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APPLE is taking the smartphone war right to Google by launching a major campaign to get users to ditch their Android phones, and offering them cash to switch to an iPhone.

The tech giant launched the provocatively titled “Switch from Android” website and a series of five YouTube videos as part of its campaign, in a sizeable push that hasn’t been seen since Apple’s “Get a Mac” advertisements launched more than a decade ago.

Apple has launched a "Switch from Android" website as part of a campaign to recruit new iPhone users from Google.

Apple has launched a "Switch from Android" website as part of a campaign to recruit new iPhone users from Google.Source:Supplied

 

Promising “life is easier on iPhone,” the website touts the Apple phones’ cameras, speed, and customer support but it also has a not-so-subtle dig at Google’s smartphone security record.

“Unlike many other phones, important data on your iPhone is encrypted from the start and protected by your passcode,” the Apple website reads.

“Apple apps like Maps and Safari help to keep private all the places you go and the sites you visit, and Apple will not sell your information to anyone for any reason.”

The website also reiterates Apple’s offer of up to $250 as a trade-in for your old phone, although a Samsung Galaxy S6 only earns $150 in credit.

Google recently launched its own voice assistant in Apple’s App Store. Picture: AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Google recently launched its own voice assistant in Apple’s App Store. Picture: AP Photo/Eric RisbergSource:AP

 

Apple’s move comes as its grip on the smartphone market climbed slightly in the last three months of 2016, according to research firm Gartner, but not nearly as much as Google Android’s share of the market.

More than 81 per cent of the world’s smartphones use Google’s software, compared to almost 18 per cent that run Apple’s system.

Samsung was also the world’s top smartphone maker in 2016, claiming more than 20 per cent of all sales, compared to Apple’s 14 per cent.

But the Apple iPhone 7 claimed the title of most popular smartphone in Australia in March, according to Kantar Worldpanel, even though it’s swamped by Android rivals.

Apple previously published a guide on how to switch from Android to an iPhone to lure users in 2014, before releasing an official Move to iOS app in 2015.

Both followed the successful “Get a Mac” advertising campaign that ran from 2006 to 2009, featuring Justin Long personifying Apple’s computers.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed government’s commitment to enhance the teacher professional development status of the country.

This, he said, would be done through the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), which seeks to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education and improve the quality of teacher education and learning, through all colleges of education in the country.

He made the commitment in a speech read on his behalf at the 60th anniversary of the Adonten Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Region, on the theme ‘“60 years of Hard work, Living the Dreams of the Founding Fathers’.

The theme reflects the vision, hard work and collective efforts of Mr Moses Agyare-Kwabi, retired Circuit Court Judge, and late Mr Djan Opare-Addo, also a retired Circuit Court Judge.

The President explained that the New Patriotic Party’s Teacher First policy, recognised that a well-trained, confident and contented teacher was key in the delivery of quality education and vital to the national development.

“We want to ensure that there is a standard competency framework that will guide the training of teachers to the point where all teachers meet the expectations and aspirations of our pre tertiary school system,” he said.

He noted that the UK’s Department for International Development was supporting Ghana’s implementation of the T-TEL with 17 million Pounds Sterling from 2014-2018 and expressed hope about its implementation after 2018.

The President gave the assurance that government would put in interventions that would motivate and impact positively on teachers and students to work harder and give of their best.

Nana Akufo-Addo urged students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them, work harder and be disciplined for brighter future.

The Headmaster of the school, Mr Stephen Aboagye, explained that though the school continued to chalk out successes as the years went by, it continued to face infrastructural challenges, which demanded urgent attention.

“We need an 18-unit classroom block to facilitate decongestion, accommodation facility for both teaching and non-teaching staff as well as a school bus to facilitate movements in times of participating in external activities.”

He assured parents of the school’s continuous support in instilling discipline by clinging firm to the school’s rules and regulations, providing in-service training for all teaching staff to enhance knowledge and skills on the job.

“The school shall also fortify internal supervision and monitoring to ensure the reduction of absenteeism to the barest minimum,” he added.

Mr Aboagye appealed to stakeholders to assist the school achieve its aims of ensuring academic excellence through self-discipline.

Dr Lucy Asamoah Akuoko, Deputy Director of the National Blood Bank and an old student, called on teachers to equip the students with academic excellence, to build up a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, science and humanities.

“We must holistically, develop their talents and equip them with skills and values that they will need for life, which will make them upright citizens and members of our society”.

The Eastern Regional Director of Education, Ms Gertrude Mensah, commended the school for setting standards that had impacted positively on the students.

“This school has seen steady development over the years and I hope the school community and stakeholders will continue to contribute their quota to ensure that it achieves greater laurels in the years ahead,” she said.

Nana Awo Adwoa Amene II, Queen mother of Aburi and Akuapim-Adonten Traditional Area, and the Board Chairperson of the School, called on the school authorities to use the occasion to rethink and strategise for a brighter future.

She advised the students to be creative and not to settle for mediocrity.

Otubuor Djan Kwasi II, Aburihene and Adontenhene of Akuapim Traditional Area, commended the school authorities for their selfless efforts in ensuring that the school attained greater heights academically in spite of the challenges they faced.

Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, the Member of Parliament for the area, commended the school for its great achievements over the past 60 years and called on the management and staff to focus on quality education, wellbeing as well as the personal development.

He pledged his support to help fulfil the dream of the school.

Students, who excelled academically as well as hardworking teaching and non-teaching staff, were honoured with prizes and citations whilst busts of the two founding fathers were also unveiled in their memory.

A 10-year-old pupil of a Tema based private school, Delhi Public School (DPS) International Ghana, Raj Mukesh Thakwani has been adjudged the Gold award winner of the national 11th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Competition.

His award follows an art and design work he presented of his dream ‘Transformer Car’ in the 8-11 age category of the contest held in Ghana.

Five other pupils of the school also emerged Silver winners in the same contest. The five names are Adrijaa Pal, Mantram Saini, Rohiy Kailash Godhwani, Akshaga Zakshika Janikar and Aryan Aman Goel.  

However, two winners of the school, Adrijaa Pal (10), and Mantram Saini (8) will join the Gold winner to represent Ghana in the global Toyota Dream Car Art Competition in Japan.


Raj Mukesh Thakwani and Adrijaa Pal took home a laptop and Ipad respectively as their prizes for their outstanding art and design works. The three participating children are optimistic of emerging Gold winners in the global competition.

A total of 982 entries were received nationwide from schools but only 90 participants qualified for the national contest out of which pupils of DPS International Ghana emerged winners with three of them selected for the international competition in Japan.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest challenges kids nationwide to draw or paint their "dream car," a next generation vehicle that can in some way help humankind, improve transportation techniques or benefit the planet.

Without a doubt, the contest is the biggest of its kind in Ghana.  

Split into three categories, 7 years and below, 8-11 years old and 12-15 years old, each age group is awarded one gold, two silver, three bronze and four "best finalists" prizes, thus allowing ten children in each category to be recognized for their work.

A Senior Instructor of the Arts and Design Department of DPS International Ghana, Alex Amoabeng Twum was full of praise for the kids for using the contest to exhibit their talents. 

“Let me congratulate Raj Thakwani and all the young participants for their unique creative ideas. We are proud to have a winner selected from Ghana and grateful to have contributed towards this initiative,” he stressed in a joyful mood. 

According to him, DSP International Ghana allows every student to showcase hidden talents and potentials while developing a positive work ethic with problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Nancy Goel, an Art and Design coach of the kids who participated in the competition congratulated the children for taking a step of faith by being part of the competition

“Congratulations to Raj Mukesh Thakwani and all of the students who participated in this year’s competition. I am truly inspired by the gifted young artists in our school,” she said.

She pointed out that a lot of research was conducted into the work to enable the participants come out with flying colours.

The coach explained that the participants’ design was to attract the underprivileged in society as well as educate and fight pollution.

Mr. Raj David, Principal of the school noted that the core principle upon which the school was built was to train future leaders of the world, saying that the next generation of world leaders must be creative and talented to succeed in the world.

He said the school was bent on working diligently towards encouraging students to take up such challenges which had seen students of DPSI-Ghana compete successfully on international platforms.

Mr Mukesh V. Thakwani, the founder of Delhi Public School (DPS) International Ghana, reiterated that, aside the school’s commitment to academic excellence, the school also makes concerted efforts to unearth and develop talents of the children through extracurricular activities like creative writing, sports, public speaking, art and craft, drama, martial arts, dancing among others.

“Our commitment to make a meaningful contribution to education in Ghana is beyond dispute and this is but one more example of how we strive to fly the Ghana flag high beyond the borders of the country,” Thakwani said.

Since the year 2013, pupils of DPS International Ghana have won several awards in the Toyota Dream Car Art Competition. The school won gold in 2014 and 2016 beside

the silver awards won from 2013 to date.

 
 

Authorities of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) have rusticated twenty-two students for their involvement in the clashes between Atlantic (ATL) and Oguaa Halls during a hall week celebration.

Most of the rusticated students who are executives of ATL and organizers of the hall week celebration. Whereas some were suspended for two semesters, others are to stay home for four semesters.

The information was contained in a Notice of Rustication issued by the university which read: “The following students have with effect from the second semester of the 2016/2017 academic year been rusticated from the University for the periods indicated against their names for roles played in the Disturbances at the Oguaa Hall on Friday, 17th March, 2017, during the 2017 ATLANTIC HALL WEEK celebrations.”

Background

At least, three students were stabbed at UCC in March 2017 when a clash erupted between some enraged students of the University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who had been invited to the celebration, and UCC students.

A UCC student, Emmanuel Quarshie, was paralysed after he was stabbed several times in the course of the clashes while entering his hall from night studies. He is currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra. The clashes occurred when porters of Oguaa Hall refused to allow some naked Vandals, Unity and ATL students from entering the hall.

Several properties worth thousands of Ghana Cedis belonging to Oguaa Hall were vandalized during the scuffle. Some vehicles belonging to some lecturers were also destroyed.

The rusticated students include Enoch Abeiku Bart-Plange Tawiah, 4 semesters, Rose Attah, 2 semesters, Mabel Anokwah, 2 semesters, Benjamin Sarfo, 2 semesters, Fred Appiah, 2 semesters and Teddy Agyei-Darko, 2 semesters, all ATL students.

Back in March, the police arrested some twenty-two students who were alleged to have been involved in the confusion.

UCC authorities hinted that students found culpable after the police investigations would be surcharged.

The Ministry of Education is blaming District Directors of Education in the various Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies for the challenges they encounter in the provision of education materials and logistics to schools across the country.

According to the Ministry, lack of information flow from schools that lacked the needed infrastructure and educational materials accounts for the delays in supporting such schools.

“We have identified the fact that in some districts, the DCEs, district directors of education have been regular with information and their management functions, and we commended them. But there are others that the information flow is very slow. We met recently in Kumasi to ensure that the system works.”

The Deputy Minister’s concern follows an intervention by the Vice Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia, who ordered 500 desks to be made for the pupils of the Kperisi Primary School in the Upper West Region, who have been learning on bare floors for months.


The school’s plight came to light after the State of the Nation Address last Thursday, where the President had boasted of massive achievements in the educational sector.

The Wa Municipal Assembly in the Upper West Region after the public outcry hurriedly initiated moves to provide  desks for the pupils. But speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, a Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said “we expect the heads of schools, the district and regional directors of education to bring us up to date with timely reports to that effect because we cannot be everywhere at the same time. There are only three ministers of education; there is only one director general at the Ghana Education Service and two deputies.

We have said that it is important for them to let us have quarterly reports and emergency situations for instance, a flood has happened and the roof of a school has been ripped off. When we wait for the media to come there or politicians to come there before you talk to the media and say that you are helpless, it is instructive to say that you are helpless.”

The Barcelona centre-back admits his time at Manchester United means he would not be able to bring himself to join the Red Devils' arch-rivals

 

Gerard Pique says his love for Manchester United makes a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City impossible. Barca academy product Pique spent four years at Old Trafford before returning to Camp Nou in 2008, where he has enjoyed a trophy-laden eight years - including three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions League medals won under the stewardship of Guardiola.

The former midfielder has since gone on to enjoy further success in charge of Bayern Munich and will take on a fresh challenge at the Etihad Stadium next season.

However, Pique insists that a return to the Premier League with City is something he could never contemplate despite the respect he has for Guardiola.

"My love for [Manchester] United is too strong to go to City," he said on Periscope. "I don't see myself in their shirt even though Pep is a great coach."

 

Jordi Mestre insists none of the Catalans' players would blame defeat on their team-mates as the Real Madrid star appeared to do on Saturday

 

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for blaming Real Madrid's La Liga woes on his team-mates, claiming none of the Catalan club's players would ever do the same.

Madrid slipped to a 1-0 defeat to city rivals Atletico on Saturday thanks to a second-half strike from Antoine Griezmann.

That result, combined with Barca's 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday, leaves Madrid in third place, 12 points adrift of Luis Enrique's leaders.

And Ronaldo was quick to point the finger at his colleagues following their loss at the Santiago Bernabeu, saying "if everyone was at my level, perhaps we would be first".

Ronaldo has since attempted to clarify his comments, insisting he was referring to the club's injury situation and not performances.

However, Mestre told Movistar : "Our team's players would never say what Cristiano said. The club monitors a lot of things before signing players.

"Honestly, I could not imagine one of our players saying what Cristiano said."

Asked about Barca's commanding eight-point lead over Atletico at the top, Mestre added: "La Liga is not won at the end of February. That's not a cliche, it's true because we could slip up and I'm sure Real Madrid will bounce back. There are no free meals here."

The France striker could miss games against Levante, Celta and the Champions League last 16 second leg meeting with Roma after picking up a knock against Atletico Madrid

 

Real Madrid are set to be without Karim Benzema for at least their next three matches after the club confirmed that the striker has suffered a hamstring injury.

Benzema was withdrawn at half-time of Saturday's derby defeat to Atletico, with Borja Mayoral replacing the France international forward who was only passed fit for the match on Thursday having been suffering from a hip problem.

Indeed, the 28-year-old was absent from the 1-1 draw with Malaga and is now set for a further spell on the sidelines that could see him miss La Liga fixtures against Levante and Celta Vigo, as well as the Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Roma.

A statement on Madrid's official website read: "After tests at the University Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja the player Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with a muscle injury to his right hamstring."

 


Benzema has scored 23 goals in all competitions for Madrid in the 2015-16 campaign but has only struck once in his last four games for Los Blancos.

The striker joins Gareth Bale on the sidelines although the Welshman could be close to a return having started individual training on February 25 as he steps up his recovery from a calf problem.

A statement on Madrid's official website read: "After tests at the University Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja the player Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with a muscle injury to his right hamstring."

Benzema has scored 23 goals in all competitions for Madrid in the 2015-16 campaign but has only struck once in his last four games for Los Blancos.
 

The striker joins Gareth Bale on the sidelines although the Welshman could be close to a return having started individual training on February 25 as he steps up his recovery from a calf problem.

Last Saturday night on February 27 at the Manchester Arena, Lancashire, UK, Carl Frampton fully dominated Scott Quigg to unify the WBA – IBF super bantamweight belts. According to reporters present at the Manchester Arena the atmosphere was awesome, but the main event disappointed due the lack of effort from Quigg during the first 7 rounds.

As the readers already must know, Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux is scheduled to fight against James Dickens on March 12 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK as part of the undercard for the main even headed by WBO lightweight Terry Flanagan vs challenger Derry Mathews.

 

Quigg just had surgery to repair the broken jaw suffered in his fight against “The Jackal” Frampton and I don’t believe he would be eager to fight Rigondeaux any time soon. There seems to be no interest form the WBA – IBF Carl Frampton to fight “El Chacal”, because Frampton just called out WBA featherweight Leo Santa Cruz and there is interest in Leo to fight against Carl in a near future.

After a struggle against Cesar Juarez last December to win the vacant WBO super bantam belt stripped from Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire is scheduled to fight next April 23 against low ranked Zsolt Bedak. Although it would be great to see the Filipino Flash rematch Chacal, after seen Donaire get to fight for a manufactured paper belt and hand pick his last 3 opponents, I suspect that Nonito will never fight Rigondeaux again.

I think that for Guillermo Rigondeaux the last opportunity to get a big fight at the super bantamweight division has just disappeared. The only way Rigondeaux could get a chance to get a big fight is that he looks great defeating James Dickens. But by great, I don’t mean a superb boxing exhibition, but instead to please the crowd which can be hard due Rigondeaux fighting style. If it was the other way around Chacal would head the event and would not be relegated to the undercard.

On paper there aren’t any more big fights at the super bantam division to be made soon. Carl Frampton could end moving up to the featherweight division to challenge Leo Santa Cruz for his WBA title, and I would also include another potential big UK fight between Frampton and feather IBF Lee Selby. Scott Quigg will be out of action for a long time due his broken jaw, and he also could end up moving up to the featherweight division if Frampton moves up to try to get a very lucrative rematch this year.

The top names at the featherweight divisions include: IBF Lee Selby, WBA Leo Santa Cruz, former champions Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel, WBC Gary Russell Jr, WBO Vasyl Lomachenko and possibly former feather WBA Nicholas Walters, if you add Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg then the featherweight division would be stacked with many potential great fights to be made.

Maybe it is time for Rigondeaux to take a big risk and move up to featherweight division, hoping to get any of the big names interested to fight against him. Perhaps Chacal is too small to move up. Possibly with the exception of Vasyl Lomachenko the rest of the big names will not have interest to fight him. But for sure Rigondeaux at 35 years of age can’t give himself the luxury to waste more time.

When past great Cuban boxers fought, they were able to attract the attention from all fight fans and not only form the boxing purist. The names of Sugar Ramos and Mantequilla Napoles always come to my mind when I think of great Cuban boxers, but sadly, I think the name of Guillermo Rigondeaux won’t last long in my memory, if he isn’t able to change his fighting style and do the full transition to prize fighting and understand that he must please the crowd.

IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury really worked over WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and the unbeaten heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua this weekend. In an interview, Fury said that he’s hoping Joshua wins his fight against IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin on April 9, because he’d like to face Joshua in a mega-fight in the UK.

However, he does not see Joshua winning the fight. Fury thinks Joshua is little more than a bodybuilder/weight lifter, and he doesn’t think those guys can fight. Fury notes that Joshua was gassed out by the 5th round in his fight against Dillian Whyte last December. Fury thinks Deontay will beat Joshua when/if the two fighters face each other. However, he thinks Wilder is just a skinny guy.

As for when Fury will face Wladimir in a rematch, he is not sure. Fury is not even sure if he’ll fight Wladimir next or not.

 

“I have no information about the rematch at all,” Fury said to Radio Raheem about his rematch with Wladimir. “I’m just waiting on confirmation, so who knows? I hope he [Joshua] wins [against Charles Martin], because it sets up a mega-fight in the UK for me. AJ [Joshua] is what you call a ‘weight lifter, a body builder.’ Body builders ain’t fighters. I’m the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I beat a man [Wladimir] that nobody could beat. Don’t mention a 15-fight novice [Joshua] in the same breath as the number one heavyweight on the planet; the best fighter on the planet. I tell you what I’d do to him [Joshua]. I’d take him apart like a lion, ripping a Gazelle’s throat out. I think Wilder would knock AJ out, but Wilder’s only a [expletive] anyway. So he is what he is. He’s a skinny [expletive]. They’re all [expletives]. I’m the best heavyweight on the planet; the best fighter on the planet,” said Fury.

I do agree with Fury about Joshua being a bodybuilder rather than a fighter. I think Joshua got a little out of hand with his weight lifting after he won his controversial gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and he’s put on a lot of useless muscles that has slowed him down and not improved him as a fighter. If anything, I think Joshua was a better fighter back in 2009, when he fought Dillian Whyte for the first time at 220. I also agree with Fury about him thinking that Deontay will beat Joshua. I think it’s pretty much academic at this point that Deontay is the faster fighter with the better punching power than Joshua. When you look at Joshua’s fights, he comes across as very slow, mechanical and robotic. He pushes his punches and doesn’t seem capable of throwing explosive shots like Deontay.

 

As far as I can tell, the only reason why Joshua has so many knockouts on his resume is because his opponents, which his clever promoter Eddie Hearn digs up for him, tend to foolishly back up against the ropes and this lets Joshua just tee off on them. They fight like sparring partners, bad sparring partners. The only good fighter that Joshua has fought thus far was Dillian Whyte, and he came into the fight with a bad shoulder injury to his left shoulder.

Joshua looked a better back then with more speed, and he wasn’t gasping for breath after throwing a handful of punches like he’s doing now. Joshua has packed 30 pounds of muscle since then, and it doesn’t appear to have helped him at all. I think IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin is a better fighter, and he doesn’t have any of the muscles that Joshua has. He’s actually a little flabby looking, but he’s not muscle bound like Joshua.

“I have no idea when the next fight is, who it is going to be, no idea,” he said. “So that is a bit of an update for everybody,” Fury said to skysports.com. “I don’t know who it is going to be, to be honest [if Wladimir will be next]. I have no confirmation on if it is going to be Klitschko, Fred Flintstone or Batman, I have no idea.”

 

I think Fury has to fight Wladimir next because of the rematch clause, but who knows? If Fury is allowed to fight someone else next, then that’s good too, because he could then face the winner of the Deontay vs. Alexander Povetkin fight in a unification. I expect Deontay to beat Povetkin without any problems. That should be an easy fight for Deontay no matter where the contest takes place. They can stage it in Russia, and I see Deontay winning the fight with ease.

Not surprisingly, Fury does not think a fight against Joshua will be a big deal once Charles Martin beats him. The fight is only meaningful while Joshua is unbeaten. The British boxing public won’t be excited if Joshua’s record is marred by a glaring defeat.