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Everblades set to host First Responders Weekend

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement“We wanted to make sure that those essential workers and those first responders and Frontline workers were honored,” Palin said.The Everblades with the help of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Cape Coral Professional Firefighters will be hosting First Responders Weekend against South Carolina and Orlando.“You know tonight now more than ever we really need to be highlighting our first responders and giving them kudos and celebrating them,” Firefighter Partnerships Regional Manager with The Muscular Dystrophy Association Erin Randall said. LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Tonight the Florida Everblades will kick off their second half promotional schedule with arguably their most important night of the year: First Responders Weekend.From 2020 to 2021 one thing remains the same inside Hertz Arena and that’s the consistent barrage of goals and wins. Aside from that, it’s been a new look since March of last year.“Everything is different this year,” Executive VP of Business Development for the Everblades Chris Palin said.So on the year anniversary of the world being turned upside down, the Florida Everblades wanted to thank those that have fought the battles for us. Everblades clinch Eastern Conference title June 4, 2021 Everblades clinch playoff spot for 22nd time in 23 years May 27, 2021 Blades losing local products Roe, Solow in offseason June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Everbladesfirst responders AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Everblades’ John Sellars tackles milestones from behind bench June 13, 2021 Along with wearing special, firefighter-inspired jerseys that are set to be auctioned off to benefit the MDA, the Blades will be offering two for one tickets to healthcare workers and thanking them throughout the weekend with special in game promotions.“Who doesn’t love a first responder? So given the opportunity to thank them and be around them I think it is going to create the excitement even more for the blades but then also for the support of our first responders,” Randall said.Hoping that the charged atmosphere leads to another deep playoff run powered by those that kept them on the ice.“That always brings the extra energy to the building and then obviously brings it to the players as well.”The Blades will take the ice for First Responders Weekend Friday at 7:30 p.m. against South Carolina and Saturday at 7 p.m. against Orlando.If you are a first responder and are interested in attending a game you can buy tickets on the Everblades website.If you are interested in bidding on the special jerseys with the proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association you can download the Dash App or find that information on the Everblades website as well. So far 13 of the 32 jerseys have been sold with the auction running until Sunday. Advertisementlast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: Laois Garden World seeking to hire staff

first_imgHome Jobs JOB VACANCY: Laois Garden World seeking to hire staff Jobs JOB VACANCY: Laois Garden World seeking to hire staff Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGSLaois Garden World Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd June 2020 Twitter Laois Garden World are seeking to hire full and part time sales assistant for busy hardware store.Previous experience and flexibility required.To ApplyPlease forward CV to [email protected] ALSO – An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articleMoment in Time: Knocking on the door of Knock NS in 2009Next articleFifty Seven Boutique and Gift Emporium announces plans to re-open LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Electric Picnic last_img read more

Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times

first_img2 – Find practices that bring you peaceI often go to the Passion of Christ sections of the Bible (Mark 14-15, Matthew 26-27, Luke 22-23, John 18-19) because I find my challenges can be best united to His. I ask for His wisdom to look at the situations I am in with His eyes and to be able to walk with His Heart.I use the Scriptural Stations of the Cross, which follows the walk of Jesus to Calvary. This has made my reflections and prayers come more alive because my body walks from Station to Station and my focus becomes engaged in His, carrying our sins, our wounds, our pain to an ultimate redemption.I also rest in the Psalms, which seem to hold within them all the varied emotions I feel when going through difficult times. I keep the structure of prayer and worship intact, which creates a backbone and consistent support to my day. When I get grumpy and negative, I can confess this before God for forgiveness and strength to move on. I have scheduled prayer and worship as a part of my day. I pray that God will soften my heart during those times and make me attentive so that it is not “work” or “routine,” but true worship that I offer.In this, I desire to come to know and understand His love in my life and what He is asking of me. I also practice The Daily Examen, which is essential to be able to reflect on my day, my emotions, my interactions and my responses all in the light of Christ and what He is calling me to. WhatsApp 3 – Lay your struggles before GodDuring hard times, I bring my true emotions, the conversations I have with others, including their concerns, into my prayer.I lay them at the feet of Jesus, to whom I have grown in trust and confidence. It is His wisdom and love that gives me confidence and hope, even when my emotions struggle.Struggling is normal and I would say in many ways essential to growing in faith. If we can’t go before God in truth then we are not in a right relationship with Him. I think we should bring every emotion, fear, doubt and concern to Him. If you are in a relationship with someone and a lack of trust has come into that relationship, it is important for that relationship that the doubts are openly talked about.It is the same with my relationship with God. I need to be able to say to God, “I am doubting you. I am angry at you. I am feeling torn apart. Help me!” I think saying out loud how we feel to God allows Him to respond back in our heart and through others and there can be spiritual peace.4 – Rely on your support systemsIf I am not internally able to share my struggles with God, I find a close friend to share my heart with, someone who cares enough to listen, not necessarily to do something. I think it is important that we accept and understand that we are created for community, for relationship.We need love, support, kindness, hope and confidence to gain strength to deal with the challenges of life, and we find that in and through our relationships.This helps us better understand ourselves, take better control of the situation we are in and gain balance and perspective on things.5 – Find the goodAlso remember to have a heart of gratitude and find some good in your day, to claim it as good and to tell someone of that good.We need laughter. Read a funny book, watch a truly funny movie. Remember that God is bigger than COVID-19, He is bigger than a bad week and this time on earth will be very short compared to the gift of Heaven. Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm.Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you’ve laid out for me. I trust in your Love God, and know that you will heal and refresh my mind and body.Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night. Let your grace and strength anoint me with your healing love.SEE ALSO – REUNITED: Laois man’s search for late dad’s family yields positive result WhatsApp Home Columnists Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times Columnists RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times Twitter Electric Picnic Facebookcenter_img Pinterest By Fr Paddy – 26th September 2020 Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, September 26, 2020Next articlePreviewing all of Saturday Laois GAA action Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter. News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSFr Paddy Byrne Pinterest Facebook Whether you’re struggling with the fear and isolation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or you’re just having one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right, relying on faith can help carry you through.I took some time to reflect on how my faith guides me during my life so I could offer some guidance to you.1 – Maintain your faith at all timesI really don’t separate good times or hard times from my faith. I am blessed to have my life penetrated with the gift of faith and I have striven to have my relationship with Jesus (God) be as authentic a relationship as I would have with a physical person.last_img read more

Continuing Support For Multicultural Communities

first_imgContinuing Support For Multicultural Communities VIC PremierThe Andrew Labor Government’s CALD Communities Taskforce is continuing to partner with local communities to make sure they get the support they need throughout the coronavirus pandemic.Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today announced up to $8 million for local groups so they can continue to support multicultural communities with emergency relief, outreach and other projects that add to Victoria’s social and economic recovery.This second phase builds on the success of the first phase of the Priority Response for Multicultural Communities Program last year, which supported 70,000Victorians in partnership with more than 160 community organisations.It saw more than 135,000 culturally appropriate meals and 42,000 food kits delivered to those that needed them, morethan 25,200 outreach calls made and 1,100 online activities with over 63,000 participants to keepcommunities connected.The Program addresses the ongoing need to provide immediate relief to multicultural communities affected by the pandemic and aims to build the capacity of local community networks, organisations and services that do the important support work on the ground.Funding will be flexible to the needs of community at the time they are assessed.Applications demonstrating targeted support for those communities most in need will be prioritised, as well as applications supporting new and emerging multicultural communities, multicultural women, multicultural young people and international students.Applications will be assessed and funded on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged.The Program is scheduled to close on Friday, 28 May 2021. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit stated by Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence“We know multicultural communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic – this is about providing targeted and tailored support to groups that are doing it especially tough.”“We’ve already rolled out millions in support over the past year – for food, clothing, emergency relief – but also ensuring organisations on the ground strengthen and build their networks, so that no one is left alone.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Emergency, food, Government, international students, Internet, Minister, online, pandemic, participants, students, Victoria, visitlast_img read more

Rental companies buy up used cars as chip crisis gets worse

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS “The global microchip shortage has impacted the entire car-rental industry’s ability to receive new vehicle orders as quickly as we would like,” Luster said. “Hertz is supplementing our fleet by purchasing low-mileage, preowned vehicles from a variety of channels including auctions, online auctions, dealerships and cars coming off lease programs.” The same goes for closely held Enterprise, the nation’s largest rental company. Avis Budget Group Inc. didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. “Our fleet acquisition team is working hard to secure additional vehicles — both new and low-mileage used vehicles — through all channels to meet the ongoing increase in demand,” Enterprise spokeswoman Lisa Martini said via email. “Overall, though, both new and used car inventory remain low. Our teams will continue to do everything we can to help customers with their transportation needs.” Despite the acquisition expenses, the car crunch is a boon for rental companies, which likely will have strong profits because they’ll rent out every car they ownHyundai’s sales to fleet buyers fell 27 per cent in April as the company dedicated is production to satisfying retail dealerships, said Jose Munoz, chief operating officer. “We made a strategy when I joined the company to prioritize retail versus fleet,” Munoz said in an interview. “We appreciate the fleet business, there is a very good fleet business there, and we try to support it as much as possible. But yes, we prioritize deliveries to the end customer.” The problem started a year ago, when the pandemic decimated travel. Rental companies sold hundreds of thousands of cars, said Neil Abrams, president of Abrams Consulting Group Inc., which works in the rental industry. Then travel bounced back right when auto production was hit by a shortage of semiconductors. Ford’s production was down 17 per cent in the first quarter and could be off by as much as 50 per cent in the second quarter, the company said on its earnings call on April 29. Other companies have a similarly foreboding message. “This is one of the rare events that I’ve seen where we have more customers and not enough cars,” Abrams said. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSFlexNews Justin Sullivan / Gettycenter_img The demand is sending used-car costs soaring. The Manheim Index, which measures prices at wholesale auctions, shows they’re 52 per cent higher than they were a year ago. RELATED Feature Story What the global chip shortage means for the auto industry and car buyers by  Sami Haj-Assaad  | March 4, 2021 “We expect to see records in the Manheim Index through June before demand softens enough to align with supply trends,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of Cox Automotive, which owns Manheim, the nation’s largest used-car auction. “We expect retail prices to continue to rise into the summer, as retail trends tend to follow wholesale trends with a six-week lag.” Vehicle production fell 4.6 per cent in the first quarter, and that’s compared to 2020 when factories had already lost weeks of work when the Covid-19 pandemic caused shutdown, according to LMC Automotive. Despite the acquisition expenses, the car crunch is a boon for rental companies, which likely will have strong profits because they’ll rent out every car they own at much higher rates than they charged before the COVID-19 pandemic. But consumers will take a hit if they want to rent a car for vacation, Keller said. Hertz is adding as many cars to its fleet as it can to support the travel rebound, including used cars, spokeswoman Lauren Luster said in an email. A sign is posted at the Hertz Rent-A-Car rental lot at San Francisco International Airport on April 30, 2020 in San Francisco, California. The semiconductor shortage has slashed vehicle production so much that rental-car companies can’t get the new cars they need, so they have resorted to buying used vehicles at auction. This is uncharted territory for the likes of Hertz and Enterprise, which have made their profits by purchasing new vehicles cheaply in bulk, renting them out for as much as a year, and selling them at auction. In the past, they have bought some used cars to shore up an occasional unforeseen burst in demand, but rarely for the mainstays of their fleets. “You would never go into auction to buy routine sedans and SUVs,” said Maryann Keller, an independent consultant who used to be on the board of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, which is now part of Hertz. “These are special circumstances. There is a shortage of cars.” Trending Videos See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

Uneven Slip On Hayward Fault Provides Mystery In California

first_imgEditors: Bilham’s poster will be presented May 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Hall E of the Baltimore Convention Center at the spring meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Bilham will be available to answer questions beginning at about 2:30 p.m. Scientists don’t know what is going on beneath Fremont, Calif., and finding the answer could be helpful to tens of thousands of people. For 130 years, the southern end of the Hayward Fault in Fremont has moved at double the rate of the fault’s northern portion, with the west side of the fault moving northwest relative to the east side of the fault. This higher rate of movement in the southern end suggests that rocks are being “piled up” on the west side of the fault and stretched to the breaking point on the east side, said Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. On the east side of the fault near Fremont, for example, the stretching has created a topographic “dip,” causing a pond to form. This fault movement should have resulted in an earthquake — nature’s version of stretching a rubber band until it snaps — but it hasn’t happened. “As a result of the abrupt change in slip rate along the fault, the cumulative strain on each side of the fault is 200 microstrain, a value that typically leads to an earthquake,” said Bilham, who has operated instruments in the area for the past four years. “Either an earthquake is overdue or we’re missing an important understanding of the mechanics of the fault.” The answer is significant because the Hayward Fault runs along the east side of San Francisco Bay for some 50 miles near an urban population of 2.5 million. A quake estimated at magnitude 7.0 occurred on the fault in 1868. Bilham presented his findings May 28 at the spring meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Baltimore. Since the 1868 quake, the northern 80 percent of the Hayward Fault has moved at a rate of about one-fifth inch per year, Bilham said. But the southern end in Fremont has moved about one-third inch per year, a rate almost double that of the remainder of the fault. When movement on the southern end of the fault is calculated over the 130 years since the last big quake shook the region, the amount of geologic strain is impressive — perhaps enough for a magnitude 6 earthquake to occur in the near future, he said. The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated a 23 percent to 28 percent probability of a magnitude 7 quake in the area in the next 30 years. Understanding fault mechanics in an urban area is difficult unless deformation is so concentrated that it causes “visible offsets” to sidewalks and buildings, Bilham said. The area where movement rapidly increases along the fault occurs along a three-quarter mile section in south Fremont. “If these observations are accurate this means that a lot of elastic energy is stored in a very small region, and we might expect an earthquake soon,” Bilham said. “We’re not sure whether the strain is concentrated beneath part of Fremont or spread over a wider area.” If the strain is stored more widely, the measurements would support the approach of the magnitude 7 earthquake that has been forecast, he said. Further research is needed to find out the volume of rock involved. Bilham’s work is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey. Published: May 26, 1997 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Kathy Meechan Appointed Director for Product Quality at Saxco International, LLC

first_img Previous articleWine Regions Lay Road to SustainabilityNext articleNew Laws Set Tennessee Wine Industry to Emerge from the Shadow of Prohibition Press Release Pinterest AdvertisementKathy Meechan has been appointed Director for Product Quality at Saxco International, LLC, it was announced today.She will be directly responsible for Saxco’s quality assurance and service performance across all categories & market segments.  It includes leading and establishing the necessary quality standards for product sourcing, customer facing specifications for Saxco’s Custom Packaging Center (CPC) and the private label line of Saxco Select products.Prior to being appointed at Saxco International, she was employed as Regulatory Compliance Director for North America and Director of Quality and Technical Services  (Americas) for Treasury Wine Estates in Napa, CA. Before that, she was Director of Technical Services (Americas) for Fosters Wine Estates, also inNapa, CA.  In addition, she worked as the Director of Quality and Environmental Compliance for Beringer Wine Estates in St. Helena, CA.Meechan is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees. She resides in Sebastopol, CA.Saxco International, LLC, “Your choice for premium packaging solutions,” has more than 30 years of industry experience, providing a broad range of packaging products and services to the liquor, wine, beer and food industries.  In addition to supplying packaging enhancement products, the company’s services include expert consultation from design to development. Saxco is headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with offices in Mountainside, New Jersey; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Oakland, Fairfield and Napa, California; Vancouver, WA; Tampa, Florida; Hook Hampshire, England and Qingdao, China.  Additional details at 215-443-8100, fax 215-443-8370 or the web at Email TAGSKathy MeechanpeopleSaxco International Facebook Linkedin Share Twitter Home Industry News Releases Kathy Meechan Appointed Director for Product Quality at Saxco International, LLCIndustry News ReleasesKathy Meechan Appointed Director for Product Quality at Saxco International, LLCBy Press Release – March 4, 2014 36 0 ReddItlast_img read more

Health experts discuss ways to wage war against TB

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Dr KK AggarwalDr M Udaya Kumar MaiyaDr Ramananda Srikantiah NadigTBWHOWorld Health OrganisationWorld Tuberculosis Day Health experts discuss ways to wage war against TB News Patient Safety On the ocassion of World Tuberculosis Day, experts believe that the government has undertaken monumnetal efforts to eradicate the disease since 1997 but satisfactory success continues to elude usWith 17.7 per cent of the world’s total population, India is home to 27 per cent of the tuberculosis (TB) patients in the world. Monumental efforts have been undertaken by the government since 1997 to eradicate this pandemic through large-scale TB elimination campaigns – however, satisfactory success continues to elude us.Speaking on one of the major challenges, Dr M Udaya Kumar Maiya, Medical Director, Portea Medical said, “About 40 per cent of the population in India has latent TB, and have been infected by bacteria from active TB patients. On an average, about 10 per cent of the untreated latent TB cases turn into the active form, and this is higher in people with a weaker immune system. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends treating only the active TB patients in countries like India where the burden is higher. However, reduction or elimination of this disease may not be possible until those with latent TB are also targeted. On a global scale, India has the highest burden of TB as well as multi-drug-resistant TB patients. The country is also placed second in terms of cases with highest HIV associated TB cases.”Dr Ramananda Srikantiah Nadig, Head of the Clinical Advisory Board, healthi said, “One of the crucial determinants in the battle against Tuberculosis is the importance of a TB patient being fully cured after undergoing a full course of treatment since any residual bacteria might potentially evolve into a drug-resistant form of the disease. The drug-resistant or multiple drug-resistant form of TB is extremely challenging to cure and mandates a very concerted effort to prevent the loss of life. In the year 2015, 93,000 patients received treatment for drug-resistant TB as a part of the RNTCP. Another crucial factor is the identification of the precise form of TB that a patient is suffering from as an incorrect diagnosis can potentially lead to life-threatening situations.”Commenting on the way forward, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India said, “Despite several efforts to address and combat the disease, tuberculosis (TB) continues to remain a public health emergency, especially in India. Commensurate with the theme for the World TB Day 2019, “Its time”, the need of the hour is to step up on the commitment made towards eradication of this disease through concerted efforts at all levels. Year 2025 has been set as the deadline for a TB-free India by the PM, which is five years ahead of the global deadline set by the WHO. While the target sounds ambitious and promising, India must mobilise resources further to achieve this. Early diagnosis and complete treatment are extremely important to prevent and control TB. There is a need to notify every case and remove the stigma associated with the condition through awareness. The approach to all notifiable diseases should be based on DTR: Diagnose, Treat and Report; Diagnose early, using sputum GeneXpert test; Treat: Complete and effective treatment based on national guidelines, using FDC; and Report: Mandatory reporting.”TB is one of the most formidable challenges to healthcare in India and needs to be tackled on multiple fronts. The Government of India has been making tremendous efforts towards ending the epidemic. The need of the hour is introduction of new and effective drugs and tools, improved hygiene and nutrition as well as stronger emphasis on grass-roots level TB awareness and plan implementation all over the country. TB is a major challenge, but not one that India can’t overcome with joint efforts by the public and private sectors! Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts By EH News Bureau on March 22, 2019 Comments (0) Share Add Commentlast_img read more

KaiOS chief outlines global growth plans

first_img Tags KaiOS Technologies, the company behind the KaiOS for smart feature phones, set aggressive expansion plans across the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with the aim to take its user base to 150 million by the end of the year from 100 million currently.Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies (pictured), told Mobile World Live it is adding about 5 million users a month and is focusing on the Middle East and Africa for next 12 months. In late Q2, it will also start shipments to Mexico and Brazil, which will be its entry points to all of Latin America.Last week the company announced it raised $50 million in a series-B funding round led by Cathay Innovation, with participation from existing backers Google and TCL.It recently forged agreements with Orange and MTN, adding to a tie-up in late 2017 with Reliance Jio in India, which accounts for the majority of the users of its OS.Codeville said Orange is shipping KaiOS-powered devices to 12 countries, while MTN is targeting 15 countries.In the second half of the year, it will move into Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh, while continuing its push in India.Beyond India“We’re now in the phase to become more international” in pursuing its objective to be an enabler to access the digital world, he said. “We also will see more balance between shipments to India and the rest of the world.”Supported by low-cost data plans, he said the devices have all the capabilities of a smartphone, including enabling mobile payments, giving users the full mobile internet experience. Despite the smaller display, he noted people still are watching a lot of video.Since launching two years ago, Codeville said he found “there are a lot of people without internet, more than we thought. Our OS can significantly contribute to reducing the cost of the device, which is the key barrier to owning a phone”.While much of its focus is on emerging markets, offering entry-level low-cost handsets, it also targets developed markets with non-touch devices designed for older people who don’t want a smartphone. Its first such launch was in the US, with handsets featuring large keys.In developed markets, it also is helping operators migrate off their 2G networks by offering subscribers more attractive 3G and 4G feature phones.Price gapCodeville said the price gap between a 2G feature phone and a 4G smartphone is still huge, with the cheapest LTE model going for about $45 compared with $7 to $10 for a 2G feature phone. The price of a 3G feature phone is closer to a 2G version than a 3G smartphone and with subsidies it can almost match the price of a 2G feature handset.The cost of smartphones isn’t dropping much because the specifications of the devices keeps rising, with more memory, faster processors and higher-resolution displays, he said.“There are 3 billion people not connected to the internet, with 1.5 billion using feature phones, so we see space to grow.”He estimates the global feature phone market is growing by about 500 million annually, if the grey market is incluced.In addition to cost factors, Codeville noted devices running on KaiOS are built to be more durable, with screens that won’t break easily and a much longer battery life, which is an important feature in areas where access to power is an issue. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Joseph Waring Author Home KaiOS chief outlines global growth plans Previous ArticleVHA fights TPG merger block in courtNext ArticlePower a Greener 5G Era with Huawei 5G Power Devices Tecno powers latest feature phone with KaiOScenter_img Phone maker Lava secures funds for low-cost push Orange adds affordable 4G phone to MEA markets Related feature phones Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 MAY 2019 last_img read more

Creamer selection could define Inkster’s captaincy

first_imgJuli Inkster believes in Paula Creamer. Inkster showed that in an act of faith Monday, naming Creamer one of her two U.S. Solheim Cup captain’s picks. With Creamer slumping of late, Inkster’s choice comes with heightened scrutiny, even with all the success Creamer has had over the years, running up a 12-6-5 record in five Solheim Cups. Inkster’s faith in Creamer is the kind of heavily weighted tactical choice that might well define her captaincy. That’s often the way it is when a player with a profile as high as Creamer’s is a captain’s pick. Creamer might have slid to No. 40 in the world rankings this week, but she remains one of the game’s biggest stars, still one of the biggest names in golf. We’ve been here before, seeing the most scrutinized captain’s picks shape outcomes and career paths almost before competitions begin. These bold choices can go a number of ways. Back at the Presidents Cup in 2009, Greg Norman chose a struggling Adam Scott as one of his captain’s picks. Norman’s act of faith didn’t produce a victory for his Internationals, but it sparked a resurgence in Scott, paving the way to his ascendance as a major champion and as the world’s No. 1-ranked player. In the 2009 Solheim Cup, Beth Daniel made rookie Michelle Wie a controversial captain’s pick, taking heat from critics who didn’t think Wie deserved the selection. Wie rose to the occasion. She went 3-0-1 and helped the Americans win at Rich Harvest Farms. Back at the Ryder Cup in 1995, the outcome wasn’t so favorable for Lanny Wadkins, who made a captain’s pick of Curtis Strange, believing his friend’s leadership and experience would help the Americans despite Strange being six years removed from his last victory. It backfired. Strange went 0-3 and lost a decisive singles match to Nick Faldo with Europe winning the cup by a single point. There’s no telling how Inkster’s faith in Creamer will play out, whether it’s a decisive choice or not, but Inkster knows there’s going to be extra pressure on Creamer being a pick. That’s among reasons Inkster and Creamer huddled in a bar/restaurant near Vancouver Golf Club on Saturday night, after Creamer missed the cut at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. “Being a captain’s pick, there’s going to be more pressure on her,” Inkster said. “I told her that. I said, ‘You think there was pressure on you trying to make the team? It’s going to be 10 times that over there because you’re a captain’s pick.’ I’ve played as a captain’s pick, and it’s the hardest thing to do. I had to know she would be ready for that. She told me she was ready.” Creamer told Inkster more than that. “She has a lot of confidence in herself, and that’s what I wanted to hear,” Inkster said. “When I left, I had an awesome feeling she was ready to go.” There are 12 Americans Inkster is assigning the task of winning the Solheim Cup. Of course, it isn’t all on Creamer, but her great history in this event, her passion for it, naturally singles her out as a storyline. That Inkster’s captaincy should be integrally linked to Creamer makes sense. There has been a bond between these two since Creamer’s first Solheim Cup, when the teenage rookie first teamed with the veteran Inkster as partners helping the Americans win at Crooked Stick 10 years ago. Fittingly, they won their first match together in 2005 in foursomes, defeating Laura Davies and Maria Hjorth, 3 and 2. It’s fitting because alternate-shot is the ultimate team format, the toughest and truest partnership in team golf. In foursomes, partners are at the mercy of each other more than any other format. You live with the shot your partner leaves you. But the thing is, the best partners know that sometimes they’re going to leave each other in bad spots, but they trust they’ll take turns bailing each other out. That’s where Inkster and Creamer are again. They’re headed to Germany in three weeks trusting that there will be challenges trying to keep Europe from winning the Solheim Cup for a third consecutive event, but they’re going to bail each other out. “From the moment I heard Juli was going to be the captain, it put a big smile on my face,” Creamer said. “Now to play under her is pretty special.” Over the last two seasons, Creamer has struggled to reconcile swing changes with equipment changes, specifically the way she used to bend her irons to help her hit higher shots. Her swing changes complicated the nature of the bounce in her new irons. Her confidence waned with the challenges. “It sounds crazy, but I’m so close to finding it,” Creamer said. “I feel like I’m in a really good place right now.” Inkster said the rest of the American team strongly wanted Creamer. She said they believe in her, too. Inkster also thinks the match-play format will draw out Creamer’s best instincts. “I think Paula deserves a chance to play on the Solheim Cup,” Inkster said. “She has earned that spot. It wasn’t like she finished 30th on the points. She finished 12th. So it wasn’t really going outside the box to grab her. “I have a ton of confidence in her … I love where her head’s at. I love her. I think she’s going to be great over there.”last_img read more