UN group sets out internet access goals

first_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 JAN 2018 Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleVerizon chief talks up 5G as net income soarsNext ArticleVodafone beefs up in Greece with Cyta Hellas buy Home UN group sets out internet access goals Industry urged to bring technology to all Rivals throw support behind UN Africa Covid-19 tracker Relatedcenter_img Tags Mobile leaders push for climate collaboration UNUN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Author MWC19 – News The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development wants all countries to have a funded national broadband plan by 2025 as part of its efforts to make internet available to more people.In a statement, it said 50 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be connected to the internet by the end of 2019, which leaves around 3.8 billion people “unconnected and unable to benefit from key social and economic resources in our expanding digital world.”The commission, which is backed by America Movil owner Carlos Slim among others, set targets for 2025 in support of  “connecting the other half” as it considers this important to achieving its Sustainable Development Goals. The targets were launched at a joint meeting of the commission and the World Economic Forum at the latter’s annual meeting, taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland.They include making entry-level broadband services affordable in developing countries, at less than 2 per cent of monthly gross national income per capita, as well as internet user penetration of 75 per cent worldwide.The commission also wants 40 per cent of the world’s population to be using digital financial services and reduce a lack of connectivity among small businesses by 50 per cent.last_img read more

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New sentencing guidance for assault

first_imgThe Sentencing Council has today published new guidance to judges and magistrates for assault offences. It aims to ensure a more consistent and proportionate approach to sentencing, with offenders receiving a sentence that reflects the harm they have caused to their victim and their culpability. The present guidance, according to some judges, puts too much emphasis on premeditation, when the evidence suggests that many assault offences are spontaneous and involve minimum premeditation. The guidance covers a wide range of offences of violence, from causing grievous bodily harm with intent to common assault. It apples to all offenders aged 18 and over, and for the first time will be applicable to both the Crown court and magistrates’ court. The council suggests that, under the new regime, there is likely to be an increase in the length of custodial sentences for those who commit the most serious assaults, while the courts will make more use of community sentences for offences at the other end of the spectrum, where little or no physical harm is caused The guidance comes into effect on 13 June this year. Chairman of the Sentencing Council Lord Justice Leveson said: ‘This guideline will increase consistency in sentencing and help ensure offenders receive sentences that accurately reflect the harm they have caused their victim and their culpability. ‘Where serious injury is inflicted, offenders can rightly expect to go to jail, but where very minor or no injuries are caused, sentencers need to apply a proportionate response.’ The new guidance can be found on the Sentencing Council website.last_img read more

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UK government wants Premier League back “as soon as possible”

first_img(Reuters) – The U.K government’s cabinet minister responsible for sport said he has been in talks with the Premier League with the aim of getting football back on the field as quickly as possible. Speaking at a parliamentary questions session, Oliver Dowden, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.“But of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance,” he said.The Premier League, which has been on hold since March 13, remains suspended until at least April 30 while lockdown measures are in place in the United Kingdom until May 7, when the government is set to review the current restrictions in place. But three London clubs, Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, along with Brighton, have already re-opened their training grounds, allowing limited return to training while observing social distancing protocols.Those clubs say that players will only be using outdoor field facilities for individual work and will not take part in team activities.Premier League clubs will hold their latest conference call on Friday as they continue to evaluate various options for finishing the season but a re-start of matches is not expected until June at the earliest. Last week the league said it was “working through complex planning scenarios” and there are a number of practical hurdles that they face.With the ban on mass public gatherings likely to be one of the last restrictions to be removed, rescheduled games could be held behind closed doors, possibly at neutral venues.English cricket’s governing body, the ECB, has been given the leading role for all sport in the country, including soccer, in examining how to create ‘bio-secure’ venues, with the focus on stadiums with hotel facilities connected or nearby — to limit the need for extensive travel.last_img read more

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