first_imgFIFA previously said it will make substantial sums from its $2.7 billion reserves available in an emergency fund.___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans.The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season.Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.” The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games.The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021.More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.The money is being awarded through the Olympic Solidarity program. The program aims to help all 206 national Olympic teams and the refugee team send athletes to the games.___ Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.”___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.” The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.”The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___ FIFA says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle.FIFA says the next instalment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year.FIFA is easing some criteria required before being paid but the money is still subject to audit checks.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.” The Latest: Le Graët eyes restart with French cup finals France is on lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is scheduled to restart on June 17 if the government allows it.French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët says he hopes “to resume the season and try to go to the end.”His new proposal is that the French Cup final be played either on June 13 or 20 with the League Cup final three days later and then the 10 league games.Le Graët says “this proposal wasn’t challenged.”___ Associated Press April 24, 2020 There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen.___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of the French soccer federation wants the season to restart with the two domestic cup finals followed by remaining league games.last_img read more

first_imgThis is the text of a touching Instagram post of Charles Woodson Wednesday morning to his friend and mentor Willie Brown, with whom he shared the Raiders’ No. 24. Brown died Tuesday at age 78:Crazy day, man. Had you really thinking about the circle of life. You know what I mean? My youngest son’s birthday yesterday was Oct. 22, turned 9 years old. You know how it was. He came down the stairs, laughing and giggling and excited about being 9, man. It was hugs and singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ you …last_img

first_imgThe fourth Japan Summit, hosted by Brand South Africa in Sandton this week, highlighted the importance of trade between South Africa and Japan and the wealth of opportunities for businesses to drive growth in both countries.Rosemary Padi is a homegrown entrepreneur hoping to expand her proudly South African company into Japan. (Image: Yamama Gemmer)Brand South Africa reporterYamama Gemmer is a proudly South African company that produces a healthy ginger-based juice. Entrepreneur Rosemary Padi’s business has been built on a recipe passed down from her mother. Yamama Gemmer is what Saburo Yuzawa refers to as a “one-and-only product”.Yuzawa is managing director and chief editor of the World Economic Review, published by Japan’s Institute for International Trade and Investment. He was speaking at the fourth Japan Summit held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 31 January. The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and the Japan External Trade Organisation, or Jetro, brought together a range of speakers to discuss opportunities for Japanese and South African companies to do business with each other.“South Africa has many ethnicities and cultures,” Yuzawa said. “Each ethnicity has its own uniqueness. A unique value that can be marketed.” He explained that this uniqueness allowed South African companies to develop “one-and-only” products.Yunus Hoosen, head of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Invest SA initiative, told delegates that Japan is South Africa’s fifth-largest import partner (valued at R39.8-billion), and sixth-largest export partner (R50.9-billion). The DTI has a Japanese desk to help South African and Japanese companies access each other’s markets.Hoosen’s talk centred on the establishment of the Invest SA One Stop Shop. Although we do well in global business rankings, he said, we “score poorly on ease of doing business. Our One Stop Shop will help companies navigate permits, licences, and the red tape new investors face.”Growing trade ties between Africa and AsiaAs global economic dynamics shift, Hoosen suggested, Africa’s one billion people will become a major market for Japan. The Asian country will in turn become even more important for African companies. There are a diverse range of opportunities for investment and technology exchanges, such as in petrochemicals, electronics, green and renewable industries, and e-commerce.Shigeyuki Hiroki, Japan’s ambassador to South Africa, said our country remained an attractive investment destination for Japanese corporations. In the last 12 months they have invested R36-billion in South Africa, creating 150 000 jobs. Our infrastructure and talent, Hiroki said, made South Africa a perfect base for Japanese companies eager to invest into Africa.Powering AfricaIn his keynote address Eskom chairman Dr Ben Ngubane said Eskom’s growth, and success, meant economic growth for sub-Saharan Africa. “A reliable high-voltage superhighway grid through Africa is Eskom’s dream.”The current fact of 632-million Africans without access to electricity was a drag on the continent’s economic growth, Ngubane said. But Eskom’s build programme added a  further 3105 megawatts to South Africa’s grid in just the last six months. This has allowed the utility to increase cross border sales by 25%. The increased capacity will benefit not only the South African economy but those of our neighbours and the broader regional economy.For Ngubane, Japan’s role in Africa is unambiguous: it needs to be a source of funding and expertise. “Funding is necessary. Especially from investors who understand that benefits will come over the long term.”Learning from the Japanese MiracleDr Danisa Baloyi, president of the Black Business Council, expanded on this point by highlighting the opportunity that a Japanese-South African trade relationship offers South African entrepreneurs. The Japanese Miracle – its rise from the ashes of defeat in World War Two to become an industrial powerhouse – was built on innovation and the nurturing of small and medium-sized companies.“SMEs can benefit from this relationship,” Baloyi said. “Japanese companies can help with skills development. We encourage entrepreneurs and Japanese business to build alliances.”The Japan External Trade Organisation holds trade fairs and exhibitions across Africa to encourage businesses – especially small businesses – to do business with Japan. (Image: Jetro)The Japanese Miracle was built on government policies that were not simply export-driven. Very early on the Japanese government encouraged the import of American technology, not just finished goods. They understood that technology, not their limited raw materials, would become the basis of economic development.Post-war Japanese governments also made it easier for small business to operate by offering them financial help, incentives to build products for export, and extending offers of mentorship and help for SME management and owners.Japan offers South African and African businesses expertise and markets, while Japanese companies see Africa as a market with unlimited potential. It is vital that this relationship is built on and strengthened. Jetro exists to ensure that this is exactly what happens.As Takashi Yao, of the Marubeni Corporation, explained during his closing remarks: “We provide opportunities for our members and South African businesses. Our aim is to develop Africa’s great potential. To work towards our mutual goal of development.”He used a Japanese proverb to explain how Jetro sees the relationship between South Africa and Japan: Onaji tekki kara taberu – “Eating from the same iron pot”. He was expressing the idea that there is strength and community between South Africa, Africa and Japan because we are all working toward the same goal – prosperity and economic growth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgThe nationwide movement that is inspiring and empowering all South Africans into active citizenship, received another boost today.        Brand South Africa, under the #PlayYourPart programme, in partnership with IQbusiness, launched the #FlyYourFlag initiative at the IQbusiness annual Growth Conference on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 which was attended by 300 business, government and civil leaders.“We are extremely proud to be part of the #FlyYourFlag initiative that IQbusiness has proposed. The inspiring display of patriotism leading up to and during the 2010 World Cup, where everyone identified with the flag and wanted to be seen displaying the flag, infused a level of social cohesion that the country had not seen before. As proud South Africans, we need to recapture the spirit and pride of our rainbow nation and #FlyYourFlag” says Thembi Kunene-Msimang, CEO of Brand South Africa.The IQbusiness Growth Conference features exceptional thought leaders who provide practical advice on how to drive collective responsibility and participation in our country’s future.In his closing address, Adam Craker – the IQbusiness CEO – challenged all companies to reignite their South African pride by committing to flying a South African flag outside of all their branches, offices and other premises.        “We are challenging business, government and civil society to show their commitment to the future of this country by proudly flying a South African flag. If we are serious about changing the direction of the country, we must look as much at ourselves as our new leadership,” says IQbusiness CEO, Adam Craker.Brand South Africa and IQbusiness will be the driving force behind #FlyYourFlag to address some of the challenges the country is facing:1. Job creation: The South African flags, flag poles and installation will be manufactured locally as part of the IQbusiness Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Programme.2. Flag ambassador: Flag ambassadors will be nominated, in each organisation, to be responsible for the flag; they will educate the community on its significance and how flags should be treated.3. Youth Empowerment: Roadshows will be conducted at all flag sites, on the importance of the South African flag and the etiquette accompanying it.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this week I sat down with a startup working on an iPad app for news discovery. For several hours the talk revolved around user interface and experience, user acquisition and retention and the difficulty in penetrating a mobile market that is so flooded with apps that individual apps find it almost impossible to stand out. The mobile app industry has grown to mammoth volumes so quickly that even terrific products can’t make an impact among the chaos. And without impact, there are no users and without users there is no business model. This startup is entering a field dominated by the likes of Flipboard, Pulse, Zite,, News360 and several other new aggregation/curation apps. It is going mobile first (tablets specifically) and plans to roll out to the Web next.  I looked at the CEO of this startup and asked, very pointedly, “So what? What makes you think you can cut through all clutter to not only grab my attention, but keep it?”The question was rhetorical and a bit unfair. I was not really talking about his specific product, but about any mobile app getting ready to launch. Several years ago, the call to action among venture capitalists and startups was to build new products “mobile first” and for the Web second, if at all. As it becomes increasingly hard to compete in the app market, some people are starting to rethink this strategy.Rethinking The Mobile First MantraProminent venture capitalist Fred Wilson was one of the first to endorse the mobile first movement, in a blog post in September 2010. Nearly two years later, Wilson has revised his views on the matter in a new blog post called What Has Changed. His new position: “think mobile first, but do not neglect the Web.”Wilson notes that only a few apps have done extremely well going mobile only. Wilson quotes Vibhu Norby, co-founder of Everyme and Origami, who lists Instagram (which parlayed its mobile photo sharing app into a huge acquisition by Facebook), Tango, Shazam and, “maybe 2 or 3 others” as companies that have truly succeeded on a mobile-first basis. Mobile only social network Path might belong on that list, but “successful” in terms of user acquisition and retention might be a stretch for Path. If we look at success from a gaming standpoint, several mobile game makers have found success, most notably Angry Birds maker Rovio.Norby continues, “I use my phone more than anything else. I just don’t think that an entrepreneur who wants a real shot at success should start their business there. The Android and iOS platform set us up to fail by attracting us with the veneer of users, but in reality you are going to fight harder for them than is worthwhile to your business. You certainly need a mobile app to serve your customers and compete, but it should only be part of your strategy and not the whole thing.”Therein lays the rub. The acceleration of the Mobile Revolution makes developers and entrepreneurs eyes pop and rush to their favorite IDE to build what they believe in their heart of hearts will be the next big thing. Once the design and development work is done, they hit “publish” for the iOS App Store and Google Play, hope for positive TechCrunch reviews and wait for the users to come rolling in.And are disappointed. Bitterly. The Staggering NumbersEarlier this week, mobile analytics company Flurry reported on the massive growth it sees in the mobile app economy. Flurry tracks 250,000 apps from 85,000 developers, a massive slice of the app industry. In November, Flurry recorded a trillion app events (an event is when someone completes an action within an app, like recording a song). Flurry also recorded 60 billion user sessions (tracked by when a user opens and then closes an app). This data produces the classic “hockey stick” that charts explosive growth.  dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app development#App Economy#Web Development Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Developers see these metrics and tell themselves, “I can build an app and take advantage of all these eyeballs. It will be easy.”The problem is that Flurry equates this massive growth with opportunity. In reality, this growth can actually make it more difficult for mobile app developers to succeed. The barrier for entry for a significantly successful mobile app has never been higher. There are more than 1.4 million apps between Android’s Google Play and the iOS App Store. Add in another 200,000 or so on between BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Market and, well, those are staggering numbers. Of course, there are duplicates among and within the app stores (you can find Instagram on both iOS and Android, for instance) but the amount of unique apps vying for attention is immense. “Mobile and apps are gobbling up the Web and consumer Internet, and that’s where the opportunity is. And the opportunity has never been bigger,” Flurry’s CEO Simon Khalaf notes in the blog post. But Khalaf also notes the very problem plagueing would-be app makers. “Traffic acquisition is still an art more than a measurable science. No one has defined a set of metrics that the venture industry can use to universally compare the value of one app property to another, and business models on mobile are still new,” Khalaf writes. The app economy is incredibly top heavy – the biggest and brightest taking the lion’s share of revenue. Research firm Canalys reports that the top 25 app developers in the United States account for nearly 50% of all revenue. Most of those are gaming companies like Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Rovio and Glu. Games accounted for 145 of the top 300 apps in the iOS App Store and 116 of the top 300 in Google Play. This covers only app sales and not necessarily advertising revenue or in-app purchases, but it makes sense that games dominate the app economy. Flurry’s data supports this, with 43% of time spent on mobile apps being some form of gaming. Flurry’s analysis from July shows that 32% of revenue for apps on iOS and Android go to the top 100 apps. The paid download economy for mobile apps is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 billion in 2012. That’s big enough that the long tail of the app economy can make money – but with anywhere from 32% to 50% of revenue going to only a handful of app makers, the chances of big success in the long tail (where 99% of apps live) is slim.Wilson also notes that the cycle inherent to gaining users in the mobile first world is difficult to master on any type of large scale.“… [D]istribution is much harder on mobile than web and we see a lot of mobile first startups getting stuck in the transition from successful product to large user base. strong product market fit is no longer enough to get to a large user base. you need to master the ‘download app, use app, keep using app, put it on your home screen’ flow and that is a hard one to master,” Wilson wrote. Mobile First Or Multi-Channel From The Start?The problem with the mobile first approach is user acquisition and retention in the face of immense volume. Even the best built, most beautiful apps will fail if their creators cannot rustle up enough eyeballs.So, we come back to the original question: Do you build for mobile first from the beginning or do you build for multi-channel distribution knowing that it might take more time to get the service off the ground? A mobile-first approach implies that, for a significant period early in your apps life, it will be mobile only. And that can be a problem.To a certain extent, it depends on what you are building. Games are much easier to make mobile because they are self-contained units specific to the device they were downloaded on. Yes, it would be nice if I could pause a game of Angry Birds and move from my tablet to my PC and pick up at exactly the point I left off, but this is not really necessary. WIth a news app or a social network or a photo app or a music app, users very much want to move from their smartphone or tablet to their computer and back again with as much ease as possible. For every Instagram that survives the mobile-only world, there are startups like Path where mobile only might be one of its biggest detriments. Norby gets to the heart of the mobile-only conundrum: It’s much easier to get new users on board a service on the Web than on a mobile device. “… [T]he experience of signing up for a service is superior in every way. Typing is easier. Sign-up with OAuth is faster. Tab to the next field. Provide marketing alongside sign-up as encouragement. Auto-fill information is a feature in every browser. The open eco-system of the web and 20 years of innovation has solved many of the most difficult parts of onboarding. With mobile, that kind of innovation is lagging significantly behind because we create apps at the leisure of two companies, neither of which have a great incentive to help free app makers succeed,” Norby wrote. Developers need to think of more than just the product they are creatiing. “Will it work on Android? iOS? Windows Phone?” is an important question, but it’s secondary to “What do I need to do to turn this into a viable business?” That business question is often lost among excited developers building a great app. Ironically, it is one reasonswe end up shedding tears for all the crappy startups that can’t raise any more money. It is not enough to build a great app, throw it into the celestial ether, maybe do some press outreach and marketing and hope for success. There are too many startups building apps, not businesses. Mobile apps that come to the fight with the appropriate tools in place give themselves the best chance of success. That means a website to easily onboard mobile users and give them information, a plan for marketing that offers a chance to reach the top lists on the app stores, and a consistent message to the press and consumers.Sound like a lot of work? It is a lot of work. It takes time, money and patience – on top of everything that goes into creating the app itself. The era of easy riches in the mobile app economy is over. The first movers have consolidated their positions. Sure, there are still a few lucky stories (like this Dental Surgery app that came out of nowhere) or outliers that fall into success without the requisite groundwork – but they are increasingly rare.That doesn’t mean the mobile market still doesn’t offer immense potential for riches. And designing a business with a mobile-first mentality is definitely the way to go. But make no mistake, rising above the noise with a mobile-only product is getting harder and harder – no matter how good the app may be.Top image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Related Posts Flurry then notes the amount of time people spend with their mobile apps per day in relation with the Web and television. Apps are catching up, Flurry says, with 127 minutes of app usage per day, in comparison with 70 minutes of Web and 168 minutes of TV (I would like to meet some of these people who use apps for more than two hours a day). Gaming dominates mobile usage (one reason Rovio does so well with Angry Birds) followed by social networking then entertainment and utilities.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Busquets relieved with Slavia Prague winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted relief after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Busquets admitted they were made to suffer in the Czech capital. “It’s an important victory,” Busquets said after the win. “We knew we had back-to-back games coming up against them (in Europe) and winning away is always important. It’s really complicated and even group. These three points give us an advantage at the top and we hope to be able to take advantage of that at home in the next game. “(The final minutes) were difficult. We knew they would take risks, put lots of players forward and if we didn’t press it was going to be tough. We had chances but we also suffered quite a bit. They had the game lost and were throwing bodies forward. We had the numbers on the break but we suffered until the end.” On the missed chances, he said: “Sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in. Our second goal wasn’t the best but it still counts. We have to keep on going.” And on Lionel Messi, who scored the opener, Busquets added: “He’s had a tough start to the season because of injuries. He’s fundamental to the way we play and a lot goes through him. He’s getting his rhythm back but it won’t take him long because he’s the best in the world.” last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: A city resident has accused an RTI activist named SK Sharma for threatening him to sell a piece of land and trying to extort Rs 5 lakh from him on the pretext of saving him from a government inquiry for allegedly acquiring more than one Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) plot under a quota.In a statement to police, the resident has claimed that S K Sharma had collected information about the plot owned by him through an RTI query. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSharma had then approached the complainant’s house and started enquiring about him, but he was away at work and could not meet him. The man later approached Sharma in his house in May this year. “When I met him, he told me I had taken more than one government plot under the quota and he could help me sell it off if I paid him Rs 5 lakh,” said the complainant. He added that the accused also told him that if he didn’t agree to the proposal, he would have to make rounds of courts and his wife could lose her job. Sharma had allegedly been calling and harassing the complainant and his family ever since and forcing them to sell the land. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He also told us he knew senior officers in the police and judiciary and any complaints against him would only be a waste of time,” the complainant said. The accused used his influence in the police force to threaten the man, he claimed. An FIR has been registered at Sector 10 police station under Section 386 of the IPC, about “extortion by putting a person in fear of death”. This is not the first such complaint against Sharma. Earlier too, a similar complaint had been filed against the RTI activist not only at Gurugram but also in police stations of Delhi.last_img read more