Quern began his aviation career with Northwest Airlines, but for the past 12 years prior to joining Coyne Airways he has worked for TNT. Larry Coyne, Coyne Airways CEO, said: “Darrin has the all-round airline and logistics experience that we need for our hub in Dubai. His government and military experience will be especially beneficial in helping to expand our operations from all over the world via Dubai into Iraq and Afghanistan.” Coyne Airways has 16 years of unbroken service to the Caspian, delivering 175 million kg of cargo during this period.
10 February 2009South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won the award for best traditional world music album at the 2009 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Sunday night.The Isicathamiya group received the award for their latest album, Ilembe, which honours Shaka Zulu. The album won the South African Music Award for best traditional a cappella album in 2008.12 Grammy nominationsLadysmith Black Mambazo have been nominated for a Grammy award 12 times over the years, winning twice before. They received their first Grammy in 1987 for their album Shaka Zulu. The second award was in presented in 2005 for their album Raise Your Spirit Higher.According to the group, Ilembe celebrates not only Shaka Zulu but the sense of perseverance, creativity and pride that the 19th century Zulu monarch inspired in generations of descendants.“He was a warrior, an athlete, a singer, a dancer, a visionary, he was so many things,” said Joseph Shabalala, lead singer and founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. “He was a diplomat too.”Over 40 albumsFormed by Shabalala in 1964, the group made their first recording in the early 1970s, and have recorded over 40 albums since.They are South Africa’s foremost proponents of the Iscathamiya style of singing, and have grown to be one of the country’s premier cultural exports.The group gained international fame and recognition in the late 1980s, following their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Grammy Award-winning Graceland album.Source: BuaNews
Just as it’s become thecustom for Tim O’Reilly to open the Web 2.0 conference keynotes with a fireside chat withJeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and then later for John Battelle to interview a Google exec (itused to be Sergey Brin, but now Eric Schmidt has taken over that task), it’s becomingRead/WriteWeb’s custom to do a conference wrap-up post. Personally I do it mainly to getmy own thoughts in order, because these conferences are very hectic and so it’s hard tothink at a macro level while you’re in the ‘eye of the storm’. In addition, some of theRead/WriteWeb authors have done their own mini-wrapups.So what was different about this web 2.0 conference? It was the 3rd Web 2.0 Conferencerun by CMP/O’Reilly Media that I’ve been to (I followed the 2004 Web 2.0 conferencevirtually). Check out my previous wrapups of the Web 2.0 Summitand the Web 2.0Conference in 2005. The Web 2.0 Expo was the biggest of all 3, both in terms of thevenue and the number of people attending – estimates ranged from 10-16k. It also had more of a developer focus, althoughthere were plenty of business people too. More on that in a minute.Takeaways From a product and webtechnology perspective, there were a lot of enterprise or SME focused startups andproducts on show – particularly in the Expo Hall area (The Land of the Booths). As Iwalked around the plentiful booths, it seemed at least every second product wasfor enterprises or SMEs. This was definitely a change from the previous conferences,where consumer-focused products dominated and usually stole the limelight. I’ve alreadyprofiled Bungee Labs, a next generation web development platform that impressed me. Afew other newcomers that caught my eye were Egnyte (a collaborative document sharingapp), Vidoop (a security solution that featured in the LaunchPad), and robotreplay.com (asite analytics service). That’s naming just a few, and I didn’t manage to see all of thecompanies on show (check the R/WW Author wrapup of the Expo, in the next post, for morestandouts).In terms of the sessions and panels, the Web 2.0 Expo was overall a success – withenough good sessions about new technologies and interesting Web 2.0 issues to keep peoplehappy. There were of course some sessions that were disappointing – e.g. some were justproduct pitchs, or perhaps the discussion between panelists didn’t quite pan out. Butthat happens in every conference. There were unfortunately a lot of issues with the WiFi,despite the best attempts of the organizers to fix it. Another disappointment was thatthe Expo had no closing keynotes on the final afternoon, and the main booth area was alsoclosed at around midday on Wednesday. It seemed kind of a letdown to only have panelsessions running in the final afternoon.Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing SquidBut turning to the positive, the Expo had a great mix of people attending –developers, designers, business people, VCs, bloggers, etc. So unlike the Web 2.0 Summitat the end of last year, this crowd was diverse and more focused on the technologyaspects. I also got the impression that more ‘mainstream’ people, from corporations orsmall/medium businesses, were in attendance – which is a healthy sign. And that wasreally the aim of the conference organizers, encouraged by the different tracks ofsessions (one for design, one for strategy and business, etc). The only complaint I heardabout the tracks was that some of the developer community who already knew about web 2.0,did not find enough detail in their sessions to satisfy them. But on the other hand, Ialso spoke to a company that wasn’t familiar with web 2.0 whose developers were enjoyingthe tracks (this was after the first day). So I guess you can’t please everyone, butoverall the (admittedly few) sessions I attended were interesting. I actually spent mostof my time networking/booth-hopping and in the press room, which in my case wasthe only place I could connect to the Net.HighlightsOther features of this conference I enjoyed: The Expo Hall wasgreat, with a good mix of startups and more established vendors. Strangest sight? The IBMbooth, with IBM staff milling around in red shirts (not IBM blue) and doing on-the-spotclassroom sessions with microphones and videos. That strategy seemed to be pulling in thepunters (many willingly plopped themselves into the IBM chairs and listened to thelessons)… but as a fellow blogger quipped to me yesterday: “I don’t go to web 2.0conferences to listen to IBM”. No disrespect intended, because IBM is doing some greatthings now with web 2.0 technologies. But the real excitement was to be found, at leastfor me, in the many startup booths – e.g. CambrianHouse’s booth was excellent, with akind of tropical theme going (see pic below). All in all, I enjoyed wandering around thebooths and getting demos from the many passionate technologists waiting to gush about their babies.Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing SquidThe Ignite show on Sunday evening was awesome. These were 5 minute quickfire presentationson a particular theme or product, mostly focusing on stuff happening on the edge. Ireally enjoyed them, precisely because they were not the usual ‘product pitches’ – theywere more like 5 minutes on whatever technology passion the presenter had. The presentations rangedfrom the more traditional – for example Ryan Stewart (who was a last minute addition, sohe had little prep time) did a fantastic 5 minute summary of RIAs – to the bizarre, e.g.the guy who built a web app at the South Pole or the guy who discussed how his hobby ofbee-keeping was a good example of the web 2.0 “hive mind”! My favorite presentation atthe time was the ‘open source hardware’ story about 14 year boys making Lego guns at instructables.com –although given that the Virginia Tech tragedy happened the day after, it is inretrospect more than a little disturbing. At the time it came across as more humorousthan creepy; but thinking about it in the aftermath of the tragedy, it certainly is asomewhat disturbing use of technology to make guns out of lego. In any case, I loved the Ignite sessions. Especially as the audience had theopportunity to vote for the best presentations, using text messaging on mobile phones. Big credit for the concepthas to go to Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media, who came up with the idea and has beenrunning Ignite in Seattle recently. I will delve more into Ignite in a follow-uppost. The Web2Open was agreat addition to the conference. This was a free event where developers and designersdiscussed the tech issues of the day. I must admit I didn’t have time to attend it (otherthan poking my nose in a couple of times), but I did hear second-hand that the Opensatisfied web 2.0 technologists and the ‘in crowd’. Props to Tara Hunt and Chris Messinafor organizing this.ConclusionWhen it comes down to it, Web 2.0 Expo was a success in my eyes, despite the technicalglitches with WiFi and last day scheduling oddities. From a networking standpoint, it was a greatcrowd of people to mix and mingle with. The cliche is that the best part of a conferenceis the discussions in the hallway – and in the case of the Expo it was discussions inhuge cavernous hallways that were usually teeming with people. I got the feeling thatothers enjoyed the conference, although it’s hard to generalize. The evening partieswere good too, with the Netvibes event on Monday probably the highlight.If you attended the conference, please add your thoughts on it below.All photos in this post are from Scott Beale / Laughing Squid, who has a lot ofgreat Web 2.0 Expo photos on his blog laughingsquid.com. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#conferences#web#Web 2.0 Expo 2007#Weekly Wrap-ups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web Windows Live Mesh is Microsoft’s software+services data synchronization platform. Because of its complex nature, most people assume that file synchronization is all there is to Live Mesh, but in reality, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Microsoft has big plans for the service and syncing files between computers and the cloud is just the start. When Live Mesh launched, it was currently a closed “technical preview” (that’s Microsoft for “beta”). But now it appears that the Live Mesh guys have quietly opened up the platform for all of the U.S. LiveSide reported last night that folks were able to sign up for Mesh if they were in the U.S. and this morning, they confirmed this to be the case.The official announcement was made in the Live Mesh Forum. It read:Live Mesh is now openly available to anyone in the U.S.The Live Mesh team is pleased to announce that anyone in the U.S. can now use Live Mesh just by signing in to www.mesh.com with a valid Windows Live ID. No sign up needed to participate!International CustomersWith Live Mesh open to anyone in the US, our international friends can join in the fun early as well – with one caveat: you must be willing to change your Windows operating system region and language setting to EN-US. Once you do this you will be able to immediately sign in to Live Mesh with a valid Windows Live ID. Please be aware that this may cause other applications that specifically require your native country region and language settings to encounter problems.FeedbackOnce you’ve begun using Live Mesh, we’d love to hear from you! We are working hard to create the best experience and appreciate any feedback you have. Please send us feedback using our online form. You can also submit (and view others’) feedback and bugs here on the Microsoft Connect website.Thank you,The Live Mesh teamAbout Live Mesh For those of you unfamiliar with the service, one of the main things you need to know is that at the moment, the service is Windows-only. However, Microsoft has confirmed in the past that a Mac client is in the works. Eventually it will work with mobile devices, too. Certainly those will include Windows Mobile, but also any other devices that permit it to run. They should have some takers, though, because Mesh isn’t built with proprietary code, but rather with open protocols that most web developers are familiar with, including HTTP, RSS, REST, ATOM and JSON. Although Mesh’s FeedSync is new, it is an XML protocol based on ATOM and RSS. With Mesh running on your computers, you can simply right-click any folder and choose “Add to Mesh.” By doing so, that folder and all the files it contains are synchronized with all of your other computers you’ve added to your personal Mesh. It also syncs those files to the Live Mesh Desktop, which is Mesh’s “cloud” – an online web site you can access from any computer. At the moment, the online storage is limited to 5 GB, but that could change in the future. However, Mesh’s recent update allows you to set folders to sync via peer-to-peer, bypassing Live Desktop.A Live Mesh FolderWhen folders are Mesh-enabled, a small panel appears to the right of the folder in explorer which catalogs any changes to the folder (file adds/moves/deletions) as well as notes and comments left by any of the folder’s members.Some people have compared Mesh to Apple’s Mobile Me (I discussed this on my personal site not too long ago), but that’s a little bit off the mark. Where Mobile Me is a consumer-focused product that offers sync and cloud storage, too – the difference is that Mesh is actually a platform. A service like Mobile Me could be built on Mesh, for example, so what you’re seeing today with the file sync is sort of like a demo app of what the Mesh platform can do. However, that being said, we hope to see Mesh doing more than file sync in the future.You can read our initial review of the service here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Flamengo launch cash bid to beat West Ham to Gabigol signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlamengo hope an offer of €22m will be enough to land Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa.The Brazilian, after an outstanding season on-loan at Santos, is up for sale at Inter ahead of the January market.West Ham have been regarded as favourites to land Gabigol given their relationship with his agent of Kia Joorabchian. Everton and Crystal Palace are also keen.However, Gazzetta dello Sport says Fla hope an immediate cash offer of €22m can trump their English rivals.Inter paid €35m to sign Gabigol two years ago from Santos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sevilla refuse to rule out move for Chelsea striker Morataby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla have refused to rule out a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The 26-year-old has scored five Premier League goals to his name from 11 starts and the Blues are reportedly willing to move him on.Sevilla are in the market for another striker after loaning striker Luis Muriel to Fiorentina. And when asked about Morata, sporting director Joaquin Caparros refused to rule out a move for the Spaniard.He said: “We are working on many names. The important thing is that the player wants to come to Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Brahim Diaz delighted to make winning Real Madrid debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz was delighted to make a winning debut for Real Madrid in their Copa del Rey triumph over Leganes.The former Manchester City starlet, who was presented as a new Whites’ player on Monday, came on in the 78th minute to replace Vinicius Jr.The midfielder spoke at the end of the match: “This is a big, unforgettable and unique day, to make my debut at this stadium and with these fans has been a dream since I was a kid, winning makes the dream even better, but I’m calm about it all. I have to give everything out on the field because this club and these fans deserve it, I’m going to frame the debut jersey and hang it in my room.”He added: “Sergio Ramos congratulated me and told me to continue like this, he said that everything comes and that I’ll get a lot of minutes, he’s a top player and playing with him is a moment to savour, it’s a dream.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool charged by Uefa after pitch invasionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have been charged by Uefa after fans ran onto the pitch during their 4-3 Champions League victory against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.Salzburg have been charged with the “throwing of objects” by their supporters during the game at Anfield.Uefa’s hearing into the case will take place on 17 October.Mohamed Salah scored the winner for Liverpool after Salzburg had recovered from 3-0 down to level the match at 3-3 early in the second half.