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JPC Head Proposes Greater Investment in S&T to Increase Productivity Levels

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first_imgRelatedJPC Head Proposes Greater Investment in S&T to Increase Productivity Levels RelatedJPC Head Proposes Greater Investment in S&T to Increase Productivity Levels JPC Head Proposes Greater Investment in S&T to Increase Productivity Levels UncategorizedNovember 20, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC), Dr. Charles Douglas, is pointing to the need for greater investment in science and technology (S&T) as one way to boost Jamaica’s declining productivity levels.Speaking against the background of National Science and Technology month in November and the observance of National Productivity Awareness Week from November 18 to 23 under the theme: ‘Enhancing Standards through Productivity Growth,’ Dr. Douglas says that inadequate investment in S&T is among the factors that account for Jamaica’s low labour productivity rate, which declines on average by approximately 0.12 per cent per year.Other factors include insufficient investment in human and physical capital, the high levels of crime, the absence of a productivity culture and bad labour management relationships.Stating that Jamaica spends too little on scientific and technological pursuits, the productivity advocate points out that “large segments of Jamaican enterprises lack adequate product design capabilities, process reconfiguration and production organization, which will give them a competitive edge even in niche markets.”He articulates that, “the provision of such services and technological assistance should be thought of as providing a ‘public good’, much in the sense that the Small Business Administration in the United States or the British Ministry of Industry have done for many years now, disseminating free of charge, technical advice to small and medium size enterprises.”From Dr. Douglas’ perspective, “at the very minimum, policies and programmes are needed to strengthen and accelerate the country’s capacity in technology generation, adoption and transfer.” This is an area, he says, which is ripe for public/private sector partnership.He notes that although progress has been made in the area of information communication technology (ICT), “more rapid diffusion and cost reduction should permit faster productivity growth and competitiveness in world markets for goods and services. Furthermore, ICT should become a major tool for delivering health (e-health), education (e-education) and government services (e-government) in the near term.”Turning to other requirements to achieve improved and sustained worker productivity, the head of the country’s national Productivity Centre – an initiative of the Labour Advisory Committee representing trade unions, the private sector and the government – says it is now universally accepted that investments in education, skills and health are necessary inputs.Stating that “Jamaica systematically loses skilled manpower to more developed industrial countries”, he says that there are policy choices to be made regarding having an education and training system that supplies the skills demanded by employers.Dr. Douglas is not surprised that Jamaica was ranked 63 out of 117 countries in the 2005 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum. He blames the low ranking squarely on the country’s relatively low labour, capital and total factor productivity, which is defined as the efficiency and effectiveness by which labour is combined to produce output.He notes that although some sectors have recorded positive rates of growth in labour productivity over the past decade, these have been below what is required to compete with the main trading partners.“In an environment that is increasingly becoming more globalized and liberalized, the competition is extremely fierce and the only way we can compete effectively is if we have a high level of productivity,” he points out.Stating that productivity is a necessary condition for competitiveness as well as a prime determinant of people’s standard of living, the JPC Executive Director says: “The productivity of our human resources determines employee wages, while the productivity of capital determines the return it earns for its owner.”He says that the improvement in living standards in Trinidad and Tobago should come as no surprise, as labour productivity in that country is “more than three times that of Jamaica and has been growing on average by approximately 3.4 per cent per annum over the past 10 years.”Dr. Douglas reasons further that if Jamaican firms are to become internationally competitive, productivity must become a mass movement and must be given high priority on the national agenda.Noting that “distrust between workers and management in Jamaican companies has also been identified as a factor influencing worker motivation and productivity”, he said that “providing supportive work environments as well as challenging work are critical elements in improving labour motivation and productivity.”Turning to the public sector, Dr. Douglas pointed out that it is harder to implement productivity indicators within this sector as there is the notion among some persons that improved productivity can result in loss of employment.This is a myth, he says, which must be dispelled as improved productivity increases profit and if profits are improved, the capacity of a particular company to expand will increase, and as the company expands, it will require more labour.Productivity, Dr. Douglas assures, will benefit every aspect of life as it will result in improved income, working conditions and job quality. He adds that “labour unions and the management of organisations must pay increasing attention to continuous training and retraining; improve the physical work environment; promote productivity-linked compensation systems; operations management systems, and interpersonal relations in the workplace if labour productivity is to be enhanced and sustained.” It is this enhancement and sustainability that the JPC will seek to promote through its activities planned for National Productivity Awareness Week, which will involve a church service, a mass media productivity sensitization campaign, seminars and workshops.center_img Advertisements RelatedJPC Head Proposes Greater Investment in S&T to Increase Productivity Levelslast_img read more

Retail and hospitality shops reopening and bringing back buzz

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first_imgRetail and hospitality shops reopening and bringing back buzz The number of closed retail and hospitality shops in the City of Melbourne has decreased in the first three months of the year as our economic recovery continues. ​A City of Melbourne survey shows that the number of premises now open and operating has increased by seven per cent in the first quarter of this year.By the end of March, 78 per cent of shops are now operating compared to 71 per cent in December. Only seven per cent of shops are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 compared to 15 per cent in December.Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the buzz is returning to Melbourne as our economic recovery continues, but ongoing support is needed to ensure local businesses begin thriving again.“Every shop that reopens after the pandemic means more Melburnians back at work and it is a clear sign of confidence in the long-term economic future of our city,” the Lord Mayor said.“However, we know the challenges many local businesses still face after enduring the toughest trading conditions in living memory.“Pedestrian data shows the city is still about half as busy compared with an average weekday before the pandemic.“Our city businesses are critical to the fabric of our city and we all need to work together to ensure they help our city return to its vibrant and thriving best.”City of Melbourne staff visited retail and hospitality businesses across the central city and in suburbs such as Docklands, Carlton, North Melbourne and Southbank. The results are as the follows:SURVEY PERIOD BUSINESSES SURVEYEDTEMPORARILY CLOSED VACANT OR FOR LEASEOCCUPIEDNov – Dec 20205050 out of 689815 per cent14 per cent71 per centJan – Feb 20215924 out of 689811 per cent15 per cent74 per centMarch 20217698 out of 8696*7 per cent14 per cent78 per cent*Please note: The total number of retail and hospitality businesses surveyed has expanded in March to include shops in gallerias, arcades and shopping centres as well street-facing businesses.City Activation portfolio lead, Councillor Roshena Campbell, said the City of Melbourne was committed to collecting the most accurate and up-to-date data to ensure our advocacy efforts were targeted effectively.“Council officers have been pounding the pavement to monitor the impacts on COVID-19 on our retail and hospitality businesses,” Cr Campbell said.“This data is critical so we can respond quickly and provide support to help businesses reopen and keep operating in a viable way.“The retail sector normally contributes $2.1 billion to the City of Melbourne’s economy, so getting cash registers ringing in our retail stores is key to our economic recovery.“We continue to support city businesses with extra marketing support to welcome workers back and encourage Melburnians to rediscover what’s on offer“We are investing in our city’s economic recovery through the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund in partnership with the Victorian Government.” /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, cash, City of Melbourne, council, covid-19, Economy, future, Government, Melbourne, memory, pandemic, Pedestrian, Retail, retail sector, survey, Victorialast_img read more

CU-Boulder students to host ‘Spacevision’ conference Oct. 27-30, featuring Bill Nye, industry leaders

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first_imgNASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver talks with CU-Boulder aerospace engineering students at an Oct. 21 roundtable discussion on career opportunities and the future of the space program. (Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado) Published: Oct. 24, 2011 Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Aerospace engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder will host the annual Students for the Exploration and Development of Space conference, SpaceVision 2011, in Boulder Oct. 27-30.Bill Nye, who serves as executive director of The Planetary Society and is well known for his “Bill Nye the Science Guy” TV series, will open the conference with a keynote talk Thursday night starting at 7:30 p.m. at the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom. Nye’s presentation is open to the general public; tickets can be purchased for $10 each on the conference website at www.spacevision2011.com.The conference, which will continue Friday through Sunday at the Millennium Hotel in Boulder, is the largest student-organized space conference in the nation. More than 300 students from around the country are expected to attend sessions exploring the future of aerospace engineering, entrepreneurship and government policy.Other high-profile speakers will include Col. Chris Crawford, commander of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Simon “Pete” Worden (Brig. Gen., retired), director of NASA Ames Research Center; and George Nield, associate administrator for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration.Representatives of Virgin Galactic, Google, SpaceX and Southwest Research Institute also will participate in addition to primary conference sponsors Sierra Nevada Corp., Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, The Space Foundation and the CU-Boulder Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.The general public also is invited to participate in the conference. Online registration, which starts at $50 for students (any grade) will continue through Wednesday. For more information go to www.spacevision2011.com.last_img read more

Graduate student government conducting survey on fees, benefits

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first_img Published: Jan. 21, 2021 The Graduate and Professional Student Government Graduate Fees and Benefits Committee is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of the economic situation graduate and professional students face. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and closes at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 31.If you have questions or thoughts that do not fit into the survey, please email [email protected]:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img

Doctoral student’s hypersonics modeling research honored

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first_imgPublished: May 12, 2021 • By Josh Rhoten Minton Researching chemical interactions for hypersonic vehicles Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Macdonald studying computational fluid dynamics at hypersonic speeds Categories:StudentsFacultyResearch Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via E-mail Pawel SawickiPawel Sawicki, a PhD student in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder, is the lead author on a paper that recently won the AIAA Thermophysics Best Student Paper award at SciTech 2021. The article – titled “Influence of Chemical Kinetics Models on Plasma Generation in Hypersonic Flight” – describes a new approach to modeling data around hypersonic flight conditions. Sawicki recenty transferred to CU Boulder as part of the Nonequilibrium Gas & Plasma Dynamics Laboratory run by Professor Iain Boyd, who moved from the University of Michigan in 2019. The paper is the first conference entry from the group while at CU Boulder and their sixth best paper award from AIAA overall.We asked Sawicki about the work, his time at CU Boulder, and why the college and department is becoming a national powerhouse in the field of hypersonics.Question: How would you describe the work and results of this paper to a high school student? Answer: As an aircraft goes faster and faster it will eventually go supersonic, and a shockwave will form in front of it. If that same vehicle goes even faster, that shockwave can heat the air around it to extreme temperatures. The general consensus of where this change starts to matter is around Mach 5, when the vehicle becomes hypersonic. In a hypersonic environment, the air molecules – mostly nitrogen and oxygen – will start to break down chemically. They will split apart and even ionize, releasing electrons from the atoms. When the air has a significant number of ions and electrons present from this change, we start to call it a plasma.This breakdown occurs rather quickly, often around a tenth of a millisecond. But everything about hypersonics is fast, so the precise speed of these chemical reactions is important. This dynamic is the essence of chemical kinetics for hypersonic flows: predicting the rate and manner in which air reacts at high temperatures.For this paper we modeled this type of flow where plasma is present, but that isn’t necessarily a breakthrough, as it has been done for well over 40 years. However, these models still require some type of experimentation to verify that they are accurate. The problem is that ground tests to do that are very complicated to run, costly, and don’t capture all of the physics at play. Meanwhile, flight tests can be even more costly.  A common verification platform for these types of models has been a spacecraft called RAM-C, which was flown in the late 1960s. For the most part, when people were comparing their models with this RAM-C flight data, they were using interpolated data. We took a different approach by carefully studying the instrumentation and original reported data. This allowed us to make a direct comparison with the raw flight data by analyzing a portion of the vehicle flight trajectory, instead of relying on interpolated plasma density values at singular trajectory points. Q: What are the applications in the real world?A: Hypersonic vehicles have been and will continue to be used in space exploration, and there are applications in national security as well. They could also potentially be used in commercial travel in the near future. When plasma forms around a hypersonic vehicle, it can lead to a phenomenon referred to as “communications blackout,” where it becomes quite difficult to send or receive radio frequency transmissions. Obviously, losing communication with any of the aforementioned vehicles becomes a pretty big concern. Q: Is this a research topic or area you were interested in before joining the Boyd Lab?A: I was interested in hypersonics before joining Professor Boyd’s lab after two internship stints at NASA during my undergraduate days. During my time at NASA Langley, my office faced the Hypersonic Facilities Complex. Many remnants of historic hypersonic programs such as the X-15 and Apollo capsule were present at the facility right next to future hypersonic reentry vehicles like Orion that were being brought in for testing. It’s hard for someone not to at least get a mild interest in the field when you’re in one of the key locations of its historical development. It just happened to be a little more than just mild for me. Q: Was there a particular aspect of this work that was hard to complete?A: Not necessarily the hardest, but definitely the most tedious part of this work was going through old NASA papers from the late 1960s and data mining the raw experimental flight data. And I would even say the use of flight data from the 1960s in this paper also really stresses the research community’s need for a modern flight test which diagnoses a plasma flow field around a representative hypersonic vehicle. Q: How have you enjoyed Boulder after transferring here from Michigan? A: It’s a great time to be here as the college is becoming a key figure in hypersonics research across academia. This has been exemplified by the creation of the new Hypersonic Vehicles Interdisciplinary Research Theme and the addition of new faculty like professors Robyn Macdonald and Tim Minton – adding to the existing expertise in the field from faculty like department chair Brian Argrow. “Influence of Chemical Kinetics Models on Plasma Generation in Hypersonic Flight” was supported by funding from L3Harris Technologies (Grant AWD-20-02-0082).  Additionally, this work utilized resources from the University of Colorado Boulder Research Computing Group, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (awards ACI-1532235 and ACI-1532236). Other CU Boulder authors include Iain Boyd and Ross Chaudhry. Related last_img read more

Gov’t gets Japan/IDB support for disabled

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first_imgGov’t gets Japan/IDB support for disabled Foreign AffairsJune 28, 2011 RelatedGov’t gets Japan/IDB support for disabled Advertisements By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter RelatedGov’t gets Japan/IDB support for disabled FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, has welcomed a US$572,000 ($50 million) donation from the Japan Special Fund (JSF) to finance an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) technical cooperation project to improve the lives of disabled Jamaicans. Mr. Gallimore said this is the largest sum of money that has ever been channeled into addressing the issues of persons with disabilities in Jamaica, and would assist the Government in developing policy and implementing programmes for their benefit. He was addressing the launch of the IDB’s Technical Cooperation Project, aimed at providing “Support to Improve the Lives of Persons with Disabilities”, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, on the campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Monday (June 27). The theme of the launch was, ‘Embracing Abilities for an Inclusive Society’. The funds were secured by the IDB from the Japan Special Fund. The project will assist the Ministry to improve the framework to advance social protection policies that will impact on the welfare of persons with disabilities. It will finance an islandwide registration of persons with disability, facilitate institutional development and help improve the Early Stimulation Programme for children with disabilities. Mr. Gallimore said that the initiative was much more than a registration process, as it would improve the capability of the Government to identify the levels of assistance, if any, which have been given or are needed.   “This will ensure that persons get opportunities for education, early stimulation…and other forms of assistance, whether through the PATH programme or other agencies of Government,” he said. He noted that unemployment was higher among the disabled, and that the database would allow government to better assess their situation and provide more assistance. “This is going to allow the Council to provide meaningful policy directives…to help the Government identify new programmes that can be brought on stream to seek to mainstream persons with disabilities,” Mr. Gallimore said. The registration process will be carried out over two years, and is in keeping with the country’s commitment to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The State Minister said the Government would also use the funds to engage in a sustained and meaningful public education campaign. “This is of great importance, because we need to change the paradigm of the Jamaican public in dealing with issues affecting persons with disabilities,” he stated. Mr. Gallimore called on the private sector to employ more persons with disabilities, noting that the Government is still the most significant employer of such persons. He also noted that last year, the Government disbursed $12.8 million in grants to assist disabled persons to start their own businesses. This year another $15 million has been budgeted to this end. IDB Representative in Jamaica, Ancile Brewster, said there are tremendous opportunities for persons with disabilities, through use of the latest technologies. He said that the technical cooperation project was another important step in Government support and Jamaica’s proud history in caring for its persons with disabilities.   Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiroshi Yamaguchi, said his Government was committed to removing negative perception and attitude toward persons with disabilities. “It is imperative to take care of a nation’s people, in order to protect its future development…the public also needs to be sensitized about the needs of the disabled…as well as to understand that the disabled can make a meaningful contribution to society,” he stated. Mr. Yamaguchi also stated that the project was even more significant, after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March. RelatedGov’t gets Japan/IDB support for disabledlast_img read more

Police to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPolice to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project Police to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project EnergyMarch 1, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is set to benefit from the implementation of an energy efficiency project, aimed at cutting energy costs in the public sector.The pilot project, which forms part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (STEM) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, will see conservation strategies being carried out at selected police stations and departments across the island.Speaking atthe first in a series of energy efficiency and conservation workshops for members of the JCF held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on February 28, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leon Rose, said the programme is designed to reform energy management in the force. RelatedPolice to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Projectcenter_img The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is set to benefit from the implementation of an energy efficiency project, aimed at cutting energy costs in the public sector.The pilot project, which forms part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (STEM) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, will see conservation strategies being carried out at selected police stations and departments across the island.Speaking at the first in a series of energy efficiency and conservation workshops for members of the JCF held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on February 28, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leon Rose, said the programme is designed to reform energy management in the force.He said the initial stage of the project will see approximately six police departments, including the Mobile Reserve Unit in Kingston, being retrofitted with a number of energy saving measures, such as lighting fixtures and insulated windows and doors.He noted that following this exercise, the entities will be monitored by the JCF’s Conservation Unit and the Energy Ministry to ensure effective use of the strategies.ACP Rose said the long-term goal is for all JCF facilities across the island to benefit from the programme.“This will involve retrofitting, and in some instances, where necessary, refurbishing of selected police buildings,” he said.Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington said the JCF embraces the project and is committed to partnering with the Ministry to reduce the country’s energy bill.He noted that in recent years, the organisation has worked to strengthen its management capabilities in the area of conservation, pointing out that every police formation now has an energy officer.“For us to be chosen as the pilot organisation in this regard, is a signal of recognition of the effort which has been made in the JCF over the last few years and our continuing commitment to this strategy of conservation and exploiting alternatives for energy supply,” he stated.The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, which was launched in May 2012,is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through funding support of some US$20 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The main objectives of the project are to: enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and implementation of cost saving measures in the public sector; to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for implementing energy efficiency measures; to invest in energy efficiency and conservation measures in the public sector; and to increase awareness among key public and private sector stakeholders. RelatedPolice to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project Advertisementslast_img read more

Ministry Introduces Certification Course for Aspiring Principals

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first_imgAdvertisements Story HighlightsThe programme will provide a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP).Dr. Smith said that the programme is a professional certification. The Ministry of Education is offering 40 scholarships for the programme. Photo: JIS PhotographerPrincipal Director of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), Dr. Maurice Smith, addressing a JIS Think Tank held recently, where he provided information about the training of principals. The Ministry of Education, through the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), is to launch a course of study geared towards training individuals aspiring to become school principals.The programme will provide a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP), to which the Ministry of Education and school boards will refer before authorising the hiring of principals of public schools.“The course is set to get started in January 2014 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, which will be delivering the programme on behalf of NCEL,” said Principal Director of NCEL, Dr. Maurice Smith.Dr. Smith, who was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, said that the programme “is akin to what an individual will do at Norman Manley Law School, so it is a professional certification. It is the rudiments and the rigor of the job that participants are going to be exposed to.”The programme has a prescriptive component that consists of a set of modules that must be completed by the participants within 15 months. There is also the practicum component that may be completed between two to three months. The programme is open to all teachers with a first degree and at least five years experience working in a school, and who have aspirations of becoming a school principal.In the meantime, the Ministry of Education is offering 40 scholarships for the programme. The application process for these scholarships opens on November 11 and closes on December 6, 2013. Application forms will be available on the Ministry’s website and also at the Ministry’s six Regional Educational offices island-wide.We invite individuals, who are eminently qualified to apply; those who have the conviction that this is what their purpose is in life,” Dr. Smith said.As of 2015, all persons interested in becoming a school principal must have the PQP in order to be considered for the post of principal of a public school.Established under the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), the NCEL is responsible for developing excellence in leadership as a common denominator in schools and support institutions. RelatedMore Persons Must See Education As A Priority – Minister Thwaites Ministry Introduces Certification Course for Aspiring Principals EducationNovember 5, 2013Written by: Judith A. Huntercenter_img RelatedEffective Parenting Central to Launch of NPSC FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedFletcher’s Land Students Show Off Spelling Skills Ministry Introduces Certification Course for Aspiring PrincipalsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

Comcast enters unlimited battlefield as MVNO

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first_img Amazon reels in MGM Kavit Majithia Comcast unveiled Xfinity Mobile, a new MVNO service which sees the US cable player pit itself against the country’s four largest operators in the increasingly competitive unlimited tariff segment.The operator’s move into mobile, and unlimited, follows similar plays made by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint. The cable company’s service will be available by mid-2017.Comcast said it would offer unlimited data, talk and text for $65 per line, for up to five lines, or $45 per line for its customers already signed up to a premium Comcast X1 TV package. The cable player also offers users the option of paying $12 per GB of data, which it said adds flexibility to its packages.A key feature of Xfinity Mobile is its access to Wi-Fi, and the service will allow users to switch between Comcast’s 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots and a mobile network operated by Verizon, according to Reuters.The partnership is part of a 2011 agreement between the two companies.Comcast put Wi-Fi at the heart of its messaging for Xfinity Mobile, stating: “up to 80 per cent of smartphone data traffic in the US travels over Wi-Fi, not cellular”.Greg Butz, president of Comcast Mobile said the company was doing “mobile differently” and the product was designed to save consumers money “in an increasingly data driven world”.“Mobility is more important than ever to consumers, so we’ve designed Xfinity Mobile the way mobile should be – a simple solution for internet and entertainment in and out of the home,” he said. Verizon shuffles executives AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 APR 2017 Related Previous ArticleHuawei facing UK mobile device banNext ArticleSamsung chip unit fuels surge in Q1 operating profit Comcastunlimited dataVerizonWi-Fi Tags Verizon sorts sensor supremo Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Author Home Comcast enters unlimited battlefield as MVNOlast_img read more

At Women’s Open, Trump steals show

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first_imgBEDMINSTER, N.J. – Shanshan Feng led the U.S. Women’s Open as she stepped on to the 15th green Friday at Trump National, but she couldn’t help pausing to take in the historic spectacle unfolding there. President Donald Trump was settling in to his private box aside the 15th green and behind the 16th tee. Leaning on her putter, Feng couldn’t resist turning to sneak a peek with the president looking down behind bullet-proof glass. “I heard people kind of screaming, so that’s what I was trying to find out, why they were screaming,” Feng said. Feng wasn’t alone. Inbee Park couldn’t make out the president behind the glass as she stepped onto the 18th green, but her caddie, Brad Beecher, spotted him. “It was kind of funny walking up to the green,” Beecher said. “Everybody was turned the other way, away from us, with their cellphone cameras pointed up at the president. We heard the yelling, and then we saw him get up and wave.” Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Brooke Henderson were in the first group that passed through the 15th green after Trump arrived. “I shot a glance,” Thompson said. “Honestly, I was just trying to focus on my shot.” Trump first rolled onto his private golf club, Trump National, at 3:41 p.m. in a black SUV as part of a presidential motorcade. Love or loathe this president, it was a historic moment. Trump is the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open. Lewis felt the weight of that history back at the ninth hole, where her group was held back from crossing to the 10th tee so that Trump’s motorcade could pass. Controversies aside, Lewis appreciated the history being made. U.S. Women’s Open: Articles, photos and videos “That was kind of what intrigued me to start the week, was that we had never had an active sitting president at one of our events,” Lewis said. “So I was kind of excited, regardless of who it is, of the prospect that he came here to watch us. “He tweeted about coming to the U.S. Women’s Open. Some people didn’t know it was going on. It’s kind of a historic and cool moment to have our president here.” While more than one activist group was protesting down the road from Trump National, Trump’s arrival was embraced by enthusiastic golf fans inside the club’s gates. There was an electric crackle outside Trump’s private box as he ascended the staircase to the entrance at 5:22 p.m. A chorus of “wooo-hoos” and cheers went up as president waved. Once inside his private box, Trump answered the call of spectators beckoning him to the window. He waved, shot a pair of thumbs up and balled his fist in a triumphant salute. There were no jeers or signs of disapproval. “Make America great again!” one fan shouted. “You’re doing a great job,” another shouted. Outside the gates, there were harsher things being said. “For months we urged the USGA and LGPA to move this tournament,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a group formed to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, said in a statement. “They ignored us. Now, they are allowing Trump to use this tournament, and sadly the players, to benefit his own self-interests. “The USGA and LPGA could have made a clear and unequivocal statement against sexual assault by moving this tournament. Instead they chose to embrace the man who is a walking, talking example of a sexual predator. Shame on the USGA. Shame on the LPGA. This is a stain on your brand that will not wash away.” Players got a completely different vibe from the adoring fans huddled around Trump’s private box. Henderson, a Canadian, felt the excitement building around the 15th green as she approached. “It was really exciting,” Henderson said. “It’s really amazing that the president of the United States is here to watch us play golf and on a tremendous golf course. “It’s pretty incredible. I never thought that would happen. To be in my fifth U.S. Open and to have it happen is really cool.” Security staff was lined up beneath Trump’s box, keeping spectators from getting too close. A pair of Secret Service members in bullet-proof vests with assault rifles stood watch nearby. Trump spent about an hour watching from his box. Thompson was probably more prepared to play in front of the president than anybody else in the field. She has playing privileges at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm and has played with the president. “I’ve gotten to play with him quite a bit,” Thompson said. “He plays very fast. It’s a good time. Definitely entertaining.” Trump made Friday as historic inside the gates as it was controversial outside the gates.last_img read more