Dublin airport Ryder Cup tweet met with angry responses

first_imgNewsTransportDublin airport Ryder Cup tweet met with angry responsesBy Bernie English – July 26, 2019 1519 Previous articleWATCH: Kiely names unchanged team for All-Ireland semi finalNext articleFreeze on home helps must go Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Mayor of Clare and Shannon councillor Cathal Crowe (FF) says he plans to contact Shannon bosses, Mary Considine and Rose Hynes directly on the matter.“This is predatory and an insult to everyone in the Mid West. Shannon is the gateway airport for the Ryder Cup and Adare, not Dublin.“We down here might be rolling our eyes at this tweet, but that has gone out to the world and that’s what people have seen internationally,” he told the Limerick Post. Facebook Print Advertisement Email A MASSIVE row is brewing following a tweet from the Dublin Airport Authority, which declares it is the gateway airport for the Ryder Cup.The major international golf tournament was this week announced for Adare for 2026 and will bring huge visitor numbers and revenue for the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But there has been a huge groundswell of anger at the DAA tweet, with people in Limerick and Clare firing angry tweets back.last_img read more

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The Future of Angry Birds & What it Means

first_imgRovio, the company behind the wildly popular app Angry Birds, has plans to launch a live, multi-player and multi-media version of its mobile game. That new, richer version of the game could be offered at no cost to the data plans of users, through carrier partnerships. If successful, this plan for what to do with the huge Angry Birds market footprint (now with more than 100 million downloads), could cause substantial technical and economic disruptions across the mobile world. Rovio hopes it will, as do a number of other industry players.We put clues together at South by Southwest this week, based on conversations with several Rovio team members and other industry leaders, and sketched out what I believe is the company’s plan. Rovio team members have now confirmed that the following theory is accurate.Announcements Stacked Up HighRovio was at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this week to make a number of announcements. First, the company told the world that it has raised more than $42 million in venture funding, including from early Facebook backers Accel Partners. Then the company announced that it just passed 100 million downloads of Angry Birds, a number it estimates means that one-third of all smart phone owners have Angry Birds on their devices. The company also talked about its new Mighty Eagle software development kit (SDK), which will allow third party games to integrate the level-busting Mighty Eagle character Angry Birds sells into their games, in exchange for cross promotion by Rovio. Angry Birds, With Live VideoPeter Vesterbacka, whose title at Rovio is simply “Mighty Eagle,” told me the company is also working on an arrangement with mobile carriers to offer a data-free version of Angry Birds. I thought that was interesting but didn’t think much of it, until I told my wife about it and she said, “so what, how much data does it take to play Angry Birds?”It was a great question, and one I sought to find an answer for by speaking to a number of other people at the event, some of whom I’ve shared thoughts from here. The best theory: that the company is developing a version of the game for which a data-free plan will be meaningful for players. Multi-player live challenges, with multi-media, something heavy duty that players would sit on all day and rock the mobile phone networks with. What would be so disruptive about a live Angry Birds? It will be data-free Angry Birds, similar to Facebook’s Facebook Zero deal with mobile carriers around the world. Facebook Zero is super light-weight, though. Is there really anything Angry Birds could add to its app that would make a meaningful impact on a data consumer’s costs? Vesterbacka said he has no doubt there is. He also points out that outside the United States, data caps are lower and sometimes data consumption is purely metered. What kinds of features could be added that would bump up the data load of Angry Birds? Vesterbacka said he had no problem thinking of a lot. Theoretically, for example, the app could offer video play-back sharing of great shots. It could include Facetime-like video chat inside the multi-player challenges. The 80 million views of video trailers and previews on the Rovio YouTube channel could be served up from the app itself, instead of from YouTube. Those were just three quick examples; Vesterbacka said he could think of more, all day long. He’s a refreshingly straight-forward person to talk to, and he’s not alone in that on the team.What’s In It for the Phone CompaniesWhy will mobile carriers be willing to eat those bandwidth costs and offer an app like that for free? Rovio hopes they will do so in exchange for a cut of revenues from the carrier level e-commerce platform it has built called the Bad Piggy Bank. When the Bad Piggy Bank was announced earlier this year, we called it a big sign of things to come in terms of network level features including but not limited to e-commerce. Network level functionality like this could be a big new area of innovation in the future.Rovio hopes that the Bad Piggy Bank will be deployed by app developers and carriers around the world who are concerned about the concentration of power in Apple’s iTunes. Rovio also hopes it will be able to use its big market share to push carriers towards making their networks more favorable for software developers.Vesterbacka said he hopes to make Angry Birds the most carrier-friendly mass app on the market as well, by making design and development decisions informed by the efficiency interests of the network. Limiting the number of times a messaging connection is open and closed per user session, for example, is something the networks really appreciate – but it’s also a big battery saver for the user.What’s In It For App DevelopersSome app developers believe, though, that Rovio’s biggest impact will be in pushing the network providers towards conditions more favorable for app developers.Rudy De Waele, co-founder of international mobile app showcase AppCircus, has this to say about Rovio.“Those guys are going to challenge the whole ecosystem. They think big, they think ahead and they can pull off breakthroughs on multiple levels.“Mobile operators are desperately trying to reach developers, they know they have to change, but at the big ones, their DNA isn’t ready to talk to individual developers. Peter [Vesterbacka] knows the carriers and that opens a lot of doors, because they’ve been doing things under the old model of apps and big carriers for years.“This has never been seen before, you’re a mobile game and you go to Hollywood! It’s going to be a challenge for the carriers to get onboard, but I look forward to the advantage that the first ones capture, especially with young people and gamers, when they start offering these Angry Bird experiences for free and jump on board the rest of this plan.”What might that look like? De Waele offered the example of Spanish and Latin American network carrier Telephonica. That company recently launched an API that gives app developers a cut of the revenue generated from the data their apps let customers consume. Rovio could do things like agitate for programs like that around the world or push for developers to get a better cut. Vesterbacka raised the concern that mobile carriers would likely charge customers or developers a premium for the best bandwidth allocation, with those unwilling to pay more getting “best effort” service. Angry Birds could leverage its giant market share to make sure their users are exempt from such constraints, for example.Sam Morton, co-founder of a startup called Screach, the winner of the App Circus mobile startup competition at South by Southwest, said he’s hopeful about the impact Angry Birds could have on the relationship between developers and carriers. “If these guys trailblaze for us, it really opens things up. Then Apple becomes less important.”The Power and Pitfalls of Cross-Network PlatformsThat might be taking things a bit far, but Rovio certainly aims big. Can the Bad Piggy Bank become the cross-network e-commerce platform that the world outside Apple gets behind to challenge Apple’s dominance? Oren Michels of API management company Mashery says the carriers may not want to collaborate using Rovio e-commerce to counter-balance Apple’s e-commerce power because they are focused on differentiating themselves individually and often prefer not to work together. Not everyone agrees. “Rovio is showing that it’s possible to simultaneously shift the revenue model for service providers, support the needs of developers and give consumers a better user experience,” says Laura Merling, senior VP of international network instrumentation service Alcatel-Lucent’s Open API Platform. (Disclosure: Both Mashery and Alcatel-Lucent are ReadWriteWeb sponsors.)Scaling Up Like FacebookThe ultimate outcome of the company’s efforts are of course unknowable today, but it’s guaranteed to be interesting to watch. Leading mobile and network industry analyst Chetan Sharma offered us this take on the viability of Rovio’s plans.The biggest leverage Angry Birds have is scale. Scale is very hard to build. If they play their cards right, they could become what Facebook is to online social networking. Facebook focused maniacally on building the scale first, because once you have scale – meaning millions of users using your products on a daily basis, you could build a business just selling chewing gum (you get my point). A data-charge free version is right in line with Facebook’s data-free social networking app & access. Good for carriers, good for consumers and good for Rovio. “Building a successful billing system will be a bit difficult because it directly impacts operator billing revenue strategies. Rovio should continue to leverage and build ‘Angry Bird as a Service’ or Angry Birds as a Platform and they will have multiple opportunities open up for them. They have tremendous respect in the ecosystem and with ever-increasing reach and consumer addiction, their future looks bright.”The future looks bright indeed for Angry Birds; bright, media-rich, real-time, free and disruptive on a platform level. That’s a very ambitious vision for a pile of pigs and birds. Such could be the foundation of the mobile Web’s future. Tags:#Analysis#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Plus the Value You Add

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Despite how common it is, of the toughest challenges a sales person (or sales organization) can face is having a product or service with the same cost basis as their competitor’s. You each pay the same price for the component parts that make up what you sell, whatever that may be. The difficulty is caused by the fact that your prospective clients know that your cost basis is the same, resulting in a lot of pressure on your pricing.Costs + The Value You AddBut the difference between your price and your competitor’s price is only one thing: the difference in the value that you add. Your price is X plus the value that you add. Your competitor’s prices is X plus the value that they add.Your job as a sales person (or as a sales organization) is to focus on creating the value that makes you worth paying more to obtain.This doesn’t mean that it’s ever easy to compete in this situation. But it does mean that some of your competitors will choose to subtract value in order to capture market share. Instead of trying to be best-in-class, world-class, or exceptional in any way, these sales organizations will subtract value in an attempt to be just good enough. They treat their offering as if it’s a commodity, and so some segment of your market (probably too larges a segment) will choose to believe that you sell as a commodity.The UpsideThere is an upside to this problem. The subtraction of value creates dissatisfaction.If your prospective clients suggests that price is most important, you can test that theory by asking them if they’re willing to give up service, support, the business results they really need, or any of the things that make you a strategic partner. Invariably, mature business people will answer that all those other factors are important to them, and probably more important than price.But you will run into the rare few who will say the price is the most important factor of all. They suffer under the persistent delusion that they can have all of the things that come along with the higher price by still choosing the lowest priced provider. These dream never come true, and the people and companies by this way suffer from an equally persistent dissatisfaction. And when the pain is great enough, they mature and make the necessary investments.Your price is X plus the value you create. It has nothing to do with your competitor’s price. The case that you need to make is that you can and will create the additional value you are trying to capture.last_img read more

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Service attaches from friendly foreign countries visit INA

first_imgKozhikode (Ker), Aug 23 (PTI) A delegation of 20 service attaches (FSAs) from friendly foreign countries arrivedtoday at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala in Kannur district on a two-day official visit. They were received by the academys Principal Director (Training) Commodore Arjun Dev Nair. The visiting FSAs were formally briefed on INAs infrastructure progress and plans, training processes and training facilities, a release from the INA said. A conducted tour to academic faculties and laboratories, warship simulator, weapon training centre, sail training centre, firing Range, sports facilities, equitation training centre, cadets mess, cadets squadrons and aquaticscomplex was also held for the delegation, it said. The FSAs expressed interest in exploring possibilities for enhancing training cooperation with their respective countries and participation in the annual Admirals Cup Sailing Regatta. PTI KV SS MVVlast_img read more

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Bob Huggins’ Daughters Tweeted Rape Jokes About Maryland’s Dez Wells Sunday Night

first_imgBob Huggins's daughter tweets about Dez Wells.Maryland and West Virginia rarely play each other in basketball, so there isn’t much of a rivalry between the two programs that border each other. After Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game, though, maybe one is going to heat up. The No. 5-seeded Mountaineers defeated the No. 4-seeded Terrapins in a contest in Columbus that featured a lot of trash talking and some pretty physical play. There appears to be some hatred of Maryland stemming from the family of WVU coach Bob Huggins, too. During and after the game, Twitter accounts seemingly belonging to Huggins’ daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacqueline Huggins, tweeted rape jokes about Terrapins’ senior star Dez Wells. Jenna Leigh Huggins, who is listed as West Virginia’s “program assistant,” later deleted those tweets and made her Twitter account private. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.59.49 AMHuggins’ other daughter, Jacqueline, tweeted a similar joke. The tweet was still online as of Monday morning. “NO MEANS NO DEZ!” –@JennaLeigh44— (@JacqueHuggins) March 23, 2015Wells was expelled from Xavier in 2012 following a sexual assault allegation. Those allegations were deemed unworthy of prosecution, though, and Wells sued the school. The lawsuit was settled out of court “in a matter satisfactory to the parties,” according to the Washington Post. West Virginia is set to face Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.last_img read more

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NWC to Receive Equipment for Reading of Water Meters

first_img The handheld computers currently being used by the NWC came to the end of their product-life last year Cabinet has approved a contract of just over US$1 million to Spatial Innovation Limited Story Highlights Cabinet has approved a contract of just over US$1 million to Spatial Innovation Limited for the supply and maintenance of 250 multi-functional handheld computers to be used for reading water meters.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, during a Jamaica House press briefing held on Wednesday, September 18, at the Office of the Prime Minister.Ms. Falconer informed that the handheld computers currently being used by the National Water Commission (NWC) came to the end of their product-life last year.In the absence of the handheld meters, the readings are being recorded on paper and then processed.She said the manual process is inefficient, prone to errors, and lacks the management controls the handheld computers provide.The maintenance portion of the contract will run for five years. The manual process is inefficient, prone to errors, and lacks the management controlslast_img read more

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Social media turns on AFN for signing MOU with Canada

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsThe Crown and the Assembly of First Nations held its first permanent high level meeting Monday.During a photo op of the meeting, the prime minister and national chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a memorandum of understanding.It spelled out a list of shared priorities they agreed to work on.The reaction to the signing on social media was swift and largely [email protected]last_img

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