Australian competition regulator gives OK to Saputo deal for Murray Goulburn

first_imgMONTREAL – Australia’s competition regulator has signed off on Quebec dairy giant Saputo Inc.’s proposed purchase of dairy processor Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. after the Canadian company agreed to sell a key plant.The regulator had raised concerns the acquisition would give Saputo control of the two largest dairy plants in southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia.Under the deal with the regulator, Saputo will sell Murray Goulburn’s Koroit plant within a specified period to a buyer which will need to be approved by the regulator.The agreement also includes details of transitional milk supply arrangements and independent management for the plant until it is sold.Saputo announced the deal to buy Murray Goulburn in October for $1.3 billion.The deal still requires approval by Murray Goulburn shareholders and Australia’s foreign investment review board.Companies in this story: (TSX:SAP)last_img read more

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The Latest Pushback on Trumps oil trains rule

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. — The Latest on the Trump administration’s miscalculation of safety benefits of electronic brakes for oil trains (all times local):12:15 p.m.Supporters of more advanced brakes on trains hauling explosive fuels are pushing back against a Trump administration decision to scrap their mandatory use following the revelation that derailment risks were miscalculated.A senior adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Robert Duff, said Thursday that federal officials should reconsider the safety advantages of electronic brakes after The Associated Press found some benefits were ignored.Railroads were required to begin installing the brakes under a 2015 rule prompted by a string of fiery derailments involving oil and ethanol shipments.The AP found that when Trump administration killed the rule in September, it omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using the brakes.Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error but said it was unintentional and does not affect the repeal.__12 a.m.The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it cancelled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels.A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. The error could stoke criticism from supporters of the rule.Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents. Still, they said it was unintentional and would not have made a difference.The brake rule was adopted under President Barack Obama following a string of fiery derailments of trains hauling oil and ethanol.The railroad and oil industries have pushed to cancel the rule citing its high costs.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN food agency launches fouryear plan for global food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new four-year strategic plan to tackle soaring levels of hunger caused by the global food crisis. “This strategic plan marks a revolution in food aid that supports local markets in breaking the cycle of hunger,” Josette Sheeran, WFP’s Executive Director said today.“I call this our 80-80-80 solution,” she told WFP’s Board members gathered in Rome this week. &#822080 per cent of our cash for food is spent in the developing world, 80 per cent of our ground transport is procured in the developing world, and 80 per cent of our staff is hired locally in the developing world.” WFP spends more than $2 billion a year on food, transport and staff in the developing world. The new strategic plan emphasizes life-saving emergency aid, such as for 3 million vulnerable people in Darfur, but it also focuses on prevention, local purchase of food, and using targeted cash and voucher programs when food is available locally but not accessible for the hungry. The announcement of WFP’s four-year strategic plan follows last week’s High-Level Conference on World Food Security in Rome, where world leaders gathered to discuss hunger and agriculture development issues against the backdrop of high global food and fuel prices. The tools laid out in the plan include early warning systems and vulnerability analysis, as well as preparedness and disaster reduction and mitigation, and effective emergency response in life-saving situations. The plan also includes spending to strengthen smallholder farming, local transport and communication networks, as well as school meals and support for mother-and-child health and nutrition programmes. Last year, WFP used its cash resources to purchase $612 million worth of food in 69 developing countries. 13 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new four-year strategic plan to tackle soaring levels of hunger caused by the global food crisis. read more

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New video released in Varaschin murder case

Four years after the murder of Sonia Varaschin, police have released new surveillance video.The footage is from a gazebo in a park behind Orangeville city hall, not far from where Varaschin’s car was left in August 2010.Police would like to identify the two people in the video and speak to them. They are potential witnesses in this case, not suspects. Varaschin went missing back in 2010, and her body was found in a wooded area near Orangeville a week later.Police say they are still committed to finding out who murdered the Orangeville nurse. They’re offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to catching the killer. read more

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Security Council debates Israeli barrier separating it from West Bank

Video of Security Council meeting The more than 40 speakers during the daylong debate discussed a resolution sponsored by Syria, which is chairing the Arab Group for October and requested the open meeting. The text’s main operative paragraph would have the Council decide “that the construction by Israel, the occupying power, of a wall in the Occupied Territories departing from the armistice line of 1949 is illegal under relevant provisions of international law and must be ceased and reversed.”Palestinian Permanent Observer Nasser al-Kidwa said Israel’s claim that the wall was a security measure to prevent suicide bombings was incredible and illogical since Israel could have built the barrier along the armistice Green Line.Despite the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibiting such activity, the occupying power had illegally transferred more than 400,000 Israeli settlers to more than 200 settlements built on 8 per cent of Palestinian land, he said.Responding, Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman said with nearly 6,000 Israelis injured and 870 killed since September 2000, Israel had very few options for protecting its citizens.The security fence – which was mainly a chain-linked fence, he said – was one of the most effective non-violent methods and would improve the daily life of Palestinians by reducing Israel’s involvement in Palestinian areas and allowing the removal of roadblocks and checkpoints.Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad of Syria said it was significant that the Israeli representative had failed to mention where the wall was to be erected – on occupied Palestine territories that Israel wanted to annex.Despite appeals from its own allies, Israel was persisting in building the wall, which in many places ran east of the Green Line and sealed off some Palestinian communities and undermined the continuity of a Palestinian state, said Senegalese Ambassador Papa Louis Fall, chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.This action prejudged the final outcome of status negotiations, he said. read more

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Georgias new President assures Security Council of commitment to peace in Abkhazia

Video of the Security Council meeting [24mins] Pledging his unwavering commitment to the peaceful resolution of the separatist conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia’s new President Mikhail Saakashvili appealed to the United Nations Security Council today to enhance its efforts to advance lasting peace and stability in his country.To promote that process, Mr. Saakashvili told the 15-member body he was ready to guarantee the highest possible degree of autonomy to Abkhazia within the Georgian State.The UN has maintained an observer mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) since 1994 after an accord reached in Moscow ended fighting in northwestern Georgia between government and separatist forces that forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee.Today, Georgia still suffers from the painful wounds of civil conflict that had separated families and destroyed the future of a generation, President Saakashvili said. But encouraged by certain positive developments, task forces established in the framework of the Geneva process might form a powerful mechanism for the entire peace process, he added.The framework involves the so-called Group of Friends of the Secretary-General – France, Germany, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – working to help achieve peace. At a meeting last week, attended by Georgia but not the Abkhaz side, the group hailed progress in political and security matters, refugee returns and economic cooperation.Mr. Saakashvili called the deployment of a civilian UN police unit in the Gali region, on the Abkhaz side of the ceasefire lines, a real and positive step forward that should be fully implemented. It was particularly necessary for the return of refugees, he added.He appealed to the Council to work towards ending the “damaging” Russian policies of providing citizenship to people in the conflict region, granting a visa-free regime and illegally acquiring property on Abkhazian soil, all of which reduced chances for lasting security. At the same time, he said his recent “very constructive” talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin signalled a new era of improved relations between the two countries.In his latest report to the Council last month Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that talks on Abkhazia’s future status within Georgia had still not started, with the Abkhaz side continuing to invoke its unilateral 1999 “declaration of independence.” He appealed to them to abandon their “uncompromising position.” read more

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UN rights chief appalled at recent treatment of refugees migrants by Hungarian

“The images of women and young children being assaulted with tear gas and water cannons at Hungary’s border with Serbia were truly shocking,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release.“I am appalled at the callous, and in some cases illegal, actions of the Hungarian authorities in recent days, which include denying entry to, arresting, summarily rejecting and returning refugees, using disproportionate force on migrants and refugees, as well as reportedly assaulting journalists and seizing video documentation. Some of these actions amount to clear violations of international law.”The Hungarian Government has built a fence on its border with Serbia and closed border crossings. A new law criminalizing irregular entry into Hungary came into effect Tuesday, according to the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). Hungary has reportedly already begun returning refugees to Serbia, following very summary proceedings. The Government is also talking of building more fences along its other borders with Romania and Croatia. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban defended the measures, arguing that they concerned “defending our lifestyle,” and contrasted this lifestyle with that of Muslims, the news release pointed out.High Commissioner Zeid deplored the xenophobic and anti-Muslim views that appear to lie at the heart of current Hungarian Government policy.“The package of measures brought in overnight between Monday and Tuesday is incompatible with the human rights commitments binding on Hungary,” the High Commissioner said. “This is an entirely unacceptable infringement of the human rights of refugees and migrants. Seeking asylum is not a crime, and neither is entering a country irregularly.”“Many have made harrowing sea journeys to avoid other border fences,” he added. He also said he is extremely concerned at the “repeated failures” of the European Union to agree on firm and principled action to respond to the crisis in Hungary and elsewhere. “Current events highlight the urgent need for bolder and more human-rights driven migration and asylum policies in Europe.” read more

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Mens volleyball Ohio State rolls over Saint Francis in straight sets

Then-junior setter Christy Blough (5) sets the ball during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6, 2016.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe momentum kept rolling Friday night as the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team added another win to its current 29-game streak, this time at Saint Francis University. The Buckeyes won in straight sets 25-23, 25-18, 25-18.The win puts OSU at 6-0 on the season while Saint Francis falls to an even 3-3. The game marks the 30th win for the Buckeyes over the Red Flash in the teams’ 31-game history.OSU has now won 87 of the last 105 sets with a sweep over Saint Francis. The Buckeyes are within striking distance of matching the school record 32-game win streak that was set during OSU’s 24-0 run to end the 1969 season and the first eight games of the 1970 season.Senior opposite Miles Johnson led the Buckeyes in kills with 11, while junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had eight kills on 12 errorless attempts, notching a .667 hitting percentage.Senior opposite Jeff Hogan was the Red Flash’s team leader in kills with 13, but had 6 attacking on the night. Redshirt junior outside hitter Stephen Braswell followed Hogan in kills with seven of his own.Neith team in the first set accumulated much of a lead with a total of 15 ties. Eventually, OSU pulled away with kills from redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson and junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, as well as a combined block by Hervoir and Lesson, to seal the deal for the Buckeyes to win 25-23.The Buckeyes thoroughly dominated the second set with a couple timely runs. Five straight points put OSU up 10-5, then a six-point run built the lead to 24-15. Lesson’s kill closed the set at 25-18.After a seven-all start, OSU went on another six-point streak in the third set. The Buckeyes were nearly perfect in their attacking with only one hitting error, swinging at .560 percent. OSU’s offensive efforts were complimented by senior libero Gabriel Domecus’ match high six digs to help the Buckeyes win 25-18.Ohio State plays again Tuesday night in St. John Arena in a Big Ten clash against No. 15 Penn State at 7 p.m. read more

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IPL teams could be allowed to retain three players

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL auction to be held on January 27, 28December 20, 2017In “Sports”IPL franchises allowed to retain up to five playersDecember 6, 2017In “latest news”2017 IPL auction delayed until late FebruaryFebruary 2, 2017In “latest news” The eight IPL franchises are likely to be allowed to retain up to three players each before the player auction in the 2018 pre-season. Such a proposal was discussed by the IPL governing council in Delhi on Tuesday. The governing council will meet again next week to deliberate on the issue before making a final decision on November 14 at a workshop with all eight franchises.Steven Smith and MS Dhoni have a chat in the field (AFP photo)Although a final decision remains to be made, a BCCI official suggested that the three players could be a combination of two Indians and one overseas player, or two overseas players and one Indian. ESPNcricinfo understands that not all franchises have been keen on retaining players, but Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams that are returning to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension, were “keen” to retain a certain number of players.If the IPL allows the retention of a certain number of players, both these franchises would be able to pick their choices from the two teams that replaced them in the last two editions of the IPL: Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith, Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis are some of the prominent names that featured for Supergiant and Lions in the last two years.It is understood that the IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin met with representatives of the eight franchises in the last few months to gather suggestions before a final plan is laid out at the franchise workshop next month.It is not just the number of players that should be retained that the franchises have different opinions about – they are also concerned by the purse that will be made available to them.Some of the richer franchises are keen to have a maximum purse of INR 80 crore as opposed to some franchises which are happy with INR 75 crore. The IPL governing council is likely to take a final call at its next meeting.One franchise official pointed out that the richer teams might want a bigger purse in order to spend big money to retain marquee players. The official suggested the IPL should consider a smaller purse as well as sticking to the retention policy it had used in the past. In 2014, when the retention policy was introduced for the first time by the IPL, every franchise was allowed to retain a maximum of five capped players. Back then every franchise had a salary cap of INR 60 crore, out of which a fixed amount would be deducted for every player retained. The break-up of the deduction was: Player 1 – INR 12.5 crore, Player 2 – 9.5 cr, Player 3 – 7.5 cr, Player 4 – 5.5 cr and Player 5 – 4 cr.Simultaneously the franchises could buy back additional players through the right-to-match-card option in the 2014 auction. On Tuesday, the IPL governing council discussed the right-to-match-card option, but there was no clarity on the issue. The right-to-match card essentially gives a franchise the first right of refusal to its players, allowing it to buy its player back after other franchises have completed the bidding process for him.In 2014 the number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise was dependent on the number of players already retained. A franchise retaining between three and five players had one right-to-match card, while a franchise retaining up to two players had two right-to-match cards; those not retaining any player had three cards to play. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

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Presenting the 2013 Oscar nominees as reenacted by a toddler

first_imgWE DON’T KNOW who this child of Tumblr is.But we do know that she… or possibly he… has an excellent line in re-enacting scenes from this year’s Oscar nominations.Life of Pi is probably our favourite. See the full selection at Don’t Call Me Oscar.last_img

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Arcadian cocktail night

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Panarcadian Association of Melbourne and Victoria is opening its doors to the newly renovated heritage building and invite you to connect and network with other Acadians at the Cocktail Reunion, hoping that this informal gathering will strengthen ties and forge new friendships amongst second and third generations Arcadians. Drinks and finger food provided. When: Sunday 6 October, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm Where: Arcadian Club, 1/570 Victoria Street, North Melbournelast_img read more

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Le sixième sens des pigeons voyageurs reste un mystère

first_imgLe “sixième sens” des pigeons voyageurs reste un mystèreLes pigeons voyageurs s’orientent dans les airs en enregistrant les valeurs du champ magnétique terrestre. Toutefois, ils sont également capables de prendre des repères visuels et olfactifs révèle une nouvelle étude.Les scientifiques pensaient que les pigeons voyageurs s’orientaient dans l’espace aérien grâce à un sixième sens situé dans leur bec et qui les renseignaient sur le champ magnétique terrestre. Toutefois, une nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue scientifique britannique Nature vient invalider cette théorie. En effet, ce n’est pas dans le bec que se trouvent les cellules nerveuses contenant des petits cristaux de magnétite (un oxyde de fer) expliquant la sensibilité magnétique.”Il y a de plus en plus de preuves pour dire que le pigeon a un véritable système de navigation dans la tête, comme un GPS : il est capable d’enregistrer des valeurs de champ magnétique, mais également des repères visuels et des indices olfactifs”, a expliqué à l’AFP Hervé Cadiou, un des chercheurs qui a participé à l’étude. David Keays (Institut de Pathologie Moléculaire, Australie) et ses collègues ont montré que les cellules riches en fer du bec des pigeons sont en fait des macrophages (des globules blancs) et non des neurones (cellules nerveuses). Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont utilisé l’IRM et le scanner pour réaliser, en les colorant en bleu, une cartographie des cellules riches en fer de la partie supérieure du bec de pigeons voyageurs. Ils ont ainsi révélé “une variation inattendue dans leur distribution et leur nombre, observation incompatible avec un rôle dans la sensibilité magnétique”. Or, “pour qu’il y ait un sens, une réception sensorielle, il faut qu’il y ait des neurones”, explique Hervé Cadiou.Le bec, pas un organe magnétorécepteurÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ainsi, même s’ils ne peuvent exclure la possibilité qu’un petit nombre de récepteurs magnétiques épars soient situés “dans un endroit indéterminé” de la partie supérieure du bec des pigeons, les chercheurs n’ont trouvé aucune preuve de l’existence d’un système de sensibilité magnétique dans ce bec. “Le bec n’est pas un organe magnétorécepteur”, conclut M. Cadiou. Le mystère de la magnétoréception des pigeons est donc bel et bien relancé avec néanmoins quelques hypothèses intéressantes. “Ces cellules énigmatiques pourraient résider dans l’épithélium olfactif [muqueuse de la paroi du nez], une structure sensorielle qui a été impliquée dans la magnétoréception de la truite arc-en-ciel”, suggèrent les chercheurs.Le 15 avril 2012 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Aussie boss set to make changes against the UAE

Aussie boss set to make changes against the UAE

first_imgAustralia coach Graham Arnold is optimistic a squad rotation in the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-finals against the United Arab Emirates will be successful.The Socceroos scraped through to the last eight after beating Uzbekistan 4-2 on penalties in Al Ain.However, Arnold was furious with the decision to book Celtic midfielder Rogic which would rule out of the game against UAE in the quarter-finals.The Aussie boss was adamant the booking was harsh, though he is confident he has enough options and systems to keep UAE guessing on Friday.“The yellow card was a bit harsh because Tomi had no intent,” Arnold told reporters via FourFourTwo.“He just had the ball at his feet. These things happen. We have the options and I can change the system if we need to.“We’ll look at how UAE play, we’ll analyse them and, like I said, we’ve got plenty of options with different systems with these players that we can use.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“I could change play with two strikers, two number nines, we could play with a diamond midfield.“One good thing is we don’t have to travel. We’re here in Al Ain, they have to travel down here. Our boys are extremely fit and they’ll be able to back up.”SET YOUR ALARMS ⏰The @Socceroos face hosts the United Arab Emirates on Australia Day morning.#GoSocceroos #TogetherAsOne #AsianCup2019https://t.co/p0MxpiuCde— Socceroos (@Socceroos) January 21, 2019last_img read more

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FLOW celebrates Education Week 2017 giving back to over 500 kids

FLOW celebrates Education Week 2017 giving back to over 500 kids

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Turks and Caicos, March 6, 2017 – Providenciales – In honor of Education Week 2017, FLOW TCI has partnered with the largest public school in the TCI, Oseta Jolly Primary, to provide lunch packaged in FLOW branded lunch kits for the lower grade students and drawstring backpacks for the higher grade students.Present at the school was Mrs. Delleriece Hall, Country Manager for FLOW TCI, Mr. Darron Hilaire, Marketing Communications Executive and other excited and enthused team members.  “In order to ensure success, you have to be equipped with the right tools. We as a team, therefore, thought it necessary to celebrate with the little learners at Oseta Jolly during EW17 to equip them be successful in their learning process,” says Hall.The students and teachers were thrilled for their presence and partnership as the team is always a source of motivation to the school family.   Hilaire added, “It is a joy to be able to see the humility and appreciation from students when we do our part in giving back. We were delighted to able to bring such an experience to the students at Oseta Jolly to kick of EW17.”Principal Mrs. Rachel Handfield, thanked Flow for their continous support of the school and their support of Education Week 2017.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and teachers throughout the TCI, a joy filled and encouraging week.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

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TMobiles 5G network makes early appearance in New York

first_imgT-Mobile’s 5G network is starting to pop up in New York.  Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all either launched or are about to launch their respective 5G networks. One carrier that has been quiet, however, is T-Mobile.  While the self-proclaimed “Un-carrier” has been quiet about its exact 5G launch plans, the first signs of the new network seem to have popped up in New York.  Milan Milanović, who works for Speedtest.net owner Ookla, has apparently been able to get the nascent network up and running on an unlocked Verizon Galaxy S10 5G with a T-Mobile SIM card.  Phones See Galaxy S10 5G’s jaw-dropping real-world speeds Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 13 Photos Share your voice T-Mobile said last year that New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas would be among the first to get its 5G network. T-Mobile has mmWave spectrum in eight to 10 cities around the country, though it’s not clear where exactly those holdings are.   In addition to mmWave, T-Mobile also plans to launch a wider 5G network on its lower-band spectrum in 30 cities later in 2019. While mmWave is great for high-speeds in urban environments, it struggles when it comes to covering large areas. Phones that support both technologies aren’t expected to be available until later this year (the Galaxy S10 5G only supports mmWave).   The T-Mobile 5G appearance comes as Sprint prepares to launch its first 5G devices on Friday. Sprint uses midband spectrum for its 5G network, which T-Mobile has argued it needs to launch a truly robust nationwide 5G network. T-Mobile is currently trying to merge with Sprint in a $26 billion deal.  “We plan to have 5G nationwide in 2020,” the T-Mobile spokesperson said. “And if regulators approve the merger with Sprint, the New T-Mobile will deliver a supercharged 5G network with exponentially faster speeds and greater capacity than today!” 8:44 Sharing images and videos on Twitter, the results seem impressive with downloads hovering close to 500Mbps. While that’s not as fast as the over-1Gbps speeds CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt experienced when she tested Verizon’s S10 5G in Chicago earlier in May, Verizon’s network has already been live for over a month while T-Mobile’s is still unannounced. When contacted by CNET, T-Mobile repeated its prior stance that it will launch a 5G network when it has 5G phones. “T-Mobile will launch 5G when compatible smartphones are available and ready for our customers,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said. T-Mobile’s initial 5G network appears to use mmWave technology, the same 5G tech used by AT&T and Verizon in their current, respective 5G networks. The similar network tech explains why the unlocked Galaxy S10 5G phone appears capable of tapping into T-Mobile’s 5G network.  AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have all said that they will carry the Galaxy S10 5G this year.  Comments 2 Tags 5G Rumors T-Mobile pic.twitter.com/Zvj1FKRQmP— Milan Milanović (@milanmilanovic) May 28, 2019 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly March 19 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioThe Koch Effect: Two Rich Guys Democrats Love to Hate Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIn Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, there’s been so much talk about the billionaire Koch Brothers you might think they were running for office. They’re not, though a Koch-affiliated group has already spent close to $1 million on ads against Mark Begich. The Cook Political Report today declared the race a toss-up and Begich one of the Senate’s most endangered Democrats. But,  the well funded anti-Begich ad run may not be having the desired effect.State Senate Passes Bill Advancing Gasline Project Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauAfter six hours of debate, the state Senate voted in favor of a bill advancing a natural gas megaproject where Alaska is a part owner. Although the legislation passed with a clear majority, there was opposition from Democrats who had problems with the deal brokered by the Parnell administration.Tsunami Debris Clean Up Is Slowed By Huge Volume, Rugged Terrain Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe state is planning an aerial survey this spring to figure out how much new debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami has arrived on Alaska’s shores. Environmental groups spent much of last summer cleaning up debris. But the state’s vast and rugged coastline has made it a slow and costly project. APRN’s Annie Feidt returned to Montague Island, on the edge of Prince William Sound with the man who’s leading the effort to return Alaska’s hardest hit beaches to their pristine state.What Alaska Natives Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauFor most Americans, the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31. For American Indians and Alaska Natives, the process is a little different.The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and United Way have teamed up at Juneau’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament to get the word out.Sitka Herring Fishery Could Open As Soon As Thursday Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaIt’s herring time in Southeast Alaska. The multimillion-dollar Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery could open as early as the end of this week.Bill Prioritizes Personal-Use Dipnet FishingAaron Selbig, KBBI – HomerA bill that would place a priority on personal-use dipnet fishing has been working its way through the system since it was introduced in the state legislature last year. The bill had a hearing in the House Fisheries Committee Tuesday.last_img read more

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Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake Attends Her Final Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake Attends Her Final Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

first_imgMembers of some of Baltimore’s most distinguished businesses and corporations gathered at the Horseshoe Casino early Thursday morning for the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with the Mayor.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during her final Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast event. (Photo by Maliik Obee)As the clock continues to count down toward the end of her six-year stay in office, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined the chamber for her last outing with the event. The second woman to serve as Baltimore’s mayor, Rawlings-Blake is also the current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.Despite the positive changes Baltimore has undergone during Rawlings-Blake’s tenure, the mayor told attendees that the bad publicity the city receives often outweighs the good. Among her achievements, Rawlings-Blake cited major strides in the development of small, minority and women-owned businesses in Baltimore City. Including the introduction of 2,000 jobs to the city through the development of the Horseshoe Casino, the city has seen an increase of 20,000 jobs since Rawlings-Blake took office. Preparing for the next generation has been a major point of emphasis for Rawlings-Blake, who noted the $49 million invested into new and renovated recreation and educational centers across the city.Business leaders from across Baltimore City conversed and dined on a full breakfast spread. After receiving a standing ovation and warm applause from the members of the Chamber of Commerce, Rawlings-Blake reminded everyone of her dedication to change in Charm City.“Baltimore’s progress could not be more evident,” said Rawlings-Blake. “We will not lose the great momentum that we created with your help.”Following Rawlings-Blake’s speech, the Chamber of Commerce recognized members and other entities that are helping to create a better Baltimore with a series of Advocate Awards.The Workforce Development Advocate Award was given to Robert Matthews of BGE. The Business Development Advocate Award was given to Jeanne Hitchcock of Johns Hopkins University. The Educational Advocate Award was given to Baltimore City Community College. The Community Advocate Award was given to Chase Brexton Health Care. The Chamber Advocate Award was given to John Walters of Walters Relocations, Inc. Finally, the Chamber of Commerce Career Award was given to Charlie Owens, who will soon retire from his position as president of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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Crystal Cruises Scores Win as Conde Nast Travelers Best

first_imgSilk Road at Crystal Symphony Exterior of Crystal Serenity Source = Crystal Cruises In a huge affirmation of cruise industry excellence, Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Cruise Line” (Mid-Sized) for 2011 and rated the line higher than any cruise line, large or small. The ultra-luxe line’s victorious score of 93, its highest in years, marks the 18th time the company has won its category—more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in the magazine’shistory.Crystal President Gregg Michel shared his excitement about the feat: “Clearly, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler continue to appreciate and recognize Crystal’s unwavering focus on delivering what sophisticated travelers want: new, life-changing itineraries and on-board experiences, plus a chic sense of design and space that also makes them feel at home.” Considered one of the highest honors in hospitality, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards celebrate the best-of-the-best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies and islands. The more than 28,800 readers who voted this year evaluated cruise lines’ Activities/Facilities, Staterooms, Crew/Service, Design/Layout, Food/Dining, Itineraries and Shore Excursions to determine the overall score.  All award-winners are listed in the magazine’s November 2011 issue, and its website.2011 has been a winning year thus far for Crystal, with numerous additional accolades from other travel trade publications, industry editors, and trusted travel agent consortiums.  Such international honors include “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure (U.S.) readers for the 16th consecutive year, #1 Foreign Cruise Line by Japan’s Cruise magazine readers, and three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for the $25 million redesign of Crystal Serenity.Other innovations implemented by Crystal in 2011 include new, private tour options for shore excursions; a new “You Care, We Care” voluntourism program, with complimentary opportunities on every cruise; new dual-compatible, 27” Apple computers and classes at Computer University@Sea; new fitness and beauty offerings in the Feng Shui-designed spas; and new dining amenities, including “Perfect Choice Dining” with flexible, open seating by reservation, and, starting in spring 2012, “All Inclusive” enhancements, with complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff—even in Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio’s onboard specialty restaurants.Itineraries of 7-98 days on the line’s Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships are available throughout the world, with “Book Now” savings of up to $4,000 per couple until October 31, 2011.  Penthouse Suite with Verandah at Crystal Serenitylast_img read more

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Pro Teck Announces COO Appointment

Pro Teck Announces COO Appointment

first_imgPro Teck Announces COO Appointment in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Pro Teck Valuation Services announced the appointment of a new COO, with management veteran Todd Gerspach stepping into the role.Prior to joining Pro Teck, Gerspach worked most recently at Express Scripts, a Fortune 20 company, where he served in a number of senior management roles that saw him working to increase revenue and streamline operations. During his tenure, he played a key part in managing the company’s post-merger integration of its $29 billion acquisition of Medco, which covered 20 locations and 10,000 employees.Before Express Scripts, Gerspach worked for Tempel Steel Company, serving as general manager for Tempel Changzhou.As COO, Gerspach’s job is to lead all of Pro Teck’s Operations, Information Technology, Product Management, and Human Resources areas, driving the company’s operational strategy.”We are excited that Todd is joining Pro Teck as our new Chief Operating Officer,” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck. “Todd brings strong management experience and throughout his career has greatly improved quality and customer experience through teamwork and continuous improvement. We look forward to working with Todd to build on the extraordinary growth our company has realized over the last decade.” Sharecenter_img August 5, 2014 486 Views Movers & Shakers Pro Teck Valuation Services 2014-08-05 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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One of the handiest things about having a smartpho

One of the handiest things about having a smartpho

first_imgOne of the handiest things about having a smartphone when you’re travelling is the ability to find out almost anything you like at the touch of a button. RelatedPhone it in: 10 great translation appsHow to choose the best app for your needs?BlackBerry travel apps – discover free & paid apps with SkyscannerOur pick of the best travel apps out there on BlackBerry… including Skyscanner’s – of course!Chinese airport riots and why caution kills: Alistair Hann InterviewedAlistair Hann, Skyscanner CTO on riots in Chinese airports, Android v iOS, and the next big thing in travel tech Photo-based translation app, Word Lens, has taken this a step further by eliminating even the need to touch a button. Simply point your camera at the words you wish to be translated and watch the translation magically happen instantly on screen in front of you. What’s even better is that the app does not need a network connection to function, a great way of avoiding expensive mobile phone roaming charges.Unfortunately though, the app is only available in English-Spanish and Spanish-English at present, and at £5.99 per language pack it isn’t the cheapest. However, the technology is incredible and geeks will not grudge paying this!Word Lens has a disclaimer saying that ‘it’s not perfect, but you can get the general meaning’ and given the issues which exist translating phrases across languages this is hardly surprising.It’s a step in a very exciting direction however, and hints at a new future of real-time translations and travel advice – as well as being a nice way of avoiding those cringeworthy ‘stranded tourist’ moments.We see this app as a good first attempt rather than the finished article, and hope the technology continues to develop while more language packs are also added. Just don’t ask us how it actually works!Word Lens is free at the app store and the Spanish-English language pack is £5.99:See the video below to see the app in action.tp://www.youtube.com/embed/h2OfQdYrHRsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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