PBA: Pogoy, TNT remain in sharp form, crush Alaska

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pogoy, who also led the Texters with 28 points in a 127-89 demolition of Blackwater last week, was forced to limp out of the floor with 8:44 left after a physical play for a looseball. The Texters were able to carve out the dominant win even with just one other player–Troy Rosario with 15 points–finishing in twin digits and franchise player Jason Castro shooting just eight.With a sweep of their remaining two games in the eliminations, the Texters can avail of the quarterfinal bonus via the backdoor by dragging the No. 2 team into a playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe loss was the third straight for the Aces, who have labored hard all-conference long because of manpower woes. With a 3-5 slate, Alaska would need to sweep their last three games to entertain thoughts of making the playoffs without a hitch. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESRR Pogoy came up with a sharp offensive effort on Friday, leading TNT KaTropa to a 92-78 victory over Alaska as the Texters stayed in the running for a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.Missing just four of 13 field goal attempts for 24 points in just over 20 minutes on the Cuneta Astrodome floor, Pogoy was hot for the second straight outing for the equally sizzling Texters, who won a fourth straight game and rose to 6-3 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A look at the teams in the Champions League quarterfinals Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Cabinet approves over $578M for road works

first_imgA number of road works are expected to get underway as Cabinet approved in excess of $578 million in contracts to be awarded for the rehabilitation and construction of roads across the country.Works ongoing on the East Coast RoadThe Public Infrastructure Ministry will undertake the rehabilitation of miscellaneous roads in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), including the Coldigen Road Network, East Coast Demerara (ECD), which was awarded to A&S General Contractors Incorporated at a cost of $56.4 million. The Cane Grove Main Road, Mahaica will also see upgrades being carried by BK International Incorporated for $82.6 million.Meanwhile, under the Communities Ministry, in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), much-needed works will be done to upgrade Semple Street – a $22.6 million contract awarded to Shereaz Bacchus General Contractor; Saga Street, Bath Settlement – a $14.4 million contract awarded to Golden Splash Construction Service; Sideline Dam, Onderneeming – a $12 million contract awarded to Romel Jagroop General Construction Service; and the Eastern Sideline Dam in Belladrum to be upgraded by Shereaz Bacchus General Contractor to the tune of $13.9 million.In Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), road works at Four Miles, Bartica were awarded to B&J Civil Works for $57.6 million.Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) will see works conducted at Nursery School Road, Richmond Housing Scheme, by Vish Turbo Contracting for $19.6 million, and at Sideline Dam, Henrietta, conducted by Mohamed Ramzanalli Khan for $22 million, while Mohamed Fawaaz Bacchus Construction & Transportation Services was given the $26.3 million contract for the enhancement of Main Street, Charity Housing Scheme, which also includes a link to the public road.Adding to that, several streets in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are listed for rehabilitative works. These include: Bristol Street, Levi Dam, and Patrick Dam at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam; Lucas Street, Corriverton, and Second Cross Street, Rose Hall, Berbice – for a total sum of $136.4 million.Works will also be executed in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) at Bacchus Street, Wismar for $16.7 million; Homestretch, Christiansburg to the tune of $14.7 million; Johnson Ring, Block 22, Linden, for $37 million; Main Street, Amelia’s Ward (South) at a cost of $37.9 million; Proctor Road, Kara Kara, $24 million; and South Lane Road, Amelia’s Ward (South) for $26.5 million.These projects are part of Government’s commitment to upgrade the country’s road network. In fact, it is currently undertaking two major road improvement projects.The East Coast Road Expansion Project is underway and is expected to be completed before the ending of this year. The US$50.2 million project has two components; one features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale and the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China Export-Import (EXIM) Bank to finance the road project, under an agreement signed in January last year. In total, 16.998 kilometres of roads and 33.996 kilometres of drains are to be built.Meanwhile, the US$31.03 million Sheriff Street to Mandela Avenue project is being executed by Sinohydro Corporation Ltd. The two-year project, which will cover approximately seven kilometres of road, is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and involves the relocation of utilities, lane and shoulder improvements, placement of sidewalks and paved shoulders, traffic signals, traffic signs, streetlights, drainage, a pedestrian overhead walkway, culverts, bridges, and a roundabout.last_img read more

Trial continues for man accused of killing Temple City landlord

first_imgALHAMBRA – Jury deliberations will continue in the trial of a man who is accused of killing his landlord in Temple City. Leon Ban-Jye Ko is charged with murder in the death of Ai Chin “Sally” Liu, 50, and the attempted murder of her husband, Jong Hsin “Jackson” Hong, on Oct. 16, 2001. Prosecutors allege Ko shot the two during an argument at the home they shared in the 49000 block of Arden Drive in Temple City. The couple’s then-11-year-old son called 9-1-1, investigators have said. Ko was arrested in Nevada. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mattel apologizes to China for massive toy recalls

first_imgThe carefully worded apology, delivered with company lawyers present, underscores China’s central role in Mattel’s business. The world’s largest toy maker has been in China for 25 years and about 65 percent of its products are made in China. The fence-mending call came ahead of an expected visit to China by Mattel’s chairman and chief executive, Robert A. Eckert. Following the massive recall, Eckert told U.S. lawmakers he wanted to see Mattel’s mainland inspections first hand. Mattel ordered three high-profile recalls this summer involving more than 21 million Chinese-made toys, including Barbie doll accessories and toy cars because of concerns about lead paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed. The recalls have prompted complaints from China that manufacturers were being blamed for design faults introduced by Mattel. On Friday, Debrowski acknowledged that “vast majority of those products that were recalled were the result of a design flaw in Mattel’s design, not through a manufacturing flaw in China’s manufacturers.” Lead-tainted toys accounted for only a small percentage of all toys recalled, he said, adding that: “We understand and appreciate deeply the issues that this has caused for the reputation of Chinese manufacturers.” In a statement issued by the company, Mattel said its lead-related recalls were “overly inclusive, including toys that may not have had lead in paint in excess of the U.S. standards. “The follow-up inspections also confirmed that part of the recalled toys complied with the U.S. standards,” the statement said, without giving specific figures. The co-owner of the company that supplied the lead-tainted toys to Mattel, Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., committed suicide in August shortly after the recall was announced. Li reminded Debrowski that “a large part of your annual profit … comes from your factories in China. “This shows that our cooperation is in the interests of Mattel, and both parties should value our cooperation. I really hope that Mattel can learn lessons and gain experience from these incidents,” Li said, adding that Mattel should “improve their control measures.” Li, the head of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, also expressed his appreciation for Debrowski’s “objective and responsible attitude toward the recent toy recall.” Chinese food, drugs and other products ranging from toothpaste to seafood are under intense scrutiny because they have been found to contain potentially deadly substances. But China has bristled at what it claims is a campaign to discredit its reputation as an exporter. It accuses foreign media and others of playing up its product safety issues as a form of protectionism. Beijing insists that the vast majority of its exports are safe but has stepped up inspections of food, drugs and other products in response to the concerns. Li told reporters after meeting with Debrowski that the government had taken swift action against Lee Der, shutting down its operations and revoking its business license. Four people from the company also face criminal charges, he said, without giving details. Since this summer’s recalls Mattel has announced plans to upgrade its safety system by certifying suppliers and increasing the frequency of random, unannounced inspections. It has fired several manufacturers. Tests had found that lead levels in paint in recalled toys were as high as 110,000 parts per million, or nearly 200 times higher than the accepted safety ceiling of 600 parts per million. Mattel’s shares fell from the mid-$23 level following the first recall in early August, reaching as low as $20.97 on Sept. 10. They have since rebounded, and rose 63 cents to 2.7 percent to $24.19 in early trading Friday. China has become a center for the world’s toy-making industry, exporting $7.5 billion worth of toys last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! U.S.-based toy giant Mattel Inc. issued an extraordinary apology to China today over the recall of Chinese-made toys, taking responsibility for design flaws and saying it had recalled more lead-tainted toys than justified. The gesture by Thomas A. Debrowski, Mattel’s executive vice president for worldwide operations, came in a meeting in Beijing with Chinese product safety chief Li Changjiang, at which Li upbraided the company for maintaining weak safety controls. “Our reputation has been damaged lately by these recalls,” Debrowski told Li in a meeting at Li’s office at which reporters were allowed to be present. “And Mattel takes full responsibility for these recalls and apologizes personally to you, the Chinese people, and all of our customers who received the toys,” Debrowski said. last_img read more


first_imgMojo after their amazing performance at Limerick Indie Week.They came, they played and they blew Limerick away!We all know what Donegal rockers Mojo GoGo are capable of.But now so too do the southern half of Ireland after the band won the Limerick Independent Music Committee’s Top Indie Band award which was arranged as part of Limerick’s City of Culture celebrations. The lads put in some amazing performances and quite rightly came out on top.And their prize?As well as building up a new legion of fans, the guys will be heading to Canada.They will be a headliner of 250 bands at INDIE WEEK CANADA between October 15-19, 2014. This is a terrific achievement for the lads – Niki Pollock from Dungloe, Paul Rodgers from Burtonport, Jordan Carty from Donegal Town and Keelin Gallagher from Killybegs.In the meantime the lads are off to Germany this week, headlining at a festival.Tickets will be on sale in May for AranMojo, this is the 3rd year for this festival which is held on Arranmore Island 16th & 17th of August, with an amazing lineup of bands again this year. MOJO GOGO GOING TO CANADA AFTER WINNING INDIE BAND COMPETITION was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CanadadonegalLImerick Indie WeekMOJO GOGOlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal teenager Oisin Merritt has shown some positive signs as he battles to recover after a tragic fall. Oisin pictured with his girlfriend JosephineOn Sunday, Oisin’s family issued a statement through the Villa Rose Hotel, were Oisin works as a bartender.In the statement they thanked everybody for all their prayers and support, but said Oisin wasn’t responding to the treatment. They asked for everybody to remain positive and for everyone to keep praying for Oisin.Oisin 19, from Stranorlar suffered serious head injuries after falling while holidaying with friends in Santa Ponsa a fortnight ago.Oisin is a talented footballer and plays for the Finn Harps U19 and reserve sides.However, the club has now posted the following message on their Facebook timeline earlier stating that Oisin had made some small improvements in his condition. Finn Harps posted, “News from Spain is that Oisin’s pressure reading has reduced in recent days. Baby steps in what we pray will eventually lead to the path of recovery. Oisin’s family would be very grateful if everyone would continue to send their prayers and positive thoughts. Many Thanks #prayforoisin BRAVE OISIN SHOWING POSITIVE SIGNS IN HIS FIGHT FOR LIFE was last modified: June 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeydonegalfallfinn harpsOisin MerrittSanta Ponsalast_img read more

South Africa – and Johannesburg – the richest in Africa

first_imgA view of the Sandton central business district in northern Johannesburg, which has the largest square metreage of office space in South Africa. The nearby suburb of Sandhurst is home to the largest number of dollar millionaires on the continent. (Image: South African Tourism. Click for a larger view.) • Andrew Amoils Head of reports team New World Wealth+27 11 884 3836 andrew@nw-wealth.com • South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world • Strong showing in global competitiveness • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward path • Brewing business success: SAB Miller’s Graham Mackay • South Africa’s black middle class on the riseSulaiman PhilipOver the next year 262 000 square metres of new office space will come on line in Sandton, northern Johannesburg – more than three times the amount of space developed in 2012, and 61% of all new commercial construction in South Africa. Sandton is set to have the country’s largest concentration of office space, surpassing the southern Johannesburg CBD’s 166 700 square metres, and pushing Cape Town, with its 93 5208 square metres of office space, down to third.All this construction will add more than 8 700 cars to the 19 500 driving into the Sandton area during the week. As odd as it may seem, the annoyance of daily traffic jams are a sign of a booming economy.The cranes dotting Sandton’s skyline are a concrete reminder that South Africa remains the largest and strongest economy in Africa. According to a new report, Wealth Statistics in Africa (PDF), compiled by consultancy New World Wealth, the average South African is now worth $11 310, up from $4 200 in 2000. The consultancy puts this 169% rise in per capita wealth down to policies protecting asset ownership, a well-regulated banking system, and a free and independent media.Security of investmentAccording to Andrew Amoils, a senior analyst at New World Wealth, while South Africa is still the strongest economy on the continent, this growth is slowing. For example, over the same period Angola grew by 737%. But investor security is what South Africa has over other African nations, Amoils said. “The right to own anything in South Africa is firm and this gives investors confidence and a will to buy anything from property to other assets in the country without worrying about ownership. Proper banking systems boosted investors’ confidence in the country and also promoted the circulation of cash.”The New World Wealth study analysed trends in 19 African countries between 2000 and 2013. It used government statistics covering income distribution to determine per capita wealth. Primary residences were excluded in the study, but assets, investments and equities were counted. The research pegged the total value of individual wealth in South Africa at $571.2-billion last year – with most of it concentrated in the City of Johannesburg, of which Sandton forms part.Starting with the discovery of gold in 1886, Johannesburg has grown into the economic engine of Africa. This “world class African city” (as the municipal slogan goes) of 4.4-million people lays claim to being the largest city not built on a near a major water source, and the world’s largest urban artificial forest. Johannesburg is now also home to the highest concentration of dollar millionaires in Africa.There are now more than 23 000 high net worth individuals who call the city home (PDF) – and 285 are multimillionaires, defined as having net assets worth more than $30 million. On average he – and it is a man – is black and in his mid-50s. He lives in Sandhurst and his wealth is derived from black economic empowerment deals. He owns his multimillion-rand home and spends his money on art, classic cars and private jets.The African listDespite its impressive growth, Angola was just ninth on the Wealth Statistics in Africa list. Libya was second with $11 040 per capita and Namibia third at $10 500. Ethiopia, by the consultancy’s measure, was the poorest country in Africa, with wealth per person of only $260. Zimbabwe dropped the furthest on the list, down to just $570.The global average is $27 600, but South Africa ranked healthily with its partners in the Brics grouping of major developing economies. Compared to South Africa’s $11 310, per capita wealth in Brazil is $20 000, in China it is $14 000, with India bringing up the rear at less than $2 000.Growth to benefit allAn assessment by the World Bank in April 2013 found that African economies, except for South Africa, grew faster than the global average. The biggest challenge is to keep growth on track to raise the quality of life of all Africans, according to Makhtar Diop, World Bank vice president for Africa. “Without investment in electricity generation and higher agricultural productivity, Africa’s development future cannot prosper. The good news is that governments in Africa are intent on changing this.”Angel Gurria, general secretary of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), makes the case that income equality remains the biggest challenge facing countries today, especially developing economies like South Africa. Higher growth rates have not translated to better living standards across income groups.In South Africa’s Brics partner, Brazil, the earnings ratio between the richest 10% and the poorest is 27:1; the difference in South Africa is more than 100:1. “High levels of inequality generate high costs for society, dampening social mobility, undermining the labour market prospects of vulnerable social groups, and creating social unrest.”Income inequality is one of the biggest challenges facing the country. The profound societal changes the country has undergone in 20 years have sharpened the inequality. But massive social grant and community development programmes have prevented the gap from widening further.Government spending on health and education – 5.3% of GDP for education and 4.6% for health – has also helped to curb inequality. Research by the OECD has shown that spending on social programmes and improvements to healthcare and education go a long way to creating equal opportunities for all.Economic expansion throughout Africa has seen the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day – the World Bank measure of poverty – fall to 48.5% from an estimated 58% between 1996 and 2013.Gurria and the OECD have decided to take a holistic approach to measuring living standards. They have developed new, measurable dimensions on top of income and GDP to measure societal wellbeing.“Life satisfaction, personal safety, and work-life balance matter as well. Social cohesion and inclusive growth are additional crucial perspectives to incorporate into public policies, targeting a renewed social contract that reduces inequalities and benefits the whole of society.”last_img read more

Groundspeak Headquarters is on the Move

first_imgMoving day at GroundspeakRight now, about sixty Groundspeak Lackeys are in the process of packing up desks and loading up boxes. Groundspeak Headquarters, affectionately known as “The Lily Pad,” is moving… about two blocks. We’ll still reside in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA.The move will not affect performance on Geocaching.com. Our new offices allow the team to grow so that we can enhance your geocaching experiences.Groundspeak Headquarters cacheWe’d love for you to visit the new HQ. The Groundspeak Headquarters cache (GCK25B) will make the move too. The coordinates will be updated soon. Visitors to the new office should check out the cache page for instructions on visiting.The move will only take a day. We’ll be back at work in the new offices tomorrow.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYour Virtual Visit to Groundspeak HQApril 8, 2011In “Community”An Open Letter to Groundspeak – from an 11-Year-Old GeocacherJanuary 21, 2011In “Community”The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

New Apps for Your iPhone and Android: February 2011 Edition

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement iDisplay: This app turns your Android phone or tablet into a second screen for your computer (Mac or PC). ($4.99) ToothTag: The first demonstration of startup NeuAer’s “smarter smartphone” technology, this app lets you ‘tag’ wireless Bluetooth and WiFi devices and networks, then setup rules to automate actions on your smartphone, for example, your phone can play a tune when you walk by a coffee shop where your friends are hanging out. (Free) Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Viewdle: This company promises mobile apps that will analyze faces in the camera’s viewfinder and link those to Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and more. Its facial recognition feature learns the more you use it. Sounds a lot like the highly-anticiapted, then discontinued AugmentedID/Recognizr app from TAT. Our coverage here.Chute: Designed to be a simpler way to share photos with friends and family or upload them to various online cloud services, Chute will arrive in March to both iPhone and Android. Our coverage here.Route 66 + Navigation: Revealed at Mobile World Congress, this app uses TomTom’s navigation and combines it with an augmented reality view that shows you a virtual car you can follow to your destination. In 2011, we launched a new series where we round up some of our favorite new apps for smartphones (primarily iPhone and Android) on a monthly basis. With February now coming to a close, we’ve listed some of the new apps that caught our eye this month below. This month’s list includes both those that are available now and those we’re eagerly anticipating.Both iPhone & AndroidLiveShare: From Cooliris, known for their 3D browser extensions, LiveShare is new group photo-sharing. Like Beluga for photos, LiveShare groups can be public or private with no limits on number of friends. New features are coming soon, says the team. Also available for Windows Phone 7. (Free) SpeechTrans: A “universal translator” that provides both speech-to-speech and text-to-speech translation. ($19.99) Thwapr: Bypass iPhone’s 1-minute email/MMS video sharing restrictions with Thwapr which lets you send videos up to 30 minutes via an SMS link. Works with photos, too. (Free) Related Posts Sorami: This Android app (in beta) brings Microsoft’s SkyDrive service to your mobile so you can browse files, upload and download. (Free) Graphic.ly: Comic book store and reader arrives on Android and syncs your purchases from its other smartphone apps and PC. (Free).Zagat: Notable reviews service Zagat helps you find places to eat, stay and be entertained. ($9.99)RedBox: Video rental service RedBox now has an Android app that lets you browse the catalog and even reserve DVDs at a particular location for pick-up.PlayOn: Popular media center enabler, PlayOn now enabled mobile support for Android, providing access to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, plus TBS, CBS, PBS, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and more. (Free trial, $39.99/year)MapQuest: Turn-by-turn navigation using OpenStreetMaps for those both inside and outside the U.S. on Android. Our coverage here. (Free)Bejeweled2: Stop with the clones – the official, addictive jewel puzzle game has arrived on Android. ($2.99)CNN for Android tablets: One of the first big names to launch on Android Honeycomb, the tablet-optimized version of the Android mobile operating system. Not only does it take advantage of Honeycomb specific features, including homescreen widgets, it’s also the first time CNN’s iReport is available in a tablet format. Silent Time: Silences your Android phone based on the time of day. Simple to set up and use. (Free) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Clock widget: Another reason why you should be perusing the XDA-Developers site, this widget is only available in APK format from this thread. (Free) Hipmunk: Popular flight finder arrives on iOS devices for quick and easy flight searches on the go. When you find the one you want, you can even email a link to yourself so you can book it when you get back to your computer. (Free)center_img SnapTax: Intuit’s new application that lets you prepare and file your taxes on your mobile device. Launched earlier this year, but deserves a spot in this month’s round-up given that tax day is fast approaching! (Free to try, $14.99 when you file)LiveProfile: Like BBM for Android, iPhone and soon – yes – even BlackBerry, LiveProfile does real-time chat, lets you see when messages are delivered, read or when your friend is typing and it includes profiles, pictures and status messages. (Free) sarah perez Fipplr: An Android homescreen concept app that uses feeds and animations. No word on whether it will be released commercially or not. ElsewhereTwitter for BlackBerry (update): The official BlackBerry Twitter client launched into beta (version 1.1) and with it came new features: geotagging, new notifications, an improved UI and more.Foursquare for Series 40 (new): Popular checkin app Foursquare expands its reach to Nokia’s Series 40 devices. An S 60 version was already available.TeasedGoogle Movie Studio: It’s Google’s version of iMovie, built for Android tablets. Teased during a demo at Mobile World Congress. iPhoneKromath: Pricey, but worth it for professionals in need, this app lets you replace blue or green backgrounds with any photo of your choosing. A video version is in the works, too. (Sale: $19.99) Smartr: This app turns your Twitter feed into a newsreader so you can see what your friends are linking to. Supports Instapaper integration, too. ($2.99) RD Mute: This app lets you mute your Android phone just by placing it facedown on a surface or, optionally, when the GPS registers a speed of 31 MPH or more. (Free) Google Translate: In case you missed the news, Google Translate is now available on the iPhone, too. Our coverage here. (Free)TechDygest: A tech news aggregator like Techmeme, but for the iPhone. Our coverage here. (Free)Sneakyshot: Like the name implies, this app lets you take photos surreptitiously. Pretend to be talking on the phone and the app snaps 4 photos on the sly. ($1.99)AndroidZimly: An alternative music player for Android with an attractive UI and all the necessary features a media player needs. (Free) Facebook Messenger: Chat with Facebook friends and make free voice calls using this new IM/VoIP app for iPhone. ($0.99) Photopod: This app lets you manage, upload, download and edit your photos across a number of services including Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, TwitPic and Dropbox. (UK app store – £1.19) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Argon: An open standards-based augmented reality Web browser developed by Georgia Tech. This app downloads AR experiences from Argon-enabled websites and has plans for 3D support in future updates. Our coverage here. (Free) Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#web last_img read more

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of Greenwashing

first_imgThe complaint was filed May 29 by the Washington Forest Law Center on behalf of both ForestEthics and Greenpeace. RELATED ARTICLES USGBC’s Wood-Certification KerfuffleFSC-Certified Wood Framing LumberLEED Challenged in North CarolinaFlorida Bill a ‘Backlash’ Against LEED Rules Are FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs? A West Coast forest advocacy group is renewing greenwashing claims against The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) in a new filing with the Federal Trade Commission.ForestEthics said its 22-page complaint alleges SFI has violated revised FTC “Green Guides,” which are designed to ensure manufacturers are truthful when claiming their products are green.ForestEthics says SFI is supported by the timber and paper industry, and that it permits forestry practices that harm wildlife, pollute water and allow the use of toxic herbicides and fertilizers.“The Sustainable Forestry Initiative label is the timber industry’s cynical effort to get a piece of the highly valuable green marketplace in the US, which is currently valued at $500 billion dollars annually,” Aaron Sanger of ForestEthics said in a prepared statement. “We have demonstrable proof that in many regions of the U.S. and Canada, SFI offers virtually no environmental protection beyond that already required by state and federal laws and worse, it offers cover and false marketing for companies trying to take advantage of consumers’ best intentions.” The dispute goes back to 2009ForestEthics first filed a complaint against SFI four years ago. Federal regulators took no action then, SFI said, and the new complaint amounts to “recycling” the tactic used at the time.“ForestEthics is a campaign group,” Monique Hanis, SFI’s chief operating officer and vice president for marketing and communications, said in a telephone interview. “Its purpose is to attack our organization. This is all about market share. Their object is to provide misinformation and to promote the [Forest Stewardship Council], our competition.“We have the opinion that there’s room for both and that we should all just be focused on trying to certify more forest land and continue to improve best practices for sustainable forestry.”Hanis said SFI is governed by a board that represents three sectors equally: environmental, social and economic.“SFI is committed to complying with the FTC Green Guides on environmental labeling and advertising,” she said.Hanis added that SFI is about to start a review of its standards. “We invite ForestEthics and any other organizations that have concerns about our standards or our program to participate in this.” No lawsuit for nowIn announcing its new complaint, ForestEthics said it had received a “cease and desist” letter from SFI in April, which amounted to a “threat to sue.”Hanis said a letter asking ForestEthics to “stop using misleading information and incorrect facts about our program” was sent. When asked whether SFI had plans to file suit, she said, “No, not at this time.”last_img read more