The Rotterdam Offshore Community pavilion is a fact and will be joining Offshore Energy 2018 together for the first time.Chris van der Deijl, at Rotterdam Port Promotion Council, explains: “In previous years the Port of Rotterdam and other Rotterdam-based companies have exhibited, this year these companies have united and now create the Rotterdam Offshore Community.”Van der Deijl continues: “Around sixteen companies will participate in the pavilion and with almost all spaces filled, it shows that Rotterdam-based companies are pleased with this initiative to promote Rotterdam as the offshore hub for Europe.”The companies present on the pavilion hail from Rotterdam, Schiedam, Moerdijk, and the Drechtsteden.Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference will be held on 22, 23 and 24 October 2018 at the Amsterdam RAI. For more information on the event go to www.offshore-energy.biz.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help to identify a woman whose remains were found six years ago in Lake Worth Beach.A PBSO artist has produced an image of what the woman, whose remains were found near a homeless camp behind 2311 10th Ave. North, might have looked like.Additionally, authorities found a multi-colored purse with Aquarius & Taurus key chains, as well as two rings and a white size 7 sneaker, near the woman’s remains.Investigators believe the woman may have been hearing impaired.Anyone with information is being asked to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-8477, or detective J. Cogburn at (561) 688-4063 or email: [email protected]
Milford GAA Notes*Donegal Training Fund Draw – AI Tickets to be won!*The Donegal training fund draw has 2 tickets to the All Ireland Final to be won. For your chance to win a pair of tickets and support our Minor & Senior Football teams. Simply visit DonegalGAA.IE and go to the link for SHOP raffle tickets are available or contact any member of the Club Committee.€5 per ticket or 3 for €10. Prizes are: 1st: €1,000, 2nd: €500, 3rd: €250, 4th: €250, 5th: 2 All Ireland Football Final Tickets*Chris Bradley Selected for Western Australia*Congratulations to Chris Bradley who has been selected to represent the Western Australia State GAA team in the 2014 Magners Australasian GFHA State Championships held in Melbourne this October. Chris’s team will be competing against selects from the other Australian states as well as teams from New Zealand and throughout Australasia. Chris has been playing for Greenwood GFC in Perth for the past number of years were he is sometimes deployed as a wing half back, far removed from his free scoring corner forward days for CLG BnaG! *Ex Members Clean up in London Championships*Congratulations to cousins Shaun and Paul Shields whose teams won the London Intermediate and Junior Championships respectively at the weekend in Ruislip. Shaun was on the bench for North London Shamrocks as they defeated St Brendan’s 3-12 to 0-9, while Paul starred in midfield for Moindearg as they beat Thomas McCurtains 1-5 to 0-7 in the Junior decider. Another former CLG BnaG man, Mark Anderson, had also been a stalwart for North London Shamrocks for several years before moving to Newcastle mid-season. This was also the first ever Championship victory for the North London Shamrocks who were formed ten years ago this year. In a further twist the cousins could face off against each other as there is no Junior UK Championship so Moindearg will now play North London Shamrocks to see who progresses in the UK Championships. There were several local Donegal men between both teams, with Dultach Molloy, Ciaran Greene and Niall McClafferty of St Eunans along with Gweedore man Joe Sweeney representing the Shamrocks, while Donwings lads Danny McBride, Shea Coyle, Gary ‘Ban’ McClafferty and Aaron McClafferty represented Moindearg*Brian Sweeney Captains Donegal New York to Junior Championship*Well done to Moyle Hill man Brian Sweeney who captained the Donegal New York team to the New York Junior Championship last weekend in a 3-14 to 2-6 victory over Manhattan Gaels. Brian played up through the ranks here at the Club where he was a pivotal figure for the Senior team for several years before emigrating to New York. It is great to see him still involved in the GAA with the expat community and a couple of years ago he was a member of the New York panel that played Sligo in the Connaught Championship*Fantasy Gaelic* With just one game left Cormac Friel is leading the way in the Fantasy Gaelic. Cormac is currently ranked 17th in Donegal, 64th in Ulster, and 334th nationwide. The Club itself is also doing well in 12th place nationally, with fellow Donegal clubs Naomh Conaill in 3rd and Kilcar just ahead of us in 11th. The top 10 at the minute is:1. Cormac Friel – 1,280 pts2. Paddy Peoples – 1,194 pts3. Terry McFadden – 1,181 pts 4. Oisín Bradley – 1,161 pts5. Cathal Mc Gettigan – 1,161 pts6. Eamon Giles – 1,138 pts7. Richard Evesson – 1,131 pts8. Kevin McGee – 1,124 pts9. Pauric Curley – 1,122 pts10. Ger Hardiman – 1,103 pts*Senior Ladies*CLG BnaG v St EunansMoyle Park, Saturday @ 7pmOur Senior Ladies will take on St Eunans in a 13-a-side game this Saturday evening in Milford. Throw in is at 7pm and all support would be greatly appreciated.*U21 Championship*St Naul’s 0-7 CLG BnaG 5-10The Club’s U21 team progressed to the quarter-finals of the Under 21B Championship after they recorded a comprehensive win over St Naul’s in Mountcharles on Tuesday past. The boys took their time to settle and their ball handling left a lot to be desired as they trailed by four points to nil after 11 minutes. Cathal Mc Gettigan got Milford’s first score after 17 minutes, but they were lucky not to concede a goal three minutes later, with Shaun Gallagher making a fantastic save. Na Galloglaigh were playing against the wind in the first half, but they finished the half strongly with Kane Barrett (2) and McGettigan (free) getting points, while Adam Serrinha scored a brilliant goal to give the visitors a two-point lead at half-time. Kane Barrett kicked a point within 20 seconds of the restart, and Luke Barrett added another, before Dylan Hegarty tapped in a goal. The St Naul’s goalkeeper then dropped a McGettigan shot into the net, and the centre-forward soon added another 1-1 to his tally. Hegarty finished off a brilliant team move to score Milford’s fifth goal, and James Doyle, Luke Barrett (2) and McGettigan concluded the scoring with points. Dylan Hegarty won every ball into his corner, Sean Black and Gary Merritt had solid games in defence, while Doyle had a very good second half. However, it was Jonny Logue who was selected as Tj Evesson’s man of the match. The boys will now meet Killybegs in the quarter-finals, with the game postponed until further notice due to Donegals win at the weekend.Team: Shaun Gallagher; Kieran Sheridan; Sean Black, Gavin Grier; Brandon Toye, Gary Merritt, Cathal Diver; Jonny Logue, Luke Barrett (0-3,1f); James Doyle (0-1), Cathal McGettigan (2-3,1f), Adam Serrinha (1-0); Tony Mcnamee, Kane Barrett (0-3), Dylan Hegarty (2-0). Subs: Emmet Conaghan for Diver, Odhrán Coll for Sheridan; Caolan Bolton for Toye, Hugh Mc Menamin for Serrinha.*U16s*CLG BnaG v Glenswilly GaaMoyle Park, Monday (8th) @ 7pmOur U16s will clash with Glenswilly next Monday at 7pm in Moyle Park in the Championship. All support for the lads greatly appreciated.*U16 Girls*CLG BnaG 3-14 Convoy 3-10Our U16 Ladies defeated Convoy last Tuesday night and will now take on Buncrana in Buncrana next Monday night. The winners of this game will then go into the County Semi-Final. Well done to our U16 girls on their defeat of Convoy last week. It was an entertaining game and the girls played some excellent football. They led by 10 points at half time but Convoy came back strong in the second half. They managed to claw it back to 4 points but all the girls worked really hard to push on and secure the win on a scoreline of 3-14 to 3-10.*Minor Ladies Championship – 1st Leg*Glenfin v CLG BnaGGlenfin, Sunday 14th SeptemberHaving lost out to Glenfin in the Senior Championship the Minors will be looking to avenge that result when they take on Glenfin in the Minor Championship in a few weeks time. This will also be a two legged affair with the first match away on the 14th September and the home game on the 21st. All support would be greatly appreciated for these two games.*U13s*CLG BnaG v Red HughsMoyle Park, Wednesday @ 7pmOur U13s will be looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat to neighbours Downings with a win over Red Hughs at home tomorrow night. Throw in at Moyle Park is 7pm and all support great appreciated. Our U13s played at home to Downings on Wednesday evening and were defeated by a strong and well organized Downings team. Most of the damage was done in the first half against a very strong breeze but on a positive note they finished the game the much stronger team with good displays from Owen O’Donnell, John Matthews and Dillon Dorrian.*Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project*Lucozade Sport are back with another promotion this year which was very beneficial to us last year. However this year they are NOT looking for the bottle caps, instead they are looking for a promotional code that is found printed on the bottle underneath the wrapper. We would like to ask all our players and supporters to hold on to any Lucozade Sports bottles they come across and leave them in the designated bottle bin at the Clubhouse. Thanks again for the help collecting last year and we look forward to colelcting even more this year!*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 3-6-12-24. No jackpot winner, 6 match 3 winners win €15 each. D. O’Toole, J. Og Friel, C. McNulty, M. Grier, D. Kelly & P. Gallagher. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,320.*Training Schedules*Seniors/Reserves/U21s/Minors: Mon (8.30pm @ Crossfit LK), Tuesday & Thursday (7pm @ Pitch)Senior Ladies: (@ Pitch): Wednesday (7pm), Saturday (10am)Minors: (@ Pitch) Wednesday (4.30pm)G4M&O: (@ Pitch): Mondays (8pm)U16s: (@ Pitch): Mondays (6.30pm), Wednesdays (6.30pm)U14s: (@ Pitch): Tuesday (4.15pm), Friday (4.15pm)U12s: (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)U12s (Mixed): (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)Gaelic4Girls: (@ Pitch) Fridays (6pm)U10s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (7pm)U8s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (6pm)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*2014 Membership*Club membership will be soon due for the 2014 year. Please be aware that Donegal tickets will only be sourced for paid up members of the Club. The rates remain unchanged from 2013:Family – €50Senior – €20U18 – €10Alternatively you can subscribe to the Club Lotto Database. For €17 a month you will receive:– Full Family membership– Entered into every weekly Lotto draw– Automatically in a Christmas Hamper Draw (For subscribers only)– 11 free weeks entry into the lottoFor more information contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Child Protection & ASAP Policies*CLG BnaG Child Protection and Welfare Policy & Procedures and CLG BnaG Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) prevention Policy information sessions have been held for all members of the club executive and all those involved with underage teams. There will be further information sessions for underage members and their parents/guardians following the next registration in 2014. Please visit the ‘downloads’ section of our website (Milford.Donegal.gaa.ie) and view the policy for yourself. If anyone has any queries or concerns or comments please contact the club Children’s Officer Marian McNulty at 086/8506405 or [email protected]*Volunteers Needed for Sub-Committees*CLG BnaG is currently in the process of creating Sub-Committees to help implement and achieve the targets of a 5 year plan. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club in any small way, either in time or in ideas, please contact [email protected], 0863400082 or send a PM. The Sub-Committees are as follows:FinanceUnderage Games DevelopmentAdult Games DevelopmentClub AdministrationClub FacilitiesPR, Communication & Culture*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact [email protected], follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie/*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. Anyone who has ordered club gear but yet received it are to contact either Aidan or Barry. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan on 086-8194751.GAA NEWS: FORMER MILFORD PLAYER CHRIS BRADLEY SELECTED TO REPRESENT WESTERN AUSTRALIA was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMilfordNoticesSport
The huge Basking Shark is usually found in Donegal waters in summer months.One of Donegal’s most unusual summer visitors has disappeared and left scientists baffled as to why.In recent years our waters have become a hotbed for giant Basking Sharks.Hundreds of the magnificent creatures are usually spotted swimming off our coast from Malin Head to Bundoran, with their huge mouths trawling for plankton. The docile creatures have become a favourite for maritime tourists.However there have been unusually few sightings of the creatures which grow up to an average of eight metres long (26ft).Even more worrying has been almost no sightings of the creatures in the normal hotspot around Malin Head up until last week.Scientists investigating the disappearance suspect the sharks may have by-passed Ireland and traveled to the waters off Scotland instead. They believe the sharks may have gorged themselves earlier in the year and traveled to Scotland instead.Emmett Johnston of the Basking Sharks Study Project, who is based in Inishowen, says unusual winds may have pushed the sharks further out to sea.He said “Preliminary investigations suggest that the sharks travelled from Irish waters to Scottish waters after gorging themselves off Slea Head and the Blaskets early in the year.“In previous seasons the sharks have passed close by Malin Head in mid May to early June but this year we believe that the sharks as a whole may have travelled further offshore than previous years because the Malin front was pushed further west than normal by unusually prevalent Northerly winds in the early summer.”A year on year tracking study currently being undertaken by Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of Exeter also suggest this may be the reason for the shark’s disappearance from Irish waters. Scientists are hoping the sharks will return to Irish waters before the end of the summer so they can continue their research about the mysterious creatures.“Our research teams are ready and waiting with lots of new initiatives aimed at discovering more about these iconic animals to further our campaign to gain protection for the species in Irish waters,” added shark expert Emmett.MYSTERY AS DONEGAL’S ICONIC BASKING SHARKS DISAPPEAR FROM OUR COAST was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:Basking SharksdisapperancedonegalEmmett Johnston
You can see a transition between a fish and a land creature in fossils and genes only if you have a vivid imagination.Evolutionists made a big media push this month to promote their narrative of a Great Transformation between fish and land animals. One came in a new science paper on genetic evidence co-authored by a champion of that narrative, Dr. Neil (“Your Inner Fish”) Shubin. Another came from fossil evidence about a star witness, the extinct “stem tetrapod” Acanthostega, which comes after Tiktaalik in the narrative. As we shall see, neither evidence serves as a strong prop for the stage play of tetrapod origins.Genetic EvidenceIn Nature, Aditya Saxena and Kimberly L. Cooper announce that the fin-to-limb transition is “within our grasp.” Why? A new paper by Nakamura, Shubin et al., also published in Nature, shows that Hox genes between zebrafish and mice “have more in common than was previously thought.” The particular developmental genes relate to fin rays in the fish and finger digits in the mammal. Saxena and Cooper acknowledge, though, that the resulting structures comprise different types of bone (endochondral bone in the fish, dermal bone in the mouse). After looking at Shubin’s evidence, they backtrack from the headline, admitting that the evidence is not really “within our grasp.”Some caution should be taken in the interpretation of these data. Because zebrafish are highly derived compared with more-basal fishes, it is possible that the role of hox13 transcription factors in the development of fin rays is a recent zebrafish acquisition. It will be important, where possible, to perform some of the same fate-mapping and gene loss-of-function experiments in fish species, such as the paddlefish and gar, that diverged closer to the shared ancestor with tetrapods and that have fin skeletons with more similarities to ancestral tetrapods. Fortunately, these exciting questions are emerging just as CRISPR–Cas9 genome-editing technologies are becoming options for a variety of unusual model species. The answers may soon be within our grasp.If the transition were solved, Nakamura and Shubin would not have begun their paper with these confessions:Understanding the evolutionary transformation of fish fins into tetrapod limbs is a fundamental problem in biology. The search for antecedents of tetrapod digits in fish has remained controversial because the distal skeletons of limbs and fins differ structurally, developmentally, and histologically. Moreover, comparisons of fins with limbs have been limited by a relative paucity of data on the cellular and molecular processes underlying the development of the fin skeleton.The paper reveals only the barest of possible connections in certain developmental genes. Employing the power of suggestion, they say: “These discoveries reveal a cellular and genetic connection between the fin rays of fish and the digits of tetrapods and suggest that digits originated via the transition of distal cellular fates.” Assuming a transition, however, is not the same as providing evidence for it. “Neil Shubin and colleagues have compared Hox function in fins and limbs by performing cell lineage and knockout assays of Hox genes in zebrafish fins,” the Editor’s Summary states. “They find that zebrafish deficient in HoxA and HoxD gene clusters show reduced fin rays and increased endochondral elements.” That’s negative evidence in a “derived” fish. Mice, in turn, are mammals far removed from the presumptive first tetrapod – hardly evidence for creative inventions of shoulders, wrists, and digits. It’s not surprising that common upstream switches would have detrimental effects on downstream products.Fossil EvidenceAll fossils of Acanthostega come from eastern Greenland, where Jennifer Clack found them in 1987. Till now, paleontologists assumed they were adult skeletons. Wrong; a new find “rewrites the tetrapod move to land,” Science Daily says. A new analysis of the limited number of available fossils in X-rays by researchers at Uppsala University suggests that the individuals were juveniles.The tetrapods are four-limbed vertebrates, which are today represented by amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Early tetrapods of the Devonian period (419-359 million years ago) are of great interest to palaeontologists: they were the earliest vertebrate animals that ventured onto land, paving the way for all future vertebrate life on land. The move from water to land must have affected every aspect of the biology of these animals, but until now there has been no serious attempt to investigate their life histories — how long they lived or whether they had an aquatic juvenile stage, for example. Well-preserved skeletons are rare and it has simply been assumed that they represent adults.What is the impact of undermining that assumption? For one, it now becomes unlikely that the juveniles could have ventured onto land. And since we now realize we don’t have adult specimens of Acanthostega, Live Science notes, “it’s impossible to say whether they were aquatic or terrestrial animals” at all. Sophie Sanchez at Uppsala connects the dots: “This means that we need to find the adult fossils before being able to build up theories on the tetrapod move to land,” she said. It’s like being back to square one.None of the articles or papers addressed the problem of tetrapod trackways found in Poland that predate Tiktaalik by 20 million Darwin years in the evolutionary timeline (see Casey Luskin’s article on that in Evolution News & Views). Nor did they explain whether living fish like mudskippers (see YouTube clip from National Geographic) are going through a great transformation now (see Luskin’s response to fish-amphibian similarities in ENV, 2011). A Canadian submersible found a bright red deep-sea fish walking on the seafloor (YouTube), apparently oblivious to ambitions of invading the land.The tetrapod transition narrative remains an “evolutionary gem” for Darwinians (see Casey Luskins listing from ENV, 2010). But with wrong assumptions and only flimsy suggestions that fish learned to walk by mutation and natural selection, the story seems overhyped (see Casey Luskin’s critique of the Hox gene evidence from ENV, 2014). David Klinghoffer reported an “everything-you-know-is-wrong” discovery about early tetrapod backbones in 2013 on ENV. How many other hits could this already-challenged narrative survive in the future?Update 9/14/16: A week after Shubin’s paper, another paper by Jennifer Clack and Per Ahlberg appeared in Nature (Sanchez et al.) reinforcing the juvenile age of the Acanthostega fossils. The editor’s summary says that the individuals, six years old at the oldest, were “obligately aquatic”, In a companion piece in Nature, Nadia B. Fröbisch says that the mass kill of the fish occurred in a “catastrophic flood event”. Neither of the articles provides any specific evidence for evolution beyond speculation in future tense, such as, “Their results will provide a deeper understanding of the development and evolution of our four-legged forerunners.”Like the YouTube clips show, it’s not unusual to see some fish using strong fins for locomotion on land. The only ones Darwinians get excited about are the ones they can fit into their timeline at the presumed spot where the transition occurred. They used to think coelacanth was the innovator of precocious limbs, until living ones were seen using their bony fins for swimming, not walking (4/18/13, 1/25/14).Creationists see the world populated with an enormous variety of creatures, with some potential for variability within their kinds, each well adapted to its habitat. Only Darwin’s ideology tries to connect them in a branching ancestral sequence. Instead of looking for tiny clues here and there that offer little more than suggestions, biologists should examine the big picture: how could blind, unguided processes produce unified organisms with senses, locomotion, digestion, and reproduction? Douglas Axe calls such entities (whether animals or robots) “busy wholes” and “whole projects” in chapter 6 of his new book Undeniable, a good read about functional coherence that we all know by intuition comes from a personal, intelligent source. Axe provides abundant evidence from his own research on proteins to show why our intuition is scientifically correct. (Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
03 May 2016A South African company was named the best children’s publisher on the continent at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.Bumble Books of Noordhoek was among many publishing houses, publishers’ associations and other book institutions that took part in this annual event, which ran from 4 to 7 April 2016.Robin Stuart-Clark, founder and publishing director at Publishing Print Matters and Bumble Books, told radio station Cape Talk that the group had competed against the best children’s publishers across Africa. Countries such as Ghana, Guinea and Benin had been represented.To Stuart-Clark, the award belonged to the group’s illustrators who were doing extraordinary work. “We have nothing to apologise for, we are up there with the best,” he said.Other winnersAndersen Press won the fair’s Children’s Publisher of the Year prize in the European category, according to The Bookseller. The award was for “publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills”.There are also awards for Central and South America, North America, Asia and Oceania.According to its website, Publishing Print Matters publishes books on South African art, craft and heritage “with a particular focus on those artists, craftspeople and individuals who have been overlooked yet made an impact on South African culture: they have stories to tell and vision to share that can empower our youth and restore pride in our collective heritage”.Bumble Books is its illustrated children’s book imprint. It showcases new South African illustrators and authors, with an emphasis on fun and entertainment. It publishes illustrated children’s books showcasing new South African illustrator- authors internationally.Guests at the Italian book fair tweeted their enjoyment of the event:Live painting en @BoChildrensBook #BCBF16 pic.twitter.com/Jq3qvOhzNv— Sara Fratini (@sarafratini) April 5, 2016So inspiring to walk around #BCBF16 and see all the worldwide trends for children’s illustration! pic.twitter.com/Qi5ayWlOwS— The Bright Group (@Bright_Group) April 5, 2016South Africa.info reporter
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Black Friday could produce a milestone, this time in the PC market. If NPD DisplaySearch is correct, today, the super-shopping bonanza after Thanksgiving, will be the day that tablets outsell laptops in North America.The rest of the world’s economies are expected to follow in 2015, when nearly 276 million tablets will ship, compared to 270 million laptops, according to DisplaySearch.In North America, the inflection point will be this quarter when tablet shipments are expected to reach 21.5 million units, nearly 50% higher than laptop sales.What’s Causing The Shift?The “why?” behind the tablet juggernaut lies in the U.S., where more than 70% of households have PCs. With such a high penetration rate, pretty much everyone who wants a PC has one and the majority is choosing to buy a tablet rather than upgrade, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim said.Driving that choice is convenience. Tablets are more portable than a laptop, turn on immediately and meet the basic computing needs of email, browsing and entertainment. As a result, U.S. 2011 sales soared 200%, year to year, to more than 38 million units, according to DisplaySearch, This year, shipments are projected to rise 46%, to 56 million units.At the same time, U.S. laptop sales have slowed dramatically. In 2011, shipments fell 2%, to nearly 55 million units, and are projected to rise by only 2%, to 56 million units, this year, DisplaySearch says. (Worldwide, the PC market is expected to shrink 1.2%, marking the first decline since 2001, according to IHS iSuppli.)Who’s Buying?Interestingly, this is happening even as a key demographic group demonstrates ambivalence about portable computing.People in their 20s and 30s who own both a tablet and laptop say their laptop is the more important tool of the two, according to a survey released this summer by consulting firm Deloitte. Older adults were much more likely to choose a tablet.Major tablet vendors, such as Amazon, Google and Apple, certainly deserve credit for stimulating consumer interest. The companies have delivered solid products and have marketed them well.Falling prices are also driving the market.“The $199 price point has increasingly become the target to match or beat with the introductions of Google’s $199 Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire 7,” Shim wrote in a blog post.While prices fall, vendors are releasing more options. In 2011, Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad dominated with a 65% market share, Shim said. This holiday season, companies are trying tablet sizes between seven and 10.6 inches.The Fate Of The LaptopLaptops won’t be going away anytime soon. While tablets are convenient for simple chores, content creation still demands and a higher-performing system. From 2013 to 2016, laptop shipments worldwide will have a compounded annual growth rate of roughly 7%, according to IDC.Laptop growth in emerging markets will be much higher than in mature markets like the U.S., Western Europe and Japan, where the majority of people own a PC. Companies looking for growth rates over 10% will have to target Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Everywhere else, people will be holding on to their PCs much longer and will need to be given a good reason to upgrade.On the tablet side, recent history shows us that even in a nightmarishly uncertain economy, people don’t need a good reason to upgrade or even buy. Many hardly need a nudge at all. All hail the new tech king. antone gonsalves What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#tablets Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell announced Thursday that Braxton Miller would start at quarterback in Saturday’s matchup against Colorado. Fickell made the announcement during his weekly radio show around noon, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The expected start would be Miller’s first at OSU. Miller did not see playing time against Toledo, but split time with redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman in games against Akron and Miami (Fla.). Bauserman started the previous three games. Kickoff for Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will air on ABC.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers will be joining Fulham on a year-long loan.Arsenal and Fulham have come to an agreement over a loan fee for Calum Chambers, Sky Sports reports.Personal terms between Calum Chambers and Fulham have to be agreed before the player could undergo a medical, which could happen as late as Monday evening or Tuesday morning.Chambers committed his long-term future to Arsenal last month by signing a new four-year deal.Chambers was in the starting line-up for Arsenal for just ten league games last season.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.New manager Unai Emery rates him highly, but he wants the defender to leave on a loan to gain first-team experience.Arsenal are in the market for Croatian international centre-back Domagoj Vida, Calum Chambers’ departure would pave the way for that move.Chambers will likely go straight into the starting line-up at Fulham. The club is short of centre-back options following Alfie Mawson’s knee injury that will sideline him for their first three matches.
Former Leicester City owner Milan Mandaric revealed that he knew successor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha could lead the club into a glorious era due to his unique characterThe Thai billionaire businessman was one of five victims who perished when his helicopter spun out of control and crashed shortly after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.The loss of Srivaddhanaprabha has come as a great shock to the entire football world with tributes being left at the King Power Stadium, where the incident occurred.Now Mandaric, who sold his majority share of Leicester to Srivaddhanaprabha in 2010, is the latest to pay tribute to him.“I didn’t meet too many people like that in my life, so that’s what separates him [from everyone else],” Mandaric told Sky Sports.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He was just generous with everything, he would never let you pay for coffee and it’s not the money, it’s the way he handled things. You just felt comfortable around him.“I knew they [Leicester] would do well with him, I knew he would win the respect and admiration because he’s that type of person. I just can’t believe it.”When Srivaddhanaprabha took over in 2010, Leicester were just another team in the English Championship.The Foxes were promoted after winning the 2013/14 Championship season and would later stun English football by claiming a shock Premier League title in the 2015/16 campaign in fairytale fashion.Leicester’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with Southampton, which was set to be played today, has been postponed.