BARCELONA, Spain: Huawei is the top information communication technology brand in its China-based headquarters, and an impressive third in smartphones globally. Now Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer, feels that with international football star Lionel Messi, the brand will move from challenger to global leaders soon. The Huawei brand can be found in more than 170 countries around the world including Jamaica and the Caribbean. It is considered the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012. Huawei chose Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as their brand ambassador because his journey to becoming the best player in the world, his domination over his opponents and other inspiring qualities speak to what the brand is seeking to achieve globally. Messi is a five-time FIFA World Player of the Year. “We are seeking a long-term partnership. He is a win, win. Look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Ho assured, following Thursday’s announcement of Messi as their global ambassador. He believes the Messi-Huawei partnership will prove vital in helping them to overcome rivals Apple and Samsung. “He overcame physical challenges as a young footballer to become the best, and the way he dominates on the field and always helps his team win … is very inspiring to a lot of people,” Ho continued. When asked by The Sunday Gleaner if Huawei could, in the near future, look to contract Jamaican track stars like Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, Ho said for now they are happy with Messi, but will always look to grow the business. Meanwhile, Huawei is set to launch their new P9 smart phone. It is expected to be launched in London on April 6. According to Ho, five reasons why Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality.” LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP
The event will be held under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Embracing Positive Values… Envisioning Inclusive Education for a Better Jamaica’. Story Highlights Scores of students from across the island are expected to participate in Jamaica Day celebrations, slated for Friday, February 22 at the National Arena in Kingston.The event will be held under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Embracing Positive Values… Envisioning Inclusive Education for a Better Jamaica’.In an interview with JIS News, Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, was buoyant about this year’s celebration.“This collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is to show just how important Jamaican culture is to all of us,” he said.The celebration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony, which will feature a keynote address from the Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, as well as an address from the State Minister, Hon. Alando Terrelonge.There will be a ‘Jamaica Day Village’ at the front of the National Arena, which will host cultural, technological and other displays from organisations, including the Ministries of Health, and Education, Youth and Information; Jamaica College; Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the Steer Town Academy, among others.Additionally, there will be a tactical display by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JCF).Students and other attendees are encouraged to visit the various booths to learn about the different aspects of the organisations and their impact on Jamaican culture.Mr. Williams said that entertainment will be a strong element of the celebrations, with cultural performances throughout the day from groups, including the Energy Plus Mento Band, Alpha Boys’ Band and the Charlemont High School Band.The day’s entertainment will culminate with a concert at 1:00 p.m., under the theme, ‘Put Some Pep Inna Yuh Step’, featuring dancehall sensation, ‘Ding Dong’; Jermaine Edwards; Roy Rayon; dance group, ‘Dance Xpressions; 2018 JCDC Festival Song winner, ‘Nazzle Man’; and other 2018 JCDC competition entrants.Mr. Williams is encouraging Jamaicans to support the event. “Jamaica Day is everybody’s business… I’m imploring all of us to take this day to show the world that we are serious about the retention of our culture – embracing it while embracing the culture of others.”The national celebration of Jamaica Day is being executed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. In an interview with JIS News, Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, was buoyant about this year’s celebration. Scores of students from across the island are expected to participate in Jamaica Day celebrations, slated for Friday, February 22 at the National Arena in Kingston.
The Women’s Media Center will honor Ashley Judd with the WMC Speaking Truth to Power Award at the Women’s Media Awards on October 26 at Capitale in New York City.Judd joins 2017 Honorees Jane Fonda, Maria Hinojosa, April Ryan, María Elena Salinas and Gail Tifford. Maya L. Harris, lawyer, MSNBC analyst, senior policy adviser to the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and former board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center, will host this event for the first time.Judd was the first actor to be a named source, and to share her story about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment, which Judd did in The New York Times investigative report.Judd is chair of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, which raises awareness about the scope and toxic impact of online harassment and its costs to women’s civic and political participation.“It’s crucial to call out those like Harvey Weinstein who misuse big power, and also to reward those who risk what small power they have by telling the truth,” said Gloria Steinem, co-founder of The Women’s Media Center. “I would like to pay tribute to my friend Ashley Judd, who travels the world encouraging women and girls to tell the truth about being prostituted and sex trafficked, and who now has led global truth-telling in the most powerful way — by example.”Judd is a feminist who has been working for social justice internationally — through NGO’S, grassroots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies — since 2004. She received Golden Globe nominations for Norma Jean and Marilyn and De-Lovely and Emmy nominations for Norma Jean and Marilyn and Missing. She will next be seen starring in season two of Epix’s political thriller series, Berlin Station.“I chose Ashley to speak at TEDWomen2016 on her experiences as a survivor of cyber attacks, bullying, sexual harassment and her talk posted on TED.com has had huge impact around the world,” said Pat Mitchell, WMC’s board chair and curator and co-host of TEDWomen. “We are thrilled to have her perspective on our WMC program, speaking as she always does, for survivors everywhere.”Lauren Embrey is the chair of the 2017 Women’s Media Awards. Co-chairs are Loreen Arbus, Abigail Disney, Jane Fonda, Mellody Hobson, Victoria Jackson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Susan Pritzker, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Gloria Steinem, and Mary & Steven Swig. Proceeds support the continuing work of the Women’s Media Center in advancing women and accuracy in the media.Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, said: “At a time of political attacks on women’s equality, safety, bodily integrity, and educational and economic opportunity — and when the role of independent and honest media is being undermined at the highest level of government — our honorees represent trust, truth, and excellence. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, in traditional media or on-line, they tell the stories of our lives, and are champions of accuracy, empathy, and democracy for women in all our diversity. We are proud to celebrate them each year at the Women’s Media Awards.”Past WMC honorees include Luvvie Ajayi, Christiane Amanpour, Amma Asante, Laura Bates, Samantha Bee, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric, Sady Doyle, Mona Eltahawy, Sarah Hoye, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Lara Logan, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Soledad O’Brien, Salma Hayek Pinault, Elianne Ramos, Joy Reid, Yanique Richards, Anita Sarkeesian, Regina K. Scully, Mary Thom (posthumously), Marlo Thomas, Barbara Walters, Padmasree Warrior, Lindy West, and Maggie Wilderotter.The Women’s Media Center was co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, and works to make women visible and powerful in media. We train women leaders in media skills, make women experts available to the media through WMC SheSource, and conduct groundbreaking research and reporting on inclusiveness and accuracy in the media. We also feature women’s voices and stories on our award-winning radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and in WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.To buy tickets, or to find more information about the 2017 Women’s Media Awards and our ongoing work, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.