We must not attempt to bring the failed Iran Deal back to life

first_imgThe Obama administration staked its reputation on the belief that keeping the deal focused on narrow nuclear issues would yield a halo effect on Iran’s overseas behaviour and towards its own population.But rather than becoming a responsible member of the international community and directing the sanctions bounty it received to improving the economic lot of its people, Iran has spent the past years supporting Bashar al-Assad’s vicious forces in Syria and funnelling arms and money to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.It is not often that President Trump is lauded for his accuracy, but he was not wrong about the JCPOA. The British government knows only too well the flaws in the deal, but has thus far chosen to spurn the transatlantic alliance in order to preserve the fiction spun by our Franco-German partners that this is somehow the only way to prevent a nuclear Iran.It isn’t. Only a comprehensive dismantling of Iran’s nuclear facilities and a commitment by the regime to abandon ancillary activities like missile development can give us the safeguards that we require.Through its repudiation of the JCPOA, Iran has finally forced us to choose between supporting a doomed deal that cannot deliver, or siding with our US ally in replacing it with something better that can.We should jump at this chance: a better demonstration of the power of British diplomacy and sanctions to make a real difference in the world will prove hard to find. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in a fanfare of publicity in 2015 between Iran and six countries, was hailed at the time as the way to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions.In exchange for suspending its nuclear programme, Iran would secure massive sanctions relief. Share City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Thursday 9 May 2019 7:53 am For yesterday, Iran announced that it would be “suspending” parts of the JCPOA, keeping the enriched uranium stocks it was allowed to produce under the deal in the country, rather than selling them abroad as required under its terms.Threats followed about the resumption of production of uranium enriched to a higher level than allowed by the deal, and the development of Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor.Despite Iran claiming that it has not abandoned the JCPOA, it very much has: these developments are essential to the functioning of a nuclear weapons programme.The only remaining question is whether the Europeans accept this, and react accordingly with sanctions of their own, or pretend that there is a way to somehow stick the JCPOA back together.If it is to be the latter, they will not succeed. The JCPOA was doomed from the beginning owing to Obama’s hubris. He had determined that his historic role was to be to extend the hand of friendship to a theocratic Iranian regime that abused human rights at home and sponsored terrorism abroad. The world would be free from the menace of a nuclear Iran, while the country’s economy – brought to its knees by a highly effective US-led sanctions programme that was slowly choking the Iranian regime’s economic arteries on account of its illicit development of nuclear capacity – would have breathing space to recover.Barack Obama would win plaudits as the US President who had brought Iran back in from the cold, and with domestic pressure from economic protesters defused, the regime would live to see another day. It was supposedly the ultimate win-win situation.What could possibly go wrong?Four short years later, the JCPOA lies in tatters. A different US President, Donald Trump, withdrew the US from its stipulations last year, having claimed that it was “the worst deal in history”. US sanctions have been reimposed, together with the threat of secondary sanctions on any non-US company trying to flout the American provisions.Iran and the other five signatories – including our own government – tried to keep the deal alive. But all to no avail. whatsapp We must not attempt to bring the failed Iran Deal back to life center_img Alan MendozaAlan Mendoza is executive director of the Henry Jackson Society. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Yet rather than press home the advantage, Obama decided that making a bad deal with Iran was better than running the risk of walking away with no deal, which the Iranians had successfully persuaded him might happen.The JCPOA that emerged was not a cure to the Iranian nuclear programme, but merely a sticking plaster over it. Iran’s uranium enrichment process had been controlled, but its capabilities to perform enrichment not removed.The JCPOA frontloaded the release of Iranian funds impounded over sanctions, with no staggered release over time to ensure ongoing compliance. It included a sunset clause on the deal, meaning that Iran would be free to resume its nuclear programme at its conclusion, thereby kicking the can down the road.And it did not include restrictions on the delivery system for nuclear weapons – ballistic missiles – meaning that Iran could continue with a separate programme unhindered. Tags: Barack Obama Donald Trump People Terrorismlast_img read more

Goals Soccer Centres confirms investigation of former execs

first_img Goals today said: “Actions undertaken by Mr Gow and Mr Rogers while employees and directors of the company form part of the current investigations of the Company into the mis-statement of historic financial statements.” Goals Soccer Centres confirms investigation of former execs over accounting scandal Read more: Mike Ashley-backed Goals Soccer Centres to delist from stock market after ‘improper’ accounting The five-a-side football operator announced earlier this month that it was to delist from the stock market after an investigation into its accounting practices found “improper behaviour”. Troubled five-a-side football operator Goals Soccer Centres confirmed today it is investigating its former chief executive and chief financial officer in connection to an accounting scandal that has rocked the company. Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had opened a probe into alleged fraud at the company. Former chief executive Keith Rogers and former chief finance officer Bill Gow had been named in previous press reports as subjects of investigations. whatsapp Goals today said: “The company can confirm no finalised conclusions have yet been reached, although as stated in the 02 August 2019 announcement by the company it is clear inappropriate actions have taken place. Once the company has concluded its findings the directors, alongside its advisers, will take appropriate action and liaise with the appropriate authorities.” whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarStuff AnsweredBest Mattress Deals for Seniors 2020Stuff AnsweredLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthGraber BlindsWindow Treatments So Sophisticated, It’s Hard to Believe They’re so AffordableGraber BlindsWolf & ShepherdNFL Star Rob Gronkowski Loves These ShoesWolf & ShepherdPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsBest Selling Grills | Search AdsTraeger Blaze & American Grills On SaleBest Selling Grills | Search AdsSenior Cars | Search AdsThe Best SUVs for Seniors (The Price Might Surprise You)Senior Cars | Search AdsPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost Fun James Booth Trading in its shares was suspended in March after it said it had made a “substantial misdeclaration of VAT” totalling approximately £12m. Share Monday 12 August 2019 8:28 am Read more: City watchdog launches fraud probe into Goals Soccer Centres Read This Next’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted ChildThe Wrap20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamour50,000-Plus People Want Jeff Bezos to Go to Space and Never Come BackThe WrapSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourMLB roundup: Houston Astros extend win streak to 9Sportsnautlast_img read more

Southeast Alaska’s commercial Dungeness crab harvest is the 2nd largest on record

first_imgFisheries | SoutheastSoutheast Alaska’s commercial Dungeness crab harvest is the 2nd largest on recordFebruary 2, 2021 by Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg Share:Dungeness crab in Southeast, Alaska. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)Southeast Alaska’s 2020-2021 commercial Dungeness crab harvest is the second largest on record — and one of the few recent bright spots for Southeast fisheries.A few areas of Southeast’s commercial Dungeness crab season are still open through February, but most areas closed at the end of November. The estimate for the fall harvest is 813,000 pounds. That’s down slightly from recent years. But the 2020 summer harvest was so large — 5.87 million pounds — that it still makes the total season harvest the second largest ever.“What we saw last year was a big harvest, it was a big season poundage-wise,” said Joe Stratman, Southeast’s lead crab manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The total season harvest for the summer and fall fisheries is 6.68 million pounds. That’s far above the ten-year average, which is 3.28 million pounds but just under the record breaking year of 2002-03.The total season was worth $11.49 million. That’s mainly because a lot of crab were caught. The price paid to fishermen was below recent years. The fall averaged $1.88 per pound, and the summer $1.70. That’s about a dollar less per pound than 2019, which averaged $2.79 per pound, and less than other recent years.“Even though the price was slightly better in the fall, what we saw in summer and fall prices was down quite a bit from the recent three seasons, anyway,” Stratman said.Most of the Dungeness crab were caught in the summer fishery, from June 15 to Aug. 15, which is typical because conditions are safer and more fishermen are participating. In the fall fishery, the main areas were open for all of October and November. There are still some fishermen crabbing in a few of the areas still open, but Stratman says it’s not likely that the harvests will change enough to compete with the 2002-03 record year.Managers rely on Dungeness harvest data because they don’t do separate surveys on the species in Southeast. Harvests have been good in recent years compared to other species of crab. Commercial red king crab fishing has been closed in recent years, and commercial Tanner fishing is limited to about a week a year.But commercial fishing for Dungeness is open for four months a year in many areas, and the population seems to be holding.“I think it’s safe to say we have steady and reliable, annual recruitment into the fishery,” said Stratman. “We’ve got a steady amount of crab that are entering the fishery every year, recruit crab that are legal for the first time, and we don’t have any large gaps in our recruitment.”The Southeast area with the highest harvest in this fall’s fishery was District 12 in northern Chatham Straight, with 123,000 pounds. The highest participation in the fishery was District 8, near Petersburg and Wrangell.The next crab fisheries in Southeast are for Tanner and golden king crab, in mid-February.Share this story:last_img read more

Portlaoise store giving out free teas and coffees to nurses and midwives on strike today

first_imgHome News Community Portlaoise store giving out free teas and coffees to nurses and midwives… NewsCommunity Pinterest In an incredibly generous act, Bracken’s Gala on the Stradbally road, Portlaoise, are giving out hot beverages to nurses and midwives on industrial action duty today.All nurses and midwives on official industrial action at Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise get a free tea/coffee and bun today, Wednesday 30 January at Bracken’s Gala.Laois nurses joined in the strike of more than 30,000 nurses and midwives from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (IMNO) in a dispute over pay and staff shortages today.A further five 24-hour strikes have been planned over the coming fortnight, with the Psychiatric Nurses Association due to start an escalating campaign of industrial action tomorrow.Talks are currently at a deadlock as the government remains adamant that the claim by nurses and midwives is unaffordable.Emergency departments are operating, but with fewer nurses. Urgency cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy is continuing today.Do you know of any other business supporting nurses today? Let us know at [email protected] or on our Facebook page.SEE ALSO – Five in the mix at final Fine Gael Local Election Selection Convention Twitter Community Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Previous articleMixed results for Portlaoise Ladies Hockey club as they unveil new jerseysNext articleIconic Laois jersey is brought back to life and is for sale now with DS Sports Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Portlaoise store giving out free teas and coffees to nurses and midwives on strike today Council center_img Twitter Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 30th January 2019 Facebooklast_img read more

All the latest golf results and some pictures from The Heath Golf Club

first_img Pinterest News Twitter Facebook THE HEATH GOLF CLUBLadies Running No 151st Carmel McManus (35) 22 pts (bk 6)2nd Pauline Hooban (16) 22 pts3rd Mary Bland (18) 21 pts4th Sadie Ging (17) 21 pts5th Sarah Bergin (25) 21 ptsMen’s 12 Hole Singles 26/1/20201st Mark Kelly (16) 31 pts2nd Jim Scully (21) 29 pts3rd Liam Horgan (7) 28 ptsCaptain Helen Kelly with sponsor Ladonna McCartan of Nook & Cranny and winners;Helen Kelly, Ursula Horgan, Bernie Aldritt, Angela Dunne & Mary McNamaraCaptain Helen Kelly with sponsor Ladonna McCartan of Nook & Cranny with winners;May Tyrrell, Mary Cotter, Frances Dunne, & Anne O’SullivanWinners Ber Fitzpatrick, Sophie McNamara, Mary Bland, Anne Marie Brody, Frances DunneSEE ALSO – Outrage as ‘tyres, nappies and stale pizza’ dumped outside Laois village Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, February 5, 2020Next articleLaois teenager looking for support as he heads to the Quarter Horse Youth World Cup Oisín Hooney By Oisín Hooney – 5th February 2020 Home Sport Golf All the latest golf results and some pictures from The Heath Golf… SportGolf TAGSMountrath Golf ClubThe Heath Golf Club Twittercenter_img Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR All the latest golf results and some pictures from The Heath Golf Club WhatsApp Winners Ber Fitzpatrick, Sophie McNamara, Mary Bland, Anne Marie Brody, Frances Dunne The golf season is back up and running.Here we have pictures from The Heath as well as results from there plus Mountrath.MOUNTRATH GOLF CLUBCarroll’s Spar Winter League Round 4/Open 14 Hole SinglesOverall: Mick Kavanagh 36pts (-1)Cat 1: Ken Farrell (9) 34ptsCat 2: Pat Keogh (15) 34ptsCat 3: Tom Gilligan (19) 32ptsLadies Spring League Round 31st- Phyllis Clegg 26-12nd- Maud McGlynn 24 (back 6)3rd- Breda Beere 24Ladies 9 Hole On Going1st- Caroline Shiel 19 (back 6)2nd- Hannah Meade 19 (back 3)3rd- Dolores Mulhare 19 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

High security and devotion ordered to mark Kim Il Sung’s death

first_imgNewsEconomy High security and devotion ordered to mark Kim Il Sung’s death By Kim Yoo Jin – 2018.07.10 3:32pm News News Facebook Twitter A memorial event held at the Pyongyang Gymnasium to mark the 20th anniversary of leader Kim Il Sung’s death. Image: (Yonhap file photo, 2014).24 years after Kim Il Sung’s death, the North Korean authorities have designated July 1 to July 8 – the day of his death – as a national period of mourning.  “A mourning period has been designated from July 1st until the 8th, the day of the Suryong [Kim Il Sung]’s death. Orders have been handed down to be pious and conduct memorial events during this time,” a source in North Hamgyong Province said on July 6.The Party policy was announced during morning assemblies at state enterprises by unit-level secretaries.  “It was explained that everyone without exception must attend the memorial events. Drinking alcohol or committing shameful acts during this time such as singing or dancing, or otherwise acting without sufficient loyalty for the Suryong’s revolutionary honor, will render the accused as having no right to live in this land. These types of behavior are akin to aiding the enemy, and so we must be sure not to behave this way, the instructions said,” she added.“In responding to the misdeeds of reactionary elements during this special mourning time, there will be extra high security, with additional patrols and strengthened protection of the border, factories, enterprises, research institutes, and statues, prompting a revolutionary awakening,” the source said. Describing the content of the instructions delivered in his region, a separate source in North Hamgyong Province said,  “Special attention must be paid to the unusual appearance of people in different places, and the floating population must be contained. If even the smallest unusual incident occurs, it is important to report it immediately. If an emergency occurs, move quickly according to the emergency protocols.”   Asked about the opinions of residents, he explained that “aggressive market activity, laughing or talking loudly, and fighting with neighbors are all behaviors that are seen as contrary to the spirit of the mourning period.”“Even if there’s a death in the family,” he said, we were told that “it’s important to clench one’s teeth and remain quiet.” They also emphasized that all people need to regard as their personal responsibility the maintenance of loyalty to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, who cherishes the dying lessons passed down to him by his forebearers.”  North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders SHARE AvatarKim Yoo JinKim Yoo Jin is one of Daily NK’s freelance journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] last_img read more

RGD Goes to Canada Dec. 13-17

first_imgRelatedRGD Goes to Canada Dec. 13-17 RelatedRGD Goes to Canada Dec. 13-17 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Consul-General in Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner is welcoming the initiative by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to take their services to Jamaicans living in Canada from December 13 to 17. Jamaicans there will have the opportunity to submit applications for birth, death and marriage certificates as members of the RGD mobile outreach team take the services closer to its customers.Speaking with JIS News, Miss Bonner said: “I applaud the RGD’s efforts to reach its customers and I hope the community will come out and access their services which have been made available to them.”Chief Executive Officer of the RGD, Dr. Patricia Holness told JIS News that the overseas mobile outreach initiative is an annual event that forms part of the agency’s continued efforts to ensure that its services are accessible to all Jamaicans.“It is really intended to bring our services closer to Jamaicans living overseas. Very often we find that when there are challenging situations, we are better able to help the customers if we see them in person,” she explained.Citing an example, Dr. Holness noted that many older Jamaicans who are living overseas may have a birth certificate with only their Christian name and they are unable to use this certificate to access their pension because a surname is required.“We will have to guide them as to how they can have this corrected and also ensure that all the documents that they have are in agreement,” she noted.While in Canada, the RGD will be accepting applications and payments for birth, death and marriage certificates as well as general record updating activities, such as the adding of father’s particulars; correction of error; late entry of name and late registration. Additionally, customers who wish to apply for birth or death certificates but are unable to provide an entry number will be able to conduct online searches.“Persons need to carry along a valid identification card, for example a passport or driver’s licence, especially if they will be carrying out record updating activities,” Dr. Holness advised.On December 13, the team will be at the Jamaican Consulate at 303 Eglinton Avenue, East Toronto, Ontario from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Later that day, the team will move to the Revivaltime Tabernacle, 4340 Dufferin Street, Downsview, North York, Toronto where they will see customers from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The team will return to the Jamaican Consulate on Friday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Persons who wish to submit applications or make queries may also visit the Grace Apostolic Church, 801 Progress Avenue, Scarborough from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.On December 15, the team will be at the Grace Mount Zion Apostolic Church, 5865 Coopers Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.Similarly, on Monday, December 17, the team will be at the Mount Zion Apostolic Church, 108 Holland Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.According to Dr. Holness, “once the RGD has full information we are able to produce the certified copy within two to seven days. If there is a weekend, one needs to take account of that, but we try our best and in some instances in the past individuals had their case processed and returned during the same day via courier.”Persons who do not apply using express service will have their copies sent via registered mail. RGD Goes to Canada Dec. 13-17 UncategorizedDecember 12, 2007center_img RelatedRGD Goes to Canada Dec. 13-17 Advertisementslast_img read more

World Health Organization Polioviruses and potentially infectious materials survey 2021

first_imgWorld Health Organization Polioviruses and potentially infectious materials survey 2021 Australian Medical AssociationAustralia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is calling on all facilities to complete a short five-minute survey to identify or exclude facilities that may have samples containing Poliovirus potentially infectious materials (PIMS). The Australian Government Department of Health has commissioned CSIRO to conduct this critically important survey, which is part of Australia’s commitment to the World Health Organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Active Plan.Every potential storage facility Australia-wide is required to undertake the 2021 survey, whether it’s believed there are Poliovirus PIMs onsite or not.Who should complete the survey?Any facility which manages any biospecimens must complete the 2021 survey.The survey should be completed by the person who is responsible for the management of the practice, clinic, laboratory where samples are stored/handled (Lab Manager, Facility Manager, Practice Manager, Clinic Manager etc.).This person should be knowledgeable about the samples that are stored in their laboratory/facility/ clinic / medical practice / surgery so they can provide accurate answers to the questions.All facilities should complete the survey as soon as possible, by 30 April 2021 at the latest.Complete the survey now /AMA/AusMed News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:AMA, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Australian Medical Association, CSIRO, Department of Health, Government, health, healthcare, science, surgery, survey, world, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Industry Ministry to Monitor Movement in Electricity Costs

first_imgRelatedIndustry Ministry to Monitor Movement in Electricity Costs Industry Ministry to Monitor Movement in Electricity Costs CommerceJune 17, 2010 RelatedIndustry Ministry to Monitor Movement in Electricity Costs RelatedIndustry Ministry to Monitor Movement in Electricity Costscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, says his Ministry will be keeping a very close eye on the movement in electricity costs over the next few months, particularly as it relates to the productive sector.Mr. Samuda told journalists that his office has been in dialogue with the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to ascertain the possibility of the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) being a part of the discussions surrounding electricity costs in a bid to protect the consumer.“We will be examining it and working along with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the OUR, and with the CAC to see how we can protect the consumer as far as the electricity is concerned,” he stated at a press conference at his office in New Kingston on Tuesday (June 15).Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, recently announced that given the decrease in fuel prices and the revaluation of the Jamaican dollar, customers across all tariff groups would see a marginal reduction in their energy bills for the month of June.The reductions come despite the OUR granting the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) an annual inflation adjustment of 1.9 per cent, in accordance with JPS’ 2001 licence.Minister Samuda said “it is encouraging to note that we should see no increases in the actual cost to the customers, but we’re going to be watching it very carefully within our Ministry, especially as it affects the productive sector, because there is no way on earth that the manufacturing and other productive areas, such as tourism, can underwrite or cover any additional energy costs,” the Minister remarked.In the meantime, Mr. Samuda told reporters that the Government is working overtime to introduce alternate energy sources in a bid to improve the country’s competitiveness.“The aim is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels so that we can become more competitive, because we will never be more competitive at these high costs of energy,” he stated. Advertisementslast_img read more

Airtel goes cold on Telkom Kenya merger

first_img Previous ArticleMapbox taps ex-Apple designer to lead AR effortNext ArticleRockwell invests $1B in PTC to boost IoT offerings Related Tags Home Airtel goes cold on Telkom Kenya merger 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 Safaricom holds Amazon talks on mobile money move Chris Donkin Authorcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 JUN 2018 Money Safaricom negocia el uso de m-Pesa como medio de pago en Amazon Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Bharti Airtel abandoned talks to merge its Kenya unit with rival Telkom Kenya after the two disagreed on a number of issues including future investment plans, Reuters reported.Talks between the pair started in April, when reports suggested initial discussions on combining selected operations would be a precursor to Airtel launching a full takeover bid.However, Airtel reportedly got “cold feet” and walked away from any potential deal, which would have created an operator thought to be better equipped to compete with dominant provider Safaricom.Although increased competition is a goal the country’s authorities are keen to achieve, it is unclear if reducing the number of operators in the market would have been an acceptable way to meet it.GSMA Intelligence connection figures for Q1 2018 (including cellular IoT) show Airtel held an 18 per cent share, Telkom Kenya 9 per cent, while Safaricom held a huge lead with 72 per cent.The only other mobile operator – Faiba – entered the market in December 2017 with a 4G tariff to complement parent Jamii Telecom’s fixed offering. Its connection share was around one per cent at the end of Q1.Competition issuesPerceived lack of competition in the communications market has attracted fierce criticism from Kenyan politicians and industry rivals angry about the strong position held by Safaricom in both mobile and financial services.Although some figures, and an independent investigation into the market, initially suggested Safaricom should split in two the Communications Authority of Kenya dismissed the idea.Some concessions have been made by Safaricom on opening up Kenya’s mobile money platforms, but authorities remain keen on stronger measures. The upcoming publication of the full competition report into the sector could provide some clues on how the government plans to achieve this. Airtel KenyaSafaricomTelkom Kenyalast_img read more