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Guyana accredits new Peruvian Ambassador

first_imgIn efforts to strengthen ties with its continental neighbours, Guyana has accredited its new Ambassador ofPresident David Granger accredited Peru’s Ambassador to Guyana Mario Lopez ChavarriPeru.Ambassador Mario Lopez Chavarri handed over his Letters of Credence to Head of State David Granger on Wednesday morning at the Ministry of the Presidency.Chavarri expressed his commitment to promoting integration and cooperation between Guyana and Peru to further strength relations between the two South American countries.Meanwhile, in accepting the Peruvian Ambassador’s credence, President Granger noted that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Guyana and Peru, the two countries have since enjoyed and maintained cordial relations.“The Republic of Peru, through your appointment, is reaffirming its commitment to strengthening relations between our two countries. Guyana and Peru share common interests, which provide a solid foundation for improved relationships at bilateral, regional and international levels,” he stated.President Granger outlined that the two continental neighbours share interests in the democracy, peace, respect for human rights, sustainable developments, eradication of poverty and the peaceful settlement of disputes.Moreover, the Guyanese Head of State committed Guyana’s support towards the development of productive partnerships between the two Republics, especially in the area of fishing, mining and agriculture.“Our two Republics are committed to regional cooperation, as a means of achieving a higher standard of living for our peoples, through the sustainable exploitation of our natural resources,” Granger said.In addition, he mentioned the two countries’ confidence in the Rule of International Law, particularly in the role of international judicial bodies, such as International Court of Justice to definitively settle territorial controversies.Diplomatic relations between Guyana and Peru dates back to July 1971.last_img read more

APNU/AFC always backed PPP’s sugar reforms plans

first_imgGuySuCo closure….– Opposition Chief exposures premeditated plot to cripple sugarPersistent claims from the coalition that the former administration did nothing to reform the sugar industry are being rubbished by the party’s Parliamentary Chief Whip, Gail Texieira. According to Texieira, not only did the PPP bring sugar reform proposals to parliament, but the then opposition participated in and approved the measures they brought.Speaking to this publication during an interview on the show; Under theOpposition Chief Whip Gail TexieiraMicroscope, Texieira took on these claims head on. She reminded that back in 2010, the previous administration took the newly formulated Strategic Plan for GuySuCo to the National Assembly when faced with the economic fallout from the loss of preferential sugar markets.“So there was an attempt to recognise, look we have to reform and deal with these challenges… and still keep sugar as the biggest employer in the state sector. A number of those (government Ministers) who are talking (collaborated with us in Parliament). In the ninth parliament, sugar was part of that agenda. Mr. (Winston) Murray was the Chair.”“When Skeldon (sugar factory) was built,” she continued. “The ParliamentaryA longstanding executive of GuySuCo, Errol Hanoman was brought back by the coalition government in 2015sectoral committee went and visited Skeldon. Everyone praised it. They showed us the mechanization of the fields, the plans. The sectoral committee (including opposition) unanimously praised the changes, the strategic management plans that were being put in place in GuySuCo. This was 2010, 2011.”Texieira pointed out that despite the coalition government’s claims the PPP mismanaged the sector, they still persevered with the Managers the previous administration hired to run GuySuCo but then dismissed or put aside.“If that’s the case, the same people who were managing, who we said, let them go, you bring back and then say we were mismanaging?” Texieira questioned. This is a reference to GuySuCo executives including former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Errol Hanoman.In 2010, Hanoman’s resignation from the post of CEO was accepted by GuySuCo management. At the time, officials had said the then government expressed dissatisfaction with the board’s performance in the face of moves to reform the industry. Hanoman and former Finance Director Paul Bhim were subsequently rehired to an Interim Management Committee (IMC) by the coalition government.Political moveGovernment has been downsizing the sugar industry, a move fiercely resisted by the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU), the parliamentary opposition and a number of other agencies. The operations of the LBI Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate; those at Wales were amalgated with uitvlught and there are plans to privatise Skeldon.GAWU has noted that thousands of persons stand to be affected by the closure of this East Demerara Estate, which employs some 2,200 persons in the field, factory, security, administrative and managerial sections. Government has already announced that by the time they are finished closing estates, the only ones that will remain open are the Blairmont, Uitvlugt and Albion estates.But the closure of the estates and the sacking of workers is having an effect on the economy even government has acknowledged. Blaming missed production targets from sectors including sugar, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan recently announced a revised economic growth target… downwards.Jordan said the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017. The initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent, but this was revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy only grew by 2.2 per cent by July. Sugar output in Guyana fell by nearly a quarter from last year, with close to 140,000 metric tonnes being produced in 2017. This is the lowest output in over two decades. According to Texieira, the decisions being made are therefore not rooted in economics. “Anybody looking at the sugar figures will know that the decisions being made by this government are not a technical decision. It is not a decision based on economic or financial figures. It is a political decision.” “The politics of it is that one, they want to destroy GAWU. They (want) vengeance against sugar workers who are in the main, supporters of the PPP but not exclusively. The government’s position on sugar has been reckless,” Texieira stressed.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, January 10

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are turning up the heat on David de Gea and are determined to prise him away from Manchester United in a £30m deal. The Spanish giants have already sounded out De Gea’s representatives and are desperate to make him the successor to Iker Casillas, who is expected to leave next summer. (Daily Mirror)But United will fight to keep De Gea and chief executive Ed Woodward is prepared to double the player’s wages to £140,000-a-week to keep him out of the clutches of the European champions. (Daily Star)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, is ready to move for Southampton’s England right-back Nathaniel Clyne. (Daily Mirror)West Brom manager Tony Pulis has made a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney, increasing speculation that top-goalscorer Saido Berahino could leave the Hawthorns this month, with Liverpool and Tottenham both keen. (Daily Mail)Inter Milan are ready to offer £7million to prise Lucas away from Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)Mauricio Pochettino is keen on Everton midfielder James McCarthy and is ready to try to prise him away in January. The Tottenham boss has turned to McCarthy with Morgan Schneiderlin looking out of reach. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to join Crystal Palace on loan this month despite confirmed interest from Hull City. (Metro)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Sterling ‘nowhere near’ signing new deal at LiverpoolFabregas plays down Messi to Chelsea talk, insisting: ‘He is happy at Barcelona’Wenger confirms talks with Hull over deal for Arsenal forwardManchester City defender close to Schalke switch, says general managerSampdoria set for Premier League striker swoop?West Ham set to block Huddersfield’s loan bid for midfielderCardiff misfit set for move back to SpainNewcastle flop forced to wait on Genoa move Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more


first_imgJust champion: Letterkenny Rovers – U-10sLetterkenny Rovers under-10 team has claimed a place in the U-10 champions league after beating Milford 2-0 in a close game.The Rovers defeated a strong Bonagee team in the semis 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 at the end of full-time.It’s another great sucess for the team and management as they won the under ten league in march. Rovers other under ten team Letterkenny Crusaders finished third after beating bonagee in the third forth place play off.Up next they meet the best county teams in the champions league.The Rovers and Crusaders teams FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY ROVERS CLAIM PLACE IN U-10 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: May 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY ROVERS CLAIM PLACE IN U-10 CHAMPIONS LEAGUElast_img read more

Guinea to host AFCON 2025

first_imgGuinea will host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations instead of the 2023 edition, according to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmed.Speaking on a visit to Guinea on Sunday, Ahmed was joined by Fifa president Gianni Infantino.Ahmad said Guinea’s President Alpha Condé had agreed to a delay in hosting the tournament. He also told reporters that it is a similar situation to Cameroon, who will stage the 2021 finals after being stripped of hosting the 2019 Nations Cup in November.The Guinea Football Federation (Feguifoot) statement comes just a few days after its president Antonio Souare said they had not been “notified, neither by a letter or a decree” about the proposed delay in hosting.Speaking before Sunday’s visit by Ahmad, Souare also questioned whether African countries will be able to single-handedly host the expanded Nations Cup, which moved from 16 teams to 24 in 2017, in future.“To go from four to six stadiums, all of a sudden, for one country do we maybe have to do co-hosting?” he added.“I’m saying this as an African football leader and administrator, after thinking about it. And I’m still thinking about it.“It’s not just the six stadiums, we have to build hotels – 2-3 star hotels to lodge the public that come, but for the teams you need 4-5 star hotels.“Then you also have the hospitals, telecommunications, roads, airlines. It’s all this. There are many things.“Would co-hosting, like we have have seen between Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, be a possible fallback solution?”The Nations Cup has been co-hosted twice before, by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012 and by Ghana and Nigeria in 2000.Comments Tags: Ahmad AhmedCaflast_img read more

Protect and support each other

first_imgSam Nzima with his iconic photograph (Image: Denis Farrell) A depiction of the so-called Bantu Education system. (Image: City of Joburg) The June 16, 1976 Memorial at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. (Image: Enoch Lehung, City of Joburg) Ahead of Youth Day, Sam Nzima urges the young people of South Africa to protect and support each other. (Images: SouthAfrica.info) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kwezi Gule  Curator for the Hector Pieterson Museum   +271 725 3130 RELATED ARTICLES • Youth Day: lessons from 1976 • Playing a part to give youth a future • Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act • How does Mandela Day inspire you?Cadine Pillay“Take back your courage!” declares Sam Nzima, former apartheid photojournalist, urging young people of South Africa to assume the strength and courage of their predecessors. Nzima took the legendary photograph of the fatally wounded 12-year-old Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo, while Hector’s sister Antoinette Sithole runs alongside. It is a photograph that captured and exposed not just the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976, but the entire struggle of black people during apartheid.That event is commemorated on the annual Youth Day, 16 June, and the whole month around the day is focused on strategies to develop and uplift South Africa’s young people.The government’s theme for Youth Month 2012 – Together we can do more to build infrastructure and fight youth unemployment – is an ambitious one, but conveys hope to many South Africans who recognise the struggles that were overcome.Ahead of the countrywide celebrations, Nzima conveys a message to young South Africans in his gripping and courageous story, and carefully reflects on the events of that fateful day.June 16, 1976 revisitedNzima, 78, is a warm-spirited man who remembers that day as if it were yesterday.“I will never forget that day in Soweto,” he says with candour in his voice. “It is in my blood and now part of me.”On 16 June 1976, thousands of South African schoolchildren marched in protest of the so-called Bantu Education system – the rest is history.  Nzima arrived in Soweto early that morning, assigned to cover what he thought would be peaceful protests.“I thought it would just be an ordinary day,” he says. “I had no idea it would be a day that would go down in the history books of South Africa, or that a child would be killed.“The students were just going to protest their rights and take a memorandum of demands to the education department,” he recalls and then pauses. “They did not even reach their destination.”Nzima watched from a distance as students painted signs that said “Afrikaans must be abolished” and “We are being fed the crumbs of education” – at the time black students were forced to study a sub-standard curriculum and were taught in Afrikaans, the language that, to them, represented their oppressor.As they began marching, the students were confronted by the police and began to sing “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” – the national anthem of South Africa today, but a protest song that was banned back then.The police began shooting, and Nzima saw a boy fall. The tall Mbuyisa Makhubo, then just 18, quickly picked him up and began to run. Nzima took six pictures as the wounded boy was taken to the nearest car, driven by a colleague from his newspaper, and rushed to a clinic. There, he was pronounced dead and identified as Pieterson.Nzima, working at a time when restrictions on reporting on conflict were draconian, removed the film and hid it in his sock. Later, police forced him to expose the film in his camera, but the photos of Pieterson were safe.Pieterson was one of the first to die from police gunfire after Soweto students were ordered to disperse. Reports varied on the number of people killed – some say about 180, others 400. Trials of the man behind the photographThe police were enraged by the attention his photograph drew, and Nzima left Johannesburg and his newspaper, fearing for his life. For a long time he lived under house arrest, and was constantly harassed by the police. But his photograph continued to garner attention and would later go right around the world.Nzima now enjoys a peaceful existence in his hometown of Lillydale in Mpumalanga, where he is a humble community leader.Although he was honoured on Freedom Day 2011 with a National Order for his contribution to photojournalism and for exposing apartheid brutality, the fame the photograph has brought him is equally matched with loss as it resulted in the end of his career, and banishment from Johannesburg, to live in abject poverty.Despite these unfortunate circumstances, Nzima does not regret the path fate chose for him that day.“At first I hated the picture, because I thought I would be killed for taking it,” he says. “But even though it was the end of my journalism career and my life in Johannesburg, it gave back so much tenfold.”Nzima’s photograph tells a courageous story because it has lived for over three decades and made its way to the 18-year-old democratic South Africa.“You don’t even need a caption to see that something terrible has happened,” Nzima says, describing his photograph.The heartfelt photograph has received worldwide recognition over the years and has even been honoured in the Hector Pieterson Schule in Berlin – a school named after the young victim.“I’m happy that the Germans saw the opportunity to name one of their high schools after Pieterson,” Nzima says. “This means the picture I took left its mark on them as well.”Nzima wishes to one day open a photojournalism school of his own for young people. He hopes in turn they will go out and take truthful photos of history that the whole world will see and remember.‘Young people must carry each other’Nzima’s advice to teenagers and young adults of today is clear as it is in his photograph – young people must carry each other.“Every day is a struggle for young people today and that is all the more reason they should protect and support each other,” he says.Back then, Nzima reflects, young people were so eager to learn that they fought for it.“Today’s youth do not appreciate their freedom because they did not struggle for it. It was given to them and therefore they do not know the worth.“If protesting students did not take into their own hands the fight for their right to education 36 years ago, the youngsters of today would not enjoy their freedom and education.“Fighting for a better education is not something that is demonstrated these days by the younger generation. Today, they have so much of freedom that they are fighting HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse and rape instead.”Nzima remembers the restrictions black people had during apartheid.“We could not even enter a grocery store. If we wanted to buy groceries we had to purchase them through the windows in the back. We could not walk around freely and do as we please because of those restrictions.”‘Take back your courage’“Take back your courage”, is the message from Nzima.“The respect of the younger generation must be strengthened, and at the same time children must be guided,” he asserts.Every year the children of South Africa are born further away from 1976, and memories of those long-ago Sowetan students are fleeting. The country has just one day a year to recreate and remember, and educate young people on the sacrifices that were made so they could enjoy free and equal education.“They need to learn about June 16 and the Soweto massacre every day, not just one day a year,” Nzima says.Although the history of apartheid and the Soweto Uprising are taught in schools across South Africa, it is imperative for young people to acknowledge the sacrifices made for them, in every aspect of their lives today – not by force or obligation, but out of willingness, respect and appreciation.While some still suffer the aftermath of apartheid, we can take comfort in knowing that today every child is born into a free South Africa with the right to education.Former president Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”It is important, says Nzima, for the young people to remember how far we all have come and recognise the people who helped get us here. Most importantly we must remember – much like back then – that the courage of the youth ensures the victory of our country.last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 10: synopsis

first_imgIn episode 10 of Play Your Part, we meet Nneile Nkholise, whose company designs breast and facial prostheses for people with cancer and burn victims. Here’s a sneak peek of the episode:Nneile Nkholise is founder of the company iMed Tech Group, which is incubated at The Innovation Hub. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South AfricaEpisode 10 of Play Your Part tells the story of Nneile Nkholise, who went from participating in science fairs at school to founding and directing her own company. iMed Tech Group employs only African women under the age of 30 who have research backgrounds in mechanical engineering.Nkholise is one of the guests on Play Your Part episode 10, which screens on Saturday, 11 November 2017 on SABC 2.Here’s more on the other two guests featured on this episode:Andile KhumaloAndile KhumaloAndile Khumalo is co-owner of the media and communications company, MSG Afrika Group. He is also the founder of MyStartup, an online portal for budding entrepreneurs, as well as host of the radio show, Power Business, on radio station Power 98.7 FM.Bongekile RadebeBongekile RadebeBongekile Radebe has been involved in youth development and leadership programmes such as One Day Leader. She is the founder of Taste of Legends, an African tea lifestyle and business network brand that focuses on tribute teas, wellness and boutique tea events.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Get Satisfaction, Zendesk, & JIRA: A Support Mashup

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Products#saas steven walling 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Customer service reps, it’s your lucky day. It just so happens that three of the top Web-based support applications — ticketing system Zendesk, issue tracker JIRA, and customer service platform Get Satisfaction — are now integrated. Though much of this functionality was created independently by each of these three vendors, the result is a smooth connection between a public support tool, an individualized helpdesk, and an enterprise issue tracker. Together, the trio makes up a powerful set of tools for responding to customers in either a public or private forum. Helpdesk, Meet Issue TrackerThe first step in this collaboration was the release of Zendesk’s plugin for JIRA, the bug and issue tracker from Atlassian. The plugin allows anyone to draw in tickets in to the tracker, while any updates within JIRA will be automatically mirrored in your Zendesk. Related Posts Tying It All TogetherThe final piece of the puzzle is the Zendesk and Get Satisfaction integration. More than just a plugin, this is direct fusing of the two, whereby you can send and edit Zendesk support tickets without ever leaving your Get Satisfaction. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Microsoft’s Photoshop Blunder: Racist or Shortsighted?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microsoft#web dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Microsoft doctored a stock image to appeal to its Polish customers by literally whitewashing the color from one of the photo’s subjects. While US web visitors were greeted by 3 racially diverse business people, Polish visitors saw one man replaced by a Caucasian doppelganger. And it was so poorly done we wondered if it was a joke. The Polish site now bears the original US image, but the damage has been done. Said CNET’s Ina Fried, “Although Microsoft would be within reason to use a different photo on its Polish site–the country is very racially homogeneous–the company is coming under significant criticism.” The braniac that signed off on this obviously didn’t think about the racism discussion on this week’s launch of Ghettotweets or the anger that ensued after the Japanese “underclass” Google map was released. By quietly trying to conceal a man’s race, Microsoft has inadvertently made race an issue. Related Posts While the decision to change the image may have simply been due to someone trying to save a few hundred dollars on stock photography, the marketing blunder has extremely negative public implications. Does racism exist in even the most progressive companies? Absolutely. But was Microsoft’s decision to change this particular image racist or just shortsighted? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Motorola Mobility

first_imgGoogle wants Motorola to compete on a level playing field with its much more profitable competitors. Unfortunately, that seems to mean stripping Motorola of its Home division, which makes cable modems, set-top boxes, video management interfaces and related software and hardware. Rumors suggest those assets could be up for sale as early as this fall.These assets are precisely the pieces Google needs to make Google TV a valid challenger in the all-important set-top market where Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Samsung and even Apple (particularly if it ever releases a TV set) all have more compelling hardware plays for the living room. Even the Android-based Ouya might make more sense.Selling Motorola’s Home division assets – even if Google tries to retain the intellectual properity it thinks will be important – leaves the effort shorthanded. Google’s sale might cushion a weak balance sheet for a few quarters, but if Motorola needs to compete on the strengths of its smartphones and tablets alone, a continued decline is likely.The Players Dennis Woodside, CEO: Dennis Woodside is not a tech guy. He’s a Google insider, a lawyer and an advertising deal maker. None of this is necessarily bad. Motorola was gushing money and market share before the acquisition, so the company needs a shakeup, and Woodside’s experience with content and advertising could help flesh out a platform play. He just needs to handle his side of the business and trust his technology staff to fulfill his strategy. Regina Dugan, SVP, Advanced Technology & Projects: If anyone can innovate Motorola out of a hole, it’s Regina Dugan. The anti-Woodside she’s a tech heavyweight who headed up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While government experience doesn’t typically carry into the private sector, DARPA is unique. It’s mission is “to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting U.S. national security and create strategic surprise for U.S. adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military.” Essentially, Rugan outthought the rest of the world on behalf of the US military from 1996 to 2012, and she even won a medal for it. While she lacks mobile-specific expertise, Rugan has a PhD from CalTech and enough managerial experience to build a staff capable of doing impressive work.The PrognosisAssuming the Home division sale goes through, we can expect Motorola to lose money for a few more quarters while it refocuses on smartphones, invests in R&D and works with carriers on supporting new products. In the short term, its Droids and Photons will likely get crushed by the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S IIIs, and its tablets will continue to lose ground. In the long term, if it creates a few new products, Motorola might become a reasonable acquisition target, assuming any patent disputes could be settled.Can This Company Be Saved?With few current successes and a lot of dead weight being cut, Motorola is essentially a well-funded startup with some seasoned professionals on staff. It has a shot at success because Google won’t let it go under – at least for a while. But it’s still a long shot. If Google really does maintain a hands-off policy in deference to its other hardware partners, Motorola probably won’t be able to rejoin the top 3 in the mobile market. If (and it’s a big if) Dugan’s team can somehow create a truly groundbreaking product (or two), Motorola might possibly return to profitability and challenge for the number 4 or 5 spot.The strategy that could save Motorola, of course, would be for Google to give Motorola first or exclusive access to the Android operating system. But while that would instantly make Motorola relevant again, it would also wreck Android’s appeal for other mobile phone makers – turning Google’s market smartphone operating system into just another one-company pony. That’s a big reason many observers questioned Google’s purchase of Motorola in the first place.The Deathwatch So FarResearch In Motion: Amid Massive losses – more than 11 times worse than expected – the company has reportedly started pitching its long-delayed Blackberry 10 devices to carriers. And rumors are swirling that the company may do a licensing deal – or even a sale – with Samsung.HP: The company is reportedly creating a new division to take another plunge into the consumer tablet market. Good luck with that.Nokia: The mobile phone giant’s quarterly revenue and earnings exceeded expectations and it has reduced its cash burn rate, but the company lost money yet again and saw its debt ratings cut to junk status. And it still hasn’t cracked the U.S. smartphone market as it halves the retail price of its flagship Lumia 900 to $49.99.38 Studios: No changeBarnes & Noble: No changeSony: No changeGroupon: Groupon’s stock price continues to hit all-time lows as growth slows.T-Mobile USA: The company’s troubles continue to mount, reporting second quarter losses of 557,000 high-value contract customers, and a net loss of 205,000 customers. Netflix: No changeElectronic Arts: No changeBest Buy: After rejecting Richard Schulze’s takeover bid over the weekend, Best Buyhired Hubert Joly as its CEO. Joly is a turnaround mercenary who’s done good work in the past with companies like EDS, but whose primary experience is in the hospitality industry. Best Buy’s stock was down 7%  in an initial response, and with a turnaround plan slated for the end of the year, it could slide more. When Motorola Mobility was plummeting to its doom in 2011, Google rode to the rescue. Now, with massive layoffs and a proposed sale of critical assets, the knight in shining armor seems hellbent on tearing its acquisition to pieces as part of its restructuring process. Is Motorola nothing more a legal hedge for the search giant, or is there a way to recapture the Moto mojo and make the company a mobile leader again? The BasicsMotorola used to be cool. Its DynaTAC team, led by Dr. Martin Cooper, pretty much invented the cell phone in 1973. In 1996, Motorola released the Star-TAC, completely revolutionizing the industry with a durable, portable flip-phone design that clipped nicely to IT geeks’ utility belts. In 2004, Motorola released the Razr, essentially a super-thin reboot of the Star-TAC that won the hearts and minds of everyone who hadn’t moved to a BlackBerry. That’s when things went south. Motorola missed the boat on smartphones, not releasing the Android-based Droid until October 2009. It’s focus on low-end feature phones eroded its market standing, and Motorola fell behind Apple, Nokia, Samsung, RIM and HTC. It’s now somewhere between the 5th and 7th largest cell phone manufacturer worldwide, depending on which numbers you believe. Combined with pokey tablet sales, declining smartphone revenues drove Motorola into the red for 14 of 16 quarters, and Google acquired the business for a generous $12.5 billion, primarily to get access to Motorola’s most valuable asset: its patent portfolio.The ProblemMotorola’s $12.5 billion price tag makes it Google’s biggest acquisition to date, so its safe to assume that Larry Page and company have put some serious thought behind their product strategy. Unfortunately, there’s not much real-world evidence of what they have in mind. Does Google really want in on the mobile hardware business or not? It’s tough to tell.If Google just wanted Motorola’s patents, it’s doing a good job of faking interest in handsets. On Google’s official blog, Larry Page called Motorola “a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation.” He finished by saying he was “confident Dennis [Woodside] and the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.” The Form 8-K filing in which Google announced layoffs of 4,000 Motorola employees (20% of its workforce) outlined a product strategy “designed to return Motorola’s mobile devices unit to profitability.” Clearly, Google is at least saying the right things. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Deathwatch#Google#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts cormac fosterlast_img read more