Dwight Howard aims for career-finishing run with Wizards

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lakers add veteran Michael Beasley to revamped roster Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Read Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Frustration is nothing new to the 6-foot-11 Howard. He’s gone from taking the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals to joining six teams since leaving Orlando in 2012.Washington and Howard agreed this month to a two-year, $11 million contract with a player option for the 2019-20 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Howard became available after the Nets bought out his contract following a trade with the Hornets this offseason for a return of Timofey Mozgov’s contract and a pair of second-round picks. Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.3 rebounds last season for Charlotte, averaging a double-double during each of his 14 NBA seasons.The move came one year after the Hawks foisted Howard’s contract on the Hornets in a similarly structured trade, which followed three uninspiring seasons with the Rockets and a tumultuous campaign with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.center_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards recently acquired center Dwight Howard poses for a photo with his father Dwight Howard, Sr., during a news conference in Washington, Monday, July 23, 2018. Howard, an eight-time All-Star, averaged 16.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds last season with the Charlotte Hornets. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — Dwight Howard brought the charm to his introductory news conference with the Wizards on Monday. The eight-time All-Star has lots of experience in such situations. The center now playing for his fourth team in four seasons said Washington would be his last stop.The three-time defensive player of the year is joining a Wizards team that includes All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, but he is coming off a frustrating season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Actually, I was joking with one of my trainers earlier today,” Howard said Monday at Capital One Arena. “I thought it would be fitting. We were talking about how I started with the Magic, learned Magic for eight years. Traveled to La-La land. Learned how to work the Rockets. Went to learn how to fly with some Hawks. Got stung by the Hornets. Throughout all of that, it taught me how to be a Wizard.”So many moves naturally lead to a negative perception of Howard’s impact on team chemistry.“(Based on) the conversations I’ve had with him, the conversations that I’ve had with some coaches, we’re not going to have problems,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “I know a lot of times things are out there. Some are true, some are not. You have to focus on what (Dwight) and I have talked about going forward. He’s excited, our team is excited, our coaching staff is excited.”The Wizards, who ranked in the middle of the league last season in opponent scoring and field goal percentage defense, decided to pursue a player they believe can help them shore up several areas.“Someone who could be a force on the defensive end and the offensive end. Someone who is proven in this league already and someone who can be a real physical presence, which we felt like we were lacking,” team president Ernie Grunfeld said.ADVERTISEMENT The 32-year-old Howard said he could imagine playing for eight more seasons, saying “I plan to be here until I retire.”He later added a plan for winning:“Whatever happens throughout the year, the only way we’re going to get through it is together. It takes a lot for that to happen. You really have to put your ego to the side and focus on one thing and that’s winning. . I was once told to put the ego in the back pocket and focus on the front, focus on the chest, which is the team. I think that’s what we have to do. We do that, we’ll be very successful.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Porter who broke into woman’s house “to tek a taste” charged

first_imgA Diamond, East Bank Demerara man, who reportedly broke into a woman’s house and told her that he “come to tek a taste” was on Tuesday charged before the Chief Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Ravi McTork, 27, of Lot 694 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) denied the allegation, which stated that on July 7, 2018, at Port Kaituma in the North West District, he broke and entered the premises of Shaundell Jagan with intent to commit a felony.The porter reportedly broke into the woman’s house while she was asleep. After hearing a noise and waking up, Jagan saw the defendant who quieted her and told her that he was there to “tek a taste”.The woman raised an alarm and the defendant, who she knew from the neighbourhood, was arrested and later charged.He was however granted bail in the sum of $40,000 and was ordered by Magistrate Ann McLennan to stay 50 feet away from the Virtual Complainant (VC).McTork will return to the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court on August 7.last_img read more

Chargers cast McCardell away

first_imgMcCardell has had five 1,000-yard seasons, and was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they won the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. He has 11,117 career receiving yards and 62 touchdowns. Foley was shot three times on Sept. 3 by an off-duty Coronado police officer who suspected him of drunken driving. Foley missed the season and said last month that his career might be over. The outside linebacker, who had 10 sacks in 2004, forfeited $775,000 in salary. Foley has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and faces a trial on May 7. Police say Foley had a blood-alcohol level of 0.233 percent, nearly three times California’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. Foley was arrested in April for scuffling with San Diego police officers, but wasn’t charged. Kiel pleaded guilty last month to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas, part of a plea bargain that could allow him to avoid jail time. SAN DIEGO – Receiver Keenan McCardell was released Thursday by the San Diego Chargers, who also got rid of linebacker Steve Foley and safety Terrence Kiel, both of whom had multiple run-ins with the law. The moves came several hours before the start of free agency. “The way we evaluate players, you’re a Charger one year at a time,” general manager A.J. Smith said. “You’re judged off the field, on the field, production and work ethic.” McCardell, ninth on the NFL’s all-time list with 861 catches, turned 37 in January. After catching nine touchdown passes in 2005, he had zero last year, when he was the team’s fourth-leading receiver with just 36 catches for 437 yards. center_img Kiel still faces charges for urinating outside a nightclub Dec. 18 in San Diego,. Smith said re-signing left guard Kris Dielman is the Chargers’ top priority, but that the agent for the unrestricted free agent is asking for more than the team is willing to pay. Also, Pro Bowl fullback Lorenzo Neal, who wasn’t eligible for free agency, received a three-year contract extension. The Chargers did not tender a contract to restricted free agent tight end Ryan Krause, who faces a DUI charge. Linebacker Donnie Edwards, who had a team-high 170 tackles but fell into disfavor with Smith, will leave as an unrestricted free agent. 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

Pogba back with a bang as Man Utd see off Newcastle

first_imgPep Guardiola’s City had earlier prevailed 2-0 at Leicester City and there were also wins for champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the north London derby.United remain second, a point above Chelsea, who climbed above Tottenham into third place courtesy of a 4-0 success at West Bromwich Albion.In addition to Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a rapturous reception when he came on as a substitute following his recovery from a serious knee injury.A slip by Victor Lindelof enabled Dwight Gayle to put Newcastle ahead in the 14th minute with the first league goal United had conceded at Old Trafford since April.But Pogba’s feathery cross teed up Anthony Martial to head in a 37th-minute equaliser and after Chris Smalling had headed the hosts in front, Pogba tapped in Marcus Rashford’s cushioned header early in the second half.Romelu Lukaku added a fourth, swapping passes with Juan Mata and thrashing home to end a seven-game goal drought.At Leicester, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne struck fine goals as ruthless Manchester City registered a 16th successive victory in all competitions.Jesus finished off a slick move shortly before half-time and De Bruyne made it 2-0 early in the second half with a blistering left-foot shot into the top-left corner.“It is complicated to defend against Leicester, but we did really well. We did not concede one chance in 90 minutes,” City manager Guardiola told the BBC.“We continue with our good rhythm in terms of points and the way we play.”City captain Vincent Kompany made his first league start since August following his latest calf injury.But in a major blow for the visitors, Guardiola said fellow centre-back John Stones was facing “four to six weeks” out after being forced off in the first half with a hamstring problem.– Salah top scorer –Chelsea piled the pressure on West Brom manager Tony Pulis with a breezy 4-0 win at The Hawthorns, where Antonio Conte’s side secured the title last season.Eden Hazard scored twice and had a hand in Alvaro Morata’s 17th-minute opener, with Marcos Alonso also on target.Quick-fire first-half goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a richly deserved victory over arch rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.“They had the urgency, the desire and the focus,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of his players.“In a derby like that, that plays a part. We didn’t lose the defensive focus for 90 minutes.”Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino felt, with justification, that the free-kick that led to Mustafi’s goal should not have been awarded and that Mustafi had been offside from Mesut Ozil’s cross.“I’m disappointed because the small details were against us, which makes it difficult to win,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.It was Arsenal’s first league victory over Spurs since March 2014 and left them a point below their local rivals in sixth place.Liverpool are level on points with Arsenal in fifth after a routine 3-0 home win over Southampton at Anfield.Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scored two first-half goals — the first a magnificent curler — to become the Premier League’s leading scorer on nine goals, with Philippe Coutinho adding a third.High-flying Burnley also sit on 22 points after Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes scored in a 2-0 home win over second-bottom Swansea City.Bottom club Crystal Palace were twice pegged back in a lively 2-2 home draw with Everton, for whom David Unsworth remains in charge on a caretaker basis.James McArthur’s opener after 51 seconds was cancelled out by a Leighton Baines penalty and although Wilfried Zaha restored Palace’s lead, Oumar Niasse levelled again on the cusp of half-time.Callum Wilson netted a hat-trick and Harry Arter also found the net as Bournemouth belied the dismissal of defender Simon Francis to beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 and move clear of the relegation zone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pogba celebrates with emotion after scoring on his return to action following a long injury lay-off. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYALONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 18 –  Paul Pogba marked his comeback with a goal and an assist as Manchester United fought back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday and stay on Manchester City’s tail.Sidelined since mid-September by a hamstring injury, France midfielder Pogba made a decisive return as Jose Mourinho’s side restored the eight-point gap that separates them from Premier League leaders City.last_img read more

MAN CHARGED WITH DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATHS OF PALS IN RATHMULLAN CRASH

first_imgA 23 year old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of two of his friends in Rathmullan.Shaun Graham and Matthew Crawford who were both killed in the crash.Noel Carr, of Glenkeeragh, Newmills, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court this morning. Mr Carr appeared in court in relation to a road accident which claimed the lives of two young men in Rathmullan on August 3rd last year.Shaun Graham, 19, and Matthew Crawford, 21, from Letterkenny were both killed when the car in which they were passengers crashed on the Rathmullan to Portsalon Road while returning home from a local festival.Mr Carr was arrested by arrangement and when charged at Letterkenny Garda station this morning he made no reply to the charge.Wearing a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans, Mr Carr did not speak at all during the brief hearing.He was accompanied by a number of family members.The court heard that Director of Pubic Prosecutions has recommended the accused go forward for trial.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that a full book of evidence is being prepared in the case.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher, acting for the accused, said further charges may be pending and asked for an adjournment of the case until May 19th.Gardai said they had no objection to bail but asked that Mr Carr surrender his passport and sign on at Letterkenny Garda station once a week.MAN CHARGED WITH DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATHS OF PALS IN RATHMULLAN CRASH was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:courtcrashMatthew CRawfordNoel CarrRathmullanShaun Grahamlast_img read more

CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SPECTACULAR IN GLENVEAGH THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSpectacular setting for some wonderful musicThe first Donegal Chamber Music Festival will be held in the grounds of Glenveagh Castle this summer from May 30th – June 1st.Glenveagh was chosen as the location for the music festival for its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, which will compliment the fine music.Two evening concerts will be presented in the Castle drawing-room. The Friday concert will feature local and international instrumentalists with guest flautist Sarah Murphy. Sunday’s concert will performed by the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Glenveagh’s intimate drawing-room has limited space, and concert guests have to be conveyed to the Castle by minibus from the Visitors Centre, therefore, patrons are advised to book early. There will be two concerts on Saturday.A free lunchtime concert in the nearby Glebe Gallery will be given by the Junior String Orchestra of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, and an afternoon ‘Coffee Concert’ in the Glenveagh Visitors Centre, featuring Donegal Chamber Orchestra, with guest singer Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde.The ‘Coffee Concert’ will include music by Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, and Tchaikovsky, as well as traditional Irish songs accompanied by the orchestra.Tickets can be booked in advance only, and booking is essential. To book tickets call An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 074 91 20777  CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SPECTACULAR IN GLENVEAGH THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 27th, 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:Chamber MusicDonegal ETBGlenveagh Castlemusic festivalorchestralast_img read more

Molina has smooth opener

first_imgSmooth as silk. Quarterback Angel Molina was just that in leading Santa Fe High School to a 35-0 victory over visiting Victor Valley in their season opener Friday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Santa Fe scored on four of its five first-half possessions, with Marcus Acuna going in from a yard out with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Next it was Aaron Jackson’s 1- yard run, followed by Aaron Taminich’s 21-yard scamper over left tackle. Jackson added a 4-yard scoring run and Taminich capped it from 2 yards out in the final minute of the third quarter. Taminich led the Chiefs with 71 yards on nine carries, and Owen Ebuehl had 70 in just two carries. Santa Fe’s defense recorded four interceptions, two by Mike Cardiel and one each by Jackson and Justin Brown. Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray center_img Molina completed six of seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown to help the Chiefs to a 28-0 halftime advantage. “A great game,’ Santa Fe coach Jack Mahlstede said in describing the 6-foot, 175-pound junior’s performance. “He was smooth, cool as can be.’ last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: STRESS AND WEIGHT GAIN

first_imgStress is something that we all have in our lives.Every day we deal with stress on some level. Sometimes our stress is obvious to us; sometimes we may not even realise that we are stressed.The last 3 weeks have probably been some of the most stressful that I have put in, in a long time. My long term goal of opening my own gym has suddenly been turned into an immediate necessity due to circumstances beyond my control.I have spent the last 3 weeks on the phone and in meetings with equipment and flooring suppliers, banks and getting everything sorted with the leasing of the unit which will become the home of Rushe Fitness in the next few weeks.As exciting as this is for me, it has not been a fun experience.If you have ever started up a business you will understand the logistics that go into it on a personal and a financial level. My sleep suffered, my training suffered, my nutrition suffered and an ulcer that I have not had any problems with for 20 years decided to rear its ugly head again and left me chewing on Gaviscon.Thankfully, everything is almost in place and I am looking forward to opening the doors of Rushe Fitness.Weight gain is something that your calorie intake will predominantly determine.Stress however can also have an impact on your weight due to a hormone called Cortisol.MayoClinic.com explains that cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone, released into your body when your brain perceives a situation as threatening. In theory, cortisol helps your body fight off or flee from danger; but in reality, most people don’t face mortal danger in their daily lives.Even so, your body can misinterpret daily stressors as sources of true danger, and release cortisol into your bloodstream in response.According to MayoClinic.com, if your life remains constantly stressful, your stress response can “go haywire,” leading to chronically elevated cortisol levels.Researchers from Columbia University explain that high cortisol levels can cause increased appetite, and also promotes excess fat storage in the abdominal area. Cortisol has also been found to encourage the eating of sugar and fatty foods due to the influencing of the hypothalamus, which governs appetite.Prolonged elevation in cortisol also has effects on muscle gain due to cortisol inhibiting protein synthesis, promoting protein breakdown, as well as countering the effects of other anabolic hormones, testosterone in particular.Cortisol also makes your brain less sensitive to the effects of leptin, a protein produced by fatty tissue which is believed to regulate fat storage in the body, blunting its satiating signal.This can leave you feeling more hungry than normal and can influence your eating choices.Stress levels can be raised by something as simple as driving to work.According to research funded by Audi, driving in chaotic urban traffic can be nearly as stressful for some people as skydiving.Add onto this too much caffeine/sugar in your diet and a stressful job and you have the perfect cortisol cocktail.So, what can we do to reduce this?The Mayo Clinic suggests that to prevent weight gain during stress and reduce the risk of obesity, get a handle on your stress.When you feel less stressed and more in control of your life, you may find it easier to stick to healthy eating and exercise habits.Here are a few tips from them also.Before eating, ask yourself why you’re eating — are you truly hungry or do you feel stressed or anxious?Identify your comfort foods and keep them out of your home or office.Practice relaxation skills, such as yoga, stretching, massage, deep breathing or meditation.Engage in regular physical activity or exercise.Get adequate sleep.Get encouragement from supportive friends and family.Stress is something that we will all face at some stage or another, knowing how to deal with it can make all the difference in your mental and physical health.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training or The Better Bodies Challenge, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: STRESS AND WEIGHT GAIN was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

Extraordinary flying

first_imgYves Rossy and Vincent Reffet from Jetman Dubai have just done it again with a spectacular flight with an Emirates A380 over the UAE city. The formation was conducted over the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai skyline.The unique stunt (see below) was only done after meticulous planning and collaboration.According to Emirates 24/7 “the carefully choreographed aerial formation involved the world’s largest passenger aircraft flying at 4000 feet in a two holding patterns.”The A380 aircraft was then joined by the Jetman Dubai duo, experienced pilots and operators of the smallest jet propelled wing, who were deployed from a helicopter that hovered above the aircraft at 5000 feet.The duo conducted formations on both sides of the aircraft and joined to one side thereafter before breaking away.last_img read more

The Real-Time Web: A Primer, Part 3

first_imgThis is part 3 of a three-part series on the fundamental characteristics of the real-time Web.In part 1 and part 2, we looked at how the real-time Web is a new form of communication, creates a new body of content, is real time, is public, and has an explicit social graph associated with it. A final characteristic of the real-time Web is that it carries with it an implicit model of federation.A number of sources both generate and consume real-time streams. As a result, many of these new companies are becoming communication carriers, passing their users’ real-time threads through their networks to other networks. This is more than simply being open (i.e. more than allowing data to be imported and exported). Just as in shipping and transportation and other communication industries before it (telephone, Internet packets, and email, to name a few), the real-time Web is developing a federated model of transmission whereby companies formally or tacitly agree to facilitate transmission and perform actions on behalf of end-users within the eco-system.It’s hard to say whether this model has arisen because of a conscious strategic effort to build a new industry, or because building a fully closed world would have required just too many resources, or because of a collective effort among business friends and acquaintances to develop open products and open interactions so that cool new things could be created. It’s probably a combination of all three, but considering the history of the people at Twitter and FriendFeed (Paul Buchheit, one of FriendFeed’s founders, is credited with coining Google’s unofficial “Don’t be evil” slogan), the open and cool factors are probably a big part of the equation.At this point, there seems to be a general willingness to accept and transmit messages from outside sources (carrying costs are not significant, and transmission is automated via APIs, and so overhead is minimal). That said, infrastructure costs are bound to increase, competition will heat up, illegitimate companies will spot opportunities, and monetization strategies will be devised, which will all put strain on this truly open exchange.As in the past, formal carrier agreements could be set down, governments could decide to regulate markets, or other forces could come into play that would transform what is now essentially a free-for-all bazaar into a marketplace with hierarchy. All the same, the expectation of openness and transparent transmission will be difficult to counteract or stop. So, new companies that enter the space, even bigger and better funded ones, will have to adhere to the same model of federation that these pioneering companies have established.SummaryWhether Twitter will remain the focal point of the real-time Web or be supplanted by another or several companies (as happened in the social network space, first with Friendster, then MySpace, and now LinkedIn and Facebook) is unclear. The underlying characteristics of the real-time Web, however, are defining the next major stage of the Internet and will spread throughout its infrastructure in years to come.Broader trends on the Web point to users having discrete data and services follow them as they move around the Web. Fred Wilson, a principal of Union Square Ventures, has called this the “de-portalization of the Web,” and John Borthwick, CEO of betaworks, has co-opted Chris Anderson’s phrase “smallpieces, loosely joined” to describe the fast-moving risk-taking small companies that work in the space. Both individuals are leading investors in Twitter and other real-time Web companies.The Internet is shifting from discrete units of websites and Web pages to discrete units of information (e.g. people, organizations, articles and videos, product offerings, store listings, and blog posts) and associated meta data (e.g. images, addresses, reviews, ratings) that move seamlessly around the Web, being slotted where appropriate. These units of information can be organized in ways that are relevant and personal to each individual, using data gleaned from social graphs as well as recommendation and personalization services that allow users to set their preferences.In some cases, locations are integrated into these units as supplementary information. For example, Google and Yahoo now include map locations and reviews as part of their search listings. Their search engine algorithms read markup formats in the form of microformats and RDFa that are embedded on Web pages. These formats contain tags denoting names of people and organizations, geo-locations, and ratings and reviews. Both companies report great results from the inclusion of this data, both in increased click-through rates and reduced bounce rates. Support for other structured data is almost sure to follow. Reading tags on a page and doing something useful with them in a search result is not a novel concept, but the rapidly growing support of these tags across the Web is a clear sign that data is becoming much more identifiable and actionable.This trend towards open and accessible data is even more obvious when you consider the real-time stream for all of the reasons mentioned above: atomic real-time messages, public accessibility, attached social graphs. In a sense, this is similar to the vision of the semantic Web. Tim Berners-Lee said at the TED conference in the fall of 2008, “Twenty years ago, I asked everyone to put their documents on this Web thing… Now I want you to put your data on the Web.” The difference is that the effort to make data accessible and more actionable on the real-time Web is being made through methods and interactions not necessarily prescribed by the W3C.Tim Berners-Lee and the W3C use the term “linked data” to refer to the latter’s initiative to expose data and make it accessible. “Actionable data” might be a better term to use for the real-time Web because it doesn’t imply a particular approach but merely refers to the concept of making data more identifiable and independent. Linked data refers specifically to using RDF and other W3C protocols to link important concepts, a prescription that is overly complex and not likely to address many of the usage cases on the Web.The real-time stream is a massive body of continously created and authentic content that by itself would be significant. But when it is added to and integrated with other information on other sites, and when derivatives can be created in a number of dimensions, this concept of actionable data reaches the tipping point. In non-Silicon Valley business circles, Twitter is criticized for not having a solid revenue model. Those on the inside (investors and advisers), however, believe the criticism is short-sighted. As with most communication platforms, the value of the network increases exponentially as the size of the network increases.By having a low barrier to adoption, the network is able to grow quickly. Only after a critical mass has been reached, and after other companies and communities of interest have helped shape how the platform is used, will it become clear what people are willing to pay for. While they may not have a solid grasp yet of exactly how to make money, those who are building companies and investing in the space do know there will be opportunities. In their minds, the real-time stream is at an early stage in its cycle, one that will likely last 5 to 7 years.If the real-time Web and its fundamental characteristics are widely understood, its benefits and opportunities can extend throughout the Internet and across all industries.Read part 1 and part 2 of this series.Guest author: Ken Fromm is a serial entrepreneur who has been active during both the Internet and Web 2.0 innovation cycles. He co-founded two companies, Vivid Studios, one of the first interactive agencies, and Loomia, one of the top recommendation, discovery, and personalization companies. He has worked at the leading edge of recommendations and personalization, interactive development, e-commerce and online advertising, semantic technologies and information interoperability, digital publishing, and digital telephony. He is currently advising a number of startups and looking at the next big thing in Web 3.0. He can be found on Twitter at @frommww. Related Posts guest author 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more