Vertu shutters UK operations

first_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Mobile Mix: IFA gets interactive LG sues TCL over LTE patents TCL eyes value sector with CES duo, teases 2021 range AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 JUL 2017 Tags TCLVertu Relatedcenter_img Devices Boutique smartphone maker Vertu’s UK manufacturing operation will be shut down, putting 200 people out of a job, Financial Times (FT) reported, just four months after it was sold to a member of an “exiled and secretive Turkish business dynasty” in a deal worth $50 million.Attempts by the new owner to buy the company out of administration failed, FT reported, as have attempts to resuscitate the business by cutting the price of its non-customised handsets from £10,000 and above, to between £4,000 and £7,000.In March, Baferton, a Cyprus-registered company, acquired the Vertu business from previous owner, China-based Godin Holdings.Baferton was funded by Hakan Uzan, part of a Turkish family with some history in the mobile industry.Uzan will keep the Vertu brand, technology and design licences, and plans to rebuild company, FT said.Vertu was rumoured to be on the brink of administration in 2016. The company failed to file its 2015 accounts and, after the acquisition was complete, Uzan reportedly discovered it had an accounting deficit of £128 million.The manufacturing arm was placed into administration before Uzan tried to buy back the business for £1.9 million.News of the demise of the UK manufacturing arm comes a matter of weeks after Vertu agreed a deal with smartphone maker TCL, covering the use of “advanced and innovative technology” from the Chinese company for “30,000 handcrafted Vertu phones”, to be produced at the UK plant.With an entry selling price of £7,500, more than 500,000 devices have been sold by Vertu since its first unit shipped in 2002. It counts more than 225,000 registered users.The company was set up in 1998, when it was part of Nokia, before being sold to private equity company EQT in 2012 and then to Godin three years later. HomeDevicesNews Vertu shutters UK operations Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleGrowth of personal assistant apps “spotty and sluggish”Next ArticleWBA chief says Wi-Fi key to affordable connectivity Authorlast_img read more

Premier League football back ‘within weeks’ with games on TV as grounds stay shut

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PREMIER League football could be back on TV within weeks — in a major boost for bored Brits.Boris Johnson has been briefed on plans for matches to be played behind closed doors and sees the resumption of live sport as key to boosting the moral of the nation after weeks of being shut inside.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updatesWhitehall sources say top sports returning would give ‘the whole country a huge lift’Other football leagues, tennis, cricket and horse racing could also resume under detailed proposals to be thrashed out between ministers, Public Health England officials and sporting bodies.The priority is to get the Premier League season finished as it would allow the transfer window to open and enable money to trickle down the football pyramid.It is understood that some games could be aired on public  platforms to stop people going round to pals’ homes if they were only available on Sky or BT Sport.Government insiders said it was likely that the EFL would start later because of the logistical and financial challenges.Sport is considered one of the first activities that can return after the coronavirus lockdown as it is simple to control compared to reopening pubs, theatres or cinemas.But first the Government would have to meet its five restart tests — including cutting death and infection rates.And sports would have to meet a strict set of criteria, including being able to maintain social-distancing and keeping all involved safe from infection.There would have to be regular testing of participants — paid for by clubs or the sport’s chiefs so as not to block frontline workers.The Government’s next review of the lockdown is due a week on Thursday, on May 7.FIVE CRITERIA ALL SPORTS WILL HAVE TO MEETRULES will be tailored to different sports — but they will all have to meet these broad criteria:EACH sport would have to put in place regular testing arrangements for participants. These would have to be paid for by sporting authorities or clubs to avoid depriving key frontline workers of the vital tests they need to be able to continue working.STAFF must be kept safe from the risk of infection and any extra burden on the emergency services must be prevented.CLUBS would also have to ensure they have measures in place to deal with certain fan behaviour, such as the risk of impromptu gatherings outside grounds.THIS is on the back of supporters from Paris club PSG turning up at their stadium to celebrate their Champions League victory when their match against Borussia Dortmund last month was played behind closed doors.BEFORE any sports can resume, the Government must first have met the five key tests it has set the country before any restrictions could begin to be lifted.Getty Images – GettyBoris Johnson sees sport’s return as key to boosting moralePA:Press AssociationIf the Government gives sport the go-ahead, it would take at least two weeks for Premier League players, such as Harry Kane, to be match readyA Whitehall source said: “We want live sport back on TV as soon as we can. It would give the whole country a huge lift.“We have much still to do in the fight against the spread of this virus and it is too early to consider fans going back to the grounds themselves but this is a way to at least get sport going again.”Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has urged the Premier League to consider streaming matches on terrestrial channels.Another option being considered is extended highlights. Clubs could also show games on their websites.Tennis, cricket and snooker could return earlier than football because officials believe they could maintain social distancing more easily at those events.If the Government gave all sport the green light on May 7 it would take at least two weeks of training for Premier League players to be match ready.The priority is to finish its season and open the transfer window so money can then trickle down the football pyramid.There will be weekly meetings between medical officials from major sports bodies and Public Health England, led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.The meetings will work on detailed proposals and essential public health checks.The issue will be on the table when ministers review the current set of social distancing measures ahead of the next review on May 7.Officials have already begun drawing up plans with sports bodies for sport to resume, as soon as advice from health officials indicates that it can proceed safely.Once the UK has passed the five tests for easing the lockdown, ministers will set out the specific criteria for a return of football and other sports behind closed doors.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers. 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No matter how little you can spare, please donate today here: PA:Press AssociationCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden called on Premier League chiefs to stream matches on terrestrial channelsMr Dowden told MPs earlier this week: “I think the financial reality for most clubs is their biggest source of income is the direct transfers they get from the Premier League.“So if we got that running in some way behind closed doors then that would relieve the pressure on all other clubs.”Football authorities are monitoring Germany where clubs returned to training last week and a provisional resumption of games has been set for May 9.Government sources said that while all professional sports would be able to resume if they met the criteria, many would choose not to because of logistical challenges.Players, staff and officials in Germany are facing strict hygiene measures before they enter stadia.They will have to confirm they have no Covid-19 symptoms in the previous 14 days, and detail any tests they have taken.Dressing rooms will have to be equipped with hygienic facilities and be disinfected.Five questions on how football might returnWHAT happens to the remaining rounds of the Champions League? Countries across Europe have different approaches on lifting rules.WHAT happens to the remaining three rounds of the FA Cup? The FA faces a major challenge in fitting the quarters, semis and final in alongside the very tight schedule of Premier League games.WILL all games be televised? The resumption of the Premier League is likely to trigger frantic negotiations between subscription TV channels such as Sky Sports and BT Sport and free-to-view channels, as well as questions over how to fit the remaining games into broadcasters’ TV schedules.WOULD players be forced to play and also wear masks? It is unclear if football authorities have the power to force them to play, with the threat of legal challenges if players catch the virus.  Players are very unlikely to wear masks but they would probably be asked to wear them when travelling to and from stadiums.WOULD lower leagues resume and what about promotion/relegation? The priority is the Premier League. It is unclear what would happen if the lower leagues do not finish their seasons.Several buses would be needed to transport players and staff.In Germany nobody is allowed on a bus unless they are wearing a face mask.Players might even be required to wait until they are back home before they shower.The Sun SaysTHE return of live TV sport may not seem the top priority in the context of this huge national effort to prevent Covid-19 killing thousands more of us.But how much less grim the last month would have been if the nation still had footie to focus on.So it’s hugely welcome that the Government hopes soon to get sport back up and running — albeit behind closed doors and subject to a battery of tests to keep players, ­officials and staff safe.It will be weird without a soul there cheering them on. A bit like a normal county championship cricket match. But it will be far better than nothing . . . and almost certainly free to view too.It might even allow the top leagues to finish their season, as well as keeping us all a bit saner as this crisis drags on.Bring it on.Getty Images – GettyEmpty stands are seen at the Wetherby Racecourse on March 17 due to the Covid-19 crisisAFP or licensorsEngland’s cricket tour to Sri Lanka was abandoned last month during the second day of play over coronavirus fearsJoin our George Cross campaign for NHS staffWe are urging Sun readers to sign a petition calling for our NHS staff to be awarded the George Cross.We are backing a proposal by Lord Ashcroft to honour our health heroes with the gallantry gong given for acts of bravery that did not take place in battle.A No10 spokesman said: “The NHS is doing a fantastic job and the nation will want to find a way to say thank you when we have defeated this virus.” SAS hero Andy McNab added: “The award of a George Cross would show an emotional appreciation.”We are asking our readers to please sign the petition below.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.José Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdown Source: Soccer – Funny animals make you happy and laugh funny animal compilationlast_img read more

Mike Sorensen: A little bit of this, that on a variety of topics

first_imgIt’s another time of year when several sports are converging at the same time. So today let’s talk some soccer, cycling, tennis, basketball, baseball and golf …I know it would be sacrilege to soccer purists, but how about changing the size of the goal? Perhaps if the goal was a foot wider on each side and a foot higher, we might get a few more goals. Not only would that attract more American fans who demand scoring, it might prevent those frustrating 0-0 World Cup ties that must be decided by a shootout …Something else that ought to happen in soccer, but never will, would be to use replays for questionable calls. You’d think soccer would be one of the easier games to officiate, but I’ve never heard more talk about bad calls in a sporting event than I have in this year’s World Cup matches. The officials are supposed to give yellow cards to players for “flopping,” but it still happens all the time.Instead, yellow cards are given for minor trips and the resulting Academy Award performances …One of the best things about soccer on TV is the lack of timeouts. It’s a joy to watch a sporting event without a commercial every five minutes. Both football and basketball could take lessons on limiting timeouts to get better flow to their games …I’ve never been a huge Tour De France guy, but with Lance Armstrong out of it, the race holds less interest. On the other hand, maybe it will be more interesting because we don’t know who’s going to win for a change. And if Utah’s David Zabriskie hangs in there, it could become exciting …Another big event that is less compelling than usual is Wimbledon, which in case you hadn’t noticed, has been going for a week now. Perhaps it has something to do with the dearth of Americans, who have made early exits this year …It’s easy to say now, but I was hoping the Jazz would draft Ronnie Brewer last week. I thought they needed a big guard more than a center and figured Brewer would be a great choice. He’s tall, defensive-minded and a scorer, even if he’s not a pure shooter. Plus he seems like a good guy …The second round is where the Jazz have excelled (Bryon Russell, Jarron Collins, Mo Williams), and this year’s second-rounders look smart. Chemistry is important, and that’s what Dee Brown has with Deron Williams after the two played together at Illinois. All Paul Millsap did was lead the nation in rebounding for three straight years at Louisiana Tech. So what if he’s only 6-7 or 6-8. They say it’s hard to teach height, but it’s also hard to teach rebounding.Remember a guy named Charles Barkley, one of the NBA’s all-time best rebounders, even though he stood about 6-foot-4 …I see where BYU is playing UCLA on the road in basketball this coming season. Some folks may think that the Cougars shouldn’t do it without a return game, but why not play a big-time school if you get the chance occasionally? Everyone expects you to lose, but if you happen to pull off the upset, you’ll get national attention …How about those Red Sox? Twelve straight wins (and then they lose to the Marlins?) and an expanding AL East lead. Wouldn’t it be great to have an all-Sox World Series this year between Chicago and Boston, the last two World Series champs? Let’s not even invite the National League this year and see if anyone notices …The greatest golfer of all-time paid another visit to Utah over the weekend, which probably elicited yawns from most local sports fans. Jack Nicklaus has been to Utah numerous times over the years either for the Senior tournament at his Park Meadows course or for Johnny Miller’s Champions Challenge. This time it was for a golf course he’s designing for rich, mostly out-of-state folks, near Park City … And finally, organizers of next month’s Champions Challenge in Lehi must be doing cartwheels after Annika Sorenstam’s performance at the U.S. Women’s Open. She’s in a playoff today with Pat Hurst, and if she wins, it will end a 10-year drought between wins at the Open and officially end her “slump” of the past few months. She’ll make her first appearance in Utah Aug. 7-8 at Thanksgiving Point. E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more