NMG&F News:SANTA FE ― Three New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officers graduated June 14 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Farmington.The department’s graduates of the 20-week law enforcement training academy:Kayla Brauer;Travis Bessett; andMontana Tidwell.Notably, Brauer earned the title of class valedictorian and the exemplary performance award in a class of 30.In addition to attending the law enforcement academy, conservation officers undergo four weeks of departmental training in wildlife laws and department policies and procedures. They also undergo a year of on-the-job training under the supervision of a field training officer before being assigned to a district.For more information about a career as a conservation officer with the Department of Game & Fish, visit the department website. New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officer graduates Kayla Brauer, Travis Bessett and Montana Tidwell. Courtesy/NMG&F
If you work for an “essential business” If your job is part of essential government services that cannot be conducted through telework (the latest order does not change this)To conduct “necessary activities” – obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor, purchasing necessary supplies such as groceries and personal hygiene products, picking up educational supplies from your child’s school or providing necessary care and supplies to family members in another household. You may leave your house to take a walk, or jog, or to walk the dog. But you may not do these things in groups. And you should limit your time outside to only what is essential. The full list is available here.Q: Are there additional closings because of this order?A: Yes. If a business does not fall under one of the “essential” categories, employees must either telework or it must suspend operations.Q: The new order revises what’s considered a prohibited mass gathering. What’s the new rule?A: This order defines a mass gathering as any public or private gathering that brings together five or more individuals in a single room or connected space or an outdoor space where people are within 6 feet of each other. Q: Are there any exemptions to the 5-or-more rule?A: Yes. If five or more people live together, they are exempt inside their residence. Also exempt are churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship.Q: What’s closed? A :Entertainment venues, Gyms and fitness studios, Public events and gatherings, Convention centers, Hair and nail salons, Casinos and horse-racing facilities and more.Q: How long will this order be in place? A: This order is in place through 8 a.m. April 10, 2020, unless otherwise amended.Q: What about government services?A: This order does not change the status of state and local government operations. Previous orders exempted all persons necessary to maintain the operations of state and local governments. State government has already moved to a largely telework system; local government agencies are strongly encouraged to do the same.Q: Is there a curfew associated with the order? A: No. Q: My employer has asked me to come to work at a non-essential business – what do I do? A: The main line at newmexico.gov, 833-551-0518, will soon have a reporting mechanism to report non-compliance to the state.SCHOOLS AND CHILD CAREQ: My school is providing free grab-and-go meals, instructional materials and supplies, and child care. Are those still open?A: Yes. Q: Are child care services still open? Can my babysitter still come to the house?A: Yes. Child care facilities necessary to provide services to workers employed by essential businesses and nonprofit entities may continue to operate. Child care services are also available to serve families with young children when the parents are involved with protective services, behavioral health and/or juvenile justice services. Child care facilities that remain open must employ heightened cleaning and distancing requirements; guidance will be released shortly. Babysitters may travel to homes to care for the children of parents working in essential sectors.OTHER SERVICESQ: Can I go to the park?A: No, you should not.Q: Will public roads be closed?A: No. All streets, roads and highways will remain open.Q: What about public transportation? A: Public transportation is considered an essential service; it will continue to operate.Q: How does the order affect people who are homeless?A: Previous orders exempted those who are homeless, and that has not changed. Like everyone, they are encouraged to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet. Services that provide for the homeless, like shelters, may remain open. Q: Can I still get my mail and deliveries?A: Yes. You will still be able to get mail and other deliveries at your home. Mail is considered an essential government function, and businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are considered essential businesses.HEALTH CARE AND HELPING SICK RELATIVESQ: Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?A: The Department of Health’s March 13, 2020, public health order states that visitors are only allowed at nursing homes and other facilities that care for seniors if they are receiving end-of-life care and the visitor meets certain conditions (i.e. temperature taken at the entrance). Many hospitals are implementing modified visitation policies at this time. Check with the specific hospital location about what the policy is at this time. Q: Since health care is a necessary activity, may I keep my appointment for an eye exam or a dental cleaning?A: Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning and elective procedures should be postponed. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.Q: May I still go out to get my prescriptions?A: Yes. Pharmacies remain open, as do medical marijuana dispensaries.Q: Can I leave home to care for family members or friends who have disabilities, or who require assistance to care for themselves? A: Yes. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and then washing your hands. If you have any symptoms of a cold, however, please stay away.OUTDOOR RECREATION/EXERCISEQ: Can I still go outside for a hike or walk? A. Yes, but you must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet with those outside of your family unit. Gyms, fitness centers, recreational centers, golf courses, swimming pools and skating rinks are all closed.New Mexico State Parks have been temporarily closed to protect public health. PETSQ: Can I walk my dog? Take my pet to the vet?A: You may walk your dog. You may also take your pet to the vet; emergency veterinary services are exempt from the orders. OTHERQ: Have any other states done this?A: Yes. As of Sunday, March 22, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois had issued similar orders. From the Office of the Governor:New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel today announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.All New Mexicans must immediately heed the directive to stay home except to maintain continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.Read the Executive Order here.See the full list of what businesses and services are deemed essential here.Find the below FAQs online hereBASICS Q: When should I leave my house?A: You may leave your home for these reasons: Gas stations PharmaciesFood providers: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, school meal distribution sites and restaurants (but only for delivery and take-out). Banks Laundromats/laundry services Farms, ranches and other food cultivation operationsEssential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management services Homeless shelters Health care operationsChild care facilities necessary to provide services to workers employed by essential businesses and essential non-profit entities. UtilitiesEssential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management servicesU.S. government and military installations Q: What’s open?A: Essential businesses and nonprofits, as defined in the order, will remain open. These include:
County Solicitors, Herne BaySource: Google Street ViewThe Foster Partnership had already been made subject to intervention in October by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, effectively resulting in its closure. The CLC cited breaches of its code of conduct and protection of clients’ interests as reasons for the action. Local media reports suggested the intervention could result in as many as 100 job losses.Wigan firm Stephensons Solicitors has been appointed to handle matters relating to both County Solicitors and The Foster Partnership.The original Fosters had been incorporated to take over another solicitor’s practice in 2011 and had grown to a turnover of almost £4m in 2015/16. But profits were hit following an attack by online fraudsters in August 2015, resulting in the theft of £1.1m from the client account. Although the company’s professional indemnity insurers covered these losses, the premium rose sharply the following year.The Kent firm had no connection with similarly named practices in Hertfordshire and Norfolk. The Solicitors Regulation Authority stepped in on Christmas Eve to shut down a Kent-based firm, it revealed today. The regulator said its decision-making panel was satisfied that grounds existed to exercise its intervention powers over County Solicitors Ltd in order ‘to protect the interests of the firm’s clients’.The order applies to County Solicitors’ head office in Herne Bay as well as branch offices in Broadstairs, Margate and Rainham.The firm itself ceased trading in March last year. On the basis there were no facilities to store client files and deeds, a request was made by the directors for the SRA to intervene in the remainder of the practice. This request went before an adjudication committee on 23 December and an order made. No client funds were held at the time of the intervention.County Solicitors had been incorporated in 2016 around the same time as the administration of conveyancing firm Foster Mackay (trading as Fosters Law). Under the terms of the pre-pack sale, another firm, The Foster Partnership, paid around £120,000 while County Solicitors acquired its share of the collapsed business for £80,000 and was led by six directors previously involved with Fosters. The terms of the acquisition meant that creditors collectively lost almost £1m in unpaid debts.
Starting venue: Where better to start your Break the Cycle journey than Bristol’s magnificent 27,000 all-seater stadium – Ashton Gate.Each of the three routes available to cyclists start and finish at the home of Bristol City and Bristol Bears, with a whole host of pre and post-race refreshments – but we’ll get on to that later. Last year’s event raised nearly £40,000 for the sporting charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Bears Community Foundation and Bristol Flyers Community – with more than 250 cyclists taking part in another glorious event on June 30th 2019.So what is it that makes Break the Cycle such a spectacularly enjoyable fundraiser to be a part of? Let us explain… The cause: Every penny raised during Break The Cycle goes towards the funding, planning and delivery of each charity’s life-changing work across the region. From programmes focused on special educational needs and disability, to walking sports and dementia awareness – each of the charities works towards improving the lives of people young and old, using sport as the focus.All of the money you raise can and will make a huge difference. To enter Break The Cycle 2019, click here. Post-race refreshments: After a gruelling slog over your chosen distance, what better way to refuel, recover and relax than with a cold Amstel beer and a plate of delicious Peri-Peri Nando’s chicken? Our event sponsors will be on hand to ensure nobody leaves with an empty stomach – it’s the least we can do. Choice: Everybody loves choice and at Break The Cycle 2019, there isn’t much we won’t let you choose. As previously mentioned, cyclists will be able to choose between a 35, 65 or 100-mile route, allowing cyclists of all ages and experience to get involved in the fundraising effort.A further choice allows entrants to select which charity they would like to raise money for ensuring their fundraising effort goes to a preferred destination. Routes: Choose between a 35 (bronze), 65 (silver) or 100-mile (gold) route, depending on how adventurous you are feeling and how experienced you are in the saddle.But whichever route you choose, be sure to soak up the glorious countryside and stunning scenery along the way. It’s sure to make your heavy, aching legs feel a whole lot better.
Takraw teams from Chonburi and two other regional cities will compete in national championships from April 1-3. The under-16 girls team from Chonburi bested Bangkok in the Vigo Takraw 2011 tournament by two sets on Feb. 24 at Pattaya School No. 7. Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon also handed out prizes to the under-16 boys team from Supanburi and the public team from Pathum ThaniWinners received trophies after the final matches and will compete with champions from other regions in Bangkok. Teams compete in the Vigo Takraw 2011 tournament at Pattaya School No. 7 on Feb. 24.
There were some great performances by Galway athletes at the National Indoor Junior and U23 Championships held in AIT Arena Sunday last. South Connacht Schools Cross-Country Championships, South Park, Claddagh (Full result)Girls – Senior: 1 Aoife King (Pres Headford), 2 Aine O’Farrell (Pres Athenry), 3 Aoife Sheehy (Dunmore CS) . Teams – 1 Pres Athenry A, 2 Pres Athenry B, 3 Bower Athlone.Inter: 1 Maeve Dervan (Mercy Roscommon), 2 Sarah Gilhooley (Pres Athenry), 3 Laura Johnson (St Joseph’s Summerhill). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 Col Bhaile Chlair A, 3 Col Mhuire Ballygar.Junior: 1 Bea Drummond (Athlone CC) 2 Rebecca Lowe (Bower, Athlone ), 3 Kaci Moran (Pres Athenry). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 Bower Athlone, 3 Athlone CC.Minor: 1 Shauna Brennan (Col Bhaile Chlair A), 2 Laura Kenny (St Killian’s New Inn), 3 Aoibheann Keane (HRC Mountbellew). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 Mercy Roscommon, 3 St Brigid’s College.Boys – Senior: 1 Eanna O Cualain (Col na Coiribe), 2 Joe Tannian (Col Iognaid), 3 Gary Martin (Galway CC). Teams – 1 Col an Coiribe, 2 Galway CC, 3 St Mary’s Galway.Inter – 1 Thomas McStay (Col Bhaile Chlair A), 2 Aaron Brennan (Col Bhaile Chlair A), 3 Jack Maher (Clifton CS). Teams – 1 Seamount, 2 Col Bhaile Chlair A, 3 Gort CS.Junior: 1 Cillian Jordan (Col Einde), 2 Ruaidhri Collins (Pres Athenry), 3 Eoghan Jennings (Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin). Teams – 1 St Brigid’s College, 2 Pres Athenry, 3 Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin.Minor: 1 Uyi Uyiosa Agbonayinma (Col Einde) , 2 Liam Leen (Pres Athenry), 3 Darragh McNelis (Pres Athenry). Teams – 1 Pres Athenry, 2 St Joseph’s Galway, 3 Athlone CC.(MAIN PICTURE: Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers, Co Galway, right, and Joseph Finnegan Murphy of Dublin Striders AC, Co Dublin competing in the Junior Men 60m final during the Irish Life Health National Junior & U23 Indoor Championships at AIT International Arena in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and District AC continued her winning ways with a superb victory in the U 23 Women’s 3k walk, in a time of 14.37. Alanna Lally, formerly of GCH and now running with UCD, stormed to victory in the U23 Women’s 800m, winning in 2.10 with a huge margin to spare. Solange Carla of GCH won the U23 Triple jump with a best of 11.13 metres.Jack Dempsey of GCH secured a silver medal at the Junior Men’s 60m sprint,after a dramatic photo finish with the winner Joe Gibson of Bandon AC. Dempsey clocked a hugely impressive time of 6.97, dipping under the 7 second barrier for the first time and was only pipped by 4 thousands of a second for victory.Sinead Treacy of Craughwell AC took double bronze – securing medals in the U23 Long jump with 4.75 metres and also in the 200m, clocking 26.23.In the field,Brendan Lynch of Loughrea AC took silver in the Junior Men’s Triple Jump with a jump of 13.53 m., while Jerry Keary of Craughwell leaped 1.90m to claim the Junior Men’s High Jump bronzeNicole King of Galway City Harriers was very unlucky, as she led from gun to tape in the Junior Women’s 400m to be first across the line in 56.23, but was disqualified post race due to a lane infringement.National Indoor Track and Field League It was a successful second qualifying round at the National Indoor League day two in Athlone IT last Saturday for GCH men’s and ladies’ teams and Craughwell AC ladies, who all made the National Indoor League final,to be held next weekend in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown m Dublin.GCH men’s squad finished second after the two qualifying rounds, with good performances by Eamon Hornibrook, with a 4.33 1500m, Igor Muntean,with 1.70m in the High Jump, Henrique Nvokolata with a solid 12.10 leap in the Triple Jump, Jonah Erugo in the 200m, and Simon Callaghan who scored valuable points over 400m.The GCH ladies squad produced some excellent displays, including Kathryn Casserly with a second-place finish and 4.47 clocking in the 1500m, Solange Carla with a second also in the Triple Jump, Aoife Sheehy who doubled up at High Jump and 400m, and Laura Nally in the 200m.GCH team manager Brendan Glynn will be quietly confident for both his squads going into next weekend s final.Craughwell ladies team, who were second in the final last year, once again made it through the qualifying rounds, and were anchored by captain Sarah Finnegan, who along with sister Rachel, Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney ensured their squad made the final safelyNiamh Hennelly of GCH put in a strong season opening performance in the 1500m guest event, held alongside the League races, clocking4. 59..Coldwood 4 milesOver 200 runners took to the roads at the annual 4 milers in Coldwood, Sunday last.Matt Bidwell of Galway City Harriers took the honours once again asserting his dominance on the local road racing circuit, clocking a solid 21.09 for a clear victory. Philip Niland was second in 22.01, and Fergal Walsh of Athenry close behind in third in 22.05. Rio Olympian Breege Connolly won the ladies section in a fast 22.54, ahead of another Olympian Rosemary Ryan who clocked 23.39. Third home was Caroline Whiriskey of Loughrea ACSouth Connacht Schools Cross-Country ChampionshipsA huge turnout of over a thousand athletes competed in the South Connacht Championships in a windy South Park, in the Claddagh last Thursday, where Eanna O Cualain of Colaiste na Coiribe and Aoife King of Pres Headford, both GCH athletes, were the senior winners. Presentation Athenry won an amazing five team titles – all four of the girls and one of the boys, as well as a second team placing.In the Intermediate races, Thomas McStay held off the challenge from Aaron Brennan to take the Boys title in an exciting tussle, while Maeve Dervan (Mercy Roscommon, just pipped Sarah Gilhooley for victory in the Inter Girls.In the Junior Boys race Cillian Jordan of St Enda’s ran a fine race from the front to take victory, as Bea Drummond of Athlone took the girls honours. Shauna Brennan of Claregalway won the Minor Girls, as Uyi Uyiosa of St Enda’s won the Boys. National Junior and U23 Indoor Championships
CHELSEA target Maurizio Sarri is nearing a summer exit, according to reports in Italy.The Napoli boss was publicly criticised by club chairman Aurelo Di Laurentiis for failing to rotate the squad enough as their title bid faltered.3 Maurizio Sarri could be prepared to step down as Napoli boss this summerCredit: Getty Images3 Maurizio Sarri is said to be fuming with comments made by chairman Aurelio Di LaurentiisCredit: Getty ImagesGazzetta dello Sport report Sarri is furious at the comments and could be prepared to step down.He has a £7million buy-out clause and Chelsea are among the frontrunners for him as they look to replace Antonio Conte this summer.However, the article claims Borussia Dortmund and Monaco have all made contact with Sarri’s entourage.Chelsea remain favourites to land Sarri — and they could even swap managers directly with the Neapolitans, who would be keen to appoint Conte as his replacement.most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bash3 Mauricio Pochettino made cryptic comment about his future after FA Cup semi-finalCredit: REUTERSNapoli boss Maurizio Sarri gives Juventus fans the middle finger ahead of clash Despite an incredible campaign which saw them embark on a nine-match winning run and seal a dramatic last-gasp victory away at Juventus, Napoli look set to miss out on a first Scudetto in 28 years.SARRI SO RIGHT Maurizio Sarri is perfect for Chelsea: Napoli boss is low maintenance, hates transfers — and doesn’t mind a moanDefeat at home to Torino today would see the Bianconeri crowned champions for a seventh season in a row.Napoli were Sarri’s first top flight side, having only managed teams in the lower league in the early part of his career.
DELE ALLI appears to have gone a bit blonde ahead of the World Cup.The Tottenham star showed off his new locks at an England training session on Friday.4 Dele Alli has gone sort-of blonde ahead of the World CupCredit: ReutersAlli’s typically black hair was seen flecked with what appeared to be dabs of blonde highlights.And he is the latest player to opt for the colour ahead of a major tournament.Paul Gascoigne famously went beach-blonde for his country at Euro 1996.While just two years later, the entire Romanian team dyed their hair in a bid to bring good luck.4 Paul Gascoigne dyed his hair blonde ahead of Euro 1996Credit: EmpicsAaron Ramsey turned heads in 2016 when he went for a bold look ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.It was the same summer Lionel Messi too went blonde, although there wasn’t a tournament round the corner for the Argentine at the time.Dele Alli X BoohooMAN – the stylish Tottenham star has launched a clothing collection and we want it allPLAYGROUND FOOTBALL England players mess around with Marcus RashfordIn the Premier League, Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini both joined the blonde ranks for some time.While former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini pulled off the look during his time at Sunderland.And in Spain, James Rodriguez tried to force his way into the Real Madrid side by changing his hair colour, although he did end up sealing a move to Bayern Munich a short while after.Latest England newsExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobs4 The Romanian football team went blonde for the 1998 World CupCredit: Reuters4 Aaron Ramsey dyed his hair colour ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaignCredit: PA:Press Association199 kick-ups and a selfie: Marcus Rashford dazzles fans with amazing skillsMost read in sportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in Formenteraprayer parkHundreds of Muslim worshipers celebrate Eid at Croke Park in historic ceremony
Over 438,000 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2016 by just 23 large retailers who recovered over $120 million from these thieves, according to the 29th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, the leading loss prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting firm.“In 2016, dishonest employee apprehensions increased almost 10 percent, with the dollars recovered from these dishonest employees up nearly the same amount (9.3 percent). While shoplifting apprehensions and the dollars recovered from these shoplifters decreased ever so slightly, 0.2 percent and 0.9 percent respectively”, said Mark R. Doyle, president of Jack L. Hayes International. “The seriousness of retail theft is a much greater problem than most customers realize. These theft losses are stealing profits from retailers’ bottom-line, which results in consumers having to pay higher prices for goods.”Highlights from this annual theft survey include:- Sponsor – Participants: 23 large retail companies with 16,038 stores and over $370 billion in retail sales (2016).Apprehensions: 438,082 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2016, up 1.0 percent from 2015.Recovery Dollars: Over $120 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2016, up 2.5 percent from 2015.Shoplifter Apprehensions: 384,296 shoplifters were apprehended in 2016, down up 0.2 percent from 2015.Shoplifter Recovery Dollars: Over $78 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2016, a decrease of 0.9% from 2015. An additional $163 million was recovered from nonapprehended shoplifters.Employee Apprehensions: 53,786 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2016, up 9.9 percent from 2015.Employee Recovery Dollars: Over $42 million was recovered from employee apprehensions in 2016, up 9.3 percent from 2015.One out of every 27 employees was apprehended for theft from their employer in 2016. (Based on over 1.4 million employees.)Shrink: 56.5 percent of survey participants reported an increase in shrink in 2016, with 21.7 percent reporting a decrease in shrink, and another 21.7 percent reported shrink stayed about the same.Full survey results are available at: http://hayesinternational.com/news/annual-retail-theft-survey/. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts taylor hatmaker A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web One year in, Google is flying the banner of Google+ higher by the day. But what’s next? Last week at Google I/O, the Google+ platform team met onstage for a fireside chat, fielding developer frustrations and hinting heavily at how Google’s plans for its social network might be bigger than anyone had imagined.Here are some highlights from the Google+ Platform Team fireside chat. The talk, moderated by Google engineer David Glazer, was a summit between Google+ Circles engineer Joseph Smarr, VP of Product Management for Google+ Bradley Horowitz, and a few other members of Google’s social side. With a patient, Apple-like eye for perfection, refinement and the big picture, the Google+ team discussed why it’s handling its year-old social network with kid gloves.How Google+ Will Cure What Ails Google Google is big. At Google I/O, it was more apparent than ever that many product teams operate separately in “silos,” as Horowitz calls them. Because of the company’s breadth and voracious acquisition appetite, Google sometimes steps on its own toes, like it did with Slide-built Pool Party, a now-defunct social photo-sharing app it acquired in 2010. At I/O, the Nexus Q is just another example of something puzzlingly separate from a next-door-neighbor product, in this case Google TV. With the advent of Google+, the company is now feeling those tensions at the social level, too. Horowitz: “One of the things I think we could have done better at is thinking more holistically about an endgame. I think even down to our management structure, it didn’t really support any initiatives that wanted to knit together any of these products so that they were more than the sum of the parts. I think Google+ plays a great role in providing that. We’re sort of fixing what’s broken about Google and providing something really special as a result.”Smarr: “We’re trying to unify Google; right now, there’s lots of fairly separate products that are trying to get unified.”Horowitz: “There are so many different touchpoints to connect to a person. There’s no good way to do that at Google – you have to do a tremendous amount of effort across our products. This is not a feature, this is a tragic bug – and one of the things that Google+ can do is provide that social spine… that gives you a simple, coherent place to express who you are, who you know and what you care about.”Why Developers Still Don’t Have a Google+ APIThe panel had a palpable tone of tamped-down excitement as hungry developers pressed the team for details about the Google+ API. The API is now available to high-profile app partner Flipboard but remains closed to the public. Google intends to tide developers over with access to the toolkit for its History feature, which will infuse Google+ with a Facebook Timeline-like string of highlighted events.Q: When will the full API for Google+ be available for everyone?Glazer: “We deeply wanted to be sure we were building a platform that worked for developers. And at the same time, we knew there were a couple of failure modes around doing that. The obvious failure mode is ‘don’t give you tools.’ That’s an easy one to avoid, and this question is saying ‘I want more tools’ – understood.“But there are some other failure modes we’ve seen out there, and one of them is to provide tools before we know if it’s a good idea and then to change our mind, and then to change our mind again, and then to change our mind again. The other failure mode we’ve seen is that it’s possible with a platform that has insufficient guidelines or tone or doesn’t nudge the experience in the right direction to build something that creates a tragedy of the commons, where the more [that] people build on the platform, the more it hurts the overall community. Once we know what sticks, we’re comfortable opening up more widely.”Horowitz: “We have a very high velocity team. You don’t want to be chasing after a moving target.”Fixing and Twitterizing Google+According to Horowitz, “It’s not fun being late to market, but it does afford you certain advantages.” Google harvested the complaints around privacy and came up with Circles. Now, the team is studying bookmarking systems that could help Google+ users mark bits of the social stream for later. Q: Is there going to be any way of bookmarking posts or threads?Glazer: “I use exactly the same kind of workarounds that you’re talking about. That’s a pain point that several of us on the team have felt.”Smarr: I would say it’s also just something that the Web needs in general. I use Instapaper; I try to bookmark stuff. I try to leave tabs open and then use Chrome to pull stuff across. None of it really works very well. That consumption pattern doesn’t necessarily fit; it doesn’t remind you, ‘Oh, here’s a little bit of idle time, here’s the stuff you could be reading.’We often talked about, ‘Oh, should we build a starred post, so you could go back and see a stream of starred posts.’ But it actually isn’t really Google+ specific so much as there’s way too much stuff… there’s no kind of good GTD solution for the Web. I hope people can help build that.”When it comes to the problem of juggling multiple Google accounts, “It’s not you, it’s us.” On a personal level, the team onstage admitted to wrestling with the same tangle of profile issues that many of its users have grown frustrated with. Search is useful, but still has its blindspots. Surprisingly, Horowitz seemed to entertain the idea of Twitter-like Google+ handles that go beyond the 21-digit numeric codes that identify users now – ones that’d be a lot easier to swap at a party. But don’t expect that (or any of the other social improvements on deck) too soon. The Google+ team continues to think big picture, while rolling in fixes and updates once they’re up to snuff. “We feel the magic in our system,” said Horowitz. “Part of our tentative nature around this is ensuring that we get it right, and making sure that this experience isn’t compromised. We all feel like we’re sort of walking down the aisle with this golden egg… and we don’t want to screw it up.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market