AT&T-DirecTV deal draws a mixed response

first_img Tags Richard Handford AT&T’s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, the US satellite provider, got the backing of Microsoft in responses to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but the same deal was blasted by a lower profile group called the Minority Cellular Partners Coalition.According to Reuters, Microsoft said in a filing that the deal would expand US consumers’ access to the internet. If it receives approval, AT&T has talked up how the takeover will lead to expanded coverage to an additional 13 million rural customers.In contrast a group calling itself the Minority Cellular Partners Coalition is fiercely critical in its comments, claiming that AT&T has engaged in anti-competitive behaviour and harmed business partners.Reuters described the coalition as composed of “90 former business partners of AT&T”, although it does not appear to have a website or Twitter account.AT&T needs approval from the FCC but also the Department of Justice, which will address any antitrust concerns.Experts expect the deal will be approved but opponents have zeroed in on several aspects. One is lost competition in those one quarter of US homes where currently the operator competes with DirecTV.Programme markers and smaller cable operators have voiced concerns that the new entity will wield too much power over the creation and distribution of content.And other players have raised questions about AT&T’s commitment to expanded high-speed broadband coverage to rural homes, expressing concern about its increased market power. On the other hand, Microsoft is throwing its weight behind the same proposal, arguing it will spread internet access to more consumers. Related Previous ArticleAsia plays iPhone 6 waiting gameNext ArticleMicrosoft lays off a further 2,100 staff AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 SEP 2014 Author AT&T eyes new DirecTV deal option AT&T considers break up with under fire DirecTV AT&T dismisses DirecTV sale rumour Home AT&T-DirecTV deal draws a mixed response Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more AT&TDirecTVRegulatorylast_img read more

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Some Jobs Now In Demand Due To Pandemic, Survey Shows

first_img4:29 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List The Atlanta-based staffing firm Randstad released a recent survey looking at the COVID-19-influenced labor market. Despite record numbers of unemployment nationwide, Randstad Senior Vice President Jennifer Seith said it’s becoming hard to fill some new positions driven by the pandemic.She told “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress that nonexistent jobs, or ones that weren’t in demand before, are now highly sought-after.“So contact tracers, medical screeners obviously have come into demand. Those were jobs that didn’t exist a few months ago,” Seith said.“We’re also seeing a massive increase for demand in loan processors and underwriters, in finance and accounting jobs. Then you really get into the manufacturing and logistics. As you can imagine, people who are working from home, shopping from home, there’s a lot more need for delivery.”She said one of the most interesting results to come out of the pandemic is that there’s not enough of an applicant pool to meet that demand. She believes that is directly related to the federal CARES Act and stimulus packages and unemployment benefits households have relied on for months.“We’ve seen a dramatic drop in people applying for lower-wage and blue-collar positions,” she said.Seith noted despite many open positions in the job market, one of the biggest barriers is child care, and parents becoming overwhelmed during the pandemic. Randstad data reveals that many are grappling with whether or not they should think about bouncing back into the job market right away.“Any of us who are parents understand we’re all trying to figure out what normal looks like,” Seith said, adding that after the pandemic the market will face a surge of millions of new applicants. Share For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories New Doctors In India Are Starting Off Seeing The Worst. It’s Taking A Tolllast_img read more

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Let’s Hear It for the Ballet Girls! 30 Young Dancers Join the West End Cast of Billy Elliot

first_img “We are all looking forward to welcoming our new Ballet Girls to the Victoria Palace Theatre,” Anna-Jane Casey, who plays Mrs. Wilkinson, said in a statement. “I am particularly looking forward to keeping them on their toes at each performance as they join Billy on stage in Mrs. Wilkinson’s unique and especially energetic ballet lessons—I know they will give us ‘the old razzle-dazzle’ in their fabulous pink tutus!” In addition to Casey, Billy Elliot stars Harrison Dowzell, Elliott Hanna, Redmand Rance and Ali Rasul alternating in the role of Billy, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Kevin Wathen as Tony, Ann Emery as Grandma and Howard Crossley as George. Not one, not two, but 30 young ballet dancers are joining the West End cast of Billy Elliot—that’s a lot of pointe shoes! The group of young dancers between the ages of 10 and 16 will alternate as Mrs. Wilkinson’s adorable pirouetting dance students in the hit production at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. Based on the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, Billy Elliot tells the inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realize his ambitions against the odds. Set against the background of the historic mid-1980s miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance secretly in order to avoid the disapproval of his struggling family.center_img View Comments Beginning September 24, the ballet students will be played by Niamh Ashley, Niamh Bennett, Macy Dyason, Morgan Hartley, Lauren Henson, Lydia Kalian, Darcey Littlefield, Natasha Pye, Caitlin Rosendale and Sophie Smart; Samantha Allison, Holly-Marie Davenport, Holly Duke, Ella Forman, Summer Jones, Eliza Love, Kiara-Jaide Mandoza, Emily Miles, Georgia Prentice and Lily Sitzia; and Chorlene Biron-Monnier, Samantha Delaney, Sophie Green, Esa Halil, Taila Halil, Allanah Martin Judge, Ellie Munden, Ellis O’Neill, Charlotte Ross-Gower and Brooke Wolpert.last_img read more

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Box Elder

first_imgHISTORY OF BOX ELDERThe city of Box Elder serves as the gateway to the Black Hills. In the late 1800s, the future site of Box Elder was a fertile valley, luring settlers west with untold promise. Lone Tree, a few miles east of Box Elder, was originally a stop for the covered wagons and horsemen coming to the Black Hills from Fort Pierre on the Black Hills Stage and Wagon Road. Box Elder was born as a whistle-stop town in 1907 when the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad built a track from Wall to Rapid City. The new town was named after the box elder trees, which grew along the head waters of the creek that flows through the valley. Box Elder was officially incorporated as a city in 1964 during the Cold War expansion of Ellsworth AFB. Today, Box Elder is home to nearly 9,500 people and is one of South Dakota’s fastest-growing cities. The city of Box Elder, nestled between Ellsworth and Rapid City, offers city convenience with a small-town atmosphere.EDUCATIONThe city of Box Elder is home to the Douglas School District, one of the finest school systems in South Dakota. The district serves more than 2,500 students with Carrousel preschool services, Badger Clark Elementary, Douglas High School, Douglas Middle School, Francis Case Elementary and Vandenberg Elementary. The district is in western South Dakota on the edge of the Black Hills and serves students from Box Elder, Ellsworth AFB and the surrounding rural area.Children living on Ellsworth or in the Box Elder community will attend the Douglas School System. Busing is no longer provided to school children living on base. However, the Ellsworth Youth Center offers a before- and after-school program that provides busing to and from Douglas schools for a fee. For more information about bus transportation in the surrounding Box Elder communities, contact the transportation office at 605-923-0022. The Douglas School District administrative office can be reached at 605-923-0000.LAW ENFORCEMENTThe Box Elder Police Department serves a residential population of approximately 9,000 citizens with an authorized strength of 11 full-time officers and three reserve police officers. The administrative contact phone number to the Box Elder Police Department is 605-923-1401.FIRE DEPARTMENTThe Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects an area of 81 square miles. They are members of the Pennington County Fire Fighter’s Association and are centrally located in the city of Box Elder at 120 Box Elder Road. The VFD contact number is 605-923-1224. The VFD also hosts area voters, as a polling station, on Election Day.RECREATIONBox Elder offers a variety of recreational pursuits in addition to being the Gateway to the Black Hills, such as Bandit Ball Little League, a BMX track, Prairie Ridge Golf Course, a paint ball arena and several city parks.SERVICESBox Elder has many varieties of businesses to serve your needs. For more information, contact the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce, which can be found online at www.boxelderchambersd.com.last_img read more

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Board modifies Bar investment policy

first_imgActing on advice of the Investment Committee, the Board of Governors has slightly modified the Bar’s investment policy to help hedge in down markets.Investment Committee Chair Ian Comisky told the board, at its recent Naples meeting, that the Bar’s investments are designed to be less volatile than in the overall market. As part of that, some investments are targeted to increase in value when the overall market declines.But during some of the market turbulence last year, Comisky said the Bar found all of its investments declining at the same time. To help prevent that decline, the Bar’s investment advisor recommended changing a commodity fund that made up about 2.5 percent of the Bar’s portfolio.That involved selling the Bar’s stake in the T. Rowe Price New Era commodity fund and splitting the money between two new funds, R.S. Global Natural Resources and Highbridge Dynamic Commodities Strategy Fund.The board approved the committee’s recommendation to make the change.Comisky also reported that the Bar’s long-term investment portfolio was near its all-time high after a 6.45 percent increase in the first quarter of 2012. Board modifies Bar investment policy June 15, 2012 Regular Newscenter_img Board modifies Bar investment policylast_img read more

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Cylinder connectors released

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