President attends CSME Sub-Committee Meeting in Barbados

first_imgAs teachers continue a countrywide strike in demand for a 40 per cent salary increase, President David Granger has travelled to Barbados where he participated in the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) on Wednesday.The meeting, which was held in Bridgetown, was convened to discuss and makePresident Granger shares a light moment with Secretary General of Caricom, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holnessdecisions which are aimed at hastening the movement towards a single market and economy within the Caribbean Community (Caricom).The Sub- Committee, of which President Granger is a member, was chaired by recently elected Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.The meeting saw discussions on a wide range of CSME-related issues, including the role of the private sector and labour in the CSME, facilitation of travel, the free movement of persons, contingent rights, and the proposed establishment of single registration for companies.Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Guyana’s Ambassador to Caricom, Charlene Phoenix; and Senior Foreign Service Officer within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Sherwyn Naughton, accompanied President Granger toPresident David Granger in discussion with Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, as Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge listens attentivelythe meeting.last_img read more

AOL not for sale, CEO says

first_imgTime Warner Inc. is in discussions about finding a partner to boost advertising revenue at its America Online unit – but AOL is not for sale, Chief Executive Dick Parsons said Tuesday. “We are not interested in selling AOL,” Parsons said at a press briefing before a speech in Los Angeles. Time Warner is negotiating with different parties about a deal that could help AOL’s transition from a business that relies on paid subscriptions to one that makes money based on advertising revenue, Parsons said. He declined to give further details. A Time Warner executive involved in the negotiations, who asked not to be identified because discussions are ongoing, said the company is still talking to both Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. about potential deals involving AOL. Yahoo Inc. last month removed itself as a potential partner. The discussions with Microsoft and Google have included the potential for one of the firms to take a stake in AOL, but the person said the discussions are now focusing on simpler arrangements that would involve collaborating on online advertising. Google already has a partnership with AOL to provide search results. That arrangement accounted for 10 percent of Google’s revenue in the first nine months of 2005 though that figure has declined from previous years as Google’s overall business has expanded. Google has warned investors that an end to the AOL partnership would be a rare bit of bad news. The Google-AOL contract runs through part of 2006, but the companies have not given specifics about the time frame. “AOL is a valued partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them,” Google spokeswoman Lynn Fox said. A Microsoft spokesman declined comment. AOL was long considered a drag on Time Warner due to the rapid exodus of its core dial-up Internet users. But AOL has been revamping its business model, opening up its content to all Internet users to tap into the booming market for Internet advertising. “I think its potential is way large,” Parsons said. 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

Usablenet Launches HTML5 Mobile Platform for Brands

first_imgUsablenet 2.0’s features, designed with e-commerce and brands in mind, include the following:Dynamic scrolling promotions on the homepage and sub categories that help brands to target mobile users with new offersExpanding navigation, collapsible menus and pop-up windows that improve site navigation and streamline purchasing by maximizing the small screen design.High-resolution image galleries, which allow retailers and travel companies to display multiple, high quality images so that users can scroll, swipe and zoom in on a product or property imageAdvanced GPS functionality that customizes the mobile site experience to the user’s location Today, Usablenet has launched Usablenet Mobile 2.0, an HTML5 mobile platform targeted towards brands. The new platform brings a rich app-like user experience, says the company, while also allowing its customers to leverage HTML5 technology in order to build cross-device solutions. Currently the platform supports all major mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows. Tags:#mobile#news In short, what this means is that Usablenet is providing brands with tools to build HTML5 based sites that perform much like native apps. End users can swipe through photo galleries, tap to zoom in on high-resolution images, take advantage of GPS-based location features, and generally navigate through the online experience in a way to which they’re accustomed to.The platform also outputs to both HTML5 and HTML4 in order to offer support for older mobile browsers without HTML5 capabilities.Usablenet, the company behind this new mobile toolkit, was recognized by ABI Research as the number one mobile commerce platform earlier this year. Usablenet clients represent 20% of the Fortune 1000 and also 6 out of the top 10 retailers in the U.K. Its current partners include big brand names like Amtrak, American Airlines, Estée Lauder, Fed Ex, Hilton, JCPenney, JetBlue, Marks & Spencer, Sprint and others. It’s main value proposition in mobile is that it can offers brands the ability to expand into mobile with little impact to I.T. resources, specifically no data feeds, system integration or re-coding of the customer’s website.More details on the Usablenet platform are available here on the company’s homepage. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Simona Halep has top spot in her sights with Cincinnati win

first_imgRomanian second seed Simona Halep stayed on track for a tilt at the world number one spot with a 6-4 6-3 third-round win over Anastasija Sevastova at the Cincinnati Open on Thursday.Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki stopped the impressive run of 21-year-old Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the tournament’s quarter-finals for the fourth time. Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded eighth, also reached the last eight by beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-4.Halep reached the Cincinnati quarters for the fifth straight year, contesting the final in 2015 and the semi-finals last year in the hardcourt run-up to the U.S. Open.She can leapfrog Karolina Pliskova as world number one by winning the title, which the Czech won last year.Pliskova led Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-0 in the first set before rain suspended the match.Halep trailed 4-2 in the opening set against Latvia’s 15th-seeded Sevastova, who was aiming to take a set off the Romanian for the first time in their last four meetings.But Halep reeled off the last four games to take the set, helped by Sevastova’s unforced errors on crucial points, and won the first three games of the second set on her way to victory.”The match felt quite tough, it was not easy at all,” said Halep, who will face Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.”I won against the 15th player in the world playing not as I want. It’s a big thing, and I’m really happy about it.”With American Madison Keys serving, Garbine Muguruza saved three match points before breaking and sending the match into a third-set tie breaker, where the Wimbledon champion prevailed.advertisementMuguruza’s 6-4 3-6 7-6(3) victory set up a quarter-final against Kuznetsova.last_img read more