The Guyanese diaspora in New York, United States of America celebrated Guyana’s 52 years of sovereignty with a flag raising ceremony on the eve of Independence.Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, and members of the diplomatic and consular corps were among those in attendance at the flag-raising ceremony, which was held at the Brooklyn Borough Hall RotundaForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge addressing the Guyanese diaspora and diplomatic and consular members in New Yorkon Friday.The Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported that Greenidge said Guyana’s Independence should be commemorated as more than a yearly observance.“Many of our forebears…sacrificed life and limb in order to achieve that independence. We should value it,” he said.Guyana gained its independence from Britain on May 26, 1966. Minister Greenidge said independence should be a reflection of our contribution to the country’s development. The minister added that Guyanese have an indomitable spirit.“This is part of our task in commemorating it: to look back, but also to look forward; to see how we can contribute at home and abroad to help to assert the Guyanese spirit and the Guyanese image across the world,” Minister Greenidge noted.The minister encouraged Guyanese in the diaspora to utilise their skills and inherited experience to enrich the Guyanese community wherever they are. “It is for us as Guyanese to ensure that that image is a positive and constructive one,” he explained.Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Michael Ten-Pow, noted that independence is a learning process. Reflecting on the country’s journey so far, the ambassador said Guyana has within its grasp the opportunity to achieve the good life for this and future generations.“We’ve always had the resources, we’ve also had the people…now we’re beginning to see something new emerging — a new confidence in ourselves and what we’re capable of achieving,” Ambassador Ten-Pow said.This confidence is reflected in Guyana’s recent successes in international arenas of sports and science, he added.
One year on While many have reviewed the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration’s first year in office following the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, looking back President David Granger said there were some areas on which he wished he had placed more emphasis.President David GrangerSpeaking during an early broadcast of the weekly televised programme “The Public Interest”, the Head of State, when asked about what his Administration should have done that was not done over the past year, said that more priority should have been given to cheap and clean electricity and the creation of jobs for young people as well as the education sector.“I would have, at the start, paid a lot more attention to the environment and the need to generate cheap electricity. I would have done that a year ago, rather than trying to do it now. Secondly, I will pay more attention to getting children to stay in school, and thirdly, would be job creation,” he stated.According to Granger, the economy has not been able to produce sufficient jobs to reduce the country’s unemployment rate, especially among youths. In this vein, the President said that the investors must allow micro-enterprises to flourish, in particular in agro-processing.“I believe that there is a lot more scope for getting women and young folk into agro-processing and micro-enterprise. That is the way forward, when young people can look forward to employment in that (area),” he stated. “I would have liked to engage the Private Sector to create funds for micro-enterprises.”These funds, he opined, can be used to give entrepreneurs a start and enable them to take off with whatever venture they are interested in. Nevertheless, the President pointed out that in order for young people to get the jobs they want, they need to stay in school to better qualify themselves.On this note, he highlighted his desire to get more children into schools and keep them there. “We want to keep our children in school and I think that is something that I haven’t fully accomplished. I’d like to do much more,” he stated.According to the Head of State, the process he has adopted – that is, the distribution of school buses and bicycles, as well as the ‘hot meals’ initiative, is slow, but he remained optimistic that it would gain momentum in attracting more children to attend school, so that they can get a higher standard of education.On the issue of generating cheaper electricity, Granger posited that Government has to lead the way in terms of ensuring a ‘Green Economy’, a policy which his Administration has employed.In acknowledging the effect the high cost of energy has on the local manufacturing sector and the deterrent it is to foreign investors, the President outlined that there needed to be more wind farms, more solar farms, more hydro projects and more bio-mass so that every community can have access to cheaper energy.“You cannot get very far without cheaper energy… You cannot have competitive manufacturing out there without cheap energy and that has been a big problem. The way I put it is that we have an oil addiction and any time somebody wants to use power, the first talk is about gasoline or diesel,” the Head of State stressed.President Granger, nonetheless, assured that Government intended to change this practice and rely more on sustainable energy. He further urged the manufacturing sector to adopt new technology in order to utilise clean energy.Going forward, the President said more focus would be placed on these three priority areas to have more done in developing them.Meanwhile, the Guyanese Head of State said he was very positive about the achievements of his Administration, stating that it was able to cover a lot of ground” over the past year. He mentioned his “very muscular” Cabinet of 15 Ministries, noting that he was convinced the Ministers know their roles and have been performing their duties “exceptionally.”Furthermore, President Granger went on to highlight that under his Administration, the security sector has been strengthened in some areas while adding that more work needed to be done in others. “We’ve made a lot of progress in trying to reduce crime; for example, piracy is almost unheard of now. There is a lot of interpersonal violence, but generally we have been able to bring the murder rate down apart from the domestic violence crimes,” he stated.The President also mentioned the fact that within its first year in office, his Administration had managed to host Local Government Elections after more than 20 years without such elections.
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“I promise Ugandans that come Sunday, we will come out victorious. Just come to the Lugogo Stadium to see what will happen,” the tactician, beaming in immense confidence said.She was pleased with the result and the performance of her girls over the tie where Lilian Adera’s 53rd minute wonder strike was the difference.“According to records Kenya has been giving us three, four goals but I came here with a new regime of young players and I am happy with the result. For us we came here to defend and not to allow Kenya to give us goals as they were expecting,” Bulega told Capital Sport.Harambee Starlets captain Wendy Ochieng in action against Uganda. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAShe praised her team for her resilience saying they executed her instructions to the latter.Meanwhile, Starlets boss David Ouma was happy with the result, though not entirely comfortable with the slim score-line against the much improved Ugandans. Ouma noted that Uganda shot stopper Ruth Aturo made the difference especially with three saves in the second half.“Heading into the second leg, we have to change our situations in terms of attack. We have to do better with the tap ins and curved balls and ensure that we don’t play directly to the keeper like we did. We also need to look at better ways of handling their long balls,” Ouma noted.She was also in praise of right back Adera for not only her goal but the entire performance, noting she executed the pre-match plan to detail.“We are trying to also bring in young players and you saw their performance; the likes of Cynthia (Shilwatso) did very well. I am glad we picked the win at home and we now need to go to Uganda and finish the job,” Ouma further noted.Harambee Starlets’ Lilian Adera celebrates her goal with Essie Akida. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAStarlets will book a slot into the final round of qualification against Equatorial Guinea in June with at least a draw in Kampala or an outright win.Skipper Wendy Achieng believes that they will be in a position to pick a win in the return tie and progress.“I think we could have done better had we started the game well. But all the same, a win is a win. I am pleased that most of all we kept a clean sheet and now we have to go to Kampala and work harder to get the win. The team spirit is there and I believe we can do it,” the left back opined.Kenya is looking to play in their second consecutive AWCON, having made their debut in Cameroon, 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ahead of Sunday’s return tie in Kampala, Bulega is confident that her girls, who on both their last meetings with Kenya lost 4-0, will overturn the result and progress to the second and final round of qualification. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5- “The final whistle at the Lugogo Stadium in Uganda will tell the story,” Those were the parting words from Uganda’s Crested Cranes coach Faridah Bulega after her side lost narrowly to Kenya 1-0 in the first leg of the African Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifier in Machakos.Ahead of Sunday’s return tie in Kampala, Bulega is confident that her girls, who on both their last meetings with Kenya lost 4-0, will overturn the result and progress to the second and final round of qualification.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Lancaster officials have decided to take the CSO positions out of the sheriff’s contract and make those positions city jobs, just as the city of Palmdale did last fall. The idea is that the city can speed up the hiring process and would pay more than what the county could pay. Under the county pay system, CSOs have a pay range of $1,802 to $2,246 a month. Lancaster will mirror Palmdale’s pay scale for the CSOs, which is $2,769 to $3,535 a month. “We think it’s going to be a great addition,” said Capt. Carl Deeley, commander of the Lancaster sheriff’s station. The city also plans to add a law enforcement technician for the Lancaster Community Appreciation Project unit that combats crimes stemming from rental properties. Deeley said the position would be like an office manager, fielding calls, coordinating meetings and seeking out monetary grants, among other tasks. The position will free up the equivalent of one deputy, officials said. Ideally, the city would like to add more deputies. However, with a countywide shortage of more than 1,000 deputies, that is not possible at this time, Deeley said. The Lancaster station has 20 vacancies that are being filled now by deputies working overtime. With a push by the county to hire more deputies, Deeley expects to begin filling those vacancies later this year. It might be possible to add deputies in the next fiscal year, Deeley said. The Lancaster sheriff’s station will likely see the addition of about five deputies and one lieutenant as the result of discussions between the city and the Sheriff’s Department adjusting the contract for law enforcement. “It’s like Christmas in July with all this good news,” Deeley said. Other efforts included in the city’s midyear budget adjustment include starting studies aimed at slowing traffic and deterring crashes, including an analysis of cameras linked to traffic signals; installing security cameras at some city parks; continuing a park patrol; and starting a “best practices” study in which the city will look at practices of other law enforcement organizations in handling issues similar to those faced by Lancaster. The city will also look at ways to make it easier for residents to get reports taken on minor crimes. That effort will look at both allowing report-taking to be done by phone and over the Internet. Although not part of the midyear adjustment, the city will be bringing in a fingerprint technician within the next few days. The position will help expedite the processing of fingerprint evidence. In a separate move that city officials said will impact crime, the city will spend about $317,000 to enhance building code enforcement. The city will hire four additional code enforcement officers and one administrative clerk. The city now has four code enforcement officers. The city is also planning to hire the same law firm the city of Palmdale uses for its code enforcement efforts, Drapeer, Rosenbilt and Litvak, LLP. “Our neighboring city, Palmdale, has an aggressive code enforcement policy,” Assistant City Manager Al Holliman said in a report to the City Council. “When the adjacent jurisdiction enforces their municipal code and the code offenders do not comply with the municipal code, the offenders move to Lancaster. If the city of Lancaster has the same legal team as the adjacent jurisdiction, those code offenders will have to comply or leave the Antelope Valley.” Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Lancaster will spend $1.2 million to bolster its crime fighting efforts, including hiring seven community service officers and a law enforcement technician. As part of its midyear budget adjustments, Lancaster will increase its community service officers from eight to 15. Of the 90,000 calls for service received a year at the Lancaster sheriff’s station from city residents, about 10,000 could be handled by community service officers, saving the equivalent workload of five full-time deputies. “This is a way of using existing sworn personnel more effectively,” said Assistant City Manager Mark Bozigian. “They (deputies) can then attack high-priority issues. This will give them more time for proactive law enforcement.” Uniformed but unarmed, community service officers can take reports on minor, nonemergency crimes, answer phones, issue parking citations and direct traffic at crash scenes and special events.
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But when it comes to cost of manual labour, South Africa is ranked fifth out of 11 countries, with its labour priced at about the same level as South Korea, more affordable than Poland, Russia and Mexico, but more expensive than Brazil, India and China. Sophisticated financial market Source: BuaNews A Brazilian industry survey into doing business in 14 mostly emerging markets shows that South Africa competes well with its peers, particularly when it comes to affordability and availability of capital, financial market sophistication, business tax rates and infrastructure. Cost and availability of labour Ranked sixth out of the 14 countries, South Africa’s transport infrastructure is better than that of China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Poland but behind that of Korea and Chile. The report makes use of figures from existing global studies such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, the Institute for Management Development’s Competitiveness Yearbook and the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Competitiveness Report. Lower cost of capital However, South Africa fares badly when it comes to the cost and availability of labour. South Africa is ranked last among 11 of the countries when it comes to the cost and availability of its labour. Out of the 14 countries, the survey found, South Africa has the second most sophisticated financial market, just behind Canada and ahead of Australia and Brazil. When it comes to cost of capital, South Africa is ranked fourth out of 13 countries, with financial institutions that are more affordable for local inhabitants than those in Russia, China and Korea, but more expensive than those of Canada, India, Chile and Australia. The report also reveals that South African factory workers (ranked seven out of 11 countries) are better paid than those of Brazil, China, India, Poland and Mexico – but less than those of Korea. This is despite the report ranking South Africa fourth for the percentage of GDP it spends on education (in 2007 this was over four percent), behind Canada, Mexico and Australia. South Africa places seventh out of the 14 countries for foreign direct investment (FDI) as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008. South Africa’s FDI of over three percent of GDP puts it ahead of Poland, Canada and Brazil, but behind Chile (10 percent) and Australia and Colombia and Russia (over four percent). These include the availability and cost of labour and finance, macro and micro economic climate, education, and innovation and technology. 14 December 2010 When it comes to productivity, South African workers are ranked eighth out of 13 countries – more productive than workers in Russia, Colombia, Brazil, China and India, but less productive than workers in Korea, Chile and Mexico. The countries surveyed are Australia, Canada, Russia, Mexico, China, Poland, Spain, India, Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. For availability of manual labour, South Africa is ranked last out of the 14 countries and is also the only country of the 14 whose labour force shrunk in 2008 (by over three percent, compared to India, where the workforce grew by almost three percent). Higher education: more graduates needed South Africa has the second-lowest effective business tax rate (business taxes as a percentage of company profits), behind Chile, with businesses in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina being taxed the heaviest. South Africa ranks poorly when it comes to education; only India fares worse when it comes to the percentage of matriculants moving onto higher education in 2007. In Brazil, 30 percent of matriculants graduated to tertiary institutions in 2007, and the figure was over 50 percent in Chile and over 90 percent in Korea – compared to just 15 percent in South Africa. The report ranks South Africa 11th out of 14 countries when it comes to the country’s use of technology and innovation – putting the African country behind Korea as well as the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries, but ahead of Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. South Africa is ranked fourth out of 14 countries for ease of accessing capital, making it easier to access a loan in SA than in India, Colombia, Brazil, China, Korea and Russia, but more difficult than Australia and Chile. Released last week by Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry, “Competitividade Brasil 2010: Comparaçao com Paises Selecionados“, (Competition Brazil: A comparison with selected countries) compares 14 countries on a range of measures. According to the report, South Africa has the seventh most mobile phones per 100 inhabitants, ahead of Chile, Brazil, Canada, China and India, but behind Argentina, Russia and Poland.
Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo praised Brand South Africa as one of the best performing entities in the government during the organisation’s annual report presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications.Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo during Department of Communications and Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) 2016/17 Annual Report presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications at Parliament, Cape Town. (Image: GCIS)CD AndersonBrand South Africa presented its 2016/17 annual report to members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Brand South Africa chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama said the organisation had confidently met its mandate to present the country’s reputation and nation-brand to the people of South Africa, as well as the world.The committee praised Brand South Africa’s clean financial audit – its second consecutive clean audit – and said the organisation was one of the best performing government entities.Despite some strong challenges, both at home and around the globe, the South African nation brand was still very strong. “We believe, and the record shows, that Brand South Africa has done well in terms of meeting its mandate of managing the reputation, communicating the brand as well as marketing the brand,” Kweyama said in the presentation, listing highlights of the organisation’s achievements during 2016 and 2017. These included:Brand South Africa was a winner in the 39th Annual Loerie Awards for its Arrive Alive radio campaign called After Tears, winning the awards’ Radio Crafts – South African non-English performance category.Brand South Africa’s successful integrated promotion campaign for constitutional awareness that included elements across electronic media, web and outdoor media was also hailed as a highlight for the year.The hugely popular Play Your Part campaign, aimed at building national spirit through inspiring South Africans from all walks of life to contribute positive change to the country, was another successful campaign that highlighted many individual South Africans working in small ways to build the country’s reputation as well as help solve economic challenges, such as unemployment.A successful positioning of South Africa as a globally competitive brand during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was another highlight of the year.Speaking after the Portfolio Committee Meeting, Dlodlo praised Brand South Africa as one of the best performing entities in the government, adding that she was proud to be associated with the organisation.“Year in and year out they have been able to get unqualified audit reports, but also the quality of their work, the quality of their reporting is also very good,” the minister said. “They keep us informed of international trends of how people perceive and view the nation’s brand and it is an entity that is more informative than anything with respect to the brand itself.”Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela thanked the minister for her praise, saying the organisation was grateful for the support received from the department. “We always receive support from the Portfolio Committee and that is why we are able to [navigate] through some of the challenges during the year,” he said.Source: South African Government News ServiceWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Apple#enterprise#Google markhachman Related Posts Tech folklore abounds with examples of Steve Jobs’ monomaniacal focus on the user experience, including this tale on Jobs’ obsession with the Apple calculator widget. Other tech companies, especially Apple archrival Google, could use some of Steve’s legendary attention to detail – as shown in these seven examples where the company’s focus seems to have wandered a bit.Google is known for its fantastically brilliant engineering talent. Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed the algorithms that made Google the king of the search engines, while Eric Schmidt offered “adult” supervision. But with three hands on the tiller, who is steering the ship?That’s not an idle question. Even for successful projects, Google too often seems to reward the idea, not the implementation. These seven shortcomings among Google’s products – some monumental, others trivial – reveal a troubling lack of polish, especially compared to Jobs’ legacy at Apple.Google’s I/O developers conference starts tomorrow, and the company may address some of these problems. Let’s hope so.No. 1: No “Home” Navigation in Google NavigationWhen Google introduced Google Maps Navigation in 2009, most people quickly realized that the days of the standalone GPS device were numbered. Google’s Android OS offered maps, turn-by-turn directions, even traffic – all for free. But Google has inexplicably ignored a central feature of GPS devices: the home location. When setting up a standalone GPS from Garmin or TomTom, the first question you’re asked is to set your home location. Not so with Google Maps. In fact, Google took three years, until May 15, 2012, to implement a home feature on the desktop version of Maps.The problem? GPS is inherently a mobile application. But the “home” feature hasn’t carried over to Android, Google’s mobile OS. Sure, you can manually enter your home location each time. But you can’t use Google’s voice commands to “navigate to home” and expect to be directed home after a long night out in an unfamiliar city. Even starred “My Places” don’t seem to carry over from the desktop version of Maps to Android.No. 2: Movies Rented on Google Play Can’t Be Watched on Google TVGoogle TV has issues. Many, many issues. But one thing that sets Google TV apart from its streaming set-top siblings – and this is not a good thing, mind you – is that movies rented on Google Play cannot be easily watched on Google TV. On a tablet or a phone, users can watch rented movies via the Google Play Movies app.But on that beautiful HDTV across the room, well, it’s a bit of chore. Can you find your movie on the Google Play Store app? No.Sure, you can rent movies on the “TV and Movies” app – but only from Amazon, the site that offers a competing Android app market. Movies rented from Google Play can be found only within the YouTube app, buried two menus deep inside the “My YouTube” and “Rentals” section. Meanwhile, services like Amazon, Vudu and Apple’s own iTunes providebetter, more straightforward video rental services on other connectedTVs.(NOTE: This section was updated with a correction thanks to reader Daniel Wilson.)No. 3: Deep Google Drive Integration With ChromebooksThe Chromebook, which essentially lives and dies by the Web, has been a work in progress since the start. The Chromebook correctly anticipated the shift to the Web and native applications. But the Chromebook noticeably fails where local content is concerned; the local file manager is rudimentary at best, as is media playback.Since the Chromebook connects to the Web, you can log in and download a file from Google Drive. But as a Web-centric product, the Chromebook demands integrated cloud storage, one that’s accessible via the operating system itself, rather than the Web interface. Google could try to challenge ultrabooks and the MacBook Air with a fast, compact computing device like the Chromebook. But it still isn’t quite there.No. 4: Google’s Cloud ConfusionScore one for Microsoft’s SkyDrive. When I access cloud storage, my assumption is that I’m signing on to a Web-based repository of my files. Not so with Google Drive, or even Google+’s online photo repository. Put simply, Google wants to open and edit the document within Google Docs using its own format, even if Microsoft Word is the superior editor.To be fair, “elroy999” explained Google’s perspective on the issue – at least from a Google Docs perspective – in great detail:“Personally, upon just clicking a docx file in the browser, I wouldn’t mind a context menu that said: 1) View with Google Office, 2) Convert and edit with Google Office, 3) Download and edit with Word. The way it is now, you have to remember to right-click and then ‘Open’ or ‘Download,’ navigating through all the other hyperbole on the context menu. Actually, I’d prefer just downloading the file and editing it upon a left-click.”Exactly.I also don’t like the fact that Google hides the “download full size” option to download a photo stored on Google+ via its automatic uploading feature, although I understand that Google+ prioritizes sharing, rather than downloading.No. 5: Google TV Movie ServicesGive Google credit: A day before Google I/O 2011, the company announced 3,000 additional movies that users could rent, including “blockbusters” like Inception. A year later, Google Play now competes well with rival movie services in terms of selection. But for all of its deep pockets, Google still hasn’t convinced streaming services, besides Netflix, to develop versions of their own apps for Google TV.The best video streamers are the Roku boxes: They offer practically every streaming service under the sun, including premium offerings like HBO Go. By contrast, you have to dig through Google TV’s menus to access a Chrome-based version of HBO Go. When I tried it, though, it never quite managed to store my credentials twice in a row, forcing me to log in each time. The last thing anyone wants to do while watching video is enter a password.No. 6: Inconsistently Stored SearchesSearches with obvious news value, such as “Barack Obama,” generate a few relevant news stories in the list of results. But sometimes I’d like to learn more about “tomatoes,” for example, while browsing other portions of Google’s site. If you search for “tomatoes” within the Search portion of Google’s site, then click on the Images tab, the search term “tomatoes” carries over. Ditto for YouTube. But if you then click on News, you’re forced to retype the search term, as you must also do for Google Play.Granted, this is a bit trivial and probably affects journalists like me more than the general public. Still, it’s an annoyance built into Google’s’ flagship product: search.No. 7: Android@Home – What and Where Is It?Last year at Google I/O, one of the more intriguing Google announcements was Android@Home: a proprietary wireless network designed to connect wireless speakers like Google’s “Project Tungsten,” a potential Sonos competitor. But Lighting Science, which gave me the original scoop, has gone dark: References to Android@Home have disappeared from the site, and Eric Holland, vice president of electrical engineering at Lighting Science, referred me to Google when I asked for an update.There have been rumors of a so-called “Google Entertainment System,” a wireless version of Google TV optimized for games slated for introduction at Google I/O. Let’s hope so, or Android@Home could end up being just another piece of Google technology consumers will never see.Steve Jobs image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The new revisions and features don’t address the same complaints as the Barely Political comedic skit, but they are just as important and in some cases, ground-breaking. “YouTube gets a really bad rep, but I think the team is much more proactive and responsive than Facebook or Twitter, and I really admire their commitment to users,” said John Green, one of the conference’s organizers and half of the Vlog Brothers, a duo known for their vlogs and educational content. Here are the top nine changes:A new version of the YouTube app for Android, the buzzed-about Jelly Bean:“I use the old one, so I am very much looking forward to using the new one, because it looks like a big upgrade” said Andre Meadows, a Next Up Vlogger winner known on YouTube as Black Nerd Comedy.“The old app was okay but from what I saw from the presentation, the new one is going to be a lot better and like the website, so I will probably end up spending more time on the app that I did before,” said Samantha Fall, an intern for Corey Vidal, a Canadian video consultant and content creator.The ability to do bulk annotations, which in layman terms means the ability to make pop-up description changes en mass to all videos on a creator’s channel:“I have 312 videos and every one of them, I had to do annotations individually, so I think it’s a wonderful thing” said 67-year old Dr. Phyllis Collins, a retired California attorney now known as “the YouTube grandma” for her DietHobby channel.“We’ve been asking for bulk annotations for years, so this is huge for us” Green said.New features and an overhaul of the editing software available in the YouTube video manager, which was described by many as being an “Instagram for YouTube:”“For people making videos who don’t have the money or resources [to use Adobe or Final Cut], I think it’s awesome, and another step to making videos more professional,” Fall said.A new dashboard and analytics options for YouTube content creators:“I really like the new dashboard – it’s very nice – and I can see how it would be very useful” Collins said.“I hope it will be good, but even if it isn’t, it really shows how YouTube is responding to our feedback,” Fall said.Customizable thumbnails to every partner in good standing with Google:“I am happy all partners are getting this, however YouTube will have to keep an eye on it because there will be abuse, and there will be more boobs in thumbnails,” Meadows said. (By thumbnail abuse, Meadows means using cleavage or misleading images to get people to click on a video.)Meadows also suggested YouTube offer more thumbnail choices from the video itself, because “some people are turned off by photoshopped thumbnails.”“Thumbnails are now definitely going to be abused,” Green said. People ‘thumbnail cheat’ all the time, and the new related videos algorithm gets rid of 90% of ‘thumbnail cheating,’ but now that more people will have access to custom thumbnails, Green predicts the problem will once again become a issue.A fixed scheduled publishing allowing set publication times, which the YouTube team unveiled with the words “we’ve forgotten about the plumbing at times:”“This is awesome because if people are expecting a video to go up on Thursday, you need that video to show up on that day,” said Fall, who added that if you are traveling or away from the computer, this feature really “eases the mind a lot.”“I am absolutely thrilled they figured out how to fix that because that solves one of the biggest problems we’ve had on the site,” Green said.A hefty gold-plated “play button” in a glass display case, similar to the platinum record award music industry titans receive:“It’s a silly thing, but helpful to have as a sort of gold record for our industry,” Green said. “I hope to get one.”“I was not expecting that at all, but it’s cool because it’s physical proof you have a legit job, and you can point on your wall to something tangible you’ve worked hard for,” said Rianna Finch, a cartoonist and intern for Corey Vidal.Soundstages and potential shooting space for partners in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo:“We spend half of our time finding locations, so it’s such a good fall back,” Finch said.“Because it’s made by YouTube, you know it will be a space optimized for YouTubers too,” Fall added.“I am very surprised, and can’t wait to hear what that’s going to entail, and it’s wonderful because it’s something [YouTube] didn’t have to do” Meadows said.TrueView, a “new family of video ads” reliant on “viewers choice” and input that promises to “help advertisers build better ads,” and YouTube’s Content Marketplace, a platform connecting smaller brands and ad agencies with pertinent content:Fall, who is already familiar with TrueView, said “you definitely notice a difference in ad sales, a noticeable improvement” when using the service.“If you have relevant ads, which are related to your content, there is a higher chance people will watch the full ad,” Meadows said.Correction: An early version of this story missatributed a quote by John Green to a different member of the Vlog Brothers. 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