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Orange reports “stable” Q2

Orange reports “stable” Q2

first_img Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Tags Home Orange reports “stable” Q2 Previous ArticleTelecom Italia makes cuts from its top tierNext ArticleGSMA head identifies 4 barriers to digital inclusion across Africa Author Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Related Español center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 JUL 2016 Orange said its momentum in Q2 “confirms the success of very high-speed broadband, both fixed and mobile, in Europe”, as Middle East and Africa also remains a growth area.In Europe, “we have doubled both our fibre customer base to 2.5 million customers as well as our 4G customer base, with nearly 23 million customers”, Stephane Richard, group CEO, said.For MEA, “we have continued our development with several acquisitions, effective in the  first half, representing 12 million customers, enabling us to enter Liberia, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, and to consolidate our business in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, he continued.In terms of revenue performance, Q2 revenue was stable, after rising 0.6 per cent in the first three months of the year.While the company called out Spain in particular for its strong performance (up 6.2 per cent on a comparable basis), driven by mobile growth, there was weakness in Orange’s home market (down 1.7 per cent) – a drop in national roaming revenue was noted, as well as European roaming price reductions and SIM-only growth.For Q2, the company cited operating income of €1.33 billion, down 0.8 per cent year-on-year, on revenue of €10.07 billion, up 1.9 per cent.It ended the period with 188.6 million mobile customers, a year-on-year increase of 1.3 per cent (2.5 million net additions). Africa and Middle East accounted for 108.5 million of these, impacted by strengthened requirements to verify the identity of customers in certain countries.The company reported an H1 net income of €3.17 billion, up from €1.1 billion in the comparable period, on revenue of €20.08 billion, up 2.7 per cent. This year, the bottom line was bolstered by a gain of around €1.8 billion related to the EE sale.Operating income of €2.14 billion was down 5.4 per cent. The company noted increased amortisation and depreciation charges linked to the acquisition of Jazztel (Spain) and full consolidation of Medi Telecom (Morocco), and an impairment charge related to Egypt. Steve Costello 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 Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Orangelast_img read more

12th African Games: Flying Eagles Beat Mali On Penalties To Reach Final

12th African Games: Flying Eagles Beat Mali On Penalties To Reach Final

first_imgRelated12th African Games: Falconets Beat Cameroon To Win GoldAugust 29, 2019In “2019 African Games”12th African Games: Flying Eagles qualify for semi-finals of 12th African GamesAugust 24, 2019In “2019 African Games”2019 Africa Games: Sanusi Charges Flying Eagles, Falconets To Go For GoldAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria” The Flying Eagles of Nigeria are into the final of the Football event at the ongoing 12th African Games in Morocco after a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Mali on Tuesday, 27 August.With nothing to separate both sides after regulation time and extra time both ended goalless, it fell to the lottery of penalties and Flying Eagles goalkeeper Detan Ogundare proved the hero with a game-winning save of Mali’s spot-kick to send Nigeria through.Tuesday’s match was a bit of revenge for the Flying Eagles in the second straight game between both sides to be decided on penalties after the Malians came out on top in the semi-finals of this year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic after regulation time ended 1-1. The Flying Eagles route to the final include a draw with Burkina Faso (1-1) and Morocco (2-2) and win over South Africa (2-1) before Tuesday’s victory over Mali.last_img read more

Former No. 1 overall draft picks still available on market

Former No. 1 overall draft picks still available on market

first_img FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have to wait long to find homes in the NFL when they came out of college.They were No. 1 overall draft picks.Now they are finding things moving much more slowly as they search for new homes or contracts this offseason.Winston, the top pick in the 2015 draft, has been supplanted as starting quarterback in Tampa Bay by Tom Brady and is in danger of being on the wrong end of the NFL’s version of quarterback musical chairs.Clowney, who was the No. 1 pick the year before Winston, hasn’t been able to find the megacontract he hoped for in the opening days of free agency and might eventually have to settle for a more reasonable contract either to remain in Seattle or sign someplace else.Newton, who went first in 2011, isn’t quite on the open market yet but is having an acrimonious breakup in Carolina. The Panthers are signing a replacement in Teddy Bridgewater and giving Newton permission to pursue a trade even though he said he never wanted to leave.With no trade partners willing to jump for a quarterback coming off a season-ending foot injury, Newton might ultimately just get released and join a list of many players still seeking a new home.There are talented receivers like Robby Anderson and Breshad Perriman; offensive tackles like Jason Peters and Germain Ifedi; and several defensive players like cornerback Logan Ryan; linebacker Markus Golden; defensive end Everson Griffen; defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh; and safeties Vonn Bell, Eric Reid and Damarious Randall all still on the open market after an early spending spree in free agency.It’s a development that happens each year with players like 2019 sacks leader Shaq Barrett, defensive Robert Quinn and tight end Jared Cook among the players last season who made a big impact despite remaining unsigned in the opening week of free agency.The process could be slightly more complicated this year with players unable to meet in person with teams or take physicals with team doctors because of restrictions put in place in response to the new coronavirus pandemic.That could be especially problematic for Newton, who must prove he’s recovered from foot surgery that forced him to miss the final 14 games last season before a team will be ready to take a chance on the 2015 NFL MVP.With only a handful of teams still looking for a starting quarterback in free agency, there are few obvious options for either Newton or Winston.Winston is the first player since the merger to lead the NFL in yards passing one season and change teams the next. But along with the 5,109 yards passing for Winston last season came a league-worst 30 interceptions.That and the availability of a six-time Super Bowl champion like Brady led to the Bucs making a change and now leave Winston looking for work.Clowney wasn’t nearly as prolific last season with only three sacks in his first season in Seattle, contributing to his difficulty finding the type of contract he wants so far this free agency period.The market at receiver where Anderson and Perriman are the top available targets has been hampered by the fact that two of the league’s top receivers were traded, with DeAndre Hopkins going from Houston to Arizona and Stefon Diggs being dealt from Minnesota to Buffalo.Then with a draft so rich in receiving talent that a half-dozen more wideouts could be taken in the first round and several others projected as day two picks, many teams are more likely to opt for cheaper rookies than spending money on veterans.On defense, many teams have already made big moves with Indianapolis acquiring DeForest Buckner in a trade from San Francisco and giving him an $84 million contract, the Niners signing Arik Armstead to a five-year $85 million to stay off the market, Miami handing cornerback Byron Jones a five-year, $82.5 million deal, and Darius Slay getting a three-year, $50 million deal after being dealt from Detroit to Philadelphia.There are still some likely cheaper options available with Suh possibly headed to his fourth team in as many years, Griffen and Golden as intriguing pass-rush options and several capable safeties led by Bell, Reid and Randall. Last Updated: 22nd March, 2020 05:58 IST Former No. 1 Overall Draft Picks Still Available On Market Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have to wait long to find homes in the NFL when they came out of college.center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 22nd March, 2020 05:58 IST WATCH US LIVE COMMENTlast_img read more

Ferguson backs Ghana’s chase for Welbeck

Ferguson backs Ghana’s chase for Welbeck

first_imgManchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Ghana’s bid for striker Danny Welbeck to play for the Black Stars insisting the youngster must be allowed to make his choice.The 17-year-old, who plays for the Red Devils, has been a long-time target of the Ghana football authorities as his parents hail from the West African country.Even though he came to the attention of the world last week when he scored a 30-yard screamer on his Premier League debut, he was in Ghana plans for January’s MTN African Cup of Nations.Welbeck has represented England’s Under-19 side but he is still eligible to play for the Black Stars before he turns 21.Ferguson, who is from Scotland, guided the player as a child and says Welbeck must be allowed to make his choice.“His parents are from Ghana so it is not a surprise,” said Ferguson. “It is the boy’s choice.”Ferguson joked that he would be happy if Welbeck plays for Scotland.“I would be surprised if he didn’t play for Scotland. That is my big challenge now.”Ferguson is keen to retain day-to-day control of Welbeck’s development at this stage of his career, and is likely to combine occasional appearances in the first team with involvement in next Thursday’s Youth Cup tie with Chelsea at Old Trafford.That means the prospect of his being loaned out are slim. Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more

Dana White doubts Khabib Nurmagomedov-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight will happen

Dana White doubts Khabib Nurmagomedov-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight will happen

first_imgMORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 80 fight nights a year “I actually had a meeting yesterday in Los Angeles about this,” White said. “I don’t want to say anything that makes it sound like, ‘Oh wow, this could happen.’ But we had talks yesterday.”I don’t think it’s going to happen. I don’t think the fight would happen in the UFC, but they didn’t say no.”Mayweather said last month that he would be willing to box Nurmagomedov, though White was quick to shut down the idea as he challenged the retired boxer to bring his skills to the octagon instead.”Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come fight,” White said. “You fight in the UFC. We’re not boxing him. We did that once. That’s over. “You want to fight? You come fight a real fight.”Mayweather (50-0) maintained his perfect record when he defeated Conor McGregor in the ring last year. Nurmagomedov (27-0) then defended his UFC lightweight belt against McGregor as he made his MMA return earlier this month, though the two have been banned “indefinitely” as the Nevada State Athletic Commission continues its investigation into the brawl that occurred after their fight at UFC 229.Mayweather previously had been linked to a switch to UFC, but neither his nor Nurmagomedov’s camp has addressed the terms of a possible fight. A Khabib Nurmagomedov-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight may not be in the cards.UFC president Dana White confirmed on ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Thursday that he had met with Mayweather’s associates to discuss a potential promotion but doesn’t believe a bout will be negotiated.last_img read more

Utah Utes, Utah State football: Tradition or rivalry?

Utah Utes, Utah State football: Tradition or rivalry?

first_img Utah Utes football: Preparation key to Johnson’s success E-mail: [email protected] Relatedcenter_img With each lopsided Ute win, the annual in-state football game between Utah and Utah State becomes less of a rivalry.Or so it seems.Utah has won 10 straight games, the longest streak in the 107-year history of the series, and the average score during that time is 34-12. Since 1980 the series stands 24-4 in Utah’s favor and in the last three trips to Logan, Utah has won by an average of 37 points.The Utes and Aggies meet again Saturday in a 6 p.m. contest at Romney Stadium in Logan.If you ask Utah fans, many say it isn’t much of a rivalry any more.”It’s more of a tradition than a competitive rivalry,” said Todd Fuller, a Ute fan for more than 40 years. “But I still enjoy it. I’m all for keeping the in-state tradition alive.””We have other things to worry about,” said Geoff Gough, a MUSS member and longtime Ute fan. “We have BYU as our main rival. Utah State is more of a friendly in-state game.”On the other side, Utah State fans still see it as a rivalry, where hope springs eternal.”Up here, we see it slightly more of a rivalry than down in Salt Lake,” said Jay Wamsley, who has worked at Utah State for 26 years and been a fan even longer. “In the back of everybody’s mind, they can remember when John L. Smith beat Utah twice 10 years ago and that five years ago we almost beat BYU here. So there’s always hope that on any given Saturday we could win.”Of course, the coaches and players on both sides insist that the rivalry means something.”We’ve had some tough battles up there with the Aggies,” said Ute coach Kyle Whittingham. “We seem to get their best shot and their best effort each time. As history usually proves, it’s a tough place to play.”Actually, coach, history shows Logan is not a tough place to play for Utah, at least not lately. The average score of the last three games is 40-3 with Utah winning 48-0 in 2006, 48-6 in 2004 and 23-3 in 2002.But Whittingham still sees the game as a rivalry because of the proximity and the “recruiting wars” between the two schools.”We do consider it a rivalry even though of late it hasn’t been very competitive as far as the win-loss,” he said. “But it is a rivalry nonetheless in our eyes.”Utah State receiver Otis Nelson grew up in Salt Lake, where he attended Hunter High, so he is aware of the rivalry.”I can’t wait for this game every year,” said Nelson. “My whole family will be there and a lot of friends will be there. I have a very good friend who plays for them. It’s always a fun game to play.”Utah State coach Brent Guy believes his team will be ready this week because it’s Utah.”We get to play at home against a rival, which I think will help a little bit,” he saidUte starting middle linebacker Mike Wright, who played for Bountiful High, actually grew up as a Utah State fan and used to attend USU games in Romney Stadium.”I’m definitely aware of the rivalry,” he said. “My dad went to Utah State and tried to raise me as an Aggie fan. I used to go up there all the time and definitely always saw the Utah-Utah State game, so this is definitely a big game for me. It’s a good time, a good atmosphere up there to watch a football game in Logan.”Although he is from Las Vegas, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester is more cognizant of the rivalry because his cousin, Geno Odong, is a sophomore cornerback for the Aggies and they talk all the time.”In-state rivalries are big and people talk about rivalries all year,” Sylvester said. “Rivalries are always big because you never know what’s going to happen. We can’t take them lightly because anything can happen.”Since the first game in 1892 — a 12-0 Aggie victory — the Utah-Utah State annual game has been played every year but three since 1900. The game wasn’t played in the middle of World War II (1943), in the middle of World War I (1918) or in 1912, for some reason. After playing nearly every year for the past 108 years, the Ute-Aggie series will come to a halt in 2010 when it takes a two-year hiatus. Utah State agreed to not play that year, so Utah could take the opportunity to play Notre Dame in South Bend. But the two schools insist the rivalry, or at least the Utah-Utah State tradition, will continue after that. The Battle of the BrothersUtah-Utah State is 12th most played rivalry in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision over 107 yearsAll-time series: Utah leads 75-28-4Series since 1980: Utah leads 24-4Average score since 2000: 35-11 for UtahAverage score of last 3 games in Logan: 40-3 for UtahLast USU victory: 21-14 in 1997Last USU victory in Logan: 20-17 in 1996last_img read more

Columbus Catholic softball rolls in opener

Columbus Catholic softball rolls in opener

first_imgAbby Baierl tosses five-inning no-hitter for DonsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterBOYD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic softball team kicked off its 2016 season with an impressive 18-1 win over Stanley-Boyd in a nonconference contest Monday.Abby Baierl earned the win for the Dons, tossing a five-inning no-hitter. She struck out five and walked two.Maddie DeSmet went 3-for-3 with four RBIs; Maren Seefluth had two hits and two RBIs; and Bailey Neider had a hit, walked three times, and scored three runs for Columbus.The Dons are at Loyal in their Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img

South Africa’s fuel cell potential

South Africa’s fuel cell potential

first_img23 January 2006South Africa, the world’s leading producer of gold and platinum, is becoming an important testing ground for fuel cells, an alternative technology that promises cleaner, more efficient energy.International companies such as the UK’s Intelligent Energy and the US’s Power Plug are bringing cutting-edge fuel cell technology to South Africa’s rural areas.A fuel cell is similar to a battery in that it produces electricity in an electrochemical reaction. Unlike a battery, a fuel cell uses external reactants, typically oxygen and hydrogen, as fuel for the reaction. The reaction products flow out of the cell.This means fuel cells are more stable and can be run for longer continuous periods than batteries. They are also more efficient than combustion engines.A fuel cell would generally be used only for back-up purposes. If the regular power supply from the national grid were interrupted, the fuel cell would kick in to provide electricity until the regular supply could be restored. Such backup can be critical for clinics and hospitals, but also for banks, telecommunications and other users of information technology infrastructure.Technology pioneerIntelligent Energy, a UK-based company, have installed a fuel cell at clinic outside Bisho in the Eastern Cape, and a larger installation incorporating solar panels at Mkuze in KwaZulu-Natal.The Mkuze installation uses fuel cells, batteries, solar power and liquid petroleum gas to provide a complete energy solution for a community of thousands. The fuel cells are the back-up energy supply for computers that control the other energy sources.“We’re doing it as a showcase,” South African manager Sakib Khan told Business Report.Intelligent Energy have received numerous accolades for their work in this field. They were named by the World Economic Forum as a technology pioneer for 2006, and Time magazine called their ENV bike, a completely silent fuel cell-powered motorbike, one of “the most amazing inventions of 2005.”CatalystsAnother company at the forefront of fuel cell production, US-based Plug Power has installed two fuel cells at Koeberg, South Africa’s only nuclear power plant, in the Western Cape.Cellular company Vodacom is also using Plug Power fuel cells as a back-up power supply for cellphone masts in Shoshanguve in Gauteng, replacing noisy diesel generators.South Africa is an ideal site for the first tests of fuel cell systems as the country is one of the world’s leading producers of both platinum and gold, two metals that are essential to the hydrogen economy. These metals are used as catalysts within the fuel cell.“The one thing that’s slowing down development is the cost,” said Khan, “because platinum is so expensive.”“There’s a lot of research going into getting an alternative to platinum, such as gold.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Trailfire: Experimenting With Trails

Trailfire: Experimenting With Trails

first_imgDisclaimer: I am testing out Trailfire as part of a consulting agreement.Full details below. At thebeginning of September I postedabout Trailfire, a unique social bookmarkingservice that reminded me at the time of Vannevar Bush‘s 1945 pre-hypertextconcept The Memex. Essentially what Trailfire does is enable you to place annotations onany web page and link related web pages to form a trail, or navigation path.About a month after my initial post, the Trailfire team contacted me with a consultingproposal to try out a custom trail mark on my blog – one designed specifically forRead/WriteWeb. The idea was that this would enable me to provide brandednavigation trails on my blog. I thought this sounded like a nice ‘value add’ feature,that readers might find interesting. Also trails / hypertextual navigation is a conceptthat I am very interested in experimenting with – so I agreed. But to be perfectly clearand transparent, I am being paid my regular consulting fee to try out Trailfire andreport back to them.As part of the experiment I will be using Trailfire on this blog, to provide relatedinformation via trails. Basically this is a totally optional feature for you, the reader.If you don’t download the Trailfire product, then you will notice absolutely nodifference to Read/WriteWeb. Of course if you do download Trailfire to follow my“trails”, then I hope you will discover more relevant content – and what’s more,contribute your own trails if you feel so inclined. Look for the little red pin (seescreenshot below) – every time you see it roll your mouse over it to view the note.So here’s how this will work: over the next month I will be adding “trails” to around4-6 blog posts per week. These trails will provide extra or related information about thepost – including not just text, but possibly pictures, video and audio files. You willonly see these trails if you download Trailfire. I’ve startedby adding a trail to my Weekly Wrapuppost from earlier today – I did a chronological trail of my Web Office coverageacross R/WW and (mostly) ZDNet. Tags:#Social Bookmarking#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts richard macmanus If you don’t have Trailfire downloaded, you can also view the trail at this address:http://trailfire.com/readwriteweb/marks/20121So, I’m not sure how this will pan out. But it certainly seems to me like an interestingexperiment, with appropriate ‘old school’ pre-Web influences (Vannevar Bush, DouglasEngelbart, Ted Nelson). Let me know your thoughts… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Apps Aren’t Dead. Neither is The Web. The Parrot Is, Though…

Apps Aren’t Dead. Neither is The Web. The Parrot Is, Though…

first_imgTags:#apps#Browsers#web There isn’t a lot of difference, but the native iPhone app is slightly faster and a bit prettier.The difference is more marked in the iPad app (on the left, below), which is a much better user experience than Twitter’s mobile website on an iPad (on the right). The app is noticeably faster, has extra functionality, is more beautiful and has whizzier navigation. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Related Posts center_img “I believe the shift toward apps is about user experience.”Benjamin Sandofsky, Tech Lead on Twitter for iPhone, iPad, and MacApps vs. The Mobile Web. It’s often presented by the media as an either/or, winner-takes-all proposition. Usually accompanied by an “X is Dead” headline. Wired Magazine (in)famously declared that “The Web is Dead” in 2010. Yesterday I playfully pronounced the death of apps. Of course neither the Web or apps are dead – or resting, for that matter.Yesterday I argued the case for HTML5 websites over apps, noting that it’s become a trend in 2012. However, sometimes an HTML5 website for a mobile device just won’t cut it. Especially if you want to create a great user experience.Twitter’s Benjamin Sandofsky recently penned two compellingarguments for apps. They are technical articles, written for a developer audience. The takeaway lesson for the rest of us is that apps are often the only way to build “great products.”Sandofsky convincingly argues that the best user experience for Twitter on an iPhone or iPad is an iOS app designed for each device.Twitter has apps, but it also has a very good mobile website too. Here is a comparison of the iPhone app (on the left) vs. the HTML website (on the right): In my case, I choose to use the Twitter apps for both iPhone and iPad – because the apps do have a better user experience. Bottom line: the choice an online business makes between an app and an HTML5 website is dependent on the type of product or service it has. Whereas magazine publisher Technology Review opted for HTML5 because it was easier and suited its audience, Twitter prefers apps because they are a better user experience. There aren’t clear category distinctions for this choice, but a recent white paper from Yahoo showed that shopping and search are typically done via a mobile browser, while connecting and navigation are better suited to apps.So we’re sorry to disappoint you, but this isn’t an “X is dead” kind of article. Both apps and HTML5 websites are very much alive. Unlike the parrot in Monty Python’s famous sketch (which, because it’s a Friday, we’ve embedded below!). A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more