Guinean referees for U23 Eagles, Sudan tie

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 CAF 2021: Plateau United recruit six new players The Confederation of African Football has appointed Guinean official Bangaly Konate as referee for the match for Tuesday’s Under 23 AFCON qualifier against Sudan. Konate would be assisted by his compatriots Mamady Tere (assistant referee 1), Abdoulaye Sylla (assistant referee 2) and Tawel Younoussa Camara (fourth official), while Luleseged Begashaw Asfaw from Ethiopia will be the Match Commissioner. Meanwhile, Cup holders Nigeria has all to play for to earn a slot in the finals of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt in November as they take the pitch at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. A goal, seconds to the end of the first half in Omdurman on Thursday, left the Olympic Eagles nursing a deficit. The Olympic Eagles have been training in Asaba since arriving in the Delta State capital on Sunday, and have been strengthened by the arrival of former FIFA U17 World Cup-winning captain Kelechi Nwakali. Nwakali will string things in midfield with captain Azubuike Okechukwu, with Blessing Muyiwa, Sunusi Ibrahim, Stephen Odey and Taiwo Awoniyi expected to do a better job of putting away opportunities this time. Goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar pulled a number of huge saves in Omdurman and is expected to start, with former U17 World Cup winner John Lazarus and Ebube Duru at wing back. As they file onto the pitch, Amapakabo’s charges will recall that it was on the same turf they hit Libya by four goals to nothing in the earlier round, after a two-goal reverse in Tunisia.Tags: Bangly KonatecafMamady TereSudanU23 AFCONlast_img read more

Dybala’s Brace Gives Juventus Vital 3-0 Win over Barca

first_imgDybala fired Juve ahead in the seventh minute and added the second goal before the half hour while defender Giorgio Chiellini headed in the third early in the second half in another rousing Juventus performance.It could have been worse for Barca as Gonzalo Higuain, usually Juve’s most dangerous marksman, missed two chances that he would usually have snapped up.This evening, Bayern Munich will host Real Madrid while Atletico will square up against Leicester City.Meanwhile, in the other match that was supposed to be played yesterday, Police confirmed that there were three explosions around the Dortmund team busBorussia Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final with Monaco has been postponed after the Dortmund team bus was damaged by an explosion.The German team confirmed that defender Marc Bartra was injured in an incident near their hotel and required hospital treatment.The match will now be played at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion at 17:45 BST tonight.Police confirmed there had been three explosions in the area of the team bus.Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “There has been an attack with explosives on the team bus.“The whole team is in a state of shock – you can’t get pictures like that out of your head.”Windows were broken on the bus, which was six miles from the stadium at the time of the incident at around 18:00 BST, and former Barcelona centre-back Bartra was sent to hospital, reportedly with minor injuries.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted his support, wishing Bartra a quick recovery, as did his former club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram .explosion hit Dortmund and Monaco matchPaulo Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring two exquisitely taken goals to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over an underwhelming Barcelona in the Champions League yesterday.Spanish side, who overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the previous round to beat Paris St Germain, will have to pull a similar trick out of the hat after being comprehensively outplayed in the quarter-final first leg.last_img read more

Mullinahone look forward to another crack at Eire Og Annacarthy

first_imgThe County Senior Hurling Quarter Finals get underway tomorrow afternoon.There’ll be two double headers at Semple Stadium across the weekend – all of which are repeat fixtures.The first of Saturday’s games sees West finalists Eire Og Annacarthy face Mullinahone at 2. Eire Og defeated Mullinahone 1-18 to 14 points in the group stages of the county championshipBoth teams lost out on Divisional glory this year, and Mullinahone Manager Paul Curran says there’s a lot of similarities between the sides..Then at 3.30 Kilruane McDonaghs take on county champions Thurles Sarsfields.Sunday’s double header sees West Champions Clonoulty Rossmore meet Drom & Inch at 6 o clock, and North Champions Borrisoleigh face Loughmore Castleiney at 7.30.last_img

Middletown Now Rich in Hockey Tradition

first_imgBy Jay CookAboard the fittingly-named family boat “Breakaway,” a 20 person entourage joined Trevor van Riemsdyk for his journey to the docks at the Salt Creek Grille in celebration of his championship season with the World Champion Chicago Blackhawks.Over 160 friends and family awaited the arrival of the Middletown native van Riemsdyk to celebrate his day in showcasing the Stanley Cup to his hometown.Hoisting the cup way above his head on the bow of the family boat, amidst countless cheers from ashore, it seemed to be the perfect culmination to a long day of festivities.8. Trevor van Riemsdyk holding up the Stanley Cup in front of crowd at the Salt Creek Grille. Photo: Jaclyn ShugardWhat a day it was. Making numerous stops, consisting of visits to the Brick Stars Challenger Youth program, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and the Middletown Arts Center, van Riemsdyk had proudly showcased the Stanley Cup trophy to those who helped him reach this point in his career.The final showcase to a long and widely-celebrated day was the aforementioned boat ride entrance, in conjunction with blow horns blaring and music booming.“It’s the only way to come in that made sense to us, considering the amount of time we spend on the water as a family,” said Frans van Riemsdyk, Trevor’s father.While certainly a fitting arrival, it almost did not happen. In a day filled with whipping winds and, at points, torrential downpours, it seemed as though this one-of-a-kind entrance may not have occurred. “Luckily the weather broke as we were making our final decision on how to arrive,” van Riemsdyk said.Fortunately enough for the Salt Creek Grille as well, owner Steve Bidgood was glad that the weather subsided. “We actually lost power back an hour ago, if you can believe that,” Bidgood said. “We’re lucky that the weather slowed down.”With the fresh sun glaring out from behind the clouds, van Riemsdyk’s family and friends showered him with countless hugs and cheers as he made his way from the dock inside to the downstairs banquet hall.Tables decorated with black, white and red tablecloths, a collage of van Riemsdyk’s postseason glory and a photo op area for the Stanley Cup trophy were all included at the exclusive party.“As myself being a local guy from Middletown, I feel honored that the van Riemsdyks chose to have this celebration here,” said Bidgood. “It’s a priceless feeling to have the Stanley Cup here.”Once inside, the festivities quickly began. Music on the stereo was cranked way up, and a line began to get a one-on-one picture with the Stanley Cup and the champ himself.The Stanley Cup at CBA.“It’s a surreal feeling. Really hard to put into words,” said Matthew Kessig. Kessig who has been a next door neighbor and close friend to the van Riemsdyk’s over the last 13 years, spoke about what this means for Middletown.“This is extremely important, and brings a lot of pride to the town and puts us on the map. The van Riemsdyks are the poster children for New Jersey hockey, if you ask me,” he said.In a day with no shortage of excitement, smiles and true appreciation, Trevor van Riemsdyk showed Middletown the love and support that he had seen from them for so many years. “Trevor is truly humbled and so proud of where we all live,” his father said.last_img read more

Ice sniper bound for Halifax

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Ice sniper Luke Bertolucci is going to Halifax.The Montrose native was selected to the Team B.C. U16 squad that will represent the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games February 11-18 in the Nova Scotia capital.“I think he’s going to be selected to the provincial team,” Kootenay Ice head coach Simon Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily earlier this week, prior to Wednesday’s announcement by B.C. Hockey.The 5’7”, 160-pound forward has been one of Wheeldon’s most consistent scorers this season, leading the Ice in that department with nine goals and 13 assists.  The 22-point total is good enough for 12th spot in B.C. Major Midget League scoring. Bertolucci, 15, is three points out of fifth spot.Team B.C. quest for gold begins the opening day of the Games when the province plays Team Quebec. The other team in the pool is Team Nova Scotia.Team B.C. is looking to improve on its fourth-place finish in the 2007 Canada Games.To prepare for the national competition, Team B.C. will gather for a three-day camp prior to Christmas, December 20-22 at the Minoru Centre in Richmond.Team B.C. plays an exhibition game on the final day of camp against the Valley West Hawks of the BCMMHL.The players on Team B.C. were evaluated following the first three months of the BCMMHL season after being short-listed to 33 following the Male U16 Provincial Camp in July.HOCKEY NOTES: Bertolucci is the fourth local player to be selected to a B.C. Hockey team heading for Halifax. On the female side, Nelson’s Aimee DiBella, Ella Matteucci of Fruitvale and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy also earned spots on Team B.C. U18 Girl’s [email protected]last_img read more

Calling all backcountry skiers and snowboarders

first_imgKootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival returns to Whitewater Ski Resort this month. What is Coldsmoke? Super light, fluffy, powder puff snow that skiers passionately pursue each winter.

 What is the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival? A four-day (Feb. 25–28) grassroots gathering of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from all over British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest at Whitewater Ski Resort. Now in its fifth year, the Coldsmoke Powder Festival (presented by Arc’teryx, Whitewater Ski Resort and Mountain Gear) draws dedicated, die hard and enthusiasts, as well as neophyte backcountry skiers and snowboarders who want to give off-piste adventures a try.

 Highlights include:
 • Three full days of clinics for skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers of all ability levels. Learn about free-heel skiing skills, the basics of tree skiing, taming wild snow, route-finding and track-setting, and mountain medical skills. 
 • Parties get rolling with the Coldsmoke Opener at the Capital Theater on Friday evening, with screenings of ski films from around the world. To keep things interesting, local microbrews from Nelson Brewing Company will be on tap. On Saturday, don’t miss the Buff-Eh dinner and the Cold Shot Multimedia Face Off. 
 • Sign up and participate in one of several super-sweet contests – you can even enter the G3 ski-graphiks competition in advance. More energetic types can enter the Valhalla Pure Powderkeg Slopestyle competition, the Scarpa Poker Run, Gerick’s Dually Slalom and the ROAM Randonee Rally. It’s not called the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest for nothing. As of Jan. 30, Whitewater is boasting a base of just over 220 centimeters. For our American attendees, that is over seven feet of snow. There’s always powder at Whitewater. You just might have to earn your turns to find it.

 Check out the Coldsmoke website on your mobile phone, join their Facebook and Twitter groups, and sign up on-line for money-saving packages on courses, accommodations, lift tickets and more.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2015

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Joseph Talamo14917152411%$1,162,402 Corey Nakatani831481217%$708,118 Felipe Valdez3066520%$146,548 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Jeff Bonde2370330%$257,280 Gary Stevens651191217%$914,820 Tiago Pereira79971111%$299,584 Carla Gaines3054217%$316,855 Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 Doug O’Neill100910139%$543,626 Peter Miller981820818%$1,030,208 Victor Espinoza11421231418%$1,350,010 Santiago Gonzalez5755109%$181,174 Winner of the Grade I Eddie Read at Del Mar last year, Tom’s Tribute won six of 16 starts and earned $634,880 for owner Marilyn Braly . . . On the good news front, Cassidy said unbeaten Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho is scheduled to work Thursday for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . San Felipe candidate Lord Nelson, who held off onrushing Texas Red by a neck to win the San Vicente Stakes, worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:13.40, while Bolo, also considered for the San Felipe, went five furlongs for Carla Gaines in 59.60 . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said bargain claim Imperative could make his next start in either the Santa Anita Handicap or the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, a race he won last April, upsetting odds-on favorite Game On Dude. Claimed for 50,000 on Dec. 21, 2013, Imperative earned a cool $1 million in winning the Classic, which will be run this year on April 18 . . . Big ‘Cap candidate Cool Samurai worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:00.40 . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose, ticketed for the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on March 8, breezed three furlongs for Steve Knapp in 35.80. Bob Baffert641314920%$1,230,898 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Elvis Trujillo13814171110%$929,392 FINISH LINES: Jim Cassidy is still mulling plans on where Tom’s Tribute will stand as a stallion after the retirement Friday of the multiple graded stakes winner due to an ankle injury. “We’re working on it right now,” the trainer said Sunday morning. SOLIS HOPES TO FILL IN DERBY VOID WITH METABOSSHall of Fame, 5,000 victories, Breeders’ Cup successes. The only thing missing from theresume of Alex Solis is one every jockey savors: a Kentucky Derby triumph.The native of Panama has been second the Kentucky Derby three times: on Captain Bodgit in 1997; Victory Gallop in 1998; and Aptitude in 2000. Solis has ridden in the world’s most famous horse race 14 times, but not since 2006 when he finished in a dead-heat for fourth aboard Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek.It’s still two months-plus from the Run for the Roses–light years in horse racing time–but Solis maintains a positive outlook after winning the mile and an eighth El Camino Real Derby by 2 ½ lengths aboard Metaboss last Saturday for trainer Jeff Bonde in a $15.20 upset. The win was worth 10 qualifying points to the May 2 Derby.“That’s what inspires you to get up every day,” said Solis, who turns 51 on March 25. “Horses like Metaboss make it exciting. You want to be on them. We’re out here every day, but a Derby horse is exactly what we’re looking for. I was very impressed with his race.“It was the first time I had ridden him, so I studied his form. He was nice and relaxed in the race. They went slow the first part, but when they got to the backside they started marching a little bit early and it helped my horse.“I had to be patient and wait inside for a while. When I got to the 5/16ths (pole) I got him out in the clear and he finished like a good horse and galloped out strong past the wire, so that’s a good indication, especially going a mile and an eighth this early.”Said Bonde: “Alex rode a good race. He’ll stay on the horse.”Next up: the Spiral Stakes on March 27 at Turfway Park, which, like Golden Gate, has a synthetic main track.HOLLENDORFER HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA YSABELJerry Hollendorfer trains seven of the 21 horses nominated to Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles and plans to enter three of them: Achiever’s Legacy, Glory and Light the City.“All of them have been running very well,” said the meet’s leading trainer with 21 victories through 35 racing days. True enough. Achiever’s Legacy has two wins from seven starts, with a third last out in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes on Jan. 31.Glory was second by a neck in the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 7 after breaking her maiden at Santa Anita by two lengths on Jan. 10; and Light the City was a closing second by a half-length in the Las Virgenes.As for Santa Anita Handicap favorite Shared Belief, Hollendorfer plans to breeze the once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Tuesday at Golden Gate as is his wont en route to the $1 million, Grade I Big ‘Cap at 1 ¼ miles on March 7.Probable for the Santa Ysabel: Achiever’s Legacy, no rider; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith; Enchanting Lady, no rider; Glory, no rider; Light the City, Kent Desormeaux; Rattataptap, Rafael Bejarano; and Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza. Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 Brice Blanc3162319%$239,262 Mike Puype615988%$275,096 Mark Glatt4678715%$371,324 Edwin Maldonado76941012%$333,346center_img John Sadler748131211%$577,406 Jerry Hollendorfer10621141620%$2,074,158 Brandon Boulanger885586%$162,336 2/2/2/2 Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 -more- Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 Martin Pedroza11211171310%$493,398 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 Peter Eurton55118720%$546,828 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Martin Garcia9016131218%$1,250,950 Richard Mandella3986721%$406,016 Fernando Perez1121012109%$497,222 Philip D’Amato46108722%$472,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze17623181813%$1,342,234 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m. (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 21) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas4487318%$335,038 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 IT’S NEVER TOO SOON FOR DERBY FEVER: SOLISHOLLENDORFER TO ENTER TRIO IN SANTA YSABELPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS LOOM ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Mark Casse4275517%$599,998 -30-last_img read more

Koeman wants a striker but won’t comment on Costa

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesRonald Koeman said it is vital Everton sign a striker following their defeat at Chelsea but refused to comment on reports he could make a pre-deadline move for Diego Costa.Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, where first-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata gave the champions a comfortable victory.Boss Koeman is keen for his club to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.The Merseyside club have been linked with Chelsea forward Costa, who wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.Embed from Getty ImagesKoeman would not comment on whether Costa could end up at Goodison Park, but he said: “We need at least two more players but the most important is a striker and one more player.“That’s what we need. The board knows the importance of these two signings.”Koeman conceded that his team were very much second best against Chelsea, particularly during a one-sided first half.He said: “I am disappointed about the first half because the ball possession was poor and that cost us the second goal.“We had spaces to play and didn’t play. We had not enough movement to give options to the player on the ball.“You know how Chelsea press and you have to be at your best to get a result against them and we were not at our best. We lost it in the first half not the second.“The first half was not good enough but I’m proud at how they fought until the last second to at least remain a team on the pitch.”See also:Transfer gossip: Barkley prefers Spurs move over Chelsea, Sunday Times claimsConte speaks to Belgium boss about Hazard’s call-up Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jamieson wins Nelson Mandela Champs

first_imgAfter his superb eight-under-par 57, Jaco van Zyl tied for eighth with five others, including fellow South African Colin Nel, on six-under-par 125. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A fantastic achievement’“To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement,” Jamieson said after claiming the title, “but it’s a little more special when it’s for someone like Nelson [Mandela]. The 29-year-old Scot began the last round six shots off the lead, which belonged to South Africa’s Tim Clark and Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen on five-under-par 60. Webster and De La Riva set the bar high with rounds of 60 and 61 respectively, but Jamieson went even better, firing an eight-under-par 57 to match them on seven-under 123. Jamieson left the course after his round, returning to his hotel but, when he realised that he might be in the running, he returned. It was a good thing he did as he tied Webster and De La Rive atop the leaderboard. A birdie and victoryThe second time around, a poor drive by Webster left him in the thick rough on the left and in trouble. He did superbly to save par after missing the green with his second shot, but Jamieson was bang on with his drive and approach and two-putted for a birdie and victory. 10 December 2012 MatchedJaco van Zyl managed to match Jamieson’s heroics, but a first round of three-over-par 68 left him out of the running for the title. He had to settle for a share of fourth, one shot off the lead, with Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, England’s Matthew Nixon and the Dane Morten Orum Madsen. “At the start of the day I probably didn’t think I would be standing here holding the trophy, but I knew I needed a fast start and I was lucky enough to get that.” Rain played havoc with the new event, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, leading to the cancellation of the first two rounds and some holes being reduced in length for the last two rounds, which resulted in a par-65 course. LEADERBOARD 123 Scott Jamieson (Sco) (-7) 66, 57123 Steve Webster (Eng) (-7) 63, 60123 Eduardo De La Riva (Esp) (-7) 62, 61124 Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) (-6) 62, 62124 Matthew Nixon (Eng) (-6) 63, 61124 Morten Orum Madsen (Den) (-6) 60, 64124 Tim Clark (RSA) (-6) 60, 64125 Jaco van Zyl (-5) 68, 57125 Julien Quesne (Fra) (-5) 62, 63125 Sam Little (Eng) (-5) 62, 63 125 Colin Nel (RSA) (-5) 62, 63125 Bjorn Åkesson (Swe) (-5) 63, 62125 Matthew Southgate (Eng) (-5) 62 63 Jamieson, though, wouldn’t complain. The victory was his first on the European Tour in his third season as a professional, and it came after a stirring second round. Tim Clark, who was in a four-way tie for the lead after 10 holes, saw his chances slip away at the 17th. Needing a birdie on one of the last two holes to move into the outright lead, he found a bunker and then knocked his next shot over the green on his way to a double-bogey six. It took two extra visits to the 18th hole to decide the title. De La Riva was the first man to fall by the wayside after he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, leaving Jamieson and Webster to play the hole again after both posted pars on the first extra hole. Scott Jamieson needed 165 shots less than par in most tournaments to capture a rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship at the Royal Durban Golf Club after a playoff against Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva.last_img read more

Mobile phones bring the internet’s power to Africa’s poor

first_imgPoor people across Africa are increasingly aware of the power of the internet to improve their lives, such as find a job, and use sophisticated online tools to do just that. In under-resourced environments, mobile phones are the most efficient way for them to access these benefits. A girl takes a photo with her mobile phone during the opening ceremony for a new library in El Fasher, the capital city of North Darfur, Sudan. (Photo: Albert González Farran, UNAMID) • Mobile money is transforming Africa’s economy • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Africa and space: the continent looks skyward • Kumoodi: from Lagos to the world • Africa’s youth population can lift the continentIndra de Lanerolle, University of the WitwatersrandThere is abundant evidence that poorer people in Africa are now using the internet. In South Africa, most new users come from low income households, many of them living below the poverty line.The main driver of this trend is declining costs. Most people in Africa connect to the internet via mobile devices and the price of these is falling. Nokia, for example, launched a $29 internet phone this year.Pay-as-you-go data can be purchased in small bundles in many African countries, sometimes in increments as low as $0.10. This is true even though data prices in South Africa remain high.Solid data on how far internet use has spread is limited. The most reliable survey conducted in 11 countries in 2011 and 2012 found that about one in three South Africans, one in four Kenyans and fewer than one in 20 Ethiopians used the internet.But it appears clear that where networks are available and prices are affordable, people will use internet services.Low income users appear increasingly aware of the benefits of internet access. A study just published of South African users on low and very low incomes (most of them in households with incomes between about $45 and $450 dollars per month) found that many were aware of and used sophisticated online tools.They recognise the power of the internet for improving their lives, in looking for a job for example. Young women using their mobile phones in rural Makurdi, Benue state, Nigeria. (Photo: Kristian Buus, Stars Foundation)Different uses depending on where you areThe internet implies a single thing, a single network. But we may be coming to a point where this is no longer a useful way to describe the realities of the complex web of physical, economic, social and content networks that span the planet.For those who are well-connected, some in Africa, but most in rich countries, the internet means a wide range of services – from quickly messaging friends to storing files and photos in the cloud to accessing global databases. All are available quickly and cheaply 24/7 at home, at workplaces and educational institutions and in public spaces on a variety of devices including those with keyboards.For many of Africa’s new users, the internet means access to instant messaging (a cheaper substitute to expensive SMS text messaging) and some social media via a mobile phone. It is highly rationed and slow.Our research shows that rich media online – music and video – is consumed very lightly because of cost and slow connections. A Kenyan soldier, part of the African Union Mission to Somalia, takes a photo of himself with his mobile phone at Kismayo seaport in southern Somalia. (Photo: Tobin Jones, AU-UN IST)Broadband challenges remainThis research, and the work of others, point to the fact that for the poor, in Africa and elsewhere, the internet is a mobile-centric world.So people on low incomes are getting benefit from internet access. But the experience is a long way from the visions of broadband for all which more than 20 African countries have committed to.As one young internet user told me in a village in Kenya, you can’t write a job application on your mobile phone. And dependency on mobile networks also means that where competition is limited, data costs are too high for many people to consume data on anything but a very rationed diet.There are also concerns about the openness and security of the internet in Africa. There are significant threats of censorship. Some initiatives to make the internet more widely available are being challenged, undermining its openness. Sahal Gure Mohamed, 62, texts on his mobile while waiting to register at the Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, in August 2011, after fleeing from Beledhawo in Somalia. Just over 10% percent of new arrivals and some 20% of long-term residents at the camp reportedly accessed information through mobile phones. (Photo: Internews Europe)African internet progress set for reviewThe next meeting of the World Internet Project, a network of researchers from over 30 countries, is to be held in Africa for the first time. The July gathering in Johannesburg will be an opportunity to compare progress and challenges on the continent with other parts of the world.It will also provide the opportunity to engage with policy makers, researchers and the private sector on how to build on what has been achieved to enable an affordable, accessible and open internet that is truly global.Indra de Lanerolle is Visiting Researcher, Network Society Project at University of the Witwatersrand.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more