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Nuclear Affair, Future King fancied for Guineas classics

first_imgA bumper crowd is expected a Caymanas Park today for the season’s first classics, the 42nd running of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas for native bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, over a mile.Both races are being sponsored by the betting and gaming entity, Post to Post, for the second consecutive year and will again offer purses of $3.25 million.Of the 13 fillies declared for the 1000 Guineas, there is a definite standout in the form of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who is unbeaten in two starts this season.Trained by Gary Subratie, who also saddles the recent winners, CLASSY AVIATOR and GOLDEN GLORY, NUCLEAR AFFAIR caught the eye in four races as a two-year-old last season, culminating in her brave effort on Boxing Day when caught on the line by the top colt, FUTURE KING, in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures two-year-old Stakes over this trip.According to Subratie, the bay filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair has not put a foot wrong since.”She is really a class act and truly impressed with her last performance, three weeks ago, when winning the Thornbird Trial Stakes over seven furlongs from well off the pace.PRINCIPAL DANGER”She has worked well in her preparation for this race and with a mile even more to her liking, I am pretty confident she will deliver with former champion jockey Dane Nelson again in the saddle,” said the second-generation trainer, who previously won the 1000 Guineas with NIPHAL in 2011.To my mind, the principal danger to NUCLEAR AFFAIR is highly regarded SORENTINO’S STAR, to be ridden by leading all-time classic winning jockey, Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, for 14-time champion trainer, Philip Feanny.She beat FUTURE KING in the $3.6 million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400metres last November, and although failing to impress under topweight in the recent Thornbird Stakes, has worked well and should complete the exacta.If NUCLEAR AFFAIR is the one to beat in the fillies Guineas, the same holds true for Wayne DaCosta-trained FUTURE KING (Robert Halledeen up) in the 2000 Guineas, despite a recent setback (hoof injury) which forced him out of a recent overnight allowance race.DaCosta disclosed that although missing from exercise for two weeks, FUTURE KING, who returned to the exercise track late last week, is on the way back and although a bit short of work “his class should see him through” at the expense of recent Prince Consort Stakes winner, CHACE THE GREAT, runner-up ORPHEUS and BIGDADDYKOOL.Other firm fancies on the 11-race programme are BERRANCA to go one better in the first race, CONCLUSION in the fifth, SUPER COP in the sixth and ORIGINAL TRAIN in the 10th for overnight allowance horses.last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: Ateneo bounces back, holds off UST for first win

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Eagles tied the Golden Tigresses at 1-1 after absorbing a loss in their season opener against De La Salle, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19 on Sunday.Despite holding on to the lead for most of the fourth set, the Lady Eagles didn’t have total control over UST with the Golden Tigresses continuously knocking at the gates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAteneo held a five-point, 23-18 lead after Eya Laure’s error but that got dwindled to just one after three straight attacks from UST and error from Jules Samonte made it 23-22.Kat Tolentino, however, came up in the clutch and put Ateneo at the 24-22 match point with a booming kill that bounced off Cherry Rondina’s reception. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Milena Alessandrini then gave away the final point to Ateneo after her down the line kill went out of bounds.Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro said he did not have a hard time in putting the right mindset into his players since the Lady Eagles themselves were already eager in recovering from their loss.“My players had the resiliency to recover from that loss because they were the ones who wanted to immediately bounce back, they believe they can win today,” said Almadro in Filipino.“Hopefully this is a stepping stone for a bright future.”Tolentino powered Ateneo’s offense with 22 points while Maddie Madayag had 15.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Neymar ‘cried for two days’ after new foot injury Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo got into the winners’ circle after prevailing over University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Cherry Rondina scored a team-high 20 points for the Golden Tigresses with Laure and Alessandrini playing support with 12 and 10 points, respectively.RELATED VIDEO Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

President’s comments contradict Education Ministry’s actions – teachers

first_imgBetter wages strike Teachers are now confused at the position of Government on their strike action, since, according to them, President David Granger’s position on the issue is different from the Education Ministry’s action.According to teachers, the call by President David Granger for full mediation and possibly arbitration is completely different from what his Education Ministry is attempting to do in relation to their salary and other benefits’ negotiations.On Friday, the President hosted his third press conference since taking office in 2015, and called Guyana Teachers Union’s strike action “extreme…premature” and urged that there be full mediation and possibly arbitration before such extreme measure is taken.However, when contacted, GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald told the Guyana Times that they have listened keenly to the President’s comments and they are still ready to go to the bargaining table, provided that their conditions are assented to.Additionally, she explained that the actions of the Education Ministry are quite contradictory, since the Union is yet to be contacted since meeting with the Education Ministry on Thursday. McDonald said the GTU are still going ahead with the strike action, and noted that they are ready to provide relief to teachers if Government decides to cut salaries.This publication spoke to a number of teachers on Saturday, and they related that they are being forced to strike due to non-consideration by the Education Ministry.Education Minister Nicolette Henry“The Ministry is not doing anything. They are trying to strong-arm the teachers into accepting what is on the table, and that is it. We have been waiting on debauching money for so long, and now they want to give you a small sum. Then we have the President saying something else. The Government needs to get their act together and get on the same page,” a teacher who gave her name only as Ms Persaud said.Persaud has been in the teaching profession for over 20 years, and she said it is time that the teachers take a collective stance because their rights would be trampled upon. She said that all the teachers at her school, on the West Bank of Demerara, would be supporting the strike.Another teacher noted that teachers need to understand that they have to band together in order to have their demands met.Meanwhile, there is a growing level of anxiety cause by the uncertainty of the quality of education to be delivered when school reopens tomorrow (Monday). Parents are questioning the Education Ministry’s contingency plan, since that plan seemingly does not have all in place to cushion the effect of the teachers’ absence.“We now seeing that the Ministry sending out notice for trainee teachers and retired ones, when they saying that they have it under control. How can we rest when it seems like the Ministry don’t know what they are doing?” questioned Johnathan Persaud.The man said his son is now a third form student at Patentia Secondary School, WBD, and he is concerned about the quality of teaching his son will receive, since he has to prepare for the National Grade Nine Assessment.Contingency PlanEducation Minister Nicolette Henry and her officers have been saying that a contingency plan is in place. The plan would see trainee teachers, substitute teachers, parents and retired teachers taking over classrooms. However, it is unclear whether the Teaching Service Commission is on board with this plan. Additionally, former CPCE lecturer Tamashwar Boodhoo has said that trainee teachers cannot take school registers since registers are legal documents and could be used in a court of law.Like many parents, even President Granger said he does not find favour with trainee teachers taking over the classrooms, come September 3.The Education Ministry has issued a notice to Education officials, detailing the responsibilities of the CPCE teachers on attachment, parents and substitute teachers it intends to deploy to cushion the effects of the strike.The notice said they are to follow the regular lesson plan, scheme of work and other curricular documents; record tasks/assignments; record daily attendance in the Attendance registers; keep an up-to-date record of the content completed; and maintain a relationship with parents, among other requirements.However, teachers and the GTU are questioning where the substitutes would access lesson plans and schemes of work, since those are usually completed during the pre-term activity period, and the strike commenced during that period.Teachers are seeking increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government has maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal, offering a 2018-2019 pay off.Additionally, Granger said they are currently looking to source additional funds to meet the teachers’ demands, but explained that Government is not going to commit to a multi-year agreement.last_img read more

Ware “house” deal a totally corrupt transaction – Jagdeo

first_img… PPP/C to reprimand Health Minister over “blatant lies”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has signalled its intention to have Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton reprimanded by the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges, over the “blatant lies” he told the National Assembly regarding Government’s sourcing of a building in Sussex Street, Charlestown, to be used as a storage bond for the nation’s drugs and medical supplies.This disclosure was made on Wednesday, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with members of the local media at the Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.The Sussex Street bondIn fact, Jagdeo told media operatives that the Opposition may very well have to go after the entire Cabinet since the decision to front Linden Holding Inc $25 million from the nation’s coffers was as a result of a Cabinet decision.The Opposition Leader said the actions of the Government illustrates that there was an attempt to cover up a blatantly corrupt deal to transfer $12.5 million monthly to a party supporter. “It is a totally corrupt transaction and I want to see whether (President) Granger will order a Commission of Inquiry into this matter.”$25M advanceJagdeo said that the $25 million which was advanced by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc, was in fact used to purchase the building – formerly a beverage depot for Tom-Boy drinks.He said the first month’s rental of $12.5 million that was paid to Linden Holding Inc is what is being used to renovate the facility.Government, he said, financed the acquisition of the property for Singh and is also “paying to fix it up.”The Opposition Leader on Wednesday spoke publicly on the matter for the first time since it was first disclosed to the National Assembly.He said Dr Norton’s “first lie” was to tell the Members of Parliament (MPs) that Government was paying the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation in excess of $19 million a month for the use of its bond to store drugs and medical supplies.Jagdeo vehemently denied this charge and said the PPP/C Government, while in office, never paid a cent to NEW GPC INC for the use of its storage bond.He said the current Government is fully aware of this fact and would have been in possession of all the relevant documentation since taking office.More liesAnother blatant lie told by Dr Norton, according to Jagdeo, is that the Public Health Ministry had begun using the facility now owned by Linden Holding Inc.Several independent checks have found this to not be the case, since the facility is still in the process of being refurbished. “There is nothing in the bond, it is under construction now,” Jagdeo said.The Opposition Leader further charged that Government had violated Guyana’s procurement laws when it opted to sole source the facility from Linden Holding Inc.He was at pains to explain that while the PPP/C Government had been accused of sole sourcing drugs from NEW GPC, this was not the case.Jagdeo explained that NEW GPC was pre-qualified as a supplier – an option that was available to all potential suppliers.Dr Norton told the House on Monday that there was an emergency situation which warranted the need for the bond, hence the single sourcing method employed by Government.Jagdeo has since denied this was the case since the drugs were being stored in NEW GPC’s bond free of cost.He insists that Government’s resort to single sourcing, in this case, breached the procurement laws since it did not meet the requirements.No NEW GPC rentalJagdeo maintained too that there was no rental agreement with NEW GPC for the use of its bond and said that the figures quoted by Dr Norton was in fact a VAT inclusive quotation that was submitted to Government.The Opposition Leader explained that the quotation submitted by NEW GPC is for the rental of a state-of-the-art, certified 70,000 square foot facility.He said the NEW GPC proposal works out to $237 per square foot.The NEW GPC proposal was disregarded, according to Jagdeo, who said Government instead made advance payments to use a 10,000 square foot, sub-standard facility, at a rental fee of $12.5 million and this works out to $1250 per square foot.This essentially means that Government is paying five times the amount asked by NEW GPC for a facility that is essentially seven times smaller and does not meet any of the minimal international standards required for such facility.New trendGuyana Times understands that Government terminated the pre-qualified status of NEW GPC, an arrangement under which the Ministry’s drugs and medical supplies were stored free of cost.Condemning the arrangement, Jagdeo observed too that this appears to be a new trend emerging with Government.He pointed to the negotiations for a power purchase agreement for a wind farm proposed by a close affiliate of the coalition, in addition to a fertiliser contract among other similar transactions to have taken place involving supporters of the APNU/AFC coalition and Government involving public money.He lamented too some of the informal exhortations on the part of Government during the course of the deliberations over the advance payments to Linden Holding Inc.Jagdeo recalled that there were utterances such as “is we time now… you all did the same thing.”last_img read more

DONEGAL TEAM SMASH IRISH MOUNTAIN-CLIMBING RECORD

first_imgA team of Donegal climbers have smashed a record by scaling 26 mountain peaks across the 32 counties in super-fast time.The group beat the record which was set in 2006 after finishing their grueling journey by reaching the summit of Mount Errigal last night.The team from the Dunlewey, Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh areas started their climb in Mayo at 5 a.m. on Monday and travelled through the 32 counties taking in 26 peaks in a record time of 87 hours and 50 minutes. They managed to beat the previous record of 98 hours and 45 minutes hours set in 2006.Climbers Martin Rochford, Seamus Cannon, Paddy Mc Geady, Michael Mc Geady and Kevin Kiely and driver Manus Mooney decided to undertake the challenge to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.Their most gruelling climb was Ireland’s highest peak at Carrauntuohill in Kerry on Monday that took them three hours and was just one of five mountains that day.On Wednesday they scaled ten peaks starting in Dublin after 8 a.m. and finishing in Armagh at 3 a.m Thursday morning. Yesterday they climbed peaks in Counties Louth, Down, Antrim, Tyrone, Derry before finishing at Mount Errigal (751m) in County Donegal just before darkness fell where family and friends gathered to greet them.Overall they climbed mountain heights totaling 9,738 metres and their actual overall climbing distance from the base of their first mountain in Kerry on Monday to the base on Errigal on Thursday night was 129 kilometres.For the duration of the four days they also clocked road distance of over 2,000kms.A spokesman for the group said they were delighted to have smashed the record and raised much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Hospital.“It was tough at times but there was great spirit amongst the lads. Even better was the fact that there were no injuries apart from a few blisters and aches and pains. “Needless to say the lads enjoyed a few long baths when they got home,” he said.PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF EOIN MCGARVEYEndsDONEGAL TEAM SMASH IRISH MOUNTAIN-CLIMBING RECORD was last modified: June 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Climbersmount errigalrecordlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD PRESENTATION FUNCTION THIS SUNDAY

first_imgSt. Eunan’s GAA Notice: The Minor Board Presentation function for C.L.G. Naomh Adamhnáin will take place this Sunday, 25th January at 5pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. Presentation of awards and medals is expected to commence at approximately 5.30pm.Any member of the local media interested in covering this event are most welcome to come along. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD PRESENTATION FUNCTION THIS SUNDAY was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

NOTICE: JURY PANEL DONEGAL TOWN

first_imgJURY PANEL NOTICE:The Jury panel called to Donegal Courthouse for Tuesday the 4th November, 2014 are not now required to attend. NOTICE: JURY PANEL DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

India to Durbs for UK call centre

first_img21 November 2005Brightview, a UK internet service provider with250 000 customers, has moved its call centre from India to the KwaZulu-Natal coastal city of Durban in a £2-million (R23.5-million) deal with South African contact centre Bizworks.David Laurie, CEO of Brightview chief executive, said the main reason for the move was high turnover levels among call centre agents in India. South Africa has a turnover rate of 5% to 15% a year, the second lowest in the world, while India’s rate stands at 35%.“India proved to be cost effective, but ultimately failed to meet our customer’s expectations,” said Laurie.Another reason for the switch is culture and language. South Africa is an English-language environment in the same time zone as most of Europe, giving it an edge over competitors such as India, the Philippines, Hungary and China.“Durban offers a highly skilled and culturally aligned workforce,” said Laurie. “Although the switch is recent, I am confident not only that we will be able to maintain a similar cost base to India, but that the service level will dramatically improve.“Call centre agents need to think outside the box, show empathy towards clients and troubleshoot. South Africa’s population is culturally diverse and good for call centre work.”SA’s call centre potentialEarlier this year the South African government and business leaders committed to developing the country’s potential for hosting call centres by facilitating permission for firms, boosting infrastructure and creating enticements.South Africa’s call centre industry employs some65 000 people, with about 70% of clients coming from the UK.Last year UK insurance company Budget Group announced a R100-million investment to set up a call centre in Cape Town.Laurie said the cost of setting up the call centre in Durban was 60% cheaper than in the UK in terms of rental, staff and other operating costs. Tony Archer, responsible for Brightview’s move from India to Durban, found the process painless.“I arrived in Durban in August and over the last 12 weeks we have employed 43 agents and trained them to deal with all aspects of an inbound technical support and customer services process,” he said.“I have been impressed with the standards the agents have reached within such a short timescale. The task of opening our call centre in Durban has been made easier as a result of the fantastic work ethic and enthusiasm of our team here, as well as the support from Bizworks.”Developing DurbanDurban is being actively promoted as a contact centre and business process outsourcing destination with the eThekwini Municipality establishing the Durban Investment Promotion Agency to facilitate and encourage new and existing business investment into the region.The process has been accelerated by the formation of KZN On Source, KwaZulu-Natal’s dedicated call centre forum. KZN On Source aims to train 1 000 call centre agents next year.SmartXchange is another initiative of eThekwini Municipality, aimed at promoting the city’s ICT development. The company helps develop IT entrepreneurs in partnership with the more established IT players. Bizworks is based at the SmartXchange facility.“No other South African city has as much local government support for the call centre industry,” said Willy Govender, CEO of Bizworks. “The eThekwini Municipality is taking up the challenge to provide jobs and skills for the region and is succeeding in growing the local economy.”Bizworks has employed 43 full-time call centre agents to field an expected 25 000 calls a month from Brightview’s 250 000 customers.It is estimated that the call centre industry will create 3-million additional jobs worldwide by 2008.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Online ad help for small business

first_imgThere is no restriction on who can use the “Street Browser” initiative. Any small business owner can create a profile on the Kalahari Ads website, using either a mobile phone or PC. (Image: Wikimedia) Artwork for sale on the street in the Western Cape province. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kisha van Vuuren   Tin Can PR  +27 21 413 7500RELATED ARTICLES• Incentives for BPO in Western Cape • E-commerce now more accessible• Mobile technology for Africa• MTN offers life insurance in Ghana Wilma den HartighThe newly launched Kalahari Ads “Street Browser” initiative is helping emerging small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) establish an online presence.Bronwyn Johnson, head of marketing at Kalahari Ads, an online classifieds portal, says that more than a third of SMMEs do not have internet connectivity. This is a significant handicap, considering there are 3.9-million internet users in South Africa which they could be targeting with their products and services.Johnson says that print classifieds have always been the preferred method of advertising to reach the local market. The next logical step is to complement print advertising with an online presence.According to the 2011 Mobility Research Project conducted by World Wide Worx, 39% of urban South Africans and 27% of rural users are now browsing the internet on their phones.This means that at least 6-million South Africans have internet access on their phones. All these users are potential customers. Taking “Street Browser” to the streetsThe “Street Browser” initiative was launched in early September at the Earth Fair Market in Cape Town, and it will be soon be rolled out nationally at most marketplaces across the country. Teams of Kalahari Ads “Street Browser” representatives have been visiting markets and expos to introduce buyers and sellers to the initiative.Johnson says that putting a face to the campaign is important as some vendors are unfamiliar with online advertising, or its benefits.Many small business owners – whether they are plumbers, fresh-produce sellers, electricians, antiques traders or crafters selling handmade jewellery at a market – don’t think to advertise online.Some people also perceive online advertising as difficult and don’t trust the internet for fear of falling prey to online scams.The new online concept is already working very well in the service industry.Reaping rewards of online advertisingOnline advertising means that a business is always being promoted. It also reduces the need for a business owner to undertake face-to-face marketing.“It makes it easier for the right buyer to connect with the right seller,” she says.Johnson adds that she has already received reports of how well the adverts are working.Advertising online also makes it possible for vendors and small business owners to get access to new markets.If a vendor is selling homemade jams, it could create a bigger demand for the product and expand the opportunity for sales at other markets.Johnson also hopes that their initiative will make it less daunting for South Africans to start small businesses.“If there is someone who has been reluctant to start a small business because he or she didn’t know how or where they could advertise, this is a great platform,” she says.How does it work?“It works in a similar way to a Facebook page, almost like a storefront on the site,” Johnson says. Business owners can promote their products, set up business listings and update their movements between marketplaces.There is no restriction on who can use the “Street Browser” initiative. Any small business owner can create a profile on the Kalahari Ads website, using either a mobile phone or PC. Kalahari Ads is also one of the safest classifieds of its kind as all adverts are read and moderated to ensure safety for users.The standard service will always remain free, but Kalahari Ads plans to introduce premier placed adverts, similar to paid-for advertising that appears on Google.Adverts have a shelf life of 30 days, after which they will expire. Business owners will be notified in advance and given the option to renew or cancel the advert.Helping businesses diversifyAccording to the 2010 SMME Survey, sponsored by the National Youth Development Agency, diversification to sell to a variety of consumer segments is important for business competitiveness.Principal survey researcher Arthur Goldstuck was quoted saying that SMMEs need to diversify more actively if they are to be more sustainable, profitable and resilient to market changes.Johnson says that Kalahari Ads is giving street merchants the opportunity to do just that, with a platform they have never used before or considered using.last_img read more

YouTube Reports 200m Mobile Daily Mobile Views, 2.0 App for Android

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement A YouTube video is viewed on a mobile device on average more than 200 million times a day, Google announced today. That’s a 3X increase over the end of last year. The service’s incredible momentum was announced alongside version 2.0 of YouTube Mobile for Android, which puts a heavy emphasis on music videos from Vevo, the YouTube joint project that includes content from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI.App users will now be able to read artist bios, find related artists and ponder mobile advertisements galore in the new version of the app. People who use YouTube by mobile use it a lot. It will be interesting to see if making some of the most popular content, music videos, even easier to consume by mobile will lead to an even bigger jump in use than has been seen to date. One thing’s for sure, it’s now been 3 years since the words “broadcast yourself” were removed from the YouTube logo – and those days when the site emphasized user generated content sure are gone.The growth rate of mobile YouTube is increasing each year. A 3X growth rate in 2010 can also be understood as 200% growth. That’s up from 160% in 2009. YouTube’s mobile efforts launched back in 2007. At that time it only offered a library of 12 daily videos selected and approved by operator partner Verizon and a total catalog of just 1,000 videos on Vodafone, its European partner.In November, Google posted results from a survey of 16,000 users of the m.youtube.com website. That survey found:75% of respondents say that mobile is their primary way of accessing YouTube70% visit YouTube Mobile at least once a day58% spend more than 20 minutes per visit to YouTube Mobile38% feel that YouTube Mobile is replacing their desktop YouTube usageIn other words, the story seems to go like this: very loyal users have propelled a fast-growing inventory of mobile content to big levels of viewership and now YouTube is introducing a new app that will emphasize its partner organization’s music videos but increase monetization across the board for many video publishers.Is that what the future of mobile video will look like well into the future? At least for the web’s biggest video site, that’s Google’s hope. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more