A plan to boost mobile coverage across the UK

first_imgMobile coverage has already improved a great deal in recent years – funded and delivered by the mobile industry. 4G coverage is now provided in almost all locations where there is a business case for doing so, including 99 per cent of properties.  With Boris onside, we can boost connectivity across the country Opinion The SRN offers more for less: better 4G coverage across rural areas from all operators (instead of just one or two), at a cost which is a small fraction of the budgets for HS2, Crossrail, and the Prime Minister’s broadband pledge. This measure should replace the regulator Ofcom’s original intention to offer discounts of between £700m and £800m on certain licences in the next spectrum auction in exchange for improvement in rural connectivity.  whatsapp The successful economies of the future will be those that effectively seize the potential of digital technology. It is particularly important that we in the UK take heed of this message, as businesses face ongoing uncertainty in the approach to the government’s Halloween Brexit deadline. The Shared Rural Network (SRN) is a programme of mobile digital infrastructure development and investment, put together collaboratively by the UK’s four mobile operators. Its objective is to improve mobile coverage massively in rural areas across the UK.  Friday 2 August 2019 5:28 am The good news for the government is that there is a plan already on the table that will deliver more powerful results, at a quicker pace, for a fraction of the cost. To do otherwise would deprive businesses and consumers in rural Britain of better mobile coverage, and discourage the investment needed to deliver widespread connectivity, 5G leadership, and a successful economy. Tags: Digital economy It has been encouraging to see our new Prime Minister repeatedly state his commitment to deliver full-fibre broadband to every UK home by 2025. However, that timescale is challenging – only seven per cent of UK properties so far have full-fibre broadband – and it will cost about £30bn.  If the government truly believes that mobile connectivity is an essential service, it must take the decisions that are required to enable its delivery.  The implementation of the SRN can then begin to lift all-operator 4G landmass coverage from its current level of 67 per cent to 92 per cent. Alain Robert, known as the French ‘Spiderman’, uses his mobile phone after climbing the 231-meter high First Tower, the tallest skyscraper in France, at La Defense district in Courbevoie, outside Paris on May 10, 2012. Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world’s tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) However, only 67 per cent of UK landmass receives 4G coverage from all four operators, and about seven per cent of the UK receives no 4G coverage at all.  Over the past few months, we have had positive dialogue about the SRN with Ofcom and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Now is the time for the new government to be bold, continue the momentum and progress of those talks, and reach a full agreement.  The government and Ofcom should also support the SRN by ensuring that all mobile operators are able to acquire contiguous blocks of spectrum, so that they can use it more efficiently, providing a better 5G service to customers and maximising the boost that 5G tech can give to the UK economy.   Share That is why all four operators put together the SRN to transform and expand our respective rural digital infrastructure into a single network asset that we can all use and share. So what progress is being made to realise this potential? Well, all four UK mobile operators are launching 5G networks this year, providing a platform for new digital services that will leave no industrial sector untouched by the positive and transformational impact offered by this new technology.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? 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Finally, there needs to be further reform of planning policy and easier access to government-owned properties that are in prime locations for digital infrastructure. But if the SRN is to achieve its fullest impact, the government must fund a programme of infrastructure expansion in rural areas by reducing the £200m annual spectrum licence fees paid by the industry.  Main image credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images Mark EvansMark Evans is chief executive of O2. last_img read more

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Glacial fjords home to surprise coral — but maybe not for long

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Environment | Juneau | Oceans | SoutheastGlacial fjords home to surprise coral — but maybe not for longOctober 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Bob Stone holds a 50 year old red tree coral. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)You might not expect coral to thrive in Southeast Alaska. But it exists in the silty waters of glacial fjords. Now scientists are wondering if the coral, which serves as important fish habitat, could be in danger from an invisible threat — ocean acidification. Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/10/26REDCORAL_01.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Inside a lab at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Juneau headquarters, Bob Stone is showing me a red tree coral plucked from the bottom of Tracy Arm fjord. This one is dried, the color of ramen noodles. “If you feel it, it feels like popcorn,” Stone said.But in the wild, he says it’s an intense red, like the color of salmon roe. Stone is a fisheries research biologist at NOAA. And — until fairly recently — he didn’t know that coral could exist here. “Until 2003 nobody did. Or if they did, they weren’t telling.”Around 2004, someone did tell. Stone was giving a seminar and a person from the audience came up to him. They said they had seen this type of coral in a glacial fjord in Southeast Alaska. “And I said, ‘no you didn’t’ … and they showed me the specimen and it was indeed that.”The next year, NOAA received the funding to go see for themselves. Stone had his doubts because red tree coral typically lives far below the ocean’s surface —  in places like the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, at depths of more than 2,000 feet. Glacial fjords, on the other hand, can be shallow. But its unique landscape replicates the environment of deeper water, so the coral can thrive. For Stone and the other scientists, that was a huge surprise. “The first time I saw one, I was amazed. I didn’t know what I was looking at,” Stone said. “They’re almost more of an orange color but they’re just a huge reddish orange tree under water. To me, they’re one of the more beautiful animals I’ve ever seen.”It also serves a very important function. Stone says scientists call the thickets of red tree coral “little forts” because they’re hideout for small species, like fish and crab.Image courtesy of NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center and Deep- Sea Coral Research and Technology Program.But around the same time scientists were discovering just how versatile this coral could be, they were also becoming increasingly concerned about changes in the ocean. “By the early 2000s, we had recognized the ocean was actually increasing in carbon dioxide level. That ocean acidification was happening,” said Tom Hurst.He studies the effects of climate change on marine life at a NOAA lab in Oregon. And his primary focus is commercial fisheries in Alaska. Hurst says, in part, the reason our oceans are becoming more acidic has to do with us.“Primarily from the burning of fossil fuels,” Hurst said. “So, you’re taking all this carbon that was stored underground in the form of coal and oil. And as we burn it we’re releasing all that carbon into the atmosphere.”And that becomes carbon dioxide which gets absorbed into the water. Now you’ve got a cocktail for ocean acidification. Still, Hurst says a big piece of the puzzle that’s missing for scientists is what that could mean for marine life. “We don’t really yet have a good handle on which of those things are going to be affected, how much they’re going to be affected and how those changes are going to ripple through the food web,” Hurst said.Already, in Washington state, ocean acidification has been linked to oysters not being able to fully develop their shells. As far as we know, that hasn’t happened in Alaska yet. But scientists have named places like Southeast Alaska and the Aleutian Chain as potentially threatened spots. Hurst says what’s next is figuring out how — not if — ocean acidification will impact different forms of sea life. Back at the NOAA lab in Juneau, Bob Stone is showing me a baby pollock suspended in a bottle. Typically, the coral helps shield the baby fish from predators. “This one right here, I actually collected in the coral by hand,” Stone said.Discovering the red tree coral in the glacial fjords has an added bonus. It makes it easier for scientists to retrieve since it’s in shallow water.  Now Stone is conducting an experiment to see how much ocean acidification could hurt the coral down the line. It has an easily dissolvable skeleton. And scientists are wondering if the added chemicals in the water could make it harder for the coral to reproduce. But ocean acidification may not be its only threat. The glacial fjords that are home to this surprise coral are also changing. “Well, yeah. We now realize that, say for example, in Tracy Arm, that the two main glaciers that are there go up into the alpine, up into the valleys rather, that system will shut off,” Stone said.When the glaciers disappear, the shallow water coral will, too. Share this story:last_img read more

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Dunleavy gives budget pitch as hundreds rally outside in Anchorage

first_imgEconomy | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentDunleavy gives budget pitch as hundreds rally outside in AnchorageMarch 27, 2019 by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media Share:Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Anchorage on March 26, 2019, in protest of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposal. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Gov. Mike Dunleavy and members of his administration spoke at a forum Tuesday night hosted by the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity. The event series has drawn criticism because of AFP’s connection to conservative, out-of-state funders.Speaking to a packed ballroom at a downtown Anchorage restaurant, Dunleavy made the case for his major reduction in the state budget. The proposal seeks to close a $1.6 billion gap by reducing money to K-12 education, the university system, the marine highway and other government services, while also paying out more than $3,000 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.“Nobody has said that this is not going to be a difficult proposition to close this gap,” Dunleavy told the crowd. “But we feel that, for the sake of the private economy, to get that back on its feet and grow the private economy, that the best thing to do is reduce the government side of the economy.”Dunleavy was joined by other members of his administration, who together spent more than an hour going through a presentation about how they built the proposed budget. Audience members submitted questions in writing, some of which were later asked of speakers by AFP State Director Ryan McKee.One of the themes was how the administration can justify such drastic cuts to services many Alaskans depend on. Dunleavy and others pointed to poor outcomes in education and the ferry system as evidence the status quo is not working.Budget Director Donna Arduin explained that policy improvements will follow budget changes.“Pouring more money into these programs has not been a solution,” Arduin said. “We need to get our fiscal house in order, so that we can then move on to reforming things like K-12 education.”Beyond the budget, Dunleavy emphasized the need for three proposed constitutional amendments that he believes will give Alaska a permanent fiscal solution, including caps on government spending, solidifying PFD calculations and requiring new statewide taxes to go before voters at the ballot.The audience inside was generally sympathetic to the governor’s message. Security guards by the entrances quickly quelled a few minor attempts to disrupt the presentation. Two women unfurled a banner that said “Recall Dunleavy” and were promptly escorted out.Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with a constituent ahead of a presentation at a policy forum organized by Americans for Prosperity’s Alaska chapter, March 26, 2019. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Outside the venue, a crowd of more than 250 rallied against the forum. Many were critical of AFP’s role organizing the event and restricting attendance. AFP said the restrictions were based on space available at the venue. According to McKee, the group paid between $5,000 and $10,000 to cover the cost of forums in Anchorage, Kenai, Fairbanks, Nome and Wasilla.The rally was organized by a group called Save Our State, a loose coalition of unions, non-profits and advocacy groups supporting a broad range of issues.Anchorage resident Thomas Pease was critical of AFP’s requirements to enter the town hall which included registering online.“He’s promoting their agendas instead of what’s best for Alaska,” Pease said. “In that regard, he’s being somebody’s puppet.”Speakers at the rally included local politicians and representatives from nonprofits like the NAACP, Great Alaska Schools and Native Peoples Action, all of whom listed ways they believe the governor’s proposed cuts would harm Alaskans.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz gave the final speech, saying many programs that the governor wants to cut are older than the state itself.“Before there was a state, we had a ferry system,” Berkowitz declared to the crowd. “Before there was a state, we had a Pioneer Home. And all during the course of this state we have educated our children.”But not everyone at the rally opposed the governor’s proposal. Mike Alexander was one of a small group of people standing in solidarity with Dunleavy. Alexander is a retired nurse from Big Lake. He’s in favor of the governor’s plan to deliver larger PFDs.“These people, some of them are gonna be laying right in the gutter five blocks from here, drunk as a dog, we know that, with their permanent fund (dividend),” Alexander said. “But there’s gonna be a lot of kids going to college, a lot of people buying fuel oil, especially folks out in the bush. You get that in October, man that’s your winter supply.”Alexander acknowledged that the governor’s plan to make all of his proposed cuts in one year is ambitious, and that it’s more likely to take a few years to bring costs down. As for AFP organizing the rally, Alexander sees it as a safety precaution.Share this story:last_img read more

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The Money Shop could cut 350 jobs and close 200 stores

first_img whatsapp The Money Shop could cut 350 jobs and close 200 stores Joe Hall whatsapp High street payday lender The Money Shop could be about to close 200 stores, putting the jobs of 350 staff at risk. The lender currently has 500 stores and employs a total of around 3,000 people. It has rapidly grown since first opening 168 stores in 2006. However, payday lenders have been stung by new regulation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), limiting loan interest rates to 0.8 per cent per day on the amount borrowed. The Money Shop has already had to close 40 of its stores, while letters have already been sent out to employees informing them of a consultation process taking place to close as many as 200 stores. Dollar Financial, its parent company, hopes to keep redundancies to a minimum by finding new roles for staff. The FCA regulation, which came into effect last week rules that borrowers will not need to pay back more than double the amount borrowed, while one-off default penalties will be capped at £15. A Dollar Financial statement said: Regrettably, it is possible that some 350 redundancies may be necessary as the company evolves its business to serve customers in a fair and sustainable way following the introduction of the new regulations on consumer lending, as well as removing duplication of facilities inherited through previous acquisitions. We fully acknowledge the impact these proposals may have on our people both personally and professionally and we will support affected employees through this process and into future employment. Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickLux & LushAfter 220 Years Two Brothers Finally Found The Oak Island TreasureLux & Lushcenter_img More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Share Show Comments ▼ Friday 9 January 2015 9:10 am last_img read more

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PwC to be investigated over audit of collapsed company Connaught

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Read more:  PwC faces double investigation over TescoThe ICAEW first referred the case in 2010 to the then Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board, in relation to Connaught’s 2009 accounts and interim figures. PwC did not audit the interim figures.Connaught had £220m of debts and 50,000 unprocessed invoices, according to KPMG, who were appointed as administrators to sell-off the company’s assets.The independent regulator for auditors will now carry out an investigation, and depending on what it finds will decide whether disciplinary proceedings, to be decided at a tribunal hearing, are in order. Share More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Connaught is the social housing maintenance firm that went into administration in September 2010 and it is “alleged that Stephen Harrison and PwC failed to act with competence and due care in relation to the audit of their financial statements.”Stephen Harrison was the lead audit partner on the Connaught account, and retired in summer of 2010.The FRC will also investigate Stephen Hill, Connaught’s financial director, and David Wells, the deputy financial director responsible for the company’s treasury management, in relation to the preparation and approval of Connaught’s interim financial statements for the six months ended February 2010.The complaint alleges that Stephen Hill and David Wells “breached the fundamental principle of integrity” in relation to their reporting of a short-term loan provided by RBS in the period, and “that their conduct fell significantly short of the standards reasonably to be expected of members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).”PwC said: “We are very disappointed that over five years after the event the FRC has decided to pursue complaints against the firm. We have cooperated fully with the FRC throughout their lengthy investigation and will now consider its concerns and respond appropriately.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndo Madeline Ratcliffe Monday 12 October 2015 12:10 pm Show Comments ▼ PwC to be investigated over audit of collapsed company Connaught * caption could read: Connaught’s property management arm, which maintained social housing, went into administrationThe Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has decided to act on complaints against PwC and its senior statutory auditor Stephen Harrison over Connaught’s auditing.last_img read more

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Where did all the bare counties go? Four takeaways from Nevada’s fight to preserve coverage

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Politics Where did all the bare counties go? Four takeaways from Nevada’s fight to preserve coverage Log In | Learn More Casey Ross [email protected] National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. Hyacinth Empinado/STATcenter_img What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints @caseymross In June, Nevada suddenly found itself in quite a jam — 14 of its 17 counties had zero insurers offering plans on the Obamacare exchanges.Insurance officials in the state scrambled, wooing and cajoling insurers to return. Two weeks ago, those efforts paid off. Centene Corp., a Missouri-based insurer, agreed to provide coverage in all the bare counties. What is it? By Casey Ross Aug. 30, 2017 Reprints Tags insurancepolicystateslast_img read more

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All of this week’s local CCFL soccer results and reports

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Facebook Previous articleBrave O’Moore’s bow out of Leinster camogie ChampionshipNext articlePortlaoise lose ground on league leaders following Cill Dara defeat Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Pinterest Home Sport Soccer All of this week’s local CCFL soccer results and reports SportSoccer TAGSCCFL Results All of this week’s local CCFL soccer results and reports WhatsApp GAA GAA Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 11th November 2018 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It was all about the cup this weekend for the Laois soccer clubs.The Combined Counties Cup got underway today with a number of Laois teams in action.There was a local derby in the LFA Junior Shield where Abbeyleix Athletic got the better of Mountmellick Celtic in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.Check out the reports we have and all the results below:John Farrell CCFL Cup 1st RoundBanagher United 2 Stradbally Town 4Stradbally travelled to Banagher this morning for the first round of the Counties Cup and in the end won out comfortably in what was a keenly contested contest – where player manager Derek Beale was their hero with all four goals.The opening exchanges were well contested but Stradbally took the lead after 15 minutes as Beale took advantage of a poor kick out to send the ball straight back over the home keeper with a first time finish.Banagher had a purple patch themselves and deservedly equalised. A stray pass was picked up by the Banagher number 8 and he finished neatly into the top corner. The first half played out evenly enough after that.Banagher started the second half stronger against very nearly had their second goal but for a great save from Wayne Comerford.Stradbally regained the lead shortly afterwards when Derek Beale capitalised on a loose ball to drill home from the left hand side of the box.Beale got his hat-trick goal chipping the Banagher keeper, after running in behind the defence on to a great delivery from Conor Brady.Shortly after that Stradbally had another goal, the energetic Benny Lawlor, who was a thorn in the Banagher sides defence all day, was brought down in the box. Beale dispatched the penalty for his and Stradbally’s fourth goal of the game.Banagher got a late consolation goal but the tie was over at that stage.An overall good team performance on the day from Stradbally who had stand out performances from Benny Lawlor, John Hayden and Derek Beale.Team: Wayne Comerford, Colin Beale, Billy Murphy, Ray Mullally, John Hayden, Jimmy Langton, Damien Murphy, Conor Delaney, Podgie Fitzpatrick, Derek Beale, Benny Lawlor. Subs: Conor Brady, John Clancy, Jake Byrne, Aidan Hanrahan, Alan Delaney.____________________________________________________Towerhill Rovers 2 Walsh Island Shamrocks 0Portlaoise outfit Towerhill Rovers are also through to the second round of the Cup following a great win over Walsh Island Shamrocks.The sides played out a scoreless first half but an early header from striker Emeka gave Towerhill the lead in the second half.Walsh Island pushed for the equaliser but the game was settled in spectacular style by midfielder Paul Sutton.Sub Sean Mulhall chased down the Walsh Island keeper who cleared it straight to Sutton on half way and he sent the ball back in over the keepers head to win it.TEAM: Darragh Phelan, James Furlong, Kevin Sheehan, Sean Egan, Aidan McGovern, Robbie Ging, Paul Sutton, David Leonard, Darlington Overseth, Nathan Carpenter, Emeka. Subs: Sean Mulhall, Hayden Delaney, Eoin Farrell____________________________________________________Rosenallis 3 Highfield United 0 Apart from a strong start from Highfield, Rosenallis were on top for most of this game, and would have won by a much wider margin of it wasn’t for the Highfield keeper who came out in top in three one on ones, and also saved a penalty in the second half.Rosenallis started slow and Highfield created a few half chances in the first ten minutes, before Rosenallis slowly took over.The first clear chance of the game falling to Donagh Calally when he was put through by Niall Doolan, but the keeper spread himself well to save.The keeper was again called upon to save from a Calally shot after 20 minutes but the rebound was driven home by Damien Gorman.A mix up then in the Highfield defence after 30 minutes handed the ball to Calally in the box and he could make no mistake from 10 yards out – driving a low hard shot into the bottom corner.The second half started frantic with Rosenallis being awarded a penalty after 60 seconds, but the keeper brilliantly saved from Niall Doolan, before getting straight back up to save the follow up.Rosenallis continued to dominate possession for the remainder of the game and finally put the game to bed after 70 minutes when a great cross from Brian Fitzpatrick was turned in by Mark Dunne.Highfield pushed hard for a goal towards the end but the Rosenallis defence stood firm to close out the game with a clean sheet.TEAM: Paul Friel, Cian Thompson, Jack Friel, Darren McEvoy, Adam MacDermot, Marcus Redmond, Damien Gorman, Mark Dunne, Brian Fitzpatrick, Niall Doolan, Donnagh Calally. Subs: used: Paddy Dunne, Mick McEvoy____________________________________________________Division 1Gallen United 2 Clonaslee United 4Clonaslee United continued their pursuit of Highfield at the top of the table with a fine win away to Gallen this morning.They fell behind to an early goal after five mins but recovered well to score in the tenth minute through Sean Dunne to level the scores.Paddy Hyland finished well after 15 minutes to put Clonaslee United to 2-1 up. After 20 mins Gallen made it two all. Clonaslee had the better chances to take the lead again but the score remained level at half time.Clonaslee played against a strong wind in the second half but really had the better chances with Bob Downey and Michael Hyland taking control in midfield.The third goal finally came after 60 minutes when PJ Fitzpatrick spotted the run of John Rigney by playing the ball over the defence with Rigney then finding the unmarked Ger Reilly who kept his composer to score.Within three minutes of that, Clonaslee scored their fourth goal.Gallen cleared a corner but the ball hoped up to PJ Fitzpatrick who hit an unstoppable volley that no keeper would save from 30 yards.Clonaslee had chances to increase their lead further but comfortably seen out the game.TEAM: Seamus Rosney, Jack Owens, John Rigney, Bob Downey, PJ Fitzpatrick, Ger Reilly, Niall Hogan, Michael Hyland, Paddy Hyland, Sean Dunne, Diarmuid Conroy Subs: Paddy Whyte for Niall Hogan 70 min, Mark Doherty for Sean Dunne 75 min, William Murray for Bob Downey 75 min, Shane McGovern for Dermuid Conroy 80 min____________________________________________________FAI Youth Cup 2nd RoundWillow Park 7 Portlaoise 1Under 17 Premier DivisionSt Francis 2, Willow Park 1;Abbeyleix Ath 5 Emo Celtic 2LFA Junior Shield 3rd RoundMountmellick Celtic 1 (3), Abbeyleix Ath 1 (4) pens aet;John Farrell CCFL Cup 1st RoundCamlin Utd 6 Castlepollard Celtic 3 aet;Moydow FC 3 Dynamoe Rooskey 5;UCL Harps 1 Ballymahon 3;Moate Celtic 3 Coolraine 2;FC Killoe 5 St Cormacs Ath 4;Maryborough FC 2 Geashill Utd 3;BBC Utd 4 Clonown Rovers 0;Riverside FC 0 St Aengus 1;Banagher Utd 2 Stradbally Town 4;Rosenallis 3 Highfield Utd 0;Towerhill Rovers 2 Walsh Island Shamrocks 0;Senior DivisionMullingar Ath 5, Mountmellick Utd 1;Ballinahown 3, Tullamore Town 0;Clara Town 3, Monksland Utd 3;Division 1Gallen Utd 2, Clonaslee Utd 4;Division 2Gentex FC 4, O’Moore FC 1;Division 4Clara Town 1, Rosenallis 0;SEE ALSO – Talking Music: Young Portlaoise opera singer has big dreams of a bright futurelast_img read more

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Cyber Attacks Incur $806m in Damages

first_img News By Cho Jong Ik – 2013.10.16 3:34pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE Cyber Attacks Incur $806m in Damages Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak South Korea has incurred $806m in damages as a result of cyber attacks originating in North Korea, it has been revealed.Cyber attacks on the South have mainly come in the form of hacking and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. Saenuri Party lawmaker and National Defense Committee member Hee Soo Chung yesterday presented the results of an investigation by South Korea’s military cyber command that analyzed total losses over the 2009-2013 period.This year’s cyber attacks on March 20th and June 25th caused combined damage of $800m. The July 7th, 2009 DDoS attack cost $46.8m, while the March 4th, 2011 DDoS attack resulted in a $9.3m loss.A total of 6392 cyber attacks have been instigated by the North since 2010. North Korea has sought information relating to overseas trends following its missile launch, military responses, personnel changes in foreign military leadership and information on rank insignia. While South Korea established a cyber command under the Defense Intelligence Agency in January 2010, its 400-strong staff cannot match North Korea’s 3000-strong cyber division. Lawmaker Chung claimed that, “In order to conceal the source of the attacks, the North established an overseas base and created malignant code unable to be detected. They used a domestic zombie PC to carry out specifically targeted attacks.”“In an environment where IT skills develop rapidly and the cyber warfare battlefield is changing, (South Korea’s) cyber command is leaning more toward managing its existing strategies than improving its capacity to counteract an attack. It must strengthen its operational capacity in order to meet any attack by the North. It must also secure and train top personnel and pay full attention to the management of these issues,” Chung emphasized. AvatarCho Jong Ik center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News News Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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Covington Fund II to re-open early next year

first_img GrowthWorks dispute remains unresolved Once the fund re-opens, the firm anticipates redeeming up to 20% of the fund’s net asset value as of Sept. 1, 2017, which marks the beginning of the current financial year. This is the required annual redemption amount as described in both the governing legislation and in the fund’s prospectus disclosure. When the fund re-opens, redemptions will continue to be honoured in the order in which they are received. Following the Ontario government’s 2015 decision to discontinue tax credits for the labour-sponsored investment funds (LSIF) program, the fund, in addition to other LSIF market participants, experienced an elimination of cash subscriptions, forcing liquidity to be derived solely from the sale of the fund’s portfolio investments, the firm says. Covington Fund II has acquired or merged with eight LSIF funds since 2011, most notable is the merger with VenGrowth funds that year, in order to consolidate assets, achieve economies of scale to maintain management expense ratios and to provide liquidity in the absence of new subscriptions to manage the return of capital to shareholders. Since the completion of the VenGrowth transaction on Sept. 2, 2011, the fund has honoured approximately $208 million in redemptions and redeemed for cash more than 60% of the fund’s outstanding shares. Related news New name and manager for labour-sponsored fund Leah Golob Keywords Labour sponsored investment funds center_img Toronto-based Covington Capital Corp. will re-open Covington Fund II Inc. to redemptions in the first quarter of 2018, a delay of up to 90 days from the fund’s originally planned re-opening. Covington Capital reports that it’s still engaged in the sales process with several private portfolio companies and the sale of these companies will now be expected to close in early 2018. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media GrowthWorks receives extension of stay period Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Education Trust to Raise US$ 100 Million for School Building Project

first_imgRelatedEducation Trust to Raise US$ 100 Million for School Building Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, said the Ministry plans to raise US$100 million to build 100 schools in the next five years and will be establishing a National Education Trust to help achieve this goal.Speaking at a ceremony on Wednesday (March 19) to officially open the refurbished and upgraded Braeton Primary and Junior High School in Portmore, St. Catherine, Minister Holness said he will be seeking the support of the Jamaican Diaspora in the effort.“Already, I’ve met with the Diaspora in the United Kingdom and I’ve met with Jamaicans, who are fairly substantial people, who would want to contribute but want to see the infrastructure to manage the fund.”According to the Education Minister, the trust will act as a “point of co-ordination for the many wishes of charity, philanthropy and goodwill, which come from those living overseas and those locally, who would want to give back something to the education system here in Jamaica”.In the meantime, the school refurbishing project was completed under the Ministry’s Critically Needed Secondary School Places Project and the Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE 2).The scope of work included the overhaul of the roof of the school; painting of approximately 80 per cent of the school; refurbishing the canteen; establishing a reading room, a computer laboratory and a second staff room; building two new blocks of classrooms; partitioning the grade nine block; installing white boards in all classrooms; and providing 17 computers for the laboratory, the vice principals office, the reading room, the library, the staff rooms and the grade 10 classroom. National Commercial Bank donated a computer for the principal’s office. RelatedEducation Trust to Raise US$ 100 Million for School Building Project Education Trust to Raise US$ 100 Million for School Building Project UncategorizedMarch 26, 2008center_img RelatedEducation Trust to Raise US$ 100 Million for School Building Project Advertisementslast_img read more

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