Race for D-League semis spots nears homestretch

first_imgCoach Charles Tiu is hoping that the worst is over for Go for Gold (5-2) after they snapped their two-game skid with a 135-91 demolition of AMA last Monday.“I think that was a wake-up call, that we have to shape up because we can’t lose the next three games,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rey Publico will bolster the Scratchers’ frontline as he partners with ex-pro Jerwin Gaco and guards Jai Reyes and James Martinez.CEU coach Derrick Pumaren acknowledges that his young side must shape up to avert a repeat of their first meeting which Go for Gold won, 92-83, last June 14. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Go for Gold and Centro Escolar University jostle for position in preparation for a potential semifinal duel in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Monday.The Scratchers and the Scorpions, with three games left in the elimination round, are focused on claiming a playoff spot in their 1 p.m. tussle.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Tepora now a world champ like ‘Sir Manny’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments “We didn’t really come out and compete with them,” Pumaren said of their previous duel.The Scorpions (4-3) need to see more from Cameroonian center Gilles Oloume and guard Orlan Wamar to improve their chances of entering the next round.In the 3 p.m. match, Marinerong Pilipino-Technological Institute of the Philippines (4-3) and Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College (3-4) collide to boost their semifinal bids.Marinero-TIP is coming off a 91-83 win over Che’Lu Bar and Grill last week. It also scored a 42-point whipping of Batangas-EAC in their initial encounter, 106-64, last June 18.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

GECOM must commence preparations now

first_imgDear Editor,The erroneous responses from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) regarding timelines for various aspects of its preparatory mechanism mean that the Government cannot call snap elections if this is strategic or necessary. This situation defies logic and is clearly in conflict with the previous precedence of the dates of announcements in 2006 and 2011. On both occasions, the period GECOM had to achieve full readiness was less than 35 days before the mandatory nominations period and this was achieved.The constitutional intent of Article 106 is that all actions necessary under any other legislation be modified to realise the elections with convenient speed. The stipulated timeline of 90 days connotes the immediacy of actions to realise this end. That fact that the List of Voters is legally valid until the end of April 2019 indicates the necessity for activating the use of such a list being in place at GECOM. There is no doubt that GECOM ought to have had by now, a reliable and fully trained pool of polling officials who would need only minimal refresher training.Given the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE) a mere two months ago, the training of polling staff should require minimal refresher approaches and this does not require awaiting the close of nominations. It can be completed adequately on the weekends within approximately 35 days from now to March 19, 2019.If it takes 30 groups of trainers to address the necessary expediency, this should be done because the Constitution emphasiSes these actions in light of the acceptance that the fallen Government is a stronger threat to the nation than any other matter of priority.The identification of 105 days for training by the secretariat is woefully abusive, and directly in conflict with the Constitution. The Chairman of GECOM, the Government’s representative Commissioners and the secretariat’s CEO are in effect holding the passports of citizens, as the APNU/AFC plunders and prostitutes.According to GECOM, Nomination Day has to be at least 32 days before elections. This, therefore, means that it has become very difficult to hold the elections by March 19, 2019. This has signalled a constitutional crisis that will have far-reaching consequences. But it does not mean that a further 116 days should elapse between Nomination Day and Elections Day as announced by the secretariat.The President’s failure to announce elections, is in effect, international condemnation of the State. There will be no Government after March 21, 2019, and this column, therefore, calls on Mr Granger to act in the interest of all Guyanese and pronounce a date for the General and Regional Elections now.We call on GECOM to commence the preparations for free and fair elections now!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Women in kidnap, slaying due in court in Las Vegas

first_imgBoth women were sought on felony warrants charging them with homicide and child abduction, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said. Authorities said Miles was found shot in the torso in a home where he lived with the boy’s grandparents, Sylvia and Monroe Miles. The couple said Tuesday they were focused on their grandson’s safe return. “My son Monroe Miles paid the ultimate price in trying to protect Manaen, and at least his death was not in vain,” Monroe Miles told KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Amber Alerts were issued for the boy in California and Nevada because sheriff’s investigators believed the women headed toward Ochoa’s last known address, in Henderson. Las Vegas police, acting on a tip from investigators in Los Angeles, found the silver Mitsubishi Diamante sedan that Ochoa and Dean were believed to have been driving parked near a home in the West Las Vegas neighborhood, Lee said. Police were watching when the women, the boy and the Las Vegas man emerged from the house on Tuesday and got into another car. They were arrested about 12:30 p.m., several blocks away. Lee said an earlier tip, spurred by the Amber Alert bulletins, prompted a Las Vegas police officer to check the silver Mitsubishi on Monday. But investigators decided they could not tell the car was the one being sought. “It was just a plain car, the same make, model and color” as many others, Lee said, adding that the car had no license plate and police did not have a vehicle identification number. After the arrest, the man was questioned and released, Lee said. His name was not made public. Ochoa, 22, and Dean, reported to be 25, were being held at the Clark County jail pending extradition hearings Thursday. Jail records listed Dean’s first and middle names as Misha Rashaz, and put her age at 22. A Los Angeles sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday he could not immediately account for the discrepancy. Lee said the women were questioned in Las Vegas by Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives about the Sunday slaying of Monroe Miles, 32, the boy’s paternal uncle, and the abduction of the boy from Miles’ home in Altadena. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued an Amber Alert on Sunday, saying Ochoa did not have legal custody of her son. A sheriff’s office statement alleged that Ochoa “shot and killed a relative who was caring for the child, took the child and left.” Another statement said only that Dean “has been identified as having been involved in the commission of this crime.” The nature of Dean’s relationship with Ochoa was not immediately known. LAS VEGAS – Two women are due in court in Las Vegas today after being arrested in the fatal shooting of an Altadena man during the alleged kidnap of a 4-year-old boy, who was rescued unharmed, authorities said. Vanessa Ochoa and Mesha Arshaz Dean were taken into custody Tuesday without incident, police Lt. Ted Lee said. The women had been sought for two days as authorities broadcast Amber Alert bulletins across California and Nevada. The women were unarmed when they were found in a car driven by an unidentified man in a West Las Vegas neighborhood, Lee said. Ochoa’s son, 4-year-old Manaen Miles, was turned over to Clark County child protective services officials. “He was fine as far as we could tell,” Lee said. “He didn’t need any medical attention.” last_img read more

‘Dear Suarez, I really, really miss you. Love, B Rodgers’ – Liverpool fans long for former star

first_img Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and former striker Luis Suarez It was always going to be a tricky season for Liverpool after selling star man Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but three defeats in five Premier League games? Few Reds fans thought it would be this bad.A surprise 3-1 reverse at West Ham on Saturday evening, following a shock 1-0 home loss to Aston Villa last weekend has left supporters on Merseyside questioning whether they even have a chance of making it back into the Champions League top four this season.Brendan Rodgers’ side look out of sorts without the Uruguayan, and with replacement Mario Balotelli yet to find form and Daniel Sturridge out injured it does not look too good for Liverpool.Unsurprisingly, it led to many Reds fans wishing Suarez could just come back to Anfield and supporters of other clubs laughing it up at their rivals’ expense.Check out the best reaction on Twitter below. 1last_img read more

Mutinous Kepa has full respect for Sarri after ‘misunderstanding’

first_img“At no time has it been my intention to disobey the coach or any of his decisions,” Kepa wrote in a statement issued on his Twitter feed.“I think everything has been misunderstood in the heat of the final part of the match for a title.“The coach thought I was not in a position to play and my intention was to express that I was in good condition to continue helping the team, while the docs that had treated me arrived at the bench to give the message.“I feel the image that has been portrayed was not my intention. I have full respect for the coach and his authority.”Kepa saved Leroy Sane’s penalty in the shootout, but could have done better with Sergio Aguero’s effort that slipped under his body as City retained the trophy 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw.Sarri repeatedly gestured at Kepa to come off, then began to storm down the tunnel in rage before returning to the touchline for the final minutes of extra-time and penalties.I’m not moving: Kepa Arrizabalaga refuses to come off © AFP / Adrian DENNISHowever, speaking after the match, Sarri back-tracked as he suggested it was a communication issue that caused the problem.“In that situation there was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said.“I understood there was a problem and we needed a change. I didn’t find out until the doctor arrived to the bench after a few minutes.“It was a big misunderstanding. I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.”The controversy casts a further cloud on Sarri’s future with reports prior to the match suggesting he could be sacked if Chelsea failed to beat the English champions.“If I was in the dressing room I would expect the manager to come in and deal with it straight away,” said former Chelsea captain John Terry in his role as a TV pundit.There have been several reports that Chelsea’s players have lost faith with his methods and Kepa’s behaviour only added to that perception.The blues are languishing in sixth in the Premier League, but did put in a far more spirited display than the one that saw them thrashed 6-0 by City just two weeks ago.“After this match I have to say that I’m sure (I have the backing of the players) because they played exactly how I asked today and I am proud of my players,” insisted Sarri.“We showed to everyone we could become a very solid team. Against Manchester City is not easy so I am really very happy with my players, proud of my players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reacts after Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted he has full respect for manager Maurizio Sarri after refusing to be replaced in the final stages of his side’s League Cup final loss to Manchester City on penalties.Sarri was visibly furious when Kepa refused to leave the field after needing treatment, but the Italian coach later claimed his anger was the result of a “misunderstanding”.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: JOE’S FOODS REQUIRE FRESH FOOD COOK/DELI MANAGER

first_imgDue to business expansion Joe’s Foods are currently recruiting a Full-Time Permanent Fresh Food Cook/Deli Manager for their store in Letterkenny Retail Park.The Fresh Food Cook/Deli Manager will work as part of a team and be responsible for the preparation of Fresh Food and Deli Products whilst complying with good food hygiene procedures and ensuring that all HACCP records/documentation are filled in accurately.The ideal candidate will: Have a minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in a Cook/Deli environment;Have a proven track record as a Manager, Supervisor or Team Lead in a similar role;Have up-to-date HACCP Training and hold a current Food & Hygiene Certificate (Level 2 minimum);Possess a keen interest in food prep and merchandising; Develop ideas and create new product-lines to increase sales;Achieve Sales Targets and Margins as agreed with the Managing Director;Be self-motivated and a team player who is able to work on their own initiative and direct others;Provide customers with excellent quality products and services; andEnsure merchandising and presentation of the department is to the highest standard at all times.If you feel that you match the criteria for the above role, are trustworthy, reliable, flexible and available to work some weekends, you may be the person that we are looking for In turn Joe’s Foods can offer you:A competitive rate of pay commensurate with experienceA friendly working environmentThe opportunity to grow personally and professionally If you wish to apply for this position, please send a copy of your CV together with a brief cover letter, outlining the position you are applying for and why we should choose you for this position to lucinda@boydhr.ie by Wednesday 20th July 2016.All applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest of confidence.Joe’s Foods are an Equal Opportunities EmployerJOB VACANCY: JOE’S FOODS REQUIRE FRESH FOOD COOK/DELI MANAGER was last modified: July 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaljobJOE’S FODSletterkennylast_img read more

Romero urges panel to change its new policy

first_img Mack also lashed out at critics for emphasizing officers’ names while downplaying the summaries of shooting incidents the commission has begun putting on the Internet. The Police Protective League, which represents the LAPD’s rank and file, had opposed the online postings and had threatened to sue over the release of the chief’s reports, which the commission has made available through California Public Records Act requests for 25 years. Ultimately, the panel decided to continue to release the chief’s reports and to post its own use-of-force summaries online, but to do both without officers’ names. Mack said the trade-off is justified. He said there has been positive community feedback on the commission’s report explaining its recent decision in the controversial Devin Brown shooting. The legal memo prepared by city lawyers for the commission remains confidential until a City Council vote expected today. But a copy obtained by the Daily News shows that lawyers advised the panel that the law on releasing officers’ names remains unsettled. The memo cited numerous pending cases and said the commissioners had to choose between government transparency or officer privacy. While the chief’s reports could be considered evaluations of general LAPD performance and policy, the memo said, its analysis of individual officers’ actions could be problematic. Commissioners Andrea Ordin and Anthony Pacheco, both lawyers, said that was what drove the panel’s decision. “The problem is in the personnel records statute and the extent to which that statute makes it a crime for us to release personnel records,” Ordin said. As the California Supreme Court considers several related cases, police agencies across the state have varying policies on releasing officers’ names, said Steve Krull, president of the California Police Chiefs Association. San Diego releases the names of officers involved in shootings within 72 hours, but has no mechanism for automatically reviewing each serious use of force, a spokesman said. Internal-affairs probes based on complaints of excessive force are typically private. Sacramento police release names of officers within 10 days after shootings under a deal with its officers union, a spokeswoman said. Documents from internal reviews of shootings would be kept private, she said, although the names of involved officers might be released. San Francisco police maintain a detailed use-of-force log that is considered a public record. The San Francisco Chronicle recently used such documents to show that relatively few cops – a small percentage of the total – were involved in a disproportionate number of violent incidents, provoking heated debate in the city. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant With two of five members absent, the panel voted Monday to waive attorney-client privilege with regard to a legal memo prepared by city lawyers on the topic. The full commission plans to discuss the substance of the matter on Wednesday. While Commission President John Mack invited community residents and legal experts with opposing views to come speak, he and his colleagues forcefully defended their action. “We’re trying to achieve a balancing act here,” Mack said. “We’re trying to provide as much information as we legally can to the public but at the same time respect the rights of officers.” While the Los Angeles Police Department will continue to release the officers’ names soon after shootings – as most agencies do – the panel will redact the officers’ identities before releasing reports that the chief of police compiles after every shooting or other serious use of force. Media and watchdog groups have long used the detailed reports to track misconduct and hold the police accountable, although Mack pointed out that very few members of the public except print media representatives have requested the documents. A top California legislator urged the Los Angeles Police Commission on Monday to overturn its decision to withhold the names of officers who use serious force, calling the move a troubling blow to open government. Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, questioned the legal advice that led to the commission’s decision and offered to write a bill to allay any concerns. “I stand ready with you to introduce legislation that will clarify that sunshine – and public accountability – is the way we gain confidence in policing,” she said. Romero spoke at the first of two special meetings the commission has scheduled to discuss its controversial decision, made behind closed doors in December and underscored with a public vote last week. last_img read more

HILLWALKING, SCENERY AND FRIENDS – SURVEY REVEALS WHY TOURISTS COME TO DONEGAL

first_imgA survey of what holidaymakers really think of Donegal and the North West has been published by Failte Ireland.Sliabh League is among the reasons why tourists visit Donegal.More than 1,000 holidaymakers were interviewed for the survey revealing the reasons why tourists come to Donegal in the first place.Martina Bromley, Head of Operations for Fáilte Ireland in the North West stressed the importance of research like this for developing Ireland’s tourism sector. “If we want to continue to attract more overseas visitors to the North West, we need to know more about what they think, what they like and what they want.“Tourism is in a good place compared to five years ago but we can’t become complacent. In order to draw more visitors to our shores we need to ensure we are providing the right type of holiday experiences – particularly for our overseas markets. In that respect, research like this is a valuable help to all of us in the sector as we continue to develop and improve Ireland’s tourism offering.”The survey throws up many insights for the North West which many may not have expected.The top three reasons for choosing the North West as a destination were its beautiful scenery; history/culture and visiting family/friends. While in the North West they visited Historic Houses/Castles; Interpretative Centres; Museums/Gallery, Gardens and national parks.Hotels were the most popular choice of accommodation at 48%, while 16% stayed in B&Bs.A total of 48% of visitors choose to eat in hotels while 44% dined in a restaurant;Hiking/Walking is the most popular activity for visitors to the North West.Welcoming the results, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said  “This is really useful research which sheds light on why people come to Ireland. It will help us to tailor our product for visitors even more accurately in the future.” HILLWALKING, SCENERY AND FRIENDS – SURVEY REVEALS WHY TOURISTS COME TO DONEGAL was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFailte Irelandtouristslast_img read more

TOP MODEL TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT YOUTH COUNCIL ‘CHALK IT UP’ EVENT

first_imgBritain and Ireland’s Next Top Model runner-up Sarah Kennedy will be the special guest at the Donegal Youth Council LGBT “Chalk It up” event this Saturday 8th March.Sarah KennedyThe event runs from 2-4pm in the Diamond in Donegal town and is in support of LGBT Stand Up week, a national campaign which is co-ordinated by Belong To.The Chalk It Up events were developed here locally by the BreakOUT Donegal LGBT support service, who have organised events over the last two years, and give people the opportunity to write positive chalk messages of support for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in prominent locations. Breakout will also be holding a Chalk It Up event this year in Letterkenny at the Market Square this Saturday from 2-4pm. The Stand Up campaign was launched nationally in 2012 and aims to raise awareness and tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying, transphobia and transphobic bullying and help to create positive understanding and support for LGBT people.Next week schools and youth services across the country will organise fun and educational activities to encourage young people to take part in the event.Portnoo native Sarah Kennedy, says she is really happy to be able to support the Stand Up campaign. “I know only too well what bullying can do from my own personal experiences so if I can help out in anyway in this particular campaign to encourage others to take a stand and stop bullying then I am only delighted to be involved”.Donegal Youth Councilors identified homophobic bullying as a major issue to work on this year and they are also working to involve their schools in LGBT awareness projects. Seven secondary schools in the county have already agreed to run a Chalk It Up event on the 14th of March. Chairperson of the Donegal Regional group of the Donegal Youth Council Sharon McNern explains why the Youth Council wanted to show their support for the campaign this year.“As stand up week was approaching, we felt that this was a topic that we needed to raise awareness on as homophobic bullying is a continuing problem. We felt we needed to let LGBT young people in the county know that they have support and are not alone. Come on down on Saturday to see us and write your positive message of support.”Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.Stand Up LGBT Awareness runs all the week from 10th-14th March. For more information on events in your area see www.belongto.org or contact the Breakout LGBT project on 085-7411607 . You can contact Donegal Youth Council on 087-6806676 or email youthcouncil@donegalyouthservice.ie TOP MODEL TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT YOUTH COUNCIL ‘CHALK IT UP’ EVENT was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownDonegal Youth CouncilSarah Kennedylast_img read more

Microsoft And Nokia’s Plan To Shake Down Android Device Manufacturers

first_imgWhile much of the talk surrounding Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile business surrounds the inevitability of end-to-end mobile business models, there’s a vastly different lesson to take from Microsoft’s acquisition. Along with Nokia’s mobile business Microsoft got a 10-year license to a massive treasure trove of mobile patents.The real money, however, isn’t in Microsoft delving deeper into Android patent royalties. Rather, it’s in letting Nokia do it.The Money Is In AndroidLet’s do the math on Microsoft’s mobile strategy going forward. Last quarter, Nokia shipped 7.1 million Windows-based smartphones, on which Microsoft made less than $10 per device. That’s $71 million. Not bad, right?Wrong. At least, by comparison with how much Microsoft makes from Android.By some estimates, Microsoft collects as much as $8 per Android device. Lower, but since current shipping volumes of Android phones are so much higher than that of Windows Phone devices, that means Microsoft could generate $4.3 billion in Android royalties in 2013, and $8.8 billion by 2017. That’s real money.And while Microsoft has indulged in wishful thinking that with combined “synergies” it could generate $40 per Nokia device, that’s still small compared to its near-term potential to FUD Android distributors into license agreements. Last quarter Microsoft’s hypothetical enhanced margin would have yielded $284 million gross, or an annual run rate of $1.1 billion.To get to this hypothetical synergistic figure, Microsoft actually has to sell something, which requires real work. To mint $4.3 billion from Android licenses? It just needs to send out lawyers.Shaking The Android Tree HarderIt may be about to get worse. While Microsoft talked up Nokia’s device distribution, sales networks and other benefits, it was quick to call out the “valuable patent benefits” it derives from the deal. Microsoft walks through the cost benefits it receives from additional patent rights with Qualcomm and others that it receives through the deal: Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Tags:#Android#Microsoft#Nokia#patent troll#Patents Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Given that Microsoft got licenses to use Nokia’s patents, and not the patents themselves, Microsoft likely saw the patents as a way to hedge against would-be litigants and lower its own IP costs associated with Windows phones.But Nokia? Well, that’s different.Nokia has not historically licensed its patents, preferring instead to use them to defend against competitors. With the sale of its handset business, however, all bets are off, as Nokia spokesperson Mark Durrant acknowledged: “Once we no longer have our own mobile devices business, following the close of the (Microsoft) transaction, we would be able to explore licensing some of those technologies.”Microsoft has intimated that 80% of Android phones are covered by Microsoft’s patent royalty agreements. Buying Nokia’s patents outright may have given Microsoft an even stronger hand in convincing Android manufacturers to cough up patent royalties, but having Nokia do the same is even better. Microsoft has effectively imposed double taxation on Android licensees, all the while shifting the dirty work to Nokia. The Mobile Patent Morass Just Got WorseMicrosoft may have just enabled a mega patent troll. Nokia no longer has any skin in the mobile game beyond its hugely valuable patents. Given Microsoft’s success in shaking down Android licensees, odds are good that we’ll soon see Nokia follow suit. Rest assured that in all this patent posturing not one shred of customer value will be created, but plenty may well be destroyed, and Android phones will become even more costly and less profitable to produce.Exactly as Microsoft has long planned with Linux servers and now Android phones. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more