On January 7, 2007, Marcelo debuted in Riazor before Deportivo by replacing Míchel Salgado. 13 years later, the left back has played 496 games in which he has achieved 20 titles: 4 Champions League, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 4 Suspenders, two King’s Cups and 3 Spanish Super Cups The Brazilian, already recovered from his injury in the soleus, will seek to start against Valencia. The side blows the sails in an awkward situation: during this season he is having a lot of competition with Mendy on the left side. The Frenchman has played 11 games, two more than Marcelo. On the other hand, injuries are being his main obstacle to haggling: three medical parties this season (elongation in the biceps femoris, posttraumatic cervicodorsalgia and a muscle injury in the left soleus). Marcelo, who signed for Madrid in 2006, is the second Real Madrid captain and only beats him Ramos in veterania (2005). In his road map he has the objective of reaching 500 meetings as a Madrid player: the side would be devoted as the thirteenth with more games in history. Ahead has other myths: Chendo (497 games), Roberto Carlos (527), Guti (542), Míchel (559), Pirri (561), Camacho (577), Hierro (601), Gento (601), Ramos (628), Santillana (645 ), Sanchís (710), Casillas (725) and Raúl (741).In addition, he also faces the difficult milestone of being the third defense with the most goals in Madrid: the Brazilian has 36 goals and is 32 Roberto Carlos It will remain for history his goal against Atlético in the final of the Tenth.
Large and competitive fields are the order of the day at Caymanas Park tomorrow, with all nine races embracing the Pick-9.The Pick-9 had no takers on Wednesday and the carryover stands at $1.6 million. Both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over (non-winners of three) over 1820 metres to be contested by nine starters.This race has a rather open look about it. Horses such as BLACK BOY, NATASHADONTPLAY, PRINCESS SHEMIKA, CHIEF SECRETARIAT, and NO MONEY FRIEND are all capable of fighting out the finish.NATASHADONTPLAY disappointed in her last two races behind HOLIDAY WEEKEND and COURT CALL over shorter distances, but it should be recalled that when last venturing over this trip on August 1, she failed by only a head to catch SHEBIZ.Possible reboundI am inclined to give the Uton Stewart-trained NATASHADONTPLAY (Shamaree Muir up) another chance to rebound at the expense of NO MONEY FRIEND under four-time champion Omar Walker and CHIEF SECRETARIAT.I like the look of ENHANCE PROSPERITY in the third race for five-year-olds and up over the straight in which 13 will run.Trained by Donovan ‘Burru’ Thompson, the five-year-old mare finished a close sixth over the straight to to LORD STORM on a $350,000 tag in a claiming race on September 12, beaten by mere 2-3/4 lengths. Back in action, well drawn, and in good nick, ENHANCE PROSPERITY, with promising new apprentice Linton Steadman aboard, should win from GREAT BROWN and YOUR EMINENCE in a field of 13.Race No. 4 for maiden three-year-olds over 1820 metres (the third in the first Super-6) also looks an open affair in a 12-horse field. The winner, however, more than likely will emerge from a quartet comprising TASHIE BABY, KING WITHIN, MR. GRAND NATIONAL and the one I like best, STIR IT UP, under leading jockey Shane Ellis. Trained by Oneil Markland, STIR IT UP has shown worthwhile ability and now administered Lasix for the first time, this should help her cause.TASHIE BABY, with 4.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger aboard, and the much-raced KING WITHIN with Walker aboard, are twin dangers.In the fifth race for $180,000 conditional claimers, MONEYNEVERSLEEP, having chased home the out-of-class LIGHT BRIGADE over 1400 metres recently, is tipped to go one better over 1500 metres, especially with former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry sticking with the ride.The Bernard Vincent-trained MONEYNEVERSLEEP will report even sharper for this race and gets the nod over TECHNOCAT, JOHN D LINJAH, and TOKICO.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by LEGENDARY PLEASURE (Henry up) and the improving PAPER N LACE, with new apprentice Oneil Beckford aboard. Their respective dangers are GRAN CORAZON and RAJ KAPOOR.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) NATASHADONTPLAY/NO MONEY FRIEND(3) ENHANCE PROSPERITY/GREAT BROWN(4) STIR IT UP/TASHIE BABY(5) MONEYNEVERSLEEP(6) LEGENDARY PLEASURE/GRAN CORAZON(7) PAPER N LACE/RAJ KAPOOR
A persistent two-fisted body attack, was the tactic used by Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis last Friday night, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in St. Michael, Barbados, to earn himself a split decision verdict in his six-round junior middleweight bout against Barbadian Christopher ‘Shaka’ Henry.Two judges voted 59-56 each for Lewis, while the other judge voted 58-56 for Henry. This was the main event on a six-bout, Pro-Am Card. In one of the three amateur contests, Jamaica’s Felice Groves lost on points to Barbadian Mary Frazer, in a bout in which she should have been declared the winner by tko in the first round.The Lewis versus Henry contest was a bruising, action-packed affair from start to finish. Henry, who is 6 feet tall, had a distinct reach advantage over the 5′ 5″ Lewis, and tried to use the jab as his main weapon. Lewis caught on to this quickly, however, and kept boring in successfully. His body shots rattled Henry, who although outgunned, had a few moments of glory himself. Lewis told The Gleaner that Henry was particularly decisive in the fifth round.”He came on strong in the fifth and caught me with some really good shots, but I was able to hang in there, and then come back strong in the final round,” Lewis said. “It was a good hard fight, and I had to work hard to beat Shaka, who had the crowd behind him all the way, and this assisted him.”Lewis added that he was happy for the victory and that it will boost his confidence going into 2017.Groves met Mary Frazer in a four- round amateur bout, and started aggressively. A recording of the bout showed that within the first 30 seconds of the contest, she was all over Frazer, and caught her with a solid right to the chin that floored her. Frazer landed on her back with legs in the air, but got to her feet as the referee reached the count of two. She stumbled back, however, and was falling to the canvas again, when she was caught by the referee and taken to a neutral corner.He then spoke with her for about 30 seconds, while she recovered. Instead of awarding the bout to Groves, the referee inexplicably signalled that it be resumed. Frazer survived the remainder of the round, regained her composure in the second round, made it a close contest thereafter and was eventually awarded a points victory.Coach Carl Grant, who accompanied the boxers to Barbados, told The Gleaner that there was no doubt in his mind that the referee blundered, and that Groves clearly won the bout in the first round.
…fined $525,000Sheldon Joseph, also called “Bam Bam”, was sentenced to four years in prison after he was found guilty of being in possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.The 39-year-old man was sentenced by Magistrate Clive Nurse when he made his final appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court last week.Magistrate Nurse, in handing down the sentence, noted that the prosecution succeeded in proving that Joseph was indeed guilty of the charge. The charge stated that he had in his possession 350 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on January 8, 2018 at 47 Miles, Mabura Road. His Attorney, Yondessa Welcome, in a plea of mitigation, asked the Court to take into consideration the fact that he was never convicted of a crime and was very sorry for what happened.She also told the Court that since the commencement of the matter, her client has had no brushes with the law and pleaded for leniency. Magistrate Nurse, however, sentenced Joseph to four years in prison and also ordered that he pay a fine of $525,000, stating that this should serve as a deterrent to him as well as others.Upon hearing the sentence, Joseph pleaded for mercy while being escorted to the prisoner’s holding cell.
Pharmagate… “a shamelessly clear corrupt act” – Dr RamsammyAs the single-sourcing of a makeshift Pharmaceutical Bond on Sussex Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, continued to be mired in allegations of corruption and cronyism by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, calls are piling on the David Granger Administration to scrap the contract and go to public tender in keeping with the country’s public procurement laws.Senior People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) figure, Attorney James Bond is among the most recent voices of reasoning that wants the deal to be scrapped.Bond whose PNC/R is the largest partner in the governing coalition, told Guyana Times during a recent interview that the deal was a bad one, and should be abandoned, and a more transparent process should be undertaken.Senior PNCR figure James BondFormer Health Minister, Dr Leslie RamsammyPublic Health Minister, Dr George NortonLinden Holding Inc bond located at Sussex Street“In my own estimation, indeed the contract should go to tendering. Other bonds may exist and you could have a better deal. I read an article by Ralph Ramkarran, Senior Counsel, and he put it in terms of measurement, square feet, is that the NEW GPC bond would have been far less than this bond now, so if you want to save government some money, if this going to be a long-term arrangement, I think you should go and see if you could get a better deal,” Bond remarked.Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton, who is embroiled in the controversy and faces the possibility of being hauled before Parliament’s Committee of Privileges for misleading the House, is also a senior member of the PNC/R.Harvard University Professor Dr Leslie Ramsammy also took a swing at those government ministers who offered preposterous excuses in attempting to justify the wrongdoings of the APNU/AFC administration.Insult to intelligenceDr Ramsammy, former Minister of Health, noted that the excuses proffered to legitimise what he described as “a shamelessly clear, corrupt act, is not only pathetic, but an insult to the intelligence of the Guyanese public.”“Justifying blatant corruption by pleading ‘it is human to err’ is the most reprehensible explanation and excuse ever given for raping the national treasury in Guyana or anywhere else,” Ramsammy noted in a statement to the Guyana Times.He rationalised that to rent a house located on Sussex Street and owned by Linden Holding Inc as a medical warehouse for an exceedingly exorbitant price, without any public tendering, especially when there are better available options for a drugs bond, is far from a mere mistake.“The tortured attempts to justify this reprehensible contract reveal an ugly arrogance that is typical of dictatorship, arrogance that has disdain for the citizens, that is shameless and which believes that the government is untouchable,” he stressed.Dr Ramsammy noted that most Guyanese, even diehard supporters of the government are completely convinced that the entire undertaking is a corrupt deal spearheaded by other members of the Cabinet whose instructions Dr Norton presumably acted upon.Former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran also ruled as unacceptable the excuses provided by government for the shady deal.“These excuses to justify continuing with a horrendously bad deal makes it difficult to dispel the notion that the Government is playing fast and loose with taxpayers’ moneys…” he expressed in his weekly blog ‘The Conversation Tree’.Diamond bondMoreover, Dr Ramsammy pointed out that in addition to the internationally certified warehouse owned by NEW GPC, government could have used its own warehouse in Diamond, East Bank Demerara.“What makes this deal even more preposterous is that the Ministry of Public Health owns an international standard warehouse at Diamond and it is presently less than 50 per cent occupied. This government-owned facility meets all international standards for medical warehousing, including PAHO/WHO standards,” he registered.“Why would they spend so much money on a facility that was not needed because they do own a real warehouse which is not optimally used?” Dr Ramsammy queried.The Minister of Public Health did inform Parliament that there was an urgent need for the space because there were supplies at the wharf awaiting possession by the Ministry.“But how could renting a house which was not ready to store any medicine or anything be the solution? Ramsammy asked, adding that, “in fact, the house is still not ready and the Ministry has paid more than $50 million already upfront.”This argument was also outlined by Ramkarran who posited that the justifications for not using that bond makes absolutely little to no sense at all:“The Cabinet sub-committee has justified this grossly uncompetitive contract on the ground that a fire can occur and traffic is heavy at certain times on the East Bank. Well, a fire can also occur at the bond owned by Linden Holding. What happens then? The fire hazard is a potential danger that all owners of buildings have to guard against by deploying known fire prevention mechanisms, not having alternate structures, just in case.”Health servicesDr Ramsammy also asserted that the annual rental cost for the house will exceed what was budgeted for medicines and medical supplies for at least six regions.“It is more than what they intended to spend on medical supplies in Regions 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10,” he highlighted.He demanded to know the catalyst that drove the government to spend so much money to rent a house when that same money could have been used to improve supplies to all health centres and hospitals across the country.He highlighted that in addition to paying for the $12.5 million monthly rent for the house, government will be paying VAT of $2 million as well as maintaining the air conditioning system, electricity, water and security.“Overall, therefore, the cost would amount to about $200 million per year or $600 million over three years,” he calculated.Further, Dr Ramsammy noted that since there was no tender or advertising, then how did the company become aware of the government’s apparent urgent need for a building for warehouse?He also questioned that since government insists the building is internationally certified then why is it still being modified to serve as a warehouse.“It is intentionally a sweetheart deal,” he concluded.In this regard, the former Minister is calling for the revocation of the contract.He posited too that he would also call for the Public Health Minister to resign but it would be unfair.“It seems unfair to punish one man for the collective misdeeds of the approximately 30 Cabinet members, particularly since we all know that Minister Norton followed instructions and he is the fall guy,” he stated.Dr Ramsammy also called on all of Guyana to speak out against this blatant act of corruption.Already political commentator Dr Henry Jeffery, Economist Ramon Gaskin, Transparency advocate Christopher Ram and former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran have called for the deal to be scrapped and for there to be an open public tendering process.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We see the most toxic vapors poisoning our politics today in the pervasive disrespect displayed daily between rivals in our own political parties – in the deep-seated distrust of one another’s motives, in the constant and casual questioning of one another’s patriotism and faith.” Villaraigosa, who has recently been speaking against what he describes as nay-sayers, said results of the new politics are seen when Vice President Dick Cheney swears at a colleague on the U.S. Senate floor or when Democrats compare the Bush administration to the Nazis or Soviets. “We’ve come almost to accept as a matter of science the assumption underlying the politics of polarization,” Villaraigosa said. “We’ve grown too attuned to the dark and dangerous din of talk radio. To the bloviating of bloggers. To the red-hot rhetoric of red-faced pundits who trade insults for insight and package meanness as meaning.” Villaraigosa said the current situation has surfaced because people no longer respect others’ views and it threatens the basic freedoms of the country. “I’m here to say you can support the president’s policy in Iraq in good faith,” Villaraigosa said. “But you can also oppose the war and support the troops at the same time. You can be strong and patriotic by promoting the view that a reasonable alternative to nation-building is relationship-building.” Criticizing what he called the “coarsening of our culture,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenged USC graduates on Friday to get involved in public service and help create a more unified world in which others’ views are respected. Villaraigosa, who noted he is a proud graduate of UCLA, was presented with an honorary doctorate from his crosstown rival and used it to contrast with recent global and national developments. While there have always been pranks, name-calling and teasing between UCLA and USC students, the mayor said it is like a sibling rivalry – with a respect rooted in what each institution represents and has accomplished. “There is a lesson in the great tradition of our rivalry,” the mayor told the 4,300 graduates gathered in front of the University of Southern California’s stately Doheny Library. Even as the world becomes more closely connected, he said it runs the risk of further dividing people. “Abroad, we see a darkening storm of religious radicalism and we see a grim recurrence of the 20th century’s worst nightmares reappearing before our eyes in Darfur,” he said. “On Sept. 11, 2001 … we all witnessed the evil that is possible when people abandon respect in the belief that they have God exclusively on their side.” It is up to the graduating class at USC and universities across the nation to step up to change that direction, he argued, by fighting for their ideals but with respect for the views of others. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The County Donegal Heritage Office will be launching the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide in the County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny on Thursday, August 8 at 12 noon.The event guide will be launched by Dinny McGinley, Minister of State, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht in the presence of Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of County Donegal.The free, pocket-size, event guide is compiled by the County Donegal Heritage Office and outlines over 90 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal for National Heritage Week from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25, 2013. ‘Heritage Week’ event organisers can collect their copies of the event guide at the launch.“Heritage Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of, and engender pride in, the heritage of County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“There will be over 90 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal including family open days, guided walks, built heritage open houses, heritage site visits, fieldtrips, exhibitions, illustrated presentations, photographic competitions, children’s activities, genealogical research, storytelling sessions, traditional music, craft fairs and traditional skills demonstrations.“Credit must go to the many people, heritage groups, museums, heritage centres and community organisations that have organised events this year to focus attention on the local heritage that helps to define County Donegal’s sense of place. The tremendous efforts of these enthusiastic and committed people (often on a voluntary basis) reinforce the reputation of ‘Heritage Week’ as a truly countywide and national event in the annual calendar.” Michael Starrett, CEO of The Heritage Council highlighted the contribution that heritage makes at the national level.“In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the understanding and awareness among the general public of the importance and impact heritage can have, both economically and socially,” he said.“Heritage is not about nostalgia, or some misplaced aim to live in the past, but an opportunity to engage with our own story and in particular the natural and cultural heritage of where we live. The theme of Heritage Week 2013, ‘Discover the Past. Build the Future’ reflects this thinking. With limited support, communities and organisations across Ireland have come together to animate the heritage resources on our doorsteps, often unnoticed and underappreciated.The value of the week is the sheer number of stakeholders from state agencies, local authorities, community groups and volunteers, that come together to host a public education programme that is open and accessible to all ages.”Copies of the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide will be available free-of-charge from libraries, public service centres, museums, heritage centres and tourist offices and on-line at the County Donegal Heritage Office website at: www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage. Updates are available on the National Heritage Week website at: www.heritageweek.ie SPECIAL LAUNCH OF EVENT GUIDE FOR DONEGAL HERITAGE WEEK was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Heritage Weekevent guide
Insulation is really important when it comes to saving energy in our homes. With more insulation in our walls, roofs, and foundation, less heat escapes via conduction to the outdoors. Insulate well!All right. That’s pretty clear.But insulation isn’t everything. There’s also air leakage, which has a huge impact on both energy consumption and comfort. I’m used to embarrassing myself, so let me use our house as an example.When I bought our house in 1981, it needed a lot of work. Built around 1785, it had been “modernized” in the 1970s, with drop ceilings, shag rugs, fake barnboard siding around the fireplace, brushed aluminum “tiles” around the kitchen sink and stove, tacky modern windows, and extra partitions here and there to create more guest rooms for the Long Island owners and their friends coming to Vermont for ski weekends.The previous owners had put a lot of money into the house — though almost nothing to improve its energy performance, other than insulating between the floor joists from the basement — and that fiberglass insulation was installed with the facing on the wrong side so that most of it had long since become waterlogged and slumped to the dirt floor in a soggy mess.I systematically — if somewhat naively — went through the house gutting it room by room, replacing rotted sills, re-siding the exterior, insulating the wall cavities, adding a continuous layer of interior rigid foam insulation, and installing new drywall. When I was done, the walls were reasonably well-insulated (though I would add far more rigid insulation were I doing the work today).But the house remained incredibly uncomfortable. A few years later, now married and with a baby crawling around on the floor, we had to do something about the discomfort. We heated mostly with wood, and with a roaring fire in the wood stove the room temperature could be in the lower 80s at the ceiling but in the 50s at the floor.With thick slippers, my wife and I were reasonably comfortable, but when we picked our year-old daughter up off the floor, she was cold! We felt terrible — and worried about her health. The insulation — by early 1980s standards — wasn’t too bad, but the house was anything but comfortable.Enter the Draft DetectiveI did some asking around and hired Dick Cartelli (a.k.a., The Draft Detective) from Putney, Vermont to figure out what was going on. He came in with his “blower door” and tested the home’s leakiness. A blower door is set up in an exterior door frame and turned on to pressurize the house (pictured with this blog is the Minneapolis Blower Door from industry leader The Energy Conservatory). By measuring how much air is being pushed through the blower door and measuring the pressure difference between indoors and out (using two manometers), the operator can calculate the air tightness of the house — usually in “air changes per hour” at the elevated pressure of 50 pascals.I forget the actual numbers, but the house was leaky — really leaky! Cartelli used two cases of caulk and I don’t know how many canisters of expanding foam sealant, built an insulated attic hatch door with foam gaskets at the edges, and implemented lots of other measures over a week or two to dramatically tighten the old house. By operating the blower door to depressurize the house while he worked, he was able to feel where air leakage was occurring–and seal those holes, cracks, and gaps.The improvement was dramatic. The delta-T (difference in temperature) from floor-to-ceiling went from over 20° to less then 10°. That delta-T was further reduced when I insulated beneath our floor from the basement and a crawl space. We no longer had to keep the wood stove cranked at full output to maintain reasonable comfort. Our daughter could crawl around on the floor and stay warm (though her earlier experience may have contributed to the fact that she now, as an adult, lives and works in the mild climate of San Francisco!).The bottom lineYes, we should insulate our houses well–don’t skimp on adding insulation if you open up your wall system. But we also need to pay attention to air tightness. Drafts cause discomfort and they significantly increase heating fuel use by carrying heated house air up and out, pulling in cold outside air in the process. Adding some types of insulation, such as dense-pack cellulose and spray polyurethane foam, can help to tighten a home, but other measures are often required.If you have a drafty house, bring in a weatherization contractor to measure how leaky your house really is, and then invest in air tightening. It’s worth it!In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
Related Posts After months of promises, Microsoft finally integrated Skype with Outlook.com, its cloud email and calendaring service. But for its next act, Microsoft may well put Skype on its Xbox console — a move with far more intriguing, and even disturbing, ramifications.As of today, a select group of Outlook.com users in the UK can begin placing video or voice calls, or sending instant messages, to their existing Skype contacts. Within Outlook, users will have a choice: traditional email will work as before, although the new “Messaging” options will trigger the Skype capabilities. Users can either type in a friend’s name within People, or — in a nice touch — simply click on their picture to launch a message.Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype two years ago in order to “adapt to a changing market, primarily characterised by permanent and ubiquitous connectivity,” as the IT analyst outfit Duquesne Group put it at the time. So far, Microsoft has steadily moved Skype forward as its ubiquitous communications interface across PCs, Windows tablets, and smartphones. That leaves the Xbox.Video Kinect To Xbox Skype?It’s virtually a given that Skype will come to the living room. In February, Giovanni Mezgec, a Skype enterprise product marketing manager, told me that Skype users at home might use a “set-top box” — like, say, the Xbox! — to access the service.“You are the same time a consumer, the same time a mother, the same time an employee, the same time a person that travels on the bus, you get the idea,” he said in an interview at the time. “What we wanted to do was to offer a set of tools from the living room to the boardroom, a communication platform that is rationalized, but different.”Officially, though, Microsoft is keeping mum. “We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we have nothing further to share at this time,” a spokeswoman said in an email. Rumors of the Skype-Xbox integration popped up earlier this year, following a Microsoft job posting.And Microsoft’s Xbox already has a videoconferencing solution: Video Kinect, which allows Xbox players to set up video chats with their Xbox Live friends of they own the Kinect depth camera peripheral. Separate But EqualIn many ways, Skype is playing catchup to features already offered by Video Kinect and the Xbox Live service itself. There’s the video chats, of course, but Xbox Live also supports presence (who’s playing or watching what, provided that users allows their friends to see this); group chats or play experiences, known as “parties”; text and video messages; and private chat. So far, Microsoft has kept its Xbox Live community separate and distinct from its other online services. That means that each Xbox user can have several collections of friends: Outlook contacts, Messenger contacts, Skype contacts, and an Xbox Live group. If you include Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which Microsoft also integrates with, that’s seven separate groups. Granted, many of these contacts overlap — but many don’t. (Note that Microsoft asks you for a Microsoft Outlook.com or Hotmail account when you sign up as a new user on the Xbox, for support purposes.)Microsoft may not be able to do much with how Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn manage their own contact databases, but if and when it integrates Skype with the Xbox, will it merge a user’s Xbox contacts with his or her Skype contact list — or even Outlook contacts?Turns Out Ubiquity Has A DownsideThe question is really a cultural one. Does it make sense for a company like Microsoft to obliterate the distinction between work and play this way?If you own a Surface tablet, and set up Skype for the first time, Microsoft will ask you to merge your Hotmail contacts with your Skype contacts. That’s not really that big of a deal. But do you really want your boss calling you when you’re playing Lego Batman with your son? I don’t.What might be interesting, however — from either Skype or Video Kinect — would be the option to replace video avatars with actually small video screens of my friends. I might not like losing screen real estate in Gears of War, but it might add more of a communal sense while playing Hearts or Xbox poker.Anything else, though, runs the risk of alienating users who just want to be left alone in the evenings. Slowly, we’re all being forced to integrate our jobs into other aspects of our lives. Microsoft may want to eventually push Skype into the Xbox, but it needs to do so delicately. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Microsoft#Skype#Xbox 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout markhachman 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App