Barcelona against haste of introducing bigger Club World Cup

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Also Friday, the FIFA Council will be asked to approve the recommendations of a feasibility study into adding another 16 teams for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.The council will be asked to allow FIFA and Qatar to jointly submit a proposal on using “one or more additional co-host countries” in the Persian Gulf before a final decision in June on enlarging the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.A document sent to the FIFA Council says its members will be asked if they agree with the report’s conclusion that World Cup expansion is “feasible provided that neighboring countries host some matches.”The FIFA study seen by the AP says Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with Doha. Because of their neutrality in the situation, Kuwait and Oman are indicated to be the current possible options identified by FIFA to host games in 2022 but their stadium infrastructure is only briefly assessed in a FIFA report.Venues in at least one more country would be required to cope with the additional 16 teams and 16 games under the expansion proposal.“As long as it’s well studied and well thought out, I think CONCACAF would have no issues supporting that,” said Montagliani, who leads the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)MIAMI — The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament.European clubs have publicly resisted FIFA’s bid to replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is played annually in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 In the first edition, South America would have six slots — one based on previous performances. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America. Oceania would get one representative. The confederations would decide their own qualification process, whereas now each continental champion qualifies for the Club World Cup along with the host country.“We know the current form doesn’t work,” FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani told the AP. “The top clubs in the world have fans all over the world. So, I think it’s a natural progression of that competition.”The expanded tournament would start with eight groups of three, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.According to a FIFA document seen by the AP, the governing body’s council will be asked on Friday to approve a trial 24-team Club World Cup running from June 17-July 4, 2021. That is the slot previously reserved for the Confederations Cup, which serves as a test event in a host nation a year before the World Cup.“An opportunity to keep growing the competition will always be accepted from our league and our clubs,” Enrique Bonilla, the president of the Mexican league, told the AP. “It helps to give exposure and it helps to make clubs from other parts of the world to be more competitive, and to grow, and to learn from those great players that are now playing in Europe.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Errol Spence eyes ‘pound-for-pound’ status in Mikey Garcia showdown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu backs a revamp of the competition, just not until the entire calendar for club and national team matches is reconfigured for 2024 and beyond to cope.“We have to take care of the footballers,” Bartomeu said in an interview with The Associated Press in Miami, where the FIFA Council is meeting. “We have to take care about the way of training and the vacation they need to recover every season that they do. If the calendar is not modified, of course we cannot agree.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn 2021, FIFA envisages the window for international matches — which is likely to include 2022 World Cup qualifiers — running May 31-June 8. The Club World Cup would be held June 17-July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played July 5-July 31. European club seasons typically start around mid-August.FIFA believes the proposed 24-team Club World Cup would “promote and grow football for the benefit of all confederations, member associations, leagues, clubs and fans,” according to a task force report on new FIFA competitions seen by the AP. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Former VP Boakai Calls for Establishment of Role Model Association

first_imgFormer Vice President Joseph Boakai (with a cap) pose for photos with some of the participants.Former Vice President Joseph Boakai has called for the establishment of a role model association comprising men and women of impeccable character to instill moral values among the country’s youth.The former VP, who was speaking at the celebration of the International Men program at a resort in Monrovia yesterday, said such an association is needed to supplement the government, religious organizations and schools’ efforts to turn the youth of today into responsible leaders of tomorrow.The former VP added that while the war had an effect on the current attitude of Liberian youth, the situation can be changed if such an association is established.“The attention of our young people today are much divided; therefore, we need to exert serious efforts to teach them the importance of respect for older people, women, speech behavior in public space and value of honesty. The need for positive role model now in our society cannot be overemphasized because our great loss as a people is not the loss of money or material things; rather, it’s the loss of human capital which is represented by our youth,” the former VP said.The International Men’s Day is an annual event celebrated on the 19th of November every year since 1999. The date is set aside to focus on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting male role models.It is an occasion to also highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.This year’s celebration in Liberia was held under the theme, “Promoting Positive Role Model in Liberia.”Mr. Boakai added that the young people of Liberia have the potential of becoming good and better citizens tomorrow but that will depend on what example they are shown.“Our young people have lots of potentials to become more productive, honest and respectful citizens if the older generation becomes a positive role model. This is why there is an urgent need for such an association to promote the display of positive character and moral traits.“Some of the negative attitudes we are seeing in our youth today can be halted when lots of folks start to display positive character. While that might be a challenge, that is not impossible. It is something achievable,” Mr. Boakai added.Also speaking, Deputy Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Alice Johnson-Howard lauded the former Vice President for such a brilliant call which will have a lasting positive impact on the society. Minister Howard added: “The time for the establishment of such an association is now because it will help the ministry in its fight against sexual and gender-based violence and inequality.”Meanwhile, Alex Devine, Youth for Change founder and CEO, thanked the former vice president for such a recommendation and promised to work towards it.“I strongly believe the coming forth of this association will have a great impact on the lives of many Liberian youths as well as old folks to live a life worth to copy,” Mr. Devine said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US commits to help Guyana realise its potential

first_img…Ambassador lauds collaboration on security frontNewly appointed United States Ambassador, Sarah-Ann Lynch, said her country is committed to helping Guyana realise its full potential, especially with the impending oil and gas industry.US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch addressing the gathering at her welcome reception on FridayDuring a welcome reception at her residence on Friday evening, Ambassador Lynch noted that it is clear that all of Guyana wants to be part of the tremendous opportunities that await the country in the near future.“We all have a lot of important work to do – each in our own way – and, I want you to know that the United States will work hard to continue to be a key partner of Guyana’s to help it realise its potential both in Guyana and the region – our collective neighbourhood,” she stated.Extradited criminal: Troy ThomasTo this end, the US Diplomat told stakeholders gathered at the reception that she will continue to work to ensure Guyana’s development.“We will continue to partner with the Government and all relevant actors on the prosperity front – to help this country create an enabling environment where trade and investment will abound and the country and all of its citizens will thrive,” she posited.Moreover, Ambassador Lynch further pledged her country’s continued support to Guyana, especially in the security sector, which can see favourable results through collaboration. In fact, she noted that the recent extradition of US fugitive, Troy Thomas, is evidence of this.“We will continue to partner with Guyana on the important security front. This past week US and Guyanese security collaboration made history as we worked together on the highly successful extradition of the alleged murderer; the first extradition in well over a decade. We will continue to partner on the governance front to adhere to the rule of law and to strengthen institutions, both governmental and non-governmental to become more transparent and accountable,” the US envoy said.Thomas fled to Guyana after allegedly murdering Keith Frank, 20, a Guyanese who was shot and killed on December 11, 2011, at Richmond Hill, New York. He has also been accused of inflicting injuries upon Dr Katherine Maloney.Since 2012, authorities in the US had issued a wanted bulletin for the murder suspect. As such, in 2018, US Attorney General and Secretary of State sent an extradition request to the Guyana Government, which was served to the Foreign Affairs Ministry by the country’s Embassy here.As a result of the request, Thomas was apprehended by the Guyana Police Force last year and was kept in custody at the Lusignan Prison. In committing Thomas for extradition, a Georgetown Magistrate, among other things, ruled that she believed the fugitive was Troy Thomas, although he insisted that his name was Marvin Williams.However, Thomas moved to the High Court to further block his extradition. He challenged, among other things, his “illegal” confinement and argued in an affidavit that he is being unlawfully detained and subjected to legal processes unsupported by any legal basis or foundation.Thomas applied to the court for leave to issue a writ of habeas corpus, directing the Commissioner of Police to show cause why he should not be immediately released.However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh dismissed the application by the prisoner. He ruled on April 4, 2019, that there is sufficient evidence against Thomas to warrant his extradition to the US. In addition, Thomas was ordered to pay $450,000 in court costs.The extradition took effect on Wednesday after Thomas did not appeal the High Court ruling.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan explained to Guyana Times that because there was no appeal within the stipulated timeframe, he gave the order for the US fugitive to be handed over to authorities there.After being taken back to the US, Thomas was charged with second degree murder on Thursday in a US Court.last_img read more

Forest Service roads closed because of rain

first_imgDue to the current rainfall event and a higher than normal snowpack, the Ministry of Forests has closed certain Forest Service roads because of washouts.Johnson Creek FSR near Moberly Lake, Fisher Creek and Silver Sands FSRs west of Chetwynd, and Table Creek FSR near Hudson’s Hope are all closed.- Advertisement -The Ministry also says there is no access to Wright Lake, Gething Creek and Carbon Lake recreational sites or to Battleship Mountain hiking trail.Residents can also find up-to-date information on the B.C. emergency website.last_img

Northeast B.C. no longer under wildfire smoke advisory

first_imgThe communities previously under a smoke advisory are Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson and the surrounding areas.However, the ministry says the fires that were producing the smoke are still active and smoke conditions may vary rapidly as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.For more information on current air quality, visit Advertisement –last_img


first_imgLetterkenny is a much poorer place this week following the death of renowned businessman and community activist Jim McCormick.Jim was laid to rest yesterday (SAT) in his native Milford after his untimely death in was sent this wonderful tribute to Mr McCormick and his family which tells the story of his business, and personal life. It goes some way towards capturing the packed life of a man who always put his adopted town and its people before himself.Video by Wallace Media.DDTV: JIM MCCORMICK – A TRIBUTE was last modified: September 26th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Softball Claims Two MVC Weekly Honors Prior To Home Opener On Tuesday

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team claimed two Missouri Valley Conference Softball weekly awards, the MVC office announced on Monday, March 21. Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was named the MVC Pitcher of the Week while freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) was picked the MVC Newcomer of the Week. Newman had a great week in the circle going 3-1 with a 2.10 earned run average with 32 strikeouts to just eight walks. She allowed eight earned runs on 17 hits in 26.2 innings of work while allowing hitters to bat just .181. Newman started the week pitching 8.1 innings in a close loss to SIUE, but bounced back with a pair of complete game wins over Evansville along with getting another victory in a dominant relief appearance over the Purple Aces. On the season, Newman is 10-5 with a 2.46 ERA with league-leading 111 strikeouts. Frank batted .421 with eight hits, five stolen bases, four runs scored, three runs batted in, one home run and one double with a .632 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage in helping Drake go 4-1. She started the week with three hits in a win over Saint Louis and followed that with a home run and a double against SIUE. In Drake’s first win over Evansville, Frank had three hits again along with one run scored and one RBI and two stolen bases. On the season, Frank is hitting .297 and leads the team in home runs with five and is second in RBI with 14. This is the third career MVC Pitcher of the Week award for Newman and the second career MVC Newcomer of the Week award for Frank. Drake (12-10, 3-0 MVC) is set to host South Dakota State in its home opener on Tuesday afternoon. The teams will play a doubleheader at Ron Buel Field with first pitch of game one scheduled for 2 p.m. Following the home opener, the Bulldogs travel to Indiana State for more MVC action as they play the Sycamores on March and 26. Two games are scheduled for Friday with first pitch of game one set for 11 a.m. and a single game will be played on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Maasai cricket team want to knock rhino poaching for a six

first_img9 September 2015In a recent interview with News24, the captain of the Maasai Cricket Warriors Sonyanga Ole Ngais said their very unique African cricket team uses the sport as “a tool to spread social messages that are affecting our community.” The Warriors message is spreading globally in 2015, with not only an informal team tour that includes South Africa and Europe, but also in a documentary – executive-produced by English fast bowler James Anderson – that traces the origin of the team and their mission.Posted by LastManStands Joburg on Monday, August 24, 2015Warrior originsThe team, made up of Maasai tribesmen from the rural Laikipia region of Kenya, formed in 2009, after meeting a South African wildlife researcher Aliya Bauer with a passion for the game of cricket.During her time in Laikipia, Bauer missed her favourite sport so much, she decided to introduce a fun, informal version of the game to the local community. “I was missing my passion and I just wanted to share it with others,” Bauer told CNN in 2013.Together with local teachers, she gave lessons to school children. These early sessions also captured the imagination of the young Maasai warriors living nearby, watching curiously from the side-lines until finally some decided to try their hand at the game.“It was the first time we saw this kind of a game, because in Kenya cricket is not well known,” says Ngais. “At the time, it was just fun, but as we went on playing and training, we found out that we were starting to love the game.” Bauer, who is now also the team’s coach, agrees: “Cricket is a fabulous medium to build friendships and to engage people in a positive way.”For the team, the game came naturally, “bowling is a lot like throwing a spear,” says Ngais.Last Maasai standingEven without proper playing facilities, a shortage of funding and the absence of regular competition, the team and Bauer worked hard at mastering the game. The team entered the Last Man Stands (LMS) amateur cricket tournament for the first time in 2013.LMS is a shortened format (even shorter and more fast-paced than the T20 game) devised by South African Wayne Greve, designed to entice and encourage amateur but passionate cricketers and anyone new to game. It is a gathering of some of the world’s best and most enthusiastic amateur teams, and is one of the ways the game of cricket is attempting to gain popularity outside its traditional regions, with teams from North and South America, Asia and, of course, the Maasai Cricket Warriors.While the Kenyan team failed to win any of their games at their first LMS tournament in Cape Town, the team improved on its performance during 2014 in London, winning two of their games to reach the semi-finals of their group and getting the chance to play at the hallowed Lord’s cricket ground.The games and exposure, Ngais says, is fun and exciting, but for the team, cricket is a lot more than fun, it is also a chance to tell the Maasai story to the world. The team also use the game to spread important messages to their compatriots: tackling social issues like poverty and illiteracy, and teaching health and welfare messages on HIV/Aids, female circumcision and gender discrimination.The warrior causeThe Warriors use cricket as an educational tool to bridge between the old and the new. For the young team, there is an importance in communicating with the elders of the community, who sometimes fear the changes brought by the modern world, changes they feel may threaten the Maasai tradition and its existence. This wish to balance an established identity and heritage with the need for community development, education and a modern outlook, is something that resonates even in the game of cricket, where long traditions of play and etiquette in the game are threatened by new ways of doing things.The game is a very powerful metaphor between the conflict of young and old, new and comfortable, tradition and new ways of thinking. And the Maasai Cricket Warriors – playing cricket in traditional dress – are trying to bridge those differences. Such has been the local response to the team, it has even inspired more Maasai to pick up a cricket bat and ball, including ladies and junior teams.The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now tackling another African concern: rhino poaching and other illegal hunting.The Maasai people are considered some of the best hunter-trackers in the world, but have always tried to pass on the understanding of the differences between hunting for survival and hunting for sport or pleasure. The team travel the world, explaining these differences and highlighting the scourge of rhino hunting and other illegal hunting, and the detriment hunting has on nature.Warriors in South AfricaPosted by LastManStands Joburg on Monday, August 24, 2015The team recently visited South Africa to play a couple of exhibition games at Johannesburg’s Zoo Lake field, against an invitational side made up of retired professional cricketers and enthusiastic amateurs. The games, while merely a fun get-together in the park, were enthusiastically supported by locals, and it gave the Warriors a chance to spread their goodwill and their environmental message.The Glorious @MaasaiCricket Team… Dress in their traditional gear when playing cricket.— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) September 4, 2015The team and their tour were given some much needed exposure, even featured on the 702 John Robbie morning radio show. On the air, the team expressed a desire to take the game back into the wild, challenging a team to meet them in Kruger National Park for a game.Once word of the plans got out, fans from all over South Africa and the world took to social media to express their excitement about the prospective game, even begging for it to be broadcast on live television.Captain Ngais, in a post on the team’s Facebook page, wrote that the team appreciated the support and were eager for the game to go ahead. “We are ready for the game and we will give our best, we will use this as a platform to spread out rhino conservation messages to the whole world. We can’t wait for the official confirmation,” he wrote.Speaking to News24 earlier this month, Ngais said the proposed plan to “play with cricket legends in South Kruger National Park.would be the best platform to raise awareness on rhino conservation in South Africa.”South African National Parks department, though, say they do not know of any plans to play a game of cricket in the Kruger, but are keen to help. “No arrangements have been made with the park management regarding the cricket match,” SANParks commented on Radio 702’s Facebook post, while general communications manager for the Kruger National Park William Mabasa urged the team and its management to follow up on the proposed plan. “(The team) need to send us a request and we can take it from there,” he told News24.Meanwhile, the Maasai Cricket Warriors carry on taking the cricketing world by storm, looking forward to their next Last Man Stands tournament in 2016, and continue giving the game a fresh and uniquely African twist.Source: News24 / CNNlast_img read more

Ohioan scores a Top 10 in American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag Award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Marlene Eick of Radnor, the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Excellence in Agriculture Award, finished in the Top 10 this week for the same honor at the National level at the 2016 American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.“My application for the award was based around the way in which I help others tell their agriculture stories, both in my professional and my personal life,” Eick said. “Other activities I am involved in with the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Pork Council and the Ohio FFA Foundation really develops opportunities for young people to tell their story as well.”Eick and her husband, B.J., own Herdmark Media, a visual media company where Eick serves as client lead. They also own a small show pig operation. She has served on the Delaware County Farm Bureau board of trustees, participated statewide in Young Agricultural Professionals programs, is co-leader of the Delaware County Young Agricultural Professionals and is a graduate of AgriPOWER Institute Class VI. She also serves on the Ohio Pork Council’s Showpig Committee, Ohio FFA Foundation’s Sponsors Team, is a member of Shepherd of the Peace Lutheran Church and is a recipient of the Honorary State FFA Degree.“It was so great to participate with all of these other contestants from other states and to learn all of the things that are happening across the country every day,” Eick said. “There are so many great young professionals in agriculture doing good things for our industry and just to be recognized as part of that group is a real honor and this process has been a lot of fun.”last_img read more

I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My Life

first_imgFive years ago this week I began writing for AOL’s blog network Weblogs Inc. I wrote 5 technology news stories each day and was paid a mere $5 per article. It was grueling, that was just one of 3 jobs I had at the time – and it was great.AOL’s secret internal plan to ramp up its online content business was leaked today to New York business blog Business Insider and people are saying it’s got “content farm” written all over it. In-house writers are expected to write 5 to 10 blog posts per day and those stories are expected to go from an average of 1500 pageviews per post today to an amazing 7000 views per post in the future. How will stories be selected? The only thing that will matter, apparently, is search engine friendliness and monetization potential. That might sound terrible to outsiders, but having been there I want to say: Good luck AOL, I hope that strategy works wonderfully for you. I genuinely do.The 58 page document titled The AOL Way: Content, Product, Media Engineering, and Revenue Management is worth a read to anyone in the media business, but the hardest pill to swallow is the relationship between quantity, quality and money.David Carr at the New York Times tweets: “Must Read, Must Not Emulate: Fascinating Look Inside the Word Gulag at AOL.” Tech journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says, “AOL expects its staff writers to write 5 to 10 stories per day! Yeah. Right. That’s going to happen.” Social media analyst Jessica Well says, “Yeah… quantity over quality… that’s the spirit, AOL! :/”I’m sure the writers filling those quotas are paid more than the $5 per post that I got paid 5 years ago. When I took the position the pay had just gone up from $4 per post!At that time I was also writing 6 posts per day about international currency speculation, as a subcontractor for a CMS company. And doing 3 to 5 interviews per week with a nonprofit technology organization. I was producing roughly 10 to 12 posts per day. Having landed those three gigs, I quit my minimum wage job at a convenience store in my home town. (Thanks, AOL content farm!)Were those posts any good? They were good enough that when tech blog top story aggregator Techmeme launched, I had 8 headlines there in 8 weeks. Then one day Michael Arrington called and hired me at TechCrunch. “You keep beating us to stories,” he told me. I was able to do that because I was getting RSS feeds from key vendors in our market delivered by IM and SMS. That’s standard practice among tech bloggers now, but at the time no one else was doing it, so I was able to cover lots of news first. The fact that I was able to do it under the AOL banner, for any pay at all, was a great platform for me.Right: Barb Dybwad, then at AOL, took this picture of me showing her a blog I was working on for a local natural foods store when we met at the first tech industry event I attended, an unconference called Tag Camp. A few months later, Barb hired me to write for AOL. Today she’s at a site called Tecca. Thanks, Barb!Now I’m the co-editor of ReadWriteWeb and I’m happy to report that things are very different for me. Here at ReadWriteWeb we pay our writers far better, but we do ask full timers to write 5 posts each day. We ask them to write smart, informed, quality posts. Preferably before anyone else does. It’s very hard, but very enjoyable work.You know what, though? We’ve got a full time news spot open right now and I’m having a hard time filling it. I think of AOL, big as it is, as a farm team in the minor leagues. I made a splash in the minors and then got called up to the major leagues. Where are the minor leagues now, though? Where are the tech bloggers who have toiled for too little pay, pumped out large quantities of content and proven themselves to have potential to work on a different level?I don’t know where those sites are anymore. If they appear again, though, I’m guessing they’ll look like content farms. The executives behind such outfits, publishing on mass scale, are inevitably going to treat writers and readers like worthless pawns in a chess game worth billions of dollars. It would be a mistake to expect them to do anything else.But some of those people will demonstrate that they aren’t just pawns, that they are writers, journalists and power-bloggers.Big league bloggers and writers these days need to be able to write well, in large quantity and quickly. It’s not easy, but who said writing for a living, in an era when anyone can publish with ease, was going to be easy?So AOL, go build a giant content farm for mainstream readers. I’m sure some of the content will be worth reading, and though management’s priorities are SEO and monetization, I’m sure many of the writers will sneak in some gems. While you’ve got them, give them a trial by fire, too. Then send them our way. Or don’t – if they are capable of stepping up to the plate and hitting homeruns – hopefully we’ll find them before our competitors do. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Analysis#AOL#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more