Route map for moving Scotland out of lockdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published.The Scottish Government route map gives details of a gradual four phase move out of the current state of lockdown.‘COVID-19: Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis’ gives practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.It also highlights some of the things that won’t change for a while, including the continuing need for enhanced public health measures such as physical distancing.If the evidence shows transmission of COVID-19 is under control and the number of infectious cases is starting to decline, the Scottish Government will consider moving to Phase 1 of the route map following the next end-of-cycle review date on 28 May.The NHS Scotland test, trace, isolate and support strategy – known as Test and Protect – will be ready for expansion in all 14 health boards from 28 May.A plan agreed between councils, professional associations and parent representatives to reopen schools on 11 August, subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so, has also been published today.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:“Today I have set out details of Scotland’s route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis.“The current key public health guidance remains to stay at home except for essential purposes, but the route map provides information about how and when we might ease our lockdown restrictions while continuing to suppress the virus.“The lockdown restrictions have been necessary to reduce and mitigate the massive harm caused by the COVID-19 virus, but the lockdown itself causes harm including loneliness and social isolation, deepening inequalities and damage to the economy. That is why I have set out the gradual and incremental phases by which we will aim to ease lockdown matched with careful monitoring of the virus.“At every one of these stages, the biggest single factor in controlling the virus will be how well we continue to observe public health advice. Continued hand washing, cough hygiene and physical distancing will continue to be essential as will wearing a face covering where appropriate.“By doing the right thing, all of us have helped to slow the spread of the virus, to protect the NHS, and to save lives and as a result we are able – gradually, cautiously, and in phases – to plan our move towards a new normality.”BackgroundRead COVID-19: Scotland’s route map for transitioning through and out of the crisis.The route map covers changes in the key areas of: Seeing family and friends; Getting around; Schools and childcare settings; Working or running a business; Shopping, eating out and drinking; Sport, culture and leisure; Community and public services; Gatherings and occasions; Health and Social Care.last_img read more

R&S Revenue for 2015/16 Exceeds Previous Year by 5.2%

first_imgRohde & Schwarz revenue for fiscal year 2015/2016 exceeded the previous year’s result by 5.2 percent. They also successfully tapped into new growth areas with their security scanner and a counter-drone system. In the fiscal year 2015/16 (July to June), Rohde & Schwarz generated revenue of around EUR 1.92 billion. The number of employees rose slightly from 9,900 to 10,000 on June 30, 2016.In the last fiscal year, Rohde & Schwarz focused even more on the diverse requirements of its customers. One key market that the group is addressing with its test and measurement equipment is the wireless market. The largest contributor to the group’s positive results was again mobile communications T&M, despite a market environment that remained subdued. R&S is playing an active role in the development of 5G mobile communications and the Internet of Things.Sales from their test and measurement division grew slightly when compared to the previous year. The automotive business field reported above-average growth. Increasing vehicle networking and electromobility are creating greater demand for test and measurement solutions in the automotive industry. The aerospace and defense market was also relatively stable.Some additional areas that R&S had entered have also started to see some traction. One of these being their broadcast and media business. Rohde & Schwarz has established itself as a solution provider for the entire value chain, from post production in the studio to transmission of the broadcast signal. A complete product line is available for high-resolution standards such as 4K and the brand-new HDR standard. The group’s encoding and multiplexing solutions, in particular, are used for test operations and initial UHD TV services. In Germany, Rohde & Schwarz achieved a breakthrough in this fiercely contested market in the past fiscal year. The German public broadcaster ZDF chose the R&S AVHE100 headend for the introduction of the new high efficiency video coding standard (HEVC). They have even succeeded in selling a complete product range to pay TV provider Sky. Sky is using the group’s solutions to process the signals for the new UHD TV programs, from ingest to playout to the headend.The transition to the higher-performance DVB-T2 standard is having a positive impact on business, particularly on the European market. In addition, the frequencies traditionally used for broadcast applications will be maintained until at least 2030 and will not be reassigned to wireless communications. This decision provided the necessary degree of investment protection for transmitter customers across the globe.Safeguarding communications and data is a key prerequisite for digital transformation. Rohde & Schwarz has responded to this trend by stepping up its investments in cybersecurity solutions. The electronics group has included this market of the future in its strategic focus and can draw on expertise from various business fields. Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity was founded to combine the activities of the group’s IT and network security subsidiaries. This allows Rohde & Schwarz to offer single-source cybersecurity solutions to industry and government authorities. The portfolio focuses on highly secure encryption solutions, next generation firewalls, endpoint security solutions and network analytics software.Another interesting area that has seen some good traction is the Security Scanner division. In the past fiscal year, the group successfully launched its security scanner, with the Procurement Office of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior signing a framework agreement for 300 R&S QPS200 security scanners. Further orders have already been received from all around the globe. The security scanner uses millimeterwave technology that Rohde & Schwarz optimized based on its many years of experience in high-frequency engineering in the microwave range.The new R&S ARDRONIS radiomonitoring solution also protects critical infrastructures. It allows users to detect and locate drone control signals early on and even stop the illegal use of drones if necessary. The group deployed R&S ARDRONIS technology in June 2015 at the G7 summit held at Elmau Castle. When the US President visited the Hanover Trade Fair in April 2016, R&S ARDRONIS protected the area surrounding Herrenhausen Castle from unauthorized drones.Rohde & Schwarz has also won several important reference orders for its R&S SDTR tactical communications systems and successfully completed development work for a key project, the joint radio system of the German Armed Forces (SVFuA).In fiscal year 2016/17, Rohde & Schwarz expects to be able to defend its strong position in its traditional markets. Based on its initial success, the group is also confident that it will be able to further expand its new business fields.last_img read more

Nigeria Move 12 Spots in Latest FIFA Ranking

first_imgNigeria’s men national football team has moved up 12 places, from 45th to 33rd, in the latest FIFA rankings for July 2019 after acquiring 1481 ranking points better than June’s 1433.The Super Eagles finished third in the recently concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt, after defeating Tunisia through a lone goal from Golden Boot Winner Odion Ighalo.AFCON 2019 Champions Algeria were the most improved side from Africa in the top 50 after managing to move up 28 places, from 68th to 40th in the rankings. Whereas, Tunisia, who missed out on the AFCON bronze medal to Nigeria, dropped four places from 25th to 29th, however, maintaining their second spot on the continent.Despite finishing in second in Egypt, Senegal moved up two places, from 22nd to 20th, retaining their top spot on the continent.Copa America Champions displaced 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France from the second spot, moving Les Bleus to third on the world ranking, while Belgium retains top spot. Whereas, Spain and Portugal dropped spots to fill the 9th and 6th spots respectively, with Argentina occupying 10th position.Mexico, who won a record eighth Gold Cup title, moved up six places, from 18th to 12th, while runners up the USA moved eight places to occupy the 22nd spot.Relatedlast_img read more