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Trade After the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Heraldo Muñoz, Chile’s foreign minister, center, during a news conference this month after a Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile. Esteban Felix/Associated Press.

SANTIAGO, Chile — In mid-March, ministers and high-level representatives from nations that have signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as China, Colombia and South Korea, met for the first time since the Trump administration withdrew from the trade accord. The signal from Viña del Mar, Chile, where the meeting took place, was clear: Multilateral trade and Pacific integration are alive and kicking.

The meeting, hosted by Chile as president pro tempore of the Pacific Alliance trade bloc (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru), was a needed symbol of stability in increasingly uncertain seas. Protectionism, nationalism and populism are sadly on the rise worldwide. Indeed, multilateralism and the very concept of economic collective security are being challenged. The fears that drive retrenchment on trade must be reckoned with. Social and economic inequities resulting from trade are real.

The countries in the Pacific Alliance will continue to work with the United States on a bilateral basis, but the Asia-Pacific region is ready to lead the new age of globalization in the 21st century by continuing the pluralistic approach to trade envisioned in the T.P.P., even though the accord no longer exists as we knew it.

The 15 Pacific Rim nations in attendance in Chile three weeks ago signaled a strong and stable consensus across the Asia Pacific region that open economies, free trade and regional integration represent the way forward for achieving inclusive and progressive development. We remain committed to working pragmatically with its core principles and contents to advance open commerce, coupled with socially and environmentally inclusive domestic policies.

Read the full story on the NY Times

Honduras to tender for fourth mobile licesnce

Honduras has begun preparing a tender to attract the country’s fourth mobile operator, according to Ebal Diaz, president of telecom regulator Conatel. The aim is to auction spectrum in the 900MHz and 2500MHz bands with a view to persuading international operators to invest in the country. “Competition is always healthy… and we need to increase broadband penetration,” said Diaz, adding that “we currently have two operators and the state-owned one, which has to grow.” The three mobile operators – Tigo, Claro and Hondutel – share around 7.7 million active lines, although Tigo and Claro account for 99 percent of those.

An earlier report suggested that the entry of a new operator could result in USD 400-700 million of investments over four years and the creation of 3,000 new direct and indirect jobs.

3 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR PRESCHOOL

When people ask how to prepare their child for Preschool in Pembroke Pines, there are 3 key things for new parents to remember;  talk to them, read to them, and let them play.

So what does that mean?

Talking

So you should always talk to your child. Have a conversation about anything that you can think of. Ask them questions. Wait for them to answer. Point out things that you see in your daily life, and ask them what they think. This builds their vocabulary.  It teaches them to have a conversation, and to listen and wait their turn.

Reading.

Always read to your children. You should give children opportunities to explore books, to read books with you, to listen to you read, and to just sit and have time to flip through them and learn what a book looks like.

Before children go to bed, is a nice time to read them a story, and then have them help you to read a book, by looking at the pictures, listening to your words and repeating it back.

Giving children shared book experiences at home, sets them up for preschool, where the children are read to on a daily basis.  They’re read to in larger groups, there’s typically a reading corner where they can read books on their own, and then they can sit with the teacher and have a one-on-one book experience.

Play.

So with the Reading and the Talking, the last thing you should always let your children do, is play, and you want to give children lots of opportunities to play with other children, in any type of social setting before they go to preschool.

You can take them to the park, you can take them to play areas, you can have playdates at home.  This gives them a chance to play with materials with someone else. To interact with them, to have conversations with them, to watch another child play, and  see if maybe that’s something they can do as well.

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These beginning social experiences, will set them up nicely for when they walk into a preschool, and are given the opportunity to talk to 10-15 of their peers, and choose who they want to play with and where they want to play.

So the key is really to give them the life experiences. To give them lots of books, talk to them a lot, let them play, and when they walk into a preschool classroom for the firs time, they’ll be ready to go!

Please visit our website:  Forever Kids Academy for more information.

O3b and Ozonio to launch satellite broadband to Amazon region

O3b Networks has entered the Brazilian market, bringing satellite-based connectivity to mobile network operators, local ISPs and government. The service is available for residential, corporate and government customers in the city of Tefe (population 60,000) in partnership with regional distributor Ozonio.

The O3b model is based on the “pay as you grow” concept, allowing the customer to purchase the amount of capacity required, then increasing it over time as needed, paying a monthly fee. In addition to Tefe, other remote Brazilian cities with significant population density, but with poor internet connectivity and mobile service no better than 2G, will also be targeted by O3b.

Tigo partners with Netflix in Latin America

Select Tigo customers will get prepaid Netflix subscriptions and app preloads on Android smartphone.

Millicom, the telecommunications and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa, today announced a strategic partnership with Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, that will bring Netflix app preloads to Android smartphones from TigoSmart and provide promotions to TigoStar and TigoSmart customers in Latin America.

The partnership brings fresh innovation to the Latin America telecom industry in the way Tigo and TigoUNE customers will be able to easily find the Netflix app preloaded on their Android smartphones and discover a diverse selection of movies and TV shows on Netflix, including global hits such as Orange is the New Black, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Narcos and House of Cards. Qualifying Tigo customers will receive a prepaid Netflix subscription with the purchase of select TigoSmart mobile and TigoStar residential plans. These promotional offers are in addition to Tigo’s already successful TigoSports and TigoMusic entertainment packages.

Victor Unda, Chief Commercial Officer at Millicom said: “Customers are choosing Tigo for seamless on-demand services anywhere. This unique Netflix promotion is available only to TigoStar and TigoSmart subscribers. Customers will be able to enjoy a huge choice of viewing via our stable, high-speed network.”

Paul Perryman, Director of Business Development at Netflix said: “By partnering with Millicom we’re making it even easier for many TV fans and movie lovers in Latin America to enjoy Netflix at home and on the go.”

Millicom, through Tigo and TigoUNE, serves more than 2.5 million homes connected in Latin America and more than 32 million mobile customers across 7 countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Paraguay. Millicom plans to extend its cable network to more than 10 million homes to become the second largest cable provider across its footprint. This collaboration will enable Tigo to further enhance its leading bundle of television, internet, and mobile services and continue to grow its appeal to its high value customers.

Telefonica Q1 results fall on negative forex impact

Telefonica reported a drop in first-quarter results due to negative currency effects, but said its underlying growth rates were improving. Revenues fell 6.6 percent to EUR 10.784 billion, as growth in Spain was offset by lower results in Germany and Latin America. OIBDA declined 6.7 percent to EUR 3.376 billion, giving a stable margin of 31.3 percent.

Telefonica said revenues were still up 3.4 percent year-on-year on an organic basis, led by 11.3 percent growth in Latin America and 19.9 percent higher mobile data revenues. Data increased to 48 percent of mobile service revenue, up 7 percent points year-on-year. Mobile data traffic was up 51 percent year-on-year, driven by 15 percent of customers now on LTE. OIBDA was also higher on an organic basis, up 5.4 percent, thanks to growth in Brazil (+8.2%) and Spain (+2.0%).

Net profit fell 56.9 percent to EUR 776 million, due mainly to a one-time tax gain in the year-earlier period. Capital expenditure was down 10.6 percent to EUR 1.503 billion, and operating cash flow declined 3.3 percent to 1.873 billion. Telefonica’s net debt increased by EUR 292 million in the quarter to EUR 50.21 billion, due mainly to shareholder remunerations and early retirement settlements with employees. Leverage was at 3.02x OIBDA.

Telefonica maintained its outlook for full-year revenue growth of at least 4 percent and a stablising OIBDA margin. This excludes O2 UK and the Venezuela operations and is based on constant exchange rates. On this measure, the company’s revenues were up 8 percent in Q1.

Brazil’s Rousseff going to U.N. over impeachment; cabinet in crisis

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a news conference for foreign journalists at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil April 19, 2016. REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO

Beleaguered Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will travel to New York in a bid to rally international support against her impeachment, leaving behind a Cabinet paralyzed by political crisis as another minister defected on Wednesday.

Rousseff aides said the leftist leader will attend a United Nations event on Friday in New York where she will denounce as illegal the attempt to impeach her, a process that could see her forced from office within weeks in a process she calls a “coup d’état without weapons.”

Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said he was quitting her government following orders from his centrist PMDB party, Rousseff’s main coalition partner until it abandoned her last month to back her ouster. Rousseff’s impeachment would end 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party.

Nine ministers in Rousseff’s 31-member cabinet have now resigned, leaving important portfolios without politically appointed heads, including the Tourism and Sports ministries only four months before Brazil hosts the Olympic Games. Rousseff may not even be president by the time the Games start.

Vice President Michel Temer, who would take over if Rousseff is impeached, met with close advisors in Sao Paulo to study plans for a new government that, aides said, would move quickly to restore economic confidence and growth.

The crisis has paralyzed Brazil’s ability to revive the economy from its worst recession in decades in the midst of a massive corruption scandal involving state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Read the full article on Reuters.

Innova & Goldman Sachs form JV to invest in Colombia towers

Private equity group Innova Capital and a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs have announced a joint venture to provide funding to Colombian mobile infrastructure developer Golden Comunicaciones and support the development of telecommunication assets throughout the country.

Golden is a member of the Innova Latin American development programme and the financing will be used for the construction of mobile phone towers in the region.

“The investment made by Goldman Sachs and Innova will enable us to reduce the digital divide that exists in our country and undoubtedly will enable us to improve our current network infrastructure,” said Golden CEO Herman Torres.

Based in Bogota, Golden was founded in 2013 by industry veterans with experience in the development, design, construction and operation of telecommunication infrastructure. The company owns and operates towers and other wireless infrastructure and related sites in Colombia.