Confident Scorpions leave for WICB Super50

first_imgA confident Jamaica Scorpions squad left the island yesterday to compete in the WICB Super50 tournament.”This is one of our better teams in years, and, as such, I am really looking forward to us going there and representing ourselves,” said captain Nikita Miller.”It’s a lovely balance with several players having West Indies experience.”The Robert Samuels coached-unit, which numbers 14, is without top batsmen Chris Gayle, due to injury, and Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, in fast bowler Jerome Taylor, batsman Jermaine Blackwood and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, they have players who have played at the highest level for the West Indies.”I like our chances, as, although we have been drawn in a fairly competitive zone, I believe we have the players to pull us through,” said Samuels.The Scorpions are due to participate in Zone B of the tournament. The zone will be contested in Barbados and also features last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses Marooners and guest team, ICC Americas.Jamaica will open their campaign on Tuesday against the Marooners at 3 W’s Oval, Cave Hill Campus.Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton. Robert Samuels is head coach.last_img read more

New Consumer Protection Agency Launches ConsumerFinance.gov, Crowdsources Fraud Reports

first_imgFulfilling the agency’s mission won’t depend only upon the new ConsumerFinance.gov. Citizens can connect with the CFPB on Facebook and CFPB on Flickr, follow the @CFPB or watch videos on the YouTube channel. The use of Twitter and YouTube accounts appear noteworthy, given that the new ConsumerFinance.gov asks citizens to share suggestion using YouTube and Twitter.The new website, which staff are quick to caution is “still in beta,” also includes Warren’s calendar and more information about the bureau, including an animated video narrated by director Ron Howard that presents the CFPB’s account of the financial crisis that precipitated the agency’s creation. This morning a startup in Washington, D.C. launched its website. What’s the news? The website is a .gov, not a .com, and the startup is a government agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established the agency last year. Republican lawmakers have been highly critical of the powers given to the new consumer bureau, which they say could stifle growth in the financial industry. They’re expected to hold hearings about its future in the coming months. But the CFPB’s head, Elizabeth Warren, is wasting no time in getting her agency up and running. Today’s launch marks the beginning of a countdown to when many elements of the new bureau go into action on July 21.The look and feel of the new ConsumerFinance.gov departs from the standard .gov websites online visitors might expect, with a beautiful, clean design organized around the current goals of the agency: reaching out to the public for idea and feedback. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s also a draft of the agency’s structure, which offers new insight into how the CFPB might cohere internally.The new website is just that – a website. How the bureau delivers on its mission will depend upon more than its digital assets. The digital outposts that the CFPB has put up around the Internet on social media will only be as successful as the staff operating them. The CFPB has quietly assembled some of the best new media talent in the federal government, however, and these social media platforms look clearly aligned with the agency’s mission to engage citizens and gather feedback. The next step, where the CFPB officially launches, aspire to use data to do much more. Crowdsourcing for FraudAs Bill Swindell reported for NextGov last year, the new consumer protection agency plans to use crowdsourcing to detect issues in the market earlier. In a world where studios can use tweets to estimate movie profits or researchers can use Twitter to predict the stock market, it makes sense for government to seriously examine data mining blogs and social networks to pick up the weak signals that predate real problems. Choosing to use such a methodology is applying a lesson from Web 2.0 to Gov 2.0. This isn’t the first time the federal government has tried to use crowdsourcing for collaborative innovation in open government, certainly, but detecting consumer fraud in a networked world is such a massive challenge that the effort deserves special attention and scrutiny. After today’s launch, citizens have many more ways to deliver it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alexander howardcenter_img Related Posts The website is only a first step in implementing its online presence. That said, it’s a significant one. If the CFPB is truly going to be a “21st century regulator,” it will need the tools and the people to match the title. The first “Startup.gov” in decades has its sights on using crowdsourcing, big data and mobile technology to detect and address consumer fraud before it causes the next great financial crisis.“We have the opportunity to create a brand new consumer agency from the ground up. This agency will put a cop on the beat to enforce the laws on credit cards, mortgages, student loans, prepaid cards, and other kinds of consumer financial products and services,” said Warren, who is also an assistant to the President and a special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the CFPB, in a statement. “We want to make sure that the American people are with us all the way while we build it.” Warren’s full statement on being open for suggestions is below: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Facebook’s VoIP Service Proves ‘Move Fast And Break Things’ Mantra Won’t Fly For Mobile

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts taylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img If you can’t keep up with Facebook’s identity crisis, you aren’t alone. After claiming over and over that it would get serious about mobile – and then debuting an entirely un-mobile product at a press conference earlier this week – the company is now tacking on one more feature to its collector’s set of mobile apps: free phone calls over the Internet.The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, launched earlier for Canada, eschews traditional telecom carriers but will still count against your mobile data plan if you’re not on Wi-Fi. The feature is now available on Facebook’s dedicated Messenger iOS app, one of the single-purpose apps in the company’s increasingly cluttered mobile utility belt.Yahoo Syndrome?Facebook’s well-known “Move fast and break things” motto is well enough suited for the Web – but spewing out a flood of not quite fully baked ideas won’t work for mobile. The voice calling update is just the most recent example.Mobile updates are user-initiated and deliberate by design. Even on a platform like Android with automatic updating enabled, downloading a mobile update feels like unwrapping a new, slightly less buggy present. But apps that constantly push tiny new updates quickly get annoying, even if they don’t require much more attention than a progress bar in a notification drop-down menu. And redundant apps like Messenger and the main Facebook app? That’s just twice as many notifications to wrangle. Not to mention a confusing roadblock to the otherwise split-second choice of which app to open for a given task. Facebook’s sheer scope can be an Achilles heel: Facebook is big – look at all the stuff it does! It’s a Foursquare, and a Yelp and a Snapchat… and who knows what else. No wonder the company is struggling to define itself on mobile. It’s suffering from mobile Yahoo syndrome. As in, nobody knows what kind of company Yahoo is – least of all Yahoo.The Department Of Redundancy DepartmentOn the Web, we mostly don’t notice Facebook’s weekly waves of teensy product tweaks. The company’s hacker ethos shines in its perpetual tinkering and improvements. But on mobile the same approach can get messy – and it already has.Facebook wants to have it both ways. It wants to mash stuff like search, messaging, photo sharing and check-ins up into a one-stop shop for its billion-plus members. But it also wants us to use its strange little umbrella of mobile apps and the main Facebook app – have your app and eat it too! The approach is confusing, the internal redundancies are piling up and Facebook’s mobile product strategy is starting to feel like a junk drawer. Everything you need is in there somewhere, but it’s a wreck and you can never seem to find the AAA batteries when you need them.Do It Like InstagramBut you know who does mobile updates right?Instagram.When Instagram is primed for its tiny download progress bar to inch toward the right, users actually get excited. Updates are polished and cohesive, with just enough lag time between pushes to make Instagrammers water at the mouth while they wait for the bell to sound. If only Facebook would peer over the proverbial cubicle wall and steal a few notes from its billion-dollar baby. Tags:#apps#Facebook#mobile A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more