Escalating level of anti-social behaviour at derelict building in Strabane

first_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – January 11, 2018 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Serious concern has been raised over what’s been described as an alarming level of anti-social activity in Strabane.Some residents have made complaints over large groups of youths congregating and consuming alcohol at ‘McElhill’s derelict Dental Practice’ in the Lower Main Street area of the town.The building has been closed for some time and is now deemed in a very dangerous condition with fears that someone could be seriously hurt if action isn’t taken.West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says efforts are currently being made to tackle the problem:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/danieladfdfgdfntisocil.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDonegal lose to Fermanagh – Declan Bonner ReactionNext articleTyrone’s Peter Harte says young lads in the panel are pushing for places News Highland Escalating level of anti-social behaviour at derelict building in Strabane Google+ Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program

first_img Share this article View post tag: LCS BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard, will provide maintenance and modernization support for all Navy LCS 1 and LCS 2 variant ships.Work to be performed under this contract includes availability advanced planning, ship alteration design and logistics support, material support, ship planned maintenance, class services, onboard maintenance, and planning of all maintenance availabilities in the U.S. and abroad.Bath Iron Works is also the planning yard for the DDG 51 and FFG 7 ship classes.“We are pleased for the opportunity to apply our planning yard experience in support of the Navy’s LCS program,” said Bath Iron Works President Fred Harris. “We have been working hard to make every aspect of our business more affordable, enabling us to successfully compete for contracts like this. This award is a result of that work and we look forward to working with our industry partners to meet the needs of our U.S. Navy customer.”Bath Iron Works is the prime contractor under this contract, with partners General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Austal USA, CDI Corporation, and Marinette Marine Corp., a Fincantieri company.LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface ships. The LCS seaframes are outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules (which are made up of mission systems and support equipment), and can be changed out.There are two variants of the LCS class, Freedom and Independence. This Planning Yard Services contract covers both variants. Bath Iron Works had previously been providing similar Interim Support Program services for the Independence variant. The Navy currently has four littoral combat ships in service and another twelve ships under contract for construction.[mappress]Press Release, August 26, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: deal View post tag: americas View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USD View post tag: General Dynamics Back to overview,Home naval-today BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program View post tag: Mln View post tag: program August 26, 2014 View post tag: Naval The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. View post tag: 100 View post tag: wins View post tag: BIW Authoritieslast_img read more

January 15, 2004 Letters

first_imgJanuary 15, 2004 Letters Judicial Appointments With interest one notes the thought- provoking criticism of judicial appointments bespoken in a letter published in the December 15 News. Perhaps the letter writer is unaware of the salutary developments in Central Florida, wherein the governor has, among other circuit appointments, given us the first African American circuit judge in the history of Seminole County (a Columbía graduate not fitting the profile suggested by the correspondent) whose colleagues recently elected chief judge, and a skilled and widely regarded female criminal defense attorney who has spent a professional lifetime defending individuals against acts of government.No one with a mind closed to Ecclesiastes’ “time and circumstance,” by the sort of agenda depicted by the writer, would ever have appointed such independent professionals.The folks appointed were not media stars; it is unlikely that these (and other) appointments could have occurred without diligent effort by judicial nominating commissions, follow-up exhaustive investigation (including innumerable hours of personal contacts) by the governor’s general counsel and staff, as well as expected reflection by the governor.One wonders if the hundreds of hours (including those of interested private citizens) the undersigned is aware were expended in the searches culminating in these appointments, included any of the correspondent’s time. Was it Pericles who observed well over 2000 years ago that, “We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say he has no business here at all”?T.W. Ackert Winter ParkIn response to a December 15 letter to the editor commending Gov. Jeb Bush’s judicial philosophy, I have two words: Terry Schiavo.Marc A. Falco Sarasota Setting a Precedent? Does an electric company have a legally recognized obligation pursuant to the “undertaker’s doctrine” (Restatement (Second) of Torts §324A (1965)) to maintain street lights for the benefit of streetside pedestrians? Yes, according to the Florida Supreme Court in its split December 18, 2003, decision overturning defendants “no duty” summary judgment in Clay Electric v. Johnson. Senior Justice Shaw, joined by Justices Quince, and Pariente, Anstead and Lewis (who also specially concurred), followed what reads like a modernist trend in tort law that “reasonable care is not beyond the reach of any enterprise.” Citing Weinberg v. Dinger, 5 24 A.2d 366 (N.J. 1987) . Pariente’s concurrence stresses that economic cost-benefit analysis is not traditionally employed to decide “whether to impose a duty on an entity who negligently injures a foreseeable third party.” She tempers the majority opinion by highlighting defendant’s failure to put facts bearing on “reasonable under the circumstances” in evidence, noting that where the record supports it such policy issues may be submitted to the jury. Justice Cantero (joined by Justice Wells) opines that the majority misapplies the undertaker doctrine and intolerably broadens enterprise liability beyond Florida ( Union Park Memorial v. Hutt (670 So.2d 64 (Fla. 1996) and McCain v. Florida Power (593 So.2d 500 (Fla. 1992))as well as age-old common law (H.R. Hoch v. Rensselaer Water, 719 N.E.2d 520 (N.Y. 1928), Justice Cardozo for the majority) by extending public undertakers’ duty of care beyond merely primary and immediate benefits to include secondary and incidental benefits, as well.overlooking the fact that the street was no more dangerous with a light out than if the lights had never been installed, Cantero highlights several questions the majority opinion logically leads to: do local governments have to light all streets; are negligent placement of lights or too few watts or failure to immediately replace burned out bulbs viable causes of action? The decision rationally applies to all providers of public services, which given the degree of privatized public services, encompasses a host of entities. Do cellular phone companies have an obligation to provide 911 service now that they know people are using their products as their primary means of communication? Stay tuned.Nick W. Stieglitz, Jr. Miami January 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Unilever Indonesia announces leadership change

first_imgConsumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia announced on Friday its plan to appoint a new president director, president commissioner and director in a leadership change.Outgoing president director Hemant Bakshi is resigning from the post he has held since 2014 and will assume a leadership role at Unilever’s global division, which supervises the company’s Indonesian branch. He will also replace Maurits Lalisang as Unilever Indonesia’s president commissioner.Ira Noviarti, who currently serves as a director for the company’s beauty and personal care business, will be the new president director. She currently supervises the company’s soap brand Lifebuoy and toothpaste Pepsodent, among other products. The company will seek shareholders’ approval for the leadership change in a general meeting held in the near future, it said in a statement on Friday.“A series of achievements have been made during Bakshi’s leadership, including digital transformation in all lines of operations, a series of breakthroughs and innovations within the company’s brands and recognition both nationally and internationally through various awards received by the company,” the statement read.“Ira Noviarti, who is proposed to be the next president director, is a figure with strong capabilities.”Ira served as Unilever Food Solutions Southeast Asia managing director from 2015 to 2017. She worked as Unilever Indonesia’s director for ice cream, media and consumer market insight during the period of 2010 to 2015. She was also in charge of the company’s COVID-19-related programs, such as Unilever Untuk Indonesia (Unilever for Indonesia).“In addition, she also led the committee of diversity and inclusivity that focuses on improving female representation to create gender equality, open opportunities and access for the disabled and eliminate negative stereotypes in the workplace and society,” according to the statement.The company will also appoint Reski Damayati, who now serves as general legal counsel and secretary, as director to replace Sancoyo Antarikso.Sancoyo is resigning from his post after 30 years with the company.Unilever Indonesia, which operates nine factories in West Java and East Java, booked a net profit of Rp 3.6 trillion (US$242.04 million) in the first half of the year, marking an annual decline of 2.2 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic battered Indonesian consumers.The company’s stocks, traded under the code UNVR at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), slipped 0.31 percent to Rp 8,000 apiece on Friday as the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) dropped 0.87 percent.Topics :last_img read more

NASCAR at Indianapolis: Starting lineup, pole for Sunday’s Brickyard race

first_imgPositions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at IndianapolisNASCAR has scrapped prerace qualifying and practice to limit time spent at the track during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has mostly been using random draws to determine starting positions for races.The results of Thursday’s draw for the starting lineup in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:Pos.DriverCar No. Team1Joey Logano22Team Penske2Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing3Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports4Justin Allgaier*48Hendrick Motorsports5Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing6Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing7Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing8Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing9Brad Keselowski2Team Penske10Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports11Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing16Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing17Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports18William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports19John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports20Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing21Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing22Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing23Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing24Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing25Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing26Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports27Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports28Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing29Ty Dillon13Germain Racing30Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing31Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing32Ross Chastain77Spire Motorsports33Quin Houff00StarCom Racing34JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Johs Bilicki7Tommy Baldwin Racing40BJ McLeod78BJ McLeod Motorsports* Allgaier is driving in place of Jimmie Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19. The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was determined by the same procedure that has been in place for most races since the series’ return from its COVID-19 pandemic pause.The starting grid for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, which is scheduled to go green at 4:23 p.m. ET at The Brickyard and will be broadcast live on NBC, was determined by a combination of random draw and positions in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings in place of qualfying and practice sessions.  MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedulePit stall selection for Cup Series races that are run without qualifying is determined by the results of the previous race. In the case of Sunday’s race at Indy, the selection was based on where drivers finished in last Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.Below is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Indianapolis?Joey Logano will be on the pole for Sunday’s race after a random drawing of the top 12 in the point standings. This is Logano’s first pole of the season, in Race No. 16. Logano comes into Indy sixth in the point standings, 81 points behind series leader Kevin Harvick, but he has finished no better than 17th in his last four races. He was 36th and 24th in the weekend races at Pocono.Joining Logano on the front row will be Kurt Busch, who is 10th in the standings. Busch is coming off a 13th-place finish in the Pocono Sunday race.MORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Logano (Team Penske) and Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing) drive for teams that know how to win at Indy in multiple series. Penske and Ganassi have combined for 22 Indianapolis 500 victories, with Team Penske earning 18, and each has one NASCAR Cup Series win at Indy.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Indianapolis:last_img read more

Rejuvenated Djokovic eyes US Open as ‘Big Four’ reunited

first_imgWorld number one Nadal, who won the US Open last year to add to his 2010 and 2013 victories, skipped Cincinnati after triumphing in Toronto the week before.The Spaniard clinched an 11th French Open in June to take his majors tally to 17 before falling to Djokovic in a five-set, 5-hour 15-minute semi-final loss at Wimbledon.“Tennis is a high-demanding sport in terms of physical effort,” said 32-year-old Nadal who faces an emotional first round against compatriot David Ferrer who will be playing his last Slam before retirement. “I cannot forget that I am older every year.”Federer also knows that the clock is ticking.The 20-time Grand Slam winner won the last of his five US Opens in 2008.Now 37, Federer would become the oldest New York champion in the Open era should he lift the trophy again on September 9 and second oldest of all time.Federer to end 10-year wait?But he was knocked out by 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals last year having had to negotiate two five-setters in the opening rounds.Despite defending his Australian Open title in January, Federer’s hopes of a ninth Wimbledon were blown apart in a five-set loss to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Dogboe defends featherweight title with first round KO He was runner-up to Nadal in Toronto, beating four top-10 players on the way including Djokovic and Zverev.But a loss in his opener in Cincinnati proved a sobering reminder that most probably it will be either Nadal, Djokovic or Federer who will be a New York champion again this year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “It’s a wonderful feeling. It’s been a couple of tough months for me with an injury but then winning Wimbledon and Cincinnati,” said Djokovic who opens his US Open campaign against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph took his Grand Slam title collection to 13, just one behind Pete Sampras.He also has 31 Masters, two back from Nadal but four more than Federer.He will head for New York buoyed by his dominance over his three major rivals as well — he leads Nadal 27-25, Federer 24-22 and Andy Murray 25-11.“He’s a great champion,” said Federer in praise of Djokovic in Cincinnati.ADVERTISEMENT Having captured, against all the odds, a fourth Wimbledon in July, the 31-year-old Serb suddenly finds himself as joint-favourite with world number one Rafael Nadal to triumph at Flushing Meadows.Champion in 2011 and 2015, and a five-time runner-up, Djokovic sat out the 2017 US Open to nurse an elbow injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’His physical limitations were still evident when he slumped away from Roland Garros in June after a shock quarter-final loss to journeyman Marco Cecchinato, threatening to skip Wimbledon to mend his shattered self-confidence.Fast forward three months and Djokovic is once again the man to beat. View comments It was his earliest exit at the All England Club in five years.“I won the US Open five times. So I stand here pretty happy, to be quite honest. It’s not like, God, the US Open never worked out for me. It hasn’t the last couple years, but it’s all good,” said the Swiss legend who begins against injury-plagued Japanese left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka.Murray, the 2012 champion, is set to play his first Slam since a hip injury suffered at Wimbledon last year.His comeback has been far from smooth after spending almost a year on the sidelines and has played only seven matches since his return.The former world number one has even seen his ranking nosedive to 378 in the world — making him Britain’s eighth-best player!Outside of the ‘Big Four’, Del Potro, at a career-high three in the world, remains a dangerman.Amongst the widely-hyped ‘Next Gen’, world number four Alexander Zverev is still a work in progress.The German’s run to the last-eight at the French Open this year remains his best performance at the majors while his last two visits to New York ended in a pair of second-round losses.He has hired Ivan Lendl — who took Murray to the 2012 title — as his new coach.Greek 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, at 15 in the world from 161 this time last year, is the in-form youngster. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs FILE – In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, hugs Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the end of their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Nadal’s attempt to extend his record by winning an 11th title in Paris will be the main focus of the men’s draw. It’s been a while since the world has seen Djokovic at his best after a series of right arm problems interrupted a career that hit its zenith at the 2016 French Open. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)From the pits of despair in Paris, record-setting Novak Djokovic now eyes a third US Open title in New York where for the first time since Wimbledon last year, the sport’s ‘Big Four’ will be reunited.Djokovic became the first man to win all nine Masters titles with victory over Roger Federer at Cincinnati on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Time for Mars Life Again

first_imgMethane detection around Mars is giving new life to claims there is life on Mars.  Space.com #1 and Space.com #2 explain why NASA scientists are looking to see if the methane can be explained geologically or biologically.  Some news sites, like The Sun, go over the top with claims life has been discovered.  Only the readers who look at the ending lines will realize there is skepticism about the claims.  The BBC News presented both biology and geology as possibilities.  See earlier reports on Mars methane from 03/30/2004, 11/14/2004 and 12/14/2004.This can only mean one thing: it’s funding season again.  NASA helped distract attention from Clinton’s sins in 1996 with the whiz-bang press conference about life in the Martian meteorite.  That provided enough funds to launch the science of Astrobiology (04/17/2006, 08/06/2006).  They probably need a boost from Obama.  The safe money is on the geology (see sample rebuttal on Reasons.org).  Earth’s methane is biogenic, but Titan’s is geological.  The question no one is asking is whether a geological origin suggests Mars is not as old as claimed (09/28/2004).  You can ask it, though.  Meanwhile, enjoy Wayne Stayskal’s cartoon.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New teams join African pools in Super Rugby

first_img29 September 2015The Lions will be the first team to play a Super Rugby match in Japan when the new-era, 18-team competition kicks off in February 2016.They will face the Tokyo franchise at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday, 27 February as confirmed by the draw, which was issued by Sanzar yesterday. Sanzar (South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby) is the body charged with running two of the world’s pre-eminent Rugby Union competitions – Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.The Cheetahs will similarly become the first team to play the new entrant from Argentina, when they host the Buenos Aires-based team in Bloemfontein on the competition’s opening evening, Friday, 26 February.The Kings return to the competition with a derby against the Sharks, while the opening round is completed for a game at Newlands, where the Stormers will host the Bulls.The six South African teams are grouped into two African pools along with the new entrants from Japan and Argentina. The existing 10 Australasian teams will be divided into New Zealand and Australian pools.The winners of each pool will earn automatic entry into the knockout Vodacom Super Rugby Finals Series. The next highest-ranked team from the African conference will also be placed in the Finals Series along with the three next highest- ranked teams from the Australasian conference.Unbridled excitementSanzar interim chief executive officer Brendan Morris said fans could look forward to the upcoming season with a great deal of optimism and enthusiasm. “We are in the envious position to be delivering our great brand of rugby to new cities and international markets, unlocking a host of commercial opportunities and delivering the unbridled excitement of Super Rugby to a legion of new and existing fans,” he said.“As successful as our competition has been in the past, we cannot rest on our laurels. We want to grow our fan base and ensure existing fans stay loving our game. We will be working hard alongside our national unions, teams, broadcasters and venues to keep finding new and innovative ways to ensure Super Rugby continues to be the best provincial rugby competition in the world both on and off the field,” Morris said.The African pools play home and away against the other teams in their pool; they also play either home or away against the teams in the other African pool and their programme is completed by matches against all the teams from either the Australian or New Zealand conference.Africa Conference 1, which will play against the Australian conference in 2016, is made up of the Bulls, Cheetahs, Stormers and the Japanese team.Africa Conference 2, which will play against the New Zealand conference in 2016, features the Kings, Lions, Sharks and the Argentinian team.To lessen the travel burden on the South African teams, three of the Japanese entrant’s matches against South African teams will be played in Singapore. The Cheetahs will add another first to the list by appearing at the Singapore National Stadium in round three, followed by the Bulls (round five) and Stormers (round 12).New trophyThe new-look competition will also be contested for a new trophy, made by Blue Sky Design. The chrome and gold-plated piece is intended to capture the prestige, grandeur and resilience of one of the world’s toughest sporting competitions.The 360-degree design features eight blade legs, representing the eight teams that will qualify for the Finals Series, arranged to provide an iconic representation of a rugby ball and evoke visual nostalgic links to the former trophy. It is now eternal property of the Highlanders.The 13.5kg prize has a flat base catering for engraving and seamless expansion as more teams etch their name into Super Rugby history as champions in the coming years.About Super RugbyAccording to Sanzar, in 1986, the Australian teams of New South Wales and Queensland played against Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington from New Zealand, as well as a composite Fiji side.“For five years the tournament was played, a South Pacific Championship or Super Six, which led to ‘expansion’ when South Africa re-entered the rugby world and it was reborn into the Super 10 in 1993, where it ran until 1995, prior to the game becoming professional.“In 1996, as Sanzar was formed, the Super 12 was created, a professional competition and the first official ‘international domestic’ tournament featuring the strongest teams – which would become franchises – across New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.”In 2011, Super Rugby expanded to 15 teams, with the Melbourne Rebels the new franchise, and split into three conferences, each with five teams and based in one of the three nations.Rugby World CupThere are eight Sharks players, seven Stormers, three Cheetahs and six Bulls players who are representing South Africa’s Springboks in the Rugby World Cup in England this month. South Africa is in Pool B. Although the Springboks lost in their first match against Japan on 19 September, they beat Samoa 46-6 on 26 September, putting them second on the log of Pool B. Scotland is number 1. The Springboks will fly the flag high against Scotland on 3 October at St James Park in Newcastle.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Real-Time Search Startups on Google/Bing/Twitter News: Who Will Prevail, Who Will Profit?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Is today’s news of major search engines’ integration of Twitter posts in search results the herald of a mass extinction or a mass acquisition?According to tonight’s conversations with key players in the space, the day’s events and announcements could spell either or both. Every real-time search engine we spoke to has expressed every intention of weathering the storm on their current strategies, all of which center on providing an excellent UX though excellent product development. And all see the day’s events as a validation of years of concentrated effort. But who will prevail, and who will profit?We spoke tonight with Tobias Peggs of OneRiot, Gerry Campbell of Collecta, and Bill York of Wowd. We’ve had in-depth conversations with each of these real-time search engines in the past, and we’re indebted to them for their insight.Gut ReactionsUniversally, these startups said that hearing today’s Google/Microsoft/Twitter news was a welcome validation of their years of perseverance in real-time search.“It’s super exciting,” siad Peggs. “There’s been one way to search the web for 10 years, and we’re looking at a total revolution in the way that people find information. It’s a huge change in the industry. To see that feeling validated is awesome.”According to York, “I don’t think we could ask for anything better than an endorsement from the major players. This is nothing but good for us. Back when I started, the marketplace was not very receptive to a new strategy.” York continued to say that he supported mainstream exploration of the real-time space, with the telltale caveat, “even if it means licensing someone else’s information and community.”Campbell said this new information is something Collecta has built into their corporate strategy. “This is something we heard rumors on and had anticipated. It was fully expected. Having been involved with one of the giants [AltaVista] at one time, it’s quite obvious. It’s something we’ve anticipated and part of how we structured our company.”Thoughts on Product DevelopmentAll the startups in real-time search have taken various approaches to the monumental task of indexing the real-time web. Collecta has employed the XMPP technology that powers IM clients in order to push streams of information. OneRiot has a fascinating algorithm that indexes tweet content, links in tweets, and the content of the linked-to pages to serve relevant results. And Wowd has developed a [email protected] distributed computing model to effectively harness and parse the dataset created by users of real-time technologies.Each company is proud of its hard-won advances and speculated on how Google and Microsoft will handle the data.Campbell told us, “I can’t say Google will bring to real-time search. But it makes sense that any dataset will be part of their approach. This is the largest corpus of real-time data that has not been accessible. As a search practitioner, I think they’re going to keep on with their ranking approach.”York added that nothing unforeseen has yet been announced. “The Twitter thing, that’s the kind of thing people have been expecting.”But he also talked about the challenges of parsing real-time user-generated content. “I think the data stream is broader and shorter. There’s more and more real time, and you need different architecture to keep up with it. It’s important to have real filtering applied to a noisy, low-value data stream. We believe people are the key to finding the good stuff.”“Knowing what goes into the product is quite eye-opening,” said Peggs. “There’s a tremendous lot of work to do once you’ve got tweets containing links, to process that information in real time and index the content on the page and render results based on content rather than just tweets. It’s relatively easy for someone to spam Twitter with irrelevant links; but you’ve got to follow the links and index the pages and search against the content of the pages, not just the 140-character tweets. You also have to link to results based on relevancy, not just based on retweets.”Follow the MoneyThe opportunities for monetizing a new and powerful stream of Google- and Bing-driven traffic are both exciting and confounding for these startups, some of which have not yet put into play their own ideas for generating revenue.As York noted, Google’s and Microsoft’s entry into real-time search represents a shift in the marketplace from these startups and their technology being a geek’s plaything to being a new way to direct user attention and serve powerfully relevant advertising.“Google is in the enviable position of having a high profit margin in the search business itself,” he said. “It does fit their strategy to have as many eyeballs as possible, to get more people doing more stuff. We’re interested more in matching personal interest profiles.”Also, as Peggs noted, “OneRiot has an API that allows anyone to incorporate our results. We also have a real-time ad model.”Collecta also has rolled out two APIs, one for general search results from the real-time web and one for XMPP-powered streaming data. Campbell has also hinted that their monetization plans are innovative, but his team has not yet released specifics.“Having been involved in this growth of paid search several times over,” said Campbell, “the creation of new technology creates new business opportunity. The monetization of search was a redefinition of online business models: You can advertise to users without being slimy. There’s now an opportunity to make users even happier without distracting them from the page.”Strategy: Beyond “Get Acquired Or Die”The startups in the real-time search space also universally expressed a commitment to current business strategies. Some seemed to have clearer exit goals than others, but all believe that their unique focuses on tech and product will allow them to survive the intrusion of Microsoft and Google into their arena.Campbell, like many of his cohorts at other startups, noted that Twitter is a small segment of the available content sources for real-time web information. He also said, “Engines that are based solely on Twitter are probably more dead-on in terms of competition [with Google]. The less-funded companies are in a position where they have to do something more clever and unique.”Collecta, he said, is still figuring out their role in the story. “We are a push search engine,” he told us. ‘That is increasingly our defining characteristic. The perception of speed is critical, but it’s not our most unique characteristic. Because we’re based on XMPP, the chat protocol, we’re pushing results as soon as possible.”Said Peggs, “Our strategy doesn’t change. We’re focused on producing the most relevant web results based on not just Twitter, but also Digg and other services – a much wider pulse of the real-time web on the back end. And we continue to distribute those through our API.”What’s to Come for Real-Time Search StartupsEvery single startup we spoke to tonight expressed some trepidation about things to come.“What happens to the bubble of startups in this space?” asked Campbell. “I hope they’ve had the foresight to see this through.”“It doesn’t really change our strategy,” said a confident Peggs. “Two years ago, when you explained how this would change search, they looked at you like you were crazy.”York’s assessment of Wowd’s place as an open-sourced approach to a problem now being tackled by major corporations was also optimistic. “When you’re a startup company competing with established players, there are always reasons to be cautious. We believe the approach we’re taking is a great way to go. It’s different, even than what you’ve heard today. We think this approach isn’t a gimmick; it is a fundamentally different approach.”The bottom line, as in all verticals, is that once the major leagues take interest, some startups will sink and some will swim. Some will be acquired, and some will fail. Some may survive long enough to pose a legitimate challenge to the dominant players, but this circumstance is less likely.Let us know your prognoses in the comments, and stay tuned for developing coverage of this space and these startups from ReadWriteWeb.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts last_img read more