Five Star Virtual Conference Honors Military, Showcases Exclusive Training

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles Five Star Virtual Conference Honors Military, Showcases Exclusive Training The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Previous: HUD Grants Almost $2 Billion for Eviction Protection Next: Consolidated Analytics Announces 118% Growth September 12, 2020 1,022 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Five Star Conference Five Star Virtual Conference 2020-09-12 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Five Star Conference Five Star Virtual Conference David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The first ever Five Star Virtual Conference kicks off Monday morning, featuring a packed online lineup of panels, networking, and education. For more on the panel lineups, see our previous coverage or check out the full online agenda. Beyond the core programming, however, Five Star Conference has several other noteworthy attractions that attendees should add to their calendar.Monday morning will include a presentation entitled “Operation Homefront: Serving America’s Military Families.” Continuing an annual tradition carried over from the live version of the Five Star Conference, the Operation Homefront segment is a celebration of our nation’s military servicemembers. During the ceremony, Operation Homefront’s Brigadier Gen. John I. Pray III will be joined by representatives from Auction.com and the Veterans Financial Services Advisory Council in a virtual presentation honoring our nation’s heroes.Monday will also showcase the awarding of Five Star’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Five Star will honor an experienced mortgage industry professional who has made a positive impact over the course of their career and remains committed to helping build and strengthen the American system of homeownership. Last year’s recipient was Tony Ebers, COO of Mr. Cooper. Who will receive the honor this year? Five Star attendees will find out Monday afternoon, and the recipient will also be honored in the October edition of DS News.The Fifth Annual Dakota Asset Services (DAS) Network Summit will also unfold across both Monday and Tuesday’s virtual conference programming. The DAS Network Summit brings together invited members of the DAS network to gain knowledge and critical business insights from industry leaders. DAS executives will lead discussions on topics such as the state of the industry, best practices for residential agents and brokers, and network responsibilities.Stay tuned to DS News Monday and Tuesday for our full coverage of the Five Star Virtual Conference, as well as the latest industry news you’ve come to expect. Home / Daily Dose / Five Star Virtual Conference Honors Military, Showcases Exclusive Training Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Delhi HC Issues Notice In Application Seeking Modification In Order Directing Extension Of Interim Bail Granted To Prisoners On The Ground Of COVID19

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Issues Notice In Application Seeking Modification In Order Directing Extension Of Interim Bail Granted To Prisoners On The Ground Of COVID19 Karan Tripathi27 Sep 2020 11:58 PMShare This – xDelhi High Court has issued notice in an application seeking modification in court’s order on extending the interim bail granted to certain prisoners in light of COVID19 pandemic. Moved by Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, the modification is sought on the ground that certain prisoners convicted of heinous crimes are misusing the order of the court which has automatically extended…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has issued notice in an application seeking modification in court’s order on extending the interim bail granted to certain prisoners in light of COVID19 pandemic. Moved by Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, the modification is sought on the ground that certain prisoners convicted of heinous crimes are misusing the order of the court which has automatically extended the interim bail granted to prisoners in light of the pandemic for another 45 days. Today, the Special Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel, Justice Siddharth Mridul, and Justice Talwant Singh has directed the Delhi Government to submit an affidavit stating the total number of inmates in the central prison who are COVID positive. The State also has to inform the court as to how many prisoners have been released so far on interim bail, and how many of such prisoners are due to surrender next month. Mr Prasad, while moving the application, submitted that many accused persons first seek interim bail of one week on ‘humanitarian grounds’ and then never come back to the prison by claiming relief under the extension of ‘COVID bails’ granted by the Full Bench of the Delhi High Court in a suo moto matter. Mr Prasad further informed the court that two jails in Mandoli have been notified as isolation wards for incoming persons. ‘These jails have a total of 248 isolation wards’, Mr Prasad submitted. At this point, the court asked the State how will it manage to isolate thousands of returning prisoners when it only has 248 isolation wards? In light of these submissions, the court also directed the Director General (Prisons) to be present on the date of hearing. The court will next take up this matter on October 16. Next Storylast_img read more

Locsin to lead 2019 ‘Outstanding Negrosanon’ awardees

first_imgThe four otherawardees are Rodolfo Reveche, who will be recognized for his contribution toCulture and Arts Promotion for Community Development; Jesus Antonio Orbida onOrganic Farming; Charlie Co, Visual Arts; and chef Fernando Aracama, CulinaryTourism. Nov. 5 is a special non-workingholiday in Negros Occidental under Republic Act 6709 signed by former presidentCorazon Aquino dated Feb. 10, 1989.(Witha report from PNA/PN) The awarding rites, to be led byNegros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, willtake place at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall. Locsin, whose family roots are in Silay City, Negros Occidental, willreceive the award for Public Service. It will be part of the province’scommemoration of the Cinco de Noviembre as the day the Negrenses bluffed theSpaniards to gain freedom in 1898. BACOLOD City – Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will leadthis year’s Outstanding Negrosanon awardees.  The program will include the tableaupresentation of “The First Bloodless Revolution” by the Kanlaon Theatre Guildof the Colegio San Agustin Bacolod. Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. AFP They will be honored by the provincialgovernment during the Pasidungog ceremony on Nov. 5.    last_img read more

Holmdel Committee Introduces $25M Budget

first_imgCurrently, the township has one volunteer fire company. It responds to all calls, including reports of fire, smoke, hazardous materials releases, carbon monoxide, motor vehicle accidents with serious injuries, and more, the report claims. It answers to about 400 calls for service each year. There are about 525 veterans in town and 22.1 percent of residents are foreign-born. There are 5,516 housing units, with the median value of owner-occupied housing units being $652,100. The median gross rent is $2,045. The Breakdown Additionally, looking back on 2019, the Holmdel Police Department’s calls for service were above 25,000 for the fourth consecutive year. Motor vehicle stops, “a proven crime deterrent,” the department said, were also high and officers have remained “vigilant and proactive” to address increases in vehicle thefts and burglaries. Accidents have increased by less than 2 percent, mostly resulting from increased traffic, the report continued. There are 11 major line items in the police department’s budget requests for 2020, with goals to increase public engagement and public information, hire a new officer due to an anticipated retirement, purchase five vehicles and trailers, finalize a radio project and implement E-Ticketing and body cameras. Unanimously approved on introduction that night, the public hearing and adoption is now set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. The proposed township tax rate is $0.340, a zero percent increase from 2019. According to the township, the average homeowner in Holmdel will pay $2,334 in municipal taxes, based on the average home valuation of $686,578. “I am very proud of this because we delivered this in unprecedented areas that we’re dealing with, uncharted territories,” said Mayor Greg Buontempo. “This was a concern since we started out, in this pandemic, being able to deliver to Holmdel residents the same quality of service, not cutting anything from the budget.”  As introduced, appropriations for the budget are broken down as 40.8 percent for salaries; statutory expenditures at 10.95 percent; 2020 capital at 0.4 percent; debt service, 13.07 percent; and uncollected taxes, 5.4 percent; The remaining 29.38 percent goes to other expenses, including over $1.3 million in outside contracts. The COVID-19 pandemic will also have an impact on the township’s revenues, and officials anticipate that. According to the budget presentation, the proposal reduces projected revenues from uniform fire safety inspections from $25,000 to $16,000, court fees from $525,000 to $250,000 as well as payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) revenues by approximately 35 percent from the amount in 2019. The anticipated uniform construction fees remain the same as 2019, however, though the township anticipates collecting 18 percent more than last year. Public Safety “The Fire Department requires an increase in funding to ensure apparatus, personal protective equipment, recruitment services and maintenance needs are all met,” the report states. Demographics By Allison Perrine According to the township, the salary and wage obligation will increase overall by $9,385 over last year. Police and fire retirement systems will also increase by about $125,000. And the municipal debt service obligations will increase by nearly $810,753 in the current fund and Open Space Trust Fund. About 53.6 percent are female. About 75.3 percent are white alone and 1.20 percent are black or African American alone. About 19.70 percent are Asian alone, according to the presentation. Its goals for 2020 are to find more volunteers, increase training, find more office space and better accommodations for its operations and to increase funding. Members propose a $136,660 fire department budget with two major line items – salaries and operating expenses. Buontempo said that the township incurred “expenses that were never anticipated” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “To come up with a flat tax rate,” at the same time, he said, showed that the Holmdel team did an “outstanding” job with this budget. HOLMDEL – The township committee introduced a $25 million 2020 municipal budget May 26, after a public presentation about the township’s tax rates, debt service, demographics and much more. Holmdel Township has an estimated population of 16,668, according to the most recent U.S. Census data from 2010. That is expected to increase in 2020. About 3.8 percent of the population is anticipated to be children under 5 years old, 22.6 percent under 18 and 22 percent individuals over the age of 65. “While we have not seen a significant decrease in revenues as a result of COVID-19, we kept this number flat in an effort to be conservative,” according to the presentation. The township broke down its departments through the presentation, highlighting accomplishments, savings and future goals for each. One of those included the department of public safety, a topic of conversation in Holmdel lately as the township prepares plans for a new fire department. On the other hand, fewer summonses were issued last year, “which tells us that they continue to use discretion and are issuing ‘warnings’ to violators when warranted,” the report claims. Arrests were down 10 percent. The 2020 budget proposes a 2.76 percent increase over last year, bringing the total to $25,084,009. Of that total, $19.8 million is within the cap and $5.1 million is outside of the cap.  The article originally appeared in the June 4 – 10, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

DANZING CANDY, MOR SPIRIT & EXAGGERATOR HEAD SOLID FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2016)–Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit and Exaggerator, one, two, three finishers in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, head an impressive field of 10 sophomores in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby–a race that has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners.With 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake, the winner of the 79th Santa Anita Derby will garner 100 points, with the second, third and fourth place finishers receiving 40, 20 and 10 points. MOR SPIRIT: Trained by Bob Baffert, who won last year’s Santa Anita Derby with Dortmund and who seeks a record eighth win in Santa Anita’s marquee race for 3-year-olds, this Pennsylvania-bred colt by Eskendereya had a two-race winning streak snapped when second in the San Felipe as the 8-5 favorite, but left many observers thinking that he’s capable of much better. Ridden to victories in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity and in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes by Gary Stevens, Mor Spirit appeared to have plenty left in the tank following the San Felipe and, according to Stevens, who seeks his record 10th Santa Anita Derby win, “He galloped out full of run. He’ll be all business here in the Santa Anita Derby.” Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mor Spirit has three wins and three seconds from six lifetime starts. 79TH RUNNING OF PREMIER RACE FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS HAS PRODUCED 17 KENTUCKY DERBY WINNERS DANZING CANDY: Trained by Clifford Sise, this Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy was an emphatic two length winner of the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes on March 12, which was his first stakes engagement and third consecutive win. Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, Danzing Candy followed up a 5 ¾ length allowance score here on Feb. 4 in equally impressive gate to wire fashion at even money. Lightly raced, he has three wins from four starts and the Derby on Saturday will be his third time going a route of ground. Ridden to all three wins by Mike Smith, Danzing Candy was bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and is owned by Halo Farms, Bashor or Bashor.center_img Denman’s Call–Rafael Bejarano–124–15-1Exaggerator–Kent Desormeaux–124–4-1Danzing Candy–Mike Smith–124–9-5Mor Spirit–Gary Stevens–124–8-5Smokey Image–Victor Espinoza–124–15-1Iron Rob–Stewart Elliot–124–12-1Dressed in Hermes–Flavien Prat–124–15-1Rare Candy–Joe Talamo–124–30-1Diplodocus–Tyler Baze–124–30-1Uncle Lino–Fernando Perez–124–20-1Special early first post time on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. EXAGGERATOR: Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden regularly by his younger brother, Kent, this Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin was third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Danzing Candy in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes, leaving the elder Desormeaux perplexed at his effort as the second wagering choice at 2-1. “The horse is very talented, yet I still can’t explain why he didn’t finish better,” said Keith Desormeaux. “Even if there’s more speed in the Santa Anita Derby, it doesn’t matter to me. The way my horse ran last time, I hope he does the same thing, except for the finish. I can’t explain why he didn’t finish (better).” Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Rocker O Ranch and Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator is 8-3-2-1 overall with earnings of $1,071,120.THE GR. I SANTA ANITA DERBY IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS, WEIGHTS & MORNING LINERace 8 (of 12)                                                                     Approximate post time, 3:30 p.m. PDTlast_img read more

Toms ready for English title clash

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms will aim to take his career to a new level when he challenges for the English light-middleweight title this weekend.The 30-year-old former solider faces defending champion Erick Ochieng at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.Toms, who was once on QPR’s books, will be looking to repeat the form he showed when he destroyed Nathan Weise in two rounds to regain the southern area title in July.Ochieng is confident.A victory this time would put him in the frame for a shot at the British title and although Ochieng, 25, is the favourite, Toms’ manager Dave Currivan is convinced his man will prevail.“It’ll be a tough one this, but I really think Ryan can do it,” Currivan told West London Sport.“His training’s gone really well, he’s looked good in sparring and is ready for Saturday night.“I know Erick Ochieng from the amateurs and he’s a strong boy, but so’s Ryan so this one I’m sure will be a good fight.”The bout is on the undercard of former world title challenger Tony Bellew’s light-heavyweight clash with Colombian Edison Miranda.Ochieng, from Stoke Newington, has won 10 of his 11 professional contests and is confident he will see off the West Londoner’s challenge.“Ryan’s a good fighter – he’s a tough southpaw – but we’ve got what it takes to be successful in this fight,” he said.“We know he can fight and he’s got a good left hand, so we’re going to be smart, box him and break him down.”See also:Toms blasts away Weise to regain titleNortholt boxer Toms regains title Patel shines but Lancashire stay aliveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Avis supports carbon offset project

first_imgThe BnM-fired brazier on the left, with thetraditional, much smokier method on the right. Basa njengo Magogo is estimated to savehouseholds some 300 kg of coal a year.(Images: Nova Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michelle LoweOgilvy press office+27 11 709 9687 or +27 72 130 3558Emily van RijswijckAs its carbon offset project for the future, Avis Rent a Car has chosen a cooking and heating method which reduces carbon emissions and is more economical than traditional methods commonly used in townships.The Basa njengo Magogo (isiZulu, meaning “make a fire like a grandmother”) teaches sound environmental principles through simple behaviour change and is the first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world. Gold Standard is recognised as the international benchmark for certification of carbon mitigation projects.The programme, which has already been introduced successfully around South Africa, teaches local communities to burn coal according to the Basa njengo Magogo (BnM) method, which is more fuel efficient and cuts pollution considerably.Simple yet effectiveThe traditional method of making fire in an imbawula (a metal brazier or drum) or stove entails placing paper and dry twigs at the bottom and then adding a heavy coal layer on top. The method produces excessive smoke and is known to cause respiratory problems. It also takes longer to fire up.With the BnM method, the process is simply reversed, placing the coal layer first in the drum and then topping it with the quick-burning kindling.“In addition to emission reductions, BnM leads to a reduction in indoor and ambient air pollution, better visibility and reduced health risk,” notes the London-based CarbonNeutral Company who will manage the programme on behalf of Avis.“This is because, with the heat on top, particulate matter and volatile compounds are burnt off when they pass through the fire, making it cleaner and more efficient,” the company explains.CarbonNeutral is a member of the International Carbon Offset and Reduction Alliance, and complies with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol initiative.The company is a world leader in carbon offset and carbon management business and has purchased carbon credits from over 200 projects across six continents over the past decade. Its CarbonNeutral trademark is a leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change.Cleaner burning, cost effectiveWith the Basa njengo Magogo method, much less coal is necessary to achieve results – approximately 50% less of the fossil fuel is used to produce the same amount of heat created by the old technique.“One of the first monitoring reports from the project, which began in 2009, showed that a household which converts to BnM saves on average 300.7 kg of coal a year,” adds CarbonNeutral.According to the South African National Energy Research Institute, laboratory tests have shown that the method reduces smoke by up to 90%. This is welcome news for people whose health is affected by high levels of particles in the air.Importantly, the new technique does not require any change of household equipment and is implemented entirely through local training sessions on the improved use of stoves or braziers which people already own, Avis notes on its corporate website.The project and its methodology have been developed by the Nova Institute, a non-profit organisation which provides practical solutions to poor communities.The technique has been accredited to Nobelungu Mashinini of eMbalenhle township in Secunda, Mpumalanga province, and is named in honour of the enterprising grandmother.Since its pilot stage, initiated in 2008, the BnM method has been successfully introduced to communities across South Africa and is gaining a stronger foothold.It is endorsed by several reputable organisations, among them Enerkey and CEF, the latter mandated by the then Department of Minerals and Energy in 2008 to roll the programme out nationally. The Department of Environmental Affairs runs a similar programme, the Clean Fires Campaign.Becoming carbon neutral Avis is the first car rental company in South Africa to earn carbon neutral certification. This was achieved in 2009 when the company succeeded in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all of its internal electricity usage and fuel consumption for its fleet to net zero, as well as through several carbon offset projects initiated worldwide.“This means that each ton of carbon dioxide that Avis emits from its energy usage and fleet, is counterbalanced with a ton of carbon dioxide saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.”Avis’ programme currently only offsets internal company carbon emissions in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol and not emissions for customers who rent Avis vehicles as the latter falls into the Scope 3 category.The GHG Protocol is the most important and widely accepted standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.“Our past relationship with the CarbonNeutral Company has been strong and for this next period, we tasked it to find a locally registered project that would complement our internal reduction efforts, and enable us to offset some of our unavoidable GHG emissions” says Wayne Duvenage, CE of Avis Rent a Car.Contributing to reforestation in TanzaniaAvis is also making its presence felt in Tanzania, where it has adopted the Uchindile-Mapanda Forestry Project into its portfolio of projects. The project involves the reforestation of degraded land to sequester, or trap carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Emissions reduction has been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard.The project is based in the Southern highlands of Tanzania and will establish commercial forests across the Uchindile and Mapanda districts. Avis has planted eucalyptus and pine varieties covering more than 7 000 ha at Uchindile and over 3 000 ha at Mapanda.The trees will be harvested in 13 to 21 years time for use in various timber related products.A range of exotic and indigenous tree species plus local fruit crops have also been planted on the sites to improve species diversity and forest health.last_img read more

Condolences for helicopter crash victims

first_img2 April 2013President Jacob Zuma, as the commander-in-chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), has expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash at the Kruger National Park on the weekend.The SANDF helicopter had been on a scheduled aerial patrol of the park as part of Operation Rhino, which is aimed at stemming the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa.The tragedy occurred as the nation mourns the 13 soldiers who fell in Bangui in the Central African Republic last week.“We certainly hope that investigations will shed light on the circumstances of the crash, but the whole country is saddened by the loss of our national servicemen on duty,” Zuma said.“On behalf of government and the entire nation, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of these five soldiers and may their souls rest in peace.”Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and her deputy, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, together with the South African National Parks (SANParks) board, have also expressed their condolences to the families of the soldiers.The ministry and SANParks Board said they supported the SA Air Force in determining the sequence of events that led to the fatal crash.“We hope this sad event will not deter our men and women working tirelessly to protect our country’s rhino population against the ongoing scourge of poaching by marauding bandits,” the ministry said in a statement.Of the 188 rhinos poached in South Africa since January, 135 were killed in the Kruger National Park.The park remains the hardest hit by poaching, having lost 425 rhino to poachers during 2012.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Beyond Foursquare: What Search Engines Could Do With Location Data

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Location#NYT#web center_img Foursquare says it’s in talks with all the major search engines to index the startup’s location data. We’re hearing that Google in particular may be in talks with all the major players in the location-based social networking market. What would a big search engine do with a little startup’s check-ins and annotations about locations? Here are some ideas.The paid partnerships between Google, Microsoft and Yahoo with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and more that were launched last Fall could provide a model, but location provides new opportunities, as well. Isn’t it amazing that on a Web so dependent on Google, there are emergent new kinds of websites so valuable they can charge giant search engines for their content? Here are some things Google might do with that content.Related:Why We Check-in: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social NetworksFoursquare’s Location Layers – This is BigWhat Twitter’s New Geolocation Makes PossibleReal-time searchLast fall Google started including Tweets, fresh blog posts and more in a live scrolling box on the search results page for particularly hot search queries. Mobile location-based social networks, their comments and tips could help populate those kind of search results for certain keywords or venues.Searching for the big basketball game? Why not include the notes and tips of people checking in at the game right now in the results? Check-ins in general have a lot of potential. Google-backed social TV app Miso or entertainment check-in app GetGlue could power media check-ins that would make search results much fresher.Super Social MapsWhy not annotate map search with live and archival location check-in notes, annotations, tips, etc.? Imagine searching for directions to a venue and being told how many people and which friends were currently checked in there on Loopt, Whrrl and Foursquare. Seeing not just restaurant reviews from CitySearch and Trip Advisor but quick tips from location networks? Sounds like a great idea to me.Mobile SearchNo need to go into too much detail about this: Check-in app content would be a very logical addition to mobile search results. The growth of branded layers of content annotating locations means that a Google mobile search could become a search for nearby content published by the Independent Film Channel, the Huffington Post, etc. That makes mobile search and location networks more appealing for everyone.Privacy, monetization, relevance, personalization, temporal strategies and other matters still need to be figured out. These networks are still very small. The largest among them, Foursquare, has a reported 2 million users. That’s less than 25% the size of StumbleUpon, for example, and just over one third the size of curation blogging platform Tumblr.The potential for location-based social networks is huge, though. And the search engines know it. That’s why they are talking to the startups. For these little startups, this kind of monetization could be an important life-line to fund their continued innovation, too. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more