Asia Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits Axiata Group cautious on earnings Latin AmericaMillicomQ1 earnings Tags Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleTele2 eyes converged growth after early gains Next ArticleLG ditching domestic device production Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Subscriber, ARPU gains drive Indosat profit Latin America-focused operator group Millicom suffered a double-digit decline in net profit during Q1, though executives remained bullish about the company’s underlying performance, noting the bulk of the declines related to higher expenses.In its earnings statement, the operator noted net financial expenses totalled $137 million, compared with $81 million in Q1 2018. The bulk of the figure comprised higher gross debt incurred as part of its acquisition of Cable Onda, which closed in December 2018. Millicom also took a $16 million hit relating to changes in accounting standards, along with a one-off charge of $24 million in connection with financing activities.Despite the higher expenses, CEO Mauricio Ramos, hailed the positives: “We delivered solid KPIs and organic growth, in line with our full year targets. In particular, I am pleased to report that the significant investments we have made in Colombia and Bolivia over the past several years are now beginning to produce faster revenue growth and rising levels of profitability.”Mixed bagWhile net income during Q1 fell 16 per cent year-on-year to $14 million, revenue was up 5.1 per cent to $1.1 billion. Millicom stated the revenue growth “largely reflects the impact from a full quarter of Cable Onda’s revenue in Panama”, along with strong organic growth.Combined these “more than offset the translation impact of weaker currencies in a majority of our markets,” it added.In Latin America the operator added 269,000 4G smartphone data users to reach 10.8 million, an increase of 36.3 per cent year-on-year. It also expanded its post-paid customer base, adding 68,000 to end Q1 with 4.5 million, an increase of 6.4 per cent.Last month Millicom struck an agreement to sell its operations in Chad to Morocco-based Maroc Telecom, as part of an ongoing strategy to exit Africa and focus on its Latin American operations.During Q1, mobile subscribers declined 146,000 in Africa, with an increase in Chad partially offsetting declines in Tanzania, Millicom said. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 APR 2019 Home Millicom upbeat despite profit dip Author Related
“Oh, that’s how we do things at home. It is happening since my grandmom’s generation”“Oh, they both are same. Birds of a feather flock together, isn’t it? They have the same thinking”“Do you know what that girl said? No wonder, that’s how she is conditioned”“A child said that! I can’t believe it. That is how he is conditioned. All thanks to the upbringing”We all know how all of the above statements point to the conditioning and the effect of mingling with the same perspectives. A perspective doesn’t have a defined lifespan. It might die an early death or it may live to see many generations. So clearly, a said perspective definitely has a cradle but need not necessarily have a defined period to be able to meet its grave.But there are ways to change your perspective and outlook. Indeed there are!Perspectives live under the roof of conditioning. Conditioning is a big umbrella under which a set of perspectives are grouped together.Time and again, we associate conditioning to the behaviour of people and their ideas. There is good conditioning and there is bad conditioning, they say. But it sits deeper than just categorising it in two.Let’s understand more about bad conditioning.What is bad conditioning? Can we delve more into it to understand it better?I would say bad conditioning is when the exposure to a certain set of people becomes so limited and remote that they do not get a new perspective different from their own and that leads to one kind of conditioning, and further make them thrust the same on their children or on their families. And what happens? As Virginia Woolf puts it in her novel ‘To the lighthouse’, “For one’s children so often gave one’s own perceptions a little thrust forward.”More often, that perspective results in a behaviour or thinking pattern that doesn’t contribute to any good or even becomes harmful to the society they live in. That sort of conditioning is bad or I would call it as unsafe. Unsafe because, the people dwelling in that conditioning, have an ability to pose harm or threat when they come in contact with a mindset different from their own. The weaker set might get influenced by this sort of people. I would partly disagree with that statement because these people are very rigid and rigidity doesn’t encourage them to accept other’s thought process. They live in their own cocoon of hubris towards their approach of seeing things that they seldom entertain new and renewed mindsets. Also, it will take a lot of time and energy for this ilk to unlearn their conditioning and upbringing and welcome a change in their perspective.Change your perspective – Know ways to do soWhat are the techniques with which one can introduce a new perspective or unlearn their current perspectives?1. Introspect: See within you before reaching to anything else. It is very important to look within yourself and reflect. What is your reaction towards something, how do you behave to a group of people, Do the people mingling with you draw a positive aura from you, are you ready or open to learning new approach? Ask these questions and reflect on your answers. Not only that, introspection is good but acting on the reflections is way powerful. This exercise is a pre-requisite for all the other techniques and once we are open to doing introspection, then others will course through your system.2. Read – “Reading gives you a better perspective”.Reading is powerful. We all agree to it and are on the same page with that phrase. By reading, not only your language or grammar skills get a boost, but the churning happens within you. That churning will concoct new theories, new perspectives, growing a fresh stream of thoughts inside you. Once reading penetrates inside you, nothing can stop it from growing inside you. And with every phrase, text or voluminous books/journals/research papers you read, your current mindset, that which you have grown up with will get a makeover.3. Travel – Travelling is opening doors to the welcome new thought process and that is new perspectives. Travel is partly like reading. Reading enables you to imagine and through imagination, you converse with the characters and experience the pleasure of travelling to a new place or era. Travelling is all of that but for a ticket price. Jokes apart both works intimately in providing resources to change one’s mindset or attitude towards life or people.When we travel, we see new people or a new culture, listen to the stories of the people inhabiting that area, experience the pain-points and pleasure-points making you empathize with the people in that area. A new perspective is born right there.4. Socialise – Meet your friends but meet a different set of friends. And make sure you have friends with different perspectives and outlook. Even if ‘Birds of same feathers flock together’ is true in every sense, that doesn’t lead to your growth. You will have the same conversations day in and day out and there will be no challenges and healthy growth in your trajectory of life. Welcome new people in your life and make yourself open to facing those people. Only through new people and people with different perspectives and interests will assure you to break free from your age-old beliefs and stereotypes. Only then you will sit and parse your perspectives in minute detail. A person having culinary, art, books, animals and many other interests should be welcomed in your life and through them, you will be taught to have a different attitude towards your life or people in your life.What are your ways to change one’s perspective? Has anything other than the ones listed above worked for you to welcome or learn a new perspective? Write to me at [email protected] because I would like to know your thoughts.
Just one day after dropping a 4-1 heartbreaker to the University of Wisconsin in NCAA semifinal action (March 20), the Harvard women’s hockey team, still reeling from their fifth defeat in as many Frozen Four appearances, was thrust into a festive mood. And though the source of that joy — junior Sarah Vaillancourt’s selection as the 2008 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner — didn’t fully soothe the sting of the colossal loss, the recognition was a welcome endnote. And, it turns out, a familiar thrill for the Harvard hockey program as well.In winning the prize, awarded annually by USA Hockey to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey, Vaillancourt joined an esteemed group of Crimson icers. Since its inaugural year in 1998, Harvard skaters have captured the award six times (A.J. Mlezko in 1999; Jennifer Botterill in 2001 and 2003; Angela Ruggiero in 2004; and Julie Chu in 2007). Vaillancourt, who beat out top finalists Meghan Agosta of Mercyhurst and goaltender Kim Martin of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, is just the second Harvard player to capture the Kazmaier prior to her senior year. Botterill, with whom Vaillancourt, a native of Quebec, won a gold medal with for Team Canada in 2006, is the other.In a speech March 21 at the Radisson Hotel in Duluth, Minn. — the host city for this year’s tournament — Valliancourt expressed her gratitude to her teammates and the Harvard program. “We were a family all year,” she said. “We’re one in victory and one in defeat. I mean, we had a tough end last night, but the season that we had was unbelievable.”You could say that. Prior to the loss at the hands of the reigning champion Badgers, Harvard was on a 21-game tear (the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I women’s college hockey history), having last dropped a game in mid-December to Frozen Four contender the University of New Hampshire. Ranked No. 1 in the nation for the majority of the season, Harvard captured the Beanpot, the Ivy title, and the ECAC championship en route to a remarkable 32-2-0 campaign.Leading the charge was Vaillancourt, the fiery forward renowned for her skills both with and without the puck. As the ECAC and Ivy League’s top offensive producers, she also picked up their player of the year honors. All told, the junior amassed 26 goals and 36 assists for Harvard this season and is currently eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list, with 185 points (81 goals and 104 helpers).After recognizing her team, Valliancourt came clean about her own wishes to win the award, stating that she’s long dreamed about her name joining the banner hanging in Bright Hockey Center that commemorates Harvard’s past Kazmaier Award winners. “I have to admit,” she said, “I’ve looked at that banner a few times and hoped that I would be on there one day. I’m really, really happy to be on there.”For coach Katey Stone, meanwhile, watching one of her charges receive the recognition, particularly given the circumstances, held special weight. “It’s awesome,” she said, “I’m filled with pride as if she were my own daughter.” The coach also acknowledged the wider ramifications of the award. “She’s taking it home personally,” she said, “but it’s a reflection of the hard work of all of her teammates and everyone involved in the program. It’s nice to be able to leave on a high note.”For Harvard defensive specialist Caitlin Cahow ’08, a top 10 finalist for the award, Vaillancourt’s selection was meant to be. After acknowledging the obvious pain of losing, Cahow offered, “I think the great thing about it is that we came together. She had a huge standing ovation. We’re all here in support of her. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It’s exactly how it should be.”
Verton technology, which includes remote-control load orientation solutions, will be integrated into this specialised tooling that will be used to support MHI Vestas’ range of SMART turbine products. Specifically, the tool will handle SMART Dampers, which have been designed to reduce fatigue loads. Managing director of Verton, Trevor Bourne, said: “Working on offshore sites is difficult enough and is further complicated using taglines to control loads during lifting operations. Our Columbus 7.5 SpinPod will be capable of precisely controlling the orientation of the custom lifting yoke and its load, including setting and holding a desired orientation, even under the most challenging conditions. “Our remote-control solution completely removes the need for taglines and for workers to be near the landing area of loads, greatly improving safety and reducing the number of workers required. The precise orientation control will also enable lifting operations to be completed faster, which is very important in an environment where every minute saved is highly valuable,” he added. www.mhivestasoffshore.com www.verton.com.au
The High Court has refused a county councillor John O’Donnell’s application to be allowed to be part of a legal challenge by another councillor over an ethics inquiry.The Standards in Public Office (SiPO) Commission is investigating whether three councillors breached ethics when they were the subject of an RTE Investigates television programme.In it, an undercover researcher posed as a representative of a foreign investment firm looking for their support for a wind farm development. SiPO is conducting three separate inquiries against Councillors Hugh McElvaney from Monaghan, John O’Donnell from Donegal and Joe Queenan from Sligo.Cllr McElveaney brought High Court judicial review proceedings last year claiming the inquiry into him should be stopped.He said SiPO has failed to discharge its functions adequately under law by failing to carry out a preliminary inquiry into a complaint against him which was made by his own council’s cathaoirleach and CEO.Among the claims of the former FG, now independent Cllr McElvaney, was that he was entrapped by the RTE researcher. The SiPO inquiry is on hold pending the High Court case.Cllr O’Donnell then sought to be joined as a notice party in Cllr McElvaney’s proceedings because, he claims, he would be affected by the outcome of the case and has a “vital interest” in it.SiPO opposed Cllr O’Donnell’s application.Now breakingnews.ie has reported that Mr Justice Michael McGrath ruled he had not satisfied the required legal test to be joined to the proceedings.He believed Cllr O’Donnell’s application might more properly be viewed as being motivated by a desire to assist and support the claim being brought by Cllr McElvaney. With that would perhaps be the hope that a positive outcome for Cllr Elvaney might influence the course of SiPO’s investigation of Cllr O’Donnell or the view SiPO might take in relation to it, he said.He did not see how either a successful or unsuccessful challenge by Cllr McElvaney could be said to have a direct effect on Cllr O’Donnell’s rights and/or obligations as that term has been previously interpreted by the courts.Donegal councillor fails to join legal challenge over RTE broadcast was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:challengeCllr John O’DonnelldonegalHIGH COURTkilmacrennanSIPO
Apparently I’m a remorseless garbage disposal of a human being, because a new Buzzfeed survey asked people if they eat a bunch of different foods in one bite or two, and my answer EVERY SINGLE TIME is, “Um . . . one, obviously.”But you may be more restrained and polite. So here are the results of the survey about 11 “bite-sized” foods . . . and how many people eat them in one bite.1. Sushi . . . 73% of us eat it in one bite.2. Shrimp . . . 65%.3. Donut hole . . . 62%.4. A Pringle . . . 58%.5. Pizza rolls . . . 53%.6. One French fry . . . 34%.7. A strawberry . . . 27%.8. A deviled egg . . . 23%.9. A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup . . . 14%.10. A McNugget . . . 12%.11. An Oreo . . . 12%.
Share This!We just spotted this rain gear in the Magic Kingdom and it’s so cute it almost makes us wish for a sudden shower, just for a guilt-free excuse to buy it all. (And, just like that, a thunderstorm advisory has been issued for the Walt Disney World area. Gotta be careful with those wishes!)Hybrid jacket/poncho. Look at that hood!These darling Mickey and Minnie poncho jackets are sized for adults and priced at $49.99.The traditional style rain jackets are also $49.99. They come in the Tiki Bird and Disney Food prints that we’ve seen in the parks for while, but somehow using them on rain gear makes them extra adorable. Photos: Christina HarrisonWould you wear a Tiki Bird jacket? Or carry a cupcake umbrella? Let us know in the comments below. The collection also includes umbrellas with Tiki Bird, cupcake, and Mickey and Minnie designs. Priced at $39.99 each, they’re a little over the top, but hey, isn’t most Disney merch a little over the top?
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