LatAm execs call for regulation rethink

first_img Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Author HomeThrive – News LatAm execs call for regulation rethink Previous ArticleJio backs Krikey in AR game playNext ArticleZTE’s intelligent optimization service solution, facilitates operators to achieve a qualitative leap in network optimization with a brand-new mode and concept Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore2 02 DEC 2020 GSMA THRIVE LATIN AMERICA: Executives from Millicom and Telefonica stressed the need for a regulatory overhaul in the region, arguing major changes to spectrum policy are necessary to incentivise operator investment and make it more economical to broaden coverage.During a keynote, Millicom CEO Mauricio Ramos (pictured) said a “modern, flexible regulatory framework is required” to enable operators to become an engine for economic growth.Spectrum policies offering longer licence terms and “improved mechanisms to allocate spectrum from country to country to create scale economies” are also required, he stated, pointing to moves taken by New Zealand as an example of a progressive approach which could be replicated in Latin America.“The better the spectrum policy is managed the further investment we will draw to the region.”Alfonso Gomez, CEO of Hispanoamerica at Telefonica, agreed. In a separate presentation, he said regulators “need to be willing to broaden the terms and licences without additional cost”.The executive cited taxes as another key issue, noting operators in Latin America pay 51 per cent more than in other global markets.Citing Telefonica’s work on the Internet Para Todos initiative in Peru, he added the right regulatory policies can make it profitable for operators to expand rural coverage.“We can no longer speak about inclusive digitalisation without reviewing public policies…If communication networks are not a luxury item they should not be treated as such”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts Millicomspectrum policyTelefonicalast_img read more

Future Electronics to Distribute u-blox Products in the Americas

first_imgu‑blox has signed a distribution agreement with Future Electronics (Future), a leading global distributor of electronic components, for the promotion and sale of all u‑blox products in the Americas. Future will leverage its dedicated wireless and RF business unit, Future Connectivity Solutions, to promote u‑blox’s broad portfolio of Cellular, GNSS and Bluetooth solutions and platforms that enable IoT applications. u‑blox’s extensive product offering and roadmap provide Future Connectivity Solutions with one of the strongest Wireless and RF line cards in the industry. This distribution agreement allows u‑blox to leverage Future’s extensive field engineering resources and world-class distribution capabilities. Future Connectivity Solutions, a division of Future Electronics, is uniquely positioned to support a multitude of marketing, engineering and logistics services in the IoT space.Click here to see u-blox products from Future Electronics.last_img read more

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman throws shade at Toronto Maple Leafs while discussing playoff format

first_imgWhat is the alternative format?Some fans have called for the league to revert back to the previous format. The two Leafs-Bruins first-round series display the divisional format’s main issue — because the Atlantic Division has delivered three of the East’s top five teams in the last two seasons, two teams with better regular-season success have been forced to duke it out in the first round.While the commissioner’s remarks were made in jest, it does make any notion of changing the postseason format sound far-fetched — at least, for now.The NBA notably made a switch from their divisional postseason format to a more standard seeding in 2016 where the top eight teams make the playoffs regardless of their division and play No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 versus No. 7, etc. in the first round. “We think the format we have works extremely well,” Bettman said, “unless you’re a Leafs fan.”MORE: Heritage Classic 2019: Time, TV channel, livestream, uniforms, weather#NHL commissioner Gary Bettman asked about playoff format at #HeritageClassic event: “We think the format we have works extremely well … unless you’re a Leafs fan.”— Donna Spencer (@DLSpencer10) October 25, 2019Low blow, commish.Here’s what the league commissioner was referring to:What is the current NHL playoff format?As of the 2013-14 season, the NHL postseason format has been designed to increase intra-division series in the first round of the playoffs, thus enhancing rivalries and familiarity between opponents.Currently, the top three teams in each division advance to the postseason. The last two spots in each conference are filled by the two highest-remaining teams in terms of points who are wild cards.The highest point-getter in each conference plays the second wild card team. The other division’s top team plays the higher wild card seed. The four remaining teams are matched up against their divisional foes.Records.NHL.com lists it as so:Eastern ConferenceSeries A: Team #1 Atlantic Division vs. Wild CardSeries B: Team #2 Atlantic Division vs. Team #3 Atlantic DivisionSeries C: Team #1 Metropolitan Division vs. Wild CardSeries D: Team #2 Metropolitan Division vs. Team #3 Metropolitan DivisionWestern ConferenceSeries E: Team #1 Central Division vs. Wild CardSeries F: Team #2 Central Division vs. Team #3 Central DivisionSeries G: Team #1 Pacific Division vs. Wild CardSeries H: Team #2 Pacific Division vs. Team #3 Pacific DivisionMORE: Mitch Marner dedicates season to young fan who lost battle with cancerWhat was the previous NHL playoff format?From the 1998-99 season up until the change in 2013, the first-round format was much more simplified —  No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7 and so on. At the time, there were three divisions in each conference and the top three seeds in each conference were granted to division winners.To put it plainly:Team #1 (Division Champion) vs. Team #8Team #2 (Division Champion) vs. Team #7Team #3 (Division Champion) vs. Team #6Team #4 vs. Team #5Why the jab at the Leafs?Since the transition was made, Toronto has made the playoffs thrice — all in the last three seasons.The Leafs have been unable to advance past the first round with losses to Washington (2017) and Boston (2018, 2019). Bettman’s comments poked fun at the Maple Leafs’ tough first-round matchups the last two seasons. The current format has forced Toronto to play division rival Boston each of the last two years, even though both teams placed within the top five in their conference each year. A weaker first-round opponent in either year could have allowed Toronto to advance further in the postseason.Both series against the Bruins went to a winner-take-all Game 7. Their loss to the Capitals ended in six.MORE: The Wraparound Leafs fans, look away.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman put Toronto on blast Friday when he was asked about the league’s postseason format while in Regina, Sask. for the Heritage Classic.last_img read more

Lucas Vazquez signs on at Espanyol from Real Madrid until 2019

first_img Sport EN Vazquez played in 33 league games, notching three goals, and helping out the team with good work in wide positions.  CEST Vazquez will be staying with Espanyol until 2019. His side failed to get into Europe last season but will be looking forward to the new campaign after reaching the Copa del Rey semi-finals. RCD Espanyol have signed Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez. center_img 03/06/2015 at 17:15 He turns 24 on July 1 and Espanyol can look forward to his continued development. The Galician was on loan to Los Pericos last season and impressed, so they took advantage of the purchase option they had on his loan deal.last_img

Talented Irish Teams set for glory at Europeans

first_imgBoth the European Ladies and Girls Team Championships are taking place this week in Iceland and Norway. The teams are competing in the annual tournament and have high hopes of securing a top table finish. The ladies team includes GB&I Curtis Cup stars Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) and Maria Dunne (Skerries). Mehaffey has several titles under her belt this year, including the Irish Close, Irish Open Stroke Play and Welsh Ladies Open Stoke Play Championships. Dunne, a leader and role model for many of her teammates finished third at the Scottish Open Stroke Play and secured 2 from 4 points which greatly helped GB&I lift the Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire.They will also be joined by US based Jessica Carty (Holywood), who was recently named Summit League Golfer of the Year, Louise Coffey (Malone) who won the Woodbrook Scratch Cup and reached the Irish Close final at Lahinch, Jessica Ross (Donaghadee), who finished runner-up at both the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play and the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament and last but not least Sinead Sexton (Lahinch), Irish Close leading qualifier and semi-finalist.For further information on the European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championships please visit the official website HERE.European Ladies Team Championships – Oddur GC (Iceland)Jessica Carty (Holywood)Louise Coffey (Malone)Maria Dunne (Skerries)Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies)Jessica Ross (Clandeboye)Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)Non Travelling Reserve: Paula Grant (Lisburn)Team Captain: Sinead Keane (Royal Curragh/Naas)Team Coach: Donal ScottThe girls’ are fielding a great team, all of whom have experience of golfing at an elite level. Rachel Thompson (Cork) will make her first International debut after a stunning year of consistent and noticeable scoring. The Cork native finished tied 21st at the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play and showcased her skills at Lahinch for the Irish Close Championship. She will join Munster Champion Valerie Clancy (Killarney), 2015 Junior Vagliano players Mairead Martin (Killarney) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan), the Island’s Julie McCarthy and Lurgan member Niamh McSherry.For further information on the European Girls’ Amateur Team Championships please visit the official website HERE.European Girls Team Championships – Oslo GC (Norway)Valerie Clancy (Killarney)Mairead Martin (Killarney)Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)Niamh McSherry (Lurgan)Rachel Thompson (Cork)Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)Non Travelling Reserve: Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)Team Captain: Gemma Butler (Birr)Team Coach: Chris Jellyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Each competitor plays 18 holes stroke play on both Tuesday and Wednesday and the five lowest aggregate scores from each day count towards the team total. The qualifying stroke play scores will then determine a seeded order for match play. Teams one to eight qualify for the top flight, nine through to 16 for flight two and the teams in flight three play a round robin, with the teams qualifying 17th playing the teams qualifying 20th, 19th and 18th on days 3, 4 and 5, respectively.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball: Jan. 14 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Lady Demons were outrebounded by 10 (34-24), but were able to grab offensive boards at key times. NSU converted their five offensive rebounds into five points, including a drought-busting two free throws by Ndey Sonko at the 11:10 mark.Before Sonko’s free throws, neither team had scored since Tia Youngblood scored from the low block with 16:51 to play in the game. Northwestern State 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59NATCHITOCHES, La. – Janelle Perez has made a difference in numerous ways in her three seasons at Northwestern State. – Return to top – Abilene Christian 79, McNeese State 59Northwestern State 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59 In the Southland Conference portion of the 2014-15 season, it has been as a scorer. For the third time in five conference games, Perez topped the 20-point mark, scoring 18 points in the second half alone, as the Lady Demons rallied past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 66-59, on Wednesday night at the American Bank Center. Led by Perez, the Lady Demons (10-6, 5-0 Southland) are off to their best conference start since 2003-04 when they won their first 11 games. Abilene Christian 79, McNeese State 59LAKE CHARLES, La. – Abilene Christian women’s basketball broke away from its traditional lineup for the first time all season and the change certainly accomplished its desired effect as the Wildcats started and finished strong to stun McNeese State, 75-59, Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum.The win snapped a season-long four-game losing skid for the Wildcats, improving their season and Southland Conference marks to 8-6 and 1-3, while the Cowgirls fell to 8-7  and 2-2. It was only the second loss all season at home for McNeese.Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba along with guards Alexis Mason and Whitney West remained in the lineup for the 23rd consecutive game dating back to last season, but head coach Julie Goodenough opted to have sophomore forward Sydney Shelstead come off the bench tonight while starting junior guard Paris Webb.And each player unquestionably proved to be a major contributor.Webb totaled 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with a pair of threes, pulled down four rebounds and dished out four assists through 33 minutes in her first start as a Wildcat.Shelstead, meanwhile, put up starter numbers, registering her sixth double-double of the season, coming down with 14 rebounds and scoring 19 points in 28 minutes.The Wildcats led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but that advantage was gone by halftime and the Cowgirls continued to roll offensively through the opening moments of the second half and grabbed a 10-point lead (49-39) following a three-point play by Talisa Boyd at the 17:08 mark.Shockingly though, as fast as the Cowgirls offense could appear, it would disappear just as quick – and for long stretches of time. The bucket by Boyd would be McNeese’s last for close to seven minutes as the Wildcats struck back with a 14-1 run to regain the lead at 53-50, and right after the Cowgirls connected on consecutive baskets within 10 seconds at the midway point to go up 54-53, they again were held without a field goal for three minutes.It was during the latter scoring drought with about 9:30 remaining that Shelstead began to take off on offense, scoring six straight points for the Wildcats followed by a big 3-pointer off the bench from sophomore Ellyn Avery with 7:25 to go.Avery added a second basket a minute later and by the final media timeout the Wildcats had their second 15-point lead of the night at 71-56 thanks to a layup and a ‘and one’ from Shelstead.ACU finished the game on a 36-10 over the final 15:53 after McNeese took its largest lead of the evening.ACU started tonight incredibly efficient on offense, knocking down five of its first seven field goal attempts, the last of which forced McNeese to call a timeout with 16:08 remaining. The Dimbas were responsible for ACU’s first 12 points with both Lizzy and Suzzy burying a 3-pointer.Shelstead came in following the first media timeout and broke the Dimbas’ streak with a layup that made it 14-4 in ACU’s favor and capped a 7-0 run. Moments later ACU went off on a mini 3-point binge as long-distance buckets by Lizzy Dimba, West and two from Webb gave the Wildcats a 28-13 lead.But the Cowgirls quickly transitioned to a full-court press following the second media stoppage that resulted in five turnovers and 11-straight points as ACU went scoreless from 9:43 to 6:17. That run cut the Wildcats lead down to 30-26.A Shelstead basket eventually snapped ACU’s scoreless streak, but the Wildcats couldn’t regain the offensive firepower that carried them through the first ten minutes as they hit just two more field goals over the final six minutes.McNeese went on a 13-4 run during the final four minutes of first half, during which a bucket by Verdin made it a one-possession game at the 2:09 mark. Then Allison Baggett tied the score for the first time with a 3-pointer at :45 seconds, and Boyd gave the home team its first lead a mere 10 seconds.A Jalyn Johnson free throw put McNeese ahead at halftime, 39-36.ACU started the half shooting .571 (12-21) from the floor and .600 (6-10) from 3-point range, but finished 3-14 (.214) and 0-5 (.000).McNeese shot .472 in the first half (.17-36) despite missing 10 3-pointers. Baggett had the most points with 12 as she connected on 5-of-7 attempts. She then hit her first of the second half, kick starting a 10-3 run that put the Cowgirls ahead by 10 points three minutes in.That’s as good as it would get, however, for McNeese as the Cowgirls went stone cold from the field for the remainder of the contest, finishing 24-of-66 (.364) from the field and 4-27 (.148) from beyond the arc.Baggett led all Cowgirls with 17 points, but none of her teammates reached double figures either in scoring or rebounds as ACU won the battle off the glass, 42-36 (23-14 in second half).In addition to Shelstead’s 14 boards, Mason and both Dimbas each pulled down six rebounds. Suzzy Dimbaalso added two blocks.The Wildcats didn’t make any trips to the free throw line in the first half, but connected on 8-of-11 tries in the second half led by Mason, who went 4-of-4 and West who went 2-of-2 after hitting the front end of a one-and-one with 5:03 remaining.ACU employed all of four lineups through 30 games last season with Renata Marquez, West, Mason, and Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba as its most frequent combination (18g).The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. for a home showdown vs. the defending Southland Conference champions from Stephen F. Austin that will follow the men’s nationally televised game against the Lumberjacks. The men’s contest tips at 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network. Joining Perez in double figures were Chelsea Rogers (14) and Keisha Lee (10). The NSU trio combined to hit all 10 of the Lady Demons’ 3-pointers on a combined 19 attempts. Buoyed by Perez’ efficiency, Northwestern State committed just six turnovers, a season low, and allowed just four points off of those turnovers. Conversely, NSU forced 13 turnovers and scored 12 points off the Islanders (6-9, 2-2) miscues.center_img Their combined 52 points allowed the Lady Demons to overcome a 24-point outburst from the Islanders’ Shay Weaver, who controlled the early action, and a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds from Camesha Davis. After a back-and-forth first 10 minutes, the Islanders appeared to take control as NSU endured a 3:45 drought between field goals.  The Lady Demons trailed by nine on two occasions in the first half, the second time with 5:28 to play on a pair of Jennifer Ramirez free throws. Perez, the reigning SLC Player of the Week and the league’s leading scorer in conference games, played a pivotal role in bringing the Lady Demons back, draining a pair of 3-pointers. – Return to top – Weaver carried the Islanders offense, scoring Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s first seven points of the game and assisting on Kassie Jones’ 3-pointer that snapped a 7-all tie. Weaver finished the first half with 13 points and two assists. Northwestern State stormed back with a  10-0 run, capped by Beatrice Attura’s driving scoop shot with 51 seconds to play, to take a one-point lead. The lead didn’t last as Weaver hit a jumper on the ensuing possession to give the Islanders their one-point halftime lead, 31-30.last_img read more

DONEGAL BIKERS BRAVE HOT LEATHER AND HOT WEATHER FOR CHARITY

first_imgNot even the hot weather can stop these Donegal bikers getting into their leathers for charity!And just who says bikers have no hearts?A group of more than 50 Donegal motorcyclists made the most of a sunny Easter Monday to collect money for Solas a men’s charity based in Falcarragh.The group started in Letterkenny and finished in Falcarragh via Glenties and Dungloe. The friends and families of Solas greeted the bikes in Falcarragh with soup and sandwiches.The event was organised by Kathy O’Conner.Fair play to all who gave their time on what must have been a scorching time in those leathers!DONEGAL BIKERS BRAVE HOT LEATHER AND HOT WEATHER FOR CHARITY was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bikerscharitydonegalSOLASlast_img read more

Be Sure to Follow Instructions on “At Large” Races Today at the Polls

first_imgAccording to Washington County Clerk, Stephanie Rockey, voters today need to pay attention to special voting instructions when it comes to voting for “At-Large” candidates.In the State of Indiana, regarding straight party tickets, any “At-Large” races, you have to make a voting mark on or in the box for the candidate that you wish to vote for, according to Rockey.“This is just part of legislation that was passed back in 2018, and the way that the 2018 election ballots were done,” she said. “There are notations regarding this matter both on the paper ballot and the electronic ballot, both images are the same.” So, on the 2019 Municipal General Election ballots, whether paper or electronic, the only race that is on the ballot today (Nov. 5) is the City Council Member At- Large, City of Salem race that the law would affect.That race is between Republican Jody Smedley and Democrat R.H. Bennett“But, again it is noted on the instruction text and the actual At-Large race of the ballot,” noted Rockey. “So, to further clarify, there is NO GLITCH with electronic voting and/or the ballots. For further clarification or questions, please call my office.”The clerk’s office number is 812.883.5748Voting by Precincts are:Precinct 1MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 1Republican – Danny R. LibkaDemocrat – Richard LongworthPrecinct 2MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 2Democrat – Rick StewartPrecinct 3MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 3Republican – Steve CraneDemocrat – Jana HayesPrecinct 4MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 4Republican – Gail R. Martin Napier Democrat – Joseph Anthony ScifresBe sure and tune in for LIVE election coverage tonight on WSLM beginning at 6p.last_img read more

Marshfield gymnastics third at Rhinelander Snowflake Invitational

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRHINELANDER – The Marshfield gymnastics team finished third out of 10 teams at the Rhinelander Snowflake Invitational on Saturday.Freshman Emma Haugen placed second in the all-around and the vault, and fifth in the floor exercise, Megan Smith was second in the uneven bars, and Brooke McGrath took fourth in the vault for the Tigers.Earning sixth-place finishes for Marshfield were Isabelle Jensen in balance beam and the all-around, and Smith in the vault as the Tigers earned nine individual medals.Ashland won the team title with a score of 129.125, with Antigo second with 128.2 and Marshfield third at 123.75.Marshfield is off until next Saturday when it travels to the Tomah Invitational.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rhinelander Snowflake InvitationalDec. 12, at Rhinelander High SchoolTeam scores: 1. Ashland 129.125; 2. Antigo 128.2; 3. Marshfield 123.75; 4. Rhinelander 119.525; 5. Negaunee (Mich.) 112.225; 6. Lakeland 110.925; 7. Chequamegon 106.875; 8. Medford 106.8; 9. Escanaba (Mich.) 104.025; 10. Mosinee 99.325.Winners and Marshfield top-10 finishesAll-around: 1. Shelby Rust (ASH) 35.3; 2. Emma Haugen (MAR) 32.05; 6. Isabelle Jensen (MAR) 31.075; 9. Megan Smith (MAR) 30.75.Floor exercise: 1. Rust (ASH) 9.0; 5 (tie). Haugen (MAR) 8.1.Uneven bars: 1. Rust (ASH) 8.45; 4 (tie). Smith (MAR) 7.75; 6 (tie). Haugen (MAR) 7.5.Vault: 1. Rust (ASH) 9.2; 2. Haugen (MAR) 8.95; 4. Brooke McGrath (MAR) 8.7; 6. Smith (MAR) 8.65.Balance beam: 1. Rust (ASH) 8.65; 6. Jensen (MAR) 7.75; 9. Haugen (MAR) 7.5.last_img read more