first_imgIn addition to this important initiative with the Red Cross, we have also made our facilities and resources available to the President of the Community and the Mayor of Madrid to help them in any way possible. Our stadium has a huge central kitchen equipped to prepare all the food that is served on a game day, so this facility can be useful for preparing menus that the Community needs to cover the basic needs of many citizens.The club opted to focus its help on the toilets, but a few days ago we could see that it thanked all of society for its involvement in these delicate moments.When focusing our help, we let ourselves be guided by those who know the most about these situations. The Red Cross and the authorities were clear from the beginning that the priority was to protect those who directly fight against COVID-19, the health workers. But we also believe that this is a time when we should thank many more people. Many, many people who continue to work every day at the foot of the canyon and the millions of Spaniards who are still at home to prevent this pandemic from spreading. “You have to minimize the risks when training and games arrive” Enrique Cerezo, president of Atlético de Madrid, has given an interview to the rojiblanca website in which he reviews the current situation of the club in this crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition is paralyzed and the athletes cannot go to see their team, but the club is still in contact with them.Despite the fact that our offices remain closed, from the first moment we have wanted to maintain direct communication with our partners and fans. Our channels with them are still active and we try to answer your questions by phone or email. In addition, a few weeks ago, we launched a plan to contact the partners who are most affected by this situation, over 75 years of age and disabled, who are the ones who are suffering the most at the moment and to whom a call from their Atleti comforts them. We will continue to contact more partners every day to try to encourage them with a red and white talk and be close to them.There is still no date for the return to activity, how are the players doing?We are in direct contact with them and with the technical staff to be interested first in them and in the state of their relatives’ health and also to chat for a while. They are handling this situation phenomenally well, with great integrity. When I talk to them I see them very strong mentally, and as professionals that they are, working hard and wishing that the competition returns as soon as possible. They try to spend time in the best possible way with their families.That uncertainty about returning to competitions greatly complicates the planning for the remainder of the season. How does the club work in this regard?The reality is that no one knows when or under what conditions sports activity will return, which is what concerns us, or other activities that are currently paralyzed. LaLiga is working in different scenarios to minimize risks when training returns, and later matches, for players, employees, the media, etc. We are also working with different possible calendars, but now we have to be patient and wait for what the authorities tell us.In some European championships such as the German one the teams have returned to training and here in Spain some clubs have already requested to do so.We are working hand in hand with the different organizations and attending to what they mark at each moment. The health, social and economic crisis we are experiencing forces us all to be on the same page and to shoulder our shoulders to work together. This pandemic and its consequences affect us all and football will only emerge from this crisis if we work as a team.The club has requested a Temporary Employment Regulation File.The club has seen the need to request an ERTE in order to safeguard the entity’s economic viability. We must bear in mind that, as has happened to all clubs and to many companies in other sectors, we have been forced to cease our activity. Given this situation, we were obliged to study solutions for the survival of the entity and we had to make this decision that affects 430 employees.The ERTE has also affected the players …From the first moment I knew that there would be no problem with the first team, because it is a fantastic group and they understand the situation perfectly. In addition, both the first staff and all the club’s directors, with the CEO at the head, agreed to contribute the amount necessary to supplement the salary of the employees affected by the ERTE. We try to help each other like a big family. I am very proud of all of them and grateful for their help.How do you see the nearest future?As I have already mentioned before, we have to wait to see how this crisis evolves and at what point we can recover normal activity. You have to be patient and try to carry it as well as possible. And I believe that, despite the critical moment we live in, we must never lose hope and trust that we will recover in all areas of society. At Atleti we will work as hard as we can to get it as soon as possible. As we athletics say: Never stop believing. “Our priority is to give a heartfelt tribute to all the deceased athletes” The club is working to pay them a well-deserved tribute. What can you tell us about it?That will be one of our top priorities when we get back to normal. No one knows when or how we will return to our daily activities, but what is certain is that all the athletes will pay a heartfelt tribute in our home, in the Wanda Metropolitano, to all the recently deceased members and athletic supporters. And of course, to all the great legends that unfortunately have left us in recent weeks.In order to fight this pandemic, the collaboration of the entire society is vital. How has the club reacted in this regard?Thanks to the work that we have been doing for many years with our Foundation in solidarity actions, we have been able to collaborate immediately with the Community of Madrid, with the City Council and with the organizations that fight against Covid-19 and that help the population. We have a wonderful relationship and develop a close collaboration with the Red Cross and SavetheChildren, so from the first moment we put ourselves at your disposal to help in any way we could.From the club we have turned to an initiative launched by our coach and his family together with the Atlético de Madrid Foundation to raise funds for the Red Cross and allocate them to the protection of our toilets. How are you living through these difficult times?Never before had I experienced such a delicate and tragic situation and at the same time with so much uncertainty. Watching thousands of people die in such a short space of time is a terrible thing.Also these days the Atético have lost many people close to the club. ..We have lost relatives and relatives in recent weeks due to the coronavirus. Red and white legends such as Miguel Jones, Joaquín Peiró, José Luis Capón, Radomir Antic…, club members who have been supporting Atleti for many years, athletic friends, people from the world of soccer with whom we have shared rivalry …, too many people whom we will greatly miss.last_img read more

first_imgFDA stakeholders, including Counselor Kasper, Mr. Doyern and Ali Kais Confiscation Manager at the presentation ceremony. The EU delegation to Liberia in collaboration with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) in its determined drive to successfully combat wildlife and forest crimes across the country, has donated one project vehicle to the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to further boost the implementation of its conservation program.The ceremony, according to a release, took place on Thursday November 21, 2019 at the entity’s Bernard Farm offices in Paynesville, in the presence of a number of key conservation partners.The vehicle is expected to complement motorbikes, laptops and printers that were previously given to the FDA and partners during the first months of the project.The other items are to strengthen local communities, and the law enforcement network in combating wildlife and forest crimes.“More importantly, it will serve the daily operations of FDA’s Wildlife Confiscation Unit, and generally support the activities of the newly created Wildlife Crime Task Force (WCTF), the release said.The WCTF is a joint law forest enforcement effort that is coordinated by the FDA. It includes other law enforcement entities, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interpol, the Transnational Crime Unit, Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary and Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection.Earlier, FDA Wildlife and Confiscation Managers Abenego Gbarway, and Ali S. Kais, made separate presentations on the successes made thus far in the fight against wildlife crimes since the launch of the Confiscation Unit last year.They also made a lot of recommendations in the wake of challenges being faced in the execution of their roles.The WCF Project Coordinator Odaphus B. Zardee, provided update of the project activities including workshops and training, surveys and field missions, meetings and events, bio-monitoring activities.David PALACIOS Garcia de la Rosa, Program Manager Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources at the EU Delegation in Liberia, who presented the vehicle to the FDA management, said the handover is one way of affirming the EU’s commitment towards biodiversity conservation, law enforcement and poverty reduction in the country.”Dr. Annika Hillers, Country Director of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), said “The new project vehicle for the Wildlife Confiscation Unit and the Wildlife Crime Task Force will boost their work and will help to protect Liberia’s unique and rare wildlife more effectively.“The support of the EU for the FDA and partners has promoted Liberia to be one of the top actors in fighting wildlife and forest crime in West Africa and beyond,” the release said.The creation of the WCTF is a part of EU’s initiative law enforcement and combating wildlife and forest crime project, which was launched in February 2019.The conservation project has also supported the Community Ecoguard and Community Watch Team programs in the Southeast and northwest Liberia. As a result of the works of the WCTF, several wildlife crime cases have resulted in convictions.Meanwhile, the Head of cooperation to the EU delegation, First Counselor, Theodorus Kaspers, has reiterated EU’s continued assistance to the forest sector aimed at making Liberia’s conservation drive a reality in all respects.Kaspers used the occasion to thank the WCF for assiduously implementing its share of the EU founded project and hoped she will continue on the same path. He also thanked the management of the Forestry Development Authority for its unrelenting cooperation with conservation partners thereby accelerating growth and development in the forest sector.“The EU remains engaged with Liberia to support the rule of law and combat illicit exploitation and trafficking of your natural resources, but we need your unambiguous engagement to be mutually successful.Recall that we are heavily supporting both communities and commercial use of forest through the voluntary partnership agreement (VPA). The VPA with position better Liberian timber in export market only after its adequate legality assurance,” he said.FDA Managing Director C. Mike Doryen, acknowledged EU’s continued assistance to the forest sector in these trying times as Liberia struggles to perfect those international protocols and conventions, which she has signed onto, especially in the area of the conservation of the forest and all its constituent elements.As Liberia is yielding to the terms and agreement enshrined in these protocols and conventions, Doryen called on developed countries to correspondingly live up to their share of the bargain.He extended unconditional gratitude to the EU family, and hoped they will continue to stand by Liberia in its drive to pursue the goal of conservation.He noted that FDA will continue to work with partners working in the forest sector in the framework of the law saying, “We will remain unbending in the execution of the law that gives us the authority and right to protect the forest and wildlife.”Mr. Doryen then cautioned to observe the rule of recruitment in line with the labor law of Liberia and as such they should liaise with the HR division of FDA for proper guidance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIT’S BACK! After a long, hard, monotonous summer of going outside and socialising with friends, the Fantasy Premier League website has finally reopened for business ahead of the new season.While the FPL has been away, the regular Premier League clubs have been very busy, with almost 50 new players having already been signed up to play in the league next season.EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFER HEREHere, talkSPORT has carefully selected 15 of the biggest/most interesting transfers so far and rated them, based on their value for money in your fantasy teams.Check out which new transfers you should and shouldn’t consider for your fantasy team next season by clicking the right arrow above… 15 8: Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £9.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Usually when a player moves from Southampton to Liverpool and their FPL value drastically increases, it doesn’t end well. However, there’s nothing to say Mane couldn’t be the exception to the rule, as Jurgen Klopp obviously believes in the Senegalese midfielder enough to invest £30m in him. 1: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United, £11.5m) – Click the arrow above, right, to see the next player – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is confident he can become a ‘God’ at Manchester United this season. If he’s going to cost £11.5m, he flipping well should be, too! Can the 34-year-old Swede cut it in the Premier League after four seasons in France? Time will tell, but initially he is quite a risk if you’re looking to put him in your team. 15 3: Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, £4.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – This is definitely one to keep an eye on as Victor Valdes has not yet featured for Boro in either of their two pre-season friendlies so far. However, if he does become established in the side by the start of the season, Valdes could well be great value for money as a cheap rotation goalkeeper. 14: Victor Wanyama (Spurs, £5.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Similarly to N’Golo Kante, Victor Wanyama’s low Fantasy Premier League price is due to his regular position in defensive midfield. However, Wanyama has managed to pick up the odd goal in the past and so may be a better bet than Kante when it comes to getting Fantasy Premier League points. 15 9: Jordan Ibe (Bournemouth, £5.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Signed for a club record fee of £15m, 20-year-old Jordan Ibe will be looking to prove his worth on the south coast this season. Given he only costs £5.5m in fantasy league terms, Ibe could turn out to be a bargain if he hits the ground running at Bournemouth. 15 7: Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace, £4.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Steve Mandanda kept nine clean sheets in 36 league games for Marseille last season, despite the side enduring a woeful campaign in which they finished 13th. Now he’s jumped from that sinking ship and rocked up at Palace… who finished 15th last season. However, at £4.5m he could still be a good value rotation keeper for you, similar to Victor Valdes. 13: Nolito (Manchester City, £9.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Nolito netted 12 league goals for Celta Vigo last season as well as recording seven assists. But as we all know, success in Spain does not automatically constitute success in England and we’d all want at least some form of guarantee if we’re going to shell out £9m for any midfielder. 15 2: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea, £9.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Nobody really knows yet how Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte will structure his side next season. If it’s with three at the back and two up top, Michy Batshuayi could turn out to be good value for money. But, if it’s the more likely four at the back and one up top formation, Diego Costa will surely be first choice. 5: Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, £4.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Nathan Ake was Watford’s Young Player of the Year after a decent last campaign with the Hornets, however they couldn’t re-sign him and so this bargain defender has ended up at Bournemouth. The risk with Ake is his clean sheet points will largely depend on the performances of the rest of the Cherries’ defence, although his price tag is so low he should probably still be considered. 15 15 15 15 12: Martin Stekelenburg (Everton, £5.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Although he will have to compete with Joel Robles, Dutch goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg has just been signed by Everton’s new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman to replace outgoing number one Tim Howard. This is likely to mean he will start for the Toffees come the beginning of the season and could be good value for money given Everton already have a decent back four. 15 4: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal, £5.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Granit Xhaka recorded as many red cards as he did goals in the Bundesliga for Monchengladbach last season. This may explain why Arsenal’s new £35m man has just a £5.5m fantasy price tag. It seems unlikely the Swiss midfielder’s role will change to a more attacking one with the Gunners and so he really isn’t fantastic value for money in Fantasy Premier League terms. 11: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, £5.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Last season N’Golo Kante was one of the best players in the Premier League, but in the Fantasy Premier League his numbers did not reflect this. Despite being incredibly cheap in an FPL sense – he actually cost Chelsea £30m – N’Golo Kante is still not great value for money for your fantasy team as he is not regularly among the goals or assists. 15 15 15 6: Ahmed Musa (Leicester, £7.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Ahmed Musa has likened himself to Jamie Vardy upon his arrival at champions Leicester, but will the Foxes’ record signing be able to oust their top goal scorer from his forward position? If not Musa can also play on the wing, but there are plenty of cheaper wingers around than this £7.5m newbie. 15 15 10: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United, £9.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Having racked up 11 goals and 15 assists for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems to be a great signing by Jose Mourinho. If he can replicate that form in England, Mkhitaryan will be well worth his £9.5m price tag. However it is certainly a risk to sign him from the start, given the Armenian has never tasted English football before. 15: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City, £5.5m) – Ilkay Gundogan recorded just two goals and three assists in his 30 appearances for Borussia Dortmund last season. Despite his injury woes, this is still a very poor record, but Man City have decided to fork out £21m for him so who knows how he’ll perform next year. Be careful when buying him though as he is currently listed as injured!last_img read more

first_imgTwo young ladies from Donegal scooped National awards at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ireland National Convention in Cork.Emma Boylan President of JCI Donegal won the award for Most Outstanding Local President in Ireland. Nikki Bradley Vice President of JCI Donegal won the award for Most Outstanding New Member in Ireland. Emma has also been appointed as Director of Communications for JCI Ireland for 2015. Junior Chamber International Ireland started a new JCI branch in Donegal in January of this year. To date there is 28 members with lots of interest from other parties.The branch have ran many events including The Outstanding Young Person Awards and the Friendly Business Awards. Those awarded at these events in Donegal went on to be recognised nationally. Most recently Patrick Gildea Hairdressers was awarded nationally for their Shop Layout.JCI Donegal also gets involved with the community. JCI members slept outside last weekend to help raise awareness for the Simon Community, they have been involved with Pieta House, the St. Patrick Day’s Parade and much more.JCI also caters for individual members needs by providing training to develop and grow young people between the age of 18 and 40. Emma Boylan President of JCI Donegal commented “Myself and Nikki were delighted to receive the awards! What we are even more delighted about it is that JCI has finally come to Donegal. It’s an amazing initiative for young people and we are now the second biggest branch in Ireland.” Emma laughed “I have told JCI Dublin, who have 48, we will be bigger than them before year end, Donegal can beat Dublin again!”JCI is a place where young leaders and entrepreneurs meet, learn and grow. JCI Donegal is seeking young people in their 20’s and 30’s who are dynamic and enthusiastic, motivated and interested in increasing their exploitable skills set.For more information email Emma at jcidonegal@gmail.com or find JCI Donegal on Facebook and twitter. DONEGAL LADIES PROVE THEY’RE NO JUNIORS AT CHAMBER AWARDS was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalEmma BoylanJunior Chambernikki bradleylast_img read more

first_imgSUPER VALU KITS FOR CLUBS: CLG Iorras wish to say a massive thanks to Super Valu Buncrana and Carndonagh for the kits our under age teams received on Saturday. Big thanks also to all who supported the club these past weeks by dropping your receipts in the club box in both stores. The boys and girls were so delighted to meet Michael Murphy too. SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL:Senior men down to play Aodh Ruadh in Ballyshannon this weekend. At time of notes going to press unsure of our reserve men’s fixture. Please check our Facebook page for details for this weekend fixtures in league division 3.  CLUB BINGO:Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. MATCH N WIN: September 1st: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 1, 6, 14 & 15.€15 winners:Gerard Doherty (T), Annaugh.Conan O’Neill, C/o Patsy Devlin.Sadie Porter, Gaddyduff.Kevin Mc Laughlin, Beltra, Isle of Doagh.Donaghey Family, Dunaff.Jackpot next week €1,820. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and all who support the club in this weekly draw. FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Saturday: U13 girls home to Termon B.Sunday: U16 boys play Robert Emmetts.As fixtures may change for various reasons please check our Facebook page daily for times etc.Urris GAA delighted with new jerseys! was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:clg iorrasjerseyskits for clubsNotesSuper ValuURRIS GAAlast_img read more

first_imgGardai have warned motorists not to leave keys in their cars after a suspect escaped on foot after a high-speed chase yesterday.It is believed the suspect had been under surveillance in Letterkenny when Gardai decided to question him about a a drugs-related incident.However the man fled at high speed in the direction of Glenswilly before abandoning his car at Breenagh. The man then fled on foot through nearby fields and was pursued by a number of Gardai.A number of locals also turned out to search for the suspect in fields, sheds and outhouses.However as of last night the suspect had not been located.Gardai then warned local people not to leave car keys in vehicles parked close to their homes. A source said: “We feel this guy could go to any lengths to avoid being caught.“We would ask people not to leave keys in cars because they are only inviting this suspect to take their vehicle.“We want to question him about a number of incidents in the Letterkenny area.“We would ask people who may have witnessed anybody acting suspiciously in the Glenswilly area on Sunday afternoon to contact us as soon as possible,” he said.Ends www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMANHUNT AS GARDAI ISSUE WARNING OVER ESCAPED SUSPECT was last modified: October 17th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Gardaglenswillyletterkennysuspectlast_img read more

first_imgDDTV: Dolphins put on a show off Portnoo, Co Donegal, on Saturday.Footage was shot for donegaldaily.com by Sarah McGill. You can send your videos to info@donegaldaily.com.The children on the boat certainly enjoyed the show.Click play to watch and enjoy.  DDTV: VIDEO OF DOLPHINS PUTTING ON A SHOW OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 28th, 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF DOLPHINS PUTTING ON A SHOW OFF DONEGAL COASTNarinPortnoolast_img read more

first_imgUganda Cranes Winger Lumala Abdu to miss the match against Walawi (PHOTO/File)AFCON 2021 Qualifier Uganda vs MalawiMandela National Stadium, Namboole Sunday, 17-11-2019 @4pmUganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 away to Burkina Faso on Wednesday.The Cranes are minutes away from their second AFCON 2021 Qualifier against Malawi at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.In the team that has been announced, Bavis Mugabi slots in at center-back alongside Murushid Jjuuko as former KCCA FC captain Timothy Awanyi drops to the bench.At right-back, Nicholas Wadada starts while Joseph Ochaya retains his role at left-back.William Kizito Luwagga also gets the nod to start. He replaces the injured Abdu Lumala who is not part of the match-day squad.The other chance sees Vipers SC striker Fahad Bayo comes in for Patrick Kaddu.The Uganda Cranes starting team against MalawiDenis Onyango (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Jjuuko, Bevis Mugabi, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Kizito Luwagga, Emmanuel Okwi, Faruku Miya, Fahad Bayo.Substitutes Robert Odongkara (GK), Charles Lukwago (GK), Halid Lwaliwa, Taddeo Lwanga, William Kizito, Allan Kyambadde, Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello, Isaac Muleme, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Timothy Denis Awany, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Henry Patrick KadduComments Tags: AFCON 2021Johnathan McKinstrytopUganda Craneslast_img read more

first_img15 March 2010Durban/eThekwini is so hyped for the 2010 Fifa World Cup that the municipality has launched an informal challenge among its departments to see “which team can be dubbed the best 2010 Fifa World Cup Supporter”.First it was the Revenue branch, with an innovative weekly campaign showcasing different countries participating in the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (See: Football Fridays take off in eThekwini.) Now the Treasury Admin team has got in on the act.“We at Administration, are challenging the Revenue Call Centre,” says Lauren of Treasury Admin. “We too have the soccer fever and an even mightier team spirit! We will also soon be challenging them on the Diski Dance.”Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.The competitive juices are clearly starting to flow in South Africa’s “Surf City” as the World Cup kick-off approaches. Go, Durban!Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Key Quotes from Steve Jobs:“This is life in the smartphone world. Phones aren’t perfect.”“X marks the spot. You know exactly where to hold it.”“The data says the issue has been blown so far out of proportion, it’s incredible.”To the press: ” I wish we could have done this in the first 48 hours, but then you wouldn’t have had so much to write about.”How to Get Your Free CaseApple will send every iPhone 4 owner a free case. Starting next week, users will be able to apply for a free case on Apple’s website. Jobs also acknowledged that Apple can’t make enough bumpers to satisfy demand, so it will source cases from other vendors as well. If you bought a bumper from Apple, the company will issue a refund. Apple will not, however, offer refunds to users who bought third-party cases.Jobs: Every Smartphone has the Same Antenna ProblemJobs noted that only 0.55% percent of Apple’s customers have called the company’s customer service line to complain about issues with the iPhone 4’s reception, and that Apple is seeing lower return rates for the iPhone 4 than during the iPhone 3GS launch. During his presentation, Jobs also argued that the iPhone 4’s antenna issues are not unique and can be found in almost every modern smartphone on the market. Apple has sold over 3 million iPhone 4s over the last three weeks. The white version of the iPhone 4 will ship at the end of July. iPhone 4 Drops Just as Many Calls as the 3GSThe press conference opened with the iPhone Antenna song. After this, Steve Jobs noted that Apple loves “making our users happy.” According to Jobs, Apple has known about this issues since the iPhone 4 launch. Jobs, however, also argues that this problem isn’t unique to the iPhone 4. Other phones, including the Blackberry Bold and HTC Droid Eris, see similar drops when the phones are held in a specific way. According to Jobs, “This is life in the smartphone world. Phones aren’t perfect.” Based on AT&T’s data, iPhone 4 users are seeing roughly about the same number of dropped calls as iPhone 3GS users. The receptions issues with the iPhone 4, according to Jobs, have been “blown so far out of proportion, it’s incredible.” Jobs also noted that only 20% of iPhone 4 are currently using cases, while about 80% of iPhone 3G and 3GS users bought a case for their phones. This, said Jobs, could be the reason why more users are now reporting problems with their receptions.Apple, according to Jobs, has 17 anechoic chambers and invested over $100 million in its antenna-testing facilities over the last five years. The company has 18 PhD scientists and engineers on staff who are working on the design of these antennas. Overall, Apple clearly tried to downplay the issues with the iPhone’s antenna during today’s presentation. During the Q&A session after the presentation, Jobs also lashed out at the press. Specifically, he argued that this story has been blown completely out of proportions and the the New York Times (and others) “are just making this stuff up.”How it All StartedThe antenna issue went undetected during the first round of reviews before the new iPhone’s launch, but users (including this author), quickly noticed these problems after they received their phones. Since then, Apple has launched an update to the iOS operating system that changes how the software calculates the number of signal bars. According to most pundits, the new method gives users a more realistic view of their iPhone’s actual signal strength. This fix, however, did not alleviate any of the antenna issues that iPhone 4 users have reported. Tags:#Apple#news#web frederic lardinois Apple is going to offer every iPhone 4 user a free case until September 30th and won’t charge users a restocking fee if they are unhappy with their iPhone 4 purchase. Apple made this announcement at a small press conference on the company’s Cupertino, California campus today. The press conference started with an admission from Apple CEO Steve Jobs that Apple is “not perfect. Phones are not perfect. But we want to make all our users happy.” center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more