Joe Lumley is again in goal for QPR and the fit-again James Perch returns to the starting line-up for the match against Blackburn at Ewood Park.With goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who had been lined up to replace Rob Green, out with an elbow injury, the 20-year-old Lumley makes his league debut for the R’s.Conor Hudnott, a keeper signed by Rangers after being released by Chelsea two years ago, is on the substitutes’ bench.QPR are still without Charlie Austin, so Sebastian Polter is up front. There are eight changes to the side that lost at Nottingham Forest on Saturday in the FA Cup.Blackburn, meanwhile, are without the injured Nathan Delfouneso, Danny Guthrie and Fode Koita.Blackburn: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Hanley, Spurr, Bennett, Evans, Akpan, Conway, Lawrence, Rhodes.Subs: Raya, Henley, Brown, Olsson, Williamson, Taylor, Lenihan.QPR: Lumley; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Faurlin, Henry; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Hudnott, Angella, Chery, Luongo, Tozser, Mackie, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
US airlines are expecting another bumper holiday season Don’t look now, but airline competition is heating up south of the U.S. border. The airline stirring the pot is Southwest Airlines. With 125 million intra US passengers, the country’s largest domestic airline has plans to become a significant international player.Admittedly, international penetration remains modest at this moment concedes John Kirby, Southwest’s senior director of international business management. But by this time next year, Kirby projects a full one-sixth of the airline’s growth will be in the international arena.Darryl Jenkins has seen this move coming for a decade and a half now. As early as 2000 the president of the American Aviation Institute says, “It was pretty obvious that they were running out of suitable domestic markets.”Now, the carrier flies from ten US cities down to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, in all with 30 international departures daily. Modest numbers indeed, until you realize that Southwest has identified some 50 destinations in the Americas that it can fly to on what it calls a near international basis. That means as far as the range of its 737-700s and 737-800s will carry them.Mike Boyd, president of the Boyd Group, an aviation consultancy, says the expansion presently takes in “very near range South America and a lot of Central America” and the Caribbean. Southbound, “that’s all they can do” because of the range of their 737s. Southwest is an all 737 airline and by far the largest operator of the aircraft.Range capabilities won’t be as much of a problem when Southwest takes delivery of its more fuel-efficient 737 MAX aircraft later on in the decade. Fuel efficiency equates with longer range. If it chooses, Southwest could push deeper into Latin America than the near-northern rim of South America and virtually the whole of Central America.Southwest had identified three US cities that will see most of the international action: Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, and Houston.If you live in, or connect over, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International or Houston Hobby airports the array of international flight opportunities should grow significantly over the next few years.Baltimore is where low-fare AirTran cut its international teeth before it merged with Southwest. With the merger, AirTran brought its fleet of internationally-equipped 737-700s, as well as its international expertise. Both have proven invaluable, as Southwest has cautiously tested the temperature of the international waters.Fort Lauderdale is already the Latin launch pad for a pair of low-fare competitors, JetBlue and Spirit. It’s also close to American Airlines’ formidable Latin American hub at Miami International Airport. This begs the questions: can three low-fare carriers compete successfully out of one airport? Can Southwest’s international focus on Fort Lauderdale lead to too many seats, and, at least temporarily, lower airfares? “That’s an interesting question,” says Jenkins. It could well depend on “how aggressive and expansive Southwest really is.”John Kirby believes the south Florida market is robust enough to handle the competition, and that his airline brings with it the added advantage automatic brand loyalty.Then there’s Houston Hobby, already the site of already formidable domestic operations for Southwest. By the fourth quarter of 2015, about a year from now, plans are to open a five-gate international terminal at the close-to-downtown airport. Southwest will have preferential use of four of those gates. It anticipates eventually serving 20 to 30 ‘near-international’ destinations out of Houston.The move has riveted the attention of Bush Houston Intercontinental-hubbed United Airlines, which raised objections to Hobby’s new international facility. “They realize that we’re coming,” says Kirby. “They’ve seen the international terminal going up. We fully expect them to compete with us. When there’s competition, the consumer wins.”Chicago Midway Airport is a case-in-point. When Southwest launched nonstop Chicago – Cancun, Mexico service, that market “grew by almost 50 percent,” asserts Kirby. When Chicago – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic flights started, he says the size of the market soared by some “250 percent.” The reason: service and “slight fare stimulation.”Without divulging the specific routes Southwest plans fly in the future, Kirby says the carrier is looking closely at a newly-attractive Colombia, a country rich with tourist and business potential that’s finally in the process of shedding itself of drug cartel influence. Located on the 737-700 reachable north rim of South America, Bogota is a big draw. Panama is a place on the grow too. Southwest already flies nonstop from Baltimore-Washington to San Juan, Costa Rica, a hot business and eco-tourism spot in Central America.Again, in terms of numbers the present international presence is modest, at best. International operations consist of 10 US international gateways, 25 international routes (with two more set for June 2015), and eight international destinations. The seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico becomes the ninth next year.Currently, Southwest flies from the US to Aruba; Cancun, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Los Cabos, Mexico; Mexico City, Punta Cana Dominican Republic and Nassau in the Bahamas. Although it flies to San Juan, Puerto Rico too, that’s a US territory. It’s not strictly counted in the international ranks.Although Southwest’s sight is set south just now, the prospects of trans border flights to Canada are certainly not off its radar screen.However don’t look for Southwest Airlines’ Latin strategy to suddenly result in dozens of new routes to dozens of new places. It doesn’t happen that way anymore in the airline industry, an industry that has learned the hard way that too-rapid, break neck expansion can kill an airline. Today, growth is far more measured.“Southwest’s strategic thinking is very long term,” says American Aviation Institutes’ Darryl Jenkins. They’ve had international expansion on their mind for some time.”
dominique tu Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#app development#China#smartphones Due to the rampant intellectual property piracy in China along with low-cost Android phones and hundreds of app stores, many developers assume China is wild and unregulated. The opposite is the case. In China, each local market has its own app certification and QA process. Yes, that means hundreds of app stores with their own sets of regulations. This might not seem like such a problem if you’re able to identify the stores you want your apps on and establish a relationship with them, but it means you have to go through the certification and QA process with all of them.Many App Stores for Many Purposes Western developers are accustomed to working with a handful of app stores, but once again, things are different in China. There are app stores for specific cities and provinces, app stores for specific demographic markets, like married women with kids, even app stores for particular market segments, like gamers or office workers. So finding the right stores for your app is not just a matter of working with the most popular few, but selecting them based on the kind of apps you make, and monitoring current traffic trends, to make sure you’re working with the right market leaders.Even If You Haven’t Published Your App in China, Your App is Probably There AlreadyMany app developers in the West and Japan hesitate to enter the Chinese market at all. They typically cite concerns with IP theft and copycatting. Ironically, the very fact that IP theft and copycatting is so rampant in China pretty much guarantees that their apps already are in China, just published by someone else. It’s sadly quite common that the world’s most popular apps are ripped off so mercilessly in China. The only feasible solution to this problem is working with a local partner who is familiar with the China app stores eco-system, to insure the illegitimate apps are pulled, and replaced by the standard, official app. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces When I discuss this topic with app developers, seven primary points come to mind.Localization is About a Lot More Than Just languageApp developers from the United States and European Union often assume that launching their product in China just requires translating the dialog and text into Chinese. But while this is an important part of the localization process, it’s only just the start. In China, you must also localize your product with the country’s native social network platforms. With Twitter and Facebook blocked, Chinese overwhelmingly prefer local social media products like Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which are integrated into most apps in China.Localization of a Western app requires another level of customization outside the app. If your apps users in China aren’t able to log in with their social network credentials or easily share content from it with their friends, they’re likely to skip it. Localization also includes integrating your app to Chinese-based cloud systems. Thanks to the Great Firewall Of China, an app that uses a cloud solution from outside the country is going to suffer disconnections and delays.Cloud Technology Exists in China, But Still At A Basic LevelWhile apps in China should make use of a local cloud service, the state of cloud technology in China is still generally many years behind what Western developers are accustomed to. With the possible exception of Microsoft Skydrive, for instance, local Web-based drive services are generally not stable in China. Due to the Great Firewall, it’s is important to find a local partner to provide storage services for your app. At the same time, Western cloud storage providers should not assume their lead over China is assured. As with much of China’s technology industry, we should expect Chinese-based technology to reach competitive levels in a few short years. In China, App Stores Take Their 30% Cut … And So Does The Chinese GovernmentOccasionally, app developers wonder out loud if they should just publish their apps in China by themselves, so they don’t have to split their revenue with a Chinese publisher. After all, the app stores are already taking a 30% cut from their earnings, so why give any more to another third party? Trouble is, the Chinese government also takes about 20%+ in revenue from the app developer in taxes and regulation fees. A local partner can absorb these costs, especially if the company is part of an international firm, which is how Apple China does it. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Editor’s Note: Guest writer Dominique Tu is vice president, Greater China at Kii Corporation.Did you know there are more smartphone users in China than any other single country in the world? Pretty soon it won’t even be close. Most app developers in the West realize the Chinese mobile market is massive, but are still a bit hazy about what that means for their app. Do they localize and publish their apps in China and hope for the best? Or do the country’s problems and history of content theft make it not worth the effort? Developers who are hoping to get into the China market by themselves should expect to get hit by deductions from several directions. Credit Cards & Most Other Western Payment Are Not Common In China In many ways, China is still a cash-based society. This makes it difficult for developers to make money through app store purchases. In a similar way, Google Play is not easily accessible in China, which hampers Android app monetization. This means you’ll need to integrate the local online payment options that are popular, such as Alipay. You’ll also want to work directly with China’s three mobile carriers—China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile—because allow in-app payments directly billed on the consumer’s carrier payment plan. About 75% of app payment in China comes through direct carrier billing. International digital payments processor Fortumo has a relationship with all three carriers, which creates a doorway for Western developers. Outside of Fortumo, most direct carrier billing services do not have many Western developer customers, so either you can read and write Chinese, or you’ll need to hire an engineer who can to can communicate with local vendors.People Assume There Are No Rules in China, But There Are Many The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
38 teams have nominated to participate in the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 16 September to Saturday, 19 September 2015. Please find more information in the documents below in relation to the event. NYC UpdateNYC Team CodesNYC Draft Tent MapNYC TFO Tour Leaders OverviewKeep up-to-date with the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNYC Memo
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtlanta United attacker Miguel Almiron could price himself out of a move to Newcastle United.The Mirror says Almiron could be offered as much as £70,000 a week to make a January move to Newcastle. The 25-year-old is believed to want more than £90,000 a week, however.Almiron, of Paraguay, plays for Atlanta United in the MLS and scored 13 goals in 37 appearances this term.Toob boss Rafa Benitez wants to add in January as he’s wary that both Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshinori Muto have been called up by their respective nations in the Asian Cup.
West Ham announce official travel partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have announced Nirvana as their official travel partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The deal will see the company, which specialises in event travel, accommodation and logistics for sporting and leisure events, provide exclusive travel offers to Hammers fans.Nirvana adds West Ham to a list of sporting partners, which include Paralympics GB, British Triathlon and the Ironman European Tour Series. For the Premier League club, Nirvana adds to a list of recent commercial deals in recent months, having signed up the likes of Monster Energy, Ivacy VPN and Osonyq.Karim Virani, West Ham United’s commercial and digital director, said: “It’s fantastic to sign up Nirvana as our official travel partner. Their expertise in planning and logistics will benefit our squads as they travel around the country, and in time we’ll work with Nirvana to bring exclusive offers to our supporters too.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.
BRCA testing rates surged nearly 40% in the week of Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation and had an elective double mastectomy, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute study released today.This is the first report quantifying an increase in BRCA testing rates among women enrolled in a large US health insurance carrier.Prior to Ms. Jolie’s announcement, women with a cancer diagnosis had more BRCA tests than women who did not, the AARP study found. However, during the week of her public announcement, the increase in BRCA testing among women who did not have a cancer diagnosis was nearly twice that of women with a cancer diagnosis. BRCA testing helps identify treatment options for women with the gene mutations before or after they are diagnosed with breast and/or ovarian cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.“Our study showed that the BRCA testing rate increased about 40% and stayed at an elevated level for the rest of the year after Angelina Jolie’s announcement,” said AARP Executive Vice President for Policy Debra Whitman, PhD.On May 14, 2013, Angelina Jolie announced in The New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation and underwent a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. Ms. Jolie’s story gained immediate and widespread international media attention.About 5–10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by hereditary genetic defects, according to the American Cancer Society. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer. Women with either mutation have a high lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.“By revealing her personal story, Angelina Jolie did an incredible job of raising public awareness about the BRCA gene mutations and the increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer,” added Whitman. “We found that Baby Boomer women ages 50- to 64-years-old had the highest increase in testing rates for the BRCA gene.”To better understand the so-called “Angelina Jolie effect”, AARP, in collaboration with Optum Labs, compared BRCA testing rates based on claims among commercially-insured women ages 35 and older in the US, before and after Ms. Jolie’s story was publicized in 2013.Study Highlights• BRCA testing rates increased nearly 40% per week, from an average of 350 tests per week to an average of 500 tests per week and remained elevated for the rest of the year. • Women ages 50–64 had the highest BRCA testing rate increase (44%), followed by women ages 35–49 (40%). • BRCA testing rates increased for women among all racial and ethnic groups: 43% among white women; 43% among Hispanic women; 23% among black women; and 16% among Asian women.AARP’s Public Policy Institute examined the number and rates of BRCA tests among women covered by a large, national U.S. health insurance carrier before and after Angelina Jolie’s May 2013 announcement (January–December 2013). Using data from the Optum Labs database of retrospective administrative claims data, the report also analyzed the age, race/ethnicity, and cancer diagnosis status of women ages 35 and older who received the tests.
During the confrontation, Parks Canada announced that it was suspending the harvest which sent the protesters away declaring victory.Frustrated, the Mi’kmaw hunters were left to pack up camp.“What’s happening now?” asked hunter Vernon Googoo. “The peace officer guy told them, ‘you got your way, you got your way, now you can go.’”“That’s only for now,” answered Danny Paul, a Mi’kmaw hunter and traditionalist. “This isn’t over yet. They fail to realize that they’re in unceded territory to begin with. And that’s the hillbilly or bully mentality that they had.”The Mi’kmaq felt the protesters lacked an understanding of both treaty rights, and of the science behind the reasons for the harvest. And questioned the group’s concern over the moose population.The protesters held signs that read ‘Save the Moose,” and “Stop the Slaughter,” yet another read, “Let’s hunt together.”“They have no comprehension about what we do and how we do it,” said Paul. “They refuse to hear how and why we hunt. All they’re looking at is the ability to fill their own freezers by poaching or bringing in people to guide and bring down and moose and they call that their livelihood.”Hunting guide Dennis Day organized the protest. Day has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, voicing his opposition to the harvest.“Some are protesting the hunt,” said Day. “And some protesting that they’re not involved.”Day contends that the moose population in the highlands is declining and the harvest is unnecessary. He said it hasn’t impacted his business, “We just had to work harder for them.”Day admits he doesn’t know much about the history of the treaties and why the Mi’kmaq have been given first access to the moose harvest in the park.“No I don’t know the background to all that. But I would enjoy hunting with them and that’s the way it should be,” said Day. “This isn’t a racism thing. Like, I’m against Parks Canada. Not Clifford Paul, not for one second.”Clifford Paul is the Moose Management Coordinator for the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources.He said, there’s a misunderstanding of why the Mi’kmaq are harvesting moose in a national park.“We know there’s a problem of hyper-abundance in the park, we know that the ecosystem is damaged,” said Paul. “We’re still willing to work together despite the thing you saw today. These heated voices? We’re still willing to work together.”But he added, “The future of moose and the future of moose management jurisdiction lies with the Mi’kmaq people.”In 2012, Parks Canada signed an agreement with the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. It provides that if there’s too much wildlife in a park, the Mi’kmaq have the first opportunity to harvest the animal.This moose harvest is a first; a pilot project by Parks Canada to bring back the boreal forest. Too many moose throw the ecosystem out of balance.“One third of the boreal forest in Cape Breton Park is severely degraded,” said Derek Quann, the park’s resource conservation manager. “Eleven per cent of the forest has transformed to grassland.”Quann called the protest peaceful, but says charges are possible for entering a restricted area where the hunt was being carried out.Mi’kmaw leaders, the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, and Parks Canada now will come back to the table to figure out next steps.Though the moose harvest has been put on hold, it will happen, and next time with more security.“No one expected what happened today,” said Clifford Paul. “We still want this to be a successful harvest.”Allison Bernard hopes the Mi’kmaq don’t lose faith in the process.He works for the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, a negotiating body for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Bernard has been involved with the Moose Working Group and helped organize this harvest.“The people that came up here today didn’t care about breaching protocol or breaching park guidelines by going through the gates that they shouldn’t have gone through,” said Bernard. “They endangered a lot of people here, even their own, by coming in here and storming and almost causing a riot here.”Bernard points out that while the local non-Mi’kmaq have the privilege of hunting and using the resources, the Mi’kmaq have an inherent right. “And nobody can take that away.”firstname.lastname@example.org (Protesters trying to stop a Mi’kmaw moose harvest confront Parks Canada wardens Sunday in the Cape Breton Highlands. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN)Trina Roache APTN National NewsCAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS, NOVA SCOTIA — Tempers flared as close to 30 protesters confronted Mi’kmaw hunters who were taking part in a Parks Canada project to harvest moose in the Cape Breton Highlands.“We don’t see it being productive to kill moose in our national park,” said local businessman Wesley Timmons.“Productive?” asked Mi’kmaw hunter Fred Sylliboy. “The whole mountain is crown land. You’re the ones trespassing on our land.”“I’m not against natives, buddy,” said one local guide who joined the protest. “I got lots of native friends. We want to hunt as much as you want to hunt. Let’s just make it fair. It’s not your fault, it’s the park, and you guys got the right to hunt here, right? I just want to get a share of it.”A handful of armed park wardens were on hand but the RCMP were more than a half hour away.The group demanded to speak with the Mi’kmaw hunters, to ask them “give up on this hunt.”When a warden agreed to escort two of the protesters to meet with the Mi’kmaq, the rest of the group followed and a tense confrontation followed.The project to harvest eleven moose in the park was initiated by Parks Canada and was four years in the making.[wooslider slideshow_speed=”5.0″ pause_on_hover=”true” slider_type=”attachments” limit=”6″]
Liberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its Adrenalin multi-screen video technology to support the latest version of the cable giant’s Horizon advanced TV service.SeaChange said that Adrenalin would be a ‘key element’ of the Horizon 4 platform.Adrenalin will provide the content information and transaction support for Liberty’s viewers across both broadcast and IP video delivery networks on Liberty’s latest Horizon set-top boxes.The Horizon platform is based on the Comcast-driven RDK standard, which SeaChange is a strong supporter of.“We are pleased to be chosen as a key contributor to Liberty Global’s next-generation video platform. SeaChange’s Adrenalin video solution enables video delivery at the massive scale needed to support customers such as Liberty Global. As video platforms transition to virtualized cloud infrastructure and enable advanced capabilities such as replay TV and network DVR to multiple devices, SeaChange will continue to support customers like Liberty Global to monetize their video assets and modernize their video delivery platforms,” said Ed Terino, SeaChange’s CEO.Olivier Philippe, vice president of entertainment within Liberty Global said: “We have had a long relationship with SeaChange as a key technology provider within our video ecosystem. As the industry continues to evolve its video platforms to support advanced consumer experiences that are truly device agnostic, we need solution providers who can provide a rich set of capabilities and stay relevant in those platform ecosystems. This helps us to continue to innovate and rapidly evolve our video services so that they truly resonate with our customers. Our selection of SeaChange as a key part of our video platform reflects their continued development of leading video delivery technologies and their relentless commitment to operational excellence.”