Monthly Archives: January 2019

Romet Relocation Supports Global Expansion

Upgraded Facility Increases Capacity, Enhances Customer Service

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Romet Limited, the leading provider of natural gas meters and meter-related services, today announced the successful relocation of its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. News of the impending move was originally released in June, 2018 at the opening of the 27th annual World Gas Conference in Washington D.C., and the initiative was completed and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony early this year.

Romet Relocation Supports Global Expansion

Romet Limited employees are led by Vice Chairman Roy Sutterfield (front left) and CEO Brent Collver, P.Eng. (front right) in a ribbon cutting. The ceremony marks the relocation of the natural gas meter company to a larger, more modern facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

“With state-of-the-art equipment and a strong team, we’re now even better positioned to meet growing demand for our products and services,” said Brett Collver, P.Eng., CEO of Romet. “The new space features modern machining and calibration equipment for metering and electronics production to help us best serve the investor-owned utilities and other businesses worldwide that count on us.”

The relocation to the larger facility, located just minutes from the previous location, involved zero downtime and no disruption in the company’s ability to meet customer needs. “Our top priority was a seamless experience for our customers, our employees and the community,” said CEO Collver, who spearheaded the physical move and plays a pivotal role in maximizing its benefits long term.

This significant capital investment signifies Romet’s commitment to customers, the industry and the role of natural gas as a primary energy source, according to Roy Sutterfield, vice chairman of Romet’s board of directors.

“Our strategic priorities center on customer satisfaction and product innovation,” Sutterfield said, pointing to the company’s leadership in the design, development and production of the IoT-enabled rotary gas meters and electronics that support smart cities and smart factories across the globe.

About Romet

Romet is an international market leader in positive displacement rotary gas meters, electronic volume, temperature instrumentation and auxiliary equipment for the natural gas industry. Founded in 1972, the Toronto-based company markets and sells its products through authorized agents, representatives, and distributors worldwide, and is known for its high-quality products, innovative technology and strong commitment to customer service. Named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018, Romet has experienced double-digit, year-over-year growth for the past six years.

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Facebook Takes Down Vast Iran-Led Manipulation Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook said Thursday it took down hundreds of “inauthentic” accounts from Iran that were part of a vast manipulation campaign operating in more than 20 countries.

The world’s biggest social network said it removed 783 pages, groups and accounts “for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran.”

The pages were part of a campaign to promote Iranian interests in various countries by creating fake identities as residents of those nations, according to a statement by Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook.

The announcement was the latest by Facebook as it seeks to stamp out efforts by state actors and others to manipulate the social network using fraudulent accounts.

“We are constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” Gleicher said.

“We’re taking down these pages, groups and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they post. In this case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.”

The operators “typically represented themselves as locals, often using fake accounts, and posted news stories on current events,” including “commentary that repurposed Iranian state media’s reporting on topics like Israel-Palestine relations and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen,” Gleicher said.

“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our manual review linked these accounts to Iran.”

The operation dating back to as early as 2010 had 262 pages, 356 accounts, and three groups on Facebook, as well as 162 accounts on Instagram and were followed by about two million users.

Facebook said the fake accounts were part of an influence campaign that operated in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, U.S., and Yemen.

Facebook began looking into these kinds of activities after revelations of Russian influence campaigns during the 2016 U.S. election, aimed at sowing discord.

Source: Voice of America

Survey: 2018 ‘Worst Year Ever’ for Smartphone Market

WASHINGTON Global smartphone sales saw their worst contraction ever in 2018, and the outlook for 2019 isn’t much better, new surveys show.

Worldwide handset volumes declined 4.1 percent in 2018 to a total of 1.4 billion units shipped for the full year, according to research firm IDC, which sees a potential for further declines this year.

“Globally the smartphone market is a mess right now,” said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

“Outside of a handful of high-growth markets like India, Indonesia, (South) Korea and Vietnam, we did not see a lot of positive activity in 2018.”

Reith said the market has been hit by consumers waiting longer to replace their phones, frustration around the high cost of premium devices, and political and economic uncertainty.

The Chinese market, which accounts for roughly 30 percent of smartphone sales, was especially hard hit with a 10 percent drop, according to IDC’s survey, which was released Wednesday.

IDC said the top five smartphone makers have become stronger and now account for 69 percent of worldwide sales, up from 63 percent a year ago.

Samsung remained the number one handset maker with a 20.8 percent share despite an eight percent sales slump for the year, IDC said.

Apple managed to recapture the number two position with a 14.9 percent market share, moving ahead of Huawei at 14.7 percent, the survey found.

IDC said fourth-quarter smartphone sales fell 4.9 percent – the fifth consecutive quarter of decline.

“The challenging holiday quarter closes out the worst year ever for smartphone shipments,” IDC said in its report.

A separate report by Counterpoint Research showed similar findings, estimating a seven percent drop in the fourth quarter and four percent drop for the full year.

“The collective smartphone shipment growth of emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia and others was not enough to offset the decline in China,” said Counterpoint associate director Tarun Pathak.

Source: Voice of America

South Jakarta Mayor Wants Pasar Jaya to Provide Laboratory in Market

South Jakarta Mayor, Marullah Matali suggests Perumda Pasar Jaya to provide laboratory in each market to prevent merchant from selling food that contains of hazardous substances in the market. He assessed this laboratory is needed to monitor ingredients of food commodities before merchant sells it.

“If possible, I want Perumda Pasar Jaya to provide laboratory in each of its markets,” he stated, Wednesday (1/30).

According to him, special personnel from Maritime Agriculture and Food Security (KPKP) Sub-department and National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) are also needed besides the laboratory.

“We will support Perumda by assigning KPKP Sub-department personnel and coordinating with BPOM to monitor food commodities loaded by merchants. Thus commodities in market are safe to be consumed by customers,” he explained.

Source: Berita Jakarta