Vodafone progresses tower plan, makes Greek pact

first_img Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Previous ArticleAmdocs goes to the clouds with $180M Openet dealNext ArticleAirtel Africa cautiously optimistic as trends improve Author Home Vodafone progresses tower plan, makes Greek pact AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 JUL 2020 Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Chris Donkin Vodafone Group rebranded its infrastructure spin-off as Vantage Towers and unveiled a deal to combine its tower assets in Greece with Wind Hellas, moves announced alongside its fiscal Q1 results.The company plans to float Vantage Towers on the Frankfurt stock exchange in early 2021, by which point Vodafone plans to be able to include its 62 per cent stake in a new tower company being created in Greece.At float, Vantage Towers is expected to control 68,000 towers across nine European markets. Preparations for the IPO are already underway with Vodafone CEO Nick Read detailing the plan to create the business, originally called TowerCo, in 2019 following a review of the assets.Formation of the Greek tower business will be the result of a newly-struck agreement with Crystal Almond, the controlling shareholder of operator Wind Hellas, to combine its assets with Vodafone Greece.The deal will involve 5,200 towers being rolled into Vantage Towers Greece, with Crystal Almond receiving €25 million in cash and retaining 38 per cent of the combined company. The tie-up is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to complete by the end of 2020.RevenueUpdates on its tower plan came during Vodafone’s fiscal Q1 trading update, covering the three months to end-June.During the quarter, it reported a 1.4 per cent year-on-year drop in revenue to €10.5 billion, largely attributed to issues related to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Net profit is not reported in its quarterly updates.Read said its performance demonstrated “the relative resilience of our operating model”.“Whilst we have seen the direct impact on our revenue from travel restrictions and business project delays, we have also seen increased usage in voice and data, alongside record NGN [next generation network] broadband customer net additions in Europe.”As with its peers in other markets, the operator cited lower earnings from roaming hitting its figures. It also noted there had been a drop in activity from the automotive sector in its enterprise IoT segment. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Related Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Nick ReadVodafoneVodafone GreeceWind Hellaslast_img read more

Ray LaMontagne Has Meltdown Over Talking Fans, Refuses to Continue Until They Leave

first_img-John Nowak (@jowak93)[Via mlive.com and Local Spins][picture by Anna Sink] Things got a little awkward for the sold-out crowd at a Ray LaMontagne concert at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday night.In the middle of his set, Ray LaMontagne called out some concertgoers for talking during his set, and after dropping several F-bombs in a naturally one-sided argument, stormed off the stage in what some local music journalists have called a “meltdown“. LaMontagne then refused to come back out and finish the concert until the Chatty Cathys left the venue.The incident caused an understandably uncomfortable feeling to come over the crowd, as some fans cheered the ejection of the subjects of LaMontagne’s verbal attack, and others walked out with them in disgust of the artist’s reaction to the situation.The fans asked to leave by security were in the front row, no further than 20 feet from the stage, in plain sight for LaMontagne to see them talking throughout his concert at the outdoor, naturally lit ampitheater. LaMontagne asked them during the unsettling silence why they didn’t just go home and listen to a record and talk over that instead of having a conversation in the front row at one of his shows.In an interesting twist in the story, in an interview with the Grand Rapids Press, the man who was kicked out of the concert said that he and his fiancé were whispering about their upcoming wedding, anticipating LaMontagne’s song “You Are the Best Thing” which they actually chose to be the song for their first dance as a married couple. The couple said that they were only there to enjoy the concert, and feel bad that they disrupted the concert, and upset one of their favorite artists.After the fans were escorted to the parking lot, LaMontagne and his band came back out and finished their 105 minute set that included favorites off of his new and critically-acclaimed album Supernova and old fan favorites like “Trouble” and “Jolene”. There’s no doubt however, that what most people took away from the night was LaMontagne ripping apart the talkative concertgoers.This incident brings up a very relevant debate surrounding concert etiquette. While some people support LaMontagne’s decision to call out the fans for talking, some feel that he was far too aggressive, and took it too far by using multiple expletives in a family-friendly venue.It’s a difficult situation. On one hand, an artist/band on stage is performing for a crowd of people who paid to hear their music, not people trying to have a conversation over it. On the other hand, it seems like a veteran performer like the Grammy-winning LaMontagne would have the composure and patience to wait till a break in the set, and have security talk to the offending party, rather than calling them out and shaming them publicly.Some fans who attended the concert took to Facebook to either criticize, or support LaMontagne. mLive.com pulled some angry posts from the singer’s Facebook page: “This was the first concert I ever took my son to,” one father said. “He’s only 6. I took him because I love the music but also because Ray seems like a pretty chill guy. So thanks for the cussing and the child like tantrum Ray. Thanks for ruining my child’s first ever concert with unnecessary f-bombs.”Read The Fan Comments In The Facebook Post Below:  Ray LaMontagne is not the only artist to call out obnoxious fans during a concert. Neil Young and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) have also condemned concertgoers for talking during their concert. In Tweedy’s address to the rude attendees he said:“People who are talking during this performance, I have a question for you. What can I do to be a better service to you? Am I not playing the right songs? Am I not pouring my heart out here for you? Tell me what I need to do to get you to listen to the concert that you paid money to go see.”During a recent AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit, LaMontagne was asked about performing for obnoxious crowds. This was his answer:“I’ve learned to let them do their own thing. If you try in any way to control the audience’s night, it’s like swimming upstream. You’re just making it harder for yourself. To me, the night belongs to the audience. They paid a lot of money to come to the show. If they want to scream and chat, it’s completely up to them. It’s their night.”It seems he felt differently on Wednesday night.There are many concert no-nos when it comes to enjoying a live performance. Too many concerts these days are full of people raising their smartphones or larger tablets to record songs, take pictures, and block the view of people around them (although it’s possible someone caught this incident on camera which would be useful and viral gold). Some people have had too much to drink, and spill beer all over people’s shoes, or constantly bump into people near them. Some find a way to sing louder than the performing band using thousands of watts of amplification.Everyone is (hopefully) there for the same reason. To see a live show. It’s not a place to catch up with a friend, check your e-mails, or publicly display  your affection for your date. Put the phones down, close your mouth (unless you’re respectfully singing along or cheering) and enjoy the performance that the artist is putting their heart and soul into. Did LaMontagne cross the line, or did the talkative fans get what they deserved? An all-around disappointing incident that put a damper on an otherwise enjoyable concert.However, the real question is whether or not the engaged couple will pick out a new first dance song for their wedding this fall.last_img read more

See Matt Doyle, Lesli Margherita, Nick Adams & More Get (Almost) Naked with The Skivvies at 54 Below

first_img Will Chase The Skivvies are getting nearly naked with some of Broadway’s hottest stars this September. The acoustic duo, comprised of Broadway veterans Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, welcome Matt Doyle, Lesli Margherita, Nick Adams and Asmeret Ghebremichael to 54 Below for their September 23 concert. Steve Kazee Nick Adams View Comments Lesli Margherita Star Files Doyle currently stars as Elder Price in the Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon. Olivier Award winner Margherita is currently starring as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda. Adams is a two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner for his role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Ghebremichael also stars in The Book of Mormon while Tony winner Nikki M. James is on leave. Matt Doyle The Skivvies are known for their original stripped down musical arrangements performed while stripped down to the their underwear. The evening of song and sights boasts distinctive mash-ups and eccentric original songs played on the cello (Molina) and ukulele (Cearley).The Skivvies will star in the upcoming Bucks County Playhouse production of The Rocky Horror Show as Brad and Janet. In past concerts, the duo have welcomed special guests Wes Taylor, Laura Benanti, Andrew-Kennan-Bolger, Will Swenson, Julia Murney, Michael Urie and more. View All (5)last_img read more

Tuscor Lloyds shines in solar project

first_imgDespite Britain being famous for its rainy, grey and overcast weather, high levels of sunlight are making Britain a hub for clean, green energy. Tuscor Lloyds coordinated the delivery of over 500 containers – including 40 ft flat racks, 40 ft high cube and 40 ft/20 ft general purpose containers – from Shanghai to the ports of Southampton and Felixstowe. Strict deadlines meant that the Tuscor Lloyds team operated under extremely short lead times. The team encountered several problems that had to be quickly resolved, including numerous vessel delays affecting the pre-prepared delivery schedule and increasing pressure on the team to avoid storage charges. The company’s dedicated projects team was on site to oversee numerous deliveries, as the delicate products used in solar energy developments require specialist handling. www.tuscorlloyds.comlast_img read more

PBA approves Parks, Banchero transfers

first_imgBanchero, who averages 10.1 points,4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists in the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup, will make theHotshots’ guard formidable. He joins forces with Paul Lee, Andy Mark Barroca,Jiovani Jalalon, and Justin Melton. MANILA – The PBA Commissioner’s Officegave a green light on two blockbuster trades that send rookie Bobby Ray ParksJr. to the TNT KaTropa and Chris Banchero to Magnolia Hotshots. The PBA, however, took its time beforeapproving Banchero’s move to the PBA Governors’ Cup defending championsHotshots for Rodney Brondial and Robbie Herndon to Alaska Aces. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. will be playing for the KaTropa. The PBA Commissioner’s Office approved the transfer. PBA PHOTO Brondial and Herndon, on the otherhand, will provide youth and height for the team as Aces head coach JeffreyCariaso said they are in the process of rebuilding for the future. PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial saidthe league approved the deal that transferred Parks to the KaTropa in exchangefor Celedonio Trollano, Anthony Semerad and 2021 first round pick going to theElite. The approved trade was a revisedversion after the Elite reportedly rejected KaTropa’s initial offer of justsending Trollano and the 2019 and 2021 first round draft picks to get Parks’services. Parks was a great addition for theKaTropa in the latter’s bid to prevent the San Miguel Beermen from achieving agrand slam, while Trollano and Semerad could not do anything to salvage the Eliteas they were already eliminated. Aside from Banchero, the Aces islooking to trade veteran big man Vic Manuel to the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Mastersin exchange for former Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins and other players./PNlast_img read more

Chainsaw Artist Derrick Stanton Named Sawfest Winner

first_imgStanton: “We did two salmon swimming. At first, Scott Hanson blocked it out and after he blocked it out, I stepped in and started to put detail on and we started working together and he was working on the water and I was working on the salmon and then we were just going back and forth, we didn’t have it planned out. We just kind of saw tweaks here and there and things that needed to be added or taken away.” Five carvers honed their craft, Sawfest founder Scott Hanson of Sterling took second place with a pair of moose; and in third place, Eric Berson of Clam Gulch carved a black bear and tree. For a look at all the sculptures, click here. The masterpiece was carved in just under three days, the competition started at Stanley Chrysler in Soldotna on Friday. You’ll soon see more of Stanton’s work; six sculptures will be installed in Kenai’s Municipal Park by the fall. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Late nights and early mornings paid off for Kenai chainsaw carver Derrick Stanton who was named the winner of this year’s Sawfest competition, decided by people’s choice.center_img A treat for the crowd, Stanton and Hanson completed a 30 minute quick carve together… Stanton: “It’s a tree and it’s kind of like a diamond willow stick that’s huge. On top is a raven and a bear is holding the tree, and the bear is real cartoon-y, he’s got a hiking backpack and he’s got a walking stick and is very whimsical.”  The five masterpieces failed to meet their reserves at auction, but several carvers were in discussion with buyers after the auction closed.last_img read more

Patient Rohit century gives India winning start to World Cup

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England,  (Reuters) – Opener Rohit Sharma scored a composed unbeaten century as India got their Cricket World Cup campaign off to a solid start with a six-wicket victory over a sloppy South African side at a vibrant Rose Bowl  yesterday. After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Africa posted a below-par 227 for nine in their 50 overs as wily wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned figures of 4-51 following a superb opening burst from seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-35).India were cautious in their reply and the game was in the balance when Virat Kohli (18) was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock with the score on 54 for two in the 16th over.But Rohit (122 not out from 144 balls) punished the South African bowlers after being dropped on one and scored his 23rd ODI century. He attacked South Africa’s leg-spinners Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi as India reached 230 for four from 47.3 overs, condemning the ailing Proteas to a third successive loss to leave their World Cup hopes in disarray.“There was something in it for the bowlers throughout and I could not play my natural game,” Sharma said at the post-match presentation.“I had to play close to my body and try and leave as many balls as possible. It was a small target, but we had to build partnerships as there was always something in it for the bowlers. “I had to play out the overs to make sure the job got done.”Rohit rode some early luck when he was dropped from a difficult chance by Faf du Plessis off the bowling of the unfortunate Kagiso Rabada (2-39).South Africa created opportunities in the field, but as has been the case throughout the World Cup so far, were uncharacteristically sloppy. India were able to milk singles through the middle part of the innings, which held the run-rate steady and kept them on course for victory with few alarms.“It was important to start on the right note,” India captain Kohli said. “If you look at how the pitch played, it was challenging, so hats off to Rohit. It was a special innings.”Chahal had earlier restricted South Africa’s total with four wickets, continuing his excellent form against the Proteas in recent years. Seamer Bumrah found prodigious movement in both directions to remove openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) inside the first six overs.Du Plessis (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (22) put on a patient 54 in 80 balls in a bid to rebuild the innings, but after the latter was bowled trying a reverse-sweep off Chahal, wickets fell at regular intervals.Chris Morris (42) and Rabada (31 not out) put on 66 for the eighth wicket to ensure the side posted a score that at least gave them a chance.“I thought India were magnificent on a tough pitch. They have spinners through the middle who always get wickets,” South Africa captain Du Plessis said. “Rohit did what we didn’t do, he got a hundred and saw his team through.“It is a changing room that is hurting. We are trying to make sure we are still fighting, but we keep making mistakeslast_img read more

Move to get pub pumping again

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Teams take the challenge

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Hungry burglar flees on empty stomach

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