Bidders given more time to prepare 9mobile offers

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JAN 2018 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 Author Tags Home Bidders given more time to prepare 9mobile offers Chris Donkin Previous ArticleFirstNet detractors backtrack as all 50 states opt-inNext ArticleAT&T launches LTE-M in Mexico MTN Nigeria mulls pricing change after bank row Related MTN Nigeria payments access restored Nigeria’s telecoms regulator agreed to extend the deadline for the sale of troubled operator 9mobile to January 16, after the original lapsed without a final decision.The Cable revealed the contents of a letter from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the operator’s current owners Emerging Markets Telecoms Services, approving the extension – which gave shortlisted bidders more time to prepare binding offers.9mobile – the former local unit of Etisalat – was saved from collapse by regulators in mid-2017 when both an investment fund and Etisalat exited the country after defaulting on a $1.2 billion loan.The operator is the fourth largest in Nigeria with 17 million connections, according to GSMA Intelligence estimates for Q3 2017. Potential suitors include rivals already present in the market – Bharti Airtel, Globacom and Smile – alongside several investment companies.Interested parties must submit a binding offer by the new deadline, which will be considered by the owners of the company and Nigeria’s communication and banking authorities.Previously the Central Bank of Nigeria and the NCC described the deadline of December 31 2017 as “sacrosanct” for the transfer of the operator into new ownership. Nigeria suspends SIM card sales, registration Etisalat NigeriaNigerialast_img read more

Los Angeles’ Virgin Fest Announces Inaugural Lineup: Lizzo, Anderson .Paak, The Marcus King Band, More

first_imgLast fall, it was reported that Sir Richard Branson‘s Virgin empire had acquired the KAABOO Festival brand and was planning to throw their own major music event in Los Angeles sometime this year. On Wednesday, organizers behind the festival confirmed event details along with the lineup of artists who will perform at the inaugural Virgin Fest, which will take place at the Banc of California Stadium and Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles this summer on June 6th-7th.Related: Goldenvoice Reportedly Planning Lovers & Friends Hip-Hop Festival In Los AngelesThe first-year festival will treat attendees to performances throughout the weekend from Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Major Lazer, Lizzo, Kali Uchis, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and more.Additionally, the Virgin Fest 2020 lineup poster also includes names like The Marcus King Band, Tank and the Bangas, Barns Courtney, Empress Of, Japanese Breakfast, and Miya Folick to name a few.As Billboard points out, this Virgin Festival is not related to the similarly-named event in 2013.“By combining Virgin’s signature hospitality and ingenuity with a strong sense of purpose, our team built the festival of tomorrow, today.,” Branson said of the first-year event in a statement. “We are proud to bring Virgin Fest to LA and to be on track to become one of the United States’ greenest festivals.”Tickets for the 2020 summer event are on sale now. Head to the event website for tickets and general information.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

No new taxes introduced in budget

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics No new taxes introduced in budget by: Dominica Vibes News – July 27, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 155 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share No new taxes have been introduced in the budget presented by Minister for Finance, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.Mr Skerrit presented the budget anchored on the theme ‘Building A More Resilient Dominica’ in Parliament on Tuesday 26 July. “Madam Speaker, in all the studies which we conduct, cost of living continues to be touted as the Number One concern of residents. Those of you who travel or who shop online, can attest to the constantly rising prices of both vital and luxury items,” the Prime Minister stated.It must be borne in mind, he added, that government is not in the business of buying and selling. “The reality is that we have maintained as low a tax regime as is practical on vital commodities. We have also avoided too much regulation and have encouraged competition among private sector operatives to spur greater competition,” Mr Skerrit noted.“On this occasion, Madam Speaker, this government will again NOT tamper with our low tax regime. What we will do, however, is encourage consumers to be smart about the choices they make. Madam Speaker, this Government has introduced NO NEW TAXES in this budget,” he continued.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister stated that Tropical Storm Erika “starkly exposed our vulnerabilities” and resulted in an estimated damage and loss of EC$1.3 billion and over 90.0 percent of Dominica’s Gross Domestic product. He noted that prior to the storm, all economic indicators pointed to positive growth of 2.4 percent for 2015, but due to due to the negative effect on the expected national output and income caused by Erika, we revised growth estimates downward to -3.9 percent.Preliminary GDP estimates indicate that output in the Dominican economy, contracted by 3.9 percent, during 2015, in contrast to an expansion of 3.9 percent in 2014. Estimates for 2016 suggest a turnaround, as output is expected to expand by 1.3 percent, with projections for 2017 indicating a further expansion of 2.8 percent. “However, notwithstanding the disappointments and setbacks due to the storm, Government is determined to return the economy to positive growth,” Mr Skerrit assured.last_img read more

“Mission: Accepted” – Hayley Atwell joining Tom Cruise in the next ‘Mission: Impossible’

first_imgABC/John Medland(LOS ANGELES) — Hayley Atwell is going from the MCU to the IMF. Best-known for playing Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Captain America films and ABC’s Agent Carter, Atwell will join Tom Cruise in the next Mission: Impossible movie.“Should you choose to accept…,” M.I. writer-director Christopher McQuarrie captioned a photo of Atwell on Instagram Friday, to which she responded, “Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…” McQuarrie directed 2015’s Rogue Nation, as well as last year’s Fallout, which became the M:I franchise’s highest-grossing film with $791.1 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Atwell will reprise her Agent Carter role for an episode of What If…?, the upcoming animated Marvel Studios series for Disney+.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Soccer strikes a goal

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A gift of love

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Vanderbilt Wins Inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship

first_img Sr. The Southland Bowling League was formed earlier this year and by the formalization as a league, the association can qualify for an NCAA automatic bid no later than the 2017 national championship. Until an automatic qualification is provided, Southland Bowling League members will be at-large candidates for the NCAA Championship. A second match was not necessary between Vanderbilt and Arkansas State in the championship round since the Commodores had not lost a match in the tournament. Championship Bracket | Championship Round Replay |  Photo GalleryHOUSTON, Texas – Third-seeded Vanderbilt won the 2015 Southland Bowling League title by defeating top-seeded Arkansas State, 4-2, in the championship match. The sixth-ranked Commodores were undefeated in the inaugural championship, going a perfect 4-0 over the two-day event. Stephanie Schwartz Torrie Decker So. Day Two Results Final Back Draw RoundNo. 1 Arkansas State 4, No. 5 Valparaiso 2(W240, L202, W218, L177, W192, W224) – (L126, W204, L138, W190, L136, L155) Arkansas State earned a 4-2 match victory in the back draw final this morning to advance into the championship round with the Commodores. The Red Wolves were tied at two games apiece with Valparaiso before taking the final two games of the match with scores of 192 and 224. The fifth-seeded Crusaders were eliminated from contention for the title after only scoring 136 and 155 in the final two games. Championship MVB Vanderbilt was outscored in the first two games of the championship match against the Red Wolves before storming back to claim the final four. Arkansas State won the first two stanzas 200-179 and 222-163 but only scored 157 in the third game, while the Commodores had a score of 206. In the fourth game Vanderbilt edged Arkansas State, 185 to 182, before both teams turned it up a notch in the final two games. The Commodores had scores of 224 and 207 to finish the match and clinch the title, while the Red Wolves tallied 200 and 201 points. Class Championship RoundNo. 3 Vanderbilt 4, No. 1 Arkansas State 2(L179, L163, W206, W185, W224, W207) – (W200, W222, L157, L182, L200, L201) Valparaiso Valparaiso Name Sr.            School Nicole Mosesso Sr. Stephen F. Austin Sadie Jasinski The Commodores and the Southland Bowling League teams will now wait for the NCAA championship eight-team selection that takes place this Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT on NCAA.com. The NCAA Bowling Championship will be held April 9-11 in St. Louis, Mo. All-Tournament Team Fr. Sr. Giselle Poss Arkansas State Sarah Lokker Vanderbilt senior Nicole Mosesso earned most valuable bowler honors while Arkansas State senior Sarah Lokker, Valparaiso seniors Sadie Jasinski and Torrie Decker, Stephen F. Austin freshman Stephanie Schwartz, and Vanderbilt sophomore Giselle Poss were named to the all-tournament team. Vanderbilt           Vanderbiltlast_img read more

Photo library: Infrastructure 16

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: Coal for export at the harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: Coal for export at the harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal province: The coal export harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal province: The coal export harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal province: The coal export harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal province: The coal export harbour. » Download high-res image INFRASTRUCTURE 16: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Congress Passes Bipartisan Cures Bill Allowing Certain Small Business Sponsored HRAs

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Senate on December 6 passed the 21st Century Cures Bill (HR 34) by a 94-to-5 vote. The bill passed in the House on November 30 by a 392-to-26 vote (TAXDAY, 2016/12/01, C.1). President Obama is expected to sign the bill.Among other things, the bill would allow certain small businesses to use qualified Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) without Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148)-related penalties. Certain limits to the accounts would apply, however, such as an annual cap of $4,950 per year ($10,000 for families). Further, the employee must provide proof of minimum essential coverage. And the employer must not be an applicable large employer as defined under the PPACA, nor offer a group health plan to any of its employees.Traditionally, many small businesses provided a health benefit to their employees through an HRA. In Rev. Rul. 61-146, 1961-2 CB 25, the IRS determined that if an employer reimburses an employee’s substantiated premiums for non-employer sponsored hospital and medical insurance, the payments are excluded from the employee’s gross income. The exclusion also applies if the employer pays the premiums directly to the insurer.After Congress passed the PPACA, the IRS released Notice 2013-54, I.R.B. 2013-40, 287, which described these arrangements as employer payment plans. Therefore, they are considered to be group health plans subject to the PPACA’s market reforms, including the prohibition on annual limits for essential health benefits and the requirement to provide certain preventive care without cost sharing. Failure to comply with the PPACA’s market reforms triggers excise taxes under Code Sec. 4980D. The excise tax reaches $100 per affected individual per day. In Notice 2015-17, I.R.B. 2015-14, 845, the IRS provided transition relief from the penalties but the relief expired after June 30, 2015.The HRA requirements for qualified small businesses within the bill would apply to years beginning after December 31, 2016. Further, transition relief provides that the relief under Notice 2015-17 will be treated as applying to any plan year beginning on or before December 31, 2016. President Obama has said that he intends to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk (TAXDAY, 2016/12/06, C.1).By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

Streamed Computing jumps onto vPro’s BlogTalkRadio show May 20th!

first_imgCOMING UP: Don’t miss out this week! You will be able to catch Josh Hilliker, Russ Pam, and Jeff Torello’s live chat with Jason Davidson and Mike Ferron-Jones. The show will be on the spectrum of emerging compute models and recommendations for when to consider each model. Feel free to check out this slide deck, you can bring up any questions you have during the show: Slide DeckAlso, remember that there are THREE ways to listen to our show. Not only can you call in and participate live, but you can stream live online or download the show afterwards!When: TUESDAY, May 20th @ 3:30 PMCall-in Number: (347) 326-9831http://www.blogtalkradio.com/openportlast_img read more