Joaquín: “The Camp Nou is longer than that of Oliver and Benji”

first_imgAlthough the azulgrana is not their preferred stadium after Villamarín: “My favorite field is Betis, of course, but I have always said that I have good memories of the old San Mamés, Cathedral. The Wanda is very modern and beautiful but the Calderón had more flavor. It is the same thing that happens to the new San Mamés, the old one had that old flavor. “ Joaquín spoke of the hat-trick to Athletic a few months ago, which was the first of his career: “When I scored the third I looked up and it was the 20th minute. I wanted him to change me now. It was time, but let’s see how I told them to change me. “ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 15, 2020 Joaquín Sánchez, captain of Betis, chatted on Instagram with the motorcyclist Marc Márquez, multiple World champion. The portuense made some football confessions and left some joke of his: “My idol has always been Luis Figo. Very good uncle. If as a footballer he has been great, as a person he is a phenomenon.”“Don’t see how long a field is. The Camp Nou is longer than that of Oliver and Benji. Impress from below. When you see him in the stands, everything seems to be moving in slow motion, but when you’re downstairs, my goodness, all the spaces are taken up, “added the footballer. He also spoke about motorcycles and his life in confinement: “I gave a motorcycle to my wife and at the first roundabout she lay down, I even had to put my hand up. I walked away and sold it. I said: ‘this woman is going to kill herself’. I have a lot of respect for motorcycles. Series? I don’t know what to see anymore. The Paper House did not hook me, I left it halfway. I’m not from series, it’s true. I’m from movies and to die a little bit in bed. “Finally he referred to his friend Albert Luque, a former striker with whom he agreed in the Spanish National Team: “Albert Luque is a very artist, with a lot of art. I have always told him, ‘you have to have something Andalusian, Catalan on all four sides you cannot be. ‘ In Barcelona there are many people from Andalusia “.last_img read more

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UNESCO Reaffirms Support to TVET

first_imgDr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General for education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to provide support to Liberia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy.Dr. Qian gave the assurance at a one day consultation on the draft TVET Legislation, organized by the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on TVET in partnership with UNESCO.He stressed the need to work collaboratively with the government to support the National TVET Policy, advising, “Let’s work together, because we are going to be with you only when you apply effort that will help young people to get jobs.”He said the issue of youth unemployment has major implications for society and the national security of any country, therefore the passing of the TVET Policy by lawmakers will create an environment where Liberian youth will be trained and become marketable for any job.Dr. Qian pointed out that in Liberia, it was sad not only that young people are unemployed, but they also lack employable skills to compete for available jobs.He disclosed that Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) of over US$20 billion has been committed to the country; and already, some have started yielding and creating jobs. However, due to the lack of absorptive capacity (the ability to understand new information and apply it to commercial ends), Liberians are losing a lot of the available employment opportunities.He emphasized that education is a basic human right for the public good, as well as a key component of national growth. TVET, he said, provides more jobs for potential people who desire to improve their lives, adding that for the past three years, UNESCO introduced a program in Liberia with skills on TVET, but weakness contributed to its fragmentation.On behalf of Education Minister George K. Werner, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Saku Dukuly, said the response from companies that graduates don’t meet the criteria employers want needs to be looked at seriously.“The vision of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as a result of her interest in TVET, was to form an Inter-Ministerial Taskforce to look at the sector,” he added. Mr. Dukuly has meanwhile commended the Ministry of Youth and Sports for working hard over the years to ensure that TVET becomes prominent in the support of education and training.Assistant Youth and Sports Minister for TVET Boakai Jaleiba said to develop a national policy and operational plan, the legislature needs to commission a financing validation of the TVET program.He said the problem with the youth is that they lack jobs, adding that TVET is providing them skills for the job market.He advised that the program should modernize and provide support to the informal sector to ensure that out-of-school youth, early school leavers, women and other vulnerable groups acquire employable skills that will lead to an increase in their income-earning capacities.Mr. Jaleiba also said that if TVET is passed into law by the National Legislature and approved by President Sirleaf, it will be called the Liberia Technical Commission (LiTCOM). 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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He is a role model and should know better! FA explains ‘ludicrous’ Ferdinand judgement

first_img Rio Ferdinand in action for QPR Rio Ferdinand should have known better than become embroiled in a Twitter row and has been punished so severely because he is a ‘role model’, says the Football Association.The 35-year-old was suspended for three matches and hit with a £25,000 fine for using the term ‘sket’ – a term for a promiscuous girl or woman – on the social media site in response to a message that suggested QPR needed a new centre-half to replace him.Ferdinand, who has yet to announce whether he will appeal, has labelled the punishment ‘ludicrous’, while his club boss Harry Redknapp has also hit out at the FA over their handling of the episode.But the written reasons for the case have now been released by the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission.The statement read: “With nearly six million followers Mr Ferdinand is clearly an experienced Twitter user and he should know better than to respond in the way that he did.“It is said on his behalf that he is one of the most high profile sportsmen on Twitter and he is, without doubt, a role model for many young people, no doubt throughout the world. His responsibility is therefore that much greater than many others.“Unfortunately there is no formal or direct admission and there is certainly no sign of remorse.”Ferdinand was last month charged by the FA with “misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in respect of the comment and it was alleged that such a comment was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper. Further it was alleged that the breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2) as it included reference to gender.”His post read: “@ManCunian56: @rioferdy5 @matiousmarston Maybe QPR will sign a good CB they need one” > get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket”The former Manchester United star, however, failed to reply to the charge, although “his solicitors had responded on his behalf to a request for observations from The FA as part of the investigation”.The FA regulatory commission statements revealed Ferdinand’s solicitors explains “the #sket was being used to indicate that the ‘mum’ was able to play anywhere, i.e. including the centre back position in which the original sender had apparently claimed Mr Ferdinand needed to be replaced, and it was not a comment intended to denigrate the recipient’s mother”.However this explanation was rejected, with Language and Innovation Consultant at Kings College London, Mr T Thorne stating the term referenced as “a sexual slur, understood to have originated in Jamaican usage and has since been used in a slang register in the UK” and is listed in Mr Thorne’s own ‘Bloomsbury Dictionary of Contemporary Slang’ as follows: “a promiscuous and/or disreputable female. A term used by young street-gang members in London since around 2000”, adding “expert opinion that a neutral person would assume in this case that ‘sket’ is a term of abuse and in this context would be taken as insulting”.In 2012, Ferdinand was fined £45,000 by the FA for using the term “choc ice” in a Twitter message after Ashley Cole gave evidence on behalf of his Chelsea team-mate John Terry during the latter’s trial at Westminster magistrates court.However, the FA Independent Regulatory Commission noted despite this being a second offence of “Aggravated Breach of Rule E3(1)”, because it was a comment posted on Twitter, they were not bound to impose an extended suspension.As well as the ban and fine, Ferdinand has also been told to attend an education programme arranged by the FA. 1last_img read more

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Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea hit by transfer blow

first_img Radja Nainggolan Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan would fancy a move to Real Madrid, according to his agent.The 27-year-old midfielder, who has been described by his manager Rudi Garcia as a ‘force of nature’, is wanted by all three Premier League clubs.He is currently co-owned by Italian duo Roma and Cagliari but the former want to tie up a full deal for him this summer.However, clubs from outside of Italy are now circling following a stellar season in Serie A, during which he scored five goals in 35 appearances.And now Nainggolan’s agent Lodovico Spinosi has told Spanish newspaper AS that a move to Madrid would interest his client.He said: “I think Nainggolan will stay at Roma for now but when it comes to Real Madrid things can change.“[Roma president James] Pallotta knows that Nainggolan is very important and that he will have many offers for the player.” 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAYGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoWith only four matches scheduled for Saturday due to the FAI Junior Cup taking center stage over the weekend, the loss of action at the New Camp Complex in Killygordan meant that there was a very limited choice for the local soccer supporters to choose from. Of the action that did go ahead Gweedore United Reserves backed up their opening day victory with another win while Cranford United Reserves again lost out by a single goal. Donegal Town Reserves went behind, equalised, took the lead and then conceded an equaliser before falling behind for a second time and again equalising in a game that toed and froed at the Hospital Field in Donegal Town. Milford United Reserves registered their first points of the season while new boys Curragh Athletic Reserves joined the Gweedore men on six points without having to kick a ball as Keadue Rovers Reserves unfortunately couldn’t field a side and Strand Rovers still hunt for their first spoils of the season. Milford United Reserves 2 Cranford United Reserves 1Milford registered their first points of the season in this closely fought encounter played in perfect conditions at Moyle View. There were no clear chances until Milford took the lead after ten minutes when after good work by Hugh McMenamin, Ciran Blaney beat the offside trap to lob the keeper from twenty yards. Milford’s second came in the twentieth minute with Blaney getting his second with a finish from close range to leave it two nil at half time. Cranford went on the attack from the off in the second half but failed to create any clear cut chances. They pulled one back when Christopher Carr scored direct from a free kick with twenty five minutes remaining. Cranford piled on the pressure and had a shout for a penalty but the Milford defence stood strong. This was a hard fought win for Milford with both teams serving up a good game of football.Strand Rovers 1 Gweedore United Reserves 2Saturday offered ideal conditions for football with the sun shining brightly in Maghery. Gweedore got the ideal start to the match with a goal after only a few minutes. Strand pressed hard and came close on several occasions especially from set pieces. Strand then played in a low ball which caught out the Gweedore defence but good goalkeeping from the Gweedore keeper denied Brendan Glackin the opportunity to score. The home team pressed again and scored only to have it ruled out for offside. Gweedore rallied before the end of the half and were rewarded before the break with another goal,- assisted considerably by a defensive error from Strand. The second half started brightly with the home team pressing, trying to get a goal back and they were rewarded when team captain Brendan Brennan scored from the penalty spot. Strand pushed for the remainder of the match but Gweedore United held on. Scorers for Gweedore United were Aodh O’ Donnell and Owen De Barra. Man of the match was Brendan Glackin for Strand Rovers.Donegal Town Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 3A last minute David Harron equaliser secured a point for the home side after a well organised Glenree outfit played their part in an entertaining game at the Hospital Field. Glenree opened the scoring on twenty minutes when Nick Mc Clafferty lost his man to prod home a set piece delivery. Donegal fought back strongly and two David Bustard goals put them in front before the break. The first was a good finish from a tight angle after the ‘keeper had saved his original effort. The second arrived when Paul Gerard Duncan found Bustard inside the area and he added the finish. Donegal started the better after the break and created some good chances. Glenree always remained dangerous from set pieces and it was from a set piece that Nick Nelis got them back into the game with a good finish at the near post. Glenree then found themselves in front when they broke on the counter attack and Nick Nelis produced a moment of true quality with an unstoppable strike from a full thirty yards. Donegal never gave up and threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser. Gary Harron had an effort cleared of the line and shortly afterwards Padhraic Mc Glynn went close with a header. Just as it looked like the visitors were about to leave with the points Mc Glynn slipped in David Harron who coolly finished to earn a draw. Overall a fair result on the balance of play with both teams trying hard throughout. Best for Donegal were Willie Dunlop and David Bustard with Nick Nelis Glenree’s standout performer.Curragh Athletic Reserves 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves failed to field a team for their scheduled match against Curragh Athletic Reserves at the New Camp Complex in Killygordan. Several people connected with the League in various capacities were already at the East Donegal venue when news of the cancellation started to filter through. Many Curragh Athletic players were unhappy as they were looking forward to the match however the unavailability of a sufficient number of players seemed to be the problem encountered by one of the League’s longest standing and clubs and unfortunately they had to take the only option open to them. Hopefully they will be able to correct the situation and fulfil their match programme for the season. Meanwhile Curragh Athletic Reserves move on to six points after two series of matches in the Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two of the Donegal Junior League.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 14-09-2013 Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 v 1 Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 3 Glenree United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 3 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 21-09-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Glenea United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Orchard F.C.Glencar Celtic v Mulroy CelticErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGlenree United Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesStrand Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesGweedore United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversSUNDAY 22-09 2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic v Glenea UnitedCranford United v St. CatherinesMilford United v Kilmacrennan CelticDonegal Town v Gweedore CelticCurragh Athletic v Rathmullan CelticWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United v Cappry RoversEany Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.Dunkineely Celtic v Castlefin CelticLagan Harps v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Keadue Rovers v Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps v Copany RoversBallybofey United v Letterbarrow CelticDunlewy Celtic v Raphoe TownConvoy Arsenal v Whitestrand UnitedDrumbar F.C. v Glenree UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 14-09-2013Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 v 1 Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 3 Glenree United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 3 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesREPORTSSUNDAYFAI Junior CupErne Wanderers 0 Cockhill Celtic Youths 3Erne Wanderers hosted Cockhill Celtic Youths in the FAI Junior Cup on Friday night under lights at the Lakeside Centre. The game was played in perfect conditions. .The away team started the better of the two teams and settled well. After ten minutes Erne started to get to grips with their slick counterparts. With Celtic struggling to break through a solid Erne backline Wanderers were beginning to create some half chances. With the halftime break approaching Celtic had an attack on the right wing which was initially dealt with by the Wanderers’ defence but a poor clearance fell to Cockhill’s midfielder who spread it out to the wing and the resulting cross to the back post was met by Celtic’s centre forward Alan Fletcher who planted his header into the far corner. The second half started with Erne introducing Dermott Slevin and his calming influence helped Wanderers. The home side enjoyed a period of supremacy during which Adam Coyne and Stephen Curneen had half chances. Wanderers were stunned when a long clearance from Celtic’s backline was converted by Darragh McDermott, despite Karl O’ Brien’s attempted block. This sucker punch knocked the stuffing out of Wanderers and they lost their way in the last ten and when a clearance from Erne’s backline fell to John Campbell on the halfway line on eighty five minutes he just lashed it straight towards the Erne goals and the ball sailed in over O’ Brien’s head and into the het. Best for Erne were Peter Mc Gonigle and it was a team effort from Celtic. Referee: John Mc Glanaghey.Fintown Harps AFC 2 Ballybofey United 2(Ballybofey United won 5-4 on penalties)The first half started great for the Harps with Peadar Toner getting taken down in the box. Daragh Gallagher scored the resulting penalty. In the 30th minute Ballybofey were awarded a penalty after one of their men got taken down in the box. Conor Doherty despatched the spot kick to level the scores. Ballybofey then capitalised on a gap in the Harps defence and Daragh Redman took on Fintown keeper Stephen McGrath and made no mistake, making it 2-1 to Ballybofey United. Fintown’s Daragh Gallagher then scored from a free kick in the 70th minute. When extra time failed to separate the sides it went to penalties with Ballybofey United progressing by five to four. Referee: Seamus Mc GonigleGlenea United 4 Illies Celtic 1Glenea qualified for the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with this well earned victory over Illies. In wintry conditions it was Glenea who settled the quickest and took the lead on 10 minutes when, after good work by Michael Barry down the left , his cross found Sean McBride who drove the ball home from 12 yards out. The home side pressed for a 2nd goal and were rewarded on 25 minutes when Sean Coll’s through ball released Darren Mc Geever and he kept his composure to drill the ball home from a tight angle. In the 2nd half Illies came more into the game and on 55 minutes Paddy Doherty pulled a goal back when he beat two defenders and curled the ball home from the edge of the box. The away side pressed hard for an equalizer but were kept at bay by the Glenea defence and it was the home side who extended their lead on 65 minutes when Paul Sweeney’s clearance was misjudged by the Illies keeper and the ball ran into the net. Glenea had opportunities to increase their lead but had to wait until the 82nd minute when Denis Boyle played in Darren Mc Geever who slotted the ball home.Best for Glenea were Padraig McGee and Michael Mc Clafferty while Sean Mc Laughlin and Paddy Doherty were best for Illies. Referee: Mick Lagan.Raphoe Town 6 Ramelton Mariners 1Raphoe started this FAI Junior Cup game well and took the lead when Tom Mc Hugh headed home from a Paddy Gallagher corner. Ramelton started to come into the game more after this and got a deserved goal when their forward finished off a fine move. Raphoe regained the lead when Jamie Gallagher finished well after a great pass from captain Paddy Gallagher. Raphoe got another before half time when Emmett Kelly finished well after great work from Lee Smith. Raphoe made a few changes at half time when David Craig and Christy Bogle entered the fray and Raphoe scored again when young Simon Mc Glynn got in on the act with a great finish. David Craig and Jamie Gallagher added two more goals near the end as Raphoe progressed to the next round. Good team performance from Ramelton. Finbar Allen, Simon Mc Glynn, Mark Bogle and Sean Friel were best for Raphoe. Referee: Marty Quinn.Curragh Athletic 2 Bonagee United 0Played in very blustery conditions both teams played some decent football in this first round of the FAI Junior Cup. The first half saw very few chances with Roy Duffy saving well on thirty five minutes and his counterpart John Carr doing equally well on thirty nine minutes to turn a Calvin Bradley free kick around the post. The second half saw a lot more chances with Dan O’ Brien setting up Renato who fired over and O’ Brien then missed when through one on one with Carr. Roy Duffy then had to be smart with saves from Kevin Doran and Reece Shortt. Calvin Bradley almost got the winning goal in the last minute but his shot went narrowly wide. Extra time began and Curragh took the lead on ninety four minutes when Renato curled home a corner before Calvin Bradley wrapped up the game with a shot from outside the box. Bonagee United had a good team performance with Dan O’ Brien and Garth Gallagher always looking sharp for Curragh Athletic. Referee: Gerry GallagherGweedore United 4 Glenree United 1This game played in extremely windy conditions in Gweedore saw the home side advance to the next round of the Cup thanks to a good second half team performance. The first half began with the visitors going in front in the 2nd minute when Nicholas Nelis headed a rebounded free kick past Liam Mc Fadden to make it 1-0. Both sides tried to settle and deal with conditions and Gweedore went in search of an equaliser. Ciaran Mc Fadden found himself one on one with Stephen Doherty in the Glenree nets on a number of occasions, however Doherty saved well each time. Glenree looked dangerous on the break however the score remained 1-0 until half time. The second half started with the home side looking sharp and they began to throw the ball about. This good play paid off in the 49th minute following a good pass from Shane O’ Donnell to Eugene Noel Ferry and Ferry struck well from 20 yards into the top corner past Doherty to make it 1-1.The home side continued to push and three minutes later were 2-1 up when Michael Connolly and Ciaran Mc Fadden combined and Mc Fadden finished well. Glenree could have equalised in the 60th minute however Nelis’s shot was well blocked by Brian Gallagher. In the 61st minute Matthew Byrnes put Michael Connolly through and Connolly rounded the keeper and tapped home. In the 78 minute Mc Fadden got his second and Gweedore’s fourth when he finished well past Doherty to make it 4-1. Good team efforts from both sides with Martin Mc Elhinney, Stephen Doherty and Oisin Langan excelling for Glenree.Castlefin Celtic 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2In difficult weather conditions in Parkview it was a close game. Castlefin took the lead after three minutes when Ronan Tourish broke down the wing and found Damien Mc Anenny free in the box and he slotted home. The Castlefin keeper then took down the Kilmacrennan striker in the box on thirty one minutes. Michael McLaughlin stepped up to score the penalty to equalise for Kilmacrennan. With both teams trying to take the lead before half time Castlefin won a corner on forty four minutes, A Dylan White corner came to the front post only to see the Kilmacrennan centre half Shane Sandilands head into this own net.The second half started with Kilmacrennan having the better of the chances. They were denied by two great saves from Anthony O’Hagan in the Castlefin goals. Castlefin made it 3-1 on 78minutes when PJ Mc Menamin’s cross found Matthew O’Rourke who fired home.Seconds later Kilmacrennan pulled it back to 3-2 with a free kick finding Liam McBride unmarked in the box. Castlefin held on to win and make the next round of the cup. Referee: Patrick Martin. Best for Castlefin: Ciaran Brennan and Michael Dunnion. Best for Kilmacrennan: Liam McBride.Suvtrus F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 5No ReportGweedore Celtic 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 7In blustery conditions at An Screaban Kerrykeel went through to the next round of the Cup with a resounding victory over the home team. Gweedore were short a number of regulars but Kerrykeel fully deserved their victory. They opened the scoring on ten minutes with Fergus Callaghan slotting home from close range. Johnny Friel doubled the lead on twenty minutes when he headed in a cross. He got on the end of another cross on the half hour to side-foot into the net. Gweedore pulled one back on forty minutes when Paul Rua McBride converted a penalty. With the home team reduced to ten men for the second half the visitors took control and cantered to an easy win. Paddy Mc Granaghan hit number four on fifty minutes. John Friel completed his hat-trick on sixty minutes. Mark Friel claimed number 6 on seventy minutes and five minutes later Kevin Loughrey was on target. A good team performance by Kerrykeel.Referee: Ronan FloydDrumoghill F.C. 3 Keadue Rovers 2A brilliant hat-trick from Liam O’Donnell secured Drumoghill’s passage to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after this extra time thriller in St. Johnston. Despite taking a 2-0 lead and appearing to be cruising to victory, Drumoghill needed extra time to finally secure victory after Keadue had bravely fought back in the latter stages to force extra time. The first half was an even affair, the only goal of which was registered by Liam O’Donnell on 30 minutes when he was sent clear by Richard Tinney to drive low past Ben Boyle from a narrow angle. Shane McIntyre had a great chance to extend the advantage on 52 minutes but Boyle produced a superb save. However, moments later O’Donnell doubled the lead with his second strike from a 25 yard free kick that gave Boyle no chance. With the game seemingly heading Drumoghill’s way, Keadue introduced Marty Redmond from the bench and his impact was immediate. On 72minutes his cross was cleared only as far as Luke Neely and the striker’s accurate effort evaded the efforts of three defenders on the goal line. The equaliser arrived with 8 minutes of normal time remaining when Mark Sweeney’s through ball was adjudged to have been handled by Chris O’Donnell and referee Martin Mc Annaney pointed to the spot before Donal Rodgers kept his nerve to force extra time.Keadue were now on top and started the extra period looking the most likely to score but it was from a Drumoghill counter attack that the game was ultimately decided. In the 4th minute of extra time, Packie Coll’s long ball sent O’Donnell clear and the striker held off the challenge of Eoin Redmond to complete his hat-trick and finally clinch victory.Lagan Harps 0 Cappry Rovers 4Cappry went through to the next round after a comfortable win over Lagan Harps. Cappry started well and Darren O’Leary shot over on eighteen minutes. Lagan had their best opportunity of the match on twenty three minutes when Ross Hamlyn put Shane Kelly through but he shot weakly at Benji O’Meara. Cappry continued to dominate with their pressure finally being rewarded on twenty eight minutes. Darren O’Leary rose highest to power home a header from a corner. Lagan made some changes before half time and improved for the first twenty minutes of the second half without really troubling the Cappry goal. Cappry always looked the more threatening and wrapped up the game with their second on eighty two minutes. Barney Lafferty was played through and he beat the advancing Michael Toner to the ball and chipped home. Cappry added another on eighty five minutes. Michael Toner did well to push away a Brendan Mc Laughlin free for a corner. However from the resulting corner his fisted clearance rebounded into the net off a Lagan defender. Cappry completed the scoring in the final minute when Darren O’Leary was left free at the back post to head home another corner. For Lagan Paul Rodgers was their outstanding player while Cappry had Darren O’Leary, Alan Patton and Brendan Mc Laughlin as their stand out performers on the day. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Eany Celtic 0 Aileach F.C. 3Aileach kept their unbeaten run intact at a blustery Eany Park. The visitors had the best of the first half with only a few chances falling to Eany. Early in the second half a brace of goals from Gavin Doherty put Aileach in front. Anthony Doherty completed the scoring when he found space in the Eany box at a corner. Eany goalkeeper Glen Campbell made a fine save in the second half from a penalty.Milford United 0 Cootehill Harps 5Milford made an early exit from the Junior Cup with a home defeat to Cavan side Cootehill Harps. Cootehill scored twice on the break in the first half with two well taken goals against a very casual and lack lustre home side. Milford’s best chance fell to Lee Burke but Cootehill’s keeper must be credited for making a good save.Milford dominated the second half, pushing to get a goal back, but failed despite having chances through Jamie Heena, Joey Cullen and Peter Doherty. As Milford pressed forward they were caught three times in final five minutes by counter attacks from Cootehill. Five nil it ended. Referee: Ed MooreLifford Celtic 3 Cranford United 2On a blustery day in Greenbrae Park it was Lifford who took an early lead as Ian Ward raced clear of the Cranford defence to cooly finish to the bottom corner. Johnny Robb and Damien Patton had chances to extend Lifford’s lead only for slightly wayward finishing. Two quick goals in succession put Lifford three ahead just as half time approached; Kevin Mc Brearty got on the scoresheet with a 25 yard free kick moments before Johnny Mahon struck a 30 yard drive to the top corner giving the Cranford netminder no chance. The second half began with Cranford committing more men forward which opened up the game with both sides creating opportunities. Philip Buchannan pulled a goal back for Cranford after a through ball from Kyle Black on the hour mark. This sparked Cranford into life as the same two players combined on 75 minutes for Buchannan to get his and Cranford’s second and set up a grandstand finish. Lifford regrouped and saw out the final 15 minutes to progress to the next round with this hard earned 3-2 victory.Whitestrand United 4 Orchard F.C. 2On a cold and blustery day the White Strand took on Orchard FC. The match stared with the White Strand on the front foot assisted by the wind. Calvin McGowan missed with first real chance for either side when he missed from 12 yards out. On 11 minutes Orchard FC keeper made a good save from the Strand but it was followed up by Paul Lynch, who coolly slotted home. The Strand continued on the offensive with chances missed by Jerome Burke and Calvin McGowan. Then on the half hour Burke hit the bar with an excellent strike. This was only a stay of execution for Orchard as Burke scored directly from a corner, which was undoubtedly aided by the blustery conditions. On a rare venture forward Orchard almost got one back before half time but Eamon Martin made a goal saving tackle. The referee then blew for half time with the White Strand two up.The Second half began with Orchard FC having the wind at their backs. The pressure eventually told when Charles McLaughlin scored for Orchard. Any fears that this would be game on were extinguished as Calvin McGowan broke clear and Jerome Burke finished to bag his second goal on 70 minutes. The Strand then put the ball into the box dangerously and Burke scored his third for the match ball on 75 minutes. There was clearly a sense that the game was now beyond Orchard FC but they did grab a consolation when Damien Wallace scored from Niall Bonner’s corner. Best for the White Strand were Jerome Burke and Paul Lynch. Best for Orchard were Tommy McLaughlin and Charles Mc Laughlin. Referee: Brian O’ KaneDeele Harps 3 Clones Town 1Deele welcomed Monaghan outfit Clones Town to The Athletic Grounds for this FAI Junior Cup tie on a very blustery afternoon. The home side were brightest in the early exchanges and were in control without creating too much. In the 25th minute a defence splitting pass from Conor Catterson played in Shane Gallagher who finished well. However in the 32nd minute the wind played it’s part in deceiving the Deele keeper and the Clones striker nipped in to score on the line. The second half was dominated again by Deele with Clones limited to half chances. Paul Martin restored Deele’s advantage in the 60th minute after he headed home an excellent corner from Aidy Gallagher. Gavin Gallagher then raced free from midfield to round the keeper and score. Decent team performance from Clones while James McNulty and Daire Kelly starred for Deele. Referee: Paddy DuffyTullyvinney Rovers 0 Buncrana Harps 3Tullyvinney, starting without a number of regulars, started the game brightly. The Inishowen men got the breakthrough midway into the first half when a Kieran Mc Daid effort was blocked and the quick thinking Stephen McHugh cooly finished past Declan Malley in the Tullyvinney nets. Soon after the lead was doubled when McHugh finished Gary O ‘Flaherty’s cross with a superb over head kick. Tullyvinney almost pulled one back before half time when Michael Shields found himself in space in the box only to miss when it looked easier to score.The second half was a much tighter affair with both defences well on top, Buncrana’s third goal coming in controversial fashion with the home side claiming offside against goal scorer Gary O’ Flaherty. Tullyvinney had one last chance through Mark Hegarty but the defender failed to control his effort putting it wide of the upright. Best for Buncrana were Stephen McHugh and Kieran Mc Daid. Hard working team effort from Tullyvinney.SUNDAY 15-09 2013FAI Junior CupErne Wanderers 0 v 3 Cockhill Celtic YouthsFintown Harps AFC 2 v 2 Ballybofey United(Ballybofey United won 5-4 on penalties)Glenea United 4 v 1 Illies CelticRaphoe Town 6 v 1 Ramelton MarinersCurragh Athletic 2 v 0 Bonagee UnitedGweedore United 4 v 1 Glenree UnitedCastlefin Celtic 3 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticSuvtrus F.C. 1 v 5 Glencar CelticGweedore Celtic 1 v 7 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Drumoghill F.C. 3 v 2 Keadue RoversLagan Harps 0 v 4 Cappry RoversEany Celtic 0 v 3 Aileach F.C.Milford United 0 v 5 Cootehill HarpsLifford Celtic 3 v 2 Cranford UnitedWhitestrand United 4 v 2 Orchard F.C.Deele Harps 3 v 1 Clones TownTullyvinney Rovers 0 v 3 Buncrana HarpsDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 15th, 2013 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:Donegal LeaguefixturesreportsResultslast_img read more

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Calling all 2009, 2010 volunteers!

first_img1 September 2008Ordinary South Africans, as well as people with specialist skills, now have the chance to be part of the world’s most popular sporting event.South Africa’s 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has taken applications for 5 000 local volunteers for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup – the first step towards the recruitment and training of around 15 000 volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Applications for 2009 Confederations Cup volunteers closed on 31 August 2008Thousands put up hands for 2009Applications for 2010 World Cup volunteers – which will also include some volunteers from the rest of Africa and the world – will open in July 2009.Volunteers ‘crucial to success of 2009, 2010’“The World Cup will call on us to step beyond our boundaries and experiences and cater to the whole world,” says LOC volunteer programme manager Onke Mjo. “Volunteers will be crucial to that process.”Mjo believes that volunteers will “make or break” the Confederations Cup and World Cup programmes.“People will remember the service and support they get in South Africa – that’s why volunteers are so crucial,” Mjo says. “People will interact with the volunteers … How they are received when they’re in the parking lot, at the stadium, at airports or hotels – that’s what will make them feel it was worth their while coming to South Africa.”For prospective volunteers, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:What kind of people is the LOC looking for?The LOC is looking for ordinary people – including students, unemployed youngsters and retired citizens – as well as specialists in various fields to work as volunteers.General volunteers will be needed in areas such as team liaison, accreditation, spectator services, fan parks, transport, information services, hospitality and logistics.Specialist volunteers will include medical practitioners, translators, people from the legal fraternity, and information technology experts. Volunteers will also be required with good technical sporting knowledge, language and media skills.According to Mjo, the most important thing the LOC will be looking for in volunteers are “people who are committed to helping us successfully host the World Cup … We’re looking for open-minded, pro-active South Africans who will always be willing to assist an individual who needs help with anything.”Is there an age requirement for volunteers?Yes. In order to be a volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old by March 2009 for the Confederations Cup, and by March 2010 for the World Cup.Will I get paid for volunteering?No. The volunteer programme is an opportunity for South Africans to participate in the World Cup by offering their time and services to the Local Organising Committee for free.You will get a travel allowance, however, as well as training, work experience, official World Cup volunteer clothing – supplied by Adidas – acknowledgement in the 2010 Fifa World Cup brochure – and an opportunity to be part of the world’s biggest single-code sporting event.What sort of training will I get?Volunteers will go through a training programme that focuses, among other things, on understanding the game of football and its culture. “Understanding the environment – including understanding Fifa and the World Cup itself – will be crucial to this World Cup,” says Mjo.“Volunteers will be trained in customer services, taught how to deal with irate spectators, and also to understand the behaviour of fans from different places around the world.”Volunteers will also be given venue- and job-specific training.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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A joule of an energy-efficient car

first_img27 October 2010South Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule. The battery-operated six-seater was designed by local boy Keith Helfet, an internationally distinguished vehicle designer who, before opening his own consultancy, was a key designer at Jaguar.He was brought on board by mechanical engineer Kobus Meiring, CEO of the Joule’s Cape Town-based manufacturer Optimal Energy. Something of a legend in engineering circles, Meiring helped develop South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter, and later project managed the Southern African Large Telescope, which was completed on budget and on time.The Joule debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and has since received a facelift at the Milan-based Zagato Total Design Centre. It will comply fully with global safety standards, and Optimal is aiming for a five-star rating from the Euro New Car Assessment Programme.The Joule’s prototype phase is now complete, and the necessary modifications made. But before the commercial version hits the streets, further refinements and feedback from consumers and the media will be incorporated into a test fleet, which will be hand-built, like the prototype, by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province.The Joule is expected to go into full-scale production at the end of 2013, to appear on showroom floors in mid-2014. The car’s South African price will be somewhere between US$32 300 (R220 800) and $39 000 (R266 600) in today’s terms, and export is also on the cards.The car is made of eco-friendly materials with a local content of at least 50%. It will also feature a roof-mounted solar panel as an option.Optimal maintains that charging the Joule will not place an extra strain on South Africa’s sometimes-fragile national electricity grid. The plan is for Joules to plug in to charge at night, as local utility Eskom has extra capacity between 11pm and 6am.With its battery range of around 300km, regenerative brake system, fewer moving parts and zero engine emission, the Joule is set to change the way South Africans drive.This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

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Can App-only Succeed

first_imgMyntra, India’s leading fashion and lifestyle e-tailer, created quite a buzz recently. The Bangalore-based firm brought back its mobile (phone and tablet) website, which it had discontinued in May 2015. At that time, nearly 90% of traffic and 70% of the company’s business was happening through its app, and Myntra had announced that it was going the app-only route. It claimed to be the first big web-based e-tailer, not just in India but globally, to adopt an app-only model.Myntra’s move of relaunching its mobile website is largely perceived as a roll-back of its app-only strategy. But the company’s top team insists otherwise. The mobile website, they say, is part of their effort to make their app more effective. While the website allows browsing, transactions can be done only on the app. “The mobile website will push users toward downloading the app. We are committed to our strategy of app-only,” says CEO Ananth Narayanan. Meanwhile, the company’s desktop website (for laptops and desktops) doesn’t offer any browsing facility; it simply directs all users to the app.Myntra recently launched a new version of its app that allows users to connect with each other for sharing opinions on products, trends, preferences and so on. Every Myntra app user now sees a different landing page based on previous visits, preferences and other social media plug-ins like Facebook. “People don’t like to shop in a deserted mall. Version 2.0 will transform online fashion shopping into a social and personalized experience,” says Shamik Sharma, chief technology officer.Myntra, which has close to 20 million app downloads and 7.6 million active customers, offers over 230,000 products from over 1,700 national and international brands. It also has around 10 in-house brands. The firm currently has an annualized gross merchandize value (GMV — the total value of sales on the platform) of $500 million. It is looking to cross GMV of $1 billion and also become the first major Indian e-tailer to turn profitable in 2016. By 2020, the target is to cross $5 billion GMV.“Myntra’s app-only strategy is innovative and particularly notable given its scale,” says Kartik Hosanagar, a Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions. Hosanagar, whose research work focuses on the digital economy, believes that for Myntra, the app-only move is “justified” given that mobile’s reach far exceeds the reach of personal computers in India. “There is non-trivial cost in supporting both channels,” he explains.The billion dollar question, however, is whether an app-only model can work in the fast growing e-commerce market in India?According to Goldman Sachs’ estimates, the Indian e-commerce market is around $26 billion at present and is likely to cross $100 billion by 2020. Boston Consulting Group pegs it at around $17 billion at present and $70 billion by 2020. A KPMG report puts it at $17.6 billion in 2014 and expects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40% to reach $136 billion by 2020. PwC estimates e-tailing (a subset of e-commerce) to be at $6 billion at present, while Technopak Advisors says that it was around $2.3 billion in 2014 and will reach $32 billion by 2020. According to KPMG, e-tail is among India’s fastest growing markets and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 52% to touch $36.7 billion by 2020.Whichever number one goes by, clearly the pie is growing fast. And it seems that everyone wants a piece of it. So, is an app-only strategy the right one?Leapfrogging to the AppBe it in online retail, travel, transportation, banking, education, food, health care, home services, payments — every sector is aggressively wooing users with mobile apps by offering freebies and massive discounts. And while India may simply be following the global trend in embracing apps, it is galloping in its pace of adoption. Industry experts peg India as one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile app markets.“One can safely say that India, and to some extent China, are leading the world in this regard,” says Harminder Sahni, founder and managing director of management consultancy firm Wazir Advisors. “E-commerce started growing in India around the same time as online businesses worldwide started adopting apps. It is similar to how India bypassed the landline to straight away go to mobile [in telecom].” Praveen Bhadada, partner and global head of digital transformation at Zinnov Management Consulting, adds: “We are seeing a viral adoption of apps in India at present. The intensity with which we are penetrating the market is a unique differentiator.”Multiple factors are at work here. Leading the pack is the penetration of smartphones and mobile Internet. Smartphone penetration in India is growing exponentially. It is expected to increase from around 220 million at present — the second-largest market in the world behind China — to 750 million by 2020. Of the growing 400 million plus Internet users in the country, around 70% access it through mobile devices. This is expected to only increase as the adoption of smartphones goes up.“The pace of smartphone penetration and mobile Internet in India has led to an acceleration of the app model much faster than elsewhere,” says Sreedhar Prasad, partner-business consulting at KPMG India. According to him, for anyone starting an e-commerce venture in India today targeting the youth/affluent population, “it has become imperative to launch the website and the app together.” Adds Bhadada: “The easiest way for companies to reach the masses who are coming online for the first time is through the phone. And an app is more comfortable than browsing on the phone.”S. Ramesh Kumar, professor of marketing at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, notes that mobiles have become “a part of the lifestyle” in India and “different apps are needed to fit in with the lifestyles of specific consumer segments.” Apps that “connect with people and brands in real time will become increasingly important from the viewpoint of consumer behavior,” he adds.Another reason for the proliferation of apps in India is the low cost of development, says Sahni of Wazir. It is negligible compared to the U.S. or Europe. “Even if many fail, they pave way for others and add to overall evolution of the ecosystem which in turn fuels further growth.”The App AdvantageApps of course come with a long list of advantages for both the companies and customers: Personalization, better user interface, superior customer experience, ability to easily connect anytime and anywhere, rich customer data and so on.When it comes to an app-only strategy, however, the scale seems to tip in favor of the firms. “Customers are ‘captive’ in the specific app’s environment, and comparisons and shopping around for discounts — the bane of retailers — is less likely. There are no distractions,” says Devangshu Dutta, chief executive of consulting firm Third Eyesight.Pointing to the apps’ ability to send notifications for personalized promotions, Hosanagar says: “This can improve the rate at which browsers convert to buyers, especially for products such as apparel and jewelry whose purchases are more discretionary in nature and are driven by sensory considerations as opposed to functional value.” He goes on to add: “Companies [with an app-only model] can focus all product efforts on mobile, and that focus can deliver the best mobile experience for consumers. Also, by having all users on mobile, you have a consistent approach to personalization.”This, in fact, is one key reason behind Myntra’s move. Says Narayanan: “Culturally, we want our organization to think differently. We believe that in the future, all mobile transactions will happen on apps, and we want to focus all our resources — our engineers, our product teams, our sales people, everybody — on this. We want our entire organization to have an app mindset.”Among the few other e-commerce firms in India that are on the app-only track are Ola (transportation), Faasos (food), TinyOwl (food ordering) and Grofers (home delivery of groceries and other items). In a recent media interview, Faasos CEO Jaydeep Burman said that the company moved to app-only because of the “overall proposition.” Faasos offers a dynamic menu which changes based on customer location along with estimated time of delivery on a real time basis. “This is not possible when someone orders over phone or through a website.”Interestingly, Flipkart, India’s biggest e-tailer which was expected to follow in its subsidiary Myntra’s app-only footsteps (Flipkart acquired Myntra in May 2014), has opted out of this route. Instead, it recently launched a new mobile web application which is extremely light and provides an app-like experience. Called Flipkart Lite, it does not require any dedicated storage space and is designed for users who don’t want to install apps. In an interview with daily newspaper Times of India, Peeyush Ranjan, head of engineering at Flipkart, said: “We want to give the experience of a native application on a mobile website.”Amazon India, which launched its app in 2013 and currently gets 70% of its traffic from mobile, is also not in favor of the app-only model. According to Amit Agarwal, Amazon India vice president and country manager, while “mobile is integral to Amazon’s India strategy” and “the app will continue to be our flagship experience,” the company will not close any options. Says Agarwal: “We see customers accessing our platform from every device and they come from all over the country. We will continue to evolve and will always be wherever our customers are.”Prashant Gupta, president and CEO of fashion e-tailer abof.com (all about fashion), which was launched by the textile to telecom conglomerate Aditya Birla Group in October 2015, holds the same view. Abof was launched with website and app versions. “We don’t see any prudence in being an app-only player. It reduces the options available to the consumer and also takes away the richer visual experience they can have on a larger screen,” says Gupta.Kunal Bahl, co-founder and CEO of leading online marketplace Snapdeal, is dismissive about having only an app. He thinks it is “the dumbest and most consumer-unfriendly idea ever.” In an interview with business newspaper The Economic Times, Bahl said a survey conducted by Snapdeal revealed that 80% of its customers want the personal computer site to remain even though only 20% to 30% of them use the platform. “We are not going to go against the consumers’ wishes,” said Bahl.Sahni of Wazir believes it is a “business call.” Pointing out that the cost and effort required to maintain both an app and a website is very high, Sahni says: “More than money, it is the limitation of engineers for coding. The business has to take a call on where they wish to deploy the scarce engineering resources.” He goes on to add that as more and more devices start supporting apps, an app-only strategy could work well. “There are issues to do with screen size, but with television screens getting connected to smartphones and having the capability to run apps, this limitation is quickly going away.”Not everyone agrees. “I don’t see the merit in not operating a website. The incremental cost of operating a website is very low,” says Ankur Bisen, senior vice president for retail at Technopak. “If the business model is based on scale and involves merchandise selling, it will need broad-based customer user interface options. An app-only strategy will become restrictive.”Echoing the sentiments of many app-only skeptics, Prasad says: “I believe that ‘click-and-buy’ will happen on the app while ‘browse-and-buy’ will be on desktop. Where the user knows what to buy and where to click, like in groceries or calling a cab, the app will precede the desktop. But where the buyer wants to browse before buying, websites get preferred.” Prasad adds that “unless mobile connectivity becomes much more stable, app usage for large transactions may be limited in India.”There are other problems, too, such as phone memory. While smartphone penetration is high, many of the phones are at the low end of the price and features spectrum. Abof’s Gupta points out that typically, minimum internal phone memory allows only five to seven apps beyond the preloaded apps that come with an Android device. “The usual challenge of getting noticed and heard in a crowded market is even more exacerbated in the app world. Users will tend to uninstall apps they don’t use frequently,” he says.Bhadada of Zinnov agrees. “Typically, an average user in India installs about 18 to 20 apps at any point and engages with only five to six on a regular basis. Ensuring downloads, stickiness and regular engagement with the app is a huge challenge.” While established e-commerce players can woo consumers by offering huge discounts, smaller players will find it difficult to get them to download their apps. Bhadada believes that new models of incentivizing will emerge. “This is where I see a lot of innovation happening,” he says.The Road AheadSo, what model are Indian online firms likely to adopt? Hosanagar feels that an app-only strategy is “quite risky.” He notes that “globally, desktops still play a meaningful role,” including in other big Asian markets where mobile dominates. “I doubt many firms will go app-only. I think the trend we are more likely to see is that many new e-tailers will be mobile-first and will launch on desktops later. That, by itself, is a non-trivial shift and will expose many incumbent e-tailers to threats from entrants that have better mastery of mobile than them.”Dutta of Third Eyesight adds: “For any e-tailer that wishes to focus on funneling more profitable, sticky customers, an app-only strategy is the way to go. [However,] for an e-tailer that is in a growth mode and wishes to be a mainstream choice, I believe it is counterproductive to close off any channel for potential customers.”Rishikesha Krishnan, director of the Indian Institute of Management Indore, notes that the combination of smartphones, powerful networks, location finding services and Internet access is powering a whole new range of applications. This is also, he says, a time for experimentation. “Everyone is trying to find the sweet spot or the best models for commercial success. I see the attempt by some vendors to move to an app-only platform as part of this trend of experimentation.” Krishnan feels it’s too early to tell if the experiment will succeed. “My own suspicion,” he adds, “is that a hybrid approach is better.”Meanwhile, even as the jury is out on the app-only model, another new trend is emerging: e-commerce players are foraying into the physical world. Some like UrbanLadder (furniture), Lenskart (spectacles) and Zimave (lingerie) are opening physical stores. Others, like Snapdeal, are integrating offline and online channels by partnering with stores such as The Mobile Store (for mobile phones) and Shoppers Stop (for fashion products) and enabling consumers to access services like demonstration, installation, activation or returns at a store near them.Flipkart has set up “pick-up stores’’ from where customers can pick up orders at their convenience. It plans to expand the number of such stores across the country and also convert them to “fully outfitted experience zones” where customers can try on their purchases, get alterations done, see product demonstrations, enjoy an assisted buying experience and also return their orders.For Amazon, “building the hyperlocal experience is a big focus area,” says Agarwal. Amazon launched the “Kirana Now” pilot in Bangalore last year enabling customers to shop from the ecosystem of their local (kirana) stores and get orders delivered within 90 minutes.Bisen of Technopak notes that multi-channel play is well established in mature e-commerce markets like U.S. Pointing out that globally, 50% of the nearly $1.3 trillion of merchandise sold through e-commerce is done by established brick-and-mortar retailers, Bisen says: “In a market like India where many categories are assistance-led, physical stores provide critical elements of customer experience. We will see the role of multi-channel emerging more strongly that it is today.”Bhadada of Zinnov offers another perspective. While companies have a web strategy, an app strategy and an offline strategy — all of these are in silos. What they need, he says, is an omnichannel strategy which provides a personalized and seamless customer experience. “With digital transformation becoming mainstream, an omnichannel approach will be a strong competitive advantage. All firms are at a level playing field on this front. What they need is vision, commitment and investment.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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iPad or Nexus 7? Here are some tablets that you can consider buying

first_imgWhile a number of good Android tablets are available in the Indian market, iPads still retain their charm. ReutersTablets may not be as powerful as a laptop or as multi-functional as a smartphone, but they do have some appeal. They are good for consuming content. You can relax on your sofa after a stressful day at office and watch a movie on a tablet. Or you can take it out while you are waiting for your flight and read a book on it.Then, there is the matter of casual gaming. Tablets are excellent devices to play casual games like Angry Birds or even racing games like Need For Speed.A tablet is not a necessity like a laptop or a smartphone. But it is a handy device to carry.In Indian market, hundreds of different models of tablets are available. Some of these are sold for as cheap as Rs 2,500 while some cost over Rs 50,000. So, which of these tablets are worthy of your attention, and importantly, your hard earned money?Before we tell you about the tablets that we believe are better than the rest, here are some general points about buying a tablet:– Try not to buy a tablet for its call making or call receiving abilities. If you need a device that can make and receive calls, get a “phablet”, or in other words a large-screen phone.– If you are mostly going to use a tablet while travelling, get one that supports 3G connectivity. The tablets that support 3G connectivity cost more than the ones that support only Wi-Fi.advertisement– If you have Wi-Fi at home, a Wi-Fi only tablet is a value for money option.– If you already have a smartphone, a Wi-Fi only tablet is a value for money option because you can always use the cellular network in your phone for the tablet through Hotspot feature. Windows Phone, iOS and Android support Hotspot feature.– Tablets with big-screen size (9-inches or more) are better for watching videos and web browsing. Smaller tablets (screen size of around 7 inches) are more portable and easier to hold when you are in mood to snuggle in your blanket and read a book.Now, the tablets that stand out in the crowded Indian tablet baazar:Cheapest tablet we recommend Let’s make it clear — we are not big fans of cheap tablets. Unlike cheap smartphones, which are somewhat usable, most of the cheap tablets are junk. Buying them is akin to throwing your money in a rubbish box.That said, there is one tablet that is better than the rest. And it is because this tablet belongs to an older generation and has recently received a significant price cut. No, we are not talking about the Nexus 7 (2012) which was once sold for as low as Rs 8,999. That is no longer available. But you can get the Xolo Play Tab 7 for around Rs 6,000. For this price, it is decent tablet. It has a 7-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Tegra 3 processor that is rather old but still quite capable, 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and support for microSD card. The device runs Android 4.1. This is a Wi-Fi only tablet and 3G is not supported. If you want a cheap tablet on which your young kid can sketch and on which you can play Angry Birds, the Play Tab 7 is a nice option.Best tablet for less than Rs 10,000 There is a dearth of good tablets in the sub-Rs 10,000 category but Dell’s Venue 7 is one reliable option if you are in no mood to spend even a paisa more than the 10 grand. The Venue 7 too is a Wi-Fi only tablet. But other than the lack of 3G, it packs in decent hardware. The tablet is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 processor running at 1.6GHz. This is a dual-core processor with support for hyper-threading that allows it to work as a quad-core processor. There is 2GB RAM in the device and 16GB internal storage. Micro SD cards are supported so you can expand the storage if you are going to store a lot of movies or music on the device. The 7-inch screen uses an IPS panel and has a rather respectable resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (a little more than 720P). The Venue 7 costs around Rs 9,700.Cheapest tablet with calling feature If you are someone who needs to make or receive calls on a tablet, the Lenovo A7-50 is an affordable and yet decent option. Be careful about the model number of the tablet here. Lenovo also has the A7-30 in the market. The A7-30 is cheaper but not so nice. The A7-50 costs around Rs 14,000. It packs in a quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, a 7-inch IPS screen with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 16GB internal storage and support for microSD card. The device runs Android 4.2 out-of-the-box but Lenovo says that it can be upgraded to Android 4.4. Though, we haven’t tested this claim. the A7-50 has two cameras — the rear camera can shoot 5-megapixel images while the front camera sports a 2-megapixel tag. The device supports Wi-Fi and 3G. And yes, you can make calls or receive them using the A7-50.Cheapest tablet for gaming advertisementIf you are looking for an affordable tablet primarily to play games, look no further than XOLO Play Tegra Note. Available for around 14,499, the Tegra Note is actually a tablet made by Nvidia, the company that makes graphics cards and processors. Xolo is Nvidia’s partner for Tegra Note tablets in India but the device is based on a reference design. It is powered by quad-core Tegra 4 processor, which is an astoundingly fast chip and is capable of handling even demanding mobile games like Dead Trigger 2 with ease. Rest of the hardware is the standard affair. The tablet has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, support for microSD card, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixels front camera and a 7-inch IPS screen with the resolution 1280 x 800 pixels. One extra feature with the Tegra Note is the support for a stylus. Though, in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter much.Best value for money tablet Where is the Nexus tablet in this list? Well, here it is. The Nexus 7 (2013), made by Asus and marketed by Google, was launched at a price of Rs 20,999. In fact, this is the price at which it still sells on the Google Play Store. But if you look around, you can get it for less than Rs 18,000. This is a very good price for a tablet that is extremely fast, functional, portable and capable of providing polished Android experience. The cheapest version of the Nexus 7 (2013) supports only Wi-Fi and has 16GB internal storage. The highlight of the Nexus 7 is its vibrant 7-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz and 2GB RAM. It has a surprisingly decent 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The tablet is well-optimised for latest versions of Android — it is the official Android tablet — and offers lag-free and smooth Android experience.Cheapest iPad The first iPad Mini was launched in November 2012. So, you can say that it is pretty old. But don’t go by the date of manufacturing. Almost all iPads are fantastic tablets. And the iPad Mini is no exception. Powered by a dual-core A5 processor and 512MB RAM, the iPad Mini is capable of providing users a polished experience, which is better than what they will get with most of the Android tablets. The main reason why the iPad is so good is because of the tablet-specific apps that are available for it. Apple is also a company that believes in seamless integration between hardware and software — it makes its own hardware and writes almost all core software for the device — and that gives the iPad a performance edge over most of the Android tablets. For example, the iPad Mini will receive iOS 8 update despite its age. In comparison, most of the Android tablets run one-year-old version of Android. If we have to choose between the Nexus 7 (2013) and the iPad Mini (2012), we will go with the Nexus 7. It is a better and more powerful tablet. The Nexus 7 also has a better screen. But if you have a thing for anything Apple, you can’t go wrong with the iPad Mini that sells for around Rs 17,000.advertisementA tablet that is almost perfect Did we tell you that iPad is a fantastic tablet? Yes, we did. Among all iPads we believe that the iPad Mini (2013) aka the iPad Mini 2 is arguably the best tablet. With a price of around Rs 28,000 the iPad Mini 2 offers almost everything you can ask for in a tablet. It has a sleek aluminum body, the powerful A7 processor, 1GB RAM and a fantastic screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Yes, the iPad Air is more powerful and offers a screen that is better than the one in the iPad Mini 2. But the size of the iPad Mini — the screen size is 7.9 inches — is just perfect. The iPad Mini 2 is compact and portable and yet big enough to offer great web browsing or movie experience. In comparison, the iPad Air feels a little too big. The cheapest version of the iPad Mini 2 supports Wi-Fi but not 3G. It also has 16Gb internal storage. The 3G model or the one with more internal storage costs more.What about iPad Air?If you are a fan of big tablets and don’t mind spending Rs 35,000, go ahead and get the iPad Air, which has a 9.7-inch screen. It is a (slightly) better tablet than the iPad Mini 2 in technical terms. But the iPad Mini 2 is more user-friendly due to its compact size and feels more balanced.Follow writer on Twitter @Javed_dellast_img read more

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