Dusard rebuffs Jenkins’ claims with audio of team meeting

first_imgCONRAD JENKINS, president of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation, in response to martial artist Nicholas Dusard’s claims of bias, has issued a press release outlining criteria used in selecting Jamaica’s two-man team for a Pan Am Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico this week.However, the criteria, prepared by sole selector Jenkins, conflicted with an audio recording of a team meeting during which Dusard had challenged him about his non-selection after trials at the National Indoor Sports Centre on February 26.Dusard, who won the -68 kg category at the February 22-26 trials, complained in a story published in The Gleaner on March 3, that he was denied a chance to compete at -80 kg and was never told that current world rankings would have been a determinant.A subsequent press release, sent by Howard Chin, general secretary, JTF, on behalf of Jenkins, stated three criteria used in selection – results from the 2016 US and Canada Opens, WTF Olympic ranking and ‘athletes with the best competition management and with the least or no illegal acts in the fight offs’.Speaking to The Gleaner after Dusard’s claims, Jenkins insisted the three criteria listed in his press release were the only determinants.However, during an audio recording presented by Dusard, the JTF president was heard singing a different tune when challenged by the fighter, admitting he had not mentioned the use of rankings before the fight offs.In addition, Jenkins went on to explain, at length, to Dusard and the other fighters that accomplishments in competitions “over the years” were also a factor, a criterion not included in his press release list of three.”If it was mentioned, it made no sense none of the -68s fought. If we knew it would have come down to rankings, Raymond, Bruce and I, we had no chance,” Dusard was heard saying on the recording.”A chance should have been given for us to maybe step up to Craig or Jason’s weight class to fight off for that spot. Based on what is happening now, none of the -68 people had a chance of going, so we came here to fight for no reason,” he added, at which point Jenkins interjected.”I understand what you’re saying, you’re expressing a good concern but let me take it another step. The ranking is just one but it’s more than the ranking. When you assess, the second leg of the ranking, let’s put the ranking aside, the second leg of it, we’re dealing with number two, who has been competing and awarded medals in fights over the last couple of years,” the JTF president said, before Dusard objected.”I understand that, sir, but that was never said. That was never said, that’s the issue,” the fighter said, at which point Jenkins agreed.”That part was never said before the fight off, that is true and that is where we take the next step away from the rankings to who has been awarded,” he said.Presented with the recording, to which he listened intently, a defiant Jenkins ignored its contents, saying, “the three criteria were sent”. He also claimed that Dusard’s request to go up in weight class was only made on the day of the fight offs.”On the day of the fight offs?” a stunned Dusard responded when contacted by The Gleaner.”How could I make that request on the day of the fight? Raymond James from New York and I, who fought -68, we both asked on the 22nd if we could fight -80. We both expressed our desire and willingness to fight -80. We were told no by Jenkins,” he said.United States-based fighters, Craig Brown (-80 kg) and Jason Grant (+80kg), winners of their respective divisions, were chosen by Jenkins to represent Jamaica at the March 10-11 Pan Am Olympic qualification tournament in Aguascalientes, Mexico.last_img read more

LTA Uncovers ‘Massive SIM Box’ Fraud

first_imgThe Liberia Telecommunications Authority ‘s Anti-Fraud Unit uncovered the largest illegal SIM Box network operation late Thursday and with the help of the Justice Ministry took possession of close to 3,000 unregistered active SIM Cards used to facilitate grey routing. Acting Chairperson and Commissioner of Licensing and Regulations, B. Anthony McCritty, serving his first term at the LTA said, “This is a great day for the LTA, and this is a great day for the telecom sector and despite the challenges we are facing now with Ebola, this is a great day for Liberia. We want to send a message to fraudsters that Liberia’s spectrum will not be abused. We will pursue violators to the highest extent of the law and continue to be vigilant.”If you have ever received an international call that appears on your cell phone as a local number you have been a recipient of an illegally routed call. It is called Grey Routing — a route that is legal for one country or the party on one end, but illegal on the alternative end.This practice is one on a sharp national increase, robbing the telecommunications sector of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Fraudsters use a SIM Box which is about the size of a DVD player to house unregistered SIM Cards connected to their network.  Incoming international calls are then diverted from the designated GSM Service Provider and government signal routing points to illegal SIM Box terminals making international calls appear as local.The LTA sting operation has been long in the planning. Agents detected signals from the Broad Street location, opposite the old Education Ministry months ago through LTA’s SIM Box Detector equipment.  A warrant to search the premise and seize the equipment used in the fraudulent operation had to be channeled through the Justice Ministry in the form of a petition providing evidence of LTA’s findings.  Records of SIM Box activity through data from the detector were submitted to support the petition. With enough evidence submitted to the Justice Ministry the courts approved the petition, issued a warrant, assigned a sheriff, and the LTA Anti Fraud Team moved in.The location   kjis the Uptown Building near the Corner of Broad and Mechlin Streets.  An iron door on the second floor where the signals were coming from prevented entry to the actual apartment.  No one answered the knocks to serve the warrant and after several hours of waiting the LTA had to once again seek court clearance to break through the iron door with the help of welders. This took a couple of hours.Once inside, LTA Agents and the court Sheriff came face to face with the largest SIM Box operation in the history of the LTA.The apartment was totally empty except for the equipment used to execute Grey Routing elaborately set up across a table and in full operation.  No one was in the apartment at the time of the raid so there were no arrests.  Neighbors living in the building say they seldom see anyone coming or going out of the apartment.  It is unclear who owns or leases the premise.The equipment seized will remain in police custody pending further investigation.  All the Sim Cards seized were from the Lonestar Service Provider.The LTA will of course launch a detailed investigation into how much the sector loss due to the illegal operation of the SIM Cards employed in the use of the SIM box.  The minutes accrued on each card will be tallied through the system and converted to a monetary value. This will take some time.  LTA’s International Gateway Monitoring System Director Richardson Ndorbor said his team were patient and executed well, “ we like to do our best to keep our operations successful in curtailing telecom fraud, this discovery and seizure of equipment is a strong message to fraudsters, it took us some time but it was well worth the wait.”Last year over USD$400,000.00 was lost in the sector due to one SIM Box operation and a total of three separate cases are pending in the courts for possible prosecution on charges of Economic Sabotage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Higher Education Commission Begins Radical Reforms

first_imgThe Acting Management of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) has begun establishing and maintaining internal controls in compliance to the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), as well as Public Finance Management (PFM) laws and other relevant acts and regulations.Prof. David S. Dahn, Acting Director General of the NCHE, said the acquiescence intends to enable the NCHE undertake its contract awards, goods delivery, project execution, evaluation and reporting in an effective and efficient manner, as well as the preparation of documentation on procurement/projects that are free from material misstatements.In an interview with journalists on Friday, April 19, Prof. Dahn said Mr. Johnson Choloprey and team have written the policy on finance, while Mr. Emmanuel Slewion and team did the “Policy on Personnel.”“We have written the General Services Agency to help code the assets of the NCHE and communicated to the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to set-up internal auditing,” Prof. Dahn said.The radical reforms of the NCHE followed the accusation of the General Audit Commission (GAC), stating that the NCHE didn’t establish anti-fraud internal controls to track performance of financial and administrative malpractices, which has led to deceit of over US$55k and LD$2m.According to the GAC’s report, the NCHE Management failed to maintain Fixed Assets Register/listing, to provide detailed information, including cost of asset, date of purchase and coding.“Due to the absence of fixed assets Register/listing that meets the requirement of the Public Financial Management Act, we were unable to obtain reasonable assurances as to the accuracy and completeness of the assets owned by NCHE,” the report said.The report indicated that for the period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, those who were questioned for the administrative and financial affairs of the Commission include  Dr. Michael P. Slawon,  Director General (August 2006 to January 2018) and Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, Deputy Director General (Oct 2013 to January 2018).Deputy Director for Administration Prof. Dahn (July 2008 to present), who is serving as Acting Director General, was questioned over administrative compliance, while Mrs. Esther M. Tolbert, Finance Officer ( May 2004 to present), was examined strictly on financial compliance.The GAC’s report was investigated by the Joint Committee on Public Account and Expenditure of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate on Monday, April 16, wherein alleged indictees were in attendance.According to the GAC’s report, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the GAC has said it has observed during the conduct of the audit that the NCHE raised vouchers amounting to US$55,725.00 and L$2,265,045.00 respectively, without the use of Pre-numbered sequential Voucher system.During Friday’s press conference, Prof. Dahn admitted to being held liable for “administrative compliance,” arguing that he was not given the chance by former Director General Dr. Michael Slawon.He stressed that as Acting Director General since last month, he has begun establishing and maintaining internal financial and administrative controls.Prof. Dahn earned a master’s degree in Education and Regional Science. He currently teaches at the University of Liberia (UL) graduate school. Previously, he taught mathematics at the undergraduate school of the UL.Meanwhile, Prof. Dahn has appealed to the legislature for an increment in the 2018/2019 Budget.The NCHE was established by an Act of the National Legislature on March 29, 1989, to collect comprehensive data on Higher Education Institutions, establish data-banks on all tertiary institutions and to create a website for NCHE.The Act also charges the management to formulate broad-based policy guidelines for the establishment of institutions of higher education in Liberia, to serve as a principal liaison between institutions of learning from post-secondary level, to monitor, evaluate and accredit all institutions of higher education, as well as to improve new and existing programs of higher education for funding.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Caricom mounts Election Observation Mission to Dominica

first_imgThe Caribbean Community (Caricom) will mount a Caricom Election Observation Mission to monitor the general elections which will be held in the Commonwealth of Dominica on Friday, December 6, 2019.The Mission will be headed by Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai, Department of Elections and Boundaries of Belize.Tamai served as Chief of Mission as well as Deputy Chief of Missions at Caricom Election Observer Missions. She recently served as a member of the Caricom Joint Electoral Reform Mission to the Commonwealth of Dominica in August 2019.The other members of the Mission include experts in Electoral Management and Administration from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.The Mission will be supported by Jhonson Alexandre and Helen Marshall of the Foreign and Community Relations Directorate of the Caricom Secretariat.Members of the Mission and the Caricom Secretariat Support Staff started to arrive in the Commonwealth of Dominica on December 2, 2019, and will depart by December 9, 2019.The Caricom Election Observation Mission will meet with the electoral officials, leaders of political parties and other stakeholders of the Commonwealth of Dominica. On the day of the elections, the Mission will monitor the electoral process including the opening of the poll, the voting process, the closing of the Poll and the counting of the ballots.The Election Observation Mission will issue a Preliminary Statement based on its observations and findings. A Report of the General Elections will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.For Caricom, election observation serves as a platform to support existing democratic traditions within the Caribbean Community as part of its wider policy of supporting democracy.last_img read more

Midget Flyers define whupping

first_imgTy Helgason recorded the win in between the pipes.The Midget Flyers have themselves a busy upcoming weekend, as they play both days. Saturday they will take on the High Prairie at 4 p.m. and Sunday they play Peace River at 1:15 p.m.Both games will be held at the Pomeroy Sports Centre. It was a fun Saturday for the Petroleum Association Midget Flyers.Saturday, the Midget Flyers hit the ice against the Spirit River Rangers and despite a slow start, the Flyers fired 44 shots the Rangers way for the 8-2 win.- Advertisement -The first period saw both teams score on each other twice, ending the first with the game tied at twos.However, goal scoring must have been the Flyers locker room discussion, as they erupted in the second, scoring six unanswered.A scoreless third period saw the Flyers cruise to the victory.Flyers player Cayle Bell had a game to remember. Bell was responsible for half of the offense, scoring four goals himself. Tyrel Lepine scored twice for the Flyers and Blair Karasiuk, Tyrell Fenton and Dallas Trim each recorded two assists.Advertisementlast_img read more

Six new signings to watch in Serie A

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’ forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal during the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B at Villar Perosa, on August 12, 2018 at Villar Perosa. © AFP / Isabella BonottoMILAN, Italy, Aug 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has injected an air of expectation into the Italian championship not felt in decades while spending has smashed the one billion euro mark with more than a day still to go before the transfer window closes.Champions Juventus top the spree with 235 million euros ($265 million) invested in new players — more than double rivals AS Roma and Napoli — as for the second straight year Serie A are the only one of the top five European leagues to keep pace with the big-spending English Premier League. With the transfer window slamming shut in Italy at 19:00 GMT on Friday, Serie A teams have time to overtake the 1.037 billion euros spent last summer.Here AFP Sport picks out six new signings to watch in the coming campaign.CRISTIANO RONALDO (JUVENTUS)Age: 33Position: ForwardPrevious club: Real Madrid (ESP)— Reigning seven-time Italian champions Juventus had the biggest scoop of the summer in five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who arrived from European champions Real Madrid in a shock 100 million euro deal.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are counting on the evergreen Portuguese superstar to help win the Champions League.Ronaldo has been the bogey man in Europe for Juventus in recent years, scoring 10 in seven games against the Serie A side for Real Madrid as the Spaniards romped to three straight Champions League titles.Ronaldo has thwarted Juve’s attempts to bag their first Champions League since 1996 in both of the last two seasons, earning a standing ovation from the Turin crowd for his superb overhead bicycle kick last season and scoring a brace in the 2017 final as Madrid thumped the Italians 4-1.GONZALO HIGUAIN (AC MILAN)Age: 30Position: StrikerOn loan from: Juventus (ITA)AC Milan’s Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain controls the ball during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy football match between Real Madrid and AC Milan in Madrid on August 11, 2018. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS— Argentine international striker Higuain scored 40 goals in two seasons at Juventus, but with the arrival of Ronaldo has opted to head for rivals AC Milan on a one-year loan deal worth a reported 18 million euros that gives the Serie A club the option to buy the striker next summer for a further 36 million euros.Higuain’s arrival has revived enthusiasm around Milan after a troubled period marked by on-pitch embarrassment and financial woes.Last season they scored just 56 league goals as they finished sixth despite spending over 200 million euros on new players. This season they have spent a more modest 81 million euros so far.LEONARDO BONUCCI (JUVENTUS)Age: 31Position: Centre-backPrevious club: AC Milan (ITA)Juventus’ defender from Italy Leonardo Bonucci kicks the ball during the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B at Villar Perosa, on August 12, 2018 at Villar Perosa. © AFP / Isabella Bonotto— Italy international defender Bonucci went back to Turin, where he previously won six Serie A titles and played in both of their lost European finals, after just one underwhelming season at Milan.The 31-year-old admitted that he left Juve in a fit of pique after falling out with Allegri in 2017, but “missed home” and wanted to return after burying the hatchet with the coach.SIMONE VERDI (NAPOLI)Age: 26Position: ForwardPrevious club: Bologna (ITA)— The Italian international forward was one of Carlo Ancelotti’s first signings as Napoli coach coming in for 23 million euros despite the Serie A runners-up trailing behind their rivals in the transfer market spending.A versatile player Verdi scored ten goals last season for Bologna who he joined after Carpi were relegated in 2016, having also previous played for Torino and his boyhood club AC Milan.JAVIER PASTORE (ROMA)Age: 29Position: MidfielderPrevious club: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Javier Pastore (R) of AS Roma vies for the ball with Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during their International Champions Cup match in San Diego, California on July 25, 2018, where Tottenham defeated Roma 4-1. © AFP / Frederic J. BROWN— Argentinian attacking midfielder Pastore returned to Italy on a 24.7-million-euro deal.The 29-year-old previously played in Serie A with Palermo from 2009-11 and was named the league’s young player of the season in 2010.The gifted playmaker was the first major signing PSG made in 2011 after being taken over by their Qatari owners.Pastore’s move back to Italy comes with Paris Saint-Germain under pressure from UEFA to balance their books after signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in blockbuster deals last season, sparking an audit of their financial affairs.RADJA NAINGGOLAN (INTER MILAN)Age: 30Position: MidfielderPrevious club: Roma (ESP)— The controversial Belgium international, looking for a new challenge after being snubbed for the World Cup, links up again with former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, as Inter look to improve on a fourth-place in Serie A and compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12.“I think I had my best season under Spalletti and I hope to do just as well here,” said Nainggolan who arrives on a four-year contract worth 38 million euros. “I hope we can do well both in Serie A and the Champions League because Inter have a proud history. Hopefully we’ll get back to those heights again now.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

TASK FORCE TO CREATE NEW BROADBAND SERVICE WILL FAST-TRACK DONEGAL’S RECOVERY – SENATOR HARTE

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has said Minister’s Pat Rabbitte’s announcement of a task force to ensure high speed broadband is delivered across rural Ireland is a major platform on which Donegal can build for the future.The Letterkenny-based Senator said many rural areas just a couple of miles outside urban centres in Donegal have been left behind because of the lack of broadband service.“The announcement by Minister Rabbitte of the setting up of a taskforce to extend next generation broadband across the country is a welcome development. “The commitment to ensure broadband connections to all rural properties that can not access broadband at present is particularly welcome for areas more than three or four miles outside urban areas in my constituency.“Minister Rabbitte, through a combination of public and private investment, aims to ensure that Ireland reaches an EU target for ubiquitous basic broadband access a year ahead of the 2013 deadline,” he said.He said the arrival of next generation broadband will not only create jobs but speed up economic recovery across the region.“Next generation broadband is an essential component of our economic recovery. The availability of high speed broadband is crucial for business and job creation, as well as being crucial to attracting outside investment. “I would also welcome Minister Rabbitte’s commitment that the provision of coverage for the one per cent of premises nationally that cannot currently receive broadband, would be completed by 2012 at the latest.“The failure of successive Fianna Fáil Governments over the past decade to roll out adequate connectivity has left Ireland well behind our international competitors in the broadband stakes.“The commitment from the FG/Labour Government to maximise the potential in full broadband coverage, as well as the move to next generation broadband will have benefits in terms of job creation as well as associated social benefits.And he added “It is time for Ireland to be brought into the 21st century. Labour in Government will deliver for Ireland and is committed to next generation broadband across the country.”Ends TASK FORCE TO CREATE NEW BROADBAND SERVICE WILL FAST-TRACK DONEGAL’S RECOVERY – SENATOR HARTE was last modified: May 9th, 2011 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:broadbandSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Man City complete £27m signing of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus

first_img1 Manchester City have signed Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras.The 19-year-old, who is currently with the Brazil squad at the Rio Olympics, will make the move to City in January on a contract that runs until the end of the 2020/21 season.The deal – for a reported £27million – sees the Blues continue their considerable recruitment drive under new boss Pep Guardiola, with the news coming a day on from them wrapping up the £37million signing of 20-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane from Schalke.Jesus said in a club statement on Wednesday: “Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world so I’m really pleased to sign.“We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from.“I’m looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do and I think we’ll have a great future together!”City reportedly beat off competition from Barcelona to secure Jesus’ services and the statement said there had been “strong interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.”City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted that Gabriel has chosen to join us.“He is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and plays the game in a spectacular way. We look forward to him making a big impact at Manchester City in January.” Gabriel Jesus last_img read more

Out of the sandbox

first_imgWHITTIER – A vast majority of kindergarten teachers – nine out of 10 – believe 4-year-olds who attend quality preschool programs do substantially better in kindergarten than those who do not, a report released Tuesday showed.Local preschool officials and education leaders said they are not at all surprised by the results of the poll, conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates on behalf of Preschool California.“These results deliver a powerful message that California must do more to make preschool opportunity available,” said Preschool California CEO Maryann O’Sullivan. The poll surveyed 521 public school kindergarten teachers on how they felt about preschool. Those educators were singled out because “more than anyone, they know what children need to get a strong start in school,” O’Sullivan said.Among other things, the poll found that:95 percent of the kindergarten teachers said children who attend preschool are better prepared to learn to read, share, play well, count, show early math skills, follow instructions and recognize colors and shapes.88 percent said they spend extra time working on basic skills with children who did not attend preschool, resulting in less time spent with better-prepared students.“This is no surprise at all,” said Pete Gomez, a Norwalk resident who is the chief psychologist for Plaza de la Raza, a HeadStart preschool provider.“Recent studies have shown that, even up through high school, more students who graduate attended preschool or HeadStart,” he added.Elyse Sullivan, assistant superintendent at the Whittier City School District, said research has shown that kindergarten teachers can “readily identify those students who have had preschool experience.”“The students have a greater facility for language and literacy, and approach learning with enthusiasm,” Sullivan said. “They are unafraid of new experiences, and find joy in learning.”However, according to Preschool California officials, nearly half of the state’s 4-year-olds are not enrolled in any type of preschool program.Also, while publicly funded preschools are scarce, available programs often have long lists of children waiting to enroll, according to the poll by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Preschool California.Lydia Provencio, director of child-care provider CHARO in West Whittier, said her facility has tracked significant academic progress among its preschool graduates.“It’s been about three years since we incorporated more academics into our preschool curriculum, and we’ve seen that our students are scoring higher on their kindergarten entrance exams,” Provencio said.For more information on the poll results, visit www.preschoolcalifornia.org/kindergarten. Tracy.Garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 ——— Nine out of 10 kindergarten teachers believe 4-year-olds who attend quality preschool do substantially better in kindergarten.95 percent of the kindergarten teachers said children who attend preschool are better prepared to learn to read, share, play well, count, show early math skills, follow instructions and recognize colors and shapes.88 percent said they spend extra time working on basic skills with children who did not attend preschool, resulting in less time spent with better-prepared students. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Smartphone ‘revolution’ at SA firms

first_img26 February 2010 Yet, in the coming 24 months, 84% of South African corporations expect to have a SaaS strategy in place, and 60% expect to have adopted a cloud computing strategy. Software as a service, cloud computing “Not only does mobility allow companies to improve internal efficiencies and communications, it also enables them to interact more effectively with their increasingly mobile customers.” ‘Company of the future’ RIM sub-Saharan Africa regional director Deon Liebenberg said the results showed that “enterprise mobility solutions” were no longer just “nice to have”. “Until last year, concepts like software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing were regarded as little more than buzzwords,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck. Enterprise mobility solutions The combined effect of these technologies is that, while the organisation’s buildings and infrastructure may still be confined to a specific site, its people, activities, information, documentation and data have been freed from location. New research by World Wide Worx shows that smartphones have made a dramatic entry into corporate South Africa, far surpassing general consumer or small business use. “These aren’t technologies as such,” said Goldstuck. “They are strategies that make the organisation’s use of new technology more efficient. From storage systems to software deployment, from hardware upgrades to network capacity to bandwidth, the focus is on cost-effectiveness, flexibility and mobility.” The study, backed by First National Bank (FNB), leaders in cellphone banking in Africa, and BlackBerry developer Research In Motion (RIM), shows that saturation point has almost been reached by large South African companies in the use of fixed landlines (96%) and ordinary mobile phones (92%). Liebenberg pointed out that while smartphones were now mainstream devices within South African businesses, the smartphone revolution had only just begun: “Enterprises should now be looking at what smartphones mean for their businesses in a more strategic and holistic fashion,” he said. The “Mobile Corporation in SA 2010” report reveals that three-quarters of South African companies have deployed smartphones within their organisations, compared to almost none two years ago. Among the technologies expected to take off as a result of the SaaS and the cloud computing revolution are: SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “They need to work towards mobilising their core internal and customer-facing processes so that their employees can use ubiquitous connectivity to be productive and responsive wherever they are.” And, as forecast in 2007, 3G data card penetration has also reached near saturation, with 94% of large South African companies deploying it. Now the focus has turned to integration of smartphones with business processes. The study also showed that corporate South Africa expects to embrace the new world of online services to an extent that was not even anticipated as recently as one year ago. “We are literally seeing the foundations being laid for the company of the future,” Goldstuck said. Fixed-mobile convergence, with 72% of companies expecting to adopt systems that allow seamless connectivity between fixed and mobile networks.Virtualisation, with 65% expected to embrace this flexible and cost-effective approach to network and server technology.Outsourced storage and archiving systems, with half of large South African companies predicting they will be using it in the next 24 months. The Mobile Corporation in SA 2010 forms part of the Mobility 2009 project, which included research among 1 000 consumers, 1 000 SMEs and 240 large enterprises in South Africa. “They’re essential for businesses that want to be competitive, responsive and efficient in a world where a customer won’t wait for a salesperson who is visiting customers and where project flow can’t stop because a manager is at a full-day meeting,” he said in a statement by World Wide Worx this week.last_img read more