Use schools’ environs as a tourism tool

first_imgDear Editor,Because most of my time is spent addressing some pending matters which were shelved for some years now, I can’t say for sure what level of progress the Guyana Tourism Industry is making; but I will continue to say to all stakeholders I am aware that it’s no easy task to convince foreigners to head to this destination, and you just have to keep going and fighting harder to accomplish your task.I still do make time to contribute my little bits and pieces from an independent standpoint, but this is very challenging. I believe that, locally, we can improvise in many little ways, with the consultation of experts on preservation of artefacts being one such way. Perhaps we can now consider a different approach, and include schools environs as an option. Of course, the Ministry of Education would need to play a major role, in collaboration with all stakeholders.I thought perhaps artefacts that represent schools from decades ago, especially the ‘British Guiana’ era, could now be displayed in glass showcases, and in this way, we can assist in the preservation of our history. I do possess a historical literature piece of the ‘Bishop’s High School Journal dated September 1958’ which I am making available by way of photo image for education to everyone via your respective newspapers. It has some very interesting data, along with a few photo images and advertisements.Two notable names published in it are as follows: Christobel Deane (Secretary of the Methodist Society at U.C.W.I). Though I am wild-guessing with this name, I believe she was the wife of the late Senior Council Clarence Hughes, and has transitioned.Shirley Field-Ridley (President of the Political Club, and Female Student of the Year 1957-58 at U.C.W.I). This has been a very popular name over the years; quite a lot of persons would agree.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Point 4 All Stars Crush Bong Mine Bridge Girls 7-1

first_imgThe Mandela Sports Field on Bushrod Island in Monrovia was a scene of jubilation last Monday evening as locals, Point 4 All Stars whipped their Bong Mine Bridge counterparts 7-1 in kickball.It was a friendly match that brought many young people from both communities together to enjoy the game.What apparently drew a large crowd to the fenceless field was due to the official suspension of sporting activities by sports authorities in the wake of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.Though the battle to defeat the Ebola virus has overwhelmed the Liberian government and sporting activities are still suspended, organizers could not explain to the Daily Observer the reason for their friendly match.But a scheduled friendly soccer match between two teams, one identified as Military Baptist Soccer Team, was cancelled due to poor weather.The kickball encounter produced excitement for the players and fans as Point 4 All Stars, led by Getie, who pitched most of the balls, managed to get most of her players running at home, and increasing their points.“They are no match to our skills,” a player of the winning side, told the Daily Observer, after the match about their opponents, Bong Mine Bridge Girls.She said Bong Mine Bridge, “has always challenged us to a game and now we have beaten them 7-1 so now they know who is the best in kickball.”On the field itself every time the winners increased their points, there was wild jubilation by their supporters as they ran on the field.On several occasions, there also heated arguments about who had run home safely who has not but whatever the results were did not dampen the spirit of the game.Though the Daily Observer did not see any chlorine buckets in the area, with players and fans cheering and running on the field, it was clear they were determined to enjoy one of Liberia’s past times, kickball.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New NGO commences training to help youths cope with emotional issues

first_imgA new Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called “We are Gutsy” on Monday commenced a training session for facilitators, who will, in turn, help children to better react when they are faced with tough situations. The two-day training session, which commenced at the National Racquet Centre, at Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, is geared towards helping children between the ages of three to 12 years old develop independent thinking skills and act wisely when parents or teachers are not around. The programme will also teach children core values such as respect and honesty among others.Chairperson of the organisation, Janice Hall explained the importance of this initiative as she outlined that various facilitators are being trained so that they can continue helping young people even after the programme wraps up on Friday.“Over the many years of my life’s existence…I have met far too many Guyanese who are broken. I use the word broken loosely meaning they are not necessarily falling apart but just not able to cope with life and they are years apart [or] generations apart…if we were to take time to talk to these hurt souls in most instances, we find their brokenness can be traced back to their childhood,” she explained.According to her, most times these “broken people” grow up with persons who have been hurt, broken and angry. This cycle, she said, continues, as one broken generation gives birth to another.Recognising this, the Chairperson informed that the group is aimed at helping parents and guardians provide children with social and emotional skills they need to live healthy lives.“We begin with the premise that we all need to understand ourselves before we can empathise with others…We are Gutsy aims to be a positive influence on Guyanese youth through dialogue, instruction and mentorship so as to encourage an improvement in attitudes and behaviours,” the Chair added.Meanwhile, the Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally lauded the programme as she highlighted how various domestic issues affect children’s mental health. Ally said, “The impact of small family norms, nuclear family systems and cognitive-driven curriculum increases distress of adolescents. This in some cases are reflected by high suicide rates and growing crime among our young persons”.In this regard, the Minister highlighted the important role the new group will be playing in minimising the stress levels of young persons or at least helping them to control themselves. In addition, she said she was happy to learn that some sessions will cover independent thinking, how to socialise and make new friends, empathy and how to take action when parents or teachers are absent to intervene.“I am quite confident that this initiative will bridge communication barriers with parents and other adults. It will enable our young people to handle stressful situations effectively without losing one’s temper or becoming moody,” she concluded.Meanwhile, another representative of the organisation, Dr Rose October, listed a few of the activities the participants will be involved in over the next few days. She noted that facilitators will be involved in the training which winds down today while on Wednesday to Friday their lessons learnt will be tested as the teams head to Leonora, West Coast Demerara, to help build emotional and social skills.last_img read more

Ranieri axed by struggling Fulham after just four months

first_imgHe was in charge for just 16 league games but won only three, and Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton left them second from bottom, 10 points adrift of safety with 10 matches remaining.That loss at St Mary’s was the final straw as Fulham’s travelling fans chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Ranieri.Former Chelsea boss Ranieri had been labelled ‘risk-free’ appointment by Fulham owner Shahid Khan.But unhappy Fulham supporters unveiled a banner at Southampton that read: “Risk free? Are you watching Tony Khan?”, in a pointed reference to the Fulham owner’s son, who takes a major role in club policy.“Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone,” Shahid Khan said in a statement.Khan, whose investment of over £100million in new players in the close season after they were promoted to the Premier League has backfired spectacularly, said Ranieri behaved like a “perfect gentleman” during the talks.“Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as manager in November, but be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today,” said Khan.“Claudio walked into a difficult situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its prior eight matches, and he provided an immediate boost by leading our club to nine points in his first eight matches as manager.“Though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter, I am grateful for his effort.”– Last throw of the dice –Ranieri, who was sacked by Leicester months after their fairytale title success, said he was sad the good start the club had made under his charge had not been maintained.“I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment,” said Ranieri, who took over at a time when Fulham had secured just one point from their previous eight matches.The Cottagers were promoted to the Premier League last season with a reputation for free-flowing football, but that attacking style was exposed in the top-flight, with the club’s £100 million spree on new signings failing to deliver the required quality.Former England midfielder Scott Parker — who ended his playing career at Fulham — is to be the caretaker manager in one last desperate throw of the dice from the west Londoners.“Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilise, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club,” said Khan.“If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.”Ranieri is the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job this season and comes just days after Claude Puel was sacked by Leicester — Jokanovic, Mark Hughes (Southampton), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) and David Wagner (Huddersfield) being the other casualties.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri was axed as Fulham manager with the club 10 points adrift of safety in the Premier League © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Claudio Ranieri’s brief spell as manager of Premier League strugglers Fulham ended on Thursday when the Italian was sacked after only four months in charge.The 67-year-old Italian, who memorably guided Leicester City to the 2016 Premier League title, failed to ignite a Fulham revival after he replaced the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic in November.last_img read more

Manchester City ease to victory over ten-man West Brom

first_img Wilfried Bony celebrates his first goal for Manchester City 1 Manchester City eased the pain of their Champions League exit with a routine victory over ten-man West Brom to move three points behind Chelsea at the Premier League summit.It was a case of mistaken identity for the Baggies as Gareth McAuley was dismissed inside two minutes, before Wilfried Bony netted his first goal for City with a composed finish.Fernando doubled the hosts’ advantage after some uncharacteristic defending from Tony Pulis’ side and the points were secured late on when David Silva flicked the ball past Boaz Myhill.The Baggies struck the woodwork deep in the second half but, in truth, they never looked like taking anything from a one-sided affair at the Etihad Stadium.West Brom – and referee Neil Swarbrick – made a disastrous start when McAuley was shown a red card, despite the fact that team-mate Craig Dawson was the guilty party in a tackle on Bony on the edge of the area.Predictably, one-way traffic pursued as the hosts probed for an opening with Frank Lampard skewing wide and Myhill denying efforts from Silva and Sergio Aguero.But City’s waves of attacks were soon rewarded when January signing Bony grabbed his first goal since New Year’s Day in clinical fashion as a crisp spin was accompanied with a precise finish into the top corner.Manuel Pellegrini’s side doubled their advantage five minutes before the break courtesy of some calamitous defending from the Baggies as Myhill and Jonas Olsson failed to clear Silva’s corner, with Fernando the grateful recipient from six yards.The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with City sweeping forward at will against an abject West Brom; Bony, Aguero and Silva all quelled by the busy Myhill.Even when the Welsh shot-stopper was beaten the Premier League holders were left frustrated as Lampard and Bony struck the woodwork in quick succession.Yet, despite the home side’s dominance, West Brom should have levelled when Saido Berahino was presented with a gilt-edged chance inside the six-yard box but the 21-year-old made a mess of Olsson’s flick, heading the ball into the crossbar.City then wrapped up the points ten minutes from time when Silva glanced Stevan Jovetic’s shot inside the post with a delicate flick.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB HOST ANTI-BULLYING COURSE FOR MANAGERS AND COACHES

first_imgFour Masters GAA News:AVS U16 Boys Football Team: Good luck to the AVS boys team who play Falcarragh in the County Semi Final this week.Coaching Courses: upcoming coaching courses include football foundation (Mountcharles on 6th/7th February, this course also includes child protection), hurling foundation (Ballybofey on 13th/14th February), and Award 1 football (Glenswilly on 27th/28th February and 6th/7th March). Please text Pauric (0860523905) or Laurence( 0877532705) asap if interested in any of the courses as places are limited. Anti Bullying Course: There is an anti-bullying course for all team managers and coaches on Friday 30th at 8pm in Donegal Town. Places are limited on this course, text Mary Canavan (0868814608) to secure a place.Indoor Training: Football coaching for 4 and 5 year old boys continues every Tuesday night from 5:45pm-6:45pm in the AVS Gym. The training covers all the basics of fundamental movements and ball skils with all parents encouraged to help out. New players always welcome.Under 10 boys football: Training (born 2005/2006) starts on Wednesday 4th February and every Wednesday thereafter on the all weather facility in Tir Conaill from 6.15 until 7.30pm. Registration will take place on the night from 5.30 pm in the dressing rooms. All children to assemble in the dressing rooms before training. Any enquiries please contact Damien on 0876167108. New players always welcomeClub Adult Membership: Membership is now due. It must be paid by 31st March 2015 in line with Official Guide Croke Park and club policy. Cost is €50.00 per adult over 18 years of age. Underage membership costs, €30 for U18 to U12, €20 for U8 to U10, and €6 for U6 and below. It should be paid to Shirley Doherty Senior Registrar (087 3140486) or Paul Timoney (087 2791305). Paul will be available in Abbey Hotel Monday evenings 9pm- 9.30pm. Shirley will be available every Friday from 7:15pm to 8:30pm in the Bosco Centre to take club registration. Club membership can also be paid online atwww.fourmastersgaa.com Club Registration Evenings: There are two upcoming club registration evenings were Senior and/or Underage club membership can be paid; Wednesday 4th February (5:30 pm to 8pm) in the changing rooms Tir Conaill Park (Under 10’s starting back but all welcome to register) and Tuesday 10th February 5:30pm to 8pm in changing rooms Tir Conaill Park. (Under 12’s starting back but all welcome to register). If any other team wishes to be registered collectively, please contact Shirley to arrange. Please note all under 14’s upwards must complete Cardiac Screening Form when registering.Club Lotto: There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €5,400 in Week 28 of the 2014/2015 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday January 26th. The €25 winners in the Lucky Dip were Michael McInaw (Driminin), Conor Caldwell (Doonan), Gareth Buckley (Drumrooske), and Dan McGinty (ClarLougheske). The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 13 & 14 with the jackpot now standing at €5,500. New members are still welcome so why not play online now at www.fourmastersgaa.com or contact Paul Timoney (0872791305) to sign up for the year.Bord na nÓg Fundraising Committee: With the increase of children registering at underage level, the financial cost of running Bord Na Nog has increased significantly over last number of years. Many of the managers are coaching up to 50 children at a training session and organising matches, travel arrangements, kits etc for games. Every year we finish the season with our annual presentation where we celebrate the hard work and effort given by all underage players. We recognise those who play Gaelic, Hurling, Camogie and those who make county squads. The cost of this night is funded by Bord na nOg. With managers giving all their time to their respective teams it is difficult to fit in and organise fundraisers. In an attempt to avoid a weekly charge to parents per training session we urgently need new fundraising ideas or a subgroup of like minded parents to undertake a fundraiser for us. If anyone would like to discuss any of these ideas or be willing to help out by fundraising for us, please contact Laurence ( 087)7532705 or Mary (086)8814608.Senior Awards Night: the date of of Saturday 21st February has been set for the senior awards night. Dom’s Pier 1 will host the awards night starting at 8:30pm, with tickets costing €25. County medals for the minor boys, reserves, and the senior ladies will be given out out on the night as well as other awards. Contact Paul Timoney or Eamonn Gorrell to secure a ticket.Under 12 boys football: training stats back on Tuesday 12th at 5:30pm in Tir Conaill. Players can register on the day from 5:30pm to 8pm. Minor and U16 Boys Football: Conditioning circuits for the U16 and Minor boys football teams continues every Monday evening in the St Patrick’s Centre from 5:45pm to 6:30pm. Each player is asked to bring a towel, bottle of water and two euro each week. The circuits aim to show each team functional movements using their own body weight while focusing on correct techniques. New players always welcome.Virtual Sod: the virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far. The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill. Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879860192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing pitch developments in Tir Conaill.National Club Draw: Thank you to everyone that sold or bought tickets for this draw recently. All monies raised will go towards the upkeep and running of the club.Club App: We have now 130 members signed up to our FREE mobile app. This is easiest way to stay in touch with the latest club news as it can viewed via your mobile phone. If you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for Four Masters GAA Club.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store2. Search for Team App3. Install Team App to your phone4. Search for Four Masters GAA Club5. Log in and register for the Four Masters GAA Club app. GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB HOST ANTI-BULLYING COURSE FOR MANAGERS AND COACHES was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fund-raising dinner — beef stroganoff — from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Karaoke will follow. The cost is $4.95 per person. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Beverly Hospital offering classes on diabetes AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week MONTEBELLO — Beverly Hospital will hold free diabetes-education classes throughout November. “Preventing Diabetes,” will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the hospital’s Diabetes Center, 309 W. Beverly Blvd. “Diabetes and Complications” will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Diabetes Center; “Food For Thought For Seniors” will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019 Whittier Blvd; and “Self Care Tips” will be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Diabetes Center. Classes will be conducted in English and Spanish. For reservations and more information, call (323) 725-5033. Business, health conference set for Tuesday PICO RIVERA — The Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual fall Business and Health Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Hilary Parish Hall, 5465 Citronell Ave. Free blood-pressure checks, reflexology and flu shots will be provided. The Pico Rivera Lions Club’s eye mobile will test for glaucoma. In addition, a salsa-tasting contest is open to all Pico Rivera residents. Interested contestants should contact the chamber. For more information, call (562) 949-2473. Community services seeking recreation specialist WHITTIER — Whittier’s Community Services Department is seeking outgoing, creative candidates for the position of recreation specialist. The job requires supervising children 7 to 14 years old at after-school recreation sites and planning day-to-day activities at the sites. Applications can be picked up at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. For more information, call (562) 464-3438. Faith groups to hold forum on farmworkers WHITTIER — Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), along with the Whittier Interfaith Council, will present a forum in support of farmworkers at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the St. Matthais Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. Attendees will learn how to become involved in helping farmworkers gain legal rights through congressional proposals such as AgJOBS, a bipartisan bill to help agricultural workers achieve U.S. citizenship. For more information, call (213) 481-3740. Whittier Library group to hold book sale WHITTIER — Friends of the Whittier Public Library will hold its semi-annual book sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the group’s bookstore, 6703 Comstock Ave. Members of Friends of the Whittier Public Library will get to shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Money raised from the sale will be used to purchase equipment and underwrite library programs for children and adults. Last year, the organization donated $75,000 to the library. For more information, call (562) 464-3452. L.A. County campaign to help with citizenship WHITTIER — The Los Angeles County Citizenship Assistance Campaign will offer assistance to people interested in applying for U.S. citizenship or renewing their residency cards from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Los Nietos Community and Senior Service Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Ninth annual art show set for Friday DOWNEY — Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, 7601 E. Imperial Highway, will present the ninth annual “Art of Rancho Show” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, featuring the art of more than 40 former patients, mouth-stick paintings, demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (562) 401-7651. — From staff reports160Want 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

New Ohio agritourism law provides clarity, addresses liability, taxation, zoning

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For 20 years, the Leeds Farm in Delaware County has opened its gates to thousands of visitors on autumn weekends for hayrides, zip lines, pig races and other activities including a petting zoo with goats and a mother-daughter pair of donkeys.“We kind of naturally evolved into agritourism,” said Rob Leeds, who is also the local agriculture and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension. “As development started happening and things changed around us, we adapted.”If nothing else, new Ohio legislation gives Leeds peace of mind, he said.On May 17, Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 75, which defines agritourism, offers protections for agritourism operators, and addresses issues including civil liability risks, property taxation and local zoning authority.The law takes effect Aug. 16, well in time for agritourism activities popular in Ohio in autumn, said Peggy Kirk Hall, assistant professor of agricultural and resource law for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and agricultural law field specialist for OSU Extension.“I think the first thing people need to understand is that to be covered by the law, you have to meet the definition of a ‘farm,’” Hall said. “You have to have at least 10 acres devoted to agricultural production or gross an average income of at least $2,500 from such production. You already have to have that production taking place. If so, then an agritourism activity that is agriculturally related, whether educational, historical, cultural, recreational or for entertainment, is covered by the new law.”The law protects operators from liability for injuries related to risks inherent in agritourism activities.“‘Inherent’ risks are those things that a reasonable person would know they would be at risk from doing that activity,” Hall said. “Being around a horse carries some inherent risks due to the size and unpredictability of the animal. But if an operator doesn’t correctly harness the horse and a problem arises, that would be considered negligence, which isn’t protected by this legislation.”Activities involving animals always carry some risk, Leeds said.“Ninety to 95% of our goats are good-natured, but if someone’s coat or jacket gets too close, they could easily start nibbling on it. They’re not trying to be mean. They’re just goats,” he said.Leeds said rough terrain can also be an issue for farm visitors.“Not everything is blacktop on a farm,” he said. “At our operation, you park in a hayfield. It’s part of the experience. For the most part, it’s fine, but you have to realize that it is still a farm field. So, these protections offer us some peace of mind.”Under the new law, operators must post warning signs near each entrance or at each activity notifying visitors that the operator is not liable for any injuries related to those inherent risks.“The language of the warning sign is precise, and the law states the letters must be in black, at least one inch in height and must be clearly visible at the entrance or at the site of the activity,” Hall said. “I recommend that operators err on the side of posting too many signs rather than not enough. You’re putting people on notice that they need to understand that there are some inherent risks of being there.”Local zoning officials need to understand the new law also, because it limits how zoning can affect agritourism activities, she said. County and township zoning won’t be able to prohibit agritourism, but can make some requirements to address property access, parking and building setbacks in certain situations.“This is where we may see some differences of opinion about whether the operation is truly “agritourism” according to the law,” she said. “I’ve already heard from local governments trying to figure out who this affects.”The law also clarifies that land where agritourism activities take place should be taxed under Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Valuation program rather than at higher property tax rates.“That’s never been a big deal for us — our auditor in Delaware County works very closely with the ag community — but I’ve heard it’s been an issue for some operators in other counties,” Leeds said. “It’s always good to be clear.”Hall provides an overview of the legislation with additional details in a post on OSU Extension’s Ag Law Blog, aglaw.osu.edu/blog.Leeds said that the law will be helpful to operations like his, which he runs with his wife Christy Leeds.“But no matter what legislation we pass, it always comes back to relationships,” Leeds said. “As agritourism operators, we need to develop relationships with neighbors, township trustees and elected officials. I really enjoy working with our local fire officials and sheriff, talking about issues they may see with our operation and what we may need to do to be safe. Those relationships are invaluable no matter what.”last_img read more

Weekly Poll: To Xoom or Not to Xoom?

first_imgThis week, the highly anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet launched to generally favorable reviews. WSJ’s Walt Mossberg even said it is the “first truly comparable competitor to Apple’s hit iPad.” But the Xoom shipped with something else gadget bloggers couldn’t help but take note of – an expensive price tag. The base price for the Xoom without a contract is $800. With a Verizon Wireless contract, it’s still $600. A more affordable, Wi-Fi only Xoom is not available at this time. (In the U.S. that is. Europe is another matter). In comparison, an entry-level iPad is $499.And price is not the only concern tablet shoppers have.Xoom…or an iPad 2?Another big “if” is the iPad 2. The elephant in the room of all Xoom reviews is Apple’s forthcoming announcement regarding its next generation tablet computer. Expected to be thinner, lighter and camera-equipped, the iPad already has access to an application ecosystem with around 60,000 native tablet apps. Meanwhile, the Xoom, which runs Google’s new tablet-optimized Android “Honeycomb” operating system, has far fewer third-party apps available at launch. That may change in time, of course. But it’s worth noting that despite Android’s overall market share gains, the platform overall still has fewer apps than iPhone (350,000 for iPhone vs maybe 150,000-200,000 for Android). In the app game, Apple products are far, far ahead.Of course, we’ll know more next week after Apple’s March 2 press conference takes place. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Note: Yes, we’ve run a similar poll before, but this time we have a real live device on hand, reviewed in detail and an Apple competitor in the wings. It’s worth asking again, as we’re armed with more info. For what it’s worth, last time 849 tablet shoppers said they were going for an Android tablet, 541 said an iPad or iPad 2 and 43 voted “other.” Have times or minds changed since then, we wonder, now that the reviews are out? We also added an option for happy iPad (or other tablet) owners to participate, as well as anti-tablet zealots…assuming such a thing exists! Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile Related Posts center_img sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Pros and ConsThat said, there are things Xoom can do that iPad – version 1 or 2 – cannot. For starters, its native Honeycomb apps built by Google are impressive, innovative, and, in some cases, subjectively speaking, “better” than their iPad counterparts. The Xoom has a different user interface overall thanks to Honeycomb, which some may prefer. With its unique take on multi-tasking, its 3D widgets and customizable homescreens, some users may find the operating system more modern, or more attractive. Again, entirely a subjective opinion.In a few weeks time, the Xoom will also support Flash video, which the iPad does not (that’s either a pro or con, depending on what side of the fence you’re on in this hot tech debate). And the Xoom will be upgradable to 4G/LTE, albeit through a somewhat complicated process involving backing up and wiping your data from the tablet (as is recommended) and then shipping it off for a week for a hardware upgrade. Is that a pro or a con?But at the end of the day, if the Xoom is the first real contender to the iPad, which many agree it is, will it sell? That is the question.POLLIf you’re in the market for a tablet, let us know which one you’re going for: the Xoom, the iPad 2, or something else. (Vote “other” if you’re buying another Android tablet, or you’re holding out for HP’s TouchPad or RIM’s PlayBook. Comment to tell us which one!) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

BJP will see demonetisation, GST impact in Gujarat elections: Akhilesh

first_imgDemonetisation woesThe BJP will see the impact of demonetisation and GST in the Gujarat elections as people have “made up their mind against the party”, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav said on Sunday. He said the BJP’s graph was coming down as its policies were “anti-farmer and anti-trader”. “The decision of demonetisation and GST has affected traders and the economy is ruined.The BJP will see its impact as people have made up their mind to vote against it,” Mr. Yadav said at a traders’ conference here. PTIlast_img