Butler: I am the best man for JFF’s top job

first_img “So we have a lot to offer the world, and the world is interested. The only thing holding us back is our fears and incapacities. We are limited by our fears, and we just have to believe in ourselves and I believe in it 100 per cent,” he said. The controversial football aficionado says that his accom-plishments with Phoenix Academy is proof that he can advance Jamaica’s football, and he argues that being a good president does not mean that one has to be a good administrator. “A president leads from the front and delegates to those who are strong in administration. The president goes out and is the face and negotiates opportunities, contracts, and games for international funding, sponsorship, marketing, and placement of players. The JFF can take a more active role in player placement. “So captain Burrell was no administrator. He had good administrators to support him. But Craig Butler brings to the table of JFF what he accomplished with Phoenix. The contacts, links overseas, and from a decision-making perspective to deliver the best solutions,” he continued. Founder of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy Craig Butler has hit back at those who argue that he would better serve Jamaican football as a youth development coordinator rather than as president. Butler, who has vowed to seek local football’s top job, said a president should lead from the front and chart the way forward, and he is convinced that he has the vision to make Jamaica a world power in football and has called on Jamaicans to support him and ‘believe’. “If I do not become Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, I will serve my country in whatever capacity I can. But Jamaica needs the full extent of what I bring, and it would have to be as JFF president,” he said. “The vision is to make Jamaica a world power. To have Jamaican players earning a great deal of money to send back to their communities and families. To have a national team that consistently gets in the top four of the World Cup. To generate income through high-level games with big clubs, set up tournaments to encourage sport tourism and a new income stream by developing our coaches. Influential internationally Good administrator Butler insists that drastic changes are needed to advance Jamaica’s football and that he is the man for the job. “A lot of changes and support are needed. I will be more influential internationally with the authority of president behind me. And the JFF needs to be self-sufficient,” he said. Since returning to the island last weekend, Butler has been busy trying to rally support for his presidential ambitions, and he declared that things are looking good for him so far. “I have the support from several (parish presidents) already, and I am soliciting heavily from the rest, and I believe if they genuinely want the best for Jamaica’s football, they will support me,” he said.last_img read more

Deejay Garwin birthday bash set for Saturday

first_imgOne of Guyana’s most versatile disc jockeys will be celebrating his 37th birthday in grand style this Saturday at a party called “Gaza – Tallest Mountain starts from the ground”. The event is billed for East Ruimveldt California Square and it is expected to be off the hook.Also travelling into Guyana for the celebration is Deejay Rico Love of Barbados, Mad Squad out of Jamaica, among two others from the USA and Canada. The event is dubbed one of the “maddest” events to be hosted by the birthday boy.It is expected to be lots of juggling and sound clashes. Music will be provided by Slingerz Family and the event is strictly sponsored by Corona Extra. Admission to the event is absolutely free.The deejay who has made a name for himself in the business has been travelling to various countries representing not only himself, but Guyana.In fact, after his birthday bash, he wings out to St Marteen for a two-day affair called “SXM Will Rise Again” featuring Trinidad’s Chutney Soca artiste “The Hitman” along with other popular deejays from the Caribbean.On November 17, he will be in Canada for another party called “Fever Friday”. The party will also feature Deejay Fire, Cut-De Mayor and DJ Instyle, among others.Then on November 18, he will be featured at another event titled “Bad Bougee”.last_img read more

How can Government justify this spending?

first_imgEditor,The spending of almost M on overseas trips by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, is a matter that comes on the heels of the Coalition Government dealings with the Guyana Teachers’ Union and other unions.The reports from the media say that Mr Nagamootoo spent this money on cultural events and diaspora engagements, among others. How can the Government justify this spending? What did Guyana get from Mr Nagamootoo’s multimillion-dollar trips?Editor, average Guyanese are already facing hardships as a result of actions taken by the APNU/AFC Government, which promised us better, and in face of these hardships we see how taxpayers’ monies are being used.The prime minister was in the front line talking about “fat cats” under the last government. What is he saying now?The Guyanese people deserve straight answers on this.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Man killed outside Van Nuys apartment

first_imgVan Nuys – An unidentified man in his late 30s was shot and killed today outside an apartment complex, police said. Police responded to a shots fired call in the 5700 block of Halbrent Avenue around 1:30 p.m. and found the man. He was transported to Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills where he later died. “We are looking for witnesses to the event,” said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. James Miller. Anybody with information can call Van Nuys detectives at (818) 374-1900. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool confirmed team: Klopp makes three changes for vital Champions League tie

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Napoli beat Liverpool 1-0 in the return fixture RANKED 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News MONEY BEST OF REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Confirmed Liverpool XIAlisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane.Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Fabinho, Keita, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi A draw or a defeat would see Jurgen Klopp’s men, who reached the Champions League final in May, eliminated at the first hurdle.Liverpool can take solace from their remarkable home form in Europe – they are unbeaten at Anfield since returning to the competition last season.Klopp makes three changes as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane replace Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.Dejan Lovren is only fit enough for a place on the bench for the Reds. REVEALED ADVICE huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Liverpool welcome Napoli to Anfield on Tuesday night for a winner-takes-all shot at qualification for the Champions League knockout stages.The Reds must beat the Italians 1-0 or by two clear goals to guarantee a place in the last 16 of the competition, while any win would be enough if Paris Saint-Germain suffer a shock defeat to Red Star Belgrade. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Soweto Gospel Choir takes off

first_img29 December 2003The Soweto Gospel Choir, drawing from the churches and communities of South Africa’s most famous township, mixes earthy rhythms with rich harmonies to uplift the soul and express the energy of South Africa.After a 32-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, and four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the choir has yet to go without a standing ovation. Now they’re planning to take their unique brand of gospel magic to Asia, the US, and again to Europe and Australia. Not bad for a group that’s only been together since November 2002.The choir was the surprise hit of the 2003 Edinburgh Festival: they were the fourth-highest selling act out of 1 600 acts booked for the festival, putting on extra shows to meet the demand and eventually performing 29 concerts in the space of a month – delighting the reviewers as much as the audiences.Fiona Shepherd, writing for The Scotsman, had this to say of their concert performance, “Voices of Heaven”: “A capella groups Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Black Umfolozi have already cracked open the western market for indigenous South African song, but nothing can really prepare you for the riot of exuberance and depth of emotion emanating from this 24-piece ensemble …“This is a seamless show brimming with spot-on multi-lingual performances which, for all their technical precision, are universally expressive and unfettered, charged by the choir’s constant movement.”When they toured Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, the choir bowled audiences over with their powerful performances, receiving standing ovations after every show, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House.The choir ended their tour by winning a Helpmann award in the category “Best contemporary concert presentation”. The Helpmann awards, established in Australia in 2001 for excellence and achievement in the live entertainment industry, are similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway or the Olivier Awards in London.With their fast-growing international profile and the rapid success of their first album (also entitled “Voices of Heaven”), the Soweto Gospel Choir is perhaps better known to foreigners than those at home!Choir master David Mulovhedzi attributes the success of the 34-member choir to the fact that it is tapping into South Africa’s enormous talent pool. Its members, whose ages range from 16 to 40, hail from churches and communities in and around Soweto, and are all lead singers in their own community choirs.The choir includes a four-piece band and some thrilling drummers and dancers in the African tradition where song, dance and drumming are an integral part of life and faith.The choir sings traditional African gospel and a cappella. Their overseas performances also included other gospel greats like “Amazing Grace”, “Paradise Road” and music by Otis Redding and reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. According to the Australian ABC Shop online, the “Voices from Heaven” CD “showcases an inspirational programme of a capella and African gospel.“Ranging from traditional African gospel to songs drawn from Western and contemporary gospel traditions, South African gospel music is indeed unique. It has strong roots in traditional music and conveys a powerful spiritual message.”To order the CD, visit the ABC Shop or the choir’s online shop.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

End of an era: American announces last MD-80 revenue flight

first_imgAn MD-80. Photo Bill Abbott/Wikimedia Commons They feel like they’ve been around since Moses was a boy but by September 4, American Airlines will have retired its last 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft from revenue service.The aircraft are being replaced by more efficient modern planes such as the Boeing 737.“The MD-80, also known as the Super 80, was the workhorse of the airline’s fleet throughout the 1980s and beyond, providing customers and team members with heartfelt memories on adventures ranging from family vacations to key business trips,” American said in a statement.“It’s a bittersweet but well-earned retirement as American celebrates the aircraft’s history while modernizing its fleet.”READ:World’s 10 most successful commercial jet airlinersThe planes will be ferried to Roswell, New Mexico, after they operate their last revenue flights on September 3 and September 4.The final flight, appropriately named AA80, will be from Dallas-Fort Worth to Chicago.Amderican retires MD80The list of AA MD-80 final flightsThe MD-80 was designed as a stretch variant of the DC-9, developed by Douglas Aircraft in the 1960s as an adjunct to the DC-8, and first flew on October 18, 1979, as the DC-9 Super 80.It was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in August 1980 and entered airline service three months later with Swissair.READ Boeing releases video of first taxi test of its 777X Initially powered by two rear-mounted  18,500-pound-thrust Pratt & Whitney JT8D-209 engines. the airliner introduced many advances in technology and 1,191 were delivered between 1980 and 1999.It carried up to 155 passengers in a 2-3 configuration which meant half the number of middle seats compared to later jets in a 3-3 layout.American was the first US carrier to order the MD80 and leased 20 142-seat aircraft from McDonnell Douglas in  October 1982, to replace the Boeing 727-100.It would commit to 67 firm orders in 1984 and by 2002 its fleet peaked at more than 360 aircraft.There were several variants using more powerful engines and extending the range of the aircraft, culminating in the MD-88 launched in 1986.The aircraft’s appeal was reflected in a long list of global customers that included Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Austrian Airlines, China Eastern, Aeromexico, Korean Air and Trans World Airlines.The final DC-9 derivative, The MD95, was renamed the Boeing 717 after Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged.last_img read more

From Radio to Jukebox: Slacker Plans to Launch On-Demand Music Service

first_imgLater tonight, at an event in New York, online music service Slacker Radio plans to unveil a major upgrade to its service that will turn it from an Internet radio service into an on-demand music platform similar to Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio. Right now, Slacker only allows users to set specific songs and band as the basis for their custom radio stations (similar to Pandora), but users don’t have control over the actual songs that will play in these stations. Now, for $9.99 per month, Slacker users will be able to subscribe to Slacker Premium Radio and pick the exact songs and albums they want to hear.This puts Slacker on a direct collision course with similar services, all of which also charge around $9.99 for a similar feature set. The on-demand service will launch in October and, just like most competing service, will allow users to save their music locally for offline listening. This new functionality will be available for iOS devices, Android and Blackberry.As we noted last month, in the battle between the large streaming music services, we are getting to the point where most of these services offer very similar features. Instead of features, we will likely see these services use the size of their music catalog as their main way to differentiate themselves from their competitors. According to a spokesperson for Slacker, the company will offer four times as many songs for on-demand listening as its “leading competitor.” 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#music#news#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… frederic lardinois 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Please Revamp iTunes: 5 Ways Apple Should Improve Its Media Player

first_imgUndeterred by the miserable failure of Ping, Apple is reportedly already making moves toward a more social iTunes. These include a deeper integration of Facebook into the iTunes Store and a limited music-sharing feature. The further Apple can head in this direction, the better. Music and video are naturally social-friendly (see YouTube and SoundCloud), but iTunes has long existed on its own isolated island, far from the social networks we’re glued to all day long.As Apple learned the hard way, trying to roll its own social music product isn’t the way to go. Instead, leverage existing social networks is essential, especially for music discovery and artist promotion. Spotify’s Facebook integration, as imperfect as its “frictionless sharing” implementation was, is an example worth emulating. Of course, iTunes has a different business model than Spotify (and, despite rumors, Apple doesn’t plan to launch its own subscription service any time soon). Whereas a user can stream entire tracks from Spotify when they pop up in a friend’s Facebook feed, iTunes may need to work out something else. Perhap’s its a 30-second clip or, in a more user-friendly implementation, the song could be streamed on Facebook once prior to purchase. A similar approach could be adapted to Twitter, where some kind of easy-sharing option could help drive exposure and downloads for music, movies, apps and other content. iTunes shouldn’t play nice only with established services like Facebook and Twitter, but also make an effort to keep up with other social sites when appropriate. Maybe Instagram doesn’t make sense, but Pinterest might. The more iTunes touches the social Web, the better the experience will be for users and content creators alike. Integrate iTunes with Other Music SourcesApple would never do this, but it can’t hurt to ask: iTunes would be far more useful as a desktop media manager if users could plug in third-party content providers. This is something that open-source music player Tomahawk does very well, and it’s a big part of what makes that project so promising. Let’s face it: Users stream music from Spotify, Rdio, SoundCloud and YouTube, in addition to purchasing it from iTunes (or downloading it via BitTorrent for that matter). Allowing access to numerous sources from one user interface would make for a great user experience, even if it would eat into Apple’s music sales. Play Nice with Other Apps and ServicesEven if Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service, it could steal a page from Spotify’s playbook and launch an iTunes platform upon which third-party developers could build apps.Spotify launched its own platform late last year, effectively outsourcing a chunk of its product development. And developers have responded, eagerly building extensions for the Spotify desktop client. Apple could do the same by introducing a similar platform or opening iTunes so developers could add functionality through browser-style plugins. Opening the iTunes ecosystem could include deep integration with recommendation engines such as Last.fm or partnering with exciting social music services with whom Apple knows better than to try to compete. This is another suggestion that would require Apple to think of iTunes less as a gateway to its own retail storefront and more as an experience to be enjoyed by users, who would spend money on content and apps. Redesign the iTunes User InterfaceThe iTunes desktop interface has undergone only subtle, incremental visual changes since its inception. In the meantime, we’ve seen Web-based music services like Rdio rise up sporting clean, well-designed user interfaces. Apple should borrow from these services while striving to create a more iOS-like desktop experience. An extensive visual refresh could go a long way toward making iTunes a joy to use and thus keep more content consumers tied to it. Make the Code More EfficientiTunes is a beast. The desktop client is a notorious resource hog, even when it’s being used for the most basic activities – or just sitting there, for that matter. Any cosmetic changes to the application should be accompanied by architectural updates that would allow it to load and run faster, especially on older machines. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#music#web Related Posts Apple is planning to overhaul iTunes, according to recent reports. Hallelujah! Apple’s clunky, archaic media player is long overdue for an upgrade. iTunes used to be a necessary evil for managing music on an iPhone or updating the operating system on Apple’s mobile devices, but with the arrival of Spotify and the over-the-air software updates in iOS 5, there’s little reason to launch it at all. Even podcasts are more neatly managed in a third-party app such as Instacast or Apple’s own Podcasts app. Whether or not an overhaul is actually under way is anybody’s guess. Nonetheless, we humbly offer a few suggestions.Make iTunes More Social  john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

How to Create a Product that Truly Delights Customers

first_imgEarlier this year, Twitter quietly removed its vowels and released Twttr, a platform that essentially acted as a prototype for design changes and feature tweaks the company was considering for its regular site. By creating a separate application under the platform’s original name, the company signaled an attempt to get back to its startup roots. Unlike its more popular brother, Twttr is a place where the company can (if it wants) fail fast and often to find out what truly works best for users. You can create a product that truly delights customers.For entrepreneurs, this prototype should serve as an example of what it takes to build a continuously successful product.By introducing this platform, Twitter is attempting to create something that does more than keeping the lights on: It’s trying to create a minimum delightful product or MDP.The pure beauty of an MDPMany entrepreneurs are already familiar with the concept of a minimum viable product, or MVP, which is meant to do the fewest things required to accomplish a goal. Fewer may be familiar with the idea of an MDP.An MDP is essentially what happens when you take an MVP and add a second goal of user enjoyment and engagement.Where an MVP can mainly be developed in isolation from the real world, an MDP requires regular interactions with potential users to create something people will use regularly.For entrepreneurs, an MDP is what should eventually come out of that first spark of inspiration. It shows that a startup is not only thinking about the business side of a product but also about its target audience. When an application is streamlined and engaging, it’s clear that it’s been put in front of potential customers and that developers have thought through what the user approach will look like each day.To create and maintain an MDP, it’s essential to have the right processes in place. After all, finding a problem that needs to be solved — and figuring out how to solve it in a way that pleases users and keeps them coming back — is far from simple. Luckily, there are a few steps startups can follow when developing a project that will help keep users coming back for more:1. Identify an actual problem.An idea that exists only in a vacuum will ultimately result in a product that’s set up to fail. It might seem like the most brilliant thing in the world, but if an idea isn’t solving a problem that a wide variety of people have, there will be no compelling reason for anyone to use it.Tinder is a good example of a company that had an idea that was not only a smart design choice but solved a problem people regularly dealt with. To connect on other dating sites before Tinder, a person mostly had to shoot a stranger a message and pray the other was remotely interested. Not ideal for either party.Tinder, on the other hand, offered an easy way for two people to signal they were interested in each other without one party having to put him- or herself out there first. The swipe was a simple and elegant solution that kept people coming back.Ask three questions to figure out whether the path you’re heading down is a useful one: What problem is being solved? How is this product’s solution better than the competition? Is this an issue that occurs frequently enough to keep customers coming back? These questions are critical to a development process that will result in more than something that just seemed like a good idea at the time.2. Figure out how the product will fit into users’ daily lives.While it isn’t possible to check out every single use case for a product before it’s released, there are ways to get an idea of what typical use might look like. Develop representations of a variety of users with their own stories surrounding when and how they use the product. Knowing what the user is doing with your product helps bring a project into focus and indicates which features will be useful in the final product and which can be scrapped or delayed for future versions.Many modern companies rely on user stories to develop and target their products, including Apple and JetBlue, but it’s a practice that’s been around for a long time. In the 1940s, the magazine Seventeen created a hypothetical reader known as Teena to pinpoint the type of audience the publication was trying to reach. In 2019, the magazine is still going strong.3. Perform frequent A/B tests.Just because a product works well for developers doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to do the same for real-world users. To avoid succumbing to unseen biases, perform A/B testing when possible to better capture customer preferences.When my company worked with the cash-back application Dosh, A/B testing was a significant part of the process. Features, approach, design, and branding, were modified throughout multiple prototypes to best drive user behavior and increase audience buy-in. One wrong turn could have taken the whole project down the wrong path, but A/B testing helped us steer it right.For a product to survive in the long term, it generally has to reach the MDP stage at some point.Sometimes, it’s after the harsh reality of a market failure. Other times, it’s from soliciting feedback from paid users to figure out why a product isn’t working, or why some other part of the market isn’t currently working.It’s not necessary to get there the hard way, however.By being mindful of the problem that’s being solved and testing directly with users, entrepreneurs can create a product that will delight customers without bogging them down in bloat. Tags:#Entrepreneurs#Feedback#Minimum Viable Product#MVP#startups What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Q Manning is principal and GM of Rocksauce Studios, an EX Squared Solutions company which crafts custom mobile apps for all platforms. Related Posts Q ManningCEO of Rocksauce Studios Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more