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first_imgEconomy | Health | Juneau | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State Government | TransportationSenate seeks to revive Juneau Access and Knik Arm projects through capital budgetMay 9, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:A conceptual rendering of the Knik Arm Bridge. The Senate capital budget seeks to revive the project, which Gov. Bill Walker ended work on. (Image courtesy Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority)The Alaska Senate passed a capital budget that seeks to revive the Juneau Access Project and the Knik Arm bridge. But it doesn’t include Medicaid funding that state officials say is needed by next week to pay health care providers. Wasilla Republican Sen. David Wilson sponsored the amendment to Senate Bill 142 to spend $4.5 million on the Knik Arm bridge. He said the bridge would provide relief to the Glenn Highway.“We have not done any major road infrastructure projects to our great state in over 40 years,” Wilson said. Gov. Bill Walker shut down work on both the Juneau road and the Knik Arm bridge. The megaprojects are unlikely to move forward under Walker. But if the House agrees to the funding, they could be revived in the future. The capital budget doesn’t include $48 million for Medicaid. Hospitals say the funding is critical. Anchorage Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner said failing to adequately fund Medicaid is a mistake.“You know, it threatens hospitals,” she said. “It threatens care providers’ willingness to participate in the Medicaid program. And the bottom line is: Ultimately, it threatens access to health care for many, many Alaskans.” If the capital budget doesn’t provide the Medicaid money, state payments to providers would be delayed until July. That could present problems to smaller providers, which may not have enough cash to pay their bills.More than a quarter of Alaskans — 202,078 of 737,080 residents — receive Medicaid. The total for the Senate capital budget is nearly $300 million less than Walker proposed. But much of Walker’s proposal would have been funded by a tax on income that lawmakers rejected.The Senate passed the bill by a 15 to 4 vote on Tuesday. The House Finance Committee was scheduled to discuss the capital budget late Wednesday. If the House makes changes, the two chambers would have to work out their differences before sending the capital budget to Walker’s desk.Share this story:last_img read more

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first_imgBooksUncategorizedC.W. Neill Cashes in With His Book of Unfinished ScreenplaysBy Allison Ildefonso – July 28, 2014716ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItC.W. NeillC.W. Neill can officially add an author credit to his resume: This month, the actor and comedian released This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs (Perigee Trade, $15), a book based on his “Unfinished Screenplays” blog (required reading for any Angeleno who has struggled with writing a feature film). Here he talks velocicoppers, the difficulties of writing, and the “Three F’s” of comedy.Where did the idea for Untitled Screenplays come from? Did you ever intend for it to turn into This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs?A couple of years ago I was trying to write a very stupid comedy sketch to shoot with some friends, and I literally couldn’t even start it. I was so frustrated because I knew all the jokes, but I couldn’t start the damn thing. So in my frustration, I wrote: INT. I DON’T KNOW, AN APARTMENT? DAVE sits on the couch or whatever. Maybe he’s standing it doesn’t matter. Then I sat back in my chair, stared at it for a couple seconds, and realized it was probably the funniest thing I’d ever written. And now that’s the very first “screenplay” in the book. I knew [the concept] would translate well into a book, and I would even joke to my friends about “getting a book deal any day now.” But I was honestly very surprised when it all happened. I thought I had accidentally pulled a very elaborate prank on everyone involved.What is your favorite Untitled Screenplay? Why?It’s a two-way tie between:INT. MY PANTSThe party is in full swing.And…EXT. MY BUTTA FART exits. For me, they’re both the simplest and purest form of the joke. There’s a slight break in reality, a reference that everyone can understand, and most importantly, almost an entire page of blank space (which is my favorite element of the entire concept). More than half the book is goddamn blank space.The book is billed as a peek into the life of a struggling screenwriter. Have you ever written a full-length feature? Or have these abridged screenplays always been the endgame?Never. Not even close. I’m three-fourths of the way through an outline of one, though. The endgame is still up for grabs. Whatever lets me not need to deliver pizzas anymore.What makes you laugh?A bunch of stuff makes me laugh. It’s one of those things I never care to pinpoint or pick just one answer. But for the most part I stick to “The Three F’s”: Farts, Friends and Follies.“Amy” appears as a character in a number of pieces. At first she’s “the most beautiful woman in the world,” but by the end she’s “not that important” and a “dumb idiot.” Bad breakup, or is her character made up?Amy, along with C.W. Neill himself, is a character. Overall, my life has been very nice and pleasant (see: “boring”), so it was much more interesting and fun to create a character that lets his daddy issues, lack of understanding of women, potential racism, and obsession with an ex that broke his heart infiltrate his writing. Also, it just made it that much easier to keep pretending like I have everything under control. “This movie will require dinosaurs” appears as a note in a number of your Untitled Screenplays. Was that always the top title option for your book? What were some other working titles?The only other working title was “Untitled Screenplays.” But I made the “this movie will require dinosaurs” joke in the proposal, and multiple people said it would make a good title upon reading it. I only needed to hear it once. It’s too perfect. What can your Untitled Screenplays fans look forward to next? Velocicoppers. That’s all I’m thinking about right now. There are multiple references to “velocicoppers” in the book, which is C.W.’s blockbuster film idea about velociraptors who are also cops. It’s Dinosaurs, the T.V. show, meets Lethal Weapon. So I’d really love to publish the full Velocicoppers screenplay someday. But first we gotta make sure this book sells big time, so get out there and pick up your copy today, you reader, you!Neill will appear at Meltdown Comics Tuesday, July 29 for a book signing and a performance of his favorite scenes from This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs. TAGSL.A CultureC. W. NeillThis Movie Will Require DinosaursPrevious articleLudlows Cocktail Jelly Shots: How to Party on the GoNext article6 Frozen Treats to Try at McConnell’s, Now Open DowntownAllison Ildefonso RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

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first_img whatsapp Charles Kennedy, former Liberal Democrat leader, dies in Scotland aged 55 Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his home in Fort William aged 55.Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances involved. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed A statement on behalf of his family read:It is with great sadness, and an enormous sense of shock, that we announce the death of Charles Kennedy. Charles died at home in Fort William yesterday. He was 55. We are obviously devastated at the loss. Charles was a fine man, a talented politician and a loving father to his young son. We ask therefore that the privacy of his family is respected in the coming days.Kennedy began his political career in 1983, winning the Ross, Cromarty and Skye seat to become the youngest MP of the time at the age of 23.In 1999 he took over from Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, a position he held until 2006. During his leadership he delivered the party’s best General Election performance in 80 years winning 62 seats with 22 per cent of the vote.Former leader Nick Clegg said Kennedy was one of the “most gifted politicians of his generation” who “devoted his life to public service” while Ashdown said he brought “principle and decency” to politics. https://twitter.com/paddyashdown/status/605602164531179521 Tuesday 2 June 2015 1:45 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity 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 FunEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comcenter_img whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Joe Hall Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_img By Mike Wackett 12/07/2018 © Scanrail After a strong first six months with container drop-offs at an exceptionally low level, container leasing companies face a tougher second half.Financially stressed ocean carriers are closing loss-making routes and postponing new services.This month’s Drewry Container Census & Leasing annual review and forecast report expects the return for the sector to be “squeezed”, due to the higher cost of newbuild equipment and static leasing rates.“With little change in lease rates anticipated over the next few years, investment returns are forecast to remain under pressure,” said Andrew Foxcroft, Drewry’s lead analyst for container equipment.“Although we have seen returns edge up to near 10% in the first half of this year, we do not expect these levels to be sustained given the recent build-up of factory stocks.”Long-term lease rates for standard dry containers soared by over 50% last year, a spike attributed primarily to the Hanjin bankruptcy in September 2016, which tied up large quantities of empty equipment seized by the South Korean carrier’s creditors. Hundreds of Hanjin leased containers are still unrecovered.However, with most container lines moving back into the black in 2017, the liners regained their appetite to upgrade and expand services, thus they were in the market for more equipment.Moreover, 2017 also saw a significant rebound in container manufacturing after almost grinding to a complete stop the previous year.“Given that buyers had cut back too much on their purchases in 2016, the latest surge in production – up 80% in 2017 – has concentrated on standard equipment and particularly the 40ft high-cube,” said Mr Foxcroft.With shipping lines focusing their investments on ships rather than equipment, and with loss-making carriers pledging to slash capital expenditure, Drewry said that the container fleet expansion is being driven by the leasing sector.Nevertheless, having lost an estimated $1.2bn in the first quarter and likely to report further trading losses in Q2, carriers are putting more pressure on procurement officers to deliver cost savings, which will include negotiating reductions in equipment costs.Like its carrier customers, the leasing industry has seen considerable consolidation in the past few years, establishing a new market leader in Triton, after its merger with TAL, with Textainer, Florens and Seaco making up the new ‘big four’ container leasing companies.last_img read more

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first_img Community Home News Community Laois retirement home granted extension, despite parish priest’s objection NewsCommunity Facebook Pinterest Council Pinterest Community Previous articleAnger as sold out Electric Picnic tickets leave people queuing for hours to no availNext articlePortlaoise Panthers men and women prepare to commence new season Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter TAGSCastletownFather HennessyMiguel House Twitter Miguel House An extension of a Laois retirement home is being granted despite the local parish priest objecting.Miguel House in Castletown is expanding to include specialist care for sufferers of dementia and alzheimers.Planning permission has been sought by the De La Salle Order to build a two-storey extension to Miguel House to provide residential care accommodation to the south of the existing home. WhatsApp “Storm and foul drainage will be provided to comply with local council standards at the development location,” the notice states.“The development will be good for the village of Castletown and hopefully create local employment,” Fr Hennessy says in his submission. However, a serious problem with a development of this size is that the sewerage and foul water system in Castletown is already overloaded,” the parish priest said.Since 2012, he outlined, the sewerage regularly overflows.On one occasion, he said council officials witnessed raw sewage floating in his kitchen, utility room and hall.“As you know, this poses a serious health hazard among other things,” he said in his submission. He said he had been informed that Laois County Council has insufficient funds to upgrade the sewerage system.“Having regard to the circumstances as outlined… I have no option but to place an objection to the granting of planning for this development until such time as the existing sewerage and foul sewer is upgraded and rendered adequate to deal satisfactorily with a development of this size,” Fr Hennessy said.He warns the parochial house and parish office will become uninhabitable should the proposed development be allowed to proceed and connect with the existing sewerage, storm and foul water system.In a separate objection, Seamus O’Brien of Old Borris, Castletown outlines similar concerns.“Even though I welcome the development, I have to object to planning permission being granted until the sewerage plant capabilities are brought up to a standard to deal with a development of this size,” he said.The planning application was submitted to Laois County Council on January 22.SEE ALSO – Ploughing Championships could return to Laois in 2019 as four-day world event in sight in 2021 Facebook Laois retirement home granted extension, despite parish priest’s objection WhatsApp In its planning notice, the De La Salle Order says the care provision will be a range of short, long term and specialist geriatric healthcare services, including various therapies and support activities for residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.The town can’t copeFr William Hennessy, who lives across the road, claims the town’s sewerage and water systems could not cope with the development.Father Hennessy said in his written submission that he is left with no option but to object to the proposal.However, planners are satisfied the development will not overload the network and have approved the application.In addition, the facility will contain a new kitchen to provide catering services for the new and existing building, along with heating plants and lifts. By Siun Lennon – 7th September 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more

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Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords RRSPs Fiona Collie According to the TD RRSP Deadline Poll, 60% of Canadians will contribute to their RRSPs in the last two weeks before March 1. Survey respondents gave several reasons for their procrastination: not enough money throughout the year to contribute; contributing late is a good strategy; fear of market volatility. One of the easiest ways for clients to break bad habits and dispel these myths is to make RRSP contributions automatic. Advisors should start educating clients about the value of regular contributions and compound interest from the time they open an account, says Drew Abbott, vice president, investment advisor, TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice in Toronto. If a client doesn’t believe they have sufficient funds for regular contributions, Abbott suggests setting up automatic transfers to a non-registered account that can be transferred to an RRSP at year-end. “That way they have the habit of savings,” he says. “And nine times out of 10, [clients] don’t see it, they don’t remember it or it comes out of their bank account and they know not to spend it.” Like their contribution habits, Canadians are also predictable about their investment choices. According to a study conducted by Toronto-based BMO Financial Group, 72% of Canadians hold mutual funds in their RRSPs. Serge Pépin, vice president, investment strategy, BMO Asset Management Inc. in Toronto believes there are two reasons for the popularity of mutual funds. First, Canadians may not be properly informed about other investment products. Secondly, mutual funds are familiar and Canadians feel comfortable investing in those products. In the first case, it’s important for advisors to educate clients about the different types of products out there and how they may be better suited to the clients’ portfolios. “It’s really knowing what’s out there, what’s offered to the investing public,” says Pépin, “and then having that conversation with that particular client or investor.” In the second case, if the average Canadian investor is feeling a little too complacent about their investment strategy, the rush of the RRSP deadline may be a good time to start something new. Canadians who are unsure about how to investment their last minute contributions may want to consider exchange-traded funds, says Mary Anne Wiley, head of iShares Canada in Toronto, because of their low-cost, diversification and liquidity. Advisors can get the conversation started, says Wiley, by comparing March 1 to January 1. “Think of the RRSP deadline almost like New Year’s,” she says. “Do something different, break the inertia of the past.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media JustWealth enters group benefits space Related news With the RRSP deadline looming, Canadians are likely to follow old habits of contributing late and investing in mutual funds, according to recent polls. However, financial advisors can help Canadians change things up this year with a less hectic contribution plan and a better understanding of different investments. Better advice needed on the difference between TFSAs and RRSPs EQ Bank offers TFSAs and RRSPs read more

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first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Most people know it’s unhealthy to be overweight, but researchers now say it’s important not only how much body fat you have, but where you have it. According to CU-Boulder Kinesiology Professor Robert Mazzeo, studies show that the bigger the belly the more likely a person is to develop diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. “Abdominal, or visceral, fat is fat that surrounds your internal organs,” said Mazzeo. “The health concern with the accumulation of visceral fat is the development of diabetes, and you’re also at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke and hypertension.” So far, researchers do not know the exact reason why visceral fat causes diabetes and other diseases. According to Mazzeo, a couple of theories suggest visceral fat interferes with insulin production in the pancreas. High levels of dangerous cholesterol and triglycerides may be secreted by the visceral fat and absorbed by the liver and other internal organs, eventually making their way into the bloodstream. About 90 percent of all diabetics have type 2 diabetes, which impairs a person’s ability to process glucose or blood sugars and is associated with obesity. According to Mazzeo, people can reverse the effects of unhealthy visceral fat by exercising three to four times a week. He recommends aerobic exercise lasting 30 minutes to 45 minutes for each session. “The best type of exercise is one that burns a lot of calories. An aerobic type of exercise, where you’re recruiting large muscle groups for a prolonged period of time, is better at burning calories than short bouts of exercise or even resistance training.” To help in the battle of the bulge, Mazzeo recommends the following diet and exercise habits:* avoid foods high in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids — solid fats produced artificially by heating liquid vegetable oils. Some studies have shown that trans-fatty acids raise the LDL cholesterol levels, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, and lower HDL or “good” cholesterol.* consume fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil because they appear to have a beneficial effect on reducing visceral fat.* create a negative energy balance by burning more calories than you take in either by dieting, exercising or a combination of both. For more information contact Robert Mazzeo at (303) 492-1509 or Dirk Martin in the CU-Boulder Office of News Services at (303) 492-3140. Published: April 9, 2003 last_img read more

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first_imgRelatedJamaica on Track to Satisfy Irish Potato Needs RelatedPolicy Coming to Regulate Tobacco Cultivation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS Photographer Advertisements The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is to receive $96.65 million to carry out a project to combat poverty and improve revenues in banana dependent areas.The Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAMS) project is being funded by a $90 million grant from the European Union, and $6.65 million from the Government of Jamaica.This is set out in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure currently before the House of Representatives.The objective of the project is to combat poverty and improve revenues in the banana dependent areas, by improving the productivity and reliance of small farmers; and strengthening the link between small farmers and markets.Anticipated targets for the 2014-2015 fiscal year include: the establishment of operational procedures such as Credit Schemes for the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA); procurement of supplies for AIBGA farm stores; and the strengthening/ conversion of district branches of the AIBGA into production clusters/farmers cooperatives.In addition, the project is expected to contract technical experts in marketing and capacity building to help strengthen the AIBGA; develop an operational manual for the production clusters; improve the infrastructure of the farm stores and other facilities; relocate oil tanks; procure equipment and containers; and construct a value-added facility.The duration of the project is from September 2013 to March 2017. The financing agreement was signed in October 2013.Physical achievements up to February 2014 include: engaging the Banana Board and All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA) to provide services to the banana industry in October. So far the  Board has audited nine farms; collected and analysed soil and samples from 11 farms; collected  and analysed 12 leaf samples for black Sigatoka disease; and installed pheromone traps on 18 farms.center_img Story HighlightsRADA is to receive $96.65 million to carry out a project to combat poverty and improve revenues in banana dependent areas.The JBAMS project is being funded by a $90 million grant from the European Union, and $6.65 million from the Government of Jamaica.The objective of the project is to combat poverty and improve revenues in the banana dependent areas. $96.6 Million for Banana Accompanying Measures ProjectJIS 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 $96.6 Million for Banana Accompanying Measures Project AgricultureApril 8, 2014Written by: Andrea Braham RelatedAll Set for Montpelier Agricultural Showlast_img read more

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first_imgHomeBriefsBriefs voters Apr. 26, 2021 at 1:00 pmBriefsFeaturedNewsBriefs votersGuest Author2 months agobriefsNews Please join the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00 p.m. for the 2nd in a monthly Speaker Series discussing the causes, current issues, and potential solutions to our current housing crisis. April’s panel, “Exploring Housing and the Environment: How Can We Address the Climate Crisis through Housing Policy?” will explore the intersections of the climate crisis and the housing crisis.The event will be hosted via Zoom and livestreamed to the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica’s YouTube Channel with panelists:• Gloria Chun Hoo, Second Vice President, League of Women Voters of California, Board of Directors• Assemblymember Richard Bloom, California State Assembly, 50th District• José Trinidad Castañeda, Orange County Policy Manager, Climate Action Campaign and Board of Directors, Abundant Housing LA• Juan Matute, Deputy Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and Lecturer, UCLA Department of Urban Planning• Hank Koning & Julie Eizenberg. Principal architects of KoningEizenberg ArchitectureApril 28, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.Register at: https://bit.ly/HousingSM428League of Women Voters of Santa Monica YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3h25BBzTags :briefsNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime WatchCalifornia Legislature OK’s tax break for small businessesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press9 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agolast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 OCT 2013 Previous ArticleVodafone CFO departure to spark reshuffleNext ArticleO2/3 Ireland merger decision due from EC in November UK operators splash £1.4B in latest 5G auction Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation UK launches regulator targeting tech giants Ken Wieland 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 Related Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, says around 20 public and private firms will be taking part in Europe’s first big trial of ‘white space’ technology in different parts of the UK over the next six months.The services tested will use gaps, or white spaces, that sit in the frequency band allocated for broadcast digital terrestrial TV.As expected, Google, Microsoft and BT are among those involved, but so too is a string of smaller British companies.Microsoft is to test free Wi-Fi access in Glasgow, which has the lowest level of broadband take-up of all UK cities.And working with the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for White Space Communications, the software giant will also examine using white spaces to link a network of sensors around Glasgow to create a ‘smart city’.BT and technology specialist Neul will work with the Department for Transport to test the potential enhancement of traffic information. Using white spaces to transmit data on traffic congestion and varying traffic conditions to vehicles, the idea is to improve information to drivers, reduce congestion and perhaps even improve road safety.Click4internet, an ISP, is to test rural broadband in hard-to-reach places. Unlike other forms of wireless technologies, such as regular Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the radio waves used by white space devices can to travel longer distances and pass more easily through solid objects.A number of companies, including Google, Nominet, LS telcom, iconectiv, Key Bridge, Fairspectrum and Spectrum Bridge have expressed interest in testing intelligent databases that ensure white spaces can be used without causing harmful interference to other devices.As data volumes sharply increase, thanks to the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, Ofcom predicts an 80-fold increase in mobile data use by 2030.White space technology is viewed by the UK telecoms regulator as an important ally in the fight against a future spectrum crunch. Author Home Ofcom unveils UK “white space” trialists Tags OfcomTechnologyWhite spacelast_img read more

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