Jamaica Scorpions’ top-order batsman, Andre McCarthy, has listed application as one of the primary reasons behind his maiden one-day century in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. Entering the fray with Jamaica in a delicate position of 61 for three against ICC Americas – after electing to bat – the 28-year-old McCarthy went on hit 118. His knock, which was the cornerstone of Jamaica’s 260 for eight, included four sixes and 11 fours. ICC Americas, a guest team in the three-week tournament, were then bowled out for 76. “I’ve always said I wanted a hundred and, thankfully, it came in the second game of the tournament,” said McCarthy. “It was a matter of application, adjusting to the team situation and playing within the team plan. “Jamaica was in a tight position as the Americas seamers were bowling well. I had to therefore try and fight out the seamers and, hopefully, when they came back capitalise, and that’s what I did,” he explained. The innings, which propelled McCarthy to the Player-of-the-Match award, was his second career hundred, after scoring 121 away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Tournament late last year. That game was also played in Trinidad, and although describing the pitches in the twin-island republic as difficult to play on, he says he hopes to continue scoring runs. “The wickets in Trinidad are very difficult to score fast and bat on,” he quipped. “But I like to consider myself as a fighting batsman, and the hope is that I will continue to do well.” Jamaica Scorpions, second in Group C on five points after also scoring a bonus point against the Americas, will today play third-place Barbados Pride (four points) at Queen’s Park Oval in their third of six first-round fixtures. SEMIS Leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the meantime, are two from two on 10 points and will play the Americas at Shaw Park. The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals. “They (Barbados) are a good team and always difficult to beat,” stated McCarthy. “However, we have a good team as well and just have to turn up with our ‘A’ game and work hard.” Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell, Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Aldaine Thomas, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas. Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chasem Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Dane Currency, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Dwayne Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams.
Liberia’s U-20 players arrive at the SKD during the County Meet final(Photo: Anthony Kokoi)A day after Liberian sports’ enthusiasts enjoyed the finals of the country’s biggest sporting festival, the National County Sports Meet, the WAFU U-20 tournament will today kick off at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex with Jr. Lone Star (U-20) going against Ivory Coast in the opening match of Group A.Ivory Coast is replacing Cape Verde who earlier withdrew from the tournament. The opening will be followed by Group A’s second match when Guinea Bissau face Sierra Leone.Liberia was paired in Group A against Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone.Meanwhile, Liberia’s U20 Coach Christopher Wreh and his technical staff have named 18 players to feature for the national team. The selected players include Ashley William, Gbelly Beba Wilson, Daniel Paye, Allen Njie and Chauncy Freeman.Others are Musa Noah Kebbeh, Edward Daddy Ledlum, David Teklo Tweh, John Chea Jaysay, Asiamuh Dann, Sheku Sheriff and Sidiki Blayday Kromah.The rest are Gasimu Sheikh Kouyateh, Lawson Saah Kongo, Jeremy Gift Saygbe, Sam N. Jackson, Urias Sayon and Sebastian Tackler.The tournament will later continue on Wednesday with Senegal going against Mali, while the Gambia will face Guinea in the group’s second encounter.In addition, the local organizing committee has disclosed that all participating countries have arrived for the tournament.“The U-20 teams of Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and the Gambia have arrived in Liberia and have been taken to their various hotels and have had their first practice sessions at selected venues across Monrovia,” the committee said in a release yesterday.The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday afternoon to be followed by the kick off that will be taken by Chief Patron of Sports President George Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several students attached to the Linden Foundation Secondary School have benefited from a ‘back to school’ initiative organised by the non-profit organisation Linden Fund USA, in collaboration with Maureen Davidson.Twenty-five students have received free backpacks and school supplies as the new school year commences today. Speaking at the distribution drive, which was held at the Linden Foundation Secondary School, Office Manager of the Linden Fund USA’s local affiliate, LFU Guyana Inc, Cheryl Waite, said the items are to assist students in the preparation for effective and efficient functioning in their classrooms. She urged them to make good use of the opportunity.Waite also reaffirmed the Organisation’s commitment to revitalising communities in Linden, especially in the education and health sectors.Speaking on behalf of Maureen Davidson was Leroy James, who charged the students to make the best of their school days.“School time is also a time when you are to make the most of the opportunitiesSome of the recipients of the back-to-school drive on in Lindenthat are afforded. We should glean as much as we can, so that we can secure for ourselves a brighter future. The students here, I am sure that you can look around and see things in your home circle that you wish you could improve. Well, please understand that your being at school is one of the first step towards improving that”, he posited.The school’s Home Economics Department also received donations of much need items, including a blender and crockery and cutlery, among other items.In 2017, Davidson, wife of The Right Reverend Charles A. Davidson, Diocesan Bishop of Guyana, Suriname and Cayenne, undertook a new outreach initiative to provide school supplies to needy students in the Greater Georgetown area.Realizing her vision to assist students in the Kingston area, the outreach was expanded to Linden schools in the form of a joint project with the US-based non-profit Linden Fund USA and its local affiliate, LFU Guyana Inc.On August 30, students of the Kingston Practical Instruction Centre were also presented backpacks and school supplies for the second year in a row, while students of St. George’s Secondary School will receive school supplies for the first time.In addition to LFU support, this project was made possible by funding from local donors, including the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry, Republic Bank, the Ministry of the Presidency, Anita Rambaran, Dr Barton Scotland, Shonel Benjamin and Rohni Charanram from Payless Variety Store, Beepats, National Hardware, and a local doctor.
John Stones 1 Young, English and talented are three things that are hard to come by at the moment in the Premier League, especially without paying a substantial premium.This is something Manchester City and Manchester United have both found out in the past two years, spending £49m and £30m for Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw respectively.Now Chelsea are finding out how difficult it is to secure a player of this ilk with their so far fruitless attempts to sign Everton’s John Stones.The 21-year-old has been touted as a future England captain having already established himself as a regular in Roy Hodgson’s squad. After being told twice by Everton that Stones is not for sale, reports have emerged that the two Manchester clubs have joined the chase.talkSPORT evaluates each of Stones’ options to help him decide the next stage of his career.ChelseaJoining Chelsea would provide Stones with the best possible education on how to become a world-class defender. Jose Mourinho is well-known as a coach who likes to build from back to front with an established centre-half partnership at the heart of his teams. Stones would be learning from one of the best defenders the Premier League has seen in John Terry – as well as developing an understanding with Gary Cahill, which could only benefit England in the long-term.However, because of Chelsea’s solidarity at the back, it would be difficult for Stones to dislodge either Cahill or Terry as a starter and would therefore have to expect a substantial amount of time on the bench. He would get plenty of chances in the League Cup and as a part of squad rotation but would have to sacrifice Premier League experience for watching and learning. He would more than likely be a signing for the future.Manchester CityManchester City have an opening at centre-back after the less than convincing displays from £32m signing Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis. City would see Stones as a signing for now rather than for the future, which would certainly give him the playing time he craves. He would form a formidable partnership with captain Vincent Kompany and shoulder a great deal of responsibility.City are not afraid to splash out on defenders but, as Mangala will profess to, they have short patience if you are not performing. Stones would find himself under pressure to be the player he promises to be immediately and would have less time to develop. There is also the threat of following exciting talents like Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair, whose careers stalled while warming the bench at the Etihad.Manchester United As would be the case at their city rivals, Manchester United would be able to give Stones the minutes in the Premier League that Chelsea would not. Also, he would be part of a team in transition and, as United aren’t at the moment expected to mount a serious title challenge, would perhaps not have the same level of pressure on him as he would at City. Louis van Gaal is a strong advocate of starting with a ball-playing centre-back, as Stones is, and would therefore likely build his defence around the Everton man.United do not have a settled back four at the moment and should Stones sign, he would be walking into a team full of uncertainty. Every member of the Stretford End would give you a different combination of players to marshal the backline and it looks as though this season the defence will again be a work in process. Moreover, the club have no senior defenders and there would be no one for Stones to learn from, such as a Terry or a Kompany.EvertonEverton are refusing to sell their hottest prospect and, unless a substantial sum is offered, will probably keep hold of him. At 21, Stones is hardly in a rush to develop and has already evolved so much as a defender in the two seasons he has spent in the Toffees’ first team. At Everton he will be given the time and space to grow while gaining Premier League experience – a combination of things he would not get anywhere else.There is a glass ceiling at Everton though, and he will have to leave to further himself at some point, be it this season or another. To learn from the best and challenge himself against the best in the Champions League, it is likely that Everton can only hold on to him for so long.VerdictOf the three clubs chasing his signature, Chelsea would be the obvious choice for Stones. He would be working under a defensively minded coach and alongside the Premier League’s strongest partnership. It is unclear how long Terry has left at Chelsea and it would be a wise move from Stones to learn from him while he can. However, he would need to be guaranteed game-time at Stamford Bridge and if he cannot be assured of this then Goodison Park is as good as any place to continue to learn his trade.
Michelle O’Reilly supporting the team from the slopes of Turoa New Zealand.WE’VE had some lovely messages from around the globe supporting the Donegal team this Sunday.We’ve also had plenty of pix – but we’re still waiting for pictures from our readers in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Vietnam.We know who you are – what’s wrong with you? Get those cameras out and send us your Donegal snaps. Here’s today’s line-up for Sam!…starting with a couple of Donegal folk skiing for Jimmy in New Zealand!Paul Ferry supporting the team from the slopes of Turoa New Zealand.Willow the Adopted Kitten from Ardara who is now in a safe home at Rathgar Dublin and a Donegal Supported Ted. The kitten was rescued by David Gallagher from Glenfinn – brother of Micky The PostThey love their sport at Finn Valley AC – and we’re loving the poster guys! Can DD take that to Croker?Some half-time treats from Rose McGettigan – any chance of a few for the match Rose?Is this the best shop window in Donegal? Friels Fine Foods in Ardara thinks so…. Pat the Cope wins this midfield battle with Jim Higgins at the European Parliament. Take your point Pat!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 19th, 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY
LANCASTER – Darth Eliopulos has been named president of the Antelope Valley Fair board and Stephen K. McElroy is the fair board’s new vice president. Eliopulos is president of Antelope Valley Escrow and McElroy is a trial attorney with the law offices of R. Rex Parris. “I am looking forward to the 2006 Antelope Valley Fair with great anticipation. I think that the immediate past president and board have done a wonderful job in relocating the fair to its new home. My challenge is to lead this board through the process of building on that foundation,” Eliopulos said. Plans for 2006 include working toward completion of the R. Rex Parris Show Arena and putting the finishing touches on the fair’s two newest buildings, Van Dam Legacy Hall and Waste Management Community Hall. Eliopulos grew up in the Antelope Valley. His father, Ted, served on the fair board from 1973 to 1993. Eliopulos is a corporate vice president of Fidelity National Financial, overseeing Antelope Valley Escrow and Gemini Escrow in Lancaster and Palmdale. He is a member of the Antelope Valley Kiwanis, Lancaster Old Town Site, Antelope Valley Board of Trade and Antelope Valley Building Industry Association. Eliopulos replaces outgoing President LeeRoy Halley. Halley served on the Fair Board of Directors for a total of seven years with the last two as president and two years prior to that as vice president. Halley was president during the relocation to the new fairgrounds in west Lancaster in 2004. Halley is vice president and general manager of Halley-Olsen-Murphy Memorial Chapels and Crematory in Lancaster and Palmdale and Stickel Mortuary in Mojave. McElroy also grew up in the Antelope Valley. McElroy’s father, retired Palmdale School District Superintendent Forrest McElroy, served on the fair board from 1995 to 2002. In addition to his work as a trial attorney at the R. Rex Parris law firm, McElroy is the president-elect of the Antelope Valley Bar Association and is a member of the Bar in California, Maryland and Washington. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The winning car in the South African SolarChallenge, put together by a team fromTokai University, Japan, heading towardsthe Hex River mountains outside CapeTown.(Image: Zellous Racing) Each car in the race was sandwichedbetween two support cars to protect thesmall and fragile vehicles from other roadusers.(Image: Shane Barrett) The race covered 4 175km of tough SouthAfrican territory.(Image: South African Solar Challenge)Jennifer SternOn Tuesday 7 October a fleet of odd-looking vehicles rolled into Pretoria after an epic two-week, 4 175km round-trip across South Africa’s heartland and back along its coastline. This was the end of the inaugural South African Solar Challenge, the longest and toughest solar-powered race in the world, and the first sanctioned by the Federation International de l’Automobile (International Automobile Federation, or FIA).Setting off from Pretoria in Gauteng province on 28 September, the race covered the 530km to Kimberley in the Northern Cape by that evening. The next day they headed to Beaufort West, and the next to the coastal city of Cape Town, where the cars were on display in Canal Walk shopping centre on 1 October.The route back to Pretoria took the long way, east along South Africa’s coastline via Plettenberg Bay, East London, Port Shepstone, Durban and Ermelo.The South African Solar Challenge is similar to those run in the US and Australia for years, but with the distinction that it is sanctioned by FIA, the body that administers all motor sport including Formula 1 racing.The Australian and US races predate FIA’s interest in alternative-fuel racing, so they have their systems well established. Because the South African Solar Challenge is a brand new event, FIA was on board from the beginning. It’s probably only a matter of time until the other big solar races fall into line with FIA requirements, or the association alters its requirements to accommodate the established races.Energy efficiencyWhile the race is probably the most exciting, and certainly the most visually interesting, part of the event, it is in fact a small aspect of it. What it’s really all about is designing and building the cars. These are not production vehicles – every one is designed and built by the team that races it, and most teams are attached to universities or alternative energy technology companies.Efficiency is more important than speed, as solar cars are effectively electric cars, constrained by battery technology. Batteries have 50 times less energy density than petrol. A litre of petrol weighs a bit less than a kilogram, and that will take the average car about 10km. One kilogram of fully charged battery, however, will take a car of about the same weight no more than a couple of hundred metres. In order to race an electric car 4 000km, you need to regularly recharge the batteries, hence the solar panels. So the race is not judged on speed, but on distance covered.Each car is accompanied by a trailer and, if they run out of power, they can opt to get back on the trailer and get credit for the mileage they’ve done, or they can stop and wait for the batteries to recharge.The more experienced drivers plan their energy consumption in such a way that they never run out of power, by driving slower, planning their stops and understanding the energy losses in the total system. If the weather is particularly bad or the road conditions unsafe, the organisers can call for all vehicles to be trailered.All the vehicles, regardless of class, have to have effective brakes and regulation lights. But they aren’t actually roadworthy, so each car is sandwiched between two escort cars to protect them from careless fellow road users, and protect other road users from them.In a previous solar race elsewhere, one of the cars had brake failure, but – fortunately – only crumpled its nose against its escort vehicle. What would be more disastrous is for an 18-wheeler to drive over one. They’re hard to see – being close to the ground, streamlined and almost invisible as the top surface is covered in dark, reflective solar panels. The top of some cars wouldn’t even reach the wheel nuts of a big truck.Challenge, Adventure and TechnologyThe race has three categories: Challenge, Adventure and the rather anomalous but exciting Technology Class, or Green Fleet. This last is open to either production vehicles using alternative fuels, or one-off designs. But the first South African Solar Challenge had only one entry in this class – a hybrid motorcycle from Malaysia.Winstone Jordaan, the event organiser, said that he hoped that in the next event, scheduled for 2010, commercial vehicle manufacturers would use the race to showcase their alternative-fuel models. By then there should be many more alternatively powered cars on the road, so this class could become seriously competitive.The Challenge Class is the most demanding, as the cars need to be a bit more “normal”. They must have a sit-up seat, not a reclining one, and generally be something that most people could actually imagine driving. Of the two leading vehicles in the race, that belonging to Team Sunna and designed, built and driven by Divwatt was the only one to qualify for this class.The Japanese entry, designed by engineering students from Tokai University, is by far the fastest and most efficient car in the fleet. Competing in the Adventure Class, it was the overall winner and an inspiration to the other competitors.At 11 years old the vehicle is a solar-race veteran, and the Japanese team exude an air of professionalism that shows they have been doing this for some time. While most of the other drivers are students, alternative technology buffs or engineers, the Japanese team has a string of five professional race drivers – all capable of doing repairs on the vehicle – as well as a small battalion of engineers.The spirit of the raceWhile it is an actual race, the spirit of the event is not particularly competitive. There were only six teams and, by the time they had reached Cape Town, only two cars had managed to run under their own steam – or sunshine. Most were plagued by technical or logistical problems.The two Indian teams were struggling to get their cars through customs into the country in time. In the spirit of the event they were hoping to drive a leg or two, even if they had no chance of winning. Two of the three South African teams had technical problems they were hoping to sort out so that they could, at least, do some of the race.Hermann Oelsner, the owner of Silver Fox, relates how Georg Brasseur, the FIA technical representative, stayed up until early in the morning trying to help him sort out his technical hitch after his car blew up its controller at the start. A few sparks, a fizz and then a sinking feeling as, after an exhausting resuscitation attempt, the phrase dreaded by every car owner was said: “We need this one small part …” This particular part had to come from Germany.It hadn’t arrived by Wednesday 1 October and Oelsner decided to take his car back home to Darling, where he runs South Africa’s first privately owned wind farm, which supplies electricity to the City of Cape Town. Even though the vehicle had done no actual mileage, he said, he had learned a lot on the race and will come fully prepared in 2010 – probably with a huge box of spare parts in the support vehicle.Being the first time the event was run, all involved have used it as a learning experience – the organisers and the competitors.“It’s a huge learning curve,” Jordaan said. “We’ve had no sponsorship so we haven’t managed to do much in the way of publicity or marketing, but we’re hoping to rectify that in 2010.”The organisers had hoped for more international competitors, he said, but the top teams stayed away because there was little in the way of exposure or kudos. They’d had a few nibbles but, Jordaan thinks, perhaps the course put them off.Tough goingIt’s not only the longest solar-powered race in the world, it’s the toughest. It’s mostly downhill from Pretoria to Cape Town, but the Hex River Mountains outside Cape Town pose a challenging barrier, with some nasty climbs. Getting out of Cape Town via the coast means negotiating Sir Lowry’s Pass and Houwhoek Pass, both high, steep and twisted.There are a few bumps and grinds further along the coast, such as the notorious Kei Cuttings in the Eastern Cape. And it’s all uphill from the coast back up to Gauteng. So not having much to gain and everything to lose if the terrain proved too taxing, the really competitive teams stayed home.The event was held as a stage race, with all the teams leaving together and spending each night in the same place. The organisers therefore had to make a call to put the vehicles on the trailers if it looked like they were not going to make the daily target.Ideally the teams should have all set off and kept going, spending the night wherever they ended up at sunset. But the logistics of this were too complicated with the resources the inaugural race had at hand.An advantage of this was that all the cars were in one place, so locals could come and have a good look. There was a surprisingly good turnout at Canal Walk in Cape Town, with fascinated onlookers asking the team members all kinds of questions – a good advertisement for alternative energy.Once the race is more established, and there are more resources, it will be run as a straightforward race, with each team heading off on their own with the leaders quite possibly finishing days ahead of their competitors.By the afternoon of Friday 4 October the race was almost in East London, a coastal city in the Eastern Cape. With glorious sunshine to push them on, the Japanese team were ahead of the organisers, who were flirting with speed limits to catch up to them.“Oh well,” Jordaan said, “it won’t be a total disaster if they get there before me, but it would be a bit embarrassing.”It was later discovered that the Japanese team followed some incorrect road signs and went via Grahamstown instead of Port Alfred. This was a far more complex climb, with worse road conditions, but they completed it like champions.Sunday 5 October saw the shortest stage – 128km from Port Shepstone to the Gateway shopping mall north of Durban. Not a single sunbeam broke through the clouds and there was heavy rain for most of the distance, but the Tokai University team drove the whole way on battery power, averaging a speed of about 45km an hour – much less than they can do with sunshine. It was good to have one car, at least, drive up to Gateway and through the parking lot with its trailer following empty.The Indians got their vehicles through customs on Sunday and, after a long night of scrutiny, the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology car was passed for racing. The other Indian team Delhi College of Engineering was held back because the wiring was a not up to standard, and might pose a danger in the case of an accident.So on Monday four cars headed off towards Ermelo and then, on Tuesday 7 October, continued to Pretoria. That was where the Japanese car – to nobody’s surprise – passed the finish line first and, more importantly, registered by far the longest mileage.Related articlesSappi and Volvo greening SA Electrifying SA’s motor industry A power plant in your home Wind power on SA’s national grid Motorwind-powered energy Rallying around cleaner energy Useful linksSouth African Solar Challenge Federation International de l’Automobile American Solar Challenge World Solar Challenge Divwatt Iritron The Innovation Hub
5 March 2013South African company First Distribution has signed an African distribution deal with US firm Innovolt, whose technology platform protects electronic equipment from power supply problems.“While power outages not only impact productivity for businesses in the region, they limit growth in a nation that accounts for a third of sub-Saharan Africa’s economic output and ranks among the world’s top 25 countries in gross domestic product,” First Distribution said in a statement on Monday.“In today’s ‘always-on’ business society, the need to have a constant and uninterrupted power supply has grown to the point where protecting your electronic equipment is vital,” said First Distribution’s networking general manager, Charlie Murray.Innovolt’s technology platform enables electronic equipment to last longer by protecting the devices from 99.5% of common power disturbances.“Innovolt continues to grow its global footprint to protect from power-related issues on an international scale,” said Innovolt chief operating officer Jeff Spence.“It’s our goal to make companies in South Africa more efficient and to help them cut down costs related to bad power.”First Distribution has grown its networking portfolio over the past year and is looking to leverage Innovolt’s technology to expand its presence in South Africa and move further into the rest of Africa.“First Distribution’s networking division upholds a certain standard when it comes to selecting vendors with whom to conduct business, and Innovolt meets our criteria for quality and innovation,” Murray said.SAinfo reporter
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As the president of Kauffman Labs, the Kauffman Foundation‘s program that supports entrepreneurship, Bo Fishback has seen a lot of startups. He’s heard a lot of pitches from companies who insist they’re “the next big thing.” So it would have to be a pretty “big thing” to make Fishback jump from what he admits has been “the greatest job in the world,” quit the Kauffman Foundation, and launch a startup of it’s own.But that’s what he’s doing, effective immediately. And by many accounts, it appears that his new project Zaarly will be – something huge. Built a few weeks ago over the course of the LA Startup Weekend, Zaarly has been in a whirlwind since: winning first prize at the Startup Weekend, getting tweets from celebrities like Levar Burton and Demi Moore promoting his pitch, and now securing $1 million in funding from some big name investors, including Ashton Kutcher and Paul Buchheit. So what is Zaarly? It’s a “proximity-based, real-time, buyer-powered market,” says Fishback. But a better explanation might invoke one of Demi Moore’s most famous movies, Indecent Proposal, and the notion that everything and everyone has a price. Zaarly’s job: facilitate that transaction.A Market For Things That Have Never Had a MarketZaarly aims to tap into the vast potential to buy and sell things that, until now, haven’t explicitly had a market. It’s a little bit eBay and a little bit Craigslist, but it’s mobile, real-time, and location-based. It’s also based on buying and selling experiences, in a way, more than simply goods and services – things we all value very differently.Imagine, for example, that you’re at a basketball game, but you want to see if you can get better seats or you didn’t get reservations at some exclusive restaurant and you want to get in now. Zaarly lets you announce your willingness to shell out money – you name your price – for someone who can get the seats for you. Zaarly then facilitates the exchange. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watters Tags:#e-commerce#mobile#NYT#web How Zaarly WorksUsing Zaarly, a buyer (that is, someone who’s looking for something, anything) enters their location, a description of what they want, the timeframe they need it in, and the price they’re willing to pay. Zaarly then broadcasts the message via Twitter (eventually, more options will be added here. This app was just built 2 weeks ago, remember?) Sellers (that is, those who are willing to agree to these terms and sell the good or service) can accept. Zaarly connects the buyer and seller on the phone, via an anonymous party-line, where the two can then rendezvous face-to-face to complete the transaction.Will Zaarly Work?Zaarly is set to launch during SXSW, which will be an excellent experiment for the startup as the event if full of early adopters who want to get into particular events and venues. Fishback says the app may require a “behavior change” as people move from buying and selling via eBay and Craigslist to the sort of more intimate transactions Zaarly will be able to foster.Of course, those intimate transactions – as Craigslist has learned – may bring all sorts of legal questions for the startup, if the experiences folks look for – all those goods and services without an “official” market – are likely to include sex and drugs. Fishback says the company will scrutinize each offer that’s posted to Zaarly at first and will design a system to check for certain keywords and pull offending and illegal content.Zaarly is currently free and Fishback says the company’s revenue model will probably involve taking a cut of credit-card and PayPal transactions. That’s the future that Fishback envisions for Zaarly, where with our mobile phones (and Square card readers) in hand, we can create a whole new buyer-controlled, geo-based market for everything. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts