Rivals round on Virgin Media, O2 UK tie-up

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 25 FEB 2021 Related Previous ArticlePandemic, forex blunts Telefonica in Q4Next ArticleHuawei sued over smartphone patent breaches Kavit Majithia Home Rivals round on Virgin Media, O2 UK tie-up Tags Authorcenter_img Vodafone UK and MVNO Sky Mobile raised concerns related to a proposed Virgin Media merger with O2 UK, arguing the £31 billion tie-up could heavily impact competition.The companies highlighted various concerns in separate submissions to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).Vodafone argued the planned merger “will lead to a substantial lessening on competition in UK telecoms markets”, because the “vertically-integrated merged entity, with its network ownership economics in both fixed and mobile and cross-selling opportunities, would have both the incentive and ability to foreclose competition” from rivals.It highlighted concerns related to the supply of passive fibre leased lines for the provision of mobile backhaul, and the impact to the MVNO market and retail competition.Sky Mobile also focused on potential harm to the MVNO sector. The operator uses O2’s network and stated the host would have less incentive to provide mobile services on favourable terms.It noted the merged business would pursue “increased uptake of fixed/mobile bundles benefitting from its converged and vertically integrated operations”, and highlighted an ability for the new company to downgrade its mobile service.Vodafone explained it supported a CMA decision to deepen its investigation into the deal.The watchdog has concerns about a potential negative impact on UK consumers and wholesale services.A timeline to compete the probe is yet to be announced, but O2 and Virgin Media have said they expect the deal to close in H1.Virgin Media and O2’s parent companies announced the deal in May 2020. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Español Liberty GlobalO2 UKSky MobileVodafone Liberty Global eyes edge move with Digital Colony JV Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licencelast_img read more

Burlington gets $2.9 million for lead paint program

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Today Mayor Miro Weinberger, CEDO Director Noelle MacKay, and representatives of the federal delegation announced the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) Burlington Lead Program will be awarded $2.9 million in program funding, one of only 28 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant recipients in the nation. As part of the award, CEDO will also receive $400,000 in Healthy Homes grant funds that will leverage the Lead Program’s presence to reduce other housing-related health hazards. Participants in the press announcement gathered at the property of owner Eric Lafayette, whose multi-family rental unit on 184 North Street benefited from the Lead Program in 2015. Using lead-based paint funds, the CEDO Lead Program replaced old, drafty windows with new energy-efficient windows, repaired interior and exterior walls and siding, and repainted the exterior.Lead poisoning is a serious hazard for children. It can cause significant health damage that is linked to impairments in behavior and learning. Since 2003, CEDO’s Burlington Lead Program has made 584 homes lead-safe. With this new funding, and in partnership with area nonprofit groups, CEDO will build upon its success and perform hazard assessments and remediation on 162 pre-1978 rental and owner occupied housing units in Burlington and Winooski.In a joint statement, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch said: “As Vermonters, we have been proud to call our state one of the healthiest in the nation, which is in no small part due to our efforts to ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing.  Now, more than ever, we need to be investing in programs that make this critical link between health and housing. That is why, in this year’s federal appropriations bill, we worked to prevent efforts to cut funding for lead hazard control and achieve a $10 million increase for the HUD Healthy Homes Initiative. Burlington CEDO has been a strong steward of these funds for years, and we are glad to know Burlington will continue its role as a national leader in this effort.”“At a time of uncertainty about the federal government’s future role in solving pressing local challenges, I am grateful for the tremendous work of our Congressional delegation in helping secure millions of dollars to protect our children from lead poisoning and other housing hazards,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “This grant will allow CEDO to continue its outstanding work making our homes and communities safer.”“CEDO’s mission has always focused on helping the most vulnerable in our City, and our Burlington Lead Program provides low and moderate income families with a way to reduce lead paint hazards in their homes, giving children a healthy environment to grow and thrive,” said CEDO Director Noelle MacKay. “This award validates the difference our staff and many community partners have made in our community over the past 14 years. Many thanks to Senators Leahy and Sanders as well as Representative Welch for helping Burlington reduce lead hazards for its most vulnerable.”“We are thrilled to have received the City’s fifth Lead Hazard Control Grant from HUD, and our community is extremely fortunate to have secured another three years of funding to support this critical work,” said CEDO Housing Program Manager Todd Rawlings. “Not only do occupants enjoy a lead-safe unit at project completion, but property owners benefit from grants and forgivable loans for property improvements such as new windows and freshly painted exteriors.”“I don’t see any reason why a landlord would hold back,” said Burlington property owner Eric Lafayette. “If there’s a program that’s going to make our places safer and look better, then it’s a no brainer.”The Burlington Lead Program is now accepting applications for Burlington and Winooski properties. To apply and/or learn more information about lead-based paint or other home health hazards, call CEDO’s Burlington Lead Program at 802-865-LEAD or visit www.burlingtonleadprogram.org(link is external).Funding comes from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, which promotes local efforts to eliminate lead-based paint hazards from homes in Burlington and Winooski and educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint.Source: Burlington 6.29.2017last_img read more

World of tickets

first_imgTHALES has announced a series of metro ticketing contracts involving contactless smart card technology.Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp has awarded a consortium of Thales, LG and local company Beikong a contract to replace the existing system of paper tickets inspected at gate lines with a contactless system covering 1184 entry and exit gates and 470 point-of-sale terminals on Lines 1, 2 and 8. Re-usable single journey tickets will be offered in addition to weekly, monthly and multi-trip passes, which will eventually also be used as e-purses accepted on buses and taxis.On June 27 Thales announced it had been selected by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to provide gates, vending machines and back office systems for the Red and Green metro lines being built in Dubai. This was followed on July 11 by the award of a €2·9m contract covering the 11 stations on the Metronorte line in Madrid. 12 of the 103 gates will be wide enough for wheelchairs, and the barriers will accept both magnetic and contactless cards.last_img read more

Mattis reviewing Niger attack investigation amid video controversy

first_imgiStock_Thinkstock(NIGER, Africa) — The U.S. military’s investigation into the attack last October in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers is complete and being reviewed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as the Pentagon condemned a video of the ambush that surfaced on the internet.“It’s up to the secretary now to review and for him to be comfortable with the information in this exhaustive investigation,” Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, told a House committee on Tuesday.“Once that’s complete our first order of business, as we’ve said from the outset, is to brief the families and provide them with this information,” he added.Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright and Sgt. La David Johnson were killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in northwest Niger when their team of Green Berets accompanying Nigerien soldiers was attacked by ISIS fighters.“The investigation is exhaustive and very very detailed,” Waldhauser told the House Armed Services Committee. He noted that Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, who headed the investigation took three months to produce the report after gathering interviews in Africa and Europe with witnesses and officers involved in planning the team’s mission.Waldhauser said once Mattis has finished reviewing the investigation the four families will be briefed and afterward he and Cloutier will brief Congress in closed session. The presentation will also include an animated video that will recreate what happened that day.This past weekend an alleged ISIS video of the patrol was released on the internet. It contained what appeared to be footage of the attack gathered by a helmet-camera worn by one of the soldiers killed in the attack.On Monday the Pentagon denounced the video as propaganda and strongly urged media outlets not to broadcast the video.“We ask the media, the public and all responsible entities not tin aid these terrorists in recruiting efforts by viewing or bringing to attention these images these videos,” Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters Monday. “You are complicit in amplifying ISIS propaganda if you do that.”Manning said the families of the four soldiers had been previously told about the existence of the video. He stressed that the Defense Department could not authenticate the video since it was an ISIS propaganda video.Manning explained that the video “is poorly produced and it’s spliced together so we can’t confirm that that is in fact taken at the location that they’re saying it did.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Bokoko literacy project brings books and libraries to Africa

first_imgBorn in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund. Bisila Bokoko’s African Literacy Project aims to have five libraries in Africa by the end of this year. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine) Melissa JavanA donation of books by a foreigner led to a Ghanaian man teaching himself how to make a windmill, put to use to provide energy for his village. This is one of the success stories of the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), which was started five years ago.That foreigner, Bisila Bokoko, met William Kamkwamba on her first visit to Ghana in 2009. She explains that Kamkwamba’s family could not afford to send him to school, prompting her to find a way to help him and others in similar situations. BBALP grew out of this desire to help.“Through the programme, he read a book about windmills. He learned of their use as an alternative and powerful energy source,” says Bokoko. “Kamkwamba was inspired to build a windmill, which later created enough electricity to power his own household and eventually his entire village.”Although she was born in Spain, Bokoko is of African descent. She says it is an amazing feeling to see how books can shape people’s lives. “Also, you realise that it takes a little bit to do much… I believe there are more young men and women like William Kamkwamba in other parts of Africa, and I would like to supply them with books that can inspire them in similar ways.”Bokoko, the executive director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, has been living in the United States for about 15 years. When she eventually went back to her roots in Ghana in 2010, it was an eventful trip: she met Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, the chief of Kokofu, who gave her the title Queen Development Mother. “With this title, Chief Okogyeasuo II offered me a piece of land, where we decided to build the first BBALP library,” Bokoko says. Bisila Bokoko says she feels flattered to be called Queen Development Mother. (Image: Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine)She laughs, saying the title does make her feel royal. “This title was a life changing experience. Due to this prestigious appointment I decided to build libraries; therefore I owe this project to the chief of Kokofu and John Hutchison [the guide who introduced her to the chief]. They gave me this honour.”Bokoko says she fell in love with Ghana and its people. “I returned from the trip with a desire to contribute, and help Africa develop and grow.”Although she saw a serious need to build infrastructure to empower people though education, health care, and medicine, she decided to supply something close to her heart: books. “Since then, I have been working to create an African literacy project, focused on building libraries around Africa. The first one was established in Kokofu, in the Kumasi Region in Ghana.”With 8 000 books already donated to people in Ghana, Bokoko says the project’s aim is to set up five libraries in Africa by the end of this year.Her campaign has grown since the first donation. There are now library projects benefiting children in Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. “We have co-operated with various schools, educational institutions and other partners to send books to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa.“We have [also] recently created the BBALP Scholarship Fund in order to help talented children get access to education in countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana,” she says.“Every library and every country is an adventure. Collecting the books for the children, finding the right partners, meeting the children in person, and having the opportunity to read some stories to them, is a beautiful experience all in – one that I would like to pursue in other countries with the simple goal of spreading the love for books.”Bokoko says she tries to visit the four libraries once a year. “We have some volunteer librarians visit the locations once a year.”This philanthropist says her favourite books donated to the libraries include books that children love: The Secret for Kids, Dr Seuss, and travel books.Her beautiful moments mainly involve children. “Recently in Chirumanzu in Zimbabwe, I witnessed how kids were beyond happy when we gave them books to keep at home. Some of them said: ‘This is the first thing that I have [had] in my life that is only mine!’”In a blog post carried by the American news portal, Huffington Post, Bokoko speaks of witnessing a child’s excitement when he or she receives a book as a priceless and heartwarming experience. She says the Kokofu library is a community project, a place where families and communities can practice togetherness, and emphasise their love for books. Bisila Bokoko with the children of Zimbabwe during the launch of Chirumanzu library. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe)She has learned a lot from the people of Ghana, Bokoko says. “I learned a gracious generosity, the impeccable desire of enjoying life to the fullest, and to be happy with whatever is in there. I also learned the power of loving each other and elegance in the way they keep tradition. Ghana stays always in my heart and has provided me with a sense of what life is really about.”Alongside her other work, Bokoko is the global ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos, the Spanish show brand. She uses this position to promote the Maasai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 3 000 Maasai women. She started work on this project in 2011, and says it has been a great experience to be able to spread the collection of Maasai-designed shoes around the world.Watch how the project to aims to improve educational opportunities:last_img read more

At last, an airline boss who rejects the economy crush

first_imgNo go on Korean Air long-haul. Long-legged Korean Air president Walter Cho is defying the push towards cramped economy seating by declaring he will not reduce the space between seats on his long-haul aircraft.Cho acknowledged during a media roundtable at the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Assembly of Presidents Friday that airlines could boost profitability by reducing seat pitch.But the lofty executive said Korean believed customer service started with product and the airline always began with economy class, which was what mattered to the masses.“And …it’s not the taste of the food, it’s not the smile of the flight attendant, it’s the seat that’s most critical I believe,’’ he said.SEE our superb Concorde videos“We need to give them something that’s bearable for 14 hours of flight – some of our long hauls go more than 10 hours.“I’m a very tall guy and If I cannot fit in the seat we don’t put it in. Not to be colorful, but if I can fit and my knees don’t touch the front seat then it passes our standard.”Airlines in recent years have been cramming more seats into main cabins in an attempt to maximize revenues, arguing that people who want a more comfortable seat can pay extra.A number have introduced extra legroom seats in main cabins that attract a higher fare or an additional fee.Premium economy – often a separate cabin between Business and economy class that offers wider seats, even more, legroom and extras such as better food and wine, has also taken off.Cho said the airline was looking into premium economy but believed Korean’s economy class was close to other airline’s premium economy offering with a 34-inch seat pitch in its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.“To do that, we have to reduce our economy pitch and  I don’t want to do that,” he said.Cho said he was not sure when Korean make a decision but noted it would be easier to make Korean’s entire economy premium than to fit in a new cabin on its aircraft.He said the airline already had the lowest seat count on its A380s.“If we do put in premium economy it’s going to go even further down and it’s going to affect our profitability,’’ he said.Unhappiness with cramped economy conditions has reached a stage where US legislators have become involved.READ: Seat crush to live on after FAA rejects rule change.The US Federal Aviation Administration has been tasked in its recent reauthorization bill with developing regulations on minimum standards for economy seating, including seat pitch, width and length.But the legislation does not specify what this should be other than to say they would be minimum dimensions “that are necessary for the safety and health of passengers”.Nor does it give any indication how the rules would relate to cramped seating already in place.The FAA earlier this year rejected claims that cramped conditions and bigger passengers pose a safety risk in economy cabins.It also indicated it does not have a problem with seat pitches as low as 27 inches, although it doubted airlines could sell a configuration that tight.The lowest seat pitch currently is about 28 inches but many legacy carriers offer 31 to 32 inches.Steve Creedy visited Jeju courtesy of Korean Air and the AAPA.last_img read more

United Sues Travel Site Over Its Own Ticketing Loophole

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You may not have known that it’s cheaper to book a two-leg flight and just get off at the stopover than it is to book a direct flight to the stopover city, but United Airlines and Orbitz will now ensure that you do. The two travel companies are suing Skiplagged.com, a site that shows people how to take advantage of “hidden city” connection discounts, in which passengers save money by getting off at a stopover. The brainchild of 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, the website uncovers an existing United Airlines pricing flaw that makes connecting flights so much cheaper than direct flights that you save money even when you don’t bother with the last leg of the flight. See also: 23,000 iPhone 6 Pluses Slated For United Flight AttendantsIn the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and hope to regroup $75,000 in perceived lost profits. Meanwhile, Zaman is raising money for Skiplagged’s defense and has reached two-thirds of his goal. In a recent Reddit AMA, Zaman explained that the corporations’ lawsuit is a civil case because Skiplagged isn’t breaking any laws. “Consumers can actually save lots of money. That’s generally frowned upon by for-profit corporations. What Skiplagged does is definitely not illegal, which is why this is not a criminal case,” he said. The real winner of the day is the Streisand Effect, a phenomenon in which an attempt to conceal information on the Internet turns it into common knowledge. If you didn’t already know about this money-saving travel practice, you certainly will now. However, it’s probably not a good idea to try it out. Even though it isn’t illegal, sources told Bloomberg “a traveler caught on a hidden-city routing is subject to having his ticket voided without refund.”Photo by skinnylawyer Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#air travel#online travel#Orbitz#Skiplagged#travel hacks#United Airlines Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img lauren orsini Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hockey India calls off bilateral series with Pakistan

first_imgPakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy semifinal on Saturday.Taking strong exception to FIH’s “weak” censure to Pakistani players for their obscene behaviour after beating India in the Champions Trophy semifinal, Hockey India on Sunday decided that it would not host any event sanctioned by the world body until strong punishment is handed out to the offenders.The Pakistani players made obscene gestures towards Indian fans and media after their win last night but no action was taken against them by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after their coach Shahnaz Sheikh offered an apology.”It was a shameless and condemnable incident but the FIH took a very weak and feeble decision. It is not acceptable to us. We have made it clear to FIH that such sort of behaviour from sportspersons is not acceptable to Indians,” HI president Narinder Batra told PTI from New Delhi.”So we have decided not to host any FIH tournaments in India after the Women’s World League Round 3 scheduled in March, which includes the 2018 Men’s World Cup, if they don’t take any strong action against Pakistan,” he said.Soon after their 4-3 win, Pakistani players went into a frenzy and started celebrating their victory in a wild fashion. They removed their shirts, used foul language and made obscene gestures towards the crowd and media, prompting their coach Shahnaz to come into action and take away his players.Tournament Director Wiert Doyer, who was asked to carry out an inquiry into the matter, then spoke to the  Pakistani camp and said FIH has accepted their apology. But Batra said a mere apology is not enough.advertisement”If FIH rules and regulations permit such uncivilised behaviour then they should hold their tournaments in any other country not India because Indian culture and values don’t permit such acts,” the HI chief said.India and Pakistan were scheduled to resume their bilateral hockey series at a neutral venue in Dhaka soon, but Batra said India will not play any bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident.”We have decided not to play any bilateral or trilateral series against Pakistan until and unless the Pakistan Hockey Federation gives an unconditional apology for this incident in writing,” he said.The FIH also has to share the blame for the fiasco as they conducted a hurried investigation into the incident and came out with their views within hours.”The celebration of the Pakistani team contained some behaviour that warranted further investigation by me as Tournament Director. As a result I have spoken to the Head Coach of the Pakistan team, Mr. Shahnaz Sheikh and told him that the behaviour of Pakistan players went beyond what is acceptable to standards of the FIH,” Tournament Director Doyer, who was in charge of the investigation, said in a statement last night.”The behaviour in question concerned many members of the Pakistan team. It is difficult to find any particular miscreant, and it is possible that the behaviour of the players may have been a reaction. Shahnaz Sheikh has apologised and assured me that this behaviour will not occur again. Given these matters, I’ve decided that no further action is warranted,” he added.last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola plans to start Aguero against Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola plans to start Aguero against Dinamo Zagrebby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero will start over Gabriel Jesus in Tuesday’s clash with Dinamo Zagreb.Jesus made it six goals in his last six starts in the 3-1 win over Everton.Manager Pep Guardiola said: “I try to let them both play. I know the guy who does not play is not happy, but that’s what it is.”I think they are real friends – they respect each other. That’s good. It’s important Gabriel goes and scores goals, and Sergio creates chances and scores goals. That is what we want.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more