King century sets up Kingston win

first_imgEmerging Jamaica Scorpions batsman, Brandon King, slammed a second straight century to guide Kingston Cricket Club to an eight wickets win over Lucas Cricket Club in their second round Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash at Nelson Oval on Sunday.King, who slammed 179 in the first round, returned to post an unbeaten 119 as Kingston, replying to 116, put up 289 for four declared in their first innings.Lucas, batting a second time, were then dismissed for 203, setting in the process a victory target of 31, which Kingston overhauled at 31-2.The attacking King, captain of Kingston, struck 11 sixes and four fours during his innings and was supported by national all-rounder Derval Green, 50 and former captain Garth Garvey, who scored 49.Earlier, Lucas were bowled out in their first innings by left-arm spinner, Patrick Harty, five for 25 and Green, who claimed three for 20 with his medium pacers.Harty was also the pick of the bowlers in Lucas’ second innings, picking up three for 35 with Paul Harrison, three for 36, the next best.Ricardo McGeashey, 29, and Richard Allen, 64, top-scored for Lucas in first and second innings, respectively.SECONDWINThe result represented Kingston’s second win in as many matches, while Lucas were experiencing their second loss in as many outings.”Our preliminary-round zone is a very tricky one and is going to come down to the team that is most consistent,” said Kingston technical director, Kerry Scott.”We are now off to a good start and the aim is to continue like this going forward.”Meanwhile, over at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, reigning champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) romped to their second straight win as well after recording a 146-run win over Trelawny CA.The hosts were first blown away for 58, courtesy of left-arm spinner Iva Johnson, who took four for 24, and part-time off-spinner, Joseph Palmer, five for eight.The JDF, on the back of 153 not out from Rasheed Outar and 105 not out from Bereston Reid, then made 373 for nine in their second innings.Trelawny, batting a second time, scored 155 for nine, with Johnson ending with five for 76, Joseph two for 36 and fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, two for 26.last_img read more

Bolts bounce back

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco held it together for a change and made the best-of-seven series for the PBA Governors’ Cup championship close again with a 94-81 Game 3 victory over Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday night.And the plot thickened for Friday’s Game 4 as both coaches didn’t shake hands as they exited the Smart Araneta Coliseum court.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ateneo rips NU “All of a sudden he is telling me how to coach mine.”Cone talked briefly to his players inside the locker room and left the venue without dropping by the press room.The Bolts pounded out the victory despite losing Ranidel de Ocampo early to a calf injury, which Black thinks is so severe that he already announced that the veteran power forward will be out for the rest of the series.“Moving forward, we will go to war with the pieces that we have,” Black said. “It will be tough.”Hugnatan, after averaging just over six minutes in the first two games of the series, took over when De Ocampo limped out and hit 7-for-12 from three-point range to complement Durham’s inside game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? He finished with 22 points after making just two in the first two games, and earned praise from Black.“Game becomes a lot easier if we make shots,” Black said. “And Reynel did a good job spacing the floor for AD (Durham) by making a lot of three-pointers for us.”Meralco limited Ginebra import Justin Brownlee to just 15 points with a defense that also forced 19 turnovers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Allen Durham did practically everything in the endgame for the Bolts, and Reynel Hugnatan stepped up at a time he was most needed as Meralco pulled away in the stretch to chop down the Gin Kings’ once-imposing lead to 2-1.Durham finished with 38 points and 20 rebounds to lead Meralco. He scored 13 in the fourth to keep the Bolts’ championship hopes afloat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogColor developed between coaches Norman Black and Tim Cone when the Ginebra mentor refused to shake Black’s hand after the game, obviously in protest to a Meralco timeout with 38 seconds left and the outcome already beyond doubt.It could be the additional fuel added to the fire for both teams, as Black, when asked to talk about the incident, said: “We all know that he is the all-time leader in (championship) wins and I have never in my life told him how to coach his team. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Are we promoting a “lawless” society?

first_imgDear Editor,Kindly permit me to express myself — while also assisting other residents in Montrose, East Coast Demerara — about a most dreadful noise nuisance that emanates on a daily basis from the popular bar, which is located at Montrose.I would also like to publicly call on Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Police Commissioner (ag) David Ramnarine to address the matter with urgency.Over the past 12 months, residents of Montrose have been living at the mercy of this bar. The owners have no consideration for the people who are living around its immediate environs. Most nights we cannot have a good night’s sleep because of the loud music. Due to lack of rest at nights, we cannot concentrate and work the next day, as we always have a drowsy feeling, sometimes headaches, and lack of energy as well.Please note, some of us have huge bank loans to repay, hence we have to work. Some of us are on daily “blood pressure medication”, and when these tablets are taken and we cannot have our sleep, we feel like we are “running mad”.Students cannot concentrate on their studies at nights. There are elderly and sick persons in the area who are affected as well. Babies keep “jumping” out of their sleep. Our windows keep vibrating from the bass of the music.They just don’t have any regard for us and the curfew time as set out by the law enforcement, since they would close off sometimes at 4.00 a .m and 5.00 a.m. in the morning.We have been desperately crying out for “help” since March 18th, 2017, and, to date, nothing has changed, even though letters were sent to the abovenamed Public Officers.After twelve continuous months of misery from this bar, and no help seemingly forthcoming, our question is: Are we promoting a “lawless” society, instead of a decent environment for our children?The vulgar lyrics emanating from that bar are not what we would like our young children to hear. At an early age, their little minds have started to grow in a negative direction, as against towards good values in life.We cannot continue to live with this noise, it is having negative health effects on us. It is driving us to the limit. Yes, it is driving us to the limit. Please, Honourable Public Security Minister and please, Police Commissioner, look into this matter with immediate effect. It is not going down well. People need to sleep when the night comes. If you have to CLOSE the business, then do so. Residents in Atlantic Gardens are terribly affected as well.Just for information purposes, our investigation on the opening of this bar on March 18, 2017 revealed that they were NOT in possession of any permission from the L.B.I./Better hope NDC to build any building; no approval was obtained from the Ministry of Housing; no approval was obtained from the GRA to sell liquor; no approval was received from the E.P.A to play music within the limit of the law, and there is a cut-off time of 11.00 p.m.Yet this building went up, opened its doors, and it is business as normal, no one can touch them. What are the regulatory bodies doing? It would appear that the law applies only to those who do not have contacts.Why do the people who are living around this bar have to struggle to get justice; struggle to get a good night’s rest, so that their bodies can recuperate to go on the next day, as against the lawlessness and vulgarity which goes on there on almost a daily basis by a handful of people?It is indeed regrettable that we have to move to the ministerial level to seek help, so that we can continue to live in our homes in peace when the night comes.Many nights after 2.0 a. m there seems to be no sign of lowering the music. The DJ with the “mic” usually be in full flow then.We trust that immediate action will be taken against this bar, and we iterate that this bar should be closed, because it will continue to have our lives in misery. It is NOT easy having to endure this NOISE continuously, and we all do look forward to your personal intervention, as your sub-ordinates seems incapable of dealing with this particular matter.Thanking you for your prompt action.Kind regards,Concerned Citizenlast_img read more

GPSU Head implicitly criticises PNC under Granger’s leadership

first_imgAs the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) reflected on its 96 years of existence, it has praised the strides it made under the Burnham-led People’s National Congress (PNC) Government while noting its concerns about the inadequate remuneration being paid to public servants under the present Administration.GPSU President Patrick YardeGPSU President Patrick Yarde had stated that under the leadership of Linden Forbes Burnham, all the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions which protected trade union rights and workers’ rights were ratified, adding the local Constitution was also amended to make all collective agreements legally binding.In the GPSU statement to the media, while reflecting on the challenging years it faced and the battles it encountered during the period, it is still concerned about the challenges affecting public service workers under the present Administration.High on the list of concerns was inadequate remuneration for workers in the public sector.Only last September, teachers were forced to take to the streets to demand better wages and working conditions after failed talks with the Education Ministry. Against this backdrop, the GPSU pointed to the need for a restoration of a collective bargaining process even as it called for health insurance for its members.Another major bugbear for the Union is the sweeper-cleaners’ contract, which it believes should be made permanent for those workers to be treated as full-time employees. Sweeper-cleaners too had found themselves on the streets protesting the conditions under which they work, back in 2018.The Education Ministry later disclosed that approval was granted for sweeper-cleaners to be paid the minimum hourly wage of $312 each hour they work; guaranteed 12 months’ pay with their working hours not exceeding eight hours per day and five days per week, and be allowed to work at least 20 days per month for the entire calendar year.The sweepers-cleaners were granted at least 12 working days annually as paid annual leave, which would be utilised during school breaks. Prior to the decision, the sweeper-cleaners were paid $24,740 monthly and worked four to six hours per day.A GPSU representative, Maurice Butters, had explained that while he was happy with the decision, the circular is vague and does not specify when or how the system of regularisation would be implemented.On another note, the GPSU also pointed out that it would like to see the payment of full gratuity for employees on maternity leave and moreover, child/day-care centres be set up for public service workers.The Union would also like to see the age of retirement increase, among other recommendations. It said it believed there was a tendency to impose conditions of service on public servants rather than negotiate, which is an obstruction to workers’ trade union rights and due process.“For us, it is most disturbing that after all the sacrifices, effort and suffering we have endured in the interest of good governance and for our members to be entitled to fair treatment, this has not materialised. It is also appalling that promises that were repeated to us are not being fulfilled. We have been very patient and restrained, but it is now obvious to us what we are up against. Looking ahead, we must move on with confidence and peace, faith in our abilities to demand fair treatment, respect and value for our contributions,” the Union said in its missive.In November last year, Union President Yarde expressed great disgust over the current salaries and benefits public servants are receiving. In Yarde’s view, public servants are receiving “poverty payments” for salaries.SalariesA few days later, the Government announced a 0.5 to seven per cent increase in wages for public servants.last_img read more

Managing big ideas

first_imgQ uestion: I’m called “Project Queen” around our fast- growing small company because I’m the one who keeps all of our projects on track. But my current tools – mostly Excel – are pretty much tapped out, and I need a better way. Any ideas? – PROJECT QUEEN Answer: Project management (PM) is hot territory for small and midsize businesses. And it’s one of the key areas where technology can greatly improve your results – and your bottom line. In the big business world, project management has become a highly specialized discipline. Universities offer project management study courses and degrees, and project management professionals (PMPs) can receive special project management certifications. 4. Projects die without collaboration. Even if a project involves just two or three people, manage it with a team approach so everyone has a stake in the outcome. Motivation and enthusiasm will increase – guaranteed. 5. Go beyond Excel. Use software and the Web to your advantage. PM solutions delivered online are fast and efficient to use. An online project management site is also a great way to bring everyone together in one spot where they can share documents and other information, as well as track time and resources. Here are some project management resources and solutions: Clarizen ( recently launched a new Web- based solution for small and midsize businesses. It’s essentially a Web-based home for your entire project, where you can manage it from start to finish. The cost is $50 monthly per user, with discounts if you sign up for 6 or 12 months. There’s a 30-day free trial available. One nifty feature is Clarizen’s ProjectMail, which lets you collaborate with team members, vendors or other outside sources via e-mail without having to buy more subscriptions. AtTask (, which received the 2007 Gold Award for project management software from Top Ten Reviews, is a Web-based service starting at about $32 a month. AtTask likes to tout its customer support that includes a hotline, forums, training boot camps, phone coaching and more. AtTask also has tools to integrate with and Microsoft Outlook. See a demo online, and get a free 30-day trial and 30 minutes of coaching. Celoxis ( is another complete Web-based solution to manage projects with teams of five to 100. Celoxis is also mostly geared to small and midsize businesses, with many users in industries such as IT development and outsourcing, Web design, health care, tourism and engineering. You can create customized applications such as sales tracking and others to suit your needs. Time sheet and expense features let you do billing and project costing with online approvals. The cost of the online, “hosted” version of Celoxis is one of the lowest, starting at just $14.95 a month per user, with two additional months free if you pay annually. Sign up for a free 30-day trial at the site. For PM software you buy and install on your own computers, consider Microsoft Project, which is a bit pricey at around $600, or a low-cost alternative called MinuteMan (www.minutman-, which is just $49.95 via electronic delivery. Daniel Kehrer ( is editor of, the top business search engine, and, a how-to site for small business.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre There’s also an explosion of technology to help management projects, including software and Web-based services. The online solutions in particular are attractive to smaller businesses because they let you get projects up and running instantly without the hassle of software installation and training, and give you more spending flexibility since there are no up-front investments or long-term commitments. First, some PM basics for small businesses. 1. Realize that “project management” isn’t just for big business. You’re managing projects all the time – even if you don’t think of it that way. Anything requiring multiple steps and multiple people is a project. 2. Technology can help. Web-based systems and PM software beat spreadsheets and conference calls. 3. Chuck the old “top down” thinking. Projects stall when there’s only one “mover.” Successful projects bring everyone involved into the loop to share in milestones, progress and kudos. last_img read more

Nicklas Bendtner fined €2,250 by Wolfsburg for ‘oversleeping’

first_imgNicklas Bendtner was fined £1,800 for turning up to Wolfsburg training 45 minutes late on Monday, because he slept through his morning alarm.The former Arsenal striker was hit with a €2,250 fine – €50 for every minute of his arrears.“I just slept in and didn’t hear my alarm,” the 28-year-old Denmark international told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “It’s my mistake.”It’s not the first time ‘Lord Bendtner’ has faced club sanctions.The Denmark international was also fined by Wolfsburg in February after sharing a photograph of him next to his Mercedes. The Bundesliga club are owned by Volkswagen, and have a club policy that all players must arrive for training in a VW car.He was also once fined £80,000 and banned for one game by UEFA for pulling down his shorts to reveal Paddy Power branded underwear after scoring against Portugal in Euro 2012, while he was fined by Arsenal in 2014 for an unauthorised trip to his native Copenhagen.Bendtner has scored just twice for Wolfsburg this season and does not appear to have a future at the Bundesliga club, having been dropped from the squad entirely for recent games.He has been left out of the matchday squad for the past six games with coach Dieter Hecking admitting he is no longer under consideration.Bendtner’s contract still has over a year left to run but Wolfsburg will be looking to offload the striker, who won a Serie A title while on loan at Juventus, this summer. 1 ‘I slept in!’ – Nicklas Bendtner last_img read more


first_imgA man who stole €880 worth of credit card receipts from a cash register at a Co Donegal service station has been jailed for three months.Kernan’s Eurospar in NewtowncunninghamGerard McDonagh was at large after escaping from Castlerea Prison when he committed the crime on June 20th last. McDonagh, 32, of no fixed abode, entered Kernan’s EuroSpar Service and Diner in  Newtowncunningham and reached over a counter and grabbed the receipts.He was later arrested by Gardai who viewed CCTV footage of the incident.Letterkenny District Court heard today how McDonagh had been sleeping rough after escaping from Castlerea Prison.Solicitor Paudge Dorrian said the receipts were useless to his client.However Garda Inspector David Kelly said the issue was that credit card numbers were still contained on the receipts.The court heard that McDonagh, of no fixed abode, had precious convictions for road traffic offences.He was due to be released from prison by now but had another sentence added to his term for escaping prison and was now due for release on December 10th.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced McDonagh to three months in prison to start from that date (Dec 10th) after finding him guilty under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice and Fraud Act.MAN JAILED FOR STEALING CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS FROM DONEGAL GARAGE was last modified: June 28th, 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:GardaiGerard McDonaghkernans eurosparmanorcunninghamlast_img read more

Jason Black reaches K2 base camp ahead of summit attempt

first_imgIrish Red Cross ambassador and Donegal man Jason Black has just reached K2 base camp in Pakistan ahead of his ascent of the world’s second highest and most dangerous mountain.Jason is a global endurance athlete who has previously summited Everest, and he holds the mountaineering world record for the double ascent of Kilimanjaro in 22.5 hours.And this is not Jason’s first attempt at K2. He made it as far as camp two in 2015 but no further, as mother nature had other plans and he had to turn back.The first and only Irish person to conquer K2 is Limerick native Ger McDonnell who died in an ice avalanche on his descent ten years ago, after successfully rescuing three stricken climbers.Today, Jason placed a plaque from the Irish people at K2 base camp in honour of Ger.Jason expects to reach the peak of K2 on 2 August, which is the ten-year anniversary of Ger’s death. Speaking before he departed for Pakistan, Jason said; “I recently visited Ger McDonnell’s family in Limerick and they are fully backing me in the climb. Ger’s Mum Gertie gave me some of his precious equipment to climb with and it means a lot to me; I’ll mentally be climbing with Ger.“I’ll be spiritually connected to him through the equipment and to some people that doesn’t make sense, but to me on a mountain where you’re alone, and it’s a big vast mountain, and you’re away from civilisation, you cling on to any small support and positive energy, and anything that makes life a little bit easier on the mountain. It gives you strength.”Jason’s previous K2 attempt will serve as great preparation over coming weeks.“I got up as far as camp two the last time and there’s four camps before the summit, so I do know half the mountain” says Jason. “It makes the enormity of the climb a little bit easier to digest, the knowing of what it’s going to take the climb the thing and the enormity of the exposure that’s involved.“You’re reading all the statistics before you leave Ireland – the fact that just over 300 people in the world have ever got to the top, and of course the death rate, so my knowledge of K2 from the last attempt helps break in it down in terms of knowing exactly what it is I have to tackle.” The weather on the summit of K2 generally consists of 200-miles-an-hour winds, but for four days, the weather becomes calm on the top – “and that’s when you have to strike,” says Jason.“It’s going to call on every bit of mountaineering skill that I have in my body, not only from a skill and physical perspective, but mentally, I need to stay strong to deal with the lack of oxygen, and to try to make good conscious decisions on the mountain because if I can’t make good strong conscious decisions, then I can’t survive.”Of course for many people the question for Jason is, why?“Some people struggle to get their head around parts of the jigsaw puzzle,” says Jason, “why do you do it, why you want to climb in minus 30 degrees, why do you want to climb in an environment that has little or no oxygen, why do you want to climb in an environment that has the potential to take a life? “But it’s a very humbling experience, honing and crafting my skills to be able to do it. I want to use my time on K2 to show that with self-belief, dedication, commitment, hard work and training you can achieve anything in this world.”Jason appeals to people “to not be afraid of life, to not be afraid of challenges, to not be afraid of setting goals and finding a way, even though sometimes the goals may be as high as K2.”Jason is also using his time on K2 to raise awareness about the work of the Irish Red Cross in his role as an ambassador for the charity.“I’m very proud to be carrying the Irish Red Cross badge on all my clothing for the climb of K2,” says Jason. “It is such a humbling experience to be asked to be an Irish Red Cross ambassador. The Irish Red Cross has reached out to help in local communities all over Ireland on so many occasions, particularly in the last year during Beast from the East and Storm Ophelia.“I also saw, first hand, the hard work of Irish Red Cross volunteers in my own home county during the Donegal Floods last August. I want to use my time on this mountain to raise awareness about the Irish Red Cross and the work they do – and what they actually achieve, from a humanitarian perspective, both at home and abroad.”Jason Black reaches K2 base camp ahead of summit attempt was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 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)last_img read more

New ballot template for visually impaired voters

first_img5 May 2014 A new, larger ballot paper template has been developed to help visually impaired voters to cast their votes without assistance in Wednesday’s general election, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Friday. The increase in the number of political parties registered to contest the election prompted the IEC and South African National Council for the Blind to develop a new cardboard ballot template for visually impaired voters. According to the IEC, the new cardboard template accommodates the national ballot paper featuring 29 parties, and replaces the plastic universal ballot template used in previous elections, which could only accommodate up to 18 parties. The template, which features windows numbered in Braille as well as raised lettering for people with different tactile-literacy levels, will be used for both provincial and national ballots on election day, with the number of parties appearing on the ballot papers as follows: National – 29 partiesEastern Cape – 18 partiesFree State – 16 partiesGauteng – 22 partiesKwaZulu-Natal – 18 partiesLimpopo – 20 partiesMpumalanga – 16 partiesNorthern Cape – 16 partiesNorth-West – 16 partiesWestern Cape – 26 parties Voters who wish to familiarise themselves with the order of political parties on the national and provincial ballots before going to vote can contact the IEC’s call centre on 0800 118 000 and select the self-service option to hear the full list of parties. Calls are free if made from a Telkom land-line. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Office 2013: Where Are All The Apps?

first_imgRelated Posts Last week, Microsoft shipped five Bing apps for its new Office suite, offering everything from maps integration to image search. That’s great, as far as it goes. But the bigger issue is the lack of apps for Office 2013, period.The question that Microsoft’s latest version of Office seeks to answer is a profound one: There’s still no real difference between the Word document you see on your screen and the one you print out – they’re both static pagesIf Office 2013 had taken off the way Microsoft had expected it to, the five Bing apps it added – Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word – would be some handy helper tools contributed by the Bing team. But as it stands, they are pretty much the flagship Office apps within the Office Store – and that is a real problem.What Office 2013 PromisedSure, recent versions of Office allow authors to hyperlink other locations on the Web, add clip art and even Excel spreadsheets. But the basic functionality is preserved no matter what format you view it in.Office 2013 promised a lot more. Within Office 2013, which began rolling out last week, users and developers can swap out Microsoft’s now-discarded Visual Basic for Windows with modern markup including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. One of the promises of Office 2013 was to invigorate static documents with live data pulled from a number of sources: a paper on the near-term economic prospects of Appalachia, for example, could theoretically include real-time data of coal futures and farm forecasts.The end goal, you might say, was to provide so compelling an online experience as to make users feel cheated if they were forced to print the document out. But we ain’t there yet.What Office (Hasn’t) DeliveredIn fact, it’s difficult to find any apps, period, inside the Office Store, let alone those that promise to deliver live data. What’s truly surprising isn’t the relative dearth of apps (I counted 48 for Word, for example) but that the one Office component I would have expected to have been flooded with helper apps – Excel – wasn’t. There were just 14 apps for Excel in the Store at press time, and many of those are cross-category (Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, for example, straddles both Word and Excel). There are just two for Microsoft Project, and three for Outlook (with several more for the Outlook Web app). Clearly, the largest problem Microsoft faces here is simply attracting new apps to the Office Store.Microsoft needs some killer third-party apps, and, so far, the company hasn’t received them. In fact, most Office apps are simply applications that are launched in the right-hand pane, with information that can be cut and pasted into the text. Apps like Gliffy, which lets users to create embeddable flowcharts and other tools that are then dynamically updated on target Office documents if they change, provide a hint of what Office 2013 should be able to do.What About The Enterprise Apps?To be fair, the gateway to live data has traditionally been the enterprise database, which has then served as a data source for Excel spreadsheets, which can then be embedded inside other documents. It’s reasonable to believe that some of the corporations that have standardized on Office 2013 are creating their own Office apps for internal use, and simply not publishing them to the Store. Still, there has been a general lack of enterprise-focused tools, period, within the Office Store. (Some, like Salesforce, haven’t used the store to deploy their Office integration tools; Omni’s Riva syncs Salesforce to Office 365, for example.)There’s nothing particularly wrong with the Bing apps Microsoft released – Bing Dictionary searches words, and the Bing Image Search does the same for images. One of the more dynamic apps is Bing Maps for Excel, which lets users embed live maps data within Excel. That’s a start. I’ve asked Microsoft for examples of these powerful, dynamic apps that tap into the power of Office 2013, but so far I haven’t received a response. And there are so few that I can conduct the hunt myself.Is it fair to ask for these killer apps when Office has just launched? Yes, I think so. We in the tech press call them “launch partners,” and their number and quality are early indicators of the value of the platform.I would like to know more about the use of live data within Office to enhance both personal productivity and business analytics. But what I see so far is the same company that once forged a powerful ecosystem around Office now reduced to asking: “Is anyone out there?”Image source: flickr/_e.t. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft Office markhachmancenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more