Boys’ Town FC Coach Andrew Price says that he expects yesterday’s 1-1 home draw with leaders Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League to spur the team on to better performances in 2017.In a game where first in the table met last placed, MoBay started the stronger team and created more chances in the first half, but Price’s side lifted their performance in the second half after a number of substitutions and changes to the team’s formation.The defending champions took the lead in the 43rd minute when Allan Ottey’s free kick deflected off the Boys’ Town wall and into the net, but Shamar Nicholson equalised in the 75th minute with a header, also off a free kick. The goal takes his total to nine for the season. It also takes him back to the top of the goal-scorers’ table.Price says he hopes the performance will lift the team’s spirit and help it out of the relegation zone.STRONG FIGHT”We came back in the second half and played with a lot of character and resilience and we really took the game to Montego Bay,” Price said. “We found that they were tiring in the last 15 minutes when we were getting stronger. That augers well for the future, and it’s good that we can close the year without a loss (in this game). Come January, when we begin again, we hope to come with a lot more gusto and more industry to see if we can progress up the table.”MoBay assistant Dillon Thelwell says his team did not take Boys’ Town seriously enough.”We never played up to standard,” he said. “We played good for about 65 minutes. After 65 minutes, it was all Boys’ Town. I think we took Boys’ Town a bit lightly today, based on the performance. But coming away here in Kingston and getting a point is always going to be a plus for us.”Price says he will also be looking to adding some new players to the team in the January transfer window.”We don’t want to say who they are at the moment, but we’re quietly optimistic that these players have the qualities that we need to help the team,” he says.Other results on the day saw Maverley-Hughenden and Harbour View drawing 1-1, Humble Lion outscoring Arnett Gardens 3-2, Portmore United beating Tivoli Gardens 2-0, and UWI also getting by Reno 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsMaverley-Hughenden 1 Harbour View 1Waterhouse 2 Jamalco 0Boys’ Town 1 Montego Bay 1Humble Lion 3 Arnett Gardens 2Portmore 2 Tivoli Gardens 0UWI 2 Reno 0
Organizers of the upcoming national symposium on Liberia’s symbols and national awards have selected renowned Catholic Sister Mary Laurene Browne to deliver the keynote address.The event is scheduled for Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Paynesville Town Hall, outside Monrovia. The Friday symposium is the first activity aimed at bringing people together to discuss the essence of the national awards project—the symbols and the possibilities for review. The symposium will be held on the theme, “Reviewing Liberia’s National Symbols to Renew National Identity,” and is expected to bring together Liberians from all walks of life including, women groups, the media, academia and others. Other speakers will include the South African Ambassador to Liberia, Masilo E. Mabeta, Liberia’s Ambassador to Senegal, Brahima Kaba as well as the chairperson of the History Department at the University of Liberia, Dr. William E. Allen, and former Associate Justice and current chairperson of the International Human Rights Commission, Cllr. Gladys Johnson. The one-day symposium, according to a statement, will set the stage for the review of Liberia’s national symbols and awards. Since the 1970’s, Liberians have been calling for changes in the national symbols and awards to reflect the historical realities of the citizenry. It has been argued that the current symbols and awards do not represent the cultural breadth and historical depth of Liberians. In 1974, President William R. Tolbert Jr., through an Act of Legislature, established a commission to review the Liberian Constitution, national symbols, motto and anthem. The commission was headed by the then Minister of Postal Affairs, Mckinley Deshield and 50 other representatives from the existing counties. The commission concluded that Liberians did not need major changes in the symbols, but suggested changes in the motto and wordings of the seal, which were never done up to present. The report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), referred to some national symbols as divisive and indicated they were partly responsible for the conflict in the country. The TRC-sponsored National Conference, in its Declaration, recommended among other things, a review of the national symbols and awards. Liberia’s 15-year development plan, the “Agenda for Transformation and the broader National Vision 2030 Initiative also recommend in their lists of priorities on peace and reconciliation sector interventions, “The establishment of a forum of Liberians of diverse backgrounds to discuss issues of national history, symbols and identity and reconciliation.” In reaction to this, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on February 6 this year launched a National Symbol Review Project under the statutory authority of the Governance Commission with Dr. D. Elwood Dunn as the Project Coordinator.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mandy La Fleur will be the first resident nurse in Guyana to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Saint Joseph. She accepted the honorary degree on Sunday in Connecticut, USA.Mandy La FleurAccording to an article published by the Department of Public Information (DPI), Nurse La Fleur was identified to receive the endowment after her résumé was reviewed in 2017 by University President Rhona Free and the Board of Trustees.La Fleur was considered because of her commitment to improving the health and wellness of the people of Guyana and her efforts towards advancing the expertise of nurses globally, and locally. The University also reviewed her role in HIV/AIDS prevention among health-care workers, and her service as the United Nations Population Fund liaison for Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in Guyana.These, President Free noted, “reflect the compassion and dedication to meeting society’s needs that the University encourages among their students”. The final decision to allow the University to follow through with Nurse La Fleur’s selection was endorsed by the PAHO/WHO Representative for the Guyana Country Office, Dr William Adu-Krow and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence.As a trained Nurse/Midwife, La Fleur holds an MSc in Nursing (Education, Leadership & Management and Public Health); BSc Nursing (management focus); and a Registered Nurse/Midwife diploma.With over 30 cumulative years of knowledge, skills, and experience in health sector management and practice, and in planning, programming and implementing of health programmes, La Fleur is well poised with the knowledge and skills toward the successful accomplishment of the mission and goals of the Public Health Ministry – particularly in the division of Health Sciences Education.Having earned a Master’s degree from the University of Saint Joseph, Nurse La Fleur was invited by the Board of Trustees to deliver the feature address at their undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday.
President Vladimir V. Putin attended the funeral, along with most members of the government, including the two first deputy prime ministers (and potential successors), Sergei B. Ivanov and Dmitry A. Medvedev. A number of foreign dignitaries were present, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and John Major, the former British prime minister. After the ceremony, Yeltsin’s body was taken under military guard to the Novodevichy Cemetery. There, to the strains of the Soviet-era national anthem – which Yeltsin had retired but Putin quickly restored – he was interred. At the cemetery, Yeltsin’s body will lie in the company of other mavericks, cultural and political, including Soviet writers Mikhail A. Bulgakov and Boris L. Pasternak, and Nikita S. Khrushchev, the Soviet leader who, like Yeltsin, left office humbled and with a taint of official shame. Putin, whom Yeltsin appointed as head of state when he resigned on New Year’s Eve in 1999, declared Wednesday an official day of mourning, and in a sign of the Kremlin’s increasing grip on the media, ordered television stations to cancel entertainment programs and to broadcast the funeral services. MOSCOW – Boris N. Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president, was buried Wednesday after a somber, symbolic funeral service attended by Russia’s political elite, current and former world leaders, family and close friends. The service was conducted in full accordance with Orthodox Christian tradition in the ornate Christ the Savior Cathedral, which was destroyed by the Soviet government in 1931, the year of Yeltsin’s birth, and reconstructed with his approval. It was the first time since the death of Czar Alexander III in 1894 that the Orthodox church officially presided over the funeral of a head of state. Yeltsin’s open casket lay beneath the cathedral’s vast frescoed dome, draped with the Russia tricolor. Clerics intoned prayers over the body, as a teary-eyed Naina I. Yeltsin, Yeltsin’s widow, and his two daughters looked on. Yeltsin, who helped bring down the Soviet Union as an opposition leader and then presided over a tumultuous nine years as president, died Monday of heart failure at a hospital in Moscow. He was 76. Beginning Tuesday afternoon, thousands of Russians and foreigners came to the cathedral to pay their respects to Yeltsin. Awaiting entrance to the cathedral Tuesday was Kirill B. Mikhailov. In August 1991, at the age of 18, Mikhailov spent three days outside the White House in Moscow, supporting Yeltsin’s drive against the organizers of a coup to oust the Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. “He rid us of communism,” Mikhailov said of Yeltsin. “He gave us freedom.” But he will also be remembered as the man who, after his initial triumph over the Soviet Union, led Russia into a corrupt, chaotic and increasingly lawless era. “Yeltsin was the embodiment of a new freedom, a new spirit,” said Vera A. Colman, who also came to say goodbye. “Then began a period of banditry.” His order to shell the communist-controlled parliament in 1993, his decision to invade Chechnya in 1994, the rise of a rapacious oligarchy, and financial collapse in 1998 weakened him and marred his legacy. In a sign that political scars from the 1990s have yet to heal, members of the Communist Party, Yeltsin’s main political opponents during his presidency, refused to rise during a moment of silence before the start of Wednesday’s session at the parliament. Some of the party’s deputies walked out. President Putin’s Kremlin, which has been strongly critical of the Yeltsin era, has adopted a respectful, if reserved, tone. Speaking at a Kremlin reception after the funeral, Putin said Yeltsin had inspired historic changes in Russia and had transformed the world. “Boris Nikolayevich was able to do this without once retreating or deviating from or betraying the people’s choice or his own conscience,” Putin said. The Kremlin-controlled media gave extensive, emotional, even intimate coverage of the proceedings. At the cemetery, state television showed Naina Yeltsin approach her husband’s open casket, pat his head and give him a last kiss. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal NEYAI Launch DCCC News Feature in which over 100 people attended the launch of a new training and research initiative held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday 23rd September 2011. Donegal County Childcare Committee, is the lead partner in the Donegal proposal has successfully secured funding of €320,000 from the Atlantic Philanthropies for an innovative 3-year professional development project that will work with a range of early childhood educators and parents across County Donegal.DDTV: DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE COMMITTEE INITIATIVE LAUNCH was last modified: September 29th, 2011 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)
A pub landlord refused to give Gardai his name or allow them into his premises because he did not feel they were properly investigating a serious assault on him.Martin Coyle, landlord of the Village Inn in Kerrykeel, appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.He was charged with a number of offences including allowing people on his premises after hours. The court heard this was the sixth such summonse in the past two years.Gardai revealed how they called to the pub after 2am after hearing music and people’s voices inside while passing.When they knocked on the door, Martin Coyle eventually opened the door but initially refused to give his name and allow the Gardai in.When Gardai did eventually gain entry, they found 20 people on the premises drinking and music was being played by a band.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told the court that all pubs, including his client’s bar, were finding it difficult to make ends meet and they had welcomed a number of holidaymakers into the pub that night.However Judge Paul Kelly said he was tired of hearing the same excuses and that all pubs had to compete on a level playing field.Solicitor Dillon said Mr Coyle had refused to give his name to Gardai because he felt they were not properly investigating a serious assault on him.In October 2010 Mr Coyle was stabbed by a man who came into the kitchen area of his bar and attacked him with a kitchen knife.Mr Dillon said his client was a very hard-working man who often put in 120 hour weeks and had to pay €500 a week rent to lease the pub from its owner before he even sold a pint of beer.He said he was not working on this night but socializing and that his brother Aidan was running the bar.Aidan Coyle had been leaving patrons home when Gardai called to the bar after 2am but immediately closed the premises when he arrived back.Judge Paul Kelly said he was not happy with the history of the pub which had six summonses for after hours drinking in the past two years.He warned Mr Dillon that his client had better clean up his act or that he would lose his license and fined him €600 for allowing after hours drinking.At hearing© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyLANDLORD WARNED HE MAY LOSE LICENSE AFTER SIXTH AFTER-HOURS OFFENCE was last modified: March 13th, 2012 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:KERRYKEELMartin CoyleVillage Inn
Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United would be much better off backing Jose Mourinho than Paul Pogba.The pair’s relationship seems to have broken down, with a training ground confrontation capturing their souring relationship.And in a brutal assessment of the midfielder, Carragher said: “If Mourinho goes you won’t see a new Pogba,’ he told Sky Sports. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 “He’s not as a good as he thinks he is. His big problem is his understanding of the game. You can sum up his performances in his last two games – a great goal vs Young Boys but he was at fault for Wolves’ goal.“He would have the big clubs going in for him but Barcelona would be the biggest ill fit for him. Pogba plays for himself. He’s not really a captain. He’s let his agent speak ill of the club. He’s not the man.It has been revealed the training ground stand off comes from an Instagram post the 25-year-old uploaded while watching Man United lose to Derby from the stands. Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho’s relationship appears to be irreparable Pogba watched Man United’s game against Derby from the stands ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Most popular football news Defending the manager, Carragher said: “Mourinho never took the captaincy off [John] Terry. I think Jose has problems come the end of the season.“I would stick with Mourinho before Pogba. But It’s easier to take a manager out of the situation than a player.“I’m sick of people making excuses for players – get the best out of yourself. Being a captain and playing central midfield, like [Roy] Keane and [Paul] Scholes, is playing for the team.“I don’t think he’s disciplined to play in Mourinho’s midfield.” REVEALED silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Alan Brazil, the talkSPORT Breakfast host, though, described Pogba as ‘poison’. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Speaking on talkSPORT, however, Adrian Durham feels Mourinho’s actions on the training ground were ‘distasteful’, claiming he was trying to rob Derby, where Frank Lampard, one of his legendary former players is manager, of the headlines.“He didn’t have to do this, he knew it would be filmed, he knew it would go viral. He didn’t have to do that at all.” impact no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 “Jose has robbed #DCFC of the day of glory they deserved” 🍾@talkSPORTDrive says Mourinho knew what he was doing in the incident with Pogba 🔴📻 Tune in → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/QnD7CSLmOK— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 26, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED BEST OF Former Liverpool defender-turned-Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says Pogba only plays for himself Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY 3 “If Fergie was still manager now, Pogba would not be there – not a hope in hell,” he said on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast show.“Fergie would not trust someone with that reputation, even if he is a World Cup winner, he just wouldn’t.“I think Jose has been patient, but I think his patience has run out now.“I think he realises this man is a bad egg. A great player and a World Cup winner, but poison.”
A black and white Collie dog has been found in Burnfoot. The Collie (see above) was found in the Inishowen village on Wednesday before being transported to the dog shelter.If this is your dog, he can be reclaimed at the Dog Shelter, Glencar, Letterkenny. The dog shelter can also be contacted at 074 91 25159 between 10.30am and 1.30pm daily (except Sundays). Missing Dog: Black and white Collie found in Burnfoot was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:MISSING DOG
Google’s ambitious project will see the company striving to provide internetaccess for 3-billion unconnected people,with the help of HSBC and Liberty Global.(Image: O3b Networks)Janine ErasmusInternet search engine firm Google and partners HSBC and Liberty Global have invested in an ambitious plan to connect people in Africa through a Channel Islands-based project called O3b Networks. The new company’s name hints at the scope of the project – to connect the other 3-billion people on earth who have no internet access.Greg Wyler, O3b founder, said that coverage will extend between the latitudes of 40 degrees north and south, or from Spain to South Africa. This includes large parts of South America and Asia as well as all South Pacific Islands.Work has already started on the construction of 16 Low Earth Orbit communications satellites at the facility of Cannes-based Thales Alenia Space, which received the green light in mid-September 2008. Deployment of the satellites is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.The satellite network will connect to existing cellular towers or WiMax (communications technology that allows wireless transmission of data in a variety of ways) stations to provide connectivity in areas where it is currently not commercially feasible or simply impractical to lay fibre cables.It is expected that the new system could reduce bandwidth costs for communications operators and internet service providers by up to 95% of current rates, according to Google. This will consequently enable them to offer their customers high-speed access at a low cost. Thales claims that the network will offer speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second, with a combined total capacity of more than 160 Gigabits per second.The design of the satellite network allows for its possible expansion at a later date, since the height of its orbit clears it from other space traffic and insertion of extra satellites is possible. The project’s cost is estimated at $750-million, while initial equity of $65-million has already been raised by O3b’s group of backers.Changing the face of telecommunicationsO3b said that the new satellite constellation will change the economics of telecommunications infrastructure in the world’s fastest-growing markets for communications services. It is widely known that lack of communications infrastructure and poor online access are two of the factors retarding growth and development in emerging countries.Google, meanwhile, is currently engaged in a global expansion drive and is taking up the cause for more widespread internet access, as this will also aid the company in its bid to increase its user base.“An important aspect of Google’s mission is to make information universally accessible,” said Larry Alder of Google’s Alternative Access Team. “Unfortunately, in many less developed areas of the world, particularly in Africa, access to the internet is scarce and expensive.”Alder noted that because the O3b network will comprise a network of medium-orbit satellites, data can be quickly transmitted to and from even the most remote locations, such as land-locked African countries or small Pacific islands.“The satellites will orbit the earth at about one-third the altitude of a geosynchronous satellite, which means it takes less time for data to travel up and back,” he commented. “This low latency translates into better voice connections as well as a snappier web experience.”Bridging the information gapThe project has been welcomed by South Africa’s current Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel. Speaking in early September at a conference in Berlin, Germany, on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Manuel said that any initiatives that strive to close the information gap must be supported.“Any initiative that can leapfrog over traditional means of getting information to people must be encouraged. Information is power and it supports democracy and it supports decision-making,” he said.In South Africa it is estimated that just 11% of the population of some 47-million has internet access, out of around 1.5-billion internet users around the world.Google gadgets for AfricaIn a related story, Google has just released the first of its gadgets developed especially for South Africa. Gadgets are small applications that can be embedded on an iGoogle home page or Google-enhanced desktop – and there are more than 30 000 to choose from, ranging from functional to frivolous.The gadget collection was developed by Quirk e-Marketing, which has already collaborated with Google in the development of the local Google Maps layer for South African Tourism.Google operates a South African office and has worked with local developers on a number of occasions. In addition to Google Maps, iGoogle users can give their home page that special South African touch using the Madiba theme created by artist and designer Desré Buirski, known for her casual yet stylish shirts custom-made for former South African president Nelson Mandela.South Africa has been represented at projects such as the Google Summer of Code, while 16-year-old South African computer scientist Federico Lorenzi was a recent grand prize winner in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest.The first set of South African-centred gadgets allows users to convert the South African rand to any currency, or become more knowledgeable about South African proverbs or the colourful local slang.Working with LifeLine Southern Africa, the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, and the South African National Tuberculosis Association, Quirk also developed a gadget that delivers daily health tips and disease-specific advice on HIV and tuberculosis.According to Google, the purpose of creating the first four South African gadgets is to inspire the creation of many more South Africa-specific gadgets by users, students and developers.“We know the creativity is out there,” said Marion Gamel, Google marketing head in South Africa. “We aim for iGoogle to become the obvious, useful, personal, and fun base from which a satisfying internet experience happens for South African users.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Starting from France and England, the Seacom cable runs across the Mediterranean and Red Sea, around the Horn of Africa, and then down the African east coast to make its final landfall at Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Along the way it connects to land stations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. (Image: Seacom)Wilma den Hartigh After years of anticipation, broadband internet connectivity in Africa is set to boom as the 15 000km Seacom undersea fibre-optic cable connecting the continent to Europe, the Middle East and Asia has finally come onstream.The cable, which went live on 23 July, is now the second of its kind linking South Africa to the world, and a boon for the country’s information technology infrastructure, benefiting consumers and business, and stimulating economic growth. Laid at a reported total cost of R5-billion (US$ 637-million), the Seacom cable is also the first of its kind to connect East Africa to the internet.Starting from France and England it runs across the Mediterranean and Red Sea, around the Horn of Africa, and then down the African east coast to make its final landfall at Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Along the way it connects to land stations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. At the Horn of Africa, on the coast of Somalia, the cable also branches off to head for Mumbai in India. In April and May this year Somali pirate activity disrupted Seacom operations, delaying the launch by about a month. The cable will not only speed up internet access for South African users, it will also cut costs. Stephen Davies, chief technology officer of telecommunications service provider Connection Telecom, said this cost-saving will apply to both fixed-line and mobile internet users.“As more broadband becomes available more applications will become accessible, making the digital highway a reality,” he said. Rob Gilmour, managing director of RSA Web, agreed that these benefits would change the way South Africans interact with the internet. “Seacom is incredibly exciting for the South African internet landscape. Bandwidth prices have been monopolised in South Africa and, with only one undersea cable at present, consumers are being held by a stranglehold.” Gilmour said South Africans won’t experience real savings immediately, but consumers won’t have to wait too long before they can cheaply access media-rich applications such as audio and video. “Consumers will change from limited web browsing and checking email to enjoying more internet content,” he said. “They will spend more time on the internet and not have to be so cautious about what they do.” Money on the net Matthew Tagg, managing director of internet service provider Web Africa, predicts that the higher bandwidth provided by Seacom will encourage the increased commercialisation of the South African internet. He said a report released at the recent Internet Governance Forum indicates that South Africa has fallen way behind its African counterparts in terms of “internet adoption rates”. In 2000, the country had 2.4-million subscribers, representing 53% of internet users across the continent. In 2009, South Africa made up only 9% of Africa’s total internet subscriber base, with 5.1-million users. Tagg said South Africa would be able to reverse this trend in a deregulated market with an excess of cheap international bandwidth. Provided that the licensing costs currently under discussion are not too high, this development could radically increase internet penetration rates. “The internet will start to become a utility just like any other,” he said. According to Tagg, the market’s current complexity of product and service offers will disappear. And consumers will be able to participate in online gaming, check email or download videos more easily. “They will not need to check if their connection supports this functionality, or go through the hassle of switching to another product,” he said. “They will be automatically connected to any and all services the Internet has to offer.” Business benefits According to Gilmour, South African business would also benefit. The international community already viewed South Africa as the hub of Africa in many areas, he said, and improved internet infrastructure could only enhance the country’s status. “For a country at the bottom tip of Africa this is great news and will allow us to compete globally like never before. South Africa is more and more becoming the IT hub of Africa and cables and initiatives like this further enhance this reality.” Davies agreed that the country’s reputation for business would be enhanced. “There is now no reason why African and international businesses should not look to South Africa for business opportunities and investment ventures.” Trade Invest SA has reported that the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector – call centres and the like – had been calling for cheaper telecommunications costs for some time, as the high cost of telecoms is a deterrent to potential investors. Some operators claimed that telecommunications could be as much as 500% more expensive in South Africa than in other emerging countries in the BPO sector, making the country far less attractive. In a media report, Ajay Pandey, managing director of Neotel, the country’s second national operator, said the launch of Seacom – as well as other cables such as WACS and EASSy – could start a “new wave” of growth in the IT and BPO industries. EASSy is the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, linking East and Southern Africa to the rest of the world. WACS, the West African Cable System, is reported to be the biggest of all the cable systems in development, and will link Southern and West African countries to Europe. Economic growth Cheaper telecoms costs will have a profound impact on the South African economy and infrastructure development. Davies pointed out that the major driving force behind global economic growth is new technologies, particularly those that provide innovation and stimulate development. A new World Bank report, Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact, confirms that broadband capacity boosts economic growth. It argues that every 10% increase in high-speed internet connections in developing countries leads to a 1.3% increase in economic growth. The report also claims that access to ICT services is vital for economic and social development of sub-Saharan Africa. The World Bank has already cited that capacity is one of the biggest constraints holding back the region’s development of broadband connectivity. Davies agreed that there is a correlation between broadband growth and economic development. With the new cables, South Africa will be in a position to take advantage of innovation and local production. This will in turn contribute to growth of the country’s GDP, help new businesses establish itself, and stimulate the infrastructure development needed for public and private initiatives. He pointed out that a lot of the continent’s current internet traffic is dependent on expensive satellite connections, due to the lack of fixed-line infrastructure. But with new undersea cables under construction or in the planning process, the continent’s predicament may well change. “Between African governments and private companies wanting to invest in the continent, billions of rands have been allocated to the various undersea cable projects to get the continent’s broadband up to par,” Davies said. There is even market speculation that once these projects are complete, Africa will have an excess of bandwidth capacity – a positive boost for business, infrastructure and ultimately the economy. But he warned that these benefits were also dependent on the regulatory environment. “The undersea cables will provide the necessary means for increased bandwidth. The deciding factor, however, will be the way in which these cables are managed and regulated.” Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated articlesSouth Africa onlineBroadband boom brings freer speechSA web users to double by 2014Better broadband for AfricaBroadband centre launches in SAUseful linksSeacomEASSy – Eastern Africa Submarine Cable SystemConnection TelecomRSA WebWeb AfricaNeotelInternet Governance ForumWorld Bank: Information and Communications for Development 2009