Sajid Javid’s busy first day as business secretary – here’s what he said on the BBC, strikes and the EU

first_img whatsapp Share Tuesday 12 May 2015 5:09 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Lynsey Barber Show Comments ▼ Tags: BBC General Election 2015 People Sajid Javid Sajid Javid’s busy first day as business secretary – here’s what he said on the BBC, strikes and the EU whatsapp Not even 24 hours into his first day as business secretary in David Cameron’s all-Tory cabinet, and Sajid Javid is on the front foot with a media blitz having appeared on three different morning TV and radio shows.Notably, the government’s business secretary chose the BBC (appearing on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and Radio 4’s Today) to reject claims that the Tories plan to go to war on the BBC. “Not at all,” said Javid, when asked if there was a war. “There is a bit of over-excitement in those headlines. First of all, John Whittingdale is an excellent choice for culture secretary. He is someone who is hugely experienced.”Javid was formerly culture secretary in the coalition government but that mantle has now been handed to select committee heavyweight Whittingdale.”When it comes to long-term funding of the BBC, clearly there’s been lots of changes in the broadcasting environment, not least technology changes. I think it’s sensible to look at that, to make sure the BBC is on a sustainable long-term funding arrangement,” Javid told the Today programme about the review of its charter.Javid said he believed “passionately in free enterprise” and laid out some of his plans.He will push for new laws on strikes: “There will be a minimum threshold of turnout of 50 per cent of those entitled to vote. We’ve also said that, when it comes to essential public services, at least 40 per cent of people need to vote for strike action.”The government is “absolutely committed” to a referendum on the EU membership, regardless of the outcome of negotiations on the terms of membership, he said this morning. “What I want to see first is a successful renegotiation,” said Javid, declining to say which way he would vote if an in/out referendum were to be held tomorrow.Read more: What you need to know about Sajid Javid last_img read more

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Whole Foods must digest discounted prices as Amazon takes control

first_img Amazon has wasted little time signalling its seriousness about making use of its latest acquisition.On the day after the $13.7bn takeover of Whole Foods Market, the giant e-tailer sent shockwaves through the grocery business by taking a machete to its upmarket prices for popular foods like salmon and bananas as well as fashionable items like kale and avocados.The new owner slashed prices by up to 43% and indicated that more discounts were on the way.“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone,” said Jeff Wilke, chief executive of Amazon Worldwide Consumer.“We will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards.”Marc Wulfraat, president of supply chain and logistics consulting firm MWPVL International, noted that the move reflected Amazon’s strategy of eschewing profit for market share, exercising its ability to hit a button in its HQ to drop prices across the US and drive up traffic at Whole Foods locations.Further traffic growth will come from the planned installation of Amazon lockers at the Whole Foods stores. This gels with the plan to turn Amazon Prime into the loyalty programme for the grocer’s customers.One early benefit of the acquisition for Amazon’s logistics activities is the ability to utilise Whole Foods locations for pick-up and return of goods ordered from Amazon. Whole Foods’ footprint allows the aggregation of returns at 460 stores, Mr Wulfraat pointed out.Theoretically these points could also be used to distribute all Amazon shipments, although some observers stress that many Whole Foods outlets do not have the space to handle large volumes of orders.Nor is Amazon likely to utilise the grocery’s logistics setup, which has been outsourced for the most part, Mr Wulfraat noted.“Whole Foods put very little money into the supply chain. There is no strong centralised distribution model,” he said.As for Whole Foods’ warehouse infrastructure – 12 facilities with an average footprint of 100,000 sq ft – it is woefully inadequate for Amazon’s needs and not designed for high-volume traffic, he continued.“Amazon didn’t buy Whole Foods for their supply chain,” he said.Mr Wulfraat believes Amazon will develop its own network of warehouses to handle grocery traffic over the coming two to three years. The company has slightly more than 3m sq ft of warehouse space in the US for Amazon Fresh and Prime Pantry goods, compared with an overall footprint of 100m sq ft.“They need about 12 modern, semi-automated distribution centres for the grocery business,” he said.Operating on a hub-and-spoke basis, this network could be used to replenish Whole Foods outlets as well as Amazon locations that cannot handle full truckloads, he said. At this point, the volumes in the Amazon Fresh and Prime Pantry programmes are not large enough to justify full truckload traffic, which translates into significantly higher trucking costs.Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has been widely portrayed as part of an epic battle between the e-tailer and Walmart, but Mr Wulfraat doubts this, arguing that they target different segments of the consumer market.Either way, the advance of two “800lb gorillas” is expected to have profound ramifications for the grocery landscape as well as the logistics sector. Pundits suggest that the heft of Amazon and Walmart will diminish flows going to food wholesalers and retailers over time, leading to rising transport costs for these. Another scenario sees a shift of grocery flows to local supply hubs driven by rising e-commerce volumes, which would affect volumes and cost of delivering to stores.Chris Connell, president of perishables specialist Commodity Forwarders, believes these outcomes are possible, but it is too early to tell at this point.“Wholesales also satisfy avenues for salvage or distressed product to find a home,” he added. By Ian Putzger 06/09/2017 © Mohamed Ahmed Solimanlast_img read more

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Informed decision making in cancer care: more myth than reality

first_img Dr. Susan Love, a renowned breast surgeon who has also been a cancer patient as well as a care partner for a loved one with cancer, is all too familiar with the emotional and logistical complexities that assault individuals newly diagnosed with cancer. Although deeply committed to treatment plans that are built around patients’ preferences and priorities, she is also acutely aware of the time and resource pressures of clinical care delivery. “In this era of multi-modality care provided by a team of cancer specialists, the implementation of a treatment plan can resemble a relay race. And once it starts, we’re all on a well-choreographed path that can make it awkward to reconfigure,” she told me in a recent conversation.When cancer is diagnosed, the first treatment regimen tried is generally the best shot for cure or control. But it is generally accompanied by short-term and sometimes long-term physical, emotional, and financial side effects. It can also foreclose later treatment options, including clinical trials. In other words, initial treatment decisions have significant implications for people with cancer and their families.Our research findings reinforce the conclusion that new resources or approaches are needed to help patients understand and define their priorities and preferences — and to help providers ask about them — before treatment begins. Although most practices don’t collect this kind of information in patients’ electronic health records, intake forms could be modified to include questions about work life, household responsibilities, favorite activities, pending events (like weddings), and personal goals. Or a member of the care team could have an introductory conversation with a new patient that elicits this information, which can then be communicated to the rest of the team through the electronic health record or some other way.To truly deliver patient-centric cancer care, providers and patients must partner to personalize the planning and implementation of cancer treatments in order to achieve the high-quality care that patients deserve and clinicians demand.Ellen Miller-Sonet is the chief strategy and alliance officer for CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. If prices are kept hidden, consumers can’t take more responsibility for their health care costs First OpinionInformed decision making in cancer care: more myth than reality For nearly a decade, the most distinguished minds in cancer care have advocated for shared decision-making — patients partnering with their clinicians to make informed decisions that are consistent with their needs, values, and preferences. Although widely perceived as the gold standard, it seems to be the exception rather than the rule.My organization, CancerCare, has surveyed more than 3,000 American adults with cancer. Many of them noted that during their planning for treatment they did not have enough information about other treatment options, whether they would be able to work, the care they’d need at home, the cost of treatment, caregiver responsibilities, and opportunities for joining a clinical trial. That doesn’t sound like informed decision-making to me.Many factors influence cancer treatment decisions, including safety, effectiveness, and cost. The emergence of new decision-support tools — value frameworks, pathways, guidelines, and the like — is helping inform physicians’ recommendations. But most of these tools are shaped through the eyes of providers and payers, and often ignore what matters most to patients.advertisement [email protected] Related: @esonet Ellen Miller-Sonet About the Author Reprintscenter_img Participation in treatment planningA recent CancerCare report, “The Many Voices of Value,” sought to shed light on how patients participate in deciding on a cancer treatment plan and how they view their roles and relationships with their care providers. Through conversations with cancer patients and oncology social workers, common themes emerged:Patients often feel they are not active participants in developing their cancer treatment plansDiscussions about treatment planning are often overwhelming for people newly diagnosed with cancerFew people realize they can ask questions; even fewer know what questions to ask during these discussionsPatients want their providers to recognize and appreciate the effect treatment has on their livesPatients’ priorities and perceptions of their treatment change over time.Most of the cancer patients we talked with said that upon first learning they had cancer, they felt overwhelmed, anxious, and frightened. Many are eager to start treatment as soon as possible, even though for most cancers taking a few weeks to understand the diagnosis and get more than one treatment recommendation would help them make more rational decisions without compromising their prognosis.At the outset of their cancer journeys, many people found it nearly impossible to articulate their priorities and understand the implications of their treatment choices. With time, though, many said they were better able to communicate with their care team what mattered most to them and to try to incorporate that into their care. By then, however, an initial treatment plan that may not have been aligned with their preferences was usually already underway. Tags cancerpatients Merging the person with the patientMany years ago, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. Since he was only 48, his oncologist recommended a post-surgery course of chemotherapy. After doing some homework, my friend opted against doing that. As a dentist, he perceived the possibility of peripheral nerve damage from chemotherapy as too risky. He was willing to sacrifice a few points on the survival curve in order to protect his ability to continue working and support his family.Most cancer patients don’t have my friend’s capacity to assess the personal benefits and risks of a particular treatment. After receiving a cancer diagnosis, many nod their heads at a recommended treatment plan that may optimize effectiveness, safety, and cost, but may not consider their personal quality-of-life goals and priorities.advertisement APStock Related: By Ellen Miller-Sonet Dec. 14, 2017 Reprints Financial toxicity: 1 in 3 cancer patients have to turn to friends or family to pay for care last_img read more

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Une femme se jette d’une falaise en signe de protestation

first_img Facebook Twitter News SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Une femme se jette d’une falaise en signe de protestation Après qu’un agent du ministère de la Sécuritédu Peuple (M.S.P.) eut tenté de lui soutirer une somme d’argent exorbitantepour quelque chose dont elle n’était pas responsable, une femme de Hyesan, dansla province de Yanggang, s’est jetée du haut d’une falaise en signe dedéfiance. Cet incident est survenu à la fin du mois dejuin, dans le cadre des projets d’embellissement menés à travers la province envue du 70ème anniversaire du Parti des Travailleurs de Corée le 10 octobre.Nombre de citoyens ont été mobilisés pour participer à ces travaux etcontraints d’exercer des tâches difficiles, laissant ainsi de côté lesactivités desquelles ils dépendent habituellement pour survivre. Une source de la province de Yanggang, dont lerécit a été corroboré par une autre source de la même province, a révélé àDaily NK le 16 juillet que « les trottoirs ont été retirés dans le cadredes travaux d’embellissement de Hyesan. La femme en question est une vendeusede riz et alors qu’elle traînait sa charrette sur la route, faute de trottoir,un agent du M.S.P. s’est approché d’elle. » La situation a dégénérérapidement après que l’agent lui eut demandé de payer une somme si élevée qu’ilétait évident qu’il tentait de lui extorquer de l’argent, a ajouté la source,en disant qu’ « il aurait tenté d’obtenir cette somme par tous les moyenspossibles. » La femme a catégoriquement refusé, déclarant« mieux vaut mourir que de vivre dans ces conditions », avant de sejeter du haut du rebord situé à proximité. Ayantheureusement survécu à sa chute, elle souffre néanmoins de nombreusesblessures, parmi lesquelles de multiples côtes cassées et une fracture de lajambe. La foule rassemblée autour de la scène aexprimé sa compassion envers cette femme – dont la situation reflète vraisemblablementla leur – selon la source, qui a révélé que les gens ont semblé acquiescerlorsqu’elle a déclaré « comment est-ce que je suis supposée vivreainsi ? » avant de se jeter dans le vide. L’agent du M.S.P. a été vu en train de fuir lascène, mais étant donné la gravité des blessures de la victime, ce n’est qu’unequestion de temps avant qu’il ne soit retrouvé et contraint d’assumer d’unefaçon ou d’une autre les conséquences de ses actes déplorables. Par ailleurs, compte tenu du fait quel’incident est survenu peu avant la période du deuil du Suryeong (Kim Il Sung)et les élections locales, cela accroît la tension parmi les agents déjàperpétuellement anxieux du M.S.P. « L’atmosphère actuelle est telle que lemoindre raté commis par un agent du M.S.P. conduit à son éviction de son poste,et donc il semble que cet agent corrompu ne soit pas non plus à l’abri de subirle même sort », a conclu la source. * Le contenu de cet article a été diffusé à lapopulation nord-coréenne via Unification Media Group. Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.07.24 5:54pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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North Korean authorities keep tight lid on elite defection

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korean authorities have not issued an officialnotification to diplomatic staff in China about the defection of ThaeYong Ho, a prominent diplomat and minister who was posted in London. Owing to theimportance of overseas staff in foreign currency earning operations, the regimehas been unable to radically change the system or withdraw its staff, but it istaking covert steps to preempt imitation defections and domestic unrest. “There has thus far been no official order or notificationabout the diplomatic cadre who defected to South Korea from his post in England. In fact, most employees and staff at the embassy still do not know about theincident,” a source in China close to North Korean affairs told Daily NK onAugust 19.  “Diplomatic families are also proceeding with business asusual. The eyes of the diplomatic personnel here in China are on other things.For instance, in the North Korean embassy in Liaoning, most are preoccupiedabout the fact that the embassy will cease customs operations on August 20,meaning that the employees will need to find new ways to earn foreigncurrency.”When asked about the potential repercussions of the ThaeYong Ho defection, the source said that if the news “fails to spread through thegrapevine” no significant changes are to be expected. One notable shift,however, is an uptick in monitoring by the State Security Department.The State Security Department is particularly suspicious ofthe ideological purity of cadres who are especially rich or especially poor.They are viewed to have the highest flight risk and are thus monitoredtightly. Sources inside North Korea also confirmed that there are nounusual movements at the North Korea-China border. A source from North Korea’s North Pyongan Province said,“News of the defection is not spreading via the rumor mill. Added a source fromRyanggang Province, “There have been signs of incrementally harsh crackdowns ondefections, but there aren’t any other special developments at this time.”  Although the news has not yet spread throughout North Korea,the possibility is high that the news will soon pour over the Chinese borderand reach the broader citizenry. Additionally, North Koreans who are currentlyabroad will bring back the news when they return. From there, it will spreadnaturally from person to person. The source in China surmised that a sizable number of cadreswithin North Korea will already be aware of Thae’s defection. “This isn’t thefirst time a prominent defector has fled with his/her family, so nobody will besurprised at the news. However, people inside the country will not bring up thesubject loosely because they fear punishment,” she pointed out.The source continued, “In the past, rumors about diplomaticdefections spread through Pyongyang cadres and residents with lightning speed.The sudden rise of elite diplomatic defections in the Kim Jong Un era is notbeing publicly addressed, but the authorities will not be able to prevent thenews from circulating in the long run.”  It is likely that the authorities will step up censorshipefforts in the road ahead; however, this ideological pressure is likely toproduce the opposite effect, inciting further defections rather than stokingthe flames of loyalty.“As the State Security Department continues to exertpressure on overseas cadres through censorship and surveillance, they are onlygoing to succeed in producing adverse effects. Those that experience thefreedom of a democratic society are more prone to disillusionment under thesedictatorial techniques. The result? More will end up planning their own escape,”she concluded. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE News News center_img Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2016.08.20 9:25am AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korean authorities keep tight lid on elite defection News NewsEconomylast_img read more

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Supreme Court allows $2.5-billion class action against Sun Life to proceed

first_img Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Universal life policies can’t be used for unlimited deposits, appeal court rules Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says agreement, attorney, auction, authority, balance, barrister, beam, scale, book, bookcase, books, brass, brown, business, colourconcept, contract, counsel, court, courthouse, courtroom, crime, criminal, decision, defendant, divorce, enforcement, financefreedom, gavel, government, guilt, guilty, hammer, horizontal, innocence, judge, judgement, judgment, judicial, justice, lawlawyer, legal, legislation, liberty, libra, litigation, mallet, prosecution, punishment, rights, scale, scales, scales, of, justice, sentencesymbol, symbolic, system, tax, trial, tribunal, truth, verdict, weight, will, wood, wooden andreypopov/123RF The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled that a proposed $2.5-billion class action against insurance giant Sun Life Assurance Co. over the alleged miss-selling of certain universal life policies by predecessor Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. can go ahead.The SCC issued a ruling on Thursday denying Sun Life leave to appeal a ruling by the Court of Appeal for Ontario on Sept. 5, 2018, which certified the suit as a class action. The application for leave was dismissed with costs. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The proposed class action was launched in 2010 alleging various breaches in the sale of 230,000 life insurance policies by MetLife between 1985 and 1998.Sun Life took over administration of the policies when it acquired Clarica Life Insurance Co. in 2002; Clarica bought MetLife’s Canadian operations in 1998.Initially, a lower court ruled that the proposed suit could not be certified as a class action because most of its claims were time-barred. However, that ruling was reversed on appeal last year.The appeal court certified three alleged breach of contract claims related to the policies. Now, the SCC has rejected Sun Life’s bid to appeal that decision.The allegations have not been proven. James Langton Keywords LawsuitsCompanies Clarica Life Insurance Co., Sun Life Financial Inc. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Emcure Pharma launches drug for CKD patients

first_img chronic kidney diseaseEmcure PharmaVifor Pharma Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Emcure Pharma launches drug for CKD patients News The drug will be sold under the brand name DynultaEmcure Pharmaceuticals has launched India’s first generic version of sucroferric oxyhydroxide for the control of increased serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis. The drug will be sold under the brand name Dynulta. Its active component is sucroferric oxyhydroxide developed indigenously by Emcure. Dynulta will be manufactured at Emcure’s state-of-the-art plant at Jammu and will be marketed at less than 70 per cent cost of the innovator brand.“The incidence of CKD is on the rise in India. Dynulta will provide an efficacious and cost-effective remedy for Indian patients” said Namita Thapar, Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals.  Sucroferric oxyhydroxide displays a high phosphate binding capacity, resulting in effective serum phosphorus control. This was demonstrated in a phase III study of sucroferric oxyhydroxide versus sevelamer. Real-world studies show that patients who switch to sucroferric oxyhydroxide from another phosphate binder achieve better long-term serum phosphorus control with a lower number of pills. A lower pill burden can translate into better patient compliance with treatment.  Studies have shown that sucroferric oxyhydroxide is effective in the reduction of serum phosphorus in a broad range of dialysis patients.The innovator company for sucroferric oxyhydroxide is Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma, a joint operation between Vifor Pharma and Fresenius Medical care, providers of dialysis services. It is marketed internationally as Velphoro, which is not available in India. Comments (0) Add Comment MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on July 1, 2020 last_img read more

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CAC Warns Consumers to Avoid Scammers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail CAC Warns Consumers to Avoid Scammers CommerceDecember 12, 2014Written by: Kadian Brown Story HighlightsThe Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is appealing to shoppers and consumers in general, to be extremely mindful of scam and other fraudulent activities which are prevalent during the Yuletide season.“The scams are many and varied, so do not be quick to act or accept offers,” warned Chief Executive Officer at the CAC, Dolsie Allen, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on December 10.She cited various signs that persons can look out for to avoid a scam, such as being contacted ‘out of the blue’ by telephone, mail or email. RelatedCAC Secures $32.5 Million for Aggrieved Consumers RelatedProfessor Calls for Creation of Economic Clusters Photo: JIS PhotographerChief Executive Officer of the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Dolsie Allen, addresses a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on the performance of the entity since April 1 this year.center_img CAC Warns Consumers to Avoid ScammersJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is appealing to shoppers and consumers in general, to be extremely mindful of scam and other fraudulent activities which are prevalent during the Yuletide season.“The scams are many and varied, so do not be quick to act or accept offers,” warned Chief Executive Officer at the CAC, Dolsie Allen, at a  JIS ‘Think Tank’ on December 10.She cited various signs that persons can look out for to avoid a scam, such as being contacted ‘out of the blue’ by telephone, mail or email; being asked to pay money up front or to buy a product in order to claim your prize, and being notified that you have won a ‘prize,’ but have not knowingly entered any competition.“If you are being asked to provide your bank account, credit card details or other confidential information and being told to keep the offer a secret, these are usually situations where you may be facing or have faced a scam,” Mrs. Allen pointed out.She advised persons to contact the bank, building society or credit card company and close accounts in cases where information and details have been given out to a third party that they do not know or trust.On the matter of using debit and credit cards to conduct transactions, she warned persons to be cautious in how they display cards and to be present or ‘in view’ while the transaction is being done.“I am cautioning persons, especially in situations when they go to the gas stations, particularly women who prefer to sit in their cars while the attendant facilitates the transaction, that it is better to step out and be present when the transaction is taking place. Always be alert, don’t be distracted by the attendants or other people at the gas station, but pay attention to what the attendant is doing and ensure that the correct amount of gas that was requested is pumped into the vehicle,” Mrs. Allen implored.While at the ABM, she cautioned persons to “be alert and mindful of your surrounding…use your hand or body to cover the keypad while you enter your pin and information, so that persons cannot see,” she said, adding that “we have to protect ourselves a little more as the reality is that there are unscrupulous persons out there who just plan how to beat the system.”She also warned persons to be extremely alert while on the plazas with shopping bags. “It is better and safer to have persons accompany you or make trips to the vehicle and lock bags away in the trunk where they are out of sight, than to struggle with several bags while going in and out of stores,” Mrs. Allen said. RelatedDamaged Motor Vehicles Importation Deemed Potentially Viablelast_img read more

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FCC makes steps toward 2016 spectrum auction

first_img FCC FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity Tags FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs Previous ArticleBlog: Chinese firms strengthen smartphone share – but for how long?Next ArticleAustria denies plans to sell Telekom stake – report Author FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Related Home FCC makes steps toward 2016 spectrum auction AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 OCT 2015 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 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) disclosed what it is willing to pay TV stations for acquiring their spectrum, which will be resold to mobile operators in its planned incentive auction.This is the first stage in a process that will subsequently involve the US regulator re-auctioning the  frequencies in early 2016 to operators craving spectrum for mobile broadband.The FCC is attempting to lure TV stations with bids as high as $900 million in New York City. Other leading US cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago, also carry big bids. Bids tail off for more remote or rural locations. A station in the Virgin Islands will fetch only $10 million, for instance.The bids are expected to come down over time, as the FCC uses a reverse auction  to encourage TV stations to commit early to cashing in their frequencies.Station owners will now mull over whether they want to participate. The filing window opens on 1 December and closes 18 December. Releasing prices now gives broadcasters at least 60 days to consider the prices on offer.The broadcasters also have a choice over the type of bid they make. The deadline for that choice is 29 March 2016. Either they choose to give up their licence or agree to move to another set of frequencies.Companies that want to participate in the second stage of the auction need to register their interest by 28 January 2016. Richard Handford last_img read more

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Huawei seeks network efficiency gains with AI

first_img Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 APR 2018 Previous ArticleUS lagging China, South Korea in 5G readinessNext ArticleTelecom Egypt will not sell Vodafone stake “blindly” LIVE FROM HUAWEI ANALYST SUMMIT, SHENZHEN: Huawei is working on autonomous, always available networks by adding artificial intelligence (AI) to its network architecture to improve operational efficiency and help shift the telco industry to a healthier state.William Xu, Huawei chief strategy marketing officer (pictured), said the combination, called SoftCOM AI, will lead to significant leaps in operation and maintenance (O&M) efficiency, resource utilisation and energy efficiency.For example, AI technology can be used to support additional network maintenance tasks without adding people: “In future, O&M staff can be reduced greatly. Most network issues are caused by human error. Through AI and intelligence, we can eliminate 70 per cent of the errors as well as predict as much as 60 per cent of network problems.”The company is working on a full-stack of AI-enhanced products, across chips, devices, networks and the cloud, but Xu said it won’t be able to provide more detail until the Huawei Connect event in Shanghai later in the year.Huawei also used the event to launch its Global Industry Vision (GIV) 2025, with the goal of helping shape the future direction of the industry by forecasting trends and working with partners across the ecosystem to build an intelligent world.Xu said GIV forecasts global home and personal connections to reach 40 billion in 2025, with each person owning five devices, while video will account for 89 per cent of network traffic in 2025, up from 68 per cent in 2017. KT establishes AI institute with local university Author Huawei founder urges shift to software Joseph Waring center_img Related HomeAsiaNews Huawei seeks network efficiency gains with AI Tags India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Asia AIHuaweilast_img read more

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