DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS ARE A SELL-OUT!

first_imgFianna Cllrs Seamus O’Domhnaill, Ciaran Brogan and James Pat McDaid looking forward to Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards function in the Mount Errigal Hotel.The ‘Sold Out’ signs are up at the Mount Errigal Hotel for this Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards. Committee PRO Declan Kerr has just confirmed that the function is now sold out. It means a full house for the 39th annual awards ceremony.“We’re absolutely delighted with the fantastic support that we are receiving from the county’s sporting public. We’re now expecting an attendance of over 550. The ticket office at the hotel is now closed and there isn’t a single seat left for the function” said Chairperson Neil Martin. The ‘sold out’ sign is a clear demonstration of the continuing success of the Donegal Sports Star Awards.The special guest for this Friday night’s gala function is the RTE broadcaster Sean O’Rourke.   DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS ARE A SELL-OUT! was last modified: January 29th, 2015 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSsell-outlast_img read more

Chelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup star

first_imgChelsea Ladies have signed Japan star Yuki Ogimi.The 26-year-old 2011 World Cup winner, who also played in last year’s Olympics, has joined the Blues from German club FFC Turbine Potsdam.She is set to become the first Japanese player to feature in the FA Women’s Super League.“I am very excited to join Chelsea Ladies after three successful years with Potsdam in Germany,” said the striker.“The club have high ambitions, as do I. Therefore I am convinced I have taken the right decision.“I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to making my debut in the FA WSL.”Manager Emma Hayes said: “This is the calibre of player that we want to attract to Chelsea.“Yuki is a world-class striker and a World Cup winner who will be a great success in this country. She will also aid the development of our young players.”See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Brazilian midfield starChelsea Ladies star sees bright future for women’s football in EnglandChelsea Ladies star shortlisted by Fifa’Excited’ Williams joins Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies to head to Japan for Women’s Club ChampionshipChelsea Ladies star relishing Japan tripChelsea Ladies sign duo from ArsenalChelsea Ladies snap up Dutch midfielderChelsea Ladies sign another England 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Thrower, Conde Shine as Jacks Top Broncos

first_imgTremendous performances from Alexia Thrower and Isamar Conde guided the Humboldt State women’s basketball team to a 73-65 victory over Cal Poly Pomona, Thursday night in Lumberjack Arena.The Green and Gold improved to 14-6 overall and 12-5 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action with the win.“I’m very proud of our team’s performance tonight. We played with great energy for 40 minutes,” said HSU head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “We had a defensive gameplan heading into the night …last_img

Raiders look to Williams, Joyner and Jacobs against Colts

first_imgALAMEDA — Three of the Raiders’ biggest acquisitions made little impact in Week 3 and their contributions will be crucial if there is hope of upsetting the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.Wide receiver Tyrell Williams, slot corner Lamarcus Joyner and running back Josh Jacobs had minimal contributions in last week’s 34-14 road loss to the Minnesota.For Williams, the wide receiver who took over as the No. 1 outside target once Antonio Brown was jettisoned, the issues included …last_img

Pushing for ‘zero waste’ in 2010

first_img11 December 2006Non-governmental organisation the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa) has launched a national initiative to reduce the potential negative impacts of waste and pollution during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The campaign, described as an attempt to “green the World Cup, African style,” invites players involved in the World Cup to register with the Zero Waste 2010 Coalition “so that they may receive support in greening their operations well before 2010.”Izwa will also make project packs available to help businesses, municipalities, sports authorities, venues and event organisers to work towards a waste-free World Cup.The initiative includes a learnership project, run by Izwa and supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that is training interns to support 2010 service providers using zero waste principles.Muna Lakhani, the Durban-based national co-ordinator of Izwa, told the Sunday Tribune that the organisation’s mission was “working towards a world without waste through public education and the practical application of zero waste principles”.For example, says Lakhani, takeaway food providers can avoid “toxic polystyrene” by using paper pulp and cardboard instead. “Paper can be hygienically pulped, dewatered and pressed into burger and hotdog containers, egg trays and ceilings,” he explains.“McDonalds has banned polystyrene in the US, and we should do the same.”The key to the success of the campaign, Lakhani told the Sunday Tribune, lay with businesses and industry rethinking their production methods to phase out unsustainable or harmful materials.“Goods, especially appliances, must be designed to be easily disassembled and repaired, and carry a deposit. They must go back to the manufacturer at the end of their life for disassembly and reintegration into products.”The government could do its bit by being stricter about waste disposal, while the public could play its part by refusing to buy products – such as polystyrene and plastic – that could not easily be recycled or reused in some other form.More more information, e-mail [email protected] reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African selected for London International Awards jury

first_img25 April 2016A South African has been included in the radio and audio jury in the London International Awards (LIA) 2016, taking place on 8 November, with judging taking place from 6 to 14 October.Executive creative director of advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather in Joburg, Mariana O’Kelly has been selected to be on the jury for the international media awards.According to the Ogilvy & Mather website, she’s worked at prestigious agencies such as Hunt Lascaris, Jupiter Drawing Room and Net#work BBDO for over 18 years. She joined Ogilvy & Mather in 2011.“She has been recognised at Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clios, Eagles and Loeries and has helped build brands like Nike, BMW, Virgin Atlantic, Mercedes Benz, Economist, Cell C, Nedbank and Chicken Licken,” reads the site.Paul Wauters, the radio and audio jury president at the LIA and the co-founder and executive creative director of Babel in Paris, said it was difficult to get radio right.“I’m looking forward to honouring the brave men and women who never tire of rewriting the script, spending time on the length of the dramatic pause and the well-balanced Swedish accent,” he said. “At the same time, I’m hoping to see innovative ideas and new ways to create connections with a scattered and ad-averse audience.”Since 2014, there’s been an increase in entries in the category. “[It’s] a confirmation of the large volume of effort and innovation that agencies put into the medium,” reads South African media news site, Bizcommunity.Other jury members include:Paul Wauters – co-founder/executive creative director, Babel, Paris, France (jury president)Chris Smith – group creative director, The Richards Group, Dallas, USAChuck Rachford – executive creative director, Cossette Chicago, Chicago, USALarissa Kirschner – vice-president, creative director, Publicis, New York, USAOliver Handlos – creative lead of activation, Grey, New York, USARalph van Dijk – founder and creative director, Eardrum, Sydney, AustraliaTom Eymundson – chief executive, Pirate Group, Toronto, CanadaAbout the LIACreated in 1986 and formerly known as the London International Advertising Awards, the awards honour excellence in the fields of advertising, digital, production, design, music and sound, and technology. In 2004, the word “advertising” was removed to reflect that the awards observed more than advertising in a fast changing media industry.“The juries are comprised of the most talented, recognised and awarded individuals from within their respective fields,” reads the LIA website.“Jury members are required to attend from the commencement of judging through statue discussions.“Every member on each jury panel, including the jury president, judges all entries (they are not permitted to judge their own work) in their respective media without bias as to origin of work by country, company or individual.”Source: Bizcommunitylast_img read more

Control erosion and prevent fertilizer loss

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, CCA, AgroLiquid Field AgronomistFertilizers can leave a field by several different routes. The route most beneficial to the crop is, of course, uptake and removal by the crop. Unfortunately there are other, less beneficial, routes for fertilizer to leave a field including through soil erosion. Most nutrients applied to the soil erode off of the field when soil is moved by wind or water. That soil, and its attached nutrients, can be deposited in surface waters causing a number of water quality issues. This can be prevented through erosion management and conservation practices. It is a landowner’s job to work towards preventing erosion that leads to water quality problems.There are several erosion management practices that utilize vegetation to trap soil and prevent it from reaching surface water. Vegetative conservation practices can be placed in a production field, around the perimeter, or away from the field near sensitive areas such as rivers and streams. Several common conservation techniques are discussed below. When planning any vegetative practice it is important that the plant species used is adapted to the geography and specific soil conditions and not be considered invasive.One of the most common in-field vegetative practices is a grassed waterway. A grassed waterway is a shaped or graded channel planted to suitable vegetation that directs water to a suitable outlet. The ideal characteristics for a grass species in a grassed waterway is one that has stiff, upright stems that can withstand heavy water flow and sedimentation. A dense stand of stiff stemmed grasses will slow down water flow as it enters the waterway. When water flow slows down the sediment in that water will settle out of the water and remain trapped by the grass. The clean water will then travel down the waterway to the outlet.Grass species common to the Midwest and eastern United States include, but are not limited to, cool season grasses such as bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues. Species common to the southern United States include, but are not limited to, warm season grasses such as Bermuda grass and sideoats grama.There are several conservation practices that can be installed around a field or near environmentally sensitive areas. Field borders and filter strips are plantings of permanent vegetation using stiff stemmed upright grasses, legumes, and forbs to trap soil particles suspended in wind or water. A combination of cool season and warm season grasses can be used for this purpose. Cool season grasses such as wildrye species, junegrass, wheatgrass species and bottlebrush are considered native to the United States. Those grasses will have fast vegetative growth in the spring and early summer, and again in the fall. Prairie grasses such as big bluestem, little bluestem, Indiangrass, and switchgrass are common warm season grasses that can be used, and their fast growth period is from early summer until early fall. Warm season grasses will often have thicker stems than cool season grasses and the senesced stems will usually provide a filtering effect throughout the early spring until cool season grasses grow enough to become effective as filters.If the landowner or manager wants to provide additional wildlife habitat there are many choices of forbs and legumes that can be added to the planting. Forage legumes such as clovers, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa provide diversity in the planting and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. Many forb and wildflower species can be added to supply habitat for pollinator insects. Wildflower planting should have enough species to provide flowering throughout the growing season so that pollinator insects will have a food source during the entire season. Not all wildflowers are attractive to pollinator insects. Refer to local recommendations for species selection.Grasses, legumes, and forbs are not the only plants that can be part of conservation practices that prevent sediment and nutrient runoff from a field. A riparian forest buffer where trees and shrubs planted adjacent to streams and rivers can also serve an important role in protecting surface waters. The trees and shrubs planted against a river or stream will hold soil in place with their root systems and their leaves reduce the impact of raindrops on the soil surface. They can also be used to help stabilize stream banks, provide additional wildlife habitat, and improve overall water quality of the stream or river. Short tree and shrub species may include alders, dogwoods, willows, sumac and elderberry. Tall trees may include maples, birch, oaks, and cypress species. Riparian forest buffers are often installed in conjunction with filter strips.Once a conservation practice is planted and established it is important to perform maintenance on them at various times. Maintenance tasks may include mowing, spraying, burning or pruning. Performing timely maintenance will improve the effectiveness of the practice and extend the life of the planting.There are many resources available to help plan, establish, and maintain these conservation practices. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has information on design and species selection that are appropriate for each local area. There may also be State and local resources in an area to help with this planning.last_img read more

Senhor da Pedra — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedDie weltbesten Geocaches verstecken und finden.January 17, 2017In “Deutsch”The Cave — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2018In “Community”Night Caching in Portugal – A Lackey’s Mega-Event ExperienceMay 20, 2012In “Community” GOTW Senhora da Pedra, Madeira PortugalOff the southwest coast of Portugal and northwest coast of Africa lies the beautiful archipelago of Madeira. It is the outermost region of the European Union and an autonomous region of Portugal. Known for its idyllic climate, flowing wine, romantic beaches, and sheer cliffs, Madeira is also home to close to 1,200 active geocaches.You must be thinking, “Geocaching in gloriously warm climate with stunning landscapes and flowing wine—where’s the grit and the character-building adventure of that?!” Luckily, this traditional cache provides a mildly challenging hike with a big pay off in a phenomenal location. Perfect!You’ll start your journey at the São Jorge (St. George) lighthouse, a sweet little spot to prepare for your trek and take in the ocean views. The lighthouse was, “…designed in 1948 and started to function in 1959. Its structure is a cylindrical tower 14-meters high, and the focus is at an altitude of 271 meters. Its light has a range of 16 miles, and its operation is automated in 1986 after being electrified in 1962.”São Jorge (St. George) lighthouseThe next step is to find the path to the geocache. Once you are on the path, you will see why this geocache earned its 3.5 terrain rating. There are many paths—will you take the correct one? Will your path be full of mud with no alternate route? Will you slip and fall in the mud? Will this actually be worth it? Stay strong, intrepid geocachers, because yes, the payoff will be worth it.Path to the geocacheAt the end of the path on the very edge of a cliff, you will find a very large rock. Many years ago it broke free from the hills above, rolled down the rugged terrain, then suddenly stopped right on this precipice. This was so amazing and odd that the locals built a small shrine in honor of the “Lady of the Stone” and placed it underneath the boulder. This “monument’ is full of religious statues, candles, flowers, stones, and other knickknacks. It is also a wonderful place for quiet reflection and to sign a logbook.Path to the geocacheIf this amazing rock and little shrine weren’t enough, check out that view! On the left you can see Porto Moniz very far away, while on the right you can look down and see the old pier of São Jorge. Can it get any better than this?View from above the rockRecent logs:Siggi72This is my second time visiting Madeira but the first time with Geocaching. Without geocaching I wouldn’t have seen this “balancing” rock with the small shrine and the great views. Thanks for showing!Amazing location for a geocacheComètesOn our way, we could not miss this cache, that we already bookmarked in France when preparing our trip. Its D/T ratio is the only one missing in on matrix. We first discovered the lighthouse, then went down to GZ. 148 steps later, we were at the right place. A special place, as many ones that we can discover since we are practising geocaching. We found the box with the help of the spoiler. While we were signing the logbook, a rainbow appeared above the Ocean. To celebrate our fully filled matrix? Thank you for this great cache!At the shrine under the rockED77First we had problems to find the right access and had almost given up. Fortunately we found the right way otherwise we have missed a great adventure and a total crazy place! The path down was a real adventure but at the end worth every step How curious to place a shrine under this huge stone! We enjoyed the mystic and peaceful place, stayed some time staring at the sea This place is worth a favorite pointJust before the geocacheGreat view and a great experienceThe shrineGorgeous viewsView to the rightEven pooches love this geocacheContinue to explore some of the mostamazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:4Terrain:3.5 TraditionalGC2ZWP5by luisftas Location:Arquipélago da Madeira, PortugalN 32° 50.110 W 016° 54.419last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 28 November 2009

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit www.gilbaneboston.com for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!1 – 3 December 2009: San FranciscoSupernova Tags:#Events Guide#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market andrew lobo 27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include:How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only We hope you’re enjoying these weekly events guide. As always, you can download the entire event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.30 November 2009New Way to WorkDo you have a great story about your work environment? Job marketplace Elance and Vator.tv have partnered to host the “New Way to Work” competition, with a grand prize of $10,000 in cash or health insurance for the most compelling story. You can tell your story on Vator.tv, the premier platform for entrepreneurs to broadcast their voice, by uploading a video, posting an update, linking to a blog entry, or sharing a photo. Hurry, the competition ends on 30 November 2009. 7 – 11 December 2009: Chicago, IllinoisSearch Engine Strategies 2009From social media to local search to video SEO, Search Engine Strategies Chicago puts you in front of the experts who will help you sort which technologies and channel will take you to the next level and which are just hype.Search Engine Strategies is the pioneer of educational conference series in search engine marketing. It’s the venue where the industry visionaries and thought leaders gather each year to discuss the newest trends, share insights and present the strategic action plans you need to grow your business. Sessions include:SEO Through Blogs and FeedsDuplicate Content and Multiple Site IssuesWhat’s the Link Between Search and Social?Online PR: Where to Next?Search AnalyticsSee more at www.SearchEngineStrategies.com/chicago. ReadWriteWeb readers receive a 15% discount when registering here using RWW15 code.8 December 2009: San Francisco, CaliforniaDiscoveryBeat 2009DiscoveryBeat 2009 is focused on the “secret recipe” for application discovery and the opportunity to create the relationships needed to succeed in a crowded and competitive space. Hosted by VentureBeat, this half-day event will be led by the hottest and most sought-after app developers, entrepreneurs and leaders from the games, social and mobile eco-system. Speakers include the masterminds behind Zynga, Playfish, Smule, Playdom, Moderati and Backflip Studios.Save 15% off regular price tickets with your exclusive ReadWriteWeb discount by clicking here here.11 December 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaAdd-on-ConAdd-on-Con is a single-day conference focused on the future of the browser and its emergence as a platform.Developer sessions will cover best practices, cross-browser development and mash-ups. Marketing sessions will focus on monetization opportunities, distribution strategies and stats. Join 200+ individuals involved in add-on development to help define an emerging new market in the Web’s eco-system.ReadWriteWeb readers save $50 by using the discount code “addoncon09RRW.”11 January 2010: Nashville, TennesseeSocial Fresh NashvilleThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Nashville will have 30+ speakers, including Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Gavin Baker of Ruby Tuesday and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.26 January 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaCatalyst ConferenceVator.tv , a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, and provider of news and information through VatorNews, and Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on education and empowerment of influential women in technology, are seeking five women-led startups across any stage to present at the Catalyst Conference on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. To be one of the five, join the Catalyst competition today and win the chance to present. Related Posts The Supernova Conference is the thought-leadership forum for the network age. It brings together over 500 business, government and technology influencers to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world. It’s the only conference to focus on how networks have become the main instruments of change from both business and social perspectives.An ever-evolving network itself, the conference has become the place for highly interactive and spirited debates, making significant business connections and revelations on new innovation.ReadWriteWeb readers get a discount of $700 off the regular price when registering by 16 October 2009. Use code “RRW09”. After October 16th, the discount changes to $200 off the regular price. Register here.7 December 2009: San FranciscoSF MusicTech SummitThe SF MusicTech Summit brings together 600+ visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology eco-system in a proactive environment, highly conducive to deal making. Register with a great ReadWriteWeb 15% discount. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 4 February 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaVator SplashVator.tv, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, is holding its inaugural Vator Splash event on February 4, 2010 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Catch onstage presenters: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Smule CEO Jeff Smith, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum and Google Ventures VC Bill Maris. Ten promising startups will also get to present onstage. Enter the Vator Splash competition if you want to present.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 25% discount on their tickets using the code VatorReadWriteWeb.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:last_img read more

Microsoft Cries Google Monopoly, Irony Meters Spike

first_imgRelated Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#Antitrust#Google#Microsoft#search#Windows Phone#YouTube 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Is Google really the monopoly Steve Ballmer says it is, or was Ballmer throwing the verbal equivalent of a chair when he told Microsoft’s analyst conference Thursday that the search company was playing outside of the rules?Given Microsoft’s long and storied history with antitrust investigations, for anyone from Redmond to come out and blow the monopoly whistle is an irony so thick you can hardly breathe to say it. But there was current Microsoft CEO Ballmer, answering a question about how hard it was to make money in the consumer cloud services space, when he made this remark:Google does it. They have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with. We’re the only guys in the world trying.Not only ironic, but a wee bit arrogant as well, considering that China’s Baidu and Russia’s Yandex are giving Google a run for their money in those markets and, according to SearchEngineLand. More recent results show that Bing is doing better than Yahoo in the U.S. search engine rankings, but not by much—not enough to justify Ballmer’s take as Microsoft being the lone defender against the Google juggernaut.As much as Ballmer complains about Google’s advantage in search and intimates that Google has an unfair advantage, he cannot erase the fact that Bing still hasn’t overcome the one thing that Google does have over its competitors: being the first leader in its market.That’s an advantage that Microsoft once enjoyed when it managed to quickly edge out OS/2 with Windows in the Intel PC market, becoming the dominant player in PC space until this day, even as they were found to be abusing their position as well with antitrust practices.Now the shoe is on the other foot, with Google being the breakout hit in search and Microsoft trying to steer an also-ran Bing product into a better position in a market where their competitor’s brand name is now a verb in several languages. Of course Google must be monopolistic, Microsoft will maintain, because isn’t any company going to be with that kind of power? Ballmer continues:I believe that Google’s practices are worthy of discussion with competition authority. And we have certainly discuss them with competition authorities. I don’t think their practices are getting less merit tortuous of discussion. We highlighted some bad practices in advertising and discussions with regulators, the bundling they’re doing with You Tube and Google Maps.If you apply Ballmer’s logic to other sectors in which Microsoft would like to complete, then it is only a matter of time before the trash-talk starts about Amazon Web Services’ cloud services, which hold a commanding lead in that particular market. If Azure can’t compete there, will Ballmer & Co. start whining about an Amazon monopoly? Based on this week’s comments, it would seem that day is coming.Microsoft has been taking very serious private steps to try to take down Google a notch or two or five: the company is part of the Fair Search trade organization that regularly lobs volleys at Google for what it calls unfair search practices. Ballmer’s remarks to analysts are the most outspoken Microsoft has publicly been concerning Google.Irony aside, does Microsoft have a point? There do seem to be instances where Google does seem to have too much of a hold on segments of the marketplace. But is this antitrust behavior? After all, Google’s Android operating system doesn’t prevent me from using a Vimeo app in place of YouTube. But according to Microsoft, Google has apparently being yanking Microsoft’s chain as it tries to build a native YouTube app for Windows Phone.See also: Microsoft Raises Antitrust Stink About Google Blocking YouTube AppThis is another one of Microsoft’s weapons in its antitrust arsenal against Google, which may be anticompetitive or a result of Microsoft not following the stipulations of the API for YouTube’s service. Time will tell.Given Ballmer’s own prediliction for hyperbole and generating fear, uncertainty and doubt when it comes to competitors (he once referred to the Linux operating system as “a cancer” when it became clear that Linux was going to dominate the server market), it would be prudent to take Ballmer’s remarks with all the seriousness they deserve.There is, of course, a possibility that someday Microsoft could find a charge that actually sticks as far as a Google monopoly. But Google has thus far been very careful to avoid crossing the monopoly line, even as it walks very close to it.Because after all, Google had a great teacher to demonstrate what not to do when trying to corner a market: Microsoft itself.last_img read more