By U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jovan Banks/Joint Task Force Bravo October 27, 2020 U.S. service members from the Army Forces Battalion Headquarters Support Company (HSC) at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, delivered charitable donations to the Horizontes al Futuro Orphanage in Comayagua Honduras, on September 5.HSC is the sponsor for the Horizontes al Futuro Orphanage, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unit visited regularly to offer its time to strengthen community morale as well as to bring donations to the children at the orphanage. This was the first time in months that HSC was able to visit the orphanage, using appropriate COVID-19 precautions for the safety of both groups.“Seeing the children’s reaction when they get to see us again and how they appreciate our support is the most rewarding part,” said U.S. Army Captain Joseph Sierra, HSC commander. “Being available to support the orphans here in Honduras in the most amazing and rewarding experience.”The donations given to the orphanage included clothing, shoes, food, and $1,000 to help with the needs of the orphanage.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You may have read that the United States is experiencing something of a centenarian boom. The number of Americans living 100 years or more totaled 72,197 in 2014, up 44% since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the ranks of the oldest old are still relatively small, centenarians are rapidly moving from society’s fringes into the mainstream.That’s nice to see. But this longevity transformation is a clarion call for the nation to take the economics of an aging population seriously. Without major policy changes by the U.S. government and employers, a future with swelling numbers of octogenarians, nonagenarians and centenarians is potentially grim.Elderly poverty rates could soar as the oldest old outlive their savings. The household finances and emotional well being of their caregiving children — boomers and Gen X’ers — could suffer. Mounting costs for long-term care and Social Security could overwhelm federal and state government budgets. And the money is likely to run out for many who live to 100 but never thought they would. continue reading »
Stocks of Telkom, traded at Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code (TLKM), were down 2.77 percent at 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday while the exchange’s main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), was only down a marginal 0.04 percent. The stocks have fallen more than 13 percent over the past year, Bloomberg data show.Read also: State firms to focus on ‘slimming down’ while avoiding layoffsThe company recorded 3.7 percent annual growth in its revenue to Rp 135.57 trillion last year, while its expenses fell by 1.2 percent to Rp 70,73 trillion.Despite posting profit growth over the full year, the company’s net profit in the fourth quarter dropped by 42 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 2.2 trillion and came in below the market’s consensus expectation, according to brokerage company Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia. Publicly listed state telecommunication giant PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) booked Rp 18.66 trillion (US$1.11 billion) profit in 2019, a 3.5 percent rise from the preceding year, as the company’s mobile and internet services businesses were on the rise.Telkom’s cellular operator subsidiary Telkomsel saw its digital business earning jump by 23.1 percent to Rp 58.24 trillion as mobile data consumption grows, while Telkom’s home internet provider arm IndiHome also recorded a 28.1 percent increase in its earning to Rp18.3 trillion last year.“Our achievement in 2019 reflects that Telkom is on the right path in becoming a digital telecommunication company,” Telkom president director Ririek Adriansyah said in a statement on Tuesday. “Despite mild top-line growth in the fourth quarter of 2019, we saw decreased earnings largely due to the combination of impairment loss on investment asset and higher operations and maintenance expenses,” read the research note issued Tuesday.“We think operational performance should be in line with our estimates regarding flat subscriber growth and data yield, exponential growth in data traffic with rising data consumption per subscriber, declining use of legacy services and so forth,” it added.Telkom spent Rp 36.59 trillion, or around 27 percent of 2019 revenue, to improve its digital services capability by procuring broadband infrastructure, such as 4G LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) and undersea internet fiber-optic cables, among other things.Read also: Telkom to invest around Rp 1 trillion in cloud data centers next yearThe company expects data traffic to continue to grow significantly, in line with the expansion of digital services, such as games, video, advertising and payments, which are still in the early growth phases.Mobile data consumption in Indonesia stands at 5.2 gigabyte (GB) on average per month per customer, which compares to 13 GB in Thailand and 11 GB in India, according to Telkom.Telkom’s enterprise segment, which includes data center and cloud services, booked Rp 18.7 trillion in revenue and thereby contributed around 14 percent to the telecom giant’s total revenue, according to the company’s statement.“Telkom has been striving to develop various digital services that are based on smart platforms, such as cloud, big data and the internet of things (IoT), to match the customers’ needs,” Ririek said.“We believe our digital business division will become a growth booster for Telkom in the future,” he added.Telkom announced earlier this year that the company would transform its business strategy to focus more on digital services, following criticism from State-Owned Enterprises Minister Eric Thohir in February toward the company’s overreliance on Telkomsel, which contributes 70 percent to its income.Read also: Telkom comes up with new expansion plan … after ministerial reprimandTelkom should focus more on big data and cloud computing, Erick said, and he expected Telkom’s cloud services to be on a par with the more established services in other countries, like China’s Alibaba Cloud.Ririek later said the company was transforming its services from off-the-shelf products to solution-based software.“We will enter what we call the digital platform, for example the data center and then the cloud. Because looking ahead, [the future] of computing is the cloud,” he said during a business forum in February.Topics :
The Ghana Rugby Women’s Sevens National Team, the Ghana Eagles, showed their appreciation for the support by Interplast Ghana over the years with a visit to the company’s head office in Spintex-Accra.The Women’s Eagles returned from Tunisia on Monday after participating in the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Tournament in Monastir. Despite being its first-ever appearance at an international event the Ghana Rugby Women’s team managed to win the Challenge Trophy by beating Zambia by 21 points to 14.Interplast is West Africa’s leading producer of plastic pipe systems. Interplast was established in 1970 and is a fully Ghanaian owned company with an active export business in more than 22 African countries.According to the President of Ghana Rugby, Mr. Herbert Mensah, the many achievements of Ghana Rugby in just a few years would not have been possible without the support of corporate institutions such as Interplast Ghana.Mensah said that Haysam Fakhry, CEO of Interplast Ghana, personally and Interplast Ghana as a company have been the first to come forward to support Ghana Rugby when he took over in 2014. Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, with the CEO of Interplast Ghana Mr. Hayssam Fakhry“We have been fortunate to gain the support of Interplast Ghana and other corporates such as the Panafrican Equipment Group, Komatsu, Sunda International, the Gino brands and Societe Generale Ghana since my administration took over rugby in June 2014. Without their support, we would never have been able to compete in international competitions and achieve the successes we have had,” Mensah said.According to Mensah, Ghana Rugby is a young yet dynamic full member of World Rugby and Rugby Africa that managed to achieve the following in fewer than five years:Established first-ever 10-team Club Championship since 2004Became Full Members of World Rugby on 10 May 2017Hosted and won two Rugby Africa Men’s 15s Tournaments in 2017 (Rugby Challenge) and in 2018 (Rugby Africa Bronze Cup with promotion to the 2019 Silver Cup).Entered the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens for the first time in 2017 (Kampala-Uganda) and managed to play off for the Bronze Cup in 2018 (Monastir-Tunisia).Established Audited Financial Statements, probably one of very few Unions in Africa that can boast of thatImplemented a comprehensive Rugby Management Online System (scrumIT) where all player registrations for both junior and senior teams as well as tournaments are managed online by ClubsQualified to play in the 2019 Rugby Africa Sevens Tournaments that serve as Japan 2020 Olympic QualifiersWon the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Trophy Challenge in 2019 in Monastir-Tunisia.Ghana Rugby will be taking part in two more international tournaments in 2019 that include the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament on 8 and 9 November 2019 in South Africa as well as the hosting of the elimination match in Ghana against Botswana on 23 November in Elmina-Ghana.More photos below