Japan’s SoftBank suffers 87% fall in net profit

first_img Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 FEB 2016 Author HomeAsiaNews Japan’s SoftBank suffers 87% fall in net profit 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 SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite move Relatedcenter_img Previous ArticleThailand’s AIS lowers earnings target by 17% for 2016Next ArticleViacom, Snapchat ink global partnership Updated 16/2: Japan’s SoftBank posted solid revenue gains in both Japan and the US, with its Sprint unit showing signs of finally turning around, but its net income plunged 87 per cent in fiscal Q3.The operator, the third largest in Japan, attributed the sharp drop in earnings (to JPY2.29 billion / $19.5 million) to a range of one-off factors, including a reduction in its stake in GungHo Online Entertainment, a videogame provider.Overall revenue increased 4 per cent to JPY2.39 trillion during the quarter ending 31 December, while its operating profit increased 7 per cent to JPY190 billion.The company said Sprint’s operating revenue stabilised at $8.1 billion over the past three quarters and expects it to increase this fiscal year ending 31 March. Its adjusted EBIDTA jumped 41 per cent to $6 billion year-on-year during the April-December period, with opex declining $800 million.Sprint, which SoftBank acquired for $22 billion in 2013, had 500,0000 net postpaid additions during the quarter, its fourth consecutive quarterly gain. It added nearly 2.5 million connections over the past year, but postpaid ARPU dropped 11 per cent to $52.44 from a year ago. Prepaid ARPU rose marginally to $27.44.In its home market, mobile revenue increased 1.1 per cent to JPY1.46 trillion during the April-December period from the previous year, while overall telecoms service revenue rose 2.4 per cent to JPY1.79 trillion, which SoftBank said was driven by of the launch of its Hikari fiber-optic service last March.EBITDA increased 3.7 per cent year-on-year to JPY930 billion during the nine-month period, while operating expenses rose 2.4 per cent to JPY1.4 trillion.Its mobile user base rose by 136,000 year-on-year to 31.7 million and ARPU edged up by JPY10 to JPR4,720 ($40.15). SoftBank buys into Axiata digital marketing unit Asia Tags JapanSoftBankSprintlast_img read more

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A legendary playboy married a bride 30 years younger

first_imgLegendary tennis player Ilie Nastase is married for the fifth time. This time his bride is 30 years younger than him. The 73-year-old Romanian married Ioanna Simion, whom he married in civil law a year ago.Nastase, who has won two Grand Slam singles titles and a total of seven in five of the doubles and mixed doubles tournaments, has announced he hopes not to experience a fifth divorce.1000 BGN Online casino Bonus from efbetSo far, he has been married to Belgian model Dominique Grazia, American actress Alexandra King and Romanian models Amalia Theodosescu and Brigitte Sfut. He and Dominic have a daughter and two other heirs from their marriage, Amalia.Ilie Nastase is known as one of the greatest playboys in the history of tennis. In an interview, he himself boasted that more than 2,500 women had passed through his bed.last_img read more

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ON THIS DAY – Wins for Sarah Ennis, Barry Capstick, Dermott Lennon and Billy Twomey

first_img 18 May 2020, 11:42 Home  »  General  »  ON THIS DAY – Wins for Sarah Ennis, Barry Capstick, Dermott Lennon and Billy Twomey ON THIS DAY – Wins for Sarah Ennis, Barry Capstick, Dermott Lennon and Billy Twomey Exactly six years ago today, on May 18th 2015, Meath’s Sarah Ennis claimed victory in the main three-star Dodson & Horrell Challenge at Chatsworth in England on the Irish Sport Horse, Horseware Stellor Rebound.Horseware Stellor ReboundHolding fifth place after the dressage phase, Ennis climbed the rankings after show jumping and cross-country to finish first of a 60-strong field on the then ten year-old bay gelding.Also on the same day in Carriage Driving, Ireland’s Barry Capstick won the international Horse Pairs competition at the Royal Windsor Show in England, while the Irish Sport Horse Dougie Douglas took victory in the three-star show jumping Grand Prix at Odense in Denmark, ridden by Britain’s Holly Gilliot.A year later on May 18th 2015, The Irish Sport Horse mare Loughview Lou Lou recorded another Grand Prix win under Ireland’s Dermott Lennon when winning at Windsor CSI3*. Billy Twomey and the Irish Sport Horse stallion Ardcolum Duke claimed the 1m50 Bahrain Pearl Stakes at the same event. Tags:last_img read more

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Hoare returns best of the week

first_img1st Alec Hoare (16) 38pts2nd Alan Parker (8) 35pts3rd Paul Pavloff 34ptsTuesday, August 18, Mt. Shadow – StabelfordMountain Shadow was today’s challenge and we arrived to find the course in excellent condition.  On the way there we passed the large reservoir on the left and it was almost empty, obviously because this year there has been so little rain so we were expecting the course to be very dry and hard, but not so.  They must have a very good water supply of their own as the fairways were in very good condition and the greens were also excellent and very receptive.  Even off the fairways it was also in great condition with very few burned areas anywhere.It was very quiet with very few players around, one of the advantages of low season, and once again we got around quickly.We played off the blue tees and today none of our group managed to play to their handicap, with Alan Bishop being the best on 33 points, two up on Ted Morris in second place after Ted beat Kevin Blake on a count back.Although we had a small group out we still had five ‘2’s which is unusual on these tricky par threes with their fast greens.  Those claiming a share of the pot were Joe McArdle, Donal McGuigan, Ted Morris, Pat Carty and Declan Kelly.1st Alan Bishop (22) 33pts2nd Ted Morris (13) 31pts3rd Kevin Blake (9) 31ptsThursday, August  20, Burapha – StablefordBurapha is another course that obviously has a plentiful supply of water as it was in magnificent condition on Thursday with perfect fairways and greens.  We played what are considered to be the more difficult nines, C and D, and as we had a larger group out we gave a choice of tees, blue or white.When we started it was very pleasant for golf, not too hot with a nice breeze, but later on it got very, very hot, especially by the time we got to the back nine.  There were very few people around, especially when taking into account that the A and B nines were closed and that it was also Sport Day, but it made it all the more enjoyable for us.Maybe it was the heat that caused it but the scoring wasn’t very good.  Pat Carty won the blue flight with 34 points on a count back over Wichai Tananusorn while Lyle Blaw was third with 33.In the white flight the scoring was even worse, with Tony Aston being surprised that he won with 29 points while Dave Kinsella and John Dearden battled for the minor podium spots on just 24 points each.There were no ‘2’s today.Blue Flight1st Pat Carty (24) 34pts2nd Wichai Tananusorn (7) 34pts3rd Lyle Blaw (10) 33ptsWhite Flight1st Tony Aston (29) 29pts2nd Dave Kinsella (18) 24pts3rd John Dearden (19) 24ptsNote: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant at the Tara Court on Pratamnak  Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or call Joe on 089 249 1364. IPGC Golf from The Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, August 16, Green Valley – StablefordBack at Green Valley today for our usual Sunday game.  We just had a small group out as there doesn’t seem to be many golfers around this year for low season, however, it also means that everyone can get around much more quickly and makes it more enjoyable.  Today we got around in less than four hours, which is quick for Thailand. We had only one of our group who managed to beat his handicap, that being Alec Hoare who had a very credible 38 points and was a clear winner.  In second place three points adrift was Alan Parker and third went to Paul Pavloff a further point back.  Paul also got the only ‘2’ of the day to make it a good payday for him.Alec Hoare & Pat Carty.last_img read more

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Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack Launch Topaz Cash for Clubs 2017

first_imgTopaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ ambassador Kevin McManamon added: “I’m very happy to be involved in this year’s Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ initiative, which plays a vital role in bringing clubs and communities even further in their efforts to secure much-needed support and funds. I have seen first-hand how challenging it can be for clubs to continually raise funds to keep services and facilities to the standard they need to be. With Topaz Cash for Clubs, everyone can get behind their local club and help show their support for a cause they feel strongly about – whether it’s a team they play for, a local music group they’re involved with or simply a club they follow.” Pictured at the launch of Cash for Clubs are Topaz ambassadors (L-) Brid Stack, Alan Quinlan and Kevin McManamon.Topaz is encouraging people from across Ireland to go the extra mile for there local community to be in with a chance to win up to €10,000 for a club of their choice. A total of €200,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs over the course of the next 12 weeks.For more information and how to enter see www.playorpark.ie/cashforclubsMandator Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Topaz, Ireland’s leading fuel and convenience retailer, has partnered with two of Ireland’s leading sportspeople, Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack, to officially launch Cash for Clubs 2017 and encourage people across Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.The programme offers clubs of all types and sizes from across the island of Ireland the chance to win up to €10,000 in funding with a total of €200,000 in cash prizes up for grabs as part of the initiative, which returns for a third year.Following the huge success of Cash for Clubs over the past two years, Topaz is continuing to recognise the intrinsic role that passionate people play in driving clubs across Ireland and the vital role that these local heroes play in providing members of the public with opportunities to meet new people, be active and learn valuable.Both Kevin and Bríd are best known for their talents and achievements on the field of play, but they share a common understanding of the importance of cross-code participation at a grassroots level and are known for going the extra mile off the field as well as on it.With a significant national footprint and extensive customer network located across the country, Topaz understands the difficulties that local clubs can face to raise much needed funds to support the services and facilities they provide.Speaking at the launch of Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’, Marketing Director of Topaz, Margaret Barron said: “With 430 forecourts located nationwide and a presence in every county on the island of Ireland, Topaz is really at the heart of Irish communities and we understand the important role of local clubs in bringing people together. Following the huge success of ‘Cash for Clubs’ over the past two years, we are thrilled to continue this initiative in 2017 by recognising the hard work of club networks across the country and contributing a further €200,000 to local clubs. Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ is open to all clubs no matter how big or small, so whether your local club is passionate about sport, dance, food or even language based, we are encouraging people to go that extra mile for their chosen club by collecting ‘Cash for Clubs’ tokens at Topaz service stations. It is also a great opportunity to get your friends, family and neighbours to come together to help to win funds for your local community.” How it works: The programme works directly through the Topaz Play or Park Loyalty platform. Clubs can register at playorpark.ie/cash-for-clubs (ROI) or playorpark.co.uk/cash-for-clubs (NI) and, once registered, members of the club and customers in their community can start collecting tokens using a Play or Park gametag, which are available in-store or through the Topaz Play or Park app. You’ll receive one token once you spend €30/£20 or more on fuel purchases and once you have linked your gametag to your chosen club your tokens will be automatically allocated to your club. Once a club has collected 2,000 tokens, they will be automatically entered into an ‘everyone-wins’ draw. 1st club drawn will win top prize of €10,00010 clubs thereafter will win €5,000140 clubs after that will win €1,000 Topaz to contribute €200,000 in cash prizes to clubs across Ireland Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ 2017 Grand Prize Draw: 1st Club drawn will win €10,00010 Clubs thereafter will win €5,000 and140 Clubs after this will receive €1,000‘Cash for Clubs’ launched today, Wednesday 17th May 2017 and will run until Sunday, 13th August, 2017.For more information on Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ 2017, visit www.topaz.ie or see Topaz Energy on Facebook and @topazenergy on Twitter #Cash4Clubs17Pictured at the launch of Cash for Clubs are Topaz ambassadors (L-) Brid Stack, Alan Quinlan and Kevin McManamon.Topaz is encouraging people from across Ireland to go the extra mile for there local community to be in with a chance to win up to €10,000 for a club of their choice. A total of €200,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs over the course of the next 12 weeks.For more information and how to enter see www.playorpark.ie/cashforclubsMandator Credit ©INPHO/James Crombieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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An Spideal hoping to keep dream alive on Sunday

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/3n76s8/DONAL_O_FAHARTA_AN_SPIDEAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.. An Spideal’s road to the All Ireland semi-final:An Spideal 1-14 Michael Breathnach 0-11 (Galway IFC Group 2)An Spideal 3-11 Oughterard 0-10 (Galway IFC Group 2)An Spideal 2-16 St.Brendans 0-8 (Galway IFC Group 2)An Spideal 2-13 Menlough 0-8 (Galway IFC Quarter Final)An Spideal 1-10 Headford 0-9 (Galway IFC Semi-Final)An Spideal 0-11 Michael Breathnach 0-11 (Galway IFC Final)An Spideal 1-13 Michael Breathnach 1-11 ( Galway IFC Final Replay) An Spideal 0-13 Belmullet 0-9 (Connacht Semi-Final) An Spideal 1-14 Fuerty 0-16 (Connacht Final) The fairytale story of Galway and Connacht Intermediate football champions An Spideal continues on Sunday when the Gaeltacht side take on Ulster champions Naomh Eanna from Belfast in the All Ireland Intermediate football semi final in Pairc Tailteann, Navan (2pm). The prize for the winners is huge, a place in the All Ireland final in Croke Park on Feb 9th against Two Mile House from Kildare or Kilcummin from Kerry. For An Spideal, it will be the 10th game of an extraordinary campaign which included a county final replay against near neighbours Micheal Breathnach and further giant killing acts of heroism in the Connacht semi final against much fancied Belmullet and in the provincial final against Roscommon champions Fuerty. An Spideal’s Donal O’Fathartha told John Mulligan he is happy with preparations for Sunday’s game…center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Miller and Duminy: biff bang pow

first_imgIn their opening World Cup match against Zimbabwe, the Proteas’ David Miller and JP Duminy made a couple of records in what Britain’s Ebony Rainford-Brent called “some of the best hitting I’ve ever seen”. It was an unbeaten partnership that rescued South Africa and will not be soon forgotten. JP Duminy takes a swing at Zimbabwean bowling on the way to his unbeaten 115. (Image: Cricket SA) • Cricket World Cup 2015: End of the Proteas’ “choke” hoodoo? • Green and gold rivals from Down Under • CSIR helps cricketers up their game • Maasai hope to bowl Cape Town over • Rhinos in Boucher’s safe hands Sulaiman PhilipImran Tahir had career best figures of three wickets for 36 runs in the Proteas’ victory over Zimbabwe; but his success was overshadowed by the Duminy and Miller show. David Miller and JP Duminy shared a world record unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 256 to help the Proteas defeat the dangerous minnows by 62 runs.In the end it looked like a convincing victory but in reality it was only in the 47th over that South Africa stood above the Zimbabweans in the over by over run comparison. It was the 30-run 48th over that helped push the partnership into record territory.South Africa is ranked third in the Reliance International Cricket Council One Day International (ICC ODI), Zimbabwe 10th. But games between the neighbours are derbies, and anything can happen in a derby. Form and history do not matter because both teams are doubly motivated. Away from the World Cup, South Africa has won 34 of 37 matches. At the World Cup the teams have faced each other twice, with a victory each.Miller (138 not out) and Duminy (115 not out) rescued a South African innings floundering at 83 for four when Duminy joined at the crease. “The team was in a little bit of trouble, and I thought to myself, you know, just try and build a long partnership here with JP,” Miller told the BBC in his low key way. “I just needed to construct a partnership with someone, and JP was the man today. It was tough up front and a bit slow initially, but it definitely eased up towards the end.” Youthful Miller and Duminy started slowly, showing deference to a bowling attack that had worked through South Africa’s world-class top order. Once they both reached 50, the attack on the Zimbabwean bowling intensified. The blitz in the last 10 overs was so brutally aggressive the pair scored 146 runs, with 96 coming in just the last five overs.By the 40th over the pair had been together for almost 20 overs when the onslaught began. Miller went from 40 to 100 in 28 balls. When it was over his unbeaten 138 came off 92 balls and included nine sixes (one of which was smacked out the grounds), another World Cup record. As Miller explained in the post-match press conference, the innings was “very fun. I’d worked really hard for the last 25 overs, and we still had wickets in hand, just to try and express myself toward the end.”In setting the new mark, the pair won praise from English women’s star Ebony Rainford-Brent, who told the BBC the partnership would not be soon forgotten, and not just because it was a record. “I was really impressed with the way South Africa applied themselves as they had to stick in and build a strong partnership. Their running between the wickets was excellent, and then it was some of the best hitting I’ve ever seen.” The Proteas win was a team effort, Miller and Duminy with the bat and Imran Tahir who had his best ODI game. (Image: Cricket SA)Miller and Duminy demolished the previous record set up Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, scored by the English pair against Ireland. The previous best for a South African fifth wicket pair was the 183 scored by Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan in 1983.last_img read more

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Web Content Management (WCM): Managing the Customer Experience and Saving Millions

first_imgWeb Content Management (WCM) is an increasingly fragmented market.  WCM has always been a special blend of content management that is distinctly different in requirements from standard Enterprise Content Management.  And now, new forces are coming into play, particularly technologies like social media and analytics are driving the direction of new features and functionality that is becoming more standard-place with WCM.Stephen Powers, principal analyst at Forrester Research, says that the new generation of Web Content Management caters no longer to just the C’s of  content and collaboration.  WCM products now factor in additional ‘C’ requirements which include: context, channel, consistency, community, consumer behavior, and creation.Some have called these changes to WCM: Web 2.0 Content Management.  Others are using a number of other terms.  WEM, for example, is sometimes used to describe the new generation of Web Content Management tools that are evolving.  Here WEM can correspond to either “Web Experience Management” or “Web Engagement Management”.  To differentiate between these two very similar and overlapping ideas, you’ll sometimes see Web Experience Management abbreviated as WXM, and lately you’ll see people combining the two terms by using WEM/WXM.  And in parallel to WEM/WXM, you’ll also see related, customer-focused  categories, going under the names of  Customer Engagement Management (CEM) and Customer Experience Management (CXM), both of which are often combined into the single term CEM/CXM.Forrester defines Customer Experience Management (CXM) as “a set of solutions which enable the management and delivery of dynamic, targeted, consistent content, offers, products, and service interactions across digitally enabled consumer touch points.”Forrester’s Powers commented that “the future of WCM does not lie in simply managing content. The library services portion of WCM technology — check-in/checkout, workflows, permissions, etc. — has become commoditized.  Instead, decision-makers view WCM as a vehicle to better engage customers and prospects and move them through the marketing funnel.”Megan Burns, principal analyst at Forrester Research, says that getting the customer experience wrong can be costly.  Millions of dollars can be lost as a result of presenting a poorly executed customer experience.last_img read more

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Maine ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Composite Return Rule Amended

first_imgMaine Revenue Services (MRS) amended its rule governing composite returns to reflect the new individual income tax rates for tax years beginning in 2016. Under the revised rule, the Maine income tax liability of each eligible person who elects to be included in a composite return is equal to 7.15% (previously 7.95%) of the person’s entity income.Rule 805 (18-125 CMR 805), Maine Revenue Services, effective February 12, 2017last_img

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10 months agoGuardiola: Man City a better team than last season

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guardiola: Man City a better team than last seasonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant they’re a better team than last season.Champions City are involved in a tight title race with Liverpool this season, but Guardiola thinks his side have improved from a year ago. “In little details we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” he told Sky Sports.Asked how City have improved, Guardiola added: “Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Guardiola also revealed what impressed him most about his side’s title-winning season.”It was our consistency,” he added. Of course we dropped points, that happens, but after that we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.”Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.” last_img read more

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