Former national youth and New York Red Bull striker Junior Flemmings watched from the stands as his hometown club, Tivoli Gardens, carved out a 1-0 win over Maverley-Hughenden, courtesy of Elton Thompson’s added-time goal. This was in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at the Edwards Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. The former Jamaica College Manning Cup captain, who is back home on holidays, starred for the Red Bulls’ affiliate team in the just-concluded USL season and, after his impressive debut campaign, has been called up to train with the first team. The highly-rated youth striker is not only confident of making the Red Bulls first team, but he also intends to establish himself as a professional and a senior national player this year. “So far, my journey (overseas) has been good and in the next couple of weeks, I will know what the interest (from Red Bulls first team) is. So far, it has been very positive with me getting into the first team. It’s just for me to go back in these next two to three weeks of preseason and show that I deserve to be in the first team,” Flemmings said. VERY CONFIDENT “I am very confident because of the feedback from coach Jesse Marsch, as the thing with Red Bulls is they like players with speed, and that’s what I bring to the table. When I get it (ball), I don’t hesitate, I go at people and make things happen,” he commented. Even though he is still recovering from a meniscus (knee) injury he got in the summer, he says he is ready to do what it takes to make the next step up. Flemmings also hopes to make his senior national debut this year. “I have received some words from them (national coaching staff) and they are looking to bring me into the team as soon as possible, but I am still nursing a knee injury. I think 2017 is the breakout year for me I am going to be 21 in a few weeks and I want it to be a good year and the year to start my profession career,” he said. Meanwhile, Thompson’s late strike gave Tivoli Gardens their eighth win in their last ten games as the West Kingston side stayed second with 35 points – three behind Montego Bay United, who stopped Waterhouse 2-1.
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo training with the Portugal squad near Moscow this week as they prepare for their World Cup clash with Uruguay © AFP / JUAN MABROMATASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – The man who has marshalled the best defence in the World Cup so far will relish the task of trying to stop his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in Sochi on Saturday.The Madrid derby comes to the shores of the Black Sea in the last 16 with Uruguayan captain Diego Godin, of Atletico, and his club team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez coming up against Real and Portugal’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner. It will be a fascinating battle at the Fisht Stadium with Ronaldo, at 33, enjoying his best World Cup but Uruguay the only side to come through the group stage in Russia without conceding a goal.Godin is an expert at keeping clean sheets, as the leader of an Atletico defence that is the most formidable in the European club game — they kept 34 in all competitions last season — and of a Uruguay side that has not conceded a goal in 2018 in six games.Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain. That means he has 85 international goals, more than any other male European player in history.In the last two years, he has scored two hat-tricks for Real against Godin’s Atletico, having also emerged victorious in two Madrid derby Champions League finals.– More in their locker –But the rugged and brave Godin, who needed reconstructive dental surgery after having three teeth punched out in an aerial challenge with Valencia’s goalkeeper earlier this year, has succeeded in muzzling Ronaldo on plenty other occasions at club level going back almost a decade.Ronaldo wins a header in front of Godin in last year’s Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Real © AFP / JAVIER SORIANO“Godín is a star. He defends, commands, scores goals, wins titles, and does not miss a game,” said Diego Maradona recently.On Saturday, Gimenez — who scored Uruguay’s late winner against Egypt — is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russia due to injury.Ronaldo, meanwhile, will look to get back among the goals having had a penalty saved in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iran. That, and the VAR-awarded late spot-kick for the Iranians, condemned the defending European champions to this tie rather than a meeting with the hosts in Moscow.Portugal surely would have preferred that, for while Uruguay continue to produce tough centre-backs, they are by no means completely reliant on them.This is a side with excellent, Italian-based midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino. And up front they boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.Suarez might lack the same sharpness of old, but he has still scored twice in Russia. One more and he will equal 1950 World Cup-winner Oscar Miguez’s Uruguayan record of eight goals at the tournament.– Overachievers –“They are a typical South American side,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.Captain Godin celebrates with Edinson Cavani after the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over the hosts Russia © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI“It’s not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals. It has been like that for the whole of 2018. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving international manager. That means he has a very strong relationship with his players.”These two countries with a combined population of 13.5 million have long been overachievers on the international scene — the last decade under Tabarez has seen two-time former winners Uruguay reach one World Cup semi-final and win one Copa America, while Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016.And the Uruguayans hold their opponents in equally high regard, conscious that Ronaldo is supported by younger talents like Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.“We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar,” said Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo. “You don’t prepare a match just looking at one player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A Burnfoot resident got a shock on Wednesday night last when a gang of youths smashed a rock through his front window.An investigation has been launched into the incident at Birdstown, Burnfoot.At around 9.40pm on Wednesday 22nd May, a man heard a loud noise and when he ran outside it sounded like a group of youths running from the scene. He then realised that they had thrown a rock through a front window of his home and smashed it.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.If anyone was around the area at the time of the incident and saw a group of people hanging around and can provide a description of them or their direction of travel please contact Buncrana Gardaí on 074-9320540 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Rock smashed through front window of Burnfoot home was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
2 February 2012 South African Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the 25-year sentences handed down to three Mozambicans this week, as the country steps up its efforts to combat rhino poaching. The poachers were sentenced by the Phalaborwa Regional Court on Tuesday for illegally hunting rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park in 2010. Aselmo Baloyi, Jawaki Nkuna and Ismael Baloyi were found guilty on four counts including illegal hunting of rhino, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Molewa said the sentence would send a strong message to poachers. She was optimistic that the sentence, coupled with increasing anti-poaching measures by the country’s law enforcement agencies, would serve as a deterrent.Increased anti-poaching measures These measures include the South African National Defence Force returning to monitor the 350km of national border in Kruger National Park and other country borders, as well as the deployment of conservation specialists at ports through which the trade in endangered species can be exported and imported. The Department of Water and Environmental and South African National Parks are also in the process of beefing up patrols in the Kruger National Park with the deployment of an additional 150 rangers. Bilateral engagements between South Africa and Mozambique to deal with cross-border law enforcement are also ongoing, while South Africans have been urged to report any illegal rhino activities by calling the dedicated line 0800 205 005. 232 suspects arrested in 2011 The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs said last week that 232 suspects were arrested in connection with rhino poaching in South Africa last year. These included 194 rhino poachers, 24 receivers of rhino horns, 12 couriers and two exporters. No buyers were arrested. Briefing parliamentarians in Cape Town, the department’s deputy director-general on biodiversity and conservation, Fundisile Mketeni, said the crime was grossing about R160-billion annually worldwide. Mketeni said that 122 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2009, rising to 333 in 2010 and to 448 in 2011. He projected that about 300 rhinos were likely to be poached in the country this year. He added that the North West and Limpopo provinces had the highest numbers of poached rhinos. Mketeni was speaking during a briefing to Parliament’s portfolio committee on water and environmental affairs by over a dozen concerned organisations and individuals. Mketeni said that most of the poached rhino horns were destined for Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and China. He indicated that South Africa was at various stages of signing bilateral agreements with these countries to help combat the crime.More co-ordination needed Mtekeni complained about a lack of coordination between his department and its provincial counterparts as well as other related departments in dealing with problem, and called for his department to be given centralized powers to allow them to decisively deal with the matter. Mtekeni said that the department should have its own officers trained along the lines of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). “We want to have our own intelligence and use it the way we want,” he said, indicating that these would be able to directly pursue rhino poaching syndicates outside the country. He said they planned to deploy their own officials at ports of entry as well as to train customs officials to help detect suspects about to leave the country. He called for the Department of Public Works to fix, electrify and insert an electrical detection system on the fence between the Kruger National Park and Mozambique, where rhino poaching activities were frequent. Source: BuaNews
19 December 2013The year 2013 was a good one for the Springboks. Not only did they win 10 out of their 12 tests, they did so playing an exciting brand of rugby.There was a marked improvement in the team’s performances in their second year under coach Heyneke Meyer, and while the Boks were not able to unseat New Zealand as Rugby Championship winners, as the world number two they opened up a bigger gap on the teams ranked behind them in the world standings.Even in their two losses to New Zealand, the Springboks exhibited some exciting rugby. A very tight match in Auckland was ruined by the controversial sending off of Bismarck du Plessis, the best player on the field until that point, by referee Romaine Poite, which the International Rugby Board later admitted was an incorrect decision.When the teams met at Ellis Park later in the competition, the Springboks needed to score a bonus point win over the All Blacks to lift the title. This led to them opening up the game more than usual, and when they did so they showed that the Kiwis’ defences could be breached as they ran in four tries. Unfortunately, in an open game, the Boks’ usually solid defence let them down a number of times and they went down 27-38. Still, there was a lot to enjoy in their spirited performance.Devastating attacking displayThey produced their most devastating attacking display against Argentina at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, running in nine tries to one in a Rugby Championship record setting 73-13 victory. The match saw a return to the green and gold for Japan-based scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and the 2007 Rugby World Cup winner showed he had not lost any of his skills by putting in a telling performance as a substitute, which showed what the Boks had been missing without him.Another big highlight was a first ever win over the Wallabies in Brisbane, and it wasn’t even close. Running in four tries to nil, the Boks ran away to a 38-12 victory. With new scrum laws going some way towards taking away the advantage a team gained by making the hit first, South Africa took charge up front and Australia could not respond.However, it was the sparkling play of the backline that caught the eye, and the ability of the Springboks to make the Australians pay for mistakes they made. At the top, taking your chances is the name of the game and the Springbok vintage of 2013 proved a lot better at that than the team of 2012.In their return match at Newlands, the Springboks confirmed the gap they had opened up on the Wallabies when they won 28-8.Unbeaten end of year tourDespite another ridiculously long season, the Boks, for a second year in a row, went unbeaten on their end of year tour of the northern hemisphere, which ended on 23 November. In fact, they conceded only one try in their three victories.Six Nations champions Wales, who had provided the majority of the British and Irish Lions team that had a won series over the Wallabies Down Under, were beaten 24-15, with the Springboks crossing for three tries to nil.Early in the season, in South Africa, Scotland led the Boks 10-6 at half-time and extended that advantage to 17-6 before a Springbok fight back saw South Africa emerge 30-17 victors. At Murrayfield, though, it was one-way traffic as South Africa powered into a 21-0 lead after little more than half-an-hour, on their way to a 28-0 win.France provided the opposition for South Africa’s final test of the year in Paris. It was a very physical game, but the Springboks held the lead from the first minute as they recorded their first victory in the French capital since 1997 by 19 points to 10.Try scoring milestoneBryan Habana provided one of the biggest milestones of the season when he became the first South African to score 50 test tries in the Boks’ 56-23 defeat of Samoa in the final of the Castle Incoming Series. The Department of Sports and Recreation recognised his achievement by presenting him with a trophy and R50 000, which Habana then donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.The flying winger finished the season with 53 test tries. Only Japan’s Daisuke Ohata with 69 tries, Australia’s David Campese with 64, Shane Williams of Wales with 60, and Hirotoki Onozawa of Japan with 55, have scored more test tries than Habana.Lock Eben Etzebeth, who only two years ago was playing rugby for the University of Cape Town, was nominated for the IRB Player of the Year Award. Aged only 22, Etzebeth has become one of the best number four locks in the world: solid at lineout time, strong in set scrums and an amazing worker around the field, both on attack and defence.‘Happy with the progress’Speaking after the Springboks had finished their season with a win over France in Paris, coach Heyneke Meyer reflected on a satisfying season, saying: “We’ve had a good year and I’m really happy with the progress we’ve made as a team and in our results in 2013.“To finish the season with three good wins in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Paris is special, but we realise we are far from where we want to be and will keep on working hard to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves,” Meyer said.“The players deserve a lot of the credit though. Not only for the way they’ve played this season, but also for being the most humble group of men I’ve worked with, who put in massive amounts of hard work on the training field and for being a team South Africa can be proud of.“We also enjoyed tremendous backing in South Africa as well as abroad and we’d like to thank our supporters for standing behind the team. It really means a lot to all of us.”Super RugbyIn Super Rugby, the Stormers, who topped the table in 2012, and the Sharks, who upset them to reach the final, were expected to once again be the leading South African teams. That didn’t happen as the Bulls finished second on the log and the Cheetahs, for the first time in their history, made the playoffs after ending in sixth place. The Stormers and Sharks followed in seventh and eighth respectively, while the newcomers, the Southern Kings, propped up the table.The Cheetahs were the surprise of the season and their enterprising style of rugby won them many fans. In the end, though, they slipped to a narrow 15-13 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra in the playoffs.The Brumbies, who were coached by former Springbok coach Jake White, then had to face the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld for a place in the final against the defending champion Chiefs, who edged the Crusaders 20-19 in the other semi-final. A try in the 79th minute saw the Australian team snatch victory and bring to an end South Africa’s Super Rugby challenge.Currie Cup Premier DivisionIronically, White signed with the Sharks later in the year, but he wasn’t yet with the union when the Sharks captured the Absa Currie Cup for the third time in the last six years.Western Province set the standard in the Premier Division, going unbeaten, although with two draws, during round robin play. The Sharks claimed second place, with seven wins and three losses, two of them to Province, while the Cheetahs and the Golden Lions finished in the remaining playoff positions.In the semi-finals, the Sharks beat the Cheetahs 33-22, while Western Province outplayed the Golden Lions 33-16, to set up a repeat of the final of 2012, but not in Durban. This time it would be in Cape Town.In 2012, the Sharks had topped the table and then beaten the Blue Bulls comfortably in the semi-finals to secure a home final. Western Province, meanwhile, had finished fourth, but they made it into the final by beating the Lions in the semis. Once there, they shocked the Sharks 25-18.In 2013, the outcome was a reversal of the previous year. The Sharks had beaten Province twice before losing to them in the final away from home. Now Province, after two wins over the Sharks, were decisively beaten at Newlands, with the Natal team winning 33-19.Currie Cup First DivisionThe Pumas won all 14 of their round robin matches in the Currie Cup Division One competition and then put 50 points past both their playoff opponents, beating the Eagles 52-33 and the Eastern Province Kings 53-30 respectively, to be crowned champions.They later faced Griquas, the bottom club in the Premier Division, in a home and away playoff. In Kimberley, Griquas sneaked a 21-19 victory, but in Nelspruit the Pumas scored a handsome 33-15 win to earn promotion to the Premier Division by 53-36 on aggregate.The Golden Lions claimed the Vodacom Cup for a record fifth time, with a 42-28 win over the Pumas.A South African President’s XV, made up of players from the First Division of the Currie Cup, took the honours in the IRB Tbilisi Cup in Georgia, defeating Uruguay 37- 9, Emerging Ireland 19-8, and Georgia 21-16.Sevens World SeriesSouth Africa, meanwhile, finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series behind New Zealand, but won three titles – in Las Vegas, Tokyo and Edinburgh – more than any other team. They won all three titles with victories over New Zealand in the Cup finals, including a 40-21 thrashing in Las Vegas.At the Rugby World Cup in Moscow, the Blitzbokke didn’t allow any points in winning their pool, downing Russia 31-0, Japan 33-0 and Scotland 41-0. Unfortunately for the SA Sevens team, their challenge was ended by their bogey team, Fiji, who edged their quarterfinals clash 12-10.In August, the Blitzbokke contested the World Games and lifted the gold medal with a 33-24 victory over Argentina in the final.The Springbok Women’s rugby team qualified for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in style, recording their biggest ever win to book a place in France next year, by 63 points to 3 over Uganda. In November, they were drawn to face Wales, France and Australia in Pool C at the World Cup.The Springbok ExperienceThe Springbok Experience rugby museum opened at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town in September. It features more than 20 interactive touch screen exhibits, a total of 64 monitors and 20 projectors, an eight-minute film presentation in a mini Springbok cinema, more than 20 audio-visual exhibits and mechanical interactive exhibits for children.“It is an unbelievable experience and tells a telling story of the impact rugby had and still has on our country. It even, as I’ve just learned inside, resulted in a ceasefire during war so that a rugby match could be played. It shows the power of rugby,” Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said at the opening.
Once again, the obstructionists are hard at work. According to a recent article in The Hill, a nonpartisan, nonideological daily paper for and about Congress, climate and energy bills currently clawing their way through Congress are meeting stiff resistance from several industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). In basic terms, the bill would require new homes to be 30% more energy efficient by 2010, and 50% by 2014. In letters to representatives, the various trade groups claim the bill “makes faulty or unproven economic and technical assumptions about the viability of achieving certain energy-efficiency targets for buildings and homes.”What planet do they live on?According to the article in The Hill, “The trade groups say they support efforts to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses but that the codes are better left to local and state officials to set and enforce. Those codes have already been updated. One lobbyist involved in the effort said finding additional energy savings will be difficult.”The fact that NAHB, which is madly promoting the new National Green Building Standard and its practical and affordable methods, can claim that “additional energy savings will be difficult” is hard to swallow. I wish that the organization would deliver a more coordinated public message.Are we looking at the next GM and Chrysler?Anecdotal evidence suggests that many builders and remodelers who are well established in the green-building sector are doing better than contractors who are building in traditional ways. Consumer demand is there, the cost of creating more efficient buildings is minimal, and the benefits for all concerned are well documented. These industry groups digging in and fighting against energy efficiency is alarmingly similar to US auto companies spending decades fighting fuel-efficiency standards—and look where that’s gotten them!I feel that the factions at NAHB and NAR that are fighting increased energy efficiency standards should reconsider those positions, particularly while others at those same organizations are working hard to support more sustainable construction through programs such as the National Green Building Standard. My hope is that we can stop fighting, come to a level of agreement, and allow everyone to benefit from better home construction and renovation.
In a suspected case of honour killing, a 28-year-old civil engineer from Kerala was shot dead allegedly by his wife’s parents, who brought a sharpshooter with them to his house in the Jagdamba Vihar area here on the pretext of meeting the couple.The victim, Amith Nair, sustained bullet injuries on his neck, windpipe and chest and died of excessive bleeding. The parents tried to drag his pregnant wife, Mamta Chaudhary, out of the house, but they fled when she refused to leave.After the incident on Wednesday morning, Mamta’s parents have been absconding and the police have launched a manhunt to nab them. Amith’s body was cremated at Purani Chungi crematorium in the Sodala area here on Thursday in the presence of his relatives, friends and colleagues.Mamta, 30, belonging to the Jat community, had married Amith, a native of the Pathanamthitta town in Kerala’s Central Travancore region, two years ago, even though her parents were opposed to the match because of the caste difference. The couple settled down in Jaipur, where Amith was working as a civil engineer with a private firm.According to Mamta’s statement to the police, her parents had been insisting since her marriage that she leave Amith and return to them. Heated argumentsOn Wednesday, Mamta’s parents came to her house and after some heated arguments, called in a young man, who allegedly drew out a pistol and shot at Amith.As Amith collapsed on a sofa where he was sitting, the parents tried to drag Mamta out of the house. When the family raised an alarm and called the neighbours for help, they fled.Mamta is reportedly six months’ pregnant. Police said Mamta’s brother has been detained and a search launched to trace the absconding parents as well as the shooter. Barricades and check-posts were put up at several locations here on Thursday and on roads connecting the city with the national highways.People’s Union for Civil Liberties activists, who met police officers in connection with the case, demanded immediate arrest of the accused and action against two private hospitals which had refused to admit a heavily bleeding Amith. They also demanded that the State government pay a compensation of ₹1 crore to Amith’s family.PUCL State president Kavita Srivastava said Mamta, who studied in Mody University in Laxmangarh, was an intern with the organisation in 2014. She said it was high time the outstanding legislation on killings and crimes committed in the name of honour was enacted. “The couple shelter homes should also be established in all districts of Rajasthan on the pattern of Haryana,” she said.
Pakistan’s suspended Test captain and opener Salman Butt says he is confident of having his name cleared in the spot-fixing scandal that shook international cricket.Butt told mediapersons at the National Cricket Academy yesterday that he was looking forward to the appeal hearing being held by the ICC at Doha on October 30 and 31.Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif were suspended by the ICC in the first week of September while in England.Their suspensions came after the ‘News of the World’ tabloid broke a story claiming that the agent for the three players, Mazhar Majeed, had on video confessed that he had paid bribes to the trio to do spot-fixing in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.The trio have appealed against their suspensions and the ICC has now scheduled their hearings in Doha under the supervision of Michael Beloff QC.While the ICC is carrying out its appeal process, the three players continued to be under investigation by the Scotland Yard for alleged spot fixing and conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.The 26-year-old Butt, who has played 33 Tests and 78 ODIs, claimed the allegations had disturbed him and his family.”But I am ready to fight on and I am confident of positive result at the hearing,” he added.”Everything was going well when this happened and it was very disturbing and disappointing. But it has also been big lesson for me,” he said.”It has taught me a lot about how to deal with the people around you and how to be aware of the people around you.It has made me realize to differentiate between friends and foes.”advertisementThe opener, who led Pakistan in the Tests in England including two victories over Australia and England before the spot fixing allegations broke out, said he had not given up and was continuing his daily training and practice sessions at the national academy.”I keep on doing my training and practice for two hours daily. Because I want to remain in touch.”Butt didn’t rule out the possibility of getting a chance to play against South Africa in the UAE next month.”I am working hard and doing my bit. The conditions in Lahore and the UAE are the same so I am preparing hard on playing spin,” he said.Meanwhile, the lawyers for Butt and Aamir confirmed on that they had received the charge sheets and all related material and documents from the ICC for the appeal hearing.”We have got details of the charges against the players but it is strictly confidential and we are not allowed to discuss it publicly,” Butt’s lawyer, Aftab Gul said.With inputs from PTI
AddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgStudy: Customers who participate in eBay’s ‘community’ become better buyers and sellersE-mail marketing of community sites effective in luring customersA new study from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business finds that customers of eBay who participate in the company’s online communities become more conservative buyers and more selective and efficient sellers. The study, “The Impact of Customer Community Participation on Customer Behaviors: An Empirical Investigation,” appeared recently in the journal Marketing Science and was co-authored by Rice’s Sharad Borle, associate professor of marketing; Siddharth Singh, assistant professor of marketing; and Utpal Dholakia associate professor of management, along with Rene Algesheimer from the University of Zurich.“We know that companies like eBay create online communities with chat rooms and forums to increase customer participation on the site, with the conventional wisdom being that customers will become more loyal to the company and thus spend more money,” Singh said. “However, we wanted to take an in-depth look at this practice and learn if these communities cause more buying and selling, thus increasing profits for eBay.”To do this, the researchers started with data from a yearlong study of 13,735 new eBay Germany customers. (The authors noted that eBay Germany is set up almost exactly as eBay in the United States.) The eBay study found that the company’s e-mail marketing campaign inviting people into its community pages was a success; however, after analyzing the eBay data, Rice researchers found that customers who went to the eBay community site became more conservative buyers and more selective and effective sellers by virtue of becoming educated on the eBay process and hearing from others in the community.The study found that customers invited via e-mail to participate in the community were about 23 percent more likely to participate as compared with a control group of customers not invited to participate.“The fact is that people became more educated about buying and selling,” Borle said. “While some of the community pages on eBay have nothing to do with buying or selling and more to do with social interaction, people still became smarter about the process of online merchandising.”That’s good news for customers who utilize eBay’s community pages, but it’s not especially great news for eBay, Borle said. “Online companies that believe that community pages will increase use of their business side of the operation need to rethink how to use their social pages moving forward. After all, it’s about making money for eBay, not necessarily creating new friends.” To read the complete study, visit www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/multimedia/eBay. For more information about the study or Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at email@example.com or 713-348-6327.