she becomes involved with an employee of the organization?last_img read more

Day Two at the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

first_imgHow do you top a lunch with Sean Spicer and Donna Brazile? You bring Gloria Borger on stage to kick off day two at the SHRM Law and Legislative Conference. Elegant, articulate, intelligent and insightful to the inner workings of Washington, D.C., Borger shared an incredible week’s news cycle to provide context for the environment we live in today. Transparent and open to multiple questions from the audience (I even got one in!), Gloria provided an engaging and enlightening open session. And of course, near the end it was announced that Secretary of State Tillerson was being replaced, which added to the Q&A.The Day included another great lunch-time session with Victoria Lipnic – Acting EEOC Chair and Jonathan Segal, Esq., a long-time friend and speaker for SHRM on pressing legal topics. Today was a frank discussion on sexual harassment and attitudes towards it in the workplace. Again, an audience participation poll was utilized, and Segal pointed out the need for leaders to be active participants in training and modeling behavior in the workplace for any true change to happen.Several great breakout sessions were had throughout the day. I caught part of Natasha Bowman’s discussion on high achievers and high deceivers, offering practical issues and actions to deal with bad behavior from rock star employees.I also did my Decisions – Decisions session discussing real life practical responses and actions for when your executive team goes rogue.  Tomorrow is Advocacy Day with approximately 200 HR advocates visiting their respective congressional offices to discuss relevant HR issues. The boot camp for first timers will be led by SHRM’s Meredith Nethercutt and Lisa Horn. I will be a first timer with this and look forward to visiting my congressman Tom Suozzi’s office along with Senator’s Gillibrand and Schumer. I will be back at the end of the week to give you a peak inside the offices of our legislators.last_img read more

YouTube Re-design in Beta

first_imgRelated Posts The other design changes are seen directly below the video. Here is the old version: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today I spotted a link on YouTube to “Try out the NEW (beta) version of this page!”. Clicking through, I saw a fresh design for their video pages – not a huge re-design, but there were some subtle improvements. The main navigation and theme is largely the same, but links have been re-ordered, usability had been improved, and there is a splash of Ajax in the beta. The first noticeable change is in the right sidebar, which has been cleaned up and segmented better. Here is the old version: And here is the new version: richard macmanus The new version has specific sections for ‘Related Videos’ and ‘Promoted Videos’ (a.k.a. popular ones). The ‘Director’ videos have been cut, perhaps reflecting that popular videos aren’t necessarily professionally made by a director. At first glance it seems odd to cut the ‘More from this user’ section, but I think this has been integrated into ‘Related Videos’ (as with ‘Playlists’). So YouTube has reduced the number of clickable options, by consolidating them into one section. Also the embed code has been moved to below the video (see below).Note the added use of Ajax, in the ‘more info/less info’ toggle: Once again, the links appear to have been consolidated and made bolder (with less words). The main change though is that the embed options have been added directly below the video – in the old version the embed options are in the sidebar.ConclusionSo this isn’t a major re-design, mostly small improvements to the usability and a touch of Ajax. YouTube could do a lot more – e.g. the comments could be threaded and other social networking features added. But still it is good to see YouTube try out new design improvements. Note that I tried to check the YouTube blog for more details, but as of writing it is experiencing a 500 Internal Server Error. But not to worry, “a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation” according to the error message 🙂 And here is the new beta sidebar: Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more