Labouraffiliated trade unions met today to discus

first_imgLabour-affiliated trade unions met today to discuss the party’s Brexit position. Pressure has been building on the leadership, and Jeremy Corbyn in particular, to have a clear stance and back Remain – before being forced to do so by conference in September. But there has been resistance from Unite the Union general secretary Len McCluskey, as well as staffers in the leader’s office and dozens of Labour MPs. In addition to concerns about the potential electoral impact of such a shift, and the possible effect on popular faith in our democratic processes, opponents of ‘going full Remain’ have also pointed out that there are flaws in the plan to renegotiate the Brexit deal then put it to a public vote and campaign for Remain.This appears to have been a key factor in the conclusions reached at the meeting today. The final text produced by the unions shows that they have considered the argument that it would not be logical in the event of an early election for Labour to propose renegotiating Brexit, then campaign for Labour’s deal in parliament, hold a referendum and campaign against that very deal. The unions have taken into account this criticism by separating the TULO Brexit position into two scenarios. Below is the full text.Scenario 1The Labour Party should confirm that whatever deal is negotiated by the new Tory Prime Minister or an exit based on no deal should be put to the people in a public confirmatory vote. The options must be:Accepting the deal or a Tory no deal in the knowledge of its termsRemaining in the European Union.In this event, the Labour Party should campaign to remain in the European Union.Scenario 2In the event that a general election is called, Labour’s manifesto position should be: Negotiating with the European Union to respect the Brexit vote from 2016, reflecting the negotiating priorities that Labour has outlined. Any final Labour deal should then be put back to the people. The option on the ballot paper should be:Accepting the Labour negotiated dealRemaining in the European UnionThe Labour Party’s campaign position on such a ballot should depend on the deal negotiated.The first scenario makes clear that Labour would back Remain against a Tory deal or no deal. This position will please Remainers and be seen as sensible by most in the party. But according to the second scenario, Labour’s manifesto in a snap election would advocate renegotiating the deal, which would be put to a public vote but Labour would not necessarily support either its own deal or Remain. It would “depend on the deal negotiated”. This compromise is likely to be regarded as more ‘fudge’ by critics: it very explicitly declines to take a view on whether Remain is better than a Labour-negotiated deal, which is the crux of the ongoing controversy after all.Tags:Labour /Trade Unions /Brexit /Remain /last_img read more

Last Chance to See Sheriffs Wife Onstage

first_imgThis weekend marks the last chance to see Eliana Lopez’s one-woman re-enactment of the political scandal that almost ended her husband’s career. Political wonks and gossip mongers alike will find plenty of material to think about, including the possible motives and actions of just about everyone involved.The media drama began shortly after former city supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s swearing-in as sheriff on January 8, 2012. Less than a week later he was arrested on charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness. A criminal trial ended in a plea bargain in March 2012, with Mirkarimi facing a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge and six months’ separation from Lopez and their three-year-old son.The drama only heightened when Mayor Ed Lee demanded Mirkarimi’s resignation.  The sheriff refused to comply and the mayor then moved to oust him on grounds of official misconduct. The Board of Supervisors ultimately fell two votes short of removing Mirkarimi from office in December 2012, and he is running for re-election this November.The details are hardly the stuff of comedy, but if you see the play, Lopez is almost guaranteed to make you laugh – thanks mostly to the exaggerated caricatures she pulls off with considerable acting skill (she was a film and TV star in her native Venezuela). 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Her mother, grandfather, neighbor, and especially her husband are captured and reflected in a manner that, without being unkind, injects a respectable dose of humor into a story that is essentially a telenovela: She  – new to the city, new to a marriage, and isolated by language and culture; he – ambitious, busy in his career, and unavailable.Mirkarimi and Lopez (really Lopez and Lopez) fight when she tells him about her plans to travel to Venezuela with the couple’s then three-year-old son. The way Lopez remembers her arm being grabbed is telling: sudden and anti-climactic. The arm-grab is minimized to a non-event, a small marital error that was later blown out of proportion. Others, however, saw it as domestic abuse.Most effectively, Lopez takes on the roles of people with whom her relationships were less intimate. At one point, she impersonates a member of the media, saying that reporters and bloggers wanted to talk about her, not with her. Three years later, the tables are turned: Speaking for all the other players in her controversy, Lopez tells her tale in a controlled environment where she is in her element and nobody can interrupt.The prime example is the Mayor Ed Lee character, a squinty-eyed, heavily-accented “Mr. Lie” who walks around pocketing money while promising to rid the city of crime. (The first joke of the evening is a disclaimer warning that the characters are fictional and any similarity to real persons is coincidental.) Here, Lopez is openly accusatory: Mr. Lie extorts a jailed Mirkarimi, and tells him to confess and resign, so that the public might forget Mr. Lie’s fiscal transgressions and focus on Mirkarimi’s scandal instead. The tired, racist stereotype got some laughs from the Victoria Theater audience, but falls flat in a broader context and was a poor choice by Lopez.While it’s unlikely the piece will change anyone’s mind, it does offer a perspective Lopez was unable to convey as the city’s drama ran its course. And, in acting out the drama she lived through, Lopez also claims and controls her story – something that did not happen when she told Ivory Madison, the friend and neighbor who recorded a video of Lopez after the fight with her husband in case it came to a custody battle. Lopez says she was promised confidentiality, but her neighbor went to the police, and thus started the scandal. The show will be playing at the Victoria Theater on 16th and Capp streets this Friday and Saturday at 8 to 9:15 p.m., and on Sunday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available here. last_img read more

Community View Crowdpacs Not So Nonpartisan SF Endorsements

first_imgConway’s endorsements appear on every candidate’s page as “endorsed by” or “not endorsed by.” Only two other people and 11 groups are given the same prominence, joining Conway in Crowdpac’s key 14. A note explains, “These key leaders and groups hold a wide range of political stances.” However, almost any 14 leaders and groups, chosen at random, would “hold a wide range of political stances.” Why were those specific 14 chosen? No explanation of the criteria is provided on Crowdpac.For the record, the two other people in Crowdpac’s key 14 are Dianne Feinstein and Gavin Newsom, which means that Crowdpac considers it more important for voters to see the endorsement of former mayors than the endorsement of the current mayor, Ed Lee.The groups in Crowdpac’s key 14 are the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, San Francisco Democratic Party, San Francisco Green Party, San Francisco Labor Council, San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, San Francisco Moderates, San Francisco Tech Democrats, San Francisco Tenants Union, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, and San Francisco Young Democrats. The group names appear on the candidate’s pages as simple text, not linked to a full slate of endorsements or any information about the group, as users expect on an interactive website like Crowdpac.It is unlikely to be a mistake when a company like Crowdpac makes data difficult to find. Crowdpac is a well-funded company of data experts, “putting informative political data in our users’ hands,” as it says on Crowdpac’s About page. They know how to provide data, when they want to.The candidate endorsements from most individuals and groups are difficult to find on Crowdpac. On a candidate page, a user might expect a link to See More Endorsements, following the endorsements from Crowdpac’s key 14, but no link is there. The website has only one link to a page of all individuals and groups, if the user can remember where the link is. (Starting from a candidate page, a user goes back the San Francisco Election page and clicks the See All link.) Then the user searches among individuals and groups, which are not in alphabetical order, and clicks an individual or group, finally seeing candidate endorsements. To see the candidate endorsements of five or ten groups, the user opens five or ten pages.For the data experts at Crowdpac, it would be simple to provide an interactive table of endorsements, with candidates across the top, and with people and organizations down the side. (The people and organizations would probably be arranged from more liberal to more conservative, an assessment that Crowdpac specializes in.) Instead, candidate endorsements are difficult to find on Crowdpac, except for the candidate endorsements from Crowdpac’s key 14, including Conway.The website doesn’t explain Conway’s connection to Crowdpac. Instead, the website emphasizes that Crowdpac is independent. The closest Crowdpac comes to explaining a conflict of interest is a statement on the About Crowdpac page, “We have raised our seed round of financing from several top tier venture capital funds and angel investors, including NEA, InterWest, Index Ventures, CAA and SV Angel.” SV Angel means Conway, a firm where he is the founder and co-managing partner.On October 16, Crowdpac retweeted a message from Conway, “Join me and vote in the 11/3 San Francisco election. Visit @Crowdpac to see my ballot and create one of your own.” The ballot that a user creates on Crowdpac is seen by the people a user shares it with, but Ron Conway’s ballot is seen by everyone who visits Crowdpac.How is this not hypocrisy, to claim to believe in small donors but emphasize the choices of a big donor? 0% Jay Martin is a technical writer, Mission resident, and MissionLocal member.Crowdpac, a website of election information, promotes the endorsements of Ron Conway, an investor in Crowdpac and Airbnb, while claiming to be “the only objective, data-driven guide to the candidates and ballot measures.”Crowdpac states on its FAQ page that it is “non-partisan and does not support any specific candidates or issue campaigns.” Its stated goal is to be a website for “learning about the candidates on your local ballot and supporting those across the country that match your priorities,” according to CEO and cofounder Steve Hilton in his blog post “Why We Launched Crowdpac.”A close look at Crowdpac’s website and Twitter account casts doubt on Crowdpac’s claims. In subtle and obvious ways, Crowdpac is sending a message instead of staying nonpartisan. The most obvious example is the prominence given to the candidate endorsements of Ron Conway.center_img Tags: Election 2015 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

More Than Trims at New Mission St Grooming Club

first_img Tags: Business • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “There is never a dull moment on Mission Street. It feels very authentic to San Francisco and has the hustle and bustle feel that drew me to this city in the first place,” he wrote.He also wanted to make the space really his own – and pulled out all the stops. DiCaro, it turns out, is also a fairly accomplished woodworker, and built all the cabinetry and countertops by hand (with some help from his carpenter father).The resulting aesthetic is rich with lots of highly polished dark wood, and heavy, luxurious accoutrements like an antler chandelier.DiCaro describes it as “posh and unassuming, never pretentious, always comfortable and welcoming.”After more success than he could handle at his smaller shop, DiCaro opted for a bigger space – and company. Six chairs are available inside The Refinery, and DiCaro is already finding more groomers to serve customers. His own workday, beginning between 9 and 10 a.m., often stretches past 8 p.m. or to 9 p.m.The experience itself is less about luxury and more about the person wielding the clippers.“The other day I had a guy see me, I cut his hair in hair school. I was honored that he tracked me down and wanted to see my shop.”In fact, plenty of transplants from Atlanta have reconnected with DiCaro in his adopted San Francisco – the owner of local shop Schatzi provided some of the other eclectic artifacts that adorn the grooming club (like a skateboard with Pabst Blue Ribbon logos and a mermaid figurehead.)One recent client, San Francisco teacher Ben Dorey, is also a figure from DiCaro’s past, having lived within a few blocks of him in Atlanta. “It’s just a great experience. Tony is a great conversationalist with just about anybody,” Dorey says.In his case, a grooming session is an opportunity to kick back – Dorey doesn’t drink, except a little at weddings and at appointments with DiCaro.“It’s sort of like my version of a spa day,” he said. “It’s an hour of relaxation where I talk about whatever I want to talk about and I’m pampered and well cared for.”“To get groomed can be more than getting your hair cut,” DiCaro said.The Refinery2589 Mission St415-525-4751 0%center_img Sure, Mission Street has plenty of hair salons, but have you ever been to a “grooming club”? That’s the idea behind The Refinery, now open on Mission Street near 22nd: Not really a barbershop, not really just a place to get your hair cut, but a place to be thoroughly groomed.It’s not a barber shop because DiCaro is not a barber (he doesn’t offer shaves using a straight razor), and because he shies away from being too gender-specific. Anyone can have short hair, and that is what he grooms.“I want you to come in and feel like you got groomed and pampered,” he said.Tony DiCaro, a cosmetologist from Atlanta, opened a studio in the ActivSpace building on Treat Street three years ago. He found himself quickly and profoundly booked solid and decided he needed to expand. He discovered the space at 2589 Mission Street, and immediately felt a connection.last_img read more

Battery Explodes Starts Fire in One Unit in SF Mission

first_img 0% Firefighters quickly controlled a small blaze inside a top floor apartment in a multi-story residential building on Folsom Street near 24th Street Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported and firefighters indicated nobody would be displaced.One firefighter on the scene said the apparent cause was an overheated battery for an electric bicycle, though he did not know how the overheating occurred.A tenant of the building confirmed no residents would be displaced but declined to comment further.Firefighters first reported the blaze at 12:06 p.m., and the fire appeared under control by 12:26 p.m. Debris from the fire on Folsom St. near 24th. Photo by Lola M. Chavez center_img Tags: Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Police conduct death investigation in downtown Wilmington

first_img According to WPD spokesperson Jennifer Dandron, there was one victim.Dandron said more details will be available tomorrow.If anyone has any information about this incident please use Text-a-Tip or call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is conducting an investigation into a death that occurred early this morning.Police said they responded to the 200 block of North Front Street around 6:15 a.m. Sunday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman Good Samaritan tried to help now charged in crime

first_img Police say earlier this month, Alan Pearson was in the Safeway on Wilshire Boulevard when he saw a woman being hit.Family members say Pearson offered to get the woman, now identified as Davis, some help, when Hakeem Sanders sucker punched Pearson.Police say Davis lied to police and claimed she didn’t know Sanders, but in reality, they had a relationship.Related Article: Moment of silence held for 17 killed in Florida a year agoDavis was placed under a $26,000 bond.Pearson was taken to the hospital, where he later died after his family removed him from life support.Sanders is charged with second degree murder, among other charges. Alessia Davis (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The woman a Good Samaritan attempted to help before he was allegedly hit by her partner, is now charged in the crime.Wilmington Police say Alessia Davis, 26, is now charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact. Both are felonies.- Advertisement – last_img read more

One dead after overdose in Wilmington motel

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman was found dead in a Wilmington motel late Monday night, according to Wilmington Police.According to a spokeswoman with WPD, officers responded to America’s Best Inn and Suites at 2929 Market Street around 11 p.m.- Advertisement – Officials said they believe she died from an overdose.last_img

Warm humid wet weather means mosquitoes could be on the rise

first_img NHCVC and local businesses like Mosquito Squad are on the hunt for the pests.The hot spot for mosquitoes in the county is constantly changing.“It used to be Fort Fisher. That was an active site for us down in the south, but in the last couple years, that hasn’t been the case. It’s actually been in the north part of the county, along the northeast Cape Fear River, so that’s our more active area,” Hemmen said.Related Article: Pender County rejects aerial spraying for mosquitoes for nowOne of the easiest ways to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard is to get rid of any standing water.“Make sure gutters are cleared. Anything that’s holding water, be sure to tip it over, turn it over and don’t let it collect on the property because that’s where the eggs are going to be deposited,” said Walt Wilson, the general manager of Mosquito Squad.Experts also recommend adding larvicide tablets to standing water to kill young mosquitoes. You can request Mosquito Squad to spray your yard with adulticides if necessary.There are 44 different types of mosquitoes in New Hanover County. Vector Control is on alert for the Asian Tiger Mosquito, as it can transmit diseases such as West Nile, Zika and more. A Mosquito Squad employee sprays for mosquitoes in New Hanover County (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year again, when slapping your skin and scratching a bite becomes common. With the warm, humid, and wet weather of summer approaching, you should start prepping for mosquitoes.“People can actually develop rashes from a mosquito bite, because they have the potential to carry disease. We’re constantly looking out for new species that are coming into the area,” said Marie Hemmen from New Hanover County Vector Control.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bharti Airtel awarded license to operate 2G and 3G mobile services in

first_imgAdvertisement Bharti Airtel plans to invest over USD 100 million in its operations in Rwanda over the next three years. The Company’s operations will also generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the country. “We are entering an exciting era in telecommunications in Rwanda, which entails bringing advanced broadband wireless services at more competitive prices and allowing more people in rural areas to access mobile technology,” said Hon. Dr. Ignace Gatare, Minister in the President’s Office in Charge of ICT. – Advertisement – “We welcome Bharti Airtel to Rwanda and are confident that their experience in operating in emerging markets will add immense value to our telecommunications sector. This also marks the largest investment out of India into Rwanda and will be invaluable in enhancing the economic cooperation between the two Nations.”Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said, “We are pleased to be part of the vision of the Government of Rwanda to take telecommunications forward as a priority. We will work with the Government to bring affordable and best in class mobile services that add value to the lives of people of Rwanda and contribute towards bridging the digital divide in the country.”“Rwanda is a key telecom market with immense growth potential and will strengthen Bharti Airtel’s footprint in East Africa.” added Mr. Mittal.Since its foray into Africa, Bharti Airtel has made significant strides with the successful launch of the ‘Airtel’ brand, bringing its eco-system of global   partnerships for IT, Network and Customer Care and introduction of affordable tariffs and innovative products. Going forward, the Company plans to leverage big opportunities in 3G voice & high speed wireless broadband and mobile commerce.last_img read more

Snipper AntiVirus Kenyas First Computer AntiVirus

first_imgAdvertisement A computer anti-virus has been developed in Kenya by a group of nine young innovators from Baringo County.The anti-virus  developed by Bunifu Technologies has an in-built console panel which will help the users recover infected files safely. Upon release, the solution is to be sold at Kshs 3,000.The Snipper anti-virus which took the group over a year and a half to develop also features a wireless and LAN scanner that can scan devices within your Wi-Fi range or over your local Area Network (LAN), a document, file and folder repair and restore, file and folder unlock sensor, wireless and LAN sensor as well as piracy protection. – Advertisement – According to Keith Korir, founder, Bunifu Technologies, the product is the first to be developed in Kenya and is better than others available in the Market.Korir added that it will be the toughest software for even hackers out there to crack.Upon release, there will be online upgrades for the product of the antivirus software though the company is also working on ways by which the upgrade will be done offline or without going to the internet.Having been in the industry since 2011, Bunifu Technologies has provided technology-based services and products that range from Android mobile apps, desktop applications, web applications and engineering solutions.Other products that have been developed by the firm include accounting software which provides real time analysis and record keeping of day to day transactions and Light Bolt SMS – a mass message sending utility that has ability to send customized personalized messages to many just from a single message.Bunifu’s other product is an exam management system that provides an easy interface for exams processing and analysis as well as the Bunifu mini commander, a handy automated software which can process and respond to SMS commands and also process more than one command at a time.Credit: allAfricalast_img read more

UNBS Introduces Kakasa ETag Service For Standardisation Of Agricultural Products

first_imgImage Credit: USAID Advertisement As per evidence from agribusiness sectors in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, counterfeit (fake) agricultural inputs account for more than 30% of all retail agro-input purchases.Unscrupulous entrepreneurs produce counterfeit seed and pesticide packaging and then fill the packs with inferior products. Examples include regular grain colored and sold as quality seed, or agro-chemicals mixed with water or other unknown substances and sold to farmers. The efficacy of counterfeit products may be low or non-existent, resulting in low crop yields, lack of confidence in improved inputs and low uptake and use of agro-inputs by farmers, which all goes towards contributing to food insecurity and poverty.  Unlicensed chemicals may also pose a serious environmental risk or health hazard to consumers because they have not been approved for sale in Uganda.A number of organisations such as law enforcement agencies, the Ministry of Agriculture and private sector stakeholders have, despite their continued efforts, been unable to effectively reduce the trade in counterfeit seeds and pesticides. – Advertisement – To deal with this illegal and unscrupulous behavior, Kakasa has been implemented by a combination of public and private sector brand protection services. E-tag is a service of Uganda National Bureau Standards (UNBS) who are working in collaboration with two private service providers, REN Publishers and mPedigree. Brand ID is a purely private sector service provider which is also offering a similar service under Kakasa. The national education campaign is being supported by USAID Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity.As a direct result of counterfeit products flooding the market, yields are currently at an all time low in Uganda. The ultimate goal of Kakasa is to increase the use of high quality agricultural inputs in Uganda and decrease the prevalence of counterfeit seeds and pesticides and therefore increase yields in the agriculture sector.Kakasa or E-Verification is a brand protection system that uses a unique scratch code packaging label containing a 14 or 16 digit verification number. When the buyer scratches the label, a number is revealed. This code is then sent by SMS to the number indicated on the label and a message will be sent back confirming whether the product is genuine or not.If the message confirms it is genuine then it means the product is a licensed original and the quality is backed by the companies that manufacture and/or import them. If there is a rejection/not genuine message then the farmer should not buy or use the product. If the agro-dealer has purchased the product for resale to farmers, a complaint then can be lodged to ensure the necessary action is taken against the supplier.Ms Patricia Ejalu, Deputy Executive Director-Technical of UNBS, is happy about this collaboration as she said, “We are pleased with the good working relationship between our Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives, UNBS and MAAIF. The importance of this partnership is vital for systems such as this e-verification to be effectively adopted.   UNBS’ E-tag System has been developed to work across all production sectors in Uganda, the agricultural sector has taken the lead with the support of USAID Feed the Future Agricultural Inputs Activity.  The e-verification for agro-inputs will provide valuable, real time information that will not only help the end-user to make a decision before purchase, but will also be in places where UNBS cannot be physically”.How Kakasa benefits customers: This system of verification ensures a number of things:That the seed or pesticide product is from an approved supplier.It prevents buyers from purchasing fake or adulterated products.Prevents re-use of packs filled with diluted contents.Provides evidence for users to take to the relevant authorities.How Kakasa benefits companies:Companies can track their products and the distributors who sell them.Builds confidence in the Brand.Allows Authorities and consumers to hold brand owners accountable.It removes any excuse for poor quality.What Kakasa does not do:Kakasa does not vouch forthe quality of the product inside the package. That is up to the supplier.It does not solve the problem of farmers buying loose product from open containers.It cannot address the issue of home saved seed and informal seed suppliers.Who needs to come together to implement Kakasa: Input suppliers/manufacturers, dealers and distributors ofagro-inputs along with law enforcement agencies and theGovernment of Uganda led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Forestry (MAIIF) all need to participate in order to make Kakasa a success.last_img read more

Vodafone proposes paying 594million for 700MHz spectrum

first_imgImage Credit: officesnapshots Advertisement Vodafone has offered the Australian government more than half a billion dollars for a slice of the 700 MHz spectrum it declined to bid for in the Commonwealth’s 2013 spectrum auction.The telco’s decision not to participate in the 2013 auction left Telstra, Optus and TPG to snap up almost $2 billion of the 700 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands on sale.However, 30 MHz of the 700 MHz on offer was passed in, leaving the government holding around $1 billion worth of spectrum in the band. – Advertisement – At the time it said it intended to return the unsold spectrum to the market within the next few years, but after receiving no offers since the auction and going back to the market in 2014, it found there was no demand for the spectrum.It revealed on Friday that it had now received an “unsolicited proposal” from Vodafone for 2 x 10MHz of the leftover spectrum at a cost of $594.3 million.Vodafone would hold a licence for the spectrum for just under 12 years – rather than the standard 15 years, given the late start compared to its rivals – and it would pay the $594.3 million in instalments over three years.“VHA is the newest entrant in the Australian mobile broadband market and currently has the smallest market share of the [mobile network operators],” the Communications department said in its consultation paper.“The sale of spectrum to VHA should assist in facilitating VHA becoming a stronger competitor in the mobile broadband market in the long term. Stronger competition should deliver a range of benefits to consumers, such as lower prices, improved quality and coverage of services and technological innovation.”Telstra said it was concerned at the government’s decision to likely accept the offer.[related-posts]“There was a competitive auction in 2013 for this spectrum, which Vodafone chose not participate in,” a spokesperson said.“Despite being one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, it is now trying to buy spectrum at a price we believe is below the market rate and outside a transparent competitive process.”Should the sale go through, the government will still be looking for a buyer for the remaining 10 MHz of leftover 700 MHz spectrum.The government is taking submissions on Vodafone’s proposal until June 3.700 MHz spectrum was initially used for analogue TV and went live with 4G networks in December 2014 when Telstra and Optus switched on their first 4G services in the band.[IT News]last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 19 November2.40 SouthwellKopenhagen 7/1 > 7/23.10 SouthwellMonnoyer 9/1 > 11/23.50 LingfieldPlum Stone 7/1 > 4/14.00 WolverhamptonFat Gary 11/4 > 7/45.30 WolverhamptonOriential Cavalier 16/1 > 10/1last_img

BENS BLOG Im dreaming of a Skype Christmas

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, we are now approaching, about, the six month mark, to go, till Christmas. Having discussed the matter with Will Stockbroker, I think I may have reached the idea arrangement for this Noel.I asked Will, what he would like to do for Christmas, once he is officially a Mega. He said that, by then, he would have retreated to a tax avoiding Swiss-mountain-residence, and that it would probably be easier for everyone concerned, if he just Skype’d in, to all family functions. The turkey in front of his keyboard, and thus able to mute the screen, when everyone starts having a go at him, or the conversation becomes a little boring. ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, Auntie Maude, the reception’s gone again…!’.Good idea!Iiiii’mmm dreeeaaammmiiinnngg of a Skyyyyyyypeee Chrisssttmmaass, just like the ones I used to knoooowww!!In other news:Do you enjoy stories from, and the history of, the betting-ring, as much as I do? Well, if so, check out Simon Nott’s Twitter page @SimonNott.Simon is a journalist, that does regular blogs from the course, and he’s even written a book; ‘Skint Mob, Tales From The Betting Ring’. It’s all about all the relentlessly ducking-and-diving characters, that occupy the skuldugerous ring. It’s a great read, and has even been nominated for several top awards.Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 8 JulyRACING2.30 PontefractBritish Embassy 6/1 > 7/24.30 PontefractBoy In The Bar 4/1 > 11/48.10 BrightonRoyal Connection 5/2 > 7/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 20 OctoberRACING2.00 LingfieldWeather Front 6/1 > 7/22.40 ExeterPrince Of Poets 5/1 > 100/305.10 LingfieldLord Reason 15/2 > 4/17.10 WolverhamptonMusical Taste 9/2 > 100/30FOOTBALLUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HD13/5 Arsenal 21/20 Bayern Munich 13/5 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD13/8 Dynamo Kiev 7/4 Chelsea 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Tottenham v Aston Villa

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s been a fair weekend for the Premier League shorter priced options – Everton and Southampton yesterday adding to both Man City and Arsenal winning on Saturday. Chelsea surely can no longer be considered bankers in anyone’s accas these days?Many short odds players will still be reliant on Spurs in the final match of the ‘weekend’ tonight. They face Aston Villa at White Hart Lane and for those thinking of going in at short odds they might just reflect on the same fixture last season which the Villains won 1-0.Villa’s current form though is pretty atrocious. They are propping up the table with just four points from 10 games and on a run of just two wins from 13 games this season across both the league and the Capital One Cup. Their only win of the season remains their opening day defeat of Bournemouth.There may be a ‘bounce factor with the widely expected news, confirmed tonight, that Remi Garde (pictured) has been appointed the new Villa manager. Garde has described the move as an “unbelievable honour” so clearly he is a ‘glass half full’ kind of man! The appointment is too soon to have any impact on tonight’s game and Garde will watch from the stands.Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald said: “The players are very worried about the situation where they are. They’re hurting as they’re bottom of the league. Talking to the lads, they believe they can get out of this, without a doubt. They’re determined. When you become a professional sportsman you want to be the best that you can be and be successful.”In contrast, Spurs would move into fifth place with a win tonight and have only lost one Premier League game this season, their first week defeat at the hands of Man U when a Kyle Walker own goal split the two sides.Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2015 PREMIER Tottenham 0-1 Aston VillaNov 2014 PREMIER Aston Villa 1-2 TottenhamMay 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 3-0 Aston VillaOct 2013 PREMIER Aston Villa 0-2 TottenhamSep 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Aston Villa 0-4 TottenhamDec 2012 PREMIER Aston Villa 0-4 TottenhamOct 2012 PREMIER Tottenham 2-0 Aston VillaMay 2012 PREMIER Aston Villa 1-1 TottenhamNov 2011 PREMIER Tottenham 2-0 Aston VillaDec 2010 PREMIER Aston Villa 1-2 TottenhamIt’s hard to see anything other than a win for the hosts and I expect them to be in front at both HT and FT. As for Villa, their future may look as foggy as the weather.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK TOTTENHAM HT/FT for 20 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 22.90 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Trump Greets First Wave of White House Tourists

first_img Show Discussion US President Donald Trump (C) gestures to 10-year-old Jack Cornish of Birmingham, AL, as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Share US President Donald Trump (C) hugs 10-year-old Jack Cornish of Birmingham, Alabama, as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US President Donald Trump (2nd R) calls 10-year-old Jack Cornish (2nd L) of Birmingham, AL, out of the crowd as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) US President Donald Trump greets visitors touring the White House in Washington on March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON—A jovial Donald Trump greeted the first wave of tourists to the White House since his inauguration Tuesday.Trump emerged from behind a French screen to a throng of cheering tourists—many of them fifth graders from Birmingham, Ala.—who had packed into the East Wing of the White House for a chance to catch a glimpse of the 45th president.“Oh my god!” they shouted as the president stretched his arms open to announce his arrival.Throughout Trump’s short appearance, it was hard not to notice the giant portrait of the former first lady, Hillary Clinton—and Trump’s opponent in the hotly-contested election—hanging alongside him.center_img LOVE THIS@POTUS greets a public tour of the WH US President Donald Trump points to child in the crowd as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Share this article The White House has been closed for tours since inauguration day as the new administration sorted out staffing and other logistics needed to usher in visitors to the 217-year-old house.Among the first group of tourists were a group of fifth graders from the Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala. Trump randomly pulled one young boy from the crowd—10-year old Jack Cornish from Birmingham—hugging him and patting him on the shoulders before sending him back to the crowd of envious schoolmates. One of them shouted, “you’re famous, Jack!”US President Donald Trump (C) hugs 10-year-old Jack Cornish of Birmingham, Alabama, as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) US President Donald Trump (C) hugs 10-year-old Jack Cornish of Birmingham, Alabama, as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary opened the White House to tours the day after they moved in January 1993. The Clintons welcomed some 1,000 winners of a lottery drawing along with then-Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper.George Washington’s portrait graced the event that day.Under the Obama administration, the director of the White House Visitors Office welcomed some 3 million tourists. Trump Greets First Wave of White House Tourists By The Associated Press March 7, 2017 Updated: March 7, 2017 The crowd reacts as US President Donald Trump surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) US President Donald Trump stands with 10-year-old Jack Cornish of Birmingham, Alabama, as he surprises visitors during the official reopening of public tours at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)last_img read more

Plague Reemerges in New Mexico 2 More Cases Confirmed

first_imgMale Xenopsylla cheopis (oriental rat flea) engorged with blood. This flea is the primary vector of plague in most large plague epidemics in Asia, Africa, and South America. Both male and female fleas can transmit the infection. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Show Discussion US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Two people have recently contracted plague in New Mexico, the state’s Health Department confirmed. That adds to one case already reported this year. All three required hospitalization, none have died.The newly infected are two women, a 52-year-old and a 62-year-old, from Santa Fe County.Mexico’s health department stated it “conducted environmental investigations around the homes of the patients to look for ongoing risk and to ensure the safety of the immediate family and neighbors.”Plague is a bacterial disease carried by rodents and generally transmitted to humans through flea bites. It can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including wildlife and pets.“Pets that are allowed to roam and hunt can bring infected fleas from dead rodents back into the home, putting you and your children at risk,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian for the Department of Health.He recommended keeping pets on a leash or at home. Last year, New Mexico recognized four cases of human plague in 2016 in Bernalillo, Mora, and Rio Arriba counties, and four cases in 2015 in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties. One person died.usplague70_12_611_pxwide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Across the United States, 16 cases were reported and four people died of plague in 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Symptoms of plague in humans include a sudden onset of fever, chills, headaches, and weakness. In most cases there is a painful swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin, armpit, or neck areas.Plague symptoms in cats and dogs are fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. There may be a swelling in the lymph node under the jaw.Related CoverageUnderstanding Plague in the 21st CenturyPlague has caused deadly pandemics throughout history, most infamously the Black Death in the 14th century.Today, it can be treated with antibiotics, but it needs to be caught early or it can still result in death.To prevent plague, the New Mexico Department of Health recommends the following: Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea control product on your pets as not all products are safe for cats, dogs, or your children.Clean up areas near the house where rodents could live, such as woodpiles, brush piles, junk and abandoned vehicles.Sick pets should be examined promptly by a veterinarian.See your doctor about any unexplained illness involving a sudden and high fever.Put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as possible from your home.Don’t leave your pet’s food and water where mice can get to it.Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Plague Re-emerges in New Mexico, 2 More Cases Confirmed By Petr Svab June 28, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018last_img read more

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