I will play for Kotoko one day: Gyan

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first_imgStriker Asamoah Gyan has vowed to play for Asante Kotoko before retiring from football.The Ghana captain is currently one-goal shy of equaling Abedi Pele’s record of the all time leading top scorer for the Black Stars with 32 goals.Gyan has spent close to a decade with his professional career abroad where he has featured for Udinese, Stade Rennes and Sunderland.Now in the UAE with Al Ain, the 27-year-old wants to emulate his elder brother Baffour, who also played for the Porcupine Warriors after his adventure abroad.“I will definitely return one day to the Ghana Premier League where I will play for no other club than Asante Kotoko,” Gyan told Kumasi-Based Angel FM.“I have and always been a big fan of Kotoko and always willing the club to win games and trophies. “So I want to make it clear to everyone that Asamoah Gyan will play for Kotoko upon his return to the Ghana Premier League, no two ways about that,” he said.Gyan featured for Liberty Professionals as a teenager before leaving the shores of Ghana to begin his professional career with Udinese.last_img read more

Investigation continues into fatal Mason City crash

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first_imgMASON CITY — The investigation continues after one person died and three people were injured after a single-vehicle accident on the city’s far east side Friday night.Chief Jeff Brinkley says officers were called shortly before 10:45 PM to California Avenue just south of State Highway 122, where they found a vehicle had rolled over, two persons had been ejected from the vehicle, and two others were still inside the vehicle. All four were taken to MercyOne North Iowa, with one person being pronounced dead at the hospital, with the condition of the other three not being immediately known.The names of those involved in the crash are not being released at this time, pending the notification of relatives.last_img read more

They think it’s Gaal over – Mourinho waits in wings

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first_imgMourinho saw his second spell as Chelsea manager end with the sack in December, after last season’s champions made a miserable start to the their Premier League title defence.Guardiola rivalryThe Portuguese manager may have won trophies in several European leagues but has never stayed at one club longer than the three years and three months he racked up in his first spell with Chelsea.Some media weren’t convinced about the apparently imminent appointment of the brash Portuguese, who despite his success has a reputation for alienating players and waging public feuds with adversaries.If hired, Mourinho will arrive in Manchester at the same time as incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, resuming their bitter rivalry from when they coached Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.But former United defender Phil Neville said even if Mourinho was only at Old Trafford for a brief time, he would bring silverware to the club.“I can’t see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” Neville told BBC Radio on Sunday.“When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.“It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”United have now failed to finish higher than fourth in the Premier League in any of the three seasons since legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired.For a club of United’s stature that represents an embarrassing record but Neville believes Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, can transform their fortunes.“He’s a proven winner, a proven champion,” Neville said.“United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho was widely reported to be close to joining Manchester United on Monday as The Times said his agent was due in England for talks on replacing embattled manager Louis van Gaal.British media have been awash with reports of van Gaal’s demise, after a leak from an unknown source spread as Manchester United lifted the FA Cup on Saturday.The Dutchman cryptically commented, “It’s over” as he left the squad’s London hotel on Sunday, but it was not clear whether he was referring to his tenure or United’s season.The BBC said van Gaal had not been informed whether he was staying for next season, although it said Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace was believed to have been his last game.The Times reported that he is fuming over his treatment by the club, adding that Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes was flying to England to “conclude negotiations” on a three-year contract.There has been no official comment from the 20-time English champions, although the no-nonsense van Gaal was defiant after Saturday’s Cup final.“I show you the cup and I don’t discuss it with my friends of the media, who already sacked me for six months,” the 64-year-old said.“Which manager can do that, what I have done?”Despite winning their first trophy since the great Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, van Gaal’s United didn’t challenge for the Premier League title and failed to qualify for the Champions League.Fans were also unhappy with the brand of football their team played under van Gaal, which many felt ran counter to the club’s traditional attacking style.last_img read more

European Ladies’ Amateur Championship – Daily Highlights

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first_img Tags: EGA, European Ladies’ Amateur, Parkstone Golf Club 24 Jul 2019 European Ladies’ Amateur Championship – Daily Highlights Day one round-up:Denmark’s Amalie Leth-Nissen holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset.The 14-year-old, from Hjortespring Golf Club, who reached the quarter-finals of the recent Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Co. Down, carded seven birdies in an opening six-under par 66 to finish the day two shots ahead of Sweden’s Linn Grant, Italians Emilie Alba Paltrinieri and Virginia Elena Carta and Jana Melichova from the Czech Republic.It was former Helen Holm Scottish Open champion and World No. 11 Grant who beat the Danish player in the last eight in Northern Ireland before bowing out to the eventual champion Emily Toy the following morning. Paltrinieri won this year’s Allianz German Girls’ Championship while Melichova is the reigning Czech women’s champion.The hot conditions produced a rash of good scores with Marta Perez Sanmartin, Marie Lund-Hansen, Lois Lau, Annabell Fuller, Kirsten Rudgeley, Gile Bite Starkute and Krista Junkkari all shooting three-under par rounds of 69 and another large group comprising all Emma Spitz, Amelia Williamson, Lily May Humphreys, Caterina Don, Chloe Salort and Xiaolin Tian tied in thirteenth place on 70.Day two round-up:Finland’s Krista Junkkari’s fine run of form continued when she moved into a one-shot lead at the half-way stage of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset.Junkkari won last week’s Finnish Stroke Play Championship at Vaasan Golf and she revelled in the sunshine at Parkstone adding a four-under par 68 to her opening 69 to lead the field on seven-under par 137.The Finn’s nearest challenger is Caterina Don, the runner-up in this year’s Italian Ladies’ Match Play, who is on 138 after replicated Junkkari’s second round score while her compatriot Virginia Elena Carta, Norway’s Amalie Leth-Nissen and Gile Bite Starkute from Lithuania are all tied third on 139. Leth-Nissen led the field with a 66 in the first round but needed seven shots more in the second.Scotland’s Hannah Darling, from Broomieknowe, the winner of this year’s Scottish Girls’ Open Stroke play title, was another player who made a significant move up the leaderboard, carding a three-under par 69 to climb up to a tie for sixth place alongside Italy’s Alessandra Fanali, Italy’s Xiaolin Tian and Jana Melichova from the Czech RepublicThe leading English player is Euphemie Rhodes who carded a 69 to share 10th place alongside Italy’s Allessia Nobilio, Sweden’s Linn Grant and Spain’s Marta Perez Sanmartin on two under par 142.Alice Hewson, Amelia Williamson and Annabell Fuller are all one-shot further back in the large group tied for 14th place.Day three round-up:Scotland’s Hannah Darling holds a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone in DorsetThe 16-year-old from Broomieknowe, who won the inaugural Girls’ Under 16 Open last year at Fulford, carded a third round four-under par 68 to post a total of eight-under par 208 and go into the last day two shots ahead of France’s Chloe Salort, England’s Kirsten Rudgeley and Lithuania’s Gile Bite Starkute.Salort and Rudgeley were among the big movers during the third round with the former shooting a five under par 67 to move up 23 places on the leaderboard and the latter posting a 68 to jump up from a share of 21st place at the halfway stage. Starkute returned a 72.It was also a good day for England’s Annabell Fuller who shot a two-under par 70 to climb into a share of fifth place alongside Italy’s Caterina Don, Finland’s Krista Junkkara and Jana Melichova from the Czech Republic on four under par 212.Norway’s Dorthea Forbrigd and Denmark’s Karen Fredgaard both carded rounds of 68 to share ninth place with Italy’s Virginia Bossi, Switzerland’s Priscilla Schmid, France’s Candice Mahe and Denmark’s Sofie Kibsgaard Nielson on three under par 213. Kibsgaard Nielsen shot one-under par 71 in each of the first three rounds.View leaderboard   Visit the EGA’s websiteImage credit Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Warriors pay visit to Barack Obama during road trip

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first_imgDuring their lone visit to Washington, D.C., this season, the Golden State Warriors paid a visit to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, hours ahead of Thursday’s matchup against the Wizards.Related: Warriors visit with House speaker Nancy Pelosi after Wizards gameThe meeting was revealed via a picture posted by a team official on Instagram Thursday afternoon — a post that has since been deleted. The picture includes the full roster, who visited with Obama for about an hour, …last_img read more

Zuma hotline goes live

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first_imgThe presidential hotline is buzzing, withover 2 000 calls an hour recorded on thefirst day. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vusi MonaDeputy director-general, communications+27 76 682 0079RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma: a more prosperous nation • State of the nation address• Presidency talks to children• Farmers give Zuma thumbs-upJanine ErasmusPresident Jacob Zuma’s much-anticipated hotline went live on 14 September 2009, enabling members of the public to direct government-related complaints or queries straight to his office.The toll-free hotline number is 17737. This will take callers to a Union Buildings-based call centre, which will be open from 7.30am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. Citizens can also fax the call centre on 086 681 0987.Vusi Mona, former City Press editor and now deputy director-general for communications in the Presidency, said that a shift system was in the pipeline, which would extend the hours.While calls from landlines are free, it is unclear whether callers from mobile phones will be charged, as government and mobile providers are still in negotiations.During the first few hours of operation, the call centre reported an average of around 2 400 calls per hour.Efficient serviceThe R4-million service, which will reportedly cost about R1.5-million a year to run, is fronted by 43 public liaison officers. All officers have received specific training in dealing with general enquiries from the public, questions about the government and service delivery complaints.Each government department and province has been assigned its own public liaison officer, who is expected to attend to all issues efficiently and quickly, and to follow up enquiries and complaints received.Eventually it is expected that each provincial government will implement its own hotline.“The provinces are expected to create a forum that includes liaison officers for each municipality,” said the Presidency in a statement, “so that the service is taken to local government level, including rural municipalities and districts.”Zuma has indicated that he may even take a few calls himself, if his schedule permits. The president’s office will be linked to an online platform that will enable him to take calls directly.On the first day of operation, the president did indeed answer one or two calls personally. He spoke to a widow from the Eastern Cape who was battling to access her late husband’s pension, and a resident of Benoni in Gauteng with a complaint about consistent sewerage leakage.“Government has always communicated with the public before, including through izimbizo,” said Zuma, addressing hotline staff. “We are now taking that interaction a step further, through ensuring that there is two way communication. We want people to be able to tell us what their problems are with service delivery, so that we can assist directly.”Zuma urged operatives to always remain cool and collected, even with angry callers at the other end of the line, adding that they would solve many problems through just being human. He called on them, as the first line of government communications, to help improve government’s image.Language no barrierCallers will be served in their language of choice. South Africa has 11 official languages, and the country’s Constitution states that everyone has the right to use their chosen language in any activity and at any time. The National Language Service of the Department of Arts and Culture is responsible for projects and policies that promote the use of all South Africa’s languages.Former music star Eugene Mthethwa, of the moderately successful kwaito group Trompies, is in charge of the hotline. Mthethwa is the newly appointed deputy director for public liaison and stakeholder management.“This is a way for people to get closer to government, and to express their dissatisfaction with poor service delivery,” said Mthethwa. “We take these matters very seriously.”All hotline calls will be recorded and logged to enable the Presidency to monitor and evaluate the quality of service offered, as well as determine the time taken to deal with complaints. Records will also help staff obtain important statistics to improve performance, such as which government departments receive the most – or the least – complaints.A more interactive government“In this era of renewal, we will move towards a more interactive government,” said Zuma in his maiden State of the Nation speech on 3 June 2009. “To lead by example, work has begun on the establishment of a public liaison capacity in the Presidency. In addition to receiving letters and emails from the public, we will also establish a hotline for easier access.”Zuma went on to assure the country that hotline staff will treat each query as if it was the only one, and would track its progress until it arrived at the person who would handle it properly.Now is the time for Zuma to make good on that promise. The Presidency said it expects around 1 500 calls per day.With the service up and running, said the Presidency, it will spend the next few weeks fine-tuning the system and eliminating any bugs so that it will be fully functional by the end of September.The Presidency also said it hopes the hotline would prompt government departments to remember that they are there to serve the people, and to develop a culture of putting the citizen first.Offering renewed hopeAccording to Vusi Mona, the hotline was a cause close to the president’s heart.Mona also admitted that the fact that hotline exists at all is a sign of failure in service delivery. He added that the hotline would give renewed hope to disgruntled citizens who struggled with “inaccessible government services”.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Why COP 17 will not be easy

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first_img11 November 2011When Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told guests last week that South Africa was like a student ready to write an exam, her comparison was understood at once.Of course, the minister was referring to the country’s preparations to host the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference. And anyone who has been through school knows the anxiety, stress and to a lesser extent the excitement that precedes a major exam.However, the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, taking place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December, will be a major test not only for conference hosts South Africa but also for the world in general.It will test politicians’ willingness to compromise in dealing with the potentially catastrophic impacts of global warming. It will test ordinary citizen’s willingness to contribute towards curbing climate change.How to implement the decisions of COP 16One could argue that if COP 15, held in Copenhagen in 2009, was tough, Durban could be even more bruising for negotiators. This is because COP 17 has got to find a way of implementing most of the major decisions that were taken during COP 16 in Mexico last year.For instance, under the Convention agreement a consensus was reached on a shared vision of 2 Degree Celsius temperature limit with review in 2013. As any scientist will tell you, it will require a great deal of discipline and compromise to achieve that temperature target.Negotiators in Mexico also agreed to establish an Adaptation Committee and, more importantly, signatures were put on a mooted Green Climate Fund to handle $30-billion in fast-start funding, increasing to $100-billion by 2020.And considering the urgency of the issue of climate change, many if not all of these commitments have to find a way of being implemented after the conference in Durban, and people like Molewa are quite aware that this will not be an easy task to carry out.The Kyoto Protocol headacheThen there’s the headache of the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire next year.The Kyoto Protocol currently places legal obligations on nations – with the exception of the US, China, India and Brazil, which are not signatories to the treaty – to reduce greenhouse emissions.The countries that did sign it together account for an estimated 55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. This has strengthened the criticism by environmentalists that the system was somehow flawed, and fueled their call that it must be revisited.Some developed countries, led by Japan and Russia, have understandably adopted a hard-line approach towards the Kyoto Protocol and are now arguing that the system is both unfair and environmentally ineffective.Small island developing states, least developed countries and Africa, including South Africa, also assert that the current system is ineffective.To add to the dilemma, several of the nations that actually signed on the agreement have admitted they probably will not be able to make good on their promises.But many seem to be in agreement that the contract should be renewed beyond 2012, albeit with stricter terms and conditions and hopefully getting the biggest climate sinners to sign too.While the Kyoto Protocol alone will not cause enough change to stop global warming caused by increased amounts of greenhouses gases, analysts describe it as a good first step in curbing such emissions.What COP 16 never got round to settlingHowever, it is not only what Cancun agreed on that will either make of break Durban, but also what politicians failed to settle on in Mexico.Cancun, for instance did not address key equity related political questions such as the legal form of the Kyoto Protocol and how to ensure its continuation without disadvantaging poor nations that still need to grow their economies.Heads of state also failed to agree on a single treaty type legally binding outcome, a long-term global emission reduction goal and upfront common carbon accounting rules.There was also no compromise on issues of fair share of carbon space or sufficient time for developing countries to change to cleaner forms of energy without jeopardising their development obligations.Failure by Cancun to agree on these crucial political issues meant that the matters were all shifted to Durban with the hope that, with time, leaders would be able to find a common ground. This has led to much scepticism, and as expected there are interesting emerging paradigms towards the Durban talks.Vulnerable countries led by Africa now demand that a new climate regime must be a legal obligation on all countries, to ensure, they say, mitigation of emissions and formation of a comprehensive international adaptation to support poor nations. This bloc also wants assurances on financial, technological and capacity building support from developed countries.Contrary to this view, the United States, Japan and Russia want non-legally binding decisions, due to US domestic politics preventing them entering any legally binding outcome at the moment.There’s also the aggressive reluctance of China, Japan and Russia to move without the US.Back to Molewa’s comparison, South Africa and indeed the world is faced with a choice here: either to pass or fail the exam; any self-respecting student would prefer the former.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Southern Africa remains free of Ebola

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first_imgEbola infection has been recorded in the West African countries of Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, as well as in Spain and the United States. There have been no deaths in Senegal or Spain.• My Africa Is … not what you think • Leading African researchers hunt down Ebola • Doctors Without Borders treat Ebola, one patient at a time• Ivory Coast take on ice bucket challenge helps fight Ebola• Animation tells the story of Ebola and how to avoid itMary AlexanderThere remain no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in South Africa or any of its neighbouring countries, and the country is fully prepared for any outbreak, should it occur.The disease remains largely confined to the small West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with Liberia the hardest hit. Globally, according to the World Health Organisation, there were 9 216 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States up to the end of 14 October.A total of 4 555 people have died from Ebola, according to WHO figures. Of these, 2 484 deaths were in Liberia, 1 200 in Sierra Leone, 862 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and one in the US.While the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the last confirmed case in Senegal was reported on 29 August, and in Nigeria on 8 September, both well over a month ago. There have been no Ebola deaths in Senegal. As the disease’s incubation period is 21 days, both countries are now considered Ebola-free.John Vertefeuille, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Nigeria had taken the right steps to contain the outbreak.“Nigeria acted quickly and early and on a large scale” he told the AFP news agency. “They acted aggressively, especially in terms of contact-tracing.”Both Spain and the US continue to monitor potential contacts. The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola has now tested negative for the disease. In the US, two nurses who treated the country’s one Ebola casualty in a Texas hospital have now contracted the disease.“The outbreak continues to accelerate,” the South African Department of Health said in a statement. “According to the World Health Organisation, half of the nearly 5 000 cases occurred in the last three weeks, and it is not unthinkable that 20 000 could become infected before the outbreak is over.“However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities.”South Africa is preparedIn August South Africa imposed a total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling to the country from the worst-hit West African nations to limit the spread of Ebola , unless the travel is considered absolutely essential. This ban continues to be strictly enforced.Earlier in October, the health department announced plans for dealing with the disease, should it ever land in South Africa.“We have identified 11 hospitals around the country to deal with patients who could be affected by Ebola,” department spokesperson Joe Maila announced. The hospitals are all equipped with the necessary isolation facilities and protective clothing.“If anything happens, and someone is discovered to have Ebola, we can send them to these hospitals.”Gauteng and the Eastern Cape each have two identified hospitals, while the remaining seven provinces have one each.In September, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi rejected claims that hospitals in the country were not ready to deal with an Ebola outbreak.Answering questions in Parliament, Motsoaledi insisted the 11 hospitals and their staff were fully equipped.“All the designated hospitals have received guidelines on viral haemorrhagic fever and Ebola virus,” he said, “dealing with all aspects of diagnosis, isolation, treatment and even management of possible fatalities that may occur as a result of the Ebola virus disease.”last_img read more

NASS releases Census of Agriculture Congressional District profiles and rankings

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture on the NASS website. This summary presents data by congressional district that includes land, farms, market value of agricultural products sold, rankings, and producer characteristics. These profiles are often used by producers, congressional leaders, and others to support agriculture in their districts.“The profiles are a quick way to see what’s going on with agriculture in a particular area — to show its value at the local level,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “They provide an easy way to evaluate high-level data, compare characteristics of one district to another, and educate colleagues, policymakers, and non-farming neighbors about farming in that location.”NASS released the Census of Agriculture State and County profiles on May 30. Still to be released is the Watersheds Report on July 25; the American Indian Reservations Report on Aug. 26; Zip Code Tabulations on Sept. 18; and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Profiles on Oct. 1. All of these products will be available at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.Other products to be released this summer and fall include state-specific Census blogs showcased on www.usda.gov and additional Census Highlights publications found on the NASS website. Notifications of when these products are available are announced @USDA__NASS on Twitter. In addition to these products, special tabulations of data may be requested on the NASS website, if needed.Already preparing for the 2022 Census of Agriculture, NASS is asking for content change suggestions and for new producers who did not receive a 2017 Census of Agriculture form last year to sign up to be counted in future censuses and surveys. Both forms can be found at www.nass.usda.gov.last_img read more

Google Should Stop Playing Around With Wave and Focus on Spreadsheet

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first_imgDisclosure: I didn’t get an early invitation, so this is not a first-hand review of Google Wave. But from what I know now, I don’t want an invitation anymore. It looks like too much of a productivity suck. But I do use Google Spreadsheet all the time. It is the de facto real-time, online, distributed collaboration tool for serious GTD business. It is the best tool for an agile, networked business.But it could be way, way better. Excel is still the best spreadsheet; it has just fallen behind on collaboration (and collaboration is a show-stopper). But Microsoft could catch up there, and a lot of really sharp startups are gunning for the same space.A Short History of the Programmer-less App MirageSince about, oh, maybe the days of punch cards, ventures have proclaimed some variation on this pitch: no need for programmers; ordinary folk can create really useful apps!Fourth generation, Fifth generation! Far too many acronyms and buzzwords and brilliance and capital have been sacrificed on this altar.On the other hand, ordinary folk create real apps on spreadsheets all day long. Millions of people do it. Businesses run on them, to the horror of IT folk. Banks and VCs burn billions of dollars based on crazy assumptions in those spreadsheets. Mr. Assumption pleads guilty. Mr. Spreadsheet says, “I was only following orders!”Real-Time Spreadsheets? That Is So 1980s, Dude!Yes, traders were doing real-time spreadsheets using Excel in the late 1980s, and by the mid-1990s (as in, 15 years ago) they were totally mainstream in trading rooms. Sorry if that is news to folks who think “real time” is new.But It Could Be a Lot MoreExcel has one problem: version control. That’s it. Collaboration is a fancy word, but the simple problem before we had online spreadsheets was version control. You either endured chaos and frazzled nerves or you put in the kind of IT process management rules that the ordinary GTD folks were fleeing from by using a spreadsheet rather than a custom system.Online spreadsheets that anyone can edit concurrently solved the version control problem. Problem solved! Done, finished. Can we move on now?I wish Google would focus on the things that would now make its Spreadsheet an awesome business tool. Here are the top four items on my wish list:1. Offline sync that does not get in the way and is totally seamless.I gave up on Gears because it seemed to do more harm than good. I know that it is a tough engineering challenge, but I know that Google has some pretty smart people (Wave alone has 60 engineers). Offline sync is essential for serious spreadsheet use. Please don’t tell serious business users that they can get Wi-Fi anywhere. Or that they will be able to very soon. Or that waiting for the bandwidth to catch up with their actions is okay.2. The same level of sophistication in features that Excel has.I am not a power Excel user, but even I hit limits on Google Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet jockeys who create those powerful (and dangerous) models view Google’s app as a toy.#1 and 2 are linked. You cannot have that level of sophistication without using local CPU capacity.3. Better hooks to real databases.Spreadsheets are database-like, but don’t try anything serious that a RBMS does with its eyes closed. Add in linked data and XML assets.4. APIs and other tools to enable an eco-system of apps that do forms and process management.In a business, something happens when someone signs off on something. That gets tracked somewhere, as in a spreadsheet. Enable that eco-system to grow.If Google won’t seize this challenge, Microsoft will. Excel may be Microsoft’s best product ever, and it understands business needs.Wave looks like the kind of over-engineered, overly complex, promise-the-moon-at-some-far-off-date project that has gotten Microsoft in such deep trouble so often. Sure, Wave will be evaluated by a lot of big companies. Meetings will be convened to discuss Wave. Wave Committees might even be formed. Ho and hum! This is not the Google we admire. This is the Google that dreams of being Microsoft and then wakes up and finds that it is Microsoft, and it is a nightmare.Actually, it looks like Google cannot decide whether it is trying to be Twitter (“Look at me! I’m hip, young and hot”) or Microsoft (“It may not be that exciting, son, but it works, and that’s what matters”). Self-conscious attempts to be hip almost always fail.Where Google has historically scored well is in providing tools that you can be productive with immediately and that gradually grow in competence, never requiring a big decision. Millions of folks have a business or non-profit to run and need Google to build on the early promise of Google Spreadsheet.If it doesn’t, Microsoft will make the online version of Excel work as easily as Google Spreadsheet. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts bernard lunncenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more