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Women and politics

first_imgWomen play an integral role in the development of the world. They are fluid beings who manage to ascribe unto themselves all sorts of non-traditional roles that sharply conflict with conservative, conventional and traditional descriptions of what it means to be ‘female’ and a ‘woman’.As a matter of fact, women, over the past four decades, have sought to remove the barriers set by society, and in some cases religion, about the types of jobs and roles that they must play in order to maintain what some refer to a healthy ‘gender-balance’.In sharp retaliation, women have refused to be viewed as the weaker gender or sex; irrational, emotionally weak and incapable of leadership. They have broken so many barriers in order to prove to the world and menfolk what they have always known — they can do anything that a man does, just as good as he does it, or even better.In recent times, womenfolk have achieved much success in their fight for equality and gender parity, as well as equity. They have fought long and hard to be respected, but they know too well that men will not willingly relinquish whatever God-given claim they believe they have to the divine hallways of ‘power’, ‘authority’ and executive leadership on several global fronts.And so women internationally have set about to redefine the world they live in in order to prove that they, too, possess the divine ethos to lead, govern, and be respected, if not feared. According to Forbes Magazine, last year 100 women did just that, but out of that total, three emerges as the most powerful and influential in the world of politics. These women are the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Taiwan’s President Tsa Ing Sung.No Caribbean woman featured on that list. And this is important, because only a few women within this hemisphere attempt to run for higher political office; and when they do, they have upset the norms and status quo of their respective parties in order to be selected or seen as possessing the qualities to run as Prime Minister or President. The race is most times more taxing on women than men. Portia Simpson-Miller, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Mia Motely — respectively from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados — understand this all too well. But these women, when given the chance, have rolled out remarkable reforms that have resulted in booming economies, the advancement of women and children’s rights, social progress, and law and order. But many of them have been outfoxed by their male counterparts, who most times attack their sex and their suitability to govern men, even if it is not explicitly said.At home, Janet Jagan led the way after becoming Guyana’s first female parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister (1953, 1957, 1961), before serving as the country’s first female President under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Winifred Gaskin and Shirley Field-Ridely are among others who soon followed.At the December 16, 1968 elections, some 212 names featured on the lists submitted by political parties, but only 23 were women (10.8 per cent). This number increased by 2.2 per cent in 1970, according to the University of West Indies, and by another three per cent by 1980. The numbers climbed in the early 1990s and 2000s. Today, over 34 per cent of all parliamentarians here are female.By throwing her hat in the race to become the People’s National Congress’s Presidential Candidate back in 2011, the late Dr Faith Harding was attempting again to change the status quo and politics of conventionalism in her party. Despite, the fact she failed, Dr Harding wanted to send a strong message to womenfolk here. That message was that they needed to do much more than be satisfied with ministerial appointments and parliamentary seats. If they wanted real change, they needed to steer the ship; fly the plane; lead the Parliament as Speaker and/or run the country. Also, Elizabeth Harper’s decision to accept nomination for the Prime Ministerial post in the PPP is nothing short of bold and admirable, though the PPP lost. The recent PNC Congress, too, where Volda Lawrence and Annette Ferguson clinched two of the party’s top posts, is also instructive.By their actions, they have paved the way for ‘the girl child’ and womenfolk to build confidence to go against the grain. Guyanese women are strong and fierce competitors. Whilst they thrive under Home Economics in the conventional sense, they also understand what Guyana needs to move it forward. Those women from the major political parties, who have long languished in the dark, must seize the moment and run for office in 2020. They must break the glass ceilings above their heads and at least shake-up the country’s political establishment.Too many of our women politicians are invisible. They must be seen and heard. 2020 may be the year when Guyanese utter the words Madam President or Madam Prime Minister again if they invest the political capital and funds needed into running a campaign using mainly women as their constituency.last_img read more

“Women have no place in prisons” – GHRA

first_imgThe Guyana Human Right Association (GHRA) is of the view that women should not be placed in the prison system but should be sent to some sort of “half-way house” to be rehabilitated instead.In a statement on Friday, the association welcomes and lauds the intention of President David Granger to pardon non-violent female prisoners, highlighting the injustice that incarceration imposes on women in ways that do not apply to men.“Women, for the most part, have no place in prison. Some 90 per cent of women are in prison for three offences: petty theft, drug trafficking and murder – all related to disordered relationships with men.  Female drug traffickers carry the can – so to speak – for the male king-pins, or are charged jointly with men for drugs found in homes; they steal to maintain children neglected by child-fathers and kill in retaliating against men who are persistently violent,” the release stated.According to the GHRA, none of these women poses a danger to society, which is the fundamental reason for incarceration. In fact society does not fear women in general, at least not in the sense of being a threat to life or property. The Association noted that even women who have committed violent crimes are not viewed with the dread that male perpetrators can inspire.Reference was made to a recent Australian study from the Centre for Evidence-based Sentencing: “Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prison numbers are now the highest in recorded history.”GHRA added that the study also outlined that a high percentage of women in prison suffered from sexual and violent abuse in their childhood. This, the release detailed, when added to the other factors highlighted earlier for which most women are incarcerated, prison as a response to women in trouble with the law is simply a reflection of an area in which gender inequality remains undisturbed.In fact, the study notes: “Nearly every incarcerated woman is the victim of a perverse and lazy policy disfigurement that fails to acknowledge the marked difference between female and male offenders.”The human rights organisation went on to stress that incarcerating women is a harsher penalty than for men: “Put men in prison (in humane conditions) and provide them with cigarettes (and – it would seem – access to Facebook) and they just do the time. Women in prison are pre-occupied by what is happening to their children, their homes and their partners – all of which can be dispersed and disappear by the time they leave prison,” the release said.Furthermore, GHRA related that reports from other societies show women in prison experience much higher rates of sexual violence than men and from men, stating that while no reports of such acts have been received from the New Amsterdam prison, the higher the numbers grow the more exposed inmates become.“The GHRA has for many years held the position that rather than prison, the overwhelming number of women found guilty of crimes requires a place safe from the men who are complicating their lives.  A half-way house approach is needed where women can undergo forms of rehabilitation to restore self-esteem and learn problem-solving techniques – problems being a major cause of why they got into trouble in the first place,” the human rights organisation posited.Since Guyana needs radical solutions to address rising levels of criminality, the association believes that starting a programme along the lines being suggested with women would not generate hostility to the extent it would with men. The release added that such alternatives to imprisonment successfully tested with women could in fact be extended to men in a reverse of the thinking which saw women being incarcerated in the first place.On a different aspect, the GHRA noted that in light of prison overcrowding, Presidential pardons on a more regular basis would be a welcomed development, particularly given judicial and magisterial sloth with respect to remand prisoners and the ponderous procedures of the Parole Board.last_img read more

CH&PA Chairman defends sole-sourced contractor, inflated estimate

first_imgCore homes ‘corrective’ worksChairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Hamilton Green has defended the decision to sole-source contractor Ivor Allen for the execution of corrective works on several homes under the Government’s Core Homes Project.In documents seen by Guyana Times, the Board said that by way of round robin, it selected Ivor Allen to execute the works on the homes it listed as “moderate income”.Chairman of the Board of Directors of CH&PA Hamilton GreenThe Board in an internal memorandum, dated June 10, 2016, stated that it had considered and approved Ivor Allen to be awarded the contract to execute the corrective works to 11 houses (lot numbers provided) at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Based on the information seen by this publication, the Board of Directors of the CH&PA handpicked Allen, a close associate of the coalition Government, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).According to Green, the Board handpicked Allen since he was one of the four contractors that built the core homes and the only one whose constructions were done without complaints from the occupants. “It turned out that only one of the four contactors houses we received no complaints from, that contractor was Ivor Allen…we felt it prudent that since he had worked in that area to award him the contract to do corrective works.”Green further highlighted that the reason the contract for remedial works did not go to tender is because the 11 houses outlined were the “worst cases” and the corrective works were deemed “extremely urgent.” He noted that at a meeting, the residence complained that “it is inappropriate for them to have a house that they can’t use, can’t occupy.”“We could not wait to proceed with tenders because the people were anxious, paying mortgages and paying their rent. People complained to us in tears about the conditions, some doors moved away, some can’t close, it’s really a horror story,” said the CH&PA Chairman.As it relates to the discrepancies in cost outlined for the remedial works, Green said that the Board had no confidence in the figures given by the engineering core since this is the same group that produced figures from time to time, which resulted in the very poor quality work.“I am prepared to anchor our reputation on the one contractor who did works for which we received no complaints… the Board is not prepared, to either deal with that estimate or give it to the same engineering core and have two weeks after, to receive complaints that we have been receiving from the occupants,” he noted.The Chairman surmised that the estimates given on the “Summary of Bills” seen by Guyana Times was produced by the engineering core and was inadequate to execute quality corrective works on the 11 “worst case” homes that were listed. He said Allen’s prices were higher because the works done by the contractor were of a high standard, and as such, the memorandum issued by the CH&PA reflected the costs needed to execute the corrective works properly.The “Summary of Bills” seen by this newspaper puts the cost for the works at $7,467,227. However, the internal memorandum issued by the Secretary to the CH&PA Board put the cost for the same 11 homes (verified by matching lot numbers) at a whopping $16,727,623, a difference of over $9.2 million which worked out to an increase of 124 per cent.Green in April had declared that the Authority will be spending over $100 million on corrective works to core homes built by contractors under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration.“Bad roofs, leaking roofs, walls that are twisted, paint peeling, septic tanks porous, floors that were doing a special dance, among other things,” was how Green described some of the defects found.His claims were quickly rebuffed by former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, under whose stewardship the programme was initiated.Ali had said that Green’s statement was “shocking” as he questioned the quoted $100 million Green planned to spend on fixing the ‘defective’ homes.Ali said that CH&PA had previously stated that corrective works on the turnkey homes would have cost about $20 million.“How is this now estimated at $100 million plus,” Ali had asked.last_img read more

Rose happy to battle Davies for Tottenham starting spot

first_imgTottenham left back Danny Rose has admitted the signing of Ben Davies has spurred him on.Davies was signed this summer from Swansea, a move that looked as though it would force Rose onto the substitutes bench or even out of White Hart Lane.However, the 24-year-old was picked ahead of the Welshman for Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Ham and Rose believes competition will help his game progress.“I am happy that Ben has come. I hope I can improve Ben and he can improve me,” said Rose.“There could be up to 60 games this season if we do well in all competitions.“So whenever I do play I want to try an improve as much as I can and play as well as I did today.” 1 Tottenham’s Danny Rose last_img

Sheffield Wednesday bid for German striker rejected

first_img1 Rouwen Hennings Sheffield Wednesday have had a €2.5m bid for Karlsruhe’s star striker Rouwen Hennings rejected by the German club.The 27-year-old scored 18 goals in 29 games last season to fire Karlsruhe to 3rd in Bundesliga 2 and establish himself as the top scorer in that division. Hennings then scored a crucial goal against Hamburg in the promotion/relegation play-off game, but Karlsruhe narrowly missed on promotion to the Bundesliga, losing 3-2 on aggregate to the North German club.The former Germany Under-21 international is being tracked by a host of Championship clubs, but it is believed that Karlsruhe will hold out for €4m (£2.8m) for the striker.last_img

School board looks for a replacement

first_imgACTON – The Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District school board will appoint a new member to fill a vacancy on the panel created when a board member left for Texas. The board will interview applicants in a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Meadowlark Elementary School, and members of the public are encouraged to participate. “I think the board would be looking for … someone who’s focused on children, who has an interest in education and who wants to see good things happen (for the district),” said Superintendent Stan Halperin. A vacancy on the five-member board was created in mid-August with the departure of Cindi Oberhansley. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“She’s not leaving because of any negative reason whatsoever,” said Melissa Harnett, board president. “She was leaving because her husband got a job in Texas and she was very sad to leave.” Whoever the board appoints to serve on the panel will hold the position until November 2007. At that time, the appointed board member will need to run for election. The board could have held a special election in March for the position, but school officials determined that that would cost too much. The school district asked those interested in applying for the position to send a written letter of interest describing their background. Sending a resume is optional. The letters of interest must be sent by the end of the business day Sept. 15 to: Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, 32248 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510. last_img read more

Bale says he should not have rushed Real Madrid return and vows best to come

first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale has revealed he had to take a ‘lot of painkillers’ to be able to play last season and admits he should not have been so hasty in trying to come back from injury.Bale has been plagued by fitness problems during his four years in Spain and underwent an ankle operation last November which sidelined him for three months.Then, 10 games into his return to action, he suffered a calf tear during a match against Barcelona in April that kept him out for another six weeks,The Wales international declared himself fit in the week ahead of the Champions League final in his hometown of Cardiff, where he appeared for the final 13 minutes of Real’s 4-1 win over Juventus.That was a memorable end to what was otherwise a frustrating season for Bale, where the former Tottenham man concedes playing through the pain barrier was a mistake. Asked why he did not rest more after his operation, Bale told Spanish newspaper El Pais: “On one hand it’s easy now to say that I should have rested more. But when you’ve been injured for three months and you see your team-mates playing, you really want to return and that’s what I did.“I had to take a lot of painkillers to be able to play. And yes, now I think I should have taken more time to recover so I could have played much better when I returned and be able to do all those things with the ankle which I wasn’t able to.“And yes, if I go back I would have taken more time to recover better.”Bale has helped Real win 10 trophies since joining the club in a then world-record £85million move from Tottenham in 2013, including three Champions League crowns, but he has also found himself facing criticism and doubts over some of his performances and fitness.The 28-year-old, who has regularly been linked with a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United, admits he takes all that in his stride.“They are all opinions. They have to sell newspapers in some way and they have to write something. So I’m used to people writing good things, bad things….And it doesn’t bother me too much,” he said. “Football is a sport which stirs passions and it’s normal that everyone has their opinions.“An injury is something that’s very frustrating when you’re a professional sportsman. Of course it’s been difficult not being able to play, but I’ve had a good pre-season and I’m training hard to be able to help the team win more titles.” Bale does, however, hope that Real fans have not seen the best of him yet. “I hope the best is yet to come. I’ve had some great moments, and others not so much.” Gareth Bale 1last_img read more

Man United ‘stunned’ by Pogba revelation, Juve want Eriksen, PSG stick it to Neymar

first_img deals 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Christian Eriksen was left out of the Tottenham starting XI for their Premier League opener against Aston Villa Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will make decision on his future this week as he considers bids from THIRTEEN clubs – including a £9million contract offer from Fenerbahce. (Daily Telegraph)Liverpool cannot recall goalkeeper Loris Karius from his loan at Besiktas after Alisson’s calf injury… and the German is also out with a calf injury anyway. (Liverpool Echo)Liverpool will accept an offer of €15m (£13.9m) plus bonuses for Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, amid interest from Italian sides AC Milan and Roma. (Liverpool Echo)LIVE BLOG: Keep up to date with today’s top football news on talkSPORT.comNicolas Pepe decided to sign for Arsenal because he wanted to join a club where he could make a big impact, says the president of his former club Lille. (Sky Sports)Wilfried Zaha agreed to put his differences with the Crystal Palace hierarchy aside after a stern word from team-mate Mamadou Sakho in a players’ meeting. (The Sun)Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder – who was linked with a move to Manchester United this summer – is set to join Monaco in a €40m (£37.1m) deal. (L’Equipe) What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas OFF BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 3 Getty Images – Getty New job Manchester United were left stunned by Paul Pogba’s post-match comments following the 4-0 win over Chelsea that could still leave the club this summer. (Daily Mirror)Real Madrid remain interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar and will end their pursuit of United midfielder Pogba if they land him. (The Sun)Juventus are interested in signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen on a free transfer when his  contract expires at the end of the season. (Metro)Spurs are willing to more than double Eriksen’s wages to close to £200,000-a-week, but fear even that may not be enough to keep him. (Daily Mail) getty latest center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic – also a reported United target this summer – has had a medical at Bayern Munich and is set to complete a €5m (£4.64m) season-long loan, which includes a €20m (£18.6m) option to buy. (Bild)Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to move to Inter Milan when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Rai Sport)Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is set to join David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami when his contract expires in June 2020. (Fox Deportes)Gareth Bale is prepared to bide his time on the sidelines at Real Madriduntil the Chinese Super League window re-opens in November or manager Zinedine Zidane is sacked. (Daily Mail)PSG appear to have stopped selling Neymar’s shirt in their club shop. (Marca)Lionel Messi has called Neymar to try to persuade the Brazilian to join him at Barcelona, rather than move to rivals Real Madrid.(Marca)Bayern Munich are in talks with Barcelona about signing former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho on a year-long loan deal, which includes an end-of-season purchase clause. (AS) Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Daniel Sturridge is contemplating his next move having left Liverpool this summer after six years at Anfield talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from today’s papers and online… Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update FAREWELL LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES LATEST Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ targets 3last_img read more

Hibs through in Europa League after Faroes goalfest

first_imgHibernian are through to the second qualifying round of the Europa League after a dramatic night in the Faroe Islands that saw them defeat NSI Runavik 6-4 and 12-5 on aggregate.Holding a 6-1 lead from the first leg at Easter Road, Hibs were expected to cruise through but found themselves a goal down after only a minute when Efe Ambrose scored an own goal.NSI’s Klaemint Olsen doubled his side’s lead after five minutes to narrow what had seemed an unassailable aggregate lead.John McGinn, back in the team after an injury had ruled him out of the first leg, made it 2-1 after ten minutes and Lewis Stevenson levelled six minutes later. Despite the tie being effectively over and their lead on the night having been quickly wiped out, NSI went ahead again with Olsen scoring his second. Moments before half-time, Hibs drew level again through David Gray.Hibs took the lead for the first time five minutes into the second half with Ambrose making up for his earlier own goal by netting at the right end but NSI came back into the match with Olsen completing his hat-trick.Stephen Mallan then stepped up to ensure another win for Neil Lennon’s side scoring twice to give his side a 6-4 win and send them on to face Asteras Tripolis in the next round.last_img read more

Top 10 Digital Lifestyle Products of 2008

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#2008 in Review#Digital Lifestyle#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s Note: This list was contributed by Steve O’Hear, editor of last100, a former RWW network blog.There was lots of activity in the digital lifestyle space in 2008, with new devices, services, and platforms being launched and some of our favorites from last year getting significant updates. One notable trend throughout the year was the way these products and services began to converge; not in the sense that they were becoming all-in-one devices, although some of that was happening, but rather by hardware, services, and content playing together nicely, often through open standards and platforms, with the Internet acting as a conduit. On that note, here are our picks of the 10 best digital lifestyle products of 2008.This is the eighth in our series of top products of 2008:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008Top 10 International Products of 2008Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2008Top 10 RSS and Syndication Products of 2008Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2008Top 10 Enterprise Web Products of 2008Top 10 Real World Web Apps of 20081. The App Store The real upgrade to the iPhone this year wasn’t the iPhone 3G but the accompanying App Store. Launched just five months ago, the store now offers over 10,000 third-party apps, and Apple has seen over 300 million downloads. Part of that success can be attributed to the way in which the iPhone as a platform has galvanized developers; a second major factor is the simplicity of the App Store itself. As a result, lots of our other favorite digital lifestyle-related products and services wound up on the iPhone and iPod Touch, such as Pandora and Last.fm (digital music), Joost (Internet TV), Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter (social web), as well as location-based services, games, remotes (VLC Player and Sonos), and much, much more.See also: The real surprise of the App Store isn’t number of downloads or revenue2. Netflix When Netflix starting talking up plans to deliver its online streaming service, Watch Instantly, to “Internet-connected high-definition DVD players, Internet-connected game consoles, and dedicated Internet set-top boxes,” we were a little skeptical, especially of the time frame. However, the company really delivered in 2008: Netflix streaming is now available on TiVo, the XBox 360, Internet-connected DVD players from LG and Samsung, along with the Roku Netflix Player set-top box.3. AndroidOur initial review of the first Google phone, T-Mobile’s G1, was mixed, but the Android OS had us pretty excited. “Without a doubt, the Android operating system is spectacular,” last100’s Daniel Langendorf wrote at the time. “It’s fast, with little or no lag time. It’s responsive, fun to use, and full of promise.” A few months on and we’re still impressed. In particular, Android’s mobile web browser is the best post-iPhone one yet. And likewise, the Android Market does a great job of copying the iPhone’s App Store. Of course, the best thing about Android is that it’s open source; as a result, we’ll see it powering numerous new smartphones next year, along with other hardware, such as set-top boxes, MIDs, and GPS devices.4. Nokia E71 In our extensive review, we described Nokia’s E71 as our favorite smartphone yet. So, admittedly, this one is a very personal choice. The E71 is roughly the same size as the iPhone but has a completely different form-factor, omitting touch for a more traditional user interface and with enough room to pack in a compact but very usable QWERTY keyboard. Other pluses are the device’s overall responsiveness, bundled applications, and a number of welcome improvements to the S60 line’s user interface, along with decent web browsing and media playback, superb call quality, and extremely good battery life.5. Hulu Although online video site Hulu was available in private beta in 2007, it didn’t launch publicly until March of this year. Our initial verdict was mixed, but since then the Fox and NBC joint venture has become the third biggest video destination in the U.S., according to Nielsen. Perhaps a testament to that success, a number of device makers have released set-top boxes marketed on their ability to put Hulu content on the TV, such as ZeeVee’s recently announced PC-to-TV solution, the ZvBox, and the Neuros LINK. Now, if only Hulu would release an iPhone app or, like Netflix, form official partnerships with consumer electronics companies.6. BBC iPlayer Hulu could certainly learn a thing or two from the iPlayer, the BBC’s TV catch-up service (UK only). Since its controversial Windows launch, when the public broadcaster was accused of getting too close to Microsoft, the iPlayer has added streaming for the Mac and Linux, a version for the iPhone and iPod Touch, numerous other portable media players, and support for the latest phones running Windows Mobile. There’s also an iPlayer application for select Nokia phones and a browser-based version optimized for the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.7. PlayStation 3 Sony’s PlayStation 3 wasn’t launched in 2008, but it certainly came of age this year. The company has always pitched the PS3 as a device that goes far beyond gaming. Instead, like Microsoft’s XBox 360, it’s designed to be a trojan horse in the living room, delivering a range of non-gaming content and services through the television. On that front, Sony made significant progress in 2008 by winning the next-generation format war with Blu-ray, adding DVR functionality in the UK with PlayTV, launching a video download store in the U.S., adding support for DivX video, and, finally, rolling out its own virtual world called Home.8. Songbird After being in development for two years, the open-source desktop music player Songbird reached its 1.0 release this month. What sets Songbird apart from the likes of iTunes is the array of available plug-ins that extend the app’s functionality. For example, mashTape, one of six default add-ons, let’s you delve into artist info, discography, links, and news and scroll through Flickr photos and YouTube videos. Other add-on services that ship with the player out of the box are Last.fm, Concerts, and SHOUTcast radio. With these installed, you can sync your tracks to Last.fm’s online service, check out upcoming concerts in the area, and stream music over the Internet using the player. As of publication, there are over 70 plug-ins available for Songbird.See also: ReadWriteWeb’s full Songbird review.9. Wii Fit Nintendo has long contended that “everyone’s a gamer,” and now the console giant wants everyone to get fit. Announced last year but released in 2008, the Wii Fit aims to improve the health of family members through the kind of active play first seen in Wii Sports. The “game” comes with a balance board that assists with aerobic, toning, and balancing activities. A neat feature is that household members can review each other’s progress on a new Wii channel.10. The Netbook This isn’t an individual product but a whole new product category that has really taken off in 2008. Initially targeted to the education market and those wanting a third machine, netbooks are resonating with a much broader market — and not just because of their lower price point compared to more traditional, higher spec’ed sub-notebooks. Despite years of industry propaganda, consumers are wising up to the fact that they don’t have to step on the processor upgrade treadmill. Instead, in an age when more and more of our applications and data reside in the cloud (on remote servers, rather than local computers), a machine with Internet connectivity and powerful enough to run a modern web browser (a netbook, in other words) is often all we need. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting steve ohear last100 editor 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more