Partisan bickering delayed Zika funding for months. With coronavirus, experts worry history will repeat itself

first_imgPoliticsPartisan bickering delayed Zika funding for months. With coronavirus, experts worry history will repeat itself By Nicholas Florko March 2, 2020 Reprints A critical question in getting a handle on coronavirus: What role do kids play in spreading it? Privacy Policy Experts said that such a similar delay, now, would have a greater impact on public health than the 2016 fight did.There are already more than 60 cases of coronavirus spread across the U.S., including the first case that wasn’t linked to travel to an area that has already reported an outbreak or contact with an existing case. Federal officials have warned that the virus could begin to spread in the United States.That stands in sharp contrast to the Zika outbreak, which primarily only impacted tropical climates. While there were 5,168 total cases of Zika reported in the U.S. in 2016, most were linked to travel outside the country. There were only 224 cases reported to be caused by mosquito bites in the U.S. and all of those cases were reported in two states: Florida and Texas.In fact, when the Obama administration first requested funding to aid Zika response, there had only been a smattering of diagnosed Zika cases in the U.S.“With Zika, we knew it was a very specific geographic location of where we were going to have to be focusing our efforts,” said Adriane Casalotti, chief of government and public affairs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. “With Zika, there were a lot of areas that were really focused on it, but it wasn’t necessarily something that every community had to work on.” WASHINGTON — Public health experts have a warning for Congress: don’t treat emergency coronavirus aid like business as usual.Partisan bickering has often frustrated lawmakers’ attempts to speedily approve emergency spending packages. Congress, for example, dawdled for seven months because of an acrimonious fight over funding for Zika in 2016. That left health departments around the country cash-strapped and forced to cut back on existing public health programs, like responding to STD outbreaks. The long delay left the federal government no choice but to plunder funds meant for cancer research, heart disease, and fighting HIV to pay for their response efforts.No one knows if the debate over coronavirus funding, which has captivated Capitol Hill this week, will devolve quite as spectacularly as the one that took place around Zika funding. Bipartisan negotiations are ongoing in earnest.advertisement [email protected] Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Telehealth can help fight the novel coronavirus, but U.S. challenges could limit its potential But there’s no agreed-upon funding amount yet — and not even a draft of the legislation. The Trump administration has already suggested diverting funds from other public health initiatives to pay for at least half of its outbreak response, a move that Democrats vehemently oppose. And some Democrats have begun to talk about including more contentious requirements in the aid package — policies that might touch on partisan issues like drug pricing or border wall funding.Public health experts warned that delaying coronavirus aid could have an even bigger impact on their ability to respond than it did during the height of the Zika outbreak. Already, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have warned that the virus could spread rapidly in the U.S. and disruptions to daily life could be “severe.”advertisement A man wearing a homemade mosquito costume protests the lack of congressional approval to fund a federal response to the Zika virus on Capitol Hill in 2016. Jacquelyn Martin/AP In Washington, top appropriators have said they’re hoping to hold a vote on a coronavirus aid package early next week. Congressional leaders are eyeing a package that falls much closer to the $8.5 billion funding level suggested by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer than to the Trump administration’s much lower $2.5 billion request. Trump also said at a press conference this week he’d accept whatever level Congress appropriated.Trump proposed spending about $535 million in funding that had previously been allocated to fight Ebola. Schumer, in contrast, detailed entirely new spending, including $1.5 billion in funding for the CDC, $3 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, $2 billion for state and local health departments, $1 billion for USAID emergency funds, and $1 billion for vaccine development. Related: Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Obama urged the House to reauthorize his relatively modest $2 billion package “expeditiously.” But the process was anything but.Almost immediately, House Republicans, who then held the majority, insisted that the Obama administration should instead repurpose the millions of dollars they had appropriated for the U.S. Ebola response in December 2014.Negotiations in the Senate seemed smoother. But when a final funding bill emerged in June, it was laden with provisions Democrats deemed “poison pills” — including a provision that would block Zika funding from going to Planned Parenthood clinics, despite the fact that many of these clinics were providing Zika-related services.Senate Democrats were so enraged that they voted three separate times to block the Zika package from becoming law — depriving their own party’s president the funds desperately needed to fight Zika.Underscoring how the conflict became so protracted and tense, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) penned an op-ed in USA Today that implored Democrats “to drop politics and put the public’s health first.”Then-CDC Director Frieden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci wrote their own op-ed in the Washington Post imploring Congress to pass a funding bill — an exceptionally political move from the country’s top public health officials.Faced with a congressional stalemate, the federal government ultimately transferred more than $600 million in existing funds allocated to the National Institutes of Health and the CDC to pay for Zika response. In April, the CDC also took $44 million in promised funding for local health departments and redirected it toward Zika control measures. Even Michigan, which was responding to the Flint water crisis, lost funding.All told, it took Congress seven months to allocate $1.1 billion dollars.“This is why people hate Congress,” remarked Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) at the time. About the Author Reprints Related: The coronavirus ‘infodemic’ is real. We rated the websites responsible for it “Whenever these outbreaks happen in the middle of a political season, [emergency funding] gets delayed,” said J. Stephen Morrison, the senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center For Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.“People are going to have to be very, very cautious and careful in trying to protect this response from getting stuck in toxic politics,” he added.Support STAT: STAT is offering coverage of the coronavirus for free. Please consider a subscription to support our journalism. Start your free trial today.Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Obama, suggested that past funding fights underscored the need for more permanent allocations.“We can’t have this constant amnesia. We have cycles of panic and neglect,” he said.Obama requested roughly $2 billion in Zika funding in February 2016, but it wasn’t until late September of that year that a funding bill finally made it to his desk.Even before Obama’s request, the CDC had already warned pregnant women not to travel to the countries that had already reported outbreaks of the virus. The World Health Organization had declared a public health emergency. Blood banks were turning away donors that had traveled to Zika-impacted countries and photos were flooding news services of babies born in Latin America with microcephaly, a condition where the skull is smaller than normal. According to Casalotti, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Chicago has already spent $350,000 on the response, and expects to spend $150,000 more each week. Riverside, Calif., which recently quarantined roughly 200 people, spent $1.3 million. And Los Angeles has estimated it will need $7.5 million over the next year to respond to coronavirus.State and county health officials insist that they need new funding and that existing funds simply can’t be used to respond to coronavirus.“We still have flu, we still have people with tuberculosis, we still have restaurants that need inspecting, people still have STDs, pulling from those programs to fund coronavirus … does strain a system that is already pretty strained,” said Michael Fraser, the executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.Casalotti said it’s critical funding comes in soon.“People are operating day-to-day with a question mark,” she said. “Public health is used to getting stuck in political crossfires. … What we really hope is that people can come together.”State and local health officials made their own plea to the government for additional funding earlier this week.“We would like to think that public health can be pretty nonpartisan,” said Fraser.His group and three others wrote to Capitol Hill earlier this week warning that any delay in funding would “severely impact the necessary response to this public health emergency and delay efforts to appropriately secure the public health of our nation.” @NicholasFlorko Please enter a valid email address. 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State attempts to stave off heat do more harm than good

first_img Heading into the hottest days of summer,North Korea is said to have pulled forward operating hours for state agencies,factories and schools. However, the exceedingly early opening hours set at 5a.m. are not only causing workers to be late, the early closing hours at stateagencies are creating great inconveniences for residents, Daily NK has learned. “With the start of ‘chobok’ (the first dayof ‘sambok’, which mark the three hottest days of summer), all central agenciesin Pyongyang and other offices and schools nationwide have been ordered tofollow the ‘sambok schedule,” a source from South Pyongan Province told DailyNK on July 21st. “Because of this, all operations now start at 5 a.m. insteadof the usual 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.” This time shift was crosschecked with sources in two additional provinces, but for their safety their locations cannot be disclosed.The stifling temperatures brought on duringthis period are particularly insufferable in Pyongyang and inland areas in thewestern and northern portions of the country. “It’s a struggle to work bothindoors and outdoors,” she said, explaining that everyone is required to cometo work before sunrise and finish up their tasks by noon to clock out beforethe peak hours of sun.    The early working hours in the summer werefirst implemented after the turn of the century under the orders of formerleader Kim Jong Il. Although central agencies in Pyongyang, regional Partyoffices, and offices for those in higher ranks at trade companies are equipped with airconditioners, summer droughts limit energy output at hydroelectric powerplants, making it impossible to run a fan, much less an air conditioner.Given these conditions, the source said the‘sambok schedule’ could help workers improve efficiency on the job if not forunforeseen issues that have arisen. That is, the sudden change in working hourshas stirred up confusion at factories and schools. “Even young children need to start gettingready for school at around 4 a.m. Many are unable to get up so they end upskipping one or two hours of class, pulling down the attendance rate at certaintimes half or more,” she asserted.She pointed out that as district and regional officesare already closed in the afternoon, when many people would usually visit, this situation is terribly inconvenient, noting, “State-owned restaurants alsoonly stay open until lunch time and close when they would be busiest in theafternoon and dinner time. State officials who are on business trips todifferent areas complain since they don’t have anywhere to dine in theevening.” By way of example, regional residents canjust go back home and eat meals in their own houses. On the other hand, an officialfrom Pyongyang on a business trip to Hyesan, for instance, would have nowhereto eat after 1:00 p.m. Other goods and services, such as those offered at hairsalons or bathhouses, are possible to forego, but food is, of course, another matterentirely. While said official could seek sustenance out at the jangmadang[markets], the price is exponentially higher than the cheap eats available atstate-run restaurants.   Moreover, despite the state’s determination to tout the ‘sambok schedule’as a direct manifestation of the Marshal’s [Kim Jong Un] love for the people,the source said residents have continued to dismiss it as a “desperate attempt at placation.”    “People say there’s no real point in goingto work early since there’s not only no electricity but not enough work to goaround; all this [directive] does is make everyone more exhausted,” she concluded. *The content of this article was broadcastto the North Korean people via Unification Media Group. News State attempts to stave off heat do more harm than good SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarChoi Song Min NewsEconomy By Choi Song Min – 2015.07.22 4:00pm Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

BlackBerry seeks regulator probe of analyst report

Related news At issue is a report published by Detwiler Fenton on Thursday which claims that a very high level of BlackBerry Z10s — the first of a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones — were being returned to stores by customers. “We believe key retail partners have seen a significant increase in Z10 returns to the point where, in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before,” the investment firm said. The report said the biggest customer complaints are the “unintuitive nature of the user interface, the maps app, and the lack of apps.” BlackBerry (TSX:BB) quickly countered the claims after the report was published, calling them “absolutely false” on Thursday. But after investors appeared to brush aside the company’s initial rebuttle, with BlackBerry’s volatile shares falling more than seven per cent on Thursday, the smartphone maker took a stronger stance. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the merits of the many competing products in the smartphone industry, but when false statements of material fact are deliberately purveyed for the purpose of influencing the markets a red line has been crossed,” BlackBerry chief legal officer Steve Zipperstein said in a release on Friday. BlackBerry called for an immediate investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC said it never confirms whether an investigation is ongoing, while the OSC had not received a formal request from the smartphone maker as of Friday afternoon. “If and when we do, we will review accordingly,” OSC spokeswoman Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington said in an emailed statement. It wasn’t immediately clear how the OSC would be involved in a potential investigation as Detwiler Fenton isn’t a registered operation in Ontario. Anne Buckley, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Detwiler Fenton, said the firm stands by its claims and welcomes any regulatory inquiry into the report. She also noted that neither its research analyst nor any officer or director at the firm owns BlackBerry shares. BlackBerry has said Detwiler Fenton refused to make its report or its methodology available even after the smartphone maker said the findings were “absolutely false.” The report tarnishes what has been a relatively smooth launch for the new BlackBerry touchscreen in the United States, though sales figures haven’t been made public by the company. While some analysts have expressed concern over the lack of promotional marketing, few have called it an outright failure. BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins said sales of the BlackBerry Z10 have been meeting expectations and data collected from retailers and carriers demonstrate that customers are satisfied with their devices. The company did not disclose any of the U.S. sales data. “Return-rate statistics show that we are at, or below, our forecasts and right in line with the industry,” Heins said in a release. “To suggest otherwise is either a gross misreading of the data or a wilful manipulation. Such a conclusion is absolutely without basis and BlackBerry will not leave it unchallenged.” Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier also rejected the claims by Detwiler Fenton. An emailed statement from the company said that “after the first 14 days, the quality performance of the Z10 has been in line with similar devices we’ve launched.” But a series of analyst reports published this week paint a less enthusiastic image of the BlackBerry U.S. launch which suggests that the rollout isn’t going as well as the company insists. MKM Partners, a research firm based in New York, released the findings of a survey which found “unimpressive” awareness of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, with only 17% of respondents aware that the new phone launched in Canada and Europe in late January. The findings also showed that U.S. customers didn’t seem particularly captivated by the BlackBerry 10 phones, with 32% saying they were “interested,” while 68% said they were “not at all interested.” MKM Partners said it surveyed nearly 1,500 customers in the three weeks after the U.S. BlackBerry launch in March. A separate report from a Raymond James analyst found a similarly low level of enthusiasm for the device in the U.S. Its survey showed that 71% of respondents said they would never buy a BlackBerry device, versus 31% for an Android device and 20% for an iPhone. The Raymond James report also showed that 26% of respondents were aware of the BlackBerry Z10 compared to 62% for the next generation of the iPhone, which hasn’t been released nor announced yet. The company noted that its research was completed in mid-March when the BlackBerry Z10 promotional campaign was just getting started, a few days before the release of the phone. Last month, BlackBerry reported that it has shipped about one million Z10 models during its fourth quarter which ended March 2 — before the devices were available for sale in the United States, the company’s biggest market. BlackBerry shares closed up three cents at C$13.85 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. Fitch boosts Canadian coverage Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Morningstar to update fund rating system Critical risks affecting retirement savings BlackBerry is fighting back against what it says is a “false and misleading” analyst report that claims the company’s new touchscreen smartphones are being returned in unusually high numbers. The smartphone maker is asking securities regulators in Canada and the United States to investigate comments made by Boston-based investment firm Detwiler Fenton which it says harm both its reputation and its shareholders. David Friend Keywords Analyst research Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Gov. Jay Inslee announces ‘Stay home, stay healthy’ order

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee announces ‘Stay home, stay healthy’ orderPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, March 23, 2020in: Newsshare 0 The order will last for two weeks and could be extended Tonight, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.Tonight, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended. Photo courtesy of The Office of The GovernorTonight, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended. Photo courtesy of The Office of The GovernorThis Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is similar to orders that other governors, in places such as California and New York, issued last week.This proclamation will:Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.Close all businesses except essential businesses.“The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” Inslee said.The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.This order builds on the early and unprecedented steps the state took in the past few weeks to protect Washingtonians. These included closing schools and restaurants, entertainment venues and other businesses where people congregate.“We’ve been very clear on the need for everyone to stay home,” Inslee said. “And, while most Washingtonians are doing their part, some still don’t grasp the seriousness of this pandemic.”Bans on gatherings and going out take effect immediately.This order applies to private and public gatherings. These include some of the most deeply meaningful gatherings in communities, such as weddings and funerals.Along with other public places, non-essential businesses with in-office personnel functions must be closed.Inslee said it’s crucial to reduce social interactions where this highly contagious virus can spread.Business closures must happen 48 hours after Inslee signs the order.Many businesses can, and should, continue using telework.All grocery stores, pharmacies, childcare facilities, gas stations, food supply chains and other things that offer people basic, crucial needs will remain open. Inslee expects businesses and residents to voluntarily comply. He will discuss possible enforcement mechanisms in the coming days if residents and businesses do not comply.Industries that can argue they are essential can request a special designation as an essential business. Businesses and entities that provide essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.“We know life will look different tomorrow in Washington,” Inslee said. “And we know tonight’s announcement affects millions of our livelihoods. But these necessary restrictions will protect us and our loved ones so that we have a livelihood to come back to. We will keep working until this is defeated.”Food securityWe want to remind people that the food supply operations — including hunger relief and nutritional support services — are essential services that will remain open and operational through this crisis; this order does not ban people getting access to food.Remember:Food banks and food pantries are essential services that will remain in operation through this restriction.You can still go to a food pantry to pick up groceries but check the hours before you go. Hours of operation may vary and many hunger relief organizations are moving to new ways to distribute food, such as home delivery and drop-off sites.Food bank volunteers may continue to go to work at food pantries.Information provided by The Office of The Governor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Woodland High School to serve as a rest area for truckers Next : Small businesses scramble to adjust in a COVID-19 worldAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

College of Arts and Sciences announces new general education curriculum

first_img Published: Feb. 26, 2018 Faculty and administrators in the College of Arts and Sciences have been hard at work for the past year and a half working and planning to replace the core curriculum with the new general education, or “gen ed,” required curriculum. The new curriculum, which will become effective in August, primarily affects students enrolled in Arts and Sciences, but it will also affect students in the Leeds School of Business, the School of Education and some in the College of Music.James White, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says that while students who matriculate in or after August 2018 must meet the gen ed requirements, every student currently in the college has a choice to make.“Students who are now enrolled may choose to complete either the new gen ed requirements or remain with the old core curriculum,” White says.“Students should consult their academic advisor to decide which path is right for them and ensure their academic career remains on a smooth trajectory toward graduation,” White says. “We foresee current first-year and sophomore students strongly considering a switch to gen ed, whereas many juniors and especially seniors will likely finish the core curriculum.”Students: Work with your academic advisorKathryn Tisdale, director of advising quality in the college’s Academic Advising Center, says students have a few ways of getting additional information.“First, students can attend one of the general education ‘Switch Labs’ that Arts and Sciences academic advisors will be hosting from mid-March through May. These sessions are aimed at assisting students in assessing whether gen ed is a better fit than the core curriculum in terms of their graduation goals,” Tisdale said. “More information about the Switch Labs will be coming soon, and students should be on the lookout for an email from their advisors.“Second, students can make an appointment to see their academic advisor by logging in to MyCUHub. For instance, students planning to meet with their advisor in March or April to discuss fall registration can also discuss at that meeting whether gen ed is a better fit than Core.”White notes the new Gen Ed requirements are spelled out in detail on the College of Arts and Sciences website and urges both students and members of the faculty to become familiar with the new requirements.Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Rock Your Profile helps you prepare for the next big stage

first_img Published: June 1, 2020 Join LinkedIn and Employee Services June 15 and 16 for Rock Your Profile, an interactive learning experience that will give you tips and insights to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.At the University of Colorado, we know you’re an all-star. A robust LinkedIn profile can help you grab the spotlight as you search for internships and jobs. Register for an eventJune 15, 10 to 11 a.m.June 15, noon to 1 p.m.June 16, 11 a.m. to noonEach session, led by a LinkedIn representative, will help you get noticed by potential employers with a robust LinkedIn profile, connect with professional and industry leaders, allow you to share your unique perspective with others and discover new career opportunities. Attendees will receive a setlist of best practices, tips and insights to help build a LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills, experience and accomplishments. CU students have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning. If you choose to connect your LinkedIn profile to CU’s LinkedIn Learning, you’ll receive customizable course recommendations based on your current skills, job title and area of study to enhance what you’re learning in the classroom. Sessions will also cover LinkedIn Learning and LinkedIn privacy settings, giving you control of what activities you highlight. Get a quick introduction to LinkedIn Learning by watching a webinar of CU’s recent Learning Link-up.For questions about accessibility, email [email protected] Please provide two weeks of notice for any accommodations you may need.Categories:Workshops & SeminarsEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Industry body defines ‘carrier Wi-Fi’; seeks closer alignment with operators

first_img Previous ArticleTelefonica pushes ahead with in-house M2M systemNext ArticleViber agrees $900M sale to Rakuten Home Industry body defines ‘carrier Wi-Fi’; seeks closer alignment with operators The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) unveiled what it called a “comprehensive definition” of carrier Wi-Fi, with the aim of “closer alignment” with mobile operators.Wi-Fi, increasingly used for cellular offload and delivering new services, is an important part of the “mobile experience”, says the alliance.With that in mind, WBA has identified what it sees as “carrier Wi-Fi” requirements to provide a consistent user experience with “fully integrated end-to-end network capabilities” and “advanced network management”.The alliance said it brought together nearly 20 of the world’s largest operators and vendors to participate in defining the carrier Wi-Fi vision.Among those giving input were Accuris Networks, AT&T, BSG Wireless, BSkyB, BT, CableLabs, China Mobile, Cisco, Comcast, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel Corporation, NTT Docomo, Orange, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless, SK Telecom, Time Warner Cable and Towerstream.WBA has also started initial consultations with numerous industry bodies, including the 3GPP, Broadband Forum, GSMA, NGMN and the Wi-Fi Alliance.“By defining Carrier Wi-Fi, the industry can now work together to put the building blocks in place to deliver advanced Wi-Fi networks,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA. “This work will help ensure that consumers connecting to a carrier Wi-Fi network will be exposed to the best user experience possible, regardless of time or location.”“Achieving a common vision for the future of Carrier Wi-Fi and what needs to be put in place to make it a reality is imperative, and we are delighted to be involved in such an important initiative,” added Philippe Lucas, Orange SVP (standardisation & ecosystems development), who led this initiative together with Ruckus Wireless.“These guidelines encompass input from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem and we are confident that we have addressed the key issues and laid the groundwork for the deployment of these networks. This will secure Wi-Fi’s reputation as one of the most convenient and accessible connectivity options for the end user.”WBA guidelines on carrier Wi-Fi will be sent to other industry bodies for feedback. Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 FEB 2014 Carrier Wi-FiResearchServicesTechnologyWBAWi-Fi AT&T, Ericsson execs to lead US 6G research group Ken Wieland Telecom Infra Project targets Wi-Fi TIP signs up to open roaming ahead of Wi-Fi move Author Related Tags last_img read more

Iliad targets converged move in Italy

first_img Previous ArticleOrange names new Poland, Belgium chiefsNext ArticleTelefonica backs Nozomi in latest cybersecurity move Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 JUL 2020 Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot Home Iliad targets converged move in Italy Iliad Italia signed an agreement with wholesale provider Open Fiber as part of a plan to begin offering converged fixed and mobile services, a move which further ratchets competition to Telecom Italia, Vodafone Italy and Wind Tre.The challenger operator, which reports it recruited more than 5.5 million mobile customers within two years of its launch in May 2018, noted the agreement was a first step towards achieving its objective of also offering fixed services. Its three mobile market rivals already offer converged deals.Iliad Italia entered the mobile market with deals which severely undercut rivals, similar tactics which affiliate Free Mobile used to disrupt the French market in 2012.Following its debut in Italy, rivals began slashing prices, with the company since blamed for falling ARPU in the country.In a statement on the Open Fiber deal, Iliad Italia CEO Benedetto Levi (pictured) said it planned to bring the values of “transparency, simplicity and clarity” it brought to mobile into the fixed segment.“The growing demand for connectivity in recent months has prompted us to speed up the time for entry into the fixed segment and the partnership with Open Fiber is the first step in this direction.”It is the latest significant contract won by Open Fiber in recent weeks, with the company also inking agreements with Orange Business Services and satellite TV company Sky Italia. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Google dismisses Italy claims of market position abuse Author Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Italy probes CK Hutchison, Cellnex tower deal Tags Iliad ItaliaItalylast_img read more

Players dreaming of Masters invite at Latin America Am

first_imgLA ROMANA, Dominican Republic – The PGA Tour’s Sony Open isn’t the only tournament this week offering an invitation to the Masters. That’s also the ultimate prize here at the second annual Latin America Amateur Championship, which begins Thursday at Pete Dye’s spectacular Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo Resort. Created by Augusta National Golf Club, the R&A and USGA, this 109-man, 72-hole stroke-play tournament follows the blueprint for the Asia-Pacific Amateur, which was designed to provide an avenue for aspiring golfers in parts of the world where the sport isn’t as popular. Since 2009, that tournament has produced such winners as Hideki Matsuyama (twice) and Guan Tianlang, both of whom made the cut at the Masters as amateurs. The world-class resort, corporate backing and first-rate amenities – a players’ game room! – have already elevated the LAAC into a must-play for many of the top amateurs from South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Of course, dangling that Masters carrot – as well as exemptions into the final stage of qualifying for both the U.S. Open and Open Championship – will always help boost participation. “The prize at the end of the road is quite appealing,” said 25-year-old Argentine Matias Simaski, “so for me it became one of the three most important amateur events in the world.” Each country in the region, 29 in all, is represented with at least two participants. The World Amateur Golf Ranking is used to fill out the rest of the field, with Argentina, Chile and Mexico with eight players apiece. Unlike the U.S. Amateur, which in recent years has been overrun with college players, the LAAC field is a mix of players who are either on scholarship in the States or trying to carve out their own path in their home country. At No. 34 in the WAGR, Juan Alvarez of Uruguay is the highest-ranked player in the field. (There are seven top-100 players overall.) The 22-year-old reinstated amateur posted a top-20 at this event last year, after a closing 78, and recently earned a runner-up finish at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Argentina Open. “I believe that I’m more prepared this year,” he said through a translator. The two protagonists from last year’s tournament are back for another run at the title. Defending champion Matias Dominguez, who won by a shot at Pilar Golf Club in Argentina, went on to miss the cut at the Masters (76-76). After completing his degree from Texas Tech last month, he intends to stay amateur for the foreseeable future to focus on other interests. Two years ago, he took a semester-long class in Lubbock called “Building Winning Teams,” which brought together the captains from all 15 sports in the school’s athletic department. The goal was for Dominguez to develop all of the tools to be an effective leader and then empower his teammates to reach their potential. Instead, “that changed my path,” he said. Dominguez, 23, has plans to create a leadership program in Santiago and also assist the Chilean Golf Federation. Those are the projects he is passionate about. The pro game can wait, perhaps forever. But for this week, at least, Dominguez is a star, his face plastered on all of the pre-tournament promotional materials. He’s popular among his peers, too, and for good reason. “How was the Masters? That’s the most common question,” he said, smiling. Memories of that experience remain vivid – the exhilaration of finding the invitation in the mail, the kindness of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Zach Johnson on the range, the roar from his hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest. “That was my whole week already,” he said. The past year was more traumatic for LAAC runner-up Alejandro Tosti, now a sophomore at Florida. The 19-year-old Argentine was the only player in the field to break par all four rounds last year, but he missed a 4-footer on the 71st hole and failed to capitalize when Dominguez made bogey on the last. “It was really hard for me,” he said. “After that moment, (I realized) I was trying to make everything perfect, and I found that things happen and they are never going to be perfect. So you have to expect them to not be perfect and just live with that and try your best.” Turns out his freshman year with the Gators was far from perfect, too, as he adjusted to college life with new friends, new responsibilities and a new schedule with his family some 16 hours away. He never felt more alone than last spring, when a tooth infection began to cause headaches, sweating, vomiting, fatigue and light sensitivity during a practice round with two-time major champion Angel Cabrera. Later, doctors found that Tosti was suffering from encephalitis, and he was hospitalized and hooked up to a catheter for nine days. After being released, he administered the IV fluids himself for the next 20 days. Florida’s best player missed the team’s surprising run at NCAA regionals, which culminated in its first championship berth under new coach J.C. Deacon. Now fully healthy, Tosti concedes: “I was lucky.” This week, the goal for Tosti, and the rest of the field, is to earn that invitation to the Masters, a dream that for many never seemed possible until a few years ago. “When I was a little boy, one time I was watching the Masters on TV and I said, ‘One day I want to play at Augusta,’” Alvarez said. “I found out there was going to be a tournament where you could play at Augusta, and here we are. We are going to try our best.”last_img read more

Water — One of the Oldest Design Arguments

first_img Life Sciences Water — One of the Oldest Design ArgumentsEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCNovember 30, 2017, 1:28 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Today scientists marvel at the many associations among water chemistry, the environment, and life. The multiple anomalous properties of water conspire to make Earth exceptionally fit for life. (See, for example, here, as well as here, here, here, here, and more.)The anomalies of water are not a recent revelation to science. They were already described in detail in 1913 by the Harvard chemist Lawrence J. Henderson in his classic work The Fitness of the Environment: An Inquiry into the Biological Significance of the Properties of Matter. By then, chemists had amassed sufficient data on the chemical elements and their compounds to show that water really does stand out from the crowd.It was about a century prior to Henderson’s work that chemists first measured the thermal properties of water (specific and latent heats). While water’s anomalous expansion on freezing had been known for some time, it was only in 1806 that the Scottish chemist Thomas C. Hope first measured the temperature of its highest density to be 4 degrees C. In that era of rapid discoveries in chemistry, water’s weirdness was quickly being established.It didn’t take long for mathematician and philosopher (and, later, opponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution) William Whewell to develop an argument for design based on these findings. He published his work in 1834 as part of the Bridgewater Treatise series on natural theology; it was titled Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. He listed multiple “offices” or functions of water, which convinced him of its design. Only three of these could be said to be true anomalies of water; the others are shared by liquids in general. Although this and earlier attempts to build a design argument on the properties of water were clumsy, the argument now had a solid core to build upon.In 1853 Whewell developed an implication of the importance of water to life in his book Of the Plurality of Worlds: An Essay. In it he introduced a concept he termed the “temperate zone,” which is equivalent to the modern concept of the circumstellar habitable zone (CHZ). An Earth-like planet within the CHZ can maintain liquid water on its surface for lengthy periods of time. Today, the CHZ concept is central to astrobiology research.Alfred Russel Wallace (of biological evolution fame) also recognized the centrality of liquid water for life. He took Whewell’s concept and refined and expanded it in his 1903 book, Man’s Place in the Universe: A Study of the Results of Scientific Research in Relation to the Unity or Plurality of Worlds. This work is significant both for its early presentation of anthropic arguments in addition to being a treatise on astrobiology. Although some of the science in his book is badly dated, many of his discussions sound remarkably modern. He would agree with NASA’s search-for-life maxim: follow the water.The intervening century has only strengthened Henderson’s, Whewell’s and Wallace’s arguments regarding the remarkable connections between life and water. Evidence of Henderson’s continuing influence is the fact that the John Templeton Foundation sponsored a conference in October 2003 to mark the 90th anniversary of his work. It was titled, “Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine-Tuning.” Participants included astronomer Owen Gingerich, physicist Paul Davies, and biologist Harold Morowitz. Whether or not they agree with Henderson’s conclusions (and many do), many scientists still feel compelled to comment on them.Not satisfied with the Templeton book, several scholars worked together to publish, in 2010, Water and Life: The Unique Properties of H2O; it is based on a meeting held in 2005. They include such notables in the science and faith dialogs as John Barrow and Simon Conway Morris. Michael Denton adds his name to this list of luminaries to ponder water in his latest book, The Wonder of Water: Water’s Profound Fitness for Life in Earth and Mankind.Portrait: William Whewell, by James Lonsdale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 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