BARCELONA, Spain:Having sold over 100 million smart phones last year, Chinese-based cell phone giants Huawei remains confident its partnership with Lionel Messi will now lead its organisation to the top of global phone sales soon. Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year winner and as the first player to achieve that historic feat, many consider him one of the all time football greats.Messi, who represents Spanish club Barcelona was recently named global brand ambassador for Huawei during a press conference held in the city.With Messi being born in Rosario Argentina in the same year as Huawei’s inception in 1987, the organisation has labelled the partnership as a “perfect fit”.long-term partnership”We are seeking a long term partnership. He is a win-win, look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG said.The Messi and Huawei partnership is over a three year period, but no official figure was released on how much it will cost the Asian brand.Huawei is also the official Smart phone partner of London-based English football club Arsenal. It is set to launch their new P9 smart phone in London on April 6.Despite Huawei’s global sales last year, it remains one of the three top smart phone vendors in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.They, however, lead the Asian market by beating Xiaomi, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung to become the top smart phone vendor.The company hopes Messi can help raise its brand awareness in markets it has been making inroads in like Latin America, Asia and Europe where football enjoys a cult-like following.Meanwhile, according to Ho, five reasons which make Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality”.He stressed that Huawei is happy to be a sponsor of the Digicel Rising Star in Jamaica.
The University of Liberia (UL) yesterday announced the closure of classes in observance of the festive season, a release has said.According to the UL release, the decision followed the recently-held successful second college-wide graduation that brought much visibility and prominence especially to the undergraduate colleges, their deans, chairpersons, and the graduating students.Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, president of the university, who presided over the main Commencement Convocation on December 14, meanwhile extends profound thanks and appreciation to all who made possible the successful holding of the 97th Commencement Convocation. Specifically, Dr. Dennis extends his deepest gratitude to the Chairperson of the 97th Commencement Convocation, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice presidents, faculty, the administration, the chorus, UL police and the Staff Association for their dedication and hard work which they committed to planning and executing all the numerous ceremonies comprising this year’s commencement. Dennis also extends similar warm sentiments to the leadership of the graduating class, the leadership of ULSU and various campus-based organizations for meaningfully contributing to and participating in the commencement exercises. According to the release, the university will officially close today, Wednesday, December 21, and re-open for normal work on Tuesday, January 3 at 8:00 a.m. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)