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The Brexit from diversity

first_imgThe Brexit vote in Britain to cut ties with the European Union is part of an emerging trend that has also gained ground in the United Stated via “Trumpism”. The results of the referendum in the UK came as a surprise to many and there is already some buyers’ remorse as the consequences for Britain in its future relations with Europe sink in.Whereas those who supported the UK remaining in the EU campaigned strongly on the negative economic impact an exit vote would mean, the leavers pushed home the point that the country would regain its authority over its borders and on immigration issues if it leaves the EU. This was the issue that won the referendum.The idea of prosperity and progress on continued favourable trade deals with their European neighbours meant less to the majority of voters than their ability to decide on immigration, ie, who is allowed to live and work in Britain. Following the success of the Brexit vote, there was an immediate rise in racist attacks on British Asians and on the large Polish immigrant population in Britain.The presumptive Republican nominee for the US presidency, Donald Trump, is enjoying a similar success in America based on a similar trend. There, too, it is less about the economy and more about building a wall to keep out Mexicans, and banning all Muslims from entering the US that have made Trump a populist leader.In both instances, statistics show that the followers of Brexit and Trump are less college educated than those who voted to stay in the EU and who are not backing Trump, respectively.Britain and the US are divided nations and the division is spurred by a rise in anti-immigrant prejudices and nativism. This translates into intolerance and race hate as the national conversation becomes less about jobs and the economy and becomes more existential with the primary concern being a move to consolidate nationalist sentiments and what is perceived as the “native” status quo.It does appear to be a rejection of diversity and of the social cohesion that is championed by European nations even though some view Brexit as a refusal by the British to transform their country into a homogeny as dictated by the EU.Guyana too is a divided nation where Indians are still trying to gain an equal footing in cultural and political spaces within the context of the majority African Caribbean population.Oddly enough, it is the struggle for human and cultural rights by Indian Guyanese that is condemned as racist rather than the dominance of Euro/Afrocentrism which pushes for a physical and cultural assimilation that would translate into ethnic and cultural loss for Indians. It’s a loss that no human rights convention encourages or supports.The Brexit trend is not an unknown in the wider Caribbean where Jamaicans, Guyanese and many small islanders face immigration issues in places like Trinidad and Barbados despite Caribbean single market agreements which are intended to foster trade and allow the free movement of people within the region. It is a rejection of “others” just as in Britain and the US and, just as in those countries, immigrants are seen as threats to job security and nationalist interests.Whereas respect for diversity is trumpeted as a good thing, it goes against the grain of globalisation which does not only involve globalised trade but fosters the idea of a one-world culture. Hollywood movie franchises, Starbucks and McDonalds are all part and parcel of a globalised culture and the internet and social media are vital links in helping to shape that one-world.Whether diversity will triumph over this new trend is yet to be seen but human cultures have been built up over centuries and not many are willing to forgo their uniqueness for a globalised identity when there is still a primal human need for cultural rituals and values, and for a unique identity among most of the world’s peoples.In Europe, for instance, despite being suppressed for decades, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, and Dagestan all reappeared almost overnight. They are all differentiated by culture, ethnicity, and language.While the success of such diversity depends on respect for differences, taken to its extreme, securing one’s identity over others can become xenophobic and can fuel race hate, violence and extremism.As Great Britain grapples with the fallout of Brexit and the US with the rise of “Trumpism”, Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean should take note and reject any trend that fosters intolerance and hate.last_img read more

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BIT needs more resources – Chairman

first_img− gears to meet future needsThe Board of Industrial Training (BIT), through its National Training Programme for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE), continues to churn out skilled persons, but to ensure the programme’s continued success, more resources are needed, BIT Chairman Clinton Williams said.Williams recently told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that resources were needed, especially with the advent of competency-based training. “The context and concept is to train to perform, and then give you the theory after. We need to get instructors that are competent enough to deliver this for us.”The Chairman said the BIT programmes were geared to meet the future needs of local industries.Clinton WilliamsWilliams pointed out that the programmes have been implemented with great success in all of the Administrative Regions except Region Eight. This Region, he said, will have a special programme to suit the skills needed in its mainly mining communities.“Mining communities require heavy equipment operators. A programme in that Region will start with that aspect of the training, and then we will go on to other things.”The Board Chairman dispelled the notion that vocational training was geared mainly towards those who have successfully completed a basic schooling (literacy) programme and attracts mainly males. One aspect of classes taught is the upgrading of literacy skills across the board. Williams told GINA that the ratio of females to males is 55:45 across the board for the approximately 20,000 youths trained thus far.The training offered is also centred on equipping youths with what the job market demands. Williams noted, “What is important now is what could get you a better job, with better benefits.”The training programme is expected to generate, according to Williams, approximately 1600 trained youths this year. This will bring the total number of skilled youths to around 22,000 since the programme began in 2006.On July 13, 182 youths graduated from the third NTPYE at the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre. The programme saw participants trained in areas of engineering, information technology, automotive repairs, management, garment construction, carpentry and other skills.last_img read more

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Madrid enjoy Cup lift over Valencia

first_imgHowever, it was far from an assured performance by Jose Mourinho’s side and but for some poor Valencia finishing they could have been travelling to Valencia for the second leg on level terms.Benzema, though, steadied their nerves eight minutes before half-time as the France international striker showed some kind of return to form as he slotted home after being set up by Sami Khedira in a move started by Michael Essien.The hosts second came in the 73rd minute from a counter attack just after Valencia’s Brazilian striker Jonas had missed a terrific opportunity to equalise.Guardado put the ball into his own net from Fabio Coentrao’s centre and the damage could have been greater for the visitors had not Vicente Guaita made two point blank saves from Cristiano Ronaldo in a matter of minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 15 – Real Madrid took a big step towards the Spanish Cup semi-finals on Tuesday as they beat Valencia 2-0 in their quarter-final first leg clash at the Bernabeu.Goals by Karim Benzema and an own goal by Mexican defender Andres Guardado gave the hosts a much-needed boost and kept alive their hopes of some domestic silverware this season as in the league they are third and trail bitter rivals Barcelona by 18 points.last_img read more

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Arsenal have lost momentum, admits Wenger

first_imgBut Lucas’s 77th minute header was deflected into his own net by Gunners winger Alex Iwobi and Arsenal were unable to find a winner.That leaves the north Londoners level on points with PSG but behind them on a head-to-head record, meaning the French team will take first place if they win their last group match, against minnows Ludogorets on December 6.Arsenal travel to Basel on the same night and Wenger conceded it doesn’t look likely they will take pole position following their third successive draw in all competitions, meaning they will probably get a tougher tie in the knock-out stages.“It’s not over, but we have a 90 percent chance to finish second,” Wenger said.“We wanted to finish first. We haven’t lost a game in this group so we have done well, but we haven’t finished the job.“We dropped off after it was 2-1. We didn’t maintain the pressure and paid for that.“It’s frustrating. We were a bit passive on the corner for their second goal.”– Frustrating –Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura (C) celebrates scoring their second goal to equalise 2-2 during the UEFA Champions League group A football match between Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain on November 23, 2016 © AFP / Justin TallisArsenal know only too well how damaging it can be to finish second as a series of tough draws have led to six consecutive last-16 exits.But Wenger tried to remain upbeat and insisted the quality of some of the teams finishing second meant even group winners couldn’t be guaranteed an easy draw.“Will it be bad for us? We have to wait and see,” he said.“If you finish first you play the second game at home, but you look at the groups and it’s difficult to tell what is better.“For me it’s more frustrating not to win the game but they are a team with top technical quality.”After a strong run that raised hopes of sustained challenges for silverware at home and abroad, Arsenal have looked lethargic in lucky draws against Manchester United and PSG.Wenger knows his side have been below their best over the last week, but he doesn’t expect the dip to last.“We have not lost but we have lost a winning momentum a little bit,” he said.“There is a special spirit in the squad. We are unbeaten for 18 games and sometimes you go through a period where you are a little bit less effective.“It’s up to us to transform the draws into wins, but there is no reason to panic.”PSG could easily have finished with victory as Edinson Cavani squandered two late chances, but boss Unai Emery was happy enough with a polished performance that puts his side’s European destiny in their own hands.“If we are to analyse the two matches against Arsenal I think that we deserve to be first at the moment,” he said.“It was a good test and I’m pleased with the way the team responded.“Arsenal have some good players and are set up well. We did very well against them and our best players showed great personality.“The players met my expectations. It was a terrific performance and it’s important now that we build on this in our next fixtures.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger knows his side have been below their best over the last week © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KingtonLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 24 – Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have lost momentum and look destined for a frustrating second-placed finish in their Champions League group after being held to a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain.Wenger’s side were on course to wrap up top spot in Group A when they led 2-1 late in the second half at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.last_img read more

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TransCanada name change ‘de emphasizes’ Canada for leery investors: analyst

first_imgThere’s good reason for the company to be proud of its Canadian roots, he added, given its place on stock market indexes of Canadian firms and Canada’s reputation versus the United States in Mexico.TransCanada says it has about 7,000 employees in North America, with 3,500 in Canada, 3,200 in the U.S. and 300 in Mexico.It said its new name reflects its diverse business interests in pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in the three countries.TransCanada vowed to keep headquarters in Calgary and said it plans to continue trading under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges if shareholders approve the name change at its next annual meeting.On its website, TransCanada says it was founded in 1951 to develop the TransCanada Pipeline to bring natural gas from Western Canada to eastern customers. The pipeline is now called the Canadian Mainline.Advertisement “Removing Canada from its name is a way to remind investors it’s not just a Canadian company, with some of the challenges we’re seeing in Canada.”She said the name change recalls the move by Calgary-based EnCana to rebrand itself with a lower-case “C” in 2010, thus de-emphasizing its Canadian roots.But Calgary-based analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., said he accepts the company’s explanation, adding the move has been talked about for some time.“To suggest one of the biggest corporations in Canada is changing its name to distance itself from Canadian policies? I don’t know that I agree with that when a good chunk of their customers are still Canadian and who they interact with are still Canadian,” he said.Advertisement CALGARY, A.B. – A planned move by TransCanada Corp. to change its name to TC Energy will help it attract investors who are “leery” of putting money in anything Canadian given the country’s recent difficulty in building energy projects, a U.S.-based financial analyst said Wednesday.But the company and a Canadian financial analyst disagreed, saying the name change recognizes that TransCanada has grown outside the country, with moves including its recent US$13-billion purchase of U.S. natural gas transporter Columbia Pipeline Group and a growing list of projects in Mexico.“While our strategy and priorities remain the same, we believe the new name will help to further unite our employees and will enable us to better connect with our diverse stakeholders,” said chief executive Russ Girling in a news release on Wednesday.- Advertisement -“Whether they know us as TC Energy in English, TC Energie in French, or TC Energia in Spanish, the communities where we operate can continue to count on us to follow through on our commitments and live up to our values of safety, integrity, responsibility and collaboration in everything we do.”The name change was announced a day after rallies were staged in cities across Canada in support of northern B.C. Indigenous people who are trying to stop a TransCanada subsidiary from building the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project through disputed territory.“Some investors have grown leery of investing in Canada. I think this is a way to de-emphasize Canada, quite frankly,” said Jennifer Rowland, a St. Louis-based analyst for Edward Jones, noting delays in building new oil pipelines led to Alberta imposing crude production constraints on its producers.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen: Cathro’s men defeated on historic day

first_imgAnthony O’Connor’s second-half header all-but sealed second spot in the Scottish Premiership for Aberdeen as Hearts brought the curtain down on 103 years of history with a 2-1 defeat.The substitute restored Aberdeen’s nine-point lead over Rangers with three games left, and their 23-goal advantage means it would take a freak set of results for them to be caught.Adam Rooney had netted his 20th goal of the season in the first half and O’Connor responded instantly after Isma Goncalves levelled in front of 16,522 fans, who witnessed the final match in front of Tynecastle’s Archibald Leitch-designed main stand.The structure was opened with a 2-0 victory over Celtic on August 15, 1914. But its final game before a new £12million stand is developed in its place was further evidence that there is much rebuilding to do on the pitch as well as off it over the summer. Aberdeen created the first chance of the second half when Kenny McLean’s forward ball exposed a huge gap in the home defence. Niall McGinn’s shot was beaten away and Graeme Shinnie hit the rebound wide with his right foot.Hearts soon threatened from a set-piece but Arnaud Djoum could not divert Lennard Sowah’s misdirected shot on targetThe hosts were enjoying more of the ball and they levelled in the 61st minute when Liam Smith crossed into a dangerous area. Goncalves beat Ash Taylor to the ball to head home from six yards.Aberdeen regained the lead inside three minutes. O’Connor, a half-time replacement in midfield for Pawlett, rose to meet Hayes’ free-kick unchallenged and looped a header into the corner of the net from 12 yards.The Dons showed no sign of letting Hearts back into the game a second time and Jambos coach Ian Cathro’s decision to replace Don Cowie with Bjorn Johnsen sparked a crescendo of boos.McGinn, Shinnie and Rooney all missed chances but Aberdeen’s narrow lead was enough, and Hearts captain Walker was sent off in the final minute after receiving a second yellow card for a late tackle on Shinnie. Hearts had plenty of incentive outside of marking the historic occasion – they have a six-point gap on St Johnstone to close if they are to make the Europa League qualifiers.But Aberdeen, who were missing injured skipper Ryan Jack, were sharper and more intense in their play in the opening stages.Andrew Considine headed wide and Jonny Hayes forced a save as the Dons pressed their opponents back, and they took the lead in the 21st minute. Considine won the ball back and Peter Pawlett decided to try his luck from long range, Jack Hamilton could not hold and Rooney was quickly on hand to finish the rebound.The hosts, who had Aaron Hughes back from injury in a back three with Prince Buaben, could only muster off-target headers from Jamie Walker and Krystian Nowak before half-time.last_img read more

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Woman issues warning after card skimmed and used to spend £580 in M&S

first_imgA young woman has revealed how her ATM card was hacked and £580 illegally spent in Marks and Spencer.Holly Ní Mhuirí was left shocked after her ATM card was hacked in Letterkenny and used to shop for the groceries and other items online.Holly was contacted by her the fraud section of her bank, Ulster Bank, and her card was cancelled immediately. Holly has posted a message on Facebook warning banklink users not to use the ATM at the front of the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Several ATMs have been hacked in various ways in recent months.Some people have been the victim’s of ‘shoulder surfers’ where their ATM pin numbers are taken down by strangers and then used on blank cards.In other cases, details of bank cards are gleaned using false ATM fronts and then used to buy products. Gardai have appealed to anybody who notices anything suspicious at ATM machines to contact them immediately.Woman issues warning after card skimmed and used to spend £580 in M&S was last modified: June 8th, 2017 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:banklinkcarddonegalhackingletterkennyLetterkenny Shopping Centre.ulster banklast_img read more

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McHale Park capacity reduced for Mayo-Donegal game

first_imgMacHale Park in Castlebar hosted the Connacht junior club football final between St Michael’s (Sligo) and Kilmaine (Mayo)Getting a ticket for the Mayo-Donegal All-Ireland quarter-final phase three game on Saturday August 3rd will be a bigger challenge for the counties supporters after confirmation that the capacity of McHale Park in Castlebar is being reduced by almost 6,000.The capacity for the game is being reduced from 31,000 to 25,369 on health and safety grounds.The game is expected to be a sellout. Tickets are available online at gaa.ie.Mayo v Donegal will be live on Ocean FM Sport on Saturday, August 3rd, at 6pm – in association with Donegal Plumbing & Heating, Old Laghey Road, Donegal town.last_img read more

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New campaign for a better South Africa

first_imgThe Lead SA campaign aims to build onnational pride, already boosted by thesuccess of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, tochange the country for the better. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shelley ViljoenPrimedia Broadcasting PR manager+27 11 506 3000 RELATED ARTICLES • ‘We rise to any challenge’ – Zuma • 97% of South Africans more proud • SA driven by World Cup momentum • A legacy of harmony and pride• From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag FridaysJanine ErasmusMedia groups Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers have launched Lead SA, a new drive to boost nation-building and encourage South Africans to make a positive impact on society.The campaign, which was launched in early August, is to take advantage of the spirit of ubuntu that helped make the 2010 Fifa World Cup such a resounding success.It calls on South Africans to keep the sense of goodwill alive in their communities and become leaders for change.During a recent panel discussion at Wits Business School, which focused on aspects of the legacy of the World Cup, Gillian Saunders, director of consulting firm Grant Thornton, spoke of the increased national pride and a new can-do attitude shown by South Africans.The country is still on a high, and there has never been a better time to harness that positivity and turn it towards improving circumstances in South Africa.For many, especially those in rural areas, the World Cup was an indirect experience, in many cases hardly felt as people were far from major cities and stadiums. But the new campaign is hoping to spread the ubuntu vibe beyond the cities so that it may touch every citizen.The World Cup proved what South Africans are capable of, if they work with a common vision. Lead SA aims to remind citizens that it is within their power to take the initiative to change themselves and their country.Initial reaction to the campaign has been enthusiastic, with South Africans taking up the cause on radio, via e-mail and on social media sites.Overcoming tough challengesPrimedia Broadcasting CEO Terry Volkwyn said the country has overcome some tough obstacles, in its history and in recent times. However, many South Africans have achieved great things over the years, and people must focus their attention on the actions that have been done for good, and not on the deeds of a lawless few.“Some of these trials may have produced miracles beyond imagination,” said Volkwyn, “but they have also robbed us of some our basic moral values”.Volkwyn added that it was easy to complain and dwell on the problems facing the nation, rather than taking action. It was easy to blame the government or community leaders for South Africa’s ills, rather than having the courage to make a difference.South Africa’s achievements took centre stage for the month of the World Cup, and the world praised the country, not only for being such an excellent host but also for overcoming challenges that might have daunted another nation. South Africans, said Lead SA’s call to action, have forgotten how far they’ve come and what they’ve accomplished.The campaign is appealing to people to remember that their behaviour serves as an example to others, and that positive action will have an immediate effect. Respect for the law of the land and compassion for fellow citizens, no matter what their station in life, is key to sustaining the positive vibe.“As a media group, it is our obligation to unlock the leadership potential in this country,” said Volkwyn. “If we are to take our rightful place on the world stage and make this country the success that it deserves to be, each of us must stand up and do something.”Lead SA encourages South Africans to stand up for positive issues – doing the right thing, upholding the law, showing compassion and respect to others, and taking care of the environment.Five key areasThe campaign focuses on five areas which it has identified as key to the advancement of South Africa and its people. These include moral leadership and working for good; public leadership, not just by those with a platform but by all; and the education of the nation.The campaign also strives for the success of the Square Kilometre Array, which will bring job creation and investment into technology; and the benefits of sport as a unifying force – the obvious example being the 2010 Fifa World Cup.These are long-term goals that can’t be achieved in mere months, but will remain a focus of Lead SA in the years to come.In the short term the campaign will highlight not only the contribution of notable leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela, but those of the unsung heroes whose actions might seem insignificant, but have touched somebody’s life. These real-life stories will inspire others to do the same.The campaign will also expose behaviour that destabilises the country, and will hold people accountable, especially individuals in positions of power.last_img read more

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Outlook for Search in China

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts guest author 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Written by Aydin Senkut, an ex-Google senior manager who is currently an angel investor for his company Felicis Ventures. During Aydin’s 6 years with Google, he managed their international expansion – including launching Google’s first 10 international sites.Today China boasts over 105 million Internet users, not to mention 350M mobile users (growing by 57 million every year). By 2010, Chinese Internet users will outnumber US Internet users by 25%. Currently, 87% of the Chinese Internet audience uses search. And given Internet search‚Äôs dominance of monetization and audience rankings globally, the competition for the top spot in the Chinese search market is pretty intense.Baidu, Google, Yahoo, Sohu and Sina are battling each other to be the leading provider of search in China. Currently the two largest search players, Baidu and Google, account for almost 90% of the searches (source: CNNIC Search Survey, 2006), per the latest local search market share depicted in the pie chart below.Chinese Search MarketThough it doesn‚Äôt show up in the main search rankings, Tencent – the leading Chinese Instant Messaging (IM) platform with over 220M active users – has been making significant in-roads into this market by licensing Google‚Äôs search in 2005.More than 3 out of every 4 Internet searchers in China use multiple search engines (source: CNNIC Search Survey, 2006). Therein lies one of the more interesting dynamics of this market: Baidu and Google clearly lead the field in all aspects of search, through the variety of searches they offer and the quality of their results. Sohu features more prominently in MP3 and video search, compared to its lagging ranking in web search. Yahoo, on the other hand, has been struggling with its local partnering strategy – as it failed to take advantage of large acquisitions locally, including 3721 and the much publicized Ali Baba. Indeed Yahoo’s brand seems weaker in China compared to Google‚Äôs and other local players – as a result of its lack of focus (and differentiation).Search TypeGoogle progressing in ChinaEven though Google is trailing Baidu in market share, it has made some significant progress in the last 2 years in China. It started to comply with local laws in China by filtering its results (and it‚Äôs the only one that informs users when it does so). Google also introduced its first music search – though its results point to music sites and not to downloadable music links, like its competitors. Google recently managed to outflank Baidu in terms of perceived quality. Recent research by Keynote Systems shows that among 1200 Internet users in China, Google outperformed all other competitors in 11 out of 13 factors measured. Moreover, most participants that ranked Google highest were actually using another search engine as their primary site for search. Google‚Äôs excellent scores were not surprising, given that the 3 most important criteria for ranking search engines in users minds were: clean home page design, quality of web search results, and quality of image search results (all of which play strongly to Google‚Äôs hand). This trend speaks strongly for Google in terms of catching up to Baidu in the market share.However, ‚Äúboth Google and Yahoo could still further improve their government relations in China‚Ä?, quipped Janelle Wu, who was formerly Senior VP at NetEase. Baidu, the market leaderJanelle Wu also mentioned that one of Baidu‚Äôs great strategic moves was hiring R&D experts from the US, while recruiting locally for sales talent.Baidu is currently enjoying virtually double the market share in all types of search over Google. A 2006 Study by CNNIC cites other reasons for Baidu attracting a large user base, including Baidu‚Äôs well-liked Bulletin Boards and its responsiveness. Baidu also benefits from its wildly popular MP3 search, which takes users directly to downloadable music. This could be a major headache for Baidu in the future if China decides to tighten its enforcement of IP laws, with respect to illegal music.Sohu, Sina and Yahoo all draw significant numbers of users to their search sites through their popular free email offerings, but that‚Äôs still not enough to help them break into the upper echelon of search – currently occupied by Baidu and Google.In terms of brand awareness, Baidu once again stands out with 87% – while Google and Yahoo trail with 64% and 39% respectively (source: CNNIC Search Survey, 2006). Furthermore, more than 50% of Baidu‚Äôs users are under 23 years old. Since 80% of people under 24 years old use the Internet in China (source: the CASS China Internet Survey, 2006) compared to a much lower ratio for older age groups, Baidu‚Äôs momentum is bound to continue. Maybe it‚Äôs for this reason, and lack of further explosive growth opportunity at home, that Baidu decided to launch its first international search in Japan last week.The future of the China search marketWhile Google‚Äôs perception has improved considerably among Internet users in China, its refusal to offer its Gmail and Blogger services locally (due to privacy concerns) will probably slow its efforts to boost its user base. However Google continues to invest in the Chinese Internet market, with a minority stake in P2P player Xunlei – which is aimed at the local online video market. This move might have other benefits for Google, as Xunlei doesn‚Äôt support Baidu downloads for instance.Among all the players, the one to watch is Tencent. Given its dominance in IM and success in entering new markets such as casual games, mobile chat and virtual goods – it has the strengths to make a decent entry into the Chinese search market.The Chinese search market is bound to hold a few surprises in the next year or two, as most Chinese Internet users claim that factors such as duplication of results, freshness and quality of the way results are ranked, could use further improvement.Speaking of improvement, Google apparently needs to pay more attention to the quality of its image search, as it returns virtually no images for the Chinese name of former president Deng Xiaoping. Baidu, on the other hand, could be leveraging its new Japanese office to offer a better service to its users searching for adult terms like ‚Äúsex‚Ä?. Baidu apparently returns only 3 results for ‚Äúsex‚Ä? in its Chinese site, whereas its new Japanese site returns 107,000 images for the same search term.last_img read more

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