Newly formed Laois Community Sports Hub to host public meeting

first_img GAA By Aedín Dunne – 7th December 2019 Newly formed Laois Community Sports Hub to host public meeting Facebook Twitter Facebook Home News Newly formed Laois Community Sports Hub to host public meeting News Previous articleCourtwood-Emo crowned U-20 football champions following extra time win over PortarlingtonNext articleIn Pictures: Laois Credit Union welcome Kenyan delegation Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Laois Sports Partnership will be hosting a Rathdowney-Errill Activity Hub Workshop on Monday, December 16.The workshop will take place in Rathdowney Community Centre at 8pm.The event will give locals the chance to have their say in what they want in their community after it was announced that Laois Sports Partnership will receive €114,200 next year. WhatsAppcenter_img GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp TAGSActivity Hub WorkshopDormant Accounts FundingMinister Brendan GriffinMinister Shane RossRathdowney-Errill Twitter GAA Pinterest The funding is part of a investment package of €4.2 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.The funding will be spread across multiple groups throughout the county.Rathdowney-Errill Activity Hub has been given €66,700, €20,000 has been given to SVT Community Sports Hub while €10,000 has been given to Youth Leadership in Laois.Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports will receive €8,500 and €9,000 is going to Volunteer Training & Support Programmes.This news was recently announced by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD.This project involves the development and delivery of specialised Sports Leadership training for young people providing a stepping stone for learners into employment and also into further education or training.SEE ALSO – Almost €120,000 on the way to Laois sports groupsSEE ALSO – Books, hats and jerseys – LaoisToday store is now open! 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Laois Ladies name team for Sunday’s crucial Round 2 clash with Clare

first_img WhatsApp News Laois Ladies name team for Sunday’s crucial Round 2 clash with Clare Facebook Twitter Previous articleCoronavirus: 499 new cases and 8 further deaths as legal challenge over mass launchedNext articleLaois senior hurling team named for All-Ireland Qualifier clash with Clare Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 6th November 2020 Home Sport GAA Laois Ladies name team for Sunday’s crucial Round 2 clash with Clare SportGAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football Team Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Electric Picnic In the other group game, Kildare face Sligo in Kinnegad and the Lillywhites will be favourites to turn over their opponents – who Laois defeated last week.Should Laois win and Kildare do likewise, it will set up a winner takes all encounter between the two neighbours next week to see who will top the group and reach the All-Ireland semi finals.If Laois lose, they will still have a chance of reaching the last four with a big win over Kildare in the final week.This game, like all others around the country, is due to be played behind closed doors.However, we will have a Live Blog of the game with updates to keep everyone informed.Similarly, the LGFA have committed to streaming all matches this year and this encounter will be available to watch on the Channel Clare YouTube. SEE ALSO – Glorious sunshine and brisk trade as Laois’s newest market continues to impress Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Laois Ladies football manager Donie Brennan has named his starting 15 for Sunday’s All-Ireland championship Round 2 game against Clare.From Laois’s last game which was a fine win over Sligo last weekend – there is one change.Teenager Leah Tarpey, who sparkled as a half time substitute last weekend, comes into midfield in place of Mags McEvoy.There is also one positional switch as Mo Nerney has swapped places with Sarah Anne Fitzpatrick.LAOIS: Eimear Barry (Shanahoe); Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields), Amy Potts (St Brigid’s); Rachel Williams (Sarsfields), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s); Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Leah Tarpey (Sarsfields); Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska), Sarah Ann Fitzgerald (Portlaoise), Orla Hennessy (Timahoe); Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Mo Nerney (Timahoe) Electric Picnic TAGSLaois Ladies last_img read more

Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) Loan Ceiling for Tertiary students Increased to $250,000 Per Applicant

first_imgYoung Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) Loan Ceiling for Tertiary students Increased to $250,000 Per Applicant EducationJuly 28, 2009 RelatedYoung Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) Loan Ceiling for Tertiary students Increased to $250,000 Per Applicant Advertisements RelatedYoung Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) Loan Ceiling for Tertiary students Increased to $250,000 Per Applicantcenter_img RelatedYoung Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) Loan Ceiling for Tertiary students Increased to $250,000 Per Applicant FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Development Bank of Jamaica, (DBJ) has announced that under the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP), the loan ceiling for graduates of Tertiary Institutions has been increased to $250,000 per applicant for the establishment of viable business enterprises. Two graduates may borrow a maximum of $500,000 to fund one project. The limit for high school leavers remains at $100,000 per applicant. Four high school leavers may borrow a maximum of $400,000 to fund one project.“The decision to increase the loan ceiling for this cohort of school leavers was taken after careful consideration and discussions with the Honourable Prime Minister”, Mrs. Yvonne Lewars, General Manager, AFI Relationships, at DBJ stated.“Aspects of our discussions that weighed heavily on our decision were the fact that having attained the age of eighteen, tertiary level students are able to enter into binding contracts, and they can be held liable. Additionally, this cohort is more advanced and their educational training would have exposed them to the rudiments and nuances of managing a successful business,” she continued.“We are positive the students from UWI, UTECH, Edna Manley College and the Community Colleges will be pleased with the increase. Two applicants can combine to access up to $500,000”, she explained.“The month of August has been designated for interface with tertiary level graduates”, explained Wayne Beecher, a member of the consortium engaged to provide business development services. “We meet with UTECH students on Thursday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m., in the Faculty of Education & Liberal Studies Lecture Theatre 9B”.“We are presently working with the Career & Placement Units of the other tertiary institutions with a view of setting up the meeting schedule for students during August. Students are urged to call their respective institutions for the date and time. Information can also be obtained from the YEP hotline at 929-4015-7” explains Mr. Beecher.YEP is a social safety initiative announced by the Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding in his 2009/10 Budget Presentation and is geared to providing self-employment opportunities for 2009 graduates who will not be pursuing continuing education immediately or may not be able to find positions in the workforce.The Programme is being spearheaded by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which will provide some $200 million in funds to be on-lent through Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) to borrowers for viable business projects, at a rate of 10% per annum.The MFIs involved in YEP are: Access Financial Services Limited, JN Small Business Loans Limited, Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League, Micro Credit Limited, and NationGrowth MicroFinance Limited.School leavers are able to access up to $100,000 for viable businesses and up to four applicants can combine to access $400,000.YEP implementation began in June 17, 2009 with orientation sessions across the island. To date approximately 900 participants from high schools have been exposed to the programme. Three-day workshops are scheduled to begin on July 28th and will continue for two weeks across the island.last_img read more

Night lane closures Monday through Thursday on the Interstate 5 Bridge

first_imgNight lane closures Monday through Thursday on the Interstate 5 BridgePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, May 24, 2021in: Newsshare 0 One lane will remain open at all times while crews repair and replace camerasODOT will close two lanes for two nights each on the northbound and southbound spans of the Interstate Bridge Monday through Thursday nights next week for work on the bridge cameras.One lane will remain open at all times during the work.ODOT will close two lanes for two nights each on the northbound and southbound spans of the Interstate Bridge Monday through Thursday nights next week for work on the bridge cameras. File photoODOT will close two lanes for two nights each on the northbound and southbound spans of the Interstate Bridge Monday through Thursday nights next week for work on the bridge cameras. File photoHere is the schedule.Monday and Tuesday nights, May 24 and 25, the left and middle lanes of the northbound span will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The right lane will remain open. The northbound span’s sidewalk will remain open.Wednesday and Thursday nights, May 26 and 27, the left and middle lanes of the southbound span will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The right lane will remain open. The sidewalk on the southbound span will close but the sidewalk on the northbound span will remain open.The closures are necessary to repair and replace aging cameras and camera equipment on the bridge.Oregon and Washington jointly own the Interstate Bridge which is maintained by ODOT. The northbound span opened in 1917 and the southbound span in 1958.Go to Tripcheck.com for the latest traffic information.Information provided by Washington State Department of Transportation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:bridge repairsClark CountyClark County WashingtonInterstate 5 Bridgelane closuresLatestODOTOregon Department of Transportationtraffictraffic camerasVancouverVancouver WashingtonWashington State Department of TransportationWSDOTshare 0 Previous : Vancouver park picnic shelter reservations open Tuesday Next : Take steps to stay safe while swimming and recreating in lakes, rivers and poolsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel Name*Email*Website guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

Munjals, Burmans propose to invest Rs 1,250 crores directly into Fortis Healthcare

first_img By EH News Bureau on April 13, 2018 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The offer does not envisage any changes in the current structure, operations and assets of the company and is almost immediately implementableSunil Kant Munjal of Hero Enterprise, Dr Anand Burman, and Mohit Burman of Burman family have approached the board of Fortis Healthcare proposing to invest Rs 1,250 crores directly in the company.In an offer letter to the Board of Fortis Healthcare, both Munjal and the Burman family, who are already existing shareholders in Fortis Healthcare, have proposed to infuse funds which, according to Munjal, “will go beyond addressing the urgent liquidity needs of the company and help the operations stabilise with immediate effect.”This is a joint bid by Hero Enterprise promoted by Munjal and the Burman family, both of whom have a long-standing presence and interest in the healthcare sector.“Our offer is in the best interest of Fortis Healthcare. In fact, all those connected with the company’s ecosystem, its shareholders, patients, their attendants, the community and public at large, in addition to the lenders, suppliers, doctors, medical and non-medical staff will benefit from it. We are investing in the company and our aim is to create value for all stakeholders.” said Munjal in the letter.“Our offer does not envisage any changes in the current structure, operations and assets of the company and is simple and is almost immediately implementable,” Dr Burman said.Since this is in the interest of all concerned, he expressed the hope that the Board would consider this offer and put it before shareholders to take a final decision. “We believe that our offer deserves serious and urgent consideration,” Burman said. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts News center_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Munjals, Burmans propose to invest Rs 1,250 crores directly into Fortis Healthcare Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalslast_img read more

PM Says It is Too Soon to Determine Cost of Damage

first_imgRelatedPM Says It is Too Soon to Determine Cost of Damage RelatedPM Says It is Too Soon to Determine Cost of Damage RelatedPM Says It is Too Soon to Determine Cost of Damage FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding says it is too soon to determine the cost of the damage to the island’s infrastructure caused by the severe rains, and its impact on the budget.However, he said that whatever adjustments are needed, would have to be explored, as necessary.Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding (centre) addresses a press conference, which he called at Jamaica House yesterday (Sept. 29), to give an update on flood damage across the island, and the various actions being taken by the government and its response agencies. The press conference was chaired by Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (2nd left), and included participation from Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles (left): Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Ronald Jackson (2nd right); and Head of Communications at the Jamaica Defence Force, Colonel Rocky Meade.“How those adjustments will be designed is something we will have to explore from the discussions we have had with our international partners, they recognise that for disasters there would have to be some (fiscal) space provided,” the Prime Minister said.He was speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House, Wednesday (September 29), to give an update on flood damage over the past three days and the actions being taken by his government and its response agencies.“We are not yet through it, so we are not even able to say this is what has happened, this is the impact it has had and this is what it is going to cost us,” Mr. Golding stated. He said that the current priority is to respond to the immediate needs.He noted that although severe, the weather conditions were not at hurricane level, which would trigger external responses. However, he said he has spoken with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to keep external partners informed, in the event that the country has to appeal for assistance.center_img PM Says It is Too Soon to Determine Cost of Damage Office of the Prime MinisterSeptember 30, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Employers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS

first_img By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter Employers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS LabourJanuary 25, 2012 RelatedEmployers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is encouraging employers and others in the productive sector to take advantage of its Labour Market Information System (LMIS), as this is an inexpensive approach to business and an easy way to identify suitable job candidates. He said the LMIS represents one of the strategies to manage and respond to the current job market, as the Government seeks to foster and encourage economic empowerment, and human capital development over the short, medium, and long term. Mr. Kellier, who was addressing the LMIS Job Readiness Poster Competition awards ceremony, at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Kingston, Wednesday Jan. 25, emphasised the need for developing countries such as Jamaica, to make greater effort to maintain sustainability in the labour market, by increasing productivity levels, keeping abreast of employment trends, and engaging in job-fitting, to satisfy the needs of employers. He noted that statistics have revealed that employers are seeking workers with the right attitude and aptitude, technical skills, and experience. “We also saw where there was a demand for persons who were certified at the HEART Trust Levels 2 and 3, and those with first and (second degrees) were in good standing for work opportunities,” he added. The Minister highlighted that several gaps were identified in the labour market, which include nursing, practical nursing, computer technology, mechanical engineering, and psychology, with areas of actual and potential growth being in the agricultural, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail sectors. Mr. Kellier said the Ministry was therefore excited about the relevance and benefits of the LMIS to job-seekers, secondary and tertiary students, guidance counsellors, career developers, employers and parents. “We are presenting a one-stop location for information, and we’ve placed emphasis on youth, as we know they are a significant part of the job-seeking population,” he said. The awards form part of LMIS Week, which is being observed from January 22 to January 27, to commemorate the launch of the LMIS in 2002, and to assist in the promotion of the LMIS website. The topic for the competition, ‘Job Readiness’, was chosen as a result of feedback from employers that they needed employees who were more prepared for the world of work. The competition, which lasted from October 6, 2011, to November 30, 2011, saw 11 schools participating. It sought to: prepare students for the work world; increase the level of awareness of the LMIS website among the school community; acquire posters which will be used to promote the LMIS; and strengthen students’ knowledge of the visual arts. The LMIS (www.lmis.gov.jm) is a web-based system, which provides a one-stop data and information source, as well as job-placement facility. It has four major components, which include: job matching facility, where job seekers post their resumes and employers can place vacancies; labour market intelligence, which provides information on labour market issues; a national skills bank, which gives employers and investors access to a database of available skills throughout the country; and related services, which include career counselling and funding sources for education and training. RelatedEmployers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS RelatedEmployers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS Advertisementslast_img read more

INDECOM and Office of the Public Defender to Sign MOU

first_imgCome the end of May, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to remove duplication of duties that now exist between them.Speaking at a Jamaica Information (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on May 27, Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, informed that his Office has been investigating the same crime scenes as INDECOM.“The MoU with INDECOM will effectively give us more capacity as we will be turning over approximately two or three hundred cases to INDECOM, with the consent of the complainant,” the Acting Public Defender said.Also speaking at the ‘Think Tank’ was Investigator in the Public Defender’s office, Kayla Beckford, who said that INDECOM will share case files with the OPD in matters of extra-judicial killings.“INDECOM will deal with the criminal aspect and we will do the civil. While the criminal aspect is being investigated, the clients will still receive quarterly updates from us regarding the matter, because we know how the system works and investigations will take time,” she said.She explained that once the criminal investigations have been completed, the case file will be turned over to the OPD for their civil investigations to get underway.The OPD will also be signing a MoU with the Bureau of Gender Affairs which will result in the Bureau sending cases to the OPD. This will include cases that fall within the responsibilities of the OPD.“We will design a list of factors to determine which of these cases we will proceed with and if we will provide financial support,” said the Acting Public Defender.“These understandings will enable us to better manage the limited resources that we have,” he told JIS News. RelatedChanges to Gaming Law Will Increase Revenues for Government – BGLC Chairman INDECOM and Office of the Public Defender to Sign MOU JIS Think TankMay 29, 2014Written by: Shelly-Ann Irving RelatedBGLC Calls on Lounge Operators to Practise Responsible Gaming RelatedInaugural Gaming Summit May 29 INDECOM and Office of the Public Defender to Sign MOUJIS 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 fullscreenPlaycenter_img Story HighlightsA MoU will be signed between the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and INDECOM to remove duplication of duties that now exist between them. Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, informed that his Office has been investigating the same crime scenes as INDECOM. INDECOM will share case files with the OPD in matters of extra-judicial killings. Photo: JIS PhotographerActing Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu makes presentation about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that his office will sign with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held Tuesday, May 27 at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Feeding Families SM provides more than food

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Feeding Families SM provides more than food Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedFoodNewsNon ProfitsFeeding Families SM provides more than foodBrennon Dixson10 months agocollective of volunteersFeeding Families Santa MonicaCourtesy photoCourtesy photoCourtesy photoLocal parents, school officials and even master gardener Teague Weybright have come together in recent weeks to provide food-insecure families with meals through the organization Feeding Families Santa Monica. Courtesy photos.Courtesy photoCourtesy photo1234Courtesy photoCourtesy photoLocal parents, school officials and even master gardener Teague Weybright have come together in recent weeks to provide food-insecure families with meals through the organization Feeding Families Santa Monica. Courtesy photos.Courtesy photo Volunteers, food and hungry families are all being sought out by a group of former PTA moms who are interested in little more than assisting those who find themselves in need during the current pandemic.Feeding Families Santa Monica is a collective of volunteers who host weekly food drives. The group is preparing to feed more than 100 families this Saturday at Hope United LA — a local church located near Arizona Avenue and 14th street — but Feeding Families SM co-founder Cheryl Byrne said the group started out on a much smaller scale at the beginning of the pandemic.“Suzie Crocker from Hope United LA originally contacted us and said she had a bunch of pre-packaged food and she hoped we knew some families who might need it,” Byrne said. From there, Marie Espino, Karen Miller and Byrne would contact Grant Elementary School’s community liaison.“And she said, ‘Well, how many families do you think this food that you just got could feed? And we said we maybe could do 12 boxes,” Byrne said. “And then we soon realized this is going to be scary for people, so we decided we would make more boxes. The next week I think we did 17 all out of my friend Marie’s garage, and then the following week we were told there were about 32 families who were food insecure.”Luckily, Barry and Suzie Crocker, pastors of Hope United LA, invited Byrne and crew to set up shop at the church and make boxes there.“They said let’s just keep this going, so it went from 12 to 17 to 32,” Byrne said, “and last weekend we made 104 boxes of food.”Feeding Families SM volunteers consider themselves regulars now at grocers like Restaurant Depot and other places who have been gracious enough to provide to the cause. And even residents who aren’t associated with the group have stepped up to buy 50-pound bags of rice on their own, which they eventually drop off to Byrne so she can distribute them during events like Saturday’s.As she attempted to name to every donor who has helped along the way, Byrne said the food boxes are only possible every weekend because of the community’s help.“The three of us who started this — we have been involved in the community so we knew what schools would be going through and that families in our community would be going through a lot once COVID happened and people lost their jobs and couldn’t go to work,” Byrne said. “So we just knew we had to do something, and it wasn’t even a choice. At one point, someone asked if we should cap the numbers of families we can give to, and I said, ‘No way! We’ll figure it out.’ And honest to God, each week, we are just figuring it out… Sometimes we get nervous that we don’t have enough food to give to people but it’s worked out so far. Each week it gets a little scary, and I have to admit when we took a big jump from the 32 boxes to 64 — I was blown away. In fact, it makes me want to cry sometimes because it feels amazing that we are able to do this.”Get InvolvedFresh produce, rice, beans, canned goods, potatoes and nonperishable items are always being accepted by Feeding Families Santa Monica and United Hope LA.The group has a sign-up form in the bio of its Instagram page, which can be found online at instagram.com/feedingfamilies_sm.“We have to be aware of how many people are in the church at one time helping out due to COVID,” Byrne said. “But we appreciate anybody who comes to volunteer or who is interested in bringing us food and all of that. And so are the people. We have a few families that have eight or nine people so every bit helps.”[email protected] :collective of volunteersFeeding Families Santa Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAnonymous tips help California counties enforce virus ordersSeveral dozen virus cases occurred on USC’s fraternity rowYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Troubled Pakistan market sees data revenue rise 69%

first_img Author Previous ArticleIndia’s Micromax to make all handsets locally by 2018Next ArticleChina Telecom’s 4G users reach 23% of customer base HomeAsiaNews Troubled Pakistan market sees data revenue rise 69% Joseph Waring Myanmar operators restore internet service It’s been a difficult year for Pakistan’s mobile players, but the one bright spot in the market has been strong data revenue growth. According to a report by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), data revenue in the second half of the year grew 69 per cent from the previous year.Without stating figures, the annual report said the increase in data revenues is likely to continue in the second half of the fiscal year ending 30 June, ProPakistani reported.Operators are starting to see benefits from their investments in 3G/4G networks in the form of rising mobile data penetration and usage, with about one million 3G/4G customers added each month since the commercial launch of these services, the SBP report estimated.The top four operators, which together have 94 per cent of the country’s mobile users, added more than ten million 3G connections in the first three months of the year, according to GSMA Intelligence. Mobilink, the market leader by a small margin, added 3.1 million 3G connections during the period, while number two Telenor picked up 3.3 million. Zong, the only 4G player, had 200,000 4G users in Q3.Operators’ revenue in Q3 fell 12 per cent to PKR102 billion ($98 million) from the previous quarter; mobile revenue dropped 1.8 per cent in the fiscal year ending 30 June. Operators are also struggling with low margins and have complained to the government about high taxes, low return on investments and weak economic growth.The federal government doubled the sales tax on various categories of imported mobile handsets in June to PKR300-1,000 ($3-$10), and the government in Punjab introduced a 19.5 per cent sales tax on internet usage in early June.In addition, direct foreign investment (DFI) plunged 72 per cent in the fiscal year ending 30 June and the sector’s tax contributions fell almost 50 per cent from the previous year. The drop in DFI was attributed in part to the huge inflows from the operators’ parent companies a year earlier for the 3G/4G spectrum licences. Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Asia center_img Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off Tags Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 DEC 2015 Bangladesh 4G auction raises $898M 3G4Gdata revenueMobilinkPakistanTelenorZonglast_img read more