Chelsea set to cut losses on flop?

first_img1 Chelsea star Juan Cuadrado Chelsea could already be set to ship out flop Juan Cuadrado as Inter Milan and Roma weigh up bids.The Colombia international only moved to Stamford Bridge in January, arriving from Fiorentina for a fee which could eventually rise to £26.8m.But, since the move, the winger has failed to impress and it had been claimed that Blues boss Jose Mourinho was willing to let him go.According to Sky Sport Italia, that has alerted both Inter Milan and Roma who are interested in signing the 27-year-old.Neither club, though, is reportedly willing to pay the £26.8m that Chelsea paid just six months ago, meaning Chelsea will have to make a loss if they ship the player out.last_img read more

HUGE DEMAND FOR TICKETS TO CELEBRATE DONEGAL’S ALL IRELAND WIN

first_imgTickets for next month’s charity ball being organised by Donegal’s All-Ireland winning footballers of 1992 to mark the 20th anniversary of their achievement are in big demand.Speaking this week, Donal Reid, who was right half back on the 1992 Donegal team and who is one of the organisers of the ball, said there’s big interest in the event.“There’s been a great response since we held the official launch in the Finn Valley Centre last month,” he commented. “Because of the charity element, a lot of people are keen to lend their support to the ball. The three charities who will benefit are the Donegal Hospice, Donegal Living Links and the Alzheimer Society Donegal branch – three groups who do much for people at a local level and three groups that need constant financial support,” Donal added.“The fact that Donegal retained the Ulster title for the first time in the county’s history has given the entire county a huge left, and Jim McGuinness and his players will go into next month’s quarter-final at Croke Park with a huge degree of confidence. We are hoping that Donegal will be getting ready for an All-Ireland semi-final appearance when the ball takes place,” Donal said.The ball will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday, August 18th, with retired RTE commentator, Michael O Muircheartaigh and Charlie Collins of Highland Radio acting as MCs. Sam Maguire will also be there while supporters will have an opportunity to meet the 1992 team in the afternoon, also in the Abbey Hotel.Tickets for the ball, priced €25, are now available from the following outlets – Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town; Supervalu, Killybegs; Divers Newsagents, Ardara; Books and Charts, Dungloe; Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny and Supervalu, Buncrana.  HUGE DEMAND FOR TICKETS TO CELEBRATE DONEGAL’S ALL IRELAND WIN was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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) Tags:1992 ALL IRELAND BALLDONAL REIDlast_img read more

Anaverde home building stalled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAnaverde officials said the dam was not mandated in the projects’ original approvals and that retention basins built into their project actually reduce storm runoff into Anaverde Creek. “We’re offering a solution for a problem Anaverde is not contributing to,” said Jonathan Curtis, executive vice president and general counsel for Empire Companies, an Ontario corporation that is the lead partner of Anaverde LLC. Much of the dispute centers on the interpretation of the project’s development agreement and master plan, and what the documents require of the developer. Steve Walton, chief operating officer of Empire Companies, said a nexus, or connection, must exist between how much storm runoff Anaverde’s houses and streets contribute, and the amount the developers must pay to control it. “Nowhere in the development agreement does it call for a dam,” Walton said. “The master plan calls for us to mitigate (runoff) to the extent we contributed to it.” PALMDALE – Home building has ground to a halt in the giant Anaverde master-plan community in a dispute between the city and developers over a flood-control dam that city officials want downstream from the 5,000-home project. City officials refuse to issue building permits for about 500 homes yet to be built in Anaverde’s 1,400-home first phase and forbid grading for the second phase until the developers make significant progress on both financing and designing a dam to control normally dry Anaverde Creek. “We can’t allow them to go forward without a financing mechanism in place for the amenities, including the dam,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Williams. “We have to protect the citizens of Palmdale.” Anaverde LLC officials say city officials are unfairly burdening them with the dam, which is to be built more than a mile downstream from the community in an existing earthen flood-control basin adjoining the Antelope Valley Freeway near Pelona Vista Park, and in addition arbitrarily rejected the developer’s proposal to build it with a tax on new Anaverde homeowners. City officials say the requirement for addressing the water runoff is a long-standing one, and that the flood-control works – whether a dam or some other mechanism – is a regional amenity the developer agreed to regardless of the project’s own impact on runoff. And the developer’s financing proposal, city officials say, put all of the burden on Anaverde homeowners. “They are calling for everybody else to pay for it but them,” Williams said. “The burden on the homeowners is too much. We’re asking, what’s the developer going to pay?” City officials said the drainage master plan to which the developers agreed does not specify the type of flood control facility to be built, but does limit runoff to less than 700 cubic feet per second. City officials said the nexus argument does not apply in Anaverde’s case because the developer agreement includes a provision waiving rights to raise the nexus argument. (Anaverde officials disagree they waived the right.) City officials said the developers also agreed to a dam when the planning commission approved a tract map for the project in February 2005. Curtis said the developers agreed then to the dam with the understanding that it would cost $9 million and that other developments, including the neighboring 7,200-home Ritter Ranch, would make significant contributions. Anaverde officials contend that the city agreed itself to build a dam when it acquired the Pelona Vista site years ago from Los Angeles County. Further, they say, the Pelona Vista soccer fields that the city built on part of the property created a need for a bigger, stronger, and, ultimately, much more expensive dam. City officials acknowledged the land transfer was done with the understanding a dam would be built, but state the agreement did not say who was to build it, and add that the soccer fields were in place six years prior to Anaverde LLC taking over the housing development. As for the $9 million figure, city officials said it didn’t come from them. They said they never solicited bids for building a dam and therefore were never in a position to quote such an estimate. As for Anaverde officials’ estimate the dam will really cost $24 million estimate, the city has no way of confirming it, Williams said. “That is a claim they are making without any evidence showing that it is true,” Williams said. “Twenty-four million is their number.” Anaverde officials’ proposed financing plan called for using an existing community facilities district, created so that homeowners over time would pay for Anaverde infrastructure. Under the dam-financing proposal, the district’s tax rate would be increased from 1.8 percent to 2 percent of a home’s value for new buyers coming into Anaverde, not those who have already bought homes. The tax amount could increase up to 2 percent each year. Empire officials said they presented their proposal to City Manager Bob Toone and other city staff at a dinner meeting in mid-June. Anaverde officials said they left the meeting thinking progress was being made only to find the proposal rejected just a few days later. “He (Toone) dismissed it, saying it was inadequate,” Walton said. “There was no discussion, no critique, and no chance to go to the City Council.” Toone suggested a counterproposal to use drainage fees collected from both the Anaverde and Ritter projects to finance a portion of the project with the rest of the cost being handled through the formation of a separate community facilities district. Walton said they want to bring the issue before the City Council in an open meeting. Empire officials believe that Toone is not providing the council with a complete picture of the situation. Toone said he was not obstructing the project or keeping information from the City Council. “I’m working with my team. I’m talking with my council,” Toone said. “I’m not out on my own.” Mayor Jim Ledford said he has no interest in meddling with the city staff’s handling of the dispute. “I don’t believe the City Council should be negotiating with the developer,” Ledford said. “We’re asking them to uphold their end of the agreement.” Ledford said the drainage improvements were among the amenities the developers had told the community they would provide. “These are amenities that are required and agreed to,” Ledford said. “There is an expectation from our residents that they will be built.” City officials believe the dispute will ultimately be resolved though some type of arrangement between Anaverde and the neighboring Ritter Ranch project, which is not yet building homes. Ritter Ranch is also required to provide drainage improvements. SunCal, the Irvine-based company that is developing Ritter Ranch, did not respond last week to requests for comment. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

County clean-ups continue this weekend

first_imgDonegal County Councillors are getting behind the hundreds of volunteers around the county who have participated in this year’s Big Donegal Cleanup.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey said “the feel good factor that has been generated in communities across Donegal over the last few weeks has been magnificent.“Hundreds of people are out and about cleaning up their towns and villages, approach roads, back roads and so on. We are delighted with the response we have received to this year’s Big Donegal Clean Up.” Last week clean ups took place across the county including many clean ups in the Letterkenny area such as the Bohirrill area which saw a good turnout of local residents.The clean up took in the Loughahannon and Meenatole areas and also continued over to the quarry at Calhame.Clean ups will continue this weekend in Creeslough, Dungloe, Maghery and Fintown.Tomorrow (Friday) clean-ups will take place in Glenties and in Carndonagh with big turnouts expected in each town. A further clean up is planned for Carrowmena on 22 April 2017.Motorists are being asked to drive with extra care when they come across a clean-up in progress.Anyone interested in organising a community clean-up should contact the Council on 074 91 53900 or apply online at www.donegalcoco.ie . The Council will provide bags, gloves, litter pickers and can arrange for the collection of the rubbish once it has been bagged.You can also register with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign by calling (01) 400 2219 or at www.nationalspringclean.org.County clean-ups continue this weekend was last modified: April 13th, 2017 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

Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

first_imgShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Fantasmic!2211112 As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsVery light show schedule this week, with only Fantasmic! and World of Color running — no nightly fireworks at Disneyland Park at all. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here. Share This!Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration is upon us!  Between that, (mostly) low crowds and (mostly) pleasant weather, it’s a great week to visit.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.Special Events and NotesThe Year of the Dog is upon us, and Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration is now officially underway at Disney’s California Adventure. You can of course expect special food and drinks, and there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners decorating the park. Additionally there are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (basically a pre-show* to World of Color);Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,The Lucky Wishing Well.For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules. California Adventure8-118-1110-910-910-99-99-11 CrowdsAs is common this time of year, we’ll see low to modest crowds most of the week, with slightly higher crowds on the weekend.  Saturday is the only day with above average crowds, and Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be very pleasant 2-level crowds.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherSunday and Monday bring a bit of a hot streak for this time of year, even cresting 90 degrees on Monday, but the rest of the week looks to be very pleasant, with high temperatures hovering in the upper 70s and low 80s. With that said, even on the days that get pretty hot, lows in the evenings will dip into the 50s, so make sure you plan accordingly. As per usual, no rain in the forecast. Admission and HoursThe only Passholder blockouts to worry about are on the weekend this week:  Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, while Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday only. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110/$104) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Disneyland8-128-1210-910-910-99-99-12 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsThere are a significant number of attraction closures in effect at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, and it’s a small world are being refurbished.  There is also a project underway to replace the tracks for the Main Street Vehicles that significantly impacts Main Street U.S.A. Those vehicles are not operating, but the whole area is a bit of a disaster. Check out Guy’s recent post on the topic for more.  Looking ahead, both the Storybook Land Canal Boats and the Casey Jr. Circus Train will be undergoing refurbishments starting on February 5.Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, with additional closures to Grizzly River Run and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.  Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.*Note: an earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Hurry Home as a temporary replacement for World of Color. World of Color2211112 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFrilast_img read more

Proteas ousted in World Twenty20 semis

first_img4 April 2014 South Africa batted well and fielded well, but some indifferent bowling and the batting of Virat Kohli saw India to a six wicket victory with five balls remaining in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Friday. The conditions suited India better than the Proteas, but they were made to struggle by the South African batsmen, who took the game to the Indian spinners as they posted a very decent 172 for 4 in their 20 overs. India, though, got off to a fast start in reply and Kohli played a man of the match winning innings of 72 not out off of 44 balls to see them to victory and a place in Sunday’s final against Sri Lanka.‘I had to keep my cool’ “Today was just one of those days where I had to keep my cool,” Kohli said at the post-match ceremony. “Against a world class bowling attack, it is not easy to get boundaries initally, but it was all about sticking in there and believing in myself. I kept telling myself I am good enough to catch up later, no matter who was bowling to me, so I just backed myself throughout.”‘I thought we batted excellently’ South African captain Faf du Plessis praised his team’s batting performance. “I thought we batted excellently,” he said. “It was a very good score against a good attack on this wicket. The ball spun a little bit and they bowled well, Ash [Ravi Ashwin] bowled really well. 170-plus, I thought, was a really good score, so credit to our batters to put up a good total.” Looking back on India’s innings, he added: “MS [Dhoni] and his team, they know how to chase… They’re very good. They’ve got guys that know how to pace the innings. Virat [Kohli] played a very good innings. Sometimes you just have to give credit to a very good batting performance. “They deserve it. They’ve played really good cricket throughout the campaign. They were the better side.”‘We lacked a little bit in our bowling’ Du Plessis said he felt his side’s bowling had been a little sub-standard. “I thought tonight we lacked a little bit in our bowling. I think we bowled nine extras, and if you want to win a World Cup you have to make sure those small one percenters are happening for you. Tonight, unfortunately, it didn’t. If you take those nine extra wides, there are a lot of runs that get scored off of them as well, so we are to blame. “It was an up-and-down campaign for us. Our guys fought beautifully. We were a resilient bunch and we fought through every game, and we fought tonight. I thought we put up a good fight.”‘170 was gettable’ “170 was gettable,” Indian captain MS Dhoni said. “Yes, the bowlers went for a few runs from some big shots, but I felt they bowled quite a few deliveries that were dot balls.” The Proteas lost Quinton de Kock in the very first over of the match, given out caught behind by MS Dhoni off of the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six. De Kock looked less than impressed with the umpire’s decision, but he had to walk.Useful partnership Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis then put on a useful partnership of 35 in 4.3 overs before Amla fell, a victim of a superb leg-spinner from Ravi Ashwin, which Amla missed as he tried to play the delivery to leg. The ball struck his off stump and he was out for 22 off of 16 deliveries. JP Duminy and Du Plessis then added 71 off of 8.4 overs to put India on the back foot, with South Africa on 115 for 3 when Du Plessis departed in the 14th over for a very well played 58 off 41 balls, which included five fours and two sixes. He was somewhat lucky to be dismissed by Ashwin; after giving himself space to the leg side, he went down on his back knee to try to sweep the delivery to the on side, but it bounced a little more than he expected, struck him in the chest and deflected away towards off and into the stumps.De Villiers dismissed AB de Villiers threatened to put the Indian bowlers to the sword, but when Ashwin sent down a short ball, he went for a six, but got too far under the ball and was caught on the boundary by Rohit Sharma for 10 off eight balls, leaving South Africa on 129 for 4. Possibly because he feared bringing left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja back into the attack with a very short leg side boundary for JP Duminy, who was set at the crease, Indian captain MS Dhoni called on opening bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma to bowl the last two overs of the South African innings.26 off of the last two overs Duminy and David Miller made Dhoni pay for that decision, plundering 26 off those overs to take the Proteas to 172 for 4. Duminy finished undefeated on 45 off 40 deliveries, with three sixes, while Miller’s cameo was 23 off 12 balls. Ashwin led the Indian bowling attack with an excellent return of 3 for 22 in his four overs.Fast start In reply, India got off to a flying start, making 33 runs off of the first three overs, bowled by JP Duminy, Albie Morkel and Dale Steyn. In the fourth over, however, they lost Rohit Sharma, caught by Du Plessis off Beuran Hendricks for a quickfire 24 off of 13 balls. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli then took the Indian total to 77 before Rahane was caught by De Villiers off the bowling of Parnell for 32 from 30 deliveries. Together they had added 38 in 5.4 overs. Kohli and Yuvraj Singh advanced the score to 133 before De Villiers took a second catch, this time off of the bowling of Imran Tahir, to see Yuvraj depart for 18 off 17 balls.Crucial over The 17th over of the Indian innings proved to be crucial to their victory. Bowled by Parnell, it went for 17 runs, which include a wide, a six, and two fours, both from Suresh Raina, one of them a top edge and the other an inside edge. When Steyn went for 13 in the 18th over, India were almost home on 163 for 3. South Africa, though, were not done yet and Hendricks had Raina caught by Du Plessis for 21 off of 10 balls with the total on 167. By then, though, the damage had been done. Kohli duly took India to victory with a four off of the first ball of the final over and the Proteas’ World Twenty20 challenge was over.last_img read more

SA coach aims to grow wheelchair basketball in Africa

first_img24 April 2014 National men’s wheelchair basketball coach Franck Belen hosted a technical coaching course over the Easter weekend at Mandeville, near Johannesburg, to help grow the game in South Africa. He is also aiming to grow the sport on the African continent. Belen, the head coach of the Sasol-sponsored national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team, said the course, which covered areas including medical, hygiene, warm-up and warm-down techniques, wheelchair basketball equipment maintenance, and on-court match situation exercises, was the first of many to be held as part of a four-year plan to develop and empower coaches on the continent. Other areas covered during the coaches’ course included knowing how to structure a practice, knowing the basic rules of the sport, and understanding the role of Wheelchair Basketball SA and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.Beyond South Africa’s borders “With the Sasol SA national senior men’s team set to compete in a six nation international tournament in Agadir, Morocco, from 8 to 15 June, this creates another platform for a leg of the coaches course to be held in that country, so the knowledge can be spread well beyond the borders of South Africa,” Belen said in a statement. “The course covers a wide range of elements so that when the participants go home to rural or urban areas, they will be able to apply the knowledge to young athletes who wish to be as competitive as possible in the sport of wheelchair basketball.”Shortlist Following several national team training camps held earlier this year, at which the coach was able to access a large number of players invited to trials, a shortlist of 20 players is being formed from which the team to compete in Morocco will be selected. “The key focus for 2014 has been to create a squad of depth, from which a winning formula can be developed, so that the Sasol SA national senior team can compete and achieve success at next year’s Paralympic qualifying matches,” said Belen. “A lot of the national team’s experienced players retired from the sport after the 2012 London Paralympics, and we are in a team re-building process with an eye towards the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Right now, the training camps have been of more value than playing international fixtures, as we look to build the confidence of several new faces on the fringe of team selection.”Rankings The South African team is currently ranked 12th in the world and second on the African continent. Sasol CA Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane said wheelchair basketball is an action-packed sports package, conducive to family fun and entertainment, which Sasol, as a sponsor of the national senior men’s team, has been involved with since 2007. “Wheelchair Basketball SA needs to be commended for taking the initiative to roll out the Sasol Wheelchair Basketball Technical Excellence Coaching Programme which will benefit many aspiring coaches across the country,” Mbokane commented. “Following the trip to Morocco, the Sasol SA senior men’s team will host France in July this year, and we look forward to witnessing the South African sports-loving public coming out in support of the home side for this four-test series.” Source: Road to Riolast_img read more

Bringing free wi-fi to the people

first_imgTshwane’s bus rapid transit system, A Re Yeng, began operations in December 2014 and with it came a world-first in mobile connectivity – commuters get uninterrupted free wi-fi on board. (Image: Project Isizwe)In this world of smartphones and other technological gadgets that need data to work, the rollout of free wi-fi is definitely welcomed – perhaps even crucial.There has been a surge in South Africa towards free wi-fi, driven by the government and the private sector. The city of Tshwane, for example, is one of those metros leading the way with public access. A non-profit organisation called Project Isizwe is another group at the forefront of bringing free wi-fi to the people.Project Isizwe aims to open up access to the internet across South Africa, by facilitating the rollout of free wi-fi in public spaces in low-income communities. Its core focus is to harness the power of the internet in these communities for education, and use it as a catalyst for change.According to research by the Wireless Broadband Alliance and Informa, global public wi-fi hotspot numbers will reach 5.8 million this year, compared to 1.3 million in 2011 – a 350% increase.Project Isizwe is an initiative of former Mxit chief executive Alan Knott-Craig Jr. It all started with the Stellenbosch Free Wi-Fi project, whereby Mxit and the municipality partnered to offer free internet access, specifically in townships. Isizwe is still head-quartered in the Western Cape town.“There’s so much content in the world, the problem is access,” Knott-Craig said. “There really is no better way to help the country than to provide internet access and if you can give it to rural and poor communities you have really hit the nail on the head. They will be able to look for job opportunities, health care services, get their textbooks online instead of waiting for someone to deliver [them].”HOW IT WORKSThe project is rolled out through partnerships with municipalities, which pay the company to roll out the networks and provide support in low-income communities for a few years after completion. The first rollout was in Tshwane. Since launching five live sites in November 2013, there have been 11 000 unique users accessing the networks, and there are consistently more than 1 100 daily visitors.An example of how the money flows from municipalities to Isizwe is how much it cost for phase two of the Tshwane rollout: the R53-million includes all equipment, installation, operation and maintenance of over 210 access points – with a capacity of 5 000 users each – for three years.WI-FI ON THE GOTshwane’s bus rapid transit system, A Re Yeng, began operations in December 2014 and with it came a world-first in mobile connectivity – commuters get uninterrupted free wi-fi on board. A Re Yeng buses come equipped with connection to 250MB of free wi-fi per device per day, giving users the ability to look for jobs, access education materials and keep in touch with their friends while on the move around their city.Free wi-fi is currently only available on the trunk route, however, which runs between Pretoria Central and Hatfield.And the minibus taxi industry is not being left behind. In partnership with Telkom Mobile, the South African National Taxi Council launched wi-fi enabled taxis, branded Wi-Taxi, in July 2014. The clearly marked taxis have a code that commuters registered on the database can use to connect to the web for free.A taxi trip can be long and boring and in this age of smartphones the free internet access will make the ride more pleasurable.Wi-Taxi South Africa chief executive Brian Mdluli said at the launch: “Commuters [in taxis with wi-fi] will get 50MB for free per month. There will be 200MB per taxi per day.“I can assure you that it won’t cost the consumer extra. If commuters walk into a taxi rank and have access to wi-fi, they will be able to look for jobs and interact with their friends on a social basis. We believe it will contribute to the growth of the country in general, and it’s part of our contribution as the taxi industry to the development of the country.”last_img read more

Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I was reading a Time magazine article online today, entitled Marketing to yourmind. This article was very provocative and I enjoyed reading it. But after I wasdone, something else caught my attention. I was surprised to see a row of ‘web 2.0’buttons at the bottom of the article. Time magazine, a mainstream publication, has animpressive array of web links to these services. Is this an indication that mainstreammedia has caught the new social media winds? Time magazine after all did name theWeb-enabled YOU as their person of the Year last year.Media is the vehicle for disseminating new servicesWhether we like it or not, media has a huge influence on us. We learn news and inexchange media gets to pitch us (gently) their points of view and their advertisements.The blogosphere has a strong hold on the minds of early adopters. However, it ismainstream publications that reach millions of people – many of whom still know verylittle nothing about new web technologies.Saturating media hubs – like New York Times, PCMagazine and Business Week – with linksto popular new web sites and services, is critical to achieving the threshold for massadoption of those services. So the key question is: Has mainstream mediarecognized ‘web 2.0’ (or the read/write Web, or whatever you want to call it)?To answer this question, we reviewed the web sites of some prominent newspapers andmagazines. The result is the chart below. Related Posts richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As seen from the chart, and perhaps surprisingly, many publications have incorporatedweb 2.0 services into their sites. Time magazine has a particularly impressive array,followed closely by New York Times, Washington Post and InfoWorld. Notably twopublications owned by IDG, Macworld and ComputerWorld, are lagging behind. Yet even thesepublications recognize the power of RSS – the single most widely adopted feature. Indeed,all the mainstream media websites I surveyed had RSS feeds.Mainstream adoption is nearingIt appears that we are nearing a tipping point for the mass adoption of prominent web2.0 services, like digg and del.icio.us. Endorsement by mainstream media opens theseservices up to millions of people who otherwise would either not know about them, or nottake them seriously. So these are not just links, these are literally endorsements – orrecognition of additional value for mainstream media.The image above is from Dr. Barabasi’s networkgalleryAnd if 2007 brings massive adoption to services like del.icio.us, digg and facebook,what would those services be worth then?! Ironically I am writing this from one of theStarbucks cafes on Wall Street, which after it got burned by tech stocks in 1999practically closed its doors to the tech IPOs. Could the mainstream adoption of theseservices change the minds of gray-haired men and women in Armani suits? Perhaps. What wedo know is that whenever crowds come, the (advertising) money follows. Of course onlytime will tell, but it seems like 2007 will provide a good measuring stick for mainstreamadoption of ‘web 2.0’.center_img Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManuslast_img read more