Van Dijk: “I haven’t seen a game of mine since I was 18 or 19 years old”

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk gave an interview to the Liverpool website in which he explained how Liverpool footballers live and train during confinement. The Dutch center-back, who acts as a locker room leader with Henderson, confessed that he has not seen a game of his on television since he was 18 or 19 years old. Situation during confinement: “Obviously it’s been very surreal, kind of crazy. You’ve never experienced things like this before, you see this kind of thing on TV shows or movies, things you never face. The most important thing is everyone’s safety, that’s the main thing. “Way of training: “Yes, it is totally different. The body feels different and the mentality also. This period, along with the Christmas period, is the busiest and hardest period, also mentally, of the season. Now you have no idea what It could happen, you stay home and relax, you do other things, you play other games instead of soccer … It’s a totally different mindset. You’re not in the mood to play soccer. Obviously you miss it but there’s no waiting the right time to go out again. “ 4center_img Group sessions: “The fitness department tried to set up some sessions that we can all do together through a video call and I think it’s a good idea to get back together and see each other, see each other again. Other than that, you just run and try to do at least something every day. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we do a harder session to give the body what it needs because it can get lost quickly if nothing is done for a long time. It was fun. I need more yoga. It was good to see us again We also had a brief meeting with the boss, listening to him and what he had to say. Those kinds of things also help because everyone is in uncertainty right now, nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen. But those sessions help. “Acting as captain: “These things should happen naturally, but I talk to certain guys, as I always do during the season. The same goes for the boys in the team. I try to keep in touch with them because we are all in the same situation.”Whatsapp group: “Group chat is pretty lively. It says a lot about our team, everyone is part of it, no one is afraid to say something or try to be funny.”Consequences of coronavirus: “You have to be very patient, do the right thing, and stay home. We will all get through this if we do the right thing. I don’t mean to remove the positives from this because there are still too many negatives; there are many people dying and it is horrible. Follow the rules. , the restrictions established by the governments of every country in the world. That is the only way to overcome this, and we will do it. I do not doubt that at all. “You have not seen a game of yours from the age of 18 or 19: “I don’t watch too much football. Especially since this season, I haven’t seen any games, if I’m honest. I don’t know why. I only saw a game of mine when I played one of my first meetings with the Netherlands, when I played as a right back. I couldn’t believe what I was doing at the time! I saw that comeback match because I was 18 or 19 at the time and haven’t seen them since. I miss watching football and playing, but I think it’s a little difficult. I didn’t see none of Liverpool’s games this year, I’ve seen a couple of moments, but other than that, nothing. “last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgThe Downey High School graduate will later sign photos and the magazine at Mambo Grill, 11018 Downey Ave. Workshop to address housing WHITTIER – The Housing Rights Center is hosting a free housing rights workshop from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. HRC will discuss fair-housing laws, protected classes, unlawful housing discrimination practices and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities. Other topics of discussion include rent increases, evictions, notices and more. The HRC is a private, nonprofit, civil rights organization dedicated to actively supporting and promoting freedom of residence through education and advocacy. For information call (800) 477-5977, Ext. 27. Lions club hosts Christmas party WHITTIER – The East Whittier Lions Club is hosting its annual Children’s Christmas Party from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Whittier Masonic Lodge on the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street. The event will include breakfast, a puppet show and a gift from Santa for children. Admission is $12. For information call (714) 571-1899. Santa Fe Springs to light its tree SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is hosting its annual Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center Green, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of holiday activities to enjoy, including a craft area, train rides, a winter play area and entertainment provided by local schools. Children will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus for $2. Santa’s reindeers will also be attending the event, and children will be able to visit with them. A variety of vendors will be selling unique and special holiday gifts. For information call (562) 863-4896. Create your own gift book SANTA FE SPRINGS – Wonder what to buy for that special someone for Christmas? Make something instead. The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, is holding a free workshop from 2-4 p.m. Saturday to teach the public how to make an accordion book to give as gifts or to keep. Registration is required. To register or for information call (562) 868-7738. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Celebrate Christmas around the world without leaving Whittier at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College, 6760 Painter Ave. “The Worlds of Christmas” Friday show will feature a Celtic yuletide celebration by Craicmore, and The Alley Cats on Saturday. The Alley Cats, a doo-wop group, will entertain the audience with “A Christmas Long Ago.” Tickets are $25 and $20 for seniors. For information call (562) 907-4203 or visit the Web at www.shannoncenter.org Pianist to perform during parade DOWNEY – World renowned musician Sebastian Sidi will serve as grand marshal at the Downey Christmas Parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He will be performing his “smoking piano” on the back of a huge, red, lifted 4×4 pickup truck. Those who arrive early at the parade route, which starts at Downey Avenue and Florence Boulevard, will receive a free copy of Downey magazine with Sidi on the cover. last_img read more

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DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgROAD DEATH: Latisha Galbrade, 93, died at Letterkenny General this morning as a result of injuries she received in a car crash near Moyle, Newtowncunningham, last Sunday evening.STAB MYSTERY: GARDAI are investigating why a man stabbed in the Glencar area of Letterkenny hasn’t made a complaint. The man received 40 stitches after the incident last Friday, gardai confirmed.FRAUD CRACKDOWN: More than €3M in social welfare payments have been saved in Donegal in the past seven months after investigations. COPPER COPPER WARNING: Gardai have warned owners of empty properties throughout the county that thieves are targeting them to steal copper cylinders and pipes from hot presses.9/11 CONCERT: A Boston band with a Donegal frontman has been invited to play at the tenth anniversary NYPD 9/11 concert in New York.Devri is a rock-trad outfit whose lead singer-guitarist is Declan Houton from Malin.GENETICALLY MODIFIED CARS: Gardai are cracking down on modified cars which do not have insurance to match.MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Finn Valley College will open its new building on Monday. BROUGHT TO BOOK: A superb new book – Ballyshannon: Genealogy & History – by Anthony Begley, has been launched.THREE-AIRY HENRYS: They sing airs better than no-one else and this Saturday the three Henry Girls are the star turn at the Aislann Kilcar as part of the Donegal Sessions.MISSING THE TARGET: Donegal Target Club has been refused planning permission for a shooting range at the Cavan Upper quarry Killygordon. Local people had objected to the plan.THAT’S CAT: There has been a huge increase in the number of wild or feral stray cats in the county, animal welfare reps have confirmed.SOMETHING GEORGIAN: The Ramelton Georgian Society is planning to spend €200,000 restoring the ‘House on the Brae’ building in the town. The building has stood in the town since 1818. POTHOLES (NO 3,122): People living in the Raphoe area have joined forces to lobby the council to fix 127 potholes on the Castlefin road.AND FINALLY…..CAN I HAVE TWO BEERS PLEASE? Fed up speaking VERY LOUDLY in English to the locals when you’re on holiday in Spain. Fear not. Help is at hand. The Central Library in Letterkenny is holding free Spanish classes every Thursday at 6.30pm (for an hour) from September 15 to October 20.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal news in brieflast_img read more

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Holiday Volunteer Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Northeast Valley Health Corp.: Nonprofit health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are collecting toys to distribute to young patients. Toys for children through 3 years and 8-10 years are especially needed. Toys will be accepted locally until 5 p.m. Wednesday at Valencia Health Center, 23763 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For information, call Abel Sedillo at (818) 898-1388, Ext. 41602. City of Santa Clarita Community Center: The Community Center is accepting new toys to be distributed at its annual holiday party on Dec. 20. Unwrapped toys for children through 17 years can be dropped off through Dec. 9 at the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall, or State Farm Insurance, 28048 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 1, Saugus. For information, call Yolanda Calderon at (661) 284-1476. Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer: This organization is in need of gift cards to put in holiday baskets – or to be distributed throughout the year – to families who have a child with cancer. Gift cards of all denominations and vendors (including gas and groceries) are welcome. Gift cards can be mailed or delivered to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 28405 Sand Canyon Road, Suite A, Canyon Country, CA, 91387. For information, call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org. SCV Senior Center: The Senior Center has begun its annual “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign, which asks all Santa Clarita residents to contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321 through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees: Members of the local Jaycees have placed boxes in businesses encouraging people to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages through Dec. 9. The gifts will be presented to selected children from Single Mothers Outreach and the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club as part of the club’s annual Santa’s Helpers project. For information, call Dawn Abasta at (661) 607-6886. For a complete list of dropoff sites, or to make a cash donation, visit www.scvjaycees.com. Here are some opportunities to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays in the Santa Clarita Valley. Castaic Lions Club: The Lion’s Club Santa’s Float will make an appearance betwen 5 and 9 p.m. at various sites in Castaic through Dec. 12 to collect canned food donations for the needy. The float’s first appearance will be today at the Winter Magic Boat Parade at Castaic Lake. For a complete schedule of sites and dates, visit www.castaiclionsclub.org or call Century 21 Americas at (661) 257-0344. Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station: The sheriff’s station is conducting its annual Toy Drive to collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children living in the Santa Clarita Valley area. Toys can be dropped off at the sheriff’s station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, or at participating businesses through Dec. 18. A store front in the former Chamber of Commerce building will be open for weekend dropoffs. For information, call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 799-5164. Hunger Defense Fund: This food pantry facility is in need of canned food items to provide for the more than 650 families that depend on it during the holidays and throughout the year. The organization is also in need of new, unwrapped toys. They hope to provide a toy for every child whose parents pick up food at the facility. Food, toys and monetary donations can be dropped off from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24 at Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Ruether Ave., Suite 208, Canyon Country. For information, call Wendi Lancy at (661) 299-9273. Southern California firefighters: The Holiday Toy Express will pull into the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Via Princessa station to collect unwrapped toys on behalf of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Toys collected will be distributed to local children. The train, decorated with 50,000 sparkling lights and carrying Santa and his helpers, will host entertainment for families who turn out to participate in the drive. For information, call (800) 371-5465. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. The goal is to collect enough gift cards to provide $10 per family member. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA, 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. S.C.V.-Newhall Optimist Club: This is the 19th year for the Optimist Club’s Toy and Food Drive. Covered boxes bearing the club name have been placed at local retail outlets as receptacles for nonperishable foods and unwrapped toys. Donations of turkeys and gift certificates are also needed. To donate a perishable item, make a cash donation or learn receptacle locations, call Dee Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s is participating in the Thanks and Giving Campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Customers are asked to add a dollar to their order payment throughout the holidays to benefit the kids at St. Jude. For information, visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California: The Santa Clarita Auto Club office, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, is accepting donations through the end of the year to benefit the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband printed with the words “Helping Others” while supplies last. For information, call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in holiday packages to be sent for Christmas and care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of dropoff sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Ave. Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Softball Shuts Out Indiana State, 9-0, To Complete MVC Series Sweep

first_img Live Stats Southern Illinois 4/2/2016 – 2:00 PM TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team completed its second-straight Missouri Valley Conference series sweep by shutting out Indiana State, 9-0, on Saturday. For third-consecutive game, Drake (16-11, 6-0 MVC) needed just five innings to defeat Indiana State (7-24, 1-6 MVC) by the eight-run rule. On Saturday, the Bulldogs used a combination of timely hitting, outstanding pitching by sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and capitalizing on three Sycamores errors. Newman allowed just two hits in five innings while striking out five as she improved to 12-5 with the win. Newman faced just one more batter then the minimum. Drake was led at the plate once again by junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.). Sowa went 2-for-3 with another home run, this a two-run shot, and has four home runs in the last two games. In three games against Indiana State, she went 8-for-10 with three doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and 14 runs batted in. Freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) launched her team-leading seventh home run of the season. Frank finished 1-for-3 with one home run, one walk, two runs scored and three RBI. Fellow freshman Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) had one double and one run scored. Drake scored one run in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth inning. The Bulldogs opened their MVC slate with a three-game sweep of Evansville last weekend. Drake travels to Iowa City, Iowa, for an in-state game with Iowa on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Bulldogs then return to Ron Buel Field on April 2 & 3 to host SIU in their first home MVC series.Print Friendly Version Watch Live Preview Next Game: Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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CHRISTMAS HOMILY BY ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN

first_imgBY ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN: A few weeks ago Austrian scouts took a light from one of the oil lamps which burns at the very spot in Manger Square, Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. They passed it along from country to country, from scout troop to scout troop, until last Sunday the Armagh scouts carried the Bethlehem ‘peace light’ here into St Patrick’s Cathedral.For almost thirty years now, scouts have been networking around the world to bring the ‘Bethlehem light’ to as many people as possible. It is a powerful symbol of the gift of peace and goodwill that Christ came to bring on the first Christmas night. Their pilgrimage of hope is all the more poignant because the ‘little town of Bethlehem’ is itself a troubled place today. A huge 30 foot high wall of grey, concrete slabs divides the town; Bethlehem’s ‘dark streets shineth’ with the beam of high-powered security lights.Long ago the prophet Isaiah wrote of the coming Messiah: ‘The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light; on those who lived in the land of deep shadow a light has shone; you have made their gladness greater, you have made their joy increase’. ‘A son has been born for us’, Isaiah continued, saying that one of the names the child shall be given is: ‘Prince of Peace’. The message of peace is at the very heart of the Christmas story. Christ is our light. Christ is the Prince of Peace. And in the darkest days of the year, in an often troubled world, we gather to celebrate that our Saviour is born – the Word is made flesh. He is the Light that darkness cannot overpower; he is Heavenly Peace itself.I pray this Christmas night that the light of Christ will enlighten the homes and streets of Ireland with peace, love, joy and hope. In recent weeks the news has been full of darkness and sadness – we’ve seen the horrific slaughter of innocent children in Pakistan, killings in Australia, the spread of Ebola in Africa, and the on-going conflicts and refugee crisis in the Middle East. Nearer home we’ve heard of burglaries, poverty and homelessness on our streets.All the more reason to bring the light and joy of Jesus into our world this Christmas Day. Like the scouts, we can be all be bearers of the light and peace of Christ to others- a simple act of kindness, a charitable gift, a visit or a word of gentle encouragement to someone who is sick or lonely; these are ways we can pass on the light of Christ. In all our lives there can be moments of tension and disagreement. Sometimes there is bitterness and separation in families, and this can appear particularly raw or painful at Christmas time. Of course Christmas cannot ‘magic’ away the problems and difficulties of the year. But it can remind us that, even in the darkest days, the light of hope and peace still shines and that, with the help of God’s grace, a brighter future is possible.The angel said to the shepherds: ‘Do not be afraid, I bring you news of great joy. Today is born for you in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord’. This Christmas I am heartened by the news from Stormont that our politicians have made progress in removing some of the stumbling blocks obstructing the path to lasting peace. It is good to see ‘Heads of Agreement’ rather than ‘Headlines of Disagreement’ emerging from the talks. We know there is still much work to be done, but I thank all who have been working hard to achieve and underpin these new steps towards a better future for us all.It is important to hope and to believe that peace is possible. We all have a part to play in supporting and affirming peace. We must work to ensure that cynicism or negativity do not cause the strands of agreement to unravel. So tonight I thank God for the progress that our politicians have made and I pray that in the New Year they will continue to show courage, leadership and commitment in bringing us further forward.In the name of Christ, the Prince of Peace, I pray that we will all have the courage to be missionaries of peace and play our part in spreading the light and peace of Christ from heart to heart, from person to person in our homes, communities and world this Christmas.The Bethlehem Peace Light PrayerLight of Bethlehem: burn brightly in our hearts this Christmas; Light of Peace: heal the bitter wounds in our community; show us the path of forgiveness and love;Light of Joy: fill our homes with happiness – cast out the darkness of conflict or worry;Light of Comfort: strengthen the sick, the needy, prisoners and all those who cannot be at home on Christmas Day;Light of Hope: guide our way forward as we begin a New Year; Light of the World: teach us to love you more and more each day;Light of Bethlehem: shine in our lives this Christmas and always.Amen.Happy Christmas, and may God bless you all. Amen.CHRISTMAS HOMILY BY ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN was last modified: December 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:archbishop eamon martinChristmas Homilylast_img read more

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Twitter Data Dump: InfoChimps Puts 1B Connections Up for Sale

first_imgThis is particular, extracted data though – not the full text of Tweets. “We’re trying to be careful,” Kromer says, “we are not yet exposing the contents of tweets.” And this data isn’t cheap if you want the numbers broken out by the hour instead of the month.This is a very big move because most developers struggle to get access to a large quantity of data from Twitter.Here’s what InfoChimps is putting on sale:Tweet #38 in the History of Twitter: “oh this is going to be addictive” – by @dom 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Hashtags, links and smiley emoticons used across Twitter on an hour-by-hour basis.@ messages, RT and favorites and who they came from: 1 billion relations, making what the company calls a “conversation metric.”A useful if less exciting set of data that will help developers map user ID numbers from search.twitter over to the different ID numbers used in the primary Twitter API. These systems were never merged and it can require a lot of API calls to merge user data.The company believes it is capturing about 10% of the total data on Twitter right now, but Kromer says that he believes he can ramp that up to 30%. Data as a Pot of GoldInfoChimps is a bulk data marketplace with more than 5000 data sets in its catalog so far. The vast majority are free and were added by the company’s own staff, but not all. The decades-old polling firm Zogby International, for example, is selling some Iraqi polling data through InfoChimps. Cross-reference that polling data with publicly available data about civilian casualties in Iraq and you can see some interesting patterns, InfoChimps’ PR rep Josh Dilworth told us. (Dilworth is known as the most data-savvy PR guy in the Web 2.0 world and also represents Wolfram Alpha and Twine.)The company hopes that it can sell the data derived from sitting on the Twitter API as a demonstration of the value that this and other data sets have. InfoChimps says it can help companies monetize data that they’d otherwise be paying to serve up through repeated API calls, if at all.From sentiment analysis (not yet an option with the current InfoChimps data set) to social graph discovery (definitely an option), we’ve written extensively here before about the impacts that social data could have on business, social and political policies in the future.John Zogby, founder of polling firm Zogby International, spoke to us at length (in a separate phone interview several months ago) about the value of using online social networks to measure public opinion. “We’ve been particularly known for innovating and polling new technologies,” he said.“83% of all households are online today and 92% of likely voters, so with online polling we are today about where the country was with telephone penetration when telephone surveys started. Social networking is not as representative as online access [in general] yet, but I’m comfortable with caveats: that you can do a random sampling, so long as you claim that’s what your universe is, as long as you don’t extrapolate to all Americans, etc. It has tremendous, tremendous value. “I know that the landline era is coming to an end – not today or tomorrow but we’ve got to find new and different ways of doing our work. It’s the same kind of crossroads as the ’70s, when we moved away from the door-to-door and mail-in results to the landlines. “Online, frankly just like telephone, doesn’t have the minority population, but for market surveys you may be looking for a different kind of consumer. “We know that the landline phone is pushing us away; we know that we can’t use the cell phone in the same way; and we know that we’ve got to reinvent this industry [of measuring public opinion]. What’s happening are simultaneous new technologies and at the same time growing penetration of these new technologies. We’re riding a bucking bronco.”Use CasesThe conversation metric data that InfoChimps is selling is the most exciting to me. Imagine a third-party app using historical social-conversation data to filter Twitter or other messages based on the strongest social connections that I or other people have. Imagine, for example, social Q&A service Aardvark combining the Twitter Lists API with this InfoChimps data set for a scenario like this: “You have a question about stock options? How would you like us to find a person who knows about that, is regularly conversed-with by people on Robert Scoble’s Twitter list of Venture Capitalists and is available right now?” That sounds pretty great to me. The possible applications are many. “I see Twitter as a data acquisition device for what people talk about and how they relate to each other,” InfoChimps’ Kromer says.Right now InfoChimps is selling the hashtag and link dataset for $8,000 and the social metric data set for $9,500. Eventually the company will likely move to a subscription model.How They Got the DataHow did InfoChimps get the data? The company hits the Twitter Developer API 20,000 times an hour (the standard for developers) but takes big swaths of data each time it does. “I have a priority queue,” Kromer told us. “I can set a search term, and for each search term I can get 1500 tweets per API call. If I get 1500 tweets at a time, then the number of wasted tweets at the end of a series of searches is the smallest. If I’m searching for a term and get less than 1500 results back, then I forecast how long it will take to fill that number of results back up to the maximum and move it down the priority queue accordingly. On the lowest priority I have searches for RT or http. There will always be 1500 results for that. It’s only API calls that limit me. As is, it’s like a fisherman setting nets: what matters is that dinner is tasty.”Does that sound so hard? Worth thousands of dollars? Here’s what Kromer says:“It’s not magic. If you talk to people who use Hadoop and do social networking analysis, this is underwhelming. You take 30 million users, 1 billion links, adorn each link with info at the end of the link and acrue it with the person at the head of the link. That breaks conventional databases; the plumbing is hard. The math is easy but when you do it a billion times, it starts to get interesting. You have to be careful and clever. We plan to do stuff that is structural – a clustering co-efficient true pagerank.”Ultimately it’s about specialization and data as a service. “The people we need to come in and connect this info with human beings,” Kromer says, “aren’t the people who should be wasting their time on the math. And the guys who are good at doing these things should not be building Web apps.”But Can They Get Away With It?There’s some question whether Twitter will allow InfoChimps to sell data based on Twitter data. Kromer says he’d much rather resell the data on a commission than have to do all the work he’s done to set up the extraction system. But it was a year ago that InfoChimps caught the eye of people who love data: by releasing a large collection of scraped Twitter data. The InfoChimps blog post for that read: “Big huge thanks to twitter.com: they have given us permission to share this freely. Please go build tools with this data that make both twitter.com and yourself rich and famous: then more corporations will free their data.”But then Twitter founder Evan Williams asked InfoChimps to take those data sets down until a Terms of Service for them could be figured out. That never happened, and communication between the two companies hasn’t progressed very far over the last year. InfoChimps does not have Twitter’s permission to do what it did today, but Kromer says Twitter hasn’t contacted them either. No one from Twitter headquarters has responded to our request for comment yet.“We talked to our lawyer about this a lot,” Kromer told us, “we are on absolutely solid ground with regards to copyright, user privacy and use of the API. This is clearly for the benefit of their community.”That’s nice that Kromer feels so assured, but his attitude seems a little unrealistic.We asked technology journalist Robert Scoble what he thought of the dilemma, and his opinion is pretty clear. “If Twitter wants to be a platform, they have to behave like a platform,” he said. “Don’t be king-makers. Let the marketplace choose the winners. If they are going to say nobody should study the data because we’re going to sell that, that’s not being a platform. Twitter tries to pick the winners and it pisses me off. They admit that they are king-makers. All that does is make everyone vote against them and hope a competitor comes around.”Perhaps time will tell. But these are very early days in what looks to be an era of widespread innovation built on top of social data analysis.center_img Tags:#Analysis#Data Services#news#NYT#web Data extracted from 500 million Twitter messages was released today by a tiny Texas startup company that forward-looking geeks have been watching for a year. Austin-based Infochimps announced this afternoon that it is now selling two important and very large sets of Twitter data. Limited samples of the data are available for free and a third, most important, set of data still won’t be ready for a few more hours. “What we want is to see people use this to build web apps,” Infochimps co-founder Flip Kromer told us today. “You take this data, mash it up with any other very large corpus of data with timestamps – and you’ve got a web app.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Rory McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Just make three more good swings … and this thing is yours,” McIlroy kept telling himself.He delivered in a major way to win the next best thing to major.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other McIlroy made two late birdies to regain the lead, was at his best when the pressure was the highest, and he closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk in his 10th appearance at The Players Championship.“To step up and make those three good swings, it’s very satisfying knowing that it’s in there when it needs to be,” McIlroy said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director “Magic,” Vegas said. “If I tried it a thousand times I wouldn’t even come close to making it.”Both shot 66 and tied for third.Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood lost their way early, and then late.Rahm, who had a one-shot lead, started with three bogeys in four holes and recovered until a curious decision. Tied for the lead, he was 220 yards away in a bunker, partially blocked by trees on the par-5 11, when he went for the green and hit into the water, making bogey. He was still in the game until failing to birdie the 16th and hitting into the water on the 17th. Rahm shot 76.Fleetwood opened with a three-putt bogey and made all pars until hitting into the water on the 11th for bogey. He made eagle on the 16th to have a fleeting chance until coming up short of the island. He shot 73 and tied for fifth with Brandt Snedeker (69) and Dustin Johnson (69). Most important, he found dry land on the 17th with a 9-iron, and relied on a memory from 10 years ago in Hong Kong — pick a target and swing hard — to hammer a tee shot down the 18th fairway to set up the win.He finished at 16-under 272 and earned $2.25 million, to date the biggest winner’s check in golf.The timing was ideal. McIlroy had not finished worse than a tie for sixth in his five previous starts this year — three of them playing in the final group — with no trophy to show for it. And one month away is the Masters, the final piece for McIlroy to get the career Grand Slam.It wasn’t easy. Eight players had at least a share of the lead at some point, and a dozen players were separated by two shots at various times.“I think the toughest part is seeing yourself up there, whatever score you’re on, and seeing 10 or 11 guys with a chance,” McIlroy said. “I guess that was the hardest thing was just getting yourself to the point mentally where you say, ‘Well, why not me? This is my tournament. I’m going to finish it off.’”Furyk didn’t know he was in The Players until one week ago, and he was on the verge of winning until McIlroy came through in the end. Furyk started the back nine with two birdies to get in the mix and finished strong. His only regret was a 3-foot par putt on the 15th.Even so, it showed he has plenty of game left after devoting two years as Ryder Cup captain. The runner-up finish moves him high enough in the world ranking (No. 57) to qualify for the Match Play in two weeks.“A shot here, a shot there, maybe could have been a little different,” Furyk said. “But ultimately, left it all out there. It was also nice to get in contention, to get under the heat, to have to hit shots under a lot of pressure, and then to respond well to that and hit some good golf shots. It’ll be a confidence boost going forward.Some of the most entertaining moments came from everyone else.Eddie Pepperell of England, in his Sawgrass debut, ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch to briefly share the lead, none bigger than a putt from just inside 50 feet on the 17th. One group later, Jhonattan Vegas holed a putt from the bottom left to the top right pin position, just under 70 feet, the longest putt made on the island green since the PGA Tour had lasers to measure them. That gave him a share of the lead, too. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES McIlroy could not afford a mistake over the final hour because of Furyk, the 48-year-old former Ryder Cup captain who nearly pulled off a stunner. Furyk, one of the last players to qualify for the strongest field in golf, capped off a 67 with a 7-iron into the 18th so good that he started walking when he hit it. The ball plopped down 3 feet from the hole for a birdie to take the lead.But not for long.Coming off a careless bogey on the 14th, McIlroy thought he was in trouble when his tee shot went well to the right toward a clump of native grass. He was lucky it came down into the bunker, and from there he drilled a 6-iron from 180 yards.“Some golf shot there,” Harry Diamond, his caddie and best friend, said as the ball was in the air.McIlroy called it “the best shot of the day, by far,” and it settled 15 feet behind the hole for a birdie to tie. Then, he blasted a 347-yard drive — the longest of the day on the par-5 16th — into a good lie in the rough that left him a 9-iron to 20 feet for a two-putt birdie and the lead.ADVERTISEMENT No. 22 Auburn routs 8th-ranked Tennessee for SEC title Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds the trophy after winning The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — His best swing was followed by his biggest drive, both setting up birdies, and from there Rory McIlroy knew how to finish.Suddenly staked to a one-shot lead, McIlroy had a 125-yard walk along the water to the 17th hole to face an island that never looks smaller than on Sunday at The Players Championship, followed by the toughest hole on the TPC Sawgrass with water down the entire left side.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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D’Angelo Russell drops career-best 44 as Nets rally past Kings

first_imgJarrett Allen added 13 points and seven rebounds for Brooklyn. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 points.It was a much-needed boost for Brooklyn, which had lost the first three games of a seven-game trip. The Nets were also struggling to hold onto seventh place in the East before Russell led the comeback.De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points for Sacramento. Bagley had 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting for the Kings (35-35). Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes scored 17.Two days after beating woeful Chicago 129-102, Sacramento was well on its way to a lopsided win over a contending team in the East before things slipped away.“We relaxed and were very casual,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “Didn’t run back on defense, turned the ball over a ton and took a lot of jump shots because we thought it was going to be easy.”The Kings led by 28 points and shot 51.6 percent from the floor.TIP-INSNets: Jarrett Allen picked up a technical foul in the first quarter. . Allan Crabbe missed his third consecutive game with a sore right knee.Kings: Buddy Hield went 0 of 8 beyond the arc and remains nine 3s shy of the franchise single-season record of 240, set by current Sacramento assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04.WASTED TIMEOUT Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell celebrates as he walks off the court after the Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 123-121 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California — Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson tried just about everything to kick the Nets into gear. There were quick timeouts, angry, animated discussions with his players and even switching from man to zone defense.When nothing else worked, D’Angelo Russell and a handful of Brooklyn reserves took over and carried the Nets to an improbable win on their longest road trip of the season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event UAAP volleyball: Lady Warriors end 4-game skid, match last season’s wins “I give a lot of credit to our bigs,” Russell said. “They set screens and got me open, got me downhill. Once you get downhill, any player that can get downhill and see the floor like that and see the rim wide open, the sky’s the limit.”Russell’s 27 points are the most in a fourth quarter in the NBA this season. Russell also had four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, breaking Allen Crabbe’s single-season record of 201, set last season. Russell has 202.“Once you get in that groove it’s hard to get you out of it,” Russell said. “No matter what defense a team throws at you, you’re going to find a way to get it done. That’s kind of what it was.”Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points off the bench, and none more important than his game-winning layup after Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III stepped out of bounds with 5.5 seconds left.Hollis-Jefferson took the inbound pass from Joe Harris and looked for Russell, who was being double-teamed. With the clock winding down, Hollis-Jefferson drove from near the 3-point arc and went around a Kings defender near the hoop to score.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Atkinson was so frustrated with the Nets that he called a timeout 20 seconds into the second quarter, moments after Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer that put the Kings ahead 41-25. Atkinson was quite animated during the break as he spoke to his players before getting up and walking away. It worked briefly, until the Kings scored 20 straight to open the third quarter.“The coaching was terrible,” Atkinson said. “The zone was terrible. I used up my timeouts. They never responded. We put a group of players out there that have a great bond and a great spirit and were working their tails off behind closed doors. It was 100 percent on them. That’s player ownership.”UP NEXTNets: Play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday.Kings: Host Dallas on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining, and the Nets rallied from 28 points down in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 123-121 Tuesday night and snap a four-game losing streak.“We were at our wit’s end, it was kind of desperation,” Atkinson said. “It was a little bit like, ‘Let’s conserve our main guys and kind of play it out.’ I wasn’t expecting an amazing comeback, I just have to be honest. And then slowly but surely we started cutting the lead.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrooklyn was sluggish and out of sync for three quarters before Russell sparked the Nets’ biggest comeback of the season.After scoring 17 points in the first half and going without a point in the third quarter, Russell shot 10 of 15 in the fourth quarter, repeatedly burning Sacramento’s defense with quick drives to the basket. He scored 16 straight points during one stretch while getting plenty of help from his teammates. 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