Go Outside and Play Guide: Alleghany Highlands

first_img MORNING Park at Douthat State Park, known for its world-class single-track trails, for an exhilarating afternoon of mountain biking on Stony Run and Middle Mountain Trail. If you prefer to be on the water, Lake Moomaw has more than 40 miles of undeveloped shoreline and numerous hiking trails to enjoy. Start your day right with a fresh pastry and coffee to go from Cakes Your Way & The Coffee Café, or sit down and enjoy breakfast at Penny’s Diner. Once you’re fueled up and ready to go, hit the North Mountain Trail. At 6.8 miles out and back, you’ll be treated to mountainous views of the Alleghany Highlands as far as the eyes can see. When you get back to town, stop at Cucci’s Pizzeria for a sandwich with homemade bread or a slice of pizza. Treat yourself to dinner at The Rail Bar & Grille with live music, the Cat & Owl for fresh steak and seafood, or at Café Michel for an elegant French cuisine experience. Check in to one of several local inns, AirBnbs, or campsites for the night. DAY ONE AFTERNOON EVENING AFTERNOON MORNINGcenter_img DAY TWO After lunch, stop by Alleghany Outdoors, the newest outfitter in the area. Enjoy a trip on the Jackson River by kayak, tube, or canoe. A shuttle will take you to numerous boat launches of your choice. A local favorite is at the Smith Bridge Boat launch for a three to four-hour trip. This 10-mile section of the river has several rapids through crystal clear waters. You will encounter beautiful mountain cliffs and abundant wildlife along this exciting float.  Start at the Olde Town Diner for a breakfast menu full of tasty southern cooking options. Take a leisurely ride on the Jackson River Scenic Trail, a mostly flat, 14.4-mile rail trail that runs parallel to the water. If you don’t have a bike – Alleghany Outdoors has you covered! Afterwards, hop in the car and go for a scenic drive through the area. Sit by the water at Humpback Bridge, the last of its kind in the United States. Pull off at the overlook on Route 220 to view Falling Springs Falls, a breathtaking 80-foot waterfall that is one of the most photographed spots in the county. Afterwards, head to Trani’s Grille for wings, sandwiches, and more to keep your energy up. EVENING Unwind with dinner at Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery, a local staple for great food and locally brewed beer, and head to the Historic Masonic Theatre for a movie or a show before turning in for the night. It’s easy to get to the Alleghany Highlands, yet it couldn’t be further from the stress of a hectic life. Beautiful mountain views, endless outdoor recreation, and two walkable downtowns with locally owned shops and restaurants add up to a charming and adventurous way of life. It’s Uniquely Alleghany!  last_img read more

D-Day: Key Ugandan facts ahead of Rio opening ceremony

first_imgGamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight Joshua Cheptegei wins at the World Juniors in 2014. He is one of Uganda’s main medal hopes.PHOTO CREDIT Erik van LeeuwenThe world’s focus turns to Brazil from Friday 23.00GMT (Saturday 02.00am Uganda) when the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics starts.Even though the nations will be read out in Portuguese alphabetical order, Uganda will still be among the last nations to enter the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro – in 200th place out of 209.The event will combine a formal ceremonial opening, including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes and an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation’s culture.Under the games’ protocol, Greece always marches first while  the host country always goes last. For the rest, the parade follows alphabetical order in the local tongue—in the case of the Rio games, Portuguese. South Africa (“Africa do Sul”) moves up to the front while Uganda moves into an even later position.Swimmer  Joshua Ekirikubinza Uganda’s flag bearerUganda will have a lean team at the opening ceremony, as the bulk of the team, the track and field team are still in Uganda. The second batch of 14 leave on Sunday, while the marathoners including Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich leave a week later. Total2327 Uganda’s best bet for medalsCheptegei – Uganda’s former World and African junior 10000m champion Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will have two chances to win his first senior medal.Cheptegei together with Juliet Chekwel, are the only Ugandan athletes doing a double and have been blessed by a  well spaced schedule. The 10000 metres finals are among the first events at Rio – with the 5000m starting four days later.Nineteen-year-old Cheptegei, has one of the fastest times in the world this year in the 5000m of 13:00.60 .Kiprotich – He travels to Rio as defending champion and although he does not hold one of the fastest times in the past year, he is in exactly a similar position he was before London.Kiprotich ended Uganda’s  40-year wait for an Olympic gold medal when he stunned Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang to win the Marathon in London. Kiprotich became only the second Ugandan to win an Olympic gold medal after John Akii-Bua in Munich 1972. Boxing0314 First Ugandan in actionFirst in action for team Uganda will be light heavyweight boxer Kennedy Katende who climbs into the ring on Sunday August 7 (7pm Uganda time) against Joshua Buatasi of Great Britain. He will be followed 40 minutes later by swimmer Jamila Lunkuse who dives into the pool for the 100m breaststroke Heat 2 on Sunday August 7. 1960 Rome0000  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight 2012 London1001 1968 Mexico City0112 1956 Melbourne0000 1976 Montrealdid not participate  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweight Uganda’s history at the game SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal Uganda’s schedule in RioOpening ceremonyFriday, August 5 2016 (Saturday 2.00am Uganda time)Uganda’s flag bearerSwimmer – Joshua EkirikubinzaUganda’s Boxing scheduleKennedy Katende Men’s light vs Britain’s Joshua Buatazi  heavyweight August 7Ronald Serugo Men’s flyweight vs Narek Abgaryan of Armenia August 13Uganda’s Swimming scheduleSunday August 7Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststrokeThursday August 11Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyleUganda’s Athletics scheduleFriday August 12 Day 7Women’s 10000m women finalSaturday August 13 Day 8Women’s 3000m Steeplechase round 110000m men finalSunday August 14 Day 9Women’s marathonMonday August 15 Day 10Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1Women 3000m steeplecahse finalTuesday August 16 Day 11Women’s 5000m round 1Men’s 1500m round 1Wed August 17 Day Day 12Men’s 5000m round 1women’s 800m round 1Men’s steeplecahse finalThursday August 18 Day 13Men’s 1500m semifinalMen’s 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Day 14women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Day 15Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m finalSunday August 21 Day 16Men’s Marathon final List of medalists Medals by sport 2004 Athens0000  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres ****What others are up to:China’s policemanChina has sent a policeman to the Rio Olympics to help protect its sporting delegation, media and travelling spectators, state-media said Thursday, after a Chinese hurdler said he had been robbed.The policeman named Shao Weimin, whose official title is temporary police communication officer, arrived in Rio two months ago to prepare for his role, the Beijing News reported.No Pele showBrazil football legend Pele said poor health will prevent him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Games’ opening ceremony on Friday as he had hoped to do.“Dear friends, only God is more important than my health!” the 75-year-old said in a statement published by Brazilian media.ProtestsThousands of Brazilians launched angry anti-Olympics protests hours before Friday’s Rio Games opening ceremony in fury at political scandals rattling the host country and the billions spent on the event.Waving signs reading “No to the Olympics!”, a crowd of about 3,000 blocked an avenue outside the luxury Copacabana Palace Hotel where many Olympic athletes are staying.Moroccan boxer heldBrazilian police arrested a Moroccan Olympic boxer on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting two female cleaners in the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro.Officers arrested Hassan Saada, 22, from Casablanca, on suspicion of committing the assault on Wednesday, said a police statement released hours ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony. Uganda’s team of 21Uganda’s team to Rio comprises 17 track and field athletes, two swimmers and two boxers.  Swimmers are Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststroke, Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyle and boxers Kennedy Katende light heavyweight, Ronald Serugo flyweight.Athletics has Juliet Chekwel 5000m/10000m; Stella Chesang 5000m; Peruth Chemutai 3000m steeplechase;  Halimah Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo 800m; Adero Nyakisi marathon; Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat 3000 m steeplechase; Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei 5000m/ 10000 m; Phillip Kipyego and Jacob Kiplimo 5000m; Jackson Kiprop, Stephen Kiprotich,  Solomon Mutai Marathon;  Ronald Musagala 1500m; Moses Kurong and Timothy Toroitich 10000m  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweight 2008 Beijing0000 Athletics2013 1988 Seoul0000 Total2327 1984 Los Angeles0000  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon 1980 Moscow0101  GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles 1992 Barcelona0000 MedalNameGamesSportEvent 1972 Munich1102 1964 Tokyo0000 2000 Sydney0000 1996 Atlanta0011 US agents all eyesThey stand discreetly in the shadows, eyes keenly on the look-out, as women’s world number one tennis star Serena Williams perfects her blistering forehand at the Rio Olympics.Their presence is low key, but the United States has a team of Diplomatic Security (DS) personnel in Brazil serving in support roles with under-the-cosh local forces.Security has been a major talking point at the Games, which officially open on Friday, with athletes, officials, fans and media from numerous countries reporting they have been victims of crime.LIVEOpening ceremony#OpeningCeremony TweetsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Mutual admiration If the visitors were impressed by the obstacles Rocinha’s young face in their attempt to build lives, the admiration was mutual.Young judokas had their eyes blindfolded so that they could experience judo without being able to see. “I did it and it was really, really difficult,” said 15-year-old Julia.“They are incredible to be able to do judo without seeing,” she said.Renan, 11, was ecstatic after having been able to compete against Frenchman Cyril Jonard, who is deaf and has impaired vision.“They don’t have our advantages,” Renan said, “but I don’t feel sorry for them because they made us feel proud and they win even with handicaps.”It was a view mirrored by the French Paralympians when they looked at the young, hopeful residents of the favela.Martinent praised the blindfolded children for “going at it full tilt” and said she was touched how afterward “they came for a hug.”“This favela is very big, very crowded and all these children don’t have the same things as us in France. We need to show them that world of sport is interested in them,” said Paralympic swimmer Elodie Lorandi, who won bronze for France in the 100m and 400m freestyle, and has a paralyzed leg.Then she said: “We should do this more often in France because it’s important to explain early to children what being handicapped means.” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | French Paralympians got a taste of Rio’s tough realities in a visit to a favela Friday but the impoverished children greeting the disabled athletes got an eye opener of their own.Foreign celebrities and sports stars often follow a well-beaten track from Rio’s glamorous tourist-friendly districts to make brief morale-boosting visits in the poor, sometimes deeply violent favela communities.But the trip by a dozen French judokas and other Paralympians to Rocinha, the biggest favela of all, had a difference. Rather than just coming to witness the locals’ difficulties, these visitors brought their own stories of overcoming terrible odds.After leaving the bubble of the athlete’s village in the posh Barra district, meeting about 30 young judo students in rough-edged Rocinha was a distinct reality check for the French.“We are very lucky to be with them. Not all the children here have what they deserve: access to schooling, health, a roof over their heads. It’s extremely important that we give them a little moment of happiness,” said Sandrine Martinet, who won gold in the under 52kg category and has had poor sight since birth.She and other French athletes were welcomed to the Instituto Reacao NGO by its founder, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto.“It’s a great day because the champions are here,” announced Canto, whose institute promotes access to sport and education for Rio’s poor and has trained top judokas, including gold medalist at the Olympics this August, Rafaela Silva.For about an hour, judokas, athletics team members and swimmers took part in the training, talked with the children and gave demonstrations. Each had a separate story of being blind or deaf or partly paralyzed or amputated.They wanted to show that sport “doesn’t have limits,” Martinet said.last_img read more

Henry Hudson Trail Repairs Are Now Underway

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Crews are now working to fortify a beloved waterfront segment of the Henry Hudson pedestrian and biking trail.The Bayshore Trail, a 11⁄4-mile long section of the Henry Hudson Trail, extending from the Atlantic Highlands Harbor to Popamora Point in the neighboring borough of Highlands, is undergoing its most extensive repairs since Super Storm Sandy.“We’ve come in with cheaper than thought-of construction costs,” said Ken Thoman, a park resource manager with the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS). “It’s a project that’s more resilient, and it’s something we think is going to be better than the original one.”The scope of the project includes five sections of precast concrete boardwalk, 12 new segments of underground drainage and the replenishment of riprap rock along the shoreline – all aimed to mitigate future damages and ensure stability for years to come.Wooden boardwalks, pathways and bridges were completely washed out by 14-foot-high storm surges during the October 2012 storm. While the trail has been open in years past, it’s now indefinitely closed to pedestrian and bicyclist traffic as construction crews work on the improvements.Ninety percent of the $881,677 cost is being covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Atlantic Highlands will be responsible for $28,382 and the MCPS will pay $59,785. Compass Construction of New Egypt is performing the work.Physical reconstruction to the site began about three weeks ago, according to Joe Sardonia, a supervising land architect with MCPS. He anticipates this specific section of the trail will open by fall 2017.“This is going to happen again, and we recognize that,” Thoman said referring to future storms hitting the shore. “We also know that we’re not going to get bailed out again for it either.”Among the upgrades to the Bayshore Trail, Thoman noted that new drainage systems would help lengthen trail life. He said the Department of Environmental Protection asked that water flow from the hillside to the water’s edge not be restricted. To install these drains, sections of the trail must be excavated and cleared out. Pipes will be laid down in a bed of sand with two fabric filters on top, backfilled with sand and run underground to the shoreline. MCPS found water pooling on the trail in these areas, causing erosion.It’s also an approach that the park system uses regularly throughout Monmouth County.“We’ve used these same techniques and materials at other sites, specifically golf courses,” Thoman said.New drainage systems and precast concrete boardwalks will be installed along the 1 1⁄4 mile trail, ensuring its stability into the future. Photo courtesy of Monmouth County Park SystemBeyond this, the trail will have a different look with the new concrete boardwalks. Thoman said the wooden structures that were in place pre-and-post Sandy fit the style of the trail, though are not necessarily sustainable.With these new precast pieces, the trail’s footprint on the environment decreases as well. In the past, more than 1,000 linear feet of wood boardwalk was used – that is now down to 630 linear feet.Atlantic Highlands borough owns an approximately 1/5-of-a-mile stretch of trail at the mouth of the municipal harbor. It’s the last section of the Henry Hudson Trail that has paved asphalt. According to Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, a portion of their work is going towards a 3-inch thick asphalt base course in that section – at a cost of $25,347.Paying for usage of the Bayshore Trail is not uncommon in Atlantic Highlands. In 2009, the borough opened that section of the Henry Hudson Trail to the public as part of a nearly $1.3 million project, which was heavily funded – the borough paid around $300,000 for that work.“Atlantic Highlands was the only municipality from Matawan to Highlands that used its own money to build any part of the Henry Hudson Trail,” said Hubeny.This pristine connection, which rolls along the Sandy Hook Bay, is prime real estate for bikers and pedestrians alike. Trail users can access the Bayshore Trail from the harbor entrance and Popamora Point, with the Sandy Hook Bay just feet away and a scenic view of the New York City skyline off in the distance.Hubeny said the trail serves as a great asset for summertime traffic, bringing people into the borough who normally would not spend a day there.“If someone wanted to come here from New York City on a weekend, they would have to come through Highlands,” Hubeny said. “On a nice summer day, they can walk the trails and get here for everything they need.”In the 19th century, the Henry Hudson Trail was a light rail line operated by the Central Railroad of New Jersey, ranging from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands, according to the book “The First Fifty Years: The Monmouth County Park System,” published by the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks. In 1980, Monmouth County received a state grant to purchase the route from Conrail.The trail now extends from Freehold to Popamora Point in Highlands, totaling 24 miles.“The major argument for building the trail in the first place is still there,” said Thoman. “It’s connecting communities, schools and businesses.”last_img read more

Thomson rink edges Salviulo to claim top spot at Doug Bothamley Memorial Cashspiel

first_imgThe cashspiel attracted 16 teams this year, playing for a purse of more than $12,000.Most of the teams were from the Kootenays and Okanagan with the Kent Rinne’s foursome from Spokane making th event an international Spiel.The Thomson of Freschi, Nobert and Faunt defeated the Nando Salviulo of Nelson team in a well played final match.In the “B” event, the Myron Nichol team from Castlegar defeated Nelson’s Jamie Tedesco  while the “C” event was an all Cranbrook final with Todd Pellerin’s team defeating Chris Medford.The “D” event was won by another Nelson team, Ross Noble’s foursome defeating the Heather Nichol rink from Castlegar/Rossland.Thomson and Freschi are half of the Bob Ursel rink from Kelowna. Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, Freschi and Thomson won the BC Senior Men’s title in 2015, finishing fourth at the Canadian Senior Championships.The team is again planning to make a run at the BC title, starting January 13-15 in Invermere. The BC Championships are set for February 20-26 in Salmon Arm.The Bonspiel Committee and Chairman Gary Beaudry would like to give a great big thanks to all the sponsors, teams, ice staff and volunteers, who all contributed to make this event successful. Half of the defending BC Seniors Curling team defended its Doug Bothamley Memorial Cashspiel title Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Fred Thomson of  Nelson and Don Freschi of Trail, with weekend warrior teammates lead Richard Faunt of Trail and second Rob Nobert of Kelowna, capturing the A Event final at the cashspiel Sunday afternoon.”It is the second year that this has been a Memorial Spiel, and this year the growth was evident,” said a spokesperson for the Doug Bothamley Memorial Cashspiel.”The format helps to attract men’s, ladies, mixed, competitive and house teams.”After a round robin, the draw format re-seeds teams for the playoffs, insuring that everyone has a chance to win some cash.”last_img read more

Blackburn v QPR line-ups: Eight Rangers changes

first_imgJoe 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 Facebooklast_img read more

Southwest to fly more international routes

first_imgUS 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.”last_img read more

7 Things App Developers Don’t Know About the China Mobile Market (But Should)

first_imgdominique 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 Technologylast_img read more

2015 NYC Memo – 10.08.2015

first_img38 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 Memolast_img read more

10 months agoAtlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout 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. last_img read more