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Leaders Gather to Pray for Country

first_imgStory HighlightsGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Patrick Allen, noted the theme for this year’s event: ‘Courageous Leadership for Challenging Times’The Governor-General expressed the hope that the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast will serve to break down walls of division and foster mutual respect.Guest Preacher and Bishop of the Power of Faith Ministries International, Dr. Delford Davis, said leadership is needed at all levels of the Jamaican society. Photo: JIS PhotographerBishop/Overseer of The Power of Faith Ministries International, Dr. Delford Davis (centre), prays for Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right); and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, during the 34th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast held this morning (January 16), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Leaders of state, church, corporate and civil society gathered at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday morning, January 16, for the 34th annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast, where they prayed for unity and God’s guidance in stomping out crime and other social ills affecting the country.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Patrick Allen, noted that the theme for this year’s event: ‘Courageous Leadership for Challenging Times’ “prompts us to acknowledge that it takes an enormous amount of courage to lead because of the issues with which leaders have to contend.”He pointed out that people are looking to the nation’s leaders to take them confidently through the current difficult conditions, as, despite differing positions, “everyone wants Jamaica to achieve its Vision 2030 goals.”The Governor-General noted however, that crime and other social ills, combined with economic woes, have plunged many into despair and negativity.“So, it is very critical that we must now garner the collective will of all leaders in all spheres of life, starting with our religious leaders, civil leaders, political leaders, social leaders, business leaders, and entertainment leaders so that we can collaborate in combating this pandemic,” he stated.The country’s leaders, by taking a united stance, can also “reassure our people that they themselves can be brave and courageous in the fight to combat crime, stamp out corruption and or other social ills.”The Governor-General expressed the hope that the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast will serve to break down walls of division and foster mutual respect, trust, and a willingness to work together for the common good of the country.Guest Preacher and Bishop of the Power of Faith Ministries International, Dr. Delford Davis, who prayed for Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, stated that leadership is needed at all levels of the Jamaican society.“We need them in the home, we need them in the schools, we need them in the church, we need them in business, in politics, the security forces, the media, and in every aspect of governance, courageous leadership is needed,” he stated.The Bishop pointed out that whether or not one has been elected to office, “you are a leader because someone watches you on a daily basis. Your life influences others in the things you do, even the places you go.”He urged the nation to raise the bar in all spheres of leadership “for we are determined to make Jamaica the winner in 2014 and beyond.”The aim of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, which began in 1981, is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among the nation’s leaders at all levels.The beneficiary of offering from this year’s breakfast is the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), located in St. James.Chairman of the NLPB Committee, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, said the event continues to build on the vision of the inaugural prayer breakfast and on the pillars of reconciliation, inspiration and transformation. RelatedChristmas Message 2013 from the Governor-General H.E. The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen RelatedTimar Jackson Selected Jamaica Rhodes Scholar for 2014 Leaders Gather to Pray for Country Governor GeneralJanuary 16, 2014Written by: Andrea Brahamcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGG Extends Condolences to People of South Africa Leaders Gather to Pray for CountryJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more

Google’s sale of Motorola: Good housekeeping

first_img Related Previous ArticleFacebook to launch more standalone mobile apps as mobile ad revenue dominatesNext ArticleTelefonica Deutschland CEO steps down Covid-19 industry impact: 1 April to 1 May NEW BLOG: Google’s decision to offload its loss-making Motorola Mobility devices unit to Lenovo seems like a sensible way for the company to tidy up its mobile activities, in a week that has also seen its relationship with Samsung improve.In terms of cold, hard facts, Motorola as a devices business has failed to impress. Under Google’s steerage, it has reported loss after loss, and its market share means it is generally lumped in with the “others” category.And its presence has shrunk to the point where it is effectively an Americas-only concern which, while playing well in Google’s own backyard, has meant that it has not posed a threat to other device makers in the Android space globally.Indeed, in some cases it looked as if Google was so keen not to favour the business, it ended up as the poor relation. It has not been part of the Nexus device supplier portfolio for some time, for example, and it has not offered Google Play editions of its smartphones.But as long as it remained a subsidiary of Google, there was the possibility it could be a threat. A change of heart at the top, and Motorola could have been transformed into an aggressive loss-leader, undercutting its rivals while Google made its cash through advertising and Android apps and content sales.There was, indeed, the odd sign of disruption. Take its Moto G, for example: the idea here being that it is possible to offer a low-cost device that does not skimp in terms of specifications, and at launch Samsung was in the firing line.With Samsung accounting for 32 per cent of the smartphone market in Q4 2013, according to Strategy Analytics figures, and the South Korean company’s portfolio being dominated by Android, it makes sense for Google to want to keep its partner close, rather than risk irking it for a short-term gain.Earlier this week, the companies announced a patent licensing agreement, but the statement announcing it read more like a strategic alliance deal – plenty of talk of a “mutually beneficial agreement”, a “long-term cooperative partnership”, and of “paving the way for deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future products and technologies”.And Google is obviously aware that with its role in the creation of the Tizen operating system, Samsung is putting in place a “plan b” – whether its long-term plan is to go with it wholeheartedly or not.Certainly Samsung’s level of commitment to Tizen so far is open to question, and promised launches have been pushed-back. But as long as it remains in the pipeline, Samsung does have something it can use as leverage over Google, and a threat to migrate to the platform in the long term would certainly raise eyebrows.There is, of course, much speculation that a Tizen device will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month, and certainly it would be somewhat embarrassing for Samsung if after their years of work and promotion, nothing comes of the project. But a low-key launch of a smartphone that receives limited support could be a good face-saving option, with the benefit that if it is well regarded, the door is not closed for future products.What will be interesting to see is how much of Motorola Mobility survives under the steerage of Lenovo.The Chinese company has been growing quickly off its own bat, and its existing Android device portfolio is quite solid – this aspect of the business is not where it is facing its challenges. Growing its presence internationally is key to boosting its market share and generating scale.Certainly the Motorola brand still has value in the Americas, and possibly even in Europe as well, and it may indeed prove sensible to look to build on this, rather than for Lenovo to build its own-brand presence in the mobile market.And at least in the medium term it should benefit from a closer working relationship with Google, which will certainly work in its favour.But there will be many areas of overlap between the two and, with Google having already slimmed down a Motorola that was already contracting when it was bought, the US-based company is already a shadow of its former self.While in a statement, Lenovo said it is acquiring an “incredibly talented global team”, it is certainly likely to find a fair amount of cross-over between the two. And while it has acquired Motorola’s “future product roadmap”, it is unlikely to want to support two different product organisations moving forward.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author(s) and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Tags Blog Blog: Is balloon-powered internet a loony idea? HomeBlog Google’s sale of Motorola: Good housekeepingcenter_img Steve Costello Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Blog: Survival of the Fitbit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 JAN 2014 Author AndroidGoogleLenovoMotorolaSamsungTizenlast_img read more

Valamar Riviera procures electricity exclusively from renewable sources

first_imgA round table organized by the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development (HR PSOR) was held at the Journalists’ House in Zagreb on the topic “Green energy trading as a mechanism to encourage the construction of renewable energy sources.” Representatives of Valamar Riviera, which was recently admitted to the membership of HR PSOR, also participated in the expert panel, and on this occasion they presented their experiences in the field of sustainable business and use of energy from renewable sources.It is commendable that Valamar from 01.01.2016. procures exclusively electricity from renewable sources. Valamar Riviera will annually reduce CO emissions related to the use of green electricity2 by as much as 60 percent, which is in line with the company’s long-term sustainable development strategy.”U In the last three years, Valamar Riviera has invested more than HRK 12 million in energy efficiency projects, and we are obliged to introduce advanced high-efficiency technologies in terms of environmental protection in the reconstruction of facilities. Tourism, as well as society as a whole, is not sustainable in the long run without the development and investment in renewable energy sources and other systematic environmental protection measures. Valamar already operates in accordance certified Environmental Management System, and this year we are preparing for the certification of the Energy Management System according to the ISO 50001 standard and the EU Ecolabel”, Said Oliver Brajković, Head of Audit and Standardization.Sustainable development is possible only by creating a stimulating and innovative environment that will constantly improve our relationship with the environment. Green energy trading is an important contribution to the development of such a stimulating environment because it provides support to producers to invest in the development of renewable energy sources, and companies that have recognized and supported this mechanism by purchasing green certificates, are leaders in sustainable development in Croatia.”, Said Mirjana Matešić, director of HR PSOR.Through the Zagreb Stock Exchange, Valamar Riviera announced that it has concluded a loan agreement with HBOR worth EUR 24,3 million, with which it will invest in improving quality standards in the destinations of Poreč, Rabac, Krk and Dubrovnik. It is certainly commendable that key players in the tourism sector, such as Valamar Riviera, are investing in green energy and renewables. In addition to protecting the environment, investing in green energy creates added value for the company as well as multiple financial savings. We all live from the same product – tourism, and the first prerequisite is to take care of our ecological footprint and sustainable development. “last_img read more