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Sony Mobile

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. is a multinational telecommunications company founded on October 1, 2001 as a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson, headquartered in Tokyo and wholly owned by Sony. It was incorporated as Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, headquartered in London, until Sony acquired Ericsson's share in the venture on February 16, 2012. Sony Mobile has development facilities in Lund, Sweden. At its peak in 2007, Sony Ericsson held a 9 percent global mobile phone market share making it the fourth largest vendor at the time; as of 2017 Sony Mobile held 4.8 % in Europe and 16.3 % in Japan. Since the current ownership structure, Sony Mobile create Android-powered smartphones under the Xperia sub-brand name - it currently or developed tablet computers and fitness trackers, alongside accessories and software for the devices; the current flagship device is the Sony Xperia 1 II. Swedish company Ericsson had been making mobile cell phones since the 1980s, their first handheld device being the Hotline Pocket introduced in 1987.

In the United States, Ericsson partnered with General Electric in the early nineties as Ericsson Mobile Communications to establish a US presence and brand recognition. General Electric left the joint venture. Ericsson had decided to obtain chips for its phones from a single source—a Philips facility in New Mexico. On March 17, 2000, a fire at the Philips factory contaminated the sterile facility. Philips assured Nokia that production would be delayed for no more than a week; when it became clear that production would be compromised for months, Ericsson was faced with a serious shortage. Nokia had begun to obtain parts from alternative sources, but Ericsson's position was much worse as production of current models and the launch of new ones was held up. Ericsson, in the mobile phone market for decades, was the world's third largest cellular telephone handset maker at the time behind Nokia and Motorola, was struggling with huge losses and decreasing market share; this was due to this fire as well as its inability to produce cheaper phones or fashionably-designed phones like Nokia managed to do.

Speculation began about a possible sale by Ericsson of its mobile phone division, but the company's president, Kurt Hellström, said it had no plans to do so. Hellström said, "Mobile phones are a core business for Ericsson. We wouldn't be as successful if we didn't have phones". Sony was a marginal player in the worldwide mobile phone market with a share of less than 1 percent in 2000. By August 2001, the two companies had finalised the terms of the merger announced in April. Ericsson contributed a majority of the Ericsson Mobile Communications company, excluding a minor part spun off as Ericsson Mobile Platforms. Sony contributed its entire handset division; the company was to have an initial workforce of 3,500 employees. Sony Ericsson's strategy was to release new models capable of digital photography as well as other multimedia capabilities such as downloading and viewing video clips and personal information management capabilities. To this end, it released several new models which had built-in digital camera and colour screen which were novelties at that time - examples include the Sony Ericsson T610, the P800 UIQ smartphone, the K700 handset.

The joint venture continued to make bigger losses in spite of booming sales - however it paid off as Sony Ericsson made its first profit in 2003 and in the following years increased handset sales. The joint venture was regarded to have been a success. In 2005, Sony Ericsson introduced the K750i with a 2 megapixel camera, as well as its platform mate, the W800i, the first of the Walkman phones capable of 30 hours of music playback. In October 2005, Sony Ericsson presented the first mobile phone based on UIQ 3, the P990. In 2005, Sony Ericsson agreed to become the global title sponsor for the WTA Tour in a deal worth $88 million US dollars over 6 years; the women's pro tennis circuit was renamed the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Just over a month on June 7, it announced sponsorship of West Indian batsmen Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan. In 2007, the company's first 5-Megapixel camera phone, the Sony Ericsson K850i, was announced followed in 2008 by the C905, the world's first 8.1-Megapixel camera phone.

At Mobile World Congress 2009, Sony Ericsson unveiled the first 12-Megapixel camera phone, named Satio. On January 2, 2009, Sony Ericsson announced in Stockholm that it would have some of its mobile phones made in India, that its two outsourcing partners and Foxconn would manufacture ten million mobile phones per year by 2009. CEO Miles Flint announced at a press conference held with India's communications minister Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai that India was one of the fastest growing markets in the world and a priority market for Sony Ericsson with 105 million users of GSM mobile telephones. Sony Ericsson's handset shipments fell from a high of 30.8m in Q4 1999 to only 8.1m in Q1 2003. The company had made net losses in six of the 15 quarters and seen its cash reserves shrink from €2.2bn to €599m, after taking a €375m cash injection from its joint owners. The eclipse of the Symbian operating system by Apple's iPhone, by Google's Android, has affected Sony Ericsson's position in the market; the company struggled following the launch of Apple's iPhone in the third quarter of 2007.

Sony Ericsson was overtaken by its South Korean rival LG Electronics in Q1 2008. Sony Ericss

Thomas Burrows

Thomas E. Burrows is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves organization; the Seattle Mariners selected Burrows in the fourth round, with the 117th overall selection, of the 2016 MLB draft. Burrows attended Mars Hill Bible School in Alabama; as a pitcher for the school's baseball team, he was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super All-State team in 2012 and 2013. He enrolled at the University of Alabama, where he played college baseball for the Alabama Crimson Tide, he was named a Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2014. He was added to the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award. During the summer of 2015, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League, he set. The Seattle Mariners selected Burrows in the fourth round, with the 117th overall selection, of the 2016 MLB draft. After he signed with the Mariners, he made his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League for whom in 24.2 innings he had an ERA of 2.55.

On January 11, 2017, the Mariners traded Burrows and Luiz Gohara to the Atlanta Braves for Mallex Smith and Shae Simmons. The Braves assigned him to the Rome Braves, where he spent all of 2017, posting a 3-5 record with a 2.16 ERA in 66.2 innings pitched. He began the 2018 season with Rome before being promoted to the Florida Fire Frogs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, finishing the season with the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference

Kenneth Downie

Kenneth Downie is a composer of brass band music. He was born in Glasgow and educated at Greenock High School, the Royal Manchester College of Music and Durham University, he became a specialist music teacher in schools before leaving his position as Head of Music at Poole Grammar School to go into the jewellery business in 1976. His published compositions, now numbering over 50, span a period of 30 years and are for brass band or choir. Recent commissions include music for the Hampshire County Youth Band, City of Winchester Brass, International Staff Band of The Salvation Army and the Swiss and Norwegian National Brass Band Championships. In 1998 and 2000 his'Purcell Variations' and'Music for the Common Man' were chosen as section one regional test pieces for the National Brass Band Championships.'Music for the Common Man' was the test piece for the first section in the National Mineworkers' Contest in 2007 In April 1998 he was appointed to the post of Composer in Residence to the Yorkshire Building Society Band, thus began a fruitful relationship involving concerts and recordings.

In November 1999 his contribution to Salvation Army music was recognised by the New York Staff Band when he was invited to be the guest at their annual Profile Night. In July 2001 Kenneth was appointed as'creative consultant' to the Salvation Army's Music Ministries department in London with special responsibility for the nurture of promising young composers. In September 2001 a tribute CD from Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band was released on the Egon label. Using music drawn from Salvation Army and contesting band repertoire, the CD is conducted by David Hirst and Stephen Cobb. In June 2003 a choral work for mixed voices `Veni Emmanuel` was premiered by the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army at the Royal Albert Hall London. Kenneth Downie was selected to write the test piece for the Championship Section of the European Brass Band Championships, held in Glasgow in April 2004; the work is a set of variations on that tune. St Magnus was selected in 2008 as the North American Brass Band Championships test piece.

In April 2006, a further tribute CD from The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army was released, this time on the SP&S label. The CD, called St Magnus, includes the first studio recording of that music, the test piece for the Championship Section of the 2004 European Brass Band Championships. In May 2007, it was announced that Kenneth Downie had been commissioned and had written the test piece for the 2007 British Open Brass Band Championship.'Visions of Gerontius' is based on the hymn tune Gerontius of John Bacchus Dykes. He was commissioned to write a new piece for the Elite Section in the Swedish Brass Band Festival of 2008; the piece is called'Swedish Festival Music' and was premiered at SBBF in November 2008. As he was the "guest of honour" at the festival, all the other sections used his works as well, he lives in Devon with his wife Patricia, a musician, teaching pianoforte and singing. They are both active lay-Salvationists. Kantaramusik is his own publishing company. Kantaramusik publications are distributed by Salvation Army Trading Company Limited through its trading brand World of Brass.

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