LFA Now Means Serious Business

first_imgKids of Clara Town; their number one love is footballIt would seem that President George Weah waited for a leadership that he could trust to come to power at the Liberia Football Association (LFA) before opening up what he would do for the national football team, Lone Star. This was evidence of the president’s disclosure to send the team to a training tour in Brazil after the team’s recent 1-1 draw with DR Congo.President Weah would be sending the players to the country that the late President Samuel Doe sent him (Weah) and his colleagues in the 1980s which, without question, prepared him for his soccer sojourn later.President Weah is following the footsteps of the late President Doe in the development of the national football team. In Lone Star’s glorious days, countries of Ghana, Egypt, Malawi — few remarkable soccer nations in Africa—bowed down to Liberia, right here in Monrovia—and George Weah and his colleagues were the masters who did the job.Now the new LFA president, Mustapha Raji, said in his first official statement that he has come, willing to work with the Ministry of Youth & Sports to develop several disciplines that had been inactive in the last eight years. And this is good news. Raji said he had come to football determined to do less talk and take the ball to the field.As a former president of football clubs, Mustapha (as he is popularly called by friends) knows how to develop the game. For over twenty years he built young teams to prominence. And the young man’s knowledge of the game is commendable. Mustapha did not mince his words when he told the executive committee of the Liberia Football Association, who make up the core unit to develop the game that if any of them, entertains the belief that they are at the LFA to make money then there are mistaken. In practical terms, Mustapha is saying he is taking the development of the game to the pitch that will pay greater attention to the young men and women whose blood make up the foundation of football development.It means things will not be done as usual. “You members of the Executive Committee,” Mustapha said, “we have decided to come here to work in the interest of Liberian people…” And that was exactly what members of the Executive Committee chose to do: to work in the interest of Liberian football.With Mustapha’s goal to develop football in the various categories, it will be good that his fresh ideas would be supported in both financial and material from sources responsible to do so to ensure that at the of his first term in four years we will see new direction that we have all been yearning for.For now, we want to commend him and hope that he would encourage other Liberians with the technical knowledge to get the job done into his fold.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Hosts 22nd ICE Meeting on Demographic Dynamics

first_imgParticipants posed shortly after the opening ceremony of the 22nd session of the ICE of Senior Officials and Experts.The 22nd meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of senior officials and Experts (ICE) for West Africa on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 began in Harbel, Margibi County.The session is being held under the theme, “Demographic Dynamics for Sustainable Development in West Africa: Challenges and Policy Measures.”It is the 22nd West African meeting of the ICE that is taking place on a roundtable in plenary sessions, during which reports drafted by the bureau and communications from experts are being tabled, and discussed as well as marked by the entry of the United Nations, African Union and the Economy Community of West African States (ECOWAS) reforms.It is also marked by the continuation in planning, by States aiming at improving a slow-paced development despite the decade of economic growth in the West African countries.The meeting is taking into consideration recent developments likely to impact socioeconomic development in West African countries, with a view to identify major challenges to be addressed, and to propose guidelines for accelerating sustainable development in West Africa through the transformation of the economies in the sub-region.Delegates will review the report on implementing the Sub-Regional Office-West Africa (SRO-WA) Work Program in 2018, and prospects for 2019, the Report on the Regional Profile of West Africa and the Report on Progress in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in West Africa.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, expressed the hope that the participants will make strong recommendations in terms of education, agriculture and finances.Tweah added, “I call for an advocacy for these recommendations at the level of the parliaments so that participants can have an impact on the national polices.”Bakary Dosso, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Director for West Africa, said the theme of this year’s meeting is justified by a strategic choice to include demographic dynamics for development, which is the new area of specialization.Secondly, Dosso said the West African region is at the forefront of issues related to population dynamics and development as well as being guided by the current momentum.“There is a worldwide agenda to identify and seize the windows of opportunity of demographic dividend in Africa,” said Mr. Dosso.He added, “The region is home to 377 million people, 30 percent of Africa’s population in 2018. It is the most populated region of the continent growing at a pace of 2.7 percent per annum. It will double every 25 years, Ceteris Paribus.”Pa Lamin Beyai, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) representative in Liberia, recalled how the challenges are enormous in the sub-region, but the United Nations, working as one in each of the countries, is ready to support the government to benefit from the demographic dividend.For that to happen, the progress made in regional integration needs to be sustained in the short, medium, and long terms ensuring that youthful population is a true force for development, peace, and security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. launches Iraq offensive

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – In a well-publicized show of force, U.S. and Iraqi forces swept into the countryside north of the capital in 50 helicopters Thursday looking for insurgents in what the American military called its “largest air assault” in nearly three years. For More Info AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • AP VIDEO: Operation Swarmer: Largest air assault on Iraq since start of the war. • AP VIDEO: Just the facts: Operation Swarmer. • AP VIDEO: More video feeds on Iraq. There was no bombing or firing from the air in the offensive northeast of Samarra, a town 60 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. All 50 aircraft were helicopters – Black Hawks, Apaches and Chinooks – used to ferry in and provide cover for the 1,450 Iraqi and U.S. troops. The military said the assault – Operation Swarmer – aimed to clear “a suspected insurgent operating area” and would continue over several days. Residents in the area of the assault reported a heavy U.S. and Iraqi troop presence and said large explosions could be heard in the distance. American forces routinely blow up structures they suspect as insurgent safe houses or weapons depots. It was not known if they met any resistance, but the military reported detaining 41 people. The attack was launched as Iraq’s new parliament met briefly for the first time. Lawmakers took the oath but did no business and adjourned after just 40 minutes, unable to agree on a speaker, let alone a prime minister. The legislature set no date for it to meet again. Still, the session marked a small step toward forming a unity government that the Bush administration hopes will calm the insurgency and enable it to begin withdrawing U.S. troops. Operation Swarmer also came as the Bush administration was attempting to show critics at home and abroad that it is dealing effectively with Iraq’s insurgency and increasingly sectarian violence. White House spokesman Scott McClellan denied it was tied to the new campaign to change war opinion. “This was a decision made by our commanders,” he said, adding that President Bush was briefed but did not specifically authorize the operation. The U.S. military forces have been trying to build up the Iraqi army so that it can play a leading role in fighting the insurgents. The operation appeared concentrated near four villages – Jillam, Mamlaha, Banat Hassan and Bukaddou – about 20 miles north of Samarra. The settlements are near the highway leading from Samarra to the city of Adwar, scene of repeated insurgent roadblocks and ambushes. “Gunmen exist in this area, killing and kidnapping policemen, soldiers and civilians,” said Waqas al-Juwanya, a spokesman for provincial government’s joint coordination center in nearby Dowr. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable said the operation was the biggest air assault since April 22, 2003, when the 101st Airborne Division launched an operation against the northern city of Mosul from Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad. Many operations in Iraq since then – in such cities as Fallujah, Ramadi and Najaf – have included far more troops. But none has involved such a large force moved in by air. Some 650 U.S. and 800 Iraqi troops were participating Thursday. The Pentagon said there were no reporters embedded with U.S. troops, and it released video and a series of photos of preparations for the assault. The images showed soldiers receiving a preflight briefing from a UH-60 Blackhawk crew chief, soldiers and aircraft positioned on an airstrip, and helicopters taking off over a dusty landscape. But Gen. John Abizaid, chief of the U.S. Central Command, sought to downplay the uniqueness of the raid. “I wouldn’t characterize this as being anything that’s a big departure from normal or from the need to prosecute a target that we think was lucrative enough to commit this much force to go get,” Abizaid said. In recent months U.S. forces have routinely used helicopters to insert troops during operations against insurgent strongholds, especially in the Euphrates River valley between Baghdad and the Syrian border. Samarra, the largest city near the operation, was the site of a massive bombing against a Shiite shrine on Feb. 22 that touched off sectarian bloodshed that has killed more than 500 and injured hundreds more. It is a key city in Salahuddin province, a major part of the so-called Sunni triangle where insurgents have been active since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion three years ago. Saddam Hussein was captured in the province, not far from its capital and his hometown, Tikrit. Presidential security adviser Lt. Gen. Wafiq al-Samaraei said the operation was targeting “a bunch of strange criminals who came from outside the country and among them a bunch of Iraqi criminals who help them.” Iraq’s interim foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said the attack was necessary to prevent insurgents from forming a new stronghold such as they established in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, until they were flushed out by U.S. forces at the end of 2004. “After Fallujah and some of the operations carried out successfully in the Euphrates and Syrian border, many of the insurgents moved to areas nearer to Baghdad,” Zebari said on CNN. Hours after the assault began, Iraq’s new parliament was sworn in behind the concrete blast walls of the heavily fortified Green Zone, with political factions still deadlocked over the next government and vehicles banned from Baghdad’s streets to prevent car bombings. Adnan Pachachi, the senior politician who administered the oath in the absence of a parliament speaker, spoke of a country in crisis. “We have to prove to the world that a civil war is not and will not take place among our people,” Pachachi told lawmakers.last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSpring Band Concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 250-0022. Spring Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Wednesday (show only) and 6 p.m. Thursday at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7 Wednesday and $15 Thursday. Call (661) 259-1551. Zonta Golf Tournament, 10:30 a.m. today at Robinson Ranch, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Wendee’s Music will get kids to sing and dance, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. last_img read more


first_imgOne of the most ambitious sporting events ever organised in Co Donegal is to attract thousands of visitors to the county.Details of the Four Minute Mile Challenge are announcedDetails of the 4 Minute Mile Challenge , being organised by Letterkenny Athletic Club, were announced last night.The iconic club celebrates its 40th anniversary and it will also use the event to honour its best-known member, Olympian Danny McDaid. At  the event, the running track at the Aura Centre will be officially named after the famous cross country and marathon runner.Danny was present at last night’s launch as details of the ambitious event, which takes place on May 18th next, were unveiled to the public.Among those who have been penciled in to compete are such household athletics names as Fionnuala Britton, Brian Gregan, Danny Mooney, Mark English, Danny McBrearty, Ruairi Finnegan and Maria McCambridge.Two Kenyan athletes, who have been invited to the event, are hoping run Donegal’s first sub four minute mile. Brendan and Danny McDaid at the launchChairman of Letterkenny AC, Brendan McDaid, told Donegal Daily that he was hopeful the general public would support the track and field meeting.“I am hopeful the event will attract large crowds. Hopefully we will get some nice weather.“It’s one of only three major athletics events in Ireland next year and we have a major field confirmed to coincide with our 40th anniversary.“We will also officially name the track after Danny McDaid which will be a very special moment,” said Brendan.The man himself said he was very humbled by having the track named after him. “I am humbled by the honour and I am very proud and thankful on behalf of myself and my family.Tom Crossan and Neily McDaid look forward to the event“I am really looking forward to the day,” he said.Myles Sweeney of the Donegal Sports Partnership said his organisation would do their best to source some funding for the event.Paddy Harte, chairman of The Gathering group in Donegal, said the event was another perfect event for people from across the world to come home to Donegal for next year. Local councillors Ciaran Brogan, Tom Crossan and Jim Lynch all paid tribute to the Trojan work done by Letterkenny AC to the young people of the town.Theresa McDaid speaking at the launchFresh from her role in managing the Irish Women’s Cross Country team to victory in Budapest, Theresa McDaid said the club was often too modest about its success.Further details of the event will be released through regular updates released by the club closer to the event.Paddy Harte, Myles Sweeney and Danny McDaid discussing plans for the eventMembers of the McDaid family have been instrumental in the success of Letterkenny ACThe event is officially launched last nightUNIQUE SPORTING EVENT TO ATTRACT CROWDS AND HONOUR A LEGEND was last modified: December 12th, 2012 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:Danny McDaidFour Minute Mile ChallengeLetterkenny AClast_img read more

Cheeky Aston Villa fans change Cafu’s Wikipedia page after Hutton’s screamer

first_img 3 Quickfire strikes from Jonathan Kodjia and Jack Grealish put Villa ahead after Lukas Jutkiewicz opened the scoring for Blues.Che Adams hit the post with the visitors leading 1-0 before Villa’s turnaround and Tammy Abraham’s penalty made it 3-1 after the restart.Kristian Pedersen pulled a goal back but Birmingham remain without a win at Villa Park since 2004.Picking up a loose ball in midfield, the Scot drove forward at the petrified Blues defence, before cutting inside and sending a left-footed shot past the hapless Lee Camp in front of the Holte End. Hutton was not about to be stopped on his marauding run The World Cup-winning captain may want to change his Wikipedia page The Brazilian also represented Roma in his distinguished career and was nicknamed ‘Pendolino’ in Serie A in reference to the Italian express trains for his energetic performances down the right-hand side.The emphatic derby win moves the Villans up to eighth in the table, four points off the all-important Play-Off places.Meanwhile, Garry Monk’s side remain in twelfth thanks to Hutton’s stunning strike. 3 3 GOOOOALLL!!!ALAN HUTTON TAKES ON FIVE BIRMINGHAM PLAYERS TO SCORE AMAZING SOLO GOAL IN FRONT OF THE HOLTE END. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. 🔥#PartOfThePride pic.twitter.com/qiCc2zkT83— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 25, 2018World Cup winner Cafu was renowned for his equally adventurous style of play from right-back and it seems as though Villa fans were quick to let the world know who they thought was the better of the two.Fans quickly changed the former AC Milan defender’s Wikipedia page to read: “Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu or the Brazilian Alan Hutton.” Cafu might not have been aware who Alan Hutton was before this weekend, but the Brazil legend will certainly know who is he is now!The Scot scored one of the goals of the season for Aston Villa to help down local rivals Birmingham City as they claimed a precious 4-2 win at Villa Park.last_img read more


first_imgStar goalie Shay Given and the rest of the 2012 Euro Championship squad are set to earn a fortune – if they can defend their 4-0 lead over Estonia at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night.In fact the 22-man squad which is picked for the finals in Poland the Ukraine next year will share in a €4M windfall.That’s a massive €181,818,182 EACH! But money is the farthest thing from the mind of the Lifford man and his teammates for the second leg of the qualifier.And anyone who thinks that next year’s tournament could be Shay’s international swan song better think again.Giovanni Trapattoni will beg Ireland’s Shay and other senior stars not to quit after the Euro 2012 finals.Shay, Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Damien Duff could all bow out on a high after the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. The quartet have amassed 395 caps between them and have played key roles in driving Ireland to the finals.Keane, 31, and Given, 35, keep dropping hints that this may be their last Irish campaign while Duff and Dunne, both 32, could follow suit.But Trap wants them all to stay.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSHAY’S €180K EURO 2012 WINDFALL was last modified: November 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily.comFAILiffordShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgMusician/ Musicians wanted to provide music for one morning a fortnight .If you have 2 hours to give to your community . Petrol expenses paid. Please contact us on 074 95 61686. Siopa Pobal na Rosann: The Autumn wear is now available in the shop. Thanks to all who continue to donate items and to those who purchase items. If you have 3 to 4 hours to spare in the week we would appreciate your time as a volunteer . Phone Norah on 0879615775 if interested.Would you like to embrace change in your life then this is the course for you “Introduction to Living Wheel System” to commence in September. Contact Rosses CDP on 074 95 61686 for more details. This is funded by the DLDC. Lego Appeal: Has your children outgrown their Lego? Autism Support Dungloe are hoping to run a Lego Club for children on the Autism Spectrum in the near future and are appealing for donations of Lego. Any donations would be appreciated, if you could please leave any unused Lego in Siopa Pobal na Rosann (beside McGlynns) for collection, Thank you.Autism Support Dungloe are running a Drama Club for 6 weeks beginning Saturday November 9th at the CDP, Chapel Rd, Dungloe from 11am-12pm. Children on the Autism Spectrum/associated disorders, siblings and friends are welcome to attend. Cost is €2 per child. We ask that a parent/carer accompanies the child to the club. Refreshments will be provided and parents will have a chance to meet up for a chat. For further information and updates of events the group has a facebook page Autism Support Dungloe or contact Dolores Bonner 087-0535442.Fit Kidz – Class will start on Monday 16th September. This class is aimed at 5-11 year olds as an all round activity class, with the emphasis on getting and keeping your child at a good level of fitness through the medium of games, martial arts, and team activities.Playmatters: We’re back. Meeting Monday mornings in the Rosses CDP, Chapel Rd. This session is for parents and carers of young children. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: €2 per session. Everyone welcome. AGM: The AGM of the Mary From Dungloe Festival will be held on Tuesday 15th October at 8 p.m. in Ionad Teampall Chróine.Active Retirement Group are back again on Tuesday 17th September 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New members welcome.Irish Classes: If you have basic Irish and would like advance classes to be held on Tuesday evenings, contact 95 61686. This course will only be held if there are enough numbers. Booking is essential. Cost: €5 per night.North West Ladies: A singalong will be held the last Friday of every month. DD LOCAL – DUNGLOE COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: September 13th, 2013 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:Dungloe Community noteslast_img read more

S.I. Distributing celebrates 40 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Morgan McCollow, Contributing Writer, Journal News – Spencerville, OHS.I. Distributing was started by a farmer who wanted innovative products and loved tinkering, and that’s what the company still does 40 years later.In the late-1970s, Joe Whitney, a grain farmer, was the owner of Spencerville Implement — a John Deere and a short line dealership in Spencerville. As a farmer, Whitney always looked for innovative ways to improve his farm equipment, which led to the formation of S.I. Manufacturing in 1979. This new company manufactured tools that improved the current farm equipment.As a result of the Farm Crisis of the 1980s that brought high-interest rates, low crop prices, and more negative effects to the John Deere dealership, Whitney made the decision to close the dealership in 1986.Whitney kept S.I. Manufacturing going, continuing to add on new innovative products to sell. Shortly thereafter, S.I. Manufacturing became the first U.S. distributing partner for the Schumacher Company, selling their SCH EasyCut cutting system. These parts were originally manufactured in Germany for German-made equipment and S.I. Manufacturing was able to import the parts, adapt them to fit and work with farm equipment made in the US., and distribute them to numerous farmers here in the states. Today, the company is still Schumacher’s largest distributer in the U.S.In 1993, S.I. Manufacturing was incorporated and renamed S.I. Distributing, Inc. In 2004, Joe Whitney retired and offered to sell the company to two long-time employees: Todd Keysor, who had worked for Whitney since 1984 and Dave Burgei, who began working for Whitney in 1995.Their goal is to find unique, innovative products, something that will make the equipment better. Today, with a total of 26 employees, S.I. Distributing sells their products throughout the United States.When asked what was most fulfilling about working for the business, President and co-owner Dave Burgei stated that the company doesn’t just sell a product; they try to understand and identify the problem or roadblock/issue the farmer has, whether it’s in planting or harvesting, and then recommend what would improve his specific experience.last_img read more

CES 2011: The Best New Android Devices

first_imgWith Honeycomb, Google has introduced a number of features designed just for slates, including new 3D homescreen customizations, new richer and interactive widgets, video chat via Google Talk, access to Google eBooks, tabbed Web browsing, bookmark syncing and private browsing capabilities and improved multi-tasking.Although the Xoom has not officially launched, it was name “Best in Show” by CNET and picked as the best, or among the best, tablets by Gizmodo, LaptopMag, PopSci, PCMag, BGR, Popular Mechanics, Techradar, Engadget and others. It’s pretty safe to say that this tablet won CES. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … At last week’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas, if there was any obvious industry trend, it was this: Android is everywhere. From smartphones to tablets and even TVs, the mobile operating system was present in a number of the devices being showcased at this gadget-filled event. But which phones and tablets are really deserving of praise? Which ones stood out as moving the bar forward?We’ll take a look at some of our favorites from the show below.1. Best New Tablet: Motorola XoomThe Motorola Xoom, an Android tablet that will run Google’s new tablet-only version of Android called “Honeycomb” already bests the current iPad in terms of technical specifications. It has not one, but two cameras – one rear and one front-facing (5-megapixel and 2-megapixel respectively), and a large 10-inch screen with a higher resolution than iPad (1280×800 compared with iPad’s 1024×768). It also has a dual-core 1 GHz processor, HD support with an HDMI-out port, Wi-Fi and 3G support from Verizon Wireless, is upgradable to 4G LTE support in the future and supports Adobe Flash.As for that last one, you may or may not see it as a plus, depending on whether you think Flash is an outdated, buggy technology that deserves no place in our untethered, mobile Web future or a still-necessary tool for viewing a large amount of Web video. However, it’s hard to not give extra points to the Motorola Atrix 4G, just for thinking out of the box. Also a Tegra 2-powered phone, this AT&T/Bell Mobility/Orange UK device offers a 4-inch display with a 960×540 resolution, 1 GB of RAM, with support for up to 48 GB of storage, and a powerful 1930 mAh battery, like the Bionic. It also has dual cameras (one VGA, one 5-megapixel), 720p video capture, HD playback and a fingerprint reader. 2. Best New Android SmartphonesThis one was a lot tougher, because picking smartphones is a much more personal choice. Do you prefer a slide-out keyboard or an onscreen one, for example? Do you like the big screens found on many Android devices or do you want something smaller, that fits in your pocket?For practical purposes, Verizon’s new Motorola Droid Bionic is a solid choice. It’s one of Verizon’s new 4G (LTE) phones, announced alongside the HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution and Samsung 4G. Like the others, the Droid Bionic will run Android 2.2 (Froyo), has dual cameras (one front-facing VGA, 8-megapixel on rear), and a large capacitive touchscreen. But the Bionic’s 4.3-inch screen is a bit better: offering a 540×960 resolution, its CPU is a speedy 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, it has 512 MB of RAM, it lets you do Skype video chatting and has something called “mirror mode” which allows you to simultaneously stream video to the TV and on the device itself. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What makes this device so unique, though, is its ability to run in “Webtop” mode where it connects via an HDMI cable to a 2.4-pound laptop computer that offers an 11.6-inch screen, trackpad, and real hardware keyboard. It’s a phone that’s also a notebook PC! Once attached, you can use your phone from your “computer” (really, it’s just a shell) to run apps (in a window), play games, make calls, send instant messages, surf the Web in a full-sized version of the Firefox browser and as a bonus, your phone will charge while plugged in. Alternately, you can plug your phone into the HD Multimedia Dock, which offers 3 USB ports and an HDMI port, which lets you use the Atrix connect to an HDTV, for example, or connect to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor at your desk.3. Android TVForget Google TV, try Android TV! OK, maybe not. It’s far too early to call this the “best of CES” (oops, headline edit?), but it’s definitely interesting. While not ready for primetime, the 32-inch RCA RLC3291 TV runs a skinned version of Android (2.2), including a few apps like a weather widget and Picasa for now, though app icons for Facebook and YouTube were present as well. The TV supports Flash and offers remote-friendly navigation, too.Although still in development, RCA was telling press the TV would launch in April 2011. We’ll reserve judgement until then. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Tags:#Android#mobile#news Image credit: Engadgetlast_img read more