Ramsey turns up the heat

first_imgQPR coach Chris Ramsey believes his “heated” half-time talk during last weekend’s defeat at Crystal Palace may end up being a turning point in their season. “There was a constructive heated discussion at half-time,” he said. “Our second-half performance was better. “I think the players realised they didn’t want the game to fall into a debacle for the travelling fans that had woken up early that morning to come to the game.” Ramsey thinks his team can continue to grow from that moment. “The heated discussion was important,” he said. “It shows that people want to stay in the division and want to do well for this club. It was constructive. “We have an experienced squad here and we have people that will try their best to make sure the other players do their best to stay focused and try to win the next game.” Ramsey said that with nine games remaining and the team four points adrift of safety, QPR’s players must show a fighting spirit every time they go into battle. “We are all in it together,” he said. “The players have to pick themselves up. “We have to regroup.” The relegation-threatened outfit was out of sorts and trailing 3-0 at the interval and lost the match, 3-1. Yet, the team’s second-half performance was encouraging for Ramsey and he hopes it will serve as a launchpad for a strong finish to the campaign, starting with Sunday’s home game against Everton. Ramsey feels his players have the right state of mind for the challenges ahead. “The main thing is that the players are trying their best,” he said. “Even the injured players are doing their all to recover and help the team.” Ramsey knew that when he took over last month, the task was going to be hard but is grateful for the opportunity to lead a team in the Premier League, even if it is one that is struggling. “You are not going to get a call from Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Manchester City or Arsenal,” Ramsey said. “You are always going to get your baptism in a situation where things appear not to be going well. “It’s a tough baptism. “I think I’ve handled it quite well with the players. “Whether we maintain this situation or not, remains to be seen. “As far as dealing with the situation is one that I’ve welcomed. “I’m hoping that together we can get ourselves above that line and start next season in the Premier League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

USC comes out victorious on senior day

first_imgOn an emotional Senior Day, the USC women’s water polo squad soundly defeated California 10-7 in a match not as close as the final score would indicate.Not that close · Despite the score, sophomore two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist and No. 3 USC’s victory over California was never really in doubt Saturday. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanThe No. 3 Women of Troy (17-3, 4-1) used a flurry of three goals in 80 seconds midway through the second quarter to take a 5-2 lead, and never looked back against the No. 5 Bears (16-6, 3-2).“Our plan is to always do the little things right,” USC assistant coach Casey Moon said.“[You] keep your head on a swivel and focus on the fundamentals, and you’ll win out.”Junior driver Dominique Sardo led the scoring for the Women of Troy with her second hat trick of the season, while sophomore two-meters Kaleigh Gilchrist and Colleen O’Donnell each contributed two goals to the scoring effort.Both teams started slow, with the Women of Troy taking a 2-1 lead after junior two-meter Nicolina McCall nailed a lob shot in the upper left corner two seconds before the end of the first quarter. After Cal tied the score two minutes into the second quarter, USC’s offense changed gears and rolled off three straight goals, two by Sardo, and added another point on a long-distance skip shot by freshman driver Monica Vavic to take a 6-3 lead at halftime. Cal would not get any closer than this.“We came together as a team, saw our open players and hit them perfectly,” senior captain and driver Nadia Dan said.The team outscored Cal 3-1 in the third quarter, ending the quarter with a lob shot goal by Sardo to complete her hat trick, and took a 9-4 lead heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, O’Donnell hit a long shot to make the score 10-4.Following this, Cal reeled off three straight goals, capped by utility Remington Price’s close-range strike with 12 seconds to go.“We did a good job of playing defense in practice all week and it showed in the match, but we still need to focus on our transition defense and need to always be moving in the right direction,” Dan said.Before the match, USC honored seniors Dan, utility Kara-Leigh Huse and goalie Morgan Vickers with bouquets and a ceremony for Senior Day. While this year’s class has only three seniors, they will leave behind a legacy of being crucial in developing team chemistry and changing the squad from just a team into a family.“It’s bittersweet,” Dan said. “I can’t believe it’s over”.The Women of Troy’s season, however, is not. The squad travels north next weekend to take on San Jose State and Stanford, and then will close out the regular season at home against Cal State Bakersfield on April 20.last_img read more

Ruthless City won’t let up -Jesus

first_imgThey are being mentioned in the same breath as Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who went unbeaten in the 2003-04 season, Manchester United’s 1999 treble winners and Liverpool’s 1987-88 champions — arguably the best group of the Anfield club’s golden era.Tottenham certainly had no answer to City’s potent attacking options as Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne put them two upRaheem Sterling struck twice in the closing minutes but City could have scored several more.Jesus missed a penalty and Bernardo Silva hit the post while Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris made several good saves.It was a measure of City’s desire to completely overwhelm opponents that Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time consolation for Tottenham was a significant irritation for the hosts. “It was just a little bit of a shame we got the goal against,” said De Bruyne.“It was a stupid goal but I just think we did very well.“We wanted to win the game, we showed we deserved to win the game. We need to keep going.”There were some moments of controversy with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both booked for heavy challenges on Sterling and De Bruyne respectively that arguably warranted red cards.De Bruyne looked in pain at the time but did not want to make a fuss of the incident.“At the time it hurt a little bit but it looks nastier at the speed we play the game. It is football. It will happen more,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has warned his side’s rivals that the Premier League leaders won’t become complacent as they surge towards the title.Pep Guardiola’s team were at their swaggering best on Saturday, crushing Tottenham 4-1 to extend their Premier League record winning streak to 16 games.center_img City have looked unstoppable for several months and Tottenham were the latest title rival to come up short against the runaway leaders.Despite having a huge lead heading into the Christmas period, Brazil star Jesus insists City will keep their foot on the gas in a bid until the silverware is wrapped up.“Our team is performing excellently but there are other clubs doing the same,” Jesus said.“We can’t think that we’re unbeatable and we have to keep our focus game by game.“This was one of our best performances this season, against a really good opponent that has brilliant players.”“So well done to us, not just because of the result, but also the way that we’ve beaten Tottenham. The score could have been even larger.”City’s latest scintillating display saw Guardiola’s men compared to some of the great sides in English football history.last_img read more

English Men’s Amateur Championship – Daily Highlights

first_img Day six round-up – The Final:Conor Gough produced a sparkling performance to win the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.The 16-year-old from Stoke Park beat 20-year-old Callum Farr from Northamptonshire County 3&2 in the final to add to the McGregor Trophy and the British Boys’ titles he won last year.Gough spent much of the early part of the season studying for his GCSEs but clearly the enforced break has had no detrimental effect on his golf.He began the morning round of the final by hitting a 350-yard drive down the first and then holing out from 12-feet for a birdie and seven holes later he was three up after a birdie on the 6th and an eagle on the 8th.20-year-old Farr claimed his first hole of the day when he birdied from just off the front of the green at the 10th but he could never quite reel in his opponent and he was four down heading into lunch before he won the 18th with a par.Farr started the second round strongly by winning the first with a birdie and the second with a par but he found himself three down again after dropping shots at both the 4th and the 5th. Thereafter the pair were to share eight birdies between them before Gough sealed victory with a testing four-foot downhill putt for a par on the short 16th.“It feels great to win,” said Gough moments after holing the winning putt. “I played really well. I love match play and as soon as I got through the stroke play qualifier I knew I had a good chance.“I’m proud of myself. I’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up so I hope I can keep things going.“I’ve got the Boys’ Home Internationals next week and then the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. I’m really looking forward to that. It’s the same format as this so hopefully I can put in another good performance.”It was impossible not to feel for England “A” squad member Farr who has now reached the last four and the last two in the past two years without tasting success.“I hit the ball better this afternoon but just couldn’t get the putts to drop,” he said. “I’m disappointed but Conor is a very good player and he deserved to win because he played a lot better than me.“I got to the semi-final last year and now the final so maybe next year will be my year,” he added.Day five round-up:England internationals Conor Gough and Callum Farr will contest the final of the 2019 English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.After coming through 36 holes of stroke play and five rounds of match play the 16-year-old from Stoke Park and the 20-year-old from Northamptonshire County are the last two men standing and will be battling it out to lift a trophy won in the past by a series of illustrious players including Nick Faldo, Paul Casey, Mark James, Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett.Reigning Boys’ Amateur champion Gough beat Chelmsford’s Curtis Knipes 3 & 2 in their quarter-final and then in the afternoon was in remorseless form as he defeated 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake Burnage 4 & 3 in semi-finals.The highlight of the match came at the 604-yard par-5 eighth where Burnage holed out for an eagle from 50-feet only to see his younger opponent follow him in from ten. Gough was four under par when the match ended on the 15th.Farr played both his quarter-final and his semi-final without dropping a single shot to par.He beat Gough’s English Boys’ team colleague Enrique Dimayuga 4 & 3 in the morning and then withstood a dogged challenge from Rochford Hundred’s Bradley Bawden before beating him 2 & 1. Farr played the more consistent golf from tee to green but his Essex opponent, who has just graduated from the University of Memphis, holed several clutch putts to keep him in the match before he overshot the 17th green and had to admit defeat.The final starts at 8.30 tomorrow morning. See the scores come in as they happen here.Day four round-up:Saunton’s Jake Burnage remains on course to claim his second major title of the season after beating Buckinghamshire’s William Shackleton 5 & 4 in the fourth round of the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common.Burnage, who won the St Andrews Links Trophy earlier in the year, will now play Jack Floydd from Haywards Heath for a place in tomorrow afternoon’s semi-final. Floydd beat Lewis Hinton from Foxhills 8 & 6 in their fourth round match.Conor Gough’s bid to add to last year’s British Boys’ title continues after he beat this year’s Lytham Trophy winner Josh McMahon, from Wallasey, 5 & 4 in their fourth round match and the 16-year-old from Stoke Park will now come up against the in-form Curtis Knipes, from Chelmsford, in tomorrow morning’s quarter-final. Knipes, who played in The Open at Royal Portrush, claimed a 2 & 1 victory over experienced international Tom Sloman from Taunton & Pickeridge.Gough is not the only member of next week’s England Boys’ Home International team left in the draw because Walton Heath teenager, Enrique Dimayuga, defeated Wakefield’s Daniel Bradbury 2 & 1 in their fourth round match and will now play Northamptonshire County’s Callum Farr who ran out a 3 & 2 winner over Jason Stokes from La Moye.The other quarter-final match in the bottom half of the draw will feature Bradley Bawden, from Rochford Hundred, against Joe Harvey from The Kendleshire. Bawden beat Chelmsford’s Arron Edwards-Hill 3 & 2 while Harvey emerged with a 2 & 1 victory over Ben Rhodes from Woodhall Hills.Watch how things unfoldDay three round-up:Leading qualifier, Jake Bolton, from Ogbourne Downs Golf Club in Wiltshire, is through to the third round of English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common.Bolton beat the host club’s Bobby Leopold by one hole in their second round match and will now face Lewis Hinton from Foxhills tomorrow morning for a place in the last sixteen. Hinton beat Calcot Park’s Melan Dhaubhadel 2 & 1 in the second round.There are some intriguing matches in the third round with St Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake Burnage facing Matty Lamb, his nearest challenger at the Home of Golf, and fellow English international Tom Sloman coming face-to-face with Alex Fitzpatrick from Hallamshire.In the second round, Burnage, from Saunton, beat Kendleshire’s Haider Hussain 4 & 3 while Lamb, from Hexham, won by the same margin against Belton Park’s William Hopkins. Sloman, from Taunton & Pickeridge, progressed with a 3 & 2 victory over Cole Betteridge from Sherwood Forest and the result was the same in Fitzpatrick’s match against David Houlding from Moortown.Other big names to progress included Lytham Trophy winner Josh McMahon, Harry Goddard, Callum Farr, Ben Hutchinson and reigning British Boys’ champion Conor Gough. The 16-year-old from Stoke Park now plays Cumberwell Park’s Jamie Li in the next round with the winner coming up against either McMahon or Jordan Boulton from Notts in the afternoon.Arguably the biggest surprise in the second round was Tom Plumb’s 3&2 defeat by George Saunders from Meon Valley. The victor’s reward is a third round match against Bradley Bawden from Rochford Hundred.View full leaderboardDay two round-up:Ben Firth, James Wilson and Enrique Dimayuga all shot course records as they qualified for the match play stage of the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common.Firth, from the Leeds Golf Centre, carded a six-under par 64 in his second qualifying  round at North Hants to qualify in second place alongside Walton Heath’s Harvey Byers on five-under par 136 while Dimayuga recovered from an opening 76 at Hankley Common to match Firth’s score at North Hants and make it through in 19th place on 140.Wilson, from Tyneside, had opened with a two-over par 72 at North Hants but moved up to a share of fourth place with Hallamshire’s Alex Fitzpatrick on four-under par 137 after firing a six-under par 65 at Hankley Common.This year’s leading qualifier, who will be the No. 1 seed in the match play draw, was Jake Bolton, from Ogbourne Downs, who shot a 67 at North Hants, one better than his score the previous day at Hankley Common, to finish on six-under par 135.On a day of low scoring,  Stoke Park’s John Gough, Yeovil’s Tom Plumb, Saunton’s Jake Burnage and Harry Goddard from Hanbury Manor all shot under par to finish on three-under par 138 while the large group on 139 comprised Chelmsford’s Arron Edwards-Hill, Frilford Heath’s Olly Higgins, Mere’s Jack Brooks, Cumberwell Park’s Jamie Li, Atherstone’s Sam Broadhurst, Hartford’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton and Olton’s Joe MacIwraith.A total of 72 golfers qualified for the match play stage on 144 or better meaning there will be a preliminary round in the morning to determine the top 64 who will start in the first round proper. One player who missed out was defending champion Tom Thurloway, from Chartham Park, who carded a 70 at North Hants to add to his opening 78 at Hankley Common leaving him four shots outside the qualification mark.Day one round-up:Lindrick’s Samuel Rook made a late charge to share the lead after the first round of the 36-hole stroke play qualifier at the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common and North Hants.Rook, playing his first round at North Hants, eagled the 17th and birdied the 18th to share top spot on three under par with Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County), Jamie Li (Cumberwell Park), Harvey Byers (Walton Heath) and Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs). Both Farr and Li also played their first rounds at North Hants while Byers and Bolton were at Hankley Common. The par for the course is 70 at North Hants and 71 at Hankley Common.Sam Broadhurst, from Atherstone Golf Club, a son of former Senior Open champion and Ryder Cup player Paul, is tied on two under par in a group that also includes Harry Crockett (Addlington Palace), Sam Robertson (Chestfield) and John Gough (Stoke Park).Gough’s younger brother Conor, the reigning British Boys’ champion, carded a 69 at North Hants to be in the large group on one-under par.Defending champion Tom Thurloway, from Chartham Park, has left himself with a lot to do to reach the match play stage of the championship after carding a seven-over par 78 at Hankley Common.At the end of the second round, the leading 64 players, and those tied for 64th place, will qualify for the match play stage at Hankley Common. A preliminary match play round will be played to determine the top 64 players if that is required. 3 Aug 2019 English Men’s Amateur Championship – Daily Highlights Tags: English Men’s Amateur Championshiplast_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALWell, this is The Finish Line and not a more comparative statement to be had when talking about Charles “Buddy” Allie. When it comes to The Finish Line, few cross more times in first place than he does. And trust me, the rest of what I am about to tell you is the truth.The World Masters Athletic Council has selected Charles Allie as the world’s best male track athlete in 2013 in the World Masters Division.  He was presented the award in Monaco this past November in the company of none other than the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.Allie won five gold medals in the XX World Masters Track and Field competitions held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He won the 100m, 200m, 400m and ran the leg of two relay teams.He is the current World Record Holder in the Outdoor 200m and 400m.We leave this saga with the chant of the greatest of all time and remind you that you have just crossed over The Finish Line, but this time you crossed over with Buddy . . . Allie . . . Allie . . . Allie . . . Allieee !!!last_img read more

Brianne Stefani represents Glacier Gym Club at BC Winter Games

first_imgBrianne Stefani of the Glacier Gymnastics Club will join approximately 1700 of her closets friends next week at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.Stefani, 11, qualified for the BC Winter Games at the recent Zone one trials February 9 in Cranbrook.The Glacier gymnast performed near flawless routines on all four events, taking first place on the team by almost a full point. “Brianne worked very hard preparing and perfecting her skills for the trials,” said Glacier Gymnastics Head Coach, Sandra Long.Long said the level of gymnastics at the BC Winter Games is very high but says Stefani is up for the challenge“Brianne is dedicated to doing her best at the Games,” Long said, adding Stefani is competing against gymnasts that train four to eight hours more per week.”She is an accomplished gymnast and has a very good chance to come home to Nelson with 1 or 2 BC Winter Games Medals.”The BC Winter Games takes place in Penticton, February 26-28.Some of the other competitors from Nelson include Keiran Marchand in Biathlon, Troy Bellman, Sophie Hickson, Aliza Jones, Liam Lazier, Henry Lieshman andYael Oosthuizen in alpine skiing; and Sophie Edney and Rohan Moola in cross country skiing.Haley Olinyk of Salmo is competing in alpine skiing while Jessica Rideout of Crawford Bay is on the boards in cross country skiing.last_img read more

MICHAEL WRONA NAMED SANTA ANITA TRACK ANNOUNCER

first_img### Santa Anita has only had four primary track announcers since it opened in 1934, though others have filled in throughout the years. “I’m overjoyed and humbled that Santa Anita is entrusting me with a booth occupied by so few announcers in the track’s storied history,” said Wrona. “I shall try my utmost to honor the great legacy of my predecessors – each of whom was of the highest caliber. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and friendship of the Golden Gate Fields management, since I first worked there in 1992.” “This was a much harder decision than anyone could have imagined,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The finalists presented us with four incredible options, each a world-class announcer in his own right. In the end, as we said from the beginning, we listened to our fans, our horsemen, the media and our employees. It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita. We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of The Great Race Place. He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” “While we are pleased to welcome Michael as the next Voice of The Great Race Place, this opportunity also showcased three very gifted announcers in Frank, Craig and David,” Morris added. “We encourage them to continue to seek opportunities within The Stronach Group as they become available and we look forward to the chance to work with them.” The announcement comes after auditions by Wrona, veteran Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald. Mirahmadi has alternated the Santa Anita announcing duties with Wrona since the season began, while Evans and Fitzgerald were the finalists from a world-wide search that included over three dozen candidates. Popular Australian Tops Competitive World-Wide SearchArcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) – Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park. A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland. He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade. Wrona will continue to call Santa Anita’s races through the end of the Winter/Spring Season on April 10, including the $1-million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. He will begin his full-time position on May 5 when Santa Anita opens its Spring/Summer Meeting. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate Fields will be named in the upcoming weeks and will begin in early May.last_img read more

’50 000 to volunteer for 2010′

first_img24 August 2009With an average 1 500 applications a day pouring in from around the world, the organisers expect the volunteer applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to break the 50 000 mark by the 31 August deadline – surpassing the 48 167 received for Germany 2006.Over 47 000 applications have been processed since South Africa’s 2010 volunteer programme opened on 20 July.“We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Pretoria this week.“They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africa’s capabilities to the world.”“Face of the World Cup”Jordaan stressed the importance of the volunteers to the success of the football spectacular, referring to them as “the face of the World Cup” and “the first and last point of contact for the many visitors expected during the tournament”.Johannesburg is leading the pack, with 11 969 volunteer applications for the Ellis Park and Soccer City venues, followed by Pretoria with 6 176 applications, Nelson Mandela Bay (greater Port Elizabeth) with 4 752, Cape Town with 4 356, and Durban with 3 971.Specific skills neededDespite the high number of applications, the LOC is encouraging those who want to apply to still do so, as volunteers with specific skills, including those with driver’s licenses wishing to work as transport volunteers, are needed.Volunteers can apply through Fifa.com, while those without internet access, or those who want more information about the programme and how to apply, can call the toll-free volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Impact of One

first_imgBrand South africa, in partnership with Junior Chamber International South Africa, invites you to the second “Shape the Future” Forum. The event will discuss the concept of active citizenship, cover the analysis of community needs, and map out how young people can address such challenges by creating sustainable solutions. Follow @Brand_SA for updates from 6:30pm tonight, or follow a live webcast here.last_img

Microsoft Brings Enhanced Security Features, Large Attachments & an Uncluttered Inbox to Next Version of Hotmail

first_imgMicrosoft just announced the next version of Hotmail, which will bring a large number of new features to the world’s most popular email service. Hotmail’s 360 million users will soon get enhanced security features, a Gmail-like conversation view, automatic filters for status updates from social networks, integration with the new Microsoft Office Web Apps and numerous other new features that are meant to make using Hotmail safer and reduce the amount of clutter in Hotmail users’ inboxes.Email has ChangedAs Walter Harp, Microsoft’s director of product management with Windows Live, told us earlier today, this redesign of Hotmail evolved as Microsoft started to think about how email has changed over the last few years. According to Harp, the last major revolution in email was the arrival of Gmail in 2004. Since then, however, the way people use email has changed. Social network updates from sites like Facebook and LinkedIn now make up somewhere between 15 to 30% of all mail in Hotmail users’ inboxes. In addition, email users now send out billions of photos and documents. Microsoft alone stores over 15 billion office documents on Hotmail and its users send out close to 1.5 billion photos every month. Tags:#Microsoft#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Bigger Attachments – Integration with Office Web AppsToday’s update tackles these changes head-on. Hotmail users will now, for example, be able to send up to 10 GB of photos and documents in a single message. Instead of sending these messages as attachments, however, Hotmail will simply route these files to the sender’s Windows Live SkyDrive account (Microsoft’s free online storage service), where the recipients can access them through a link. Thanks to the new Office Web Apps, recipients will also be able to see and edit Office documents right in the browser.Less Clutter in Your Mailbox In order to make it easier for users to wade through lots of social network status updates and unclutter their Hotmail inbox, Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “1-click filters.” These filters will allow users to just see messages from services like Facebook and shipping updates from the USPS. Other new features that will help to keep Hotmail users’ inboxes organized include a new Gmail-like conversations view (which will be an opt-in feature and turned off by default), as well as the ability to quickly see all the emails from a given sender while reading an email from this sender. Hotmail users will also be able to just see all the new emails that contain photos.Microsoft has also partnered with a number of third-party services, including Hulu, YouTube, JustinTV, the USPS, SmugMug and Flickr to provide additional functionality through a feature called “active views.” This allows Microsoft to integrate some of the functionality of these sites directly into the emails. Other new features include Exchange ActiveSync push email for Hotmail – which means that you can now push Hotmail email and data from your Windows Live Calendar directly to the iPhone, for example – as well as a unified contact list for all Windows Live services and third-party services like Facebook and MySpace. Improved SecurityOn the security front, Microsoft is introducing full-session SSL encryption for all accounts and a feature that will identify and highlight trusted senders (like known banks and online stores) in order to prevent phishing scams. Microsoft has also managed to bring down the average number of spam emails in its users’ inboxes to only 4% (down from 35% in 2006).Another nifty new security feature is the introduction of a single-use code that allows users to log in from a public computer at an airport or coffee shop without having to fear that their passwords could be stolen. Users will receive these codes by SMS or through an alternate email account.Microsoft Wants to be #1 in the U.S.As Walter Harp pointed out when we talked to him today, Hotmail is the #1 email service in the world, but in the U.S., it is currently only the second-most used service after Yahoo Mail. With this new version of Hotmail, Microsoft hopes to be able to close this gap. Email, of course, tends to be a very sticky service and users aren’t likely to abandon Yahoo for Hotmail anytime soon. Thanks to today’s updates, however, chances are that many new users will choose Hotmail over Yahoo. In terms of functionality, however, the real competition for Hotmail isn’t Yahoo but Google. Google, after all, also offers integration with its online office suite and photo service. Unlike Google, however, Microsoft doesn’t plan to offer a small business version of Hotmail and prefers to steer people towards Microsoft Exchange and Outlook instead. Microsoft’s services – and especially the Office Web Apps – are competitive with Google’s services (and, in many respects, better). Thanks to the integration with SkyDrive and Office Web Apps, Hotmail now presents a very viable alternative to Gmail and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft will be able to capitalize on this. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more