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The 2011 Report on In-Flight Broadband Services: World Market Segmentation by City
This report was created for global strategic planners who cannot be content with traditional methods of segmenting world markets. With the advent of a "borderless world", cities become a more important criteria in prioritizing markets, as opposed to regions, continents, or countries. This report covers the top 2000 cities in over 200 countries. It does so by reporting the estimated market size (in terms of latent demand) for each major city of the world. It then ranks these cities and reports them in terms of their size as a percent of the country where they are located, their geographic region (e.g. Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America), and the total world market.
In performing various economic analyses for its clients, I have been occasionally asked to investigate the market potential for various products and services across cities. The purpose of the studies is to understand the density of demand within a country and the extent to which a city might be used as a point of distribution within its region. From an economic perspective, however, a city does not represent a population within rigid geographical boundaries. To an economist or strategic planner, a city represents an area of dominant influence over markets in adjacent areas. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period of time to another.
In what follows, I summarize the economic potential for the world's major cities for "in-flight broadband services" for the year 2011. The goal of this report is to report my findings on the real economic potential, or what an economist calls the latent demand, represented by a city when defined as an area of dominant influence. The reader needs to realize that latent demand may or may not represent real sales.
White Stork in Marrakech, Morocco – March 2009
It was a complete surprise to see so many Storks nesting all over the city. I did know that Storks have nested in urban areas but only in Europe. There were many Storks nesting all over the historical sites - what an amazing site indeed!
The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae, breeding in the warmer parts of Europe (north to Estonia), northwest Africa, and southwest Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan). It is a strong migrant, wintering mainly in tropical Africa, down to the south of South Africa, and also in the Indian subcontinent.
It is a huge bird, 100-125 cm (40-50 in.) tall, with a 155-200 cm (61-79 in) wingspan and a weight of 2.3-4.5 kg (5-10 lbs). It is completely white except for the black wing flight feathers, and its red bill and legs, which are black on juveniles. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks with the exception of the Leptoptilos genus, it flies with its neck outstretched.
There are two subspecies (HBW):
•Ciconia ciconia ciconia Linnaeus, 1758. Europe, northwest Africa, westernmost Asia; wintering in Africa.
•Ciconia ciconia asiatica Severtsov, 1873. West-central Asia; wintering in India.
The Oriental White Stork (Ciconia boyciana), now regarded as a distinct species, was formerly treated as a subspecies of the White Stork.
Notable breeding totals occur mainly in central and eastern Europe, with 52,500 pairs in Poland (6th International Census of White Stork, 2004), 12,000-18,000 pairs in Ukraine, 10,500-13,000 pairs in Belarus, 10,000 pairs in Lithuania, the highest known density of this species in the world, and 8,500 pairs in Latvia. In Estonia the population is also increasing ca. 4000 pairs in 2004. In Germany, 3,000 of the total 3,400 pairs are in the former East Germany. There also exists a consistent number of pairs in Romania. In southwestern Asia, Turkey has the highest population, with 15,000-35,000 pairs. Apart from Spain (14,000 pairs) and Portugal (ca. 10,000 pairs in 2008), numbers in western Europe are much less healthy, with the once sizable Danish population declining to just five pairs in 1995, while re-introductions of zoo-reared birds have halted declines in Italy (30 pairs), the Netherlands (9-12 pairs), and Switzerland (120-160 pairs). A few pairs also breed in South Africa, recent colonists from within the normal wintering population (HBW). North of the breeding range, it is a passage migrant or vagrant in Finland, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden, and also west to the Azores and Madeira. Data (except Poland and South Africa): Snow & Perrins 1998.
Threats to the species include the drainage of wetlands and other agricultural intensification, collisions with overhead power lines, use of persistent pesticides (such as DDT) to combat locusts in Africa, and (largely illegal) hunting on passage and the wintering grounds (HBW). Some birds, known in German as Pfeilstorch ("arrow storks"), have been found in Europe with African arrows embedded in their bodies.
The White Stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
Twenty five years ago the population of this "iconic emblem of Alsace", the bird revered for bringing fertility and luck to any home upon which it nested, had fallen to fewer than nine pairs in the entire upper Rhine River Valley, an area closely identified with the White Stork for centuries. Conservation efforts there, particularly by the Association for the Protection and Reintroduction of Storks in Alsace and Lorraine, have successfully increased the population of birds to 270 pairs.
White Storks rely on movement between thermals of hot air for long distance flight, taking great advantage of them during annual migrations between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The shortest route south would take them over the Mediterranean, but since thermals only form over land, storks take a detour. The options are limited, because to the east lies the Arabian Desert, where it is difficult to find food and water - and to the west lies the Atlantic Ocean. This leaves two narrow migration corridors: eastern storks cross the straits of Bosporus to Turkey, traverse the Levant (Syria-Lebanon-Israel-Palestine), and then bypass the Sahara Desert by following the Nile, while western ones fly through the straits of Gibraltar. Either way, the storks can get help from the thermals for almost the entire trip and thus save energy.
White storks breed in open farmland areas with access to marshy wetlands, building a stick nest in trees, on buildings, or special platforms. Because it is viewed as bird of good luck, it is not persecuted, and often nests close to human habitation. In southern Europe, storks' nests can be seen on churches and other buildings. It often forms small colonies. Like most of its relatives, it feeds on fish, frogs and insects but also eats small reptiles, roden
From Magura to Number 1
It's one of cricket's ironies that one of its best allrounders of the moment might have been lost to football instead, but for several turns of fate. Like every other boy in the provincial town of Magura, 170 miles from Dhaka, Shakib al Hasan was a regular on the playing field whenever he got a chance but the big draw was always football. His father had played the game for Khulna Division and a cousin had gone on to represent Bangladesh, so football more or less ran in the family.
Cricket was on the sporting curriculum though, and the fashion among the youth was "tape-tennis" cricket. Shakib was fairly proficient and was often "hired" to play for different villages. One such game changed his life.
A local umpire called Saddam Hossain was impressed by the kid's prowess and called him to practise with the Islampur Para Club, one of the teams in the Magura Cricket League. Shakib turned up and, as was his wont, batted aggressively and bowled fast. That was what he knew best. Then, suddenly, inexplicably, he began bowling spin - and had the batsmen totally flummoxed.
He made the cut for the Islampur team and picked up a wicket with the first ball on his Magura Cricket League debut - his first-ever delivery with a proper cricket ball.
It could sound a bit too pat but Shakib's journey from Magura to the top of the ICC rankings for allrounders - the first Bangladesh player ever to top any ICC ranking - hasn't happened overnight, nor has it been the result of any one dramatic or magical moment. It's been a long journey, with its share of ups and downs, happiness and sorrow, laughter and tears, since he first held a bat eight-odd years ago.
Shakib's eyes drift away as he narrates his story, building up a tapestry of images and defining moments. Throughout, there is surprise that a boy who didn't play a proper game of cricket till he was in his teens could be the world's top allrounder.
The talent-scouting camp at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) comes first to his mind. His ability had been noticed at a one-month camp in Narail before he was chosen for the six-month training course at BKSP. He remembers his father warning him about neglecting his studies, as well as the persuasive tactics of the BKSP coach, "Bappi sir" (Ashraful Islam Bappi). "Uncle, let him go. He has a future in cricket," Bappi pleaded with Shakib's father.
Life at the BKSP camp was good, with Shakib managing to enroll himself in class eight under special consideration. His skills with bat and ball helped him overcome the adversities of a new environment.
His next break came when he was called up in the absence of one of the regulars in a domestic Under-15 fixture. His century off 52 balls was enough to earn him a place in the national U-15 team, followed by, with metronomic frequency, steps up to the U-17, U-19 and Bangladesh A levels, and then to the national team.
And then one day last month he got a phone call from a journalist. "You are the world's No. 1 allrounder, according to the one-day rankings published today. Can I have your reactions?"
What could he possibly say? Such emotions cannot be put in words. From the day he seriously took up cricket, this had been his dream: of reaching the top - not just himself as a player but his team as well. His job was only half done, but it was a great leap forward.
You can imagine Shakib talking to the journalist - "I'm just so happy. My dream's come true, etc etc," he would have warbled in a quivering voice. But if you thought that, you really don't know Shakib very well.
Of course he was delighted, and said as much, before adding: "What reactions do I have? Well, it hasn't quite sunk in. Can I think on it through the night and let you know tomorrow?"
It's this quality, of not getting carried away, of being in control of his emotions, that made him stand out among the other boys at BKSP, a trait noticed by the coach Nazmul Abedin Fahim as well. "A lot of people say that Shakib has little emotion, but he is quite an emotional lad. He just possesses this remarkable ability to control his emotions."
Fahim remembers the day he first recognised Shakib's immense talent as a cricketer. Fahim was in charge of the Bangladesh U-15 team touring India. The first match, against the Bengal U-15s, in the industrial town of at Kalyani, was played on a brand new pitch. The tourists lost early wickets but Shakib stuck around to score a match-winning 69. It became a habit on the tour - early dismissals followed by a rescue act by Shakib.
Fahim was also in charge of the Bangladesh team - of which Shakib was a member - at the U-17 Asia Cup in India in 2004. Those around at the time recall vividly the occasion when, asked by a journalist to name the team's best bowler, batsman and fielder, Fahim replied "Shakib" to all three.
Theirs was a long-standing relationship. Fahim, a veteran coa
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