US jobless claims beat expectations and drop to 1.2m

first_img They dropped off in May as the US jobs market made a surprising recovery. The unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 per cent – still extremely high by historical standards – in May from 14.7 per cent in April. This confounded analysts who had predicted it would surge to 19.8 per cent. whatsapp Harry Robertson whatsapp Initial jobless claims came in at 1.19m last week, down from 1.44m a year earlier, the Labor Department said. The weekly total was much better than the 1.42m figures economists were expecting. US lawmakers have been locked in tough negotiations over the next fiscal stimulus package. Many Republicans have fought to reduce or scrap the weekly $600 (£456) unemployment benefits supplement, arguing that it was keeping people from going back to work. But others argue that the expiration of sweeteners that encouraged businesses to bring back workers will hurt the labour market. Thursday 6 August 2020 1:53 pm Claims peaked at a record 6.87m in late March, shocking economists with a figure far higher than anything seen before. Slightly under 1.2m Americans made new jobless claims last week, a better-than-expected figure that will fuel hopes that the US economy’s recovery will not be derailed by coronavirus cases. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndo The figures also also showed the number of people continuing to receive jobless aid beat expectations. It totaled 16.11m in the week ending July 25 from 16.95m in the prior week, beating predictions of 16.3m continuing claims. But coronavirus cases began rising rapidly again in July. This caused some states to pull handbrake turns on their plans to reopen their economies, worrying policymakers and businesses. (Getty Images) More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com Weekly US jobless claims beat expectations and drop to 1.2m Show Comments ▼ Share (Getty Images) Also Read: Weekly US jobless claims beat expectations and drop to 1.2m Today’s figures came ahead of the official “nonfarm payrolls” data for July. It will give the latest unemployment rate. However, the scheme stopped last Friday when Republicans and Democrats could not come to an agreement. Some expect this to boost employment in the coming weeks.  (Getty Images) Also Read: Weekly US jobless claims beat expectations and drop to 1.2m last_img read more

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The Foreign Policy Roundtable

first_imgUncategorizedThe Foreign Policy RoundtableBy Kari Mozena – September 20, 2013533ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt Ambassador Nicole Avant and David KissingerMiguel Marquez and General George Casey Jr.Ruth Vitale and Lawrence BenderGeneral George Casey Jr, Hon. Dan Glickman and Jon GlickmanJon Glickman (MGM) and Christy Callahan opened their Hancock Park home this week for a Foreign Policy Roundtable / US Global Leadership Council soiree. CNN’s Miguel Marquez led a discussion with General George Casey Jr. (Four Star Amy General, Chief of Staff, US Army 2007-11 and Commanding General, Multi National Force – Iraq from 2004-07) that was so interesting it was off-the-record. Marguez kicked off the discussion saying, “Several years ago I would have swam across the Tigres River to sit next to you like this.” The General glanced at the water behind them and replied, “The pool will have to do.” US Global Leadership Council peeps Hon. Dan Glickman, Chair and Elizabeth Schrayer, Director even gave up their slots so the General could take more questions from the Hollywood-heavy guests. Who else did I spy schmoozing before and after the chat? Lawrence Bender (producer), Toby Emmerich (producer), Ambassador Nicole Avant, Wendy Greuel (former Controller and Mayoral Candidate), Sharon Waxman (The Wrap), Ruth Vitale (producer), David Kissinger (Conaco Productions), Rob Eshman (Jewish Journal) and Gary Barber (Chairman, CEO MGM).  It was an enlightening evening. Donna Bojarsky’s (Director) Foreign Policy Roundtable is a series of salons (invite only) for leaders in the entertainment and media industries to more deeply engage with national leaders and policymakers. Photographs by Joel Lipton TAGSGeneral George Casey JrJon GlickmanL.A. CultureLawrence BenderNicole AvantSharon WaxmanThe SeenPrevious articleThe Anatomy of a Gifting SuiteNext articleFood Flick Friday: Haute CuisineKari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

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Mobile market activity booms as Sky eyes deal with O2 or Vodafone

first_imgMonday 26 January 2015 12:10 am Share Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Mobile consolidation is set to be a hot topic again this week as European pay-TV operator Sky has been linked in talks with O2 and Vodafone to launch its own mobile offering on one of their networks.The talks come as BT races to finalise more details around its £12.5bn takeover of EE, which it hopes to be able to present on Friday with its third quarter results. However, sources with knowledge of the due diligence being carried out cautioned that the announcement is looking unlikely to meet this deadline.Sky has so far remained an outlier in the wave of acquisitions looking to transform the UK telecoms market in 2015. The company was linked to takeover talks with O2 earlier this year, but Three’s Chinese owner Hutchison Whampoa on Friday confirmed it has entered exclusive £10bn talks with O2’s Spanish owner Telefonica.The final question in the mix this week is the regulatory one. Both BT and Three’s takeover deals would attract the attention of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, media regulator Ofcom, and could be large enough to prompt European regulators to examine the competition impact in what is a rapidly-converging UK market.Sky and BT declined to comment. whatsapp whatsapp Mobile market activity booms as Sky eyes deal with O2 or Vodafone Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: Company Sky Vodafone Grouplast_img read more

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Could cows be the vaccine factories of the future?

first_img Tags HIV/AIDSVaccines By Jonathan Wosen July 20, 2017 Reprints Famously, the word vaccine comes from the Latin word for cow — a namesake that traces back to the late 1700s.Now cows are once again at the cutting edge of vaccine science. Thanks to a quirk of how cows make antibodies, they are helping researchers understand human immunity. Someday, cows could serve as testing grounds for whether vaccines are well-designed. And it’s possible that cow antibodies could treat everything from autoimmunity to infectious disease.A new study on HIV by scientists at Scripps Research Institute explores these possibilities. Cows don’t get HIV, but, when injected with viral proteins, produce antibodies that block HIV infection. The results, which were reported Thursday in Nature, are part of a larger effort to make the first HIV vaccine. advertisement So scientists are keenly interested in other animals that might do it well. Enter cows: Two separate teams of scientists at Scripps made two parallel discoveries in recent years — that broadly neutralizing antibodies for HIV are especially long and gangly, and that cows’ normal antibodies are also long and gangly.That was the inspiration for this study. “It was an alignment of the stars, where we had veterinarians, cow antibody scientists, and HIV scientists all talking and came up with this … relatively simple question to test,” said Devin Sok, the study’s first author and director for antibody discovery and development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.The scientists injected four cows with a protein that mimics HIV’s surface, known as the envelope. They then drew blood samples over the course of a year and isolated antibodies. The antibodies were tested in a dish for their ability to block HIV from infecting cells.What they found surprised them. Within two months, all the cows made antibodies that blocked a variety of viral strains — much faster than in people. And low doses of antibody were enough to block the virus.“We definitely didn’t expect to get the [antibody] response that we did. We didn’t expect the extent of the response or how quick the response developed,” said Sok. “That was kind of mind-blowing.”As to why cows are such good antibody factories, it may have to do with their unique stomachs. Dr. Vaughn Smider, professor of molecular medicine at Scripps, points out that cows’ four-chambered stomachs hold a whopping 20 gallons of digestive microbes. “The cow immune system has to deal with keeping in check all these microorganisms,” said Smider. Cows’ extra-long antibodies “can potentially bind into grooves, crevices, or areas where a typical antibody from humans or mice may not be able to bind.” Privacy Policy Related: For the first time, over half of people worldwide with HIV taking AIDS drugs Women are leading the way in HIV research Related:center_img Antibody factoriesHIV mutates constantly, creating many strains. Broadly neutralizing antibodies are key to an HIV vaccine because they could protect against these various strains. But they’ve proven hard to make in people.“The body in HIV infection — either from natural infection or in response to a vaccine — does not like to make broadly neutralizing antibodies,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “It just doesn’t do it readily, and it doesn’t do it very well.”advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Carmen Jaspersen/AFP/Getty Images Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. In the LabCould cows be the vaccine factories of the future? Leave this field empty if you’re human: To do this, scientists would take antibody-producing cells from cows, isolate their antibody genes, and transfer them into cell lines that grow easily in a lab, such as E. coli or yeast. They would then tinker with the antibodies to make them more “human-like.” This has already been done with mouse antibodies to create drugs such as alemtuzumab, used to treat leukemia.Smider hopes that, within five to 10 years, cow antibodies will be used for a variety of diseases. He says that their unusual structures could help treat certain cancers, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases — such as malaria. Smider is currently working with three different drug companies on this goal.Another possibility is to milk cows for their antibodies — literally. Cow’s milk is rich in antibodies, and there is evidence that drinking milk from cows immunized against various germs can protect against illness. Immuron, an Australian biotech company, makes a pill prepared with powdered milk from immunized cows to protect against traveler’s diarrhea. The product is available over-the-counter in multiple countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, and China. Further useThe study is the first to reliably elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies. But Dr. John Mascola, director of vaccine research at NIAID, cautions that there are still obstacles to an effective vaccine in humans.“The study … doesn’t tell us how to make a vaccine for HIV in people, but it does tell us how the virus evades the human immune response,” said Mascola.Mascola believes that HIV vaccine research is at “the end of the beginning.” To complete the journey, scientists will need to make a vaccine that accurately mimics HIV’s envelope and coaxes the immune system to make the right antibodies. Barton Haynes, director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, believes cows could help with the first of those two challenges.“There is a debate going on about whether this envelope or that envelope … is good,” said Haynes. “Cows may be a really good model to test that.”Cow HIV antibodies could also be directly given to people. This is not a substitute for a vaccine, which creates long-term immunity to prevent disease. 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Swedish regulator finds no major issues with controversial contraception app

first_img @sheridan_kate HealthSwedish regulator finds no major issues with controversial contraception app Swedish regulators asked the company to clarify, within the app, the risk that a person using the app might get pregnant accidentally. The company said those changes were completed earlier this year, a press release from the company stated.In Europe, the app is CE-marked. That means it falls in line with certain established regulations and standards for medical devices; it does not mean that national or European regulators reviewed the data.The FDA cleared the app to prevent pregnancy in August. As part of that clearance, the agency reported that the app has a “typical use” failure rate of 6.5 percent. By Kate Sheridan Sept. 13, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints [email protected] General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. The Natural Cycles app works by measuring a patient’s resting temperature, or basal body temperature, which shifts when a person is ovulating due to surges in the hormone progesterone. The app uses those shifts to predict when a person should abstain from sex or use a different form of contraception.advertisement A Swedish regulator closed its investigation into the FDA-cleared contraception app Natural Cycles Thursday, concluding that the despite a spate of unwanted pregnancies, the app’s “failure rate” matched the one the company laid out in its marketing materials.But the investigation also highlighted an eyebrow-raising number: More than 660 people who used the app in Sweden reported unintended pregnancies between January and June of this year, according to the report released by the Swedish Medical Products Agency, known in Swedish as Läkemedelsverket.That seemingly high number is still within the “typical use” failure rate of 6.9 percent because so many people are using the app in Sweden. More than 900,000 people around the world have downloaded Natural Cycles, according to the company’s website.advertisement Kate Sheridan The FDA allowed Natural Cycles to market its app, which tracks basal body temperature, as a form of contraception in August. STAT STAT+: Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Tags government agenciesmedical deviceswomen’s health “There has been a lot of discussion about this investigation, and we hope that it will provide some reassurance to women to see eminent bodies like the Swedish MPA and the US FDA in alignment based on the strength of our clinical evidence,” Raoul Scherwitzl, the CEO of Natural Cycles, said in a press release. “We never doubted the effectiveness of our product since the number of reported pregnancies is monitored closely on a monthly basis.”last_img read more

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Gov. DeSantis lowers COVID vaccine age eligibility to 50 years old

first_imgThe governor said depending on how vaccine rollout goes next week, the state will be opening vaccines up to everyone before May 1, if not sooner. Advertisement Advertisement Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lowered the COVID-19 vaccine age eligibility to 50 years old Monday, March 22. DeSantis signed an executive order last Friday to officially lower the age requirement.“We think we’ve done pretty good this week with 60 to 64 — but quite frankly, we think [based] on current vaccine allotments, that opening [the age requirement] up will be good,” he said. Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday June 11, 2021 Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive June 11, 2021 Lee County COVID-19 vaccine site moving to North Fort Myers this month June 13, 2021 AdvertisementHe also announced that Florida is receiving 42,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the next two weeks. He said while the state is getting less doses than initially expected, the situation is changing from week to week.“Obviously planning massive J&J outreach without knowing whether you are going to get any makes it a little bit more difficult,” he said. He said he is pleased overall with J&J’s rollout, as many Florida residents are interested in receiving a vaccine that only requires one dose to be effective. AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccine RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

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Afternoon Brief, September 22

first_imgHome Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, September 22Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, September 22By Editor – September 22, 2015 53 0 ReddIt Twitter Trending Story:Napa Wine Industry Visionary Bill Leigon Acquires Jamieson Ranch Winery from Madison Vineyard HoldingsBill Leigon, president of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards since February 2013, has announced his purchase of the Napa winery, finalized on September 18, 2015…Today’s News:Tassajara Fire Status Report: Impact on Wine IndustryAs of the most recent update at 12:30PM Monday afternoon, the Tassajara Fire has burned 1200 acres in the Cachagua/Carmel Valley region and stands at 30% containment…Third Annual #MerlotMe Event Celebrates International Merlot Month Throughout OctoberBeginning October 1, 2015, more than 100 Merlot-producing wineries from California, Oregon, Washington, and around the world will join together for #MerlotMe, a month-long, global social media event celebrating the noble variety…6th Annual Idaho Wine Competition Begins TodayEight Northwest wine experts will spend today evaluating about 160 wines from the Gem State in the sixth annual Idaho Wine Competition…Beckstoffer Vineyards Makes Contribution to #LakeCountyRisingValley Fire Now Ranked Third Worst in State HistoryPutting Solano on Map of Quality WineNapa County Planning Commission Grants Two Winery RequestsCalifornia Farmers Report Shortage of Help to Harvest CropsChampagne’s Forgotten Varieties Could Thrive as Temperatures RiseBurgundy Wine Harvest – Is 2015 a Great Year?Wine Doesn’t Need Oak to AgeScientists Scour the Mediterranean for Endangered Grapes to Ensure the Wine of the Gods Will Pour AgainScientific Finding Could Be Key to AlcoholismResveratrol Offers Health Benefits, but Should You Swallow a Pill or Drink Some Wine?WIN Jobs:Western Sales ManagerWineTalent (Los Angeles, CA)Luxury Wine Brand AmbassadorFoundations Marketing Group (Tri State)BottlerAlkar Human Resources (Napa, CA, United States)More Wine Industry Jobs…People:Family Winemakers of California President Paul Kronenberg Announces RetirementLegendary Wine Writer Hugh Johnson to Deliver Industry Keynote at Symposium for Professional Wine WritersWinemaker 2 Winemaker: Ed Killian of Souverain and Killian WinesDeborah Detrick Joins Round Pond EstateSte. Michelle Graduates Launch Schlagel Santo Micro-WineryWine-Label Designer Nadira Vlaun Makes Her MarkMichael Teer at Pike & Western Is Washington’s Wine AmbassadorCatching Up with Ben FlajnikLongtime Oakley Grape Grower Succumbs at 9394-Year-Old Oregon Winemaker Looks Forward, Back as Another Harvest BeginsTapp Label Announces New Director of Quality SystemsDeborah Hall of Gypsy Canyon Winery Initiates Indiegogo Campaign to Rescue Thailand’s Abused Dogs and CatsNew Professor Jeff McBride Joins SRJC’s Wine Studies ProgramArgentina: Women in WineAmy Hoopes “California Wine Is a Brand” Facebook Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Pinterest TAGSArgentinaBeckstoffer VineyardsBen FlajnikBill LeigonBurgundyDeborah HallEd KillianfeaturedGypsy Canyon WineryHugh JohnsonIdahoJamieson RanchJeff McbrideKillian WinesMadison VineyardMediterraneanMerlotMeMichael TeerNadira VlaunNapaNapa CountyPaul KronenbergSolanoSRJCSte. MichelleTapp LabelValley FireWashington center_img Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Linkedin Share Advertisement Email Previous articleTapp Label Announces New Director of Quality SystemsNext articleFrom the Abyss, Rum with an Island’s Kiss: Brinley Gold Shipwreck Coconut Cream Editorlast_img read more

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Ambassador Marks chairs Washington D.C. fundraiser

first_img By DERRICK A. SCOTT, JIS INFORMATION ATTACHE RelatedAmbassador Marks chairs Washington D.C. fundraiser Ambassador Marks chairs Washington D.C. fundraiser Foreign AffairsMay 13, 2011 RelatedAmbassador Marks chairs Washington D.C. fundraiser FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail WASHINGTON D.C — The 22nd staging of the annual “School Night” took on a decidedly Jamaican flavour Friday (May 6), with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, chairing the annual fundraiser which supports the education of economically challenged children in the US capital. Ambassador Marks was among the more than 500 patrons on hand for the event at the Ronald Reagan Building. With support from corporate sponsors and foundations, a silent auction which included gifts from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Palmyra Resort, the Jamaica Inn Resorts and a US$350 price tag, “School Night” brought in more than US$700,000. Ziggy Marley, son of the late reggae icon Bob Marley, served up a delightful fare of non-stop Jamaican reggae music for more than one hour. His offering included some of his own music as well as his late father’s. “We asked Ambassador Marks to chair the event, because of her public commitment to being involved in the Washington community during her tenure as Ambassador, as well as her work to improve education in Jamaica, as a business woman,” said philanthropist and Fight For Children founder, Joseph E. Robert, Jr. He said that “Fight for Children” was honoured to collaborate with Ambassador Marks to make “School Night” 2011 a great success. “Her thoughtful contributions to not only the event itself, but also to our work in improving urban education, were invaluable. We look forward to continuing this rewarding relationship,” he said. Mr. Robert explained that because there are many similarities in the challenges facing urban education systems in both countries, “there are opportunities to learn from each other and share best practices”. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Ambassador and the people of Jamaica,” he said.          Ambassador Marks said the event was not only invaluable and great fun, but was also worth exploring, as a model for similar initiatives to boost education for the less fortunate children in Jamaica. “I was pleased that we at the Embassy of Jamaica and the JTB could be involved to support the initiative of Brand Jamaica to this wide cross-section of Washingtonians,” she said.  The spring benefit event boasted a Jamaican theme, complete with a matching buffet, cocktail menu and party favours, and was hosted by FOX5’s television Morning News anchor, Steve Chenevey, with the DC Pan Jammers and New Century Dancers performing as well. This year’s “School Night” celebrated schools that won the “Fight for Children’s 2011 Quality Schools Initiative Award.” Among the guests present were former Washington D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty, and Mrs. Fenty; D.C.’s Public Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson; President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno and President and CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Jamaica), Bruce Bowen and his wife Suzan. It was supported by corporate sponsors and foundations; Jamaica Tourist Board sponsored a silent auction. In its fourth year, “Fight for Children’s Quality Schools Initiative” identifies and celebrates effective practises that improve student achievements in Washington D.C.’s public schools, public charter schools and independent schools. The awards this year recognized schools that use data to improve instructions to increase academic achievement for children from low-income homes. RelatedAmbassador Marks chairs Washington D.C. fundraiser Advertisementslast_img read more

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Vodafone takes the build route to quadplay in Portugal

first_img ForthnetKabelNOSOnoPortugal TelecomVodafoneZapp Richard Handford Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Tags Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta 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 Related Previous ArticleGoogle getting “aggressive” on app indexingNext ArticleHuawei H1 sales boosted by 4G and smartphones Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 JUL 2014 Author Home Vodafone takes the build route to quadplay in Portugal Vodafone Group struck a fibre-sharing agreement with rival Portugal Telecom that will see the two operators deploy and share high-speed fixed networks to 900,000 homes and businesses.The UK operator is pursuing a quadplay strategy in Europe which involves buying – or in this case building – fixed infrastructure alongside its mobile networks.The agreement in Portugal will enable each operator to reach an additional 450,000 premises.This figure is on top of Vodafone’s existing fibre deployment in the country, which aims to reach 1.5 million homes by mid-2015. It has already hit the one million mark with its rollout.Vodafone and its rival will offer competitive retail services.The latest deal enables Vodafone to bring services to users quicker than going it alone, it said. By end-2015, it expects to have nearly two million homes connected to fibre.The agreement with Portugal Telecom starts in December this year and runs for 25 years.Elsewhere in Europe, Vodafone is largely opting for a buy strategy to gain fixed infrastructure. It has targeted cable television networks. Over the past year, it has purchased  Ono in Spain, Germany’s Kabel Deutschland and an ongoing bid with Wind for Greece’s Forthnet.In Ireland it is jointly installing fibre with partner ESB but will offer access to all comers on a wholesale basis.Vodafone is Portugal’s second-largest mobile operator with 5.46 million mobile connections (GSMA Intelligence, Q2 2014), behind Portugal Telecom. There are two other smaller rivals – NOS and Zapp.The UK operator also has 240,000 fixed broadband subscribers, of whom about 190,000 are pay-TV users.last_img read more

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Fundraiser Launched After ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Billboard Vandalized

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. In fewer than 48 hours after a Black Lives Matter billboard appeared on U.S. Highway 93 in South Kalispell at the end of June, it had already been vandalized with white paint.A local college student organized a fundraiser for the billboard, which reads, “I Can’t Breathe,” reflecting the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.“When I heard about this, I was upset that, first off, the hard work that this young man put into (the billboard) was ruined by somebody and it was also a company that operates in our area was vandalized as well,” said Sid Daoud, a Kalispell resident and city councilor.In response to the vandalism, Daoud set up his own GoFundMe fundraiser to replace the billboard’s vinyl, which was damaged by the paint, to compensate the local billboard owner. The fundraiser originally requested $930, which Daoud says was met in an hour and half and prompted him to raise more funds for purchasing additional billboard ads around Kalispell, or potentially organizing other Black Lives Matters events or messages.Daoud plans to meet with both the student who organized the original billboard and the two Kalispell students who organized the peaceful June 6 Black Lives Matter protest, which took place at Depot Park in Kalispell, to brainstorm where the funds should specifically be directed.“I’m standing up in favor of First Amendment rights and the rights of local businesses not to be vandalized for any political purpose,” Daoud said. “I personally support the Black Lives Matter movement, my wife and three children are black and that resonates with me big time.”Along with the billboard damage, white paint also splashed onto the property where it sits, which the company leases from a local landowner. In addition to the racist sentiment, Daoud was also upset by the private property damage of both the local business and landowner.As of July 1, Daoud’s fundraiser reached $6,545 from 161 donors and was shared more than 2,000 times.“I don’t know what the outcome of this is going to be,” Daoud said. “I sure support it if anybody wants to raise money and put up signage and do an event, and if it’s peaceful, I’m 100% behind them … I just think it’s terrible the word around town. A lot of people were happy it was vandalized.”“We want to have a culture of mutual respect here even if we don’t have the same political ideas,” Daoud added.Daoud clarifies that while he is a Kalispell city councilor, he organized the fundraiser on his own and that it has no affiliation with the [email protected] Emaillast_img read more

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