Matawan Regional High School’s Kahlil Haskins tries to push an Ocean Township High School defender away during the Sept. 27 B North Division game played in Aberdeen. The visiting Spartans eked out a 7-3 win with a late touchdown. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR
Satiricus was down in the dumps. He felt like the fella in one of the oldies his dad used to listen to — “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”. He was a man with a broken heart. As he headed down to the Back Street Bar, he knew he wasn’t going to get much sympathy from the fellas. But then he figured he’d explore why everyone claimed “misery loves company”. “Eh! Eh! How come yuh mout’ suh laang?” Bungi asked the moment Satiricus arrived at the table where he and Hari had already put away a few.“Like the wife didn’t give you your frek, or what?” chimed in Hari with a sly grin, as he signalled the waitress for a beer for Satiricus.“Nah…,”Satiricus said distractedly. “I just came back from party headquarters.”“Suh wha’ goin’ aan wid dem KFC bais?” asked Bungi, as he clinked his bottle with Satiricus’s.“That’s what I’m trying to figure out,” confessed Satiricus. “You remember the Accord we signed with the Pee-an-See to get our fair share??”“The Pre-nuptial agreement signed on Valentine Day?” Hari grinned. “I thought that was soooo sweet!! Like a real wedding, not a coalition!!”“Wha’ happen?” demanded Bungi impatiently. “A’yuh get blow??”“Well,” started out Satiricus, “I wouldn’t put it that way. But Nagga Man said he wanted a new agreement.”“And what Rum Jhaat said?” asked Hari while he polished off his beer to hide his smile.“We haven’t seen Rum Jhaat since he was seen drinking with some British spy at the Desert Lagoon,” answered Satiricus with a worried frown. “I wonder if he was reconditioned.”“Suh wha’ wraang if Nagga Man want wan new agreement if he and Rum Jhaat a get blow?” Bungi wanted to know.“The man want us to picket the KFC office,” said Satiricus, shaking his head. “So he can tell GrainJa he’s getting pressure.”“Me tell yuh ‘e lose ‘e balls afta he get larwah!” chuckled Bungi, slapping the table.
‘People evacuated on their own’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Washington Wizards (R) and Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards look on against the Denver Nuggets during the second half at Capital One Arena on January 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. AFPNEW YORK — Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for inappropriate contact with a referee in a 122-103 home loss to Portland on Friday.Thomas received a technical foul and was ejected for the incident, which took place 88 seconds into the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Kogut, 40, moved from Ukraine to the United States with his family seven days after he was born in Kiev.Thomas, 30, is averaging 13.0 points and 4.4 assists a game for the Wizards, who at 10-24 are 5 1/2 games behind Orlando for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall LATEST STORIES The 30-year-old American was being double covered by Portland’s Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard along the sideline. He battled for control of the ball with Anthony and moved forward, sticking his arm into the chest of referee Marat Kogut, who was standing out of bounds.The play was reviewed by officials before the ejection was upheld.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Although the contact could have been Thomas trying to steady himself against Kogut rather than push the referee, it made no difference in enforcing rules designed to protect officials.“He made physical contact with a referee,” referee crew chief Mark Ayotte said after the game. “It was definitely just a push during the dead ball contact with the referee.” View comments Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ
Vettel also showed the reliability of the SF70H by logging a marathon 155 laps to also record the most miles for the day.Worryingly for three-time defending champions Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton was three tenths slower on the same ultrasoft tyre compound used by Vettel.Hamilton, though, may have been suffering the after effects of a long night as he celebrated Barcelona’s sensational Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain with Barca star Neymar into the early hours in the Catalan capital.Valtteri Bottas took over in the Mercedes for the afternoon, but concentrated on longer runs in completing 95 laps in eighth fastest.Frenchman Esteban Ocon was another one of four drivers to pass the 100-lap mark in third fastest for Force India.McLaren’s miserable preparation for the season, which gets underway in Melbourne on March 26, continued as electrical issues saw Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne stop twice out on the track.Vandoorne completed just 48 laps as once again McLaren and their problematic Honda engine were left at the back of the paddock in terms of mileage completed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action at the Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain March 9, 2017BARCELONA, Spain, Mar 9 – Sebastian Vettel set Ferrari’s hopes for the 2017 Formula One season soaring by blitzing the fastest time seen in pre-season testing in Barcelona on Thursday.The German four-time world champion clocked 1min 19.024 around a sun-kissed Circuit de Catalunya despite appearing to ease off in the third sector of his fastest lap.
Thika Captain Dr. Edward Ndungu said the first tee off time is set at 7am while the latest tee off time will be at 2pm. “The course is currently relatively easy to play due to the rather dry conditions,” Ndungu said. “However, the main focus this weekend is to give golfers a fair challenge.”The NIC Golf Days started in Eldoret in June and have since been staged at Vet Lab, Limuru, Nanyuki, Nyanza, Nakuru, and Kiambu.The ninth and final event on the NIC Golf Calendar will be staged at the Nyali Golf and Country Club on the 29th of October 2011.Elsewhere, a strong field of 130 golfers have confirmed participation in the second round of the Tusker Malt Golf Carnival this weekend at Machakos Country Club.The event, the second on the re-vamped Tusker Malt Golf Carnival Championships, will include golfers from the host club and members of the Kenya Air-force Golf Club, Kenya Railway and Golf Park.Club captain Steve Makau has assured participants of an exciting game as they explore the Four Ball Better Ball format on the 9-hole course in Machakos. “The greens are well watered and the course is in perfect condition. The only challenge is that we have increased the number of bunkers which are likely to come as a surprise to most golfers,” said Makau. Action tees off at 7am with the last team hitting the course at slightly after 11am to finish at 3pm. “We will begin early due to the huge field of golfers and this way we can avoid interferences,” he said. Top contenders for this leg include Machakos club chairman and handicap 17 golfer Jackson Ndunda, handicap 4 golfer Jackson Nzioki, Makau and Eugene Kisuya.The Tusker Malt Golf Carnival has now been expanded into a regional event, with tournaments planned in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 7- THIKA players will form the bulk of the entries for the eighth leg of the ongoing NIC Bank Golf series on Friday.The event to be staged at the Thika Sports Club has attracted 180 golfers with guest players from the NIC Bank and golfers from Nairobi also expected to play on the par-72, 18-hole layout.
0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, December 30 – Adam Lallana fired Liverpool to their biggest home win of the season as the England midfielder’s brace inspired a 4-1 rout of Swansea on Monday. Brendan Rodgers’ side scored four for the first time since March thanks to Lallana’s second half double after Alberto Moreno had put the Reds ahead in the first half at Anfield.Jonjo Shelvey’s own goal completed the demolition of lacklustre Swansea, who had briefly threatened a revival when Gylfi Sigurdsson struck to reduce the deficit to 2-1.As a result of their goal spree, the hosts climbed above Swansea into eighth place — five points behind fourth placed Southampton in the race to qualify for the Champions League.With one defeat in their last 10 matches in all competitions and Lallana finally showing the class that persuaded Rodgers to pay £25 million (32 million euros, $38 million) to sign him from Southampton, Liverpool head into the new year with renewed belief that they can salvage a troubled campaign.Rodgers had gambled by leaving out captain Steven Gerrard, Kolo Toure and Lazar Markovic and bringing in Moreno, Emre Can and Javier Manquillo as he tinkered with the team that earned a narrow win at Burnley on Boxing Day.But Liverpool started brightly and Martin Skrtel towered above his marker at the far post to head straight at Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.The Reds threatened again as Raheem Sterling’s volley from Moreno’s cross drew a good stop from Fabianski but, when the rebound fell to Lallana, he blazed wildly over the crossbar from close-range.While Liverpool were forcing Swansea back, they were still searching for the cutting edge that has been missing for much of the season and Philippe Coutinho could only produce a weak shot from the edge of the penalty area that was easily gathered by Fabianski.Swansea enjoyed a sustained period of possession that ended with Wayne Routledge’s deep cross being met by Nathan Dyer, but the winger’s header was easy for Simon Mignolet to pluck from the air.– Flowing move –Rodgers’s side finally made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute with a flowing move started and finished by Moreno.The Spanish left-back advanced to pick out Lallana, who in turn slipped Jordan Henderson into space on the left.Moreno had carried on his run and met Henderson’s low cross into the six-yard box with a half-volley that crashed off Fabianski and into the net.Coutinho fired into the side-netting from a tight angle after a mazy run as Liverpool pushed for a second goal.Swansea midfielder Shelvey was fortunate to escape punishment from referee Andre Marriner before half-time when he caught Can in the face with a flailing elbow.Liverpool have struggled to kill off opponents this season but they were gifted a second goal in the 51st minute.Fabiasnki took an age on the ball after a back pass and his clearance smacked into Lallana and bounced over the embarrassed Swansea goalkeeper and into the net.The visitors got one back a minute later when Sigurdsson converted from close range after Wayne Routledge’s cross dropped kindly for the midfielder.But moments later Wilfried Bony was unable to beat Mignolet and Liverpool took advantage to kill off Garry Monk’s men in the 61st minute.Coutinho’s deft flick sent Lallana through the midfield and he cut inside two defenders before striking low past Fabianski.Seven minutes later, Henderson’s right-wing corner was flicked into his own net by Shelvey to seal the win.There was still time for more controversy as Sterling flicked his hand in the direction of Federico Fernandez but avoided censure from Marriner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere poses with the SportPesa Premier League Fans Award for September on October 15, 2016 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Courtesy.NAIROBI, October 15 – Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere became the second SportPesa Premier League star to bag both the fans and journalist monthly awards.The Ugandan-born former Rwandese international tallied 1689 votes in a ten-day poll conducted on soka.co.ke to beat AFC Leopards Lamine Diallo (431), Nakuru All Stars youngster Boniface Akenga (118), Ulinzi Stars custodian Francis Ochieng (59) and Chemelil Sugar FC striker Meshack Karani (39). Kagere who was instrumental in K’Ogalo’s 4-2 GOTv Shield victory over lower division side, Palos FC on Wednesday, thanked his teammates and the fans that voted, pointing out that he wasn’t expecting to win the award since he’s a foreign player.He follows teammate Ali Abondo who collected both awards in March when they were launched to run in parallel at the beginning of this season.“I thank God for this award though I wasn’t really hoping to win it. As a foreign player who have to work harder and that is what I have been doing,” Kagere said shortly after he was presented with the award,“I’m a very ambitious man and I always focus on the future. Better things are on the way for me. I joined Gor from a European team because I wanted to learn more. The SPL is tough and you have to work harder since it’s very physical,” the striker with 13 league goals.“Awards open doors for players and I urge the rest to continue pushing and all will be well,” he added.Kagere is fifth winner of the fans accolade with Paul Kiongera, Jacob Keli, Victor Ali Abondo and Bernard Mangoli having won it in the past.He received Sh10,000 and a plaque for this accolade having been named the September winner of the SportPesa/SJAK Player of the Month on Tuesday.“Winning the Premier League unbeaten was my biggest achievement and I’m hoping we will not lose the remaining two games,” Kagere, 29, who is fired up to win the treble with Gor said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The ArtsPost in Fort St. John has launched a new artsy initiative for residents to show their support for pipelines and other resource-based economic drivers in Northern B.C.From now until May 17th, the ArtsPost will be giving away free hard hats for residents to paint in order to show their support for the oil and gas, and other northern industries. After May 6th, the hard hats will also be available to pick up at Peace Gallery North in the NPCC.Some of the hard hats available at the Artsport for the Paint A Hard Hat program. Photo by John Luke Kieper.- Advertisement -The Artspost is asking residents to paint their hard hats and then bring them back to the Art Gallery by May 17th. Then on May 19th, the Gallery will be hosting a free toast event to the pipeline, hosted by the Fort St. John Arts Council and AAA Safety.Supplied photoTo help give residents some inspiration with their painting, the ArtsPost will be putting on a Free Paint Day this Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tanya Shymko will be giving attendees some help with their painting, while providing hard hats, paints, and instruction for free.Advertisement For more information, contact the ArtsPost at (250) 787-2781, or email email@example.com.
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly committee voted Wednesday to allow judges to edit personal and financial information out of divorce records if a spouse requests that the information be kept private. The Appropriations Committee endorsed a bill that supporters framed as critical to privacy and identity-theft prevention, but opponents warned would lock the public out of court proceedings. A 12-3 vote sent the measure to the full Assembly. “In every case, whether you are rich or poor, everything down to the balance in your checking account is available to the public,” said Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, the bill’s author. “I just don’t see any reason for that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWomen’s organizations, judicial groups and First Amendment advocates lined up in the committee room to urge lawmakers to reject the bill over public access and equality issues. Tracy Kenny, legislative advocate of the Judicial Council of California, said the courts will look like they have something to hide if judges make divorce records secret and then rule on the case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Inter have reportedly agreed personal terms with Sanchez 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate The Serie A outfit are far from finished in the market, even after shelling out £72million on Romelu Lukaku, and the Daily Mail report that they would be willing to offer around £20m for Sanchez.The report also claimed Inter will offer the 30-year-old around £5m-per-year, a significant drop in his currently wage which current stands at £9m-a-year.Now, Sky Sports Italy claim Sanchez has agreed personal terms with Inter and his agent is now set to start negotiating with Man United over a transfer fee. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman However, ahead of Unted’s match against Wolves on Monday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer poured cold water on the rumours and backed the Chilean to come good.He said: “Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day, really hard, and he wants to be part of this.“It’s these stories again that he’s been put in the reserves and all this – of course he hasn’t.“He’s part of our squad and he’s a very, very good player. He’s had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest but he’s very close to being part of it.”Also when asked if Sanchez will be an option as striker this season, Solskjaer said: “We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers, so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect.“We expect him to come good at this club. He’s quality.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ on target New job Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship FAREWELL Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested OFF What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Inter Milan have agreed personal terms with Manchester United’s unsettled winger Alexis Sanchez, according to reports.San Siro chief Antonio Conte wants to bring Sanchez back to Italy this summer, but the forward’s enormous wages may well be a stumbling block in the deal. latest LATEST Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta deals
GOSSIP Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has joined Turkish club Besiktas on a season-long loan.The Egyptian midfielder becomes the second departure of the day at the Emirates, following the permanent exit of defender Nacho Monreal, who signed for Real Sociedad. Summer signing Kieran Tierney continues to nurse his way back from a double hernia operation, and on the other flank, Hector Bellerin is still recovering from a long-term knee injury.However, it is understood both Tierney and Bellerin are close to fitness, and should return to full training in September.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. LATEST Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Monreal started all three of Arsenal’s opening games LIVING THE DREAM Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Elneny has hardly featured since Emery’s arrival Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Getty – Contributor Elneny has fallen out of favour under Unai Emery, with his game time restricted mostly to cup competitions.He played just 17 times during the 2018/19 campaign, and this season, he was not named in any of the opening three matchday squads.Emery has favoured academy star Joe Willock in recent weeks, as well as Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos. target three-way race LATEST TRANSFER NEWS TOP WORK But while Elneny’s departure makes sense, the decision to let Monreal go leaves the Gunners alarmingly short of options at full-back.The move leaves the Gunners with just one fit senior left-back – Sead Kolasinac – ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.Monreal had started all three of the Gunners’ opening Premier League fixtures, with Kolasinac being eased back into action after he was the victim of an attempted carjacking. Getty – Contributor 2 targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father
Rangers attackers Ryan Kent and Kyle Lafferty have been ruled out of the Light Blues’ match with Spartak Moscow through injury.Manager Steven Gerrard confirmed winger Kent has suffered a hamstring injury which rules him out until after the international break.Northern Irish striker Lafferty, meanwhile, hasn’t made the trip to Russia after pulling up short with a thigh injury.Defender Borna Barisic is still sidelined with the injury he suffered on international duty with Croatia. Rangers face Spartak Moscow on Thursday as they look to hold onto top spot in their Europa League group.Speaking ahead of the match, Gerrard said: “Against St Mirren, Ryan Kent has come off with a hamstring issue which we are looking into at the moment. “Ryan won’t be available for us over here in Moscow and at Motherwell either. “Obviously it’s an opportunity for someone else, certainly over the next couple of games, to come in and express themselves. “But there’s no getting away from it that it’s a big disappointment for myself and the team because Ryan has been in fantastic form and is a real threat for us.“But I’m sure other people are chomping at the bit for an opportunity.“Kyle has still got an issue in his quad muscle, so unfortunately he hasn’t made it here.”
Sligo’s Red Óg Murphy is returning home from Australia.The Curry and Sligo footballer joined AFL side North Melbourne on a two-year rookie contract last November.And football-wise he was doing well there – scoring two goals for the club’s second team last weekend.However, Ocean FM Sport has established that Murphy has decided to return home for good – and is set to continue his Leaving Certificate studies with St Attracta’s in Tubbecurry from next week.
Reigning conference champion Marshfield girls basketball is 1-3 on the young seasonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield girls basketball team went undefeated in the Wisconsin Valley Conference last season and lost just three games, the last one coming in the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals, just one game away from the state tournament.Fast forward to the start of this season, and things are not going quite as well for the Tigers.Marshfield, which returned three starters and four key players from last year’s team, is playing without junior forward Hannah Meverden, who is out with an injury, and has not been able to find its groove through the early going.With 18 games remaining, starting Friday night at Wisconsin Rapids, the season is far from lost. Head coach Heidi Michaelis said following the Tigers’ loss to Stevens Point in their Wisconsin Valley Conference opener on Tuesday that she is confident her team will rebound from an uncharacteristic 1-3 start to the year.“It’s so early,” Michaelis said. “Most teams have seven or eight games in. We have four. There’s a lot of season to be played. Do I want us to (do) better than we were? Yes, I do, but we’re talking about four games out of 22. That’s a lot of games. Playing hard — whether shots are going in or not — plays a big part of it. If you have four people out of five on the same page or three out of five that are out there, it doesn’t work. We all have to be on the same page, and right now we’re definitely not. It’s a long season, a lot of time to get things corrected, and we will.“It’s way too early to put your head down. I want to be the best we can at the end of the season and for sure not on Dec. 13. We’ll keep working.”A common theme, and an unusual one at that for a Michaelis-coached team, has been the lack of defense. Marshfield has allowed more than 70 points and at least 24 made field goals in all three of its losses.“If we don’t play defense better than that, and we don’t get stops and compound that by not rebounding, (it is) tough to win games,” Michaelis said. “In our three losses, we have given up over 70 points. That’s not how we’ve been able to be successful, and we have to figure out a way to play better team defense. Right now, we’re just struggling.”While the Tigers have been OK on the offensive end, with senior Ema Fehrenbach averaging 19 points and senior Maddie Nikolai scoring 11 points per contest, they have been inconsistent.Marshfield shot better than 50 percent in its opening two games but combined to go only 42 percent in its last two. The decline is a result, in part, of its defense not making stops and getting out in transition to score easy hoops.“We’ve been able to score points, but if you continue to give up quick baskets on the other end, it doesn’t really matter how much you can score,” Michaels said. “We don’t have enough to outscore someone in the 70s. You have to be able to score, but then you have to come back and get three stops in a row. We have not done that. The result is, simply, we’re going to lose.”Following Friday’s game at Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield will be home for its next three games: Dec. 20 against Merrill and for its annual holiday tournament on Dec. 28-29 against Hudson and Oshkosh North.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier today, our Sarah Perez reported on the news that AT&T had taken to Twitter to respond to the legions of customers (myself included) who regularly have to deal with various connectivity nightmares with their iPhones.As someone who likes to complain, I’ve found that doing it on Twitter is hit and miss at best. Sure, pioneers like @comcastcares and Zappos made us think that great customer service via social media channels was more the norm and the exception, but we know better. It’s often the “influencers” who have traditionally gotten the quick responses from big brands. That dynamic is changing as brands start figuring out that social media is two-way communication, but the change is still slow. That said, how can customer gripes stand out on Twitter? If they’re in haiku form of course!Today we asked our million plus followers to submit their AT&T woes in haiku form, using the #atthaiku hashtag. As expected, they came through in fine fashion with some very creative, funny and inspiring submissions.How effective was our exercise? AT&T started to respond to some our our submitters, and they even submitted their own haiku for good measure.While haiku won’t single-handedly solve AT&T’s myriad of issues, or prevent thousands from a mass exodus to Verizon in January, it does prove that 17th century Japanese poetry does a significant role in the marriage between social media and customer service. We once again utilized Storify to capture the best haiku from our great followers. Enjoy! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market seamus condron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#community#web
Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now As it stands, Yahoo today is a hodge-podge of mildy interesting services and has-been services. Lukewarm partnering deals with Microsoft and a lot of cost-cutting do not a sustainable business build. Meanwhile, the company has largely failed to improve its areas of strength and hasn’t introduced anything new and interesting during Bartz’s tenure. Here’s hoping someone puts some life back into Flickr before the inevitable sale of Yahoo for much less than the hefty price tag Microsoft offered years ago.Microsoft: Steve BallmerJust a few years ago, Microsoft seemed unbeatable. It was the 800-pound gorilla, and it looked (to many) like the company would always be the dominant tech player. Fast forward to 2011, and Microsoft is looking quite vulnerable indeed. You can thank CEO Steve Ballmer for that.While the company is in little danger of going broke, Microsoft is having a lot of trouble gaining traction outside its Windows and Office strongholds. The Xbox franchise is doing well, but the company has missed big on phones and tablets. Bing isn’t exactly displacing Google Search, either.Ballmer was at the helm during the flop known as Vista. He failed to close the deal to buy Yahoo. This year, Ballmer steered the company into an ill-advised $8.5 billion to buy Skype. And the company’s vision for Windows 8 looks, well, uninspired so far. Look for Windows 8 to be the next Vista.Microsoft needs someone with vision at the helm, and it’s not Ballmer. Nokia: Stephen ElopWith the lack of interest in Windows Phone 7, you’d have to be crazy to bet the farm on it. Especially if your company has a successful mobile OS in hand, and is partnering with a chipmaker on a next-generation mobile OS that has significant developer interest. Crazy, or Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.Elop says that Nokia couldn’t build an ecosystem around MeeGo fast enough, but jumped into a deal with Microsoft that won’t see phones delivered until this fall at the earliest. Meanwhile, the company launched its one promised MeeGo phone to great interest – and then refused to sell it in major markets like the U.S. and Germany.In essence, Elop has turned Nokia’s future over to Microsoft. Given Microsoft’s track record so far on mobile, Elop’s strategy looks like a very poor bet for the company.It’s possible that WP7-based Nokia phones are going to do well, but don’t count on it. The current crop of Windows Phone 7 phones have not sparked that much interest. Microsoft’s longstanding strategy of flailing away at a product until it catches on may not work this time, and Elop has chained Nokia to Microsoft’s sinking ship.AOL: Tim ArmstrongAs ReadWriteWeb’s Dan Rowinski wrote last week, the drama surrounding TechCrunch and Michael Arrington “is indicative of the crumbling state of AOL.”AOL’s bet on the Huffington Post and TechCrunch is starting to look, well, desperate. Content farming just isn’t what AOL needs to turn itself around. With Bartz out at Yahoo, more than a few pundits are calling for Armstrong’s head next – and I think the AOL board should deliver.According to InvestorPlace, shares for AOL are down more than 34% this year. Armstrong is far, far away from creating the “21st century’s Disney,” or even the 21st century’s NBC. But Armstrong is doing a better job than the next CEO on my list.Groupon: Andrew MasonLet me paraphrase Ghostbusters here: Andrew, when Google asks if you want to sell a startup for $6 billion, you say yes!But Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon, has his eyes on a bigger prize. Namely, an IPO where they hope to rake in bigger bucks. But the filings, well, they’ve been a little creative, leaving out tiny expenses like marketing. Oops. Groupon’s “adjusted consolidated segment operating income” didn’t please the Securities and Exchange Commission.Groupon’s finances might look better if Mason hadn’t already cashed in $28 million and other partners hadn’t already nabbed nearly $380 million out of its financing rounds.Finally, there’s the tiny matter of a leaked memo during the quiet period. Groupon has canceled the IPO roadshow and it might be a while before the company can rally for a second try. Meanwhile, competitors like Living Social and Google are nipping at Groupon’s heels. Did I mention that Mason should have taken the $6 billion?HP: Leo ApothekerSaving the best of the worst for last, the leader of the pack of terrible CEOs is HP’s Leo Apotheker. It’s hard to overstate just how amazingly bad Apotheker’s short tenure as HP CEO is looking right now, but let’s recap.First, Apotheker pursued a highly expensive deal to buy Autonomy. That shook shareholder confidence to begin with. But then Apotheker decided to really shake things up and bail on the TouchPad. For extra class, HP spilled the TouchPad news the same day one of their folks gave a webOS keynote at LinuxCon.To be fair, Apotheker wasn’t responsible for HP buying Palm – so his decision to do a 180 on webOS and the TouchPad not even two months after the launch of the TouchPad is almost understandable. But while I’m a fan of the “fail fast” school of thought, it’s arguable that Apotheker simply didn’t give the TouchPad a fighting chance.At the same time, HP has let slip that it’s looking to exit the PC business. There’s nothing wrong with leaving an unprofitable market, of course, but IBM showed how it’s done – find a buyer, and make an organized retreat. Instead, HP is signaling that it wants out without a buyer lined up. Now HP just looks desperate.Speaking of desperate, there’s the suit against Oracle on Itanium. Even if HP somehow manages to win the suit, they’re still the losers. If you have to sue a competitor to continue supporting a platform, do you really expect customers to be brimming with confidence about the platform or the competitor’s delivery on the platform? HP continues to flog a dying platform much to the detriment of its customers and shareholders. If Apotheker wants to improve HP, he could do better than rearrange deck chairs on the Itanic.Apotheker may have a clear vision and roadmap in his head for HP – but he’s failed to articulate it in a way that’s convincing that he has HP on the right course.What’s amazing to me isn’t just how bad a job these CEOs are doing, but the money they make doing it. Even failed CEOs make millions of dollars, and (like Bartz) walk away with parting gifts in the millions. For that money, you could hire almost anyone – certainly AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, HP and others could find better. And well they should. Soon.No doubt the ReadWriteWeb audience has some thoughts on the matter as well. Think that Apotheker is really doing a bang-up job? AOL is on the right track? Who’s your pick for worst CEO in tech? Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… joe brockmeier 1 Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tech CEOs are getting a lot of attention lately. With the exception of exiting Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the attention is not a good thing. From Carol Bartz’s abrupt firing to Andrew Mason’s IPO-icing shenanigans, many tech CEOs don’t seem to be earning a janitor’s salary – much less the inflated compensation they’re getting. So I decided to take a look around and see, who are the worst CEOs in tech? I limited the selection to those CEOs currently (or very near currently) working. So that means that some of the worst tech CEOs in history (see, for instance, SCO’s Darl McBride) aren’t on the list. Honorable Mention: Carol BartzWith Carol Bartz unceremoniously getting the axe this week, you might think she’d top my list of worst tech CEOs. True, Bartz didn’t manage to turn Yahoo around. However, there’s a strong argument to be made that Yahoo’s board is just as culpable in the failure to revive Yahoo as Bartz. In fact, Bartz says that Yahoo f—ed her over.(Yes, “Yahoo” – I refuse to add the exclamation point. No one has been excited about Yahoo in half a decade at least.)But Bartz makes the list because, frankly, she failed to live up to her promise as a bold CEO that would make changes. If only Bartz had been as decisive and commanding in making the right changes at Yahoo as she was in talking to Michael Arrington, Yahoo might be in much better shape today.