Danilo D’Ambrosio 1 Fiorentina are lining up a New Year move for West Ham target Danilo D’Ambrosio.The 27-year-old full-back was on Slaven Bilic’s radar in the summer but he eventually stayed put at Inter Milan.However, D’Ambrosio, who only arrived from Torino in 2014, is yet to feature in the league this season and he looks set to leave when the transfer window opens.The Hammers have been linked with a fresh move for the 27-year-old but now reports in Italy have suggested that Fiorentina are the new front-runners to land him.La Viola are hopeful of sealing a loan deal until next summer, when they will have the option to purchase D’Ambrosio, who is under contract at the San Siro until 2018.
With South Africa at 14/1 favourites to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea, they certainly stand out as the wild cards of the event. They are placed in the tournament’s group of death, with Ghana, Senegal and Algeria having better odds of winning the tournament. We analyse Bafana Bafana and their chances of bringing home the cup.For more on the Africa Cup of Nations, check out:When football became Africa’s gameLearn the language of South African footballAfrica Cup of Nations: some facts and figuresWho will become a star at Afcon 2015African footballers call on their juju menClick for larger image
Fiji oneworld connect membership The giant oneworld alliance is about to get bigger and extend its reach thanks to a new program designed to accommodate a broader range of airlines as “connect” partners.Oneworld connect is the first new membership platform since the alliance was unveiled almost 20 years ago and is designed to push its global coverage further than its current level of more than 1000 destinations in 150 plus territories.It also takes into account the changing nature of the airline industry and the emergence of low-cost and hybrid business models.Fiji Airways was unveiled as the first connect partner Sunday in the run-up to the International Air Transport Association’s annual conference in Sydney but oneworld chief executive Rob Gurney said talks were already underway with other carriers.READ: Fiji Airways continues record profit roll.“What we build is a scalable model that is a lot more simple to implement and we’re talking to a range of airlines at the moment that are operating more in that low-cost space,’’ Gurney told AirlineRatings.“Because it takes away the requirement to have all of these formal partnerships and systems integrations with every single member airline, it’s really more focused where the greatest commercial potential exists.“It’s simpler for the existing oneworld members but it’s also simpler for the connect partner. So we think we can accommodate a broader range of operators than we’ve traditionally hunted for.”Oneworld connect partners will provide select benefits to the alliance’s frequent flyers traveling on their flights, although they will be less than those offered by full members.Customers with oneworld emerald sapphire or ruby status in a oneworld member airline frequent flyer program will be able to use priority check-in and those with emerald or sapphire status will get priority boarding.Passengers and baggage will get through check-in for their entire journey and the ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer points where the connect member offers a loyalty program.There will also be access to select lounges for first and business class passengers as well as top-tier frequent flyers.Connect members will need to make their networks available on oneworld’s round-the-world Global Explorer fares and to maintain IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.Oneworld chairman Pekka Vauramo noted global alliances already account for 60 percent of total industry revenues and global capacity and 75 percent of revenues between the top 125 business city airports.“With most of the world’s biggest airlines already signed up, global alliances have reached maturity,’’ he said.Fiji Airways, part-owned by Australia’s Qantas, saw passenger numbers grow by 12 percent in 2017 and has been adding new destinations.It added Adelaide, San Francisco and Singapore in 2017 and is due to start services to Japan in July, 2018.It flies a combination of Airbus A330, Boeing 737, ATR and Twin Otter aircraft and will take the first of five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in November.Fiji Airways chief executive Andre Viljoen said the new connect membership would allow the airline to deepen its relationship with oneworld members such as Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.Viljoen said the connect membership would raise the airline’s profile and help put it on the global airline map.
Related Posts richard macmanus Tags:#web#Web Office While this week’s poll isabout Google’sWeb Office bid, we mustn’t forget that a few small Web Office vendors have been inthis space longer than Google and have built up a loyal and strong user base. One suchcompany is ThinkFree, which I’ve profiled beforeon ZDNet. Today ThinkFree announced they’d reached 250,000 registered users. These usersare made up of small and medium business owners and their staffs, university professors,teachers, entrepreneurs, parents, bloggers and students.What’s more, ThinkFree users come from more than 200 countries, including Mauritania,Anguilla, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The greatest number of users come from five regions:the United States, South Korea, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Canada.Here are some monthly statistics released by ThinkFree:Accounts for 228,000 unique page viewsStores over 654,000 files totaling 189 GB of dataAccounts for just under 100,000 unique visitors, of which over half stay longer than10 minutes and roughly one quarter return day after dayShares 2,000 documentsUploads or creates 60,000-80,000 new filesWhile 25k pales into comparison with Microsoft Office registered users (which wouldrun into the tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions – anyone have an actual figurefor this?), it demonstrates that small Web Office vendors like ThinkFree and Zoho can runa successful ‘niche’ business by taking a small slice of the total office software userbase. Zoho recently noted this in a blog post,saying that “our business plan is not based on us beating Microsoft or Google, it isbased on serving customers well enough to earn a profitable share of the market.”ThinkFree markets its office suite as the one with best Microsoft Office compatibility– and I presume they include Google Apps in that assessment. It is also mainly aJava-based solution, rather than Ajax which Zoho and Google predominantly use. ThinkFreeOnline includes three applications – ThinkFree Write for word processing, ThinkFreeCalc for spreadsheet management and ThinkFree Show for creating presentations. It offers1GB of free file storage as part of its service. In May last year I interviewedThinkFree CEO TJ Kang. At thatstage TJ made a special point of noting ThinkFree’s MS compatibility:“ThinkFree prides itself on having more functionality than the other Web Officeplayers, but TJ told me it isn’t a case of features for features sake. Rather,ThinkFree’s main reason for having so much functionality is to be compatible withMicrosoft Office. He said if they didn’t have that level of compatibility, then MSOffice users “wouldn’t make the move”. One of ThinkFree’s goals is to ween MSOffice users off the desktop and onto the Web.”And indeed I concluded that the primary benefit of ThinkFree was its closecompatibility to Microsoft Office functionality – with the web-based functionality, suchas collaboration, that it offers on top of that being the differentiator to MS. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Many of us are wondering what Apple has in store for their annual expo, Macworld, which begins this Monday. Last year it was the iPhone, two years ago it was the Intel iMac, the year before that the iPod shuffle and the Mac mini. Earlier this week Josh Catone wrote an excellent post, listing 9 specific Macworld predictions and assigning a percentage of probability to each.In the following poll, we’ve included each of Josh’s predictions – and also added some more from RWW commenters.Let us know what you think about each of these predictions by participating in the poll. It’ll be interesting to compare to our probability percentages. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#Polls#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Steve Jobs photo credit: dfarber Related Posts