• Powell, Williams lead Ja charge at World Indoors

    first_imgPORTLAND, USA: Outdoor sprint hurdles champion Danielle Williams and former world record holder Asafa Powell – the headliners on this team – will also headline Jamaica’s start of competition at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre today. Powell, the former 100m world record holder, will compete in the men’s 60m at 4:40 p.m. Jamaica time, while Williams lines up in the 60m hurdles a little over an hour later. The men’s 60m also features Kevaughn Rattray and Odean Skeen, while Williams will be the lone flag bearer in the hurdles. New Mexico Highlands University student Salcia Slack opens up competition for the Jamaicans at 1:15 p.m. in the 60m hurdles pentathlon, where she will face competition from the reigning World silver medallist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Canada. Slack is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, which she was only diagnosed with a week ago, but said she doesn’t have a physical injury. “I have no major injuries. I heard a lot of things going around that I have different things. There is nothing like that,” she told The Gleaner. Slack will compete in all five events – 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m – today. The 400m for both male and female will be the next event for local athletes. Ricardo Chambers and Fitzroy Dunkley will compete in the men’s event at 1:45 p.m., while Chris-Ann Gordon, Patricia Hall-Pritchett, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will be in action in the women’s equivalent immediately after. University of Arkansas student Kemoy Campbell lines up in the men’s 3000m at 3:05 p.m. Team coach Maurice Westney had a few ideas on athletes he thought may medal this weekend. “I am not a great predictor, but it looks as if we will get a few medals; our relay teams, Asafa (Powell), Omar (McLeod) and Kemoy Campbell. I don’t know how he will fit in, but I am looking for something from him,” he told The Gleaner. Technical leader Fitz Coleman was more reserved in his predictions. “I think it puts a bit of price on our heads when we talk about expectations. What we want to know is that they’re physically and mentally ready to compete, and they are,” he said. He added: “The athletes were in pretty good stead. They’re looking forward for competition and were just hoping for competition to start to put our Jamaican stamp on it.” Schedule (Jamaicans) 1:15 p.m. W 60m hurdles Pentathlon 1:45 p.m. M 400m heats 2:15 p.m. W high jump pentathlon 2:25 p.m. W 400m heats 3:05 p.m. M 3000m heats 4:20 p.m. M 60m heats 4:25 p.m. W shot put pentathlon 7:15 p.m. W long jump pentathlon 7:35 p.m. W 60m hurdles heats 8 p.m. M 60m semi-final 9:25 p.m. W 400m semi-final 9:45 p.m. M 400m semi-final 10:10 p.m. W 800m pentathlon 10:30 p.m. W 60m hurdles final 10:40 p.m. M 60m finallast_img read more

  • GECOM never fails to amaze

    first_imgDear Editor,Another Tuesday, another statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). It never fails to amaze me during these weekly discourses, how determined efforts are made to cuffuffle those of us who try to unravel yet more brazen efforts at obfuscation and material non-disclosure of decisions made and acted upon “between meetings”.Just before the meeting, information was shared via email about the voter education activities promised to us last week. The information included a matrix of PR and other multi-media outfits which apparently sent quotations for several activities, including infomercials and flyers. Questions were asked and it turns out that none of this procurement of services was publicly advertised, no information was available as to how the entities were chosen to send in quotes, and how the various activities were even disaggregated!For instance, activities such as the voting process; stamping ballot paper; voting without an ID card; eligibility to vote; voter rights and responsibility; voting by proxy and election offences are all listed separately for 60-second infomercials costing between $65,000 and $160,000. The basis for this listing remained unexplained and the impression I got was that the whole thing is contract splitting to benefit select outfits. As usual, the excuse for no public tender or anything resembling a transparent process was sacrificed at the altar of ‘not enough time and statutory deadlines to meet in a great hurry’.Then, the would-be pacifist, Commissioner Alexander, laments the absence of a procurement manual which would disallow such underhand practices, yet that manual remains elusive.At this meeting, the Chairman, to the consternation of the meeting, announced that he had written Ashton Chase, SC, to provide ‘further and better particulars’ and that it was his own deliberate decision that payment to Chase be deferred even though the matter which was brought against GECOM since 2011 when Chase was retained, with no advance or deposit on fees. The matter was first decided in the High Court in GECOM’s favour, then on appeal was again, in August, 2018, decided in GECOM’s favour, and no legal fees had been demanded or paid throughout the whole process from 2011 to 2018! Compare the invoice sent by Chase for the princely sum of $950,000 – $450,000 for the High Court and $500,000 for the Court of Appeal representation; to invoices sent by Roysdale Forde, Attorney for the CEO, in the sums of $6 million, plus $960,000 VAT for representation in the matter of the Elections Petition filed by Ganga Persaud, which is yet to be heard; and a deposit on fees for $2 million, plus $280,000 VAT for representation in the application for judicial review filed by me, which is in the process of being heard. And the Chairman, without any discussion or recourse to any input from the Commission decides that Chase will not yet be paid!While on the subject of legal fees, the CEO reported that he has not yet received an invoice from Teni Housty for representation in the judicial review matter filed in Berbice. The CEO said the Chairman is in charge of getting that invoice since it was the Chairman who had procured Housty’s services. The Chairman is now Procurement Officer for legal services!!This meeting was informed that the printing of ballot papers for the LGE was complete and that the two Commissioners – Gunraj and Corbin – are to oversee the sealing for shipment on Wednesday and return to Guyana on Thursday and Sunday respectively. All this while, there are outstanding requests by at least four candidates for withdrawal with no action by the CEO to effect their withdrawals and no decision on the deletion of nominators’ names from lists even though persons had submitted affidavits and requests for withdrawal of names and that such withdrawals could and would affect the validity of the inclusion of some candidates.Asked about reports in the press that the Alliance For Change (AFC) campaign manager had announced that the AFC was withdrawing from contesting between 10 and 15 areas for which they has submitted candidates, the CEO claimed that he had not been informed by the AFC of any such thing and all the ballots have been printed. This now seems that the AFC made that public announcement, to detract from its candidates’ submission of lists with fraudulent or forged signatures of nominators, and to gain some sympathy from the electors!What a tangled web we weave!On the issue of house-to-house registration, to the tune of nearly $4 billion I the 2019 Budget proposals, while those of us on the north side of the table maintain that at this time that will only serve to try to delay the 2010 elections, those on the south side staunchly maintain that the decision had been made eons ago to have such registrations done every seven years, the last having been done in 2008 another has been due since 2015! Never mind the fact that budget proposals to do one in 2016 was slashed in 2016, they are adamant that house-to-house registration can be done in 2019! We just as staunchly disagreed, and I reminded of my comment, when the proposals for 2019 were being made, that ‘if the Minister of Finance can find the fiscal space to accommodate the sum of $4 billion in the 2019 budget then the question I have will be answered’.There is no fiscal space to pay persons a living wage, or to pay the disemployed sugar workers their severance, or to do so any other things necessary for a decent life, let alone ‘the good life’, so to find the fiscal space for $4 billion for new house-to-house registration for the 2020 elections, will reveal clear intent, would it not?The report of the Finance Subcommittee still has not been incorporated as part of the minutes, so there could be no discussion about the very real issues surrounding the attendance of the Legal Officer at courses in the United Kingdom, to the tune of more than $4 million, on the sole approval of the Chairman acting on his own without discussion or recourse to the Commission. The recommendation of Commissioner Alexander, member of the said Subcommitte that the Chairman be ‘admonished’, and the recommendation of Commissioner Benn that the Chairman be surcharged, is a battle for another day.Arrangements for Disciplined Services voting on November 2, 2018, remains elusive. No ballot stations have yet been identified or shared, no lists have been published or shared so no stakeholder can make preparations for their agents to observe voting on D-day. The CEO keeps making promises he seems unable to keep while time is fast becoming shorter and shorter.The CEO also reported that there was no application by any observer groups in response to the advertisement for local elections observers. Apparently, the GPSU, the US Embassy and the PSC had indicated their intention to field observers, but this was before the ad was placed.Today’s meeting was shortened when it lost a quorum after I had to leave due to a severe case of what everyone refers to as ‘the flu’ which seems prevalent in our very insanitary Georgetown environment.Until next week when I hope more will be revealed if we manage to ask the right questions.Respectfully,Bibi Shadick,GECOM Commissionerlast_img read more

  • Gunmen shoot, rob Essequibo barber

    first_img– suspects held with booty, weaponA popular barber from Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was shot and robbed by armed gunmen, who pounced on him as he was locking the gate to his Henrietta Village premises early Saturday morning.Injured Troy HerculesTroy Hercules, popularly known as “Akee”, is battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Suddie Public Hospital. The father of two was shot four times.Reports are the 42-year-old man was returning home from a birthday celebration at about 03:00h when he was attacked. The gunmen escaped with $3.5 million worth in jewellery. Guyana Times was told that while doctors at the Suddie Hospital have managed to remove the bullets from his chest and legs, the man’s condition is listed as critical.Speaking with this newspaper, Hercules’ mother, Enid Noble, said she heard the commotion and heard her son crying out for help. Noble added that she rushed to her son’s aid and saw him lying in a pool of blood.“My son call fuh me, he said mommy take me hospital, there were gunshot wounds about his body, I was so speechless, I called for help and we immediately rushed him to the Suddie Public Hospital,” Noble related.The distressed mother recalled hearing an explosion prior to her son’s screams for help. She said after discovering that her son was shot, she too began screaming for help and neighbours rushed out and assisted her. Hercules’ reputed wife, Sheoma Critchlow, said that one of his lungs was damaged as a bullet penetrated it.Meanwhile, swift actions by the Police led to the arrest of two suspects. Reports are one of the suspects was nabbed as he attempted to board a ferry at Supenaam to leave the region. Based on information received, Police contacted their counterparts at Parika and the other suspect was nabbed while existing a speedboat which had just arrived from the Essequibo Coast.A quantity of jewellery, suspected to be Hercules’ and a .32 pistol with 11 matching rounds were discovered in the suspect’s possession. Police from G Division (Essequibo Coast- Islands) are continuing their investigations. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

  • England U21s knocked out of Euro 2017 as Germany beat Young Lions on penalties

    first_img1 Aidy Boothroyd failed to end England’s Germany curse England Under-21s suffered more penalty semi-final heartbreak against Germany after Nathan Redmond’s miss sent them out of Euro 2017.Julian Pollersbeck saved the Southampton winger’s spot kick as Germany won 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.It was hard on the Young Lions who battled hard but it is Germany who will face Spain or Italy in Friday’s final in Krakow. Demarai Gray had cancelled out David Selke’s opener before Tammy Abraham put England ahead for the first time just after the break in Tychy.Felix Platte’s fine header sent the game into extra time with England hanging on before penalties. Lewis Baker, Ben Chilwell and James Ward-Prowse all scored with Pollersbeck saving from Abraham and finally from Redmond as Germany progressed despite Jordan Pickford saving Yannick Gerhardt’s effort.It was the second time Germany Under-21s boss Stefan Kuntz had broken English hearts having been part of the German side to beat the Three Lions on penalties at Euro 96 almost exactly 21 years ago.Redmond was only fit enough to make the bench but Nathaniel Chalobah shook off a groin problem to start. It was a welcome boost for the Young Lions and they received another after just two minutes when Germany’s penalty claims were somehow rejected. Max Arnold slipped in Selke and the RB Leipzig striker stole in front of Calum Chambers as the Arsenal defender clipped his heels. Selke went down but referee Gediminas Mazeika turned down his appeals. Gideon Jung then denied Abraham a tap in before Chalobah planted two free headers over the bar as England turned the screw.And they almost opened the scoring after six minutes when Will Hughes fed Gray only for Jeremy Toljan to block his shot and Pollersbeck save his follow up. The high tempo start was in contrast to a limp atmosphere within the Tychy Stadium but England were on top and blew another fine opening when Abraham headed straight at Pollersbeck. But the Young Lions still survived scares as Serge Gnabry headed wide before Pickford gathered Selke’s effort. Slowly Germany wrestled control as Janik Haberer missed at the far post and Toljan’s deflected effort was turned behind by Pickford.The warning signs were there but England failed to heed them with the Germans growing in confidence and composure. England had blown their early chance and it was no surprise when Selke finally took his to put Kuntz’s side ahead after 35 minutes. They earned joy on the left against Chilwell and Toljan’s marauding run had the Leicester man trailing. The Hoffenheim defender advanced into the area and picked out the perfect cross for Selke to power in from 10 yards. From slicing Germany open in the first 20 minutes England faced coming from behind for the second time in the tournament. They were on the ropes but landed their own sucker punch four minutes before the break to equalise. The German defence had looked brittle and when they failed to clear Ward-Prowse’s corner following Chambers’ header Gray smashed in from six yards. England’s mental strength had prevailed and they grew stronger still when Abraham fired them ahead five minutes into the second half. Germany’s defensive frailties were exposed again when Gnabry’s loose pass fell straight to Hughes who dribbled into the area and crossed for Abraham to poke in from close range. Suddenly England looked comfortable and were buoyed when Selke was forced off injured and replaced by Platte after 63 minutes. But seven minutes later Platte levelled with England undone again from a corner – just like against Slovakia in the group stage – as Mason Holgate was beaten to the ball and Platte flicked in to make it 2-2. Confidence renewed, Germany began to press and Pickford tipped Max Philipp’s rasping drive over before the Young Lions survived a greater scare with 12 minutes left.Philipp was gifted too much time on the right and his delicious cross was headed in by Platte – only for the striker to be flagged offside by the tightest of margins. Weary England managed to cling on for extra time as the Germans dominated a game of attack against defence.Nadiem Amiri fired across goal as Germany probed for an opening but the best openings came from England as Baker sliced wide and John Swift headed off target.And with seven minutes left Amiri missed his golden chance when he missed his kick with the goal gaping which sent the game to penalties. Pickford saved from Gerhardt and Pollersbeck stopped Abraham but after Amiri netted Redmond needed to scored to send the shoot-out to sudden death. But Pollersbeck guess right to turn away the 23-year-old’s penalty as England went out.last_img read more

  • Twitter reacts to Antoine Griezmann’s TV special

    first_imgHas a footballer ever done anything as self indulgent and embarrassing than this Griezmann video ?🤦‍♀️ Did nobody think to tell him it was a bad idea?— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) June 14, 2018 Spanish TV station Movistar+ aired a documentary which followed his decision-making process throughout the season.For 45 minutes, he described a mental struggle between adoration at Atletico and Champions League glory at Barca while everyone screamed at their TVs: ‘JUST TELL US WHAT YOU’RE DOING.’ On a serious note this Griezmann video is a disgrace. He literally had two sets of fans on strings for 45 minutes then publicly snubbed millions of them. To do that to football fans who provide him with that position of arrogance was massively misguided— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) June 14, 2018 How can Griezmann talk about Atleti ‘missing something to win the Champions League’ when he literally missed a penalty in the final?— Billy (@billyedwards94) June 14, 2018 Griezmann got the whole world watching him on the opening day of the World Cup just to say he’s staying, have to admire that level of arrogance— Billie (@Billie_T) June 14, 2018 Just before he went on air, Antoine Griezmann was licking himself to see if he tasted as good as he thought he would. Taken ego to new limits.— Duncan Wright (@dwright75) June 14, 2018 If you think that Griezmann nonsense is ok…just wait until it catches on and we’re watching a 30 minute documentary that ends with Jason Puncheon signing a new contract with Crystal Palace.— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) June 14, 2018 Antoine Griezmann has just made an extraordinary TV appearance in which he (eventually) announced he will be staying at Atletico Madrid.The Frenchman had been heavily linked with an £88million move to Barcelona this summer, but he rejected the Catalans in remarkable fashion. 2 Griezmann eventually announced he would be staying at Atletico Antoine Griezmann is the kind of guy who would propose to his girlfriend at his friend’s wedding.— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) June 14, 2018 2 Griezmann’s TV stunt did not sit well with a lot of football fans I’m glad Griezmann is staying but this whole thing has been embarrassing.— Kinga (@atleticorner) June 14, 2018 Antonie Griezmann has truly embarrassed himself with this ‘decision’ nonsense. Class player, but this attention seeking stunt is poor form.— United Xtra (@utdxtra) June 14, 2018 I long to be as shamelessly dramatic as Griezmann— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) June 14, 2018 Twitter was mightily unimpressed by the reveal, which came just hours before Griezmann and France play their first World Cup game against Australia.Here are some of the best tweets.last_img read more


    first_imgGibson & Associates Solicitors are a leading Donegal and Dublin based legal practice are they’re looking to recruit.The firm deals with a broad range of legal areas including Commercial Law, Property, Insolvency, Personal Injury and Litigation.The firm has a strong reputation for delivering high quality advice and excellent results for clients. Due to continued expansion the firm wishes to recruit an experienced Legal Secretary to assist in its Letterkenny Litigation/Conveyancing Department.The ideal candidate would possess experience in both Litigation and Conveyancing, however candidates with strong Litigation or Conveyancing experience only may also apply.This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated Legal Secretary to progress in a forward thinking firm.Those interested in being considered should forward CV by post or by email for the attention of Lisa Boyle, Gibson & Associates Solicitors, LK House, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Email The closing date for applications is Friday the 11th July 2014. JOB VACANCY: GIBSON & ASSOCIATES SOLICITORS SEEKING TO RECRUIT LEGAL SECRETARY was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gibson Associate SolicitorsjobsLegal SecretarynewsVacancylast_img read more

  • Commissioner to DWP: Freeze spending first

    first_imgThe Department of Water and Power should freeze tens of millions of dollars in spending as it considers whether a proposed 3.8 percent water rate hike is needed, a DWP commissioner said Tuesday. The suggestion came as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new Board of Water and Power commissioners continued to set an aggressive tone as they settle in as the citizen oversight body for the nation’s largest municipal utility. The panel started the day with an “urgent” call for more renewable energy as it reviewed the DWP’s power system amid three recent blackouts that have roiled parts of the city. Then it moved to another focus area: financial accountability. Commissioner Nick Patsaouras questioned DWP’s budget of about $40 million for economic development at the same that it considers a water-rate hike that would generate about $25 million. The commissioners also pushed for stronger oversight of contracts, including regular audits and a system for tracking change orders. DWP contracts became a source of controversy in recent years, leading to a highly critical audit by the city controller and the indictment of officials at one firm in connection with its DWP contracts. Deaton backed the calls for reform but said that in some cases the DWP’s troubles may be a matter of perception. After three recent power outages, including one in September that affected half the city, Villaraigosa called for an independent review of DWP’s power infrastructure and maintenance. Deaton said he looks forward to any information the review turns up but doubts there is an underlying system problem. “We’ve gone through an unusual series of events,” he said. “I could argue, and would argue, that they’re random and not related.” While reviewing the scope of the city’s power system – with its 19,840 miles of transmission and distribution lines and 1.4 million electric meters – commissioners repeatedly returned to the goal of increased use of environmentally sound energy sources. Currently, about 5 percent of energy consumed by DWP customers is considered renewable. The state has pressed for 20 percent renewable use by 2017, while Villaraigosa wants to reach the goal by 2010. With a diversified portfolio of coal, gas, hydroelectric and nuclear sources, the DWP now generates enough power to sell excess to other utilities. Commission Vice President David Nahai said he understood how that situation may breed “complacency and inertia,” but said that when it comes to adding renewables, the panel would “like to be more ambitious than 2017, to put it mildly.” The panel scheduled a November workshop to discuss adding environmentally friendly energy sources, at which it plans to invite officials to talk about such programs in other regions, as well as renewable energy firms that have felt previous DWP bid requirements were too restrictive. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “How are you going to enhance the image of the district by raising the rates and then you’re spending $40 million?” he said. The economic development money goes to utility infrastructure loans for private businesses as well as training, beautification and international trade programs, among other things. General Manager Ron Deaton – who was appointed to lead the DWP in late 2004 and said he would return to the commission’s next meeting with more information on the spending – pointed out that the money is part of the power system budget, and the rate increase would be on the water side. Any possible rate hike would be preceded by opportunities for public input, Patsaouras said. “We’re going to go out to San Pedro and Chatsworth and make a case,” he said. “We’re not going to tell them, ‘Here it is.’ ” last_img read more

  • Drew Remenda on the Sharks: Bad call can’t tarnish the unbelievable comeback

    first_imgEven before Barclay Goodrowʼs spectacular series-clinching goal, the hockey world was abuzz about the circumstances of the Sharks’ unbelievable, unexpected and unprecedented comeback.The argument: Did Cody Eakin deserve a five-minute penalty? No doubt Eakin cross-checked Joe Pavelski off the draw, causing Joe to awkwardly tumble into Paul Statsny and crash violently head first to the ice. But was it really a major?A referee is obligated to take the injury into account when assessing a …last_img read more

  • Music Out of Range of Darwin’s Instrument

    first_imgIn Science this week,1 Michael Balter reported on a Montreal meeting of the Brain, Music and Sound Research Center (BRAMS).  The center is gaining attention for its renewed interest in the biology of music, and why human beings are so good at this skill with its dubious survival value.  The topic came up about how music might have evolved.  Balter reported about his conversation with Isabelle Peretz, a neuropsychologist at the University of Montreal and co-director of BRAMS.Yet whereas work on musical learning is showing progress, “music remains a mystery,” Peretz says.  “The biggest question is what it is for.”  Researchers have suggested many scenarios for why musical abilities might have evolved, such as enhancement of social solidarity and increasing communication between mothers and children (Science, 12 November 2004, p.  1120).  But Peretz is cautious about such speculations.  Although she has long argued against claims by researchers such as Harvard University cognitive scientist Steven Pinker that music is just “auditory cheesecake” with no adaptive function, she conceded in a recent review in Cognition that most hypotheses about music’s role in human evolution are inherently untestable.  “I believe that music is in our genes, but belief is not science”–more evidence is needed, she says.See also the 03/07/2002 and 12/09/2004 entries on music and evolutionary theory.  A new, detailed article by a medical doctor on the intricate design and construction of the human ear can be found on Apologetics Press.1Michael Balter, “Study of Music and the Mind Hits a High Note in Montreal,” Science 9 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5813, pp. 758 – 759, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5813.758.A scientist gets a little closer to singing on pitch (compare 11/12/2004).  Hallelujah.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Africa’s mobile money market flourishing

    first_img5 November 2014There has been a noticeable acceptance of financial inclusion by financial regulators of late, a situation which bodes well for financial providers to come up with affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income individuals.“This is good news for the development of products and services in the mobile money and digital payments ecosystem,’ says Kim Dancey, regulatory head and specialist advisor for alternative banking at First National Bank (FNB).Speaking to Fin24 , concerning her presentation at the up-coming AfricaCom conference taking place in Cape Town from 11 to 13 November, Dancey said the development mobile money technologies is growing in Africa, particularly in Southern Africa.“An interesting development which, although being deployed across multiple regions, is particularly prevalent in Southern Africa is that of the mobile money companion card. These cards are usually a type of pre-paid card linked to the same source of funds as the mobile money account. A mobile money user can use the mobile phone or the card as the channel to make payments.’In recent months, the African continent has experienced huge growth in the mobile money transaction and payment solutions. Mobile money systems like the popular M-Pesa have seen thousands of individuals who do not have conventional bank accounts able to send and receive money through mobile phones, opening up major economic opportunities in the process.However, uptake of mobile money technologies in Africa has been slow, hampered by the apathetic adaptation by regulatory bodies of the financial inclusion policies advocated by African governments and central banks.“A further challenge is that there is still a significant gap between the accepted potential for mobile money and the actual use of mobile money. The mobile money ecosystem still reflects a “dump-and-pump’ behaviour, where the “funds go in and then directly out’.’Adding, Dancey said the challenge is to move mobile money “from being a payment instrument to an offering that is used as a money management tool’. “This challenge sits both on the supply side and on the demand side,’ she said.On the supply side, Dancey said it is a question of the corporate appetite for serving low income segments, a business case that requires high and sustained use; as well as in the design of products and services that are appropriate and user friendly.“On the demand side, to the individual, the mobile money offering has not yet become a means of improving financial wellbeing beyond the receipt and transfer of remittance funds,’ she said.On how mobile money solutions will impact on small businesses, Dancey said research shows that small and micro enterprises (SMEs) in Africa see mobile money as key to doing business. She said many enterprises point out the time and cost savings in making mobile payments.“Business owners pay, and are paid frequently, mobile money assists in lowering cost and saving time by enabling a more convenient means to make payments,’ she said, adding that mobile money assists as a means to increase the speed of the cycle from cash to inventory to receivables and back to cash.A key challenge SMEs face is record keeping. Dancey said mobile money systems do not solve this requirement in a business. “[Therefore] consideration should be given to solving for this essential requirement to the potential success of a business,’ said Dancey.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more