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The looming shadow of dictatorship

The looming shadow of dictatorship

first_imgAttorney-at-Law and former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, is contending that “not unacceptable”, as per the constitutional requirements for guiding the choice of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), means that Presidents of Guyana are not required to find a person on a list, presented to him/her by the Leader of the Opposition, who is ‘acceptable’ as an individual acceptance, but has to make a choice of someone whom he considers fit the requirements of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana.This opens the door for compromises in the national interest. It is quite possible that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidents, and even former President Desmond Hoyte, when faced with having to make that choice, even if reluctant and not fully comfortable with the list of names presented to them, they did not digress from the Carter Centre formula, which paved the way for a smooth appointment of Chairmen of GECOM since elections of 1992.The current imbroglio over the choice of a GECOM chairman could have been avoided if President David Granger had acted in good faith and chosen a chairman from the nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader, all of whom were well-respected Guyanese who have served in various capacities that required the stamina – mental and physical, for the arduous responsibilities mandated to the GECOM Chairman.Obviously, his unilateral pick, after rejecting 18 eminent Guyanese, has been found wanting of many qualities required of a person who is chosen to lead Guyana into initially Local Government Elections, then General Elections that are due in 2020.Clearly defined in the Constitution is the onus to find someone who is “not unacceptable” to him. The fact of his rejecting so many well-respected, highly-accomplished, eminently suitable members of Guyanese society as ‘not acceptable’ is a direct assault on the professional integrity of the persons whose names were proffered on the three lists submitted by former President and current Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo.No President, or anyone for that matter, can violate a country’s Constitution without serious consequences; and the President’s mandate to appoint a GECOM chairperson is circumscribed by Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana. President Granger is, therefore, bound to make that choice from the list – ideally the first list, presented to him by the Opposition Leader.When the President requested the Opposition Leader to submit a list of names suitable for the position of chairman of GECOM, he was binding himself to submission to Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana. However, his subsequent actions and rhetoric, culminating in the high-handed unilateral imposition of a chairman of his choice on the nation, drew the ire of Guyanese across all the divides, including some prominent members of his own party, which has precipitated a legal challenge to the appointment of Justice Patterson, clandestinely done at a time and on a day that pre-empted any legal action to forestall this indisputable assault on Guyana’s Constitution.It is highly likely that this battle will reach the Caribbean Court of Justice, and this time it will be a battle between the nation and the State, because only a holistic approach by the widest stakeholder aggregate can achieve the sustained sacred bastion of democracy in our nation. This assault on the highest level representing our fledgling democracy has to be repelled; and this is not a political issue, but a national dilemma.Only those au fait with the decades when our freedoms were held hostage can recognise the gravity of this looming national disaster.Our freedoms were hard fought for and dearly won, even at the cost of the lives of freedom-fighters. Our freedom-fighters today need to engage in battle on every front – especially in the streets, at international and national fora and in the courts. Without a victory over this dire threat to Guyana’s democracy, our nation is doomed forever to live under the shadow of dictatorship.last_img read more

Juve in 7th heaven, Roma cut arrears

Juve in 7th heaven, Roma cut arrears

first_img0Shares0000MILAN, November 10- Coach Massimiliano Allegri earned plaudits as a rejigged Juventus claimed their biggest league win in 31 years with a 7-0 rout of Parma which left visiting coach Roberto Donadoni feeling “impotent and embarrassed” on Sunday.Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata scored a brace apiece with Stephan Lichsteiner firing a superb goal as the defending champions crushed Donadoni’s men to record their biggest win since a 7-0 success over Ascoli in December 1983. The win initially stretched Juve’s lead over title challengers Roma to six points, although the gap was halved when the Giallorossi trounced Torino 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium.Injuries to Patrice Evra, Kwadwo Asamoah and Angelo Ogbonna in recent weeks had forced Allegri to ditch his tried and trusted 3-5-2 formation for last week’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos in Turin.After the Bianconeri ran out 3-2 winners against the Greeks, Allegri on Sunday adopted a 4-3-1-2 formation that, coupled with Parma’s total lack of threat, underlined Juve’s potency even when forced to play out of their comfort zone.But Allegri played down suggestions he could rethink his tactical strategy for the rest of the season: “That system won three consecutive Scudetti (league titles), and we used it well at the start of the season as well.“It’s all down to how you interpret systems, not just the line-up.”Parma beat Inter 2-0 last week to claim only their second win but by the end of a totally one-sided contest in rainy Turin, they were back in bottom spot as Donadoni contemplated the gulf that lies between the top and bottom sides in Serie A.“The game is easy to explain: we faced a great Juve side and we simply didn’t show up,” Donadoni told Radio Rai.“All you’re left with is a feeling of impotence and embarrassment after a game like that.”Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman made his return from injury for Roma following an eight-month layoff due to a cruciate ligament injury but by the time he came on with seven minutes remaining the damage had been done.Roma were given an eighth-minute lead by Vasilis Torosidis and doubled their lead when Seydou Keita powered into the area to slam a drive past Jean-Francois Gillet just before the half hour for his maiden goal for the club.When Adem Ljajic latched on to Miralem Pjanic’s inch-perfect through ball just before the hour, he completed the victory with a sumptuous drive from outside the area that had Gillet clutching at thin air.Roma captain Francesco Totti reacted badly when he was replaced by Mattia Destro on 70 minutes, but coach Rudi Garcia said: “I don’t know why he took it like that, but he’s my best player and I don’t want him to get injured.”He added: “We won thanks to our usual game, based on ball possession and a strong attack. I have faith in my side.”Earlier, Napoli moved up to third with a stirring performance at Fiorentina where Gonzalo Higuain’s 61st minute strike from inside the area secured the points for Rafael Benitez’s men.La Viola have now taken only four points from their last five games and dropped to 11th spot.Benitez, meanwhile, is hoping the international break gives his resurgent squad a chance to recover.“We’re in third place and we’ll be there for the next two weeks,” said Benitez.“We’ll use that time to recover, regroup and prepare for our next game against Cagliari.”High-flying Sampdoria dropped to fourth, one point behind Napoli, after being held 2-2 by Milan in Genoa on Saturday, with Lazio a further point adrift in fifth after a 2-1 slip-up away to promoted Empoli.Ten-man Inter, meanwhile, escaped with a 2-2 draw at home to Verona, who saw Luca Toni miss a second-half penalty after Chilean midfielder Gary Medel saw red for a second bookable offence on 51 minutes.Toni’s close-range volley gave Verona a 10th-minute lead only for Mauro Icardi to hit a brace of goals on 18 minutes and three minutes after the restart to give Walter Mazzarri’s stuttering side the lead under the watchful eye of president Erick Thohir.A late leveller from Nico Lopez, however, handed Verona a share of the points to leave Inter in ninth, 12 points behind Juve and one behind city rivals AC Milan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wind warning ends and region sets record temperatures

Wind warning ends and region sets record temperatures

first_imgDawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John all set new record highs on Monday reaching 9.4 in FSJ, 7.5 in Fort Nelson and 11 in Dawson Creek.Fort St. John has already set a new record temperature for Tuesday Dec. 6, when shortly after midnight, the temperature was 7.4 beating the old record for Dec. 6, set in 1979 of 7.2 degrees.Now the temperature has dropped across the region and motorists are advised that roads in the Peace are extremely slippery and in some cases snow covered.- Advertisement -The forecast for today calls for temperature to call throughout the day to around minus 6 and the wind gusting up to 50 km/h.  This warming trend isn’t over yet as temperatures could get up to plus 7 on Sunday.last_img

Watford add to Mourinho woe, Spurs go third

Watford add to Mourinho woe, Spurs go third

first_imgTottenham Hotspur went third after beating Sunderland 1-0 with a goal from Harry Kane, who later limped off. Crystal Palace crushed Stoke City 4-1 and Southampton edged Swansea City 1-0.Watford’s Odion Ighalo (right) misses an open goal by Manchester United’s David de Gea during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, on September 18, 2016 © AFP / Adrian Dennis“We started the season very well and had good results,” said Mourinho.“I feel the first moment we had a defeat, a difficult situation, some of the boys are having a bit of difficulty coping with the negativity.”Marcus Rashford cancelled out Etienne Capoue’s opener for Watford, but a late goal by Juan Camilo Zuniga and a stoppage-time Troy Deeney penalty gave Walter Mazzarri’s side the three points.United were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City in their previous league game and then went down 1-0 to Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday.Watford’s Miguel Britos (left) celebrates the 3-1 victory over Manchester United © AFP / Adrian DennisMourinho made five changes to the team that had lost in Rotterdam, with Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming in.But once again United made a sluggish start and they were given a big let-off when Odion Ighalo somehow curled wide of an open goal after visiting goalkeeper David de Gea dropped a high ball.Paul Pogba cracked a dipping shot against the bar moments later, but United fell behind in the 34th minute when Daryl Janmaat cut the ball back for Capoue to sweep home his fourth goal of the campaign.Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (top) is tackled by Watford’s Craig Cathcart during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, on September 18, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisMourinho felt that United should have been awarded a free-kick for a foul on Anthony Martial by Miguel Britos in the build-up.Martial landed heavily, having earlier been hurt in a clash of heads with Janmaat, and he left the pitch shortly after, with Ashley Young coming on.Rashford, making his first league start of the season, equalised just after the hour, slamming in from close range after Ibrahimovic’s cross from the left bounced into his path.– Pain for Kane –Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho in pensive mood ahead of the Premier League clash against Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, on September 18, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisBut United were undone in the 83rd minute when Roberto Pereyra cut the ball back for substitute Zuniga, who exploited acres of space to curl a shot past De Gea with his first touch after coming on.Deeney sealed victory in the fifth minute of stoppage time, drilling a penalty into the net after Fellaini had caught Zuniga.It was Watford’s first victory over United in 30 years and saw them climb to ninth place.“It is a very important three points to give my players the confidence to go ahead,” said Mazzarri, via an interpreter.Tottenham leapt up to third place, four points below leaders City, after bouncing back from their opening Champions League loss to Monaco by sinking Sunderland at White Hart Lane.Kane settled the game in the 59th minute, slotting in from close range after Papy Djilobodji miscued an attempted clearance.Manchester United’s Paul Pogba shouts at the linesman during the English Premier League football match against Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium, on September 18, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisBut there was bad news for manager Mauricio Pochettino as Kane hobbled off after seeming to roll his right ankle and had to be carried away on a stretcher.“We’ll see tomorrow how his ankle is,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“I’m happy for him, but disappointed with his injury. The image was a little bit tough, but we need to assess tomorrow. We hope it’s not a big issue for us.”Sunderland winger Adnan Januzaj was sent off in the last minute after picking up a second yellow card.Crystal Palace rose to eighth place after a breezy 4-1 win over bottom club Stoke City.James Tomkins, Scott Dann, James McArthur and Andros Townsend found the net for Palace before Marko Arnautovic claimed a consolation in stoppage time.Southampton moved out of the bottom three after Charlie Austin’s second-half volley secured a 1-0 win over Swansea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (left) is tackled by Watford’s Craig Cathcart during their Premier League match at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, on September 18, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Misfiring Manchester United crashed to a third consecutive defeat on Sunday as manager Jose Mourinho saw his side deservedly beaten 3-1 at Watford in the Premier League.It is the first time Mourinho has lost three straight games within the same season since he was at Porto in 2002 and it left United six points behind early pace-setters Manchester City.last_img read more

NFL NOTEBOOK New legal woes for Falcons’ Vick

NFL NOTEBOOK New legal woes for Falcons’ Vick

first_imgETC.: Royal Bank of Canada has sued Vick for more than $2.3 million. The bank argued that his guilty plea to federal dogfighting charges and the resulting impact on his career have prevented him from repaying a loan. McAllister hopes to return Deuce McAllister said an MRI exam confirmed his worst fears: He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the New Orleans Saints’ loss Monday night to Tennessee. After his second season-ending knee injury in three seasons, the Saints’ 28-year-old all-time leading rusher wants to believe he will return to the NFL as an elite running back. It won’t be easy, and he knows it. “Obviously, the questions: Will you ever be the same? Will you ever be the back that you once were? Those are the different thoughts that obviously run through your mind as a player,” McAllister said. McAllister was injured when he landed awkwardly after catching a short pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter. In other Saints news, cornerback Jason David will miss four to six weeks with a fractured left forearm. Around the league Bears: Rex Grossman reportedly will be benched for Sunday’s game at Detroit, with Brian Griese starting at quarterback. Bengals: Running back DeDe Dorsey signed a two-year contract with the team, which isn’t sure whether Rudi Johnson will be available for the game against New England because of a hamstring injury. Bills: Cornerback Jerametrius Butler signed as the team attempts to plug its leaky and banged-up defense. Chiefs: Coach Herm Edwards said he thought seriously about yanking quarterback Damon Huard when he and the offense generated only 56 yards in the first half and fell behind Minnesota, 10-0, on Sunday. Cowboys: Kicker Martin Gramatica was released. Dolphins: Driving while impaired and reckless driving charges against receiver Chris Chambers will be dismissed after a plea deal was reached with prosecutors in Charlotte, N.C. 49ers: The team changed punt returners, cutting Brandon Williams and signing Michael Lewis, a former beer truck driver who rose to fame with the Saints. Steelers: Wide receiver Hines Ward has a sprained knee and is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Arizona. Titans: Punter Craig Hentrich will have more tests on his back, so Josh Miller will remain the starter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick’s Virginia property. Vick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing Dec.10, was indicted on one count of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and one count of engaging in or promoting dogfighting. Each count is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. The grand jury declined to indict the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two co-defendants on eight counts of killing or causing to be killed a companion animal, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted. Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. “We are disappointed that these charges were filed in Surry County since it is the same conduct covered by the federal indictment for which Mr. Vick has already accepted full responsibility” and pleaded guilty, Billy Martin, one of Vick’s attorneys, said in a statement. Martin said Vick’s legal team would examine the charges “to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct twice.” Laura Taylor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said the office would have no comment. last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 30, 2016

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 30, 2016

first_imgThis Wednesday morning on Sportsday we pay tribute to Brazilian club Chapecoense which lost most of its players in a plane crash in Colombia yesterday. We look back on last night’s EFL Cup quarter-final action as Liverpool and Hull progressed to the semi-finals. We previewed tonight’s other quarter-finals, discussed Gareth Southgate who is set to be named as the new England manager today on a permanent basis and we look back on the third Test between India and England in Mohali. All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.last_img

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE SHOCK RECORDED IN DONEGAL

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE SHOCK RECORDED IN DONEGAL

first_imgTHE SHEER size of the Japanese earthquake – the world’s biggest ever recorded – certainly hit home in Donegal….three local schools recorded it on special equipment.Pupils at Magh Ene College in Bundoran, St Egney’s National School in Desertegney Inishowen and St Columba’s College in Stranorlar all recorded aftershocks on specialist equipment.They are using the technology as part of a Seismology in Scools Project run by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies and LYIT. “It took about ten minutes for the shockwave to travel here,” said Dr Tom Blake of the Irish National Seismic Network.“It arrived on our shores around 6am local time and it was so strong it continued to oscillate on our monitoring equipment. It recorded the actual shockwave of the Japan earthquake passing through Donegal.”The equipment recorded actual small earthquakes in Donegal in January last year.The eipicentre of the small quake was in Bridgend At the time a number of people in the Inishowen and Fanad peninsulas reported hearing a loud bang similar to a thunderclap, followed by a tremor.Some residents in the Desertegney area said it sounded like a rattle of thunder that seemed “to roll along Lough Swilly”. Others, in Kerrykeel and Milford, fled their homes until they realised the tremor posed no threat to their safety.endsJAPAN EARTHQUAKE SHOCK RECORDED IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Cape Town: city of innovation

Cape Town: city of innovation

first_imgCape Town is recognised worldwide as ahub of technology, and is the breedingground for more IT success stories thananywhere else in Africa.MediaCoubSouthAfrica.com reporterIn recent years, Cape Town has positioned itself as a hub of innovation and technology through IT initiatives such as the Silicon Cape Foundation, the Bandwidth Barn business incubator, and partnerships with global technology giants such as Google.So promising is the city’s innovative inclination that it was named, for the second time, as one of the world’s up-and-coming innovators. It made the cut for 2ThinkNow’s 2010 list of places in developing nations which rank among the most progressive in the world.The list is published annually using data held in the 2thinknow Innovation Cities benchmarking program.Cape Town ranked third on the emerging cities list, which is one of a set issued by Melbourne-based 2ThinkNow, an agency that measures innovation for cities, businesses and other entities around the world.The agency keeps tabs on 1 540 cities and ranks them on criteria such as geography, population, health and wealth.In 2010 these 1 540 monitored cities were narrowed down to a final list of 289, all of which had comprehensive data on 162 indicators across 31 industry and community segments including arts, commerce and finance, food, health and medicine, technology, religion, media, journalism and censorship, and more.The finalists were then rated by expert analysts and their scores weighted against 21 current global trends, before being graded into five bands – nexus, hub, node, influencer and upstart cities – in descending order of their standing in the global innovation economy.Cape Town’s third place on the emerging cities index, which covers the regions of Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus, puts it just behind Abu Dhabi and Dubai, cities both known for their forward thinking.Cape Town was again listed as a node city – one which shows a broad performance across many segments, although with some imbalance – and is on par with Dubai and Jeddah, the two other node cities on the emerging list, as well as Moscow, Atlanta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Brisbane and Buenos Aires on other lists.According to 2ThinkNow, classification as a node city is a good start, as it means that the city is globally competitive. Node and influencer cities have regional industry influence on innovation.Nurturing South African innovationThe latest development is the launch in March 2011 of a new technology start-up incubator, driven by global IT giant Google, in Cape Town.The world’s biggest online corporation has invited tech innovators living in South Africa to join their six-month Umbono programme, a pilot for Google that, if successful, may be implemented in other countries.The programme will act as a springboard for tech entrepreneurs, turning their computer- or mobile-based ideas into businesses.Umbono (isiZulu, meaning “vision” or “idea”) will provide successful candidates with between R173 000 (US$25 000) and R346 000 ($50 000) in equity funding, as well as free office space at Hub Cape Town, business training, free bandwidth, mentorship and access to expertise, and networking and marketing events to help the participant grow.According to Google, the programme is meant to encourage growth within the South African developer community. Google is also trying to make the internet accessible to more people in Africa through this programme.The chosen teams will benefit from a mentor base comprising local and international experts. Team members must be able to legally live and work in South Africa in order to qualify.Umbono’s programme manager Johanna Kollar said the mentor base is a key component of the initiative. Experts will provide guidance on topics such as product design, commercialisation, legal incorporation and valuation.Kollar added that the experts, whom she refers to as Googlers, will participate on a volunteer basis.“Our Googlers from around the world, who are volunteering their time, are passionate about technology in Africa and will be able to help teams with the challenges they face, whether it be on the product, business or technical front,” she said.Cape Town, Africa’s technology capitalThe Mother City was chosen as the incubator’s base of operations because it’s fast becoming Africa’s very own Silicon Valley. The city has, in recent years, positioned itself as a hub of innovation and technology thanks to initiatives such as the Silicon Cape Foundation, an IT networking body which is collaborating with Google in running Umbono.Foundation board member Justin Spratt said the programme gives technology enthusiasts the opportunity they need to learn and grow. “There is a lot of talent and enthusiasm for technology [in Cape Town], and many ideas just need that window of opportunity,” said Spratt.Bandwidth Barn, a Cape Town-based business incubator, was also brought on board. Along with the Silicon Cape Foundation, Bandwidth Barn is there to provide assistance to the selected teams to ensure they get the most out of their six months.The city also possesses respected tertiary institutes, namely the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, which have strong IT courses.For Kollar, Cape Town has the ingredients that make it the perfect environment to run a tech-based company.  She added that at this point in time there are no plans to extend the incubator to other parts of the country.Referring to local start-ups such as Yola, MXit and Twangoo, Google South Africa’s country manager Luke Mckend said that this dynamic tech scene applied not only to Cape Town, but the entire country.“Google’s latest investment with Umbono is a great extension of our overall strategy in the region to strengthen the web ecosystem,” said McKend.Budding tech gurus still have time to applyThe selection committee will comprise angel investors – individuals who typically invest their own money into start-ups – and Google employees, who will then pick the candidates based on various criteria including the business potential of the idea, applicability and suitability to regional and global needs, and ability to bring the idea from concept to execution.The first round of application ends on 15 April. However, the website will still accept applications past the deadline. Kollar said the application process will remain open year-round as people always have good ideas.She described the potential successful applicants as passionate about technology and committed to their business idea, explaining that they should be willing to see their idea through to the prototype and, thereafter, use their technical skills to push the product to the next level.“Beyond that, teams must have the vision to scale their prototype or product to a regional or global business,” she said.She said that Google aims to choose at least five teams for this year’s programme, but added that this number will depend on quality of the teams and interest from the angel investors, who will receive a 10% share in the business in exchange for their financial contribution.According to the Google website, the programme prefers teams to apply even though individuals are allowed. However, individuals are discouraged from applying if they do not have a computer programming background, which is one of the criteria.Applicants are allowed to submit several ideas but are advised to submit one strong idea instead as it will stand a better chance of being successful.IT success out of the Mother CityThe Cape IT Initiative (CITI) was founded in 1998 and is one of the region’s longest-running projects. The development agency aims to strengthen the Cape IT community, attract investment into the country, keep talent in the province, and promote the desirability of the Cape as an area to do IT-related business.According to CITI, Cape Town has produced the highest number of IT success stories on the entire continent.The organisation has successfully launched a number of projects, among them the Bandwidth Barn; My Mentor, which provides professional and personal support to promising IT entrepreurs; and Women in ICT, which targets women business owners in the sector and helps them to grow their businesses and build their contact networks.CITI subsidiary Bandwidth barn has grown from an IT incubator into a fully-fledged business incubator. The company provides assistance to new businesses, helping them overcome barriers to survival and growth through a two-faceted strategy. Firstly, it helps with essential infrastructure and office space, which is rented to the new business on a short-term lease.Secondly, it puts entrepreneurs through its business development programme, which builds sustainability by providing start-up owners and managers with basic business skills.A recent report which analyses the success of the Bandwidth Barn’s initiatives since 2006 shows its proven track record – of the 40 companies that have benefited from Bandwidth Barn’s assistance, 33, or an impressive 82.5%, are still in business.Success stories such as web and mobile application developer New Media Labs, custom software developer ViaData, and computer training company Radical Learning are further proof that the IT sector in the Western Cape is thriving.The non-profit Silicon Cape is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Justin Stanford and Vinny Lingham, who is better known as the creator of Yola (formerly SynthaSite), a hugely successful online website-building application.Modelled on the Californian Silicon Valley area, the South African version is located in the Cape, but the founders are quick to emphasise that the rest of the country is by no means excluded. It’s community driven and has ambitions of becoming a known brand that represents some of South Africa’s brightest technical minds, but will also attract foreign investment into the country.Silicon Valley aims to boost the successful creation and growth of world-class IT start-up businesses, contribute to job creation in South Africa, and to build a perception of this area as a flourishing technology hub.The Cape IT Initiative (CITI) was founded in 1998 and is one of the region’s longest-running projects. The development agency aims to strengthen the Cape IT community, attract investment into the country, keep talent in the province, and promote the desirability of the Cape as an area to do ICT business.The organisation has successfully launched a number of projects, among them the The Bandwidth Barn, which has grown from an IT incubator into a fully-fledged business incubator; My Mentor, which provides professional and personal support to promising ICT entrepreurs; and Women in ICT, which targets women ICT business owners and helps them to grow their businesses and build their contact networks.last_img read more

Apps Aren’t Dead. Neither is The Web. The Parrot Is, Though…

Apps Aren’t Dead. Neither is The Web. The Parrot Is, Though…

first_imgTags:#apps#Browsers#web There isn’t a lot of difference, but the native iPhone app is slightly faster and a bit prettier.The difference is more marked in the iPad app (on the left, below), which is a much better user experience than Twitter’s mobile website on an iPad (on the right). The app is noticeably faster, has extra functionality, is more beautiful and has whizzier navigation. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Related Posts center_img “I believe the shift toward apps is about user experience.”Benjamin Sandofsky, Tech Lead on Twitter for iPhone, iPad, and MacApps vs. The Mobile Web. It’s often presented by the media as an either/or, winner-takes-all proposition. Usually accompanied by an “X is Dead” headline. Wired Magazine (in)famously declared that “The Web is Dead” in 2010. Yesterday I playfully pronounced the death of apps. Of course neither the Web or apps are dead – or resting, for that matter.Yesterday I argued the case for HTML5 websites over apps, noting that it’s become a trend in 2012. However, sometimes an HTML5 website for a mobile device just won’t cut it. Especially if you want to create a great user experience.Twitter’s Benjamin Sandofsky recently penned two compellingarguments for apps. They are technical articles, written for a developer audience. The takeaway lesson for the rest of us is that apps are often the only way to build “great products.”Sandofsky convincingly argues that the best user experience for Twitter on an iPhone or iPad is an iOS app designed for each device.Twitter has apps, but it also has a very good mobile website too. Here is a comparison of the iPhone app (on the left) vs. the HTML website (on the right): In my case, I choose to use the Twitter apps for both iPhone and iPad – because the apps do have a better user experience. Bottom line: the choice an online business makes between an app and an HTML5 website is dependent on the type of product or service it has. Whereas magazine publisher Technology Review opted for HTML5 because it was easier and suited its audience, Twitter prefers apps because they are a better user experience. There aren’t clear category distinctions for this choice, but a recent white paper from Yahoo showed that shopping and search are typically done via a mobile browser, while connecting and navigation are better suited to apps.So we’re sorry to disappoint you, but this isn’t an “X is dead” kind of article. Both apps and HTML5 websites are very much alive. Unlike the parrot in Monty Python’s famous sketch (which, because it’s a Friday, we’ve embedded below!). A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more