first_imgCoronavirus | Education | SouthcentralThis Anchorage mom is trying to keep up with her kids’ online learning and keep a business afloatOctober 23, 2020 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media Share:Kasandra Tafoya and her brother Manuel Isaac Tafoya work on assignments from their family’s restaurant Pedro’s Mexican Grill. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)The school day started around 9 a.m. in a tidy mobile home in South Anchorage where Elisa Yepez Oregel lives with her husband and their four kids.Vanessa, a fourth grader at Klatt Elementary, sat in front of a laptop at the kitchen table as her teacher told her what assignments she still needed to do.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/10/20ASDONLINE-pkg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.From the other end of the table came the sounds of a first-grade class. A teacher was guiding students through pronouncing letters, but 6-year-old Manuel Isaac sat back in his chair and didn’t say anything.Next to him was sixth-grader Kasandra, who helped her younger siblings and also logged into her own class on another laptop.“I am doing my missing assignments that I haven’t turned in,” she said.Meanwhile their mom, Yepez Oregel, talked to her son in Spanish, telling him to pay attention to his class and not hit his sister. Her youngest daughter, 2-year-old Alyssa Valentina, toddled across the floor.This is what weekday mornings have looked like for the past couple months at 36-year-old Yepez Oregel’s home. It goes on like this for a few hours. Then the kids pack up and they all head to the family’s restaurant, Pedro’s Mexican Grill. Yepez Oregel summed up the routine in just a few words.“Bad,” she said. “It’s muy difícil… difficult.”Vanessa Tafoya, Manuel Isaac Tafoya and Kasandra Tafoya take classes at home on a weekday in October as Anchorage School District continues with virtual classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)‘It’s a lot of stress’Across the Anchorage School District, tens of thousands of students are attending school online, after the coronavirus pandemic shut down in-person instruction back in March.That has left parents forced to combine the full-time job of caring for children with their existing work. Without additional resources to hire babysitters or tutors, some parents, including Yepez Oregel, say it’s an impossible task. And for her, it’s all the more difficult because English is her second language.Vanessa Tafoya takes classes at home on a weekday in October, as Anchorage School District continues with virtual classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)“Muy estresado,” she said.She’s very stressed, said Lilian Montoya, who helped interpret the interview. Montoya works at the Alaska Literacy Program, where Yepez Oregel took English classes.“It’s a lot of stress, you know, working, school, kids, mother, worker,” Montoya said. “It’s difficult.”About 17% of the Anchorage School District’s roughly 42,000 students are considered English language learners.The district has put new programs and resources in place to help families who don’t speak English navigate online school, such as parent Zoom meetings in different languages, said Christine Garbe, director of the district’s English Language Learners Program. The district’s employees and teachers are working hard, she said. Still, it’s challenging.“I think everybody’s struggling,” Garbe said. “But specifically, if you don’t have the language skills to participate, it’s difficult.”Yepez Oregel said she tries to keep up with what’s going on in the district, but she doesn’t have email. And, she said, she doesn’t have extra time.Elisa Yepez Oregel at her home in Dimond Estates Mobile Home Park one October morning. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)She said she’s most afraid of her kids falling behind in school, especially Manuel Isaac, who has a speech delay and is in occupational therapy for his motor skills. He often refuses to participate in online lessons, she said, and it’s hard for her to help him because she doesn’t always know what the teacher is saying.“Sometimes I understand,” she said. “It’s hard for me to explain (to) my son.”As the school district weighs the contentious issue of when to bring kids back into classrooms in the middle of a pandemic, Superintendent Deena Bishop has said she’s concerned about achievement gaps growing as online school continues. Resources in students’ homes, where they’re now spending their school days, are not equal, she said.“The gap is just widening between the haves and the have nots,” she said.A $7 dayIn the afternoon, Yepez Oregel and her four kids go over to Pedro’s Mexican Grill where her husband has been working since the morning.The three school-aged kids bring their school-issued laptops and finish their work in the restaurant’s booths. Then they usually watch YouTube videos.“Being back in school would be better,” said Kasandra, the sixth grader.It’s not just school that’s straining the family, but also the business.Yepez Oregel moved to Anchorage from Mexico about seven years ago, and her husband came to Alaska as a teenager. They opened Pedro’s Mexican Grill in 2019, she said, describing it as a long-time dream.Elisa Yepez Oregel and her husband Manuel Tafoya Ramos juggle their kids’ virtual classes, language barriers, and operating their family’s restaurant Pedro’s Mexican Grill. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)The restaurant is tucked in a small strip mall in East Anchorage between a nail salon and a church. At first, Yepez Oregel said, business was good. But then came the pandemic and restrictions on restaurants.Even when they could serve customers, when restrictions were lifted, one day they made just $7, she said. They thought about shutting down. They let go of their only two employees.Then an effort to buy meals from local businesses to feed health care workers helped keep them open.Elisa Yepez Oregel helps her youngest daughter, Alyssa Valentina, sit at booth at the family’s restaurant as her and her husband, Manuel Tafoya Ramos, work. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)These days, Yepez Oregel said, she and her husband take all of the orders at the restaurant, and do all of the cooking and the cleaning themselves.“Some days good,” she said. “Some days not good.”Yepez Oregel said she’s exhausted and worried all the time. She said she knows it’s hard for her kids to focus at the restaurant with the music and customers and phones ringing. But, she said, there’s no extra money for child care.While she worries about the coronavirus, and it infecting her family, she said she’s still looking forward to her son going back into the classroom next month under the school district’s plan. 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first_imgBy Mike Wackett 16/10/2019 By the end of next year, 20-25% of the global containership fleet will be fitted with scrubbers, enabling them to consume cheaper heavy fuel oil (HFO) blends, predicts Alphaliner.Moreover, it expects 2M alliance partners Maersk and MSC to have their combined 62-strong 18,000-23,000 teu ULCV fleet to be equipped with scrubbers by 2021.After 1 January, it will be illegal for ships to bunker fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5%, unless they are fitted with exhaust gas cleaning ‘scrubber’ systems.The consultant said that, at 15 October, the number of containerships already fitted with scrubbers was 142, “with a long line being retrofitted or waiting to enter yards”.By the time the IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulations enter force, in less than two and a half months, the number is expected to have reached 260, with a total capacity of 2.3m teu, representing around 10% of the total cellular fleet.Alphaliner said it expected the 2M to have more than 35 scrubber-fitted ULCVs available to deploy by 1 January, the Ocean Alliance to have 20 available, followed by THE Alliance, with “the smallest number”.It said more scrubber-fitted vessels would be phased into the alliance networks next year, with Maersk and MSC expected to operate a combined fleet of over 350  equipped with scrubbers by 2021.Within the Ocean Alliance, Evergreen is expected to have 149 units of its combined fleet, plus the 269 vessels in its orderbook, fitted with scrubbers, with CMA CGM having equipped 100 ships and Cosco/OOCL, 40.Currently, the price of Rotterdam-sourced IFO 380 HFO has fallen to around $260 per tonne, with quotes for the new blends of IMO 2020-compliant low-sulphur fuel (LSF) at just over $500 per tonne.Were this ‘spread’ to continue, or even widen, when ships not fitted with scrubbers replenish tanks with LSF in December, Alphaliner suggests the 2M partners would have the option to operate their six Asia-North Europe strings at higher speeds, “giving them a competitive edge over their rivals”.However, this would seem an unlikely scenario, given the current pressure to introduce further slow-steaming measures to reduce emissions. Indeed, a Maersk source told The Loadstar today he could not see increased speeds happening “anytime soon”.“And why would we waste our cost advantage by cutting transits when we know that the majority of customers will not pay more?” he added.Meanwhile, as carriers plough millions of dollars into research and development to find alternative fuels to power the containerships of tomorrow, the debate has continued on the viability of LNG, which has been championed by CMA CGM with 20 LNG-powered vessels on order.In terms of retro-fitting, LNG is clearly not an option, even for the 17 so-called LNG-ready ULCVs Hapag-Lloyd inherited from its merger with UASC. Chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen told The Loadstar a “ballpark figure” for such a retrofit of one vessel was $25m.He said only the 15,000 teu Sajir would be converted to run on LNG, as a trial, and he did not expect this to involve any other ex-UASC vessels.But for newbuilds, a study this year, commissioned by the not-for-profit industry foundation SEA/LNG, claimed LNG was the “most environmentally friendly, readily available fuel for shipping today – and in the foreseeable future”.But during the inaugural Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers/Maritime UK Maritime Leadership conference at the IMO London HQ yesterday, guest speaker Dr Tristan Smith, associate professor in energy and transport at University College London, argued that LNG was, in fact, “a pretty disastrous long-term option for shipping”.last_img read more

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first_img Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Outsourcing functions such as information technology, accounts payable and receivable is virtually expected everywhere in today’s highly competitive business environment. But what of supply chain and logistics activities? Can a third party deliver the same “value” as a specialist, in-house supply chain function?And if a company chooses to outsource their logistics function, what role should the in-house supply chain play?Having been myself on both sides of the insourcing and outsourcing equation, it is worth revisiting this conundrum within the context … LOGIN Premium subscriber LOGIN Email* Password* Email* By Mr Joy 22/07/2020 Please either REGISTER or login below to continue New Premium subscriber REGISTER Reset Your Password Please Login Forgotten your password? Please click here << Go back Resetlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook WhatsApp Home News Community Claire Byrne is new ambassador for organ donor awareness NewsCommunity Presenter Claire Byrne Claire Byrne will take up the voluntary role of ambassador for 2018 organ donor awareness, the Irish Kidney Association has announced.The journalist and national radio and TV broadcaster will front the 2018 Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign (31st March until 7th April) encouraging the public to support organ donation for transplantation.Claire said, “I was delighted to be invited by the Irish Kidney Association to take up this role, following in the footsteps of previous wonderful national ambassadors, who are all united in the wish to spread the message that organ donation is an important life-saving legacy. As I take up this role, as ambassador, it is heartening to hear reports that last year was a record year for both deceased and living organ donors and subsequent transplant operations.“All this good news greatly serves to offer hope to those 550 plus anxious people on the transplant waiting lists. I would encourage everyone to discuss organ donation with their family members. It is an important and potentially life-saving conversation,” she said.“I have huge admiration for the many organ donor families, who made the selfless decision to donate a family member’s organs at a time of deep grief, and also for living donors who make the conscious decision to donate a kidney. Credit must also go to the skill and dedication of our transplant surgical, medical and nursing teams in our country’s three transplanting hospitals.”Chief Executive of the Irish Kidney Association, Mr. Mark Murphy said, “We are delighted that Claire has agreed to be the ambassador for organ donor awareness.  Claire has furrowed a distinguished career as a much-respected current affairs journalist and enjoys household name status.“To have such a prolific figure representing the Irish Kidney Association, a registered charity of patients and carers, carries with it huge impetus to the work we have undertaken for 40 years in advocating and caring for our membership, while also being the organisation charged with the promotion and distribution of the organ donor card in Ireland by the HSE through their procurement service, Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI).“The organ donor card has developed from what started out as the kidney donor card in the same year our organisation was established in 1978,” he said. “Claire is giving up her time voluntarily to front the Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign, this Easter, to help us raise awareness, amongst the general public, about the plight of people with organ failure and encourage families to discuss organ donation and consider being a donor in the event of their untimely death.”The popular broadcaster will feature in radio advertising and on posters as well as attending the national launch of 2018 Organ Donor Awareness Week by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D. on Tuesday 27th March.There are approximately 550 people in Ireland awaiting life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. Thanks to the gift of organ donation almost 3500 transplanted people in Ireland are enjoying extended life.AwarenessThe focus of Organ Donor Awareness Week is to raise awareness about the ongoing and ever-increasing demand for organ transplantation which relies on the public for organ donation.Its key message is that families need to talk to each other and keep the reminders of their willingness to donate visible by carrying the organ donor card and permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence.Organ Donor Awareness Week also serves as a fundraising exercise for the Irish Kidney Association. ning the Irish Kidney Association tel. 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website www.ika.ie/cardSEE ALSO – Teachers’ union say it would be ‘very unfair’ to shorten Easter holidays Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Community By David Power – 6th March 2018 Previous articleTeachers’ Union say it would be ‘very unfair’ to shorten Easter HolidaysNext articleThe 4 of Us set to rock the Dunamaise David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Claire Byrne is new ambassador for organ donor awareness Facebook Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSClaire ByrneIrish Kidney AssociationOrgan Donor Awareness Week Twitter Pinterest Council Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCanada Continues to Outpace Other Markets in Visitor Arrivals RelatedCanada Continues to Outpace Other Markets in Visitor Arrivals RelatedCanada Continues to Outpace Other Markets in Visitor Arrivalscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director of Tourism, Basil Smith, has said that the Canadian market continues to outpace all other markets in terms of visitor arrivals to the island.“We had a 34 per cent increase last year and for the first five months of this year, there was a 29 per cent increase of visitors from Canada,” he informed, noting that there was a whopping 108 per cent increase from the western province of British Columbia. Mr. Smith, along with Deputy Director, David Shields, was in Toronto recently, to receive a special award from the Baxter Travel Media Group. The JTB’s Canadian office was voted ‘Canada Favourite Tourist Board’ in a survey conducted by the media group earlier this year.President of the group, David McClung, who made the presentation, noted that more than 4,000 Canadian travel agents voted in the 2007 Agents’ Choice Awards conducted by the group in its two flagship publications, Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier.Mr. Smith, in the meantime, praised JTB’s Director in Canada, Sandra Scott, and her team, for their hard work in winning the award.“We have a great team here in Canada and I thank them for their hard work. I have been told that one of the things travel agents like is that when they call the JTB office in Canada, they actually get a live body and not a recording, and we get back to our travel partners in a timely manner,” he stated.Earlier this year, the JTB became the only tourist board to have a representative in Western Canada, when it appointed Sahara Abu, who is based in Calgary, Alberta.Jamaica also won the Most Favourite Destination in the 2007 Agents’ Choice Awards. Canada Continues to Outpace Other Markets in Visitor Arrivals UncategorizedOctober 3, 2007last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisements Related$394 Million Allocated to Rural Water Supply Programme Related$394 Million Allocated to Rural Water Supply Programme $394 Million Allocated to Rural Water Supply Programme UncategorizedApril 9, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Rural Water Supply Programme in the Ministry of Water and Housing, has been allocated $394 million in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The purpose of the project is to investigate the water supply needs of rural townships and districts; plan, design, construct and upgrade major and minor water supply schemes for the benefit of rural villagers; and produce bulk water for sale as the need arises.Additionally, an extra $304 million has been allotted to facilitate Other Water Supply Schemes. This provision is for the implementation of water supply schemes in communities in seven rural parishes. Areas which will benefit from the scheme are: Buxton Town, Colbeck Heights/Redground and Kitson Town/Point Hill Water Supplies in St. Catherine; Maggoty, Carisbrook, Coaker, White Hall, Happy Grove and New Market Water Supplies in St. Elizabeth; Beacon Hill, Hill Sixty and Wilmington Water Supplies in St. Thomas; Wellington, Hunts Town and Top Enfield Water Supplies in St. Mary; Brandon Hill, John Austin/Pennants, Minah/Low Woods Water Supplies in Clarendon; Dias/Middlesex/Kingvale Water Supplies in Hanover; and Albert Town Water Supply in the parish of Trelawny. Related$394 Million Allocated to Rural Water Supply Programmelast_img read more

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first_imgAlternating lane closure on LaSalle Causeway 11 December From: Public Services and Procurement CanadaPublic Services and Procurement Canada wishes to advise motorists of an alternating lane closure on the LaSalle Causeway for repair work.Kingston, Ontario, December 10, 2020 – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise motorists of an alternating lane closure on the LaSalle Causeway for repair work during the following period:from Friday, December 11, at 6 pm, to Saturday, December 12, at 6 amDuring this period, one lane will be closed and one lane will remain open for alternating traffic. Two flagpersons will be on site to direct traffic. Motorists should expect short delays.The bridge will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians during this period and marine traffic will not be affected.In case of inclement weather, the work will be postponed to Monday December 14, at 6 pm until Tuesday, December 15, at 6 am.PSPC encourages users to exercise caution when travelling on the bridge and thanks them for their patience. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, Government, Kingston, weatherlast_img read more

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first_imgGovt doubles USC research block funding to $16m USC Australia will receive nearly $16.4 million in research block grants for 2021, under the Federal Government’s $3 billion university funding announcement.The funding is up 94 percent (nearly double) on $8.4 million for 2020, the highest value-growth for the grant of any Australian university for 2021.USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett said the funding was a welcome investment in USC’s growing capacity to lead its regions in innovation, adaptation, economic recovery and translating research into public solutions.“Our world and our workforce have changed so much this year, and USC research has played a key role in how we have adapted and will continue to thrive,” Professor Bartlett said.“Our researchers have not only delivered programs to support our community, but are at the forefront of considering how we, as a country, will move forward.“They are investigating what the future of work will look like and how we will solve our most pressing problems – from mental health and employment to climate change.”The block grants will be used to support research student scholarships, academic salaries, laboratories and research equipment.Professor Bartlett said the doubling of last year’s USC grant funding was due to the university’s strategic growth of its research capacity, coupled with an increased nationwide focus on the importance of regions.“There is a new appreciation for the capacity in regions across Australia in terms of population, lifestyle and innovation,” Professor Bartlett said.“And with that, there is a growing awareness that the research we are doing at USC is not only regionally relevant but broadly transferable, with the power to improve our world on a global scale.”USC currently has 26 areas of research rated as world standard or above in the Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations, including USC’s research flagships such as agricultural and veterinary sciences, nursing, ecology, zoology and environmental sciences.The Government’s announcement of the research block grant funding is here.More on USC Research is here. /University Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, climate change, community, employment, federal government, Government, innovation, Investment, mental health, President, U.S., university, University of the Sunshine Coast, USC, veterinary, world standardlast_img read more

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first_img EC looks to extend roaming rules by decade AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 MAY 2017 Author Home 3 Ireland backtracks on EU roaming limit move 3 IrelandComRegEU roaming Previous ArticleEricsson confirms Qureshi stand-in handling CiscoNext ArticleEgypt 4G launches approach after frequencies readied 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 Related Chris Donkin EC lauds impact of roaming regulations 3 Ireland scrapped controversial plans to limit EU roaming to well below guideline levels and reclassify data allowances on its tariffs.The Irish Independent reported the operator reversed the policy, announced in March, following a strongly worded warning from the European Commission (EC) and the opening of an investigation by Republic of Ireland regulator ComReg.3 planned to change the terms of its all you can eat data bundle, which caps usage at 60GB per month, so part of the data allocation was classified as a service benefit rather than a core element of the contract.The result would have been a cap of as little as 2GB on the amount of data able to be used free within the rest of the EU.This figure falls short of the guildelines for retail charging of roaming laid out by the Body of European Regulators (BEREC) in March.After 3 unveiled its plan, the EC released a statement warning operators not to try to circumvent new roaming regulations by offering selective roaming through treating domestic data as a gift or side benefit.3 Ireland told the newspaper it would no longer segment data usage and would meet BEREC guidelines to offer a minimum of 5GB of data for customers paying €20 per month, which take effect on 15 June.ExceptionsBEREC places fair usage limits on roaming services and allows operators to be excluded from elements of the new rules in “specific and exceptional circumstances,” where adhering fully would compromise the sustainability of the operator’s domestic business model.In mid-May, Belgian MVNO Voo received permission from the country’s regulator BIPT to place a surcharge on EU roaming above a daily limit of 60 minutes, 60 SMS and 200MB of data.The company’s communication manager Marie-Pierre Dinsart told Belgian newspaper Le Soir it was granted the exception as it didn’t receive money from roaming, but was subject to charges for it. Tags Balkan countries agree to slash roaming chargeslast_img read more

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first_imgHome China Unicom maintains momentum in H1 FCC moves on China Unicom block Previous ArticleIntelligence Brief: How the IoT ecosystem stacks upNext ArticleVodafone UK deploys new tech against call scam ARPU gains boost China Unicom profit China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China Unicom posted a strong rise in profit for the first six months of the year, as its mobile business recorded nearly 10 per cent growth after ARPU stabilised.The operator continued an upward earnings trajectory with a 145 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit to CNY5.9 billion ($854 million), on consolidated revenue of CNY149 billion, up 7.9 per cent from H1 2017. Service revenue grew 8.3 per cent to CNY134 billion, driven by a 9.7 per cent increase in mobile service turnover to CNY84.3 billion.In its earnings statement, the company said the growth rate exceeded the industry average by nearly 8 percentage points. The increase came despite the cancellation of domestic mobile data roaming fees in 2017, a move chairman and CEO Wang Xiaochu said the operator had prepared for by “optimising tariff packages” and promoting “heavy data packages”.He noted the unit pricing for mobile data services decreased substantially year-on-year during H1, while mobile data consumption volume grew.Data leadsMobile data revenue grew 23.8 per cent year-on-year to CNY53.9 billion. Revenue from non-voice services (fixed and mobile internet) increased 14.8 per cent to CNY110 billion, representing 82.1 per cent of service revenue (up from 77.1 per cent in H1 2017). Mobile equipment sales rose 4.5 per cent to CNY14.7 billion.The operator added 64.2 million 4G subscribers compared with end-June 2017, taking its total to 203 million: 4G penetration rose from 51 per cent to 67 per cent. Its total subscriber base increased 12 per cent year-on-year to 302 million.Mobile ARPU held steady at CNY47.90.Full year outlookWang cited continued downward pressure in its traditional businesses, the end of domestic mobile data roaming and the escalation of market competition as factors which “will collectively impose challenges for the company’s development” in H2.Capex for the full year is forecast to increase to about CNY50 billion from CNY42 billion in 2017. It targets adding another 50,000 4G base stations in H2 after deploying 60,000 in the opening six months, which left it with 910,000 in total at end-June.The company also announced Li Fushen, who previously served as an executive director and CFO, stepped down as CFO and was replaced by Zhu Kebing. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related China UnicomH1 earnings Joseph Waring Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 AUG 2018 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 Tags last_img read more

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