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Filipino squad dominates Guam dragon boat tilt

Filipino squad dominates Guam dragon boat tilt

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations “We were overwhelmed with the results, but I also believe that the two months of hard training by the team led us to victory,” said SAG-1 Dragon Boat Team Captain Michael Lara in a press release.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 The Manila-based crew is scheduled to compete the Philippine Canoe-Kayak Dragonboat Federation (PCKDF) Club Crew Challenge Series 4 on December 15 in Malawaan Park, Subic after the Southeast Asian Games. Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Phisgoc: SEA Games issues ‘resolved’ MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday The Filipino squad, which is made up of working professionals who train during weekends, bagged six gold medals in the tournament.The Philippines’ SAG-1 mixed team topped the podium in the 200m and 400m distances (22-seater), clocking in  2:02.46 and 4:41.27, respectively, while the women’s team captured victories in the 200m and 400m small boat (12-seater) categories with times of 2:25.54 and 5:30.04, in that order.The team also ruled the open small boat (12-seater) in both distances with the time of 1:02.03 (200m) and 2:20.32 (400m). SAG-1 dragon Boat team coach Ric Nacional said that despite being a club team, they are dedicating all their performances to the country.“Every stroke of our paddles is dedicated to the Philippines. We are grateful to represent our country in international competitions such as this one,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Philippine SAG-1 dragon boat team at the Guam International Regatta. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–A Filipino dragon boat team took home two overall championships in the fourth Guam Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival in Guam, USA over the weekend.The Philippine SAG-1 dragon boat team, based in Manila, dominated the 200 and 400-meter events in the two-day competition participated in by eight teams from Guam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

No fairness involved in the process

No fairness involved in the process

first_imgDear Editor,With respect to the controversial appointment of Roxanne Myers as Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I’ve noticed that the defence has shifted its argument to one of academic superiority.This position – like the earlier one about merit – cannot hold sway, as neither candidate received their degree from an institution that is top-rated. In fact, an online search revealed that the UN mandated University for Peace from which Myers obtained her Master’s degree is ranked 3756 by Ranking Web of Universities online (See http://www.webometrics.info/en).The same site ranks the Anglia Ruskin University from which Vishnu Persaud obtained his Masters at 1178.This brings me back to the view of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was quoted as saying that the issue at hand has more to do with the absence of fairness in the entire process – a position I agree with.Mr Persaud met all the advertised criteria. He has a post graduate degree, qualification in elections management, experience in the management of national elections, and much more. He is therefore the ‘superior’, ‘fit and proper’ candidate. In spite of this, he was sidelined in favour of Myers, whose social media-adumbrated, partisan political views disqualify her from holding such a sensitive position.Further, what makes the process even more questionable is the fact that Myers’s chief defender, Commissioner Vincent Alexander, neglects to disclose their teacher-student relationship at the University of Guyana.Clearly, this shows that there was no fairness involved in the process; and that persons, in spite of their experience and qualifications, are being sidestepped in preference for handpicked supporters of the APNU/AFC.Regards,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

UN Secretary General lauds Caricom strategic goals

UN Secretary General lauds Caricom strategic goals

first_img9th Biennial Caricom-UN General MeetingUnited Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, lauded the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) leadership on their tackling of several global issues as the 9th Biennial Caricom-UN General Meeting got underway in New York onSecretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres (gesticulating) at the 9th Biennial Caricom-UN General Meeting, New YorkThursday.“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community observer status.  Since then, we have worked productively together and, today, our organizations are both undergoing processes of review and strategic planning to better face the challenges of a changing international reality. We are grateful to have benefited from your leadership on many pressing global issues,” the General Secretary said.He highlighted Caricom’s spearheading of the General Assembly’s discussion on non-communicable diseases, citing the adoption of a series of recommendations adopted, to address the rise of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), at the recently concluded Caricom Heads of Government in Grenada.This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Port-of-Spain Declaration – ‘Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)’. It was a launching pad for NCDs to become a feature on the United Nations (UN) Agenda, and in 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a political resolution on the fight against the prevention of NCDs globally.While the Heads of Government of Caricom at their recently concluded 38th Regular Summit recognised that the Community had not sufficiently advanced the recommended actions with regard to the Declaration, they recommitted themselves to the promotion of healthy lifestyles to combat the epidemic of NCDs.Guterres also described the Community as “pioneers” in elevating awareness on climate change, with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) serving as a symbol of Caricom governments working together to address the specific vulnerability of Caribbean states.“You have highlighted the need to protect the world’s oceans and the special circumstances of the Small Island Development States,” he said, adding that the ambitious outcomes produced from the UN Oceans Conference on SGD 14 needed concrete follow-up to ensure that all nations work together to meet their obligations.The UN Secretary-General said he was hopeful that the meeting’s discussions would identify areas for stronger cooperation towards reaching the Community Strategic Plan’s 2019 goals of improving economic, social, environmental and technological resilience, as well as strengthening governance and coordinating foreign policy among Member States.“As you know, the United Nations is also in a process of wide-ranging reform encompassing the development system, the peace and security architecture and our internal management. Our main objective is to serve countries better, and to support your efforts to achieve national priorities, including the Sustainable Development Goals. We are also seeking to strengthen the regional policy backbone and our partnerships with regional organizations,” he told the Caricom leaders.While praising the cooperation of the Caribbean Community, the UN Secretary General said that more UN presence is expected in Haiti.“A new mission will be deployed soon to accompany the Haitian Government as it consolidates the progress achieved together during in the past few years. We will continue to count on your strong support as we strive to help Haiti to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and address the cholera epidemic,” he stated.He also commended the sterling contributions of Caribbean nationals whom he said featured prominently among his senior advisers and the UN leadership including, Guyana’s Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General of the General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management; and Trinidad and Tobago’s Sandra Honoré, Special Representative and Head of MINUSTAH.last_img read more

Spurs target Watford star, Klopp keen on Anfield hero return and MORE – GOSSIP

Spurs target Watford star, Klopp keen on Anfield hero return and MORE – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Tottenham are lining up a shock move for Watford striker and captain Troy Deeney. (The Sun)Spurs have also reportedly opened talks about a £30million move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea and Arsenal are set for a transfer tussle over Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer. (Daily Star)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is lining up a move to sign the club’s former keeper Pepe Reina, 33, from Napoli. (Corriere dello Sport)New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to beat Liverpool and Chelsea to the signing of 26-year-old Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. (Mundo Deportivo)The Red Devils’ hopes of signing Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak have been dealt a blow, with Barcelona reportedly also entering the race for the Poland international. (Daily Express)Premier League new boys Middlesbrough have made enquiries for Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente, 31. (Daily Mail)Everton investor Farhad Moshiri is offering the club £100m in transfer funds in a bid to tempt Sevilla sporting director Monchi to Goodison Park. (Daily Telegraph)Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo expects to be appointed Aston Villa boss within the next 48 hours. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?SHOCK REPORT! ‘Jurgen Klopp wants former Liverpool star back at Anfield’Arsenal target Alvaro Morata: I’m tempted by the Premier League… but I want to return to Real MadridTransfer report: Tottenham and West Ham issued with warning over Lyon star Alexandre LacazetteArsenal transfer reports: Top Gunners target Henrikh Mkhitaryan turns down new Borussia Dortmund contractManchester United transfer news: Daley Blind AND Juan Mata could be sold by Mourinho – fans tweet their reactionLiverpool FC transfer rumours: Goal machine linked with the Reds assessed by stats expertsArsenal transfer news: Latest gossip on Kante, Morata and Aubameyang rumoursTransfer report: Arsenal and Chelsea joined by Juventus in battle to land Real Madrid starlet 1last_img read more

Revealed! The favourites to win the Premier League – is it your club? Find out!

Revealed! The favourites to win the Premier League – is it your club? Find out!

first_img Who do you think will win the Premier League? 2 TWEETS: RIVALS THINK LIVERPOOL FANS ARE DELUDED 2 Liverpool will keep their place at the top of the Premier League until at least 19 November when the season reconvenes after the international break.The Reds were impressive as they tore Watford apart in a 6-1 win, while Chelsea put Everton to the sword with a 5-0 victory. Arsenal are unbeaten in 16 games, Man City’s squad is packed with quality and Tottenham are yet to lose a league game so far.Now there is a break, talkSPORT wants to know who you see as favourites to win the title.last_img

West Ham rant: ‘Show some ambition and appoint Celtic boss Rodgers, not Moyes’

West Ham rant: ‘Show some ambition and appoint Celtic boss Rodgers, not Moyes’

first_imgWest Ham have been urged to forget about appointing David Moyes as manager and ‘show some ambition’ by making an audacious attempt to lure Brendan Rodgers back to the Premier League.The Hammers are expected to name Moyes as their new boss within the next 24 hours after sacking Slaven Bilic on Monday morning.But news of the former Manchester United and Everton manager’s imminent arrival at the London Stadium has not gone down well with talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams.READ MORE – talkSPORT sources: David Moyes set for West Ham job until end of the seasonThe passionate West Ham fan insists bringing in Moyes is just a short-term fix and reckons the club co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan should instead be going all out to land Celtic’s Rodgers.Rodgers, the former Liverpool boss, is revered at Celtic having led them to a domestic treble last season and on a record-breaking 63-match unbeaten run.But The Moose reckons he could be tempted to quit the Scottish giants for another crack at the Premier League.He told talkSPORT 2, shortly before Bilic’s sacking was confirmed: “I think they [West Ham board] should show some ambition and fly up to Glasgow and open a suitcase and say ‘how much Brendan?’ “Having made history at the weekend with Celtic, what more has Brendan Rodgers got to achieve up there? “Just win more titles? That’s not testing yourself as a manager.“Beating Hamilton and Ross County and Motherwell every other week? That’s not testing yourself as a manager. “Come back to England, come back to the Premier League, you’re a hero, a legend at Celtic. “Manage West Ham, big club, big ambition and big things to do at West Ham and then you can move back to a top six club in the Premier League – for me that would be the way forward for West Ham. “There is a tremendous, tremendous football manager at Celtic. At the moment there is a dearth of really good managers that are either available or that you can go and get. “Brendan Rodgers is by far and away the best, and I think if West Ham had real ambition they wouldn’t just plan for the interim. “Moyes coming in for six months, what’s the point? He can’t do anything, you’re not going to give him any money spend in January if he’s not going to be there long term.”last_img read more

Sol Campbell on emotional torture, going unpaid and crying at Macclesfield

Sol Campbell on emotional torture, going unpaid and crying at Macclesfield

first_imgMacclesfield Town were dead and buried before Sol Campbell took over the reins last November. It would be hard to provide an argument to counter that statement.It’s safe to say the former England and Arsenal defender is one of football’s most misunderstood characters.That’s probably one of the reasons why he had to wait so long to get his first break in management – something he has grasped with both hands.Campbell’s passion for the game is immense, and after many unsuccessful attempts to land a job in the Football League, his luck turned when he landed the Macclesfield gig in late 2018. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 3 Campbell’s work at Moss Rose has been lauded – and he has no intention of quitting on the club Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “But don’t take loyalty for weakness. Some people in this world work for free for the love of the game. And that isn’t right.”And moving forward?“There’s tons of work to do at this football club, we need to make improvements all over the place,” Campbell admitted.“We can’t have a smoking mirrors situation again. I need to get things organised at the end of the day.“I don’t want to embarrass my contacts saying I’m doing this and that, but then it never happens.“I want to do a proper job with Macclesfield, but I need to know what is going on.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Sol Campbell IN FULL above LATEST getty Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury getty “I started crying after we stayed up. This job has taken so much out of me, emotionally and physically. I was crying with relief, really.“I’ve almost been like a psychologist, as well as a football manager. I’ve had to guide these players and inspire them, but get inside their brains as well. It was my responsibility – I had to do all that by myself.“Almost every single player at the club needed to be rebuilt – mentally, emotionally and football wise.“I had to give these lads the belief that they could be somebody. And then you have the fans, they don’t really know me so draw their own conclusions – I’m new in management after all.“We had to be well prepared, because if we hadn’t of done that we wouldn’t be in the league now – it’s as simple as that.”So how did Campbell deal with issues like unpaid wages at the club? Did it have a big impact on his job?“The whole situation completely stripped me down to be quite honest,” he admitted. England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Derby County (Monday, 3pm) – talkSPORTChelsea vs Arsenal (Wednesday May 29, 8pm) – talkSPORTEngland Women vs New Zealand Women (Saturday June 1, 1pm) – talkSPORTTottenham vs Liverpool (Saturday June 1, 8pm) – talkSPORT huge blow Campbell, who revealed the Macclesfield squad were a ‘whisker’ away from boycotting games due to the financial crisis, said he still has a relationship with the club’s owner.“I need to have a real conversation with him,” Campbell continued.“What is the playing budget for next season? Are we going to sort the pitch out? Where are we going to train next season? What’s going on with staff wages?“The players need answers, so do the fans and so do I. Only then you can start planning for the future and getting your structure in place.“I don’t know when I’ll get these answers though. I’m very flexible.“If we can stay up with no budget last season then surely we could do something different next season? But don’t make it hard for the sake of being hard.“It’s hard enough playing against other opposition – it’s almost like we’re self-harming ourselves. Let’s build for a bright future – that’s what’s it’s all about. no dice 3 LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ getty center_img ADVICE tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY Campbell worked wonders to keep Macclesfield in the Football League when they seemed destined for relegation “I just had to be honest with the guys – all that was left was football.“We all needed each other and I understood the players’ grievances and anger. At the same time I had to remind them that their reputations were on the line: ‘Do you want to get relegated? Who wants that on their CV?’“People don’t realise how much it takes to pick these players up, players who aren’t getting paid and because of it are more than likely getting a hard time at home.“You can’t do that to human beings – it’s emotional torture. If they are struggling at home with it all, that’s obviously going to affect the player as well.”He continued: “It doesn’t matter if it’s one pound or a thousand pounds. In the end it comes down to principle and respect. Forget the amount… it’s how you’ve been treated.“If you treat people the right way then they’ll show you that same respect back. I don’t know if respect is being fed through the club at the moment – I really don’t.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS gameday cracker Campbell had to solve things on the pitch while fighting against numerous issues off it shining Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 3 Campbell’s side lost just two of their final ten League Two matches to finish three points clear of the drop and stay in the Football League Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 🙌 It’s hard to put these moments into words…See you next season @EFL 👋UP THE SILKMEN! 💙#ThisMeantEverything— Macclesfield Town (@thesilkmen) May 4, 2019“Who knows what the future holds but all I do know is I want to leave this club in the best possible position I can when I do eventually move on.”Despite all the hurdles Campbell has faced in his short managerial spell to date, he has no regrets and says he’d still join Macclesfield if he went back in time and had to make the choice again.And he has no plan to quit anytime soon, either.“It’s so hard to get a job in football, so why would I just throw it away like that,” he declared.“I’ve worked damn hard to get into this position and I don’t want to just give it away. That isn’t me – I’m not that type of person.“I’m not giving up on Macclesfield. I’ll make it work, whatever way I have to. “When I rocked up I was fighting so many fires – behind the scenes it was non-stop drama.”Despite suggestions otherwise, Campbell was up for the fight. He lives and breathes football after all.He added: “People were thinking to themselves that this was too lowly a position for me… so can he roll his sleeves up? Does he know the league?“Does he really want to be here as he’s used to the plush conditions that he was accustomed to as a professional footballer? The answer to that was, yes.“What these people don’t realise is my upbringing was quite rough already. I was prepared to look past those things and roll my sleeves up, as it’s all about football for me.The 44-year-old has been pushed to his absolute limits in this job.“I had to start putting the foundations in place – and win football matches at the same time,” he explained.“That is as well as closing the gap behind us and the other sides fighting relegation. The games that secured Macclesfield’s survival That is of course, if you class a position with the EFL’s basement club – as they were then – a ‘lucky’ break. They were seven points adrift of safety in League Two after all.On May 5, the final day of the regular season, it was mission accomplished for Campbell – Macclesfield had completed a miraculous survival.A run of just two defeats in their last ten games proved critical as the Silkmen successfully fought off relegation, finishing three points clear of second-bottom Notts County.So after that rollercoaster season you’d probably be expected Campbell to be rewarded with a new and improved contract or even just handed sufficient funds in a bid to try and take the club forward?Think again.Campbell has been to hell and back during his six-month tenure to date at Moss Rose; player revolts, unpaid wages, a lack of communication with the board – you name it.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Campbell – who we can reveal hasn’t been paid by the club in over two months – underlined just how ‘difficult’ his spell at Macclesfield has been to date.“The early days in particular were very, very difficult. Coming into this environment I had to deal with a lot of things,” he explained. “There was no structure and cohesion and absolutely no foundations in place. Yeovil 0-2 MACCLESFIELDMACCLESFIELD 2-2 StevenageLincoln City 1-1 MACCLESFIELDMACCLESFIELD 1-1 MorecambeMACCLESFIELD 3-2 ExeterForest Green 2-0 MACCLESFIELDNorthampton 3-1 MACCLESFIELDMACCLESFIELD 0-0 NewportPort Vale 0-1 MACCLESFIELDMACCLESFIELD 1-1 Cambridgelast_img read more

A world of condolences for Mandela

A world of condolences for Mandela

first_img2 July 2014President Jacob Zuma was on Tuesday presented with 4 850 books of condolences for Nelson Mandela, sent by South African embassies around the world and government offices around the country – and the books, along with thousands of message cards, are still coming in.South African missions abroad, and government offices at home, opened condolence books for people to pay their respects to Mandela following his passing away in Johannesburg on 5 December.Zuma paged through some of the books on Tuesday as Mandela Month got under way in South Africa, where July is dedicated to national humanitarian service in honour of the great man.Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, has been designated by the United Nations as International Mandela Day, when people around the world are urged to dedicate at least 67 minutes of their time to doing work in service of humanity.“I wish to thank all the people of South Africa and also the people of the world for taking their time to sign condolence books and to pay tribute to our beloved world icon, Tata Madiba, and to comfort his family,” Zuma said in a statement.“Let us make this a month of reflection and of building a caring society … in memory of Madiba and all heroes and heroines of our struggle for liberation. Let us work together to build the South Africa that Madiba dreamed about and worked for.”‘You made us who we are today’The Presidency shared the following selection of messages from the condolence books:“Our father may be gone but the ‘Madiba magic’ still lives on in our hearts.” (Mavis Sebothoma, Gauteng province)“A true leader who fought for liberty. The nation will forever love and cherish you.” (Sne, KwaZulu-Natal)“To our beloved Father of the Nation you made us for who we are today. You made us proud and taught us to stand for ourselves. Without you the world is nothing. Thank you Tata for being our hero. May your soul rest in peace.” (Molebogeng Setlhare, North West)“A man of great tenacity and unimaginable wisdom. Your spirit shall live on.” (Thembi Mlotha, Free State)“You were great Tata, siyohlala sikukhumbula ngelotsanvo ne mehluko lowentile etimphilweni letfu baba. Love you.” (Maria Mashele, Mpumalanga)“Rus vrose Madiba, jy het baie beteken vir ons land!! RIP.” (Mathane R.L., Western Cape)“Tata wethu indlela ubusenzela ngayo nempatho ubusiphathe ngayo, asiyi kuyilibala nakwiminyaka ezayo sakuhlala siyigcinilie. Hamba kahle Mthomkhulu akakho oyakufananawe.” (Zoliswa Mboya, Eastern Cape)“Robala ka khutso senatla. O e lwetse tokologo, re batho ka wena Nelson Mandela. Diphetogo e bile tse dintsi ka wena. Robala ka khutso tate.” (Onnica Modiba, Limpopo)SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Microsoft about to make a move in RSS-land

Microsoft about to make a move in RSS-land

first_imgrichard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#RSS & Feeds#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I have a feeling this is going to be hugely significant. Dave Winer wrote today:“On Friday you’ll see how deeply integrated RSS is in the architecture of the browser. But that’s just the tip of what may turn out to be a very big iceberg. The people at Microsoft noticed something that I had seen, only peripherally — that there were applications of RSS that aren’t about news. Like Audible’s NY Times Best Seller list, or an iTunes music playlist, or lists of Sharepoint documents, or browser bookmarks. Lists are all over the place, and people are starting to move them around via RSS, and they are not the usual kind of data that has been carried by RSS in the past.”This is big on a number of levels: 1) Is Microsoft going to integrate RSS into the IE7 browser? 2) Not only that, but will there be a “wide and deep integration of RSS into their products” as Charlie Wood put it?3) So Microsoft is doing something with RSS and microcontent (by which I mean, in this case, non-blog content)…Wow!4) Dave is in on this? I’m pleased about that!5), 6), 7)… count the ways this is going to be big news. I can’t wait for more details on Friday.UPDATE, Friday US time:Alex Barnett has excellent coverage of the “RSS meets Longhorn” news as it comes out today. More from me after I’ve digested it… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Enough Is Enough. I’m Retiring.

Enough Is Enough. I’m Retiring.

first_imgYes, that is my headline for this column. Sometimes things happen to make you want to shift gears, get out of Dodge, and kick back. I had such an experience recently. I know everyone has difficulties when traveling, but I have been doing it a long time, and it piles up on you. Here is what happened to force my thoughts of retirement.My business associate, Kat Houston, and I finished our meeting in Dallas at 11:00 a.m. Although my flight was not until early evening, the weather forecast was bad, so we decided to head to the airport to try to get on an earlier flight home. I first had to drive Kat to Love Field before heading to DFW. I dropped off the car, grabbed the first bus to the terminal, and stood in line at the US Airways desk to put my name on standby. I was feeling really good that I was going to beat the bad weather and get out of Dallas early.Unfortunately, I found out that I was actually on an American flight to Charlotte, so I had to rush to get on the tram to the American terminal to make a 1:00 p.m. flight. I did not get on the 1:00 flight. I ended up four back as apparently others had the same idea of getting to Charlotte early.- Sponsor – I ended up on standby for the 2:30 flight. With a little breathing room, I decided to get a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s. It really tasted good, but it’s not exactly great for my diet. I was last person called for the 2:30 flight. Just before I boarded the plane, a woman ran up to the gate to bump me out. Oh, so close.The next chance was my originally scheduled flight at 6:45. I found the American club where I could watch some golf on TV to wait out the four hours. It was a very nice, large club, my guess to handle all those late flights and weary travelers. I found a good seat, had a tasty bowl of vegetable soup that is on my diet, and convinced myself it was not so bad. There’s no need to be upset; things like this happen at airports. Plus, I had originally booked the 6:45 flight to save some money…smart guy.About 5:45 I sauntered back to the gate and waited for the plane to show up. Then came the dreaded announcement. Due to the bad weather in the Dallas area, my plane was diverted to San Antonio. The estimated time of departure was now moved to 9:00. I was no longer chilled out and relaxing. I bought a bottle of water and plopped down.About 8:00 they announced that they had a new plane for us, but it was at gate C33. I was at C7. That’s a long walk with a bad knee and bad attitude.We boarded the plane at 8:45. Although I did not get upgraded to first class, I at least had the first bulk head row after on the aisle. Good, I’ll have leg room and will try to sleep on the flight home.A very nice young couple with a five-month-old infant sat next to me. The young man apologized to me, saying it was the first flight for the beautiful young baby. Okay, no problem. I’ve been through this before and will manage. I smiled and told them I had experience with two daughters years ago. Oh really?Did I say we boarded at 8:45? We didn’t take off until 10:00; that’s 11:00 East Coast time. Fifteen minutes into the flight the poor child was struggling. They had been at the airport for five hours themselves. After ten minutes of the noise with the parents having no luck, I suggested that they lightly rub the baby’s forehead while making soothing sounds. In a few minutes the baby was asleep. I was not.The flight was bumpy, so they did not do a drink service. We made good time and landed at 12:45 a.m. The nice couple thanked me for the sleep technique and told me they were relocating to Charlotte from Dallas. I walked to the parking garage. I had parked in C area since I had flown out on US Airways, but my American flight came in on the A Concourse. It was a long walk at 1:00 in the morning.I was happy to finally get home around 1:30, but found myself wide awake. I grabbed a cigar and Coke, sat on the back porch, and thought about what my life would be like if I announced my retirement, wished everyone good luck, and watched the grass grow at the golf course.By 2:00 a.m. I had talked myself out of it. Instead of retirement, I decided to just not pay any attention to anything or anybody for a few days. Besides, think of all the frequent flyer miles I would miss.   Jim LeeExecutive Editor Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more