Minister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Mike Henry, is to address a number of issues raised by taxi operators in Clarendon at a meeting with the Minister at Denbigh High School, on Thursday August 11. Mr. Henry called the meeting with the transport operators, after they had raised concerns about alleged harassment, including their claim that operators in the parish are being targeted by the Transport Authority. He said that he is prepared to meet all the taxi associations and operators, personally, to discuss their concerns, as long as their motivation is not political or mischief making. “I am prepared to deal with these issues, as long as I can separate the mischief from the reality, and mischief can come in many forms and threaten the development of an efficient and reliable public transportation system,” the Minister warned. Among the issues raised by the Clarendon operators, and which Mr. Henry has agreed to look into are: The question of badges worn by the drivers, and their claim of a $25,000 fine hanging over the heads of those who do not pay up by September first; The question of charges for not wearing the required uniform; The issue of the wearing of seat belts by passengers, for which drivers are being fined; The need for additional road repairs; and, children under five being counted as passengers, although they are not paying commuters. “All of these issues relating to the taxis and taxi operators associations will be dealt with, ” Mr. Henry assured, after the meeting. The Minister said his new thrust is to meet with legitimate taxi operators and their associations, to discuss their problems and have them dealt with by the respective agencies of his Ministry. “All of these issues relating to the taxis and taxi operators associations will be dealt with, as long as they are legitimate and reasonable,” Mr. Henry assured, after the meeting. RelatedMinister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns RelatedMinister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns Minister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns TransportAugust 12, 2011 RelatedMinister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns By BALFORD HENRY, JIS Reporter & Editorlast_img read more

Nokia reports highs and lows in Q1 results

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 APR 2013 Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Nokia warns of jump in IoT device infections Previous ArticleChina Mobile backs out of Far EasTone investmentNext ArticleVisa Europe boosts P2P payments service Nokia announced mixed results for the first quarter of 2013, with its mass market Mobile Phones unit taking its turn to weigh on the company’s numbers.In a statement, Stephen Elop, its CEO, said: “People are responding positively to the Lumia portfolio, and our volumes are increasing quarter over quarter. Nokia Siemens Networks delivered another strong quarter and contributed to an overall improvement in Nokia’s cash position.”“On the other hand, our Mobile Phones business faces a difficult competitive environment, and we are taking tactical actions and bringing new innovation to market to address the challenges,” he continued.In the company’s core Devices & Services business, it saw an operating loss of EUR42 million, compared with a prior year loss of EUR218 million, on sales of EUR2.89 billion, down from EUR4.25 billion. Its total device volume fell by 25 per cent to 61.9 million units.In its smartphone unit, sales fell 32 per cent year-on-year to EUR1.16 billion. Some 6.1 million units shipped, down 49 per cent year-on-year, including 5.6 million Lumia devices and 0.5 million Symbian handsets.In its Mobile Phones unit, sales fell 31 per cent year-on-year to EUR1.59 billion. Shipment volumes were 55.8 million, down 21 per cent. Average selling price also slid to EUR28 from EUR33.However, compared with the prior sequential quarter, while smartphone sales fell by 5 per cent and volumes by 8 percent, for Mobile Phones sales fell 36 per cent and volumes 30 per cent.While some of this can be accounted for by seasonality (calendar Q4 is traditionally strong for handset makers), there is a clear sign that it is in mass-market devices where the company is currently suffering most.Significantly, the company’s Asha Touch devices – designed to rival entry level Android devices and filling part of the gap left by the demise of Symbian – saw Q1 volumes of 5 million units, down 46 per cent over the prior quarter, “reflecting intense competitive industry dynamics as well as lower seasonal demand”.At Nokia Siemens Networks, there was an operating profit of EUR3 million for the quarter, compared with a prior-year loss of EUR1 billion, on sales which fell 5 per cent to EUR2.8 billion.This was “primarily due to divestments of businesses not consistent with Nokia Siemens Networks’ strategic focus as well as the exiting of certain customer contracts”.Otherwise, falling sales in Global Services were “almost entirely offset” by growth in mobile broadband.On a group level, the company reported a loss attributable to equity holders of EUR272 million, compared with EUR928 million in the first quarter of 2012, on sales of EUR5.85 billion, down from EUR7.35 billion.The company claimed “underlying profitability for the third consecutive quarter”, with a non-IFRS Q1 operating margin of 3.1 per cent.Looking forward, Nokia expects its Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin in the current quarter to be “negative 2 per cent, plus or minus four percentage points”. It expects to see further traction in its Lumia business, with a volume increase “higher than the 27 per cent sequential growth in the first quarter 2013”.Nokia Siemens Networks’ operating margin in the second quarter of 2013 is expected to be “approximately positive 5 per cent, plus or minus four percentage points”. Steve Costello HMD Global upgrades value-focused Nokia range Authorcenter_img Related Devices HMD expands connectivity efforts Tags HomeDevicesNews Nokia reports highs and lows in Q1 results AshaFinancialLumiaNokiaNokia Siemens NetworksSymbianlast_img read more

Hatton wins second straight Euro Tour title

MONZA, Italy – Tyrrell Hatton sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his second European Tour victory in two weeks. Last week, Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the storied Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Now the Englishman is up to fifth in the Race to Dubai rankings. It looked like Hatton was heading for a three-man playoff before he rolled his final putt into the bottom of the cup and unleashed a series of fist pumps to celebrate the Rolex Series victory. Full-field scores from the Italian Open ”I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my hands were shaking and my knees were shaking,” Hatton said. A day after celebrating his 26th birthday, Hatton birdied five of the last seven holes for a bogey-free 65 to finish at 21 under. ”It was a battle with myself today,” said Hatton, who had a slow front nine. ”But my caddie kept saying it would come in the end and it did. … I got a hot streak with the putter, which helps a lot.” Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tied for second, one stroke behind, while third-round leader Matt Wallace finished fourth at 19 under. Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari finished in a tie for sixth. Hatton took home a first-place check of around $1.1 million, the biggest prize in an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome. Crowds were large throughout the week at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza’s Formula One circuit. read more

Joanie’s in town, and she’s ready to kick some butt

first_imgDressed in high-heels, stockings, denim shorts and a tight-fitting T-shirt (any T-shirt would be tight-fighting around that upper body), Laurer gets straight down to business just as she is known to in the ring. Like any true fighter, she anticipates my moves, answering my questions before I can ask them.“I’m in Japan to fight for legendary Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling group,” explains Laurer. “Japanese wrestling, as opposed to the WWF version in America, is far more traditional and physical. In America, the contest is designed to be a show whereas in Japan we just go out and fight.”Struggling to comprehend how any of the smaller-framed female Japanese fighters could possibly pose a threat to Laurer, I inquire as to who her “victims” will be.With a mix of pride and trepidation, she informs me that she will be fighting Japanese champion Masa Chono at the Tokyo Dome on Oct. 14 in front of an expected capacity crowd of 70,000 screaming fans. This should not be an intimidating prospect for a seasoned WWF (now known as WWE) fighter, one would be justified in pointing out. The difference here, however, is that the fighting will not be choreographed as it is in the WWE and that she will be fighting in the physical Japanese style in which she is not yet accustomed, against the Japanese male champion no less.In the male-dominated society that is Japan, this is no minor undertaking.“The Japanese tend to idolize their sporting heroes in a way that America idolizes its movie stars. The concept of a western female beating up on one of their male idols in the ring may be difficult for many to digest,” says Laurer.I can’t help thinking that taking on a woman of the proportions of Laurer in the close physical confines of combat could at best prove decidedly awkward for the traditionally reserved Japanese male.“Sure, the guys in training at first didn’t quite know where to put their hands, but after dealing them a few solid blows of my own they soon lost their inhibitions. I think I earned their respect and a lot of the guys had to swallow their pride pills.”During the course of the interview, a unique contrast becomes apparent: that of a superwoman who once went four rounds in the ring with ex-con Joey Buttafuoco in a celebrity boxing match in front of a television audience of 20 million and that of someone who is just as eager to show off her feminity, doing so emphatically by posing nude for Playboy in an issue that was one of the magazine’s highest selling of all time.Further evidence of this contrast is provided when Laurer proceeds to show me a Hello Kitty photo album, the contents of which contain a selection of hardcore wrestling shots in which she is depicted wearing a variety of elaborate costumes meticulously designed herself.Despite her unbridled physical prowess, Laurer is friendly and personable. She also possesses a steely determination to be successful and is not afraid of new challenges.“In life, you have to take chances,” she explains. “You never know where life will take you and you have to be ready for what comes your way.”Clearly this philosophy has stood her in good stead in the ring.Not only does Laurer have the destruction of Chono as her primary short-term target — a goal for which she has been training five hours a day — she also aims to encourage the exchange of Japanese fighters with the United States in order to promote the sport in Japan and to provide competition for former employer Vince McMahon’s WWE, which monopolizes the industry in her home country.Laurer is under no illusions as to the magnitude of the task that lies ahead but has her sights firmly set on her immediate challenge.“Fighting Chono at the Tokyo Dome will be the biggest challenge of my career,” Laurer explains, momentarily shifting gears from her cheerful disposition into her fighting mode.“So, what do you bench?” I offer as a parting shot while Laurer gets ready to sneak out for an ice cream.“About 315 pounds.”Enough said. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Joanie Laurer lists herself as 5’10”. She looks more like 6’4″ in the flesh. Built like a brick lighthouse, former World Wrestling Federation (WWF) star “Chyna” cuts an imposing figure as she greets me at the door to her hotel room.With her reputation for throwing grown men twice my size around a ring and the room being on the 29th floor of a Tokyo hotel, I follow through with my pre-planned interview strategy of taking a seat as far way from the window as possible. Laurer seemed friendly enough on the telephone but I ain’t taking any chances.last_img read more