Myanmar govt sizes up partners for incumbent – report

first_img Previous ArticleLG joins curved smartphone packNext ArticleUS rural networks to get $100M boost Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Tags Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Author Vodafone, Orange and SingTel are among operators approached to form a partnership that would bolster Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), the country’s incumbent, according to Financial Times.The country’s government wants a partner to support state-backed MPT which is set to face intensive competition from newcomers in the country Ooredoo and Telenor, both licensed in June this year.The fact that Orange has been approached is not surprising. It was named in an earlier media report as a potential partner for MPT and the French operator confirmed that contact had taken place.Orange could be a strong candidate – it was selected in June as a back-up in case either Ooredoo or Telenor did not sign their licence agreements.An approach to Vodafone is more surprising since, having initially expressed interest in bidding for one of the two licences awarded in June, the company dropped out of the process.Vodafone and China Mobile chose not to go ahead with their plans for a bid without being specific about the reasons.So far it is unclear how developed the government’s thinking is in regard to MPT. How any partnership would work has not been stated.For instance, it is not known if the government wants single or multiple partners. And nothing has been said about the incumbent’s current financial situation, or whether the government wants a financial investor, or just a technical partner. No timeline for finding a partner was given either.MPT has seven million connections according to GSMA Intelligence (Q3, 2013 figures). Home Myanmar govt sizes up partners for incumbent – report Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 OCT 2013 Richard Handford MPTMyanmarOrangeVodafonelast_img read more

Jericho and RPC to develop town’s Stormwater Master Plan

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Through a grant provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as part of the State’s Clean Water Initiative, the Town of Jericho and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) will develop a Stormwater Master Plan for the Town. This type of planning is needed now as the 2016 Jericho Comprehensive Town Plan predicts a 5% increase in population by 2030, with new development concentrated in the town’s three state-designated village centers.The grant will be used to hire a consultant to develop the Plan in consultation with Town staff and boards. The scope of work includes a review of pre-existing data, on-the-ground-assessment of problem areas, a detailed identification of recommended projects and, for six of those projects, the preparation of conceptual plans and budget estimates. The Plan will focus on village centers that are substantially developed with mixed uses along the busy roads of VT Route 15 and Browns Trace Road.  Most of this area is fairly developed and the plan may look for green stormwater infrastructure retrofits for the older subdivisions, particularly off of Route 15.  These techniques focus on infiltrating rain runoff rather than, for example, capturing and diverting it into pipes and ponds.  Additionally, over the years small scale subdivisions have occurred along rural roads with little to no attention paid to stormwater runoff.  As a result, runoff from properties outside of the road right of way has been a major cause of increased road erosion/ditch erosion. Completion of the Stormwater Master Plan is anticipated in the spring of 2017. Projects recommended by the Plan will be considered by the Town for action as well as forwarded to the Vermont DEC for possible inclusion in both the Lamoille River and Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan.Source: CCRPC 8.2.2016last_img read more

Women’s team earns rare tie at home

first_imgWomen’s team earns rare tie at homeThe men’s team was defeated by Florida by a score of 174.5-124.5 on Saturday.Elizabeth Brumley, Daily File PhotoDaryl Turner swims the 100 free at the Aquatic Center on Oct. 24, 2014. Thomas JaakolaOctober 12, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe women’s swimming and diving team hosted the University of Florida and came out of the meet with a rare result: a tie.  The Gophers swept the 100 breaststroke with junior Eric Sande, who finished with a time of 56:60. Sophomore Conner McHugh finished second, and junior Nick Hatanaka followed in third. They also swept the 200 breaststroke behind John Bushman’s 2:02.08, followed by McHugh, junior Jakub Maly and Hatanaka. Junior Matt Barnard won the 3-meter event for the diving team, setting a new personal record of 416.10 while also placing third in the 1-meter event. Senior Dylan Zoe collected a second-place finish in the 3-meter, while Manny Pollard placed second in the 1-meter.  The Gophers matched the Gators 150-150 as the battle came down to the 400 relay, in which the Gophers pulled out the victory and saved the team from a loss. “It was a great early-season meet for us; Florida’s an awesome group to compete against,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “I’m really proud of the way our teams handled themselves and the way they competed.” “I feel like I performed pretty well. I think it’s one of my best dual meets so far,” Harding said. “I’m a senior, so I’ve done a bunch of dual meets; we’re all pretty sore and tired,so I was really just hoping to do my best for the team, and I think I did that.” Men place second He also was third in the 100 back with a time of 48.35 and was on both of the Gophers’ leading relay teams. Senior Samantha Harding won both the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:53.79 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:52.00, sweeping the same events she did the week before at Florida State University.center_img The men’s swimming and diving team lost to the No. 1-ranked Gators 174.5-124.5, but they still had a few positive takeaways from the meet. The women’s diving team was led by junior Yu Zhou, who won the 1-meter event with a total score of 336.98 and the 3-meter with a score of 380.03. She was followed by junior Lexi Tenenbaum, who finished second in the 3-meter and third in the 1-meter. Junior Daryl Turner, who was noticeably missing last weekend at Florida State while recovering from a dislocated knee, returned for the Gophers, placing second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.22.   Junior Nick Orf continued his success in the 200 butterfly, winning with a time of 1:49.77. Junior Paul Fair collected four second place finishes on the day with a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and both relay races.  “This was a real team effort today; from start to finish we had some swims across the board that I’m really proud of,” Kremer said. “Our divers did a great job, too; we had a really great day swimming and diving.” Sophomore Danielle Nack picked up a victory for the Gophers in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.01 and placed second in the 100 butterfly. Freshman Rachel Munson finished first in the 100 breastroke in 1:02.81, and senior Lauren Votava won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.69 while also playing a big part in both of the team’s winning relay teams. “I felt really good upper body, lower body not so much,” Turner said. “[Going underwater was] a big struggle for me today. My legs are definitely feeling the entire two and a half weeks that I was out and not using my legs.”last_img read more