KINGSTON, Jamaica:As if having all their favourite football action on one exciting app was not enough, telecommunications firm FLOW will be giving Jamaican fans an opportunity to see a UK Premiere League match of their choice.Any subscriber who downloads the FLOW Football App is eligible to win a complete prize package, which includes two tickets to a Premier League match of choice, return airline tickets to the UK, three-night hotel accommodation, as well as US$500 spending money. The competition runs from now through to February 29, 2016.In announcing the competition, John Reid, president of C&W’s consumer group, who has been leading the brand transformation across the Caribbean, had this to say, “I can’t think of a more opportune time to be a FLOW consumer as we continuously roll out innovative products and services all focused on providing a unique and unparalleled experience for our customers.”Over the past year, the company has unveiled an exciting and unrivaled suite of customer-centric products catering to sports enthusiasts, the binge-watching TV viewers, ‘app-loving techies’, and even special education apps. As such, customers now have access to an array of applications, including the FLOW Football App; FLOW To Go, where customers can access content to smart devices and phones; the Wikipedia app, which gives access to the popular search engine free of cost, and the Start Screen App to help mobile users make the most of their hand-held devices.Reid explained that the latest move is designed to reward loyal customers, while recognising that in a digital age, customers are increasingly accessing content on multiple devices.He added, “In 2015, when we were awarded the exclusive audio distribution rights for the Barclays Premier League across the Caribbean, we were able to give our customers access to the latest sports news, transfer activity and live streaming of every BPL match. Based on the number of downloads to date, it is obvious that customers love this service and we want to recognise that passion with an unforgettable experience for the lucky winner.”For this latest move, customers have to simply download the FLOW Football App, click on the advertising banner promoting the competition, enter name and contact details as requested, and then confirmation will be provided.Announcement of the winners will take place on March 1, 2016. The prize must be claimed before April 1, 2016. The prizes are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Winners must have valid travel documents, i.e., passport, visa (where applicable) for entry to the UK.The competition is open to Flow mobile customers only.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants played the second-longest game of their season on Thursday night.It had a satisfying ending.The Giants scored twice in the bottom of the 16th inning — including a walk-off single from Donovan Solano — to pull out a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets, extending their winning streak to a season-high six games and moving to one game under .500 for the first time since April 1.Williams Jerez allowed solo home run to Mets slugger Pete Alonso in the top of the 16th …
Football fans pack Loftus Versfeld Stadiumin Pretoria/Tshwane, one of the 10 venuesfor the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Images: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 email@example.com• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 firstname.lastname@example.org• Jermaine CraigMedia Manager Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 email@example.comThe third ticketing sales phase for South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup has seen the number of tickets applied for hit the 500 000 mark in the first 10 days. South Africans made 77% of the requests, or 386 300 ticket applications, and the rest of the world 114 237 applications.The US was the foreign country with the highest number of applications, with 22 942 tickets. It is followed by the UK (20 232 tickets), Mexico (7 981), Germany (7 697) , Australia (6 277) and Brazil (4 760).Applications from a total of 166 countries have been received, excluding the participating football associations’ allocated ticket sales.“In comparison with the previous editions of the Fifa World Cups, the latest ticket applications figures are impressive,” said Horst R. Schmidt, chair of the football body’s ticketing committee.Applications for individual match tickets or team-specific series can be made at www.FIFA.com/2010. South Africans can also apply for tickets at First National Bank branches across the country. The current third ticket sales phase, which opened on 5 December, will run until 22 January 2010.About 1-million tickets for the tournament’s 64 matches are available in the third sales phase, including a limited number for the opening match and the final.According to Fifa, all applications in this phase will be treated equally. If matches or price categories are oversubscribed, there will be an electronic random selection draw on 1 February 2010.The prices for group matches range from US$20 to $160 (opening match $70 to $450, final $150 to $900) or, in South African rands, R140 to R1 120 (opening match R490 to R3 150, final R1 050 to R6 300). Category 4 tickets, the most affordable, have been reserved for South African residents.In addition, all 32 participating member associations have started to sell their allocated team-specific tickets, which make up 12 % of all purchasable tickets in the stadiums for the three group games of the respective team. These tickets will be available on the federations’ websites until 13 January 2010. For more detailed information, go to https://pmatickets.fifa.com.“The number of domestic applications have increased significantly,” said Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa. “By buying a ticket, South Africans buy not only a seat to watch a match, but also their spot in South African history.”
Young Africans have taken to saving for their future rather than getting the instant thrill of spending on lavish items according to the Barclays Africa Prosper Report (Image: kris krüg).• The rise of South African-Angolan relations• What makes South African cities competitive?• South Africa could be swimming in opportunity• South Africa must work hard to raise rankings internationally• Join the 2014 South African Competitiveness ForumRay MaotaYoung Africans would rather invest their cash than spend it on luxury items, a survey by Barclays Africa Group has found.Released on 28 October in Johannesburg, Barclays Africa’s Prosper Report shows how Africans equate prosperity with achieving financial freedom. The report is the summary of a survey of more than 7 000 respondents across socio-economic groups from South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.“The survey provides invaluable insights into what is important to people, their dreams and aspirations – essential intelligence if we are to contribute to building strong and sustainable economies on the continent,” said Maria Ramos, the chief executive of Barclays Africa Group. “The results are fascinating and underscore the fact that Africa’s rising middle class is effecting positive economic and socio-political transformation. What is particularly noteworthy is that nearly 80% of the respondents are between the ages of 18 and 35. This is significant because Africa has one of the highest youth populations in the world.”There was a remarkable similarity in the aspirations and hopes of the respondents even though they came from 11 different countries. “The results highlight the fact that as Africa’s young and emerging middle-class continues to develop and grow, they are expressing their economic power in new ways, for example, prioritising long-term financial security through investing and education,” she said. Bobby Malabie (left) Group Executive at Barclays Africa and Professor Monde Makiwane (right) of the Human Sciences Research Council at the launch of the inaugural Barclays Africa Prosper Report (Image: Barclays Africa) The surveyAt the top of each respondent’s list of what would help them progress were computers and books, while savings were considered to be the primary vehicle to achieve financial freedom to prosper and achieve specific goals.Bobby Malabie, Barclays Africa’s group executive of marketing, communications, citizenship and public affairs, said: “The Barclays Africa Prosper Report shows that people work hard for their money and want their money to work hard for them. What is particularly encouraging is that when questioned further, the youth of Africa would rather invest their money to fund further education than spend it on flashy consumer goods.“Investment, education and savings are seen by Africans as the main drivers of prosperity to open the doors to economic growth. It is also clear that Africa’s emerging youth presents the continent with an unprecedented opportunity to deepen our human capital, and with the right tools, tomorrow’s decision-makers can unlock Africa’s potential.”In the survey, 78% of the respondents were between the ages of 18 and 35, representing a significant portion of the “youth bulge”, the future drivers of the African economy. The youth bulge is a common phenomenon in many developing countries, where a large proportion of the population comprises children and young adults, thanks to a decrease in infant mortality and steady levels of fertility.Four of the main findings of the survey were that: if given $100 (about R1 000) to help them prosper, 49% of respondents would invest it; almost a third would buy a computer (30%) and books (24%) to help them prosper. For 66%, lack of finances was a major barrier to prosperity, but for 37% this was also the easiest aspect of their life to change. Almost half of respondents would most likely consult a bank to obtain financial prosperity; only 10% would consult a family member.Professor Monde Makiwane of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) provided an independent analysis of the research. He said: “A decrease in mortality rates coupled with the youth’s connectivity to a global community which is increasingly aided by technology, means we have an emerging youth bulge of Africans [who] are more optimistic than ever before.“Africa’s youth are confident they will be around to live their future. Given this optimism, they prefer to spend their money on computers and books to aid their prosperity, rather than making flashy statements in their local communities by parading the latest must-have item.”The Barclays Africa Prosper Report addressed critical issues of financial behaviour and prosperity that had either been missed or poorly measured by previous social and financial surveys in Africa, Makiwane added.Across the 11 countries, 73% of those surveyed indicated that they were familiar with the term “prosper”. To prosper, they said, mostly meant “to be successful”, “to be fortunate” and “to thrive”, especially in terms of personal finances, but also in terms of health, career satisfaction, spiritual wellness and happiness. Spontaneous definitions of what prosper meant to an individual also revealed a commonality across the continent: 39% defined it as achieving one’s goals or dreams in life and 22% associated it with financial success.“Encouragingly, one of the most significant findings from this African survey is the high level of savings and investments reported by participants. Almost 50% of respondents would save or invest to help them prosper financially, a powerful statistic if viewed in the context of the Asian savings boom,” said Makiwane. Several decades ago, Asia experienced a youth bulge. The continent took advantage of this by creating employment opportunities and mobilising the youth to save. Continued economic growth and a high savings rate have fuelled wealth creation in the region and its propensity to save is exceptional when compared to the United States or Europe: gross national savings range from a low of 24% of gross domestic product in the Philippines to a high of 50% in China, compared with 13% in the United States and 19% on average across Europe. Survey methodologyAccording to Barclays, the survey was designed and deployed via the online research specialist, Columinate, to an online research access panel as well as to targeted social media channels in each country. Data collection ran from 14 April to 8 August 2014. A total sample of 7 052 was achieved. Eight of the 11 countries had more than 500 respondents; the Seychelles had a sample of 82, Mozambique 309 and Tanzania 416.HSRC contributed perspectives from the social sciences to the study. Its analysis team drew from theories and patterns of economic and social transition to analyse and interpret the data and the findings of the survey. Summary of sociological findingsSome of the important sociological findings from the survey are that Africa’s growing middle class is driven by three basic characteristics:· They are mostly in the younger working age group with basic skills that can be advanced by exposure in different sectors of the economy and society.· Their integration into economic and socio-political life in the modern global village is facilitated by advancements and increasing accessibility of the internet and mobile communication technology.· A growing proportion of this group comprise a large and expanding middle class that is known to catalyse economic growth.Being financially successful was the most common current priority by participants. Three major obstacles to financial prosperity they reported were a lack of finance (reported by 68.9%), a lack of opportunity (50%) and a lack of financial advice (26.2%).
Related Posts How, then, did Mint grow to 1.5 million users and sell for $170 million after just two years of operation? Because, while Mint wasn’t the first online money management software, it was the first to do most of the work for its users. Compared to Microsoft Money and Quicken, its major competitors at the time, Mint had two advantages: First, it interfaced with a wider range of financial institutions; second, it could automatically categorize expenses that users of the two other tools had to label manually. Mint’s triumph over its enterprise peers was the shot heard ‘round the software world: Not all integrations are created equal, and the company whose product has the best integrations is all but certain to win. Running the Integration RaceOf course, the bar for integrations is now much higher: All or most national banks offer their own budgeting tools, FICO scorecard, and person-to-person payments — functions that required separate apps just a few years ago. The integration trend isn’t just limited to financial services, though. Industries from healthcare to communications to marketing are increasingly dominated by the most effective integrators. To win the integration race in your industry:1. Formalize popular ad hoc integrations.Believe it or not, your users’ most wanted integrations are hiding in plain sight. Web-based tools like If This Then That and Zapier let users chain together apps without direct integrations. Look first to featured integrations: Zapier users regularly hook Gmail, for example, to Slack, Google Calendar, Dropbox, and Facebook Ads. One of Zapier’s most popular Gmail-Google Calendar integrations is to set Calendar to create an event invite whenever an email with a certain phrase or subject is received. Doesn’t that sound like an integration Google should already have? Mixmax evidently thought so. The email improvement firm has raised seven figures for trying to bring email into the 21st century. Although Mixmax’s best-known integration involves letting email recipients schedule calendar events from the body of an email, it’s also formalized other obviously helpful email integrations, such as those with SMS, Twitter, Salesforce, and Box. 2. Team up with integration partners. The best integrations, just like the best business relationships, involve partnerships. Because many brands are understandably skittish about opening their software up to the wider world, gaining API access often requires a formal agreement. To establish those partnerships, firms have essentially two choices: one-to-one negotiations or network membership. One of the most well-known integration networks in the computing space, for example, is the Technology Alliance Partnership, whose members include Intel, Microsoft, Dell, SAP, Oracle, and more. The partnership’s goal, according to the prior link, is to create “end-to-end solutions that work.” Because larger firms tend to see integrations with less popular products as one-sided, smaller companies often have to offer other services in return. Time-tracking tool Hubstaff, which claims integrations are the secret to its growth, closed integration relationships with Basecamp and Trello through co-marketing proposals, social media shout-outs, and blog guest posts. 3. Tap into open APIs. An open API, or public API, provides universal access to a program’s integration point to consumers of the given software. Why would companies want to provide open access? Because it benefits both parties: The API owner gains greater traffic and brand recognition, while the API user adds functionality to its own product. Not sure where to start? A GitHub user has put together quite the list of public APIs, with a table of contents that sorts them by industry. Don’t be afraid to look beyond your own industry, though. If your brand has a YouTube channel, for example, you might be interested in YouTube’s open API that millions of sites use to embed videos, display metrics, schedule live streams, and facilitate channel subscriptions. Should you open-source your own API? Doing so is a good way to expand your user base, but be careful: Insecure APIs can give hackers access to user data or act as a foothold for further attacks. In 2018 alone, Venmo, Panera, USPS, and more were all breached via poorly secured APIs. Mint may no longer be the golden child of the finance industry, but its tenure taught the software industry that integrations alone can be a brand differentiator. The stakes may be higher, but Mint’s strategy still stands: In an age when companies spend millions developing and marketing new products, integrations might be the easiest way for software firms to get ahead. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#api#integrated technology#integration#Software#technology Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Before industry giant Intuit bought Mint in 2009, the personal finance tool was, frankly, pretty basic. Despite syncing with a user’s bank accounts, it couldn’t send or receive money; it couldn’t extend credit. Heck, it couldn’t even deposit a check.
Keeping the window open for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik has said he will not dissolve the Assembly in December.“There is no issue with the Assembly. I don’t want to unnecessarily tinker with it. There is a reason for it. The elected people are still members of legislative assembly. They have been provided with funds to serve the people. So, even though there is not an elected government in place, the political process is going on, as the process includes political activity as well. Keeping this in mind, the Assembly will not be dissolved,” Mr. Malik told a local newspaper, Greater Kashmir, in an interview on Friday.This assumes significance after Bharatiya Janata Party State secretary Ashok Koul said his party was ready to form the government “if the required number of 19 MLAs come to us.”The Governor’s rule will complete six months in Kashmir in the third week of December. Suspended animationGovernor Malik could have dissolved the Assembly, which was put in a suspended animation as per the constitutional requirement by then Governor N.N. Vohra. The BJP decided to pull out of the ruling alliance with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on June 19, paving the way for Governor’s rule in the troubled State.With the Centre failing to hold elections within the stipulated six months, Mr. Malik said, “Yes, of course, J&K is heading towards President’s rule. It is a normal legal procedure according to the Constitution.”The Governor said both the regional parties, the National Conference and the PDP boycotted “but a lot of their people did contest the elections.” He invited the regional parties to participate in the panchayat polls.
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