By Mitch PhillipsSebastian Coe is stepping down from his ambassadorial role with Nike, the IAAF president said on Thursday.Coe, who leads the ruling body of world athletics, has worked as a paid ambassador for the sportswear firm but faced repeated questions about a potential conflict of interest.An internal Nike email leaked this week appeared to show him supporting the bid of Eugene, the US city with close links to the company, to host the 2021 world athletics championships.Coe also announced that CSM, the sports marketing firm he heads, will not tender for any contracts that might lead to allegations of a conflict of interest.The Briton also said he was stepping down as chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) after next year’s Rio Games.“I have sought advice from the IAAF’s Ethics Committee to review my interests and was told I could retain my positions in Nike and CSM as long as I do not seek to influence any decisions that could influence them,” Coe said at a news conference following an IAAF Council meeting.“I’m grateful for that advice but it is clear that perception and reality have become horribly mangled.“I’ve made the following decisions: I’ve stepped down from my ambassadorial role with Nike which lasted 38 years. The current noise level around it is not good for Nike or the IAAF and is a distraction.”Coe’s relationship with Nike was thrust deeper under the spotlight this week when he faced fresh allegations about his involvement in the controversial award of the 2021 world championships to Eugene.In April this year the hosting rights were surprisingly awarded without a bidding process, much to the surprise of the Swedish city of Gothenburg that was in the process of preparing to present its own case.The then-president of the IAAF (the International Association of Athletics Federations), Lamine Diack, supported the idea to give Eugene hosting rights.But in the light of the 82-year-old being investigated by French authorities over a doping corruption scandal, many observers questioned the validity and transparency of the decision.On Tuesday the BBC published internal emails it said it obtained from Nike that suggested Coe gave support to the US city’s bid.The emails raised questions about whether there was a conflict of interests in Coe, who succeeded Diack as IAAF chief in August, supporting Eugene’s bid given his links to Nike.
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson, right, battles for a rebound against Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine, left, and guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. The Bulls won 99-93. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just might be at their lowest point since the King came home three years ago. Either way, they’ll have to do better than this if they’re going to be crowned again.Nikola Mirotic tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cavaliers 99-93 Thursday on a night when James moved into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home James entered needing 23 points to tie O’Neal and matched him when he scored on a layup with 7:29 left in the game. He took sole possession of seventh place when he hit one of three free throws to make it 90-83 with 4:28 remaining.But it was not an easy night for the Cavaliers.Kevin Love fouled out with eight points and 10 rebounds when he got whistled on a basket by Butler moments after James tied O’Neal.Rondo was able to get into the paint, particularly in the third quarter. That didn’t hurt Butler or Mirotic, who was connecting all game.“I definitely want to get back into the playoffs, and these young guys haven’t experienced it,” Rondo said. “I’m trying to push every day to find a way to get in. We can’t worry about other teams winning and losing. We need to go out every night and win these next seven to put ourselves in a position to get in.”Mirotic became the first Bulls player to hit six or more 3-pointers in back-to-back games. He is averaging 24.8 points over his past four games and has 20 3s in that span.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rubio scores career-high as Wolves beat Lakers ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments James passed Shaquille O’Neal, finishing with 26 points. That gave him 28,599 for his career – three more than O’Neal. But the big night by the four-time MVP couldn’t prevent the Cavaliers from matching a season high with their third straight loss.That dropped the defending champions a half-game behind Boston for the Eastern Conference lead and left them with a 6-10 record in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Just in a bad spot right now,” said James, who had 10 rebounds and eight assists. “I’m not disappointed with the effort. Just in a bad spot. We need to figure it out.”For Mirotic, it was his second straight game with 28 points and six 3s. He also had 10 rebounds, finishing a strong March. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards “I feel it’s my time now. It’s never too late,” he said. “It’s a very important moment for the team.”Rajon Rondo added 15 assists, Robin Lopez had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and the ninth-place Bulls moved within a game of Miami and Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.They also finished 4-0 against Cleveland to complete their first sweep of the Cavaliers since they took all three games during the 2011-12 season.Kyrie Irving scored 20 for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson added 15 points and nine rebounds. But the Bulls dominated Cleveland 37-21 in the third quarter to wipe out a nine-point halftime lead and hung on down the stretch.“We won’t be perfect in one day,” Irving said. “But it’s no time to hold your head, I’ll tell you that. … We’re gonna be just fine. It’s ugly right now. It’s real, real ugly.”ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties
Just a few days ago, the People’s National Congress (PNC) held a rally in Linden in observance of its 62nd anniversary. The occasion, which was seen as a launch of its campaign as an election approaches, saw the presence of West Indies cricket giant Chris Gayle. That raised questions as to his possible support or endorsement of the PNC, and by extension, the APNU/AFC coalition.From the images, those in attendance were clearly overjoyed at being able to interact with one of the world’s most famous cricketers. Not many would want to pass on such an opportunity, having been informed of his intended presence.The specifics of that is unclear. However, to mobilise and energise the party’s base for that political event in the mining town, one could speculate that there may be more than just informing of Gayle merely gracing the occasion.The APNU/AFC coalition government has become very unpopular, even among its strongholds in various parts of the country. That’s by its own doing having failed to deliver on any of its promises since taking office in May 2015. Its boast of providing a good life for all Guyanese remains just that: a boast. During that time, it gave itself a hefty raise in salary and unleashed some two hundred new taxes on the ordinary citizens.Under its watch, cost of living skyrocketed, making it extremely difficult for many Guyanese to adequately provide for their families. As the citizenry struggles to cope with soaring prices, increasing crime and unreliable electricity supply, the Government seems engrossed with extravagance at the expense of the now burdened taxpayers.The extravagance seems pervasive from travel, dietary, outreaches, security, regional and national events. Many stories have been written about this and concerns have been raised over the depletion of foreign reserves, allegedly used to sustain Government’s increased spending. With over twenty-five Ministers in the Government, the extravagance therein, is difficult to miss.With a focus other than trying to improve the lives of all Guyanese and to move the country along a development trajectory as was the hallmark under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, the APNU/AFC Government seems more concerned about itself. This, which is evident from the massive pay hike it took and benefits allegedly derived from wanton corruption, has cause much discontent among Guyanese, including its supporters.Having confined itself to offices and having been broadsided by the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), APNU/AFC rushed and implemented outreach programmes, suddenly under the guise of bringing Government to the people. They were poorly attended despite the lure of promises and service provision. Even meetings within strongholds have not met the desired outcome.It is within that context Gayle’s presence in Linden would have to be examined. Is it, cognisant of being unable to attract good crowds, APNU/AFC saw Gayle’s presence as an impetus to improve attendance? Just before that, Gayle visited the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, interacted with students and teachers and made a donation. The excitement on the faces of those he met there speaks to how revered he is and the positive impact he has, especially on young minds.From all reports, this is what he does in his homeland in Jamaica and other places he visits. It is most commendable and probably expected. Is it, cognisant of Gayle’s humane gesture, the APNU/AFC saw an opportunity to cash in with the sole intention to maximise participation given the ongoing discontent?It seems a fair question, especially since Gayle is not seen as a political figure, and that the Leader of the PNC, President David Granger, was booed by his own supporters in the past in Linden.With his presence giving rise to the belief of support or endorsement, Gayle may have taken some flack. He was quick to release a statement pointing out that he didn’t endorse or support any individual or political party while in Guyana. He said he was invited to Linden to participate in a community outreach, which is an opportunity he relishes as a sports personality. He also pointed out that he decided to go to Linden since it’s one of the places he never went to in Guyana.That raises the question: what exactly was the supporters of APNU/AFC told with regard to Gayle’s Linden visit? Were they given the impression that his appearance could be seen as an endorsement? Whatever the answer, one can be led to believe that APNU/AFC capitaliszed on Gayle’s passion for community outreaches and deliberately scheduled it to coincide with the rally.It can also be asked if there was an element of misinformation on the part of APNU/AFC in enticing supporters through Gayle’s presence. Misinformation is not alien to the coalition. It’s because of that, it challenged the validity of the NCM. The current political stalemate has its genesis in that challenge.Despite evidence to the contrary, APNU/AFC continues to peddle misinformation on its adherence to the Constitution and the provision of the good life to all. A valid question would therefore be: was Gayle, who should have known better, deliberately misinformed?
Marie Fleming and husband Tom. Marie passed away in DecemberRIGHT to die campaigner Marie Fleming has left behind a remarkable book about her early life in Donegal – and how her mother left her family for a Fianna Fail Senator.Ms Fleming, originally from Lifford, passed away in December. She had been suffering from MS.She penned an incredible biography in her final years, which is being serialised in the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent. In the first extracts from An Act of Love published on Saturday Ms Fleming had written about how her mother left her, her four siblings and her dad Danny Brolly in 1969 to have an affair with Donegal Senator Patrick McGowan.The affair became a national scandal in 1970 when Mr Brolly took a civil case against father of eight and hotelier Senator McGowan.Ms Fleming recounts the court case and how her father won IR£3,800 in damages when the case was settled out of court.Her father had accused McGowan of “debaucing and carnally knowing” his wife, “unlawfully procuring” Mrs Brolly in Lifford, Dungloe, Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Sligo and Dublin. The story was front page news at the time.Ms Fleming recounts how their mother left her five children on several occasions, the last time whilst pregnant with Senator McGowan’s baby.The series continues in today’s Sunday Independent. MARIE FLEMING’S ASTONISHING BOOK: HOW MY MUM LEFT US FOR A FIANNA FAIL SENATOR was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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)
LANCASTER – There’s nothing like a pennant race to take some of the edge off the late-summer dog days. The JetHawks are in the last weeks of a season that for most began in early March, and for some in late February. They have been playing amid sweltering conditions in some of the state’s hottest regions, with few days off. But being in the thick of an exciting race has given JetHawks players something to think about other than the bumps and bruises and the cumulative exhaustion of playing a 140-game season. The JetHawks (61-65, 29-27 second half) led the South Division’s second half standings by one-half game going into Monday’s three-game series opener against second-place Lake Elsinore (64-61, 28-27). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Third-place Inland Empire (66-59, 27-28) trailed by just 1 games. The top four teams in the South are separated by just three games, and the entire division by just five games. In the wild-card race, which is based on overall records, Lancaster trails High Desert (26-30, 65-61) by four games and Lake Elsinore by 3 games. “Everybody’s tired obviously, but you’ve got something to look forward to in the playoffs that kind of helps you put focus on that instead of the fatigue factor,” JetHawks outfielder Jon Zeringue said. “It gives you a little bit of an extra edge going against teams that might be out of it. They probably just want to go home and we’re looking forward to making the playoffs and hopefully doing well.” The JetHawks have made the playoffs each of the last two seasons and three of the last four years. “Hopefully we can make it,” Zeringue said. “Being in the hunt right now, that’s pretty cool. We’re trying to get deep into the playoffs and get a ring.” Mayobanex is back: Journeyman minor-league infielder Mayobanex Santana is back in Lancaster for his third stint with the JetHawks. Santana, who played for the JetHawks in parts of 2003 and 2004, was being trained as a coach at short-season Yakima (Wash.) when he was assigned to Lancaster as an emergency addition to an injury depleted roster. He was a combined 2 for 6 in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep of the High Desert Mavericks, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs in the first game, a 9-2 victory, and 0 for 3 in a 9-5 win in the second game. Injury update: JetHawks second baseman Emilio Bonifacio is day-to-day with a bruised hand after results of an X-ray revealed no breakage. He suffered in Friday’s 8-6 loss to High Desert, when he was struck by an errant pickoff attempt while diving back to first. & First baseman Cesar Nicolas is day-to-day with a shoulder injury that’s sidelined him most of the last week. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Getty Images – Getty 2 2 SORRY He continued: “If you talk about [Roberto] Martinez, [Mikel] Arteta, [Giovanni] van Bronckhorst they could all go into Newcastle and implement their philosophies and try and play free-flowing football – but that could be an absolute disaster – without the quality of players to play that way.“Newcastle fans might laugh at this suggestion, but he’s currently doing a great job with the England Women’s team and that’s Phil Neville.“Someone who is young and hungry who has the capability that Phil has, is maybe an option they could go down. And speaking on the Jim White Show, the former Liverpool midfielder explained his reasons why he believes Neville – who has led the England Lionesses to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup – is the perfect candidate.He said: “If they’re not going to put in enough money to bring in better players, then you need a manager going in there who is pragmatic like Rafa (Benitez).“Someone who knows how to organise a side defensively and is tactically aware depending on the opposition that given day.“So when you’re looking at this list [of candidates] and what’s next for Newcastle, rather than what’s gone – they simply have to go down that pragmatic approach.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Murphy believes Newcastle must go down the ‘pragmatic approach’ following Rafa Benitez’s departure Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Getty LATEST Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that he believes Newcastle should go down a ‘more pragmatic approach’ when appointing their next manager – throwing Phil Neville’s name into the hat.Geordie fans have been left distraught following Rafa Benitez’s exit from the club last week, with the Spaniard releasing a statement on Monday confirming he wanted to stay at St James’ Park but he and owner Mike Ashley simply ‘did not share the same vision’. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January TROPHY OFF MOST READ IN FOOTBALL deals Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT he believes Phil Neville would be a good option for Newcastle to consider as their next boss Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ “Phil’s a very bright coach, defensive minded in some respects, but he also knows how to play from the back.“He went from a United winning team to an Everton team that was very much pragmatic, and adapted as a player to that.”Listen to Danny Murphy on Newcastle’s search for a new boss in full above
2 update stalemate Getty Images – Getty statement Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 “I didn’t actually hear anything but I just talked to the English press downstairs and I told them that if this is proven to be true, then we have to be ashamed and we have to apologise for it. But, once again, first it has to be proven to be true.”A spokesman for the Bulgarian Football Union confirmed on Friday afternoon that Balakov, who featured for his country in their run to the World Cup semi-finals in 1994, had tendered his resignation.“I am no longer a national team coach and I wish success to the next coach. At the moment, the situation is not rosy,” Balakov said, in quotes reported by sportal.bg.“I’m a professional and I know there are times like this in my life. I will look for my next chance. I will rest now.”It was also reported that the BFU’s executive committee had resigned en masse. Krasimir Balakov has resigned as Bulgaria head coach following their 6-0 defeat to England on Monday.The match was marred by the racist abuse directed towards the England players with the referee stopping play twice.The deplorable events during the game appeared to be lost on Balakov who, in a quite astonishing post-match interview, instead criticised England fans for ‘disrespecting’ the Bulgarian national anthem. Getty Images – Getty Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman targets Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future rookie error on target appointed Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov denied hearing racism during the match Nazi salutes and racist chanting marred England’s thumping 6-0 win in Bulgaria Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Speaking via a translator, he said: “I personally did not hear the chanting that you’re most probably referring to. I saw that the referee stopped the game…“But I also have to say the unacceptable behaviour was not only on behalf of the Bulgaria fans, but also the English fans who were whistling and shouting during the Bulgaria national anthem and during the second half they used words against the Bulgaria fans which I find unacceptable. I was concentrated on the game. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship The president of the BFU also resigned in the wake of the disgusting racist abuse directed at England players.Borislav Mihaylov was urged to step down by Bulgaria’s prime minister, Boyko Borissov, after the shocking scenes in Sofia and the BFU have announced he has now done so.16 people have been arrested following the racist behaviour of the Bulgaria fans.
Defender Dedryck Boyata headed in a second in the 56th minute and the home side ran out comfortable winners, putting pressure on the Dons, who play Inverness on Monday night. Celtic, though, will have a game in hand afterwards and a vastly superior goal difference. Watch highlights of Celtic’s 2-0 win over Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. Leigh Griffiths struck his 30th goal of the season to help Celtic to a win over Ross County at Parkhead and open up a three-point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the table.The Staggies had ended Celtic’s hopes of a treble with a 3-1 League Cup semi-final win at Hampden Park two weeks ago and the pressure on Hoops boss Ronny Deila increased with a 2-1 defeat at Aberdeen days later. A 2-0 win over Lowland League side East Kilbride in the William Hill Scottish Cup last Sunday did little to appease critics of the Norwegian and there was little to heat up the Hoops fans on a bitterly cold day until Griffiths rifled in a drive from 12 yards just before the break.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve, offers incomparable game and bird viewing, and accommodation to suit every taste, within a biodiversity hotspot the size of a small country.The Big Five (and Little Five) Known for spectacular sightings of the famous Big Five (African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and black or white rhino), the Kruger Park offers incomparable game viewing, with about 145 animal species, 110 reptile species, and more than 500 bird species occurring in the area. In addition to the Big Five, all major African big game species are found here, including hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog, numerous antelope species – including rare antelope such as Tsessebe, Sable and Roan – and large carnivores including cheetah and spotted hyena. It is one of the few remaining viable habitats for the African wild dog, the continent’s most endangered predator. For those who enjoy a challenge, the area is also home to the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork).Biodiversity hotspot Kruger National Park is divided into six ecosystems: baobab sandveld, mopane scrub, lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, mixed acacia thicket, combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland on granite, and riverine forest. Altogether it has 1 982 species of plants, including the baobab, kiaat tree, fever tree, knobthorn, marula and mopane trees. First established in 1898, the Kruger Park is now also part of the 35 000km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The Kruger is also part of the Kruger to Canyons biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation under its Man and Biosphere programme. Biosphere reserves are recognised internationally as important areas for conserving biological diversity and developing the necessary scientific and technical knowledge, as well as human values, for successful conservation efforts. The Kruger to Canyons biosphere, encompassing a remarkable 55% of South Africa’s total terrestrial biodiversity, is located in eastern South Africa and bridges the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. It contains a diversity of landscapes, ranging in altitude from more than two kilometres above sea level along the Drakensberg escarpment to 300 metres above sea level nearer the coast.Tourism asset Besides being a highly respected contributor to conservation efforts over the years, Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s most valuable tourism assets. In 2003 the number of tourists to the park exceeded a million for the first time, a feat that has been achieved every year since then. The Kruger Park offers accommodation to suit the needs and preferences of just about anyone, ranging from five-star luxury to self-catering bungalows, tented camps, and caravans. “There is no doubt in my mind that the park holds a special place in everyone’s hearts,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at a ceremony in June 2008 to mark 110 years of the park’s existence, “and over the last 110 years it has become an icon for the country on many levels, including conservation, tourism and national pride”.As big as a country Covering almost 19 000km², the Kruger National Park is comparable in size to the whole of Wales or Israel. It came into being in 1898 but was then known as the Sabie Game Reserve. Development came a standstill during the South African War, but afterwards the victorious British took up the reins again, tasking Major James Stevenson-Hamilton in 1902 with the responsibility of looking after the area. Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park, retired in 1946 after holding the post for 44 years. He is commemorated in the name of the park’s main rest camp, Skukuza, which is a Xitsonga word meaning “he who sweeps clean” and refers to his tireless efforts to control poaching. The warden worked hard to gain official status for the park, and in 1926 his efforts were rewarded when the government passed the National Parks Act and proclaimed the Kruger National Park, naming it after the president at the time, Paul Kruger. Stevenson-Hamilton was joined in 1902 by new assistant warden Harry Wolhuter, who famously survived an attack from two lions in 1904, armed with nothing more than a pocketknife. He killed the first lion with the weapon, and his dog kept the second lion at bay until help arrived. The knife and the lion skin can be seen in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum at Skukuza. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus I was quoted in an IDG InfoWorld story, entitled Gates, Ozzie seen unveiling hosted services next week:“Some prominent Microsoft watchers, such as Richard MacManus, also have suggested a hosted version of Microsoft Office may be in the works. In his Web log, Web 2.0 Explorer, freelance Web analyst and writer MacManus on Sept. 28 outlined Web-based productivity suites from smaller vendors and predicted that Microsoft would eventually come out with its own.“The time for the Web-based office will come, mark my words,” MacManus wrote. “When broadband is ubiquitous, web functionality is richer, issues of security and reliability have been put to rest, and most importantly of all — when corporates are ready to make the jump. It may be five to 10 years down the track, it may be longer.”MacManus, who writes from Wellington, New Zealand, did not respond to a request for an interview Friday.”It’s a good representation of my thoughts on the subject, however unfortunately my actual email response to IDG didn’t make it in time for publication. So by the power of blogs, I present to you now some further thoughts on the topic. These were formed in my recentposts and improved by reader comments (again, the magic of blogs):I’m sure Bill and Ray will discuss their ‘software as a service’ strategy, as Gates has talked about it a lot recently – and that’s basically Ray Ozzie’s background (with Groove).I don’t see a web-based Office suite *replacing* the desktop suite, at least for the foreseeable future. I think it’ll be an extra product offering and they’ll offer hybrid versions (mixing and matching desktop with web-based).An example of a benefit for customers is it would enable them to collaborate better with office colleagues. For example creating a document collaboratively, as a group, with the document residing on the web server and version control taken care of.Another benefit is that a hosted solution would be a kind of extension of the IT outsourcing business model that is prevalent these days – if MS or an approved partner hosted Office toolsets, then that’s one less IT toolset to administer.Also a web-based office could be a good product for developing countries, which may be looking for more cost-efficient solutions than the desktop MS Office.Web-based Office may ultimately be a strategy for Microsoft to compete with Open Source office software – and the rumoured Google Office. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…