first_imgFresh from its $3bn (£2bn) of Dr Dre’s Beats headphone brand, Apple has made its next big acquisition: UK music analytics startup Semetric.In the strongest sign yet that it’s moving its focus back to music, the US tech giant has paid an estimated $50m for the company, based in London. The company, founded in 2008, provides analytics around online music, from streaming to online sales. Consensus seems to be that Apple will use its Musicmetric tool as part of its plans to relaunch the Beats Music streaming service later this year.Semetric is one of an elite group of London startups absorbed into US tech giants. A year ago Google paid $400m for artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies. Days later, Farmville creator Zynga paid $527m for NaturalMotion, a games developer based in the city.Semetric itself completed a £3m funding round in January, planning to expand into new areas including ebooks, TV, films and games. Apple is expected to relaunch Beats Music later this year with a streaming service that undercuts major rival Spotify, which itself has left a big dent in Apple’s iTunes download service.The tech giant has the advantage in that it can pre-load its devices with its own service, thereby negating users’ need to download Spotify. whatsapp Apple buys London startup Semetric Wednesday 21 January 2015 6:51 am Emma Haslett Show Comments ▼ center_img whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GamePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Tags: Apple Startups Tech City Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wraplast_img read more

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first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Fifty Seven Boutique and Gift Emporium, based locally in Portarlington and Athy have showcased a selection of their fabulous Spring Summer stock currently available in store.Fifty Seven Boutique have two stores, in Portarlington and Athy and are owned and managed by mother and daughter team Mary and Jenny Miller.Mary and Jenny are very proud of the fabulous collections of many Irish designed labels they have to offer the ladies of the midlands, brands such as Kate Cooper, Personal Choice, Naya, Avalon, Via Veneto, Paco, Peruzzi, Bellinesa all fill the rails of this beautiful boutique.Alongside their fabulous fashion, Mary and Jenny are delighted to have added a great selection of footwear from brands such as Kate Appleby, Tamarais and an incredible new delivery of leather sandals from Turkish brand Inuovo.Fifty Seven Boutique also carry an impressive collection of keenly priced bags and accessories and have a great relationship with local milliner Pamela Curtin, whose stunning designs can be found in Fifty Seven.Customers are also given the opportunity to meet Pamela for a free consultation regularly and have their own bespoke headpiece designed by Pamela to match perfectly with their outfit for an upcoming wedding or trip to the races.Pamela will be in Fifty Seven Boutique Athy on Saturday June 1 providing free Consultations, meaning people can be dressed from head to toe from Fifty Seven Boutique.Alongside the fabulous fashions Fifty Seven carry a boutique range of beautiful gifts suitable for all occasions including world renowned Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Foxford rugs, Brooke and Shoal fragrances, Field Day Candles alongside many many more beautiful products.Take a look at a small selection of the S/S 19 Collections now available in Fifty Seven Boutique, and start planning your trip to Fifty Seven Boutique Portarlington or Athy.You will be thrilled to find a shop like this, right on your doorstep.Fifty Seven opening hours are as follows:Athy – Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm – Late opening Thursday until 8pm.Portarlington – Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory In Pictures: Local boutique launches summer collection with stunning photo shoot Twitter SEE ALSO – Laois women opens new boutique and gift shop in Athy Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Mulhall’s Restaurant in Portlaoise looking for front of house staffNext articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, May 20, 2019 LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSFifty Seven BoutiqueJenny MillerMary Miller center_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th May 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Facebook GAA GAA Facebook Home Sponsored In Pictures: Local boutique launches summer collection with stunning photo shoot Sponsored GAA Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img Property Watch: From €280,000 to €450,000 – five homes currently for sale in Ballyfin and Rosenallis Ballyfin UpperA large cottage, approached via a winding lane, is set in its own grounds on four acres with mature trees, a range of outhouses and four stables with ample parkingThis property comprises a large kitchen/diner, two double bedrooms to the rear of the house, a modern shower room accessed via a very uniquely sized hallway is fully tiled.There is another double bedroom centrally located and an attic bedroom sits just up the stairs.Guide Price: €279,000 By LaoisToday Reporter – 15th November 2020 There’s a selection of fine properties currently on the market in the Rosenallis and Ballyfin areas of Laois.Close to the Slieve Bloom mountains, in a rural setting and in communities with a strong identity, it’s easy to see why they make for sought-after homes.They also have the benefit of being relatively close to big towns.Here we take a look at five homes up for sale at the moment and in each case you can click through to check out the full profile on Daft.ie.Ross, BallyfinFor sale with Sherry Fitzgerald Hyland Keating, this five-bedroom detached home is on an elevated site with southerly-facing private gardenThe home has oil-fired central heating and double glazing. Downstairs there is a reception hallway, cloakroom/wc, bedroom and study, kitchen, sitting room, living room and utility room.To the first floor are three bedrooms, master with en-suite facilities and there is also a family bathroom to this floor. As well as that there is a large workshop and offices deal for a home office.Guide Price: €365,000 Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic Knocknakearne, BallyfinFor sale with Hume Auctioneers, this five-bedroom home is next door to Ballyfin primary school and is just five minutes away from Portlaoise.The ground floor boasts four large reception rooms, a light-filled kitchen, fully fitted utility room and guest wc. An inner hallway leads to a massive double gallery with a converted attic room ideal as a hobby room or a haven for growing children.The landing frames a first floor which boasts 5 double bedrooms, three of which are en-suite. The master bedroom has a most desirable walk-in wardrobe.Guide Price: €450,000SEE ALSO – Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale in Camross, Coolrain, Borris-in-Ossory and Mountrath TAGSBallyfinRosenallis WhatsApp Ringstown, BallyfinA modern bungalow with underfloor heating, very well insulated and thermostats throughout.For sale with Sherry Fitzgerald Hyland Keating, the property comprises kitchen/diner, two reception rooms, three double bedrooms which have views across the gardens to land stretching around the house and woodlands beyond.The family kitchen/diner is a good size while it is a house that a gardener will enjoy with a range of vegetable patches.Guide Price: €340,000 Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Meelick, RosenallisJust outside the village of Rosenallis, this mature family home is on a site of over 2 acres.For sale with Hume Auctioneers, the property boasts a signature sunroom at the front and comprises three reception rooms, four bedrooms including a master ensuite and a large utility.The home has oil fired and solid fuel central heating along with an open fireplace. There is a selection of sheds and a good sized garage ideal for the DIY enthusiast. Being in an area where local needs are not necessarily imposed the property has genuine second site potential.Guide Price: €295,000 Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Home Property Property Watch: From €280,000 to €450,000 – five homes currently for sale… Property Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous article‘Sometimes I’ll have to pinch myself. This is actually what it is. Yes, you’re a cabinet minister’Next articleLive blog: Follow all the action from today’s Laois Ladies football and camogie games LaoisToday Reporter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgMore than 10 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK 9 in 10 of those aged 80 and over have received their first dosevaccines offered to all elderly care home residents and staff in England and WalesMore than 10 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, marking a significant milestone for the largest vaccination programme in British history.Figures out today show the NHS vaccinated a total of 10,021,471 million people between 8 December 2020 and 2 February 2021, including 9 in 10 people aged 80 and more than half of those aged 70 and over.This is equivalent to vaccinating the total capacity of 111 Wembley stadiums in just 8 weeks and is an important step towards hitting the Prime Minister’s target of offering vaccines to the top 4 priority groups by the middle of February.These top 4 groups account for 88% of COVID deaths, which is why the vaccines will play such a crucial role in saving lives and reducing the demand on the NHS.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:This terrific achievement is testament to the monumental effort of NHS workers, volunteers and the armed forces who have been working tirelessly in every corner of the UK to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history. Every jab makes us all a bit safer – I want to thank everyone for playing their part.Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. The unprecedented national effort we have seen right across the United Kingdom means the majority of our most vulnerable people are now inoculated against this awful disease.The UK government has worked rapidly to secure and deliver doses to all of the UK, demonstrating the strength of our union and what we can achieve together.Vaccines have been offered to all elderly care home residents and staff in England and Wales, with staff returning to homes where residents may have been unable to get a vaccine due to medical conditions, or because of a local outbreak.A study published in the Lancet today shows the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine provides a sustained protection of 76% during the 12-week interval between the first and second dose. It is also the first study to show the vaccine may substantially reduce transmission, suggesting those who have already been immunised with this vaccine cannot infect others.All vaccines being used in the UK have undergone robust clinical trials and have met the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s strict standards of safety, effectiveness and quality.The vaccination programme continues to expand, with thousands of vaccination centres open – ranging from GP and pharmacy-led services to hospitals and large-scale vaccination centres – to provide easy access to those eligible, regardless of where they live.Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:The UK’s vaccination programme is in full swing and almost 1 in 6 people across the UK are already protected from serious illness.The NHS is doing everything it can to protect the most vulnerable and will continue to expand the vaccination programme ever further in the coming weeks to save as many lives as possible.The public has a vital part to play in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and the government has called on people to:help out: help those eligible for the vaccine by supporting friends, family and loved ones with their appointments, as well as volunteering to help those in the communityjoin up: sign up to clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines, as well as treatmentsstay informed: keep up to date with accurate and trusted NHS advice and make sure to share the facts with friends and familyBackground informationA total number of 10,021,471 have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. 498,962 people have received their second jab.Through the government’s Vaccines Taskforce, the UK has secured early access to 407 million doses of 7 of the most promising vaccine candidates, including:BioNTech/Pfizer for 40 million dosesOxford/AstraZeneca for 100 million dosesModerna for 17 million dosesGlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million dosesNovavax for 100 million dosesJanssen for 30 million dosesValneva for 60 million dosesTo date, the government has invested over £300 million into manufacturing a successful vaccine to enable a rapid roll out.The UK government is committed to supporting equitable access to vaccines worldwide. The UK is the largest donor to the COVAX facility, the global mechanism to help developing countries access a coronavirus vaccine, and has committed £548 million in UK aid to help distribute 1.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to 92 developing countries this year. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Audi R8 and TT RS with Audi Sport parts. advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS These components and a few others will soon be available in Germany and select other European markets, but North american availability hasn’t been mentioned just yet. We wouldn’t hold our breath. Under the fancy skin, Audi owners can opt for two- or three-way adjustable coilovers, race-ready brake pads. Available for TT owners is an Audi Sport-approved Akrapovic exhaust for either both the four- and five-cylinder engines. No horsepower gain is mentioned, but the system is lighter and louder than the factory setup. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSAudiR8TTTT RSPerformanceNew VehiclesPerformance VehiclesAudi AGAudi TTEuropeGermanyNorth AmericaWestern Europe The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca For owners who want to stand out just little bit more, Audi Sport has unveiled a full line of performance and appearance add-ons for the Audi TT and R8.The most extensive and visually arresting of these upgrades is the full aero kit. Available on both cars, the kit is made out of what Audi calls “carbon-fibre reinforced polymer.” On the R8, the kit provides an impressive 250 kilograms of downforce at speed, although downforce isn’t mentioned on the TT. Nevertheless, the tall rear wing and pedestrian-slicing front canards make both cars look more racy. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi R8 with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi TT RS with Audi Sport partsHandout, Audi ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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first_img Published: June 1, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder chapter of Engineers Without Borders and its partners, which include the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the universities of Ruhengeri and Butare in Rwanda, have been awarded the international Mondialogo Engineering Award along with about $18,000 to support their long-term sustainable engineering project in Muramba, Rwanda. The team was one of seven award winners from U.S. universities and 21 throughout the world announced May 30 at a ceremony in Berlin. The winners, which were selected from 412 entering teams, received a total of 300,000 euros in prize money from sponsors DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO. The unique worldwide contest called on students from industrialized and developing countries to work together on proposals for sustainable engineering applications to aid developing countries. An international jury then assessed the project ideas for sustainability, feasibility and quality of intercultural dialogue within the project group. Located in a mountainous region of Rwanda near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Muramba faces many problems associated with poverty, drought, the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. Hundreds of people in Muramba were killed and much of the village’s infrastructure was severely damaged in 1997 during the “Time of the Running,” when the people of Muramba ran between the warring Interhamwe gang and forces of the Rwandan Patriotic Front. CU-Boulder Professor Bernard Amadei, who founded Engineers Without Borders-USA, adopted the project and put together a team of students and professionals to address the village’s most basic needs. The team, which includes nearly 30 students from CU-Boulder and UW-Madison, began its work in March 2004 by conducting a needs assessment. The assessment determined numerous problems ranging from a decrepit and unsanitary water system serving thousands of people to a lack of lighting in the local clinic where as many as 70 babies are born each month. The EWB team has since returned to Muramba three times to repair and improve the 75-year-old gravity-fed water system and its leaky taps, build two new rainwater catchment systems, and install solar-powered lighting in a clinic and school. On the latest trip, May 10 to May 25, the team also restarted a sand filtration system in the village that hadn’t been in operation since 1989. Future visits will continue to focus on water quality with the improvement of sand filtration and the introduction of solar cookers and possibly ultraviolet filtration. On EWB’s first visit to Rwanda, students met with President Paul Kagame and the minister of infrastructure, who pledged their full support, including improving the road between Kigali and Muramba so that supplies could be brought more easily to the village. The EWB team also has worked with local villagers and vocational and high school students to accomplish its tasks, while providing training in the continued maintenance of engineered systems for local people. “Our goal is to eventually work ourselves out of a job by working with the community and training them in the maintenance of the systems we implement,” said Meg VanSciver, a 2005 CU-Boulder engineering graduate now working full-time with Engineers Without Borders. Other members of the CU-Boulder Rwanda project team include students Evan Thomas (coordinator), Keir Hart, Laura Richards, Elliot Goldman, Lindsey Frazier, Robin Anliker and Max Gold. For more information, visit http://www.EWB-USA.org or http://www.mondialogo.org.last_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is upbeat about the economic strides being made under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has resulted in three quarters of successful reviews, and inflows from multilateral institutions.Addressing residents at the first town hall meeting for 2014, hosted by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, in Cross Roads, on February 19, the Minister said the country has so far received more than US$300 million in loans and grants from the multilaterals.He also noted that the net international reserves (NIR) are increasing; the national debt is trending downwards; and growth has returned to the economy.Dr. Phillips informed that the debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio, is projected to decline by six to seven per cent by the end of the current fiscal year.The Minister emphasised that Jamaica has the highest debt to GDP ratio in the region, at 140 per cent, noting that a debt to GDP ratio of more than 60 per cent is generally a cause for concern.He pointed to major measures taken to reduce public expenditure and the debt, and to stabilize the economy, such as the ongoing public sector wage restraint, and the national debt exchange (NDX). Dr. Phillips commended public sector workers and bondholders, particularly pensioners, for the sacrifice they have made for the national good.“Thus far, the (IMF) programme is showing positive results, even though it has been a difficult road for the majority of our population to travel,” the Minister said.Citing some of the “good signs,” Dr. Phillips noted that the inflation outturn for the end of the fiscal year is on a trajectory for the lower end of the target of between nine and 10.5 per cent.Additionally, he said growth, expected at 0.5 to one per cent, is on target for the upper end of that projection by the end of the financial year.“There are some sectors that are performing phenomenally well…Agriculture, for the December quarter, annualized is about 10 per cent growth. We are seeing in tourism, an outturn of approximately six per cent…mining is also growing at close to nine per cent. Growth is the critical objective,” he told the residents.Meanwhile, the Finance Minister pointed out that while the unemployment rate, as of October 2013, was at 14.9 per cent, which is 0.9 per cent higher than in 2012, in comparison to the April and July 2013 outturn, there was a decline of 1.4 percentage points, and 0.5 percentage point, respectively.“This represents the second consecutive downward trend in the unemployment numbers. It is still much too high, but the trend is moving in the right direction,” he said.Dr. Phillips emphasised that built into the IMF agreement is a social protection component, put forward by the Government, to protect the most vulnerable.“For that reason, we have increased the benefits under PATH, and there will be an additional increase in the coming fiscal year. We have tried to find more effective ways to utilise the resources to provide subsidies for school transportation, because we want to ensure that when  you’re giving money to families in need,   you’re giving it in the most effective way,” he said.The Minister reiterated that the Government is committed to help small businesses, by providing support through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).He informed that businesses have so far taken up 92 per cent of the $2 billion facility as at the end of October 2013. This equates to $1.8 billion in loans to 6,690 small and medium businesses, exceeding the $1.39 billion lent in 2012/2013.Dr. Phillips argued that in order to continue on a positive path, certain commitments must be made, such as the resolve to reduce the national debt.The Minister also provided updates on other development activities and projects, including: the Logistics Hub Initiative; the development of agro parks, seven of which have been launched; and the North-South highway link.“The administration is concerned, not just that we get growth, but that we get growth that allows for more and more people to participate in the benefits of that economic growth. We will never have a healthy society until we correct those economic imbalances that we have inherited from our history,” Dr. Phillips emphasized. Advertisements RelatedThird Quarter Growth of 1.4% Finance Minister Upbeat on Progress Finance & Public ServiceFebruary 21, 2014Written by: Alphea Saunders Finance Minister Upbeat on ProgressJIS 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 RelatedIncrease in Number of Persons Employedcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (right), is welcomed by Acting Town Clerk, Andrine McLaren (left), and City Terasurer, Naudia Crosskilll, to the first town hall meeting for 2014, hosted by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, in Cross Roads, on February 19. Dr. Phillips was the guest speaker at the packed forum. Story HighlightsMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is upbeat about the economic strides being made under the agreement with the IMF.The Minister said the country has so far received more than US$300 million in loans and grants from the multilaterals.The net international reserves (NIR) are increasing; the national debt is trending downwards; and growth has returned to the economy. RelatedGovernment Receives Funds for Public Sector Efficiency Programmelast_img read more

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first_imgHomeAsiaNews India’s Jio hits 52M subs, extends free data offer India’s 4G newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm claims to have signed up 52 million subscribers in less than three months since its official launch in early September.In a televised speech, Reliance Industries chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani also announced it is extending its free voice, data and video offer from the end of the year to the end of March, as part of its new year offer, which starts on 4 December.He said it is adding about 600,000 subscribers per day, with each customer on average using 25 times more data than the average Indian broadband user. “Jio is not only delivering four times more data than all the country’s operators combined, but also much faster throughputs than any other mobile network in India.”Ambani said in September it is targeting 100 million subscribers “in the shortest possible time” and the network will eventually cover 18,000 cities and 200,000 villages in India.Daily limitWith 80 per cent of customers using up to 1GB of data a day and the remaining 20 per cent “using disproportionately more data”, Jio has set a daily limit of 1GB and reduces the data speed to 128Kb/s when users exceed the limit.With so many customers signing up for its free welcome offer in September, he acknowledged it has faced a few issues with data speeds on its network. “About 8 per cent of Jio towers have experienced congestion due to abnormally high data usage. As a result, customers served by these towers have experienced lower data speeds.”Bringing up the issue of limited interconnection capacity from the incumbent operators, Ambani said that while there has been an improvement in recent days following intervention from the government and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Jio’s subscribers have not been able to enjoy the benefits of free HD voice services.Late last month Jio filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India, once again accusing the country’s top three operators of not providing sufficient interconnections.He also announced the launch of the Jio Money Merchant app, which retailers can download on 5 December. It aims to sign up more than 10 million small retailers in the coming weeks across 17,000 towns and 400,000 villages.“This solution provides access to Jio’s suite of services, including customised offerings such as digital money, for a very important segment of the Indian economy. This will enable digital transactions of all types, whether they be at Mandis, small shops, restaurants, railway ticket counters, for bus and mass transit and even for person-to-person money transfers,” he said. Related Author India to shun China vendors in 5G trials 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 Jio to acquire 800MHz spectrum from Airtel for $204M Asia center_img Previous ArticleChina’s top makers generate 11% of global handset profitNext ArticleAT&T fears recede after Trump appointments Joseph Waring Jio profit soars on subscriber gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 DEC 2016 Tags 4GIndiaReliance jiolast_img read more

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first_imgLEON, Mexico – Wesley Bryan won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory. Bryan finished at 19-under 269 at El Bosque and earned $117,000 to jump from second to first on the money list with $260,820, more than enough to wrap up a PGA Tour card for next season. ”It feels amazing,” Bryan said. ”To wrap it up this early in the season is incredible. I know there’s still work to be done. I know another win gets me straight out there. I’m going to put my head down starting next week and get back to work.” The 26-year-old former University of South Carolina player won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open last month for his first tour title. Third-round leader Brad Fritsch, the Canadian coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Servientrega Championship in Colombia, had a 73 to tie for second with Richy Werenski. Werenski closed with a 66.last_img read more

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first_img Email HELENA – Authorities are investigating the death of a grizzly sow whose shot carcass was found on a river bottom near East Glacier.Blackfeet tribe wildlife officials found the bear May 12, six days after receiving a landowner’s complaint that an adult bear and two cubs had killed a calf.According to an affidavit filed Thursday by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent, there were no signs of the calf.The Blackfeet officials discovered the bear’s carcass about a quarter-mile from the landowner’s home. A necropsy found two bullet wounds.Federal officials suspect the bear was shot in violation of the Endangered Species Act. They have asked for a warrant to search the landowner’s home for a .22-caliber weapon.It is the fourth reported grizzly shooting in western Montana this month. 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

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