first_imgIn the end Pepe Reina will realize her wish to return to the Premier League: the goalkeeper is one step away from signing with the Aston Villa. His agent, Manuel García Quilón, in these hours reached the agreement for Milan to let him out, although he changed the formula of the operation. The rossoneri gave the ok, but only to a transfer with no purchase option: The ex-Neapolitan, then, will play as a starter in Birmingham until the end of this course as he wished, and then he could return to San Siro. The decision of the Milanese entity depended on doubts about the future of Gigio Donnarumma, which could change airs next summer. If the goodbye of the young keeper becomes a reality, Milan will want to have an alternative experience and ready for his goal already at home, and nothing better than Reina, who has a contract until 2021, already knows the club (which he attended in the summer 2018) and that it would come from another experience in England with the desire to continue being the owner. The officiality of the operation should arrive in the next few days.last_img read more

first_imgGuiao will bare his pool of 18 to 20 players during the meeting to be presided by TNT’s Ricky Vargas, who has just been given a one-year extension as PBA board chair.“Whoever coach Yeng picks for the national team will be allowed to play by the board,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe PBA will take a break from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4 to give way to the fifth window of the qualifiers.“It may be pushed to Nov. 19 if we’re to have a playoff game for the last quarterfinal berth,” said Marcial. The PBA also takes a breather Wednesday and Friday in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Alex Cabagnot, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Poy Erram, Ian Sangalang, Marcio Lassiter, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Beau Belga and Asi Taulava were part of the team that dropped a 73-81 game to Iran in Tehran on Sept. 13.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Team Philippines’ preparation for the next window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers will start after national coach Yeng Guiao presents his program in a meeting with the PBA Board of Governors next Tuesday.The Nationals resume their chase for a spot in the 2019 World Cup in China with back-to-back home games at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay against Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and versus Iran on Dec. 3.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ View commentscenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 7 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

first_imgThere has been no firm decision taken as yet to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.This was confirmed by Beverly Harper, the Chairperson of Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI), which owns Marriott Guyana.The AHI chairperson was at the time debunking reports in sections of the local media to the effect that AHI has made a decision to go ahead with the outfitting of the Casino.Harper told Guyana Times that AHI would certainly like to have the Casino and Entertainment Complex outfitted before any sale of the property could be made since it would be the more economical option.The AHI chairperson further indicated to this newspaper that at present, the company is in receipt of proposals and is in fact open to receiving proposals to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex.However, she explained that any such proposal would have to meet the Marriott International’s requirement, adding that it certainly could not be any competing interests such as existing hoteliers.According to Harper, the shell/building for the Casino and Entertainment Complex is completed and is the building adjacent to the current hotel operations.She explained that the building had been constructed as part of Phase I of the construction of the facility—a project that had been undertaken by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime.Recent media reports have been fuelled by an advertisement appearing in the local dailies indicating that AHI was ready to embark on Phase II of the operation, which includes the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex but the advertisement being referred to is essentially for an available position of Accountant.Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran had cautioned against proceeding with the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex.His recommendation had come in an audit he had undertaken of AHI, given the lack of market intelligence on the operations of casinos among other considerations.In the report, Goolsarran said: “The Entertainment Complex is too risky a venture for the Government to undertake.”He had also recommended that Government should proceed with haste to advertise for the sale of the hotel, bearing in mind that the Management Agreement with Marriott International is for 30 years, renewable for another 10 years.That Agreement, he observed, does provide for the sale of the hotel to a reputable individual or firm so that it can roll-over to the new owners.He suggested that Government alternatively retain majority interest in the hotel and offer 49% of shares to the public and institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two local teams from the Peace Country River Rats are on the road this weekend to Idaho.Gord Humphrey, with boat U357 Unnatural Disaster, and Stacy Kelm, with boat CX195 Xcalibre, are going to Lewiston, Idaho to take part in the 2019 Thunder on the Snake Jet Boat Race.In this race, jet boat racers from all over the globe compete at speeds of up to 225 KM/h around corners and maneuver through technical, white water rapids.- Advertisement -Last year, Humphrey was the fastest on the water and was able to win the 2018 Thunder on the Snake Jet Boat Race with a combined time of 1:17:33, just 33 seconds over Ryan Rogers of the United States.The 2019 Thunder on the Snake Jet Boat Race takes place August 23 to the 25 in Lewiston, Idaho.last_img read more

first_imgNaomh MhuireThere is an u8 blitz with neighbours Dungloe this Friday evening in The Banks at 6pm. Players and parents to be in clubhouse at 5.45. Good support would be nice for our youngest set of players.The under 13s are at home to Four Masters this Saturday. The reserves came through in their Reserve championship second leg match against Carndonagh with a two point victory. They only took the lead in the last five minutes but this young team showed a lot of determination and spirit to come through. The playoff fixture looks like being this Saturday in Urris with a 4pm throw in. The seniors will also play their league game against Urris with a 5:45pm throw in.There will also be a table quiz also in Casadh an tSugan this Saturday 1st October in aid of Naomh Mhuire Peil Na Mna at 10 pm sharp. The winter nights are long grab a pen and come along.The annual rental advertising board rental renewal is now due. Advertisers already with an advert board – 100 euro. For new advertisers/sponsors the fee is 200 euro. Contact Seamus Rodgers or Danny Doogan.There was a very successful club development plan session last Friday evening. Thanks to all who attended and there was a lot of good discussion. Also a very positive meeting on Monday night last that set out some objectives for the club and thanks to all those who attended. The Ladies are running a recycling drive in association with bag2club. If you have any unwanted clothing, cuddly toys, bed clothes, shoes, belts, hats or bags – drop them into a bag and drop them off at the club house during training hours or call a ladies committee member to arrange collection. Final date for bags is September 30th.The club are organising a fundraiser with a difference during October andg November which should be good craic also. 20 homes will host a Come Dine With Me night by inviting friends and family to join them for a night of great food. All guests will meet up in Dannie Minnies that night where the night’s winners will be announced. Please seefacebook and website for further details.Lotto details for week 21st September; jackpot 2660 euro. No jackpot winner. There was one match 3 winner – Aodh Beag – Rann Na Feirste. Numbers were 3-8-14-18. New sellers for Annagry area needed anyone interested contact committee member.Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ie GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_img How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Everton line up before their defeat against Rennes Carragher believes Everton need a new set of centre-backs 3 Everton’s current group of players simply aren’t good enough for a club of its stature.That’s according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, who says fans are right to have concerns ahead of the new Premier League season.The Toffees have lost four-straight pre-season games, including heavy defeats to Blackburn Rovers and French side Rennes. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures “Yes you’ve got Jordan Pickford, but he’s going to Chelsea for £70million!” he said jokingly.“The only positive thing for an Evertonian would be that the results have been so poor, it will force the club into doing a lot of business in the next ten days.” 3 Everton paid £50million for Richarlison possible xi 3 possible standings NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Everton’s summer business has only seen them bring one player to the club, £50million Richarlison from Watford, but Carragher believes there is one area in particular that the Toffees must strengthen.“We were talking about Liverpool maybe needing a centre-back, I think Everton need two,” he added.“It’s not easy going out there and getting centre-backs at the moment. I look at the centre-backs and I really worry. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes who plays? ALTERED smart causal gameday highlights “It’s a little bit worrying for Everton now,” Carragher, who made 737 appearances for Merseyside rivals Liverpool, told talkSPORT.“A big problem for them is that there have been so many managers.“There’s a lot of people who are not good enough that are playing for Everton. They are one of the top clubs in the country, they should always be challenging for European places and they look miles away at the moment.“It’s worrying, really worrying.”last_img read more

first_imgOnly by the most egregious twisting of terms could one call what these scientists did “evolution.”“Directed evolution” is a contradiction in terms. It’s like conjuring up visions of “natural voting” or “unguided targeting.” It’s like “blind sight” or “deaf hearing.” If terms mean anything, what Marcos Alcocer says in The Conversation is absurd, or dishonest, like defending Orwell’s 1984 slogan, “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 has been awarded to three researchers for their work on “harnessing the power of evolution” to create compounds that are of benefit to humanity. One half of the nine million Swedish kronor (£770,686) prize will go to the American Frances Arnold from the California Institute of Technology, US. The other half will go jointly to the American George Smith from the University of Missouri, US, and the Brit Gregory Winter from the MRC lab in Cambridge, UK.Their work centres on techniques of “directed evolution” – a method which imitates natural selection. This can help to create new powerful proteins that achieve specific tasks.This critique intends no disparagement of the prize winners, who evidently “transformed research and saved lives.” But they didn’t do it by evolution. They did it by intelligent design.And yet all the media, Nature included, are framing this win as a victory for ‘natural selection’ theory. Nature allows this ignorant statement from Sweden:During the prize announcement, Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry 2018, noted the benefits of the researchers’ work for humanity: “Our laureates have applied principles of Darwin in the test tubes, and used this approach to develop new types of chemicals for the greatest benefit of humankind.”What the winners achieved had absolutely nothing to do with Charles Darwin’s theory. To really mimic Darwin’s ‘natural selection,’ the winners would have turned out the lights, walked out the door, and let stuff happen. The moment they made an observation and selected something on purpose, they murdered Darwinism.The media, however, continue mixing Darwin with design, mixing darkness with light. Live Science says, “Chemistry Nobel Awarded to Scientists for Taking the Reins on Evolution.” The moment anyone takes the reins on evolution, stuff stops happening by chance. Intelligence takes over. Darwin-worshiping reporter Yasemin Saplakoglu turns out the lights of logic, making evolution out to be a creative genius:Every living organism on this planet is a sculpture of evolution. Now, evolution is also unfolding in the lab.This year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to three scientists for their work in harnessing the power of evolution for a variety of applications that benefit humankind. These new applications helped create biofuels, pharmaceuticals and antibodies that fight disease.A Long History of FallacyHere it is 2018, and this blatant fallacy is still being promoted. Darwin famously used ‘artificial selection’ as a stepping-stone to ‘natural selection,’ which is its polar opposite. You can’t get there from here. Darwin’s contemporary John Herschel called natural selection the “law of higgledy-piggledy,” showing that he understood ‘natural selection’ to be equivalent to ‘stuff happens.’ In the 1980s, Carl Sagan popularized the same grand fallacy by leaping from spectacular examples of artificial selection to natural selection, (paraphrasing), ‘If artificial selection can achieve such amazing changes in just a few years, how much more must natural selection be able to accomplish, given millions of years?’Seeing design in nature, Darwin was trying to achieve it without a Designer, by ascribing creative power to the Stuff Happens Law, which is the opposite of what breeders do. Breeders have a goal. They can role the dice, but they know what they want, and they steer variation toward it. Doug Axe exposes the fallacy at Evolution News, showing that the Nobel Prize was a vindication of intelligent design, not evolution. Nature cannot ‘select’ what does not already exist, he argues. And the word ‘selection’ itself implies a Selector. A philosophical naturalist cannot personify nature as a selector. Selection is not natural; it is a choice made on purpose by an intelligent agent. Even a robot playing ‘Maxwell’s Demon’ (21 Sept 2018) makes a selection based on choice programmed by its designer.Can the Fallacy Be Rationalized?Perhaps their idea of ‘directed evolution’ could be defended metaphorically, the way we use oxymoronic language to refer to ‘black light,’ realizing that ultraviolet radiation is not really black, but just invisible to human retinas. We know that UV light is just as ‘real’ as white light, and would appear bright to a creature able to perceive that part of the electromagnetic spectrum. That’s not what is happening here. The media are specifically referring to Darwin’s principles being employed by the prize winners. It’s not a stylistic oxymoron, used for effect; it’s illogically sophoxymoronic.Maybe the media expect us to see part Darwinism and part design, giving some credit to both. Darwin can have the mutations, and ID can make the selections. Alcocer tries that angle, but it doesn’t wash, because the media portray what the winners did as the same essential process used by their material view of nature to evolve human beings without any intelligent guidance:One of the most crucial characteristics of evolving organisms – life as we know it – is the ability to replicate and mutate. All organisms can make copies of their genes and undergo changes that are passed to their progeny. In other words, we are totally dependent of evolving chemicals.Arnold’s work focused on the directed evolution of enzymes – proteins that accelerate chemical reactions. Because they are so useful, scientists had long tried to create enzymes with desired properties artificially, but with little success.Arnold – who is the fifth to join an important group of women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – instead developed a method to produce mutations in the genes that produced certain enzymes in order to select the best ones. Different mutations will produce slightly different versions of the enzyme in each cell so, over time, one can select the one which works the best for a specific task.Arnold’s discovery was hugely important – creating a completely new way to design and produce pharmaceuticals and renewable fuels for a greener transport sector.No ExcusesThe logical flaw in “directed evolution” cannot be overemphasized, because Big Science (BS) and Big Media (BM) are using the Nobel Prize announcement to promote a serious fallacy to a largely unwary readership, who are being led to believe that Darwin’s theory is bearing good fruit in our day. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Darwin envisioned a world of blind, pitiless indifference, where stuff happened in random directions, and nobody was around to care (see “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?”, 3 October 2015). To the extent that these prize winners acted out of compassion to advance human health and well-being, they illustrate the image of God in man, not the image of Darwin.Glorifying Darwin for what these scientists achieved using design is like awarding a Pulitzer Prize to a plagiarist. No; worse. It’s like putting a crown on a dirt pile and calling it a god. I’m honestly having a hard time coming up with an analogy for how rotten this reasoning is. Help me out; send your idea in the comments. (Visited 731 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgA new study highlighting aviation safety in Australia has found 2015 was the nation’s safest year for commercial air travel in a decade.Australian Transport Safety Bureau research into aviation safety occurrences from 2006 to 2015 released on Wednesday found that only one person died in 2015  from nine commercial air transport accidents.Of the nine accidents, down from 27 in 2014 and the lowest number recorded in the study period, one-third were charter operations and another third involved the high capacity air transport category in which major airlines sit.Overall, Australia recorded 31 fatalities involving 28 aircraft in 2015 and 32 serious injuries involving a further 28 planes.  There were  227 aircraft involved in accidents and 185 involved in serious incidents that could have led to an accident.Small aircraft in the general aviation sector were involved in 12 fatalities and 130 accidents, while recreational aviation recorded 18 fatalities from 76 accidents. “The majority of fatalities in the 10”‘year period occurred within general aviation, with around 20 per cent of fatal accidents resulting from a loss of control,” ATSB commissioner Greg Hood said.Thousands of safety occurrences are reported to the ATSB every year and are analysed by safety investigators to uncover trends and see can be learned from them.The number of incidents involving Australian-registered large airliners in the high capacity regular public transport category rose by about 40 per cent over the decade of the study, reflecting a 50 per cent rise in the rate of departures.The report said the number of accidents in 2015 was consistent with the 10”‘year average but the number of serious incidents was significantly lower. The most commonly reported incidents were bird strikes Three accidents that year included a passenger seriously injured in turbulence encountered during a Brisbane-Sydney flight and another injured by an aircraft fitting during a flight from Sydney to Hobart.An ATR-72 turboprop aircraft was also “substantially damaged’’ at Moranbah, Queensland, when high winds caused a wing strike.There were four serious incidents, including one in which a Jetstar Airbus A321 took off from Melbourne outside the loading limits for the aircraft. The crew of an A320 from the same airline had taken off 10 days earlier from Brisbane with 16 more passengers than advised, resulting in a 1328kg discrepancy to the take-off weight.Others included a fire on an A320 oven during descent into Sydney and a diversion into Darwin due to faulty flight instruments.The number of incidents involving smaller airliners significantly declined over the decade, mainly due to a fall in flying activity.The ATSB said the decline was a result of a trend towards the use of bigger aircraft for resource industry flying, a trend for regional carriers to use bigger airliners and the move by the big airlines on to regional routes.There were no accidents in this category in 2015 and the five serious incidents were consistent with the 10-year average. Bird strikes were again the most commonly reported incidents.Serious incidents damaged propellers from a multiple bird strike in NSW and a kangaroo in Queensland as well as an autopilot problem and a near miss, both also in Queensland.The number of charter accidents —  generally the highest for the commercial air transport category —  was relatively stable over the decade but dropped significantly in 2015 to three, from 23 in 2014.Birds were again the biggest problem and the incidents included a runway overrun by an Aero Commander 500-U at Badu Island off Queensland and a collision with terrain after a runway excursion in Western Australia.Hood said that for all accidents, the highest accident rates occurred with recreational aeroplanes, followed by aerial agriculture, private/business and sports aviation, and recreational gyrocopters.He was particularly concerned about the flying training accident rate per million hours flown in 2014, the latest available, which was more than double that of any year in the previous eight years.“The increase in accident rates involving flying training is an emerging safety concern—we’ll continue to keep a close eye on this sector to get a better understanding of the safety issues involved,” Hood said.Also on the rise was the number of remotely piloted aircraft accidents and incidents. “This has gone up from 14 occurrences in the eight years from 2006–2013 to 37 in 2014–2015,’’  he said.“Given the significant growth in the use of remotely piloted aircraft, it is likely that the number of incidents and accidents will continue to increase in the short term.”last_img read more

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture cormac foster Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img For all our brand loyalty, consumer electronics are commodities. A very small number of suppliers produce the guts of most electronic devices, and competing brands are often assembled in the same factories (we’re looking at you, Foxconn). Assuming the same components, the only major differences among many products are fit-and-finish standards and customer support.What Would You Pay For Giant Monitor?Sometimes support is reason enough to pay more. When my Macbook Pro’s hard drive died 10 months after purchase, I had a replacement hard drive installed within two hours. That beats boxing the computer and waiting weeks for a replacement. When it comes to laptops, a few dollars more can be a worthwhile investment. But what about components that don’t usually break? Like monitors, for example? For the past several years, budget-savvy buyers have saved cash by buying grey-market Asian (usually Korean) merchandise – including large-screen monitors – directly from importers. The sellers typically work through eBay, Amazon, or an auction site, and the products the buyer receives are pretty bare-bones. Seller warranties usually cover products that are Dead On Arriva and (in the case of monitors), a negotiable number of dead pixels, but that’s it. The manufacturer warranties are typically written in Korean, and it’s up in the air whether they even apply in the States. It’s a lot like the gray market trade on which many camera vendors have built a business, but in this case the manufacturers themselves are relative nobodies, too. When you buy a Yamasaki Catleap or a Crossover 27Q monitor, you’re pretty much on your own.Source: ShutterstockThe flip side, of course, is that you get a whole lot of 27-inch monitor for your money. Less than $400 to your door (add an extra $10 to $100 for a “pixel-perfect” guarantee) buys components found in domestic monitors at more than twice the price. Inputs are limited, controls are basic, and case design can be a bit wonky, but you’ll get the same LG IPS panel Apple uses in its Cinema Display, which is a truly beautiful thing to behold.What About The Warranty?At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Monoprice (the ultra low-cost retailer that’s been the king of cables and accessories for some time) was showing off its entry to the sub-$400 27-inch monitor market: the CrystalPro WQHD. Like the other Korean imports, the CrystalPro sports a high-resolution, 2560 x 1440, LG IPS panel, a VESA wall mount, and dual-link DVI inputs. The difference is the warranty. Monoprice offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, a full one-year warranty on the monitor, and a lifetime warranty on cables and accessories. Plus, it’s located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with live chat support seven days a week.There’s no denying that Apple’s Cinema Display is a better, more polished product, but when properly calibrated, the display quality of the Korean imports can hold their own at a fraction of the cost. For system builders, those contemplating a multiple-monitor setup, or anyone looking to step up from a smaller screen, the $400 deal is tempting. With the addition of a real warranty from an American importer, we may have reached a tipping point.My old 24-inch monitor is suddenly looking kind of small and tired. For $390, I’m willing to give an off-brand alternative a shot. How about you? Tags:#CES 2013#hardware#international#monitors What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Android#China#Google#Government#international center_img brian s hall A white paper issued last week by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology could pose a significant threat to Android. According to the government paper, China’s “mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android.” Reuters broke the story Tuesday. Should the Ministry take action to limit Android within the country, there could be a major impact on the world’s most popular smartphone OS – and a potential big win for Apple and others.As Reuters noted, the China Ministry was quite direct in its concern about Android:While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google.What’s behind  China’s fears?The world’s largest smartphone market could be worried that its homegrown companies will be unable to develop their own viable mobile OS. Or that Google’s control of Android might ultimately favor their Motorola division or other partners. While Android has become the dominant smartphone platform around the world, with an estimated 70% market share, Android commands an estimated 90% of the Chinese smartphone market.Android’s Bumpy Road To ChinaThis is not the first time Google and China have locked horns over Android. Last May, China officially approved Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility. As the Wall Street Journal noted at the time, the Chinese government required Google to keep the Android service open source and to make it broadly available to China’s handset manufacturers, including ZTE and Huawei. Despite this requirement, South Korea’s Samsung remains by far the dominant Android handset maker, both overall and inside China.Late last year there was a highly publicized spat over Android between Google and China’s Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms. Alibaba had developed its own Aliyun mobile operating system and inked a deal with Acer to offer smarpthones using the new OS. At the time, more than 90% of Acer’s smartphones ran on Google’s Android. Under pressure from Google, however, Acer nixed the project right before launch.Alibaba claimed that Aliyun was developed in-house using Linux, while Google claimed it was a “non-compatible” version  of Android. As a member of Google’s Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Acer was prohibited from supporting non-compatible versions of Android. Andy Rubin, Google’s head of Android, posted comments on his public Google+ page that no doubt inflamed the situation:The fact is, Aliyun uses the Android runtime, framework and tools. And your app store contains Android apps (including pirated Google apps). So there’s really no disputing that Aliyun is based on the Android platform and takes advantage of all the hard work that’s gone into that platform by the OHA.  What Could Happen NextThis latest Ministry white paper could be a signal that the government will officially support Alibaba or other solutions over Google’s Android, or possibly seek ways to limit Android’s dominance of the Chinese market.If so, this could have a significant impact on both the Android ecosystem and Google itself. Google’s hope is that Android will spur widespread adoption of Google services and generate significant mobile ad and mobile search revenues. Forbes, for example, estimates that mobile search ads contribute 35% to Google’s overall market value, “primarily because we expect mobile advertising revenues to increase.”The latest actions by China could limit that potential. Google’s services have a limited footprint in China even as China’s low-cost smartphone manufacturers have helped quickly spread Android – and Google’s mobile services – throughout the world. Should China take action to limit Android within the country, this could cause Chinese manufacturers to pull back on Android in China and around the world, perhaps opening doors for new operating systems.Meanwhile, Apple continues its efforts to grow its sales in China. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook predicted that China would become Apple’s number one market. “China is currently our second largest market, Cook said. “I believe it will become our first. I believe strongly that it will.”While in China, Cook met with a number of government officials and with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, with over 700 million subscribers. Anything that limits Android’s appeal inside China will most likely help Apple. Along with Apple, of course, other smartphone OS companies may also benefit from China’s growing concern over Android’s market dominance. As TechCrunch has noted, for example, Jolla, the Finnish start-up whose OS is built atop the failed MeeGo operating system, is focusing its efforts on the massive China market. Top image courtesy of Android’s Google+ page. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more