Lost in system President of Harbour View football club Carvel Stewart says that local clubs should stop sending unqualified players on scholarships as it is hurting both the individuals and the country’s long-term football future. According to Stewart, student footballers who are not academically inspired should not be forced to go to college but should instead focus their efforts on making a professional career and only students with the requisite academic qualifications must take up these scholarship offers. “Their real intention is to play football professionally, and that (college) system doesn’t allow them to do that. We have to review it rationally and decide who are serious about academics,” he insisted. Stewart said that over the years he has seen players who lack the academic capacity get lost in the system, or come out with nothing, and he believes that this is also having a damaging effect on the nation’s football as the best young talent are getting lost in the US college system, and this, he says, is because they are not “academics”. “We have followed the college programme, and when we have an academic, and he gets a scholarship, we say ‘Go ahead’, but when he is not an academic we (Harbour View) say ‘No, you are a footballer’, that wouldn’t make any sense at all, and it has followed through. “We had players like Onandi Lowe. People came to me about him going to college, but that wouldn’t have worked. What worked for him is that he is a footballer, and his focus was becoming a professional footballer,” he reasoned. He added: “The league is also suffering from it because you don’t see the youngsters coming through the league. You see all of these youngsters performing at the schoolboy level, and when they leave school, you hear people asking for them. But they go and enjoy the bright lights over there (in the US), and then they disappear, and Jamaica’s football suffers because of it. So we have to correct that,” he stated.
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Short-form social network Twitter has taken a bold new step in exploring its potential business model. The company appears to have begun promoting keywords in its “trending topics” list for sponsors. When users click on a promoted trending topic, they are brought to a search results page, where the page is topped by a promoted Tweet. They aren’t sent to an ad landing page, but to a live and uncensored conversation. That’s what we’re seeing with the new movie Toy Story 3 today at least. It’s a logical and interesting way for the company to make money. It’s also unlike almost any other advertising in history. Twitter announced its promoted Tweets search results program this Spring and social network watchers have been waiting to see promoted Tweets appearing in the middle of users’ streams. Tonight’s inclusion of sponsored trending topics may be the closest thing we’ve seen yet. (Twitter user @ed appears to have seen it first.) The company hasn’t yet responded to our request for comment on the new program.Recent research from HP found that the level of Twitter chatter about a movie could do a better job predicting that film’s box office performance than leading industry methods – so perhaps it’s no co-incidence that a film was first to put down money to increase the chatter.How These Ads Are Radically NewIt’s cool that the links aren’t just links to advertisements, but to the real-time conversation (good and bad) that users are having about the topic. Sponsorship is just a way to influence and increase the profile of the conversation about a product, without controlling it. That’s a radical proposition and one that would only work for brave or lovable sponsors. BP has spent millions of dollars buying Google ads for search terms like “oil spill,” for example, but is very unlikely to spend money promoting the Twitter conversation about its brand or related topics.So what about your company? Are you brave enough to buy an ad that would propel open-ended public conversation about your company towards the front of mind for tens of millions of people?Update: After publication, we learned that Peter Kafka of All Things D actually covered this program first last Friday. Some additional details are available in that report. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#advertising#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Related Posts Kinoma, a mobile platform company acquired by chipset maker Marvell back in February, is here at SXSW showing off its technology to interested users, developers and handset makers. The company’s smartphone experience called Kinoma Play is more than just a new app you can download on your mobile phone – it’s the smartphone version of a new app platform that will soon work on Android devices, both phone and tablet, in addition to some Windows Mobile and Nokia devices. It’s also available to handset makers and other hardware manufacturers to implement in their products.For app developers, the potential is the ability to develop apps that work on multiple phones through this platform. And for end users, Kinoma Play offers what is in many ways an improvement to the default Android experience.One of the nice things about using Android is that you can customize the phone to your own personal preferences. You’re not stuck using the same user interface that ships with Android, or even the handset maker’s own interface, like HTC’s Sense UI. Homescreen replacement apps, launchers and other customizations allow even the most novice smartphone users to make the phone their own.Along those lines, Kinoma Play, which will arrive in beta for Android in mid-2011, will appeal to those who like trying new front-end experiences for their device.Kinoma said it will give us our readers interested in the Android beta exclusive invites, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.Kinoma Play is Not an App, It’s a PlatformBut this Kinoma Play “app,” isn’t really just an app. It’s not just a launcher or homescreen replacement, either. Included in the Kinoma Play download is a complete suite of applications including a music player, video player, photo viewer and more. It even has its own built-in app store which contains apps of its own.There are some interesting benefits to Kinoma’s platform. For example, everything, including the homescreen itself, works in landscape mode. When streaming content, a quick tap of the “Now Playing” icon from the homescreen makes it easy to get back to your play/pause controls. You can see a live thumbnail of a video playing when you return to the dashboard to multi-task. The photo gallery downloads thumbnails faster and renders images in a higher resolution (and much quicker) than when you’re using the default Android photo gallery app. And with just a press of the finger, you can zoom deep into a photo to see more detail than you could before. And those are just a few of the new experiences Kinoma has to offer.A Dashboard Where Apps Work TogetherHowever, one of our favorite features is the Kinoma dashboard, which functions like a better notifications interface for Android devices. It does not replace Android’s notifications, though – that’s still accessible when Kinoma is running. This new dashboard offers a stream of information from your apps which you can scroll through both up and down, and within each app’s section, side to side. (See the video below for what this looks like).Kinoma’s apps are integrated to work with each other, too, which allows for interesting interactions – for example, the Twitter app can use Bing’s translation feature to translate tweets into other languages while the photos app can upload content to other third-party services. Not Just for AndroidWhat makes Kinoma more interesting than, say, a general homescreen replacement app, for instance, is the combination of Marvell’s experience in chipsets combined with Kinoma’s software. Marvell can now offer a complete solution – from silicon to applications – which is an alternative that may pique hardware manufactuers’ interests.According to Peter Hoddie, VP of the Kinoma Platform, Kinoma’s platform can power other types of devices beyond smartphones, including tablets, printers, and even smart grid devices.Kinoma doesn’t see itself in competition with Android because it runs on top of the Android OS. Even if a handset maker chooses to make Kinoma the primary experience for their phone, it’s not displacing the OS. It’s augmenting it with new capabilities.We got to see Kinoma Play in action here at SXSW and we’re looking forward to trying it on our own Android devices in the near future. sarah perez Tags:#Android#apps#mobile#news The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “We all eye to make it to the Final Four before we get to what we all want: the championship.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Will Gozum, University of the Philippines will always be his home.And a week after making his college commitment, the NCAA Season 93 Juniors MVP has experienced nothing but love in his homecoming to Diliman.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “It warms the heart that they accepted me again,” he said in Filipino after spending the better part of the last two years with the Mapua Red Robins.Gozum reunites with former UPIS teammates Javi and Juan Gomez de Liaño as they all seek to complete an unfinished business they built from their days in UPIS.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UP“Since high school, we’ve always talked about being champions together in college. That was always part of our plan,” the 18-year-old said, baring how big of a factor the Gomez de Liaño brothers had in his decision to join the Fighting Maroons. “Even when I was in Mapua, they were still watching me. Regardless if I had a good game or not, they always motivate me. They really were the reason why I returned to UP.”Gozum’s arrival further boosts the Fighting Maroons’ aspirations of finally making it to the Final Four for the first time since 1997.READ: Perasol not putting too much pressure on prized recruit GozumBut the 6-foot-6 slotman who is part of Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list is tempering everyone’s expectations but vowed to follow coach Bo Perasol’s orders and work as hard as he can.“We’ll just do our roles. I’ll adjust with the help of our coaches and I know that I should improve my game everyday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marinero pounds Wangs-Letran for 1st back-to-back wins View comments
CMPATTYDSCMP%YPATDINT 143231203961.98.83132 Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has had an exceptional season so far, but he hasn’t been completely perfect. The Cowboys are headed into the back half of a tough Big 12 schedule featuring an undefeated West Virginia at home and Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma all on the road.Rudolph’s play will be one of the most important factors in all of these games, so in anticipation for an excellent back half of the season, let’s take a look at how Rudolph has performed thus far.Rudolph has shown the ability to make the tough throws time and time again. There have been plenty of plays where he fit the ball in a small window down the field:And he’s proven that he can effectively lead his receivers on the deep ball to the sideline:Where Rudolph has struggled is in the short and intermediate game. Oftentimes, especially on RPO (run-pass option) throws, Rudolph’s high throws result in either killing any possible YAC for the receiver:Or sailing over the receiver’s head:He has also, on occasion, missed some wide-open receivers downfield:OSU head coach Mike Gundy said that Rudolph’s physical limitations contributed to his lack of intermediate accuracy. “He got hit in the Texas game and wasn’t very effective, in my opinion, on some throws in the next game because he just couldn’t really rotate his body a little bit,” Gundy said. “And that caused some issues with him.”There were rumors that he was banged up in a few early games as well.Hopefully Rudolph has used the bye week to fully recover, because once he cleans up his missed throws in the short game, he becomes an elite quarterback. Rudolph is seventh in the nation in passing yards per game and he’s one of only two players in the FBS who have over 200 pass attempts and only two interceptions. Rudolph’s stats aren’t eye-popping but they are efficient. The problem is that stats aren’t everything. If you took a person who just watched the game and another person who just looked at the stats and asked them both to tell you how Rudolph did, they would likely have very different answers.Ideally, his performance will soon start to match his stats, and when that happens, he will solidify himself as one of the best quarterbacks not only in the Big 12, but in the country as well. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State lost a key cog in one of the most productive units of the defense on Saturday, as Mike Gundy announced that redshirt junior defensive end Vili Leveni suffered a season-ending injury during the game against Kansas State.“We lost Vili today,” Gundy said after the game via The O’Colly. “Vili’s got an injury and he’s out for the year. We were kind of down one guy there.”Leveni was a key piece along the defensive line for the Pokes, as he provided a versatility that allowed OSU to plug him in both at defensive tackle and defensive end.There has yet to be an official report on the nature of the injury suffered, but it is worth noting that he also suffered a season ending injury last year that forced him to miss the entire football season.Glenn Spencer was bummed out about the whole thing.“He said, ‘I’m sorry, Coach. My bad,’” Spencer told the Tulsa World after the game. “Are you kidding me? I just hugged his neck and said, ‘You don’t have to be sorry about anything. You’re out there fighting, man, you’re a warrior.’ Yeah, he said that to me. I couldn’t believe that. That’s just how bad he wants to be out there.”This season, he racked up two sacks, and twelve tackles, and will now leave OSU dangerously thin at defensive end, with Jordan Brailford also still out after suffering an injury in the preseason.Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens have taken over as starters, and with Leveni out, it’s likely that junior college transfer Tralund Webber and redshirt sophomore Trey Carter will see their playing time increased over the final weeks of the season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Yurcich went on about his senior running back and the “two” in his newfound 1-2 punch in the ground game.“Physical, tough back who really overcame a lot of adversity this season, came back really strong from an injury, and has really produced in a big-time way, physical, punishing back that’s just really an all-around back that you never have to sub out in any situation.“He’s the man.”When Chris Carson came to Stillwater he brought lofty expectations, but ineffective play from he and the offensive line, along with some injuries hampered him in his first year-plus.But in the seven games since returning from an early-season hand injury Carson has been a man, amassing 453 yards and seven rushing touchdowns at a clip of 7.7 yards per carry.For his perseverance and huge rule in the Cowboys last six wins, Carson was voted a team captain by his teammates.“At first I was kind of shocked because there’s a lot of good players on the team that are deserving of that award,” said Carson. “I’m going to take advantage of it, and it’s a blessing, like I said.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “Chris is exactly what we hoped he’d be.”Mike Yurcich was the front man for Oklahoma State’s offensive press conference on Tuesday in San Antonio. His charge? To open the media availability for OSU’s offense as they looked forward to Thursday’s Alamo Bowl against Colorado.His goal? To make a point of each of his players who graced the podium.He started with the two obvious choices, Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who mostly spoke about their decision(s) to return to Stillwater in lieu of the NFL Draft. He finished with the elder statesmen, red-shirt senior Austin Hays and red-shirt junior Zach Crabtree.But book-ended in the middle was the second-year player who will play his last game as a Cowboy on Thursday.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One day after being named the Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP, junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor announced his intentions to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft via his Twitter account.What a journey! pic.twitter.com/QIaZ20crwc— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016This one shouldn’t be a huge shock, but there was definitely a decision to make. From a strictly business point of view, Taylor had less to gain from a return than fellow juniors Mason Rudolph and James Washington.His game speaks for itself. He’s been a disruptive force up front for the last two years and has a chance to be successful at the next level.Taylor’s 7.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss this season are the most by an interior d-lineman during Gundy’s tenure.As far as the Cowboys are concerned, this does leave the interior of the defensive line fairly young but still with plenty of talent. DeQuinton Osborne will be a red-shirt senior, as will be Vili Leveni and Ben Hughes. This could open up a starting spot for sophomore Darrion Daniols who has gotten quality reps since arriving in Stillwater. Cameron Murray and Taaj Bakari should also compete for snaps in the young, yet promising defensive line group that helped anchor the 2016 team.
Not too far off. Will 2017’s team take the same type of step forward that 2011’s did? If so, Washington will be a huge part of it.Here’s a look at the two receivers during their sophomore and junior seasons — when they were the primary target in each offense. Mason Rudolph and James Washington got the Cowboys’ offseason rolling before it had even started. Prior to their dismantling of Colorado’s defense in the Alamo Bowl, the duo made a quick 20-second video announcing their summer plans, which did not include the NFL Draft but did include offseason workouts in Stillwater. Oklahoma State was automatically a Big 12 contender for 2017.While OSU has launched a not-so-cryptic Heisman campaign for their record-setting quarterback, James Washington may be the most underrated player in college football. He’s also among the most underrated Cowboy receivers of all time.At Big 12 Media Days, Mike Gundy was asked about his returning senior and where he ranks among the greats.AdChoices广告“James Washington is up there with the Dez Bryants and the [Justin] Blackmons and the Rashaun Woods,” said Gundy. “The guys that have been terrific football players.“I think James is just scratching the surface.”So how does Washington compare to those great OSU receivers? Let’s take a look.James Washington leads all active Power 5 receivers with 26 career touchdowns and 2,923 receiving yards. His career average of 19.2 yards per reception is the best in OSU history and highest in the Big 12 since Quincy Morgan was lighting it up at Kansas State nearly 20 years ago.We all want the 2017 team to follow the course of 2011. Whispered “what if’s” have become press conference comparisons made by “Big Daddy” himself.If you’re looking to compare OSU’s current go-to deep threat to one of his predecessors, Blackmon is the best option. A better sample size than Dez — Blackmon played 38 games at OSU and Washington has played 39 — and the offenses are more comparable than those Rashuan Woods or Hart Lee Dykes played in. (How impressive does that make Rashaun’s numbers?!)So how does the No. 1 target of the 2017 offense compare to 2011’s?Both statistically and with the eye test, Blackmon is as dominant a receiver as we’ve seen. His 2010 and 2011 Biletnikoff seasons are tide marks for pass catchers in orange. He boasts the No. 1 and No. 3 highest receiving-yard seasons at Oklahoma State. Nos. 1 and 2 in receptions in a season. Nos. 1 and 3 in receiving touchdowns.Blackmon racked up 3,564 yards during his career, sitting behind only Rashaun Woods, the Cowboys’ all-time leader (4,414 yards). If No. 81 would have stuck around for his senior season, there is little doubt he would have claimed that crown too.So far, James Washington sits at 2,923 career receiving yards which is fourth all-time behind Hart Lee Dykes, Blackmon and Woods. In his fourth year, he has a chance to claim the all-time crown from Woods. Anything less than second place would be a disappointment. He could have 600 yards before October.When comparing the two, efficiency is key. Each was/is historically efficient. They just went about it in a different way.Let’s remember that while the two played in “more comparable” offenses, the current incarnation has not reached Weeden-to-Blackmon heights. If 2017 is to be the new 2011, how do 2010 and 2016 stack up? James WashingtonTargetsCatchesCatch RateYardsYDs Per CatchYDs Per TargetTDs 20102.961344.24496155.17 YearPoints Per DriveRankPoints AvgPassing YardsPasser Rating In 2010, Blackmon accounted for 31 percent of Oklahoma State’s total receptions. In 2011, he caught 28.3 percent of the teams completed passes.On the other end, Washington has never (!) led his team in receptions for a season. David Glidden led the team in 2015 and Jalen McCleskey had more last year. As a freshman, Washington caught 12.6 percent. His sophomore and junior seasons he caught 16.3 percent and 24 percent, respectively.Even more surprising, Washington has never recorded double-digit catches in a single game. He had nine twice and eight once — all in 2016. Justin Blackmon had seven double-digit games as a sophomore and six as a junior. Blackmon is the Cowboy leader in career catches per game (6.7 averaged). Washington is currently outside the top ten with his career average of 3.9.But that’s just part of the story. Blackmon had a much better catch rate (75%-plus) — which is just plain silly. Remember, this is raw data. We’re not even differentiating between “catchable” and “non-catchable” passes here. If the ball got flung in his direction, 81 came down with it.Washington’s catch rate numbers were lower than I expected but his aforementioned 19.2 yards per catch is equally unheard of. Blackmon’s career yards-per-catch average of 14.0 doesn’t even crack the top ten. Washington may already be the best “deep threat” to put on an OSU uniform.So Justin caught everything and if James catches it, he’s going to pay it off with extra yards. Check out Adam Lunt’s film study on Washington for a breakdown.The end result is that both players were pretty close in “yards per target”. Blackmon wins the scoring battle by a landslide but again that has a lot to do with receiver depth and, in turn, amount of targets/catches.The question of whether Washington can end his career as the all-time receiver at OSU comes down to touches. In 2016, his 71 receptions were a career high. At his career average of 19.2 yards per reception, Washington would need 78 catches to surpass Rashaun. And that’s not even allowing for any improvement in catch rate.Most will point to the talent-rich receiving corps the Cowboys are blessed with and predict decreased catches for Washington. I wouldn’t be so sure. He’s option No. 1 for Mason Rudolph and if the Cowboys “go four-wide” as Gundy sort of predicted, there could be more catches to go around.Whether Washington ends at No. 1 or No. 2 on the all-time receiving yards list, he’s already cemented himself as an all-time great at OSU. Looking at the numbers and his importance to the offense, you still have to give the nod to Blackmon but Washington’s got another year to build his case.Credit Bill Connelly and Football Study Hall for the advanced receiver stats. 201116012175.6%178216.09.520 201014811175.0%152212.612.018 20151035351.5%108720.59.510 Justin BlackmonTargetsCatchesCatch RateYardsYDs Per CatchYDs Per TargetTDs 20161317154.2%138019.410.410 20162.891738.64211158.37 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.