Olympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by doctor

first_imgBrooks scores 19 to lead Grizzlies over Lakers Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, released a statement via Twitter outlining that abuse. Nassar, who spent more than two decades as a physician at USA Gymnastics while also working at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and is facing another 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting seven girls.Biles, now 20, called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially from someone whom I was told to trust.” She joins a list of high-profile gymnasts who have come out against Nassar, including six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas and two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLike her Olympic teammates, Biles detailed abuse by Nassar that he disguised as treatment.“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” Biles wrote. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone USA Gymnastics said in a statement it is “heartbroken, sorry and angry” that Biles and other athletes were harmed by Nassar.“USA Gymnastics’ support is unwavering for Simone and all athletes who courageously came forward to share their experiences,” the organization said in a release. “We are our athletes’ advocates. USA Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day.”The organization has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure last March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who took over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport last summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.That’s not far enough for some. Raisman has urged the organization to remove chairman of the board Paul Parilla among others. Biles, like Raisman, wants USA Gymnastics to take a deeper look at the conditions that allowed Nassar’s behavior to run unchecked for so long.“We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us,” Biles said. “We need to make sure something like this never happens again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, United States gymnast Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.ADVERTISEMENT Biles is in the beginning stages of a return to competition, a journey that includes visits to the national team’s training center at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston, where she said the abuse occurred.“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Biles wrote.USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the Karolyi Ranch in the summer of August 2016, following the retirement of longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, but then backed out of the deal. The national team continues to use the facility while options for a replacement are explored.Biles says she initially wondered if she was to blame.“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it may fault?’” Biles wrote. “I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Housewife commits suicide at Golden Fleece

first_imgA 56-year-old housewife from Lot 8 Golden Fleece Public Road on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) reportedly committed suicide on Tuesday after suffering from prolonged mental illness. Dead is Dewantie Rampersaud whose body was discovered by her husband around noon on Tuesday hanging from a rafter in one of their bedrooms.Information received indicates the deceased was living with her husband and two grandchildren in a wooden and concrete house. The deceased husband, Doroop Rampersaud, said he last saw his wife alive around 09:00h on Tuesday morning.After the shocking discovery was made, an alarm was raised and the Police was summoned. There was no mark of violence on the deceased body. The body was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead after which her body was transported to the Suddie Funeral Home where it awaits a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

Ministry official updates status of region’s roads

first_img“We’re in the process of doing some evaluation on what type of structure would be best suited to that location. As many probably have noticed, all around the Peace watercourses have changed significantly, and we want to make sure what we put back is able to accommodate any future flows.”Commercial vehicle weight restrictions are in effect over the bridges.On Highway 52, about 26 kilometres south of Arras near the Brassey Creek, a wash out has reduced the road to single-lane, alternating traffic with up to 20 minute delays. Nash said they are looking at a similar problem as with the washout on the Dangerous Goods Route, and a permanent fix won’t likely be completed until next year.On Highway 29, both north and south of Chetwynd, motorists can expect temporary delays as crews work to repair and mitigate for erosion along some sections of the highway shoulders.Advertisement Ken Nash, district operations manager for the Peace region, said major repair work is still required at multiple sites on Highway 97 between Chetwynd and the Mackenzie Junction.”We’ve identified over the course of the month here since the event approximately 60 sites where we are going to be doing repair work of varying degree,” he said. “For the larger ones, we’re doing geotechnical drilling to find out exactly what is required to repair them both temporarily and permanently.””We have a current goal of having two lanes paved, in a temporary status, by this winter, with permanent repairs to come into the new year,” he added.- Advertisement -One of the necessary detours along the highway has a restriction on low-clearance vehicles (less than 15 centimetres or six inches) and vehicles with widths greater than 3.8 metres. Nash said they hope to improve that detour within the next two weeks to allow for larger traffic.Traffic is being piloted through work zones and there is single-lane traffic control at several sites, so motorists are advised to expect major delays. An alternate route from Prince George to the Peace region or vice versa is available via Highway 16 from Prince George to Hinton, Highway 40 north from Hinton to Grande Prairie, and north of Highways 43 and 2 from Grande Prairie to Dawson Creek.On the Dangerous Goods Route through Dawson Creek near the 208 Road, a multi-plate culvert was washed out due to high water levels during the last flooding event, and two bridges were installed as a temporary fix, but Nash said they expect to have that replaced with a permanent structure this fall.Advertisement Ongoing upgrades to the Braden Road has been delayed slightly, though completion of phase two of the project – which involves paving the last remaining gravel section of the road – is still expected to be complete this year, said Nash. He said phase three – which involves rebuilding and resurfacing the southernmost section of the road where it connects with the John Hart Highway – will be starting on Monday, but won’t be completed until next year.For more information on the current status of roads in the Peace region, go online to www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

Five things Manchester United must do to win the Premier League

first_imgManchester United were one of the favourites for the Premier League title a month ago but a run of no wins in six Premier League games has left them in sixth place and nine points off the top.Leicester still don’t seem to be falling away, Arsenal and Manchester City are going from strength to strength and Tottenham have shot up the league to emerge as genuine contenders.United meanwhile have stalled so badly that Louis van Gaal is being portrayed as a dead man walking as the shadow of Jose Mourinho looms large over Old Trafford.However, with the unpredictability of the Premier League this season, a run of three successive wins will put the Red Devils firmly back in the title frame.But what do the 20-time champions need to do to be in with a chance of lifting title number 21 in May? Click the arrow above, right, to see the five areas that are in most need of addressing.  5 Express yourselves – Van Gaal needs to remove the shackles put on his players and allow them to express themselves. Anthony Martial needs to be allowed to run at players, Wayne Rooney is at his best when he is running wherever he likes and the team as a whole is more dangerous when looking for a shot rather than a pass. Do not be afraid to ‘Attack! Attack! Attack!’ – It has been a rarity under Van Gaal, but against Chelsea on Monday night Manchester United showed glimpses of the side that Sir Alex Ferguson built. Yes, they did not win but they exploded out of the blocks, hitting the woodwork twice within the opening 15 minutes and finally got bums off the Old Trafford seats. Bring back exiled young talents – Transfers are always a tough prospect in January with clubs hiking up the prices of players but Manchester United do have options to bring back players who are out on loan. Adnan Januzaj has barely played at Borussia Dortmund and could provide a good alternative to the flailing Memphis Depay. Similarly James Wilson, who has scored twice in six games for Brighton in the Championship, could provide the raw pace off to stretch games late on. 5 Ditch the two holding midfielders – Van Gaal needs to forget about playing two holding midfielders for all games, especially against so-called ‘lesser’ Premier League sides. Bastian Schweinsteiger has been disappointing and Michael Carrick’s powers are diminishing. Playing Ander Herrera alongside Morgan Schneiderlin would inject some much-needed running and dynamism to the Red Devils midfield. Explore the January transfer window – There are a lot of places where United need to strengthen, but the priority has to be attack. However, with Europe’s top talents still in the Champions League, Van Gaal would have to turn to players such as Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez or Southampton’s Saido Mane. Alternatively, the club could attempt to lure one of Real Madrid’s unhappy stars, but it is likely a transfer of this magnitude will have to wait until the summer. 5 5 5last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSaturday 12th OctoberBrian McCormick SportsDivision One @ 5-15pm St Eunans v Malin Andrew MullanDivision One Reserve @ 4pmSt Eunans v Malin Don Langan McGlynns Restaurant CastlefinDivision Two Reserve @ 5-15pmNaomh Muire v Cloughaneely Myles SweeneyCentra Supermarkets DonegalDivision Three @ 5-15pmNaomh Columba v Carndonagh Connie Doherty Naomh Colmcille v Red Hughs Robbie O DonnellNaomh Brid v Aodh Ruadh Tony GallagherNaomh Padraig Lifford v Fanad Gaels Enda McFeelyDivision Three Reserve @ 4pm Naomh Columba v Carndonagh Declan CallaghanNaomh Colmcille v Red Hughs James ConnersNaomh Brid v Aodh Ruadh Martin McShaneNaomh Padraig Lifford v Fanad Gaels John FarrenMarley CoachesDivision Four @ 5-15pmNaomh Padraig Muff v Robert Emmetts Thomas BrownUrris v Moville Paddy McKeeverLetterkenny Gaels v Naomh Ultan Paddy McGonagleBurt v Convoy Sean Paul DohertyNa Rossa v Milford Mark McGlinsheyDivision Four Reserve @ 4pmUrris v Moville Paul CliffordLetterkenny Gaels v Naomh Ultan James TreartyBurt v Convoy Leo DevenneySunday 13th OctoberAll Sports DonegalIntermediate Reserve Championship FinalDownings v St Nauls in O Donnell Pk @ 2pm Shane ToolanLinesmen Paddy McGonagle @ Robbie O DonnellAll Sports DonegalIntermediate Championship FinalSt Nauls v Naomh Muire in O Donnell Pk @ 4pm Shaun McLaughlinLinesmen Michael McShane @ Paddy McKeeverBrian McCormick SportsDivision One @ 3pmGaoth Dobhair v Killybegs Liam McConigleyNaomh Conaill v Ardara Mickey MulhernFour Masters v St Michaels Seamus McGonagleDivision One Reserve @ 1-30pmGaoth Dobhair v Killybegs Paddy McGowanNaomh Conaill v Ardara Ronan McCalliagFour Masters v St Michaels Joe O DonnellMcGlynns Restaurant CastlefinDivision Two @ 3pmGlenswilly v Termon Connie DohertyBundoran v Dungloe Jimmy WhiteGlenfin v Sean MacCumhaills Ian MolloyDivision Two Reserve @ 1-30pmGlenswilly v Termon Mark DorrianBundoran v Dungloe Gabriel O DonnellGlenfin v Sean MacCumhaills Eugene McHaleGAA NEWS: FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No stopping in busway debate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “There are all those who say it’s not going to do a darn bit of good. There are others who feel it is going to. There are people throughout the Valley who are fearful it’s going to bring about some zoning changes that will bring increased density in their neighborhoods. “I think it’s just going to be a case of waiting to see what happens,” he said. The $330 million busway debuts next weekend among a national wave of so-called “trains on rubber wheels” – buses that operate like trains in their own lanes but that can be built for a fraction of the cost of rail lines. The Federal Transit Administration has launched 10 similar demonstration projects nationwide to experiment with how to get more bang for the buck out of struggling urban bus systems. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has gone to great lengths to make the Orange Line look like anything but a regular bus route – with stations instead of stops and natural gas-powered buses painted sleek silver, like trains. Long after downtown got its subway, and Long Beach and Pasadena got their trains, a divided San Fernando Valley community is about to open its Metro Orange Line busway, a long-promised piece of Los Angeles’ regional transportation network. After years of debate and new transportation taxes, the Valley’s still unsure about the value of what it is getting: Is it an innovative new busway that’s the latest nationwide transit trend or a consolation prize that will only live up to its derisive nickname, the “Lemon Line”? Debates also have begun to swirl about whether the Orange Line will usher in a redevelopment boom along tired Valley storefronts or will simply bring an urban-style building bonanza that few single-family homeowners want. “It’s a really mixed bag out here in the Valley,” said Leonard Shaffer, president of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and a former county prosecutor. Even critics agree that all the pretty new landscaping and the bike path are a vast improvement over the old abandoned railway. But whether the busway will bring about a “revolution” in transit solutions – as its champion Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky believes – or is an anemic attempt to get Valley commuters out of their cars remains in question. Some Valley residents are thrilled to see anything that offers an alternative to the dismal Ventura Freeway. They say they’re willing to try mass transit and even endure a longer commute for the chance to quit staring at the brake lights in front of them. They know the Valley’s chance for a train zipping across the floor of the region is long gone for now, a victim of NIMBY battles and lost funds. “I will be buying a bus pass for the first time in my life,” said Bill Haller, a dad of two and president of the West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council. Haller said he plans on taking the bus to teach classes at Los Angeles Valley College and to do studio work in Universal City. “I see it as for what it is. This is what we got,” he said. “For all of us, it’s going to be a step at a time for those of us who are used to our cars.” But others say the busway is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and a far cry from the subway or light rail that voters were promised when they passed a pair of half-cent sales taxes over the past 25 years to fund transportation. “The public has not gotten what it needs, which is real transportation,” said Diana Lipari, chairwoman of Citizens Organized for Smart Transit, the group that sued in 2002 to stop the line and won a $300,000 settlement from the MTA. “This is what I’ve been saying from the beginning.” She and others see the busway as nothing but a handout for developers who can swoop into the Valley, pick up the density bonuses the city hands out along transit lines, and build up neighborhoods. They point out that getting a mass transit line across the Valley has long been penciled in on the city’s general plan and is a requirement for any additional development if Warner Center – the Valley’s miniature downtown – wants to expand. But others say that’s exactly the kind of organized planning the sprawling Valley needs – mandated traffic improvements before development can go forward, and density next to transit so residents can leave their cars at home. Supporters see a chance to rebuild old commercial corridors near the route, like Van Nuys Boulevard, or on Park and Ride lots that could be built up with housing on top. Still, many of those debates remain talk until Valley residents vote with their feet – either by boarding the Orange Line or continuing to put the pedal to the metal on the freeways. The MTA is projecting 5,000 to 7,000 riders the first year, which some call a low-ball estimate, with 21,000 to 25,000 riders by 2020. Those who already ride transit also have been mixed about the busway – with some saying it will help speed up their commutes across the Valley with buses going nearly twice the local bus speed of 12 mph, and others saying it does little for those who’ve had their lines trimmed to bring resources to the Orange Line. Plus, as the busway prepares to open, the community has continued concerns about its safety after seeing many close calls with motorists during test runs at intersections that have no crossing gates. After crashes with motorists at a similar busway in Florida, the nation’s first, officials there are now considering crossing gates. For now, after years of debate over what kind of transit line the Valley would have, residents have just days before they find out whether they like what they got. “It’ll take some time. I wouldn’t judge it until perhaps a year has gone by,” said Shaffer. “I think there are a lot of people who are taking a wait-and-see. I’m truly hoping it is going to make a difference to local commuting.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DOPEY CANNABIS GROWERS STILL TO FACE SERIOUS CHARGES

first_imgDOPEY Co Donegal cannabis growers nabbed by Gardai still face the full wrath of the law – despite growing the wrong plants!Gardai seized 150 cannabis plants – some 15-feet high – at the back of a house in townland of Leitir, Kilmacrennan, earlier this week.Several people are helping gardai with their enquiries. However the dopey dealers had grown male plants – useless when it comes to selling weed.The law does not distinguish between male and female plants, so those responsible will eventually be charged with possessing €120,000….even though their crop was worthless on the illegal drugs market.The gang will also face charges of cultivating an illegal crop of cannabis.  DOPEY CANNABIS GROWERS STILL TO FACE SERIOUS CHARGES was last modified: September 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cannabiskilmcrennanlast_img read more

WATCH: MFD Fashion show takes a hilarious surprise turn!

first_imgThe Mary from Dungloe Festival had a fashion show with a difference last night as some unexpected models stepped out in the bridal showcase.Rather than the Marys walking the catwalk in wedding gowns – the task was given to the boys instead, and they definitely worked the room in style.Video via www.facebook.com/MaryFromDungloeFestival Six brave men strutted through the room with some excellent poses and sent the crowd into a frenzy with their dancing.The Mary from Dungloe International Festival fashion show at The Waterfront Hotel Dungloe showcased the latest trends of 2017 and ended with a big celebratory finale with the Marys and male models.Don’t forget to tune in to Donegal Daily this Sunday, 6th August to see the LIVE Crowning Cabaret! When is it? Sunday 6th August at 8pm (Irish Time)Here’s how you can tune in:1 – Via our websites. www.donegaldaily.com and www.donegalwoman.ie will host links to the live stream.2 – Facebook Live. The coverage will be shown via Facebook Live on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily/3 – Smart TV. Have you got a smart tv? Then, why not hook us up by going into our YouTube channel – Donegal Daily TV – CLICK HERE – where the coverage will also be running.Competition: WIN with Donegal DailyPlus you can bag a wonderful holiday prize to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe Festival. Click here for ways to enter: WIN 6 nights B&B plus €1,000 in Donegal Daily’s Mary from Dungloe giveaway!WATCH: MFD Fashion show takes a hilarious surprise turn! was last modified: August 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mary from Dungloe International Festivallast_img read more

Fortuna storms to first NCS title since 2000 with blowout win over Hercules

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Fortuna will most certainly remember the Titans.That’s because the Huskies’ 17-year drought without a North Coast Section title has officially come to an end.A cold, rainy and muddy Saturday night in Northern Humboldt proved to be just what the blue side of the Eel River Valley could have asked for. Jumping on Hercules early for two quick touchdowns, the fourth-seeded Fortuna claimed the NCS Division IV title with a 44-0 win at Panther Field on Saturday night.“It’s awesome …last_img

HTC’s Problems Go Way Beyond Marketing

first_imgSmartphone maker HTC had a down year in 2012. That’s not news, the company’s troubles have been well documented. Samsung, the playground bully of the mobile industry, basically beat up HTC and stole its lunch money. Apple, that conniving and clever older sister, boxed HTC in to a corner and took whatever what it wanted. Yes, Apple and Samsung are HTCs biggest problems. Why? Because they have deeper resources, better distribution and a better position in the minds of phone buyers. They also have better… marketing? At least that’s the real problem according to HTC.Marketing? Really? That’s What You Think The Problem Is?“Our competitors were too strong and very resourceful, pouring in lots of money into marketing. We haven’t done enough on the marketing front,” HTC CEO Peter Chou said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A CEO of a once-powerful smartphone manufacturer addresses a poor year, claims that the company is basically fine and blames the marketing department and budget for undercutting potential sales. The RIM ExampleOh wait. We have all heard that one before:“What we need to get a bit better at here is to have a little bit more of an ear toward the consumer. I want to strengthen this by bringing really good marketing expertise in,” said Research In Motion’s CEO Thorsten Heins when he was announced as the head of the company in January 2012.RIM would go on to have the worst year in its history – making its previous problems seem like a Golden Age. HTC’s problems are not the same as RIM’s, of course. The BlackBerry maker’s major flaw in 2012 was that it did not release a new smartphone to the market and its aging BlackBerry 7 operating system was forced to carry the load while waiting for an upgrade. Most of RIM’s sales in 2012 came from international liquidation of old products ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch. RIM’s problem was not a failure of marketing, it was a failure to do… anything. HTC Has A Host Of IssuesOn the other hand, HTC came out with its One series of devices in 2012 which were generally well regarded by the few people that bought them. The Droid DNA on Verizon proved a decent addition to the market at the end of the year. HTC’s problems stemmed from a variety of faults. Foremost among them was distribution. Samsung and Apple have both realized that the best way to gain rapid market share is to be everywhere all the time. Samsung typically releases its flagship Galaxy smartphones (including the S 3 and Note II last year) on all four major carriers in the United States and most of the equivalent carriers around the globe.Apple has worked hard to increase its international and pre-paid market presence and, since the iPhone 4S, sells the iPhone on all three top U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint). When HTC’s flagship One X came out in May 2012, it went exclusively to AT&T. Lesser One-series phones went to the likes of T-Mobile. Verizon was notably absent from any One-series phones, a gap HTC was slow to rectify until the DNA made its debut. Availability Is KeyHTC needs to recognize that its problem not just marketing, but availability. That’s no doubt why the company is making a renewed effort in China with the Butterfly – and initial reports are encouraging. According to The Wall Street Journal, HTC sold 2.8 million smartphones in China in the third quarter of 2012. HTC launch of the One X was derailed when Apple temporarily won an injunction from the U.S. International Trade Commission blocking sales of the device shortly after it was released. The One X was forced off of AT&T’s shelves for close to three weeks in May/June 2012. HTC never really recovered and later settled its patent disputes with Apple and will pay a licensing fee to Cupertino for smartphones that use Apple’s patented technology. Patents and distribution. Those were HTC’s biggest problems – not marketing. Failure to create a product intriguing enough to stop the hordes from buying iPhones and Galaxies ranks third. HTC lost ground to budget Android manufacturers ZTE and Huawei as well, so it is not just an Apple/Samsung problem.Marketing? Sure, that probably played a role in HTC’s overall poor performance, but it was not the biggest contributing factor. HTC’s problems had more to do with logistics than advertising. When HTC comes out with its next flagship device (likely to be called some derivation of “M7”) later this year, it needs to get it released on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint in short order. Build hype through marketing, then win with ubiquity and beauty. So, here we are at  the dawn of a new year, once again hearing the “marketing was our biggest problem” story from a struggling smartphone leader. Can HTC avoid what happened to RIM  after Heins made his proclamation? Perhaps, as long it manages to release new smartphones that continue to push the envelope on design and features.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#Apple#HTC#Samsung Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinskilast_img read more