Vodafone Italia moves closer on Metroweb deal

first_imgHome Vodafone Italia moves closer on Metroweb deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 MAR 2015 Related Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Previous ArticleTelecom Italia CEO boasts “winning” strategy; first annual profit since 2010Next ArticleMWC15 Keynote: ThinFilm Electronics Ken Wieland Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Author Tags FinancialMetrowebServicesVodafone Vodafone Italia reportedly reached a preliminary deal to buy a stake in Milan-based fibre operator Metroweb from asset management firm F2i.According to various media outlets, Vodafone and F2i have signed a letter of intent to negotiate a deal.As it’s a non-disclosure agreement, however, details are scant. There is no news of financials or stake size.The Italian government has considered using the broadband company as the vehicle for implementing its ambitious broadband strategy, but talks with Vodafone, Wind and Telecom Italia have stalled.Operator rivalry is partly to blame for lack of progress, as too is a complex ownership structure.Metroweb is 87 per cent controlled by holding company Metroweb Italia, around 54 per cent of which is owned by F2i, with state-backed holding company Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) owning 44 per cent and Italian broadband operator Fastweb holding an 11 per cent stake. 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 last_img read more

Google founders take a step back

first_img Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Author Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of search giant Google, announced they are stepping down from their executive roles at parent company Alphabet in an effort to simplify its management structure.Brin is the president of Alphabet, while Page served as CEO since the company was created in 2015. Google chief Sundar Pichai is set to take on the CEO role, with the president position being discontinued: “Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a president,” Page and Brin wrote in a blog announcing the move.The pair explained “it’s time to assume the role of proud parents, offering advice and love, but not daily nagging”, adding they wouldn’t hold on to management roles when they think there is “a better way to run the company”.Both said they will remain “actively involved as board members, shareholders and co-founders” of the businesses.New managementIn a statement, Pichai noted the transition won’t affect the structure of Alphabet or his focus on Google, noting he is excited about the parent company’s “long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology”.Pichai hailed Page and Brin for creating “a timeless mission, enduring values, and a culture of collaboration and exploration that makes it exciting to come to work every day”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleMajor operators take up Amazon edge 5G playNext ArticleQualcomm tackles Korea court over KFTC fine AlphabetGooglemanagement changeSundar Pichai Español Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN Relatedcenter_img Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 DEC 2019 Tags Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Google taps retail with NYC store Home Google founders take a step backlast_img read more

Harrington tied for Czech Masters lead

first_imgVYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic – Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington and Andrea Pavan shot flawless 7-under 65s on Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the Czech Masters. Harrington and Pavan each had seven birdies to finish with a 17-under total of 199 at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. Irish veteran Harrington, who won the British Open in 2007 and 2008 and the U.S. PGA Championship in 2008, is chasing his first European Tour win since the 2016 Portugal Masters. Full-field scores from the D+D Real Czech Masters Italian golfer Pavan is seeking a first victory. Second-round leader Gavin Green of Malaysia is three strokes behind after carding a 70. Scotland’s Scott Jamieson is fourth, another stroke back, after a round of 68 that included an eagle on the first hole. Ryder Cup hopefuls Thomas Pieters (71) and Eddie Pepperell (68) are tied for eighth, six shots off the lead.last_img read more

S. Kang (61) ties course record, leads Nelson

first_imgDALLAS – Sung Kang and his caddie did some calculations on the driving range before the second round of the Byron Nelson on an unseasonably cool day with some breezy conditions. ”The biggest thing was we needed to figure how shorter the ball is going to fly,” Sung said. ”So we just trusted the number … just hit it, and then worked out good.” Kang was pretty much right on, matching the Trinity Forest course record with a 10-under 61 on Friday to take the lead at 16 under. He led by four strokes over playing partner Matt Every, who had his second consecutive round of 65, and Tyler Duncan (66). Brooks Koepka, the world’s No. 3-ranked player who goes to next week’s PGA Championship as defending champion, was fourth at 11 under after a 66. He overcame two early bogeys with six birdies in an 11-hole stretch that included four in a row late. ”Solid round, just trying to keep pace,” Koepka said. ”I would like to have been in the lead. But I mean, hey 61 today was pretty darn impressive.” Koepka was a stroke ahead of Rory Sabbatini, who had a bogey-free 65. With temperatures in the low 50s, Kang opened with a 9-foot birdie on the par-5 No. 1 hole. His approach to within a foot of the cup at the 311-yard No. 5 set up a string of six birdies in a row. ”I don’t know what the guys are talking about. Perfect and awesome and nice conditions for the course,” Kang said jokingly after getting a post-round fist pump from Jordan Spieth, a member at Trinity Forest who shot 67 to get to 7 under. Kang had three more birdies in four holes on the back nine. His only par in that stretch was at the 441-yard par-4 15th – where the 31-year-old South Korean who lives in North Texas had his putter raised in the air in anticipation of another birdie. The 21-foot chance instead lipped the cup. ”My 67 doesn’t look so good,” the beanie-wearing Spieth said, comparing his to Kang’s score. ”But going out today, if you had offered me 4 under, I would have taken it.” First-round leader Denny McCarthy followed his opening 63 with a 77. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the AT&T Byron Nelson AT&T Byron Nelson: Articles, photos and videos Tony Romo, the CBS NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and also a Trinity Forest member, was 8 over after a 74. He missed the cut, like he did in two other PGA Tour starts in the Dominican Republic, and tied for 148th in the event that began with 156 players. The only bogey for Every came at the 606-yard 14th hole, where his tee shot settled in the lip of a fairway bunker. Every slung away the rake that was by the bunker when he got there. He then hit the ball, which didn’t go nearly as far as the helicoptering club that he then threw in disgust. ”Nothing I can do about it except get mad and complain, which I did,” he said. ”Other than that, it was good.” At the par-3 17th, Every’s tee shot landed on the green in a good position, but rolled off and down the hill into some rough. He saved par after hitting to 8 feet. While Every didn’t get as much as he would have wanted out of those two tee shots that he called his best shots of the day, he still had an impressive round ”drafting off of Sung all day, really.” After his near miss at No. 15, Kang’s tee shot at the 382-yard 16th went into a bunker, but he blasted to 11 feet and made birdie. He just missed a 24-foot birdie chance at the par-3 17th, and finished with a 14-foot par to match the 61 Marc Leishman had last year in the first Nelson round played at Trinity Forest after the tournament moved from Four Seasons. Spieth again got off to a solid start before making his turn off a double bogey – at No. 9 during his opening 68 and at the 494-yard 18th on Friday, when he had an approach shot roll back down a swale toward him. He then birdied No. 1, and had three more birdies the last five holes. ”It was nice to bounce back,” said Spieth, without a top-20 finish this season and without a win since the 2017 British Open. ”That’s nice as you go into a weekend. Good momentum.” Romo, the only amateur in the Nelson, played on a sponsor exemption. He plans to compete in a U.S. Open local qualifying tournament next week. After an opening 76 with a chip-in eagle, Romo had three birdies Friday that were countered by four bogeys and a double bogey. ”I think more than anything, I got a sense to be able to hit a lot of high-quality shots under what is a pressure situation for me,” Romo said. ”That’s encouraging and shows that the work you’re doing holds up when it counts.”last_img read more

Resources Rallying Together for Homeless Population

first_imgThe homeless population in Kalispell and other parts of Flathead County has risen from 240 people in 2007 to nearly 800 in 2014, according to state and local surveys. The number of local people without a consistent place to sleep is one of the largest pockets in Montana, a state that already has the fifth highest rate of unsheltered individuals in the nation, according to the latest government data.In light of these troubling statistics, several different groups have rallied to the cause.A wide variety of free services for individuals or families who are homeless or are in need will be available at the fifth annual Project Homeless Connect on June 17 at the Expo Building at Flathead County Fairgrounds. The event, which is organized by the United Way, is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.“It’s all from fundraising and donations that we’re able to do this for people who are struggling with their living situation,” said Sherry Stevens, director of United Way. “It isn’t just for the traditional person who is out on the street. However, we do want to serve that population. But it’s also for families that are really struggling to make ends meet.”Last year’s event drew over 600 individuals who received dental exams, health services, financial education, employment assistance and much more. The event also features kids games and activities. Eagle Transit will be offering free bus rides to anyone attending the event.Volunteers and donations are still being accepted. Agencies can register until June 8. Organizers are hoping to gather specific items for donation, including sleeping bags, bedding and blankets, children’s clothing and summer clothing for all ages. Donations may be dropped off at the United Way office, 1203 U.S. Highway 2 West, Suite 3.In Whitefish, one man who experienced the struggle of being homeless himself is now creating a safe haven for veterans without permanent shelter.Jason Stevens recently acquired a 17.5-acre lot on Hodgson Road between Kalispell and Whitefish for a future homeless shelter. The shelter, called Glacier Hope Homes, will be able to house 35 men. Stevens has been rallying support for the past year and hopes the shelter will open by August. He said the facility will provide all the living amenities of a normal shelter as well as mental health and employment services.He himself is not a veteran but he became passionate about supporting them after learning of his father’s service in Korea. Then, when he was homeless for a time, he realized that so many other veterans have experienced similar tragedies.“I just couldn’t believe what my father had been through,” he said. “When I was in the homeless shelter for a few months, I was listening to the stories of other veterans and the things these guys have been through. I just have a lot of empathy for them and compassion.”Stevens said private donations and investors are supporting the shelter, along with grants.For more information about the Glacier Hope Home, call Stevens at 406-871-6738.A separate but similar effort is taking place in Kalispell, where a volunteer group is rallying support and resources for a temporary homeless shelter for teenagers. Called Sparrows Nest Northwest Montana, the group has been trying to develop the shelter for two years. Last fall Brian and Victoria Tanko purchased a 6,720-square-foot building on the corner of Second Street West and Seventh Avenue West that will be leased to the organization for $1 annually.Cat Lenis, an AmeriCorps member working for the Sparrows Nest this year, said the group is developing plans for an architect to renovate the building.“There’s been a lot of community support,” she said. “This is really a community effort.”For more information about Sparrows Nest, visit www.sparrowsnestnwmt.org. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

‘Nashville Heads West’ Singer-Songwriter Showcase at Casey’s in Whitefish

first_imgNashville artists will perform songs at a showcase at Casey’s in Whitefish while in town for a singer-songwriter retreat at the River Meadow Ranch. The group of musicians will also help the North Valley Music School kick off its songwriter course on the Oct. 15.“My thought and hope is that if the showcase gets good reception and people are excited, I would love to make this an annual thing,” said showcase organizer Christie D’Amour, while adding that she also dreams of eventually having a singer-songwriter festival in Whitefish.After vacationing at the River Meadow Ranch in May, D’Amour, who lives in Atlanta, and ranch owner Fred Goldsmith casually chatted about the idea of a songwriter retreat. D’Amour says it evolved from there.“We’re super excited this comment in passing has turned into something,” D’Amour said. Casey’s manager Jayson Peters volunteered to host the showcase, called Nashville Heads West, and helped connect the artists with North Valley Music School. D’Amour thought it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community while they are in the Flathead.Peters feels optimistic about the show.“We’re pretty excited to have this here,” he said.This is D’Amour’s first time organizing a singer-songwriter retreat, and she says Whitefish’s atmosphere inspired the event.“I thought Whitefish was a special place,” she said. “Songwriting is super special and it’s raw emotion and feeling that I thought it was a good fit.”Songwriters will attend the retreat at River Meadow Ranch on Oct. 12, where they will write songs and relax, followed by a teaching session at the North Valley Music School on Oct. 15. The artists will then appear on The Bear 106.3 on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and showcase their songs at Casey’s that evening from 6:30 p.m. to [email protected] Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

The electorate of Milford will be my judges -O’Donnell

first_img WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 27, 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Google+ Previous articleMumps crisis in Donegal said to be escalatingNext articleOfficer injured as driver evades PSNI in Newtownstewart News Highland Google+ Pinterest Cllr John O’Donnell says that the electorate of the Milford area will be the judges of his record on May 24th.He was speaking after SIPO, the Standards in Public Office Commission found against the Cllr in respect of three alleged contraventions of Ethics in Public Office legislation, as well as the Local Government Act.In a statement today, Cllr John O’ Donnell expressed his disappointment with the findings.The statement in full:“Following the report of the SIPO Commission investigation into my participation in the RTE Primetime Report of December 7 th 2015 I wish to express my disappointment with the findings.SIPO has concluded that I acted incorrectly on a number of counts with regard to the ethics of local government legislation.However it is important to point out that the SIPO hearing was not about any ‘criminal process’ and as such my record has not been tarnished in serving the people of Donegal within the terms of the Local Government Act.There is no evidence whatever that I sought money for any service to the electorate in my role as an elected representative.I have always acted in the public interest in my role as a Councillor in promoting the development of Donegal and I’ve never sought any benefit from that position.My role as a business man is different but at all times I’ve acted strictly in accordance with guidelines and obligations under Part 15 of the Local Government Act and I am satisfied that I have complied with obligations.I am disappointed that an RTE programme paid for by you, the licences payers, was used to ‘set up public representative’ using an undercover reporter, hidden cameras and recording devices.My position was compromised since there appeared to be a misunderstanding between my role as a business man and that of a public representative.While the SIPO Commission has found men guilty on three counts relating to ethics in politics, I wish to make it clear that no evidence emerged from the edited and unedited RTE recordings that I sought any remuneration in my role as a public representative.I wrote a letter to the Secretary of Donegal County Council on December 9th 2015 apologising for any misunderstanding that may have arisen as a result of the Prime Time broadcast. I wished to exonerate any members of Donegal County Council from any perceived wrong and that it was not my intention to compromise the good name of any colleague, staff or members.The electorate of the Milford area will be the judges of my record on May 24th ” Pinterest Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The electorate of Milford will be my judges -O’Donnell Facebook WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

Stronger measures needed to tackle ‘vast’ illegal dumping in Derry

first_img Facebook Stronger measures needed to tackle ‘vast’ illegal dumping in Derry Homepage BannerNews There are calls for stronger enforcement’s to be implemented to tackle what’s been described as vast illegal landfill dumping in Derry.It’s after new figures show that while up to 750,000 tonnes of waste were illegally dumped in the Northern Ireland over the last ten years, there have only been 66 convictions in the same period.Local Cllr. Sandra Duffy says there are a number of places in and around the city that have been identified as illegal dumping sites but are still being used on a regular basis:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/sandra1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articleThe target was to get to just the finish line – Jason Black after his 1,000km unsupported race in OmanNext articleLetterkenny Rovers handed home game in FAI Intermediate Cup Semi Final News Highland center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – March 6, 2018 Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

News / US trucking and intermodal players still finding the business an uphill struggle

first_img By Ian Putzger in Toronto 30/01/2020 For US surface transport providers, the uphill slog that characterised the past year seems set to continue.Intermodal and trucking volumes declined last year, keeping prices down, but a contraction of capacity combined with momentum returning to the market may bring some relief in the latter half of this year.Numbers for 2019 paint a gloomy picture of  decline in most sectors. The National Shipment Index, published quarterly by US Bank, shows shipments fell 4% in Q4 over the previous period and 5.4% lower year on year.The index has now been on a downward trajectory for six consecutive quarters and, for the full year, was down 5.9% – its worst contraction since 2011. © Konstantin Sutyagin center_img The report, based on actual spend on truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, shows it slipped 2.7% from the third quarter to end 2.5% lower than the level recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018.Intermodal players fared no better. The latest numbers from the Intermodal Association of North America show an 8.2% drop in volumes for December.Container traffic was down 2.7%, while trailers sank 17.2%. The organisation blamed the impact of international trade policy and downward pressure from more available truck capacity.And recent results from major operators echo these trends.Schneider National saw a 13% drop in revenue in the fourth quarter. Its logistics division fared the worst with a 19% contraction in revenue, while truckload revenue fell 15%. At 3%, the decline in its intermodal business was less painful. Management blamed lower prices and muted peak season volumes.On the rails, Norfolk Southern reported a 7% decline in revenue, on a 9% drop in volumes in the quarter, which pushed profit down 5%. The railroad’s intermodal traffic was down 7%. Management said volumes deteriorated throughout the year, the decline getting steeper in the second half owing to a weak manufacturing environment and low commodity prices.Tariffs have also taken their toll. The suspension, and subsequent cancellation, of tariffs on imports from China scheduled to come into effect in mid-December alleviated the decline, but many importers had already brought merchandise into the country in Q3 in preparation for the scheduled tariff, US Bank analysts reported.They pointed to lower contract rates and spot market pricing as major reasons for the decline in freight spending in the quarter.More granular analysis has been published by Transplace, a provider of transport management services and logistics technology solutions, which manages about $9bn-worth of freight, but its outlook is not much brighter.Its Q4 19 Market Update & Outlook shows relatively flat full-truckload volumes in the period, whereas the LTL segment recorded declines in tonnage (-4.5%), shipment count (-2.3%) and weight (-1.8%). It was the fourth consecutive quarter of volume shrinkage, Transplace notes, adding that most carriers have excess capacity.Although most sectors declined, the reefer truck segment bucked the trend and is expected to do the same this year, with loadings projected to increase 2.9%, according to Transplace.It observed that Class 8 truck orders were down significantly, adding to the pessimistic outlook for the market in the near term, but at least provides a silver lining on the horizon.According to its analysis, the truck fleet is in the early stages of shrinking. In conjunction with expectations of loadings returning to growth down the road, the expected shrinkage of truck capacity should lead to stabilisation of the supply-demand balance.Transplace predicts that the truckload sector will fare better in the second half of 2020, with the market headed for moderate 2-3% increases.The Transplace report also predicts improved conditions for the intermodal sector. Citing possible driver shortages and trucking bankruptcies, its analysts expect intermodal volume to rise again. With plentiful equipment available across the network, considerable rate increases are not very likely, though.Transplace views the year ahead in defensive terms. Its analysts describe the trucking market of 2019 as a year of retaining current business.“Expect 2020 behaviour to be similar to 2019 (especially for the first half of the year),” they wrote.last_img read more

Getting Ready: UGA Releases Football Season Hype Video

first_img Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility An audio version of this story.0:27Bulldog Nation is ready for football.The University of Georgia has released its official “Football Season Preview” video.The goal of the 95-second video is to build up hype for the upcoming football season.The Bulldogs will kick off the season Sept. 5 ranked ninth in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.   Share 0:27 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more