Eagle girls seeking to regain A North basketball crown

first_img Middletown South Middletown High School South girls basketball coach Tom Brennan said during the summer that Jackie Dluhi is the central to the team’s success this season, and so far in this early part of the campaign, she has lived up to the hype.“We’ll go as she goes,” said Brennan at the time. His team is off to a 2-0 start and looks to regain the Shore Conference A North Division title after finishing as runner-up to Howell in a 15-8 campaign last season.Dluhi, a 5-9 swing player, hit a pair of double-doubles in the first two games. She scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the latest 48-36 victory on Dec. 19 over Shore Conference A North rival Howell, sealed by a 15-2 fourth quarter. Middletown South earlier on Dec. 16 beat nonconference foe Brick Memorial, 45-27.“She’s meeting expectations for us right now,” said coach Tom Brennan as his team headed into the Christmas break.Guard Kiera Gannon, who started last season with fellow guard Carissa Gray as sophomores, scored 13 points and had four steals against Howell. Those three players, all team captains, are integral for the Eagles as they move up from NJSIAA Group III to Group IV status this season.They’ll look to fill in the gaps for graduated Meghan McGuinness, who is at Niagara, and Kelly Haspel, who recently broke into the starting lineup at 7-2 Ramapo where she averages seven points a game. Haspel’s younger sister, sophomore Brianna, is a 5-5 guard who can play defense but also has shown a deft shooting touch.“If she’s on the floor late in the game, it’ll be with her defense,” Brennan said.The coach calls his young team “a work in progress. The junior class has tons of varsity experience. The seniors will figure out where they can help us out, and the sophomores and freshmen will adjust to the speed of the game, which is much greater than what they’re used to. It’s a good core. If those three are going well, we will be OK. We look for more support.”Lauren VanExter, a spot starter for about half of last season, is another versatile starter who, at 5-8, will play either guard or forward. “She does not get the notoriety of the others but she’ll dive for the loose ball and get the rebound, take the charge — some things that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” said Brennan.Christiana Rutkowski, a 5-7 sophomore, is the other starter. “She’s a guard who is not afraid to mix it up,” Brennan said. “She’ll stretch defenses with a long jump shot and then, on the defensive side, she’s a great communicator. They all communicate well.”Brennan said Gannon’s “asset is on the defensive side,” but she also has a jump shot she can turn to. Gray, meanwhile, is looking more to her outside shot this season after averaging 14 points and eight rebounds a game last season, and Brennan said she “is now accepting the role of being more of an offensive threat. She was always a slasher and I’m happy with her full development.”Brennan said he is looking to continue to develop a rotation and sound bench this week in the Holmdel Bayshore Christmas Tournament. Middletown South played Mater Dei on Dec. 26 in the opener.But the rest of the team is young and unproven aside from senior Tara Congialosi, who Brennan said “probably did more this year to get ready (for the season) than anybody. We’re looking for her to come off the bench and be more of a defensive stopper. That’s important. You don’t worry about who starts but who is there at the finish.”Along with young Haspel, Brennan will look to the bench to senior 5-6 guard Kelsey Logan as well as sophomore 5-9 swing playerRachel Becker, who led the soccer team to a division championship last fall and can shut down the passing lanes defensively on the hardwood.Two freshmen also are expected to contribute more as the season moves along — 5-6 guardAngela DeBartelome and 6-0 forward Jill Falvey. “Both are extremely athletic and good basketball players,” Brennan said. “They both have high basketball IQs, but once they get the idea of how tough high school basketball is in the Shore Conference, they’ll be fine.”They’ll get a good sense of that next month when Middletown South travels to rival Middletown North on Jan. 4 and plays host to Manalapan the next day. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

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Baghdatis brushed aside by Dimitrov

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov gave an exhibition of his enormous talent on Thursday, striding emphatically into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.The 13th-seeded Bulgarian looked less like his ‘Baby Federer’ nickname and more like the Swiss maestro all grown up as he made light work of Baghdatis, a former semi-finalist at the All England Club.The 26-year-old, who also reached the last four in 2014, has perhaps struggled to live up to his promise as a youngster.Yet, having reached the semis at the Australian Open earlier this year before losing to Rafa Nadal in a titanic five-set battle, he showed on a sun-baked Court Two that he has the potential and the game to trouble the established favourites.The Bulgarian looked intensely focused as he raced through his opening four service games conceding just two points, before breaking for a 5-3 lead and then wrapping up the first set in the next game with his third ace.It was then a case of simply tightening his stranglehold, which he did by breaking Baghdatis in the first game of the second and again in the seventh, eventually taking the set after a behind-the-back trickshot.Dimitrov did not have everything his own way in the third, and was forced to save seven break points, but still broke three times himself to claim an emphatic win, which he sealed with a superb diving volley after one hour and 42 minutes.last_img read more

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Spurs’ Leonard to miss contest against Warriors

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. APSan Antonio Spurs leading scorer Kawhi Leonard will miss Saturday’s National Basketball Association contest against the Golden State Warriors with an apparent concussion.The all-star forward was placed on the league’s Concussion Protocol list after being injured when he was struck in the head by an elbow from Oklahoma City player Victor Oladipo during Thursday’s game, the team announced Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Badminton: Lee and Lin on course for one final showdown The 25-year-old Leonard, who left the game and did not return, has been leading San Antonio’s charge at overtaking Golden State for top spot in the Western Conference.Leonard played a total of 26 minutes on Thursday, finishing with 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe’s averaging career highs this season with 26.3 points and 3.4 assists to go with 6.0 rebounds. Leonard is also a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.RELATED STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Leonard the spur as San Antonio down RocketsLeonard’s 31 points lead Spurs to win over PacersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

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Dr. Dennis’ Achievements at UL Highlighted

first_imgDr. Emmet A. Dennis, President of the University of Liberia (UL), reflecting on his six year tenure at the institution’s helm, enumerates major changes under his leadership. Key among them are the reduction in academic wrongdoings; improvement in academic profile and a a complete shift in student enrollment. The attraction of external grants; the creation of an Honors Program; the establishment of two new colleges; and most recently, the reacquisition of more than 5,000 acres of the UL Fendall land in Louisiana, outside Monrovia are also among significant accomplishments attributed to the hard work and persistence of Dr.Dennis and his administration. Despite these accomplishments, Dr. Dennis, who has decided to retire early next year, likes to downplay what he has achieved, especially when he talks about the challenges facing the institution, saying, “The glass is half-empty.”He repeated the expression at a three-day retreat last week when he presented on the topic, “The University of Liberia, Then, Now and Tomorrow.” He said when he ascended to the UL presidency in 2008, the university had only 13 terminal degree holders and not a single faculty in the Department of Chemistry had an advanced degree in the subject. He said the university was plagued by serious academic malfeasance with students purchasing their admissions resulting in an explosion in student enrollment (in one academic year alone, 8,000 freshmen were admitted.) “For many years we were doing the wrong things, but did not recognize that,” Dr. Dennis admitted, adding, “It is to right some of these pervasive wrongs that still continues to occupy my time even more so when I enter my transition.” Subsequently, he has substantially reduced the blatant, widespread academic malfeasance. Dr Dennis said he abolished the issuance of library slips and financial clearances required before graduation and simplified the issuance of graduation clearance for the entire student population. “No more test fees or pamphlets must be purchased to register for a course. No more purchase of admission into UL. Instead admittance must be based on entrance exam results and merit. Large classes with the propensity for academic malfeasance made optional, others declared persona non-grata,” Dr. Dennis told the retreat audience. These initial reforms were a harbinger for more ambitious ones that followed. The evidence is out on how many faculty members have received advanced degrees during the presidency of Dr. Dennis versus prior to his ascendancy. Comparatively, he said the university produced 33 doctoral degrees between 2009 and 2014. The same can be said of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, which had only four Law Faculties with Masters in Law (LLM) from 2001 to 2007, but now has 22 Law Faculties and counting with a Masters in Law. But it is in producing medical doctors to close the patient-doctor gap in the country for which Dr. Dennis and his administration must take a bow. For example, between 2000 and 2007, the University’s medical school, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, graduated 32 doctors. However, between 2009 and 2014, the school graduated 84 doctors. Last December, the University graduated 35 doctors while this December, an astonishing 42 new doctors are expected to graduate, making it the highest the School has produced since its founding. Additionally, a paradigm shift in student enrollment has occurred at the University in favor of the National Sciences, according to the UL President. “During the initial stages of Liberia’s and the University’s recovery from conflict, enrollment in the College of Business and Public Administration overwhelmed enrollments in all of the other colleges, essentially because of the availability of faculty to ensure graduation within a reasonable time (compared with disciplines such as the sciences, engineering and agriculture, which had insufficient qualified faculty and virtually no laboratories),” Dr. Dennis said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Retail project OK’d after 2-year wait

first_imgWHITTIER – Yorba Linda developer Louis Smaldino remembers when he first hung the sign on his 2.5-acre property on Whittier Boulevard to announce the coming of a new shopping center. For More Info Plans called for adding two commercial buildings totaling 9,200 square feet to an office building and Liquor Mart store at 13583-13601 Whittier Blvd. The opening date was set for summer 2004. Fast forward to 2006: The sign is still there, but there is no shopping center. Last week, the Whittier City Council finally approved the development. “I leave \ there as a reminder to the City Council – you delayed this thing for over two years,” Smaldino said. Smaldino said he is ready to begin construction by this summer. Officials said it’s not fair to blame the city entirely for the delays. “When he proposed the project, he didn’t meet the parking standards,” Whittier City Councilman Owen Newcomer said. Smaldino had two choices. One was to ask for a variance, or a waiver to deviate from the standard. The other option was to wait for new parking standards. Smaldino chose the latter, Newcomer added. Smaldino, who has owned the land since 1976, said he wanted to see if he could improve his property. “It became apparent we weren’t using half the parking,” he said. He ran into problems early on when he had to resubmit plans to the city. Then, in October 2004, the Planning Commission denied his proposal on the basis he did not have enough parking. Smaldino was set to appeal the ruling to the council. But, on the advise of city staff, he decided to wait until a new parking ordinance was completed. “I was told to just a wait a little longer; it will only take two months,” he said. A new parking ordinance was approved – in November 2005. With the new law, which reduces the number of parking spaces required for office buildings, Smaldino’s proposal then met new city standards. “The parking codes prior to the recent change were far too restrictive for development,” he said. “That’s what kept new development from coming into Whittier.” Jeff Collier, director of community development, agrees that the city’s parking standards were too restrictive. “It required five parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet, and that far exceeded what the real demand was,” Collier said. “That doesn’t allow \ to be competitive,” he added. “It creates situations where \ had to provide more parking than is really necessary. Under the new standards, the requirement is 3.3 parking spaces per every 1,000 square feet of building. For Smaldino, the old ordinance required him to provide 221 parking spaces. The new one requires 125. He has included 152 spaces in his plan. The loss of time has cost Smaldino some possible tenants, including a Starbucks, a bank and some fast-food places, he said. But Smaldino said he still has a list of possible tenants. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 Map AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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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Details revealed of Letterkenny’s Christmas carol trail

first_imgThe Fifth Letterkenny Carol Trail will take place on Friday, 21 December starting at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 7.30pm.This unique festive event is organised by Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter and Letterkenny CDP and the carol service is facilitated by Trinity Presbyterian Church, St Eunans Cathedral and Conwal Parish Church.This is the fifth Carol Trail in Letterkenny and all are welcome to come along and participate in what should be a very memorable evening. The carol trail will begin with Christmas Carols and readings at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Letterkenny’s main street at 7.30pm.The group will then make its way up the Church Lane in a candlelit procession which is being put together by Letterkenny CDP and donations can be made on the night.“The carol service will end at Letterkenny’s oldest building, Conwal Parish Church at the top of the Church Lane for more carols and a short reading and there will be a special rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ from Soprano singer Elisabeth Goell.The evening will finish with tea and mince pies in Conwal Parish Church Centre sponsored by Pramerica and their partners Compass Catering. “This unique event promises to be a very special evening and hopes to give people the chance to take time and reflect on the real message of Christmas ‘goodwill to all’.“So, come along on Friday, 21st December and enjoy a very special night in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.”Details revealed of Letterkenny’s Christmas carol trail was last modified: December 7th, 2018 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:Cathedral Quarterdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

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November Crowds Are Larger Than Usual in 2017, At Disney World And Universal Orlando

first_imgShare This!Crowds at Orlando Theme Parks are larger than normal so far in November. The TouringPlans.com Crowd Calendars for Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World are reporting crowd levels one to two points higher than we usually see this time of year. We have some theories as to why we are seeing the increase.Times are good. The economy is churning along and gas prices are stable. When the economy is stable, travel tends to increase.Hurricane Irma re-bookings. Guests that had to cancel because of the hurricane re-booked for early November, a time when crowds are usually low and free dining was still available.November Popularity. As more and more guests travel to Orlando each year the number of available dates with low crowds has dwindled. So, moderately crowded weeks become busy ones.Because the higher crowd levels are occurring at both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando we don’t think the influx has anything to do with park operations like what we saw at Disney World in Fall 2016 and Fall 2015. We don’t see any indication from the school schedule data to suggest that is the answer either. So, one of the three theories is likely the culprit – or more likely, a combination of the three. But first, let’s take a look at how crowded it has been.Crowds have been higher than expected recently at Orlando Theme ParksWe know that part of the increase in wait times this year at Walt Disney World is due to the impact of new attractions like Pandora and to the closure of other attractions at Disney Hollywood Studios. But the magnitude of the increase that we have seen in early November (and also early October) is significant. Wait times are 10 to 15 minutes higher than what we would normally expect for this time of year. Each index level on the Crowd Calendar represents roughly 10 minutes of average wait so the one and two point underestimates we have seen lately coordinate with the wait times we see in the chart.The forecasts that we create for wait times take into account much more than just the historical averages. We use a 30-day trend that helps adjust the predictions in the direction of the most recent information. Also, our models account for the Pandora affect and the reduced capacity caused by closed attractions. But even with these adjustments, wait times are higher than expected.If the driving factor turns out to be the Hurricane re-bookings then it is likely the impact will be short-lived. If it is the other two then the affect may last longer. The good news is that the impact on a personalized touring plan is nearly negligible. By arriving early and completing the busiest attractions in the morning, the total amount of time spent in line is unchanged from previous years if you follow a touring plan.We currently have no plan to update the Crowd Calendar predictions. We prefer to see how the next few weeks play out. But as always, we continue to track wait times on a daily basis and will inform you when an update is in order. If you arrive in park and see longer lines than predicted, make sure to re-optimize your plans, that will ensure your plan is adjusted for the most recent information.last_img read more

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Wind change sees Bali flights cancelled

first_imgMount Agung . Jetstar and Qantas have canceled all flights from Bali this afternoon because of new information on the movement of the volcanic ash cloud.Both airlines had been in a race against forecast wind changes and the imminent explosive eruption of Mount Agung to clear passengers stranded on the holiday island.The two airlines will still operate 11 rescue flights this morning and early afternoon.Neither airline is taking passengers to Bali.However, Virgin Australia is continuing to operate rescue flights.Read: Bali passengers may be able to seek refund.More tremors occurred yesterday and overnight and the time between them is decreasing while their strength is increasing according to the Indonesian seismic reports.A major escalation of the eruption is expected at any time.However, there has been a significant reduction in the amount of ash coming from Mount Agung prompting some officials to comment that the eruption may be over.But on Twitter, noted volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner said that “this does not mean it is over.“Fluctuations in activity are a normal part of the life of volcanoes,” Dr Krippner said.Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre also warned that a more violent eruption remains likely.Devy Kamil Syahbana, of the PVMBG, told Reuters: “We cannot predict whether it will be bigger than 1963, but according to our evaluation the potential for a full-scale eruption is still high.”In 1963, the Mt Agung eruption killed more than 1600 and lasted over a year.last_img read more

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Twitter Worm Could Take Over Your Computer (in Theory)

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Features#news#NYT#Trends#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Before everyone panics, let’s get one thing clear: the new Twitter worm is only a proof-of-concept devised by computer security researchers at Secure Science – it is not out in the wild. That said, its very existence should raise some questions about the state of security at Twitter – something that’s more important than ever given how rapidly the service is becoming mainstream. This latest security concern involves an attack, similar to the clickjacking incident from last month, that takes advantage of a web programming error on Twitter’s support site. The result of the attack would force users to post unwanted messages to their Twitter stream. If those messages were combined with malicious code, “this could even be used to take control of a victim’s computer,” says Lance James, chief scientist of Secure Science. The Potential ThreatThe attack, posted online here, first displays a warning message and then posts Secure Science’s test code “@XSSExploits I just got owned!” to the victim’s profile. But if a hacker wanted to use this technique to compromise users’ PCs, they could remove the warning screen and combine the link with a sensational message which users couldn’t help but click. Add in some browser attack code, and before you know it, clicking a Twitter link could allow a hacker access to your computer. This, says James, “would just tear the cr*p out of Twitter.” He adds, “I’m holding my breath, hoping no one does something stupid at this moment.”center_img Related Posts Although Twitter is attempting to fight spam on several fronts (they’re now disabling accounts that automate re-following for instance), it seems as if more and more Twitter spammers are creating accounts every day. (How many of those SEO advisors and ‘life coaches’ are for real, I wonder?)As Twitter explodes into the mainstream, it may be time for them to work on addressing some of these issues before they focus on enhancements to the site like the relatively new “suggested users” section or the in-house ads – features which a few folks suspect may have something to do with Twitter’s supposedly soon-to-be-revealed business model. While we understand the service needs to develop their business plan, they recently closed a $35-million financing round, which added even more cash to their previous round ($15 million). Given that they only have 20 employees, they’re (in theory) only burning through around $5 million a year. We’re not sure what Twitter is doing with all that money, but we would like to suggest that they use some of it to hire security professionals to help make the service safer…before it’s too late.  According to Secure Science researchers, this particular bug can be eliminated by fixing the cross-site scripting flaw, but if another similar bug were to show up on the site, users would soon face the same problem all over again. Still, one has to wonder, why are they publishing this information publicly instead of alerting Twitter directly? Apparently, it’s because the research company is concerned Twitter is not taking security seriously enough. James says he hopes this demonstration will push Twitter into making it more of a priority. The State of Twitter SecurityIt’s easy to see why security professionals may be worrying about the state of security at Twitter – the company has had some rather high-profile incidents as of late. Only last month, a second clickjacking attack was revealed after the company had just finished patching one that was unveiled in January. Also in January, the accounts of 33 high profile Twitter users including Britney Spears, CNN news reporter Rick Sanchez, and Barack Obama, were compromised by hackers who defaced their accounts with embarrassing and offensive messages.At the time, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos advised Twitter “to take a long hard look at its security to ensure that this never happens again, and regain the confidence of its members.” Yet since then, more potential attack vectors have been revealed. Staying Safe on Twitter Keeps Getting HarderIf Twitter is indeed replacing, or at the very least, augmenting email for interpersonal communications, then perhaps it’s time for us to apply those same age-old rules that once applied to email – be careful what you click. Now that it’s finally been drilled into people’s heads that email attachments aren’t always safe, it seems like we have to start again educating Twitter users that the same goes for links. But when a service goes mainstream – like Twitter is doing now – it’s going to become filled with people who won’t give a second thought to security concerns such as these. Instead, without intervention on the part of Twitter to address these issues, consumers are going to end up learning “the hard way” – by becoming victims. The security problem only gets worse when you think about how easy it is for people to create fake celebrity accounts not to mention how easy it is for Twitter spammers to join the service. Since Twitter doesn’t authenticate new accounts via email, anyone can post any message from any address, real or fake. There are even opt-in services that Twitter spammers can join to quickly accumulate large numbers of followers quickly in an attempt to appear more legit. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Yahoo Mail Gets a Speed Boost with Redesign

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#news#web#Yahoo A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While we’ve seen Yahoo Mail grow increasingly more social over the past couple years, today the site unveiled its first major redesign in five years. The new Yahoo Mail promises to be faster, spam-free and full of new features that bring apps, social connections and communications beyond the simple email to its users.The first thing you’ll notice about the new Yahoo Mail Beta is the new look and functionality. Everything is less static, more customizable and more in line with everything else you see on the Web these days. That is, you can customize the column sizes and rather than continually clicking “next” to go to another page, your email-filled inbox simply scrolls on until you’ve reached the end and everything feels like its happening right now. For those of you like me, who have way to many unread emails sitting in there, it’s great. Yahoo says in today’s announcement that the new Yahoo Mail Beta “is more than two-times faster”. To get there, Yahoo redesigned the page using CSS3 and therefore fewer images, reducing the download size by 35%. The company also pushed the mail servers to cloud-based proxies, so whenever you type “mail.yahoo.com” into your browser, it goes to the closest proxy by network distance. According to the Yahoo Developer Blog, this can increase transfer speed by up to 25%. To further speed up the pace, Yahoo began precaching data for users already signed into the homepage and streamlined some other server traffic.In addition to all of this, the new Yahoo Mail goes beyond email, bringing Twitter and Facebook into the mix as well as allowing you to send SMS directly from your email account. It also adds applications, like Flickr, Evite or PayPal, which bring extra functionality directly to your email account. For a full list of new features on Yahoo Mail, take a look at Yahoo’s announcement and give the new Yahoo Mail Beta a trial run of your own.last_img read more

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