US weekly jobless claims at 3.8m as unemployment skyrockets

first_imgThe dire jobless figures came a day after data showed that the US economy shrank 4.8 per cent in the first quarter. This was the biggest fall since the financial crisis, but estimates for second-quarter GDP have been as bad as minus 30 per cent. Yet he said that “it remains unclear when we will get back to some semblance of normality, and, in the meantime, investors will continue with caution”. More than 3.8m Americans filed jobless claims last week as unemployment in the world’s biggest economy continues to skyrocket amid the coronavirus pandemic. Harry Robertson (AFP via Getty Images) Richard Flynn, UK managing director at Charles Schwab, said: “In the US, a return to work may lessen job losses and business bankruptcies.” whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: US weekly jobless claims at 3.8m as unemployment skyrockets Although businesses and workers have been supported, the US lacks a job retention scheme of the sort that has kept unemployment from ballooning in countries such as the UK and Germany. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousazenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderArticles StoneTeacher Throws Marine Out, He Gets The Last LaughArticles Stone New weekly jobless claims peaked at 6.8m in the week ended 28 March but have remained elevated. In the worst stages of the financial crisis, around 800,000 people lost their jobs over four weeks. “The claims data remain consistent with our forecast for job losses of 24m in April and a spike in the unemployment rate to 14 per cent,” he said. “We expect total job losses during the pandemic of around 30m.” The new jobless claims, down from 4.4m the week before, mean roughly 30m Americans have lost their jobs in the last six weeks as states have all but shut down their economies. The latest jump in jobless claims adds to the dilemma facing the administration of President Donald Trump and state governors.center_img Coronavirus: US weekly jobless claims at 3.8m as unemployment skyrockets Thursday 30 April 2020 4:28 pm (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: US weekly jobless claims at 3.8m as unemployment skyrockets whatsapp Protests over the lockdown have broken out in recent weeks, with Trump himself appearing to endorse them and criticise Democratic governors for “being too tough”. Unemployment has surged despite unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus. The government has passed stimulus bulls worth around $3 trillion (£2.4 trillion), while the Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates and pumped trillions of dollars into the economy. Show Comments ▼ Share “Initial claims for unemployment benefits continue to subside but remain at levels that seemed unthinkable before the coronavirus pandemic and exceeded expectations in the latest week,” said Gregory Daco, chief US economist at consultancy Oxford Economics. Some states have started to loosen restrictions while others will do so over the coming weeks. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comlast_img read more

Girls Talk: Highlights From Lena Dunham’s PaleyFest Chat

first_imgTVGirls Talk: Highlights From Lena Dunham’s PaleyFest ChatAlison Williams and Judd Apatow also weighed in on the show’s bracing honesty and cringe-inducing sex scenesBy Diana Siegel – March 11, 2015665ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItSince its premiere, HBO’s Girls has been a lightning rod for controversy. On Sunday, the executive producers and cast of the show sat down for a panel discussion at the annual PaleyFest television festival in part about its polarizing nature.Executive producer Judd Apatow served as moderator, but it was executive producer, creator, and star Lena Dunham who did most of the talking during the hour-long discussion. Executive producers Jenni Konner, Bruce Eric Kaplan, and Ilene S. Landress joined Dunham and Apatow, along with costars Alison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, and Andrew Rannells—all of whom arrived on stage to exuberant fanfare.Girls’ ability to break the boundaries of on-screen “likeability” is perhaps the most confrontational aspect of the show, and a relevant point of discussion considering that the event on Sunday coincided with National Women’s Day. “We have an essential belief that being complex, annoying, and multifaceted is the right of women on television,” stated Dunham. “Hopefully in some way [this] is a form of feminist action because it’s a form of representation that we’ve been lacking for some time.”Executive producer Jenni Konner, moderator Judd Apatow, Andrew Rannells, creator/executive producer Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, with executive producers Bruce Eric Kaplan and Ilene S. Landress at PaleyFest LA 2015Creator/Executive Producer Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky and Andrew Rannells at PaleyFest LA 2015Cast and creatives at PaleyFes LA 2015 honoring “Girls”Executive producer Jenni Konner and creator/executive producer Lena Dunham arrive at PaleyFest LA 2015Andrew Rannells, Allison Williams and Alex Karpovsky arrive at PaleyFest LA 2015Lena Dunham arrives at PaleyFest LA 2015Andrew Rannells arrives at PaleyFest LA 2015Andrew Rannells with executive producers Ilene S. Landress and Bruce Eric Kaplan at PaleyFest LA 2015Most of the conversation revolved around the ensemble’s solidarity in the face of constant critical attention. “Whether we’re receiving praise or whether we’re receiving criticism we’re together as a team trying to continue to tell stories about these characters we’ve come to love so much,” said Dunham, emphatically gesturing in tea-length black and white floral. “It feels like I have a stable, delightful family who are sort of sheltering me; we’re all encouraging each other to continue on. Our focus remains on the work.”“There’s a lot of effort and desire to be really truthful in this show, which isn’t always the case in a half-hour comedy,” said Kaplan, who wrote for Seinfeld, Cybil, and HBO’s Six Feet Under, which he also produced. “Bruce is very much our truth-o-meter,” added Dunham, admitting he often meets joke pitches with the sentiment of “’yes that’s funny, but let’s think about how life works.’”Sometimes Girls skirts into the hyper-real; it has become somewhat notorious for its cringe-inducing sex scenes. Williams, who raised eyebrows earlier this season for enacting a somewhat taboo sex act on the series, defended the writers’ choice to get down and dirty: “The dialogue [of that scene] was that Desi said ‘I love that’ and Marnie said ‘I love you too.’ It’s everything you need to know–in twelve seconds you’re brought up to speed about Marnie and where she is physically and emotionally.”Andrew Rannells, sporting a sleek gray suit and newly sprouted beard, chimed in. “There’s nothing in these scripts that doesn’t seem like it belongs in the world,” he said. “You never ask us to do things that are not organic to these characters. We all trust your judgment that it’s there for a reason.”Apatow cited the relative naiveté of many of the cast members as contributing to their willingness to be so vulnerable on set: “It feels like there [are] a lot of people who work on the show who hadn’t had the nightmare Hollywood experience, so there’s a lack of bitterness on set. I think it does lead to some of the bravery on the show because there’s no sense of what you’re not supposed to do.” TAGSJudd ApatowJenni KonnerIlene S. LandressHBOGirlsBruce Eric KaplanAndrew RannellsAlison WilliamsLena DunhamPaleyFest 2015Alex KarpovskyPrevious articleFault-y Logic: The Chance of an 8.0 Quake Hitting California Reaches a New HighpointNext articleScanning the Dead Sea Scrolls at the California Science CenterDiana Siegel RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOROne Million People Agree With Zosia Mamet that Japan Is the BestSundance Goes VirtualThe Best New and Returning TV Shows in Januarylast_img read more

News / Australia extends air cargo subsidies again as industry prepares for a ‘new look’

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 30/03/2021 With no sign of a return to pre-Covid supply chains, Australia has extended its air cargo subsidies, for the third time.March funding for the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) was upped to A$781.8m (US$596m), and the programme was extended until the end of September.Some international flights are due to restart in Melbourne next week for returning nationals, following the state of Victoria’s third lockdown.However, with Australia’s borders unlikely to fully reopen until the fourth quarter, according to recent reports, forwarders are expecting little impact on rates and capacity. Stuart McFarlane, air and sea freight forwarding manager at the International Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of Australia, said the challenges of restricted capacity and meeting demand were being driven by the lack of passenger flights.“Despite the lifting of the cap next month, there is a significant premium on rates, due to the lack of capacity,” he told The Loadstar.“Freighters and passenger-freighters are supporting the very limited number of passenger flights, but market freight rates are are still sitting at 1.8 to six times pre-Covid levels, depending on the destination.“Most flights are at, or near, capacity and the nature of the cargo depends on the capacity of the customer to pay; typically higher-value items, other than the IFAM-subsidised cargo.”Mr McFarlane added that e-commerce cargo was “booming”, especially imports from the US, with the major integrators such as DHL, FedEx and UPS all adding capacity.Importers have also increasingly turned to air-sea cargo over the past 12 months, flying European shipments into Asian hubs like Hong Kong and Singapore, then using container vessels for the final leg into Australia.IFAM, however, is largely focused on helping Australia’s key agricultural exporters reach destination markets at a time when their logistics costs are soaring from profitability. For example, so far the programme has supported some 412,000 tonnes of mostly horticulture, seafood, lamb, beef, pork and dairy, with around 450 flights a week to 66 destinations.According to Austrade, which operates IFAM, the aviation and global trade environments “remain significantly disrupted, with no signs of a return to pre-Covid practices.”It added: “Support options under IFAM are agile, responsive and targeted to assist businesses while they, and the sector, adjust to the new environment.“Air supply chains linking Australian businesses to global markets are slowly rebuilding. The supply chains today are different to pre-Covid – and they’re unlikely to be the same again. Businesses must align their commercial and business models to the ‘new look’ supply chains.”Indeed, Mr McFarlane added, airfreight rates would likely “never return” to pre-Covid levels.last_img read more

Army Corps stop Lake Okeechobee releases due to rising waters levels after Eta

first_imgAdvertisementCol. Andrew Kelly will give NBC2 an update on releases Friday. LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Eta brought so much rain to South Florida, the Army Corps stopped releasing water down the Caloosahatchee Thursday.John H. Campbell with the Army Corps said engineers stopped releasing water from Lake Okeechobee at times Wednesday after hearing of waters rising fast near homes between Alva and LaBelle. People living on Waylife Court in Alva said water rose one to two feet in a couple hours Wednesday. They said the water went over sea walls and docks. The Army Corps resumed higher water releases Thursday. They’ve been releasing higher amounts of water for several weeks now.  June 11 fishing report from Byron Stout June 13, 2021 DeSantis briefed on blue-green algae treatment used on Caloosahatchee June 7, 2021 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 commentsDC 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 Army Corps works to finalize Lake O plan that could affect Florida waters June 11, 2021 Blue-green algae bloom found at Franklin Locks on Caloosahatchee River June 6, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Caloosahatchee RiverLake OkeechobeeUS army corps of engineers RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

In Pictures: Motivational speaker Gerry Duffy addresses Laois Local Enterprise Office presentation night

first_imgYou can check out a selection of images from the night, as captured by Alf Harvey. Facebook Pinterest By Steven Miller – 12th December 2019 Facebook WhatsApp In Pictures: Motivational speaker Gerry Duffy addresses Laois Local Enterprise Office presentation night Motivational speaker Gerry Duffy was the special guest at the Laois Local Enterprise Office  presentation of certificates in the Midlands Park Hotel on Thursday night.The Mullingar man, who famously ran 32 marathons in 32 counties in 32 days and later did a Deca iron distance triathlon over 10 days, is now a professional speaker in the areas of leadership, motivation, high value teams and goal setting.Addressing a large group of local business people, he highlighted five things that he considers hugely important to success.Be in controlBe focusedBe fitBe uncomfortableBe positiveThe importance of being organise and being physically fit were two points he spoke strongly on while he also said that businesses were like flowers “they either grow or die”.There was also a panel discussion involving Gerry and local business owners – Dr Diane Cooper, owner of True Fitness and a national finalist in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition this year, and John Duff, owner of Portlaoise Springs.The discussion was presented by Ronan Berry from Midlands 103.After the discussion, the presentation of certificates took place where anyone who took part in a Local Enterprise Office training course in 2019.Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Willie Aird made the presentations while Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise in the Laois Local Enterprise Office, was also in attendance along with her colleagues Seamus Doran and Seon O’Dwyer. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSGerry DuffyLaois Local Enterprise Office Home News Business In Pictures: Motivational speaker Gerry Duffy addresses Laois Local Enterprise Office presentation… NewsBusiness GAA GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Twitter Twitter GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results SEE ALSO – Ideal Christmas gifts as hats, books and jerseys now for sale in LaoisToday store Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleLaois woman who ‘broke every bone’ in her face wins two Road Safety Authority awardsNext articleCalls for ‘serious road safety’ measures at dangerous Mountmellick road Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterestlast_img read more

TSX holds onto gains despite pullback on Wall Street

Canadian Press TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The Canadian dollar was up 0.29 of a cent at 98.11 cents US, backing off a three-week high of 98.22 reached in the morning. After eight record high sessions and 10 consecutive days of gains, the Dow industrials gave back some of that on mixed economic data, dropping 25.03 points to 14,514.11. The Nasdaq was down 9.86 points at 3,249.07 and the S&P 500 index slid 2.53 points to 1,560.70. “The U.S. drive has been pretty relentless. Sooner or later, you’re going to have a down day,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada. “You’re at a point where some people are just looking for any excuse to take profits because we’ve had such a run the last few days.” In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added 42 cents to close at US$93.45 a barrel, as the TSX energy sector gained 1.1%. Telecom stocks ran up 0.4% with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) ahead three cents to $46.74. The financial sector was also higher, rising 0.1%, as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said its fund management joint venture with the Bank of Beijing has received regulatory approval for a license to operate in China. Its shares were up 33 cents to $60.33. Royal Bank (TSX:RY) shares rose 16 cents to $61.43, while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) was up five cents to $15.48. The Canadian Real Estate Association reported that home and condo resales fell 2.1% in February from the previous month, when they logged a small gain. On a year-over-year basis, last month’s activity was down 15.8%. Meanwhile, in the U.S. a spike in gasoline prices drove up expenses in February. The Labour Department says consumer prices increased a seasonally adjusted 0.7% last month from January, the biggest rise since June 2009. Three-fourths of the increase reflected a 9.1% surge in gas prices. The concern about inflation pushed gold prices higher with April bullion gaining $1.90 to US$1,592.60 an ounce. May copper lost two cents to US$3.52 to pound. Production at U.S. factories rose last month, weighted heavily in autos and automotive parts. The Federal Reserve said factory output rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8% month over month in February after having fallen 0.3% in January. In European economic developments, a summit of the 27 European Union leaders in Brussels failed to deliver any fundamental change in economic strategy though there was more talk of the need to promote growth rather than just cut debt. Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday, helped by energy and mining stocks, while U.S. markets gave back a bit of the enthusiastic gains of recent sessions. The S&P/TSX composite was up 30.12 points at 12,830.03, while the TSX Venture Exchange rose 4.54 points to 1,116.61. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Government Seeking Partners to Expand Schools

first_imgRelatedRunaway Bay HEART Hotel Renamed Related4-H Clubs Encouraged to Supply Food to Schools Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedDevelopment of VOUCH as Special Needs Centre Begins Septembercenter_img Story HighlightsThe National Education Trust is eager to partner with philanthropic and investor interests in expanding and modernising the country’s school plants.The Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St. Catherine is the first school to be built under the NET on behalf of the Ministry.The Government was making progress in expanding the quality of spaces. Government Seeking Partners to Expand Schools EducationFebruary 25, 2014Written by: Andrea Braham The National Education Trust (NET) is eager to partner with philanthropic and investor interests in expanding and modernising the country’s school plants.This was the word from Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, as he addressed the dedication ceremony for The Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St. Catherine, on Thursday, February 21.The school is the first to be built under the NET on behalf of the Ministry, and is a joint initiative involving the New Testament Church of God Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, at a cost of approximately $660 million. Funding was provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The Minister noted that the need for new classroom spaces is great, pointing out that even with the 1,200 spaces provided at the Cedar Grove Academy, a further 6,000 are needed in Portmore, which is an expanding community.He informed however, that Government was making progress in expanding the quality of spaces, with recent additions at Belair High School in Manchester; Central High School, Clarendon; and Holy Trinity High in Kingston.“Before the end of the financial year we have another six to go; and next year we are planning, within existing resources, and those that were pledged beforehand, for another 33 schools to be brought to a higher level of occupancy and quality,” Minister Thwaites said.He described Thursday’s dedication of the Cedar Grove Academy as a joyous occasion, noting that the school will provide the students with the opportunity to get an education in modern facilities, “not cramped up in shift schools, not in overcrowded facilities, but in a new school.”Minister Thwaites said the existence of this sixth high school in Portmore, makes it possible for parents in and around the municipality to send their children to a nearby institution of excellence, without the inconvenience and costs associated with a long commute.He also pointed out that “the board, the church partner, the principal and staff, the students, the parents as well as the community have an opportunity to shape a school culture of their own. The Cedar Grove Academy, is going to be different and better because not only academic subjects are being taught here, but side by side will be those technical and vocational competencies which will…, (make) the students graduating ready for tertiary education and better able to employ themselves or be employed.”The Education Minister called upon the school and community to care for the facilities, warning that “this school must look as crisp and pretty in five years time as it does now.”Meanwhile, Acting Mayor, Councillor Leon Thomas, said the dedication ceremony marks a significant milestone in education in Portmore.“The academy is the most modern educational facility in the municipality and is contributing greatly to the delivery of secondary education to our children,” the Acting Mayor said.He encouraged the parents in attendance to take an active part in the education of their children, including attending Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, while urging the students to work hard to make their parents proud.Mr. Thomas implored the administrators and teachers of the institution to ensure that good values are taught and instilled in the children. “Get to know each student in your care; talk with them; pay attention to their moods and attitudes as sometimes the slightest change can raise an alarm to a problem. Stay connected with the children’s parents, communicate with them share the good and not so good,” he stated.last_img read more

Airtel chief bemoans rising costs in India – report

first_img Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAY 2016 HomeAsiaNews Airtel chief bemoans rising costs in India – report Bharti-AirtelGopal Vittal Tags Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Airtel returns to profit The cost of operating in India is “escalating” and needs to be made more affordable by the government, urged Bharti Airtel’s CEO Gopal Vittal.Speaking at an industry event, Vittal, who heads up the company’s operations in India and South Asia, commented on the increasing cost of putting up and running networks in the country, which must be reviewed in order to fulfil the government’s Digital India initiative, reports Economic Times (ET).Digital India, launched by prime minister Narendra Modi’s government last year, is designed to improve digital infrastructure in the country and connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks.Vittal added that the industry will need to make “substantial” investment to fulfill the government’s ambitious vision, and connect 500 million Indians in the next two to three years.“[The] cost of doing business is escalating and it must be looked at,” he said. “Right of way, fibre laying and complex approval processes need to be simplified.”He also touched on the need to educate users in India on data usage, amid apprehensions in the market over mobile broadband.The ET reports operators in the country are seeking government support to expand their networks amid pressure from regulators for an improvement to quality of service, given the ongoing row over dropped calls in the country.Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood also weighed into the issue, stating the telecoms sector is “keen to work with the government to mitigate quality of service concerns, and to make data services affordable,” he said.Vittal was yesterday named the new chairman of GSM industry board Cellular Operators Association of India.center_img Author Related Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Previous ArticleVodafone UK to deploy mini base stations to boost 4G capacityNext ArticlePayPal to suspend operations in Turkey Kavit Majithia Asia last_img read more

EE chief calls for end to “misleading” coverage talk

first_imgHome EE chief calls for end to “misleading” coverage talk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 NOV 2016 Previous ArticleCricket chief sees prepay opportunity as operators diversifyNext ArticleHuawei leads on Android profitability: Strategy Analytics Related Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Tags 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 Richard Handford EE CEO Marc Allera unveiled a four-point plan to counter “incorrect expectations” set by the UK mobile industry around coverage.Population coverage has always been the standard metric for gauging the quality of a mobile network, but Allera argues this needs to change with greater focus on geography.“We have become a little lazy. Population coverage figures set the wrong expectations,” he said.“There is now an assumption from customers that 95 per cent population coverage means ubiquitous coverage but it’s only equivalent to 54 per cent geographic coverage,” he added.The mismatch is particularly significant when the industry is moving towards connected cars, he said.In addition, he voiced doubt about a process whereby network quality is still judged on access to voice and SMS, when usage has shifted so dramatically towards data.EE has written to UK regulator Ofcom and its rivals proposing a four-point plan to address what it sees as these shortcomings. Firstly, it wants the industry to stop talking about population coverage in isolation. “That’s misleading,” said Allera.Secondly, the operators wants the industry to provide regular updates of coverage at local level not just national figures, and of data speeds too not just voice and text.A third point is to make Ofcom the home of independent monitoring and an accepted authority on coverage.Finally, the industry needs to explain to users that not all devices are adjusted for all spectrum bands, which impacts user experience.EE prides itself on being the market leader on coverage, so industry support for such a plan would be very much to its benefit.Currently (November 2016), EE offers 99 per cent population coverage, which is equivalent to 75 per cent geographic coverage. That’s an increase from 94 per cent population coverage (and 54 per cent geographic) in December 2015.The operator’s goal is to hit 95 per cent geographic coverage by 2020. It is testing drones, balloons and satellites as it looks at the most cost effective means to reach the least populated parts of the country.EE responds to proposed auction barEarlier this week, Ofcom proposed to partially bar EE from bidding in a forthcoming spectrum auction because it is wary of the market leader’s share of the country’s spectrum resources.According to Ofcom, EE currently holds 45 per cent of immediately useable UK mobile spectrum. Hence, the regulator’s proposal to bar it from bidding in  next year’s sale of 2.3 GHz spectrum, although it would be allowed to bid for 3.4 GHz frequencies.Allera told Mobile World Live the decision would “not make a difference” to EE’s coverage target.“It would be a real shame if we are restricted from holding certain bands of spectrum,” he said, adding that the operator plans to argue its case during a consultation that has a closing date of 30 January.Allera pointed out that while EE does have a big stash of frequencies, it is relatively lightweight in more attractive lower end spectrum, so undermining the picture of dominance somewhat. Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Author Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta 3 UKEEO2OfcomVodafonelast_img read more

WARREN’S WORLD: Aspen for Ten Dollars

first_imgEven before the good old days got underway Ward Baker and I struggled over 11,000 foot high Loveland Pass in a 1937 Buick convertible Phaeton towing a then-revolutionary tear drop trailer. Fortunately we had a gallon jug of fresh water we could pour into the steaming radiator and give the engine a rest before we skidded down the western side of the pass headed for Aspen. In those days there wasn’t a single ski resort between Loveland Pass and Aspen. No Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper or Beaver Creek. The dam that created a much larger Lake Dillon had not been built yet. With the smell of burning brake lining we finally got down to the valley and then began the long climb over Vail Pass. No one knew that 15 years later Vail would be created, a ski resort supported by a community population estimated at about 35,000 people, which is about the same as Bozeman is today. We continued west on a narrow, two-lane winding road along the Colorado River to Glenwood Springs and then took a left turn along the railroad tracks that led to Aspen. It was Aspen’s first winter as a ski resort. It had been an eight-hour drive for us from Loveland Pass when we reached the dirt streets of Aspen. We parked near the old Number One chairlift. It was advertised as the longest chairlift in the world. Freidle Pfeiffer, who had moved there from Sun Valley to run the ski school, was wrapping up his day and we invited him for a cup of coffee in the Jerome Hotel. Were Ward and I pioneers to go there so soon? I don’t think so. I was just someone who had spent four critical years of my life in the Navy and we had saved enough money to go in search of our freedom. We could afford six months of skiing as long as we didn’t have to buy lift tickets and lived in our trailer. And we found a lot of different ways not to pay for lifts. In 1947, the most expensive lift tickets were at Sun Valley and Aspen and they were $4. However, minimum wages were 25 cents an hour, so you do the math. Aspen had been a deserted town ever since the silver boom fizzled in the 1800s. Camp Hale, where the Tenth Mountain troops trained was a cold ride away in an army truck during the war and soldiers would come to Aspen on their time off and ride in the old boat tow. We had to hide our car and trailer down a dead end alley and met Freidle in the Jerome Bar. The highlight of the conversation was when he said, “You guys should buy a couple of these old houses while you are here. You can make them livable and work on construction during the summer and maybe on the mountain next winter. Last year I bought 10 of them for $100.” If you would like to buy one of those remodeled, “cute Victorian houses” today they would cost between $3 million and $4 million. Unfortunately, Ward and I were water rats and wanted nothing but to spend the summer riding 100-pound surfboards without wetsuits. The day after our cup of tea with the ski school director Freidle we climbed up the lower lift to Tartlet Park and skied down. The snow was OK, the terrain fantastic, but after riding the three chairlifts at Sun Valley all winter it was not worth climbing the second time and we were getting very low on money and were still almost 1,000 miles from our homes and surfboards. We straightened up the stuff in the trailer and headed west with a stop at Alta, Yosemite and a week of skiing at Mammoth during the first annual ski instructors certification tests in early May. The unpaved streets and $10 Aspen houses are still burnt into my brain as I sit here on a small island in the Pacific Northwest working on the autobiography of a life spent sort of lurching from one near disaster to the next and stopping often enough to produce movies. What a ride! Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more