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MEP Carthy says European Court ruling shows impact of cuts on Health Service

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A Northwest MEP has said that the Government have shamed the country after it was ruled that Ireland is in breach of a directive on the working hours of junior doctors.A legal opinion from the European court of justice has found that the Irish health system cannot exclude the training hours of non-consultant hospital doctors from their ‘working time’.The Irish Medical Organistation estimates that 33 percent of junior doctors routinely work in excess of the 48 hour legal limit.MEP Matt Carthy says he hopes the ruling will ensure the Government will now take action:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/mattc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleFitzgerald and Healy start for Ireland in ScotlandNext articleMagees into top 25 in World Badminton News Highland WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Google+center_img Twitter By News Highland – March 19, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic MEP Carthy says European Court ruling shows impact of cuts on Health Service Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

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Changing goalies might be only way for Sharks to shift momentum

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Logan Couture was asked straight up: After three straight losses, two decisively, what gives the Sharks hope like they can still win this series against the Vegas Golden Knights?“We’re still playing. We’ve got a chance,” Couture said. “It’s never over until it’s over. We need to go home, where we’ve been good all year, played two good games to start this series at home, and try and win a game, and that’s that.”There was a lot to like about the way the Sharks played in the first …last_img read more

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Star-studded concert for 2010

first_imgThe 2010 Fifa World Cup will kick off instyle with a spectacular concert the daybefore the opening ceremony. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubsouthafrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jermaine Craig, media manager2010 Local Organising Committee+27 83 201 0121• Rich MkhondoLOC chief of communications+27 83 201 0254RELATED ARTICLES• Football for Hope to unite SA • Get kitted for Football Fridays• Artificial fields for SA footballers• 2010 to give SA a $2.5bn boostJanine ErasmusThe first Fifa World Cup ever to be held on African soil will kick off on 11 June 2010, and to celebrate Fifa is organising a spectacular concert featuring top international and home-grown stars.The world football body has hired global eventing company Control Room, headed by Kevin Wall, to organise the show for the day before kick-off, 10 June. Control Room has extensive experience in live events and is responsible for, among others, the Live 8 series of free benefit concerts, and Live Earth 2007.“We are honoured to have been selected by Fifa to organise and produce this first-ever event for the world’s largest sport,” said Wall. The 2010 concert will be the first Fifa-approved music event to take place on the eve of the World Cup.Attracting younger fansWhile the traditional opening ceremony will still happen on 11 June, Fifa hopes that the music concert will attract the attention of younger fans, and draw them in to the excitement of one of the world’s biggest sporting events.It is expected that the South African concert will have much the same feel as Live 8, which featured some of the world’s most popular entertainers, all giving their time for the sake of helping others less fortunate.Fans can also look forward to guest appearances by football greats from past and present, as well as material from Fifa’s archives.All proceeds from the concert will go towards 20 Centres for 2010, Fifa’s official legacy campaign for the football extravaganza. The goal of the project is to build 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa, five of which will be in South Africa, and the rest in other African countries.Each centre will comprise an artificial football field made of one-star turf, with other services such as education and health care facilities, for the upliftment of the community.Historic settingThe multi-use Orlando Stadium in Soweto, which re-opened in November 2008 after a US$38-million (R280-million) revamp, is to be the concert venue. Fifa and the organisers chose Soweto because of its strong symbolism for change in South Africa’s history. The stadium can accommodate a crowd of 50 000 people.The three-hour music event, scheduled to start at 8pm local time, will also highlight South Africa’s vibrant cultural diversity, sporting prowess and visual appeal. The country is known for its rich musical culture as well as for its famed sporting achievements, and has produced many legendary artists such as Miriam Makeba, Johnny Clegg and Hugh Masekela.Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said, “There are few things in life that can kindle such widespread passion as football, but music is without doubt one of them. With this celebratory kick-off event, football fans are in for a huge treat.”SuperstarsArtist names being tossed around include music diva Beyonce, rapper Jay-Z, and hip-hop group, the Black Eyed Peas. The official line-up, as well as details of how to obtain tickets, is to be announced at a later date.“The plan is to make this the greatest live music event ever to come out of Africa,” said Wall in an October 2009 interview with Music Week. “We’re lining up some of the biggest stadium acts in the world to perform alongside African bands and artists, while the concert will emphasise the connection between music and sport.”Wall added that the concert will break new records in terms of the number of countries tuned in.“We’ve been working with Fifa for four months on this and we’re confident we’ll cover 99% of the footprint of broadcasters that are showing coverage of the World Cup itself,” he said. “We’ve already cleared all 54 countries in Africa to take the coverage on terrestrial TV, which is the first time that’s ever been achieved.”Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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SA matric results up by 7%

first_img. (Image: Flickr) Despite schooldays lost to the Fifa World Cup and a prolonged public servants’ strike, South African students writing the national matric exams in 2010 managed to score a 67.8% pass rate – a 7.2% improvement on the previous year’s result. An elated Angie Motshekga, minister of the Department of Basic Education, announced the results on Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The pass rate for the 2009 matric – South Africa’s school-leaving qualification – was 60.6%.“We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud,” Motshekga said. “Their unrelenting determination is commendable. The class of 2010 is truly distinctive.”Motshekga stressed the integrity of the results, saying they were a true reflection of the achievement of students and that their quality had been properly vetted by the national education quality assurance body Umalusi. “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams. Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure the quality of results is the same as in other years.”The best-performing provinces were Gauteng and the Western Cape, with pass rates of 78.6% and 76.8% respectively. But all nine provinces registered a marked improvement on the 2009 results:•    Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)•    Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)•    North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)•    Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)•    KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)•    Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)•    Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)•    Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)•    Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)last_img read more

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Collaboration working to improve butterfly habitat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Populations of monarchs, a pollinator species cherished across North America, have declined significantly during the past two decades. This collaboration aims to help the species recover by working with agricultural producers to make wildlife-friendly improvements on their farms, ranches and forests around the country and in Ohio.“Producers can make simple and inexpensive tweaks on working lands that provide monumental benefits to monarch butterflies and a variety of other insects and wildlife,” said Jason Weller, NRCS Chief. “By adding the monarch to Working Lands for Wildlife, we can accelerate conservation for the species at the heart of its migration corridor.”NRCS and USFWS recently completed a conference report that explains how conservation practices can help the eastern monarch population, a species known for its remarkable annual, multi-generational migration between central Mexico and the United States and Canada. This report is an initial step toward adding the monarch to WLFW, which uses a science-based, targeted approach to help a variety of at-risk species.“We need to make every effort to help ensure monarchs don’t become endangered now and in the long term,” said Tom Melius, USFWS Midwest Regional Director. “Conservation efforts on agricultural lands across the nation can have a significant positive impact on monarchs as well as many other pollinator insects and birds. Working with farmers and other private landowners, we can ensure a future filled with monarchs.”The monarch butterfly joins an array of wildlife species across the country already part of WLFW, including the greater sage-grouse and New England cottontail, two recent successes in species conservation. The USFWS determined in 2015 that the two species didn’t warrant protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because of voluntary conservation efforts underway to restore habitat.Through WLFW, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help producers adopt conservation practices that benefit the monarch. Meanwhile, through the conference report, the USFWS provides producers with regulatory predictability should the monarch become listed under the ESA. Predictability provides landowners with peace of mind — no matter the legal status of a species under ESA — that they can keep their working lands working with NRCS conservation systems in place.Work through WLFW centers on Ohio and nine other states in the Midwest and southern Great Plains that are considered the core of the monarch’s migration route and breeding habitat. Much of this work will focus on planting and enhancing stands of milkweed and other high-value nectar plants for monarchs. Assistance is available to producers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.USFWS has committed significant funding— $20 million over five years — to support monarch conservation efforts. Additionally, USFWS is working with partners, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Wildlife Federation and the Mexican and Canadian governments to leverage resources and investments to support and implement conservation actions across the continent.During the past two years, NRCS has made available $6 million through a variety of Farm Bill conservation programs for monarch conservation in the 10 states. Additionally, NRCS is working with partners, including The Xerces Society and General Mills, to increase staffing capacity to help producers design customized conservation strategies for working lands.The two agencies’ efforts contribute to a multi-agency, international strategy to reverse the monarch’s population decline in North America, estimated to have decreased from one billion butterflies in 1995 down to an estimated 34 million. Through the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, released by the White House, the United States has a goal of increasing the eastern population of monarchs back to 225 million by 2020.Producers interested in NRCS assistance should contact their local USDA service center to learn more. NRCS accepts landowner enrollment applications on a continuous basis. NRCS offers more than three dozen conservation practices that can provide benefits to monarchs as well as a variety of other pollinators.last_img read more

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Legislation introduced to establish industrial hemp program in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Senators Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today introduced legislation that would create an industrial hemp program in Ohio administered by the Department of Agriculture.The legislation clarifies that hemp and hemp derived products, including CBD oil may be sold legally in Ohio.“This an exciting opportunity for farmers to expand the crops they plant,” Hill said. “Farmers can rotate hemp to improve soil health while earning more profit than many traditional cover crops. I’m eager to see all the ways that Ohio will benefit from this legislation.”With the recent passing of the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, industrial hemp has been removed from the list of scheduled substances banned by the federal government and can now be grown as a commodity crop throughout the United States.“It is important to understand that hemp is not marijuana, it is much more versatile and lacks an appreciable amount of THC to cause any psychotropic effects,” Huffman said. “This is an incredible opportunity for our farmers to help diversify their crops by allowing them to grow legal hemp.”Many states have adopted a hemp pilot program, permitted by federal law, so that farmers in their jurisdictions could begin planting and harvesting hemp and so the hemp could be used in over 25,000 commercial products including feed, fiber, biofuels, clothing and plastic.“Farmers are always looking for new options to diversify their operations,” said Adam Sharp, Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We applaud Senators Hill and Huffman for introducing legislation to help bring industrial hemp to Ohio and to allow farmers to explore the potential of this quickly growing market opportunity.”This legislation has been referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.last_img read more

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Geocaching Presents: Geocaching en Español

first_img SharePrint RelatedTres razones para agregar amigos en Geocaching.comJuly 30, 2019In “Español”Consejos de geocaching para excursionistas y planificadoresSeptember 17, 2019In “Español”¡Gana un rastreable de Magic: The Gathering y descubre la Ciudad Dorada de Orazca!November 28, 2017In “Español” [Editor’s Note: Click on CC for Subtitles in Seven Languages][vsw id=”HAHxb2NGdCg” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Comparte tu pasión por Geocaching con este nuevo video en español. Muéstrales a tus amigos y familiares el mundo de aventuras al que se puede ingresar con solo abrir la puerta de tu casa y comparte con nosotros como fue que te iniciaste en esta maravillosa actividad.Geocaching en EspañolExplore Little Havana in Miami, Florida in this new Geocaching.com Presents video: Geocaching en Español. This Spanish language video takes you along on an urban cache run through an historic Cuban-American neighborhood.Subscribe to the official Geocaching.com YouTube channel to be one of the first to see new videos about the evolving world of geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Fayaz Panzoo killed in Anantnag encounter

first_imgTwo militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag’s Bijbehara area.A police spokesman said Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Fayaz Panzoo has been killed along with his associate. “Panzoo was a top commander and was involved in the attack on CRPF at Anantnag town on June 12, 2019 in which 5 CRPF personnel were killed and SHO Arshad Khan was seriously injured, who also succumbed to injuries,” said the police.last_img

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Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Thomas seemed to sense his strange stay in Cleveland was over.After James hit a buzzer-beating jumper to beat Minnesota in overtime on Wednesday night, Thomas stood at his locker and wondered if he would be on the move again.“I’m tired of being traded,” he said. “That’s not a good thing. But I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here.”The Cavaliers, though, had other plans and needed to do something rash while in a prolonged slump and with All-Star forward Kevin Love out with a broken left hand.Thomas, who turned 29 on Wednesday, wasn’t working out. He missed Cleveland’s first 36 games while coming back from a torn right labrum that knocked him out of last year’s playoffs. The Cavs tried to incorporate him into their offense, but it was forced and bogging them down.Cleveland is just 7-13 since Christmas Day, and the club’s slide has coincided with Thomas’ comeback. He played better on Wednesday night, scoring 13 points with seven assists in 31 minutes. But he’s a defensive liability on a defensively challenged team and the Cavs felt it was best to move him.While Thomas struggled on the floor, he didn’t help himself with some peculiar off-the-court comments.Following Tuesday’s embarrassing loss to the 17-win Orlando Magic — the Cavs blew a 21-point lead and scored nine points in the fourth quarter — Thomas questioned whether the team makes enough in-game adjustments.Those remarks were dismissed by coach Tyronn Lue, who said, “That’s not true.”Lue tweaked his rotations against the Timberwolves, giving more minutes to rookie Cedi Osman, who provided an infusion of needed energy. Late in the game, Thomas was pulled off the floor by Lue and the guard stood near Cleveland’s bench and shook his head in disappointment. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland completely changed its look — and perhaps its chances of winning a championship this season — on Thursday with a stunning sequence of deals. Cavs general manager Koby Altman traded six players, including Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks in moves designed to not only help them in the short term but could potentially help keep LeBron James beyond this season.Just like that, the Cavs traded nearly half their roster, got younger and maybe wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWatching from the West Coast, the defending champions took notice.READ: Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, Nance  Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “It’s interesting, really interesting,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Cleveland’s drastic midseason renovation. “It’s probably obviously something that they felt was needed. I feel like they made some good moves. I don’t know, we’ll see. A lot of action. That’s a completely different team now than the team we faced the last three years.“They’ve still got LeBron James. I think everything else at that point is irrelevant.”The Cavs began their shocking overhaul by sending the disappointing Thomas along with forward Channing Frye and one of their two first-round picks to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr.Thomas, who came over in last summer’s blockbuster trade with Boston for Kyrie Irving, played in just 15 games and wasn’t fitting in with Cleveland on or off the floor after he returned from a hip injury.As the Thomas swap was being digested around the league, the Cavs completed a three-team deal with Utah and Sacramento, said a person with direct knowledge of Cleveland’s moves. The Cavs sent Rose, who has also been slowed by injury, and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for forward Rodney Hood. They’ll receive guard George Hill from the Kings in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity while the teams awaited league approval.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Moments later, James dropped his game-winner over Jimmy Butler to edge the Timberwolves and was mobbed teammates.It turned to be a going-away celebration. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting READ: Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to dealAnd if all that wasn’t enough, the Cavs then dealt Wade to Miami for a protected 2024 second-round pick. It’s a homecoming for the 36-year-old Wade, who played 13 seasons in Miami, winning three NBA titles — two with James. Wade has said he wanted to end his career with the Heat, and he’ll get his chance.James went on Instagram to endorse the move for one of his best friends , posting “truly happy for my brother @dwyanewade!! It’s how it’s suppose to be. Love you my guy!! #WadeCountyBack.”While he was reunited in Cleveland with James, Wade was coming off the bench and his role may have been further diminished by the other new additions. Wade, though, had an impact during his short time with the Cavs.“A definite Hall of Famer when his playing career is complete, his basketball legacy is cemented by how he carries himself both on and off the floor,” Altman said. “His work ethic and commitment to the game of basketball with such an illustrious career was greatly respected by his Cavs teammates and everyone in our front office.”The massive makeover is intended to help the Cavs make another title run in 2018 with James, who can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and become a free agent. The 33-year-old James has said he would like to finish his career in Cleveland and Altman, who has only been in charge of the roster since July, gave James a team he can lead back to the Finals.In Jordan and Nance, whose father played for Cleveland, the Cavs are adding a pair of young players with upside.“Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us,” Altman said. “This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future.”The Cavs also protected themselves if they lose James by hanging onto the first-round pick they acquired last summer from Boston for Thomas, Crowder and center Ante Zizic.ESPN was first to report the dizzying run of deals. Defining matches FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)CLEVELAND — With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.They swapped teams.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Letter to the Editor Calls for Dr Rosie to be Named Natl

first_img Recommendation for National Hero, Dr. Rosita named as ideal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Making of a HeroIt has been about two months since the late Hon. Dr. Rosita B. Butterfield was laid to rest on the 5th February, 2015 following a State Funeral, and it is with great humility that I write this article after a long layoff, not as her Grandson, but an engaged Turks and Caicos Islander. I write to make the case, or should I say state the obvious, that Dr. Butterfield should be the Turks and Caicos Islands next National Hero. Many have had the thought but few have voiced it publicly, save for Dr. Lillian Boyce in her closing remarks at the memorial service held in Dr. Butterfield’s honor.Looking at this case, neither emotionally nor politically biased, but critically, there is no doubt that she is worthy of such an honor. By any measure, real, imagined or even yet to be imagined, she passes the litmus test. In my view the following are some of the qualities which should be displayed by a National Hero: Leadership; Integrity; Courage; Honor; Longevity; Service to country; and lastly he/she should be someone whom most people would themselves aspire to be like or have as a role model for their children. Dr. Butterfield possessed all of these qualities.As speaker of the House of Assembly, she ruled with integrity and impartiality, to the point where some of the more junior members of her very own party treated her with disdain at house sittings. She would end her tenure as speaker early rather than compromise her moral standing because of others. Also, under her leadership as chairman of the select committee on the Employment Bill from 1987 to 1988, she and her team would shape positive employment trends still having its impact today.Both locally and internationally, Dr. Butterfield represented the spirit of her country on numerous occasions, be it in Bermuda where she presented on “Migration and Immigration in the Turks and Caicos Islands” or in the House of Lords or the Isle of Man as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Her Leadership qualities were well recognized and unquestionable.Want someone who illustrated their belief in education? She maximized all education opportunities afforded her and won numerous nursing awards such as the Surgeons’ Prize for the most efficient operating theatre surgical student nurse. She would not only use her time to develop education within the TCI but also to put her money where her mouth was by sponsoring our National Spelling Bee for many many years plus giving financial help to numerous families. Besides, Dr. Butterfield and her husband’s role in the development of Providenciales and wider TCI by extension, has been far reaching and can easily be verified.So much has already been written about Dr. Butterfield’s tremendous contribution in service to our country that I need not repeat it here. Click: www.sppdtci.com for more documentation. To emphasize my point about how special and rare this lady was, not even her husband, Dr. A. V. Butterfield, will be afforded a State Funeral which is reserved Heads of Government or a Speakers of the House, despite his equally devoted service in the development of our country. So I conclude with one question to all the members of the National Awards Committee: if not the Hon. Dr. Rosita Beatrice Missick-Butterfield, then whom?By: Jamell R. Robinson Recommended for you JAGS remembered again, 35-years after his tragic death Related Items:Dr. Rosita Butterfield, national hero Humble beginnings remember for Hon. Dr Rosita Butterfieldlast_img read more

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iOS or Android Choosing the Best Platform For Your Mobile App

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re an aspiring mobile app entrepreneur, your first big decision is which operating system to develop your application for: Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android.The two combined own more than 90 percent market share in the smartphone category, making them the preferred platforms. But while major brands like Yahoo and Twitter have launched iOS apps first, Android is now dominating the smartphone race in the U.S. with 53 percent market share, compared to 36 percent for iOS, according to comScore’s latest report. So how do you decide which platforms to adopt to build your mobile app? Here are three factors to help you make the right decision for your app venture:Revenues versus visibilityAndroid offers the most visibility based on absolute market share numbers, yet according to the latest Distimo survey, 73 percent of all app revenue was generated in Apple’s App Store as compared to only 23 percent for Google Play.But while Apple’s daily app sales revenue is nearly five times that of Google’s, choosing different game plans for each platform can help you maximize your exposure. For example, Whatsapp, one of the most popular messaging apps, is available for free for the first year on the Android platform to gain massive traction and is at $0.99 on the iOS for monetization.You need to craft a strategy that should strike a balance between visibility and revenues. After all, the more visibility you get, the greater your chances of monetization.Take advantage of fragmentationIt is a known fact that developing for Android is no easy task given the more than 400 types of handsets that need to be planned for when programming. Apple has so far been on the positive side of the curve with only four different types of iPhones and iPads. However, with the introduction of iOS 7, Apple is also going down the fragmentation route, offering different features for different handsets.So for example, if your solution integrates the latest AirDrop feature of iOS7, it will not be available to people owning iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, but only to iPhone 5 users. That’s why it’s important for you to create a solution that caters to a specific OS, especially in the case of Android phones where the segmentation of the OS is far greater among different handsets.Features available in the latest OS of Android, which can run only on high-end phones such as the Galaxy S or the Nexus series, will not be available to those phones on the lower end of the spectrum.Understanding what features are supported by the types of operating systems your application intends to leverage would help you target users with a certain range of handsets. For example, if you want to use the voice recognition feature to accept commands, you’d want to leverage Android’s Jelly Bean operating system’s offline voice typing feature.Understand customer usageGoing a step further into customer behavior or usage, determining which platform to develop first should depend on whether your customer is a heavy user of iTunes or Google services such as Maps, Gmail, Calendar or Google Now.For example, GTasks is a task management app that also works in the Google account mode and integrates well with Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Now.Another metric to consider is the “popular app” categories on both of the platforms. For iOS consumers between the ages of 25 and 34, the most popular app category is sports, health and fitness, followed by music, media and entertainment as well as lifestyle and shopping, according to a recent survey by Flurry. On the other hand, some of the most popular Android categories are personalization, entertainment and books and reference, based on a survey by AppBrain. Get as much information about your customer as possible to determine which platform is right for you to start with. Don’t get carried away with media reports that favor one operating system over the other. Go where your customers are. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » July 17, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min readlast_img read more

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Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall

first_img SEATTLE — Windstar has ramped up its Asia offerings by adding new sailings in fall 2018.Its Asia Collection now includes five new sailings, while five additional sailings have been added to its Star Collector Voyages in Asia. Itineraries range from 14-34 days, and all include free daily laundry.New for next fall, the seven-day ‘Singapore & Siam Holiday’ begins with an overnight stay in Singapore before sailing to Penang, Malaysia where guests can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in colonial George Town and ride the Langkawai Gondola to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. The itinerary also includes a visit to Ko Yao Noi, Thailand, known for its aquamarine waters and rural villages, as well as an overnight stay in Phuket.Also new is the seven-day ‘Taste of Siam & Singapore’ New Year’s Eve cruise, which sails from Phuket to Singapore, stopping in Malaysia along the way. Highlights include a visit to Ipoh, the fourth largest city in Malaysia, and a visit to the UNESCO city of Malacca.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe 16-day ‘Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing’ sails between Seward, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan. This cruise emphasizes the less frequented ports of call, and retraces the route of the Russian-America fur trade. Visitors will enjoy sportfishing in Kodiak, kayaking in Sand Point, and visit Dutch Harbor, the only deep-water port in the Aleutians.While Windstar’s 10-day ‘Grand Japan’ itinerary was originally announced solely for the spring of 2018, Windstar has now added two new fall 2018 sailings on this already wildly popular itinerary. Fall colours promise to be spectacular, along with fewer crowds during this less-visited but no less gorgeous time to explore Japan and South Korea.For another take on Japan, the 11-day ‘Pop Culture Kings of Asia’ highlights over 17 UNESCO sites. It begins in Tokyo and ends in Beijing, and includes highlights such as Shimizu (home to Mount Fuji), Shiraito Waterfall, Hiroshima and sailing to South Korea where the dormant Hallasan Volcano await.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAlso not to be missed is the 11-day ‘Comprehensive China Exploration’, which features overnights in Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong. Considered a foodie’s dream come true, guests will sample oyster pancakes in Taiwan’s night markets, eat dim sum in Hong Kong, and sip locally brewed beer in Qingdao. They’ll also enjoy shopping in Old Shanghai and explore the 36 bridges that connect Zhoushan, also known as the ‘Venice of china’. Friday, August 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall Share Posted bylast_img read more

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