A weird night at Oracle, where the Warriors got every break

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ From Cleveland’s perspective, bad things.Cleveland led by two in the final minute, poised to steal Game 1, when James stepped up and tried to take a charge against Kevin Durant. Referee Ken Mauer called an offensive foul, but it was overturned after replay review.“We had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area,” Mauer said.James was well outside the area, and the Cavs didn’t buy the explanation.“I read that play just as well as I’ve read any play in my career, maybe in my life,” James said.Durant tied the game with a couple of free throws awarded on the call reversal. Big break No. 3.And with about 4 seconds left in the fourth, George Hill went to the line with Cleveland down by one for two shots. Made the first. Missed the second. Smith got the rebound, and ran away from the basket. Overtime. Big break No. 4.“He thought we were up one,” Lue said.“I knew it was tied,” Smith insisted. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We’ve got to move on,” James said. “This game is over and done with.”Easier said than done, particularly with two full off days to now deal with, two full off days to replay everything over and over and over and over and over again.Let’s be clear: The Warriors aren’t here because of luck. They have a coach who has won 80 percent of his career games. They have four All-Stars in the same lineup. They have two NBA MVPs.But they got every break in Game 1. Every break.Start in the beginning, when Smith slipped and stumbled into Thompson’s knee. It had all the makings of some sort of knee structural disaster — the hit came from the side, Thompson twisted awkwardly, went down in a heap and was obviously in immediate, intense pain. Thompson limped away to the Warriors’ locker room for evaluation.He was back in a few minutes. Big break No. 1.“I’m happy it’s just a muscle that got strained,” Thompson said.Then came the final seconds of the first half, Cleveland having a foul to give. Smith would have been best served hugging Curry to make sure no shot got off. Instead, Smith went for a steal — he didn’t get it — and Curry turned and coolly buried a 30-footer and sent the teams into intermission tied. Big break No. 2.“The Finals, man, anything is liable to happen,” Curry said.From his perspective, good things. 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 At least Game 1 of what was supposed to be a lopsided NBA Finals was anything but boring. It had a little of everything: A player stumbled and buckled Klay Thompson’s knee to send the Warriors’ sharp-shooter limping to the locker room in the opening minutes; let Stephen Curry get loose for a 30-footer at the halftime buzzer; grabbed a rebound in the final seconds of regulation with the score tied and inexplicably ran toward midcourt as if he thought the game was over.And all that was just J.R. Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The opener of this Cleveland-Golden State series should have been memorable for other reasons — LeBron James scoring a playoff career-high 51 points, the Warriors having three players score at least 24 and Draymond Green nearly getting a triple-double. Instead, this game’s legacy is an overturned charge call late in regulation, Smith’s gaffes, contradictory explanations from Cleveland and hot tempers in the final seconds. Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, top, yells at Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, bottom, during overtime of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warriors won 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California— The ending was weird.The postgame was weird.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial The extra session was all Golden State. The home team left happy. The fans that packed Oracle Arena went home happy. James went back to his hotel to deal with blurred vision (courtesy of what appeared to be an unintentional first-half eye poke by Green), and the Cavaliers were further angered by Shaun Livingston following Golden State policy by taking a shot in the final seconds of a decided game instead of just getting charged with a shot-clock turnover.“Tonight we played as well as we’ve played all postseason, and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession,” James said. “There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us. Simple as that.”Many onlookers thought this series would be a rout, a Golden State coronation.If the Warriors keep getting every break, they’ll certainly be right.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s assessment? “Lucky.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment? “Robbed.”Warriors 124, Cavaliers 114, overtime. That’s what the box score says and will forever say, and the defending champions are now one step closer to winning their third title in four years. Golden State left Oracle Arena relieved. Cleveland left angered. Those emotions will likely remain in place all the way until Game 2 tips off on Sunday night.James wants the Cavs to put it behind them.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mayweather proud of son for doing something he didn’t do—graduate high school LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Damian Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors

first_imgTrail Blazers: The victory snapped a six-game Portland losing streak to the Raptors. … It was Portland’s third straight win at home. … There was a sizable contingent of Raptors fans displaying several Canadian flags at the Moda Center. One group sang along loudly to the Canadian national anthem before the game.SHAKING OFF THE RUSTLeonard on weathering his slow start: “I missed my first few shots but stuff like that shows you what kind of player you are and how much you believe in your game. I believe in myself and we still had a game to win so I just had to keep being aggressive for me and my teammates. I knew the shots would fall.”Leonard missed the previous two games with a bruised right hip.UP NEXTRaptors: Play at Denver on Sunday.Trail Blazers: Portland has a one-game road trip to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The Raptors, meanwhile, had lost just three previous games on the road this season.“The whole bench — let’s face it, they’ve struggled,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought all five of those guys played with a little bit of confidence, a little bit of emotion. That was good.”Lowry led the Raptors with 23 points in a 113-93 win over Golden State on Wednesday. The victory was costly, however. Jonas Valanciunas dislocated his thumb in the game and required surgery. He will be in a cast for the next four weeks. Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.Portland was coming off a pair of losses on the road to Houston and Memphis.The Blazers went up 42-31 in the first half after Meyers Leonard’s alley-oop dunk from Evan Turner. Portland led by as many as 13 and went into the break in front 58-50.Leonard, who was 0 for 5 from the field in the first half, had eight points to open the third quarter and his jumper got the Raptors to 59-64. But he picked up his fourth foul later in the period and went to the bench for a while.OG Anunoby’s jumper closed the Raptors to 82-80 but Collins answered with a 3-pointer for the Blazers. After Portland had a 91-89 edge going into the fourth, Curry made a pair of 3-pointers and the Blazers pushed the lead to 101-90.Curry hit another 3 to give Portland a 107-93 advantage.TIP-INSRaptors: Former Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher was called up from the G-League on Thursday. He will help fill the void created by Valanciunas’ absence. … It was the third of a four-game road trip for Toronto. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Curry and Collins both played pivotal roles off a Blazers bench that outscored Toronto’s reserves 58-26.“It was good to see everybody get back into a rhythm, and just finally have fun for once,” Collins said. “You know, it’s been a while since we’ve gone out there and just played the game and had fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDamian Lillard had 24 points as the Blazers stopped a two-game slide.Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and scored 28 for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five 3s. Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics Lowry sat out with a left thigh bruise. Fred VanVleet started in his place and finished with 21 points.Portland led by 16 in the fourth but Leonard and C.J. Miles made consecutive 3s to pull the Raptors to 117-113 with 2:44 left.Lillard hit a 3-pointer for Portland before Leonard had another 3 and VanVleet made a layup to get Toronto to 120-118. CJ McCollum and Al Farouq-Aminu answered with consecutive 3s to extend Portland’s lead to 126-118 with just under a minute to go. Leonard dunked on the other end, but the Raptors couldn’t get any closer.“We got it right where we needed to at the start of the fourth but then it was like a one-minute barrage where we had to climb back uphill again and we almost did it,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We went into sellout mode and just about got it.”Portland was in first place in the Western Conference after beating Washington on the road back on Nov. 18 to improve to 11-5. But the team lost eight of 11 going into Friday night’s game to tumble into ninth in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 awardcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, right, tries to get past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — A struggling Trail Blazers bench finally got rolling Friday night, setting a season high for points in a confidence-boosting win over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors.Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-best 13, including three key 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, as Portland held off the league’s top team for a 128-122 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Motorcyclists in Paynesville Equipped to Help Protect Themselves against Ebola

first_imgOn October 31, 2014, The Paynesville City Corporation in collaboration with Liberians Against Ebola, Inc. (LAE, Inc.) donated over five hundred (500) protective jackets (ponchos) and over one hundred (100) spray bottles filled with chlorine to motorcyclists (pem-pem drivers) within the City of Paynesville.It is reported that within the City of Paynesville pem-pem drivers, despite the lack of proper protective gear and disinfectant, risked their lives over recent months by transporting sick passengers to the Ebola Treatment Unit at ELWA Hospital. The donation of supplies, coupled with Ebola sensitization and training through the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) Environmental Health Department, will help protect over 500 Motor-Cyclists from ELWA Junction (AB Tolbert Road), LBS Junction (Lover Street), GSA Junction, Duport Road Junction, Kpelleh Town, and Police Academy Road. The cyclists learned, among other things, about the proper concentration of chlorine and water for the spray bottles and they were encouraged to spray the hands of all passengers before allowing them to be transported on their bike.In a statement, the Mayor of Paynesville, Hon. C. Cyvette M. Gibson noted, “The pem-pem boys are very vulnerable; they lack the proper protective gear and unlike the taxi drivers, they have to make physical contact with their passengers.”  Mayor Gibson reported that H.E. President Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf recently stressed the need to protect the pem-pem boys from the Ebola Virus Disease while they provide services in the country and make their daily income. In response to the request to help these “lone riders,” LAE, Inc. gathered and shipped the needed supplies. This was accomplished with the support of individual donors, volunteers and entities, such as K2M Inc.Since being established in August 2014, LAE Inc. has worked diligently and urgently to raise awareness globally about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as well as raise funds to purchase, transport and distribute medical and food supplies to medical facilities and communities in the City of Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CBL Sets Standards for Credit Unions

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia has set up regulatory standards for the formation of the credit union across Liberia.In a two day brainstorming session at the Liberia Credit Union National Association’s (LCUNA) 5thAnnual General Assembly, which kicked off in the commercial city of Ganta on May 23, 2016, the CBL regulated that, among other things, a credit union should have at least 300 members to be eligible for license from the CBL.The CBL also maintained that a credit union should not: lend money to non-members; conduct cross-border transactions; or take collateral, such as real estate or land that will deprive the shareholders from getting money on time.The CBL also maintained that two credit unions should not bear the same or title as it will create conflict and confusion, but a credit union can have a window or branch bearing the same name.“A credit union cannot directly or indirectly get into acquisition of land/property, except for officers/employees residents,” the CBL regulation said.“The credit union cannot do cross-border transaction, take deposit from non-members or lend money non-members,” said the CBL facilitator Walloh.“Credit does not engage in speculative transaction; gambling and betting,” he added.According to LCUNA Managing Director, Mr. Yarkpazuo M. Gbusiwoi, the CBL regulation will make the credit unions credible and allow them to receive donor support.He said many a time most of the credit union leaders take the credit unions as their own private businesses and use the shareholders’ money any way they felt. However, with this regulation, credit unions will able to maintain a standard that will make them vibrant and credible.J. C. N. Howard, Deputy Head of Microfinance and financial inclusion unit of CBL, said CBL is responsible to monitor and regulate all bank and non-bank financial institutions, including credit unions, in Liberia. Based on the financial institution act, which was passed into law in 1999, the CBL since December 2015 decided to regulate credit unions.The assembly brought together over 150 participants, representing all the credit unions in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Plans moving apace for Linden Town Week 2018

first_imgThe Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) has been moving ahead with ambitious plans to make Linden Town Week 2018 an unprecedented event that would leave ‘a footprint on the town’.In the making is a ‘Visitors Park,’ to be established at the Kara-Kara Dyke, which is to be completed with benches, pathway, and all the other recreational amenities, along with a three dimensional “I Love Linden” signboard to greet visitors.The latter is expected to be a 3D structure hoisted on a solid concrete base. This is in keeping with a 2016 Local Government campaign promise by the Council, after recognizing the need to promote tourism locally as one of its initiatives. Meanwhile, the LM&TC, through the generous support of Jai Signs and Auto Sales Supply, will be erecting fourteen (14) street signs, seven of which will be set up at Wismar while the other seven would be in Mackenzie. According to the LM&TC, this necessary public/private approach to the event’s planning and execution would allow the Council to shoulder responsibility for a few of the community-based events, while allowing the stakeholders to undertake others in keeping with their corporate social responsibility to Linden.Events such as the ‘All Black’ Party and the ‘Linden Town Week Pageant’, among others, will be franchised out through invitation for bids. In the process, expressions of interest are expected to be done via writing to the Council.According to the LM&TC, applications for bidding of events will come at a cost of $2500 dollars and $1000 for non-profit organizations. Additionally, paying for vending spots will commence on March 5, and will run until March 23, 2018.last_img read more

Campaign spending falls

first_imgMajor contributors to Berger’s campaign also included Timothy Hayes Financial Services, $1,600, and Dr. S.E. Moorthy, $1,000, according to the reports. During the election campaign, Berger, Rice and Snow questioned High Desert Medical Group’s ties to Parazo and two other hospital directors, Dr. John Manning and nurse-practitioner Berna Meyer, who also work at High Desert. They questioned potential conflicts of interest and whether High Desert wields undue influence. Parazo said his tenure on the board had shown there were no problems, and he said that was reflected in the public voting for Manning and Meyer in 2004. Spending in the 2006 campaign was a contrast to Antelope Valley Hospital’s 2004 board election, the costliest local election in Antelope Valley history. In the 2004 election, which drew nine candidates, nearly $585,000 was raised and more than $653,000 was spent. In that election, incumbent Dr. Abdallah Farrukh was re-elected along with Manning and Mayer. In the 2002 campaign, a total of $439,452 was raised – $267,729 by Parazo alone. Nearly 60 percent, or $157,500, of Parazo’s contributions came from High Desert Medical Group in the form of cash and nonmonetary donations. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They had faced, as challengers, retired firefighter Roger Berger, former board member and nurse-practitioner Deborah Rice and high school clerk Maricela Tisbert. Snow said she raised about $9,494 and spent more than $8,000. She said she had mailed in her last and final campaign report, but county officials said they had not received it. Berger raised and spent $9,388, and Rice raised $3,637 and spend that same amount, according to campaign reports filed with the county. Tisbert had indicated she did not intend to raise $1,000 or more. Reports covering the period of the last two weeks before the election show that Antelope Valley Emergency Medical Associates, the group of physicians who staff the hospital’s emergency room, contributed $3,000 each to the campaigns of Snow, Berger and Parazo. All of the money raised by Rice came from one contributor, retiree Helen Rodriguez, the reports show. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital’s most recent board election was a low-key affair with a relatively scant $120,500 spent. Re-elected hospital incumbent Dr. Don Parazo led all candidates in the money race, spending $99,481, more than four times the amount spent by the other four candidates combined. Parazo raised $67,460 – $60,000 of which was contributed by High Desert Medical Group, which employs him, according to campaign reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. He also reported $32,238 in unpaid campaign bills. Parazo, a family-practice physician, and the other incumbent, retired registered nurse June Snow, were re-elected to the hospital’s five-member board in the November election. last_img read more


first_imgA young man went on a nine month rampage of deception and theft, robbing an old lady, seven petrol stations and even stealing a car from a man visiting his dying brother in hospital.Dean Wells, 19, began carrying out the crimes just after celebrating his 18th birthday.During that time he robbed seven petrol stations after driving off without paying for fuel. The petrol stations included Tobins Filling Station, Glencar Filling Station, Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Maxol station on Main Street, Muff, Dry Arch Service Station, Kernan’s Centra, Moorfield, Ramelton and Kernan’s Newtowncunningham.On another occasion he called to the home of an 86 year old pensioner at Ballymacool, Letterkenny and claimed to be from the ESB.He deceived her into handing over her bank cards and her social security card.He tried to use the cards in a number of different outlets in Letterkenny before withdrawing €600 using the woman’s AIB banklink card at a local cash machine.He later revealed he came up with the plan after seeing a similar plotline on a television soap opera the night before.On April 1st last, Wells, with an address at 1 Cill A Oire, Killylastin, Letterkenny, was a patient at Sligo General Hospital.Wells managed to confuse a motorist who had arrived to see his dying brother who died just a few minutes later.He got the keys to the man’s green BMW and drove towards Letterkenny but was spotted by Gardai at Ballintra outside Donegal Town.A pursuit took place and Gardai in Ballybofey eventually managed to stop Wells using a stinger device in Ballybofey.A dog belonging to the owner of the stolen car was found in the passenger seat.When apprehended by Gardai, Wells suffered an epileptic fit.Barrister for Wells, Mr Damien Crawford, said many people had been working tirelessly to help the accused.He said his client suffered from a number of conditions including Aspergers Syndrome and has a child’s view of the world.He says he can take no responsibility for his actions and that his mother had done trojan work in trying to help him.He gave an example of one occasion when he used a stolen cheque to buy four lambs at a mart.“His grandfather was at the mart and he was mortified. What nineteen year old goes and buys four lambs at a mart?’ asked Mr Crawford.He said his client got the idea of robbing the pensioner posing as an ESB official from watching a soap opera the night before.He said his client, who is on remand in prison, cries when he has to go back after court appearances.He also revealed that on one occasion he had an eyebrow shaved off in his sleep while in prison.Mr Crawford said that with the help of his solicitor, Mr Gordon Curley, a place had been found in a live-in facility in Stranorlar.However, the HSE had dropped out of the plan at the last minute saying Wells was not entitled to it.Mr Crawford suggested that a representative from the HSE could come into court to explain the reasons why Wells had been precluded from the plan.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until Thursday to see if a representative from the HSE could come to court to progress the matter.“I would be very open to dealing with it in a creative way if we can find a place which would be appropriate. I share your view but it appears to be a bureaucratic issue,” said Judge Kelly.JUDGE WANTS HSE TO REVIEW CASE OF TEENAGER WHO WENT ON CRIME SPREE was last modified: November 5th, 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:courtDean WellsdonegalJudge Paul Kellypetrol stationsrobberytheftlast_img read more


first_imgIT’S probably the most hyped Ulster Senior Championship Football Final in years as Rory Gallagher’s Donegal roll into Clones today to do battle with Monaghan.The pundits have been falling over themselves to say they have a sneaky feeling Monaghan will do it today.But we know Donegal have what it takes to land another Ulster title today. Paddy McBrearty has been passed fit to play having shaken off a knee injury picked up against Derry.And with Darach O’Connor and Daniel McLaughlin also back, Gallagher has a fully-fit squad ahead of the showpiece Ulster final (TI 2pm).The Fermanagh man has re-invented and re-designed our wonderful county team, producing stunning football when it really matters.It’s going to be tight in Clones – that’s one thing all the pundits agree on. But we know we can do it.BelieveAnd BelieveAgain LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE AS DONEGAL DO BATTLE WITH MONAGHAN was last modified: July 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2015donegalMonaghanUlster Finallast_img read more

Manage Your Tasks on Android With Todo.txt Touch

first_imgTags:#biz#Software Guides Busy Android users have a new way to manage their to-do lists thanks to the arrival of Todo.txt Touch in the Android Marketplace yesterday. The open source task management app is the latest phase of the Todo.txt project, which started with a command line interface for managing to-dos in what is quite possibly the geekiest possible manner.The goal of the project is to simplify task management and break it free from the proprietary software and databases typically utilized by such tools. At its core, the app’s to-do list is a simple text file, which is ultimately editable on any platform or operating system. That text file is hosted on Dropbox, where it can be edited via command line on the desktop or using this new Android application. The command line interface for editing todo.txt is inherently geeky and developers should feel right at home using it. By comparison, the Android app features a touch-based GUI interface that may be more inviting to non-developers. The project was created by programmer and Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani, who said this was her first foray into mobile app development. “At Lifehacker, I tried every single task manager under the sun,” said Trapani. “Especially in 2005-2006, when Getting Things Done was really hot, every other week there was a new to-do list program or Web app, and they all had priorities, stars, labels, flags, reminders, contexts, tags, etc – every feature you could possibly ever want or imagine. Yet, I still found myself just launching my favorite text editor, tapping out a list, and saving it to my computer desktop as a todo.txt file.”The next version of the app is already under way, and in the longterm, Trapani hopes to create an iOS version, as well as make it location-aware, so work tasks pop up at work and grocery lists show up when you’re at the store. “The best part about keeping a todo.txt file is that it’s completely futureproof, and utterly platform-agnostic,” said Trapani. “It’s not stored in a proprietary data format that only a certain program can open. Every single computing platform ever made can read and edit a plain text file.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts john paul titlowcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 Tips For Keeping Tech In Check, Family Edition

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… 2. Set specific windows of time when technology is allowed at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity recommend keeping children under the age of two as screen-free as possible, and limiting screen time for older children. Too much screen time has been linked to poor sleep, a shorter attention span, and decreased physical activity. Personally, I allow my kids (ages four and five) to watch TV on certain days when they are exhausted (or I am!) for one hour, and I set stricter limits on interactive technology, like video games and apps, which are allowed only on airplanes. 3. Make your kids earn their time online. Change the passwords for your Wi-Fi (and your devices) regularly. Make a list of chores (make your bed, do your homework, brush your teeth, tell your mother how fabulous she is!) that kids must complete before they can receive the password. One family I know uses a tally system: Kids can earn tallies for good grades, homework, behavior, at-home responsibilities, etc. And five tallies will earn them 30 minutes of an app or or an age-appropriate game.4. Set tech free zones (or times) in the house. For example, no gadgets allowed in the dining room. Or, no technology after 7pm. (This is good for adults too. And great for sleep hygiene.) As Frederick Zimmerman, an expert on media and child health and the chairman of the Department of Health Service at UCLA said, “Kids need laps, not apps.” And whether it is the kid playing the app, or the adult – all family members need time to be together.5. Model good technology behavior. We can’t expect our kids to set healthy technology limits while we chat into a smartphone wedged cheek-to-shoulder, scrolling the iPad for news with one hand, while stirring tonight’s soup with the other. Our kids imitate what we model – and studies show that to be happy, productive and well-rested people, we need to take proactive steps to minimize our always-on-ever-available status. When you walk in the door to greet your family, put the smart phone (and the iPad, the laptop) away. In her lovely book, The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate, Susan Kaiser Greenland makes the case for the new ABC’s that we should be teaching children: Attention, Balance, Compassion. Teaching attention starts with shutting the devices down.6. Limit video games, apps and handheld devices to special occasions (airplanes, illness, etc). “All screen time is not equal,” says Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. “What a kid does on an iPad is totally different from what they are doing when they are watching TV. It’s different psychologically, neurologically, educationally – so we can’t just lump all screens together.” Studies show that the more interactive technologies (apps, games) tend to be harder on young, developing brains. Here’s my rule: no violent video games, ever. Educational apps and age-appropriate games are allowed on airplane trips – that’s it.7. Consider making Sunday a technology Sabbath. (Or if not the whole day, at least part of the day, like after lunch.) Have you ever noticed how amazing it feels when the power goes out? You can hear the birds chirping, you engage in meaningful conversation with your partner, you search for the flashlight and snuggle with your children. If you call technology off-limits on Sunday, your kids may get bored, complain or otherwise make a fuss. But in an interview with Krista Tippett on “On Being,” Sherry Turkle, who directs the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, says that we need to teach our children the rewards of solitude – something that our kids will have to work harder to learn ever before. She quotes an old saying: “If you don’t teach your children to be alone, they’ll only always know how to be lonely.” Did you participate in the National Day of Unplugging last month? Designed to “help hyper-connected people embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest, the Sabbath Manifesto aims to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.” Those of us navigating the uncharted terrain of Parenthood 2.0 know the challenges, especially when it comes to technology.At what age is social media appropriate? How much screen time is too much? Research only goes so far to supply the answers: you can find one study that says “video games make kids violent” and on the next click, another study claiming, “video games make kids more creative!”As a general rule, I tend to fall back on what my grandmother always said: Moderation is key. Here are 10 tips for keeping tech in check with your family:1. Talk to your kids about technology. In my interview with Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychologist and author of iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold On Us, he recommended setting clear limits for technology, particularly at dinnertime – absolutely no technology (adults or children) at the table. He also recommends weekly family meetings starting with kids as young as age three. Sit on the floor with your kids, at their eye level. Ask them questions about technology: what is your favorite game? Ask them about online teasing. “Parents have to be absolutely non-judgmental in their responses,” Rosen says, “the goal is to develop family trust so that as kids grow older, and things like cyber bullying do come up, kids feel comfortable sharing.” Tags:#Pause 9. Challenge teachers and administrators to explain how and why they are using technology in the classroom. Are teachers using it because they can? Is the school implementing an iPad program because they feel like they should? There is wide variation across schools in terms of technology use. Some schools are wired around the clock, while others, like the Waldorf Schools – a popular choice among Silicon Valley tech giants – don’t allow technology at all (even at home). Do your research, ask questions and don’t be shy about getting answers.10. Teach your children to respect technology. Make your own personal gadgets (smartphone, tablet, e-reader, etc) off-limits. Madeline Levine, author of Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, says that kids need PDF: play time, down time and family time. Teach your children that expensive technology gadgets are not toys. They are tools for adults that, when supervised and used properly, can be a great learning tool. And as they get older, make sure children understand that what they post on the Web, stays on the Web. There is no online eraser.How do you manage technology in your family? We’d love to know; share your strategies in the comments section.All images – except Caine Monroy – courtesy of Shutterstock. 8. Do not use technology as a babysitter. According to a study by child safety advocacy group Common Sense Media, one in five parents uses a smartphone or tablet to keep children distracted while running errands. It’s convenient, sure – but it also takes away the opportunity for kids to interact with the world, to learn how to manage their own discomfort and to be bored. Boredom is a necessary part of childhood (and adulthood). And who knows what your kids might do when struck with the right balance of boredom and technology restrictions? Just look at Caine Monroy, the nine-year-old boy from East Los Angeles who built an incredible, working arcade out of cardboard boxes from his dad’s auto parts store. If Caine had been playing video games in the corner all summer, would he have masterminded that amazing arcade?(See also How A 9-Year-Old Boy Became The Latest Interent Meme.) A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Related Posts This post was originally published on our SAY Media sister site, Remodelista. We’re republishing it with permission. jackie ashton The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more