New dining for Lakeside

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Episode 2: The Clubs – AIB’s The Toughest Rivalry

first_imgThe two GAA teams faced off in an infamous 1998 AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Semi-Final, where Castlehaven were defeated by a last-minute questionable goal and the controversial ending left both teams with unfinished business. Following last week’s premiere introducing Vialli and Redknapp, this week’s episode documents the journey as the clubs welcome their respective managers onto the scene.Erin’s Isle and Dublin legend, Johnny Barr explained the fundamentals of GAA to Vialli saying, “We play football at Croke Park in front of 80,000 people, and go back to work Monday morning.”Episode 2 is now available to view here: series will culminate in an epic rematch, set to take place at the end of the summer with Vialli and Redknapp using their managerial expertise to improve and make a difference to their teams.Over the next eight weeks AIB’s exclusive eight-part video series will reveal how Harry and Gianluca fared as they swapped their soccer managerial skills for those of a GAA manager.This week the two clubs welcome Redknapp and Vialli onto the scene as both Erin’s Isle and Castlehaven introduce themselves to their respective managers.AIB’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ will air each Friday on and AIB’s other social channels.For exclusive content and behind the scenes action from Harry and Gianluca’s journey follow AIB GAA on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The second episode of AIB’s new series, The Toughest Rivalry, airs today. The series follows renowned Premier League Manager Harry Redknapp and former Sampdoria, Juventus and Italy striker, manager and World Footballer of the Year in 1995, Gianluca Vialli as they take charge of two rival GAA clubs, with Redknapp pairing up with Castlehaven in Cork, and Vialli with Erin’s Isle in Dublin.last_img read more

Hurtault (4), Robinson (3) win multiple CJ track titles

first_img By tim morris Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI Holmdel’s Chris Lee gets set to return a shot during a recent match with North Brunswick in the state tournament. SOUTH PLAINFIELD — Matawan’s Erison Hurtault put on one of the finest displays of running you’ll see, winning four gold medals at the Central Jersey Group II State Sectional Championships. The Husky junior displayed rare range for a sprinter by winning the 200 and 800 meters at South Plainfield High School, host of the NJSIAA state sectional. He won his best event, the 400 meters, and ran a leg on the victorious Matawan 1,600-meter relay team. Hurtault began his assault on Group II by splashing his way to a win in the rain on Friday in his best event, the 400 meters. He was the only sprinter to go under 50 seconds with his 48.96. On Saturday, Hurtault came back with his most impressive win of the section, upsetting indoor Group II state champion David Gaines of Colts Neck. A slow pace set by Gaines up front allowed Hurtault, who did win the 800 meters last year at the Shore Conference, to stay in contact. When it became a kicker’s race over the last 200 meters, Hurtault unleashed his sprinter’s power. He was able to catch Gaines before the tape, winning in 1:56.69. Hurtault followed up his 800 win with a decisive victory in the 200 meters (22.36). The 800 effort had taken nothing out of his fast-twitch muscles. Gold medal No. 4 came as a member of the Matawan 1,600-meter relay team that bested the field with a 3:25.70. Troy Orbin, Anthony Mapp and Neil Walling were the other members of the championship team. Despite Hurtault’s heroics, Matawan was edged by Somerville for the sectional title by a single point, 114-113. While Hurtault was the star on the track, Raritan’s Kelly Robinson stole the show in throwing events, winning three state sectional titles. Robinson began the two-day meet by winning her specialty, the javelin, with a 141-2. The defending state champion unleashed her winning throw early. She then moved on to the discus, where despite a slick throwing circle that can affect a thrower’s footwork, Robinson unleashed a 118-0 spin to beat the field. The next day, Robinson upset teammate Amanda Harmata in the shot put by just a half inch. Robinson had a 38-7 to Harmata’s 38-6 1/2. Harmata had a fine meet herself, finishing second to her teammate in all three events. She did 135-0 in the javelin and 109-4 in the discus before being nipped in the shot put. Thanks to Robinson and Harmata, the Rockets were third in the team competition with 60 points; Hopewell Valley won easily with 120. Raritan’s Phil Simone displayed some versatility of his own. The Rocket won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles handily in 54.99. He was second to Hurtault in the 400 (50.66) and came back on Saturday to run fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.10) and anchor the Rockets’ 1,600-meter relay team to a fifth place (3:30.99). Sean Altland, Matt Fitzpatrick and Matt Dahl ran the first three legs for the Rockets. South Plainfield hosted Central Jersey Groups II and III while Groups I and IV were at Hillsborough. At Hillsborough, a pair of Keyport Red Raiders collected sectional gold. Kevin Spears won the Group I high jump at 6-2, and Pete Czech won the triple jump at 39-7. Czech was third behind Spears in the high jump (5-10). Keyport (33) was sixth in the section that was won by Metuchen (148). The top six finishers and ties from the sectional championships qualified for the NJSIAA Group State Championships at Egg Harbor Township on Friday and Saturday. Qualifiers (first six and ties) this weekend go on to the Meet of Champions on June 4 at South Plainfield High School. By tim morrisStaff Writer last_img read more

Cardiff call for resignation of LMA official

first_imgBy Martyn HermanThe League Managers Association (LMA) has apologised for the wording of a statement issued in response to discriminatory text messages sent by former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay.But the Welsh club are not satisfied and have called for the resignation of the LMA’s chief executive Richard Bevan, accusing the organisation of attempting to conceal the messages.The Scot was ruled out of the running for the vacant Crystal Palace manager’s job on Thursday after the Daily Mail published details of texts he sent while in charge at the Welsh club.While Mackay, who left Cardiff under a cloud last year following a falling out with owner Vincent Tan, apologised via the LMA for the messages he called “disrespectful of other cultures”, the LMA said they were “friendly banter”.However, after widespread criticism of its reaction, the LMA issued a new statement on Friday.“The LMA apologises for some of its wording, in its release yesterday, which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature. That was certainly not our intention,” it said.“It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable. The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour.“The LMA will not be commenting further on the allegations relating to Malky Mackay while the FA conducts its investigation, other than to repeat that both the LMA and Malky will be cooperating fully.“We will continue to work with all of the game’s stakeholders to address the important issues of respect and discriminatory behaviour in all its forms.”ENTIRELY REPREHENSIBLEBut Cardiff responded with a statement saying: “We find it entirely reprehensible that the LMA should itself put out a statement which seeks to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as ‘friendly banter’.“If that is the view held by the LMA, as appears from its statement, we consider that Richard Bevan’s position is untenable and we call for his resignation.”Cardiff’s statement claimed that the LMA knew about the messages through their lawyers more than three months ago, adding: “The LMA were therefore complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages.“The LMA is the representative voice of managers, and whilst we understand it seeks to act in the best interests of its members, one of its major aims is to “encourage honourable practice, conduct and courtesy in all professional activity.“Regrettably, we feel that the LMA has done no such thing in its representation of Mr Mackay and Mr Moody.”The incident involving Mackay and former Cardiff sporting director Iain Moody, who resigned from a similar role at Crystal Palace on Thursday, has stirred up another storm over discrimination in British football.High-profile cases of racist language involving the likes of Chelsea skipper John Terry and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez have blighted the game and the Mackay incident prompted leading anti-discriminatory organisation Kick It Out to say the game was “tainted” by racism and homophobia.“These revelations are further confirmation of how football is tainted with racism, sexism, homophobia and antisemitism, and the culture which continues to exist throughout the game and in wider society as a whole,” a statement said.“The reality is that these views are most dangerously held by those people in positions of power, and the football establishment knows and condones it.“The governing bodies and the clubs must denounce such attitudes prevalent in the game, and take the appropriate action. If these types of exchanges made privately make it into the public eye, the individuals concerned must accept the full consequences of their actions.“Kick It Out now awaits the outcome of The Football Association’s investigation.”A report in Friday’s Guardian newspaper said reported incidents of alleged racism, sexism, antisemitism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination had trebled last season with 284 incidents reported from all levels of the game.last_img read more

BBC and ITV to share Six Nations broadcast rights from 2016

first_imgThe BBC and ITV will share the rights to broadcast rugby union’s Six Nations Championship for the next six years after fending off interest from pay-TV channels, it was announced on Thursday.The Six Nations has had a long-standing relationship with the BBC and the broadcaster’s current rights deal was due to run until 2017.The competition’s board said in January it could consider offers from pay-TV operators for its next UK broadcast rights deal, which could have meant the championship no longer being shown live on free-to-air television from 2018.However, the BBC and ITV have agreed a deal reported in British media to be worth 50 million pounds a year to fend off interest from pay-TV channel Sky Sports, which has the rights to most of England’s other internationals.“Both the BBC and ITV are committed partners of rugby, ITV with their coverage of the Rugby World Cup and the BBC with their long history of covering the Six Nations,” Bill Beaumont, Six Nations council chairman, said in a statement.“We are excited to be working with them both to continue to develop the interest in the Championship and to ultimately grow this wonderful game for future generations to enjoy, either as a spectator, player or volunteer.”As part of the deal the BBC will broadcast Wales, Scotland and France home matches, while ITV will show England, Ireland and Italy home games.There are 15 games in each year of the Six Nations and the BBC will have eight and ITV seven in 2016, but the tally will be reversed the following year.“The Six Nations is unique, providing a rich and respected rivalry, with many or the world’s best players at the very pinnacle of their careers, playing for their countries with pride and in the right spirit,” chief executive of the Six Nations John Feehan said in a statement.“This agreement with two major broadcasters will ensure that all these aspects are reflected in the coverage for the fans to enjoy.”Ireland retained this year’s Six Nations title on points difference and 9.63 million viewers tuned in to watch England battle with France in the championship’s free-scoring climax, surpassing the previous record of 9.56 million when the same teams met in 2011.The BBC Sport website also recorded its highest ever traffic, with 8.22 million unique UK browsers, beating the previous online record of 8.03 million during the London Olympics in 2012.ITV holds the exclusive rights to the Rugby World Cup, which is being staged in England this year.England host Fiji at Twickenham in the opening game of the tournament on Sept. 18.last_img read more

Barramundis spots available

first_imgNational Coach Joe Dawes made this statement at a press conference this morning in Port Moresby.The Curtain Brothers T20 Cricket PNG Smash started this morning with four teams in the competition; ODG Mariners, Trak Pro Mud Men, Toyota Cassowaries and Hastings Deering Black Bass.Coach Dawes said the young men have to outshine their colleagues if they want to be part of the national team that will be taking part in a tri-Series with Scotland and Oman, to be played from the 14th – 21st August in Aberdeen, Scotland.“This tournament will form a part of the selection for that tour,” said Dawes. “So we’re picking a team later on this week so the first couple of games are really important for the boys to get themselves into that group and there’s a couple of spots up for grabs.“So the four franchises, building on the success we had last year, rebranding the competition this year to the ‘CPNG T20 Smash’, which Curtain Brothers got behind which is fantastic.“Each team will play each other twice for the next two weeks and then first place at the end of that will go straight into the grand final, and second and third will play off for a spot in that final on our finals day on August 3rd.”The Scotland tour is the start of the qualification process for all teams in the ICC Men’s World Cup League 2 for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.“Scotland’s the first leg of nine tours that we’ll have over the next two-and-a-half years in the ODI league 2.”last_img read more

Red Lions, Blazers dispute NCAA solo lead

first_img“We have to make do with what we have. Luckily, I have players that are always ready for the challenge,” CSB head coach Ty Tang said.Gutang injured his left knee against the Mapua Cardinals, while rugged forward Mark Sangco came out with a bloodied forehead in another triumphant outing against the San Sebastian Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Lions, in contrast to how Benilde needed to dig deep to pull out those four wins, have devoured their first four rivals, and, this early, look like the team to beat.The Stags (2-3) will attempt to check a three-game slide when they battle the Perpetual Altas at 2 p.m. even as the Arellano-Lyceum tiff at 4 p.m. brings the curtains down on the triple header. A College of St. Benilde side reeling from manpower woes gets a real acid test on Friday when the Blazers dispute the solo NCAA Season 95 lead with powerhouse defending champion San Beda at Filoil Flying V Centre.Unbeaten in four games and never having a start this good since 1998, the Blazers and the Red Lions slug it out in the 12 noon match, with Benilde hoping to validate the sharpness in its form even with hard-nosed post defender Justin Gutang injured.ADVERTISEMENT OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Robins-Hardy shines as Cignal gets back at Fotoncenter_img View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Senegalese center Clement Leutcheu and Yankee Haruna are also in the process of recovery from their respective injuries, leaving Tang to lean mostly on Kendrix Belgica, Edward Dixon and Jimboy Pasturan.In their come-from-behind win over the Stags, it was rookie Chris Flores who filled in for Gutang.As for the Lions, their solid core delivered as expected when San Beda overpowered the Stags the last time out with Calvin Oftana making his presence felt.San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez can also rely on graduating Donald Tankoua, Clint Doliguez and “bandana boys” James Kwekuteye and Evan Nelle.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township livinglast_img read more

Are you nuts?

first_imgReseda Not our responsibility Re “Should city bail ’em out?” (Aug. 22): It is not the taxpayers’ responsibility to help bail these homebuyers out. There just isn’t enough money to put a real stop to this. How do you justify helping some folks and not everyone in this position? What about the people who have already lost their home? I can see disgruntled former homeowners suing because the government failed to assist them, too. The only way I would be OK with the government stepping in regarding this housing crisis is if they were going to repair the out-of-control cost of housing and make it where the average, hardworking family can actually afford a home. Alarc n’s actions are just a reminder of how inept our council members are. – Sisson Stewart Lancaster No way Re “Should city bail ’em out?” (Aug. 22): No. Not. Absolutely, no way! What is wrong with City Councilman Richard Alarc n? If he wants to help Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, please synchronize the traffic lights. That will save energy and money and make for a less stressful city. – Judy Marshall Woodland Hills Foreign teachers Re “Foreign teachers fill a need” (Aug. 19): I am an American science teacher graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and former substitute at LAUSD. When I found out that the recruitment director for teachers makes $160,000 a year, I thought, Why should I be a teacher? I’d love to travel to another country and interview prospective teachers for that kind of money. It beats the classroom of unruly students and a salary of less than one-half that. So, I could hire someone from overseas who has no clue of the behavior problems in the Los Angeles Unified School District. These teachers think they have hit the jackpot with the salary. This is just another way to eliminate more jobs for Americans. Besides, it’s hard to understand these teachers when they speak. Americans should teach Americans. – Maxine Abarbara Winnetka Reform starts at home Re “Screaming for reform” (Our Opinions, Aug. 21): Like Rosa Parks, Elvira Arellano has been a polarizing figure forcing all of us to take a long and hard look at immigration reform. She is obviously courageous, passionate and resourceful. She has shown strength and resilience in the face of difficult and dangerous circumstances. She has been an advocate for the underprivileged and a mouthpiece for those who don’t have a voice. Maybe now that she has been deported back to her homeland, she can utilize all these attributes and her passion for civil rights to fight for the poor and disenfranchised people of Mexico and secure a standard of living that enables them to live like human beings in their own country. – Donna Connolly Sherman Oaks Read the paper Re “Screaming for reform” (Our Opinions, Aug. 21): In today’s lead editorial concerning the deportation of the criminal and illegal immigrant Elvira Arellano, you conclude, “… it is bizarre that we have laws that are only enforced – that indeed, only can be enforced – when those breaking them do so on national television.” To the contrary, if you had read your own Page 1 lead story about this same Elvira Arellano, you would have learned that, “from October to July, immigration officials deported more than 200,000 illegal immigrants.” Your prejudices are obvious and your failure to pay attention to the truth is odious. – Ron Guilbert Tarzana Medal of Freedom? Re “Inspector faults Tenet’s CIA” (AUG. 22): Now that the long-withheld CIA report has finally been released, revealing that former Director George Tenet failed to have his agency even develop a plan to battle al-Qaida, I have just one question for George W. Bush: When will you rescind Mr. Tenet’s obviously undeserved Medal of Freedom? – Marcy Rothenberg Porter Ranch Condemn – forgive Re “Vick’s dogfighting plea a jarring hit in many ways” (Aug. 21): To refer to Michael Vick as once an archangel is just as absurd as to now compare him to the devil. What Steve Dilbeck is saying is that, basically, Vick is beyond redemption. And who amongst us (including Dilbeck), when truly repentant, does not deserve the opportunity for redemption and forgiveness? What Vick did was abhorrently wrong and, as such, he will not only be punished by the law, but his career is now in shambles. For the self-righteous, Vick is now considered beyond salvation. However, if he is truly sorry for his actions he will at least be eligible for such salvation in the eyes of the Lord. Perhaps what Dilbeck can teach his son is that in life, it is far easier to condemn than it is to forgive. – Rodney K. Boswell Thousand Oaks Entertainment? Re “Animal abuse sign of trouble” (Their Opinions, Aug. 21): I very much appreciated Bridget Johnson’s article that addressed the larger picture of animal abuse. It seems many people feel that Michael Vick is being punished too severely over what they see as “just a couple dogs.” However, it is important consider that anyone who seeks entertainment from training animals to kill is not the kind of person I want living in my neighborhood or even on the streets. – Eva Vieyra-McDaniel Los Angeles Cash and credit Re “Officials work on remedy for credit crisis” (Business, Aug, 22): President George W. Bush states that there is enough liquidity in our system. He is obviously wrong. What floats the economy is production and distribution, and “payment” moves them through the system. Credit is one form of payment. So is cash. Cash alone cannot function as adequate payment, and without credit as a form of payment, in addition to cash, production and distribution will fail, and we will watch our system crash and burn before our very eyes. Our credit system is in need of immediate repair. The answer is more liquidity, hence more credit. – Jerome V. Posell Calabasas Good ol’ days Re “Perils of shopping in a global economy” (Viewpoint cartoon, Aug. 19): Please excuse the sarcasm. It is not necessarily directed toward The Daily News, but has it ever occurred to anyone that it might be a good thing to revert to the old days? By that I mean to the mid-’50s and before. We used to make our own toys, our own clothes, underclothes, etc. If we make up these rules like no lead in paint, let’s do it ourselves. After World War II, we outsourced to Germany, then Japan; then when they became prosperous, they started outsourcing. We might create more jobs for Americans and do it right. I know about that horrible cliche “the bottom line,” but at this rate I believe the American public would rather pay a little more if union workers do not get too greedy. Robert Rivera Canoga Park Republican lawmakers Your “Contempt of the public” editorial (Aug. 22) should have been titled “Contempt of politicians.” You argue that legislator term limits is the answer to the public’s displeasure with our politicians. What prompted this editorial was the delayed budget. You lambaste the legislators for the late budget, yet, you are unable to get yourself to identify the fact, reported in your news articles, that it was a small group of Republican legislators who caused the delay. Attacking all legislators, most of whom try hard to do a credible and responsible job, is not constructive. Nor are term limits, which don’t address the problem. In the case of passing a timely budget, California needs to return to the days of a simple majority, instead of a two-thirds majority vote. – Alan H. Simon Sherman Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Should the city bail ’em out?” (Aug. 22): If we bail out these mortgage lenders and their customers, who should have made an informed decision, the city is an enabler. The mortgage companies erred by making it all seem so easy. “No down payment, no principal payments, low interest rates,” luring in prospective buyers. Let them take the heat. Perhaps a criminal investigation is more in order than a bailout. All the parties made the conscious choice to enter into these contracts. I don’t feel that our tax dollars need to be spent on a huge bandage for the mortgage industry. Grow up and take responsibility for your actions! – Marjorie Cunningham last_img read more

Al-Qaida threatens Sunni leaders

first_imgHours after the announcement, a car bomb exploded late Saturday in a mostly Shiite area of southwest Baghdad, killing at least 11 people lined up to buy bread at a bakery. Two of the dead were children, police said. “We rushed outside the house after hearing the sound of the explosion. I could see the bakery and a nearby pickle shop on fire,” said Abu Ahmed, a 36-year-old Shiite government employee. “The wounded were screaming for help as the ambulances were arriving.” The blast occurred at the start of iftar, the evening meal at which Muslims break their dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. The bloodshed was a blow to government hopes that a peaceful Ramadan would demonstrate the success of the seven-month operation in the capital. Also Saturday, the U.S. military said a soldier from the Army’s Task Force Marne was killed and four were wounded the day before when a bomb exploded near their foot patrol. The Sunni revolt which Abu Risha spearheaded has led to a dramatic improvement in security in Anbar, although the province remains unstable. Nevertheless, the decline in violence in Ramadi and other Anbar cities has been one of the major success stories for the U.S. mission in Iraq. A prominent Sunni sheik told The Associated Press that the province’s leaders would not be intimidated by al-Qaida threats and would continue efforts to drive the terror movement from their communities. “We as tribesmen will act against the al-Qaida, and those standing behind it who do not want us to put an end to it,” Ali Hatem al-Suleiman said. Still, the al-Qaida threats and the assassination of Abu Risha, one of the best protected tribal figures in Iraq, could cause some tribal leaders in other Sunni provinces to reconsider plans to stand up against the terror movement. With U.S. and Iraqi overtures to the Sunnis under threat, the government faced a deepening political crisis with the announcement that al-Sadr’s followers were withdrawing from the Shiite alliance in parliament. Al-Sadr’s followers hold 30 of the 275 parliament seats. The announcement, made to reporters in Najaf, means the Shiite-led government can count on the support of only 108 parliament members – 30 short of a majority. However, it could probably win the backing of the 30 independent Shiite parliamentarians, as well as some minor parties. Still, the decision by al-Sadr’s followers will complicate further U.S.-backed efforts to win parliamentary approval of power-sharing legislation, including the oil bill and an easing of curbs that prevent former Saddam Hussein supporters from holding government jobs. Al-Sadr’s decision will also sharpen the power struggle among armed Shiite groups in the south, which includes major Shiite religious shrines and much of the country’s vast oil resources. The Sadrists had been threatening to bolt the Shiite alliance for several days. But tensions rose after arrest warrants were issued against Sadrist officials in the holy city of Karbala in connection with last month’s Shiite factional fighting there. The warrants, which were made public Saturday, angered the Sadrists, who said the government was provoking them despite recent gestures by al-Sadr, including a six-month halt to military operations by his Mahdi Army militia.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The two developments cast doubt over prospects for political and military progress in Iraq as the U.S. Senate gears up for a debate next week on Democratic demands for deeper and faster troop cuts than President Bush plans. The threat against Sunni leaders came from the Islamic State of Iraq, which claimed responsibility for the assassination Thursday of Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the mastermind of the Sunni Arab revolt against al-Qaida in Anbar province. Bush met Abu Risha at a U.S. base in Anbar this month and praised his courage. In a Web posting, the Islamic State said it had formed “special security committees” to track down and “assassinate the tribal figures, the traitors, who stained the reputations of the real tribes by submitting to the soldiers of the Crusade” and the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “We will publish lists of names of the tribal figures to scandalize them in front of our blessed tribes,” the statement added. In a second statement, the purported head of the Islamic State, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, said he was “honored to announce” a new Ramadan offensive in memory of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of al-Qaida in Iraq killed last year in a U.S. airstrike. IRAQ: Front group warns supporters of U.S. that they are traitors and will be killed. By Robert H. Reid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – An al-Qaida front group threatened to assassinate Sunni leaders who support American troops in Iraq as a Shiite bloc loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr defected Saturday from the Iraqi government’s parliament base. last_img read more

Sqworl: A Lightbox for Shared Links

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web rick turoczy 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Here at ReadWriteWeb, we’re big fans of URL shorteners (although not all URL shorteners mind you). We use them for microblogging sites where we have to conserve characters, tracking how many people are clicking through links we share, and keeping groups of links organized. That’s why we like Sqworl, a URL shortener that acts like a lightbox for links we’re sharing.If you’ve ever had the opportunity to gather collections of stock images – or looked at a Flickr set – you know the benefits of a lightbox. By collecting a series of disparate images under a single URL, you can easily show someone else exactly what you want them to see. Why not use that same technique when sharing URLs? Using Sqworl to shorten links does two things: first, it helps you organize a series of links under one short URL, and second, it provides a series of site thumbnails – a lightbox of sorts – so recipients can see what they’re getting before they click. (As an example, here are Twitter accounts for ReadWriteWeb writers.)While Sqworl works as advertised, there are a few minor drawbacks. The Sqworl URL isn’t the shortest URL you’re going to find and there aren’t any click tracking features. (Admittedly, you could solve either of those issues by running the Sqworl URL through a URL shortener that provides tracking.) And if you’re adding new sites to a collection – which is likely what you’re doing – the thumbnails take a few minutes to generate, so sharing them too soon will defeat the purpose.Even if you don’t want to share the links with anyone else, Sqworl is worth trying. With some ingenuity, you could make your personal link management or social bookmarking more visual. Using the combination of Sqworl’s collections and thumbnails, you may soon be scanning for links based on visual clues – much like the icons on your desktop.If saving URLs with a visual reminder sounds helpful to you, take Sqworl for a spin and start squirreling your URLs away.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more