APTN National NewsThe University of Zurich in Switzerland has begun a global study of how children learn their native tongue.Linguistic researchers are travelling all over the world to examine 10 different languages and how they are taught and learned in the home and school.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf met up with the team in northern Saskatchewan.
WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department slapped duties of nearly 220 per cent on Canada’s Bombardier C Series aircraft Tuesday in a victory for Boeing that is likely to raise tensions between the United States and its allies Canada and Britain.Commerce ruled that Montreal-based Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell jets at artificially low prices in the U.S.“The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.Canada responded by saying it “strongly disagrees” with the U.S. move.“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market,” said Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs.Bombardier, meanwhile, called the decision “absurd …. U.S. trade laws were never intended to be used in this manner, and Boeing is seeking to use a skewed process to stifle competition.”In April, Boeing charged that Bombardier had received at least $3 billion in subsidies from the governments of Britain, Canada and the province of Quebec. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer asked the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the alleged “predatory pricing.”Specifically, Boeing said that Bombardier last year sold Delta Air Lines 75 CS100 aircraft for less than it cost to build them.“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain,” Boeing said Tuesday.But Delta has said Boeing did not even make the 100-seat jets it needed.“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago,” Delta said in a statement Tuesday.President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to get tough on trade. He has repeatedly criticized Canada, saying it unfairly blocks U.S. dairy products and subsidizes its softwood lumber industry. Trump also has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can’t negotiate a better version with Canada and Mexico.Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier drew a backlash even before Tuesday’s decision. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatened this month to stop doing business with Boeing, which is in talks to sell Canada 18 Super Hornet jet fighters. British Prime Minister Theresa May has discussed the case with Trump. Her concern: Bombardier employs more than 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland.Connecticut Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy last week wrote a letter urging U.S. government officials to “refrain from taking action that will endanger the many jobs in Connecticut that depend upon Bombardier.” Engines for the C Series aircraft are made by Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, Connecticut.Commerce’s findings Tuesday aren’t the end of the matter. The department is expected to announce its findings in another case against Bombardier early next month. Then the International Trade Commission — an independent federal agency that rules on trade cases — will decide early next year whether to uphold Commerce’s duties.Bombardier could appeal any sanctions to a U.S. court or to a dispute-resolution panel created under NAFTA. The Canadian government could also take the case to the World Trade Organization in Geneva._____________________________________Gillies reported from TorontoFollow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAP
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – At least 200 demonstrators blocked a major commercial bridge between Mexico and Texas on Monday to protest the disappearance of dozens of people in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, snarling traffic in both directions into the night.The protest began around 9:30 a.m. at the bridge, which is used exclusively by cargo trucks travelling between Tamaulipas state and Laredo, Texas, and was still going late Monday.Thousands of trucks make the crossing each day, and long lines of tractor-trailers backed up along the highway.Demonstrators were protesting what they consider a weak response by authorities to 43 complaints filed with prosecutors over disappearances in Nuevo Laredo.“We are demanding justice,” said Estela Gonzalez, who lodged a complaint about a missing nephew-in-law. “Alive or dead or however they may be, we want to know what happened to them.”Nuevo Laredo’s acting mayor, Rafael Pedraza Dominguez, went to the bridge in the afternoon to try to persuade the protesters to leave, promising to engage in talks with them.But they ignored his pleas and vowed to maintain the roadblock.“What we want is a solution, and if (the missing) have already been harmed, well, what happened to their bodies?” Gonzalez said.Nuevo Laredo is a key smuggling corridor for rival drug gangs, and the city has been experiencing a wave of violence.In March, four members of a family were killed in the crossfire between Mexican marines and gang members. The following month federal prosecutors issued a report faulting officers for the deaths.
By Mohamed AmmarCAIRO– Egyptian security forces have rounded up massive numbers of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters since Morsi’s ouster on July 3A total of 107 people were arrested across Egypt on Wednesday, including 27 university students. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that 80 people in three provinces had been detained on assault and incitement-to-violence charges.According to the statement, 19 people were arrested in the southern province of Minya, 59 in the central Fayoum province and two in Giza.On Wednesday, 21 students were arrested during clashes with security forces near Al-Azhar University’s Cairo campus, bringing the total number of detained Al-Azhar students to 49, a security source said.Six students were also detained during clashes at Cairo University, bringing the total number of detained students from that university to 24, the source said.According to the source, 11 policemen sustained birdshot injuries during the violence.Egyptian security forces have rounded up massive numbers of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military.Most have been charged with “inciting violence” – allegations the Islamist group says are politically-motivated.
LeBron James’ amazing year – league MVP, NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold medal – added another memorable accolade: comic book character.Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up for “LeBron: King of the Rings,” a limited-edition comic book that will be published in the Oct. 19 NBA Preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. A preview of the comic is currently available online at ESPN.com.The comic imagines what would happen if James actually did make good on his promise to bring Miami not one, “not two, not three. . . not seven” championships.”The story begins after Team USA wins Olympic gold, and it follows James’ journey through self-improvement, as he works on late-game free throws with Golden State Warriors legend and foul-shooting phenom Rick Barry picks up helpful pick-and-roll tips from Tibetan monks. Seriously.Along the way, he defeats a zombie Shane Battier and overcomes recurring quad injuries by building himself bionic legs. The comic follows him through the 2029-30 season, when, after finally winning his seventh title – as a Cleveland Cavalier, believe it or not — King James finally announces his retirement.Fans will have to wait to find out if LeBron wins that elusive eighth title, as the ending will be decided by a SportsNational poll on ESPN.com.The comic was announced at Saturday’s New York Comic Con by ESPN The Magazine editors Ty Wenger and Otto Strong.“We tried to play off the known story lines of LeBron James and his career,” Wenger said in an interview with Marvel.com. He also pointed to his “personal theory about why basketball and super heroes go together very well” as part of his inspiration for the story.There has been debate about whether James could eclipse Michael Jordan as the best player of all time. Chances are, Kobe Bryant will end up as the closet to touch Jordan’s legacy. But neither Bryant nor Jordan can claim to be a comic book hero.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws the ball during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller has made the decision to return for his senior season and not enter the 2014 NFL Draft.An OSU spokesman confirmed Thursday that Miller will return to OSU.Miller is the two-time defending Big Ten offensive player of the year and is coming off a season in which he finished in the top 10 in the conference in both rushing and passing yards per game.“I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in a press release Thursday night. “Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to working for another year with coach (Urban) Meyer and (offensive coordinator quarterbacks coach Tom) Herman.“And I want to graduate, so this will help get me close to my academic goal.”The quarterback is also coming off back-to-back losses, including a 40-35 defeat at the hands of Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3. Despite the losses, he has compiled a 28-8 record as the starting quarterback at OSU.Meyer said he is looking forward to working with the quarterback for another season.“We look forward to having Braxton Miller return to this team for his senior season,” Meyer said in the release. “He has been an extremely valuable member of our team and he is also a fine student. His desire to lead our team to a championship, to earn his degree from The Ohio State University net spring and to continue to improve as a quarterback are his motivation.”With Miller’s decision, the Buckeye offense will return five starters from a offense that finished the year third in the country in scoring offense with an average 45.5 points per game and seventh in total offense with 511.9 average yards per game.After the Orange Bowl loss, Miller said he was going to talk to coach Urban Meyer about whether or not he should turn pro.“I’ve got to think hard about it. I will talk to coach Meyer and see what he thinks,” Miller said. “He’s been through the process many times, so that’s the guy to go to. He never steers you wrong and ever since I got here, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things.”The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 season with an Aug. 30 trip to Baltimore against Navy.
Swansea have already found their new manager after the relegation from Premier League earlier in May. Carlos Carvalhals successor will be a two time winner of “Manager of the Year”According to Wales Online, It will be Graham Potter from the successful Swedish club Östersunds, who will become the new manager. According to the news site, Potter will fly to Wales shortly after the Allsvenskan-game against BK Häcken later tonight.But the Östersunds CEO Daniel Kindberg refuses the fact that Potter is leaving.“It’s clear that we have a shortlist if Graham leaves. It would be irresponsible not to know who we want – if it happens. But, no, we have not heard from Swansea. No, nothing.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“How I look at the reporting about Swansea? I understand you want headlines. Graham Potter’s name is exciting.”“But if it is written about Swansea then there are a lot of other clubs that we really know are interested but one of these is not Swansea. There is simply no information we have in Östersund about Swansea,” Kindberg told Fotboll Direkt.Graham Potter have made miracles in his time as Östersunds manager. He started in the club, when it was stuck in the fourth tier. Last year they won the swedish cup and went to the Europa League, where they got all the way to the first knockout stage. They even beat Arsenal at the Emirates.Graham Potter have also won the swedish “Manager of the Year”-award twice in 2016 and 2017.
Sevilla have completed the loan signing of Napoli midfielder Marko Rog until the end of this season.The 23-year-old midfielder joined Napoli for a reported fee of €13m in 2016 from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal and has since managed 67 appearances in all competitions.Under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, Rog has only started four of his 11 games this season at Napoli.This had prompted talk of a move to Spain with Sevilla, despite reported interest from German side Schalke 04.Speaking in a press conference last week, Ancelotti confirmed that Rog will likely leave Napoli in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla president Jose Castro announcing on Monday that a deal was close to being completed.“We’ve made two quality signings [in Munir El Haddadi and Max Wober] and there’s another [Rog] who has just landed in Seville. We hope to close a deal for him tomorrow,” Castro told Diario de Sevilla.“It’s good proof of this club’s ambition to build a more competitive team and fight for all the objectives we have in front of us.”Now Sevilla have confirmed the news of Rog’s arrival but made no mention of an option to buy him at the end of his five-month loan deal.“Sevilla FC and SSC Napoli have reached an agreement in principle for the loan of Marko Rog until the 30th of June 2019,” read a statement on the club website.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The transfer brought up quite the little scandal in Spain after Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli vowed to take Spanish news outlets to court after being falsely quoted as saying that Rog will leave them for Sevilla earlier this month.However, the Croatian has now begun training at Sevilla and will be hoping to put his troubles from Italy behind him at Andalusia.It’s uncertain yet whether Sevilla manager Pablo Machin will select him in the squad that will face Barcelona in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.Los Rojiblancos hold a 2-0 aggregate lead over the cup holders and will need to avoid losing the return leg by more than two goals to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.📸 Rog arrived in time to take part in his first training session with #SevillaFC. 🇭🇷⚽️Here’s how the session went ➡️ https://t.co/5zbh7L0O6w#vamosmisevilla#WeNeverSurrender 💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/6vsrBgGWnV— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 29, 2019
A meeting for Skyview Middle School and River City Academy students and families will be facilitated by the school principals on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm, at Skyview Middle School. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with KPBSD: “To retain essential elective offerings for 9th-12th grade students in Soldotna, and ease the teaching position reductions caused by a potential rise in the Pupil-Teacher-Ratio (PTR), this move will create an economy of scale that will lessen the amount of staff reductions and allow for more core and elective offerings for Soldotna 9th – 12th grade students. The consolidation and school move will result in a savings to the district of approximately $630,000.” Erkeneff: “The district office will work with Mr. Graham to determine other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. A plan will be developed to address equipment and supplies from both buildings, and communications with staff, students, parents, and the community.” Tony Graham will continue to be principal of the consolidated Soldotna High School. The District Office will work with Graham on determining other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board voted at Monday nights meeting to move forward with the consolidation of Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School. In addition, the board voted to relocate River City Academy to Skyview Middle School. District administration will work with both schools in a similar manner to Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep to facilitate River City Academy’s move to Skyview. This savings would come from reduced building operations and personnel costs to operate the current building housing two schools.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan GogoiIANSChief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was accused of sexual harassment by a former court staff member on Friday, April 19, in an affidavit.The 35-year-old woman submitted the affidavit to the respective residences of 22 judges of the Supreme Court, in which she alleged that the current Chief Justice was inappropriate with her, and had her removed from her post when she did not reciprocate. The incidents occurred in October 2018.The woman mentioned separate incidents where she allegedly encountered the CJI when she was working at his residential office. In an exclusive carried by The Quint, a senior lawyer said, “Her entire family has been harassed, victimised and intimidated. Thereafter false criminal cases have been lodged against her. So there is relentless intimidation and victimisation that is going on not just to silence her but to also punish her. She has narrated everything supported by documents.”Replying to the allegations levelled against him, the CJI said in a statement that he would not stoop so low to even deny the charges and that less than 10 hours were given to him to make a statement. In his statement, Gogoi replied, “I don’t think that this can be of a plot of a junior assistant. There is a bigger plot. They want to deactivate the office of the CJI. Independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat. If the judges have to work under these conditions, good people will never come to this office.” According to Bar and Bench, he asserted, “I will sit on this Bench and discharge my duties without fear and favour till my tenure is over.”The Chief Justice then defended himself to the “citizens of the country and stating that this pillar of democracy is “under serious threat” but he will continue working. He also added, “They cannot catch me on money, so they have brought up this. This is the reward a CJI gets after 20 years and a bank balance of Rs 680000. Independence of judiciary under very very serious threat. I had to tell this from the judicial seat.”Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of India, said that the matter should be “taken very very seriously”. The Supreme Court held an emergency hearing on the morning of April 20, Saturday after the sexual assault charges were levelled against Gogoi. A notice was issued by the top court reading, “Take notice that a special bench consisting of the Hon’ble chief justice of India, Hon’ble Mr Justice Arun Mishra and Hon’ble Mr Justice Sanjiv Khanna is being constituted to have a special sitting at 10:30 AM today i.e. the 20th April 2019 in the Chief Justice’s court to deal with a matter of great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary, on a mention being made by Shri Tushar Mehta, Ld. Solicitor General.”
Chinese president Xi Jinping said Saturday $64 billion in deals were signed at a summit on his Belt and Road Initiative and more nations would join the global infrastructure programme as he sought to ease concerns over the colossal project.Xi and 37 world leaders wrapped up a three-day forum in Beijing with pledges to ensure that projects on the new Silk Road are green and financially sustainable following concerns about debt and environmental damage.”We are committed to supporting open, clean and green development and rejecting protectionism,” Xi told journalists at the end of the forum, without taking questions.His signature foreign policy aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects — with hundreds of billions of dollars in financing from Chinese banks.But critics say the six-year-old project is a plan to boost Beijing’s global influence, riddled with opaque deals favouring Chinese companies and saddling nations with debt and environmental damage.The US, India and some European nations have looked at the project with suspicion. Washington did not send any representatives to the meeting.”This year’s forum sends a clear message: more and more friends and partners will join in the Belt and Road co-operation,” Xi said.A document released after the meeting showed that Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Jamaica, Peru, Italy, Barbados, Cyprus and Yemen were the latest countries to join the club.Xi said enterprises will be the main driver in all Belt and Road projects and market principles will apply, with governments providing a supporting role.”This will make the projects more sustainable and create a fair and non-discriminatory environment for foreign investors,” Xi said.Xi said that business leaders meeting at a side event signed some $64 billion worth of deals during the forum, without providing details.At the picturesque Yanqi Lake outside Beijing, leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered to issue a joint communique.The gathering included Russian president Vladimir Putin, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, whose nation became the first G7 member to join Belt and Road, and Pakistan’s Imran Khan.- Project ‘sustainability -The massive projects, financed mainly through Chinese bank loans and investments, have raised concerns that poorer countries are being saddled with debt — Sri Lanka turned over a deep-sea port to China for 99 years after it was unable to repay loans.A communique released at the end of the meeting said leaders encouraged multilateral development banks and other international financial institutions to support projects “in fiscally sustainable ways” and mobilise private capital in line with local needs.”We emphasise the importance of economic, social, fiscal, financial and environmental sustainability of projects,” it said.The draft communique says BRI will welcome developed countries and international investors to participate in the projects.”Faced with this rising resistance for the past year and a half and this debt image … China is trying to reposition (BRI) and send a reassuring message,” said Nadege Rolland, a senior fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research, a US-based think tank.But “let’s see how it is put into practice”, she said.China’s finance ministry released guidelines Thursday for assessing financial risk and debt sustainability to apply to projects in BRI countries.But the document notes that countries already facing payment problems or in the process of restructuring payments “does not automatically mean that debt is unsustainable in a forward-looking sense”.- ‘Civilised and soft’ -Beijing also published a list Saturday of 283 “deliverables” that bore the Belt and Road brand name, including agreements between museums and art festivals, and even cooperation on space — a clear sign that BRI is a major soft power tool for China as well.Russian President Vladimir Putin praised China for acting in a “civilised and soft manner” and he took a veiled swipe at the United States.”Nobody wants sanctions, nobody wants trade wars, except those who start them. These sanctions harm the world economy,” Putin said, adding that China “currently defends liberal values”.BRI projects have faced pushback in some countries. In Malaysia, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad cancelled some planned works and renegotiated a rail project, cutting 30 per cent off the price tag.But Mahathir and other leaders attending the summit had fulsome praise for BRI.
Listen Share 00:00 /10:37 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonians who love observing the night sky can expect an exciting event later this month: Mars will be brighter than it’s been in 15 years. That’s because the Red Planet’s orbit will bring it to its closest point to Earth — a distance of 35.8 million miles.Mars will appear brightest July 27-July 30, with the planet’s closest approach occurring on July 31. It will reach its highest point around midnight — about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. Mars will be visible for much of the night.If you miss your chance to see it, the next Mars Close Approach is Oct. 6, 2020.In the audio above, James Wooten, the planetarium astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, joins Houston Matters to explain what to look for, and he answers listener questions about stargazing in general in Greater Houston. NASA/JPL-CaltechMars will be at its brightest in the night sky July 27-30.
Members of the marching band New Edition perform at the annual Labor Day celebration at Baltimore’s Cloverdale.Baltimore’s Cloverdale neighborhood held its annual Labor Day Basketball Challenge with basketball, music and a strong sense of community.The event started off years ago as a simple basketball game between old and young members of the community challenging each other to a game in 1957. That has transformed into what took place on Sept. 7; a celebration for all people to participate in.“The event became an annual affair and it’s evolved to what we have here now,” said Earl Garner, president of Cloverdale Athletic Club and Basketball.Garner helped lead the “Ring of Brotherly Love” during the morning as members of the community held hands and said a prayer.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (District 14) were some of the participants to show support of the community coming together and moving forward, Garner said.“There’s so much focus around separation when it comes to African Americans in this town,” he said. “There’s a lot of separation but we can still show people that we are still a community and we can still come together.”Community support like that displayed by Michael Mann, a participant for all 46 years, who continues to come back because he hopes he can help guide the youth.“I haven’t played basketball in the last 20 years but I went out to play with them because I saw a lot of new faces,” said Mann.Each year he returns to the Labor Day Basketball Challenge because he believes the event helps foster the young people and that they can listen to their elders, Mann said.“Baltimore is a basketball city so you have a lot of kids who are into the game. It draws a lot of people,” Mann said.The event also included free food and music from the marching band, New Edition, a band with over 75 members of many ages.One of the members of the band, D’Shira Plummer, also spoke about the importance of hosting community events in the neighborhood because of the impact they had on young people.“I think it’s important because it keeps our kids off the streets,” said Plummer. “It’s something positive. Less kids off the corner and more of them being productive.”The Labor Day Basketball Challenge brought in over 200 residents, Garner said, including people from outside Baltimore.Tommy Lyons, a Morgan State University student, visited the park along with his son and grandson in order to enjoy a game of basketball.“Folks are coming together and we need that—especially after the riots. Anything that can bring this community together and make it feel organic is what we need in Baltimore,” said Lyons.
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville women’s golf team sits in 11th place after the first 36 holes at the Tar Heel Classic. The tournament is being played at the Teeth of the Dog Course at the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic. PDF Results Louisville turned in rounds of 9-over par 297 and 12-over 300 on Friday and is 21-over with a two-round total of 597. Wake Forest (567) holds a four-shot lead through 36 holes over Virginia (571). Tournament host North Carolina (576) is in third with Ohio State (580) and Ole Miss (582) rounding out the top five. Olivia Cason parred 27 of her 36 holes through the first two rounds and is tied for 41st at 7-over heading into the final round. Lauren Thibodeau is 13-over after 36 holes and tied for 65th. Lauren Hartlage was the low Cardinal on the course on Friday. The junior birdied her first hole of the day as part of a round of 2-over 74 and backed it up by shooting 73 in the second round. Hartlage is tied for 25th overall at 3-over. Mairead Martin posted the lowest opening round for the Cardinals with a pair of birdies in a 1-over round of 73. She followed it up with 76 in round two and is tied for 34th heading into Saturday. Linda Trockel is one shot behind Martin after rounds of 76 and 74 on Friday. Trockel carded five birdies on the day and is in a tie for 37th. The tournament wraps up with the final 18 holes on Saturday. Louisville gets rolling with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Print Friendly Version
6 min read August 19, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Have you ever met someone at an industry happy hour, hit it off, talked about things work and non-work, and then had a mini freakout when it came time to exchange contact information? Should you give this individual your work email address? Your business card? Your personal cell number? Your Twitter handle? Should you find each other on Facebook? What if you give your cell number and she gives you her email? Awkward.That’s the problem a new app called Knock Knock wants to solve. The app, which launches today for free on both Apple and Android devices, allows a user to instantly connect with a nearby user by knocking on his own phone twice. Within the app, users choose what information, from Facebook to Instagram to phone number to email addresses to Snapchat names, they want to share and with whom.If a group of people who all have the app want to be connected, one person needs to open the app and everyone else needs to knock twice on their phone to connect with everyone else in the group. You can share different information with different members of the group. For example, you can choose to give the guy to your left your personal cell number, but the lady to your right, you only want to have your professional Twitter handle.Users can chat within the app either as a group or individually.Another function of the app is location sharing. By logging into the app, you can see who else is near you and simultaneously broadcast your location to other users.Click to EnlargeRelated: How to Network When You’re an IntrovertKnock Knock is the work of the Humin co-founders, Ankur Jain and David Wyler, and it builds upon the infrastructure of the Humin augmented reality network, which organizes all of your contacts based on when you met them, where, with whom, with relevant images and social media handles. In addition to giving users an awkwardness-free, business-card-free, data-entry-free way to exchange contact information, Knock Knock also lets users know who from their contacts is nearby.Knock Knock and Humin are both built upon the premise that technology is only going to get more and more omnipresent in our lives and that it also, eventually, Internet connectivity will be embedded in every corner of the globe and within every possible device.“The question is how do you provide value-added services to people in a world where you are not locked behind a screen like this but where it is augmented everywhere. And the only way to provide that is not to have all the information everywhere you go, because that would be overwhelming, but it is knowing what information is relevant to you, the specific individual, and when,” says Jain. “The only way you can do that, I believe, is understanding the context of how you relate to the things around you.”Jain and Wyler, who met in college and built the elite, global entrepreneur network Kairos Society for people 25 and younger, were both featured on the most recent Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Ankur’s father is a successful Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur. Established relationships and a successful track record helped Jain and Wyler raise an undisclosed amount of money in a friends and family round large enough to keep 32 employees humming along for two years in a downtown San Francisco office working on app before it launched. The blockbuster list of early investors include Richard Branson, will.i.am, and Sophia Bush.Knock Knock co-founder Ankur JainImage credit: Knock KnockRelated: ‘Owning’ a Room, Even When You Don’t Feel That You CanThe app is currently free, but down the line there will be a premium version of the app with additional services available for a fee. Also, the data that Knock Knock will collect about each user is valuable; while the team wouldn’t expound further on the specifics of a revenue model, you can slice and dice that kind of information in a lot of profitable ways.Before today’s public launch, Knock Knock had a couple thousand beta users with nearly 60,000 users on the waitlist. The Knock Knock team will roll out the app to college campuses first, a-la Facebook. First up will be Harvard, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Berkeley, and USC.Deja vu? The tapping concept associated with Knock Knock may ring a bell. That bell may well be Bump, an app that allowed people to swap contact information and share files by tapping their phones against one another. Google acquired Bump in September of 2013 and then promptly shut it down a few short months later, with Bump CEO David Lieb saying the team was “deeply focused on our new projects within Google.”Jain and Wyler aren’t phased by the Bump shutdown. They say that where Bump was basically a digital replacement for a business card, Knock Knock is about facilitating smart social networking. “We are trying to build an augmented memory, who you are with, where you met them, when you met them, without even taking your phone out of your pocket. The contact sharing element is a function of what lets you stay in touch, it is not the primary purpose,” says Jain. Where Bump was used exclusively for sharing files and contact information, Knock Knock wants you to use the app to remind you why and how you know people and when they are nearby.Whether or not it will be successful depends, though, on whether the gesture “knocking” technology actually works consistently and smoothly. Nobody wants to be repeatedly hitting their phone at a party as they are trying to get the app to connect — that actually undermines the whole “take out the awkwardness” sell.The success of the app will also depend on whether the team can get a critical mass of users. Even the most gorgeously designed and seamlessly functioning social network is pretty much useless if there are only a small group of friends in San Francisco using it.Related: How to Host an Incredible Networking Dinner Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.