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Sharapova closes out Cirstea to advance at US Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But she improved to 21-0 in night matches at the tournament — recovering from a break down in the second set to finish it off in straight sets after the clock had ticked past midnight.“You’ve got to be crazy to be here after midnight,” she said, giving the fans who stayed a nod of appreciation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sharapova could have worked even later, but with Cirstea two points from forcing a third set Sharapova clawed back a break, and broke again in the final game to seal the win.“There’s a saying we use a lot: It’s not how you start it’s how you finish,” she said. Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves to Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Maria Sharapova thwarted a second-set comeback bid by Sorana Cirstea, beating the Romanian 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the third round of the US Open.Sharapova, the 2006 champion at Flushing Meadows, coughed up 10 double faults as she got off to a slow start on Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Rogen Landon advances to Asian Games boxing final The five-time Grand Slam winner booked a meeting with former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner over American Taylor Townsend.“It only gets tougher from here,” said Sharapova, the 22nd seed. “Being seeded in the 20s you know you’re going to get tough draws. You know you’re going to play Grand Slam champions.“She’s a competitor, a great opponent. I look forward to it.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Police making mockery of judicial system – Berbice Magistrate

first_imgBerbice Magistrate Rhondell Weaver has accused Police ranks in Berbice of making a mockery of the judicial system.As the Magistrate dismissed a trafficking narcotics case involving taxi driver Devansh Reshiram following the evidence given by Police witnesses at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court, she ruled that the Police had attempted to deceive the court on what had transpired by withholding evidence.The Police had claimed that the 20-year-old Reshiram, of 38 Palmyra Village, East Canje Berbice, had in his possession 22 pounds of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking; but based on the evidence presented in court, Magistrate Weaver said, she is of the view that the Police were out to provide false information to the court.During the trial, the prosecution had contended that Reshiram was standing next to his car when a Police patrol, acting on information, approached him and found the marijuana in his car.It was also revealed that, acting on information, two other men, Delroy Christophe and Dean Grenville, had been intercepted at a Police road block at Fort Wellington and had given information on the whereabouts of Reshiram.During the trial, Reshiram claimed that two men had given him the bags to drop at Abary, and he had seen the Police and stopped.Constable Latchmansingh, who had been the chief prosecution witness, told the court he was in company of two other Police officers when Reshiram was arrested. However, under cross-examination by Defence Attorney Joel Edmond, he admitted that two other men had been arrested in connection with the illegal substance, but they had later been sent away by a senior Police officer.Constable Latchmansingh also admitted under cross examination that Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper was the person who had arrested Reshiram. However, in his evidence in chief, he made no mention that it was the Senior Superintendent who had arrested Reshiram.According to Magistrate Weaver, the Police had attempted to deceive the court on what had transpired, and to make a mockery of the judicial system.“He told the court he was given the bag to take to Abary by two men who jumped into another car and went ahead. At Plantation Hope he received a phone call from one of the men, and (was) told to wait where he was.” It was shortly after that (call) that Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper came to him and identified himself.“Reshiram also said in his evidence he saw the Police coming from about five lantern posts away.In dismissing the charge against Reshiram, Magistrate Weaver said that if Reshiram had had anything to hide, he could have fled when he saw the Police approaching.She also noted that evidence during the trial revealed that the other defendants were sent away, and not charged.The magistrate added that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had sent the case file back to the Police with instructions that they conduct a further investigation before sending it back to the chambers for further advice. However, Police did not do that, but rather went ahead and charged Reshiram.“The Police must come to court with clean hands,” she said.Meanwhile, the Police are expected to prepare and send it to the DPP a file in relation to the Police officers whom the Magistrate believes had tried to deceive the court.last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers in Quesnel Tournament

first_imgThe Flyers played Williams Lake, Salmon Arm, Prince Rupert and Dawson Creek in the weekend tournament The Flyers suffered a 6-3 loss against Williams Lake in their first game on Friday night. They were 0/2 on the power play and 2/4 on the penalty kill. Goals were scored by Jade McMullen, Blair Karasuik and Logan Daneluk. Assists by Jordan Harder, Kyle Leonard, Logan Daneluk, Brandon Akhurst. Netminder, Daimon Derioun, stopped 25 out of 31 shots. Fort St. John dropped their second game against Salmon Arm on Saturday 5-2. Flyers were 0/3 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill allowing only 3 shots on net. Jade McMullin scored both goals in this game. Assists came from Rutherford, Mohr and Harder. Goalie, Derioun, stopped 35 out of 40 shots with 16 shots in the second period. A determined Flyers team turned it around by beating Prince Rupert in the third game with a 3-2 victory. Flyers were 0/1 on the power play and 2/2 on the penalty kill allowing only two shots on the net. Two goals were scored by Karasuik and a single by Hayden Mohr for the win. Assists from Daneluk for 2, Loewen for 2, Trim and Cresswell each got 1. Goalie, Turner Gullikson, stopped 24 out of 27 shots. Fort St. John completed the tournament on Sunday by outscoring Dawson Creek with a 3-1 win. The Flyers were 0/4 on the power play and 4/4 on the penalty kill. Goals came from McMullen, and Rutherford (unassisted). Wyatt Anderson scored on an empty netter. Assists came from Daneluk and Karasuik. Turner Gullikson did a great job stopping 27 out of 28 shots on net. This game was characterized by a lot of hits throughout the game. This was the Flyer’s best effort, playing as a team and exhibiting a solid defence. – Advertisement -The weekend stats showed 0/10 on the power play and 11/13 on the penalty kill. Developing a strong power play will help the Flyers meet the challenges of the 2008-09 season. Knights of Columbus AA Bantam Flyers play Dawson Creek next Saturday at 2:30pm in the Kin arena in Dawson Creek.last_img read more

Bill to increase student aid passes Congress

first_imgBush has indicated he will sign the legislation, despite previous objections to parts of the bill. Specifically, the administration has criticized a student loan interest-rate cut and a new loan-forgiveness program, among other things. House Democrats had made the popular interest-rate cut a priority during the run-up to the last election in which they regained control of Congress. The House voted 292-97 for the student aid bill Friday. Earlier in the day, the Senate approved the measure 79-12. All the lawmakers who voted against the bill were Republicans. The boost in financial aid to college students was one of half a dozen domestic priorities Democrats set when they took control of Congress this year. Two others – an increase in the minimum wage and mandatory air and sea cargo inspections – already have become law, and a third, ethics reform, is awaiting Bush’s signature. “This is an exciting day for parents and students who struggle to put together the financial means to pay for college,” said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House education committee. The bill would increase the maximum Pell grant, which goes to the poorest college students, from $4,310 a year to $5,400 a year by 2012. It also would cut interest rates on federally backed student loans to poor and middle-class students from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over the next four years. California Rep. Buck McKeon, the leading Republican on the House education committee, said students will go back to paying the higher rate in four years or taxpayers will have to foot the bill for the cut to continue. Nearly all of the cuts would go toward making college cheaper, but $750 million would be spent on federal budget deficit reduction. The legislation is part of a must-pass bill needed to meet spending targets in the federal budget. Once signed by the president, the legislation will begin taking effect Oct. 1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Nancy Zuckerbrod THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Congress sent President Bush legislation Friday to boost financial aid for college students by cutting some $20 billion in government subsidies to banks that make student loans. last_img read more

Dollar buys less in fashion world

first_imgOn Saturday, Kenzo showed birds of paradise in rainbow-colored feathers in its spring-summer ready-to-wear collection, while Chloe sent out breezy silk dresses with graphic brushstroke prints. Hermes, the purveyor of luxury handbags and silk scarves, cannily eyed the fast-growing Indian market with a sumptuous collection of maharajah suits and flowing sari dresses. Didier Grumbach, head of French fashion’s governing body, said Paris could withstand fluctuations in the dollar because it showed only designers at the top of the luxury scale. “If you are a midtier brand, it puts you in another category and that is bad, because suddenly you have different competitors, but when you are absolutely top-end – and I mean on a world scale – then there is an impact, of course, but it is not considerable,” he said. That view was echoed by Ralph Toledano, chairman and CEO of Chloe, which belongs to the luxury goods conglomerate Richemont. “Even when the dollar is very, very weak, people come here to buy what they can’t find in the United States,” he said. “Our customers are customers who don’t need to buy. They are customers who need to be given a reason to buy.” Toledano said Chloe designer Paulo Melim Andersson had not been given any specific instructions to produce more so-called “special pieces” or accessories to entice dollar clients, but management was busy devising strategies to streamline production. “You can always improve productivity,” he noted. Bergdorf’s Gold said some brands in Paris and Milan had done an “outstanding” job of managing their pricing strategy in the face of the currency swings, while others had not been so successful. “Those who offered product that wasn’t particularly exciting and let the prices run are likely to have reduced orders,” he said. Overall, retailers noted that American consumers were willing to shell out extra dollars for certain categories like handbags and shoes, but might balk at items that don’t scream “must-have.” In recent years, Chloe has become one of the most coveted brands on the market, but it is undergoing a transition since Melim took over last season. The Swedish designer, who has a tougher edge than his predecessor Phoebe Philo, drew mixed reviews for his first collection in March, but it was widely copied by high street retailers – a sure sign that he has his finger on the fashion pulse. This time, Melim showed translucent white sundresses with graphic pink and gray patches, which were paired with offbeat dog-eared purple crocodile clutches and patent leather sandals with pyramid heels. At Kenzo, Italian designer Antonio Marras had models parade around a curtain of dense tropical foliage in oversized creations that bucked this season’s trend for emphasizing the waist. A babydoll dress made from panels of purple and yellow eel skin flared out like a giant lampshade, while the deep folds of a yellow swing coat glittered with intricately embroidered birds and leaves. Hermes designer Jean Paul Gaultier showcased luxurious items like a trench coat made from the house’s trademark silk scarves and crocodile leather boots in black or even fuchsia pink. A large caramel Kelly bag was set off against beige jodhpurs worn with a gold lurex twinset. The outfits were an explicit nod to India’s potential clients for French luxury products, which the Comite Colbert – an industry association that groups many of France’s biggest luxury goods names – recently estimated at between 10 million and 30 million people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARIS – American retailers attending the Paris ready-to-wear shows this past week have been feeling the sting of the weak dollar. With the U.S. currency hovering near a record low against the euro, the cost of European goods has never been so high. Buyers said that while they were not slashing their budgets, they were being more careful about what they order. “You have to be; you have no choice,” said Jim Gold, president and CEO of New York luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. In turn, designers in the world’s fashion capital have been pulling out the stops with high-concept shows destined to highlight exceptional craft and creativity. last_img read more

SOCCER: BONAGEE UTD CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe Christmas club is now open and merchandise can be viewed at the above website or at the Club House.The under 12 team continued their unbeaten start to the season when they defeated Letterkenny Rovers 6-2. Scorers were Johnathon Coady (2). Dylan Doogan (2). Jordi Nugent and Adam Murphy. Player of the match was Dylan O Brien. They are playing Monaghan side Glaslough on Sunday in Bonagee at 11:30 KO in the National Cup.The under 12 Tigers recorded their first win of the season as goals from Tomas Bridgeman and Josh Mullen saw them record a 2-1 home victory over Ballyraine Diamonds. Luke Cassidy had an outstanding game in goals. The under 14 team lost out 4-2 away to Milford, with James Carolan and Aaron Mc Glynn the scorers. They are at home to Illistrin in the 2nd round of the FAI national cup this Sunday. Kick off 4-30pm.A brace of goals each from Adam Harkin, Phillip Cassidy and Niall Mc Menamin secured a 6-4 home win for the under 14 Tigers over Ballyraine Celtic. Jordan Rodgers and Sean Kelly performed well. They are due to play Capry Rovers at Rockhill this Saturday, while the Under 16 side is also playing at Rockhill on Saturday against Letterkenny Rovers.All under-age managers are reminded to forward a detailed match report and forth coming fixtures to the PRO by 7pm every Sunday evening.The u18 youth team were defeated at home 2-1 by Swilly Rovers the Bonagee scorer was Duncan Mc Intyre best for Bonagee was Paddy O’Loan and Mark Gale.Then are home to Yeats Utd.from Sligo in the F.A.I.National Cup this Saturday at 2pm.The senior team were defeated at home 3-2 by Buncrana Harps last Sunday, the Bonagee scorers were Jason Ashmore and Greg Magee. The Donegal league team were also defeated away 4-2 by Glenree the Bonagee scorers were Darren Coyle and Shane Kelly. They are home this Sunday to Whitestrand.There were two match five no. winners last week in the clubs weekly lotto draw Barney Harkin Drumany and Rose Griffin Drumnahoe each get €25. Lucky no. winners sally Mc Carron Lurgybrack, Conal Doherty Listillion, Margo Haughey Caralina Park, Kathleen Doherty Ard Colm Cille and Rhona Mc Garrigle Listillion. Lotto plus winners €50 Rose Griffin Drumnahoe, €30 Martina Diver Glen and €20 Sara & Eddie Bradley c/o Gerard O’Loan. Numbers drawn were 2,6,8,9,12,13 lucky no. was 15. Next week’s jackpot is now €1450Tickets are now on sale for the clubs annual development draw with €7000 in prizes. Tickets are €10 each or a book of 3 for €20 and are available from all players and committee members SOCCER: BONAGEE UTD CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 16th, 2012 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:Bonagee Utd club noteslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB TO HOST NIGHT AT THE RACES ON THURSDAY EVENING

first_imgLetterkenny Ladies Golf News:The results of the 18-hole club and turkey competitions played on Tuesday 13th are as follows. Winner of the 18 hole competition with great score of 40pts was Eileen Williamson(20). The runner-up was Marian O Sullivan(10) with 35pts. The turkey winners on that day, front nine were Rena O Herlihy 20pts(bot) pts followed closely by Maura Cavanagh with 20pts. Later in the week other turkey winners were front 9 Margaret Harvey with super 24 pts., runner-up Kate Gallagher 21pts. Back nine went to Eileen Wiliamson 20 pts., Anne Cannon in second place with 15pts. Congratulations to all I the winners and well done ladies. No shortage of turkeys this Christmas. The 1st of the one day Hamper competitions will take place on Sunday Oct25th. Slots for four balls have been allocated between 11 and 12 pm. Confirm your bookings on line.Warmest congratulations to Sarah Buchanan on her fine victory in the ladies single match-play. A wonderful achievement , well done Sarah.The autumn ladies outing to Greencastle on Sat 17th October was a great success. Despite a foggy start the sun did appear and combined with the spectacular scenery resulted in a very enjoyable experience. The following are the results. The team who bagged the Yellow Ball competition were Maureen Haran, Shelia King, and Eileen Williamson with 32pts. Marian O Sullivan won the Gross with 21pts. Front 9 local lady Bernie Wilson had best score of 18pts. Back nine winner was Anne Cannon with 17pts. Only one player managed a 2 that lady none other than Marian O Sullivan.That really in form player Maureen Haran was winner in the main competition with 34 pts(bot) very closely followed by Triona Daly 34pts(bot) and in third place President Anne Condon with 34pts. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who travelled to Inishowen. On-going turkey competitions continue. We are on to our 10th turkey competition due to the fabulous Oct weather.Another reminder of the up-coming ‘Night at the Races’ being held at Barnhill on Oct 29th at 9pm. All monies raised in aid of course development. You will note the work presently being carried out on the tee boxes. Please come along and join in the fun. It is in all members interests to improve our course. You might even back a winner!!Still experiencing very good golfing weather with Turkeys being bagged all over the place the latest winners are as follows Tues. 20th Oct. Front nine winner that sharp-shooter Marian O’Sullivan(10) 22pts. Runner-up Grainne Hines(25) 20pts(bot).The 18-hole played on same date was won by Veronica Mc Ateer (12) 40pts, runner-up Marian Keating(19) 38pts. Great scores ladies.Thurs 22nd Kate Gallagher(36) came out winner with a super 22pts. Followed closely by Kay Kelly(28) with 20pts.Congratulations to all the winners well done ladies.The results of the Hamper played on Sunday 25th Connie Reddan(36) 35pts winner, runner-up Bridie Gildea(25) 34pts(bot) in third place Marian O Sullivan (10) 34pts. Presentations at Xmas party.On same date turkey winners front nine Connie Reddan(36) 22pts winner, runner-up Bridget Mc Clafferty(27) 19 pts . Back nine winner Kay Kelly(28) 21pts minus 1. Second place Marian O Sullivan(10) 20pts. Not often I have to record an Eagle, the runner-up Marian O Sullivan had a ‘three’ on the 17th ”Wow”how does she do it? Warmest congratulations to all the winners and a special one for the invincible Marian.New Turkeys front and back are underway.LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB TO HOST NIGHT AT THE RACES ON THURSDAY EVENING was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfSportlast_img read more

John Luyinda hopes win over Tooro motivates Police FC players

first_img Tags: Ben OcenJohn LuyindaMusa Matovupolice fcSamson KigoziTooro United FC Police FC remains second from bottom despite victory on Wednesday. (PHOTO/File)Police FC assistant coach John Luyinda is hoping their comfortable win over struggling Tooro United on Wednesday creates a motivating atmosphere at the club.The Cops scored four goals with Samson Kigozi netting a brace while Ben Ochen and Musa Matovu each netted one as they dispatched the Fort Portal based side.Police were scoring four goals in a single match for the first time this season,  but the win was their third and it is one Luyinda hopes helps motivate and raise the confidence in the squad.“The game was good. Thank God we were able to convert our chances, he stated.“That has been our challenge, but the mere fact that we had an early lead, we grew in confidence and we went on scoring and eventually won the game.“We hope the confidence is back and we hope this Spirit continues.”Before Wednesday, Police had kept a clean sheet just twice, and they’d been on a losing streak of three games, their latest defeat coming over the weekend against champions KCCA.It was a deserved victory and one that was needed. However, the side stays second last in the table standings, now with 8points.Comments last_img read more

Geocaching.com Presents: Celebrate the Geocaching Community’s Volunteers

first_img SharePrint RelatedCelebrate the Geocaching Community’s VolunteersJanuary 14, 2013In “Community”Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen mit einem Geocaching.com Volunteer ReviewerDecember 13, 2010In “Community”Bedanke Dich heute bei einem freiwilligen Helfer!May 21, 2018In “Deutsch” [Click CC for subtitles in English, German, Portuguese and Swedish][vsw id=”okb1FhhvEHU” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Discover the geocaching community volunteers who help power your adventure.  Volunteers give their time and talent, representing nearly 40 countries around the globe.  Watch the latest Geocaching Presents video to find more about the volunteer experience.Where are some of the volunteers?The game would not be the same without their dedication, guidance, and commitment to geocaching.  Leave a message for your local Geocaching.com volunteers below! Entdecke die ehrenamtlichen Helfer, die Dir Dein Erlebnis auf Geocaching.com ermöglichen.  Es gibt über 400 ehrenamtliche Reviewer, Foren–Moderatoren und Übersetzer auf Geocaching.com. Sie stellen in fast 40 Ländern ihre Zeit und ihr Talent zur Verfügung.  Schau Dir das aktuelle Video “Geocaching.com präsentiert” an um mehr über die freiwilligen Helfer zu erfahren.Das Spiel wäre nicht das selbe ohne ihren Einsatz, ihre Beratung und ihr Engagement für Geocaching.  Hinterlasse unten eine Nachricht für Deinen lokalen, ehrenamtlichen Helfer bei Geocaching.com.Découvrez les bénévoles qui oeuvrent pour vous permettre de vivre l‘expérience Geocaching.com.  Le nombre de reviewers bénévoles, de modérateurs de forum et de traducteurs sur Geocaching.com s‘élève à plus de 400. Ils donnent leur temps et leur talent, et représentent presque 40 pays dans le monde.  Visualisez la dernière vidéo Geocaching.com Presents pour en savoir plus sur ces bénévoles.Le jeu ne serait pas le même sans leur dévouement, leur conseil, et leur engagement pour le géocaching.  Postez un message à l‘ntention de vos bénévoles locaux Geocaching.com ci–dessous !Descubra os voluntários que ajudam a agilizar a sua experiência no Geocaching.com. Os revisores voluntários do geocaching.com, moderadores do fórum e tradutores são mais de 400. Eles dão o seu tempo e talento,  representando cerca de 40 países em todo o mundo. Assista ao mais recente vídeo do Geocaching.com para saber mais sobre a experiência dos voluntários.O jogo não seria o mesmo sem a sua dedicação, orientação e compromisso para com o geocaching. Deixe aqui uma mensagem para os seus voluntários locais do Geocaching.com!Geocaching.com Volunteers, with family members in 2011Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Social Shopping: Putting the Emotion Back in E-Commerce

first_imgWhat are you going to buy this holiday season? Gift cards aren’t very personal, but friends’ recommendations can be.Richard MacManus recently covered the trends in e-commerce over the past decade. He noted that Amazon and eBay have dominated the online retail market with their model of using implicit user data to generate recommendations for others. Although this model will surely remain a centerpiece of the online retail experience, it may soon face competition as “social shopping” takes off.This guest post was written by Brynn Evans.What is social shopping? This is similar to the question of “What is social search,” which I addressed previously by describing the three flavors of social search: what they are, why they’re relevant and how they will help you search better. The Amazon and eBay model of online retail tapped into what I refer to as “collective social search.” Social shopping, on the other hand, is more like “friend-filtered social search.”In social shopping, you see recommendations and reviews that your friends have shared. You see items that your friends have purchased or brands that your friends have shopped with. This matters a lot when you’re shopping for a digital camera and are stuck deciding between three different models. Of course, the last 10 years’ worth of people’s purchasing histories and written reviews on Amazon may help you narrow your choice – if you can filter out the noise. But those reviewers are entirely anonymous to you, even though they may use a real name and have a rating history with the site.The decision you are making, as with most decisions, will carry consequences going forward, which is a part of the reason why collective intelligence can’t provide the necessary emotional “spark” in quite the way that a personal recommendation can. Patricia Mejia, a commenter on Richard’s e-commerce trends post, explained why she wants this in shopping: “I want to be inspired, intrigued and entertained when I shop online.”Algorithms don’t provide that emotion. But a recommendation from a friend just might.Plus, users increasingly expect this, and the larger and more connected our networks become, the more powerful this social shopping model will be. What are the social shopping services that do this best today? (Hint: not Amazon.)Sites like ProductWiki are devoted to product comparisons, but their user base is most likely not your peer network. ThisNext and Kaboodle lie closer to the intersection of social media and e-commerce. They are predominantly social networks dedicated to sharing products and personal reviews.Kaboodle’s user profile for “aplyler” closely resembles other social networking sites, and the site provides functionality for creating product lists, commenting on items and, of course, adding friends. On ThisNext, users’ recommendations are featured front and center on their profiles. Here, “rjax” has been promoted to “Expert Maven” because of her extensive collection of recommended items. Unfortunately, the collection’s range is so vast that you probably wouldn’t care about the Christmas ornaments if you liked her review of the Macbook art decal. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos guest author 1 Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Thus, the limitation with sites like ThisNext and Kaboodle is that you, your friends and the products you’re going to buy all exist on those sites. In other words, the sites are social shopping silos.RunToShop, on the other hand, brings a distributed social networking model to social shopping. A small Finnish startup, RunToShop aims to bring social recommendations to you wherever you may be, and from the friends in your network who you trust. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Social Web#web This means that if you’re shopping for golf clubs on Smart Golf, recommendations will be embedded on the site through the RunToShop widget. Currently, all user reviews are shown, but in the next release, recommendations from friends will be prioritized. (You can pull in your friends with Facebook Connect.)RunToShop also integrates with Facebook. So, if Facebook is where you spend most of your time, you can browse product offerings and friends’ recommendations directly through the RunToShop Facebook app.Finally, its distributed social networking platform allows your product reviews to percolate out to other sites where those products exist. If your long-lost sister, for example, discovers one of these products through LinkedIn, she can view your recommendation right there.Based on most of the services I’ve seen to date, including RunToShop, the implementation and user experience around social shopping still has a long way to go. In the meantime, keep this in mind the next time you’re shopping for the right social shopping service: will it provide the emotional spark you need?Guest author: Brynn Evans is digital anthropologist, design researcher and author who studies social interaction design and social search.last_img read more