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 Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? Joseph Waring Previous ArticleSpain puts 700MHz 5G auction on holdNext ArticleHouseparty pledges $1M for sabotage campaign proof Author Español Tags El fundador de Huawei propugna una transición hacia el software Huawei rotating chairman Eric Xu (pictured) acknowledged 2019 was the most difficult year the company had ever faced, but predicted 2020 would be even tougher as the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus) makes it nearly impossible to accurately forecast its performance.In an earnings briefing, Xu said this will be a crucial period as the company faces its first full year of US trade restrictions; tests to its supply chain due to dwindling component inventories; and the economic uncertainties caused by the pandemic.Net profit in 2019 increased 5.6 per cent year-on-year to CNY62.7 billion ($8.8 billion) on revenue of CNY858.8 billion, up 19.1 per cent. The rise was led by a 34 per cent jump in sales in its Consumer Business Group to CNY467.3 billion, with smartphones shipments rising 16.5 per cent to 240 million units.In 2018, its profit increased 25.1 per cent with revenue up 19.5 per cent.During 2019, Carrier Business Group revenue grew 3.8 per cent to CNY296.7 billion, with Enterprise 8.6 per cent higher at CNY89.7 billion.Xu said 5G revenue reached about $3 billion, representing a small percentage of its Carrier business, noting 2019 brought the introduction of 5G services in some markets, but large-scale rollouts are yet to happen.Domestic leadRevenue from China increased 36.2 per cent to CNY506.7 billion, accounting for 59 per cent of Huawei’s total, with EMEA (24 per cent of the total) flat at CNY206 billion. Business in Asia Pacific (8.2 per cent) dropped 13.9 per cent to CNY70.5 billion, while Americas (6.1 per cent) increased 9.6 per cent to CNY52.5 billion.Xu said strong growth in smartphone sales in China, where it expanded its market share, offset a sharp decline of at least $10 billion in overseas sales after it was put on the US entity list. He noted the Consumer Business didn’t start to bounce back until Q4.R&D spending increased 30 per cent to CNY131.7 billion, or 15.3 per cent of total revenue. Xu said R&D spend in the ten years to end-2019 exceeded CNY600 billion.In response to a question about the impact of an escalation in US trade restrictions, Xu said he believes China’s government could take countermeasures on any chip ban and domestic companies would react by investing in local semiconductor facilities.“We can imagine the impact of the ripple effect on the global industry. Our hope is everyone can work together to focus on the challenges the industry faces and come up with solutions,” he stated.In terms of additional initiatives to increase corporate transparency, Xu simply said it will maintain the same approach as in 2019. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAR 2020 Home Huawei sees 2020 as pivotal year earningsHuawei
A strange thing happened to James Stupack when the housing market and economy plummeted. As a logger, his first instinct could have been to curl up and brace for what was to come. After all, a lot of loggers lost their livelihoods. Instead, Stupack started, in his own words, “having fun.” His perspective changed. When he looked at the large inventory of logs piling up on his 23-acre property outside of Kalispell on Farm to Market Road, he no longer saw great masses of waste waiting to be burned.If he took a step back, he saw archways and niche market opportunities – cedar jack leg fence posts and future dream cabins. A crooked, useless log suddenly became a “character log” with limitless artistic applications. It just so happens his crew saw the same things. And no matter how offbeat the idea, Stupack’s workers can do it in-house. “If you can’t find a decorative use for something, you can always cut it into firewood,” Stupack said.And Stupack has an unlikely explanation for his desire not to waste: “I’m too much of an old hippie to get rid of it.” Stupack looks nothing like anyone’s idea of a hippie.But maybe that’s part of his success. Stupack doesn’t fit into any easy categories. He breaks the mold. And he’s a pretty happy camper.“Even though the economy has gone to hell, this has kept me from having to lay off anyone,” Stupack said. “It’s given us something to do. We have jobs and we have fun.” Tony Martin removes snow from a large “character” log at Wild Montana Wood off Farm to Market Road. The twisted log is going to be used in a decorative archway. “People are trying to be aware of where the market is and be aware that you can’t rely just on one market,” Uken said. But Stupack isn’t easy to pigeonhole into a market. As he says, “we’ll do anything.” One couple stopped by Stupack’s place on the way to a social function after seeing the elegant archway at the entrance to his log yard. They wanted one too. “The lady walked around for an hour and a half in high heels looking for the right log,” Stupack said. She found the right log and it’s clear that Stupack is as excited as she is. Whereas the log would have previously been considered “junk,” now Stupack’s crew combs the mountainsides looking for similarly flawed wood. A curve might make it unusable as a saw log, but fashionable as part of an archway. The same can be said about deep scars and blemishes. “This is a cool log over here,” Stupack said. “This is something the crew’s been trying to look out for.” He added: “All my years in the woods, I never dreamed I’d sell a log like that.” Beyond the business practicality of utilizing junk wood, there is an element of sustainability that pleases Stupack. Years ago, logs unsuitable for mills were destined for burn piles. Now they have a use, no matter their derivation – Western larch, cedar, Douglas fir, white pine, you name it. The less time Stupack spends in the woods cutting down trees, the more time he has to think about how he can utilize the logs sitting on his property, which he purchased from the county in 2000. It used to be the landfill.Stupack has a growing firewood business for wood that doesn’t seem to serve any other purpose. Nothing is wasted on his land. A cedar fence leads into the entrance of Wild Montana Wood off Farm to Market Road. Email “I told my crew, ‘You guys got talents, you got abilities, you can do all this yourselves,’” Stupack said. “They’re not a conventional logging crew. They can do a lot of different things.”The result of their collective vision is Wild Montana Wood, a fledgling yet already successful side business that complements Stupack’s Tough Go Logging. When logging projects are scarce, there’s plenty of work to do back on Stupack’s property. Stupack, who has been logging for 32 years, is a success story in an industry sorely needing optimism.“It’s been fun, just a lot of fun,” Stupack said. “It’s kind of weird – there’s this downturn in the economy and I’ve been sleeping better.”Fun aside, Stupack is making a living the only way he knows how: with the grind of long days, heavy machinery and wood. He still gets jobs through Tough Go Logging, but Wild Montana Wood is there to pick up the slack when there’s no work in the woods. Stupack is currently running a logging crew near Trout Creek.Paul Uken of the Montana Logging Association said loggers are adapting by necessity to changing markets. Mills aren’t consuming massive amounts of logs for lumber anymore. In fact, some aren’t consuming anything anymore. Western Montana has seen its share of shuttered mills.Uken said in the past year the post and rail market “has been really good.” Other opportunities have been found in woodchips, hog fuel, biomass and salvage operations. Even big-time, mainstream loggers, Uken said, have made the switch to smaller-scale markets. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Standing near his fire pit on his property off Farm to Market Road, James Stupack talks about his new business, Wild Montana Wood.
Mar 12, 2012WHO confirms 2 H5N1 infections, 1 fatalThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two H5N1 avian influenza cases, one of them fatal, that were first reported by the media last week. The first case is a 31-year-old Vietnamese man from Dak Lak province who got sick Feb 29 and sought medical care the same day, according to a WHO statement. He was hospitalized on Mar 4 for viral pneumonia and was transferred the next day to a referral hospital, where he is still being treated. An investigation revealed he had helped slaughter and consumed sick poultry. The WHO said so far no other close contacts have shown any respiratory symptoms. His illness marks Vietnam’s 123rd case, which includes 61 deaths.Mar 12 WHO statement on Vietnamese caseThe second case is a 24-year-old Indonesian woman from Bengkulu province who got sick Feb 23, was hospitalized the following day, and died on Mar 1, the WHO said. An investigation found she may have had environmental exposure to the virus due to the recent sudden deaths of poultry. The woman is listed as Indonesia’s 187th H5N1 case and its 155th fatality. The two cases push the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 596 cases and 350 deaths.Mar 12 WHO statement on Indonesian caseWHO global H5N1 case countH5N1 strikes poultry in India and NepalVeterinary officials in India and Nepal reported fresh H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, according to media and official reports. The outbreak in India occurred at a government poultry farm in Tripura state, according to a Mar 10 report from Manorama Online, a newspaper based in Kerala, India. Teams were on standby to begin culling at the farm, which housed 3,871 birds. In January an outbreak was detected at another government poultry farm located about 12 miles from the latest outbreak site.Mar 10 ManoramaOnline storyElsewhere, livestock authorities in Nepal reported three more H5N1 outbreaks in backyard birds, according to a report yesterday to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreaks occurred in two districts that reported outbreaks earlier this year, Mechi and Koshi. The three latest outbreaks killed 326 birds, and 142 more were destroyed to control the spread of the virus.Mar 11 OIE reportECDC issues influenza risk assessmentFlu activity will likely increase in European countries that are just starting to see unusually late-season transmission, though the arrival of spring weather in some locations may blunt the spread of the disease, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today in a risk assessment. Overall seasonal flu vaccine coverage has declined only slightly, it said. Though analysis of circulating flu strains has raised concerns about genetic drift in H3N2 and influenza B strains, it’s too soon to say how the changes affect flu vaccine effectiveness. The ECDC said though few pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) viruses have circulated this season, a disproportionate number of severe infections have been linked to the strain. Flu outbreaks in long-term-care settings have been a feature this season in the first-affected EU countries. Health officials have seen a rise in all-cause mortality in older people in four European countries, but it’s not clear if the cause is the cold weather, influenza H3N2, or some other reason, the ECDC said. The agency reminded clinicians to be aware of the greater likelihood of alternate flu manifestations this year in older patients, including pneumonia, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular pathology. As the flu season progresses, ECDC experts hope to answer questions about late-season influenza B circulation, vaccine effectiveness, and premature mortality in older people from H3N2 infection.Mar 12 ECDC reportStudy: Pigs shown to be valid model for flu infection in humansPigs immunized with two types of pH1N1 flu vaccines produced a strong antibody response similar to that produced in humans, showing they may be a good animal model for studying the disease in people, according to a new study. UK researchers assessed the immune response in inbred large white pigs 3 months after vaccination with either a whole-virus or split-virus pH1N1 vaccine and after inoculating the animals with pH1N1 viruses. Three pigs received one dose of adjuvanted split-virus vaccine, three received two doses of whole-virus vaccine 3 weeks apart, and two control pigs received a non-vaccine injection. The group found that both vaccines elicited systemic humoral responses and the split-virus vaccine also elicited an enhanced cell-mediated immune response. The split-virus vaccine generated significantly higher hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) titers after one vaccination, and pigs vaccinated with the whole-virus vaccine showed a good HI response—though still lower than the other vaccinated group—only after the second shot. They found, however, that all pigs, vaccinated or not, had similar levels of viral RNA in their nasal cavities after live-virus challenge. They conclude, “This animal model offers improvements over that of mice and ferrets with clinical, pathological, and immune responses similar to those induced in humans, and therefore has potential wide utility.”Mar 9 PLoS One studySmartphones may aid in gathering disease dataSmartphone surveys may be cheaper and more accurate for gathering disease information than paper surveys in the developing world, according to research presented today at the biennial International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) in Atlanta. Researchers compared survey data from 1,019 paper-based questionnaires and 1,019 smartphone questionnaires at four Kenyan flu surveillance sites. Respondents had respiratory illness. Only 3% of smartphone surveys were incomplete, compared with 5% of paper questionnaires, and none of the mandatory responses in the smartphone questionnaire were left blank, compared with 4% with traditional questionnaires. Also, smartphone data were uploaded into a database within 8 hours, compared with 24 days for paper-based data. The cost of setting up and operating the paper-based system for 2 years was $61,830, compared with $45,546 for the smartphone system. “Collecting data using smartphones has improved the quality of our data and given us a faster turnaround time,” said Henry Njuguna, MD, sentinel surveillance coordinator at CDC Kenya, in an ICEID news release. “It also helped us save on the use of paper and other limited resources.”Mar 12 ICEID news release
KEYWORDS VIENNA – Kei Nishikori defeated Russia’s Karen Khachanov on Thursday to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the Erste Bank Open.World No. 11 Nishikori topped No. 19 Khachanov 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the ATP 500 tournament at Vienna’s Stadthalle. The fifth seed will next face the winner of a match between top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria and Sam Querrey of the United States. Kei Nishikori hits a return to Karen Khachanov at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Thursday. | KYODO Nishikori, who had lost two of their three previous meetings, broke Khachanov’s serve twice in each set to wrap up the match in just over an hour.“I’m a little surprised at this score. Everything about the match went well,” Nishikori said.The 28-year-old Nishikori is vying to compete at the eight-player ATP Finals for the first time in two years when it opens in London on Nov. 11. He sits in 10th place of the ATP Race to London rankings behind American John Isner.Five players have already qualified for the season finale, including Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who may withdraw due to an injury he sustained at the Shanghai Masters earlier this month. RELATED PHOTOS Kei Nishikori, Erste Bank Open, Karen Khachanov GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
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