Iran becomes IRB member

first_img“As home to 60% of the global population and 80% of the world’s young people, Asia is a strategically important region for the IRB.“Working in collaboration with the Asian Rugby Football Union, we’re currently investing over £1.92m annually in development, high performance and tournament programmes across the region and we will ensure that Iran has the structures in place to flourish and grow on the world stage.” The global rugby family has a new member, with Iran being welcomed as the IRB’s 118th member union. The Iranian union joins heavyweights England, New Zealand, Wales and the rest after progressing through the IRB’s comprehensive membership criteria programme via the IRB’s Regional Association, the Asian Rugby Football Union, where governance, competition and development structures were assessed.As rugby’s return to the Olympics gets closer and closer, Iran are becoming a growing force in the West Asia region. The country has more than 1,700 registered players, while the national senior men’s team were HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division Three champions this year.The union runs men’s and women’s national sevens programmes within the Asian Rugby Sevens Series structures and has made significant strides in development and performance in recent years. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “We’re delighted to be welcoming Iran as an Associate Member of the IRB,” said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset. “These are very exciting times for our sport with unprecedented growth and interest around the world. The announcement certainly underlines rugby’s ability to reach out to new communities and countries in every region.last_img read more

Who Killed Jean Dominique?

first_imgIn early July, a few days after Lalanne died, Radio Haiti Inter raised questions about why there was violence when he was arrested. Three of those arrested for suspected involvement in the Dominique killing, including the suspected gunman, Ti Lou, were wounded in the course of being detained. After his arrest, Lalanne said several times he was afraid of being murdered. He was not guarded during his first days in hospital and people were able to visit him without the presence of police. In the 13 days before his operation, he was questioned just once by the examining magistrate, who only asked him about the murder of the engineer.Lalanne had chosen another doctor for the operation, but it was done by Dr Charles. On 28 June, he was transferred from the general hospital to the Saint-François de Sales hospital where Charles operated the same afternoon, helped by a Dr Delaneau and two anaesthetists, Marie Yves-Rose Chrisostome and Gina Georges. Charles is being investigated on suspicion of manslaughter, but has not yet responded to a summons to appear before a judge. Four other people are in jail in connection with Lalanne’s death.A number of people have wondered about the links between Charles and Dany Toussaint. Charles is a friend of Richard Salomon, said to be Toussaint’s right-hand man. It was Lalanne’s lawyer, Ephésien Joassaint, who asked Charles to operate. Joassaint had been recommended to Lalanne by Jean-Claude Nord, Toussaint’s lawyer.Obstruction by the SenateJudge Claudy Gassant, who had been in charge of the case since September, asked Sen. Toussaint in early November to present himself for questioning. Senators claimed Toussaint had parliamentary immunity and did not have to respond, but the Constitution says such immunity only applies when the member of parliament risks arrest, which was not the case.Pressure on the judge became very heavy. The Senate president, Yvon Neptune, said that “an insignificant little judge” could not summon a member of the Senate, whose members threatened to “investigate the precise reasons” for the judge wanting to talk to Toussaint. An associate of Sen. Prince Pierre Sonson said he had been threatened after Sonson called on Toussaint to go before the judge.Judge Gassant was threatened on 30 January 2001 by a parliamentary deputy, Millien Rommage, a former assistant chief of presidential security and associate of Toussaint. The judge had just been questioning some of Toussaint’s associates when Rommage and a carload of heavily-armed men intercepted his car and warned him that “if he continued,” his car might be fired on.Toussaint finally asked permission from Senate president Neptune on 21 February to go to see judge Gassant, who subsequently questioned him on several occasions. March 25, 2001 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who Killed Jean Dominique? HaïtiAmericas October 11, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information 3 APRIL 2000 – 3 APRIL 2001″If they murdered him, they can murder any journalist” After the Duvalier regime collapsed, his fight for democracy and interest in social issues drew him to the Lavalas movement which emerged in 1990 around the presidential candidacy of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But his independent spirit made him reject any suggestion of running for office himself. When his longtime friend René Préval became president in February 1986, Dominique became an unofficial adviser. He continued to air his news and comment show “Inter actualités” and an interview programme “Face à l’opinion.” He made many enemies by harshly criticising the country’s moneyed elite, the former Duvalierists, the army, US policy towards Haiti and most recently, certain figures in Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas party.Dominique was murdered when he arrived before dawn at the radio station in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Delmas. He parked his car in the small yard, got out and turned to go into the building. At that moment, a stranger walked into the yard and fired seven shots at Dominique. Four 9 mm bullets fatally wounded him in the neck and the heart and he died on the spot. The gunmen then shot dead the station’s security guard, Jean-Claude Louissant, with a special hollow-point bullet. Pressure on the judgesHolding up a copy of the Constitution, Judge Gassant told the Reporters Sans Frontières delegation that he intended to use all his powers under the law to complete his examination of the Dominique case. But he said he was up against the hostility and customary behaviour of certain social classes and professions.In March, a group of lawyers, including the head of the bar association, Rigaud Duplan, criticised Gassant for not allowing lawyers to be present while he heard evidence from people in the Dominique case. The presence of lawyers is usually accepted, Gassant noted, but is not obligatory under the official criminal investigation guidelines. A few weeks earlier, he had run into resistance from a number of doctors and from the university medical school, who objected to him coming to investigate on their premises. In February, Gassant was reproached by parliamentary deputies for “illegally” arresting someone in the parliamentary compound, while in fact the person had been detained on the orders of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Pierre Paul Cotin.Judge Gassant said he was shocked that the IAPA report contained the names of the people arrested and jailed, who he said were supposed to be protected by the confidentiality of the investigation. He was being guarded by four policemen, he said, and at the height of his conflict with the Senate, he had been escorted by five members of the Swat special operations police. His family was living abroad and he regularly changed his place of residence. One day, three members of his police escort simply left, fearing for their safety. Reports Receive email alerts Conclusions and recommendationsThe Reporters Sans Frontières delegation notes that the murder investigation has run into obstacles, come under outside pressure and been marked by incidents that cause concern. RSF considers the investigators have nevertheless made encouraging progress thanks to solid support from the government of former President René Préval and the mobilisation of public opinion.Reporters Sans Frontières welcomes President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s desire for the investigation to be given “a new lease of life,” expressed during his visit to Radio Haiti Inter on 3 March 2001. It also welcomes justice minister Gary Lissade’s promise to give the investigators “all the support they need so that nothing obstructs the enquiry.” Reporters Sans Frontières however fears that new obstacles will be encountered that could prevent the current preliminary investigation leading to the trial of those who ordered and carried out the murder of Jean Dominique. It calls on :- the Haitian government to continue physically protecting those involved in the investigation and to increase the funding, equipment and other means at the enquiry’s disposal.- the Haitian parliament to respect the independence of the country’s courts and judges.- the Haitian government to carry out the decisions of the judiciary, regardless of who those decisions apply to, and that- the Organisation of American States, the European Union, the International Organisation of French-Speaking Countries and the United Nations Independent Expert on Haiti to pay special attention to the case. to go further Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice HaïtiAmericas June 11, 2019 Find out more His predecessor, Judge Jean Sénat Fleury, decide to drop the case after receiving threats. When he summoned Toussaint to give evidence in the Dominique case on 26 July 2000, before he had taken up his post as senator, he turned up with a group of “chimères” – hired demonstrators from the capital’s slums – who shouted insults outside the main law courts where the meeting with Fleury took place.Dominique’s widow Michèle no longer receives anonymous calls but her life is still in danger. “I weigh the threats by the number of bodyguards I’m given at any time,” she says, noting that they were doubled during the dispute between Gassant and the Senate. Reflecting that she could well have been with her husband when he was shot, she says she is living on borrowed time. As one judge put it, “this kind of affair can cost you your life.” Senator Toussaint explainsFormer army major Dany Toussaint was elected a senator in May 2000, took his seat four months later and now heads that body’s justice, police and security committee. He insisted to RSF that Jean Dominique had not been an enemy. He denied any responsibility for the presence of “chimères” demonstrating in front of Radio Haiti Inter on 18 October 1999 and said that on that day, he had been at the funeral of one of his bodyguards.Toussaint said he was very popular among Haitians and “a rising star” that some people wanted to “shoot down.” He said the murder of Dominique had immediately been used against him and claimed a transcript of Dominique’s 19 October attack on him had been distributed in the streets of Port-au-Prince hours after the killing. Toussaint accused judge Gassant of wanting to make “a big thing” out of summoning him to testify in the case. In his 21 February letter to Senate president Neptune, Toussaint had attacked “the deliberate attempt by the judiciary to treacherously undermine (his) reputation.” Asked why his supporters had demonstrated when he went to see judge Fleury on July 26, he said: “I didn’t know I had to tell my supporters not to turn up.”He denied the many reports that he had a lot of money. He presented bank documents to RSF to show he was having serious financial problems and said he had been forced to sell a video games parlour he owned. But he admitted he had another bank account he did not give details of.About the Senate conflict, he insisted he personally had wanted to go and see judge Gassant but that it was for the Senate to decide whether the judge’s request was legal. Toussaint denied knowing any of the people arrested in the Dominique murder case, even from the time when he was interim police chief, in 1995-96. He stressed he had not known Lalanne “either before or after his death.” Some of those arrested were suspected of dealing in stolen vehicles and he pointed out that he was promoting a bill in parliament to make such theft a full-blown crime. As for Ronald Cadavre, Toussaint first said he was “used to seeing him” because his brother Franco was a Fanmi Lavalas member, but later said he had only met him once in spring 2000 during his senatorial election campaign. He said Dominique had made much harsher attacks on people other than him and that the killers were probably to be found among the underworld, former Duvalierists or even the government itself. Government interest in the case and public activismThe investigating judges’ achievements so far in the face of many difficulties have been made because of solid support from the government of former President René Préval, who made special provisions for security and gave financial and logistical support to the enquiry.Since Dominique’s funeral, public backing for the investigation, encouraged and supported by Radio Haiti Inter, has been very important and has driven it forward. After the death of Lalanne, there were several demonstrations in front of the main law courts and the city magistrate’s court calling for justice and protesting against the slow progress of the investigation. Radio Haiti Inter shut down from 3-5 February 2001 in protest against what it called “deliberate and arbitrary attempts by the Senate to obstruct the judicial investigation into the contract killing” of Dominique.Together with the Fondasyon Eko Vwa Jean Dominique, a group of about 20 organisations recently formed an alliance against impunity and lawlessness to help member-organisations redouble their own efforts against impunity. Several events are planned to mark the first anniversary of Dominique’s murder on 3 April, including exhibitions, public meetings, a media campaign and the screening of a documentary by filmmaker Joanthan Demme. Dominique’s widow, Michèle Montas, has the last word: “We live in an atmosphere of impunity in which the criminals always get away with their crimes. But this time they won’t.” Another journalist murdered in Haiti November 14, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Haïti Organisation IntroductionJean Dominique, a Haitian journalist and political commentator, was gunned down in the courtyard of his radio station, Haiti Inter, on 3 April 2000. The murder of one of the country’s most famous journalists deeply shocked Haitians. President René Préval ordered three days of official mourning and 16,000 people attended Dominique’s funeral in the national stadium. Since then, a foundation has been set up (Fondasyon Eko Vwa Jean Dominique) to ensure that those who killed him are punished and that his commitment to mass education is continued.”If they murdered him, they can murder any journalist,” says Liliane Pierre-Paul, a former Radio Haiti Inter journalist who now runs Radio Kiskeya. Haitian journalists have taken the killing as a warning to the entire press.A year after the murder, a delegation from Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) visited Haiti to see how far the investigation into it had got and highlight the obstacles to its completion.Haiti has seen a dozen political killings over the past two years and journalists have recently received death threats. A successful investigation of Dominique’s murder would be an important break with the practice of impunity in Haitian society.Because of the current political atmosphere in Haiti, most of the people RSF talked to asked to remain anonymous.Jean Dominique: a fighter for democracyBorn into Haiti’s mulatto aristocracy on 30 July 1930, Dominique trained as an agronomist. But he soon aligned himself with the peasantry and the poor, which in Haiti’s highly-stratified society, often meant he was called a traitor to his class. In the late 1960s, he joined Radio Haiti as a reporter and then bought the station in 1971, renaming it Radio Haiti Inter. The station began reaching out, starting the first systematic broadcasting in Creole, the country’s main language, instead of French, which is spoken only by a tiny minority of Haitians. He encouraged reports from the countryside and gave more coverage of world affairs. As a critic of the Duvalier dictatorship (1957-86), he was forced into exile in 1981 after his wife, Michèle Montas, and other Haiti Inter staff were arrested and deported by the regime. He returned after the fall of President-for-Life Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier in February 1986, only to leave again in 1991 when the army seized power. He came back in 1994, after that regime fell too. Lalanne was arrested again on 15 June 2000 as a suspected link between the gunmen and those who ordered the killing of Dominique. He was shot and wounded in the buttocks and thigh when he was detained and died 13 days later during an operation to mend a broken thigh-bone. The exact cause of his death has not been established. The orthopaedic surgeon who performed the operation, Dr Alix Charles, said he died from a pulmonary embolism, but this appears to be contradicted by the autopsy. Two months later, when a second autopsy was ordered, it was found that Lalanne’s body had mysteriously disappeared a few weeks earlier. The examining magistrate has opened an enquiry. An investigation in Haiti – 19-25 March 2001 News The mysterious death of Jean-Wilner LalanneAs they looked into the origin of the stolen vehicles used in the killing, the investigators came across Jean-Wilner Lalanne, who worked for a network handling stolen cars. He had been arrested in connection with the murder of an engineer in a Port-au-Prince suburb and then freed in unclear circumstances. “Jean was killed because nobody could tell him what to do or say”His wife, Michèle Montas, says he was killed “because nobody could tell him what to do or say.” He was especially dangerous, she says, because “he was going to stop a lot of people making a lot of money” but “he didn’t have files on people,” as some believed. “He was just good at picking up scraps of information and extracting meaning from them.” His daughter Gigi recalls how some people lost their jobs after replying to his blunt questions in interviews.- In the months before his death, he had said on the air that several institutions involved in preparing the 21 May 2000 parliamentary elections were plotting an “electoral coup d’etat” to limit the number of people who could vote. He criticised the voter registration period as too short and the number of polling stations as too few. He attacked the National Elections Observation Council (CNO), which grouped several civil society organisations, and the official Interim Elections Board (CEP) which was in charge of the poll. CNO chief Léopold Berlanger was summoned for questioning by the examining magistrate in early November 2000 and then in February 2001. Berlanger says Dominique’s murder was used as an excuse to attack the CNO.- Dominique several times criticised the pharmaceutical firm Pharval, owned by the Boulos family: in 1997 for selling a contaminated cough syrup that killed at least 80 children and more recently for selling ethanol-laced alcohol.- In October 1999, he accused former interim police chief (1995-96) Dany Toussaint, a member of Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas, of conducting a smear campaign against former secretary of state for public security Robert Manuel and the then police chief, Pierre Denizé. The two were alleged by several radio stations to have been involved in the 8 October murder of Jean Lamy, Manuel’s expected successor. On 19 October, he warned Aristide in a broadcast to beware of “the ambitions” of Toussaint. “I know he has enough money to pay and arm henchmen,” he said. “If he tries to move against me or the radio station and if I’m still alive, I’ll close the station down and go into exile once again with my wife and children.”- The New York Haitian radio station Radio Liberté on 9 February 2000 broadcast death threats against Dominique and his wife by two of Toussaint’s lawyers, Jean-Claude Nord and Gérard Georges, and former Duvalierist Serge Beaulieu. A few months later, Nord called for Mrs Dominique to explain before a judge why she was not with her husband at the time he was killed, suggesting she had arranged his murder so she could get the proceeds of his life insurance. He also accused her waging a campaign to destroy Toussaint’s drive to be elected president in 2005. News Results of the official investigationThe enquiry into Dominique’s death began with several false leads. A few days after he was killed, the body of his murderer was said to have been found, but it proved that the suspect had died three days before the murder. A few weeks later, Bob Lecorps, accused in 1997 of helping to murder justice minister Guy Malary in 1993, was arrested as he tried to cross into the Dominican Republic. He was soon released for want of a link to the Dominique killing.Nearly 80 people have been questioned by judges Jean Sénat Fleury and Claudy Gassant, who have successively been preparing the case of Dominique’s murder. The investigators have found that:- The killing was planned in the course of several meetings.- The day of the murder, the killers were lying in wait outside the radio station. There were seven of them: two gunmen and five accomplices who waited in three vehicles – a red Nissan Pathfinder in which the gunmen got away, a white Cherokee jeep and a small truck parked a little further away.- Despite the different kinds of bullets found in Dominique’s and Louissant’s bodies, they probably came from the same gun, which has not been found.- Two of the vehicles, the Cherokee and the Nissan, had been stolen and already used to commit other crimes. The third vehicle was found burned-out.No mastermind in the killing has been questioned but six people have been jailed for being directly or indirectly involved.- The suspected killer, Jamely Millien, known as Ti Lou, who was arrested about 10 days after the crime.- The second gunman, Jean Daniel Jeudi (known as Gime), Ti Lou’s brother, whose job was to cover him during the shooting. He was arrested a few weeks after the investigation began.- A person known to have had contacts with people working in the presidential palace.- Philippe Markington, an informer selling information he got through his access to many institutions. He presented himself to investigators a few days after the murder, claiming he had seen everything because, he said, he had been at the scene by chance. He was ready to cooperate with the enquiry in exchange for the release from prison of a friend. The accuracy of his descriptions made police suspect he had in fact taken part in the killing. He provided the numbers of two of the vehicles involved and said where the third vehicle had been Two policemen, one of whom, Ralph Léger, was arrested in possession of the white Cherokee jeep.An investigation by Ana Arana for the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), published on 12 March 2001, said the first three of the above had links with Ronald Camille (known as Ronald Cadavre), the suspected head of several criminal organisations and a man with a long criminal record. His name was mentioned in an enquiry into the murder of opposition senator Yvon Toussaint. Cadavre is thought to control networks of stolen vehicles and weapons in the capital’s port area and to run extortion rackets. Arana says his domain extends from the port to the central market. Cadavre, who has reportedly just won control of the port security service, was questioned by the examining magistrate. His brother Franco is a member of Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas party Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Greek exit would create ‘euro-zone game of Jenga’, Natixis warns

first_imgHe added that the dissolution of the single currency zone could lead to a “very weak” Europe.“At the moment, we are in a situation where the European institution is viewed negatively, and if you push one country out of the framework, what will happen for others?” he asked. “There could be temptation for other countries to exit. We do not know exactly what could happen. It is like [a game of] Jenga, and you have 19 pieces of wood and you don’t know where the risk is.“There will be an agreement, we need to have an agreement, but we do not know how it will be done.”Waechter also warned of other possible ramifications, including the classification of government debt.He said most public debt issued by euro-zone countries was owned by other euro-zone investors, but rarely national ones.This means, unlike the US, the UK and Japan, in the event of a euro-zone breakup, many countries would find the majority of their issued debt held by international investors with no mechanism in place to organise interest rates.“It will become hard to manage because we do not know what will be the interest rate parity in a new framework,” he said.Waechter said Europe as a whole needed to build more internal momentum behind its recovery since globalisation and other economic powerhouses were not going to rescue the Continent from its economic slump.“There is need for a long-lasting monetary policy [from the ECB] to change the current euro-zone framework of zero growth, zero inflation and zero interest rates,” he said.“Monetary policy needs to increase one of these zeros.”For more on the challenges facing the euro-zone, see the most recent issue of IPE,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesWikipedia – What is Jenga? The euro-zone could face a dangerous game of Jenga should Greece leave the currency bloc, with too many unknowns as to where future risk lies, Natixis Asset Management has warned.The French asset manager said it expected a political solution to Greece’s financial woes, as it was in no party’s interest to see the Southern European country leave the bloc and expose the many unknown risks to stability.Global chief economist Philippe Waechter said there was a strong risk of a euro-zone breakup if Greece were to leave the union.“No one wants to take [on] the risk of a breakup because we do not know what could happen,” Waechter said.last_img read more

Simmons, Williams help Challengers regain winning touch

first_imgSYLHET, Bangladesh (CMC) – West Indies white-ball stars Lendl Simmons and Kesrick Williams played meaningful roles as Chattogram Challengers returned to their winning ways with a six-wicket victory over Khulna Tigers in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) here yesterday.Having suffered their third defeat of the campaign on New Year’s Eve to slip from top of the standings, Challengers bounced back strongly, easily chasing down 122 for victory with 11 balls to spare at the Sylhet International Stadium.Opting to bowl first, they bundled Tigers out for 121 in the final over with seamer Williams claiming two for 21 in a frugal four-over spell.Pacer Rubel Hossain (3-17) and off-spinner Mehedi Hasan (3-29) were the main wicket-takers, however, with three wickets apiece.South African Rilee Roussouw top-scored with 48 from 40 deliveries, posting 49 for the fourth wicket with captain Mushfiqur Rahim (29) and 43 for the fifth with Robbie Frylinck (17) to pull his side around from 14 for three in the fourth over.Once Williams bowled him in the 17th over, Tigers lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs.In reply, Challengers chased down their target in the penultimate over with Junaid Siddique top-scoring with 38 from 39 balls and opening partner Simmons chipping in with 36 from 28 deliveries.Together, they put on 69 off 61 balls for the first wicket to guarantee Challengers a sound start, Simmons proving the aggressor with three fours and two sixes.West Indies batsman Chadwick Walton failed with seven but Imrul Kayes hit an unbeaten 30 off 27 balls to see Challengers over the line.In the other match, opener Andre Fletcher and Sherfane Rutherford both struck 25 for Sylhet Thunder but Rajshahi Royals, minus Windies star Andre Russell, still came away with a dominant six-wicket win.last_img read more

Hemp bill signed into law at the Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 57 into law, decriminalizing hemp and paving the way for the development of a new hemp industry in our state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will administer the newly-created hemp program.Hemp is a cannabis plant that does not produce intoxicating effects, grown for its many industrial uses. Hemp contains a fiber, a grain, and oil that can be extracted for CBD, which is now being used in food and dietary supplements.The hemp program sets up a licensing structure for farmers who are interested in growing the crop and those interested in processing it. It also allows for universities to grow and cultivate the crop for research purposes. ODA will also be testing CBD and hemp products for safety and accurate labeling to protect Ohio consumers.“Industrial hemp will give Ohio farmers another crop option to help them diversify their farms and possibly find another stream of revenue to offset years of declining commodity prices,” said Adam Sharp, Executive Vice President, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We are pleased that the state legislature passed and Governor DeWine signed SB 57 and we look forward to working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture as the program begins to take shape.”ODA has created a web page to explain the hemp program and gather information from those interested in growing or processing the crop.DeWine signed the bill at the conclusion of the Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee meeting held at the Ohio State Fair in the Nationwide Donahey Land & Living Building. The bicameral group showcased the work they’ve accomplished and heard testimony on various food and agricultural issues at the event.last_img read more

Blame it on MySpace: Ad Spending on Social Networks Expected to Drop 3% This Year

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… As the Wall Street Journal points out, though, it is also important to note that eMarketer predicted a 10.2% growth in ad spending for 2009 in December 2008. For the upcoming years, eMarketer predicts that the market will rebound and it predicts a 13.2% increase in ad spending in 2010. However, given how far off eMarketer’s prediction for 2009 was, we will just take this projection with a grain of salt.More Bad News for MySpaceOverall, this is obviously even more bad news for MySpace, which is already struggling to just keep its current user base from moving to other services. Even as the MySpace team tries to improve the service and streamline its business, it faces an extremely tough challenger in Facebook, which also has a lot of momentum behind it right now. frederic lardinois Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#web According to a new report from eMarketer, paid advertising on social networks in the US will drop 3% in 2009. In 2008, advertisers spent $1.175 billion on ads on social networks, but eMarketer predicts that this number will fall to $1.14 billion this year. The main culprit here is MySpace. EMarketer expects that ad spending on the social network will fall 15% in 2009. At the same time, it expects to see a 9% growth in ad spending on Facebook, and most other social networks are also doing just fine. EMarketer expects that this drop will be short-lived, however, and predicts a 13.2% increase in ad spending in 2010.It’s important to stress that except for MySpace, most other social networks are still doing just fine, and advertisers have actually increased their ad spending on Facebook and other social networks. Also, while most advertisers only spend a relatively small amount of money on ads on widgets and applications, the amount of money companies spend on advertising on these platforms will actually increase from $40 million to $70 million. last_img read more

A Facebook Operations Chief and the Product Lead for Google Chrome OS Join Jive Board

first_imgalex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Jive Software is adding four new members to its board of directors, including one of Mark Zuckerberg’s direct reports responsible for technical operations at Facebook; the current president of McAfee Software and the Google technologist responsible for the development of Google Chrome and HTML 5 initiatives.The move is part of what appearts to be Jive’s efforts to prepare for an Initial Public Offering. It shows investors that the company has the clout to achieve a level of strength that positions it to compete even more with its chief target: Microsoft.The new board members include Jonathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations at Facebook; Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management at Google; David DeWalt, president of McAfee and Charles Robel, who led the board of directors at McAfee during its acquisition by Intel.In an interview this week, Jive’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Zingale gave a breakdown on why the board members were appointed. Here’s my take, based on what Zingala said.Robel is the heavyweight of the group. He’s a Silicon Valley king maker who has the accounting and financial experience to bring Jive public – just as he did when he lead the IPO for Yahoo! He’s also the former chief executive officer and general partner for Hummer Winblad Partners, a $1 billion venture capital fund.As Zingale said about Robel’s appointment: “You can read behind those lines.”Dewalt bring the security angle, a huge concern for enterprise customers. Dewalt is also part of the enterprise legion of executives who know the inner workings of crafting mega licensing and solutions deals. Remember, Jive is dependent on this solutions business. It’s part of what we still think of the paradox it faces. But, you have to show big deals to get investors attention. Zingale: Dewalt has “led and grown enterprise software companies.” Exactly.Helliger may have the most challenging operations job almost anywhere. He’s part of the inner workings of the fastest growing, most ubiquitous social network on the planet. His job is to manage Facebook’s infrastructure, a company that has 650 million users. That experience will be brought to Jive as it scales its own cloud-based services.Zingale: Helliger has “unmatched operations experience.”Pichai is the technologist of the group who apparently pursued the board position with some vigor. Why? Zingala said it has in part something to do with Pichai’s interest in the enterprise and going after Microsoft, a common enemy. But Pichai is most of all a world-class technologist. At Google, he manages a suite of Google’s consumer products, including Google Toolbar, Chrome and Chrome OS. He is also responsible for the HTML5 and open web platform efforts at Google. Zingale: “We are taking on Microsoft. He believes in our story. From a personal point of view – he is interested in taking a role.”This is an impressive group. What it shows is Jive’s clear intent to be that publicly traded company. Zingale is the other lynchpin in all of this. He’s the kind of guy who is just good with people. He can bring in this calbire of board members and is not afraid of the challenges a dynamic board like this can bring when each of them has their own impressive power base.It’s Jive’s time for the big tent. Now we will have to see how they execute and balance a business that has a lot of weight in enterprise solutions yet wants to be as lightweight as the most nimble services provider. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “Of course it feels great to win,” said Cani. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino had his fair share of the spotlight during his time for Ateneo while Hubert Cani had been a prized recruit of the Blue Eagles for Season 78.Both, however, are now under Far Eastern University and the two produced enough moments that caused heartbreak for Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For Cani, competing against Ateneo wasn’t all about sentiments.Cani looked at the basketball aspect of the game and not the emotion of playing against his former school.“That’s the school where I came from,” said Cani in Filipino. “I know how hard it is to beat a team that is so disciplined.”Cani was the one that capped off FEU’s 20-6 run in the third quarter with a layup that put the Tamaraws up 58-44.He then, beat the shot clock buzzer with long triple with 2:45 left in the game that saw FEU take a 75-58 cushion.ADVERTISEMENT Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles Tolentino had 13 points while Cani had 11 points in the Tamaraws’ 80-67 victory Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue EaglesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Tolentino, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2014, his time as a Blue Eagle was far behind him and that he’s now a full-fledged Tamaraw.“The spirit of FEU, the mentality of FEU, I’ve already adopted it ever since the start of the season,” said Tolentino in Filipino who’s in his first year for the Tamaraws. “I’m not even thinking that ‘maybe I should’ve been with Ateneo’ because I’ve already accepted FEU.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

2013 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports

first_imgFox Sports has added new times for the delayed telecast of the Men’s and Women’s finals of the 2013 Elite Eight Series in Coffs Harbour, showcasing the best Touch Football talent across the country. Both the Men’s and Women’s finals have been played on several occasions over the past week on Fox Sports. The Men’s final will be replayed again on Tuesday, 14 May at 2.30am on Fox Sports 2. Stay tuned to for further announcements regarding scheduled replays of the 2013 Elite Eight series on Fox Sports.Andrew Voss and John Gibbs are the callers of the finals matches with Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, providing technical and game analysis, rounding out the commentary team. For a sneak preview of the Elite Eight Series highlights, please click on the links below:2013 Elite Eight Men’s Final 2013 Elite Eight Women’s Final 2013 Elite Eight Finals on Fox SportsWednesday, 1 MayElite Eight Women’s Final – 3.00pm AEST on Fox Sports 3Friday, 3 MayElite Eight Men’s Final – 3.30pm AEST on Fox Sports 1Saturday, 4 MayElite Eight Men’s Final – 7.00am AEST on Fox Sports 2Tuesday, 7 May Elite Eight Women’s Final – 01.30am AEST on Fox Sports 3Tuesday, 14 MayElite Eight Men’s Final – 02.30am AEST on Fox Sports 2Related LinksElite Eight on Foxlast_img read more

Premier Touch Summer season starting soon

first_imgThe Summer season of Premier Touch in Brisbane is starting in early December. Eight competitions will be running over three nights weekly across four locations:Monday – Bardon, Chermside and FairfieldTuesday – Mt Gravatt and FairfieldWednesday – Bardon, Mt Gravatt and FairfieldFor more information, please visit or contact the Premier Touch office on (07) 3373 8233 or [email protected] LinksSummer Season Startinglast_img