Orange deputy CEO backs Huawei partnership

first_imgHome Orange deputy CEO backs Huawei partnership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore11 08 DEC 2020 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 5GOrange Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Kavit Majithia Tags Mari-Noelle Jego-Laveissiere, Orange deputy CEO and recently-appointed head of Europe (excluding France), insisted Huawei remained a key partner for the operator in the region, while reiterating its desire to keep hold of its tower assets in the continent.Speaking to Mobile World Live a little over three months into the European role, Jego-Laveissiere (pictured) discussed a range of issues currently impacting the operator, including its stance on Huawei, an imminent tower shake-up and the recent launch of 5G services in home market France.On Huawei, she said the operator had “no issue” with the vendor, which remained significant in its portfolio. But she noted Orange would follow the rules in each of its markets, taking a country-by-country approach to use of its equipment.Jego-Laveissiere added it was important for Orange to have an open portfolio of vendors “to make sure that none of the external constraints” become a problem.France has so far not followed the UK in banning Huawei, however the government has suggested operators should avoid buying additional equipment from the vendor.Jego-Laveissiere added Orange was in a good position in France in terms of Huawei’s share of its network, and it would not require a “massive swap” if stricter rules were enforced.Towers won’t be soldJego-Laveissiere followed Orange CEO Stephane Richard in insisting Orange would not follow European operators in selling off its tower assets to specialist infrastructure company Cellnex.She said the company would make its position on its towers, rumoured to be worth €10 billion, clearer in February, but it was working on a strategy to accelerate the division.“We are looking at an opportunity to focus on these as a new business and make sure we can leverage these as strategic assets, which maybe hidden in the company today. It is an opportunity to be our own towerco.”She added Orange could seek partnerships with other operators, or even financial partners: “As a strategic plan, we are not going to massively sell our towers to Cellnex. We want to keep control.”France 5GJego-Laveissiere also defended the country’s seemingly late roll-out of 5G. Orange and fellow operator Bouygues Telecom both launched services this month, lagging behind other major European nations including the UK, Germany and Italy.She said Orange had been working on its B2B 5G offering for the past 18 months, and it was important to work with this segment, “adapt their processes and discuss the full potential of 5G”, before implementing a nationwide launch. On standalone 5G, Jego-Laveissiere said Orange was starting work with a range of different vendors, testing their core network, and it would continue to do so throughout 2021. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Previous ArticleInterview: Telenor outlines 5G visionNext ArticleApple to take hard line on iOS privacy rule Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Related Authorlast_img read more

Fitch places Eskom’s IDR on Rating Watch Negative

first_img Generation Featured image: The Financial Express Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy BRICScenter_img Previous articleMultipurpose device shows desalination potentialNext articleNorthern Cape: 100MW wind farm connects to grid Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fitch Ratings places Eskom’s long-term local currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and unguaranteed local currency senior unsecured ratings of ‘BB+’ on RWN. The ratings agency has affirmed the government-guaranteed local currency senior unsecured debt ratings at ‘BB+’ and also placed the National long-term rating of ‘AAA’ and National short-term rating of ‘F1+’ on Rating Watch Negative (RWN).Fitch to reassess utility strengthThe credit rating agency explained in a statement: “The RWN reflects our intention to reassess the strengths of Eskom’s links with the government of South Africa (BB+/Stable) due to Eskom’s weakening liquidity and funding access.”The agency said these issues are partly due to unresolved corporate governance issues, weak cash flows driven by lower-than-expected tariff increases due to delays in implementing outstanding regulatory clearing account applications.The Guarantee Framework Agreement continues to support the company’s ratings overall and in particular the affirmation of the guaranteed debt rating.Acting chief financial officer, Calib Cassim, said: “We note the decision by Fitch to place Eskom’s IDR on RWN and this reflects the need for the ratings agency to assess Eskom’s links to the government given weakening liquidity and funding access.“Eskom is confident that the liquidity challenges it faces will be resolved and the funding initiatives planned until the end of the financial year will alleviate the pressure.” Read more…Committed to improve corporate governanceWith an interim Board comprising of only nine members rather than 15, Fitch expects the Minister of Public Enterprises to appoint a permanent board before end-November 2017.Sean Maritz, interim group chief executive said: “The support from the Minister to appoint the remaining board of directors will demonstrate commitment to enhance Eskom’s corporate governance structure.“We remain focused on improving corporate governance to address liquidity challenges in the near term to avert a downgrade.”According to Fitch Ratings, Eskom plans to improve its liquidity position and has started to defer some capex to reduce its short-term cash flow drain.Should the utility fail to improve in liquidity and corporate governance and further support from the government, the ratings agency has stressed that it would be likely to reassess the strength of Eskom’s links with the government and downgrade the IDR.Liquidity“Liquidity Dependent on External Funding: Liquidity has deteriorated, with cash balances likely to reduce to about R1.2 billion [$71 million] at end-November 2017 (after operating and financing cost) from R31 billion [$2.2 billion] at end-March 2017,” the ratings agency explained.According to Fitch Ratings, the parastatal has access to committed funding of about R16 billion ($1.1 billion), which it expects to draw down before end-March 2018.“The utility aims to borrow about R24 billion [$1.7 billion] and expects cash balance to increase to about R10 billion [$712 million] by end of March 2018.“We expect free cash flow to remain negative and for Eskom to need to access external funding on continuous basis,” the agency added.last_img read more

One world one family – In times of corona

first_imgHuman life is precious If you can’t contribute to it, at least stop making fun of it. One look at the social media and you will find what I mean by the above statement. Of course, humour is a form of self-motivation but there is a cost attached to it when used in inappropriate situations.The current coronavirus crisis is such a situation, where the time is for serious decisions and actions. Making fun of the same is not the right way to handle it. No government wants its citizens to die due to their inefficiency but it does happen. Italy has supposed to have the best health care system in the world but today they are incomplete lockdown and have the dubious distinction of more death outside china due to the virus. The reason for it may be that, they didn’t know or was aware of the spread of the virus. It could be because many early carriers of the virus try to hide it and exposed it to others inadvertently. By the time the government machinery was in full action mode, the virus was spread all across the country forcing 60 odd million people to live under quarantine in their own homes.Most other countries did take note of the situation and swing into action mode very early so that the virus onslaught was contained to a great extent. The actions taken by Asian and middle east countries except for a few have shown remarkable results in containing the virus till now. But again, it could be the calm before the storm and all we can hope is that the calm prevails and the storm blows over. The same cant be said about many of the European countries and irrespective of their developed nation’s status the ability to contain the spread of the virus is highly questionable. The delayed actions by respective governments and the easy access for people to travel all across Europe made the spreading much faster.The idea of forming a formidable economic power was the basis of the formation of the European Union and no one ever thought that the same idea will also get them into forming a cohesive atmosphere for an epidemic to become a pandemic. Today Europe has become the epicentre for the coronavirus as per WHO and that dubious distinction was moved from china which is now in the final stages of containing the virus outbreak. They have reported only a handful of new cases as well as deaths in the last few days.The irony of today is that china now ready to export its assistance and expertise to other nations all across the world to contain the virus. I do hope they do it and it is without any cost implications to all the nations since it was their delayed action which made sure an outbreak in one of the provinces has become a pandemic today claiming the lives of thousands all around the globe. At least they have followed the principle of practice before preach and that for once is something we should appreciate.Global boundaries are disappearing and even though it is for the common good of the people, it also contributes to many a situation that otherwise would have been avoided. I am saying here that one world one family is an option but it could be something we should put our thought into before investing our efforts into it. Every nation has it’s on inherent strength and the way they handle the situations depends upon the behavioural patterns of their citizens. The way Chinese behaves won’t be the way Europeans or the Americans behave nor will be the way Indians behave to a specific situation.Let’s not compare today who is doing what and which is the best way to stop the virus from spreading. Let’s give the respective governments to do their part in putting up plans and actions to stop the virus. All we can do is to support the government in their actions and listen to the directions and adhere to it.last_img read more

Family

first_img The proceedings concerned a child born in August 2011. He was the mother’s second child. The mother’s first child had been made the subject of care and placement orders and was to be adopted in due course. Whilst the mother had not deliberately inflicted harm on that child, the nature of her care for him had been sufficiently dysfunctional that he had suffered serious emotional harm. The applicant local authority recognised that the mother had made progress and that there was a realistic possibility that she might be able to care for her second child. The authority arranged for the mother to go to a mother-and-baby foster placement. The mother developed a warm relationship with the foster carers, Mr and Mrs F. After three months with Mr and Mrs F, an assessment by the authority found that, whilst good progress had been made, the mother had not yet reached the stage when she would be permitted to be assessed on her own in the community with the child and arrangements were made for her to be moved to another foster placement. Difficulties arose between the mother and the new foster carers and she was required to leave the placement. The child remained in the second placement. The authority sought a care and placement order in respect of the child. It submitted that the mother had had a disastrous experience of parenting her first child and whilst she had undoubtedly made improvements and it was worth exploring whether she could care for the child, the evidence demonstrated that she would not be able to do so within the timescales suitable and necessary for the child. In the event, the judge’s order had the effect of adjourning the proceedings for a period of three months. He made an interim residence order in respect of Mr and Mrs F and an interim supervision order in favour of the authority. He directed that an independent social worker carry out an assessment of Mr and Mrs F. Accordingly, the mother and child were to return to live with Mr and Mrs F. At the end of the three-month period, it was envisaged that the mother might be able to move into independent accommodation near to, and with the support of, Mr and Mrs F, or alternatively, if she ceased to care for the child, then he would remain with Mr and Mrs F. The judge had heard evidence from a clinical psychiatrist, Dr S. Dr S expressed anxiety about the proposal and assessed the chances of its success as no more than even. The judge also considered the issue of the age of Mr and Mrs F, who were in their 60s, but considered that members of the extended family might well be able to step in if necessary. The authority appealed. The authority contended that the judge had failed to take full account of the limited prospects of success of the proposal and had failed to take full account of the impact of delay and, in particular, had failed to acknowledge the impact of the combination of those two things on the welfare of the child. The appeal would be dismissed. The judge had had immense experience in such matters and had decided with his eyes open to do something which others would regard as out of the ordinary. He had been well aware of the tentative professional support that the proposal had aroused and the potential adverse consequences if it went wrong. Although the judge had made a most unusual order and although he must have begun to approach to the limits of his discretion, he had made an order which was logical, humane and very carefully thought-out based essentially on the personal qualities of those with whom he had placed his trust. Such a judgment was and could only be a matter for the trial judge himself. Orders in family proceedings – Care order – Mother and child being placed with foster carers Re H (a child): Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justices Thorpe, Lewison, and Mr Justice Hedley): 26 October 2012center_img John Vater QC and Christopher Watson for the authority; Piers Pressdee QC and Lawrence Messling for the mother.last_img read more

H-E-B confirms Port Isabel store employee tests positive for COVID-19

first_img Share RelatedH-E-B, Walmart changing hours, limiting visitors after increased grocery demand      By Gaige Davila [email protected] Shopping carts lined the outside of Port Isabel’s H-E-B store at 6:30 a.m., Monday morning. Security guards stood outside the entrance and along the registers. When H-E-B opened at 8:00 a.m., two hours later than their usual 6:00 a.m. opening time, employees let…March 16, 2020In “News”Contractor employee at Port Isabel Detention Center tests positive for COVID-19By Gaige Davila [email protected] A contractor employee from Chenega Facilities Management, a subsidiary of an Anchorage, Alaksa, based Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) with a San Antonio, Texas, office, who worked at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas, has tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19. The positive test…April 9, 2020In “News”Complaint filed with Inspector General as COVID-19 cases spike at PI Detention CenterBy Gaige Davila [email protected] A representative from Angry Tias and Abuelas of the RGV has filed a complaint with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for a detainee with severe diabetes at Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC), fearing they are at risk of contracting COVID-19.  This week, the U.S.…June 11, 2020In “News” By Gaige [email protected] has confirmed an employee at their Port Isabel store has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last in the store on June 19.A link to the announcement, posted on June 27, can be found here.“All directly affected Partners at the location have been notified and the store has been deep cleaned and sanitized multiple times since then,” the news release states.No other information regarding the employee was found in the press release.Masks or facial coverings are required inside Port Isabel’s H-E-B store, as required by order from Cameron County.last_img read more

Tempo Storm, Panda Global and Echo Fox sign players for Shadowverse Grand Prix

first_imgThree esports organisations are stepping into the Shadowverse arena, Next Generation Esports (NGE) and Cygames announced in a joint press release yesterday. Tempo Storm and Panda Global, both already invested in the Hearthstone scene, along with Echo Fox, announced 6 new signings.In the wake of the announcement for the Shadowverse World Grand Prix tournament circuit, more Western esports teams are gearing up to try and get their hands on the $1 million (£769,000) prize pool. With the open qualifiers starting last month, teams have started to move and pick up top players in the Pan-American and European regions. Jason Woo, NGE chief strategy officer said: “Echo Fox, Panda Global and Tempo Storm each bring unique qualities to Shadowverse esports and the players that were chosen to represent each team will be supported like never before.”Currently ranked #1 in the Pan-American leaderboards, Tempo Storm’s Anthony “Crumsion” Doan said in a statement: “Tempo Storm’s expertise in digital CCGs will be able to provide me with resources and knowledge that no other team can offer. I am certain that, with the help of Tempo Storm’s incredible management staff and my teammates, I will be able to push myself to compete at my highest level.”Released in mid-2016, Shadowverse is one of many digital card games that chased after Blizzard’s Hearthstone. While widely popular in Japan and other parts of Asia, this move signifies a shift for the game as it gathers popularity in other parts of the world.With the regional cup taking place online from 15th to 23rd September, Cygames will also be holding offline tournaments in Singapore and Montreal in August and September. This culminates in the offline Contender’s Cup held in Los Angeles which will secure them a spot for the finals in December held in Tokyo, Japan.Esports Insider says: With Artifact on the horizon and the Hearthstone Global Games in full swing leading up to Blizzcon, Shadowverse and other digital card games have a narrow window to cement their place in the esports space. These signings are promising, but we’ll have to see if it translates into increased viewership or more teams jumping on board.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Educated Africans teach South African children

first_imgThe Leap initiative enables hundreds of high school pupils to achieve better marks in science and mathematics.(Image: Leap Science and Maths School) Paul Ilunga, a mathematics and physics teacher from the DRC, helps a Grade 11pupil with geometry. (Image: Pippa Ehrlich) Student teachers gain confidence andare able to better interact with theirpupils after graduating from the five-yearLeap teacher training course.(Image: Leap Science and Maths School) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sammy NtumbaHead, Leap Learning Centres+27 21 531 9715 0r +27 79 589 3284 RELATED ARTICLES • SA prioritises quality education • Education focus of Mandela Day 2010 • Teacher laptops to enhance education • Poor schools score textbooks• Safe social portal for scholarsPippa EhrlichEducated African refugees are helping hundreds of children in Cape Town’s underprivileged communities to learn science and mathematics, thanks to an educational initiative called Leap.Every Saturday morning about 800 pupils from Grades 10 to 12 travel to the southern suburb of Pinelands for tutoring in these subjects. On weekday afternoons, tutors travel to Leap Learning Centres in the townships to work with up to 840 Grade 8 and 9 children from 12 schools in Cape Town’s disadvantaged suburbs.These centres are an outreach project run by the Leap Science and Maths School, which aims to transform educationally disadvantaged communities. There are 58 tutors working at the centres, 10% of whom are South African. Others are a diverse mix from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Botswana and Zimbabwe.The project and Leap School were established simultaneously in 2004.Originally tutors joined the program on an unpaid voluntary basis. Within in a few months Leap founder John Gilmour was overwhelmed by the tutors’ commitment and competency, and set out to source appropriate funding. The tutors now earn a small daily stipend of R110 (US$16).As mathematics and science are often perceived as difficult, pupils often choose easier subjects to avoid jeopardising their matric exemptions. But without these subjects, pupils’ opportunities for tertiary study are severely limited.Students attending the Saturday morning session are grateful for the extra support.“They explain better than our normal teachers. If you don’t understand, they ask you what you are struggling with,” said Asemahle Mlanga, a 17-year-old pupil from the nearby seaside resort town of Strand.Phaphama Maoblo, also in Grade 11, remarked, “My test marks have improved well. I think they are a big help to South African children.”“I find it fascinating that there are this many students who are desperate for a quality education, and will spend their own money to come here on Saturday,” said Mark Medema, president of Washington DC-based NGO EdVillage, as he observed a Saturday class. “I don’t think this happens in the US.”Benefits for allSouth Africa’s public education system is hampered by a lack of qualified teachers, which makes the contribution of these educated foreigners extremely valuable.The tutoring program has not only benefited pupils but has also been essential in helping refugees to integrate into South Africa.Sammy Ntumba, head of the Leap Learning Centre Project, left the DRC in 2003 to come to South Africa. He arrived with a degree in chemical engineering and metallurgy, but his qualification was not recognised in this country.Ntumba started postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), but needed to find a way of supporting himself, as well as funding his studies. His first job was handing out advertising flyers at a traffic light. Later, he worked as a night security guard in an affluent Cape Town suburb. It was exhausting work and he was becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of stimulation.In 2004, he saw an advert at UCT for volunteer tutors in township learning centres. Seven years later, the programme has taken his life in a new direction. He has been able to bring his wife and son to live with him in South Africa, and has decided to pursue a career in social development, rather than engineering.According to Ntumba, “We are educated. It’s very important to transfer that to others. If I don’t do it, I will die with that knowledge. It is not costing us gold and silver, it costs nothing, but it is a big thing that we are doing.”Ntumba’s story reflects that of many of his colleagues at Leap. Most have been able to leave their security jobs, complete their studies and begin working for South African companies, and in many cases, educational institutions.Dr Zelo Mangombo, also from the DRC, came to South Africa in 2000 with a degree in education, and honours in chemistry. In 2010 he completed his doctorate in chemistry at the University of the Western Cape.Even with his new qualifications, Mangombo continues to teach at Leap. “Since I have been here I have seen great improvements,” he said. “The children are open and willing to learn. They are dedicated to their work.”Quality education for disadvantaged pupilsWhen Leap first opened its doors in 2004, it welcomed 72 Grade 11 and 12 pupils. It now has four campuses, two in the Western Cape in Langa and Gugulethu, and two in Gauteng in Alexandra and Diepsloot. Each school has 170 pupils, of whom 69% are girls.In 2010 South Africa achieved a national matric pass rate of 67.8%. Of those pupils, 23.5% obtained a university entrance. The national pass rate for science was 48%, and 47% for mathematics.Leap is making a significant contribution to quality education in South Africa. In 2003 only 55 African language-speaking Western Cape pupils achieved university entrance levels in mathematics and science. Last year, Leap’s 107 Grade 12 pupils achieved a 98% overall pass rate. All of these children wrote mathematics and science, achieving a 98% and 90% pass rate in these subjects respectively. Six pupils earned distinctions in mathematics, and for the first time, three distinctions were received for science.Three quarters of Leap’s graduates are now pursuing tertiary studies.There is also a teacher training module for students taking their teaching degrees through correspondence. The five-year programme aims to give Leap teachers the advantage of a thorough knowledge of their chosen subjects, and enhanced communication skills so that they can better interact with their pupils.http://www.leapschool.org.za/last_img read more

Real Estate Act to be Revised

first_imgThe Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act is to be amended to increase fines for breaches and protect the interests of all players in the real estate market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.He explained that the Act is being revised to “tighten-up” the accountability of real estate professionals, especially developers, as the Real Estate Board has been called upon to expend huge resources to defend the welfare of purchasers, where developers have failed to honour contractual obligations.“The Board is also increasing the penalty fees for breaches of the Act. Legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the Board is able to carry out new anti-money laundering duties that it was instructed would be assigned,” he noted.Mr. Hayles also informed that the Real Estate Board will be regulating timeshare properties in Jamaica and licensing the marketers of timeshare.He said the Ministry of Tourism is piloting legislation to regulate timeshares in Jamaica, with the Board slated to become the Registrar of Timeshare.“Although timeshares are generally thought of as a tourism product, it is real estate-based, hence the interest of both bodies in the matter. The board will also have to licence the agents, who sell timeshares. The legislation to support these new responsibilities will be tabled shortly,” he noted.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Pakistani handlers told terrorists in Kashmir they will get bangles if they

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan has readied about 230 terrorists for infiltration into Kashmir, and some have already crossed over with orders to cause unrest, India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said on Saturday, citing the case of two militants who were told by their handlers that they would receive bangles if they didn’t do their jobs properly. Doval told a select group of journalists that there are Pakistani communications towers along a 20-km stretch of the border from where they are sending messages to terrorists. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We heard intercepts in which they told their men ‘how come so many apple trucks are moving. Can’t you stop them? Should we send you bangles instead of guns’,” Doval said, referring to the fact that some 750 trucks carrying apples leave the valley every day for trade in other parts of the country. Officials said the militants spoke Punjabi with Pakistani accent, and are absconding. Subsequently, two militants went to a fruit market in Sopore and found out the address of Hamidullah Rather, a prominent fruit merchant in the area, and went to his house in Dangarpura, 5 km from Sopore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K However, Rather was not at home as he had probably gone out to perform namaz, so the militants attacked his family with pistols, injuring his 25-year-old son Mohammed Irshad, and Irshad’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Asma Jaan on Friday. Asma is in a critical condition and is being shifted to New Delhi for treatment in AIIMS, Doval said. He said some of the 230 terrorists have come in and some have been arrested. “That’s the only instrument available to Pakistan – to cause disruption in the streets.” But security forces are determined to protect the lives of Kashmiris from Pakistani “machinations”, Doval said, adding that “terror is the only instrument Pakistan has to create unrest in Kashmir.” Kashmir has been under severe restrictions since August 5 when provisions of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, was abrogated. The restrictions included no access to telephone or Internet. Many of those restrictions have been eased, and telephone land-lines have been fully restored, Doval said. However, Internet and mobile phone access remains blocked in many areas. Doval said that’s because these two mediums allow terrorists also to communicate and spread unrest. He said normalcy can be restored in Kashmir if Pakistan starts behaving, if they do not indulge in subversive propaganda. He acknowledged that the lack of Internet is causing inconvenience, but said this is preferable to the loss of life that Kashmiris would suffer if Pakistani terrorists could carry out their operations. “We will not allow Kashmiris to become victims of Pakistani machinations and bullets sent across the border. We will do everything in our power to protect them.”last_img read more