Tanya Lee | Thumbs up for 2018 ISSA football season

first_imgThe ISSA schoolboy football season for 2018 was launched on Wednesday, and already, there is a major buzz around the new sponsors and format. Kudos to telecoms giant Digicel, which has injected $75 million to secure title sponsorship of the Manning Cup and Walker Cup competitions over multiple seasons. Wisynco’s sponsorship also affords them title sponsorship of both the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup competitions through their Wata brand, while KFC, Main Event and long-standing broadcasters SportsMax also join the sponsorship table. Congratulations to ISSA for securing these lucrative sponsorship deals, which will no doubt also provide support for other competitions on ISSA’s calendar. The huge injection of sponsorship also serves to make the upcoming season the biggest in schoolboy football history. Now there are some format changes that ISSA has made to the knockout competitions that were announced at the launch. The top eight teams from the Manning Cup and the daCosta Cup will now contest the all-island knockout, now titled the ISSA Champions Cup. The remaining quarter-finalists who do not advance in the Manning and daCosta Cup will now contest the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup, respectively. ISSA has made this experimental change in format with a view of limiting the instances of overwork that was present in former seasons, especially for the top teams that advanced in each competition. It is my belief that the overwork during the season was indeed worthy of analysis. I’ve noted in the past that some high-school football teams have played more matches in two weeks than most professional outfits play in a month. Some teams, particularly the rural ones that often have to travel long distances to fulfil their fixtures, have been known to make up to three trips for three matches in a week. The frequent travels and back-to-back matches may negatively impact the team’s preparation and account for match fatigue. Nobody wins in that scenario. FULLER’S POSITIVE IMPACT As it relates to the Walker and Ben Francis Cups, however, these are now a consolation prize that a non-advancing team may secure, tantamount, I suppose, to a Europa Cup win. Some schools that didn’t advance to the Champions Cup will now have a chance at another trophy. The wealth has been shared, so to speak. With that said, ISSA has indicated that this is an experimental change that they are open to tweaking if the outcome is not desirable. Quite an objective approach! Having sat at the sponsorship table in my role as head of marketing for SportsMax, I must say that I have been quite pleased with the creative ways in which each stakeholder/sponsor has pledged to contribute to the further development of Jamaica’s youth over this season. Digicel and SportsMax have retained a football ambassador in the form of former Reggae Boy Ricardo Fuller. Fuller will be on the island to engage in a series of mentorship sessions at a few institutions at the start of the season. CONSOLATION PRIZE With Fuller’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in coming through the ranks of the ISSA schoolboy competition from Camperdown to Tivoli Gardens FC to the Reggae Boyz to Stoke City in the English Premier League, he has made a positive impact and will no doubt be able to impart some of what he has learnt to our student-athletes. KFC’s Andrei Roper also announced that for each goal scored in the first round of the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions, Restaurants of Jamaica will donate $500 to the school-feeding programme of the scoring school at the basic and primary levels. With an analysis of last season, Roper explained that there were some 2,000 goals scored, and thus, they’re looking at a possible contribution of over $1,000,000. Even the primary and basic schools are benefitting from the exploits of our schoolboy footballers! Great job, KFC! And so, our season kicks off on September 8, and we look forward to seeing who will be crowned champions this time around. There are some six trophies up for grabs. May the best schools win! One love.last_img read more

Efficiency of the supply chain is key for Guyana?

first_imgThe World Bank has developed a tool called the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) to partially measure the competitiveness of a nation. The LPI is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their trade logistics systems and what they can do to improve their performance. The LPI 2018 allows for comparisons across 160 countries.Guyana’s rank was 132 with an LPI score of 2.36 in 2018 compared to an LPI score of 2.67 in 2016. This basically means that Guyana has regressed with regards to the efficiency of its supply chain systems. Can we understand why an oil investor ignores Guyana and buys basics, as simple as drinking water, from non-Guyanese sources? In simple language, our systems make it a major challenge for Guyana to do business with the rest of the world.This is how Guyana fared between 2016 and 2018 and it gives you a fair assessment of the wider economic and systemic decay happening.Let us reflect on the successes first. The quality of the Customs Services improved between 2016 and 2018 and that is an indictment to the leadership in that team. There were too many instances of human interference in the customs system before 2016 and credit must be given to the new leadership appointed by Team Granger who made massive changes to the system that resulted in greater efficiencies with a resultant improvement in customs revenue for the nation.But the failures in other areas are overwhelming, so much so that Guyana lost 47 places in the ranking and is now considered less competitive in the conduct of international trade. The nation lost competitiveness in transportation infrastructure, quality of the port facilities, logistics competence, tacking and accounting for products shipped and timeliness of deliveries.Logistics are the backbone of international trade and clearly, Guyana is on another planet when it comes to doing business internationally. What have GO-Invest, the Foreign Affairs and the Business Ministries done for the good of Guyana because the evidence is clearly not there to support a progressive action? Unless we take drastic measures to connect Guyana to the global value chains, we will continue to be an outsider globally. Talk to any logistics professional on the ground and they shall confirm this.To give you an idea of how bad Guyana is rated internationally, a score of five translates to a perfect system of logistics while one is the worst possible rating you can get. In 2016 Guyana was rated at 2.67. By 2018 Guyana was rated at 2.36, illustrating a decline in the nation’s logistical competitiveness over two years.What can be done?1. Better integration between production and trade facilitation – To back this up, the respective departments in the Government need to focus on production and productivity in the right packages to penetrate targeted overseas markets with the right launch at the right moment. One question to ask is why more of Guyana’s poultry products are not being sold in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) market and it will expose how badly integrated the whole trade facilitation system is in Guyana.2. More efficient transportation system – Port Georgetown must be dredge come what may. Too small ships are coming to Guyana costing the nation too much per unit. We are engaged in a process of building a new bridge across the Demerara River when there is already a bridge across the river but there is no initiative to more vitally needed projects such as to deepen the channel in the Demerara River or build a floating deep-water harbour to accommodate larger ships to reduce our unit shipping cost.With oil coming to Guyana, it is clear that we are not ready to service the industry as yet and this is why Trinidad is taking the cream of the oil services jobs today. The fact remains the oil investment was made in Guyana and Trinidad is reaping the benefit due to the home country. Of course, Trinidad had a great advantage and a more mature oil services industry but even the water on the rig cannot be Guyanese? I am told bread is coming from Miami for the rig workers.But let us face the facts – who has the better supply chain – Guyana or Trinidad and this is one of the reasons that will continue to drive Trinidad’s advantages. Well, I cannot expect much from the Government at this point in time since they are busy with Local Government Elections but I am hoping someone in the Foreign Affairs and Business Ministries is asking the question – why Guyanese water is not available on the rig and take some firm action on this matter of delinquency on our part in compliance with the principle of local content support services.last_img read more

UNCDF Enhances Branding Outreach for Local Liberian Credit Union

first_imgCredit unions in Liberia don’t have the best reputation. So when the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Liberia and the Trust Savings Credit Union (TSCU) began work in Liberia’s Region Three, they knew they had to take a new approach. TSCU enhanced their branding to differentiate their branches from other ad hoc savings clubs. Now, the TSCU branches in the region look more like banks both inside and out. Tappita is located in a District with poor infrastructure. It was difficult for credit union members to access financial services at the TSCU headquarters in Ganta, especially during the long rainy season that makes the dirt roads impassable. The residents invited WOCCU and TSCU officials into their community and requested a building to serve them and the surrounding communities. At a ceremony presided over by the city mayor, the city administration donated a plot of land and the members and general public pledged support in money and in kind. The women and youth helped to build the bricks, and the commissions from mobile money services were used to support construction. The new three-teller branch has not only improved ease of access to the community, but now has a more professional and trustworthy look and feel, distinguishing it from informal savings groups. To further expand outreach and accessibility, TSCU is using satellite branches to be closer to communities. The institution has increased its outreach to five branches and ten points of service that serve over 90 institutions made up of VSLAs, Farmers associations, churches, credit unions, schools, savings clubs and even a business bureau. The outstanding loan portfolio is L$ 1,637,305 (USD 18,819). “Over 6000 Liberians, the majority of whom have never had a bank or credit union account, are now receiving affordable financial services closer to where they live,” says Patrick Muriki, Chief of Party of WOCCU Liberia. TSCU is also working to introduce mobile money services, enabling members to save and/or withdraw funds directly from their phones. Currently, the institution’s members can check their balances and receive mini-statements through text messages. World Council of Credit Unions is implementing a UNCDF MicroLead program expanding access to savings and finance, and improving the livelihoods of poor and low-income households. Working in partnership with the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA), World Council is revitalizing Liberia’s credit union system. Under the project, World Council established four regional credit unions, completed construction of four regional headquarters and renovated the headquarters of LCUNA that were destroyed during the war. All four credit unions are mobile money agents and have at least two points of services, which are able to register users and receive and distribute cash. MicroLead is a UNCDF-managed global initiative supporting the development and roll-out of deposit services by regulated FSPs, seeking to respond to the rural vacuum of services. With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation and the LIFT Fund in Myanmar.MicroLead works with a variety of FSPs and technical service providers to reach rural markets with demand-driven, responsibly priced products offered via alternative delivery channels such as rural agents, mobile phones, roving agents and point of sales devices. This is combined with financial education, so customers not only have access but can effectively use quality services. United Nations Capital Development Fund issued this content on 24 March 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 24 March 2016 11:29:56 UTCShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Overstaying permits are not a crime-fighting priority

first_imgDear Editor,It appears we are not only wasting the resources of our police, our incarceration system and our courts, but we are propagating an unethical, and uneconomic double-standard when we relentlessly prosecute illegal aliens and persons who have overstayed their permit in Guyana.On the assumption that the police, the prison service and the courts have limited resources, it is vital that as a nation, we set our crime-fighting priorities to address the greater ills in society.Now, we learn of persons being charged, incarcerated and denied bail for the offence of overstaying their visitor’s permit. These persons are detained in the most appalling circumstances. In one case, a woman’s crime was evidently tantamount to falling in love with a Guyanese and wishing to stay, thus forging a passport entry. Illegal? Yes. A crime-fighting priority? No. An ethical double standard? Certainly!I know of one case where a European visitor was under the impression that an entry to Caricom countries meant that he could visit all the Caricom countries, as is the case with the European Union Schengen countries. The guy had a PhD!Then in another case, another European thought he could visit Georgetown, since he was freely allowed to cross from Brazil to Lethem, as many shoppers did without immigration on a daily basis. Maybe our Immigration thought he was Brazilian, but he ended up spending a weekend in the Grove lockups, before the courts on Monday, fined and deported him. This gentleman was on a world tour!Could we then pause to consider the tens of thousands of Guyanese who reside illegally in our neighbouring countries, and the developed world, with fake IDs, Green Cards, etc?Or maybe, we could take into context the eleven million illegal aliens in the US and the debate over whether to prosecute them to ultimate deportation. Even the most hard-line politicians have softened their stance to only deporting those who commit felonies (serious crimes). The debate inevitably gravitates towards the economics of pursuing those so called, illegal aliens, their contribution to the GDP of the country and so on.Could we therefore take a minute to consider the time when Guyanese were pouring into Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname, when Guyana’s economy was down?In Guyana, where we are desperately short of persons, one would imagine that, from an economic point of view, once the person was not a vagrant, we would welcome all who would have the capacity, and would wish to live and work peacefully here. Our biggest strategic issue is that we have too few persons living in Guyana. Our economists would do well to note that we have among the lowest GDP densities in the world. Consequently, we have among the highest cost per capita for infrastructure.Thus, while illegal entry is quietly overlooked in most developed countries, or dealt with in a more humane manner, we seem to be allocating too much of our scarcer resources to a pursuit that has little economic, cultural or ethical justification.Sincerely,Keith Evelynlast_img read more

Youth Project persues funding

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Despite failing to receive $90,000 from the Hart district, the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project promises to do whatever it takes to raise money from other sources and continue helping students. The counseling group, which asked the district for funding in June for the first time in its six years, was denied a grant from the William S. Hart Union High School District because staffers lacked the proper credentials. The Youth Project, which counsels valley teens on everything from peer pressure to suicide has canceled its group sessions on seven Hart campuses and stopped taking new referrals. Contributions from its board members have kept 60 peer mentoring cases open. “We are not in full service but as staff we are trying not to put aside these children who need us,” said Stacy Miller, president of the SCV Youth Project’s board. Strickland suggested that the youth project should submit a business plan to the district as soon as possible so the district could have a better grasp on exactly what the project needs to stay in business. The youth project never received district money. The group had contracts with individual schools that used local school site funds to pay for its services. “We welcome as many resources as we can have to refer students in need,” said Richard Freifeld, Hart’s director of student services. But Freifeld admitted that the youth project’s timing was not ideal. “District budgeting has been established for this year and that makes it difficult.” In the meantime, the group is planning to increase public awareness. “I think there is a misconception in this valley that the youth project is for `those kids,”‘ Miller said. Miller, the mother of two teenagers, said her life changed when her children became involved with the program. “I realized it wasn’t all about me. This project is not for bad kids or for good kids. It’s for kids just trying to get by with all the pressures of daily life.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system The nonprofit group, which shut down some programs Friday, is waiting for responses to a number of requests for donations from the business community and charitable foundations. Officials hope for good news as soon as this month. The Youth Project staff hopes the school board will agree to help out when it meets Nov. 1. “The board has expressed to us that they support the work that we do and and that they do not want our services interrupted,” said Kim Goldman, executive director for the youth project. The Hart board seemed sympathetic to the youth project’s predicament at its last meeting, as the room overflowed with students and administrators who lined up to support the program. “We would like to find funding to satisfy their immediate need,” said Paul Strickland, Hart board president. last_img

High home prices, stagnant wages put squeeze on middle class

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Leigh Grill, a mom and former occupational therapist in West Los Angeles, says her family’s household income is well into the six figures, mainly from her husband’s job as a television writer and producer. Helen Costas and her husband, Encino retirees, bring in about $36,000 a year from Social Security and his pension from the Postal Service. Jeff Tso, a former structural engineer in Covina, lives on $12,000 a year from federal disability payments. These Southern California households share two things in common: they all consider themselves “middle class,” but none of them technically are. John Husing, a Redlands economist, said the median household income for the Southern California region, from San Diego through Ventura counties, was $49,435 in 2004, the latest U.S. census numbers available. “If you call the middle class the 25 percent of the population on either side of that, the range is from a low of $37,163 to a high of $66,100.” A June study by the Brookings Institution found that the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area had the smallest group of middle-income residents in the country. About 28 percent of residents were middle-income, 37 percent were lower income and just over 34 percent were upper income. But numbers don’t seem to mean much when it comes to how people classify themselves by class. “It feels more comfortable to see ourselves as being part of the mainstream,” said Daniel Flaming, president of Economic Roundtable, an independent research organization that studies labor markets and other topics in Southern California. “We don’t like to feel like we’re putting on airs, and we don’t like to feel we’ve fallen by the wayside.” Jeff Tso, the former engineer on disability, said he considers most people who can afford to shop in the mall and drive a decent car to be firmly in the middle class. “I drive a 2000 Honda Civic. I live in a nice one-bedroom apartment. I have money to eat out a few times a month. I go to San Francisco once a year. … I get $12,000 a year, but my expenses are low.” With an income of $36,000, the Costas’ are just short of that middle bracket. But they own their house outright, something very few Californians can say. “To me, it’s a castle,” said Helen Costas. Even though she considers herself solidly middle class, she said she is “living like I’m poor.” She shops at a Councilthrift store in Reseda and looks for bargains at 99 Cents stores. She sees her neighbors struggling, even though they are living in valuable homes. “Even if they can get $500,000 for their house, they have nowhere to go.” Indeed, homeownership, a traditional way of defining the middle class, doesn’t jibe with today’s income levels in Southern California. As of August, less than a quarter first-time buyers were able to afford a median-priced home in the state, the California Association of Realtors reported. The group’s most recent housing affordability index from the end of last year found just 14 percent of California households could afford a median priced home. But even homeowners making plenty of money tend to define themselves as middle class. Leigh Grill, the mom in West L.A., said her husband makes about $150,000 a year, more than three times the median income. But she does not consider herself well-to-do. If anything, staying within a budget is a struggle. “The mortgage is $3,000 a month. The car payments are huge. Cars are another $3,000 a month,” with gas, insurance and maintenance, said Grill. “Food is huge. Our DWP bill is $500 every two months, and we don’t even have A/C.” Grill doesn’t have a nanny for her baby and toddler, as many of her friends do. Instead of a $10,000-a-year private preschool, she enrolled her 3-year-old in a local cooperative, which costs $150 a month. The family doesn’t eat out much, and she shops at discount stores like Old Navy. “I’m a stay-at-home mom and have two kids, a dog and a nice house in an OK neighborhood in West L.A. But it’s nothing awesome,” said Grill, who moved to Los Angeles from Pittsburgh for her husband’s work in the entertainment industry. “My husband makes $150,000 a year. In Pittsburgh, we would have something great for that.” She has also noticed more of a disparity in California between rich and poor compared with her hometown. In Pittsburgh, “there’s a clear upper, middle, and lower class,” she said. “Here, it seems like that extreme of people living in these multimillion homes and they want their kids to go to a nice school, or it’s people who rent who moved here to try to make it in L.A., and most of them end up leaving because it’s too expensive.” The disparity is real and it is growing. According to U.S. census data, the bottom half of the population of Southern California took in 18.6 percent of all the income generated in the region, while the top 3.5 percent households making $200,000 or more took in almost as much: 17.6 percent, according to economist John Husing. In the early 2000s, the richest 20 percent of families had average incomes 7.6 times as large as the poorest 20 percent of families. That is up from a ratio of 5.7 in the early 1980s. This growth in income inequality was the 16th largest in the nation, according to the Economic Policy Institute. “What strikes me is how lonely it is in the middle of the income distribution,” said DanielFlaming. He said the collapse of the aerospace industry in the late 1980s and early 1990s precipitated the shrinking of the middle class in Southern California, with nothing specific to replace that. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., blames a lack of leadership. “There is no economic development strategy for the county of Los Angeles or the city of Los Angeles. Long Beach is working on one.” He said a staff member from gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides’ office called him to review a speech the candidate was delivering about rebuilding the middle class. “But guess what,” Kyser said he told him. “You left out one vital part helping firms create middle-class jobs.” He said Southern California is struggling to provide work-force quality. One problem is the lack of industrial arts in schools to pave a way for some students to prepare for a vocational career. “Every student who goes K-12 all have to go to college? That’s just BS,” he said. How does Kyser define his own socioeconomic class? “I guess I have middle-class tastes,” said Kyser. “Someone was telling me about going to a Dodgers game and eating Dodger Dogs. And I said, Right on.’ “ barbara.correa@dailynews.com (818) 713-3662last_img read more

Donegal design expert wins UK Dragon’s award

first_imgLetterkenny-based interior designer Anne Tuohy has won a prestigious award from Theo Paphitis, one of the UK’s most high profile businessmen.Anne Tuohy, aka Room Junkie, is the only Irish interior designer to be personally chosen by former UK Dragon investor Theo Paphitis as a winner of his #SBS business awards.Anne is a nationally acclaimed designer, a previous winner of RTE’s Showhouse and interiors columnist with DonegalWoman.ie. Her latest ‘Small Business Sunday’ award from Theo Paphitis is a pivotal boost for her business online.Anne travelled to Birmingham to meet Theo at a special #SBS winner’s event, where he presented her with her award and shared lots of inspiration.Entrepreneur Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons Den on BBC Two. He is also a mentor and investor to many other businesses acquainted via the UK Dragon’s Den.Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. He then personally reviews and chooses his favourite six, who are re-tweeted by him. As he has nearly half a million Twitter followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen businesses.The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity, and crucially for many, an increased public profile.The lucky winners are also invited to Theo’s #SBS event where they get to spend the day with the investor and many other hugely successful entrepreneurs. They are also presented with their #SBS winners award, and are enrolled in the #SBS Community, with a personal profile on the SBS website.On the recognition, Anne Tuohy said: “Room Junkie is an interior design practice which specialises in the full design of newbuild and renovation projects. Naturally, I am absolutely thrilled to catch the eye of Theo Paphitis, and to be the only Irish Interior Designer to be chosen by him as an #SBS winner.”Get top interior design tips from Anne Tuohy in her columns on DonegalWoman.ie here: www.donegalwoman.ie/author/anne-tuohy Donegal design expert wins UK Dragon’s award was last modified: February 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Anne tuohyBusinessinterior designerroom junkielast_img read more

Platmin shares listed on JSE

first_imgThe complex, situated mostly in the North West and Limpopo provinces, is a geological structure that is estimated to contain approximately 90% of the world’s Platinum Group Metal (PGM) resources as well as some 80% of its chrome. 24 July 2009 The company is already listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in London. Shares in Platmin Limited have been made available for trading in the platinum and precious metals sector on the main board of the JSE, with effect from Wednesday. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Natural progresson Platmin chairman Keith Liddell says the listing is a natural progression for the company, which has four key projects – Pilanesberg, Mphahlele, Grootboom and Loskop – in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex. “The country is home to a sophisticated and discerning investor community,” Liddell said in Johannesburg this week. “Importantly, a JSE listing creates for our empowerment shareholders, the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, a platform to participate in the fortunes of this company at a listed ownership level.” Platmin Limited is incorporated in Canada as a mineral exploration company focused on the exploration and development of platinum group metal (PGM) deposits in South Africa. The Bakgatla Ba Kgafela community, which lives near Platmin’s Pilanesberg platinum mine in North West province, seeks to develop strategies for social and economic development in the area. Economic, social development “Furthermore, approximately 30% of the 1 000 permanent employment positions are currently filled by people in the neighbouring community,” Liddell said. Since production commenced in March this year, the mine has produced approximately 250 000 low-cost PGM ounces annually. During the construction phase, over 2 500 jobs were created at the mine.last_img read more

A Look Into 3 Social Video Apps: Socialcam, Viddy & Klip

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Moments after Facebook bought Instagram, the next race began – which mobile social video app would become the “Instagram for video”? Presenting a social video experience that is enjoyable not only from a smartphone but across existing social platforms is no easy task. Socialcam, Viddy and Klip are three apps that have emerged as leaders of the pack. We tested each one by recording videos, applying filters and paying close attention to the sharing mechanisms therein. What we discovered may surprise you.Socializing is Big on SocialcamThe Socialcam video itself resembles a clean, clear Vimeo video. There is no time limit on the videos shot with this app. And with each video, the user can decide if they want to make it public to the Socialcam community (and anyone else who picks up the link), viewable for the user’s followers only or completely private. In terms of sharing functionality, Socialcam allows users to share the video on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email, SMS, Posterous, Tumblr or Dropbox. One thing to watch out for – which is true of most apps these days – is the Facebook social sharing feature. Sharing to Facebook is a pretty common move, especially since this app integrates with Facebook directly. On Timeline, the app’s video cover image appears on my Timeline along with a link to watch the video on Socialcam.com. You can tag friends in the video itself, but not on Facebook directly. This quietly keeps users connected to Socialcam itself.  Sharing the same link out to Twitter is much simpler, and the result is to lead users back to the video on Socialcam. It’s possible to use Socialcam on the Web, but it feels most useful on mobile – after all, these are not videos that you should think much about or edit. The SocialCam popular section presents everything from a boy playing a violin to a 10-second video titled “Toilet Technology” and a man named Mistah F.A.B.’s one-minute, 12-second video called “Daily motivation #6,” which is him delivering words of wisdom to his followers and other users of the app. Facebook users are sharing Socialcam videos to the site; today’s Facebook news feed video du jour is called “Giant Snake Eats Security Guard.” It is a YouTube video that the user uploaded to Socialcam.  Tags:#mobile#Video Services#web alicia eler Users can browse videos and leave comments or big red heart “likes” or “loves,” depending on how you interpret the meaning of a red cartoon heart. If you’re not careful, watching that toilet video on the app will “post on your behalf, including videos you watched, videos you shared and more” to Facebook – just like a Facebook Social Reader. Now everyone knows I’ve watched the terrible toilet video. Oh well, I’ll suck it up – and then make sure to change the settings. Viddy: The Clean-Cut Video Sharing AppViddy feels like the more conservative version of Socialcam – and we do not mean that in the political sense of the word. Based in Venice Beach (Socialcam is in San Francisco, to be sure), Viddy lets users capture, edit and share 15-second videos. Mark Zuckerberg has already joined and taken a little video of his pup, Baby Beast.Shooting your first Viddy is a different experience than your first video on Socialcam or Klip. It is your first “viddy,” not your first video. One thing that qualifies it as a “viddy” is the 15-second limit – users are forced to craft what they are going to say exactly into that short snippet of time. Choose your subject wisely, like Zuck did. You’ve only got 15 seconds to say something, and the message is the medium. The Viddy user interface on the Web version of this app feels cold and design-like in its simplicity. Users can click about, exploring the popular, trending and newest videos on the app. The mobile version presents a single flowing stream of endless videos. Sharing sends videos out to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, SMS or email. Want to know what’s trending? Hint: There is a cat involved, and there are also some stairs. This morning, I was cruising through my Facebook news feed and discovered a 15-second video from Snoop Dogg titled “NYC.” He uses the vintage filter, adding an ever-so-slight hip tinge to this otherwise banal video of him talking. The rap star has already accumulated nearly 140,000 followers. “At the core, if you remove everything else, we were usually the day to day – how you live your life in the app is the most important,” Klip founder Alain Rossmann says. “We are the only guys that allow you to see a preview of every video. And we have a lot of intellectual property around that.”Klip has been called “Twitter for videos,” which implies a sort of quietness that the more YouTube-esque Socialcam and Facebook-ified Viddy do not.  “We are taking the high road, the high-class road,” Rossman says. “We want to be much more sustainable over time. You can easily become ChatRoulette of video apps.”The Future of Social Video AppsLike Instagram images, all of these videos apps capture on-the-fly snapshots of the world as seen through your eyes. With Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, Instagrams will start to supplant Facebook photos, imbuing them with an odd sense of permanence that was not there before. They are the stuff of future memories, like the Polaroids of years past. Why? Because in the future, everything will be seen through rose-colored filters; or, rather, vintage-tinted, electronica-inducing filters overlaid with club music. The imagery of our generation will not be defined with a single filter – it will overlay multiple sounds and images, an overstimulating mishmash of audio and visual. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Klip It, And Share It With Only a FewIf Socialcam and Viddy are in a race for the top, Klip is the quiet kid who’s hanging back and observing, waiting for his moment to pounce. This app isn’t clean like Viddy or busy like Socialcam; it’s just practical. Trends are simple, including popular, latest, week all-time. Videos are staggered on the screen like Facebook Timeline. The Search function is simple, and allows users to look for klips, people or just topics. There is no time limit for the videos that users shoot. Klip also offers a few filters, like Zenith, Voodoo, Toon, HDR, Gotham, Fisheye and Cinema, or users can go with nothing at all. Klip hosts a variety of performance videos, including some of singers, musicians and artistic videos. Some videos are as long as three minutes, and many have testimonials and comments from fellow users. These adorable videos capture a little girl who dreams of becoming a “fashionista.” They are public, and have received quite a few comments. Some are absolutely positive, while others are rude, racially insensitive remarks.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The NFL Draft Hits Philly With A Massive Free Outdoor Football Festival This April

first_imgGet ready for a fantasy football weekend: This year’s National Football League Draft returns to its Philly roots on April 27-29, 2017.During three days of festivities, more than 200,000 fans will convene outdoors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a huge free NFL Draft Experience festival to enjoy interactive experiences (including a 100-yard zip line!) get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more. NFL DRAFT FAST FACTSThe 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia in April 27-29, 2017.The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.There will be a massive, free NFL Draft Experience Fan Festival as part of the three-day event.Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend the festivities over three days. (Image courtesy NFL Draft/PHLCVB) More than 200,000 fans are expected to participate in the 2017 NFL Draft Experience over three days this April.The 2017 NFL Draft ExperienceAccording to NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly, the Philadelphia NFL Draft event will be the largest fan experience ever produced by NFL (whoa). This year’s NFL Draft Experience takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for three days with 25 football fields worth of action including interactive exhibits like the Combine Corner and NFL Virtual Reality, awesome memorabilia in an NFL Museum, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and access to view media interviews with NFL greats. Of course, the fan action serves as the backdrop to major sports news-making with the NFL’s rounds of player drafts taking place daily inside a 3,000-person theater right on the Parkway. (Image courtesy NFL Draft/PHLCVB) 2017 NFL Draft Experience events include… A 100-yard zip line Combine CornerNFL Virtual RealityThe Vince Lombardi TrophyNFL MuseumLive music, great food and so much morePhiladelphia is no stranger to the NFL Draft. On February 8, 1936, the first NFL Draft took place at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton. The selection consisted of nine rounds, zero team scouts and no media coverage. Teams took turns picking from the 90 names written on a blackboard.In 2017, more than 200,000 fans are expected to participate in the festivities over three days, and this event will make a huge impact on the local economy — upwards of $86 million.So get excited – this spring will be the time to cheer on some of the NFL’s newest members while taking part in a slew of football-centric fun.Check here for more on the NFL Draft in Philadelphia and stay tuned for details on this awesome event. 2017 NFL DraftWhen:April 27-29, 2017 Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost:Fan Fest, free admission with pay-as-you-go elements Read Morelast_img read more