Upcountry Basketball Tourney in Nimba County

first_imgWith two days to the endorsement of the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has fixed the date for the 2015/2016 Upcountry Basketball Tournament for Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 8.The four-day basketball festival will be held for the first time (over two decades), at the Ganta United Methodist School in Ganta, Nimba County.Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray told the Daily Observer yesterday that the tourney would bring nine schools from nine counties.The counties include Bong County, the home of the defending champions – St. Martins; Margibi, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Nimba (the host), Grand Gedeh, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado.Chairman Gray said so far, only three schools have been selected to represent their respective counties, which included St. Martins (Bong); BWI (Margibi) and Ganta United School (Nimba).He said the remaining six schools from the other counties would be identified subsequently and be informed.A Special Upcountry Basketball tournament was held in March 2015 owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). St. Martins won the tournament.“I want to thank the following sponsors for their support during the Special Upcountry basketball tournament, they include NASSCORP, NPA, Monrovia Breweries, SRIMEX, SP and Aminata and Sons,” Ministry Gray said. He named others as: “Bea Mountains, Liberia National Olympics Committee, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, LPRC and Cllr. Nyan Gbaitor.”It may be recalled that in 2013 Margibi-based Booker Washington Institute (BWI) whipped Ganta United Methodist High School 50-47 to win the reactivated Championship at the William V.S Tubman Gray United Methodist High School Gymnasium in Gbarnga City.Ganta United Methodist lost the gigantic trophy when they suffered similar defeat at the hands of St. Martin High School in 2012. The competition was initiated in the 1970s to help promote the game among high schools in the central region, which at the time comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties. It is named in honor of Dr. Harold McGowan, a legendary Peace Corps volunteer who inaugurated the tournament about three decades ago. The amount of US$13,000 has been allotted in the national budget.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate-Supreme Court Controversy over the Code of Conduct Needs Prompt Intervention

first_imgLiberians, especially supporters of political parties and their candidates, are daily preaching peace and proper conduct to avoid conflict and any act of violence in our electoral process.In addition to Liberians themselves, the United Nations, African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Union and the United States have all in recent times repeatedly urged Liberians to see reason to conduct a peaceful election void of conflict or violence or both. These efforts have the prospect of making a positive impact on the electoral process.Nevertheless, there is something seething that has a tendency to undermine our peace, and that is the emerging conflict between the National Legislature and the Supreme Court over the Code of Conduct. This legal instrument, adopted by the Liberian Senate in 2014, compelled all appointed public officials in active service and desirous of contesting elective positions to resign two years ahead of election.The Supreme Court, having ruled earlier in March that the Code of Conduct was constitutional, changed its position on the Code in July and ruled in favor of two vice standard bearers, Harrison Karnwea of the Liberty Party (LP) and Jeremiah Sulunteh of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), both of whom had not met the stipulated two-year resignation deadline.Since the ruling clearing Karnwea and Sulunteh to run for their respective elective offices, the National Legislature, some lawyers and political party supporters have developed mistrust in the Supreme Court and criticized its decision clearing Karnwea and Sulunteh to run. We call the matter “constitutional” because it was the very Supreme Court which, to the surprise of many, ruled the Code of Conduct “constitutional,” contrary to the thinking of many, including former Chief Justice Frances Johnson Allison.Just last week Maryland County Senator Dan Morias wrote the Senate calling for the total repeal of the entire Code of Conduct, claiming that “When the law that was in force since 2014 is now opinionated by the Supreme Court in the form of ruling in the case of Karnwea and the National Elections Commission, the Legislative response to this judicial review cannot be less than the entire repeal of the Code.”Senator Morias further asked,  “Where is the justice and fairness in a level playing field to a free, credible, transparent and democratic election, when the violation of an eligibility criterion of an election is now a subject [to] anything than a disbarment or disqualification?”Besides Senator Morias and a few others calling for the total repeal of the Act, some members of the House of Representatives are also contemplating passing a bill seeking the impeachment of three of the four Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.Meanwhile, supporters of Assistant Post & Telecommunications Minister Abu Kamara have been holding daily demonstrations against the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Supreme Court for denying him a chance to run. Kamara’s supporters are contending that he is being used as a sacrificial lamb to give victory to people who were also in violation of the Code of Conduct.Right after the ruling clearing Karnwea and Sulunteh, some lawyers raised reservations. This immediately led Chief Justice Francis Korkpor to issue a strong warning against them not to incite the public against the Supreme Court, or otherwise face drastic action.We see this as a potential  point for conflict in this critical electoral season. The Supreme Court, by virtue of its constitutional establishment, is the nation’s highest court, the final arbiter of justice and the only interpreter of the Constitution. We cannot recall in history when the Legislature and the Judiciary were ever in conflict, exposing the Court to public disrepute, as is now evident.With such mistrust surrounding the Supreme Court, how would this Court, in the case of an electoral dispute, be expected to judge such a dispute, as it (the Supreme Court) alone has the constitutional authority to do?Mistrust of the Court, in whichever ruling it may decide, may lead Senators and Representatives representing huge constituencies to  propagate negative messages to their people that could undermine the Supreme Court’s authority. That could lead to a constitutional crisis.It is, therefore, our plea to international community,  including the United Nations, the African Union (AU), ECOWAS, and the European Union, all of which have spent so much money, time and human resources on Liberia’s peace and elections, to  intervene promptly to end this crisis. This will ensure a peaceful conduct of the October 10 election, leading to a successful presidential transfer of power in 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bruins break down Wildcats

first_img“Any time you see a team going out of their strength defensively, which is Arizona playing a 2-3 or a 1-3-1, and they go to man-to-man, it gives you a little bit of confidence,” Collison said. Collison penetrated gaps and passed to open teammates. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was given the ball in the high post, which allowed him to either shoot or distribute the ball. And when the 35-second clock ticked down, Collison said he could tell the Wildcats were wearing down, which resulted in a number of open jumpers and a handful of 3-pointers as the buzzer sounded. “I believe they were tired the last part of the game,” Collison said. “I think we were capitalizing on their mistakes down the stretch when they were missing easy buckets.” Collison’s big game also featured four rebounds and only two turnovers in 35 minutes. His 15 assists were one less than Earl Watson’s school record, which was established against Maryland in the 2000 NCAA tournament. For the first time this season, UCLA finished a trip with a win. The Bruins lost the back end of trips to Oregon and Stanford, and fell last week at West Virginia. Before Arron Afflalo, Josh Shipp and Lorenzo Mata arrived, UCLA had lost four consecutive and six of seven to Arizona. The Bruins have now beaten the Wildcats five consecutive times. TUCSON, Ariz. – When frustrated Arizona coach Lute Olson saw enough of UCLA picking apart the Wildcats’ ineffective and lethargic zone, he made the switch to man-to-man. To Bruins point guard Darren Collison, who had a career-high 15 assists to go with 17 points Saturday, that was when he knew No. 5 UCLA broke No. 19 Arizona during an 81-66 win at McKale Center. center_img brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want 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

K’Ogalo drown Ingwe into Mashemeji tears

first_imgIn a game of two halves, AFC were punished for failing to turn their possession in the first half into goals while Gor came off the breather like wounded lions.Yikpe who had wasted two back to back open chances within the opening five minutes of the second half was hugely booed by Gor fans who remonstrated angrily for him to be substituted, but he responded in style, hitting a brace within eight minutes to send Gor soaring.In an opening half that they completely bossed, AFC Leopards did everything right but score.Their one shot on target at the stroke of halftime was the closest they came to breaking the deadlock against a Gor side that looked out of sorts.AFC Leopards midfielder Collins Shichenje shields the ball away from Gor Mahia’s Clifton Miheso during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC fielded a strong 11 with youngsters Clyde Ssenaji and Collins Shichenje earning their slots in the starting team, SSenaji continuing his makeshift role as a sweeper while Shichenje played in defensive midfield.The youngster was a joy to watch, winning tackles and spreading the ball with ease and utmost comfort. However, his stellar derby performance only lasted 30 minutes as he was replaced by Austin Ochieng after picking up an injury.Ingwe who have not beaten their arch rivals since 2016 were clearly interested in wiping away that poor stat from their sheet and from how they started the game, it was clear their intent was on winning.In the sixth minute, Isaac Kipyegon floated in a freekick with a nice curl on it from the right but Bernard Ondiek who was playing a makeshift right back role cut out the supply from Whyvonne Isuza who was arriving ready to pounce at the far post.Leopards continued their dominance especially in midfield with Ssenaji and Tresor Ndikumana bossing the play.Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna dribbles away from AFC Leopards’ Tresor Ndikumana and Dennis Sikhayi during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey were denied by the crossbar in the 27th minute when skipper Soter Kayumba rose highest to head in a corner from Ndikumana with keeper David Mapigano well beaten.Much of the play was in Gor’s half, but Ingwe could not get the right formula to break the deadlock. At the stroke of halftime, Makwatta offered the first shot on target for the game with a left footed effort punched away by Mapigano.On the other end, Eugene Mukangala almost gifted Gor a goal out of the blues when he completely missed the ball off a Ssenaji pass at the edge of the box.However, Francis Afriyie could not take maximum advantage of the gift with a pathetic shot from the edge of the box with time and space ahead of him, keeper Benjamin Ochan gathering the ball with utmost ease.But, tables were turned in the second half.A frantic restart saw Gor knock in the AFC goal twice in five minutes. Three minutes after the restart, Yikpe’s shot after keeper Ochan had spilled a cross from Afriyie was blocked while a minute later, he sent a timid shot to goal from an Afriyie cross.Gor Mahia’s Bernard Ondiek attempts to beat Benjamin Ochan during the Mashemeji Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut he responded to the boos and shouts from Gor fans in style when he sent a thumping header against Isaac Kipyegon and into the net off a Kenneth Muguna corner, after Ochan had blocked Afriyie’s effort from point blank range.Nine minutes later, he made it 2-0 with a simple tap in from inside the box after running in to a good position to connect to a Miheso cross.Immediately, AFC boss Cassa Mbungo made changes, Dennis Sikhayi coming off for Boniface Mukhekhe while Hansel Ochieng went out for Vincent Oburu.The game suffered a six minute stoppage after a section of AFC supporters started throwing projectiles into the pitch, complaining of a handball inside the box that was not penalized by referee Badir Yassin.But when the game resumed, it was business as usual for the reigning Kenyan Premier League champions.K’Ogalo would continue their upward trajectory as Miheso made it 3-0 with a long range effort off a clinical counter attacking show by the champions, AFC left dazed and out of sorts.Gor Mahia defender Geoffrey Ochieng vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Hansel Ochieng during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAFC gave themselves some hope with Ndikumana’s long range effort three minutes later, but they were sunk deeper into oblivion with Juma scoring the fourth with a simple finished unmarked inside the box off a Boniface Omondi cross, the winger having just come on for Kenneth Muguna.0Shares0000(Visited 90 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia FC players celebrate Lawrence Juma’s goal against AFC Leopards during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – Gor Mahia turned the tide on their arch rivals AFC Leopards in the second half as a brace from Ivorian forward Gnamin Yikpe as well as one each from Clifton Miheso and Lawrence Juma earned K’Ogalo a precious 4-1 victory in the Mashemeji Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.Tresor Ndikumana scored AFC’s consolation with a long range effort six minutes from time, but it didn’t do more than add to the statistics of the game.last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN IN COURT IN NORTH ON DRUG DEALING CHARGES

first_imgA MAN from Donegal is awaiting trial in the North on dealing charges.Ivan Nicholl, from the townland of Ballyhone, is facing two charges at the Crown Court in Derry.The 28-year-old’s case was listed today for mention only. The offences allegedly date back to last yearThe charges state that:(1) “on the 12th day of March 2015 in the County Court Division of Derry, unlawfully had in his possession a controlled drug of Class B of Schedule 2 to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 namely Cannabis;(2) “on dates between the 26th February 2015 and the 13th day of March 2015 in the County Court Division of Derry was concerned in the supply of a controlled drug of Class B namely, Cannabis.”DONEGAL MAN IN COURT IN NORTH ON DRUG DEALING CHARGES was last modified: July 7th, 2016 by John2Share 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:BALLYHONECROWN COURT IN DERRYdonegalDONEGAL MAN IN COURT IN NORTH ON DRUG DEALING CHARGESIVAN NICHOLLlast_img read more

RAMELTON 5K RUN/WALK IN AID OF AYR HILL NATIONAL SCHOOL

first_imgDonegal Grand Prix Series – Ramelton 5k Run/Walk in aid of Ayr Hill National School, Ramelton will be held on Thursday 9th May 2013Registration at Town Hall from 6.30pmRace starts at 7.30pm from Gambles Square Refreshments afterwards in the Town HallFee; €7 for runners and €5 for walkers or sponsorship covers entry fee. Prizes €100 for first man to beat record€100 for first woman to beat recordSpot prizes RAMELTON 5K RUN/WALK IN AID OF AYR HILL NATIONAL SCHOOL was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAMELTON 5K RUN/WALK IN AID OF AYR HILL NATIONAL SCHOOLlast_img read more

FOUR LANTERNS USL: ROVERS CLOSE GAP WITH 3-1 WIN OVER FANAD UNITED

first_imgFour Lanterns USLLetterkenny Rovers              3Fanad Utd.                             1 Letterkenny Rovers were made to work hard by a dogged Fanad Utd side before eventually running out 3-1 winners on a crisp spring Sunday afternoon at Leckview Park.The win sees Rovers close the gap on leaders Cockhill Celtic to 3 points at the top of the Ulster Senior League table which could make the league run-in very interesting indeed.Fanad boss Arthur Lynch in his pre match plans would have wished his side could contain Rovers for as long as possible but those hopes were thrown awry when Rovers scored after just two minutes.Jonathan Minnock’s free kick wasn’t cleared properly and it fell to Paul Boyle and his header looped over goalkeeper Paddy Kelly and off the crossbar before falling to Christy Connaghan who had the simple task of tapping home from close range. Fanad though came close though a Marty McAteer free kick but for the remainder of the half any chances fell to the home side with Paul McVeigh going close with a header, Darren McElwaine just wide from a free kick while David Shovlin should have scored on 24 minutes but screwed his shot wide after initially doing well to dispossess Davitt Walsh. Ryan Lonergan then had an effort on 33 minutes before Keelin McElwaine shot high and wide for Fanad on 37 minutes when well placed.Rovers for all their dominance only went in at the break leading by the single goal but they doubled the advantage just 73 seconds into the second half. Again it was a Minnock free kick which was the catalyst which was headed down by Darren McElwaine to the far post were the inrushing Shovlin could not miss.The Cathedral Town men tried to get the all-important third goal and came close twice through Darren McElwaine and Steve Okakpo-Emeka after good work on both occasions from sub Kevin McGrath but it was the visitors who did manage to grab the third goal which made it nervy for the hosts.The goal was a snapshot from Davitt Walsh from 25 yards which sneaked in at Sean Friels near post and that galvanised Fanad who through the experience of Walsh, Seimi Coshia Friel and Marty McAteer worked extremely hard on a difficult surface and did their best to force an equaliser but they did not really trouble keeper Friel in the home goal although Eoghan Rafferty and Walsh both fired efforts just wide.Rovers did come close through Steve Okakpo-Emeka who brought out two good stops from Fanad keeper Paddy Kelly before the goal of the game and the insurance goal arrived on 86 minutes. A lung bursting run from defender Ryan Lonergan saw him scythe through the Fanad defence and he fired a ferocious cross across the area and sub Brian McVeigh gleefully hammered home against his former side to copper fasten the win. Eamon McConigley will be glad to get the three points which see his side back to winning ways and will now focus all energies on a League Cup semi-final at Bonagee on Easter Sunday while Arthur Lynch should be pleased with how his side competed for long periods and made life difficult for Letterkenny especially after also competing very well last time out against Cockhill at home.Letterkenny Rovers; Sean Friel, Ryan Lonergan, Johnathan Minnock, Shane Bradley, Paul Boyle, Terence Shiels, Paul McVeigh, Christy Connaghan, Darren McElwaine, Mark Forker, David Shovlin. Subs; Kevin McGrath for McVeigh 55 mins, Steve Okakpo-Emeka for Shovlin 60 mins, Brian McVeigh for McElwaine 76 minsFanad Utd; Paddy Kelly, Darren Lynch, Eric Roberts, Seimi Friel, Shaun McGarvey, Declan McGarvey, Marty McAteer,Ryan McGonigle, Cillian Gallagher, Davitt Walsh, Keelin McElwaine. Subs; Conor Blaney for McGonigle 54 mins, John McGarvey for Gallagher 60 mins, Eoghan Rafferty for S McGarvey 69 minsReferee; Vincent McLaughlin. FixturesSunday, March 27thDonegal News League Cup Semi-Finals (ET & Pens if Required)Bonagee Utd. v Letterkenny RoversDerry City Res. v Cockhill Celtic League Table 20/03/16TeamPWDLFA+/-PtsCockhill Celtic107303252724Letterkenny Rovers1163230181221Derry City Res.85212011917Bonagee Utd.114342726115Swilly Rovers111371533-186Fanad Utd.131210940-315 FOUR LANTERNS USL: ROVERS CLOSE GAP WITH 3-1 WIN OVER FANAD UNITED was last modified: March 20th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Fans have strong reactions to new Giants manager Gabe Kapler

first_imgIt’s official. Former Phillies manager and ex-MLB player Gabe Kapler is the new Giants skipper.Kapler’s background includes being a fitness freak, who has played for six major league teams. He has also worked for the Giants’ president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi when he was with the Dodgers. Kapler was accused to mishandling allegations that players in the organization had committed sexual assault.Many Giants fans were quick to take to social media to react to Kapler’s hire.Finally …last_img read more

House to Vote on Disaster Aid

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent and Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — Congress returns Monday amidst some of the greatest uncertainty for agriculture in decades, with corn and soybean planting behind schedule, commodity prices low, and trade conflicts with China and Mexico worse than before the Memorial Day congressional recess.The House is scheduled to vote early Monday evening on a $19.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill that includes aid to farmers and ranchers who experienced hurricanes and wildfires in 2018 and flooding this year.The vote comes as the Missouri River again is rising because of continual rain throughout the basin. The Arkansas River is also inundating farm ground in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and locks and dams on the Mississippi River remain shut down as the Corps of Engineers looks for ways to relieve pressure on the system.The Senate passed the disaster bill before leaving for the recess. The House attempted to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but objections from three Republican House members stopped those efforts.The bill — technically the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2157 sponsored by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. — is listed on the suspension calendar and expected to pass easily. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it, although he left on a trip to the United Kingdom and France on Sunday evening.The bill specifically includes just over $3 billion to pay for farmer losses from disasters that occurred in 2018 and 2019. That is expected to cover Midwest farmers who lost stored grain this spring during flooding along the Missouri River basin.The disaster legislation also waives adjusted gross income caps for farmers under the Market Facilitation Program, a move that opens up trade aid to a larger group of higher-income farmers. The provision will become more important to those producers now that the Trump administration is planning a second year of Market Facilitation Program payments.Disaster aid may help farmers recover from past losses, but USDA continues to show historic delays in corn and soybean plantings across farm country. Because of that, the Food and Environment Reporting Network reported Monday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hopes to have a “definite answer” by the end of this week whether MFP payments will be offered to farmers on prevented planting acres. FERN reported Perdue declined to offer other details of the new MFP payment rules.Under the disaster bill, several other USDA programs get specific funding to help farmers, ranchers and forests recover from disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program receives $558 million and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program receives $435 million.The bill also provided $600 million more supplemental disaster nutrition aid for Puerto Rico.For communities affected by disasters, the bill includes $600 million for the Economic Development Administration to provide development grants.For the Army Corps of Engineers, the bill includes under multiple accounts just under $2.5 billion total for various flood and hurricane controls, including repairs and emergency operations, as well as maintenance and natural disaster repairs.The bill also includes language requiring USDA to create a crop insurance program for hemp, starting in the 2020 crop year. Congress removed hemp as a controlled substance under the 2018 farm bill, and now as many as 45 states have some form of legislation to allow for hemp production.While high levels of precipitation are the primary factor in delayed planting, Farm Bureau also said farmers may take into account the Trump administration’s announcement that it will distribute another round of MFP due to the continuing trade conflict with China.“While USDA has not announced the rates, many farmers who may have otherwise taken the prevented planting option may look to plant something in order to participate in the MFP program as the original announcement stated that payments would only be paid on planted acres,” Farm Bureau said.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreportChris Clayton can be reached at chris.clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Microsoft to Unveil Multiple iPad Challengers, With Keyboards & HTML5, Next Month

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer will unveil multiple new models of tablet computers aimed to challenge the iPad at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas, according to detailed reporting tonight by Nick Bilton at the New York Times.Unnamed sources familiar with the tablets told Bilton that they will run the Windows 7 Operating System, include a slide-out physical keyboard, apps written in HTML5 and distributed app distribution, without a curated app store model. Analysts have called this an essential move for months, but this isn’t quite the type of tablet that some expected.Bilton reports that Microsoft has partnered with Samsung, Dell and other companies to produce tablets that will be announced at CES. Balmer said publicly in July that a new Windows tablet would be available “very soon.”Market analysts Forrester said last Spring that a Windows 7 Tablet was essential, “Microsoft needs a partner to produce a successful Windows tablet that competes with the Apple iPad. At stake is nothing less than the future of the operating system (OS): For Microsoft to remain relevant to consumers, it needs to adapt its operating system to new form factors beyond the traditional PC.”The same Forrester report argued against the “no app store” model that Bilton reports Microsoft has chosen. A Windows 7 tablet can only compete if Microsoft embraces Curated Computing by providing a simple, streamlined, guided experience for consumers, drawing on the design strengths of other Microsoft products like the Zune HD and the Kin. A Microsoft tablet that synchs with the Xbox 360 — with all the implied benefits, including the Natal [now called Kinect] interface — would be a killer hub for the digital home, enabling back-and-forth streaming of videos and games that one-ups the capabilities of the iPad and makes Microsoft relevant for the next decade.It’s a Big MarketIt’s hardly a surprise that Microsoft is making a big push in the tablet space. Next month will mark the 10 year anniversary of Microsoft’s tablet PC products, which experienced far, far less success than Apple’s iPad. The iPad quickly became the fastest-adopted consumer electronics product in history and remade the entire category. In terms of absolute sales, Microsoft’s Kinect now challenges the iPad for the top consumer electronics device crown, as the company predicted pre-launch that it would.Can Microsoft challenge the iPad on its own turf? If it can combine productivity and fun with a responsive interface and an active apps ecosystem, it might put up a good fight. That’s a tall order to fill, though. The company’s willingness to work with multiple hardware vendors already sets it apart from the tightly controlled supply chain that produces the very polished iPad.That strategy has worked, clearly, in the world of PCs – but when the game changer in tablets shines brightest in hardware quality and aesthetics, farming out the hardware seems a riskier strategy.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more