Naples Breaktime Lounge catches fire

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended 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 commentsDC 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 NAPLES, Fla. – Fire crews responded to the Breaktime Lounge just before 7 a.m. Monday morning. Greater Naples Fire and Naples Fire Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire at the bar and pool hall at 4630 Gulfstream Drive in East Naples.Investigators say it was kitchen fire that is still under investigation. No injuries were reported. No Content Available RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Breatime Loungelast_img read more

Doubts over LSE, Deutsche Boerse merger

first_img Negative 2021 outlook on exchange, clearing sector: Fitch In a statement late Sunday, LSE said the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union (EU), was demanding that the company sell its majority stake in MTS, an electronic trading platform for European wholesale government bonds, to resolve competition concerns. The LSE said this would be “detrimental” to its business in Italy and the fortunes of the combined company if the merger were completed. Its board therefore concluded that “it could not commit to the divestment of MTS,” and that it believes the Commission would likely reject the merger. Shares in the LSE were down 3.2% at 3,025 pence in London on Monday, while those in Deutsche Boerse were 2.9% lower at 79.26 euros in Frankfurt. The companies had said that merging would allow them to expand and offer customers more products and services. The plan called for them to be united under a U.K.-based holding company, an idea some in Germany questioned in the light of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. Associated Press Nasdaq sharpens market surveillance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian IPO market limps through Q3, PwC reportscenter_img London Stock Exchange Group PLC’s (LSE) merger with Deutsche Boerse AG has been thrown into doubt after the LSE decided it couldn’t comply with last-minute conditions that European regulators have imposed. The deal, announced almost a year ago, would have created a company worth $30 billion in which the German financial exchange would own a 54.4% stake. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies London Stock Exchange last_img read more

Christmas in NPSP in full swing

first_imgChristmas in NPSP in full swing Christmas has well and truly arrived in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters with plenty of events, attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy.“Christmas is always a wonderful time in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and although it looks a little different this year, I believe our community spirit is as strong as ever and will ensure our City continues to shine bright through the Festive season,” said Mayor Robert Bria.Despite cancellation of the iconic Norwood Christmas Pageant due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on public gatherings, the Council is offering a range of other events, attractions and activities.“This Saturday night, Norwood Oval will host more than 1,100 people for a free screening of the popular Christmas movie, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’.”Due to limited capacity and in accordance with current State Government restrictions and health guidelines, bookings for Movie on the Oval are essential and can be made through the Council’s website.“The health and well-being of everyone in our community is a priority for the Council and we ask that everyone adheres to physical distancing and health guidelines at all Council events and attractions,” says Mayor Robert Bria.For the first time, the Council has worked closely with local traders to develop a digital Advent Calendar filled with daily special offers and discounts.“If you needed any more reasons to shop local this Christmas then this is it—our local traders have really come to the Christmas table with fantastic offers and I can’t stress the importance of throwing support behind our local businesses enough.”In another first, the Council has embraced augmented reality technology to bring Santa and his friends out of isolation at the North Pole and to The Parade, Norwood.“I am really excited that the Council is taking bold steps and exploring new technologies to bring unique experiences to people of all ages.”“With limited and restricted Christmas events and activities this year, it’s great to see children in particular, already exploring the pop-up animations and having a photo with Santa.”The augmented reality animations can be found by using the free Arloopa app at four locations along The Parade, indicated with a footpath decal featuring a QR code.Once again, the Council’s Libraries are running a program of Christmas activities and events including a free Christmas movie screening and craft workshops.Residents of Ninth Avenue have once again adorned their homes with annual Christmas light displays — which over the years has become a popular attraction and helped to build a strong community spirit.“This installation, as well as all other Christmas light displays across our City, will be a sign of hope, and a source of happiness for locals and visitors alike.”There’s plenty more to explore at the annual Festive Gallery on Osmond which will be complemented by collection of Norwood Christmas Pageant floats located on Osmond Terrace.“The Festive Gallery on Osmond is a great example of the Council collaborating with local schools and children to create a popular destination for residents and visitors during the festive season,” said Mayor Bria.“However, we know that Christmas can be difficult for some, so the Council is again collecting books as part of the Give the Gift of Reading initiative.”The community is encouraged to donate books, colouring or activity packs at the Norwood Town Hall and Council Libraries which will be gifted to children in need through Backpacks for SA Kids, as well as donate non-perishable food to the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul on The Parade, Norwood.As we prepare to celebrate with family and loved ones, Mayor Robert Bria encourages everyone to continue to show kindness to others.“This has been a tough year—where possible, take the time to reach out to members of our community experiencing isolation, loneliness and hardship. A smile, a wave or an unexpected helping hand can make all the difference to someone’s day.” /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:augmented reality, children, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, community, council, covid-19, digital, Family, Government, happiness, local council, loneliness, Norwood Payneham & St Peters, running, SA, Salvation Army, season, South Australia, technology, websitelast_img read more

Federal Govt failing to deliver equitable funding for public schools

first_imgFederal Govt failing to deliver equitable funding for public schools The annual Report into Government Services (ROGS) provides evidence of the fundamental failure of the Federal Government to ensure that public schools across Australia have the funding needed for their students.In what can only be viewed as complete abandonment of the public school sector by the Federal Government, ROGS has delivered damning statistics which demonstrate the deeply inequitable school funding policies and legislation of the Morrison Government.According to the Productivity Commission’s annual Report into Government Services (ROGS):Non-government school funding per student grew 2.7 times faster than public school funding per student in the last decade. In the ten years to 2017-18, government funding for non-government schools rose by 33.9 per cent. Meanwhile, per-student government funding for public schools only increased by 13.2 per cent in the same period.Since the Federal Coalition was elected in 2013-14, private school per-student recurrent funding has increased at twice the rate of increase of public schools per student recurrent funding; 21.7% versus 11.4%.Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe said that ROGS had once again exposed the Federal Government’s failure to ensure fair funding, resources and support for all students and highlighted its ongoing ideological commitment to increasing the funding of private schools.“ROGS clearly shows that over the past decade, government funding of public schools has grown at less than half the rate of that of private schools,” Ms Haythorpe said.“While private schools continue to enjoy billion-dollar special funding deals, public schools have a $19 billion funding shortfall and have been denied the funding they need to reach the Schooling Resource Standard by 2023.”“ROGS shows that public school enrolments are growing, with 2.6 million FTE students enrolled, highlighting the need for additional expenditure on capital works and recurrent funding,” Ms Haythorpe said.“The Federal Government’s school funding legislation denies public schools the vital resources needed for our students and entrenches inequality between public and private schools,” Ms Haythorpe said.“National action on the critically important issue of funding for public schools is long overdue. The Federal Government must ensure that all public schools are funded to 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard to deliver the funding and resources needed to provide a high quality education for all students.” /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:Australia, Australian, Australian Education Union, Commission, education, Federal, federal government, Government, inequality, legislation, Morrison, Morrison Government, President, Productivity Commission, resources, statisticslast_img read more

PM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff

first_imgRelatedPM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has said that provisions have been made in the 2010/11 Budget to satisfy the Government’s obligations to Air Jamaica’s staff.“We have made provisions in the budget to satisfy, promptly, all our obligations to the staff of Air Jamaica, some of whom will be offered employment by Caribbean Airlines,” he said during his contribution to the 2010/11 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, today (April 20).The Prime Minister told the House that Caribbean Airlines is committed to servicing the routes that are vital to Jamaica’s interests.“They will fly these routes under the Air Jamaica flag, at least for the initial period, under licence from the Government of Jamaica,” he added.He noted that while it would have been ideal to keep the airline “in Jamaican hands”, no plausible offer was forthcoming and every study done suggested that its chances of success hinged on being merged with another carrier, in order to achieve the necessary economies.He lamented that, ever since the deregulation of commercial aviation internationally, air transportation has become a “cut-throat business” with over US$1 billion in accumulated losses.The national carrier Air Jamaica and the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines have agreed on a new takeover deadline of April 30, pushed back from the previous target date of April 12.In the meantime, the Prime Minster informed Parliament that the privatisation of the Sangster International Airport has gone well, and an enterprise team has been established to pursue a similar strategy for the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).He said that the NMIA offers significant new economic opportunities, including possible benefits from offering easier air travel between the Far East and sections of Europe, on the one hand, and South America, on the other.“In recent times, the US Department of Homeland Security has introduced transit visa requirements for all but 36 countries. Passengers from all other countries are required to obtain transit visas in order to make connecting flights in the US,” he explained.He said that NMIA which has significant excess capacity can provide a visa-free, hassle-free connecting point between these two ends of the world, adding that it offers significant possibilities for increased business in the provision of services and supplies to aircraft and in-transit passengers.“It is a window of opportunity that will not remain open for long. Other neighbouring countries also recognise these opportunities, and we are moving swiftly to formally invite proposals for establishing NMIA as a strategic hub for transatlantic travel,” he added.He said that expressions of interest have been received from a number of reputable entities.He stated that privatisation programme, such as these, are critical in relieving the burden on commercial activities that have drained the public purse, and to allow for private capital to make the kind of investments in entities that the Government is not able to make. RelatedPM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff RelatedPM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staffcenter_img PM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff Office of the Prime MinisterApril 21, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Children’s Hospital to Receive Kidney Disease Detection Machine

first_imgRelatedNational Health Fund – A Decade of Advancing Health Care Children’s Hospital to Receive Kidney Disease Detection Machine Health & WellnessMarch 25, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Paediatric kidney patients in Jamaica and across the region will benefit from increased diagnostic treatment options at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) with the proposed purchase of a fluoroscopy machine valued at $54.7 million.Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has disclosed that the National Health Fund (NHF) has secured funds to procure the state-of-art equipment, which is key to the early detection of kidney disease.Additionally, the LIME Foundation has handed over a cheque valued at $3 million to purchase accessories to improve the functionality of the machine as well as provide technical support.The 283-bed health facility will become the only public health institution in the Caribbean to have this vital equipment.Speaking at a special ceremony at the BHC on Tuesday, March 25, Dr. Ferguson said the fluoroscopy machine is a critical part of the diagnostic tools necessary for any modern health care facility.He noted that the equipment will not only enable early detection of kidney disease and other illnesses, but will also enable doctors to share files and images with other specialists anywhere in the world.Dr. Ferguson said the treatment of kidney disease is of great concern to the Ministry of Health. He noted that among the plans is the development of a national policy as it relates to kidney transplant as well as the establishment of a National Paediatric Renal Working Group that has begun to chart a road map to tackle chronic kidney disease.Chairman of the LIME Foundation, Errol Miller, said the foundation was very happy to be contributing to the purchase and equipping of such a vital tool for the hospital.He informed that the funds were raised during the inaugural 6k ‘Run for the Kids’ charity road race, which was held in Portmore, St. Catherine in January.“We have $3 million that was raised from the race and what it will do is pay for the enhancements to the machine, which will make it even more effective and more valuable to the hospital,” he stated.In expressing gratitude to both the government and the LIME Foundation, Acting Board Chairman, BHC, Dr. Andri Cooke, said the machine will go a far way in helping to diagnose and control kidney disease in children across Jamaica and the Caribbean. RelatedUlster Spring Health Centre Refurbishing Contract To Be Signed Shortly Story HighlightsA fluoroscopy machine, valued at $54.7 million, has been purchased for the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC).NHF has secured funds to procure the state-of-art equipment, which is key to the early detection of kidney disease.The 283-bed health facility will become the only public health institution in the Caribbean to have this vital equipment.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedTuberculosis Infection Rates Down Advertisementslast_img read more

Noteworthy – GREAT SHOWS CONTINUE!

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsNoteworthy – GREAT SHOWS CONTINUE! Dec. 12, 2019 at 6:00 amColumnsEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsNoteworthyNoteworthy – GREAT SHOWS CONTINUE!Charles Andrews1 year ago1984La BohemeMagic FluteMahlerX LET’S GET RIGHT TO ITHIGHLY RECOMMENDED:X, LOS STRAITJACKETS (X is, IS, LA rock, going into their fifth decade with the original lineup and most of their energy intact, I always tell people you ain’t lived until you’ve seen X playing a hometown gig, Los Straitjackets have also been around forever and are my favorite instrumental band and favorite surf rock band because not only have they absorbed the style into their very DNA, they also elevate the genre, still performing anonymously in their Mexican wrestling masks), Thurs: Dec. 19 and Fri Dec. 20, 9 p.m., Teragram Ballroom, DTLA, $38-$100 (listed as sold out so you’ll have to go there and beg, which you should for this show).TONIGHT! — THE MAGIC FLUTE – LA OPERA (the outrageous preview videos were entrancing and it turns out spot on but didn’t fully prepare me for what I saw, LA Opera staged this before, so did Berlin and it garnered the rave reviews it deserves, like nothing I’ve ever seen, Magic Flute the most popular opera there is but this staging with exploding brilliant backdrops of dizzying whirling Betty Boop meets steampunk with Buster Keaton, Nosferatu and animation surrounding the singers coming out of three levels onto small platforms, do not trip on those backstage stairs! – to sing while coordinating their movements with the visuals swirling around them, there were a few scattered moments when the visual chaos overpowered the pure opera, how can they even keep their minds focused, a visual-aural treat you must not miss, only two performances left), Thurs 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, DTLA, $199-$399.PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT presents LA BOHEME (aka “The Hipsters,” I usually make a face at that term but this production gets an upgrade to HIGHLY from last week’s sight-unheard RECOMMENDED because it is such fun, so well acted and sung and staged with great humor, the actors sing the original Italian lyrics but what you see on the translation screen often doesn’t exactly match — “let us go check out the food trucks on Figueroa,” “chill out, dude, don’t deflect” — Puccini’s 1830s Paris tale lands modernly in Highland Park, with current events and language inserted for laughs, their shows always sell out and these are the last two performances so best get busy if you want to see a Boheme you’ll never see again, but! also livestreaming Sat 8 p.m., Youtube and Facebook), Fri, Sat 8 p.m., Highland Park Ebell Club, $15-$30, tables $60-$180 include food, wine, cushioned seats.RECOMMENDED:TONIGHT! — JULIA MIGENES (takes us back to the Paris of Piaf and Picasso, Django and Hemingway, an evening of personal stories from her amazing long career — she debuted at The Met at 3 — and nostalgic French chansons by Aznavour, Ferre, Brel, Legrand, music does elicit the entire spectrum of human emotion and in this show she magically transports us to the romantic Paris that no longer exists, but in those songs always will, at The Odyssey exclusively, like, you will not get to see this show in NY, Paris or London, only WLA, ends Sat), Thurs, Sat 8 p.m., Odyssey Theatre, WLA, $40.TONIGHT! — LA PHIL performs TCHAIKOVSKY & COPLAND with MTT (oh, okay, go ahead and write me nasty notes but I’m not all in on all Tchaikovsky, or Copland, but the former leads with one of the most famous openings in all music, and the Copland 3rd contains several pieces of his Theme for the Common Man, and who doesn’t want to see Michael Tilson Thomas swing a baton again on our stage so, okay, go), Thurs 8 p.m., Fri 11 a.m., plus one of them there rehearsals they let the well heeled-patrons sit in on, Thurs 10 a.m. for those LA Phil subscribers at Sonata Level and up, you know who you are, Disney Hall, DTLA, $69-$219.TONIGHT! – B OB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER (they’re back! aw, we’ve missed you guys but now they’re home again for one night, on the Pier at the Merry-Go-Round deck, for two holiday shows with classic songs of the season and Bob Baker favorites, bring the whole family for puppetry, singalongs and holiday cheer), Thurs 6 & 7 p.m., SM Pier, free.SAMOHI CHOIRS Winter Concert (you should never miss anything Jeffe Huls’s talented, well-directed singers present, they are extraordinary, delivering at a very high professional level and the Winter Concert is maybe their best, Motus Perpetuus, perpetual motion, features all the choirs performing from around Barnum Hall, not just the stage but the aisles, balcony, rear of the theater, a live surround sound experience), Fri 7 p.m., Barnum Hall, SM, still free as far as I can tell but you should definitely feed the donation bucket.TRACE BUNDY (OK I never do this but never say never, don’t know him at all but decided to watch parts of two videos and I think I have to recommend him, where are all these acoustic guitar wizards coming from?), Fri 8 p.m., McCabes. SM, $25.BAD HABITS (haven’t seen it yet but when does the Ruskin Group do anything less than terrific and this is a family affair starring Orson Bean and wife Alley Mills of The Wonder Years and The Bold & the Beautiful, written by master Steve Mazur who gave us the unforgettable Sneaky Ole Time there, and it’s full of nuns, I just don’t think you can go wrong), Fri, Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Ruskin Group Theatre, SMO, $20-$35.1984 (stage adaptation of the chilling George Orwell novel, returning from a world tour with Tim Robbins directing and in the role of Big Bro’s buddy O’Brien, tricky, daring, imaginative, excellent staging, adaptation from the novel by Michael Gene Sullivan, use of sound is really really good, innovative, Will Thomas McFadden’s Winston is a good mix of defiance and crushed spirit, listed as completely sold out but, you know, give it a shot, last three performances), Fri, Sat, Sun 8 p.m., The Actors’ Gang Theater, Culver City, $20-$35.JAZZ BAKERY presents OPEN HANDS with PATRICE RUSHEN (definitely an all-star quartet also featuring Justo Almario on sax, bassist Abraham Laboriel and Bill Maxwell on drums, don’t miss this one), Sat 8 p.m., The Jazz Bakery, Moss Theater, New Roads School, SM, $25-$35.SANTA MONICA SYMPHONY presents MAHLER’S 5TH (I love our 75-year-old symphony orchestra, such a source of local pride, gifting us six times a year with familiar and adventuresome works, always well-played, kudos to the organization, the musicians and especially to music director Guido Lamell and now we get Mahler, m’man, so gorgeous and emotional but not an easy play), Sat 7:30 p.m., Barnum Theater, Samohi, free.LIQUID KITTY’S PUNK ROCK BBQ – Pre-Xmas Edition (can you drag your sorry behinds out of bed by one on a Sunday, well if you can you can have some good clean cheap fun at Harvelle’s as the boys from the gone but not forgotten Liquid Kitty bring their punk rock BBQ tradition to downton SM with free grilled dogs, cheap drinks, no cover and five bands, see website for band times but you’ll see/hear a parade of bands and various punk rockers with pedigree, a history that refuses to die), Sun 1 – 6 p.m., Harvelle’s, DTSM, free.JACARANDA presents ORGANIC SERIES II (celebrate the season and the “new” kickass organ at the 1st Pres under the fleet fingers and toes of James Walker, including their co-commissioned David Lang composition for treble voice – Felicity Robles – and organ, some Bach, Ives, Gounod, I love sweet and powerful organ music). Sun 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, DTSM, $10-$25.BARBARA MORRISON (it’s the fabulous blues-jazz voice of Barbara Morrison, at another venue you might pay $20-40 but the comfy confines of Pips are her sometime home, take advantage), Tues 7 p.mPips on La Brea, LA, freeCOMING ATTRACTIONS: YOUNG DUBLINERS, 12/28. Harvelles, DTSM; MEHTA’S MAHLER, #2, “Resurrection,” 1/3, 4, 5 – 2020, M. CONDUCTS WAGNER, SCHOENBERG, WEBERN, 1/10, 11, 12 – 2020, JASON ISBELL acoustic, 1/10 – 2020, Disney Hall, DTLA; LIBRARY GIRL, 1/12 – 2020, Ruskin Group Theatre, SMO; JOACHIM COODER, 1/12 – 2020, DAVE ALVIN & FRIENDS: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney, 1/18 – 2020, ERIC ANDERSEN, SCARLET RIVERA, 1/25 – 2020, McCabe’s, SM.Charles Andrews has listened to a lot of music of all kinds, including more than 2,000 live shows. He has lived in Santa Monica for 33 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. Really. Send love and/or rebuke to him at [email protected] :1984La BohemeMagic FluteMahlerXshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLetter To The Editor – When will it stop?Luxury hotel to offer 72 affordable rooms under Coastal Commission agreementYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more

Nokia now facing $1.1B tax bill in India – report

first_img Author WhatsApp sues India over new internet regulations Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 DEC 2013 Ken Wieland Previous ArticleBharti Airtel, Reliance Jio strike network sharing dealNext ArticleFCC in-flight call plan meets political and public opposition Home Nokia now facing $1.1B tax bill in India – report Tags Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft India’s authorities are threatening Nokia with a tax bill of around $1.1 billion – three times as much as the Finnish supplier was previously willing to pay to settle a dispute – according to a Financial Times (FT) report.  Nokia’s Chennai factory, one of the company’s biggest phone-making plants, was seized by the country’s authorities in September – around the same time as news broke that the Finnish company agreed the sale of its Devices & Services unit to Microsoft.The drastic action was taken against the backdrop of an investigation by India’s revenue department into a INR23 billion ($375 million) claim related to payments made by Nokia’s Indian subsidiary to its parent company in Finland.Nokia is reported to have offered at least €355 million to India’s tax authorities to settle the dispute, enabling the asset transfer to Microsoft.However, “two people familiar with the situation”, according to the FT, confirmed that India’s revenue department now expects to raise a further tax claim of INR45 billion.The sum relates to alleged non-payment of similar taxes on international transfers to its parent (which stretch over a longer period of time than when the INR23 billion fee was calculated).An Indian court will announce on 12 December its verdict on Nokia’s appeal against the seizure of the Chennai factory, according to Reuters. Related FinancialIndiaMicrosoftNokiaRegulatorylast_img read more

Axiata profit rebounds on group-wide growth

first_img Previous ArticleSupply issues slow Lenovo mobile recoveryNext ArticleTPG Telecom partners Rakuten on OpenRAN Tags Axiata Group returned to profit in the final quarter of 2019, with its two largest mobile businesses in Indonesia and Malaysia leading a recovery across all operating units.The Malaysia-headquartered company recorded a net profit of MYR404 million ($96.3 million), rebounding from a loss of MYR1.79 billion in Q4 2018. It attributed the improvement to a better operational performance and a one-off MYR1.8 billion impairment in the prior year.Group operating revenue was flat year-on-year at MYR6.27 billion.The operator said all of its operating companies were profitable, highlighting improvements XL in Indonesia and Robi in Bangladesh. Its domestic unit, Celcom,returned to profit despite a double-digit drop in revenue.Axiata Group chairman Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid said: “The excellent set of results delivered signals the group is on the right track with its profit and cash focus.”Mobile unitsXL revenue grew 10.5 per cent to MRY1.9 billion, driven by strong data growth. Profit returned to the black at MYR36.5 million versus a net loss of MYR896.1 million in Q4 2018. Data accounted for 89 per cent of service revenue.Celcom’s revenue dropped 10.3 per cent to MYR1.72 billion, mainly due to lower device sales, and a drop in domestic interconnect and roaming rates. Net profit of MYR247 million compared with an MRY217 loss in Q4 2018, following a 54 per cent drop in depreciation and amortisation costs due to a one-time asset write-off.Revenue at Robi grew 6.2 per cent to MYR928.6 million, boosted by strong data growth, while its Sri Lanka unit Dialog posted a 1.6 per cent rise to MYR683 million.Ncell in Nepal saw revenue drop 8.3 per cent to MYR469 million, due to declines in almost all business segments after the government lowered interconnect charges. Revenue at Smart in Cambodia grew 5.1 per cent to MYR339 million, driven by continued expansion in data revenue.Tower business edotco’s revenue rose 15.5 per cent to MYR468 million.New leadershipLast month, the company named Izzaddin Idris as the replacement for current president and CEO Jamaludin Ibrahim, who is due to retire at the end of the year.Khalid said the board is aware of the need for a smooth and successful transition, with both Ibrahim and Idris working closely in the coming months. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Telenor, Axiata plot Malaysian merger Related Home Axiata profit rebounds on group-wide growth SoftBank buys into Axiata digital marketing unit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 FEB 2020 Author Joseph Waring 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 Axiata Group cautious on earnings AxiataCelcomDialogRobiSmartXLlast_img read more

Monday Scramble: U.S. Open as epic as Women’s PGA?

first_imgBrooke Henderson wins an instant classic, Daniel Berger knocks down the door, a brutal U.S. Open looms and more in this week’s edition of the Monday Scramble: The only person with a wider smile today than Henderson is LPGA commissioner Mike Whan. Women’s golf was the big winner Sunday.  Yes, technically, Henderson became the second-youngest major winner in history at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, but there was no shortage of heroines in the Pacific Northwest.  In her first full season on tour, Henderson, 18, cemented her place among the game’s best players. Lydia Ko, 19, vying to become just the fifth woman to win three consecutive majors, proved gracious in defeat. Ariya Jutanugarn, 20, bidding for her fourth win in a row, powered her way to another high finish. And tree-lined Sahalee, left off the men’s and women’s major radar for nearly two decades, was a smashing success in its return to a big stage. The final round of the Women’s PGA was one of the most compelling in LPGA history, a highlight-reel finish even in a crowded sports week. It’s a dream scenario for Whan and the LPGA brass, and the rest of the major season could make 2016 a transformative year for the women’s game. 1. For months, maybe even years now, all we’ve been hearing is how the future of the game is bright on the LPGA tour. Enough already. Ko, Henderson, Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson – all 21 or younger – aren’t just the “future” of the women’s game. They’re the present, too. It’s obvious that they’re the best the LPGA has to offer – a quartet that is powerful, ambitious, compelling, fan-friendly and, most of all, loaded with talent. They’ve elevated the LPGA to another level, adding a dose of excitement that was sorely lacking over the past few years. Make no mistake, the future IS bright, with another decade of intriguing duels sure to unfold. But the present is awfully good, too.     2. Which Henderson shot was the most impressive during the Showdown at Sahalee? There were plenty to choose from during her closing 65. From the 90-foot eagle on 11 to the 40-foot birdie on 17 to the 90-yard up-and-down on 18 to the cold-blooded 7-iron to 3 feet in the playoff, Henderson put on a clinic to capture her first major title. “I’m happy with the way I played,” said Ko, who shot a bogey-free 66 of her own in the final round. “I just got outplayed.”  3. As this season progressed, it became clear that Berger was on the verge of a breakthrough. The 2015 Rookie of the Year had six top-20 finishes in his last seven stroke-play starts entering last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic.  With the victory, Berger moved from 25th to 12th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. With his combination of talent and swagger, he would make a fun addition to the American squad come late September. 4. Dustin Johnson has eight consecutive seasons with a PGA Tour victory, and he’s had several chances this year to extend the longest active streak in the game. He began the final round at Riviera, Houston and Memorial just one off the lead. He blew up on the weekend at Torrey Pines and on the final day at Doral. And even last week in Memphis he had a prime opportunity, only to shoot 73 in the third round.  Surprising, sure, but he’ll enter this week’s Oakmont Open as one of the main protagonists. Again. He shot 29 on his final nine holes Sunday for a closing 63 and a second consecutive top-five finish. “Right now I have a lot of confidence,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been playing really well.”  And speaking of players who headed north with good vibes …  5. Phil Mickelson posted his third top-three finish in the past four years at the St. Jude Classic. What will it mean for his Open chances? Consider this when filling out your major pools: • The only other time Mickelson tied for second in Memphis, in 2013, he went on to hold the 54-hole lead the following week at Merion. We all know how that turned out.  • In 2014, he was tied for fourth after three rounds before fading to a T-11. The following week, in his return to Pinehurst, he was 28th.  • Last year, he finished joint third at TPC Southwind but never had a chance at Chambers Bay, tying for 64th.  Lefty was No. 1 in putting in Memphis, pouring in a whopping 434 feet worth of putts over four days … but he also found less than half the fairways. That won’t fly at Oakmont. Mickelson has played there twice in competition, in the 1994 and ’07 U.S. Opens. He shot rounds of 74-77 at the ’07 Open – just the second time he’s missed the cut in the year’s second major.  “It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish another second place,” he smirked.    6. Another big bopper is trending, as well: Brooks Koepka. After a playoff loss at the Nelson, Koepka came back with a tie for second at the St. Jude, three shots behind Berger. Most encouraging for this week’s Open? He was ranked inside the top 5 in strokes gained-tee to green, proximity to the hole and scrambling.  “My game is peaking,” he said.  7. Yes, indeed, it’s officially Oakmont Open week, which means we’re setting the over/under on the words “hard” and “tough” at 8,395.5 for the next seven days. More than its church-pew bunkers or Johnny Miller’s 63, Oakmont is best known among golf fans for its sheer difficulty.  At 7,200 yards, it’s the shortest course on the Open rota. But the place isn’t tricked out, either – USGA setup czar Mike Davis said the fairways will be the same width, the rough will be the same length, the bunkers will be prepared the same way, the hole locations will be in the same areas and the greens speeds will be similar. They just so happen to be the fastest, and most undulating, greens in golf. Prior to 2007, the last five Opens held there were won with an under-par score. No one expects that to be the case this year, not with shoe-swallowing rough and greens that will push 14 1/2 on the Stimpmeter. Those who have seen the course already have noted the similarities to ’07, when Angel Cabrera won at 5 over par.  With rain and wind in the forecast, a har- … sorry, a brutal course will only get more difficult. 8. With all of that said, here are one man’s favorites for the U.S. Open: Jason Day: His driving, short game and course management are huge advantages at this type of test, which helps explain why he has four top-10s in five Open appearances. Dustin Johnson: If he’s driving the ball in play, few Open venues will set up better for him. It remains to be seen whether he can smartly navigate his way around such a demanding course. Rory McIlroy: Peaking at the right time, the only question mark is how his putting stroke will hold up on these torturous greens. Jordan Spieth: He tends to thrive at more difficult courses, which place a greater emphasis on the short game and reward discipline. Hideki Matsuyama: His iron play is so good that he’s bound to be in the mix, especially in what figures to be an over-par slugfest. Adam Scott: He’s cooled since a torrid spring, but his rock-solid game has produced top-15s in three of the past four Opens. Sergio Garcia: Back in the winner’s circle at the Nelson, but he opened with 79 the last time the Open was at Oakmont. Rickie Fowler: Which Fowler will show up this week: the one with six top-10s this season, or the guy who has two consecutive missed cuts and hasn’t been better than 30th in his past four majors? Patrick Reed: Something has to give this week: He has the most top-10s on Tour this season (nine), but he’s still looking for his first top-10 in a major. Justin Rose: The 2013 champion would be higher on this list if not for a back injury that knocked him out of the Memorial. Enters the week with seven top-20s in his past eight stroke-play events. 9. Want an indication of how this week will go? These Instagram posts from Justin Thomas, Byeong-Hun An and Max Kieffer should give you a pretty good idea. Look, we’re all for a gut-check U.S. Open, but when conditions are this severe, it negates some of the skill required to play the shots.  10. Battling through a thumb injury, Inbee Park mercifully completed her eligibility for the LPGA Hall of Fame last week. At age 27, she is the youngest player to qualify for the Hall, her remarkable career (so far) producing 10 LPGA titles and seven major victories. The next phase of her career is unclear. Park hinted at a long layoff because of the left thumb injury, and she said she would notify the Korean Olympic Committee next month about her availability for the Olympic Games. For the past few months, she has played through the injury in order to record 10 events in 10 seasons. She has only a pair of top-10s this year. 11. When will Tiger Woods return to competition? It’s looking more and more likely that it won’t be this season.  Saying that he wasn’t “physically ready,” Woods bowed out of this week’s U.S. Open and the following week’s Quicken Loans National, which benefits his foundation.  The number of possible return dates is dwindling. Though he could play the July 14-17 Open Championship or July 28-31 PGA, at this point it doesn’t make much sense to come back this season. The regular season ends Aug. 21, and Woods, who has not played at all this season, is unlikely to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Why rush back and risk re-injury when there is little chance of contending after nearly a year’s worth of competitive rust? 12. Bernhard Langer continues to amaze. It’s funny now to think about how much angst there was about Langer post-anchoring ban. The ageless wonder is doing just fine.  The 58-year-old won for the third time this season at the Senior Players Championship. He is second on the over-50 circuit in putting average and first in birdie average. Most impressively, he survived the ultimate test at Philadelphia Cricket Club, where windy conditions made putting with the unanchored long wand even trickier. Langer will slow down eventually (right?), but it won’t be anytime soon. Michelle Wie’s abysmal season continued at the Women’s PGA Championship, where she shot rounds of 78-80 to miss her third consecutive cut. Her travails stand in stark contrast to the brilliant play of the game’s newest stars. Wie’s breakthrough win at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open was supposed to spur her on to great heights, to offset all of the middling years and to begin to fulfill her immense potential. Instead, it’s only served to measure how far she has fallen. In the two injury-plagued years since, she is still waiting for another top-10 finish, let alone a title. After yet another early exit at Sahalee, Wie was skewered by a USA Today columnist for cutting off a 90-second interview.  Now 26, Wie, sadly, is on the verge of being forgotten, passed over by players who are younger, more talented and, most of all, hungrier to succeed. This week’s award winners …  Last Laugh: Berger. On the eve of the final round, the 23-year-old discussed his relationship with Mickelson. “I like to call Phil Philip,” Berger said. “He says only his wife calls him that, I can’t call him that until I win on the PGA Tour. But I still call him that anyway. I don’t care.” And so after Berger raced past him on Sunday and won for the first time on Tour, Mickelson was asked again about their name game. “I just saw him inside,” Lefty said. “Philip it is.” Irony: Steve Stricker qualifies for the Open Championship. After skipping the year’s third major each of the past three years, Stricker was one of the four Open qualifiers in Memphis. He said his potential appearance at Troon will be a “game-time decision,” because that week conflicts with his wedding anniversary.Not Bad for a Golfer: Jason Day. Throwing out the first pitch for the Pirates-Cardinals game, the world No. 1 hurled a 53-mph fastball. Fortunately, no one was injured.  Next LPGA Star Alert: Bronte Law. It was an impressive six days for the rising UCLA senior, who was named the Annika Award winner as the top player in women’s college golf, then became just the second Curtis Cup player in history to go 5-0 in a winning effort for Team GB&I. First Time for Everything: Slow-play penalties at the Curtis Cup. During Saturday four-balls, U.S. team member Bailey Tardy was assessed a two-shot penalty for slow play. She lost the hole and the match, putting the Americans in an even bigger hole. U.S. captain Robin Burke said the penalty was in “poor taste” and that the Ladies Golf Union was inconsistent in doling out penalties and bad times. Sounds familiar. See You Next Year?: Beau Hossler. What was supposed to be a busy summer of pro events has instead turned into a lot of downtime for one of the game’s next great talents. Injured during the NCAA semifinals, Hossler underwent shoulder surgery June 10 and likely won’t return to competition until early 2017. End of an Era: Dunvegan Hotel. St. Andrews’ famed 19th hole will go on the market today after 23 years. Here’s hoping the next owners are as hospitable as Jack and Sheena Willoughby.  Only One LPGAer Can Do This: Jutanugarn. If you need me, I’ll be watching this on an endless loop all day. Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Ryan Palmer. After a T-3 at Colonial and top-25s in three of his last four trips to Memphis, he was an obvious selection for the St. Jude … until he shot 8 over on the weekend and tied for 68th. Sigh.last_img read more