IMPROVEMENT EXPECTED FROM DENMAN’S CALL IN BARRERADenman’s Call was beaten 24 ½ lengths in the Santa Anita Derby, but Leandro Morasays you can dismiss that performance because of the sloppy track.Doug O’Neill’s trusted assistant expects dramatic improvement from the son of NorthernAfleet in Saturday’s Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.“We kind of drew a line through that race,” Mora said, “not that he was going to beatanybody, but he kind of took the path that had more water on it, and that doesn’t help a horse that’s always been on the lead.“I get the feeling he’s going to run better this time. We also have Mrazek in the race,and he’s been first or second in his five races, all sprints, so we expect another big effort.”The Barrera, which goes as race six on an 11-race card starting at 2 p.m.: Bistraya, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Iron Bob, Stewart Elliott, 4-1; Mrazek, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Denman’s Call, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Westbrook, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; and I Will Score, Martin Garcia, 5-2.ARCATURE RETURNS TO MILE IN SINGLETARY STAKESArcature cuts back to a mile in Saturday’s $75,000 Singletary Stakes for three-year-oldson turf, and trainer Simon Callaghan is confident the son of Archarcharch fits well.The bay colt owned by Arnold Zetcher was a close fourth in the Pasadena Stakes at amile on grass March 13, beaten less than two lengths despite a wide trip.“A mile is fine,” Callaghan said. “I think anywhere from a mile to a mile and an eighthsuits him, but he’s training great and it looks like he has a really good shot in there.”Callaghan was understandably delighted with the impressive victory by Taris in theGrade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.“She definitely likes that distance (seven furlongs),” he said. “She’ll probably go in theVanity (Mile) next.” The Vanity is expected to attract champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, so it would definitely be an event worth seeing.Firing Line, also owned by Zetcher, had his first breeze Tuesday since running in last year’s Preakness. Second to American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Firing Line went three furlongs in 37.20. “He came out of it great,” Callaghan said.The Singletary, which goes as the third race: Lucky Bryan, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Arcature, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Mr. Roary, Stewart Elliott, 10-1; Tristan’s Trilogy, Brice Blanc, 2-1; Unapologetic, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Opportunistic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. TEAM O’NEILL ALL SMILES OVER CHAMP NYQUISTSONGBIRD COULD RETURN IN SUMMERTIME OAKSDENMAN’S CALL, MRAZEK SET FOR LAZ BARRERAARCATURE RETURNS TO MILE IN SINGLETARY STAKESSANTA ANITA HOSTS TACO FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY NYQUIST FIT FOR SECOND JEWEL OF TRIPLE CROWNTeam O’Neill hopes it’s déjà vu all over again when Nyquist runs in the PreaknessStakes on May 21, hopefully following on the path American Pharoah took to capture the Triple Crown last year.Like American Pharoah, Nyquist calls Santa Anita home, and Like American Pharoah’s regular rider, Victor Espinoza, Nyquist’s pilot, Mario Gutierrez, is a native of Mexico.All systems were go for Nyquist at Pimlico, where the 141st Preakness will be contested at 1 3/16 miles a week from Saturday.“Nyquist jogged today at Pimlico, and I received a short clip from Doug with everybody smiling,” said O’Neill assistant of 15 years, Leandro Mora, at Santa Anita Thursday morning. “(Exercise rider) Jonny (Garcia) was on the horse and gave Doug a thumbs up.“(Assistant) Jack (Sisterson) also sent me a text to keep me posted, so we’re all smiling right now. The track was wet but he jogged at his normal time and he was fit.“We are not going to breeze him before the Preakness, merely baby-sit him, because with just two weeks from his last race, there’s nothing major you need to do. He just ran a mile and a quarter, so he’s very fit.”Said O’Neill of Nyquist in a Pimlico press release: “He looks fantastic. The guys are all happy. He’s a horse that gives off such positive vibes. He still continues to talk to us in his own way, and he’s doing really well.”Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator walked at Churchill Downs Thursday and is scheduled to go to the track the next two days before vanning to Pimlico on Sunday.Meanwhile, trainer Gary Sherlock plans to work California Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino five furlongs tomorrow under regular rider Fernando Perez before shipping to Pimlico Tuesday for the Preakness.“I’ve never been to Maryland before,” said the 70-year Sherlock, “but I’ve had good luck out of town with Grade I races. I won the only two I ever shipped for, the Humana Distaff and the Ballerina, with Intangaroo in 2008.” SUMMERTIME OAKS JUNE 18 POSSIBLE FOR SONGBIRDUndefeated and untested champion Songbird, who missed last Friday’s Kentucky Oaksdue to a fever, could return to the races in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 18.The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer has been galloping on Santa Anita’s main track since recovering from a fever that surfaced after her victory in the Santa Anita Oaks on April 9.“No breeze date has been set,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “When she’s ready, we’ll go from there. We’re hoping she can make the Summertime Oaks.”The Summertime Oaks is a Grade II event at 1 1/16 miles with a purse of $200,000. FINISH LINES: Trivia question: At what race track did Kelso (five time Horse of the Year from 1960 through 1964) break his maiden?. . . Congrats to Santa Anita Director of Community Services and Special Projects Pete Siberell, a man of many hats and a resident of Sierra Madre the past 20 years, on being named Grand Marshall of the Sierre Madre Fourth of July Parade. The volunteers of the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee note that “Pete has demonstrated time and time again that he is the Spirit of Sierra Madre.” . . . Fans can purchase a Trackside Package for the Tacos Y Cerveza Festival Saturday that hosts the best local taco vendors serving their delicious creations, including Mexican Craft beers on the trackside apron. Visit santaanita.com/events to purchase a trackside package for only $35 . . . Horse Racing Nation Southern California correspondent Scott Shapiro and Thoroughbred owner Roddy Valente will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 12:50 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Trivia answer: Long gone Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing, N.J. Bonus points if you name his rider. It was John Block, the lesser-known brother of jockey Henry Block. Their agent was brother Karl.
“I want to study this and talk to the fire chief,” he said. “Maybe we can take advantage of \ volunteers and have some kind of hybrid system to provide additional service on the east and west side.” The problem is that it might cost about $220,000 a year for just a paramedic station, Baroldi said. Gomez said an additional station could provide a faster response to the east and west areas, such as Powder Canyon. The candidates also are divided over the site and cost for a new fire station. “A majority of the City Council is not listening as demonstrated last Thursday night,” Gomez said, attacking the council’s decision on its site selection. “I would listen to residents and leave The Park alone. There would be no new City Hall and I would build an affordable fire station at the current site. We need to live within our means.” Baroldi said he favored a new station that would be built in a fiscally responsible way. Vipperman said he worried about the estimated cost of $6.8 million, especially considering the city can only afford up to $6.5 million. “I feel the cost is going to go up and we’ll have to look to residents to pay the difference,” he said. Klein said the council has selected a site and now would have to figure out how to pay for it. “I think the fire station can go in increments and we need to look at phasing it in,” he said. “If we do take it on all at once, that’s something that should be voted on by the voters before we take on that indebtedness.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t support an east side substation,” Klein said. “With mutual aid \ we can use our resources to provide fire services for the center area and the first responders to the east or west would be from Los Angeles County facilities that are already paid for.” One answer would be to get more volunteers, but Klein said it’s important the city’s volunteers meet county standards. Vipperman argued that La Habra Heights should take care of itself. “It’s not a great idea to say the neighbors are going to take care of you – that La Habra Heights can’t provide fire services to the east or west side,” he said. Baroldi said he too believes the city needs to consider additional stations so it can be self-sufficient. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – It was incumbent Fred Klein on one side and challengers Layne Baroldi, Vincent Gomez and Howard Vipperman on the other at Tuesday’s City Council candidates forum. The issue at the forum at City Hall was fire service and whether the community needs satellite stations. The challengers said yes, additional stations should be considered, but Klein, who is seeking a fourth term, said they aren’t needed. The four candidates are vying for two seats on the council in the March 6 election.
Former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has backed Tim Howard to bounce back from his recent slump.The Toffees shot stopper has come in for criticism recently, following a dreadful performance during the 3-2 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace.But ex-Goodison Park No.1 Martyn believes the American will prove his worth during the upcoming clash with Liverpool.“It happens to all goalkeepers,” the former England man told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s proved he’s a quality goalkeeper in the Premier League over many years now.“I don’t see a problem there. The other players will look to him to lead them against Liverpool. Hopefully they get a good result.”You can listen to live exclusive national radio commentary of Liverpool v Everton only on talkSPORT
0Shares0000South B Combined winger Paul Were (left) dribbles past Beirut defender Fan Ngaira during their Kothbiro tournament semi-final match at Umeme Stadium in Ziwani Estate, Nairobi on December 29, 2017. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – High flying South B All Stars stormed to the final of the 2017 Koth Biro tournament after rallying from behind to edge out Beirut 3-2 in the semifinals played at the Umeme Ground in Nairobi’s Ziwani estate on Saturday.Star Studded South B that was steered by Zesco United and Harambee Stars midfielder Anthony Teddy Akumu as well as speedy winger Paul Were, will now meet the winner between Kawangware based side FIFA Best and GAA from Huruma who square it out in the second semi-final tomorrow. Were who plies his trade in Greece with Kalamata FC, inspired South B come two goals down after Beirut went ahead in the seventh minute through Oscar Mono who was set-up by Gor Mahia forward John Ndirangu.Beirut were the better side as they continually pilled pressure on South B especially from the right flank that was manned by Ushuru full-back Fan Ngaira.However, Akumu neutralized Beirut’s threatening pace in midfield and his measured pass to Were in the 24th minute should have resulted in an equalizer after the winger was hacked down but unfortunately the resultant free-kick went wide on the far left side of the post.Beirut doubled the scores from the spot that was well converted by Dennis Gicheru in the 35th minute after South B defenders brought down Edwin Otieno.Were showed his experience to lift South B after picking the ball from the midfield to make his way through the defence but he was fouled in the box to result to a penalty that was successfully converted to see his side trail 2-1 at the break.South B returned stronger in the second half with Abraham Dawo landing Akumu’s precise pass in the box to slice the ball past Beirut keeper Peter Mageto.Beirut fell behind once again when Were again made another good run to set-up Kevin Kwasila for South B to seal the win and storm to the finals that will be played January 7.South B burried the match from there. The rest was left for Patrick Oboya and Were to show the fans what they have been missing since they went out of public limelight.South B will now face either GAA from Huruma or FIFA Best who clash tomorrow in the second semi final at the same venue. The finals will be held early next year on January 7.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The move was the Fed’s first rate reduction of any kind in four years, the steepest in nearly five years and the most abrupt reversal of course since January 2001, when the Fed slashed rates at an unscheduled emergency meeting just before the last recession. “Shock therapy,” summed up Ethan Harris, chief U.S. economist at Lehman Bros. Analysts described the Fed’s action as a bold attempt to restore confidence with a quieter caveat that investors and consumers should not assume the certainty of more painkillers later this year. “The important policy debate now centers on the future interest rate path, but Fed officials left that more ambiguous,” said Richard Berner, chief U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley. Indeed, while many on Wall Street have been clamoring for an aggressive rate cut, some economists had warned against it, saying that it might send the wrong signal by bailing out those who contributed to the housing bubble. In both the bold stroke and the fine print, the Fed’s move offered a revealing hint about Ben Bernanke, the former Princeton professor who took over as Fed chairman last year. A champion of steady rules to guide monetary policy, he has long been seen as more skeptical about reacting to turbulence than his predecessor, Alan Greenspan. Bernanke, for example, made it clear that he did not want to rescue investors or speculators who made bad decisions. But in shielding the economy from a downturn, the Fed will be helping some Bernanke did not want to help. What seems to have driven Bernanke to act more boldly, analysts said, was the the Labor Department’s unexpectedly poor employment report for August, which showed that the nation had lost jobs for the first time in four years. Still, Bernanke’s move was nothing if not a Greenspanian display of “discretionary” policy in response to trouble, but before the signs of an economic downturn were unambiguous. And in his move, Bernanke obtained unanimous agreement from other board members, even though some Fed officials had been dubious about the need for a rescue. The Fed’s course change has been under way since early August, when fears about huge losses on subprime mortgage loans and a continued downturn in housing caused a much broader panic in credit markets. The resulting credit crunch has affected all but the safest home mortgages and greatly reduced the ability of private equity funds and hedge funds to borrow money at low rates. Many banks that had been planning to resell their loans are now being forced to absorb loans that the securities markets will no longer take. In the rate cut and an accompanying statement, the central bank acknowledged that the risks of a recession were too big to ignore. “The tightening of credit conditions has the potential to intensify the housing correction and restrain economic growth more generally,” the Fed’s policymaking committee said in its statement. “Today’s action is intended to forestall some of the adverse effects on the broader economy that might otherwise arise from the disruptions in financial markets.” Leaving the door open for the possibility of additional rate cuts, the central bank said it would “continue to assess” the economic outlook and “act as needed to foster price stability and sustainable economic growth.” But while Fed policymakers abandoned previous statements that the risk of inflation was their “predominant concern,” they did not say that the risk of a downturn had replaced inflation as their main worry. Rather, they spoke of “uncertainty” and left it at that. “The Fed kept its cards much closer to its vest than anyone would have guessed,” said David Rosenberg, chief North American economist for Merrill Lynch. “It’s not at all clear they think they have more to do.” Trading among investors indicated that Wall Street expects the central bank to keep cutting rates. Many analysts contend that it needs to cut twice as deeply as it has so far by early next year. And in a sign that the politics of rate-cutting could become more bruising, at least one prominent Democrat quickly criticized the Fed’s cautionary warning about inflation at a time of slowing growth. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he was “surprised” by the Fed’s statement. “I hope, in this instance, that markets and consumers will pay more attention to what the FOMC did than to what it said,” Frank added, referring to the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets interest rates. For consumers, the Fed’s move could mean lower borrowing costs for mortgages and automobile loans. But the impact might be muted, because investors remain deeply anxious about the credit quality of mortgages and other long-term loans. The main problem in the past month has not been high rates so much as the availability of capital to complete deals. In a separate move to bolster the banking system, the Fed also said that it had cut its discount lending rate, which applies to short-term emergency loans to banks, by a half-percent – to 5.25 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve rolled out its most powerful interest-rate weapon Tuesday in a bid to stop the turmoil in housing and financial markets from bringing down the overall economy. But even as stock markets soared in a thunderous rally, the Fed carefully stopped short of implying any commitment to reduce rates even more in the months ahead. Indeed, policymakers cautioned that they still have lingering worries about inflation – a concern that would weigh against stimulating the economy further with cheaper money. In reducing its benchmark interest rate by an unusually large one-half percentage point, to 4.75 percent from 5.25 percent, the central bank made it clear that policymakers viewed the turbulence and disruptions of the past couple of months as too dangerous to ignore. The reaction in the stock markets was ecstatic: The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 200 points almost instantly and ended the day up 335 points, or 2.51 percent, at 13,739.39.
Termon GAA Notes: Week Ending 07/05/12Comortas Peile Na GaeltachtaThe club enjoyed a very successful weekend at the County Gaeltachts finals in Gweedore. Our Ladies got the ball rolling on Sunday with an excellent display against county Senior Champions Glenfin. A 5 goal salvo from who else but Geraldine McLaughlin helped pave the way for a Termon win with Roisin and Olive McCafferty having excellent hours on the half forward line. The senior men then ground out an excellent result in the junior semi final despite the loss of Jamie Gallagher, Paddy McDaid and Kevin McDaid to injury through the game. Indeed at the end of extra time Termon had 5 minors on the field and had eked out a one point victory. The final on Monday was a tense affair in tough conditions but a goal of sheer persistence from Aidan Sweeney along with some great score taking in the second half ensured Termon took the county title. Daniel Conaghan and Andrew Duffy with excellent second half performances. Well done to all involved and the club look forward to returning to Gweedore in June for the All Ireland competitions. Special thanks to John McCafferty at the Lagoon for the breakfasts for the players each morning of the games. Minor Board:This Saturday morning we have one of the top underage coaches in Ulster Ben Mc Guckian, coming to attend our coaching session so we hope parents will make a special effort to bring all the boys and girls along. The times will change slightly so that we can maximise the time Ben will have to spend with the coaches and the various teams. So for this Saturday the following times are in place, U6s and U8s boys and girls and U10 and U12 girls will be on from 10.15am to 11.30am. Then from 11.30 to 12.45pm we will have U10 boys and u14 girls. We ask all coaches to be at the Burn Road at 10am for a briefing before the coaching begins. Again we hope parents will make that extra effort this Saturday to bring thier children along at the time listed for thier childs age group. The first U8 blitz of 2012 is due to take place next weekend (19th) in Dunfanaghy, more details next week. The following weekend the U10 boys begin thier season and more details will be given at coaching. Anyone still wishing to register thier child for the 2012 season can do so by contacting Eddie harkin on 086 6082512.Ladies Board: The junior ladies continued their good start to the season with a hard fought draw against Gweedore last Wednesday in a fantastic game of football. Aileen McGlynn and Tara McDaid were best for Termon. The Senior ladies are away to St Eunans at 12 noon this Sunday.Mens Board:Our reserves and seniors are fixed to play Glencolumbcille this Sunday at 1.30 and 3.00 in the all county league.The club wishes Jamie Gallagher all the best in his recovery from a shoulder injury received in the semi final against St Nauls on Sunday last. Jamie will be out of action sadly for 2-3 months. Get well soon Clouter!Lotto: The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 6,8,13 and 23. Pat McCaffertys luck was in as she matched all 4 numbers to win the jackpot of €2300. Next week’s draw takes place in The Lagoon, Termon. Martin Friel and Gerard Grant are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €500.Burn Road TimetableAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. Any additional trainings and games times are to be cleared with Martin Friel. This is to ensure the pitch isn’t double booked in the busy weeks and months ahead. A new planner will go up this week for the month of May.Sympathies The club wishes to extend its sympathies to the family of Paddy Ward, Fintown, who died last week. Paddy was grandfather of senior ladies footballers Anne Marie and Deirdre McDaid. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS
3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Neville’s opinion has been challenged by Jordan “The world evolves, it doesn’t stay the same, Man United are having challenges that are very difficult to overcome, so you can’t superimpose what Paul Scholes knows about Man United when he was playing for Sir Alex Ferguson to what’s happening now. There wasn’t a side like Man City.“This lies with Ed Woodward and a lack of direction at the top.” Neville, who has been largely supportive of Mourinho during the club’s recent crisis, does not boast the most impressive managerial CV.The former United right-back was sacked by Valencia just three months after his appointment, gaining 14 points from his 16 league games in charge.And Jordan used Neville’s coaching record to question his opinion on Mourinho. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Jordan also criticised United legend Scholes, one of Mourinho’s fiercest critics, claiming much of the analysis surrounding United is ‘not representative of the truth’.“I find some of the commentary around Man United to be counter-productive, disingenuous, and about people giving themselves an opportunity to say something which I don’t think is really representative of the truth,” he added. REVEALED Mourinho has come under scrutiny from ex-United players Scholes has been particularly critical of Mourinho no dice MONEY RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED 😡 “When it comes to management, @GNev2 is NOT qualified to speak.”🔴 “The commentary on Man Utd now is not representative of the truth!” Must listen rant about #MUFC from @SJOpinion10 on @JimWhite 🙌 pic.twitter.com/goPzKYDKDg— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 24, 2018“Gary Neville makes a lot of sense to me in a lot of different environments. But when it comes to management speak, his credentials were to be one of the coaches that presided of the debacle with Iceland and that ludicrous stint in Valencia,” Jordan said.“So some of the stuff that comes out of Gary’s mouth about football management, despite the fact he probably played for the best manager who ever managed in the Premier League, doesn’t necessarily qualify him to be an observationist all about how Mourinho’s managing.” 3 BEST OF huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Gary Neville is not qualified to speak about football management, according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.The talkSPORT pundit singled out Neville during an extraordinary attack on the group of ex-Manchester United players offering their opinion on the current regime under Jose Mourinho.United’s convincing home defeat to Juventus on Tuesday night was followed by more criticism from former players, including Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
Preview Drake recorded 12 shots in the game with six in the second half. Salisbury led the Bulldogs with three. Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Tawny Carroll (Streamwood, Ill.) scored in the 41st minute to lift the Drake University women’s soccer team past Kansas State, 1-0, Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Just over two minutes before Carroll’s goal, the Bulldogs nearly had a goal as junior Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) headed a ball that hit the crossbar. Drake and K-State each recorded six shots in the opening half. Print Friendly Version Drake (9-3-1) snapped a two-game losing streak with the win over Kansas State (4-6-3) who had its two-match winning streak stopped with the non-conference loss. Live Stats Kansas State only took one shot in the second half, but it nearly tied the game as sophomore Tatum Wagner hit the left post after beating the Bulldogs’ defense and sending it past a diving Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) who then collected the ball. Dennis finished with two saves as she improved to 6-0 in the net this season. HTML Box Score Drake enjoys a break before returning to Missouri Valley Conference play at UNI on Oct. 11. First kick in Cedar Falls is scheduled for 7 p.m. Next Game: at UNI 10/11/2016 – 7 PM Story Links Photo Gallery PDF Box Score Sophomore Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) sent a perfect cross across the box from right to left that Carroll headed in the near post past Kansas State goalkeeper Miranda Larkin. Carroll has three goals this season while Fiorito recorded her second assist of the season on the game winner.
Tags:#Apple#Government#international#NYT#Op-Ed#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A new initiative, called the “Digital Agenda” is come from on high. Well, from the EU’s European Commission, anyway. The agenda could force proprietary systems, such as the iPhone, to open up to competitors. Officially known as the “Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions A Digital Agenda for Europe,” it is being spearheaded by EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. In her former position as European Commissioner for Competition, Kroes was not shy about assessing fines on U.S. companies that were thought to have broken European anti-trust laws. Section 2.2.3 of the agenda makes the following statement. “The Commission will…propose legal measures on ICT interoperability by 2010 to reform the rules on implementation of ICT standards in Europe to allow use of certain ICT fora and consortia standards…Promote interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework; Examine the feasibility of measures that could lead significant market players to license interoperability information to report by 2012.”Daily Tech interprets the move to include Flash. “(T)he EU may gain the power to force Apple to allow Flash onboard. It may also be able to finally force Apple to allow third-party devices — like Android smart phones, the Palm Pre, or rival MP3 players – to sync with iTunes.” The rationale for such forced opening of proprietary technology does not seem terribly compelling. The argument seems to be basically this: A “fractured” Internet is economically less beneficial for Europeans than one which is brought into line by a governing body acting in the interest of Europeans as a whole. Therefor, companies like Apple should allow other companies access to its systems. Many people find the exclusivity of some of these companies irritating, even counter-productive to the companies themselves. But the argument that they ought to open up because it would be better for Europe is hardly an argument at all. First, there is no guarantee that it would be better. An open digital sector would by no means necessarily be more productive than one in which companies exist in an antagonistic relationship to one another. Second, Apple, for all its irritating smuggery, is not the product of a governmental incubator. Why on earth does the European Commission believe the company ought to hand over its intellectual independence? Finally, popping the back off the iPhone wouldn’t make a difference to the economy of Zimbabwe, much less the whole of Europe. The belief, which seems inherent in the document, seems to be that economic growth can be legislated. Make the parts fit and more people will make parts. Maybe. But they run the risk of being the same parts, indifferently made. The idea that wealth can be so mandated, despite the competition and creativity necessary to produce it, seems fragile, at best. Neelie Kroes photo by World Economic Forum Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Clayton Jacobs How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Tags:#China#Home Depot#Internet of Things#IoT Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published over the last month.Home Depot is another retailer that has struggled in China. However, unlike Walmart, it did not figure things out. Home Depot’s story in China began in December 2006 with its purchase of a Home Depot imitator which already had twelve locations throughout China. The deal was rumored to have cost Home Depot around $100 million USD.See Also: 3 key tech developments for your smart home from CESThe story of Home Depot contains perhaps some of the most important lessons for any foreign business entering China as, no matter what it did within its business model, it had little potential for success because the model itself was doomed to cause failure. This assertion might be hard to make sense of since, according to a Gallup poll from March 2005 taken in China, 93% of those who responded said that they owned their place of residence. Homeowners are the bulk of Home Depot customers of course. With a market that massive, it was no wonder Home Depot thought it would hit a homerun by expanding into China.Similar to Walmart’s mistake discussed in the fourth installment of this series, Home Depot’s mistake was to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Chinese consumer and his/her desires. Very few Chinese homeowners want to do their own repairs, upgrades, and renovations. This overlooked fact blew a massive hole in the Home Depot business model, since its model is based on selling to people who want to do their own home improvement projects to save money.However, even with such a flaw within Home Depot’s business model, its true mistake was not altering its strategy to provide the types of products and services Chinese customers do value. If Home Depot had done decent market research, it would have realized that the Chinese consumer generally does not like do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. If it had still wanted to take a shot in China, it could have changed its model to offer the service of carrying out home improvement projects with its own products. As a result of not adequately understanding Chinese consumers, Home Depot closed its final seven stores in China in September 2012.To see the success Home Depot could have had, one needs to look no further than IKEA. IKEA is absolutely making a killing in China, which might seem strange given what I previously said about the Chinese not wanting to build their own things and that this concept is synonymous with the IKEA brand in the West.See Also: Meet Viki, Nokia’s new hire for their AI personal assistantBut in China, IKEA learned about Chinese market differences and developed a two-pronged strategy in order not to repeat the fate of Home Depot. First, it was able to keep and leverage its classic showrooms within its retail stores. The showrooms alleviate one of the largest reasons many Chinese don’t want to do their own home upgrades: they lack confidence in what they are doing. Many Chinese who are ready to purchase their first home have not ever lived in a modern style home. This causes uncertainty about what is typical or stylish and, therefore, frustration about making design choices. The Chinese typically would much rather see how something works or looks, then purchase it exactly how it is, rather than come up with their own design.In addition, the typical Chinese life experience means that most of them do not have the skill or know-how for DIY projects. So, unlike its marketing approach in the West, and in other international markets, in China IKEA offers and promotes a service of designing and building home improvement items.This solves the related problems of the Chinese people not knowing how and not wanting to do DIY projects. Home Depot may well have been able to win over China by employing a similar approach from the outset. And even after its initial lack of success, instead of re-strategizing to figure out and solve its customer’s needs/desires in China, Home Depot kept a fixed frame of reference, which ultimately led to its inability to gain market share there.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn.