Even harder for Rubi: he never managed to beat Madrid

first_imgLast season, 2018-2019, Rubi also succumbed in his two clashes against Real Madrid in front of Espanyol. Defeat 1-0 at the Bernabéu during the first round and 2-4 at the RCDE Stadium in the second. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 3, 2020 Joan Francesc Ferrer Rubi, Betis coach, plays the spot against Real Madrid next Sunday … and it doesn’t seem like he is the best opponent to save himself. For several reasons, mainly because it is the leader of LaLiga, but also because The Catalan coach does not have a very exciting service sheet against the white team. Five clashes with four different teams, four losses and a zero draw.The one achieved with Betis in the first round, match where Zidane’s they did not enjoy too many occasions but all were thwarted by a great Joel Robles. Before that, Rubi had lost once with Levante, once with Sporting and twice with Espanyol. Three of those occasions, as a local as well. His first face to face with Madrid was in the 2015-2016 season, as coach of Levante. The granota team fell 1-3 in the Ciutat de Valencia. Already in Sporting, in 2016-2017, he lost again, this time by 2-3 in El Molinón.last_img read more

Reggae Girlz end year at number 65

first_imgTwo years after emerging from a six-year hiatus, Jamaica’s female football team has climbed to number 65 in the world.The Reggae Girlz will end 2016 as the sixth best team in CONCACAF and the number two ranked team in the Caribbean based on the final FIFA/Coca-Cola women’s football rankings for the year.Veteran national women’s coach Xavier Gilbert believes they have done well since returning from their long lay-off but says there is a lot of hard work to be done if they are to overcome the CONCACAF hurdle, where they continue to fall short in their World Cup aspirations.”The programme has been back about two years, and after being out for so long, being at 65, I don’t think is bad. We still need to move up the ladder, but seeing where we are coming from, not being in competition and being at 65 now is a great achievement,” he told The Gleaner.”We are probably the only Caribbean women’s team that has consistently been to all CONCACAF women’s tournaments, especially the junior ones. So it shows that we have talent, so with more exposure and international games, we can achieve our optimal best, as we are consistently making it to the CONCACAF round, so I think it is just a matter of time,” he reasoned.”We have limited resources, and resource is the key. If we can get corporate sponsors to assist, we can break into the World Cup,” he said.- L.S.last_img read more

Who Man United could get with £43m Falcao money – better deals?

first_img 4 4 4 4 Man United have the option to spend £43m on Radamel Falcao in the summer, but given his season so far that seems unlikely.He has not been the same striker we have come to admire over the last few seasons, scoring just four goals in 22 appearances for the Red Devils.FALCAO PLEADS: ‘PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME PLAY FOR LIVERPOOL!’Instead here are four players manager Louis van Gaal would be better off spending that large sum on.Click the arrow to see those possible signings. Stefan de Vrij: Lazio – £18m – Click the arrow to see the players Man United could sign instead of paying £43m for Radamel Falcao – De Vrij only joined Lazio last summer, but the centre-back is being linked with an £18m move to reunite with Van Gaal, who managed him during the 2014 World Cup. Scouts from United are believed to have been in Italy to watch him as well as team-mate Felipe Anderson. Dani Alves: Barcelona – FREE – Click the arrow to see the players Man United could sign instead of paying £43m for Radamel Falcao – Radamel Falcao’s stay at Old Trafford is unlikely to go beyond the current season, so rather than spend the reported £43m to keep him, here are four players they could spend the money on instead. Nathaniel Clyne is a rumoured target, but if Southampton dig their heels in over a transfer, then Dani Alves is available for nothing as his contract at Barcelona expires in the summer. An ideal stop-gap? Memphis Depay: PSV – £20m – Click the arrow to see the players Man United could sign instead of paying £43m for Radamel Falcao – Man United continue to be linked with a move for PSV flyer Depay, who burst onto the scene under Van Gaal at the World Cup. There could be room for another Dutch international, too as Milan’s experienced midfielder Nigel De Jong – whose contract expires in the summer – is a rumoured target. Danny Ings: Burnley – FREE – Click the arrow to see the players Man United could sign instead of paying £43m for Radamel Falcao – If Falcao does leave, then Man United will be without a striker – injury-prone Robin van Persie has hardly been in scintillating form, either. That could leave the door open for free-agent Ings, whose deal at Burnley is coming to an end. Not bad for a freebie considering his nine goals in a relegation-threatened side this season, while by the start of the new season he will only be 23. last_img read more


first_imgA RURAL regeneration campaigner has hit out at the coverage given to new damning evidence of Donegal’s declineCharlie McCafferty says the CEDRA Report, which was launched last Monday received muted media coverage and generated little political debate, so far.“The four Political Parties in Donegal have said nothing yet, as far as I can ascertain. There has been no local or national discussion, a full week after the publication of the CEDRA Report, regarding the fact that County Donegal is at the bottom of the Irish Unemployment table,” said McClafferty, a publican in Churchill and independent election candidate. “A previous Teagasc presentation also showed that 4 of the 7 worst National Unemployment Blackspots were in just one County alone- County Donegal.“The CEDRA report was compiled by independent specialists, economists and Departmental staff following a laudable and widespread public consultation process.“The CEDRA Report’s launch was one of Rural Ireland’s biggest opportunities to highlight its crippling disadvantages and focus on the Report’s excellent Recommendations and potential solutions,” he said.The full Report is available online at www.ruralireland.ie The CEDRA Report contains two introductory prefaces, from Minister Hogan, T.D., Dept of Environment and Local Government and Minister Coveney, T.D., Depart of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Report was launched in the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar, by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. Minister Hogan, T.D., has indicated a willingness to attend the Seanad, in order to discuss the Report findings with Senators, after the Easter Dáil recess.“Why is one of the main findings in this extensive piece of research, relating to the spatial spread of National Unemployment in 2011, not given a full page Map, or even a half page map, like other less relevant findings?” asked McClafferty.“Why are the three Unemployment Maps, squeezed into Figure 9, on Page 35, not given a range of colour codes for separate categories, like all other maps in this report?“Did it not strike anyone that the exceptional extent of unemployment across County Donegal warranted a mention in the Report’s text?” asked McClafferty“I have written to the Teagasc research team to inquire how much influence the Department of Environment officials and/or Minister Hogan’s special advisors had on editorial decisions regarding the presentation styles used to minimise the visual impact of the Unemployment ‘Black hole’ on Page 35, that is County Donegal? “I have also written to the RTE TV NEWS Editor to enquire if a news item, on the publication of the CEDRA Report, was filed by their Western Correspondent and staff attending the launch, and if so why it was not aired?“The RTE Six O Clock TV News on Monday 14th April covered up to 19 news and sports items that evening, including stories from the USA (3), Ukraine (2), Nigeria and South Africa. Yet for whatever reason, Rural Donegal and Rural Ireland were somehow deemed not to be news worthy!“The Taoiseach was quoted as saying “The Government has a plan for rural Ireland” and that “Change for the better is coming”. The people of Donegal keenly await an elaboration of his unknown Master-plan and I humbly remind him that, “Up Here it is Different – we Still Export Our Young People”.“The Taoiseach may wish to re-read the CEDRA report and re-examine the scale of the economic challenges facing Donegal. He may even wish to consider a growing momentum for a discreet Government Led Donegal Regeneration Programme, if only to tackle the extent and unfortunate burden of the Donegal Live Register on the National Taxpayer, regardless of his Cabinet’s heretofore indifference and lack of compassion for Donegal’s Emigrants,” he added. DAMNING REPORT ON DONEGAL ‘NOT GETTING PROPER COVERAGE’ – CAMPAIGNER was last modified: April 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Earliest Chinese Language Revealed

first_imgScholars are making 3-D models of the earliest Chinese language inscriptions available for research.Investigators of early Chinese cultural history have a new tool: 3-D images of oracle bones inscribed with the earliest Chinese characters. The University of Cambridge is starting to publicize its stash of these bones in the form of scanned 3-D images accessible to anyone on the web. This is like making the Dead Sea Scrolls searchable online after having been available only to academic researchers.Cambridge University Library, which is celebrating its 600th anniversary this year, holds 614 Chinese inscribed oracle bones in its collection. They are the oldest extant documents written in the Chinese language, dating from 1339-1112 BCE. Inscribed on ox shoulder blades and the flat under-part of turtle shells, they record questions to which answers were sought by divination at the court of the royal house of Shang, which ruled north central China at that time.The inscriptions on the bones provide much insight into many aspects of early Chinese society, such as warfare, agriculture, hunting, medical problems, meteorology and astronomy.The earliest recording of a solar eclipse, from 1192 BC, is included in the collection. Viewers will be able to rotate the 3-D images to get a seamless view of the artifacts from any angle.The image brings into sharp focus not only the finely incised questions on the obverse of the bone, but also the divination pits engraved on the reverse and the scorch marks caused by the application of heat to create the cracks (which were interpreted as the answers from the spirit world). These can be seen more clearly than by looking at the actual object itself, and without the risk of damage by handling the original bone.Only one has been scanned so far, but the university hopes to make more available as funding permits.Many creationists have been fascinated by the work of Ethel Nelson, whose book The Discovery of Genesis (with the aid of C. H. Kang) alleged that stories from Genesis, including the Garden of Eden and Noah’s Ark, were embedded in the earliest Chinese pictographic characters (for example, see ICR article). Nevertheless, the claims are controversial (AiG), and have been frequently mocked by atheists and anti-creationists. There’s nothing like raw data to confirm or falsify a claim. We hope scholars will study this original material and draw firmer conclusions than have been possible before the originals became available.A Chinese lady I know claims that the Chinese characters still in use in Hong Kong contain the allusions to Genesis. She says the characters were changed under Chairman Mao, so you have to go back to the pre-communist character set to see them.Undoubtedly the characters on the 3,000-year-old oracle bones will look different than any used in the 20th century. Will they show a closer correlation to the stories of Genesis? Time will tell; even if the correlations are there, enough time had passed since Babel to the Shang Dynasty to make some corruption likely, especially since we see the scribes using these bones for divination. One would have to infer that the scribes were using characters previously designed by ancestors with a cultural memory of the Genesis accounts after a period of oral tradition (one should keep in mind that 1339 BC, the earliest date, is well after the Exodus).Even so, finding correlations with Genesis separate from the Mosaic record would provide strong independent corroboration of the events in the Bible, and would imply the Chinese had migrated from Babel where the memories of Adam and Noah persisted. The only other possibility would be migrants from Mesopotamia bringing those stories to China in the 2nd millennium BC. It’s unlikely that happened, or even if it did, that the proud Chinese culture of the time would consider incorporating western stories into their own language. I would like to see new scholarly research on this lively topic now that anyone can look at the original inscriptions.  —DC(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa’s Constitutional Awareness programme reaches the Hangberg community in Cape Town

first_imgOn the 17th March 2018, Brand South Africa’s Constitutional Awareness programme which aims to inspire constitutionalism, tolerance and constructive expression amongst the youth was in Cape Town. The purpose was for Brand South Africa to facilitate an engagement amongst the youth, through a collaboration with the award-winning web-film influencer, Imraan Christian in the community of Hangberg.Imraan Christian, a renewed visual artists and influencer who worked with Brand South Africa in creating one of the three constitutional awareness web-films, collaborated together with the team on the design of the engagement using the arts to trigger community dialogue.The day unfolded with portraits of people from the Hangberg community where Imraan worked with his team Pete Michaels Parker, Fidal Meter, Waseem Noordien, Mo Hassan, Mr Griep and Amiena Christian to shoot, print and strategically place these on the walls and fences of Hangberg.“The community of Hangberg has come alive, I had a tannie(aunty) coming to me wanting her wall to also have a portrait stuck on it. This reaffirmed a sense of pride and ownership by the community”, said Imraan Christian.The children of Hangberg were given quick lessons on break-dance and skateboarding as well. While others were drawn to expressing themselves through painting.“We aim to take these young ones off the streets, by encouraging them to learn a new skill, to express themselves through the various forms of arts. The dance classes that we are starting at the Bay Harbour Market, I believe will open up a world beyond their realities”, said artist Spike P.“There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing a smile on a child’s face and planting a seed of positive reaffirmation for the possibility of a brighter future. The purpose of this engagement was to do exactly that, and Brand South Africa we want to utilize these creative platforms to reach out to communities and the youth to educate them of the importance of constitutional awareness and active citizenship.” said, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager: Government Ms Toni Gumede.“On behalf of the entire Hangberg family, we would like to thank you Brand South Africa for the support and trust in creating space and ideas like we have. With collaboration such as this, there really is hope for innovation and imagination for our young South Africa”, further adds; Imraan Christian.last_img read more

Helping farmers out of depression

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The corn was dying that summer.So were the soybeans — drying out, shriveling up. What was the point of spraying for pests? It was 1988, one of the worst episodes of drought across the United States. That was the summer a 52-year-old northwest Ohio farmer who had been worrying about losing his crops, woke up one July morning, put on a fresh pair of jeans, a crisp white t-shirt, white socks and walked into the farm building where he had fixed tractors and stored wheat, and took his life.Even now nearly 30 years later, his daughter-in-law, who is active in a support group for suicide survivors, struggles to think about it. She agreed to talk about his death while keeping her identity anonymous at the request of relatives who aren’t as open about it.“For years, we wanted to forget the whole, awful story,” she said.Farming has always been a stressful and risky business. So much is not under the farmer’s control: the weather, the rain, pests and commodity prices. In recent years, the stress on farmers has intensified as farm incomes have declined nationwide, and they’re not projected to go up anytime soon. Dairy farmers are particularly troubled contending with their fourth straight year of declining milk prices.Legislation was recently introduced in Congress that would provide funding for mental health services for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers, as part of the next farm bill, the terms of which are being negotiated.Concern about suicide and mental health treatment for farmers has been increasing in part because a July 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that farmers, foresters and fisherman, taken as an occupation unit, have the highest rate of suicide, 84.5 deaths per 100,000 people. The CDC report cites possible explanations including stress, financial risk, the isolating nature of the job, lack of access to health services and chronic exposure to pesticides that might contribute to symptoms of depression.For many, farming is not just a profession, it is an identity. So, when farmers struggle financially, despite working hard, they sometimes see themselves as failures, particularly if their fathers were successful or their grandfathers.“They not only feel as if they’re letting their family down. They might also feel as if they’re letting down future and past generations,” said Jami Dellifield, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Hardin County.Seeking help can be a challenge. More often than not, in rural areas, people have limited, if any options, for healthcare, particularly mental health professionals.“You’re not going to seek it out if you’re going have to drive 1.5 hours or wait a month to see a doctor,” Dellifield said.No one knows, nor will ever know, exactly why the 52-year-old northwest Ohio farmer took his life. He doted over his grandchildren and was active in church. With his eldest son, he ran a farm with 1,500 acres of crops, hogs and beef cattle, and the two had a close partnership, spending their work days and whatever free time they had together. Then in the summer of 1988 he couldn’t seem to shake a dark mood that led him to constantly worry, lose weight, lose sleep, and become short-tempered.One afternoon, the man’s daughter-in-law brought him a glass of lemonade in the field where he was spraying corn for pests. He lamented the futility of his efforts, snapping at her. What was the point of him spraying, if the corn was going to die, he asked.The night before he took his own life, he seemed to have made a turnaround. He and his wife went out to dinner and played cards with friends. For the first time in months, he seemed light-hearted. The next morning his wife called their son. Come quickly, she told him.Though he was not in dire financial shape, not at risk of losing the farm nor going broke, he may have thought he was, his daughter-in-law said. Sure, there would be losses that year, but there also would be years to come with prosperous yields — only he couldn’t envision that. He couldn’t see past the dying corn and soybeans.“He was an amazing man who was very ill. Had it been a good summer on the farm, would he still have gotten sick? I don’t know,” the woman, now 60, said of her father-in-law.Dellifield and Extension educators across Ohio have in recent years become trained in Mental Health First Aid, a program to identify and respond to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and opioid abuse.One of the hurdles in getting people help is the self-reliant nature of farmers. When a tractor breaks down, they can fix it. When their cow has trouble giving birth, they can figure out a way to bring those calves into the world. But for their own health, they may not be able to figure out a way out of distress. And too they may be reluctant to seek out someone who could help.“Our hope,” Dellifield said, “is that we become as comfortable in referring individuals to help for depression and anxiety as we would be if they needed help with diabetes or a pest on their crops.”If you or a loved one is suffering or experiencing a crisis, or if you have a friend who is suffering or in crisis, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “HOPE” to 741-741. Each of these options provides access to a licensed counselor 24/7. Ohio residents needing help in finding mental health resources in their county or interested in taking a class in Mental Health First Aid can contact Dellifield at dellifield.2@osu.edu or 419-674-2297.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 65 | Clean water and what to do about it

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 65th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, joins host Matt Reese alongside Joel Penhorwood and Ty Higgins.Lake Erie and water quality is the topic of the week after Ohio Governor John Kasich made an executive order on the matter, temporarily surpassing the wishes of agricultural groups.Interviews in this week’s episode include Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels, Ohio Corn and Wheat Executive Director Tadd Nicholson, and Rick Stumpf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.last_img

Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010

first_imgTags:#2010 in Review#NYT#web#Year in Review “RSS is Dead“, tech sage Steve Gillmor said in May of 2009. I know that’s not true, because I spend a lot of my work and my leisure time reading RSS and other forms of syndicated content feeds.If you’re not familiar with Really Simple Syndication (RSS) – it is, in the simplest of terms, a powerfully simple technology that delivers new content from multiple websites to one single place you’ve subscribed to RSS feeds from. RSS has not changed the world in the ways its early adherents hoped it would, but it continues to change dramatically the lives of some of us unafraid to play around with it a little. Below are the 10 most exciting RSS and syndication technologies of the past year. There are a lot of repeat appearances from 2009 and 2008, but there are some new tools, too. Did we miss any thing important or exciting? Any power user tips you’d add?FlipboardSelected coverage: Flipboard, New “Social” iPad Magazine will be Powered by Semantic DataFlipboard is a well-funded iPad app that turns Twitter and other streams of content into a beautiful “customized magazine.” Many people have tried to go deep on the visual impact of feed reading on the iPad, but none have embraced the possibilities as gracefully as Flipboard. You know how I use Flipboard? I read my usual Twitter and Facebook streams through it sometimes, but it’s the curated topical Twitter lists that work best on this service. I’ve got a Twitter list of hundreds of geotechnology pros that serve up incredible topical links. The Twitter list of anthropologists I grabbed from Tlists? What a great magazine they make every Sunday morning!Web page pre-loading in the background, integrated social media sharing and commenting, video, image collages – the user experience is really hard to beat and it’s only getting better. OPML import is the only thing that the 15 of us in the world that like to play with OPML files could ask for more.Not Dead Yet Factor: Some people have the audacity to complain that this magical creature that turns links to their website into shining, seductive, glossy magazine pages for iPad using readers to slide right down into their websites… is violating their copyrights! That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard since someone told me that the tens of thousands of readers a Huffington Post link to our site sends are somehow a case of that site stealing from us, too.ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyPostrankSelected coverage: How to Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet on Any TopicRSS overload getting you down? Give Postrank a feed and it will give you back a brighter day. This service, which has been on our best of list every year we’ve written one about feeds, is invaluable. You plug in a feed and Postrank will score every item in it based on the relative social media engagement that item has seen (comments, inbound links, mentions on Twitter and a lot more). Then, you can subscribe to a filtered feed of just the most-discussed items on any feed.We use Postrank about 15 different ways here at ReadWriteWeb. It’s awesomeness cannot be surpassed. Watch this space, you’ll see us use it some more ways in the coming weeks and months.Not Dead Yet Factor: Postrank’s main home page is now a publisher analytics fancy service. If you want to run other peoples’ feeds through it, like a sophisticated strategic thinker able to defer immediate gratification for one technology step in exchange for far greater opportunities, then visit http://postrank.com/main.Notify.meSelected coverage: Real Time as a Service? Check Out What Notify.me Is Working OnThe battlefield of RSS to IM/SMS/email delivery and alert services is littered with bodies – the field of battle between those services and the cold reality of monetization, that is. There are a small number of people who appreciate the delivery of a substantial number of RSS feeds within minutes of their publication, but it’s not an insignificant number. It’s services like this that keep all the tech blogs you read feeling fresh, readers. Other people in other fields are learning to appreciate them as well.Notify.me remains alive, despite its own determination to die this summer. The company is now focused on selling advanced services to large, paying customers; it’s expensive shooting RSS feeds all over the web by IM and SMS for free. In July, 2010, the Notify.me team threw up its hands and said it was shutting down its free consumer service. A minor cry for help arose and thankfully, the company changed its mind. It said it was going to start charging people a small amount of money. It doesn’t appear to have done so and the messages are still coming.Let me tell you what a service like this is good for, outside a journalist’s immediate interest: I once led a workshop for non-profit organizations where one participant worked in communications at a local women’s advocacy organization. In that workshop, we grabbed the RSS feed for the New York Times and we ran it through a filter, filtering for keywords related to the field she worked in. We then took that filtered feed and we put it through Notify.me, setting it for multiple forms of delivery. The plan, then, was for her to get an SMS whenever the New York Times wrote a story related to women’s issues. She could take a look at it, and if appropriate, could call the local newspaper people she knew. “I don’t know if you’ve heard,” she could say (they probably hadn’t, so soon), “but there’s this story breaking on a national level. If you’re interested in a local angle, our Executive Director is an excellent source and would be happy to get on the phone with you if you like.” The reporter has been looking for something to write about all day and you lay a timely, high-quality interviewee in their lap. Boom! Now repeat a few times and what have you got? You’ve got an organization that people in your area associate with the issue because you’re regularly cited as a source in the local media – because you were the first to know.Not Dead Yet Factor: It’s not dead yet. Someday it probably will be. Another service will have to take its place, or we’ll all have to learn how to roll our own.SuperFeedrSelected coverage: The Dream Team Quietly Gathering Behind Real-Time Service SuperFeedrYou’ve got online content and you want it in real time. You want it in different formats. You want it marked up with geolocation data that corresponds to place names occurring in free text. You want it all and you want it for a fair price. What does it mean? Maybe you want SuperFeedr. It’s like FeedBurner was for bloggers, but much more developer-focused. The company adds features all the time and founder Julien Genestoux is one of the most agile technologists you’ll find online.Not Dead Yet Factor: Barely born yet, but backed by BetaWorks and Mark Cuban, that’s good for something. Plus Genestoux builds features so fast that he’ll likely fit whatever need real-time feed geeks find they have, well into the future.Google ReaderSelected coverage: Facebook Could Become World’s Leading News Reader (Sorry Google)If you read RSS feeds and you know it, you probably use Google Reader. It’s ok. It’s pretty good, even. It’s not that exciting, but it serves a whole lot of people very reliably and capably. It has survived while everyone else has not. This year we saw former market-leader Bloglines and former innovation leader Newsgator Online close up their RSS readers and send everyone to Google Reader instead. Other services use Google Reader as a place to sync up.Not Dead Yet Factor: Google almost never kills anything, and there have to be a lot of people internally at the company who depend on Google Reader, too. Unless they’ve all given it up for Twitter.My6SenseSelected coverage: My6Sense & The Geek Who Rode His Blog to the Edge of the WorldYou’re on your phone and you want something good to read? They say that small screens lend to high-quality recommendations of well-targeted content – so why would we read Twitter and Facebook?My6Sense is a mobile RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account (all of it, not just the first one thousand feeds like so many imitations!) and then watches how you interact with the items. It knows when you are reading, it knows when you’ve shared a link. It then offers two views of all your subscriptions: their most recent posts and the My6Sense recommended posts. The service learns from your behavior over time and offers a quality mobile feed reading experience.Not Dead Yet Factor: It’s probably a slow burn, the company is focusing on monetizing a commercial API. That’s a good business to be in.BlekkoSelected coverage: How to Use Blekko to Rock at Your JobBlekko calls itself a search spam killer but it’s got a whole lot more potential for the power user. Blekko is a platform for collaboratively edited vertical custom search engines. It eats OPML files, among other things, and its outputs include RSS feeds. You want a feed of updates from 10 key medical sites whenever any news about a particular issue is written about? Blekko can do that. You want to track a collection of blogs that cover a particular topic and get a ping when they write about one company, one concept or one keyword across all their blogs? No problem. It’s great. A custom search engine creation service with RSS feeds. That deserves a place on this list.Not Dead Yet Factor: It just launched. When it launched, I said it was too beautiful to live long, but its CEO has been around the block many times and tells me he knows what he’s doing. Facebook All RWW coverage of FacebookFacebook’s syndicated updates from friends, families and media organizations are the single most important way that hundreds of millions of people around the world relate to the power of the feed. The company tried to do a lot this year, but it’s hard to know how drastic the users’ experience will end up being. None the less: Facebook Places alone represents the introduction of a radical new type of knowledge into many peoples’ lives (where the people you know are right now) – and it’s coming to them by feed.OStatusSelected coverage: Run Your Own Twitter Clone: Status.net Launches Public BetaWhen you hear about Diaspora, when you hear about Status.net, OStatus is what’s under the hood. This open-source amalgamation of communication technology standards is like Twitter for networks that are disconnected, but interoperable. “People on Different Networks Following Each Other” is the OStatus slogan. What does it mean? Interoperability means social networks compete on features, not control over your friends, because switching costs are removed. You lose nothing if you switch networks. OStatus didn’t take off like a Tweeting rocket ship this year, but it saw some continued growth, development and attention. Someday, maybe someday, the asynchronous micro-messaging that so many of us find so much value in will break out of the clutches of one single company (wonderful as you are, dear Twitter) and become a real communication platform like the telephone. That’s probably as crazy as imagining a time when AT&T customers can call Verizon customers though, isn’t it?Not Dead Yet Factor: It’s not dead yet.DapperSelected coverage: How Yahoo’s Latest Acquisition Stole & Broke My HeartPoint and click on almost any field on almost any Web page and Dapper will give you an RSS URL you can use to subscribe to updates from that field, if and when the content there changes. It sounds like a simple thing, but it’s incredibly powerful.Dapper has been one of my favorite services for years and was joined by Needlebase in the DIY data extraction world that has so much potential.In recent years, the devil bought Dapper’s soul, turning it into a semantic advertising platform in order to monetize its core technology. Then Yahoo bought the whole company this Fall, which will allow the core feed-extraction tool to remain open, at least for a while longer. To use this incredible tool, you’ve just got to sneak in through the back door at Open.Dapper.net.Not Dead Yet Factor: It’s not dead yet. Maybe more alive than it’s been in years, in fact.Honorable mentions:Yahoo Pipes – definitely not dead yet. The company released an experimental 2.0 version of this wonderful spaghetti pipes tool for RSS magic this year, but few people noticed and the company itself says its products aren’t production ready. YSQL is a better bet, if you’re comfortable working with that. If not, well – Pipes isn’t dead yet.Twitter – One of these days! Annotations! Meaningful location as a platform! This year had high hopes for Twitter’s technology. The year ended up being about better up-time, a prettier Web site and the company’s nascent ad sales efforts.Ogre translates spatial files into GeoJSON using a command line tool for use in JavaScript Web apps. Awesome. Some people are using this for sure, to set proprietary geodata free. Too few people, though.OneSpot – This content recommendation engine does a lot of things, but my favorite thing it does is look at any set of feeds you give it and then suggest thousands of other feeds it believes are related. It’s easy to curate a few hundred top blogs in any field that way. That’s our list – how does it compare to yours? What’s coming down the line that you think might shake things up in RSS and syndication in 2011? Let us know in comments. 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