A tribute to Thelma Pinder

first_imgDear Editor,Thelma Pinder Doobay passed away on September 9, 2019, at her home in Bent Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown. She was surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren when she took her last breath.Thelma was ailing for some time now and was hospitalised a few months ago. I am aware that some will ask who was Thelma Pinder?She was an ordinary working woman. However, she had deep political convictions, a passion for justice and was a bold fighter for freedom and peace. She had liberated herself of racial prejudice. She saw things in terms of class interest and in her way was a champion of the working people.Thelma developed her political awareness at a very young age. At that time, Guyana was a colony ruled by the British. Her political awareness came from her mother, Ruth Pinder, who was also an ordinary working-class woman. She was one of the thousands who was made aware of her own oppression by the Political Affairs Committee, which was founded by Cheddi and Janet Jagan, Joslyn Hubbard and Ashton Chase in 1946. Ruth Pinder understood that to obtain a better life she had to be part of the struggle for widespread progress. She encouraged her daughter, Thelma, to be involved in the fight for freedom. Thelma, with her mother Ruth, was part of many epic demonstrations for independence and for improving the conditions of workers, particularly women workers. At that time the PPP was focusing on the cruel exploitation of domestic servants. Ruth Pinder was in the movement at the time when the PPP split in 1955. This is where she and many others distinguished themselves as patriots and who did not allow themselves to fight against the interests of Guyana and working people during the struggles of the late 1950s and 1960s. She stood with the PPP and refused to allow herself to be misled by racial propaganda of what later became the PNC. After the split of the PPP, which was engineered by the British, the PNC was formed. Race became its main instrument for mobilising and organising that party. That was the main tool to prevent independence from coming to Guyana much earlier. Moreover, since race was identified by the colonial power as the main weapon to crush the PPP they had to purge the PPP of their African support. After all, they knew that their propaganda would not have the desired effect while the PPP had a substantial amount of African Guyanese in the party. While a massive attack was unleashed on the PPP as a whole, the Black PPP members were targets to get them to leave the PPP. The method used by the colonial power and the PNC was the carrot and the stick. The comrades who refused to break with cajoling, pushing the racial line and outright bribery, were viciously attacked by the PNC and suffered physical attacks on their persons, property and family. If you look at those comrades in detention in 1964 you would see that a third were African Guyanese PPP leaders and members. Many of them were attacked in the areas where they lived. Comrade Felix Baptiste of Plantation Washington, West Coast Berbice, was one such victim. Having failed to get him to leave the PPP, they applied open terror. During 1964 while he and his family were asleep, sticks of dynamite were hurled through his window. His home was badly damaged and he suffered serious injuries, causing him to be hospitalised in Georgetown.On the day he was discharged he dropped in at Freedom House at Robb Street to see how things were going. While at Freedom House, a powerful bomb that was planted by the PNC terrorist, Batson, exploded. It killed Michael Forde and injured others, including Comrade Baptiste who had to be hospitalised once again. The PNC x 13 Plan was in full cry.Those were the kinds of insults and attacks that Ruth and Thelma Pinder had to endure because of their strong convictions and their support for the PPP. Thelma worked with the PPP for many years. She was a staff of the New Guyana Company, the printers of Mirror, and worked dedicatedly for Freedom and after independence for democracy.Thelma, while having her strong working-class convictions, was also deeply interested in the conditions of working women. She served in the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) and passionately advocated for the equality of women and men.Thelma Pinder has participated in many demonstrations for independence. She and her mother were in the Freedom March in 1963 and in many protests to free the detainees during 1964.She was also an active participant in the PPP’s solidarity activities with South Africa, Vietnam and for the Freedom of Angela Davis. Thelma served on the Central Committee of the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO). She represented the WPO at conferences in Europe.This for me, a youngster in the party in those times, caused me to be inspired by Thelma and many other of our African Guyanese comrades such as Ashton Chase, George Robertson, EMF Wilson, Cyril Belgrave, Shirley Edwards and others who made many personal sacrifices in the fight for Guyana’s freedom.Today. We face the same dangers in a different period. The PNC-led APNU regime is once more demonstrating their disregard for our Constitution and the rule of law. They are ready to sacrifice the interests of Guyana for their personal power and ill-gotten wealth. Even though they shout the loudest of love for country, in practice they are proving to be the worst anti-nationals.Thelma’s story must be a lesson to us and also must serve to inspire us to continue to fight against oppression. And injustices from whatever form they come in. Thelma’s story must not be lost to our African Guyanese compatriots. Far too many of whom are still trapped in the racial prejudice that the PNC has been spreading throughout its existence since 1957.It is time for them to look at Guyana’s interest and their own well-being.To Thelma’s children and grandchildren, to her husband Harold Snagg (Doobay), I extend my deepest sympathy. To my PPP comrades, I urge you to always remember our heroes, some who achieved prominence and many others who were silent heroes but whose contribution was very important to the country and the PPP. Their contributions must never be lost and forgotten.Thank you, Thelma, for a job well done, I salute you.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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“We Need to Review Our Economic Strategy”

first_imgCBL Acting Governor, Nathaniel Patray-CBL Executive Governor-Designate Tells SenateThe Executive Governor-designate of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has emphasized the need to review the country’s current economic strategy in terms of reducing reliance on the enclave sector and move onwards towards the agriculture manufacturing sector.Mr. Nathaniel Patray made the statement over the weekend when he appeared for confirmation before the Senate Committee on Ways, Means and Finance at the Capitol Building.“If we should achieve a sustainable growth and ensure a sustainable improvement and development of our economy, we will need to review our current economic strategy in terms of reducing our reliance on the enclave sector, and move onward towards the agriculture manufacturing sector,” Patray, an economist and banker, told the committee.He added that in order to create more jobs for our people, “this I know is cardinal to the national development plan, which will be launched by President George Weah shortly.”Mr. Patray said the anticipated recovery in growth remains far lower than the country’s pre-crisis economic growth rate of 7.5 percent and slightly lower than both sub-Saharan Africa and global growth rate of 3.4 percent and 3.9 percent.At the end of May this year, Mr. Patray recalled that headlines in inflation stood at 21.3 percent, compared to 13.2 percent a year ago, as the Liberian dollar recorded 4.1 percent depreciation against the United States dollar during the same period, which he said has culminated in welfare loss, reduction in the purchasing power of most Liberians, especially the poor.“Therefore, when confirmed, we at the CBL will embark on the use of a mix of available monetary policy instruments to first and foremost ensure broad exchange rate stability, low and stable inflation in the Liberian economy,” Patray, who is expected to be confirmed Tuesday, assured.“While it is true that the prevailing economic fundamentals are unfavorable, I believe a combination of various policy measures and tools from both the fiscal and monetary sides can help reverse the growing exchange rate depreciation and inflationary pressure, and put our economy back on the path of growth and stable inflation,” Mr. Patray maintained.This is why, he said, the technical economic management team (TEMT) was recently constituted by President Weah, to examine prevailing micro-economic issues, challenges and come out with policy options for economic recovery.He said the TEMT team has been working for weeks on major short-term measures to help resuscitate the economy with the following key issues: the sustained decline of the Liberian dollar, which has continued for years through double digit rates of depreciation; and high level inflation, which persists and remains in sight largely on the back of continued depreciation of the Liberian dollar.The policy objective of the TEMT is to take immediate action, to ensure broad exchange rate stability and price stability (meaning low and stable inflation). Under the proposed policy measure, Mr. Patray said the economic team will meet and agree on a number of monetary and fiscal policy measures to be implemented in July, 2018.Mr. Patray added that the policy options, which are two-fold, include the short-term to resuscitate the economy, and medium term measures to revamp and sustain economic recovery.Under the short-term measures for 2018, he said that the economic team has directed the CBL to issue directives to commercial banks to stop the payment of all Liberian dollars legacy note; the old notes to the public to help withdraw the legacy notes; reduce the volume of legacy notes in circulation and control counterfeiting; that the CBL carries out foreign exchange auction exercise in the amount of US$25 million to help meet the demands of the foreign exchange market; minimize the high level of volatility in the foreign exchange market and ensure broad stability in the exchange rate.Also, he disclosed that the CBL has been directed to issue a regulation on currency holding, to help reduce currency outside banks, ensure greater control of the currency in the economy and encourage broad exchange rate stability; that CBL in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, the Liberia National Police (LNP), Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), heighten and sustain its enforcement and monitoring exercises to help weed out unlicensed operators, minimize speculations, and control or eradicate quotation of rates and bring order and sanity in the foreign exchange market.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Valley growth called slow, steady

first_imgThe economic engine of the San Fernando Valley is growing slowly and steadily, according to a report released today at the 2007 San Fernando Valley Economic Summit. This year, job creation is expected to grow by 1.5 percent, and worker earnings are forecast to rise about 3 percent. “Things are humming along nicely,” said Daniel Blake, who wrote the forecast and is director of the Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. At what Blake calls a sustainable rate, Valley businesses will add 10,000 jobs this year, and that will rise by more than 2.5 percent in 2008 and 2009. The information industry, including entertainment jobs, will grow by about 4 percent each year through 2009. Manufacturing will slide 0.9 percent this year and continue slipping in 2008 and 2009. Construction will drop 4.5 percent after logging three consecutive years of hot, rate-busting job growth. Employment in secondary services, such as salons and automotive repair, will jump by 5.5 percent, and the growth will be 2.9 percent in transportation and utilities. Worker earnings will pick up by 2.8 percent to 3.2 percent, with public-sector wages and salaries rising more slowly than those in the private sector. Consumer spending on retail items will rise about 1.7 percent, enough for established businesses to expand and new ones to open. The local economy does not always mirror the region’s, and the Valley’s growth will outpace growth of Los Angeles County and the state as a whole. “It’s very consistent, very sustainable,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, which is hosting today’s summit. Lack of blockbuster growth means there is no “hard landing we have to worry about.” While the forecast is for steady growth, there is still potential for drama, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Inflation remains a concern, and three union contracts that cover 144,000 television writers, directors and actors expire in the next 17 months. “In the Valley, what people are wondering is what is going to happen with the entertainment industry,” Kyser said. For the forecast, Blake crunched numbers in the past four months from a variety of sources. Sources included unemployment insurance records for the Valley, a survey of 70 midsize local businesses and the UCLA Anderson Forecast. Blake did not calculate the margin of error but said past forecasts have been accurate to less than 1 percent. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea maintain 100% win record, West Ham maintain 100% loss record

first_img 6 Calvert-Lewin hit back for Everton Crystal Palace 0-2 SouthamptonSouthampton secured their first win of the new Premier League season with a 2-0 triumph at Crystal Palace.Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored as the Saints took an important three points at Selhurst Park. Chelsea 2-0 BournemouthChelsea left it late to break down a stubborn Bournemouth, ultimately emerging 2-0 victors at Stamford Bridge.Pedro and Eden Hazard struck in the final 20 minutes of the match to break Cherries hearts and give the Blues their fourth consecutive win at the start of the new Premier League season. 6 Hazard sealed Chelsea’s win 6 6 Danny Ings put Southampton in front Mane and Firmino bagged Liverpool’s goalscenter_img 6 Schurrle put Fulham 1-0 up Here’s what happened in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League on Saturday, September 1…Brighton 2-2 FulhamGlenn Murray scored twice as Brighton fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Fulham at the Amex.Slavisa Jokanovic’s side went ahead through Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, with Pascal Gross missing a penalty for the Seagulls.Murray converted Anthony Knockaert’s pass and finished his team’s second penalty of the afternoon to earn a point. West Ham 0-1 WolvesAdama Traore struck deep into injury time to give Wolverhampton Wanderers a deserved win over West Ham United at the London Stadium.The game, which marked John Motson’s return to commentary duty for talkSPORT 2, sparked into life in the second half as both teams threw caution to the wind.The lightning-fast Traore broke from deep to finish past Lukasz Fabianski in the last-minute of stoppage time, condemning the Hammers their fourth straight defeat at the start of the season. Leicester 1-2 Liverpool (12:30pm kick-off)Liverpool survived a goalkeeping shocker from Alisson and maintained their 100% record in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday.The Reds ultimately emerged victorious at the King Power Stadium as goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino rendered their ‘keeper’s second half mistake irrelevant.Under pressure from the Foxes’ forwards, Virgil van Dijk played a poor pass back to Alisson who opted to try and take Kelechi Iheanacho on with his feet before losing the ball and conceding to Rachid Ghezzal as a result. Everton 1-1 HuddersfieldEverton are still unbeaten in the 2018/19 season after coming from behind to draw with Huddersfield at Goodison Park.Philip Billing gave the Terriers a shock first-half lead, though it was quickly answered by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the match saw no further goals. Traore’s late winner lit up the away end at West Ham 6last_img read more

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Hybrid tax considered to fund highways

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The recently issued study, commissioned but not endorsed by the chamber, estimated that the trust fund, financed by the federal tax on gasoline, will take in only $231 billion over the six-year course of the act, and that the highway portion of the fund would hit a zero cash balance in 2008, a year before the act expires. The report also concluded revenues from all levels of government will fall $500 billion short of what is needed just to maintain pavement and bridge conditions and traffic levels through 2015, and $1.1 trillion short of what is needed to improve the nation’s infrastructure. “Without a significant influx of new revenues,” said Associated General Contractors of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr, “our nation’s transportation network will also continue to deteriorate, impacting mobility and economic well-being.” WASHINGTON – Taxing hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars and billing drivers for miles driven are among the approaches being suggested to avert a shortfall in money to maintain the nation’s highways. Less than four months after President George W. Bush signed a six-year, $286.4 billion highway and public transit act, a report commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money and Congress needs to think about new revenue sources. “Decisions are going to have to be made in the very near future,” said Ed Mortimer, the business lobby’s director of transportation infrastructure, acknowledging it could be a tall order. The next highway bill is years away and lawmakers may be loath to return to a measure that was widely criticized for being padded with thousands of special-interest projects. The Senate came to an acrimonious halt recently when a senator suggested shifting to hurricane relief the money from two Alaskan bridge projects, including a $223 million project linking Ketchikan to a sparsely populated island with an airport that critics have dubbed the “bridge to nowhere.” Congress later removed the bridge from a list of protected projects, but money for it is still part of Alaska’s share of federal highway dollars. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Set For MVC Play Saturday Night Against Loyola

first_imgJunior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) was named MVC Offensive Player of the Week Monday. Enna scored a pair of goals to help Drake rally past Milwaukee, 3-2, on Sept. 6. Enna scored the game’s first goal in the 14th minute and the game-winner in the 84th minute to break a 2-2 tie with the Panthers. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team is set to open Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday, Sept. 17 night against Loyola at 7 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. This season, the Ramblers are off to its best start in program history after sweeping a pair of games at the NIU Adidas Invitational over the weekend. The first of those victories was a 2-0 triumph over then No. 12 Utah Valley on Sept. 9. Loyola is ranked 18th in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Top 25 Poll. Following Saturday’s match with the Ramblers, the Bulldogs will play four consecutive road contests starting Sept. 20 at UIC. Print Friendly Version Loyola Live Stats center_img Enna is tied for the team lead in goals scored with two this season. Drake (3-3) and Loyola (5-0) along with Evansville at Bradley will be the first league games of the seasons for the MVC. The Bulldogs and the Ramblers battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw last season in Chicago. Loyola scored the tying goal in the 86th minute to force overtime. Kyle Whigham scored Drake’s goal in the 25th minute and it was the first goal the Ramblers had allowed since a 1-0 loss to Bradley almost six weeks earlier. Story Linkslast_img read more

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GARDAI AT SCENE OF CRASH BETWEEN LORRY AND CAR

first_imgEmergency services at the scene of a crash at top of Loughanure village just after 4.30pm this afternoon.The crash, on the n56 between Loughanure and Dungloe, involves a rigid lorry and a car..It is not known yet if there are any injuries. GARDAI AT SCENE OF CRASH BETWEEN LORRY AND CAR was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:carcrashdonegallorryLoughanurelast_img read more

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Lizard Hair and Other Fables

first_imgIn some science reports, it’s hard to tell where the data stops and the speculation begins.  In any case, evolutionary theory usually arrives in time to take credit for whatever happened in the unobservable past (cf. 08/24/2007).Bad hair joke:  Live Science wants you to blame your bad hair days on lizards.  Why?  Because according to Jeanna Brynner, the origin of bad hair was “discovered” in our evolution from reptiles: “hair has its origins in stuff that used to make just claws.”  A frustrated female having a bad hair day adorns the article.    A scientist at the Medical University of Vienna claims that he found genes for keratin in reptiles and birds.  Hair is also made of keratin.  “Our results suggest these components, the hair keratins, had an original role in the claws,” said Leopold Eckhart.  “We think this common ancestor of reptiles and mammals formed claws, and these claws were made of these keratins, which only later in mammals acquired an additional role in forming hair.”  Why human claws (fingernails) are not forming hair was not explained, or why a protein with multiple functions demonstrates evolution.  National Geographic News joined the act by saying, “Lizards, Birds Have Hair Genes.”  Its reporter, James Owen, confused cause and effect by claiming that hair was “one of the main evolutionary innovations that led to the rise of mammals.”  The first mammals already had hair, and no lizard with hair has been discovered except in imagination: “The very first whiskery hairs may even have sprouted on reptiles, Eckhart said, ‘However, I don’t think it very likely,’ he added,” maybe because the thought of a whiskered lizard next to a portrait of Charles Darwin might be too much.  In a more restrained moment, he said, “Actually, it may be more appropriate to call these proteins claw keratins, which later acquired an additional role in hair.”  Indeed, the abstract in PNAS suggested that “the evolution of mammalian hair involved the co-option of pre-existing structural proteins.”  Whether or not reptiles ever had “bad claw days,” the headline writers got their catch-lines anyway.Nonleaping lizards:  Speaking of reptiles, Science Daily spoke of “blisteringly fast” evolution in legless lizards.  Small skink lizards have rudimentary legs but mostly slither around in habitats where legs don’t help.  “It is believed that skinks are loosing [sic] their limbs because they spend most of their lives swimming through sand or soil,” said Adam Skinner of the University of Adelaide; “limbs are not only unnecessary for this, but may actually be a hindrance.”  Evolution was brought in for explanations: Skinner told the reporters that “evolution of a snake-like body form has occurred not only repeatedly but also very rapidly and without any evidence of reversals.”  He estimated complete limb loss in just 3.6 million years.  These “extensive changes in body shape over geologically brief periods” struck Science Daily as “blisteringly fast” even though it is not clear if loss of a functional part should be considered evolution in the Darwinian sense of innovations arising from a common ancestor.Dance of the veils:  Scientists in Flanders have been busy “raising the veil on evolution” by showing that a lab plant could be converted from an annual to a perennial.  Science Daily shared a press release from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology where they deactivated two genes in Arabidopsis, a favorite lab annual, and got it to grow like a perennial, complete with secondary growth and wood formation.  These “late bloomers” show that only two genes separate annual growth habits from those of perennials, which the article said have “more evolved life strategies for surviving in poor conditions.”  Evolution got more credit at the end of the article: “Researchers have been fascinated for a long time by the evolution of herbaceous to woody structures,” it concluded.  “….This has probably been going on throughout the evolution of plants.  Furthermore it is not inconceivable this happened independently on multiple occasions.”Tentacles of evolution:  Scientists think they have found the common ancestor of all octopus species.  A simple-looking thing with eight tentacles adorns a BBC News report that starts, “Many of the world’s deep-sea octopuses evolved from a common ancestor that still exists in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean.”  This shows that the founders of the English language do not feel it necessary to latinize the plural into “octopi.”    Why did octopuses evolve?  The tale is told: “Researchers suggest that the creatures evolved after being driven to other ocean basins 30 million years ago by nutrient-rich and salty currents.”  But can salt water really produce the specialized organs and behaviors of the octopus from a pre-octopus, whatever it was?  Don D’or of the Census of Marine Life project apparently thinks so.  He came up with an idea that the fresh-water contact with salt water created a “thermohaline expressway” that brought oxygen into the depths and allowed octopuses to evolve.  Jan Strugnell of the British Antarctic Survey looked at the deep-sea octopus and living species and “has been able to trace the timeline for their distribution back 30 million years to a common ancestor.”  More findings from the Census of Marine Life project were reported by Science Daily.In none of these stories did the researchers explain how evolution produced the changes.  In each case, the data were submitted to an explanatory device, called evolution, to produce a speculation on how the currently-observed phenomena came to be.  This can be seen by the frequent reference to the power of suggestion: “Researchers suggest”… “Our results suggest”… followed by an evolution story.  No one ever seems to “suggest” that another interpretation might account for the same data just as well, if not better, than a time-and-chance explanation.  Often, the time-and-chance aspect of evolution is hidden in suggestions that the animals chose their own course of evolutionary progress: mammals co-opted reptilian keratin to make hair; octopuses evolved after being driven to distant ocean basins.    Whether excusable rhetorical devices or not, such notions run contrary to the core principles of Darwinian evolution.  Darwin’s thesis did away with teleology.  He wrote On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection, not The Purpose-Driven Life.There’s a message in the alternating entries about Darwinian storytelling and real discovery science.  Can you see it?  Read the next two entries.  If you find it, you will see it throughout eight years of reporting evolutionary antics in Creation-Evolution Headlines.  Not that it started eight years ago: it started in 1849 – and even before – whenever seekers of knowledge, tricked by Vain-Confidence, decided to take the shortcut through By-path Meadow.  So begins the woeful tale of Pilgrim’s Regress.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Bafana ready for African Nations Champs

first_img6 January 2014Coach Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the African Nations Championship, which South Africa will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.‘Important’Speaking to Daniel Mothowagae of City Press, Igesund said: “After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns ‘ midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here.” He said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus,” he concluded.With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for the African Nations Championship. The winners of the first African Nations Championship in 2009, the DR Congo, are already in the country, along with Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.last_img read more

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Mobile App or Browser-Based Site? Report Says The Browser Will Win on Mobile

first_imgMobile search company Taptu has released a detailed report showing that the future of the Mobile Web is likely to be dominated by cross-platform browser-based mobile web sites – rather than apps built specifically for iPhone, Android, or any other platform. Taptu calls the former “the Mobile Touch Web,” which it defines as “Web sites created for mobile touchscreen devices,with finger-friendly layouts and lightweight pages that are fast to load overcellular networks.”Taptu estimates that there are 326,000 Mobile Touch Web sites worldwide, which they say compares to 148,000 iPhone apps in the App Store and 24,000 apps in the Android market. Taptu expects the browser-based mobile web market to grow much faster than the app market. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … It seems then that commerce services are taking more advantage of mobile web browsers than gaming and entertainment providers. But why? Taptu says it’s because “many [Commerce] products and services do not really fit into Apple’s iTunes content-oriented billing system.” Meanwhile, gaming and entertainment content is better delivered as an app, says Taptu, “since apps deliver a much richer, more interactive gaming experience than the casual games available on the Mobile Web.”Taptu says that the increasing sophistication of mobile browsers is one reason why browser-based mobile sites will flourish. In particular, it points to increasing support for HTML 5. See our analysis of Web vs. Native Mobile Apps if you’d like to know more about this.According to Taptu, “it’s getting easier and easier to create rich touch screen user experiences with the browser without having to create platform-specific apps.” Taptu also points to increasing usage of open standard APIs, enabling Mobile Web developers to access “deeper device functions such as geolocation.”Taptu does concede that gaming content will probably continue to be delivered predominantly as download apps on iPhone and similar devices. However it claims that for “many other types of app, the economics of software development and publishing favours the Web development route.” Taptu predicts that “the Mobile Touch Web will grow vigorously over the next five years, and will approach the quality of userexperience of Mobile Touch Apps across all the app categories except forgames.”We should note that Taptu is mostly a browser-based service, although it does offer apps for iPhone and other platforms too. But it obviously has a big stake in the success of the “touchscreen mobile web.”What do you think, do you agree that the future of Mobile Web development will lie in browser-based mobile sites? Or do you think the pull of advanced functionality as an app (on platforms such as iPhone and Android) will draw most types of content and services over time?Update: The report is now available for download (PDF – 5MB) and a presentation is embedded below.. richard macmanus Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What kinds of sites are more likely to be browser-based for mobile phones? According to the report, 19% of the mobile sites measured were Shopping & Services sites; compared to 3.6% in the same categoryin the App Store. Content in the ‘Social’ category also has a higher chance of being a browser-based mobile site, rather than an app (12.9% to 1.7%).Conversely, just 0.8% of mobile sites were gaming, compared to 18% of apps in the App Store. There is a similar discrepency in the ‘Entertainment’ category. Related Posts Tags:#Features#mobile#Statistics#Trends#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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