View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Star handily won the elimination duels in the first two conferences, and even swept the Elasto Painters, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.Yap believes Rain or Shine has already turned the page, not only on its rivalry against the Hotshots, but also on its overall campaign this conference and moving forward.“We’re more active on defense and we have a better communication. I think we can sustain this if we continue what we’re doing. We have to be consistent on defense and stick to our system,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not everyday that you see James Yap go scoreless in a game.Rain or Shine’s game against Star on Sunday marked the first time Yap didn’t hit a single point since July 24 last year when he was still with the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS But the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player couldn’t care any less as Rain or Shine finally got one against his former team Star, 92-88, on Sunday.With Yap taking a backseat, the Elasto Painters exorcised their demons and nabbed a victory over the Hotshots, while also claiming their fourth win in six games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Of course, I’m happy. I’m thankful for my teammates because we finally got one,” said a relieved Yap, who saw limited minutes and went 0-of-2 from the field. “We’re 0-4 against them, so I’m just grateful to my teammates that even if I’m not inside, we’re still able to get the win.”Since the blockbuster trade that saw Yap and Paul Lee switch teams, Rain or Shine has yet to beat Star until Sunday. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies
After more than two weeks of postponements due to wet weather, the Eureka High baseball team found enough room in between showers of rain on Wednesday to play its first game since March 15.Wednesday’s game against Del Norte, a home contest played at Redwood Fields, counted as Eureka’s Big 5 Conference opener.Despite a rocky fifth inning and the threat of game-ending rain all afternoon, Eureka was able to shake off its rust in favor of some mud and down Del Norte 9-4 behind a collective effort …
Tags:#Social Web#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification In the year and a half since Klout launched at SxSW 2009, the company has grown to become the leading social network influencer measurement within the online communications space. With success has come criticism within the public relations and advertising sector. This criticism of the algorithm-driven influence measurement ranges from its Twitter-heavy measurement of people’s participation to the ethics of its Perks program.Klout CEO and co-founder Joe Fernandez conducted an open interview on Tuesday that included a dozen communications bloggers and influencers to discuss these criticisms. The call revealed a corporate culture that actively weighs and debates the merits and ethics of influence. Here are four ways Klout is looking at its challenges and how it may evolve:Counterbalancing the Weight of Individual Data PointsWhen Klout launched it used Twitter data only, creating a metric that was over-reliant on one network. In recent months the service has added LinkedIn and Facebook analysis to its analysis of an individual’s influence capability. Guest author Geoff Livingston is the co-founder of Zoetica, a social enterprise that provides superior communication consulting, training, and strategy to help mindful organizations affect social change. He has worked as a public relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. region for more than 16 years, and is the author of “Now is Gone“. He can be found at geofflivingston.com and @geoffliving.Fernandez outlined the future algorithm roadmap, which includes adding the ability to weigh up to 20 social networks and commenting services to one’s Klout score. In addition to diffusing the weight of an individual data point with multiple networks, Klout may directly integrate individual content creators and systems. According to Fernandez, it is rare for a person to achieve a Klout score higher than 60 without creating some sort of content outside of just Twitter or Facebook.“We do plan on tying in with the content systems,” said Fernandez. “We want to move beyond just ReadWriteWeb or TechCrunch, and focus on individual writers. Conglomerate blogs are pools of voices, they are media properties. How do we break the author’s influence away from masthead?”By weighing a diverse set of data points, Klout is likely to bulwark itself against criticism about the algorithm’s validity. Past measures like Technorati and Twitter-specific solutions have suffered because of their inability to weigh multiple sets of data. Other measures – particularly those of blogs – that use multiple weights, such as PostRank and indexes like the AdAge 150, have survived criticism because they weigh diverse data points to counterbalance inconsistencies. Build Volatility Into the MetricAnother strong criticism of Klout remains the appearance of influential relationships in one’s profile that may or may not be relevant anymore. Klout currently values long-term relationships over zeitgeist events, such as someone who garners sudden influence due to a particular issue or event. In the past, networks like Technorati and Digg have tinkered with their algorithm to de-weight long-term relationships and influence, which in turn have met significant criticism and even lower usage.Klout wants to infuse more volatility into the algorithm to account for changes. The start-up is actively looking at how social data is created with more ease each day, and how data analysis can scale with it. Part of the timeliness challenge facing Klout is keeping the system fun and interactive for people to want to increase their Klout score while preventing gaming of the algorithm, which both Digg and Google search have had to combat. “It’s important to build the algorithm so that it can’t be gamed,” said Fernandez. “It has to be volatile enough that it can’t be moved. You want the score to be responsive to real life, but you want to avoid intentional gaming like retweet networks. We have scientists that spend the whole day thinking about all of the loopholes. We are going to have to live with (a constant battle against) the overall gaming.”“Influence is such a soft word,” he continued. “The idea of influence is everyone’s individual lens, and we are trying to standardize it. […] We see the idea of influence as the ability to drive action, and action can include retweets, mentions, and the ability to get people to do things like participate on calls and events.”The encouraging aspect of the algorithm volatility issue is Klout’s adherence to the past. It does not want to repeat the mistakes of past algorithms, and actively looks at what has worked, too. Only time will tell if the company is successful, but it’s not operating in a vacuum.The Warren Buffet ProblemIf one were to type Warren Buffet’s profile into Klout, there would be no measure for him. Inside Klout, executives and staff actively debate the Warren Buffet problem. How do you account for someone who has real-world fame but no online influence? This inability to qualify influence is endemic in any quantitative metic with limited data sets. Not every non-present celebrity has the presence of mind to create an account for references, like Seth Godin did. Further, there are individuals who may be influential in a specific sector, but not present in social networks.But are these people truly influential online? Is the Washington Post influential on Twitter even though it gets retweeted all the time?“Participation is an element,” said Fernandez. “And you look at the accounts retweeting the Washington Post and Mashable and there are a lot of bots and not so many influential people retweeting it, but the scale and speed that it occurs, you can’t deny there’s some influence. “Influence is such a soft word,” he continued. “The idea of influence is everyone’s individual lens, and we are trying to standardize it. We struggle with this, and everyone’s conversation demonstrates it is a lightening rod. We see the idea of influence as the ability to drive action, and action can include retweets, mentions, and the ability to get people to do things like participate on calls and events.”One of the ways Klout counters the qualitative issue is via subject matter-specific analysis of influence. Further, the company has a taxonomy of influence, thought leader, curators, etc. which allows it to parse what kind of a role they play in social networks. Most of these deeper qualifications and analysis are available online already.The Ethics of Klout PerksKlout Perks such as the Virgin America program are not only a way for companies to leverage the database and actively engage influencers, but also a method for Klout to test the validity of the algorithm. The company has built an ethics program around Perks based on several conversations with organizations like the Interactive Advertising Bureau and examining the FCC’s disclosure policies. However, the taking of Perks has raised cries of foul play, some a matter of jealousy and other with a little more substance. In particular the issue centers around social media consultants who are responsible for recommending (or not) Klout to clients, but then participate in the Perks program.“We’re not sending Scoble or big bloggers perks,” said Fernandez. “The way we’ve structured them is to make sure that people don’t pollute their Twitter stream. That’s the last thing we would want. But we’re in a space where everyone is a mid-tier influencer who is probably counseling someone. The percentage of end-users who are participants in Perks, and then use our disclosure recommendations is not as high as we’d like it to be.”Like other matters, ethics remains a matter of debate and evolution at Klout. It’s clear that the organization wants to influence more ethical disclosure of its Perks program and is also examining its program on a consistent basis. 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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added.
The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) continues to implore persons to desist from storing household chemicals in drink bottles. The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) continues to implore persons to desist from storing household chemicals in drink bottles.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that despite a sustained public education campaign, particularly over the last 10 years, warning parents against storing chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem persists, contributing to cases of accidental poisoning among children.She noted that bleach is among the common agents to which children are being exposed.The Poison Information Coordinator was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank where she provided details of a University of Technology (UTech)-funded study, which looked on the use of chemicals within the home and how behaviour, knowledge, and storage pattern will determine how children, 0-5 years, are poisoned in Jamaica.The study was conducted among households in the parishes of St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Catherine and Westmoreland.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh explained that the decision was taken “to do a qualitative study and get into the homes to speak to parents, look at their environment and to see what was happening in the homes that was contributing to the high rate of poisoning among children”.“From the Poison Centre’s perspective, we wanted to know more about what it is that is causing children to constantly be exposed to these chemicals even though there are public education programmes out there,” she added.She said that a common factor throughout 90 per cent of the homes was the containers in which the chemicals are being stored.“Many people in Jamaica buy particular types of chemicals in bottles that are inappropriate,” Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh pointed out, noting that this was found to occur across all socio-economic groups.“We have found that many persons purchase retail chemicals in gallon bottles that look like water bottles” she said, noting that this includes bleach, disinfectants and sanitisers.“Some of the chemicals are also infused with fruity flavours and are stored in bottles that look like they were made for syrup” she said. She noted that bleach is among the common agents to which children are being exposed. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that despite a sustained public education campaign, particularly over the last 10 years, warning parents against storing chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem persists, contributing to cases of accidental poisoning among children. Story Highlights
Tokyo: Japan’s nuclear policy-setting body adopted a report Monday saying the country is entering an era of massive nuclear plant decommissioning, urging plant operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades and billions of dollars. Twenty-four commercial reactors or 40 per cent of Japan’s total are designated for or are being decommissioned. Among them are four reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that were severely damaged by the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan. The annual nuclear white paper, adopted by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, urges utilities to learn from US and European examples, especially those of Germany, France and Britain. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJapan hasn’t yet completed the decommissioning of any reactors and doesn’t have concrete plans for the final disposal of radioactive waste. “Taking into consideration further increase of nuclear facilities that will be decommissioned, new technology and systems need to be developed in order to carry out the tasks efficiently and smoothly,” the report said. “It’s a whole new stage that we have to proceed to and tackle.” Japanese utilities have opted to scrap aged reactors instead of investing in safety requirements under post-Fukushima standards. The decommissioning of a typical reactor costs nearly 60 billion yen ( USD 560 million) and takes several decades. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsCiting the government-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s plan to scrap about half of its 79 research facilities, the report raised concerns about the weakening of basic research on nuclear energy. Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan had 60 commercial reactors that provided about 25 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Despite the government’s renewed ambitions for nuclear power, reactor restarts are proceeding slowly as nuclear regulators spend more time on inspections. Meanwhile, anti-nuclear sentiment persists among the public and makes it more difficult for plant operators to obtain local consent in making revisions to their facilities. Any plan related to nuclear waste storage tends to get strong resistance. Since the Fukushima accident, only nine reactors in Japan have restarted, accounting for about 3 per cent of the country’s energy supply, compared to the government’s ambitious 20-22 per cent target. In July, Tokyo Electric Power Holdings Co., or TEPCO, announced plans to decommission all four reactors at its second Fukushima plant, Fukushima Dai-ni, which narrowly avoided meltdowns in 2011. The move followed eight years of demands by the local government and residents for the reactors’ closure. TEPCO said the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ni alone would cost 410 billion yen ( USD 3.9 billion) and would take four decades, but experts have raised concerns about whether those estimates are realistic for a company already struggling with the ongoing cleanup of the wrecked Fukushima plant, estimated to cost about 8 trillion yen ( USD 75 billion). Japan Atomic Power Co., which has been decommissioning its Tokai nuclear plant since 2001, announced in March that it was pushing back the planned completion of the project by five years, to 2030, because the company still has been unable to remove and store highly radioactive materials from the core.
The fifth annual GRAMMY In The Schools Live! concert will take place Jan. 22 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.The concert will feature a special guest performance by 56th GRAMMY nominees Vampire Weekend with members of GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session.GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. Platinum tickets start at $100 per person and include a special meet-and-greet with Vampire Weekend and tickets to the concert. Gold tickets are $40 per person and Silver tickets are $20 per person.High school singers and instrumentalists are eligible to audition for GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Selectees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual GRAMMY Awards, participate in high-profile GRAMMY Week performances and recording sessions, and attend the GRAMMY telecast.GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools are programs designed for U.S. high school students and high school music programs, and are part of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools offerings.GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities.The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs.The 2014 GRAMMY Camp application deadline is March 31. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. The deadline for the 2014 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs is Oct. 22. Applications for both programs are available at www.grammyintheschools.com.GRAMMY In The Schools Live! is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, culminating with Music’s Biggest Night. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Two of Canada’s better-known rewards programs merge today as Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus become PC Optimum.Loblaw says they’ve had some “bumps” during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. However, the company says it’s seeing massive interest in the program and will continue to focus on making the conversion process as smooth as possible.Here are five things to know:1. PC Optimum means a single card for both stores, with the dollar value of existing points from both programs converted to the new card. Current PC Plus cardholders will have points converted on a one-to-one basis, while the company is converting Shoppers Optimum points at varying rates to maintain the same dollar value of the points.2. To convert current points to the new system, customers can go to one of the almost 2,500 stores the system covers to swap existing PC Plus or Shoppers Optimum cards for a PC Optimum card. Customers can also download the PC Optimum mobile app, or create an account online at www.pcoptimum.ca.3. Under PC Optimum, each 1,000 points is worth a dollar, with 10,000 points the minimum redemption value. At Shoppers almost every dollar spent will earn you 15 points, while at Loblaw-owned grocery stores rewards vary based on promotions on specific products.4. For PC Financial Mastercard holders, the card automatically switches to PC Optimum and is the only card necessary with points earned varying depending on the type of card.5. In Quebec, where Shoppers Drug Mart operates under the Pharmaprix name, the Pharmaprix Optimum program ended Jan. 31, 2018 and members will have until May 2 that year to redeem their points or convert them at equal value to the new program.
The rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 9:45 a.m. The convoy will flag off at the frontage road near the UFA card lock at 10:00 and convoy along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will break up on the return to Fort St. John and proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.More information about the rally can be found on the Vehicle Rally Facebook event page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a truck rally ahead of next weekend’s rally in the Energetic City supporting the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally is planned for April 21st, a day over two years since its last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance. The rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.
“Additional efforts, including those noted in this report, are needed to reverse the loss of critical habitat and declines in boreal caribou populations.”The department is required under the Species At Risk Act to assess provincial and territorial efforts to assist the recovery of caribou populations.In April, Environment Canada found significant problems. In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.That earlier report also noted that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still being planned or drafted.That situation continues. The new report lists dozens of ongoing negotiations, draft plans and provincial promises to restore caribou populations to sustainable levels, but there are few fully implemented protected areas.Planning is good, said Florence Daviet of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Action would be better. OTTAWA, O.N. – An Environment Canada report says that despite much talk on preserving caribou habitat, little progress has been made to close gaps in the protection of the threatened species.The agency says not much has changed since a coast-to-coast survey in April.“Despite the progress being made, the gaps in protection, as described in the first progress report, remain,” says the report issued Friday. “They were supposed to be doing this planning and talking since 2012,” she said. “They’ve had a lot of time to talk.”Barry Robinson, a lawyer with the group Ecojustice, pointed out that Friday’s report was itself almost two months overdue. So are many of the protection measures that should be in place by now, he said.“We still don’t have any range plans in Alberta, which were to have been done by October 2017.”Many governments, including Alberta, have announced ambitious plans for new protected areas. But almost all remain in draft form or remain unimplemented, he said. “The big gaps are still there.”Caroline Theriault, an Environment Canada spokeswoman, said the report shows many steps have been taken across the country to support caribou recovery.“Since the last report was published in April, provinces and territories have made some progress on protection plans and on the ground recovery efforts,” she said in an emailed statement. “We recognize that more needs to be done, and we are already taking action.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest that 81 percent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces a herd’s productivity and allows access by predators.Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.Robinson said that sooner or later, legislation will oblige federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to step in and override provincial regulations with an emergency protection order.“The minister has not done the one thing she is legally required to do, which is to recommend a protection order when the province hasn’t protected the required habitat.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)