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Restaurant on Wheels Offers Affordable Prices

first_imgMr. Benjamin Darpoh, 40, of 19th Street in Monrovia has found the most effective way to bring food to his customers.“Customers call me and I supply them with food at affordable prices,” Darpoh said in an interview yesterday. Supplying food to his customers is done from a mobile restaurant.Described as ‘mobile kitchen’ the vehicle is equipped with a deep freezer, a microwave oven, an electric cooker, a mini freezer and many gadgets that make his venture workable.Darpoh, a father of two young children, said he decided to venture into this business to offer cheap but quality food service to people that do not have the time to go for lunch. “Catering runs in my family and for me it is a hobby. I love cooking, right. I learned it from my mother (Madam McLeod Darpoh, former Commerce Minister). I turned what became my hobby into a money-making venture,” he said.Darpoh said he started the business with assistance from one of his cousins. “A lot of people are not involved into this particular business and my cousin embraced the idea and today I am finally doing it,” he said.He admitted the cost to the venture is high, “and since I began two and half months ago, the profit is trickling in and I know that with time things will become better.”On the challenges he faces as the owner of a restaurant on wheels, he said the prices are not stable because of the inability of the Liberian government to regulate commodity prices. However, he is not deterred and is moving ahead.Mr. Darpoh urged Liberians to visit him on Broad Street, opposite Rivoli Cinema to taste his cuisine that is taking the city by storm.Some of the foods he offers include hot dogs, chicken burger/Hamburger, chicken sandwich, French fries, fried chicken, fried rice and chicken and chicken pie.Many of his customers are students of the nearby BW Harris High School. Sales are higher in the evening hours, he said, and he has offers for group services.“I’m working on delivery services to my customers anywhere in the city using motorbikes,” Darpoh said.For now the long white bus depicting his wares, is seen near the Rivoli Cinema with chairs set out for customers to enjoy the meals that only Ben Darpoh and his team can offer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has inked p

first_imgGerman pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has inked programming deals with several German distributors. Sky has sealed deals with Splendid, Telepool and Tobis, giving it access to movie titles including The Ides of March and The Expendables 2.The deals run until 2014 and cover linear TV, VOD and SVOD.last_img

Home monitoring and security could represent an im

first_imgHome monitoring and security could represent an important new high-growth revenue stream for European cable operators, attendees at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit in Vienna heard on Friday.Market studies in Switzerland showed that interactive home monitoring systems would appeal to between 21-28% of homes over the next four to five years, according to Markus Doetsch, executive vice-president and head of smart living, Swisscom, speaking on a panel session on Friday.Doetsch said people were increasingly organising their lives around their smartphones and it was only a small step to extend this to using these devices to monitor and control their homes. He said telcos and cable operators were well positioned to deliver these services. Swisscom’s Smart Living product provides subscribers with three interfaces to interact with the home – via smartphone, the web and a dedicated touchscreen device interface. Swisscom provides a dedicated wireless home device as the key device for interacting with the home.Home monitoring and security is already big business in the US, where there is a greater emphasis on the home security element. In Europe, home energy monitoring is seen as providing greater potential. In addition to energy monitoring, Swisscom does provide a home security service but not as a default option.Swisscom also offers its service as a hosted white label service to third party operators, including cable providers, and plans to offer it internationally next year. Doetsch said utility companies were one of the groups teaming up with Swisscom to offer the service.About 40% of US homes are now equipped with ‘smart’ systems, according to Chris Stevens, vice-president of home monitoring software provider iControl, speaking on the same panel session. In Europe about 30% of homes have such systems, he said.In western Europe, the services business associated with this is expected to grow to US$2 billion (€1.54 billion) over the next five years.In the US, monitored home security systems have about 20% penetration, generating ARPUs of up to US$30. This represents a strong opportunity for cable operators, said Stevens. In western Europe there has been a greater concentration on home and energy management. There is an opportunity to market ‘stay connected’ systems to homes that have not yet purchased home security systems, he said.Over half of purchasers of systems are women, said Stevens.In the US, Comcast offers Xfinity Home Security, available nationally, while Time Warner Cable Intelligent Home Service is available on a rolling basis in selected marekts. Cox offers Cox Home Security for US$40 a month with a US$99 professional installation. Verizon FiOS offers home monitoring and control without 24-hour alarm response for US$9.99.US research has shown that 6% of households without security are willing to pay US$10 additionally for energy monitoring, according to figures cited during the session by Duane Dick, senior partner at Sand Cherry Associates.last_img read more

Frances Hadopi commission the body tasked with i

first_imgFrance’s Hadopi commission, the body tasked with implementing the country’s controversial anti-piracy regime, has had its budget cut from €11 million to €9 million, Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais has confirmed.The Hadopi, which was tasked by the previous French government with tackling illegal filesharing by issuing warning notices and ultimately fining and cutting off the internet connections of persistent offenders, has been criticised by the current culture and communication minister, Aurélie Fillipetti, as being expensive and ineffective. Marais defended the body’s record when she delivered its annual report yesterday.last_img