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O’Neills Sportswear to open new flagship store in Derry

first_img Previous articleDebate to take place on future relations between EU and UK after BrexitNext articleAll non-urgent surgeries cancelled by HSE News Highland Twitter O’Neills Sportswear to open new flagship store in Derry Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By News Highland – March 13, 2018 Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp O’Neills Sportswear is set to open a new flagship store in Derry later this year.The store will open this summer at the former SuperValu site in Waterloo Place with the creation of 40 jobs.The news follows a major job announcement in Strabane and the creation of the new branch in Craigavon.West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says the expansion of the Strabane based company has to be commended:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/mccrossan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Announce 3rd-Annual Concert Vacation In Riviera Maya, Mexico

first_imgFrom February 15th to 17th, 2019, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will return to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their third-annual, all-inclusive concert vacation in partnership with CID Presents. Slated for Presidents’ Day weekend (February 15th–17th), the duo will perform three beachside concerts across the weekend, with additional artists for the lineup to be announced in the coming months. In 2018, for their second-annual destination event, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds were joined by Brandi Carlile, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and Joseph.Watch Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Play “Typical Situation” On The Beach In Mexico [Pro-Shot]Per the event’s official announcement,This serene Caribbean getaway, designed in partnership with CID Presents, will offer guests a fully curated experience: exclusive access to three nights of beachside performances, all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport and 24-hour concierge service. Guests can choose from six tropical resorts including the concert’s host resort, The Barcelo Maya and Palace. Additional resorts include The Hard Rock Hotel, Secrets Akumal, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, and Rosewood Mayakoba. Daily on-site activities and optional off-site adventures like healing and wellness retreats, golf outings, Chichen Itza tours, snorkeling, zip-lining, ATV tours, day trips to Tulum and more will be offered to guests.An online presale for Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds upcoming concert getaway in Riviera Maya 2019 will begin on Tuesday, September 18th, at 1 p.m. (ET) for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association here. Citi cardmembers and Alumni guests will also have access to a special pre-sale, with their presale beginning on Thursday, September 20th, at 1 p.m. (ET) until Friday, September 21st, at 1 p.m. (ET) here. The concert vacation’s general public on sale will begin on Friday, September 21st, at 1 p.m. (ET). For more information and complete details, including payment plan details, head to www.daveandtimrivieramaya.com.last_img read more

Student-created sOccket scores a Breakthrough Award

first_imgThe student-created sOccket was among the winners of Popular Mechanics sixth annual Breakthrough Awards, which recognizes the innovators and products poised to change the world in the fields of technology, medicine, aviation, environmental engineering, and more.“From soccer balls that generate light to cell phones that diagnose medical conditions, our diverse, inspired winners are making the seemingly impossible a reality,” says James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics. “The 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award honorees are the people and products leading the way into the future, and we’re thrilled to recognize their advances.”Jessica Lin ’09, Jessica O. Matthews ’10, Julia Silverman ’10, and Hemali Thakkara ’11 created the eco-friendly ball when they all were undergraduates at Harvard College.After just 15 minutes of play, their soccer ball can provide families in sub-Saharan Africa — where less than 25 percent of the population has access to reliable electricity — with 3 hours of LED light, a clean alternative to kerosene lamps.Field-tested in South Africa during the World Cup, sOccket has an imbedded DC jack and weighs only 5 ounces more than a FIFA-regulated ball. A future model should hold enough juice to charge a cellphone.The creation of the innovative ball, which uses an inductive coil mechanism to generate energy, was thanks in part to a novel Engineering Sciences course, ES 147, “Idea Translation.”The course, taught by David Edwards, professor of the practice of biomedical engineering and a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, is affiliated with the Laboratory “The Lab” at Harvard.A three-year experiment, The Lab is principally an exhibition and meeting space for student idea development within and between the arts and sciences, and serves as a forum for interfaculty and public creative expression and dialog.The sOccket team and other honorees will be celebrated at a ceremony at Hearst Tower in New York City on the evening of October 5. The exclusive sponsors of this year’s event are Cub Cadet and DigiKey.last_img read more

Chelsfield and Canary: a tale of two takeovers

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EPL: Kane, Son Rip Everton Apart in Eight-goal Thriller

first_imgTottenham Hotspur showed why manager Mauricio Pochettino is a wanted man by thrashing Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park yesterday to close to within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.Spurs have had to cope with the unwanted attention of Pochettino being linked with the Manchester United job following Jose Mourinho’s sacking this week.But they showed no signs of being distracted as they roared back from a goal down thanks to doubles from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen also on target. Everton led against the run of play through Theo Walcott and even former Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike to reduce the hosts’ deficit to 4-2 early in the second half couldn’t spark a revival.Fatigue may yet still derail Tottenham’s bid to win a first trophy under Pochettino with Spurs still involved in four competitions.But with Liverpool facing Arsenal and Manchester City in a top of the table clash in their next three games over the festive period, Tottenham have the opportunity to haul themselves into a three-way title race if they maintain the standards set at Goodison.Kane had chipped into the side-netting and Jordan Pickford produced a fine save to deny England teammate Kieran Trippier in the early stages.But it was Everton who struck first in a wildly open contest when Walcott stabbed home at the near post from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross.Marco Silva’s men could even have been 2-0 up had Calvert-Lewin not been penalised for a push on Davinson Sanchez when heading home moments later.But Spurs looked as if they could score with almost every attack and were soon on level terms with the aid of a Pickford error.The England No 1 rushed from his goal but only succeeded in getting in the way of his own defender Kurt Zouma and Son took advantage with a wonderful finish from a narrow angle.Once back on level terms, Spurs were relentless as Pickford denied Son a second but Alli charged into the box to sweep home the rebound to turn the game around.Kane is now just one goal behind Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the race for the Premier League golden boot and showed his predatory instincts to side-foot into an empty net after Trippier’s fine free-kick came back off the post three minutes before halftime.Both teams face the least rest time of any Premier League side over the festive period with another three games to come between now and New Year’s Day.However, there was no let up in the pace of the game after the break as Eriksen produced a technically perfect controlled volley from the edge of the box to make it 4-1.Three minutes later Everton’s deficit was back to two as Sigurdsson dribbled across the whole Tottenham defence before firing back across Hugo Lloris.Yet, any hope of a fight-back was extinguished just after the hour mark when Son’s fine control cushioned Erik Lamela’s pass before he finished through the legs of Pickford.It was announced this week that the South Korean will go to the Asian Cup in January despite already representing his country at the World Cup and Asian Games this year.And Son showed why he will be missed by his club in January once more with an inch-perfect cross for Kane to slide in for his second of the afternoon 16 minutes from time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ghana Rugby family revisits its Code of Conduct

first_imgAll rugby stakeholders in Ghana have been asked to revisit the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Code of Conduct at the beginning of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC).According to Mr. Abdul-Aziz Issah, GRFU Board Member and Secretary General, revisiting the Code of Conduct is a scheduled annual event on the GRFU agenda.“Revisiting the Code of Conduct periodically is important to give all rugby stakeholders a time to reflect on their actions and behaviour in the past year and to again reinforce acceptable and not acceptable actions and behaviour,” he said.The Ghana Rugby Code of Conduct is derived from World Rugby Article 20 that deals with issues of misconduct and the Code of Conduct.The Code of Conduct explained its objective: “GRFU is dedicated to making the game safer for all, to uphold and revive the true spirit of rugby, to grow the game, and to improve the image of rugby union in the public’s eye. This Code of Conduct therefore seeks to establish acceptable standards of performance and behaviour for the game of rugby, both on and off the field.The Code of Conduct covers performance and behaviour of players on the field as well as performance and behaviour of other stakeholder such as coaches, referees and administrators off the field.” Mr. Steve Noi, GRFU Board Member and GRCC Tournament Commissioner, emphasized that Code of Conduct is not just another piece of paper that forms part of the red tape but that a practical and “live” guideline on how rugby stakeholder should and should not act and behave.The President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, said that rugby is a value based sport guided by values such as integrity, passion, teamwork, discipline and respect.“When rugby stakeholders lose sight of these values the appeal of the game of rugby to those who cherish these values as well as the appeal of rugby to the general public can easily vanish and destroy the game,” he said.Transgression of the Code of Conduct may be met with serious sanctions may include suspensions for prolonged periods of time or even for life.Mr. Mensah said that those who knowingly or maliciously bring the game of rugby in disrepute must face the consequences of their actions or behaviour, he said. The full content of the GRFU Code of Conduct is as follows.GRFU Code of ConductThe GRFU Code of Conduct seeks to address the following issues regarding rugby in Ghana:• Discipline on the field• Foul play • Violence and uncouth practices such as:º Eye gougingº Bitingº Scratchingº Ripping of nostrils º Kneeingº Punching• The referee’s role in controlling the game• Referee abuse• Respect for the opposition • Crowd/spectator management• The Spirit of the Game• Professionalism• Honesty• Integrity • Match fixing• Doping practices• Racial/religious vilification• Any behaviour that would be harmful to the game of rugbyThe Code of Conduct seeks to establish a minimum acceptable standard of performance on the field, and behaviour of all involved in the game, to ensure that:• The game is played in the true spirit of rugby, where fair play, discipline and mutual respect dominates• That all involved in the game behave respectfully and appropriately towards each other on and alongside the fieldThe Code of Conduct also seeks to avoid and prevent any rugby-related conduct that may bring the game into disrepute, and influence public opinion negatively regarding:• The honesty and orderly conduct of all participants in the game including players, coaches, management, medical staff, and officials• The integrity and good character of all participants in the game, including spectators1. Interpretationa) Definitions In this Code of Conduct:GRFU means the Ghana Rugby Football Union;Bookmaker means a person or organisation that makes a living by the receiving, negotiating and/or settling of bets;Competition means any form of playing the game that involves a Rugby Body or rugby structure. Competition can take the form of a trial match, a pre-season friendly match, a match against a touring side from another school, club, union or country, or a match forming part of any structured or formalised league or tournament;Laws of the game means the official Laws of the Game as stipulated and accepted by World Rugby at the time;Member union means a provincial union that forms part of, or is affiliated as a subsidiary to, the GRFU;Officer means any official who forms part of, or represents, a recognised Rugby Body in either a management or administrative capacity;Participant means any player, referee, assistant referee or any other match official, selector, coach, medical person (medical doctor, physiotherapist, biokineticist, emergency service provider, rugby medic, first aid), trainer, manager, or any other individual involved in the organisation, administration or promotion of Rugby;Rugby body means the GRFU, any Member Union or Affiliated Union of the GRFU, or any school, club or other body in membership with, or affiliated to, the Member Union or Affiliated Union;Rugby-related conduct includes any form of behaviour that may irrefutably damage the game of Rugby, or may negatively influence the public’s attitude towards, or support for, the game and/or its participants. This includes, but is not limited to, the integrity, good character and conduct of all participants during travel to and from games, tours, during any tours, at Rugby functions and promotional events, as well as any other conduct where a participant is involved in activities associated with the GRFU or any of its sponsors;b) Interpretationa. Any words in this Code of Conduct that make reference to the singular form include the plural and vice versab. Any reference to a specific gender is inclusive of all genders; andc. Any reference to a paragraph is a reference to either a paragraph or subparagraph within this Policy2. Object of this Code of ConductGRFU is dedicated to making the game safer for all, to uphold and revive the true spirit of rugby, to grow the game, and to improve the image of rugby union in the public’s eye. This Code of Conduct therefore seeks to establish acceptable standards of performance and behaviour for the game of rugby, both on and off the field.This is to ensure that rugby is played in good spirit, in a disciplined and fair manner, and without any malice.The Code of Conduct also seeks to prevent any act or behaviour that might damage the game of rugby and/or bring the game into disrepute. It additionally guarantees accountability and liability of all signed parties to honour the stipulations as set out in this Code of Conduct.3. Code of ConductAll participants in the game of rugby are contractually bound by signing this Code of Conduct:a) To behave and conduct themselves within the laws of the game, whether as a player, coach, referee, manager, or any other official that may be involved in the game in any capacity whatsoever;b) To comply with and implement the GRFU National Rugby Safety Program directives for all participants of the game;c) To acknowledge that foul play, as well as any form of violent act, whether unintentional or malicious, will not be tolerated and is a punishable offence. Foul play includes, but is not limited to:a. Eye gougingb. Bitingc. Scratchingd. Ripping of nostrilse. Punching a player(s)f. Kicking a player(s)g. Kneeing a player(s)h. Stomping on a player(s)i. Illegal tacklesd) To discourage and openly condemn any acts of foul play and violence associated with the game, both on and off the rugby field;e) To duly respect and act in such a way as to not intentionally offend, intimidate or insult any rugby participants both on and off the field, regardless of but not limited to:a. Ethnicityb. Colourc. Religious orientationd. Sexual orientatione. Physical or mental impedimentsf) To ensure that appropriate measures are in place at home games to manage effective crowd control, and to discourage and openly condemn any negative, intimidatory or abusive crowd/spectator behaviour directed towards any participants of the game;g) To encourage and reinforce respect for the culture, ethos and spirit of rugby in all participants of the game, with regard to but not limited to the following:a. Professionalismb. Honestyc. Integrityd. Sportsmanshipe. Self-respectf. Dignityg. Fair playh. Camaraderieh) To acknowledge that the referee is in sole charge of any game, and:a. To refrain from abusing, threatening or intimidating the referee, assistant referees or any match officials involved in the game;b. To accept that the referee’s decision is final;c. To avoid any obvious acts of dissent, displeasure or disapproval directed towards any referee, assistant referees, or any match officials during and/or after the game;d. To acknowledge that any person who abuses the referee as part of the match or fixture, whether a parent, spectator, administrator or coach, can be reported to the relevant rugby union and placed into the judicial system.i) As a referee, assistant referee or match official of the game, to ensure that:a. Player safety is paramount at all times;b. Players from both teams are controlled and managed effectively, within the laws of the game;c. Any forms of illegal tactics, foul play or violent acts are dealt with immediately and appropriately;d. No favouritism will be shown towards any team, regardless of any intimidatory tactics that may be applied by a partisan crowd or group of spectators.j) To condemn, and not participate in, any activities including but not limited to any the following:a. Illegal betting;b. Match fixing;c. Providing any information to bookmakers about match- or participant-related activities that you may be involved in, or connected to, in any capacity;d. Accepting any bribes or financial benefits resulting from these illegal practices.k) To positively promote the game of rugby at all times, and to avoid bringing the game into disrepute;l) To not engage in any illegal Doping Practice as defined in the World Rugby’s Anti-Doping By-Law Regulation 21.m) To not behave in any manner, or engage in any activity either on or off the field, that would damage public confidence in the honesty, integrity or good character of any participants involved in rugby;n) To refrain from any behaviour that discredits the game, the GRFU, any Member Union or Affiliated Union of the GRFU or any squad, team, competition, tournament or sponsor. Such behaviour includes, but is not limited to, any illegal act or any act of dishonesty or fraud.4. Officers of a Rugby BodyAn officer must, in relation to the Rugby Body of which he is an official:a) Always act in the best interests of the Rugby Body;b) Should never place his personal interests, or those of any other person, above the interests of the Rugby Body;c) Should always act in an ethical and honest manner; Code of Conductd) Should not disclose to any outside person(s) any confidential information regarding, but not limited to, the internal governance or internal deliberations associated with the involved Rugby Body, for personal gain.5. Duty to ComplyEach Member Union and/or each Affiliated Union to the Member Union and/or the GRFU Rugby is obliged to comply with this Code of Conduct. They must also ensure that any rugby-playing school, club or other body in membership with, or associated to, the Member Union or Affiliated Union, complies with this Code of Conduct.6. World Rugby Regulation 20 – Misconduct & Code of ConductThis GRFU Code of Conduct does not replace World Rugby Regulation 20 – Misconduct & Code of Conduct and must be read in conjunction with World Rugby Regulation 20.last_img read more

Gas prices rise and fall over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend

first_img“Americans are having significant difficulty of their own,” he said. “That has meant, with all the refineries in the United States, especially in the US Midwest. The scarcity, if you will, of gasoline in that market has meant we are scrambling here in Canada.”The two Petro-Can stations, which introduced the last price drop in the city by the end of last week, were out in front of a new price hike, posting a four cent increase, to 127.9. Local area motorists appeared to dodge another gasoline pump price increase over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.According to the Thanksgiving Day Gas Buddy monitor, it’s currently a very curious scramble in the BC Peace, with a price differential of 20 cents per litre.The Survey had the low end price in Dawson Creek, at a 111.9 per litre, 12 cents less than common price in Fort St. John, with the Petro-Can stations back on board at 123.9, but that was eight cents less than the Chetywnd post, of dollar 31.9.- Advertisement -“It does speak to the fact that there’s a shortage of gasoline, it does speak to the fact that we’re not producing enough to meet our domestic needs,” said Dan McTeague, the lead market place analyst for GasBuddy.“It also really reflects on the fact that American Demand, as well as Canadian demand to a lesser extent, continues to be high.”The four Atlantic Provinces and Ontario posted the lowest average prices. On the other hand, Alberta at 110.4 and British Columbia at 114.8 have the highest provincial averages and McTeague continues to insist this was highly predictable.Advertisementlast_img read more

Three new flood relief projects announced for Donegal

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has announced additional new flood relief works for Donegal.The MInister said the Government is conscious of the concerns over flooding and as a result three new flood relief schemes are being planned for Donegal.He said “I joined Minister Kevin Boxer Moran in Donegal County Council offices in Lifford this morning to discuss plans that are underway on seven schemes and to announce three additional projects – Ballybofey/Stranorlar; Ramelton, where the Lennon river burst its bank in 2014 and caused unprecedented flooding; and Buncrana/Ludden, which was inundated in the devastating Inishowen floods of 2017. “I would like to thank Minister Moran for taking the time to come to Donegal to see people in the county, to talk to councillors and to explain where we are with the schemes already announced and to outline the additional commitments.“The three new projects will help to alleviate flood risks for more than 120 properties.”The Office of Public Works has sanctioned about €1.9m for the new scheme in Ballybofey/Stranorlar scheme; €3.3m in Buncrana and Ludden; and €6.8m in Ramelton.The visit coincides with Donegal County Council issuing adverts for consultants for the schemes in Burnfoot, Castlefin, Glenties, Downings and Kerrykeel. Consultants have already been appointed for Lifford. In Raphoe a preferred scheme to benefit more than 200 properties will be on public exhibition early next year. Minster McHugh added: “The response from the County Council staff and fire service staff and all the local people who came to the help people in Donegal Town last month was tremendous.“I am glad to see the OPW is able to support the council’s plans for minor works to alleviate future risks.“The plan for Donegal Town is to improve flows on the Eske along with flood prevention measures with replacement of a culvert at Brookfield, improving storm pipes, work on walls along Castle Street and putting in a water rail in the vicinity of Clarendon Drive.“Some clearance work is also being considered on a stretch of the river while further analysis will be done on the estuary.”The funding for the schemes, including the three new projects, is sanctioned through the OPW. Other Minor Works in Currindale, Termon have also been incorporated into the programme. Minister Moran said: “I fully understand the stress that the threat of flooding causes and the frustration that people feel at delays in delivering measures to protect their properties. What I am announcing today shows that every effort is being made by me, the Government and Donegal County Council to progress the projects in Donegal in the quickest possible timeframe.”Three new flood relief projects announced for Donegal was last modified: November 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFLOODINGMinister Joe McHughnew projectslast_img read more

Photo library: People 3

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Revellers at theJohannesburg Carnival inthe city centre.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Supporters of the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The first dayof school.Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

HP To Adopt Android For Upcoming Mobile Devices

first_imgTags:#Android#Google#Hewlett-Packard#HP The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures — by adopting Google’s Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices.It’s a bit of a Hail Mary pass for HP, which has fallen years behind its rivals in the mobile space. It’s also a big win for Google, which adds another powerful partner to the Android ecosystem.HP’s first Android device will be a high-end tablet that is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chip, and it could be announced soon, according to two sources familiar with the matter (the sources spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not authorized to discuss unreleased products).The tablet has been in the works since before Thanksgiving and sources say it could be one of the first tablets to ship with the Tegra 4. NVIDIA’s latest mobile chip was just announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January and it features some impressive specs, but we have not seen many devices adopt it yet. NVIDIA’s own Project Shield gaming system is slated to debut Tegra 4 in the second quarter of 2013, while partners Toshiba and VIZIO are also reported to be working on Tegra 4 tablets.Sources also say that HP is currently exploring the launch of an Android-powered smartphone, but recent comments from CEO Meg Whitman indicate HP will not offer a mobile phone this year.HP declined to comment on its plans, but the news of such a tablet shouldn’t come as a big surprise. HP has been toying with Android devices since 2010, and some might remember the mysterious TouchPads that shipped with Android installed instead of webOS. Most recently, HP has teamed up with Google and released its own Chromebook.HP Plays Mobile Catch-UpThe move to Android could help HP regain ground in mobile computing, where so far it has lagged behind Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and many others.Over the last couple of years HP’s mobile scorecard has been a disaster. In 2010 the company spent $1.2 billion to acquire Palm and announced it would double down on webOS after Palm’s smartphones had failed to catch on with consumers. But the resulting products were massive failures and HP decided to stop making mobile devices and went on to open source webOS.HP recently regained the top spot in the PC market by leapfrogging Lenovo, according to research firm Canalys. However, HP leads the PC market only when tablets are taken out of the equation. If tablets are counted as PCs, Apple jumps to first with 27 million units shipped in Q4 2012 and HP falls to second place with just 15 million PCs shipped.At first glance adopting Android looks like yet another desperation move from a lumbering giant that can’t seem to figure out the new mobile erane. HP has no choice but to figure out something here. The truth is, PCs are over, and the future is all about mobile.A Big Win For GoogleIt’s unclear how many mobile OSes HP will support going forward, but the news that it is going down the Android path is a significant win for Google. Android has been slowly evolving towards the desktop PC market, and HP could be the partner that helps Google turn the corner in that area.“HP supporting Android at this point in time is deeply strategic,” said Ben Bajarin, Principal analyst covering consumer market intelligence and trends for Creative Strategies, Inc. “As any vendor who has history in the PC industry knows, it can be rough when you are completely dependent on only one OS platform provider.”“It worked out well during the PC growth period because Windows was the standard computing platform. That is no longer the case when it comes to mobile computing where Android is the leading licensable mobile OS platform,” said Bajarin. “The reality is that if HP, or any vendor for that matter, wants to have a relevant tablet / mobile strategy, it has to include Android.”Most of the traditional PC OEMs have already experimented with Android tablets, though several have trimmed their roadmaps after discovering there’s no money to be made in the low-end of the market. HP will face the tough challenge of releasing just another Android tablet, so it will be interesting to see what kinds of software and services the company will provide to help differentiate them from the competition.HP is holding private meetings during the Mobile World Congress in Barcleona, Spain, later this month, and it might show off the new Android tablet there behind closed doors. But we were told not to expect an official announcement until after the show. Look for more details in the coming weeks.Meg Whitman image courtesy of drserg / Shutterstock.com.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement taylor wimberly Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more