10 Feb

NCB Intercol Champs starts today

first_img 1 p.m.: Triple jump – men 2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase – women 3:30 p.m: Long jump – women 4 p.m: 400m hurdles – women 4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles – men 5:15 p.m: 800m – women 5:20 p.m: 800m – men 6:30 p.m: 100m – women 6:35 p.m: 100m – men The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m. The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB). At Wednesday’s launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor. Belinda Williams, NCB’s group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday’s launch: “Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time.” She added: “We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance.” The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a “good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.” UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting. Fourteen finals – eight on the track and six in the field – will be contested on today’s opening day. Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O’Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies. Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend. Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today’s first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without. Selected finalslast_img read more

29 Jul

BICS Launches a New PointofPresence in Kenya

first_imgMore than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to a mobile network, providing them not just with connectivity but a gateway to a range of other essential services in areas such as digital identity, healthcare and financial services. Image Credit: International Business Times Advertisement Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS), a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, on Thursday announced the establishment of a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Kenya, thereby extending the company’s reach in the African region.BICS recognizes the uptick in demand and the potential for future growth of connectivity and telecoms infrastructure in Africa. In 2014, BICS deployed a PoP in Johannesburg, which complemented the company’s existing PoPs in Djibouti and Mauritius. The subsequent expansion into Kenya both underscores the company’s dedication to service provision in the region and also completes BICS’ comprehensive and mature infrastructure backbone on the continent.Previously, voice calls placed in Africa have been rerouted via other international points-of-presence, impacting the quality of services as they are being connected from one African country to another. A call made from Kenya to Tanzania, for example, would normally be routed through London and back to Tanzania, travelling thousands of kilometers in the process. – Advertisement – Thanks to the new PoP in Kenya, voice and roaming data traffic now stays in the region. By keeping traffic in Africa local, customers will now benefit from an increase in the quality of services – both for voice calls and data roaming – no latency and increased Internet speeds. The PoP deployment will also minimize the cost for BICS’ operator customers by optimizing connectivity within the region, thereby improving the overall customer experience.BICS is the only communications provider offering the complete suite of regional traffic routing for International Voice, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and data roaming services in Africa. All BICS’ PoP deployments are fully redundant and utilize next-generation technology, allowing the company to evolve its infrastructure as services and technology in the region develop.“There has never been a greater demand for bandwidth, as more customers across Africa are able to take advantage of 4G. Data-intensive apps and services are being enjoyed by a growing number of mobile users, who expect the jump in technology to correlate with a jump in quality,” said Clementine Fournier, Regional Vice President, Africa at BICS.“With around 70% of traffic currently regional, the Kenya PoP deployment means we are now able to deliver on expectations, providing the local connectivity needed to satisfy customer demand for next-generation services. Our work in Africa has gone from strength to strength, and our latest move demonstrates a commitment to providing quality communications services in the region both now and in the future.”source: Prnewswirelast_img read more