Online service of the week: Toronto Panamerican Games newsletter

October 12th, 2013 No comments

This is a newsletter about the Toronto 2015 Panamerican Games.

Named Viva 2015, the newsletter has been published since 2010 and it has three language columns nowadays: English, French and Spanish.

The concept of three languages is very appropriate to the very welcoming nature that’s intended for the games.

The newsletter is available from the Toronto 2015 website

To find it, select the ‘Media’ menu option at the right of the main menu,


The newsletter includes information from the point of view of the event organizers and details advances in venues, details about sponsors and planned activities.

This is valuable information for prospective sponsors, investors, visitors, and overall Toronto enthusiasts that will expect to see these games in full swing in two years time.

Online service of the week: historical Fiji Rugby matches at

September 18th, 2013 No comments

Nothing beats knowledge about sports than being as close to the source as possible

This is true of the historical match database found at the website.

Simply select ‘Result’ from the main menu and it you will be able to search by team, match year, or match venue.


But the real surprise was to find the possibility of a match report and statistics that may go back decades in the past.

For example, after selecting ‘Ireland’ under the ‘opponent name’ search option, we are presented with a list that indicates that there was a visit from Ireland XV way back in june 1976 along with the full detail of players and scoring sequence.

We just wish that every country were as enthusiastic about their sports to keep such a rich legacy of information.

Similar services (In Spanish). A detailed look at matches and news around every sport.


Online service of the week: audio podcast in Canada

June 12th, 2013 No comments

This pleasantly-sounding audio show from Montreal is practically hidden from view at the website.

The presentation focuses mostly on dogs and has been in place since 2006. It is well produced with the added bonus of visits from experts in the field. Shows are clearly numbered and the navigation is very easy.

The earliest show we could find for this review was  #5 from October 2006, so shows 1 through 4 are missing.

This content is timeless and engaging.  It shows how unique services like this can help establish a brand.

This is also a demonstration of the power of a blog/website to engage users.

To access this service, select ‘Pet blog’ from the main menu at the website, followed by the ‘Pet Podcast’ option in the submenu underneath

It would be a good idea to give the show a more prominent place in the home page. Transcripts for each episode were produced before, they are important for people who do not immediately have sound equipment in place.

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New section added in country home pages: latest online services discovered

June 2nd, 2013 No comments

There is now a new section at the top of our country home pages called ‘Latest online services discovered’

This section highlights specific online services that have been discovered in each website.  In the example above, the home page for Jamaica, the last service  in the section contains two descriptions:

Annual financial Statements from JPCCU – This is the specific name given to the service by the website.

Financial statements for a cooperative institution – This is the generic name that we have assigned it in our directory. This category allows us to better understand the kind of information available.

Online service discovered: Chrysler vehicle showcase (In Spanish) in Guatemala

May 28th, 2013 No comments

Automercantil in Guatemala offers a detailed product showcase of some of its Chrysler models.

The section in their website is remarkable in that it is custom-made by the company.

Taking the time and effort to provide a Spanish version of the specs is also important for the Latin American market.

It would be a good thing if they could include all products in their Chrysler range.  Also, it seems as though the models are not up to date. Other ranges available are: Dodge and Jeep

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