Related Joseph Waring 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 Previous ArticleHong Kong assigns first batch of 5G spectrumNext ArticleFalling ARPU weighs on China Mobile Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 MAR 2019 INTERVIEW: A top executive at Singtel’s Digital Life business outlined its continued search for investment areas to drive the group’s future growth, with financial and healthcare seen as attractive segments where technology can play an increasingly important role.Samba Natarajan, CEO of the business (pictured), told Mobile World Live emerging markets “are full of opportunities” noting there is “a lot of white space in terms of being able to address pain points through different new technologies”.Financial and health services are two areas it is examining to see what kind of role it can play in those ecosystems, he said.The unit has already entered new spaces including digital marketing; video on demand; data analytics; cybersecurity; and gaming.Balancing investments and profitable growth is an ongoing challenge: “We have realised over the past few years that these businesses always take longer than we expect to achieve profitability, and there is a balance between creating value and short-term profitability that we need to manage.”It’s important to continuously communicate with the market and investors that the group’s core business is more of a cashflow and yield business, while the new businesses have growth potential in them in the long term, he said, adding “that being said, we need to manage our growth businesses to make sure that they are the right trajectory for profitable growth”.Natarajan believes trust in delivering a reliable, quality service is something operators need to highlight going forward, particularly in the B2B and enterprise space.Watch the full interview here. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Singtel lights SA 5G network Singtel warns of loss on impairment charges HomeAsiaNews Singtel bullish on financial, health opportunities Author Singtel rethinks strategy after profit plummets digital servicesSingTel
Kevin Kline(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments The Tony-nominated revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy Present Laughter shot up $100,066 this week, grossing a total of $853,434. The Kevin Kline-led side-splitter is up for three Tony Award nominations (Best Revival, Best Leading Actor in a Play for Kline and Best Costume Design for Susan Hilferty). Cobie Smulders (whom we loved having on #LiveatFive last week to unveil our snazzy new studio) has also been nominated for a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award. Other plays with box office success include The Price (up $128,100 in its last week), Sweat (up $41,189 from last week) and A Doll’s House, Part 2 (up $27,505). Meanwhile, Tony-nominated musicals The Great Comet (up $301,606 from last week with the return of leading man Josh Groban) and Groundhog Day (up $103,356) also had a great week.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,823,183)2. Hello, Dolly!* ($1,905,569)3. Wicked ($1,641,456)4. The Lion King ($1,638,506)5. Aladdin ($1,374,718)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Play That Goes Wrong ($384,273)4. Sweat ($355,923)3. A Doll’s House, Part 2 ($303,664)2. The Glass Menagerie ($281,587)1. Indecent ($255,289)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.01%)2. Come From Away (101.90%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (101.60%)4. Hamilton (101.57%)5. Hello, Dolly! (101.45%)*UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Kinky Boots (69.07%)4. On Your Feet! (66.66%)3. The Glass Menagerie (66.57%)2. Six Degrees of Separation (60.41%)1. Indecent (53.62%)*Number based on seven performancesSource: The Broadway League
The study included more than 800 retail establishments and looked at five risk factors: food from unsafe sources, poor personal hygiene in employees, inadequate cooking, improper food handling, and contaminated food surfaces and equipment. Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, recognized the retail food industry’s progress in food safety but said the findings of the study revealed room for improvement. Aside from calling for wider use of certified food protection managers, the FDA said it will increase efforts to encourage states, local, and tribal agencies that set food safety standards and handle inspections to adopt the FDA’s Model Food Code, which recommends standards for management and personnel, food operations, and equipment and facilities. The FDA also said it would increase efforts for states, localities, and tribes to adopt the agency’s National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards, which it says would enhance the local regulatory environment for retail food operations. Oct 22 FDA press release The 2009 component of the 10-year study found that having a certified food protection manager resulted in statistically significant increases in compliance levels with food safety practices and behaviors at four facility types: restaurants, delicatessens, seafood markets, and produce markets. For example, at full-service restaurants, compliance was 70% with a manager present and 58% without. See also: Findings also revealed three risk factors that all categories needed to improve upon: poor personal hygiene, improper holding of food, and contaminated food surfaces and equipment. Oct 22, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today called for certified food protection managers to become a common presence in retail food settings, based on results of a 10-year study showing that having them made meaningful differences. Across all 10 years of the study, the FDA found improvements for all establishment categories, but these were statistically significant for only 5 of the 9 categories: elementary schools, fast food restaurants, full-service restaurants, meat and poultry markets and departments, and produce markets and departments. Though not statistically significant, improvements were also seen at the four other establishment types—hospitals, nursing homes, delicatessen stores/departments and seafood markets/departments. “The key to food safety is prevention at every step from farm to table. Food retail managers, like growers and processors, have a responsibility to reduce the risk of foodborne illness,” Taylor said. “We want to build on past progress through continued collaboration with the retail industry and strengthened partnerships with state, local and tribal agencies in their standard-setting and compliance efforts.” “Some states and localities require certified food protection managers already, and many in the retail industry employ them voluntarily as a matter of good practice,” he said in an FDA press release today. “We think it should become common practice.” FDA retail food safety study
The Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA), is set to wrap up the final round of matches and coronation of Champions in two Beach Soccer leagues at the weekend.The first of its kind in West Africa, the leagues will see out the final round of matches when Sunset Sports from the coastal area of Keta stand on the verge of making history as the winners of the maiden beach soccer league.It could also be unprecedented should they win to become the first team to go a season unbeaten as they play local team Layoca on Saturday.Their closest rivals Havedzi Mighty Warriors will lock horns with the powerful ”Tsunami” Dansoman BSC.Wuo Gb33 takes on Ada Assurance in a match which could decide the winner of the goal king award. Wuo Gb33 striker Richard Osa leads the scorers chat with 29 goals while Ada Assurance forward Joseph Larweh trails him by just 2 goals.Sunset Sports Michael Sema who is on 28 goals is also in contention for the DSTV ‘walka’ which would be awarded to the goal king with other attractive packages.In other fixtures, East Legon Sharks play Tegbi Youth while Senya Sharks take on Osu Dolphins. In the Division 1 league, Golden Eagles take on Gulf Powers, African Angels will play Chokor Blue Whales while uncrowned Division1 league champions Teshie United will play local rivals Nungua BSC in what would be a tight encounter.The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Clement Kofi Humado has stated that the historic coronation of Ghana’s first ever beach soccer champions is an occasion that calls for support and solidarity by all sports supporters and stakeholders.His view is supported by President of the Ghana Football Association-Kwesi Nyantakyi, who will be there to present the winning trophy along with Miss Ghana Tourism, the La Mantse Nii Kpobi Tettey-Tsuru III and Nii Adjei Kraku II – Tema Paramount Chief among others.Ever present sponsors, Voltic Ghana Limited have increased their package for the winners with an assortment of drinks, souvenirs and t-shirts.Cal Bank the headline sponsor of the Championship with a total of Gh 40,000 will present a cheque of Gh5,000 to the Champions.The Division League winners will take home Gh2,500 for their efforts. The President of the GBSA Yaw Ampofo Ankrah has confirmed that a report on the 2011/12 Ghana Beach Soccer League will be presented to the GFA who will partner all future beach soccer activities and seek accreditation to CAF and FIFA. This special event would take place at the La Beach Soccer Arena –just a few minutes drive from the Labadi Beach Hotel – from 10 am to 3:30 pm.