PGA Tour isn’t a one-Tiger show

first_img“If he shows, everything changes,” Vickers said. “You’ve got a one-man show out there right now that is the big difference.” He’s right about the PGA Tour being a one-man show. Woods isn’t simply driving golf, he’s perhaps the most famous athlete in any sport worldwide. When he plays, crowds are crammed behind the ropes of every fairway, TV ratings spike and everyone goes home happy. And when he doesn’t? “We’d love to have him,” Nutt said at Pebble Beach. “But it’s been four years since he’s been here, and our attendance is going up every year. This year with the weather, we’ll be off a little bit. But last year we did 70 percent in advance sales, and that was even before we knew if he was coming. You can’t build an event around any one person.” Vickers never realized that. Pebble Beach is a special tournament. Even without Woods, the crowd turns out to see the antics of Bill Murray, to hear one-liners from George Lopez, to coo over Kevin Costner. Vickers, however, believed the scenery was just as spectacular in the mountains, his course was good enough for a U.S. Open, and that his tournament was the best thing west of the Waffle House in Augusta. He wanted Tiger. He made excuses when Tiger didn’t show up, usually blaming the PGA Tour for his spot on the schedule, whether it was a week after the PGA Championship, a week before or even two weeks before. Too bad Vickers never made as big of a stink over who he had, not who he didn’t. Phil Mickelson played the International every year but one since 1992. Ernie Els only skipped in 2005 when he was on crutches. Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen only missed one year, and that was when the PGA Championship was held a week later at a new site. How many tournaments would love to have all those guys? Or any of them? Not having Tiger didn’t help the International, but the fact cannot be ignored that Woods plays only about 18 times a year – the same number as Jack Nicklaus at that stage in his career – and those tournaments he skips are still in business. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ditto for the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, an idyllic locale that Woods hasn’t been to since 1999. Stanford Financial has taken over sponsorship in Memphis, even though there’s a better chance of getting Elvis than Tiger. The world’s No. 1 player hasn’t been to the Honda Classic since he was a 17-year-old amateur. In fact, Woods never has played nine longtime events on the PGA Tour since turning pro, and all of them are still on the schedule. Jack Vickers might call that a miracle. The Denver oilman pulled the plug on his beloved International tournament, the one with the modified Stableford scoring system played on picturesque Castle Pines Golf Club. The problem was the tour’s price tag ($8 million) and no sponsor to pick up the tab for an event played around the Fourth of July. Vickers was quick to attribute the demise to Woods, the star attraction on the PGA Tour who last played there in 1999. PEBBLE BEACH – Tiger Woods did not show up at Pebble Beach. Attendance and other numbers used to measure success will be down this year, and tournament director Ollie Nutt won’t have to look hard to place the blame. center_img The weather. Woods hasn’t been to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since 2002, yet officials somehow have managed to hand out a trophy, pay out more than $5 million in prize money and still provide for their local charities. last_img read more

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Five things we learned in the Premier League

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second goal against Brighton, moments before leaving the field with a heel injuryLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 30 – Chelsea ended title rivals Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League season in a thrilling 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Champions Manchester City are top on goal difference from Liverpool, while Manchester United’s 3-1 loss away to West Ham raised fresh questions over the future of manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Below AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend: Sturridge saves the dayDaniel Sturridge preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a brilliant late equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea © AFP / Glyn KIRKLiverpool’s strong challenge for a first title in 29 years seemed set to suffer its first setback at Stamford Bridge courtesy of more Eden Hazard magic for Chelsea.But on a day when Liverpool’s famed front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane failed to fire, Jurgen Klopp was able bring Daniel Sturridge off the bench to score a sensational dipping equaliser from 25 yards a minute from time to preserve the Reds’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season.Sturridge has now scored twice against his former club Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in three separate competitions despite limited opportunities this season as he works his way back into contention for a more regular role after three injury-ravaged seasons since Klopp took charge.Even if he doesn’t displace Firmino, Salah or Mane, the former England international is proving a very handy extra option for Klopp to call on to underline the strength in depth now at the German’s disposal.Jose Mourinho was left with plenty to ponder after Manchester United’s defeat by West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONMorever, Sturridge may already have done enough to earn an England recall when Gareth Southgate names his squad for Nations League ties with Croatia and Spain later this week.Mourinho’s bizarre decisionsJose Mourinho is desperately searching for answers to Manchester United’s stuttering form but some of his decisions during a damaging defeat by West Ham were surprising.Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez were not even in the matchday squad despite their attacking threat.And Mourinho chose to play Scott McTominay in defence, alongside Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.It followed the decision to play Ander Herrera as a makeshift defender earlier this season against Tottenham.And with the like of former United defender Rio Ferdinad saying “something needs to give” at Old Trafford, there is a sense that Mourinho is struggling for answers and running out of time.Sterling justifies Guardiola praiseRaheem Sterling on the attack for Manchester City against Brighton © AFP / Paul ELLISA day after Pep Guardiola said he was now a “more mature” player, England forward Raheem Sterling did his best to live up to the Manchester City manager’s words.Not only did he open the scoring for the champions in a 2-0 win at home to Brighton, turning in Leroy Sane’s cross just before the half hour, his precise pass to striker Sergio Aguero also set up City’s cliching second goal in the 65th minute.Leno gets his chanceArsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno impressed against Watford © AFP / Adrian DENNISSigned from Bayer Leverkusen for £19 million ($25 million, 21 million euros) in the close-season, Bernd Leno had hoped to make an immediate impact with Arsenal, but the German goalkeeper has been made to wait for his chance.That moment arrived after a hamstring injury to Petr Cech in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.Leno then produced a fine save to keep out Troy Deeney and coped well with the visitors’ bombardment. If he continues in that vein, former Chelsea star Cech may struggle to regain his place once his injury has healed.Kane back in the grooveBy his prolific standards, Harry Kane’s five-match run without a goal for club and country earlier this season amounted to a major drought and the headlines screamed with concern for the Tottenham striker.After finishing as the World Cup’s top scorer during England’s run to the semi-finals, Kane was perceived to be fatigued and possibly hampered by injury after some slightly below-par displays in the early weeks of the campaign.But Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino stuck by his man and the goals are flowing again.Having netted in last weekend’s win at Brighton, Kane struck twice as Tottenham eased to a 2-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.Kane’s first was a predatory header and the second a clinical penalty, leaving no doubts that he is back on form in time for the crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Block grant funding OK’d

first_imgGetting the allocation helps build the relationship between the shelter and the city, she said. The Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority will get $48,000 to continue providing services to seniors age 60 and over, and Meals on Wheels will get $3,500 for a similar service. SASSFA services are home-delivered meals, telephone reassurance, personal care and caregiver support groups, community education and personal care. The remaining money will go to programs that provide free mental health services and other city programs. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAbout $367,000 is designated for the rebate, grant and paint up/fix up home improvement programs. Work on the city streets, sidewalks and gutters will be paid for with $359,000 from the grant. Another $57,000 is being allocated to several organizations that help battered women and the homeless, including the crisis shelter, the Rio Hondo Temporary Home in Norwalk and the Norwalk Court Domestic Violence Prevention Program. Judith Gordon, executive director of the crisis shelter, said the money helps run Women in Transition, a shelter outreach program in Pico Rivera. “We do everything there from parenting classes to domestic violence workshops for women not ready to leave their homes or not needing shelter,” she said. “So this money goes toward the cost of that operation.” PICO RIVERA – Programs that help low-income residents spruce up their homes, victims of domestic violence and area seniors will receive $1 million in Community Development Block Grant Funds as a result of City Council action. Council members approved spending the funds on housing rehabilitation, the Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter in the Whittier area, and for a city project to fix up streets and sidewalks in blighted neighborhoods. “The bottom line is we are improving lifestyles here, whether it’s fixing up homes to beautify the city, making life better for battered women or saving the life of a gang member,” said Mayor Pete Ramirez. The bulk of the money will go to the public works project and housing improvement programs. last_img read more

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INISHOWEN MAN GETS A SECOND BITE AT A (SMALLER) LOTTO WINDFALL!

first_imgRobert Carey from Cardonagh, Co. Donegal has won €14,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 16th May 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right: Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery; Robert Carey, the winning player; Garry Carey, Robert’s cousin and guest support on the show and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. The winning ticket was bought from Seamus Kernan, Eurospar, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA Carndonagh man scooped €17,000 on last weekend’s TV lotto gameshow – a few months after missing out on a share in a €5 million windfall.Bobby Carey, Cregnahorna, Carndonagh,is an IT Director at Forward Emphasis in Malin Head.Forward Emphasis has been very lucky with the National Lottery. Last year, a 13-strong syndicate from the company shared a €4.9m Lotto jackpot. Unfortunately Bobby was not in the right syndicate!Bobby brought the company mascot – a rubber cow – to the show as a lucky charm!He celebrated his 30th birthday in April and received the Million Euro Challenge Scratch Card as part of his birthday present from his aunt Christine McElhinney.The only son of Jackie and James Carey, Bobby likes music, going to concerts and following motorsports. His cousin Garry Carey, who also lives in Carndonagh, joined him on the show. The cousins have been lifelong friends and have lived close by all their lives. Garry works in a warehouse for the discount Solo stores. His interests include cycling and socialising.Bobby would like to go on holiday to New York with his winnings – he has friends there and has never visited before.Bobby even showed host Nicky Byrne his passport which he had brought in case he won the jackpot.INISHOWEN MAN GETS A SECOND BITE AT A (SMALLER) LOTTO WINDFALL! was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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African path labs under spotlight

first_imgA health worker in Namibia attends to a12-year-old HIV-positive girl, currently ona course of antiretrovirals. (Image: SybellaMoumtzis, World Health Organisation)Janine ErasmusA new rating system for African pathology labs, many of which are unaccredited, could see the standard of disease diagnosis on the continent reach a new high in within two years.Launched on 27 July in Kigali, Rwanda, the system is an initiative of the World Health Organisation and the US government in the form of the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar).Representatives from 13 African countries, as well as the two partners, were in attendance.Many developed countries use a lab accreditation system that results in a simple pass or fail. This system is expensive and time-consuming, and is a deciding factor in the scarcity of accredited African labs.Another is the lack of efficient operating and management structures which should move labs towards the required accreditation standard.The new system will give laboratories a reliable roadmap towards accreditation. It uses an incremental scale between one and five points, with the top-of-the-range five-point rating equating to a good lab in a developed country.Under this system, instead of passing or failing outright, the applicant gets an initial rating and the chance to move up the scale by improving their quality of service over time.The five-step programme starts with an in-depth assessment and is followed by training and education in identified areas of concern. As labs gain more points, they move closer and closer towards the standard needed for international accreditation.The programme is to be implemented by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Atlanta, Georgia.The organisation carried out a survey of African labs currently without accreditation, and estimates that the present standard of about 60 labs is such that they are capable of attaining a two- or three-point rating within two years. This will put them on a par with an average lab in a developed country.Accreditation is crucialAccreditation is crucial in raising the bar of African pathology work because it means that labs are proven to be capable of performing to a set quality standard.When people’s health is on the line, this capability becomes even more important as errors or sloppy work could result in a bad diagnosis and worse, loss of life. Trained staff will also quickly be able to tell if treatment is not working, or if patients are developing a resistance to their medication.Former US president Bill Clinton, who addressed the Kigali launch via video, had high hopes for the initiative and its sister programme. This was launched at the same time, and involves the concurrent training of African lab technicians by volunteers from the American Society of Clinical Pathology as well as Clinton’s own HIV/Aids Initiative.“Together we can build a system where labs are well managed, provide high quality testing, produce reliable and timely results, where staff morale is high, money is not wasted and the standard of care bolsters the health of the global community,” commented Clinton.More accredited laboratories in Africa and a better standard of pathological work will attract more funding from international companies and organisations, and will boost the reach and efficiency of existing health programmes such as Pepfar and the Global Fund to Fight Aids.John Nkengasong, of the US Centers for Disease Control’s global health programme, foresees a better situation for African labs in the future. “There is funding for laboratories in the large programmes, such as the Global Fund,” he said, “but what countries have lacked so far is a blueprint for how to spend it.”Better labs neededFigures from the World Health Organisation reveal that more than 2-million people die from Aids in sub-Saharan Africa annually, with the same number succumbing to tuberculosis. There are about 1-million malaria deaths every year. Yet the continent’s labs are ill-equipped to contribute to the improvement of this state of affairs.According to nature.com, there are only 28 accredited labs in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. The country has its own South African National Accreditation System, established in 1996. It is the only recognised accreditation system on the continent, and oversees all accreditation of testing and calibration facilities in a range of disciplines.None of the 28 accredited labs elsewhere in Africa are in the public sector. In many countries the situation is dire. Rwanda, the launch country with a population of roughly 8.4-million, has one internationally accredited lab and only a handful of trained lab technicians. Other countries don’t have even one such facility.Experts have warned that the forthcoming enhanced quality of lab services must be accompanied by an increase in the ability of doctors to correctly interpret those results.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesMandela’s African tales fight AidsHIV/Aids fight moves to mobileUseful linksClinton HIV / Aids InitiativeSouth African National Accreditation Systemlast_img read more

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Rwanda uses drones for good

first_imgDespite a reputation more for combat and commercial applications, drone technology can offer constructive and positive uses to the world, especially to Africa. Various drone projects are being used for meteorological research, environmental and animal conservation and, in particular, healthcare support.A new drone delivery venture between the Rwandan health department and an American technology company is bringing the country’s rural and urban regions closer together.Drone technology was originally developed by the US military for unmanned combat. Zipline, an American technology company made up of former innovators from SpaceX, Google and aircraft developer Lockheed Martin, has modified the technology as a transport delivery system. The Silicon Valley company has partnered with the Rwandan government to trial a system that delivers medical equipment, primarily blood supplies, to the country’s western rural areas.“The inability to deliver lifesaving medicines to the people who need them the most causes millions of preventable deaths each year around the world,” Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo said in a launch statement: “This instant delivery system… allows medicine to be delivered on-demand and at low-cost, anywhere.“The company not only builds and supplies the unmanned aircraft but also trains Rwandan pilots in using the drones to transport resources from urban hospitals to remote clinics across the country. It is expected to be particularly useful during the country’s rainy season, when ground delivery of supplies proves the most difficult.According to Zipline, the drones are able to travel up to 150 kilometres, with a payload of one to two kilograms.President Kagame launching a Zipline medical delivery drone now in Muhanga #Rwanda pic.twitter.com/D9rHG4WlN4— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) October 14, 2016Rwandan President Paul Kagame called the system a “milestone” for Rwanda and Africa at the project’s official launch and the first successful delivery in October 2016.The fixed-wing drones are flown automatically via GPS positioning over a predetermined course, taking into account weather and geographical conditions. Flying well below commercial airspace, the drone then releases its payload, which is parachuted into a pick-up zone without the need to land.Currently, the project uses 15 drones, operating around the clock, delivering vital blood products, including plasma and coagulants, to 21 rural clinics.Both the company and the Rwandan government hope to improve on the pilot project, experimenting with larger payloads and longer distances, as well creating job opportunities for the manufacturing and maintenance of drone equipment, and even a drone pilot-training project.Source: BBC NewsSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Project Glück Auf

first_imgKurz bevor ich auf dem Goodbye-Event meine Stempelkarte einreichte.Share with your Friends:More Jedes Jahr können ein paar glückliche Mitarbeiter des Geocaching-Hauptquartiers an einem Mega- oder Giga-Event teilnehmen. Bri Suffety und Cindy Potter waren kürzlich in Essen und haben das Giga-Event “Project Glück Auf 2016” (GC55555) besucht. Bri (Sassy Bandit) ist Frontend-Entwickler und Cindy (Frau Potter) ist Community-Direktor. Les weiter, was Bri über den Besuch schreibt.Geocaching-Mitarbeiter, Frau Potter und Sassy Bandit mit einem der Giga-Organisatoren, Alex.Inmitten der Region mit der höchsten Geocache-Dichte befindet sich ein altes Steinkohlebergwerk, welches einst vom Abriss bedroht war – die Zeche Zollverein. Schachte wachsen in den Himmel, Ziegelgebäude sprenkeln das Land und die Gehwege schlängeln sich um das Gelände, wie es einst die Gleise taten. Dieser Ort bietet eine einzigartige Kulisse für die 10000 Geocacher, welche sich 2016 zum Project Glück Auf Giga-Event zusammen fanden.Food trucks and Geocachers galoreGeocacherin stempelt die Logbuch-StechkarteDer Name – Glück Auf – ist ein Bergmannsgruß. Sie wünschten sich damit “Glück, einen neuen Kohlegang aufzutun”, aber auch eine gesunde Rückkehr nach der Schicht.Das “Glück Auf”-Wochenende begann mit der Registrierung, Lab-Caches und einem Meet&Greet-Event mit Livemusik und einem Logbuch, an welchem Geocacher mit einer Stechkarte “einstempelten”. Ich glaube, ich hatte noch nie so viel Spass mich auf einem Logbuch einzutragen.Das Hauptevent fand am Samstag statt und sollte um 10 Uhr morgens beginnen – das hätte man nicht gedacht, wenn man die viele Leute gesehen hat, die sich schon um 8 Uhr versammelten. Überall sah man Menschen, aber zum Glück hat es sich nie gedrängt angefühlt. Die Organisatoren nutzten das Gelände gut aus; die Aktivitäten waren gut verteilt und trotzdem war alles zu Fuß erreichbar.Geocachers versuchen eine Grubenlampe so lange wie möglich hochzuhalten.Die Lab-Caches und Spiele waren am weitesten entfernt vom Mittelpunkt des Events. Das war für mich die perfekte Gelegenheit, um auf Erkundung zu gehen. Eines der Spiele, an welchem ich teilnahm, forderte Geocacher heraus, eine Grubenlampe so lange wie möglich mit ausgestrecktem Arm hochzuhalten. Man trat nicht nur gegen die anderen in der Gruppe an, sondern auch gegen die Bestzeit des Tages. Als ich an der Reihe war, war die Bestzeit länger als 10 Minuten. Ich konnte gerade mal halb so lange aushalten, bevor mein bebender Arm nicht länger aushalten konnte.Ich war erstaunt zu sehen, wie viele Leute am Samstag auf dem Event-Gelände blieben. Ich hätte gedacht, dass es ein konstantes Kommen und Gehen geben würde, doch den ganzen Tag über gab es eine lebendige Energie auf dem Event. Picknick-Tische wurden zum Treffpunkt für Mahlzeiten und Zusammenkunft von Freunden, die Kaffee- und Eis-Wagen hatten eine sich stehts bewegende Schlage und und das Gebäude mit den Verkaufsständen war voller zufriedener Käufer. Selbst als das Tagslicht zu schwinden begann und die Geocaching-Band Dosenfischer zu spielen begann, sah man noch viele Gesichter, die sich um die Bühne versammelten.Signal auf der Bühne während des Dosenfischer-KonzertsGeocaching-Mitarbeiter Sassy Bandit mit hopmaniak auf dem Goodbye-EventSonntag morgen begann mit dem Schicht im Schacht Goodbye-Event und Wolken drohten mit Regen. Zum Glück fielen aber nur ein paar vereinzelte Tropfen.Als das Event sich dem Ende zuneigte und Umarmungen verteilt wurden, fühlte war ich dankbar, dass ich die Möglichkeit hatte, am Project Glück Auf teilzunehmen, aber auch ein bisschen traurig, dass es Zeit war, von alten und neuen Freunden Abschied zu nehmen.Ein riesiges Dankeschön an das Orga-Team für euer Engagement und dass ihr ein so erinnerungswürdiges und gut organisiertes Event auf die Beine gestellt habt, welches unglaublich Spaß gemacht hat und Menschen aus der ganzen Welt inspiriert hat, sich zu treffen und Geocaching zu feiern. Ihr verdient eine riesen Runde Applaus. Glück auf!Das Orga-Team und Familie vor dem Meet&Greet Logbuch SharePrint RelatedAnkündigung der nächsten beiden GIGA-EventsMarch 6, 2015In “Deutsch”Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen von Mega- und Giga-EventsAugust 27, 2019In “Deutsch”Die Mega-Event-Zeit steht an!April 9, 2019In “Deutsch”center_img Deutsche und Brasilianische Geocaching-Freunde trafen sich auf dem Giga-Event wieder.last_img read more

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2 Million Downloads and Counting: Why Such Loyalty for Microsoft Office?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In the past seven weeks, more than 2 million people have downloaded the beta for Microsoft Office 2010. That’s a whopping 40,000 downloads per day. It’s a record breaking pace, surpassing the beta release for Microsoft Office 2007. It begs the question: In the face of so many free options, why are people so loyal to Microsoft Office?There are a few possible reasons:Microsoft has a locked in user base. It is an enterprise standard. As the story goes, no one has ever been fired for buying Microsoft.As one person replied to the question on Aardvark: “A lot of the free options simply aren’t suitable for corporate use. You are basically out of luck if your free-no-guarantees Google Docs spreadsheet disappears. The free products do not have the complex formulas, interconnecting tables and client data that comes with Microsoft Office.”Another person stated on Aardvark: “That is because it is the most accepted office package. Try doing business without the capability. I had to purchase it just to be able to work at home instead of extended office hours. Now I am loading Open Office on all computers I repair and send out. I also think Google is going to do a large bite into Microsoft business.”How long will the loyalty last?This is where we wonder about how the events over the past few days may affect the future of Microsoft Office. Google is coming on strong with it’s Nexus One. Couple that with its big push into the enterprise and you have to wonder what Microsoft is going to do to counter Google’s undeniable momentum.We are still waiting Windows Mobile 7. LG did let it slip at CES yesterday that Windows Mobile 7 will be available later this year. The Microsoft Office Web Apps are in beta with limited usability. The full-featured version will be available in the Spring. It will require a Sharepoint server. The free version will not require Sharepoint.Enterprise 2.0 applications are a whole other issue. Its user interfaces are web-oriented and mobile-friendly. This new breed of applications will be increasingly enticing to Office customers. Two million downloads is impressive but loyalty is a fickle thing. The real test is still to come. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Trends center_img alex williams Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Pandora Remixes Its Free Listening Limits

first_imgTags:#streaming music Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Faced with ever-rising music licensing fees, music streaming service Pandora has implemented a 40-hour per month limit on free mobile listening – a small change that has large implications on the state of music delivery services.The reason for the listening cap, according to Pandora cofounder Tim Westergren, is due to the increase in per-track royalty fees, which “have increased more than 25% over the last 3 years, including 9% in 2013 alone and are scheduled to increase an additional 16% over the next two years.”Westergren’s blog entry detailing the new policy was succinct and to the point. Emphasizing that this change would only effect less than 4% of Pandora’s monthly listeners, Westergren also took the opportunity to point out that computer users would be unaffected by the change, and that listeners were more than welcome to sign up for Pandora’s paid subscription services.Investors took note of the announcement too, with Pandora’s stock down as much as 6.5% percent just prior market opening this morning. (Though that dip was shallowing out to less than 1% by the time this story went to press.) The listening cap, and Westergren’s alternatives have revealed the continuing weak spot for online services: generating revenue on mobile platforms.Blame Mobile, AgainThe reason Pandora can continue offering free, unlimited and ad-supported music on computers is simple: there’s enough ad space shoved at free listeners’ eyeballs that will, along with the audio ads, cover the costs of those royalty fees. But on mobile, audio ads are about all Pandora can put in front of their listeners. You could increase the frequency of ads, of course, but that would likely lead to less listeners than more paid listeners.Cracking the mobile puzzle is very much an enigma for online services, because the form factor and use of many mobile devices preclude the type of ad displays and other revenue generators that worked on PC platforms. It is especially difficult for music services that, unlike social media services that have their content created by the very users they serve, have to come up with fixed licensing costs to broadcast music tracks.(See also Could Music Licensing Costs Kill Pandora? Last.fm’s Troubles Are A Warning Sign)While Pandora may take a bit of hit from this move, a smart trimming move like this should help weigh in costs and not irk users too much. Other services may see some migration from Pandora in the near-term, but those services are likely to be in the same boat and may have to implement similar moves of their own.Music is expensive and mobile is a revenue suck. This combination is a bad playlist for companies like Pandora, until they can figure out a better mix.center_img brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Village to be named after Trump, says Sulabh chief

first_imgA village in Rajasthan’s Mewat region will be named after U.S. President Donald Trump, a top Indian sociologist and social worker has said, prompting the State government to rule out any such plan.“I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village,” Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said at a community event organised on the suburbs of Washington DC. This, he said, was part of his efforts to enhance India-U.S. relationship. However, Rajasthan government officials said there was no such proposal to rename any village after the U.S. president.“It is the government which renames a village and there is laid down procedures for that. As of now, there is no such proposal with the department to name a village after the U.S. president. I have nothing to comment on what Mr. Pathak has said,” Alok, Rajasthan government’s Principal Secretary of the Revenue department, told PTI in Jaipur.The Mewat region falls under Alwar district and Alwar District Collector Rajan Vishal also said there was no such proposal.“The competence of renaming a village lies with the government and no private man can do that. We have no such proposal or request in this regard,” Mr. Vishal said.Giving a presentation to local community and political leaders in the U.S., Mr. Pathak said he was working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging.last_img read more

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