Thirdy Ravena, Ateneo focused on sweeping elimination round

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption With just two games to go, Ateneo has a chance to sweep the elimination round–a feat the storied school has never done.“That’s something we really try to focus on as much as we can because once we play right, every thing else will follow for us,” said Ravena after Ateneo’s 84-50 win over University of the East Sunday at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The last time Ateneo came close to a sweep was two seasons ago when it went 13-0 but only to lost to La Salle in the final game of the eliminations.The Blue Eagles may not have snagged the sweep but they still won the title in that year after beating the Green Archers in the finals. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Gago’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist UP rallies past Adamson anew, tightens grip of 2nd spot Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Ateneo is living in the moment.The Blue Eagles have been nothing short of dominant in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament having racked up a 12-0 record to hold their spot atop the standings.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ Ravena draws added motivation to get the sweep knowing that he and three of his teammates are graduating after this season.Isaac Go, Nieto twins Mike and Matt, and Ravena are all in their final year and are eligible for the next PBA Draft, but completing a 14-0 record heading into the Final Four won’t happen if one of them is not locked in on the immediate goal.“We can’t achieve the sweep if one person is not focused,” said Ravena, who’s one of the most highly-touted prospects this year.“Us graduating seniors won’t be able to have another chance at this sweep and this is something we need to focus on.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Le Roy, Renard loom large over key Africa Cup of Nations clash

first_img0Shares0000Morocco’s French coach Herve Renard, seen in action during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group C match between against DR Congo, in Oyem, on January 16 © AFP/File / ISSOUF SANOGOOYEM, Gabon, Jan 19 – French coaches Herve Renard and Claude le Roy loom large over the key Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash between Morocco and Togo in Oyem Friday.Renard, a Cup of Nations winner with Zambia in 2012 and the Ivory Coast in 2015, was hired by Morocco last year and given a mandate to reach the semi-finals. Right now, a last-four place must seem a long way off for the blond, bronzed 48-year-old former Paris rubbish collector who always wears a white shirt on matchdays.Morocco could not translate possession into goals three days ago and a goalkeeping blunder by Munir Mohamedi gifted the Democratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 win.That loss left the Moroccans pointless and bottom of a table headed by DR Congo with three points followed by title-holders the Ivory Coast and Togo with one apiece.Togo’s national football team head coach Claude Le Roy conducts a training session in Bitam, Gabon, during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, on January 18 © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGOVeteran Le Roy is at the Cup of Nations a record ninth time and although he can boast of just one title — with Cameroon in 1988 — he has failed to reach the knockout phase only once.Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, Ghana and Congo Brazzaville all benefited from the 68-year-old with a fondness for dark jackets and t-shirts.Togo are the latest beneficiaries of wisdom gathered over three decades in Africa and they were never overawed when forcing a 0-0 draw with an Ivorian side that appeared much stronger on paper.When Le Roy coached 2008 hosts and bronze medallists Ghana, his assistant was then unknown Renard. It prove a fruitful relationship for the younger Frenchman.“He has given me so much in my life,” Renard said after the finals draw. “Not just about football, but how to evolve as a man.DR Congo supporters cheer for their team during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group C match against Morocco, in Oyem, on January 16 © AFP/File / ISSOUF SANOGO“I would need a lot of time to speak about the good things that Claude has brought to my life.”Le Roy was equally complimentary recently about the man he mentored and turned into the most sought-after coach in Africa with Morocco dumping ex-star Badou Zaki to hire Renard.“Herve knows how to lead a group and likes his players,” said Le Roy.“Liking your players and displaying a great sense of justice and understanding is the best way to work.”For Renard and Le Roy the pre-match emphasis would have been on finishing as Morocco and Togo created few chances in their opening matches.Morocco have failed to score in their last three competitive matches dating back to October and recently out-of-favour Youssef El Arabi might get a start.Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony takes part in a training session on January 17 in Oyem, Gabon, during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament © AFP/File / ISSOUF SANOGOVeteran Emmanuel Adebayor, clubless since leaving Crystal Palace last May, remains the main Togolese threat.DR Congo, less favoured than the Ivory Coast and Morocco before the group kicked off, will seal a quarter-finals place if they defeat the defending champions in the first match of a double-header.It is a repeat of a 2015 semi-final in Equatorial Guinea which the Ivorians won 3-1 before edging Ghana 9-8 on penalties after a goalless title decider to win the competition a second time.Both teams would have preferred to play later as the late-afternoon heat had many Ivory Coast and Togo players wearing sweat-saturated shirts.France-born Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer, who succeeded Renard, is demanding greater “intensity” from a side lacking several key 2015 winners.Midfielder and captain Yaya Toure has retired from international football to concentrate on his career with Manchester City and China-based winger Gervinho is injured.“There is no need for panic,” stressed Dussuyer after the Togo draw. “We have two matches left and two victories will assure us of a place in the knockout stage.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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It is NOT game over for Chelsea after Palace defeat, insists Mourinho

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho slammed an unnamed player for their performance during Chelsea’s dismal start to the season continued with a surprise 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are already eight points behind leaders Manchester City after goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward made it a miserable 100th home game in charge for Mourinho.Radamel Falcao grabbed his first Blues’ goal to briefly equalise for the hosts, but, while Mourinho was ambiguous in his individual criticism, he was fuming at the poverty in his side’s performance.“I’m not happy,” Mourinho said.“I cannot say that I had 11 players performing at the same time.“Two or three of them their individual performance was far from good.“I blame myself for not changing one of them. I kept him in the game for 90 minutes.“When I made the third change I realise I needed a fourth and I don’t have a fourth.”Mourinho declined to reveal the name of the fourth player.Branislav Ivanovic’s performances have been placed under scrutiny, but the Portuguese would not comment on the right-back’s display.He added: “I’m not going to analyse individual form, individual performances.“If a player is not performing there are two ways of looking at it. One way is that I trust so much the player that I’m going to wait for the improvement.“Or even trusting the players arrives a moment where you think I have to change. I can go both ways.”Mourinho was keen to praise Palace for their performance as they pulled off their first win at Stamford Bridge in 33 years.But he was unhappy his side were not awarded a first-half penalty after Kurt Zouma’s shirt was tugged by Connor Wickham, which he believes would have changed the course of the game.“The first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said. “They come with everything. They were lucky but they deserve the luck.“My team, I think we deserved more. I don’t want to say we deserved to win, because it’s not true.“The referee did a big mistake. Clear penalty with the result 0-0 and obviously with influence in the result.“The one with Zouma that I watch at half-time on television. It was a clear penalty. (But) I prefer to go in this order, when I say Crystal Palace first.”last_img read more

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Term-limits suit may cost L.A. big bucks

first_imgThe court will consider a request to remove Proposition R from the ballot on Sept. 6 – two days before the city’s deadline for printing the voter-information guides. Proposition R would allow City Council members to run for a third term and would change a number of the city’s lobbying and campaign finance disclosure requirements. The measure was proposed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters, and quickly approved to go on the ballot by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Critics have complained that the measure was rushed through with no input from residents, neighborhood councils or the Ethics Commission. Supporters have said they hurried to put Proposition R on the November general election ballot, which is expected to have a large turnout, so more people could weigh in on the issue of ethics reform and term-limit extensions. Supporters and opponents of Proposition R are already facing off in court over the language in each side’s ballot arguments. The lawsuit filed by Donner seeks to remove Proposition R from the ballot altogether. Donner volunteered to put his name on the lawsuit, which was filed by the firm of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, at the request of Paul Jacob, president of the group U.S. Term Limits. “This ballot measure is a cruel trick on the voters. They take some minor ethical reforms, some of which are questionable reforms to begin with, and glom onto a term-limit extension,” Jacob said. “This is a classic illustration of why single-subject requirements make sense. They want to put a few things voters like with another thing that voters don’t like.” The lawsuit references Delgadillo’s concerns expressed in a July 28 report that was sent to the City Council before it voted to put Proposition R on the ballot. “Combining charter amendments and ordinance provisions in the same ballot question has not been the city’s prior practice and could be subject to legal challenge.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.But City Attorney’s Office spokesman Nick Velasquez said Delgadillo is considering hiring outside counsel to defend the measure because specialized help is needed. “The city attorney shared his office’s thoughts on this matter. At this juncture, following the council’s and mayor’s approval of the measure, the city attorney is now charged with defending the city in court and that’s what he intends to do,” Velasquez said. Officials could not estimate the cost of defending the measure. Proposition R opponents said they don’t want to see taxpayer money used – especially because the public had little input before it was put on the ballot. “We are extremely concerned that the City Council rejected the legal advice of the city attorney – who was hired by the people to represent our interests – and now the city must spend thousands and thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to defend this ill-conceived, dishonest measure,” said Jason Lyon of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and the Not Prop R campaign. The City Council, which fast-tracked the term-limits measure, would have to approve the hiring of an outside law firm to handle the case. After failing to heed warnings that a City Council term limits/ethics reform measure could face legal challenges, the city is faced with spending thousands of dollars to hire lawyers to defend the plan. West Los Angeles resident Neil Donner filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking to remove the measure – which would give council members a third four-year term – from the Nov. 7 ballot. The suit says the measure violates the California Constitution because it combines two issues – a term-limit extension and ethics reform – in a single ballot measure. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo had warned the council that the measure would leave the city vulnerable to legal challenges, and the suit would have put him in the position of defending the city against the very sort of action he had warned of. last_img read more

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Job concerns spur consumer confidence drop

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’According to a report from the Conference Board Tuesday, consumer confidence edged down to 105.4 from a revised 105.9 in September, as job worries offset the benefits of falling gasoline prices. Analysts had expected a reading of 107.8. The report spooked investors, offsetting better-than-expected quarterly reports from companies like Eastman Kodak Co. In early afternoon trading, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 52.19, or 0.43 percent, to 12,034.31. In contrast to the consumer confidence data, the Labor Department reported that its Employment Cost Index was up 1 percent in the third quarter, led by a big jump in the cost of employee benefits such as health insurance and pensions. It was the biggest quarterly increase since a similar 1 percent rise in the second quarter of 2004. The index rose 0.9 percent in the April-June period. Instead of rising wages, which Americans may be socking away in savings instead of spending, they have been fixated on job cuts in recent months from major household names like chip maker Intel Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Ford Motor Co. and AOL, the Time Warner Inc. online unit formerly known as America Online. NEW YORK – Americans’ wages and benefits are rising at the fastest pace in almost two years, but they’re still so worried about jobs that their confidence in the economy waned in October, a report on Tuesday showed. Economists say the reason behind this is that consumers seem obsessed with news about jobs losses at auto plants and other manufacturers, but aren’t seeing the real picture – a steady labor market. “I think there is enough negative news on the employment front to offset the good stuff that is happening,” said Gary Thayer, chief economist at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. in St. Louis. Thayer noted that media reports on outsourcing as well as layoffs among auto workers have distorted consumers’ view on the job market. “October’s dip in confidence was prompted by consumers’ mixed assessment of present-day business conditions and a less favorable view of the job market,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a statement. “Consumers’ short-term expectations posted a slight improvement, but the outlook for the labor market remains mixed.” Franco said October’s readings hinted at moderate economic growth for the rest of the year and into the first few months of 2007. The private research group’s Present Situation Index, which measures how shoppers feel now about economic conditions, fell to 124.7 from 128.3. The Expectations Index, which measures consumers’ outlook over the next six months, rose to 92.6 from 91.0. The consumer confidence report – derived from responses through Oct. 24 to a survey mailed to 5,000 households in a consumer research panel – showed that labor market conditions were less positive than in September. Consumers saying jobs are “plentiful” declined to 25.8 percent from 26.2 percent. Those claiming jobs are “hard to get” increased to 22.0 percent from 20.9 percent in September. The outlook for the labor market, however, was mixed. Those expecting more jobs to become available in the coming months edged up to 15.2 percent from 14.7 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs also increased to 17.5 percent from 16.5 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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uvLayer – Collect and Share Videos with Style

first_imguvLayer allows you to search for videos and organize them in a Minority Report fashion. Do a search for any video and uvLayer will instantly provide you with a handful of videos matching your keywords in a collection. With the results, you can drag videos outside the collection and onto your canvas to play with them in a variety of ways. Here’s a look at the Adobe AIR app for uvLayer. Grouping/CollectionsYou can group videos into a collection or organize them around one another in a really cool fashion. Just drag and drop videos right on top of one another and they’ll instantly be grouped together. You can also watch all the videos in a collection as a playlist. If a video no longer fits, easily break apart the collection and reorganize the videos any way you want. Don’t worry about playing videos in your browser. uvLayer also allows you to watch the video right inside the program. Video FeaturesThere’s a plethora of features for you to play around with and interact with the videos you choose. While the default size for each video you play is small, you can easily resize the video boxes on the fly. A URL is provided for sharing with friends including an embed url for the video. However, instead of a direct URL you get a a URL linking to the video in uvLayer, So when you send a link to someone else they’ll end up checking out the video in the web version of uvLayer.Head to the ‘More Info’ section of a video to get the direct URL, the ability to post a comment to the video, an overview of video stats, ratings, and more. Share With FriendsWant to share the video with a friend? Add your AIM, Google Talk, or Facebook account to uvLayer. When completed, you’ll see a list of your buddies on the left side of the app to drag and drop a video to. While AIM and Facebook worked smoothly, we ran into some problems using Google Talk. If you choose to use your Google Talk account, keep in mind that the person you’re sending the video to needs to be using the desktop version of Google Talk in order to receive your recommendations.uvLayer has a great UI and ran smoothly even with the plethora of videos spread out all over the place. Other features include an inbox and activities box to keep track of videos sent and received and the ability to watch a video on your desktop instead of in the app. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ImprovementsUnfortunately, a maximum of 30 videos are provided as results with no way to browse for more other than readjusting your search terms. We’d like to see better integration with the current services you can add, with the addition of more services like Twitter, FriendFeed for sharing video links, and other sites such as Vimeo, Viddler, and DailyMotion. Youtube integration with the the ability to share or favorite a video right from uvLayer seems like another step in the right direction. For links that are sent to users with the AIR app, instead of opening them in a browser, wouldn’t it be nicer to open them in the AIR app? Even with these small quirks, uvLayer is a great video search tool. corvida 1center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Say Goodbye To Phone Menus, Fonolo Does The Deep Dialing For You (+Invites!)

first_imgRWW Readers, Please Check The Bottom of This Post For Invite Info! Do you hate calling customer service at a large company? It’s safe to say we all do. Nearly every large corporation today utilizes phone menus to route your call to the correct department and it’s nearly impossible to get a real person on the phone. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a web app that did the calling for you and then rang you back when they reached the right spot in the phone menu? That would be a truly useful service, wouldn’t it?Introducing FonoloNow there’s an app that will do the deep dialing for you. It’s called Fonolo and it’s dead-simple to use. To get started, you first find the company you want to call in the Fonolo directory and then click to display that company’s phone menu. Instead of having to navigate the company’s phone tree yourself, you just find the area or department you need to call and click the button that reads “call here.” sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fonolo will then place the call and navigate the menu for you. When they reach the right spot, they’ll call your phone and you’ll be connected. Although Fonolo’s directory is nowhere near as extensive at the one at GetHuman.com, another popular site for getting a person on the phone, the big difference between the two sites is that Fonolo directs you to the area you want – which may or may not be speaking with a customer service agent. For example, you may just want to check an order status – there’s really no need to speak to a person to do so – but people get frustrated with the menu so they just take the shortcut to customer service. Unfortunately, after testing a few companies, it was easy to see why the company is still in private beta – the call quality was very poor. However, the company is aware of this and are working on this problem with their termination provider. The issue is due tothe volume of calls – more than they expected, apparently. But if they can get that problem fixed, this will be an invaluable service. The Developer PlatformThe company has also just introduced a developer platform and API, which lets developers build applications that interact with the Deep Dialing service. Developers will be able to:Search Fonolo’s directory of companies;Display the full text of the phone menu for a selected company;Initiate a Deep Dial process to any node in the phone menu;Route calls to any PSTN number or SIP address.Developers can sign up at developer.fonolo.com.A future API release will cover Fonolo’s “Intelligent Call History” service, providingaccess to Deep Dial Bookmarks, call recordings and user notes. “We want users to access the power of these innovations through as many channels as possible, including mobile applications, soft-phone plug-ins and carrier integration,” said Fonolo co-founder and CEO Shai Berger. “Today’s announcement is the first step in making that possible.”Invites!After the app leaves beta, there will be a few more features available, like the ability to bookmark individual spots in a phone tree and the ability to record your calls.If you would like to take a sneak peek at Fonolo, which is still in private beta, let us know by leaving a comment. We have 100 invites to distribute to our readers. Remember OpenID users, your comment won’t display your email address, so please leave it in your comment itself.last_img read more

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Business Intelligence (BI): Analytics Can’t Keep Up with the Constant Change in What’s Being Measured

first_imgBusinesses love the hype promised by business intelligence and analytics.  They generally love the results too.  But the problem is that they can’t get those results fast enough.A report from TDWI found that businesses complain that getting their analytics projects up to speed is taking too long which makes it more difficult to achieve the benefits that they expect.  The number one goal among businesses using analytics is to be able to shrink the time that it takes to achieve results and consequently value.  Only ten percent of businesses say they are satisfied with the time that it takes to get their analytics projects going.Businesses are spending upwards of $150 billion on big data and analytics according to IDC. But why, despite the investment, are businesses having such a hard time getting their projects on track quickly?Ivan Chen, director of Enterprise Business Analytics at GPU manufacturer NVIDIA, said that “the fundamental reason analytics is not successful is because different functions have different goals. Business professionals are trying to answer questions about the market, but the market conditions keep changing so you have to keep enhancing the data in reports. IT is supposed to make those changes, but IT has other priorities, so the whole thing breaks down.”Isher Kaila, CEO of management consulting firm Sapphire Nine Consulting, said that “executives should be aware that they’re likely not even harnessing the value of their analytics spend today. There’s an analytics value chain in which outcomes are generated by insights, insights are generated by accountable business owners, and the accountable business owners have a strong partnership with their technical partners. Too often we see a lack of alignment around metrics and insights.”last_img read more

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Feds Announce New Actions to Battle Asian Carp

first_imgFor years, Asian carp have been slowly moving up the Mississippi River. 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The plan also includes money for research on how to battle the fish. However, the move appears unlikely to end a feud between midwestern states over what to do about the carp. The state of Michigan is worried about the impact of Asian carp on sportfishing in Lake Michigan and other lakes. The state’s Attorney General sued Illinois to force the state to close a canal that connects the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes. But Illinois refused, arguing that such a move would harm industries that rely on shipping through the canal. Last month, the Supreme Court declined to resolve the dispute. In a press conference this afternoon, officials from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that $78.5 million would be spent to fight the carp, coming from EPA’s $475 million Great Lake restoration initiative. “It does represent a major investment,” said Cameron Davis, an EPA senior adviser on Great Lakes issues. Asian carp DNA has already been detected in Lake Michigan, suggesting that some fish already arrived—but perhaps not enough to establish a breeding population. Among the steps to be taken are construction of a third $10.5 million electric barrier in the canal to block more carp from arriving. The funding would also allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand its monitoring in the canal and accelerate DNA testing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will speed up their study of the feasibility of permanently closing the locks. And $1.5 million will be spent on research into possible controls of Asian carp, such as targeted poisons and ways to disrupt their spawning. “We can and will stop the Asian carp,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of CEQ. The announcement didn’t go over well with Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. In a statement he described the plan as “full of half-measures and gimmicks when keeping Asian carp from devastating the Great Lakes $7 billion fishery requires only one step: immediately closing the locks.” Credit: Chris Olds, USFWSlast_img read more

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Frankly.me is an app that may connect you to your Bollywood idol

first_imgAt a time when the whole country is abuzz with news and gossip about the Delhi assembly elections, wouldn’t it be cool for any citizen to talk to the two main CM candidates, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi? The newly launched Frankly.me allows people to do exactly that.The app tries to diminish the gap between common people and celebrities by bringing well-known people on its platform and allowing users to ask questions.When it comes to connecting to the followers, most celebrities, actors, and politicians have taken the stage to social media, but it becomes a moot point when the conversation is one-sided as the people don’t get a chance to ask questions or respond directly to the person. This is the problem that Frankly is trying to solve.A user can ask a question to any of the personalities listed on the app. The selected question then gets answered by the respective person, say a politician, actor, or author.Another difference between something like Twitter and Frankly is that the answers on this app have to be in video format. This means you know that your question is getting answered by your idol and not by a person employed to write emails.For example, a tweet by Salman Khan may not actually be written by the actor. But on Frankly.me, the interaction becomes more personal as the celebrity in question has to answer with a selfie video.Interestingly, the selection of a question to be answered is ‘diplomatic’. Other users can up vote a question. Thus the most up voted, or most asked questions, are usually answered by celebrities.advertisementFrankly.me sports a user-friendly UI. You can discover celebrities using Frankly in ‘Discover’ tab and select the ones you want to follow. The chosen ones will then be shown in the ‘Feeds’ tab. Each profile has an ‘Ask’ button next to its name.Launched in December, 2014 Frankly.me has a current user base of about 50,000. Moreover it has roped in over 213 famous personalities, including politicians Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, and Ajay Maken. Also singers/musicians as Mahalaxmi Iyer, Tochi Raina, and Shafqat Amanat Ali are there to answer routine or difficult questions.The app has been updating the list continuously, some recent addition can very well be called inspirational to youth. Frankly.me has brought in poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, author Sandeep Unnithan, young wrestler Sangram Singh, and Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl.last_img read more

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