Is President Granger a Federalist?

first_imgAt my presentation to the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform I promised to ease up on my use of the “F” word – Federalism. Not that I had changed my mind on its ultimate utility for addressing many idiosyncrasies of our political culture and practice, but because I have come to accept that the change will have to be incremental. And also that  time and demographics had vitiated one of the major reasons the precursor of ROAR – the Jaguar Committee for Democracy – had proposed it in 1989: the African Security Dilemma.As was said then, “And we will now have “Local Government Elections (LGE) next month presumably taking our “democracy” deeper into the body politic as “power to the people”. But will it actually? While I believe it is a positive step – it is not more than that: a step. And that is because the framers still envisage local Government only in terms of “decentralisation”. The problem, however, is power will still emanate from a “centre” from which it is expected to flow outwards – which almost occurs  without constitutional protection from the centre.” Which is the essence of Federalism.But as one of the originators of the proposals of Federalism for Guyana, Baytoram Ramharack, reminded me recently, it appears that President David Granger might be a closet Federalist. Subsequent to the successful holding of the LGE, President Granger has been very expansive as to what he envisions these elections will lead to – and they all point to Federalism.The most radical announcement was his announcement, “I see a Region in Guyana as being a State in America.” You cannot get more “federalist” than that, since the US led the world movement from centralised monolithic power structures towards a distributed one to return “power to the people”.In line with his equating our regions with the American states, such as New York or Wyoming, was his early radical insistence that each of our 10 regions/states would now have its own flag – an idea that not even ROAR had floated. While flags have been used since antiquity, the modern nexus of flag and territory came about in the 17th Century, with the creation of the first modern States consequent to the treaty of Westphalia. President Granger’s announcement showed he appreciated the significance of a territory having its own flag. A flag is not just a piece of cloth but it represents an idea, or an ideal which it represents and the President emphasised  what that ideal was: “regional pride”.The President also announced each Region will have its own “Capital town” which will be its “administrative” centre providing most government services that were normally purveyed at the national capital. The President was quite unequivocal: “the Capital town can have its own banks, public services, NIS offices, GRA offices [and so on]. Anybody must be able to go to these capital towns and transact their business… All of the Government functions which are centralised should be decentralised,”This is identical to the reality that the US states each have their own capital town or city. In a federal system, the states are also in charge of local services going beyond the normal municipal services, but ones that encompass the local ethos, such as education and medical care. And again, this is precisely what President Granger has called for: “Capital towns” must provide economic services to citizens: commerce, shipping, insurance, banking, micro-financing, telecommunication, tourism and manufacturing. The availability of these services will be an indicator of economic development within our Regions.”Most importantly, the President seems to appreciate that economic activity must also be controlled by his “Region as State” concept. “These ‘capital towns’ are expected to lead economic development in each Region by encouraging growth through four factors: infrastructure, investment, information and communications technology, and innovation.”With the new Local Government legislation authorising the local government organs to raise their own funds, one can understand President Granger’s charge has to be undergirded by an acceptance that “revenue sharing” with the Regions are on the cards – in addition to a Regional tax.All we need now are some constitutional changes to demarcate the competencies of the Region/States and Central Government. Over to you, Mr Prime Minister.last_img read more

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Developing Young Leaders

first_imgSatiricus was thrown for a loop. And his friends could see it written all over his face. Even the evening out with his wife to the new, satisfyingly garish Chinese Restaurant for Valentine’s Day hadn’t cheered him up. And for a fella who viewed the consumption of roasted Peking duck as a sacrament, his friends knew this was serious. The Back Street Bar bunch had to do something – and quick.“Suh wha’ badda yuh, Sato?” Bungi started out carefully, “Yuh na talk wan word since yuh come in.”“Yeah,” continued Hari, “and you already polish off six beers!”“Fellas! I still can’t believe this Parking Contract scandal,” Satiricus offered weakly. “I suspected it was bad… but nothing as bad as this.”“Sato, me fr’en,” replied Bungi, “why yuh t’ink dis set a palitishan woulda be diff’ren’? All a dem does t’ief!”“I don’t know about that, Bungi,” continued Satiricus, “my leader Nagga Man sat 50 years at the feet of the Great Leader, how come he let this thing happen?”“And Rum Jhaat sat for 20 years,” said Hari with a straight face. “Maybe they shoulda been standing at the Great leader’s side rather than sitting at his feet?”“But yuh leadah dem na deh pan de City Council,” said Bungi in an effort to cheer up Satiricus. “Maybe dem na know ‘bout de contract.”“But it was our KFC boy Sher-Rod who stood up to expose the Gang of Four at City Hell,” confessed Satiricus. “And he woulda told Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat at the monthly meetings.”“But maybe Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat trying to develop young leaders,” suggested Hari, getting with Bungi’s programme, “and so they let Sher-Rod take the lead.”Satiricus cheered up visibly at that. “You know, fellas, you may have a point!” he exclaimed. “Another round of beers. It’s on me!”“Leh abee drink to Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat,” said Bungi, as he polished off his beer.“Yup!!” echoed Hari. “They really learnt how to develop young leaders at the feet of the Great leader!”last_img read more

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James Harden scores 29 as Rockets rout Jazz in Game 1

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz after not scoring more than 15 points in a game in the playoff series against the Rockets last season. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, but did not have an assist as the Jazz went long stretches without scoring.Ricky Rubio started after missing four of the last five games of the regular season with a quadriceps injury. Rubio, who finished with 15 points, didn’t play against Houston in the playoffs last season after injuring his hamstring in a first-round series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.Houston had a 12-point lead entering the fourth quarter and an 8-0 spurt, with two 3-pointers from Danuel House, extended it to 95-75 with nine minutes remaining.The Rockets led by 17 when Harden re-entered the game about a minute later. Soon after he returned he found House behind the 3-point line in the corner and drove to the basket and finished with a one-handed slam.The Rockets were up by 15 at halftime, but Utah opened the second half with a 10-3 run, with six points from Gobert, to cut it to 62-54 with nine minutes left in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden had 29 points and 10 assists to help the Houston Rockets rout the Utah Jazz 122-90 on Sunday night in Game 1 of a best-of-seven first-round playoff series.The Rockets had a double-digit lead for most of the game, but the Jazz got within five points midway through the third quarter before Houston used a big run to pull away and sail to the victory.ADVERTISEMENT 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 It’s the second consecutive year these teams have met in the postseason after the Rockets eliminated Utah in five games in the second round last season.Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHouston was up by 15 in the fourth quarter before Harden, who had eight rebounds, scored six points in a 9-2 run that stretched the lead to 108-86 with four minutes left and both teams cleared their benches about a minute after that.Houston’s starting lineup helped carry the scoring load on Sunday night, with each starter scoring at least 10 points. Eric Gordon had 17, Clint Capela scored 16, Chris Paul added 14 and P.J. Tucker had 11. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief The Jazz got within five with a shot from Mitchell later in the third, before the Rockets scored next 10 points, with a 3 from Gordon and a three-point play from Harden, to make it 76-61 with about four minutes left in the quarter.Mitchell ended a Utah scoring drought of about 4 ½ minutes after that with a 3-pointer, but Harden hit a 3 seconds later to leave the Rockets up 79-64.Utah cut into the lead a bit after that and trailed 83-71 after three.TIP-INSJazz: Derrick Favors had 13 points. … Utah went 7 for 27 on 3s. … The Jazz had 18 turnovers. … Jae Crowder scored nine points off the bench.Rockets: Coach Mike D’Antoni was back on the sideline after missing Houston’s last three regular-season games with an intestinal virus. … Hall of Famer and former Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon watched the game from a courtside seat. … Houston made 15 3-pointers, led by four from Harden.UP NEXTAfter Game 2 on Wednesday the series moves to Utah for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on April 22. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Manny Pacquiao’s son Jimuel scores KO in first amateur fight View commentslast_img read more

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What Can CBL Do to Empower Liberians in Business—and How?

first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Mr. Milton Weeks, has announced what he called the Bank’s “overreaching goals of developing and supporting a vibrant domestic private sector, driven by Liberian-owned businesses.”Addressing the Concerned Liberian International Business Organization (COLINBO), at whose Water Street head office he paid an “acquaintance visit” on Monday, Executive Governor Weeks said he and his team at the Bank were “currently reviewing some of our policies aimed at supporting Liberian-owned businesses” toward empowering them.Supporting these businesses made sense, he said, “because we know that income generated by these businesses remains in the country.”Having been born and bred in Liberia, of Liberian parentage, and having worked over so many years at senior levels in the Liberian and international banking sector, Milton Weeks most definitely knows what he is talking about.So what does he mean by “developing and supporting a vibrant domestic private sector, driven by Liberian-owned businesses.” We do not think that his statement can be described as another case of “words, words, words.” But what we think everyone is wondering is, how does he intend to do this? In making that statement, he noticeably acknowledged that he and the CBL cannot do it alone. He said the CBL, as “the monetary arm of government,” can achieve this goal working with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), which he described as “the fiscal arm of government.”These two most critical Agencies of government controlling the nation’s finances are indeed powerful enough to make a lot of good things happen in the country, because they have the clout (authority) to move other important and relevant Agencies and officials towards achieving desired goals.In expressing his determination to help promote a “vibrant domestic private sector, driven by Liberian-owned businesses,” Governor Weeks must know of the uphill challenge this entails. For the Liberian economy is anything but one “driven by Liberian-owned businesses.”Another question here is, where are the Liberian-owned businesses? Do we have any Liberian captains of commerce and industry? If yes, where are they? Mr. Weeks must realize that the Liberian economy is overwhelmingly and completely dominated by foreigners. We are sure the Executive Governor does not have to read this Editorial to understand that in undertaking the task to which he has assigned himself, he will be faced with fierce (angry, ferocious) opposition, not only from foreign businessmen themselves, but also from some of his own fellow Liberians.Weeks must remember what Mills Jones went through, and is still going through, because as CBL Executive Governor, he reached out to poor Liberian market people and farmers throughout the country, empowering them with microfinance loans to help lift them out of poverty. Our very Legislators even passed a whole law called “Code of Conduct,” targeted at one man—Mills Jones!One of the salient messages Governor Weeks received during his visit to COLINBO headquarters on Monday came from its spokesman, Ohato James, who appealed to the Governor to admit COLINBO into the CBL’s foreign exchange auction program. The aim is to give COLINBO members access to foreign exchange, especially United States dollars.Why is this necessary? Because one of the sordid (disgusting, dependency-prone) realities of the Liberian business setting is the fact that most of the wholesale business is solidly in the hands of foreigners. And most of the time when Liberians go to buy from wholesalers, the wholesalers demand foreign exchange. And when the Liberians go to the banks or money changers for this foreign exchange, the rates are so high that they cut deeply into the poor Liberians’ profits. It is this dilemma that forced COLINBO to run to the CBL.With these two intelligent and patriotic Liberians—CBL Executive Governor Weeks and Finance Minister Boima Kamara—at the helm of our national financial sector, Liberians should expect enlightened and effective leadership in creating the stage for serious empowerment of Liberians in business. One of the most important things they can do is to promote a dynamic and sustained program to train Liberian entrepreneurs. To do this, Messrs. Weeks and Kamara should seriously engage all the educational institutions—elementary, secondary and tertiary—with the specific and determined aim of instilling into our people, boys and girls, men and women, the knowledge and habit of business, in order to help them build their entrepreneurial capacity.That, we submit, is one of the fundamental ways this thing—our total dependency on others for all of our business—will change. Also, Liberians themselves and their government must learn to patronize and support their own businesspeople. We pray that Messrs. Weeks, Kamara and all other stakeholders will take these suggestions seriously and find other creative and workable ways to help bring about the change, which most of us Liberians desire. We must all also realize that this change—empowering Liberians to control their own economy and, at long last enriching Liberians—is critical to our peace.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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Potential Chelsea team to face Dynamo Kiev featuring Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek

first_img 2 2 Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi could start With disparaging rumours about the state of the pitch beginning to swirl, Sarri could well opt to leave star names such as Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on the bench to avoid potential injury.Gonzalo Higuain has not travelled due to illness, so Olivier Giroud is expected to start up front. The World Cup-winner has six goals in his last six Europa League appearances.Check out talkSPORT.com’s predicted Chelsea XI for this evening’s clash. Already 3-0 up after a dominant performance at Stamford Bridge last week, Maurizio Sarri will be well aware of the onslaught which may well face his team.Dynamo are seven points behind rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League with just five games remaining.Manager Alyaksandr Khatskevich will surely be motivating his players to produce a spectacular performance after having seen Manchester United and Juventus already produce incredible comebacks. LIVE on talkSPORT Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek could start in Ukraine But the Blues boss will be sure to warn his side against complacency, blending youth and experience into his starting XI. Chelsea take on Dynamo Kiev on Thursday evening at the Olympic stadium in Ukraine’s capital city.The game, which will be live for fans to tune into on talkSPORT 2, kicks off at 5.55pm and will be tough for the Blues approach. There are eight live commentaries remaining across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORTWolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORTMillwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORTlast_img read more

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Phil Foden scores brace as England Under-21s beat Kosovo

first_img Phil Foden hit a brace 3 Getty Images – Getty England should have doubled their lead soon after the restart, but Eddie Nketiah pulled his low effort wide.Todd Cantwell and Mason Greenwood replaced Reiss Nelson and Morgan Gibbs-White just after the hour-mark as England looked to turn their superiority into more goals.Cantwell’s shot was fumbled for a corner by Smakiqi, but they still had little to show for all their possession and only a brave lunge in the box by Max Aarons denied Kosovo a clear scoring chance.Aarons limped off and was replaced by James Justin and as England looked set to settle for a single-goal win, Foden pounced on a loose ball in the area in the fourth minute of added time and lashed his shot into the top corner. England made just one change from the side that won in Turkey, with Norwich defender Ben Godfrey in for Jonathan Panzo, but were slow into their stride.They had only just begun to find any kind of cohesion by the time Foden gave them a 25th-minute lead.Steven Sessegnon’s shot was cleared off the goal-line by defender Kastrati and Foden followed up to force the ball home.Foden’s influence grew and so did England’s dominance. Tom Davies headed Foden’s corner narrowly over and Reiss Nelson’s shot from inside the area was well saved by Kosovo goalkeeper Florjan Smakiqi.Kosovo served warning of their threat on the break just before half-time when Ardit Gashi lashed a low effort narrowly wide. The young English side got the job done The Young Lions followed up Friday’s 3-2 victory in Turkey by ensuring six points from their opening two Group Three matches.Aidy Boothroyd’s side should have won by a bigger margin and it was for long periods a frustrating night for a crowd of 15,258 as the hosts failed to cash in on their dominance.Kosovo, top of Group Three at kick-off after wins against Andorra and Turkey, began full of confidence and forced England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale into the first save.Winger Lirim Kastrati, not to be confused with Kosovo’s left-back who has the same name, raced on to a ball over the top and saw his low shot turned away for a corner. Getty Images – Getty 3 Phil Foden’s double secured England Under-21s a 2-0 win against Kosovo in their Euro 2021 qualifier at the KCOM Stadium.Manchester City midfielder Foden followed up a rebound to give England a half-time lead and lashed home his second in stoppage time. 3 Getty Images – Getty Foden was the star man last_img read more

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Dundee second half performance was ‘more like it’ says Paul Hartley

first_img“We were okay for spells in the first half but we were more like it after the break.“We’ve still got two weeks to go to be where we should be at this stage of the season so it’s good from that point of view.“We scored some good goals and the movement was excellent in the forward areas.“I’m pleased about that and we know we can be a good team when we get it right.” Dundee manager Paul Hartley says his side’s second half performance was “more like it” as they fought back to beat Dumbarton 6-2 in the League Cup.Greg Stewart struck a hat-trick for the Dens Park side against their Championship opposition, but the hosts found themselves trailing at the break.It was only after the restart that the Dark Blues found their stride and hit Dumbarton for six.It was Dundee’s first win in the League Cup and a satisfied Hartley said: “It was a good second-half performance.last_img read more

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Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 9.2.17

first_img08/31/2017 0235 10/08/1969 *********** M BEDFORD PD 0.00SCOGGAN,WILLIAM D ON SITE 00000000005 DRIVING WHILE SUSPEN Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: INClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/31/2017 1150 03/22/1976 *********** M LAWRENCE C 0.00SANDERS,KIPP E 47D01-1701-CM-121 00000000138 COURT COMMITMENT Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: LAWRENCE CO State: INClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/31/2017 1458 08/03/1994 *********** M BEDFORD PD 0.00MILLER,RODNEY L 47D01-1610-F6-1303 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: MOORESTOWN State: TNClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 08/31/2017 2205 04/03/1982 *********** M LCPD 505.00COLLINS,TIMOTHY M JR ON SITE 00000003042 OWI – BrAC .15% OR G Court: Date/Time: -0000ON SITE 00000000007 LEAVING SCENE OF PI Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BALTIMORE State: MDClass: MISDEMEANOR____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/31/2017 2355 06/07/1965 *********** M LCPD 0.00THOMPSON,JUDE T 00000000210 HOLD FOR ANOTHER COU Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: NEW YORK State: NYClass:_______________________________________________________________________last_img read more

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A Prescription for Soaring Drug Costs

first_img[1] Conduent HR Services (formerly Xerox HR Services) Prescription Drug Benefit Survey[2] Prescription Drug Trend Report[3]  Express Scripts Drug Trend Report [4] New CVS Caremark Report Projects Annual Specialty Drug Spending Will Quadruple 402 Billion Examining and renegotiating pharmacy benefit management contracts can help trim drug spending This past fall, drug maker Turing Pharmaceutical made headlines for abruptly raising the price of one of its drugs 4,000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 per tablet. News of the astronomical increase sparked a media and social media firestorm. Provider groups, pundits and consumer advocates took Turing (and, by association, the pharmaceutical industry) to task, with some citing the proposed increase as evidence of the need for consumer protections against excessive pricing.For employers, however, soaring drug costs is old news. In recent years, employers have seen per-member pharmacy costs rise and pharmacy spending account for a greater share of total health spending. According to the fifth annual “Prescription Drug Benefit Survey” by Conduent HR Services (formerly Xerox HR Services), 77% of employers spend 16% or more of their total healthcare budget on pharmacy benefits and nearly 5% of employers spend upwards of 30% of total healthcare spending on pharmacy[1].It’s no wonder employers are looking for innovative ways to manage their pharmacy spend. Many, however, overlook the simplest and least disruptive path to savings: their pharmacy-benefit-management (PBM) contract.Interestingly, it’s the least analyzed component of healthcare benefits. Most people have no idea what’s under the hood, as these contracts are usually in place for years without anyone taking a look at them. There is a significant opportunity to improve the contractual terms that drive employers’ pharmacy costs. In fact, we know from years of experience that when experts negotiate with the current pharmacy benefits manager, the terms can easily be improved upon.The Rx landscapeLast year, prescription drug spending reached a record-breaking $374 billion[2]. That’s up 13 percent from 2013 – the largest percentage increase in over a decade. Breakthrough therapies and specialty drugs were the main driver of the increase[3].According to Bryan Statham, president of RxBenefits, a pharmacy benefits-management administration and consulting firm, new biotech medicines are difference-makers in the market. He says that the hepatitis C drug has a 95 percent cure rate if taken correctly; but it also carries a very high price tag.  As a result of these expensive prescriptions, Statham says the specialty pharmaceutical drug-spend is the fastest growing component of medical spend for employers.While specialty medications represent only about 1 percent percent of all U.S. prescriptions, in 2014 they accounted for more than 30 percent of the total drug spend[4]And spending is only expected to climb higher: CVS/Caremark, a pharmacy benefit management company, predicts that specialty-drug spending will more than quadruple by 2020, reaching approximately $402 billion a year[5]By then, specialty drugs will account for 40 percent of employers’ total pharmacy spend, according to the Midwest Business Group on Health4.Help wantedThere has never been a better time for employers to look at their general and specialty pharmacy strategy to see if they have optimal pricing terms and other strategic savings opportunities. Employers should ask themselves the following questions about their current pharmacy benefits to determine the potential for savings:1) Do I know the terms of my contract and if they are optimal in today’s market? (If your medical carrier is managing your pharmacy benefits, you may not know the specific contract terms. And if you haven’t negotiated the terms significant savings are possible.)2) Do I have a PBM contract that guarantees pricing terms and rebates? Is it auditable, with a recovery process for any shortfall in performance?3) Am I confident that specialty drugs, like those for hepatitis C, are being properly priced and managed by my current provider?If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, it makes sense to perform a review or audit of your pharmacy spend.If you haven’t performed—at a minimum—a review of your PBM contract in the last 12 to 18 months to determine if it’s performing properly, you’re missing out on a tremendous opportunity to manage drug spending.last_img read more

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Gadgets being promoted on Windows Live Spaces

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus With the launch of Microsoft’s blogging and social networking platform, Windows Live Spaces (formally MSN Spaces), there hasbeen an increase in interest around gadgets – i.e. mini web apps. People can add gadgetsinto their Spaces site and Microsoft is starting to promote this feature heavily. JayFluegel of Microsoft has writtena post to encourage developers to create gadgets for the Live Spaces platform. Hewrote: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “…a big part of joining the Windows Live family today is support for web gadgetswritten by anyone including YOU! Thanks to the great work done on Gadgets to date, youcan now write a gadget that works both in Live.com (personalized portal) and Spaces(online expression/identity). And, it only takes one person adding it to their space foryour gadget to become popular — visitors to that space can choose “Add to your space” or“Add to Live.com” right from the header of the gadget, then visitors to that space canadd to their spaces, and it’s off to the races!” Gadgets are a way for externaldevelopers to get their apps onto the large Windows Live “family” of services – which drives usage and increases mindshare. This is what I call a real ecosystem atwork, because Windows Live Spaces (and live.com, the personalized start page) is aplatform that external developers can leverage to their advantage. It basically givessmall developers access to a mass market, so it makes sense to put your app on there andpotentially gain mass exposure. The same argument applies to doing a gadget/widget forMySpace or Google’s platform, although MySpace doesn’t really make it easy to leveragetheir platform.I also like the guidelines Fluegel gives to potential Spaces Live gadget developers:make gadgets customizable, make them “reflective of the author’s personality” [i.e. theSpaces user], and make sure it fits lots of different designs and themes. That old Webmaxim: develop for the user first.Developing MS gadgets – is it still too hard?Details on developing gadgets for Live can be found at the Windows LiveDev site. Note that I’ve had some feedback from developers that Live gadgetsare a lot harder to code than Google’s gadgets. When I wrote about Google’s gadgetplatform, Coogy developer Robert Yeager left thiscomment:“In developing gadgets for Cooqy, our eBay search engine, we were able to have aGoogle gadget ready in about 5 minutes, but the Microsoft Live.com version took 5 hours!Oh, and the Microsoft version of our gadget doesn’t work on Firefox!”Microsoft’s Mike Torres (from the LiveSpaces team) replied in my comments:“We’re working pretty hard to have a consistent Live.com, Spaces, Windows Vistadevelopment story for mini applications. And of course, reducing the barrier to adoptionby making it easier.”For more info on Live Spaces gadgets, the LiveSide blog has a podcast which explores thegadgets more with Jay Fluegel.Finally, if you’re a Live Spaces user, hereare instructions to start adding gadgets to your page. Tags:#web#Widgets Related Posts last_img read more

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