The Bulldogs will enter the new year as one of the most under-pressure teams in the competition after coach Des Hasler survived an emergency board meeting in October to keep his job.But Lamb insists it’s time for his ex-Kangaroos roommate Hasler, who fights for a new contract next season, to deliver a premiership.”We’re a successful club. The last grand final that we won was 2004. We’ve been in two (grand finals) since and have gotten beat. We need to win,” Lamb told AAP.”We want to celebrate like the Sharkies did last season. That was a magnificent game last year, every grand final has been magnificent over the last three-to-four years. We want that.”And to do so, the three-time premiership-winner believes Canterbury need to take a leaf out of the team that ended their finals run in the first week in September.The Panthers almost dazzled their way into a fairytale grand final on the back of an enterprising style of play, but ultimately fell two games short after being ousted by Canberra.Lamb reckons the Bulldogs are a top-four team.”I don’t want to question what Dessie does on the field because he’s been very successful as a coach,” Lamb said.”But for me, Penrith came out 6-4 down at halftime against us in that elimination final, they scored four-to-five tries in that second half because they threw the ball around.”That proves that these days you need to attack more than you defend.”Lamb said he and Hasler have mended their relationship after Lamb questioned whether the former Manly coach understood the club’s famed ‘Dogs of War’ culture.Hasler came under more fire later in the year, surviving a sensational post-season board meeting that ended in board member Steve Mortimer stepping down from his role.”I had a meeting with Des, we spoke about it, we shook hands after it,” Lamb said.”When you know a person since 1986 as a roommate on a Kangaroo tour, it’s hard to put a knife through a friendship. But it’s not about what I want – it’s about what the club wants.”And that’s to be more flamboyant in the game itself.”
He April 5, 2014six years ago this Sunday, 72.36% of partners del Fútbol Club Barcelona voted yes to the Espai Barça project designed byr Sandro Rosell and finally activated by Josep Maria Bartomeu. Of the 118,578 members called on April 5, only 37,535 voted. Up to 27,161 voted in favor of a project that had 9,589 votes against and 751 blank votes. The participation was of a little 31.65 percent. But the ‘soci’ had voted yes to Espai Barça.Six years after that vote, and as if from a curse it was, he Espai Barçabeyond the inauguration of the Johan Cruyff Stadium, still does not start. But not only has its roadmap been delayed. Also their financing conditions. So much so that the board has already admitted that the project will have to undergo a second referendum.Initially, the Espai Barça budget amounted to 600 million. Some 420 were budgeted to put a new skin to the Camp Nou (The winning project was that of the Japanese studio Nikken Sekkei, whose excellence is questioned by some experts); 90 million more would be dedicated to the Nou Palau and the rest, to the works of conditioning a new space around the facilities that would touch the streets adjacent to the Camp Nou. The 600 million were to come out of a simple three-part partition. The Barca I would ask 200 million euros from a bank, others 200 million would come out of naming rights and, finally, the last 200 would come from operating profits from restaurant services, shops, ticketing … He time passed, the agreements with the City Council were delayed and the project price grew. Furthermore, and after flirt with some foreign and national multinationals (Grifols) for the hackneyed title right, a study of Goldman Sachs helped, supposedly, to change the strategy of Barça. According to that Goldman Sachs study, the new recreation space, With the Nou Camp Nou as the jewel in the crown, it could produce up to 150 million euros in income of exploitation. It was therefore working use a credit that it would have to be returned year after year with that operating income but that, in the long run, could generate more benefits in the club And, above all, he would not be a slave to the contract he signed with the company that would give the Camp Nou a surname. Furthermore, the Barça found from the beginning the trouble that no company, no matter how big, wanted advance 200 million. Multinationals only accepted installment payments.So the idea of new financing of the Espai Barça began to gather strength as the works never started (the last date was this summer 2020) and Bartomeu and its Board of Directors considered the convening of a extraordinary assembly of compromisarios for start it. But it was not like that. Finally, and perhaps for fear of losing that vote, as had happened with the new shield at the 2019 Assembly, Bartomeu rethought the situation and activated the idea of a second referendum. This would put the candidates of the 2021 elections in check, who should approve their project. And, in case of losing, I would say that it was the partner’s democratic decision.The coronavirus crisis, The last stumbling block that Espai Barça has encountered, has braking the summons of that second referendum that he is now thinking about the end of the year, but that he has already found a discordant voice. Victor Font dropped that, given the proximity of the elections (June 2021), could sound logical that the candidates back to them expose your financing ideas to give the green light to Espai Barça. Basically that the idea of Espai Barça between within the electoral campaign and that, once elected president, it be done based on how he projected it. Bartomeu has not yet spoken publicly about that Font amendment. But it has announced the convening of a second referendum.The immovable is that, six years after the referendum that gave the project the green light, Espai Barça is the Espai Barça never end.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “It is a realistic target, one which we can achieve. It is also the same number of golds we won when we hosted the Games in 2001 to become overall champions,” said Khairy.Khairy, however, did not reveal in detail which sports were expected to contribute to the gold medal tally.“I am not going to reveal it. That will put unnecessary pressure on the athletes. The other reason is that people will start analyzing and criticizing sports associations which do not meet their targets in the Games,” said Khairy.Although Khairy would not reveal the expectations from the sports associations, most of the gold medals are likely to come from athletics, aquatics, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, karate, lawn bowls, sailing, silat, waterskiing and squash.Khairy added that for the Asean Para Games, which will be held from Sept 17-23, a target of 103 gold medals has been set. There will be 16 sports in the Para Games, but with 479 events.ADVERTISEMENT Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her PUTRAJAY—The Malaysian SEA Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30.The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES View comments The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports.The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’In the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in 32 sports.Khairy said that they came up with the figure of 111 after analyzing the performance of athletes and also the targets set by the individual sports associations. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We hope to finish second in the Para Asean Games with 103 golds. Thailand will be favourite to become overall champion,” said Khairy.In the last Asean Para Games in Singapore in 2015, Malaysia finished overall third with a medal haul of 52-58-37 in 336 events in 15 sports. Thailand was the overall champion with a haul of 95-76-79 followed by Indonesia with 81-74-63. Malaysia’s best ever performance in the Asean Para Games was also in 2001. The hosts then won 143 golds to become overall champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)
0Shares0000Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino heads the bookmakers’ list of favourites to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONPARIS, France, Jun 1 – The race to succeed Zinedine Zidane is on following the Frenchman’s shock resignation from Real Madrid on Thursday, only days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.Tottenham’s Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino tops the bookmakers’ list of favourites, with Chelsea handler Antonio Conte and former long-time Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also in the mix. AFP Sport looks at the potential candidates:Mauricio PochettinoAs a former centre-back with Barcelona-based Espanyol, Pochettino has vast experience of Spain’s La Liga.But it is the 46-year-old Argentinian’s coaching nous, man-management skills and consistency with Tottenham Hotspur that has hoisted him among the favourites to replace Zidane.Under Pochettino, Spurs have secured three successive top-four finishes in the Premier League, allowing the London club to rub shoulders with the elite of European football on a regular basis.But Pochettino has yet to win a trophy in any of his coaching stints, at Espanyol (2009-2012), Southampton (2013-2014) or Tottenham.Pochettino signed a new, improved contract extension until 2023 last week and Spanish sports newspaper AS reported Friday that it does not contain any written agreement allowing him to leave if Real make an approach.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, but apparently has good relations with Real president Florentino Perez.Antonio ConteAmid claims that Chelsea’s players are fed up with his demanding training sessions and intense ways, Conte could soon be on his way out of the club, who have been linked to current Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.But whether the 48-year-old Italian is an adequate replacement for the taciturn Zidane, and the right choice for such a demanding club, is up for debate.Conte enjoyed unbridled success with Juventus in Italy’s Serie A, leading the club to three successive domestic titles before joining Chelsea.But in Europe, the Turin giants struggled, failing to reach the Champions League final in his tenure.Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in 2016-2017, but failed to repeat the achievement in a far less successful 2017-2018 season, in which only an FA Cup triumph saved his reputation.Arsene WengerArsene Wenger has a wealth of experience © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONWenger is available and has the name and the top-level experience, having coached Arsenal for 22 years in England’s Premier League and, less regularly, in Real’s favourite playground of the Champions League.But would Real Madrid’s demanding fans back the 68-year-old Frenchman, whose last piece of silverware with the Gunners came in 2017 with the FA Cup? His last league honours date back 13 years to 2004, proving the steady decline during his long reign.Wenger spent the intervening years trying, unsuccessfully, to replicate the success of his early campaigns.Real, record 13-times winners of the Champions League including the last three years in succession, are used to winning trophies and fans will expect a coach with lofty ambitions.Jurgen KloppCould Jurgen Klopp be the man to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid? © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLeading Liverpool to the Champions League final, and a 3-1 defeat to Real last Saturday, won’t have done any harm to Klopp’s chances of joining the Spanish giants.But whether the easy-going, fan-hugging German fits the bill at Europe’s most successful club remains to be seen.In coaching terms Klopp’s CV stands up to scrutiny: tactics, man management and unfettered enthusiasm for the game and his players are among his biggest attributes.But the 50-year-old’s rate of success is less impressive.Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013, only to suffer defeat to Bayern Munich.Three other runner-up places grace Klopp’s CV, including the English League Cup (2016), the Europa League (2016) and this season’s Champions League.Jose Maria ‘Guti’ GutierrezIn the absence of a standout favourite from outside the club, Real president Florentino Perez could opt to promote from within and push their under-19s coach Jose Maria Gutierrez, known as Guti, into the Real hot seat.A former star midfielder for Real, who made over 500 appearances between 1995 and 2010, Guti’s intimate knowledge of the club would be a distinct advantage over his rivals.As coach of Real’s under-19s, Guti enjoyed regular contact with Zidane and his successful methods.On paper, the 41-year-old Guti is an outsider as he has yet to cut his coaching teeth at senior coaching level — although, prior to his appointment in 2016, the same could be said about Zidane.The Frenchman, who made over 150 appearances for Real, became a sports director with Real in 2011 before becoming assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in 2013 and then heading the Real Madrid ‘B’ team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Could Ronaldo overtake Wayne Rooney as Man United’s record goal scorer?Could Ronaldo overtake Wayne Rooney as Man United’s record goal scorer?
Man United and Real Madrid’s record goal scorers in action in 2013 1 Cristiano Ronaldo is rumoured to be on the brink of leaving Real Madrid, with Manchester United heading a list of clubs who could snap up the Ballon d’Or winner.The Portuguese superstar starred for the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, but took his game to another level after joining Madrid for a world record fee. At the Bernabeu, Ronaldo has scored a remarkable 406 goals in 394 games, flying past the previous record of 323 set by Raul (in 741 games).Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, his old team-mate Wayne Rooney has become Man United’s record goal scorer, reaching 253 in 559 games, four clear of Sir Bobby Charlton.So, if Ronaldo were to return to United, could he go past Rooney’s Red Devils’ record?Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games for United during his time at Old Trafford, meaning he would need to score 136 goals to overtake Rooney’s present haul, if the four-time Champions League winner returned to his old club.That is assuming Rooney doesn’t add to his tally, which is possible considering the Englishman has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and could well be sold this summer.In order to score another 136 goals for United, Ronaldo would need to score at the following rates:68 goals per season for two seasons, or45.33 goals per season for three seasons, or34 goals per season for four seasons, or27.2 goals per season for five seasonsBy way of comparison, Ronaldo’s top goal scoring season for United came when he hit 42 in 49 games in the 2007/08 campaign.At Real Madrid, his end of season tallies since 2009/10 have been: 33, 53, 60, 55, 51, 61, 51, and 42.So it would seem, realistically, Ronaldo would need to play four or five seasons with United to have any chance of overtaking Rooney (if the Englishman doesn’t add to his tally).That would mean Ronaldo being 36 or 37 when he reached the United record.To put that into context, at 35 years old, Zlatan Ibrahmovic became the oldest player to reach 15 Premier League goals in one season, going on to hit 17 in a total of 28 in all competitions for United last season.It’s not impossible, then, for Ronaldo to become United’s record goal scorer, though it is unlikely.The mere fact it is even considered possible for Ronaldo to achieve such a feat explains just how phenomenal a player he still is, and why United are interested in signing him for a second time.MAN WHO SIGNED RONALDO FOR REAL MADRID SPEAKS OUT ON POSSIBLE MAN UNITED RETURN
FOOTBALL: O’BOYLE AND O’DONNELL STRIKES ENSURE LETTERKENNY ROVERS WIN ULSTER YOUTH CUPFOOTBALL: O’BOYLE AND O’DONNELL STRIKES ENSURE LETTERKENNY ROVERS WIN ULSTER YOUTH CUP
Letterkenny Rovers showed true character, grit and determination to overcome Blayney Rovers 2-0 in Clones on Saturday afternoon to lift the Ulster Youth Cup and in doing so secure their second trophy on successive weekends after Gorey Curran Cup glory the previous week.Sometimes pretty football does not always win football matches and sometimes teams have to dig in and play for each other and the jersey to succeed and those qualities were in abundance as the Cathedral Town men deservedly triumphed in extremely difficult conditions at the fabulous Peacelink complex in the border town.It was the Donegal men who were fast out of the blocks and took the lead on 8 minutes when Tarlach O’Boyle slotted home from close range after a Conor O’Donnell long throw was only cleared as far as Sean Curran and his header picked out O’Boyle who made no mistake firing past Blayney goalkeeper Kian O’Connor.Despite not being at their most fluent Rovers were still on top for the opening half and they could have had the game out of sight with Shane Doherty going close on 13 minutes before Doherty failed to convert a one-on-one when through on the keeper on 20 minutes.Frustration seemed to grow amongst Anthony Gormans charges who just couldnt get that all important second goal and further chances came and went from a Sean Curran speculative effort, a Michael Gallagher header just over and a David O’Donnell shot just wide while Tarlach O’Boyle had a headed effort incorrectly ruled out for offside by linesman Xavier Coyle who was busy raising his flag in the opening period.Blayney created very little in the opening period apart from a Tommy Geehan effort which saw Sean Friel make a comfortable save.Blayney came out fighting in the second period and had a 15 minute purple patch of sorts with the lively Geehan and Craig Callen posing a number of problems for the Letterkenny defence with Geehan squandering a couple of chances to equalise while Mark O’Connor somehow headed over when it seemed easier to score.Anthony Gormans men also came close through sub Dylan Laird while O’Boyle, Gallagher and O’Donnell all had good chances although Rovers frustration began to grow with a number of cynical challenges which went unpunished with some strange decisions from the Monaghan based officials also not helping matters as the game threatened to spiral out of control.The introduction of Laird added a new spark to proceedings though and Rovers should have been awarded a penalty on 84 minutes when David O’Donnell was scythed down in the box and one could only wonder how referee Paul McGeown waved away the appeals and in the ensuing protests O’Donnell was booked for dissent.That seemed to galvanise Rovers though and O’Donnell was not to be denied as he latched onto a Conor O’Donnell long throw-in to neatly fire home at the back post on 86 minutes to clinch the insurance goal.Conor O’Donnell then came close to making it 3-0 on 87 minutes as Rovers regained all the composure and played some super football but the game turned ugly when O’Connor lashed out at Laird and again no action was taken by the officials which led to some bewilderment from the Rovers bench who had aimed to seek more protection for their players.Letterkenny finish their season and can hold their heads high with a second placed finish in the league and two cups secured in what was a rebuilding exercise at Leckview Park in 2015/16.Blayney Rovers; Kian O’Connor, Ben McNee, Callum Blanche, Tommy Geehan,Stephen McNally,Mark O’Connor,Craig Callan, Charlie McDonnell,Kyle Plummer, Kevin McCooey,Jonas MikusauskasSub; Yanis Kotolovs for Mikusauskas 52 minsLetterkenny Rovers; Sean Friel,Calvin O’Brien,James Tourish,Eoghan Kelly,Ruairi Friel,Sean Curran, David O’Donnell, michael Gallagher, Shane Doherty, Conor O’Donnell, Tarlach O’BoyleSubs; Dylan Laird for O’Boyle 65 mins, Darragh morrison for Tourish 78 mins, Daire Crossan for Conor O’Donnell 88 minsRef;Paul McGeownAsst Ref; Frank Gorrell and Xavier CoyleFOOTBALL: O’BOYLE AND O’DONNELL STRIKES ENSURE LETTERKENNY ROVERS WIN ULSTER YOUTH CUP was last modified: May 9th, 2016 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:FootballLetterkenny Rovers FCsoccerSportUlster Youth Cup
Brentford aiming to end 82-year wait for win at NewcastleBrentford aiming to end 82-year wait for win at Newcastle
Embed from Getty Images.Lloyd Owusu scored when Brentford last met Newcastle, in September 2001Brentford meet Newcastle for the first time in 15 years, when the Magpies won a League Cup tie 4-1. The Bees haven’t won at St. James’ Park since the very first meeting between the sides back in 1934, but good results at Brighton and Aston Villa have boosted their confidence.Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 15 October 2016Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)Five key battles: Including Scott Hogan v Jamal LascellesVital statistic: The Bees have only won three of the nine meetings between the two clubs – their last victory over Newcastle came in January 1948.Injuries and suspensionsNEWCASTLE UNITEDRuled out: Rolando Aarons (broken foot), Rob Elliot (knee), Massadio Haidara (knee).Fitness test: Daryl Murphy (calf).BRENTFORDRuled out: Lasse Vibe (ankle ligament), Alan Judge (broken leg), Rico Henry (shoulder), Callum Elder (knee). Possible starting line-upsNewcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Colback, Shelvey; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Gayle.Brentford: Bentley; Colin, Egan, Dean, Bjelland; Yennaris, Woods; Clarke, Sawyers, Macleod; Hogan. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Newcastle: W W D L W (10 points) • Home: W L W W L (9 points)Brentford: D W L W D (8 points) • Away: L D W L L (4 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Newcastle – 7: Gayle; 3: Shelvey; 2: Gouffran; 1: Atsu, Clark, Hanley, Hayden, Lascelles, Mitrovic, Perez, Ritchie, Yedlin.Brentford – 7: Hogan; 3: Egan; 2: Vibe; 1: Clarke, Colin, Dean, Kaikai, Yennaris.LAST FIVE MEETINGS12 Sep 2001: Newcastle 4 Brentford 16 Mar 1993: Newcastle 5 Brentford 14 Oct 1992: Brentford 1 Newcastle 229 Jan 1955: Newcastle 3 Brentford 217 Jan 1948: Brentford 1 Newcastle 0Newcastle 4 wins, Brentford 1 win, 0 draws See also:Our West London Championship XI based on the season so farHogan named player of the monthFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
15 May 2013 South Africa is looking to build on the recent levels of interest and investment from Japanese companies as part of the country’s involvement in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) taking place in Japan in June. South Africa has seen increased interest from Japanese companies and banks looking to use the country as a springboard into the rest of Africa, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at a pre-TICAD seminar in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “Our collaboration with the international community, especially Japan, is designed to help us achieve inclusive growth, sustainable development and a prosperous South Africa,” October said. “Japan has been a long-standing investor in South Africa and a major investor in the African continent. In 2011, South Africa managed to attract investments worth $312-million from Toyota and Kansai Paint.” There are currently over 110 Japanese firms operating in South Africa. “These companies have created over 150 000 jobs in the country and therefore Japan is looking to increase cooperations assistance in Africa,” said the Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Yutaka Yoshizawa. TICAD was established in 1993 to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. It is hosted in Tokyo every five years, co-sponsored by the Japanese government, the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, the United Nation’s Office of the Special Advisor on Africa and the Global Coalition for Africa. This year’s conference will take place from 1 to 3 June, and will feature seminars by the DTI to create awareness of the business climate and opportunities in South Africa. SAinfo reporter
The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted a 28-year-old woman to medically terminate her pregnancy, as her 25-week-old foetus has neurological and skeletal abnormalities, making the baby’s survival doubtful, and possibly harmful to the mother.A Division Bench comprising Justices Shantanu Kemkar and G.S. Kulkarni was hearing a plea filed by the Jogeshwari resident, who moved the court on November 2 seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy of 25 weeks and six days. This is beyond the 20 weeks permitted by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act.Her plea, filed by advocate Meenaz Kakallia, claimed she has suffered immense mental and physical anguish due to the 20-week restriction under section 3 of the Act, when pregnancies may be terminated by medical practitioners. It also said that it is safe to abort a foetus in the 26th week, or later. On November 3, the HC directed a committee of experts from JJ Hospital to submit their opinion in the case. After conducting tests, the report was submitted on Monday to the Bench. It said, “There are multiple serious neurological and skeletal abnormalities in the foetus. There are high chances of meningitis, mental retardation, paralysis of lower limbs and loss of urine and bowel control. The condition of the foetus fulfils the criteria of ‘substantial risk of serious physical handicap’ in the foetus.”(With PTI inputs)
Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technologyNearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technology
Thanks to a decade of programs geared toward giving people access to the necessary technology, by 2013 some 85% of Americans were surfing the World Wide Web. But how effectively are they using it?A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. It found that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet. That subgroup tended to be less educated, poorer, and older than the average American.In contrast, says Eszter Hargittai, a sociologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who was not involved in the study, those with essential Web skills “tend to be the more privileged. 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Funded by the Joyce Foundation, the study of 1600 adults measured their grasp of terms like “cookie” and “Wi-Fi.” It asked them to rate how confident they were about using a desktop or laptop or a smart phone to find information, as well as how comfortable they felt about using a computer. Of those who scored low in these areas, about half were not Internet users.Horrigan believes that policymakers have ignored the problem of digital readiness while concentrating on providing people with access to the Internet and the necessary hardware. Relatively little attention has been paid to teaching people the necessary skills to take advantage of online classes and job searches, he maintains.The researchers recommend that the technology industry needs to understand that not all users possess the same digital skill levels and that they need to make accommodations for those with less knowledge. Hargittai cites the RSS feed, which alerts its user to updates from his favorite blogs or websites, as an example of a tool that failed to address digital readiness. “There were a few years when every website had this bright orange button, ‘RSS!’ ” Hargittai says. “Web developers knew what it was, but consistently study after study showed that the average user has absolutely no clue what RSS is.”Libraries can act as hubs for online learning within a community, Horrigan says. Having young, Internet-savvy people who are willing to share their skills is another option for reducing the size of the digitally unready population.The lack of digital skills is a perennial problem, say researchers who have studied digital inequality over the years. In addition to those with few skills, someone who can function adequately today may fall behind as the technology continues to evolve. Grant Blank, a sociologist with the Oxford Internet Institute in the United Kingdom, believes that the community benefits just as much from good training programs as do the individuals themselves. “They’re more productive as citizens,” Blank says. “They’re able to participate better in social and political issues if they have effective online skills.”