Police investigating ‘in all directions’ in Dortmund blasts

first_imgDortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, talks to teammates after a window of Dortmund’s team bus was damaged after an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)DORTMUND, Germany—German police said Wednesday they are investigating “in all directions” after three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund’s team bus ahead of a Champions League quarterfinal match, injuring one of the soccer team’s players.The first-leg match against Monaco was called off shortly before kickoff Tuesday evening following the blasts near the team hotel in suburban Dortmund, which authorities assume were a targeted attack. Players and police were preparing to go ahead with the rescheduled match on Wednesday evening, with heavy security in place.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Investigators were checking the authenticity of a letter claiming responsibility that they found near the scene, and were refusing to give any details of its contents, citing the ongoing probe. Another suspicious object found at the scene turned out to be trash.Police spokeswoman Nina Vogt told ZDF television that “of course our investigations have to go in all directions to begin with.” She said the direction of the probe remains “open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSpanish defender Marc Bartra suffered injuries in the wrist and arm and underwent an operation Tuesday night. Police said an officer who was accompanying the bus on a motorbike was suffering from blast trauma and shock.Borussia Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball said he was confident that the team would rise to the occasion for Wednesday’s match despite the experience. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “How is the team doing? You can imagine yourself whether they slept well or badly,” he said. The players were to gather Wednesday morning to digest Tuesday’s events and prepare to face Monaco.“This is certainly a difficult situation for the team which, I think, has not experienced such a situation before,” he said. “However, we expect and I am confident that the team will do its best and deliver a spectacle in the Champions League this evening.” Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely At 85, Nepali aims to regain title of oldest Everest climber Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

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Unite to end TB

first_imgWorld TB Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.The occasion is used as an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of TB worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB.This year’s theme is “Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind”, and 2017 is the second year of a two-year “Unite to End TB” campaign for World TB Day. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will place a special focus on uniting efforts to “Leave No One Behind”, including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalisation and overcome barriers to access care.The Sustainable Development Agenda embraces the principle of ensuring no one is left behind in an effort to transform the world and improve people’s lives for the better. Addressing the health needs of the disadvantaged, the marginalised, and those out of the reach of the health system will mean improving access to health services for everyone. This is essential in order to reach the target of ending TB by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO End TB Strategy.Last year, the WHO reported that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2015, making it the top infectious killer worldwide. This disease is deeply rooted in populations where human rights and dignity are limited. While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty, communities and groups that are marginalised, and other vulnerable populations.According to the Public Health Ministry, tuberculosis is identified as a priority health concern in Guyana, and through its DOTS programme, the Ministry has been able to expand TB services to the 10 Regions of Guyana.The increase of DOTS coverage reflects the strong commitment of the Public Health Ministry to lay the basis for a sound and sustainable fight against tuberculosis all over the country. In observance of the occasion, the Ministry in collaboration with PAHO will be hosting a multi-stakeholder meeting to launch the WHO END TB Strategy in Guyana.This is a forum for affected persons and communities, civil society organisations, health-care providers, collaborating partners and others to discuss and plan further interventions to fulfil the promise of reaching all people with quality TB prevention and care services, as well as enabling TB prevention through multi-sectoral development efforts. According to information released from the Ministry, over the past four years, the TB epidemic has shown some form of stability, while it has acknowledged that the fight against the disease in Guyana has been a long and difficult battle.TB control in Guyana still has some major challenges of which the most critical is the HIV epidemic within the population. This has been identified as one of the biggest concerns and the most important causes underlying the increase in both TB morbidity and mortality. Other challenges include the high prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and the access of isolated hinterland communities. The Public Health Ministry has partnered with key agencies over the years to expand TB services across the country, from one TB site in 2000 to 18 TB sites currently. In her message released on the occasion, subject Minister Volda Lawrence pointed to the fact that it was more important than ever to join forces against TB to successfully reach the goal of ending TB by 2030. It is also imperative for persons to get educated about the disease and to share that knowledge on how TB is transmitted, diagnosed and treated.last_img read more

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Iraq fraud ring involving sale of weapons probed

first_imgBut now, law enforcement officials said, part of the criminal investigation is focused on Lt. Col. Levonda Joey Selph, who reported directly to Petraeus and worked closely with him in setting up the logistics operation for what were then the fledgling Iraqi security forces. That operation moved everything from AK-47s, armored vehicles and plastic explosives to boots and Army uniforms, according to officials who were involved in it. Her former colleagues recall Selph as a courageous officer who was willing to take substantial personal risks to carry out her mission and was unfailingly loyal to Petraeus and his directives to move quickly in setting up the logistics operation. “She was kind of like the Pony Express of the Iraqi security forces,” said Victoria Wayne, who was then deputy director of logistics for the overall Iraqi reconstruction program. Still, Selph also ran into serious problems with a company she oversaw that failed to live up to a contract it had signed to carry out part of that logistics mission. It is not clear exactly what Selph is being investigated for. Selph, reached by telephone twice Monday, said she would speak to reporters later but did not answer further messages left for her. The enormous expenditures of American and Iraqi money on the Iraq reconstruction program, at least $40 billion overall, have been criticized for reasons that go well beyond the corruption cases that have been uncovered so far. Weak oversight, poor planning and seemingly endless security problems have contributed to many of the program’s well-documented failures. As of Aug. 23, there were a total of 73 criminal investigations related to contracting, fraud and abuse in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, Col. Dan Baggio, an Army spokesman said Monday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The inquiries are being pursued by the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other agencies. Over the past year, inquiries by federal oversight agencies have found serious discrepancies in military records of where thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces actually ended up. None of those agencies concluded whether weapons found their way to insurgents or militias. In their public reports, those agencies did not raise the possibility of criminal wrongdoing, and Petraeus has said the imperative to provide weapons to Iraqi security forces was more important than maintaining impeccable records. In an interview Aug. 18, Petraeus said that with ill-equipped Iraqi security forces confronting soaring violence across the country in 2004 and 2005, he made a decision not to wait for formal tracking systems to be put in place before distributing the weapons. “We made a decision to arm guys who wanted to fight for their country,” Petraeus said. BAGHDAD – Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchasing and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other materiel to Iraqi and American forces, according to officials from the agencies. The investigations amount to the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered in the conflict here, the officials said. The inquiry has already led to several indictments of Americans, with more expected, the officials said. One of the investigations involves a senior American officer who worked closely with Gen. David H. Petraeus in setting up the logistics operation to supply the Iraqi forces when Petraeus was in charge of training and equipping those forces in 2004 and 2005, law enforcement officials said Monday. There is no indication that investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing by Petraeus, who through a spokesman declined comment on any legal proceedings. This article is based on interviews with more than a dozen federal investigators, congressional, law enforcement and military officials, and specialists in contracting and logistics, in Iraq and Washington, who have direct knowledge of the inquiries. Many spoke on condition of anonymity because there are continuing criminal investigations. last_img read more

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Blustery winds are due again

first_imgPALMDALE – Winds gusted Thursday to more than 60 mph in the Antelope Valley, stirring up dust clouds and prompting warnings to drivers of high-profile vehicles. The National Weather Service said a strong onshore flow caused the gusty winds, which kept Antelope Valley afternoon temperatures in the 70s – 20 degrees cooler than the day before. Gusty winds are expected again today. Today is expected to be mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 80s and winds at 20 to 30 mph, plus gusts in some areas over 40 mph. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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How Man United could look next year with Bundesliga ace and a French wonderkid

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has had somewhat of a mini-revival at Manchester United, with the Red Devils winning their last three games in all competitions.Despite that, there is still plenty of room for improvement at Old Trafford and the Norwegian will be keen to bolster his ranks again once the transfer window reopens in January. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ The Red Devils boss did some excellent business in the summer acquiring top talents such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James – both of whom have impressed in the opening months of the 2019/20 campaign.Club hierarchy should therefore have faith their man at the helm will be able to attract similar quality players and more importantly get the best out of any new recruits who may arrive at the club.There’s no denying they still lack depth and quality in areas within their squad though, particularly in midfield and attack.talkSPORT.com has taken a browse at all the latest transfer rumours concerning United and illustrated how they could line up if they acquire these targets, however unlikely this may or may not be. Serie A duo Juventus and Inter Milan are both keen on signing him, but United could be the team in pole position having first expressed their interest months ago, according to Marca.It is believed that the 31-year-old would have reservations over moving to England, due to family reasons.However, the potential chance to move to another of the world’s biggest clubs could prove too big an opportunity to turn down for Rakitic.His technical ability in possession, as well as his quick change of pace and forward motion, are characteristics which would be sure to make him popular with United fans, should he make the move.Boubakary SoumareWolves missed out on signing the Lille midfielder over the summer, despite reportedly making a £34m bid for the 20-year-old.The Frenchman is quite the powerhouse, but the physical aspect of his game does not take away from the fact he is very handy with the ball at his feet.Soumare can pick a pass or dribble forward, and he’s deceptively quick and agile making it extremely difficult for opposing players to get close to him. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti latest 9 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 9 targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement Getty 9 9 appointed Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Should the Whites fail to secure promotion for a second successive season under Bielsa they are highly unlikely to be able to call on Phillips’ services again next season.Mike Phelan went for a personal check on Phillips when Leeds beat Birmingham City on October 19 – a game he scored the winner in.United coach Kieran McKenna then reportedly followed that up by checking on Phillips for the Whites’ midweek game at Preston last Tuesday.Ivan RakiticThe Croatian has played a key role in Barcelona’s continued success over the last five years since joining the club from Sevilla.A centre midfielder by trade, Rakitic’s role at the Catalan giants has an emphasis on attacking.After insisting he wanted to stay at the Nou Camp all summer, the Croatian star, 31, is now willing to quit, according to reports in Spain. stalemate Kai Havertz is a star of the future to watch out for Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Getty – Contributor He’s been likened to a certain Paul Pogba, and with his fellow countryman’s future at Old Trafford still far from certain, a move looks a very distinct possibility as things stand now.The France Under-21 international, who was previously on PSG books, has featured for Lille in the against Valencia and Chelsea in the Champions League this season.The Ligue 1 outfit may indeed look to cash on in one of their most prized assists in January, considering he is out of contract at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images – Getty getty images He has three goals in 12 domestic appearances so far, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs chasing his signature – including United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.Aided by the fact he can play in a host of positions, Havertz would be a real asset to Solskjaer in an attacking sense.Kalvin PhillipsOne of the most highly-rated players in the Championship, Phillips is a standout in Leeds United’s team.Marcelo Bielsa predominantly lines up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Phillips the deepest lying midfielder, linking up defence and midfield.He therefore shoulders a lot of responsibility for helping United play out from the back.It’s been no coincidence to see Phillips made huge strides in his game over the last year under the Argentine’s stewardship.Phillips revealed in an interview last summer that he had been training as a centre-back ahead of the 2018/19 Championship campaign. Kalvin Phillips is an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side on target rookie error Like Havertz, Muller likes to play in an advanced position behind the main centre forward – although the latter is more of a support striker.Muller is under contract until 2021 and doesn’t turn 31 until next September so will still command a substantial fee should he push to go, particularly when the window reopens in January.How Manchester United could look next season Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got Manchester United back on track after a rotten run of form Ivan Rakitic signed for Barcelona from Seville in 2014 update 9 9 This came as little surprise to those who know Bielsa’s methods and preference, with the 64-year-old widely accustomed to move midfielders into deeper positions, aiding ball retention and building out from the back – something Phillips excels at for Leeds.While Phillips committed his long-term future at Elland Road last month by signing a new five-year contract, it is a question of when, not if, the 23-year-old seals a move to the Premier League.Leeds rejected a £27m bid from Tottenham for Phillips in the summer, understood to be over fears at how manager Bielsa would react – especially so soon after agreeing a contract extension himself.Top-flight quartet Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Wolves and Burnley were also thought to be interested in Phillips over the summer. His club manager, Christophe Galtier, has said that he believes Soumare only is playing at 40 per cent of his potential so far, despite describing him as ‘a complete player’.Many believe he is destined for greatness, and it appears all the scouts swarming in from around the globe to check in on his progress agree with that assertion.Defensively there is certainly improvements he can make, but one thing is for sure is that this boy is one to watch out for in the years to come.Thomas MullerPreviously on the club’s radar during Louis van Gaal’s tenure, the Red Devils are again keen on striking a deal for the out-of-favour Bayern Munich forward.Philippe Coutinho’s arrival on a season-long loan from Barcelona has sent the 30-year-old down the pecking order, with the experienced German reportedly considering his future.The 30-year-old has an impressive record in the Bundesliga, scoring 110 goals in 327 appearances during his 11-year stint to date. Leeds were understood to be concerned that Bielsa would leave the club had they cashed in on Phillips over the summer Boubakary Soumare is reportedly wanted by Manchester United Getty Images – Getty 9 9 Soumare has been likened to United midfielder Paul Pogba Kai HavertzHe may have only turned 20 in June but has been a regular in Bayer Leverkusen’s first team for several years.Scoring 20 goals as a forward is an impressive feat, let alone as an attacking midfielder, but Havertz achieved that last season.He also registered seven assists in all competitions, which culminated in him breaking into the Germany senior set-up, for whom he scored for against Argentina this month. Getty getty images Thomas Muller has been linked with a move to Manchester United in January Getty Images – Getty 9 How Manchester United could line-up if they acquire all their latest targetslast_img read more

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Richard D. “Rick” Graves, 65

first_imgRichard D. “Rick” Graves, age 65 of Salem, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 10:17 am, in his residence.Born December 13, 1950 in Salem, Indiana, he was the son of the late Richard Ray and Ethel Mae (Housel) Graves.He was a self-employed contractor and retired in 2012 as Supervisor of the Washington County Highway Department. He was a member of the Big Springs Church Of Christ, had been a life resident of Washington County and was a 1968 graduate of Eastern High School. Rick married November 30, 1968 to Phyllis (Miller) Graves, who survives.Also surviving are: Son: Derek (Leah) Graves, Starlight; Daughter: Ashley (Shane) Miller, Salem; 2 Sisters: Janet (Dick) Waggoner, Ft. Myers, Florida and Phyllis Hopkins, Paol; 3 Grandchildren: Kraegan Graves, Saydi (Anthony) Scifres & Boone Miller and 3 Great Grandchildren: Skyler Durham, Huxley Scifres and soon to be Dahlia Scifres.He was preceded in death by 1 son, Micah Graves and 2 sisters, Marsha and Mindy Graves.Funeral Service: 11:00 am Thursday at Dawalt Funeral HomeVisitation: 4 to 8 pm Wednesday and after 9 am Thursday.Interment at Big Springs Cemetery.last_img read more

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Stratford softball falls at Marathon, crushes Northland Lutheran

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports Reporter The Stratford softball team dropped its first Marawood Conference South Division game of the season on Thursday to Marathon before regrouping and pounding Northland Lutheran on Friday.Marathon defeated Stratford 6-5 on Thursday and the Tigers ripped Northland Lutheran 15-0 Friday and are now 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the Marawood South.Stratford led 4-3 after 4½ innings against Marathon (8-3, 6-0 Marawood South after winning Friday) before the Raiders scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to chase Tigers pitcher Lorrie Luepke from the game and take a 6-4 lead.The Tigers scored once in the top of the seventh but could not eke out the tying run.Brittany Bredemann had two of Stratford’s seven hits and Luepke hit a solo home run in the loss.Luepke tossed a three-inning no-hitter as the Tigers whipped Northland Lutheran on Friday. The game was halted after three innings due to Stratford leading by 15 runs at that point.Luepke struck out three and walked one to earn the win.Bredemann had two singles, a double and three RBIs, and Kolbeck, Jessica Schwabe, Sammy Kaiser and Macie Frueh each had two hits for the Tigers.Stratford plays at Wausau Newman on Monday at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 6, Tigers 5Stratford 000 310 1 – 5 7 1Marathon 201 030 x – 6 5 3WP: B. Yahnke. LP: Lorrie Luepke.SO: Luepke (4 1/3 inn) 4, Kiana Weiler (1 2/3 inn.) 3; Yahnke (6 inn.) 3, C. Sonnentag (1 inn.) 0. BB:Luepke 4, Weiler 0; Yahnke 3, Sonnentag 1.Top hitters: S, Brittany Bredemann 2×3, 2B; Casey Kolbeck 2B, run; Luepke HR, RBI. M, D. Gertchen 2 RBIs; N. Hanke 2 RBIs.Records: Stratford 10-3, 5-1 Marawood South; Marathon 7-3, 5-0 Marawood South.Tigers 15, Wildcats 0Stratford 11(13) – 15 14 2Northland Lutheran 000 – 0 0 0WP: Luepke. LP: Engelbecht.SO: Luepke 3; Engelbrecht 0. BB: Luepke 1; Engelbrecht 9.Top hitters: S, Jessica Schwabe 2×2, 2 runs; Dallas Adams 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Bredemann 3×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kolbeck 2×4, 2 RBIs; Kaylee Geiger 2 runs; Valieda Crillo 2 RBIs; Sammy Kaiser 2×2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Macie Frueh 2×2, 2 runs.Records: Stratford 11-3, 6-1 Marawood South; Northland Lutheran 0-6 overall and Marawood South.last_img read more

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Marshfield falls short to New Richmond in WIAA Division 2 boys soccer sectional final

first_imgTigers end season 12-8-4By Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys soccer team trailed New Richmond by a goal with less than 10 minutes to go and had to gamble.Marshfield had to push up their defense to give them a chance to tie it, but the Tigers came up short.New Richmond scored twice in the final 3½ minutes to finish off a 4-1 win in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final Saturday afternoon at Wausau East High School.New Richmond (19-4-1) moves on to the WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament for the first time in program history and will play a Division 2 semifinal Friday afternoon against Elkhorn (19-3-2).Marshfield ends the season with a 12-8-4 record after finishing strong, going 10-4-4 since early September.“I’m proud of the boys,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “I’m going to really miss our senior class: 14 great student-athletes. It was a really fun season, lots of great memories that will last for a lifetime.”Croix Hare scored in the 27th minute to put New Richmond up 1-0 and that lead held until halftime.Adam Schoepke added another for New Richmond on a penalty kick at the 64:49 mark, but Marshfield responded quickly.Klaus Friedli scored 1:15 later to make it close again, but Marshfield could not muster another goal against a New Richmond team that had 14-straight shutouts prior to Saturday.Sean Flandrick and Zach Landt scored in the final 3:32 to finish off Marshfield.“I asked the boys for three things: play well the first 20 minutes, to score a goal, and to win,” McCann said. “We did start well and scored a goal but couldn’t pull out a win. We did create some great scoring chances and at times controlled the middle. The defense really limited their opportunities.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)New Richmond 4, Marshfield 1New Richmond 1 3 – 4Marshfield 0 1 – 1First half: 1. NR, Croix Hare, 26:14.Second half: 2. NR, Adam Schoepke (penalty kick), 64:49; 3. M, Klaus Friedli, 66:04; 4. NR, Sean Flandrick, 86:28; 5. NR, Zach Landt, 87:55.Total shots: New Richmond 9; Marshfield 13Shots on goal: New Richmond 8; Marshfield 6.Corner kicks: New Richmond 4; Marshfield 3.Saves: NR, 5; M, Jared Klein 4.Records: New Richmond 19-4-1; Marshfield 12-8-4.last_img read more

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SocialWhois: Whois Lookups for the Social Web

first_imgWhen you want to know about a domain name, you jump to whois to get all of the information on the person who registered it. But when you want to know more about the person who just started following you on Twitter or FriendFeed, it hasn’t been that easy – even though we’ve tried to provide you with tools to do it. Now, a new service promises to simplify the process. It’s a new take on whois for the social web: SocialWhois, a service that uses XFN, microformats, APML, and tagging to provide a more complete picture of that new follower’s presence online.The service works like any number of XFN crawlers we’ve seen, but it’s simple enough that anyone can use it. Simply enter the Twitter or FriendFeed username of the person you’d like to look up. The service will do its best to guess who the person is. As we tested it, we found it doing an incredibly good job of guessing – finding all sorts of interesting and relevant links about the users we tried. If you’d like to tweak the results for your profile – or hide your profile completely – you can always log in using your Twitter credentials or your FriendFeed key.Oh great. Yet another profile to complete? Not exactly. Thanks to SocialWhois’ “voodoo” button. One click and you’re likely to have your profile pre-populated with relevant information from your profiles across the Web.This Isn’t a Popularity ContestOne of the things that makes SocialWhois so appealing isn’t what it is, but rather what it isn’t. It isn’t a popularity contest. It’s a search for relevance:“SocialWhois is about everything but popularity. You’ll think that it’s hypocrisy or irony, but I (SocialWhois’ creator) am not popular on SocialWhois! And guess what, I like it that way! Really 🙂 In fact, on SocialWhois, no one is popular…. You can navigate in the graph and discover new faces, and the way this graph is being traversed is different for everyone of us.”With the tagging functionality, you’re more likely to find that user who shares similar interests with you. And in so doing, you’re likely to have more engaging conversations. It Just WorksOne of the things we’ve always loved about whois is the fact that it just works. There are any number of services that allow you to look at the data held by the registrars, all of which have varying levels of usability and clutter. But by and large, we run whois lookups because they serve a specific purpose.SocialWhois has a lot of that same appeal. Simple, straightforward, and it provides the information you’re seeking. It will be interesting to add this to the collection of tools we use to find – and better understand – those around us on the social web. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#NYT#Social Web#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts rick turoczy 1last_img read more

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Howard Lindzon and Friends Launch New Investment Fund for Social Apps

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Howard Lindzon, a hedge fund trader who created the high-profile short video show Wallstrip and then sold it to CBS, today launched a new fund to invest in social applications. The eight-person group is called Social Leverage, LLC and will presumably compete with a handful of other small funds to get a piece of the hottest new apps before they seek more substantial funding.The new fund’s portfolio currently includes the most popular Twitter client, Tweetdeck (also funded by a constellation of other small stars), Lindzon’s Twitter for stock tips service StockTwits and WallHogs, a bizarre company that prints over-sized vinyl wall hangings from user-uploaded images. Who will Social Leverage back next? We can only wonder, but it’s sure to be interesting.We find the fund’s launch of interest because we find Lindzon of interest and we like the idea of someone giving small sums of money and social media help to cutting-edge social media experiments.The fund describes its strategy in part via its past success. “We’ve taken traditional business models (ranging from finance to video to entertainment, media, and more) and transformed them using social networking and internet media.” Lindzon in particular deserves a sympathetic ear since he did figure out how to create a web video content company from scratch and turn it into acquisition bait for a huge old media company. The show was reportedly sold for $5 million in May of 2007 but was shuttered by CBS last month. Toward the show’s final days it tended to be heavier on the cleavage than on the financial news or analysis anyway. A slogan on the bottom of Lindzon’s personal blog reads “Due Diligence is for Underperformers.”Social Leverage says it will provide the companies it funds with everything from user acquisition to revenue stream generation to help with financial filings. Presuming all parties can get along well enough, we expect that the fund will act as an all-around ally to its portfolio companies in ways that more traditional funds do not.Both StockTwits and Tweetdeck seem to us to be as exciting an investment in a Twitter app as there is likely to be, though we’re not sure what to think about the wall hanging company.We look forward to seeing Social Leverage in action and eagerly await announcements about which crazy ideas the fund gives a financial lifeline to in the future. Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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