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  • Encouraging a Liberian Innovation to Fight Ebola

    first_imgThe Daily Observer on page nine of yesterday’s edition carried a story of an improved Ebola bucket developed by a Liberian. The Ebola bucket with the faucet for hand washing that now appears at the entrance of nearly all public and private premises in the country since the outbreak of the deadly virus, contains a solution of chlorine and detergents referred to as the “Ebola soup”,  highly promoted to help stop the transmission of the virus. The bucket’s flaw that undermines its purpose, however, is that the scores or even hundreds of users handle the faucets to turn them on and off. Lewis K. Tealeh, a senior   communication specialist at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), has licked the flaw by developing an electronically powered faucet for the bucket.  This enhancement makes the Ebola bucket hands free. Users do not need to touch the faucet to turn it on and off.  Instead, the faucet is electronically powered by a battery that is activated by the hand washer’s foot. The battery is installed on the floor near the bucket. Mr. Tealeh has a dream of mass producing this new type of bucket so that it becomes available to people throughout the country.  But he needs help!He is hoping that someone in government or in the local or international community, such as his own organization, LPRC, the National Port Authority (NPA), the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC); or the European Union, the American, Dutch or Norwegian governments could help him fulfill his dream to mass produce this bucket and make it available to all in Liberia.Not only would it help people to take yet another step away from this deadly Ebola virus.  It would also put some money into the hands of this creative young Liberian.  This could inspire and empower him to conceive and develop more innovations, leading to a stream of technological inventions to improve people’s lives, create wealth and contribute to the nation’s modernization.Remember the elementary beginning of the Wright Brothers in North Carolina, USA, who were mere bicycle sellers and mechanics.  Yet in the early 1900s they embarked upon an innovation that led to the invention of the airplane. Henry Ford, too, was an ordinary fellow in Detroit when he experimented with engines and tires that led to the invention of the automobile.Alexander Graham Bell was trying to improve communication between himself and his hearing-impaired wife that led to the invention of the telephone.We pray that somebody with the means will reach out to this Liberian, Lewis Tealeh, and help him mass produce this timely innovation springing out of a health crisis that has forced us to change and adopt the habit of washing hands upon entering public and private premises.Liberians must begin to think and act to help our inventors, especially at this critical time—people like Mr. Tealeh. Let us do better than our well-to-do forebears, many of whom failed to develop our elementary and high schools that educated themselves.  Rather, when they became rich, instead of giving back to these schools that made them, by educating their children there and helping to further develop and modernize those schools, they sent their children abroad for primary, secondary and higher education, leaving the schools destitute.  These schools included the College of West Africa, St. Patrick’s and St. Teresa’s High and institutions in Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Cape Mount and Cape Palmas.  After the missionaries departed many of these institutions declined and are today mostly substandard or almost nonexistent.Because very few wealthy people, if any, reached out to Liberia’s blind musical genius, Howard Benedict (Baby) Hayes, he died poor in his house on Front (now Sao Boso) Street.  Yet there were many wealthy families right on that same street.  Baby Hayes produced many musical masterpieces, including songs and operas.  And it is said that even though blind, he was often called upon by many churches and individuals to repair and tune their organs and pianos. We pray that a new generation  of Liberians will emerge with  the heart, mindset and vision  to start reaching out to help creative people in our  country—those in the creative   arts, literature, in the sciences and technology, and Liberian agriculturists, too, who have the talent and dream to move our country forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Police hunt “persons of interest” in “Gun Youth” execution

    first_img…Crime Chief urges witnesses to come forwardThe Police are currently pursuing several persons in relation to the gunning down of Collin Hooper, also called “Gun Youth”, on Monday last.Dead: Collin HooperThis is according to Crime Chief Lyndon Alves, who during an interview with Guyana Times on Thursday stated that although no suspect in the execution- style killing has been apprehended, ranks are hunting for specific persons.“There are persons of interest that the Police are looking for. Their names were touted, so the Police are looking for some persons of interest to interview them…but also, so far, we are not able to get anyone to come forward to say if and what they saw or know about this shooting/murder incident,” he disclosed.According to Alves, folks are generally not very willing to come forward to the Police with information about crimes committed in their communities because they fear their families can be harmed.“For instance, when you live in areas, you have to be very careful. Persons will not want to put their lives at risk; feeling that if you come forward that it would be disclosed, which is far from the truth. They may be fearful of who they give the information to,” he related.Deputy Police Commissioner, Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesNevertheless, the Crime Chief is calling on witnesses to the Hooper murder to come forward. He noted that if those persons have reservations about speaking to investigators, they are free to call him directly.“If they have concerns about their safety and security and the leaking of the information, they can contact me. They can call me on my cellphone, which is 608-2278,” Alves declared.On Monday last, 45-year-old Hooper, who had been wanted by the Police for murder, was gunned down near his home at East La Penitence, Georgetown. The Police have recovered six spent shells of a small calibre weapon close to the dead man’s body. When Guyana Times visited the scene, persons in the area were all tight-lipped about the shooting. However, one person described the area as a “nest for criminals” while calling for more frequent Police patrols.The area where the shooting took place is a stone’s throw away from the East La Penitence Police Outpost. It has been reported that Hooper moved into the area only a few months ago.Hooper, who was reportedly shot multiple time to the head and upper body, was said to have been a carpenter, but had had several robbery charges pending before the courts, and had been wanted by the Police for questioning in relation to the murder of 57-year-old Prince Alleyne, who was gunned down on High Street, Georgetown during a robbery on April 16.last_img read more

  • Blow for Arsenal? Casillas ready for right for Real Madrid place

    first_img1 Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas Arsenal target Iker Casillas looks set to continue his career at Real Madrid after coming through a dip in form.The Spain keeper lost starting spot at the Bernabeu last season, but was still named number one in the national side that was embarrassed at the World Cup.Madrid have signed Keylor Navas this summer to offer even more competition to Casillas, the club captain, but he is not jumping ship even though a number of Premier League sides would love to sign him.“I understand that when you play so long at Madrid constantly your name sounds good and bad, luckily in my case it has usually been good,” he said.“You have to face up and cope with the situation. I’ve always faced up and I will not hide.“I understand that when you are at Madrid you are always being watched. But I have been treated great, I have no complaints. I want to push myself even more than the previous year.“There is no getting around it. I have not been at my best in recent games, with Real Madrid and the national team, but I’ve had worse moments in my sporting life. And I have analysed and learned from them.”last_img read more

  • ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE GET GREEN LIGHT INTO OPTIMAL F1 FINAL!

    first_imgThese transition year boys from St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny should be very proud of themselves today after qualifying in the F1 Schools final.The event is a global multi-disciplinary competition that challenges secondary school students to design, build and race miniature compressed-air powered balsa wood Formula One cars. The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.Students from all over Ireland battled it out today at the regional heats in GMIT Mayo.Teams went head-to-head, testing the speed and engineering quality of their model F1 racers. The competition took place on a 20-metre track, with the model cars reaching scale speeds of up to 350km/h.But, it’s not all about speed, they were also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, resource management, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work. Their aim is to win the World Championships. To get there, they will work as a team to the very best of their abilities to design a fast, light and aerodynamic model F1 car; but also to create a brand well-known throughout Donegal and Ireland.They want to be successful innovators and to do this, they will use their passion, intelligence and professionalism – but above all, they will persevere and have fun.The team are all local Letterkenny lads Ciaran Kelly, Caolan Vaughan, Ayrton Kelly, Gavin Maguire and Pauric Neely and have received great support from the local businesses, local media & local mentors.They are pictured here along with St. Eunan’s principal Mr. Darby and their teacher / mentor Shaun McGinley. ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE GET GREEN LIGHT INTO OPTIMAL F1 FINAL! was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:F1letterkennySt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

  • Global Hawk memo hailed

    first_imgNorthrop Grumman and EADS have established a 50-50 joint-venture company tailored to the program’s requirements. This new company, named EuroHawk GmbH, is based in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and is to act as the national prime contractor for the German defense agency through the entire life cycle of the Euro Hawk system.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Northrop Grumman said it welcomed an agreement between the United States and Germany establishing the conditions for cooperation concerning the interoperability of Global Hawk and Euro Hawk aircraft. In Berlin on May 16, German and U.S. defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding that is a step toward the Euro Hawk risk-reduction contract, which is expected in autumn. The Euro Hawk is to be derived from the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk, a computer-controlled reconnaissance plane assembled by Northrop Grumman workers in Palmdale. The Euro Hawk will be equipped with gear developed by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company or EADS for collecting communications and radio signals to meet the German Air Force’s requirement for a high-altitude, long-endurance signal intelligence system. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This step is the result of six years of close trans-Atlantic cooperation,” said Stefan Zoller, a member of the EADS executive committee. “It’s an example of a successful transatlantic partnership which will provide the German Luftwaffe not only with an integrated solution to meet their reconnaissance needs but also give them the means to control their own intelligence.” A Global Hawk demonstration in 2003 in Germany established confidence in the Euro Hawk concept, said Scott J. Seymour, president of Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems sector. The flights were the first by an unmanned aircraft in controlled European airspace. The demonstrator system delivery is scheduled for 2010, with contract approval for series production and initial operational capability expected in 2009. This schedule would ensure a 2010 replacement for the aging fleet of Breguet Atlantique aircraft currently in service. last_img read more

  • GAA NEWS: GAELIC4MOTHERS MILFORD GAA TEAM PATICIPATE AT BLITZ IN DUBLIN

    first_imgMilford GAA News:*U16 Ladies County Semi Final*CLG BnaG v Fanad GaelsMoyle Park, Tuesday @ 5.15pmGood luck to our U16 ladies who will take on neighbours Fanad Gaels in the county semi final on Tuesday. Throw in time at Moyle Park is at 5.15pm and all support would be greatly appreciated.  *Gaelic4Mothers & Others National Blitz*Well done to our G4M&O team who traveled to the Naomh Mearnog Club in Portmarnock for the annual G4M&O Blitz last Saturday. By all reports they gave a great account of themselves. Well done to all the players and coach Marti Barrett.*Parish League Finals*Congratulations to all those who took part in the U8 & U10 as well as the U12 Girls Parish League finals last Friday. It was a great evening’s entertainment. A huge thank you to Michael Murphy who took the time to join in with the children and who then presented  them with their medals. Training has now finished for the year but will resume in February. Annual presentation night for all underage will be in November.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 2-17-21-22. No jackpot winner, 2 drawn winners, win €35 each. James Trearty and the McCarron Family. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,260. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169 *Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2015 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751 GAA NEWS: GAELIC4MOTHERS MILFORD GAA TEAM PATICIPATE AT BLITZ IN DUBLIN was last modified: October 21st, 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:GAASportlast_img read more

  • Onyango not worried by Cranes’s drop in Rankings

    first_imgAfter the latest FIFA rankings released yesterday, Cranes captain Dennis Onyango has come out and suggested that it is not one of the things he looks out for while playing football.Onyango does not give FIFA rankings priority (Photos by Agencies)“I haven’t seen the rankings so i can’t comment on them, said Onyando when approached by PML Daily.“The other thing is that rankings are not my thing and it’s not something that i read much into so they don’t have much significance in my opinion.This come about after Uganda fell eight places in the FIFA World rankings of June 2018 and is now placed 82nd.Uganda was previously ranked 74th out of the 210 World footballing countries with 403 points.The fall in places may be attributed to the two most recent losses to Central African Republic and Niger where the Cranes lost 1-0 and 2-1 respectively during the three nation friendly tournament in Niger.The Cranes team that started the 1-0 loss to Niger last monthConsequently, both teams that beat Uganda have climbed places, Niger climbed by 6  to 103rd with 323 points and Central African Republic to 108th with 303 points.Despite the fall, Uganda remains the best ranked country in the CECAFA region as its nearest opponent Kenya fells by a slot to 112th with 291 points.There is a one place drop for Sudan (128th), 13 place fall by Rwanda (136th), Tanzania drops three places to 139th and Burundi drops by two places to 148th.South Sudan climbs one place to 156th (132 points).Horn of Africa country Djibouti improves by one place to 197th with 32 points.Eritrea and Somali each have a point, sharing the joint 206th last position alongside Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla, Bahamas and Tonga.Africa’s best ranked country, Tunisia falls seven places to 21st on 910 points.Meanwhile ahead of the world cup, Germany maintained the number one place with 1558 points, second placed Brazil has 1431 points.Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile and Spain complete the respective top ten footballing countries.By and large, Azerbaijan, who climbed by 21 places to 105th, are the best overall movers.Guyana droped the most places (18) to 182nd with just 73 points.The next rankings will be released on 19th July 2018.Uganda’s next fixture will be an AFCON 2019 qualifier against Tanzania in September before a double header in the same competition against Lesotho.Comments Tags: Dennis OnyangoFIFA RankingsUganda Craneslast_img read more

  • A house of peace and simplicity

    first_imgToday the house stands in lush, peacefulsettings even though it’s in a busy suburb.  The buildings in their original state.(Images: Voyageurs du Monde)MEDIA CONTACTS • Eric Itzkin, City of JohannesburgDeputy director of immovable heritage+27 11 373 7516 or +27 82 454 3381Lorraine KearneyTucked in a busy corner between Louis Botha Avenue and Ivy Road in the Johannesburg suburb of Orchards, a family house is being transformed into a little pocket of peace.French travel company Voyageurs du Monde bought the thatch-roofed house, once home to Mahatma Gandhi, in September 2009. The Kraal (Afrikaans, meaning “cattle enclosure”) is now the property of Voyageurs subsidiary, Satyagraha Guest House.According to Fabrice Dabouineau, the group’s Africa director, the renamed Satyagraha House is to become “a unique project never accomplished anywhere in the world”.It will soon be a bed and breakfast where people can spend time according to Gandhi’s principles.Designed and built in 1908 by German architect Hermann Kallenbach – Gandhi’s great friend and supporter – it was called The Kraal because it combined African elements in a European dwelling, says Eric Itzkin in his book Gandhi’s Johannesburg.The men shared the two rondavels on and off between 1908 and 1911. Kallenbach sold the house after Gandhi left the country in 1914 and a succession of families has lived in it ever since.On board for the changes are Itzkin, the City of Johannesburg’s deputy director of immovable heritage; architect Rocco Bosman; and curator Lauren Segal, who is responsible for the Gandhi exhibition at Constitution Hill, seat of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.The City has reviewed the plans and given its approval for the renovations and the project as a whole, says Voyageurs. Dabouineau explains it as rehabilitating and creating a new heritage piece in Johannesburg.Satyagraha House director Didier Bayeye says the site is important because it was during his time here that Gandhi conceived his philosophy of satyagraha, which focuses on leading a struggle without violence, but rather with meditation, prayer and fasting.Legacy of the great man“Also, there is no place in the world where the legacy of Gandhi is conserved in this way,” Bayeye says. “Here, guests can live a simple life, the way Gandhi wanted to live. The guesthouse will be adapted to his principles.”Dabouineau explains that the house will be divided into several parts: a new part is being built where guests will be able to spend the night “in a very specific ambiance”. There will be a museum dedicated to Gandhi, to satyagraha and to South Africa.In all, there will be eight rooms on the property, as well as a meditation garden and a spiritually oriented library. Guests will dine on vegetarian food. In keeping with Gandhi’s call for simplicity, there will be no wifi, no television, no pool – in fact, no entertainment at all will be provided, “except the privilege of walking and living in Gandhi’s path”.For those who simply can’t live without modern communication, Bayeye adds: “If a guest has a laptop and a 3G stick, then he can use it in his room. But not in the rest of the house or garden.”Furniture will be adapted to the time and although the pieces won’t be original, Voyageurs has consulted with antique specialists to ensure the furnishings will be based on the early 20th century. It will be comfortable, Bayeye says, but not modern luxury.Building began at the beginning of September, with completion expected in about eight months. If all goes according to plan the house will open at the beginning of May 2011.One portion of the original house will be dedicated to an exhibition space, a library and a meditation space, Bayeye explains. There are also three rooms already here.New additionsOutside, builders are adding cottages, providing three more bedrooms and a kitchen. A two-roomed cottage already stands, but this will be a family suite. All the rooms will be en suite and will operate on a bed and breakfast principle.Bosman, a heritage specialist with an architectural background, says the original house will not be changed, except to undo the alterations made subsequent to Gandhi’s leaving. For example, the dormer windows that were added will be restored to the original. “It is a restoration rather than a renovation,” he says.Already, some 20% of the construction has been done, with most of the brickwork already completed, says Bosman. The restored structure will have a minimal impact on the environment and is to be equipped with energy and water management control.The new architecture of the outside rooms is completely understated, with no decoration on the contemporary buildings.“They are very different from the rondavels. They are very plain, very modernist, so that you can see clearly the original,” Bosman stresses. “It is important to be able to read history.”Intimate portrait of GandhiThe museum is being designed and curated by local specialists, namely Itzkin, who curated the permanent exhibition Johannesburg: birthplace of Satyagraha at Museum Africa; and Segal, who curated the exhibitions 466/64 – A Prisoner in the Garden for the Mandela Foundation and Gandhi: A Prisoner of Conscience at Constitution Hill, among other major projects. The two are working closely on the development.Segal explains that the exhibition will be a much more intimate portrait of Gandhi and Kallenbach and their relationship. It will differ from the Constitution Hill exhibition, which focuses on Gandhi’s prison years.“It was a very seminal period in both their lives,” she explains. “There were deep changes in their lives at the time, in diet, in politics, spiritually.”She will also focus on the influence of Leo Tolstoy, the Russian writer, on the two men. It was during this time that they founded Tolstoy Farm, south of Johannesburg, to put these principles into practice.Segal hopes to obtain artefacts from the Kallenbach family in Israel. The architect moved there after the end of the Second World War, taking with him many of the tools he had made in South Africa, as well as his letters and diaries. “It is these precious things that we are hoping to return to South Africa,” she says.The script for the museum has been finalised and more details will emerge when the programme is complete.Itzkin explains that a good amount of research has already been done and the exhibition team is in search of objects. “We have got together some interesting and exciting research material.”Segal expects the museum to be ready by March 2011, in time for the opening of the guesthouse.With support from the Indian consul-general and various groups in India, the company believes the venture will be a success.“Inside there is no noise. It is very different from outside. There is magic vegetation in the garden,” Bayeye concludes, referring to the traffic of the nearby Louis Botha Avenue – one of Johannesburg’s busiest roads – but perhaps also unconsciously to the peaceful simplicity that Gandhi espoused.last_img read more

  • Press release: Owami calls on women to empower each other

    first_imgBrand South Africa and Owami Women call on South Africans to play their part in the development and empowerment of women this International Women’s Day 8 March.This year – International Women’s Day 2017 will be commemorated under the theme ‘Be Bold For Change’ – a call to all global citizens to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Johannesburg, Wednesday 08 March 2017 – Today the world commemorates International Women’s Day, a day that seeks to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.Commemorated annually on 08 March, this year Brand South Africa and Owami Women call – a women empowerment stakeholder of Brand South Africa, call on South African businesses, government and civil society to increase women economic empowerment initiatives to ensure equitable access to opportunities.Bridget Nkuna, Founder of Owami Women said: “The growth and development of a nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women. Our quest as a nation for inclusive economic growth – including the empowerment of women, the youth, and other members of vulnerable groups should be designed to help us achieve the type of society where everyone has a better life.”In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, particularly in rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account by proposing a range of measures to advance women’s equality.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “Through various women development and empowerment initiatives, South Africa has begun to undo the dire conditions that marginalised women under apartheid. Our pro-women policies and established institutions dedicated to women have over the years facilitated their economic development.“The political will and leadership demonstrated by the South African government through the NDP 2030 underscores precisely what is required to help us reach our women and to reinvigorate them to partake in the socio-economic development pursuit of our nation.”This year – International Women’s Day 2017 will be commemorated under the theme ‘Be Bold For Change’ – a call to all global citizens to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world.last_img read more

  • Fat-Cat Carriers Unworried By Chat Apps Passing SMS Texting

    first_imgbrian proffitt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#SMS Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img News that chat app traffic has surpassed that of SMS texting has gotten some prominent observers celebrating the death of the SMS “cash cow.” But that, to put it bluntly, is a mistake – if anything, cellular carriers will make more money from the rise of chat services than they did with SMS.The new report from UK analyst firm Informa says that almost 19 billion “over the top” chat messages were sent on messaging apps like Skype, WhatsApp, Kik and Viber in 2012.But in that same period, just 17.6 billion SMS text messages were sent. Around this time next year, Informa predicts 50 billion text messages with OTT services, and 21 billion SMS messages. So, for something that’s supposed to be in trouble, SMS will actually be growing in traffic next year.This kind of deflates the celebratory tweet of Neelie Kroes, VP President of the EU Commission responsible for the EU’s Digital Agenda program sent this morning.Kroes’ point about SMS being a cash cow is certainly valid – to a point. Text charges on some plans can be a huge revenue source for mobile carriers, to the point where many regulatory agencies and customers have complained.Kroes logic is simple: if texting is migrating to over-the-Internet chat services, then SMS will cease to become less of a revenue source for mobile companies. Except for one problem: the data plans that will be required for the use of the smartphones and other devices that can use these apps can cost more than even unlimited texting plans.That’s certainly the case for my Verizon plan. To use a locked smartphone with a data plan, I have to pay an extra $39.99/month, compared to the feature phone my youngest daughter uses that has unlimited calls and texting.I realize that mileage will vary, of course, but SMS plans are usually bundled with basic phone plans these days and it’s the data plans that cost more. And you usually need a data plan to get a smartphone from a carrier and all of these apps have to run on a smartphone.You could, or course, have a Wi-Fi only tablet or handheld device. This would be the best way to use these apps without paying for SMS or data plans… but you’ll be tethered to public Wi-Fi clouds and unable to chat out in the big wide world.Kroes’ argument, then, seems short-sighted – while I am sure there will be some savings for people currently getting ripped off for their SMS use, any truly mobile device will have an expensive data plan attached to it. That will wipe out any potential savings and may even cost more.Mobile carriers, I suspect, aren’t worried about SMS at all.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more