Open Skies Agreements Aiding Aviation Sector

first_imgRelatedOpen Skies Agreements Aiding Aviation Sector RelatedOpen Skies Agreements Aiding Aviation Sector Open Skies Agreements Aiding Aviation Sector TransportApril 19, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has indicated marked growth in the local aviation industry and, by extension, tourism, as a result of Government’s decision to shift to an Open Skies policy. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank session, Director General of the JCAA, Colonel Oscar Derby, said the policy shift has already reaped benefits, with a growing number of stop over arrivals from Canada and the USA, countries with which Jamaica has agreements. The effect of this, Col. Derby highlighted, was that local airports are doing better business, in terms of passenger flow, and the domestic aviation sector, which picks up passengers and takes them to other aerodromes and resorts, have also been doing quite well. He said  the opening of the Lionel Densham Aerodrome in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, has seen a lot of activity from the North Coast to the resorts in that area, with Jakes, a primary attraction in the vicinity experiencing a significant rise in business. Col. Derby noted, too,  that the Ian Flemming International Airport, St. Mary, should soon benefit from marketing activities by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), working with the Ministry of Tourism. “We will see the traffic to that airport picking up, and it is not just the airport that the arrivals are expected to come to, but they will come to the resorts in that area. What is needed, therefore, is collaboration between the airport operator and the resorts, in order to create packages for the persons using that airport,” he suggested. He noted that negotiations have been concluded with China, regarding air service arrangements between Jamaica and that country, as well as other areas in the Far East. He noted that, currently, the negotiation team is compiling its report to submit to the Government to cement the agreement. Meanwhile, Colonel Derby said  the JCAA is planning a number of activities in observance of 100 years of powered flights to Jamaica. “To mark the Centenary of Powered Flights, we intend to hold a poster contest for children in three age group categories. The operators of Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports have been very receptive to the idea of displaying selected posters in the concourses of both airports,” he stated. Concurrently, an essay contest on the ‘Significance of Air Transport to Jamaica’s Economy’ will be held for youth in the older age categories. Prizes will include a trip to the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Two major activities that will be attempted are: the restoration of the old Seaplane Terminal, at Harbour Head, Kingston, into a museum, and the building of a replica of Seligman’s Moisant Bleriot flyer, to be put on permanent display in the aviation museum.  The Civil Aviation Authority is a statutory organisation within the Ministry of Transport and Works, and regulates air navigation and all matters relating to safety and security in civil aviation. RelatedOpen Skies Agreements Aiding Aviation Sector By KADIAN BROWN, JIS PR Officer Advertisementslast_img read more

Local breweries beg to participate in outdoor dining

first_imgSanta Monica Brew Works and Surfridge Brewery want to participate in outdoor dining and both companies said they strongly support the Save LA Brewers Campaign, which launched earlier this week. Courtesy photos.Tags :breweriesCOVID-safeoutdoor diningshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNew Leasing Requirements for Rental UnitsLocal lawyer remembers Stormy Daniels trialYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours ago HomeFeaturedLocal breweries beg to participate in outdoor dining Aug. 29, 2020 at 6:05 amFeaturedFoodNewsLocal breweries beg to participate in outdoor diningClara Harter10 months agobreweriesCOVID-safeoutdoor diningFile photo.  When restaurants reopened in June, breweries rushed to open COVID-safe beer gardens in partnership with local food vendors, but had no idea they would be shutting down indefinitely mere weeks later. Now with LA’s craft beer industry on the brink of bust, Santa Monica Brew Works and Surfridge Brewery are fighting for the right to participate in outdoor dining.Both companies strongly support the Save LA Brewers Campaign, launched by the LA Brewers Guild on Monday. This email and social media campaign urges the County Board of Supervisors to let breweries operate outdoors with third party food vendors, as they are allowed to do in all 57 other counties. Breweries in L.A. were allowed to open on June 1, but those without their own kitchens were ordered to shut down again on June 29th when the County rolled back reopening in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases.“When they shut down the second time they classified us as bars all of a sudden. They didn’t tell us why and they didn’t give us an explanation,” said Steve Leiberman, the co-owner of Surfridge Brewery in El Segundo and owner of West 4th and Jane gastropub in Santa Monica. “They just said ‘oh breweries can’t open unless you have a health department permit attached to your address’, but breweries are zoned for manufacturing. We’ve always used food vendors food trucks, and taco guys.”Many craft breweries derive the majority of their profits from in-person visits and make the rest of their money from vendor sales and online orders. Of the 90 members of the L.A. Brewers Guild only 20 operate their own kitchen and are therefore allowed to provide outdoor service. The other 70, that typically partner with catering companies or food trucks, have had to halt all in-person service after many of them invested thousands in building outdoor dining spaces in line with COVID safety restrictions.“They don’t really understand what a brewery is. They see us more as a bar more than a restaurant. We’re not a bar. In fact, I think we’re safer than most restaurants because of our size and our layout,” said Scott Francis, the Co-Founder, President & CEO of Santa Monica Brew Works. “If you’re going to do things like this and limit activity, do it in an educated way and do it in a fair way. I felt like they did it in a way that was arbitrary and capricious.”In June, Santa Monica Brew Works briefly operated an outdoor dining space by partnering with a local pizza vendor. Extensive safety restrictions were put into place including socially distanced tables, temperature checks, no groups of over six people, mandatory masks, disposable menus and dining ware, symptom checks, and designated entry and exit points. During its 20 days of operation the Beer Garden & Tasting Room provided 70 percent of Santa Monica Brew Works’ gross revenue.”“We really did everything we could to make people feel safe and be healthy. And I will tell you that almost every one of our customers commented on that. People who wouldn’t leave their house and go elsewhere ventured to our brewery and kept coming back those three weeks,” said Francis.Prior to the pandemic 70 percent of Surfridge’s business came from in person visits. When L.A. County entered Phase 2 reopening on June 1, Surfridge invested around $10,000 in PPE and outdoor equipment to set up an outdoor dining space for locals to enjoy beer and tacos from a food truck partner.These brewers argue that the County’s restrictions are not only hurting the owners and staff, but also their food vendor partners and the many local organizations and residents that are part of the brewery community.“We’re all very family friendly, dogs are allowed, kids are allowed. It’s a place for the community and a lot of the breweries are giving back money into their communities and doing charity events,” said Lieberman.“All of our beer names and artwork represent the place where our beer is made in Santa Monica. We support local charities, we celebrate neighborhood businesses, and we partner with the Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Monica Travel and Tourism Bureau. We really provide a gathering place for the community,” said Francis.For the past week these two brewers, alongside other members of the LA Brewers Guild, have been sharing the Save LA Brewers Campaign on their social media with links to send emails to L.A. County Supervisors Hilda Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, and Janice Hahn. They fear that if a change in policy is not enacted soon, many of L.A.’s craft brewers will no longer be able to pay the overhead to operate their large brewing facilities and will have to shutter doors [email protected]last_img read more

Changes to 2020 IRONMAN World Championship slot allocation

first_imgIRONMAN has announced adjustments to the slot allocations for the 2020 Vega IRONMAN World Championship, based on qualifying events that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The IRONMAN World Championship qualifying window for the 2020 Vega IRONMAN World Championship has now been officially extended from August 23, 2020 to August 30, 2020.The 2020 Vega IRONMAN World Championship is scheduled to take place in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on Saturday, October 10, 2020.IRONMAN’s latest release on slot allocation for Kona 2020 aims to be reassuring, with an extension of the qualifying period and the recognition that, where applicable, slots for affected events will roll into 2021. The situation is expected to be fluid, as the extent of race cancellations evolves in the coming months.With the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship slot allocation change, the 2020 editions of IRONMAN Canada – Penticton (August 30), IRONMAN Kazakhstan (August 23) and IRONMAN Vichy (August 23), will now offer 60 qualification slots each to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in addition to the qualification slots they offer for the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship.IRONMAN races that have been postponed from an earlier date in the 2020 season and are rescheduled to take place on or before August 30, 2020 will remain in the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship qualifying season. Events that have been postponed to take place after August 30, 2020 will move to the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship qualifying season.Additionally, the Legacy Program has been allocated additional slots for 2020, providing ‘every eligible waitlisted Legacy athlete the ability to race in the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship.’www.ironman.com/im-world-championship Relatedlast_img

P1 Group Inc. in Lenexa celebrates 100th anniversary

first_imgP1 Group executives and Mayor Michael Boehm (third from left) celebrated the Lenexa company’s 100th anniversary Sept. 18. Photo courtesy P1 GroupP1 Group Inc., a single source facilities solutions provider in Lenexa, has just celebrated 100 years serving the Kansas City area.P1 Group celebrated its 100th anniversary last month at its headquarters, 13605 W 96th Terrace. The city of Lenexa also honored the company by proclaiming Sept. 18 as P1 Group Inc. 100-Year Anniversary Celebration Day.“Turning 100 years old is truly a milestone for P1 Group, and every associate, customer, vendor and strategic partner has played a critical role in our success to date,” said Smitty Belcher, chief executive officer. “I thank each of them from the bottom of my heart.”P1 Group is a consolidation a few companies. The consolidation took place in 2007 and brought AD Jacobson (founded in 1919 in Kansas City), Huxtable and Associates (founded in 1927 in Lawrence), U.S. Electrical (founded in 1955 in Kansas City) and Huxtable LT (founded in 1985 in Topeka) together as one entity.At the Sept. 17 city council meeting, Lenexa Mayor Michael Boehm (left) proclaimed Sept. 18, 2019, as a celebration day for the company’s 100th anniversary. With him is P1 Group CEO Smitty BelcherP1 Group doesn’t construct the exterior of buildings; rather, its focus has always been on building and maintaining a building’s interior: Plumbing, mechanical, electrical, architectural metalwork, millwright construction, fabrication, and virtual design and construction, to name a few.“I think a lot of people don’t always think of the people that have to maintain the inside of a building so that it can be usable, whether it’s education, healthcare, government, themed entertainment,” said Victoria Hoffman, marketing communications manager of P1 Group. “It just saves a lot of time and money and waste on a job site when things can all be put together and just delivered to a job site. The crux is that we have it all under one roof.”Some of P1 Group’s clients are themed entertainment businesses in Las Vegas and even Disney. Locally, P1 Group serves the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, which requires intricate attention to detail on things like air quality for musicians and other factors that go into quality maintenance.“We’ve got a lot going on,” Hoffman added.In looking forward to the next century, Belcher noted that success “has never been in the rearview mirror” for him.“It’s more important to focus on what you’re going to do in the future,” Belcher said. “Your associates want to know, your customers want to know, and change is inevitable. Our goal for the next 100 years is to always provide something different, and better, than anyone else. We look forward to what’s next for P1 Group and all of those who join us on the journey.”last_img read more

Tears, tributes for Lucky Dube

first_img26 October 2007Thousands of South Africans crammed into Johannesburg’s Bassline Theatre on Wednesday to bid farewell to music icon Lucky Phillip Dube, who was gunned down outside his home last week.Dube was shot and killed in what appears have been a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg last Thursday.During the memorial service, speaker after speaker said South Africa had lost a legend who had touched the lives of many through his music.Speaking on behalf of the minister of arts and culture, Professor Keorapetse Kgosile said Dube was one of the most important reggae voices to come out of this country.“He was a global ambassador for South African musical talent and heritage, but also a world-renowned African composer, singer, band leader, cultural activist, visionary and performer,” Kgosile said.Musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse said Dube has left behind a legacy that would keep his spirit alive.Gallo Music Group CEO Ivor Haarburger said Dube’s death was senseless and a loss to millions. He described Dube as a quiet and reserved person whose performances on stage were amazing.“We had great visits to the world, he wanted to expose his music to the Americans and had performed in 81 concerts outside South Africa which were attended by thousands of people,” Haarburger said.Maskandi artist Bhekumuzi Luthuli could not hold back the tears as he broke down on stage while performing the song Usizi.“I didn’t know what to call him, either my father or brother, as I learnt a lot from him,” Luthuli said. “He was my fan and I was his.“He used to encourage me and told me which of my songs he liked and always watched me when I performed. He would later congratulate or tell me if my performance was bad.”SABC CEO Dali Mpofu said Dube was “still communicating with us, even in his death. The question is whether we are still listening to his message. I think he is asking what has gone wrong with us.”Paying tribute to their colleague, Dube’s band members sang two of his songs, while his fans did what Dube would have been expected of them if he were still alive – they jumped and danced.Band member Skipha Shabalala said the band had lost a great teacher who believed in reality, truth and respect. “We are all going to die one day, but why Lucky died in such a barbaric manner? We don’t need such people in our country.”Speaking on behalf of the Dube family, Job Dube said: “Lucky was a pillar of the family and we’ve lost, but God plans his things.”Dube was born on 3 August 1964 on a farm just outside the town Ermelo. He was the third child of Sara Dube.He was an artist that continued to break international barriers, and recently signed a deal with Warner Music International securing the European release of his latest album, Respect.Dube is survived by his mother Sara, wife Zanele and seven children, one brother and three sisters.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Lagos, an ideal Monopoly city

first_imgThe Lagos version is the first African city edition to be launched since Monopoly was patented in 1935. According to the developers the game is not just about having fun, it also has educational value. It will educate people about the laws of the city and the chance cards, which issue players with fines, have been tailored to reflect popular street names and landmarks. Nigerian entrepreneur Nimi Akinkugbe’s childhood fascination with board games led her to realise a lifelong dream of creating a Lagos edition of the international property trading board game, Monopoly. (Images: Bestman Games) MEDIA CONTACTS • Adeoye Omotayo  Senior Account Executive  + 234 802 256 3602 RELATED ARTICLES • Board game makes Aids education fun • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • Nigeria invites SA to do business • Otelo leads the pack at awards Wilma den HartighNigerian entrepreneur Nimi Akinkugbe’s childhood fascination with board games led her to realise a lifelong dream of creating a Lagos edition of the international property trading board game, Monopoly. This is the first time the game has been customised for a city in Africa.Only two other African countries – South Africa and Morocco – have their own editions of Monopoly, but the Lagos version is the first African city edition to be launched since the game was patented in 1935.Akinkugbe, who is the CEO of Bestman Games, the company with distribution rights to customise editions of Monopoly for Africa (except South Africa), says she’s always wanted to create a monopoly version for the Nigerian market.“I grew up playing the London edition of monopoly, and I always wondered why we don’t have our own game that shows our landmarks,” Akinkugbe said at the launch event.With the game she hopes to change negative perceptions of the African continent, Nigeria and Lagos to encourage more interest in tourism and foreign direct investment.The rapid economic transformation of Lagos in the past five years has caught global attention, and this makes it an ideal Monopoly city.The vibrant home of more than 20-million inhabitants is considered to be one of Africa’s megacities and the economic capital of Nigeria. Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the centre of the country’s economic boom and one of the most innovative cities in Africa.“Monopoly is a leading international brand so there is some significance for an African city to join this stable of leading cities to have customised editions specially created for them,” she says.Showcasing prominent landmarksAkinkugbe says the developers included as many of the city’s usual and historic landmarks as they could, but as Monopoly is a property trading game much of the board is dedicated to prime real estate.“The locations and landmarks on the squares are places that we have genuine ties to and can relate to,” she says. “It creates a sense of nostalgia for Nigerians both at home and abroad, and for all those who love Nigeria.”To ensure each spot on the board is an accurate reflection of the city’s property market, the development team consulted real estate agents to verify which areas in Lagos fetch the highest prices.“We found that Banana Island had some outstanding real estate and at top prices. Ikoyi Crescent, Bourdillon Road, and other parts of Old Ikoyi were also major contenders,” she explains.Lagos’ floating slum of Makoko, where thousands of people live in shacks on stilts, won the famous Old Kent Road spot, which indicates the cheapest property on the London Monopoly board.The upmarket Banana Island residential development located in the Lagos lagoon is the most expensive property on the board.Significant landmarks including Murtala Mohammed International Airport, The National Theatre, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Tafawa Balewa Square and Third Mainland Bridge are featured either on the game board itself, on the lid cover or in a special leaflet enclosed in the box.Bestman Games was permitted to include a brief history of some of the landmarks on the board, as well as others that were not featured, in the leaflet included.This is the first edition of Monopoly that includes such a leaflet, making it an effective educational tool that also helps to build national pride.A game with educational valueAkinkugbe says the Lagos edition is much more than just a board game, it delivers some strong messages, too.“It has so many intricate facets to it, which make for outstanding educational value,” she says.Through the Lagos version she would like to reinforce the importance of family values by creating a reason for families to enjoy quality time together playing, learning and having good old-fashioned fun.“We have heard wonderful stories of families playing the Lagos edition during the holidays, taking the boards to the beach and just enjoying time together, having a good laugh and learning at the same time,” she says.“Lots of families now are quite disjointed because they don’t get to do things together. Board games like this will help people come together. This, in a way, will help to improve our society.”And, according to Akinkugbe, board games are a favourite pastime in Nigeria, so much so that they can be considered a national hobby.“We are proudly competitive,” she says. “Board games have been a staple in households for centuries and have always been popular in Nigeria and all over Africa.”Nigeria has a traditional board game called Ayo, a strategy game which has been played for centuries mostly in West Africa, but other board games such as Scrabble, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, draughts and chess are also popular.Nigeria even won the 2012 edition of the African Scrabble Championship in Zambia.“It has been very interesting to discover that there is a strong Monopoly playing community here as well,” she says.The game can also promote financial literacy, encourage personal financial responsibility from an early age, and educate people about the laws of the city, such as road regulations.“We want to promote and encourage strong ethical values and a sense of integrity amongst players by penalising negative or dishonest behaviour and rewarding positive actions in a symbolic but fun way,” she says.last_img read more

Springbok Sevens lose star forward to injury

first_img11 April 2014With only two tournaments, in Glasgow and London, left on the HSBC World Series schedule, the Springbok Sevens team is in the running to lift the overall title. However, they are going to have to do it without star forward Chris Dry, who has been ruled out of the two events with a back injury.Dry injured his back in the Hong Kong Sevens, his 35th World Series tournament, at the end of March, and on Wednesday the South African Rugby Union confirmed that he would miss the forthcoming events.The Springbok Sevens’ medical team said Dry will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks. Depending on how his injury responds to treatment, he could possibly recover in time to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in July.Second in the standingsThe Blitzbokke head into the next round of the World Series in Glasgow in second place in the standings, with 129 points, just seven behind leaders, New Zealand.They have appeared in five finals this season already, with those appearances being consecutively, winning in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas and finishing runner-ups in Dubai, Wellington and Tokyo.Influential playmaker Cecil Afrika is also a doubtful starter for the final two tournaments after he suffered a groin strain in Hong Kong.He is currently busy with a rehabilitation programme at the team’s base in Stellenbosch, where the medical team is monitoring his recovery efforts closely.Positive newsThe two setbacks aside, there was also a good measure of positive news regarding the injury status of four other squad members.Regular captain Kyle Brown is on course to recover fully from the blow to the head and concussion he suffered against France in the opening match in Hong Kong, while Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and Phillip Snyman, who also picked up injuries, should all be fit and available for selection for the important trip to the United Kingdom.Squad announcementSpringbok Sevens’ coach Neil Powell will announce his 12-man squad on Wednesday, 23 April, two days before they fly out to Glasgow.The full training squad resumes its preparations in Stellenbosch on 14 April following a short break.South Africa finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2012/13 season, 39 points behind New Zealand. This season, the battle for first place is set to go down to the wire.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Day Two at the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

first_imgHow do you top a lunch with Sean Spicer and Donna Brazile? You bring Gloria Borger on stage to kick off day two at the SHRM Law and Legislative Conference. Elegant, articulate, intelligent and insightful to the inner workings of Washington, D.C., Borger shared an incredible week’s news cycle to provide context for the environment we live in today. Transparent and open to multiple questions from the audience (I even got one in!), Gloria provided an engaging and enlightening open session. And of course, near the end it was announced that Secretary of State Tillerson was being replaced, which added to the Q&A.The Day included another great lunch-time session with Victoria Lipnic – Acting EEOC Chair and Jonathan Segal, Esq., a long-time friend and speaker for SHRM on pressing legal topics. Today was a frank discussion on sexual harassment and attitudes towards it in the workplace. Again, an audience participation poll was utilized, and Segal pointed out the need for leaders to be active participants in training and modeling behavior in the workplace for any true change to happen.Several great breakout sessions were had throughout the day. I caught part of Natasha Bowman’s discussion on high achievers and high deceivers, offering practical issues and actions to deal with bad behavior from rock star employees.I also did my Decisions – Decisions session discussing real life practical responses and actions for when your executive team goes rogue.  Tomorrow is Advocacy Day with approximately 200 HR advocates visiting their respective congressional offices to discuss relevant HR issues. The boot camp for first timers will be led by SHRM’s Meredith Nethercutt and Lisa Horn. I will be a first timer with this and look forward to visiting my congressman Tom Suozzi’s office along with Senator’s Gillibrand and Schumer. I will be back at the end of the week to give you a peak inside the offices of our legislators.last_img read more

Why iPhone May Really Matter

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The current state of browsers is in a flux. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is receding,but not as quickly as some thought. Firefox is gaining, but again not as quickly. Applesees an opportunity – because neither opponent is playing the perfect game. If iPhonebecomes popular, Apple possibly has a decent chance of success in the browser wars,because people like to use the same application everywhere. Today’s Safari is a no bellsand whistles, quick and robust web browser. It has less features than Firefox, but italso has a lot of die hard fans in the Mac community.You can get more details about the current state of the browser war battlefield fromour reviews. We profiled Firefox 2.0 and InternetExplorer 7.0 when both came out. We also wrote two posts about the browser wars: Web BrowserFaceoff and WhyBrowser Wars Will Heat up in 2007. The first post hit a nerve with Safari fans,because we described it as less modern than other browsers. The second post was focusedon the economics of the war; and is very applicable to Apple’s jump into this market.Winning the browser wars equals winning control over Web eyeballs and theprecious search box. Apple knows this very well and is likely to have more tricks up itssleeve, like a new version of Safari.Can iPhone jumpstart Apple in Social Networking?Apple has not been very active in the social networking space so far. Sure it is aconsumer electronics company, but still – a social network would be very complementary.Well, with iPhone hitting the streets, Apple might have pulled itself into this lucrativemarket with the speed of light. What better social network can you wish for than a phonebook? Family, friends and business contacts all end up in our phones. Apple is verylikely to tap into this huge network of subscribers. Because we take our mobile phoneswith us everywhere – and certainly this will be the case with the feature-packed iPhone –Apple has a chance at pulling off some serious upsets in the social networking space. The iPhone is here. The blogosphere is echoing with both great praise and cries ofproblems. The hype was both met and a bit too much. Overall, it seems that both media andusers are underwhelmed with the iPhone as the phone. And people are not overly excitedabout yet another iPod, because we’ve had plenty of those over the last few years. Yet,iPhone is important and possibly game changing – because it could be the first mobiledevice to truly bring a rich web experience to a mobile device. With iPhone and thelatest release of Safari for Windows, Apple has openly jumped into the browser wars. Andfinally, and perhaps most importantly, iPhone could be Apple’s foray into the world ofsocial networking. Let’s take a deeper look along each of these axes.Is iPhone a WAP killer?Until iPhone showed up on the scene, the web experience on Mobile devices wasdrastically different compared to PC access. For mobile, Web Sites and Services reducedthe amount of the information on each page and displayed it using Wireless ApplicationProtocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML). Even the Blackberry, known for itsexceptional innovation in the wireless space, had to do a lot of heavy lifting to squeezethe Web into a small screen.The worst part about the WAP solution was that each web site needed to present itsresults using a different format, if it wanted to be browseable from a wireless device.Doing double work for content owners is both time-consuming and error prone, so onlylarge companies invested in doing this. Which means that the long tail of the Internetwas, for the most part, inaccessible from wireless devices. alex iskold 1 Apple took an entirely different approach and focused on making web sites work on theiPhone, as is. Since iPhone runs OS X Safari, for designers it is only a matter offiguring out how to make web pages fit onto a small screen. Naturally, there are alreadyseveral technologies that exist to help people browse when the content does not fit ontoa screen – scrolling, paging and zooming. So Apple combined its innovative multi-touchtechnology with some old ideas, to deliver a complete browsing experience to the iPhoneusers. How well it will work remains to be seen. Particularly, will people be able tomaster multi-touch and will they like the experience of looking at pieces of a web page?If the answer is yes, then the iPhone will break the Web out of the WAP prison.Can Safari Succeed in the Browser Wars?Apple carefully aligned the launch of iPhone with the launch of Safari on Windows.There is no way this is a coincidence. Why does Apple want to jump into the browser wars?The answer is that anybody who has a shot wants to be part of this war; and with theiPhone, Apple actually does have a shot. iPhone is more than just a breakthrough mobile phone device. It is a strategy thatmay expand Apple’s sphere of influence, from web browsing to social networking and evenpossibly search. The fact that Apple is going to have control of the native iPhone applications forphone and chat will give it big leverage. As people interact with each other, thesoftware can learn a lot about user behavior and build a social system that leveragesthis behavior. A simple example is a filter that is currently missing in Facebook.Currently in Facebook all updates from my contacts are treated equally. Anytime anyonedoes anything, I get informed. This is already annoying to many users. With the iPhone,Apple can quickly gather data about how much interaction we have with each other – and sobuild a heuristic for filtering information based on that.ConclusioniPhone is more than just a breakthrough mobile phone device. It is a strategy that mayexpand Apple’s sphere of influence, from web browsing to social networking and evenpossibly search. If iPhone users embrace the multi-touch interface for browsing the web,then WAP will become obsolete. If Safari on iPhone and Windows manages to win peopleshearts, then Apple might gain a position in the browser market – perhaps as strong asFirefox. Incidentally, for now this plays in Google’s favor, as Google is friendly withboth Firefox and Apple. And if Apple starts building a social network around the iPhone,then MySpace and Facebook will have to start paying attention.All of these things are of course ‘big ifs’. But we have no reason to doubt either theseriousness or ability of Apple. Since Steve’s job return in 1997, the company has notdisappointed. So are all and any of these possible? Definitively – and very likely too.Apple is playing this game to win and to win big. Lets see what happens next and in themean time, please share your thoughts on what part iPhone will play in Apple’s businessstrategy. center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Analysis#Apple#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Corini confident over Dessena

first_imgDaniele Dessena left Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on a stretcher and in tears, but Coach Eugenio Corini is hopeful “nothing’s broken”. Dessena risks suffering a similar injury to the double leg break that cost him the majority of his 2015-16 campaign, his right leg again caught in a collision with Erick Pulgar, but Corini was remaining upbeat. “There was some heavy bruising,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game. “The lad got scared, given it was the leg he hurt a few years ago. “We’ll wait for the results of the tests, but the hope is that nothing’s broken.” The result, meanwhile, saw the Rondinelle halt a run of back-to-back defeats. “Fiorentina are a great team, we battled and we kept an important point at home, with less clarity and quality than we’d have liked but with character and the right spirit. “Dessena’s injury had an emotional impact on the team. We executed our game plan well, especially in the first half. “We also scored a goal, which was then disallowed. There were some potential openings for us, where we could’ve been more incisive. “We need to improve in our next few games. Our fixture list has been complicated so far, but my team have done well despite that. “We’ve dropped a few too many points away from home, the game against Bologna in particular. “The League will be difficult for all the teams fighting relegation, but we’ve shown that we can take our fight all the way to achieve our objective.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more