French operators vow to invest €3B in 4G expansion

first_img French authorities struck a deal with the country’s operators to improve LTE coverage through massive infrastructure investments, in exchange for extending spectrum licences and easing planning procedures.Regulator Arcep said Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free made a series of commitments, which will be written into licences this year. Failure to comply will result in sanctions, it added.In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche secretary of state Julien Denormandie said the plan would result in €3 billion of investment, with each operator installing 5,000 antennas and masts. The figure includes some shared deployments.The build-out will be focused on rural areas and includes providing LTE along 30,000km of railway tracks.Denormandie added operators would be rewarded with automatic renewal of spectrum licences, rather than holding another auction.Historic commitmentArcep said the scheme follows consultation with operators, the government, local authorities and other stakeholders about how to connect areas currently unable to access high quality wireless services – mostly in rural areas.The regulator said it had taken inspiration from other countries making similar moves and hailed the “historic” agreement as one which will expand coverage into as many new areas in three years as the combined efforts of the last 15.“There are still many areas in France where mobile coverage is non-existent or unsatisfactory,” Arcep added in a statement.As part of the plan, operators also committed to improving coverage across major non-rail transport routes and within buildings, including through the adoption of voice over WiFi services. Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Altice strikes deal to buy French MVNO business Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Related Home French operators vow to invest €3B in 4G expansion Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund BouyguesFranceIliadOrangeSFR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 JAN 2018 Previous ArticleUS politician takes tough line on Huawei, ZTE kitNext ArticleUnited Capital to appeal 9mobile board annulment Author Tags Chris Donkin last_img read more

Earphunk Calls On The Main Squeeze For Super Jam In Sold-Out Atlanta Throwdown

first_imgProg-funk group Earphunk hosted a sold out performance at Atlanta’s Terminal West last night, September 12th. The show was filled with high energy, incredible improvisation, and a super jam to remember supported by an unexpected sensation, The Main Squeeze.Opening with a dark rendition of “Imperial March”, Earphunk seamlessly transitioned into a four song improvisational joy ride of phunk-tastic tunage. Following that up with a filthy cover of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”, Earphunk displayed their versatility by segueing into the title track of their most recent studio album, Sweet Nasty. Earphunk came to play for keeps at Terminal West cementing stellar performance with a phunkified “Cantina Band” ditty and super jam with members from The Main Squeeze. Joining on stage was Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keyboards) and Max Newman (guitar). This jam easily eclipsed the 10 minute mark while Newman and Earphunk guitarist, Paul Provosty, went toe-to-toe for a dueling guitar match of the century.From first note to the last sound fading away Earphunk put on a great one for the ATLiens in attendance. They’re showing a constant hunger, exploring the depth of improve that phunk phans crave. An impressive band night after night.Check out the full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Benjamin Adams PhotographySetlist: Earphunk at Terminal West, Atlanta, GA – 09/12/15Set One: Imperial March > Drove > Recoil > Laura, White Wedding > Sweet Nasty > Saura, (Cantina Band), Phine > Get Down 9—5 (Super Jam), MoshimoE: Omega, Species Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Biologists Risk Their Lives to Find Hiding Place of Extinct ‘Tree Lobster’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Ball’s Pyramid” is a sheer rock cliff in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. For years this leftover shard of a volcano had a secret.At 225 feet above sea level, hanging on the rock surface, there is a small, spindly little bush, and under that bush, a few years ago, two climbers, working in the dark, found something totally improbable hiding in the soil below. How it got there, we still don’t know, writes NPR’s Robert Krulwich.The stick insect — as big as a human hand and called a “tree lobster” because of its hard, lobster-like exoskeleton — disappeared from a nearby island, its only known habitat, after a European ship wrecked there and left rats that wiped out their population.The Lord Howe stick insect, Dryococelus australis, was presumed extinct. There was a rumor though….(READ the story from NPR)Photo by Nick Carlile, inset, John White Photographylast_img read more

MSC integrates biofuel blends

first_imgHaving trialled a 10 percent biofuel blend earlier this year, MSC is now incorporating a 30 percent blend into its routine shipping activities operations. “When using such blended fuel, we can expect an estimated 15-20 percent reduction in absolute CO2 emissions,” said Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs, MSC Group. “The potential CO2 reduction in the bio component of these fuels could reach 80-90 percent, which we will monitor and confirm over time.” www.msc.comlast_img read more

Park clean-up mission complete

first_imgUrsula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs and Shireen Sonday are three of the five women who started an initiative to reclaim their communitys park. Residents in Anthony Road, Silvertown, have taken it upon themselves to clean up their park and make it safe for children to play there again. A group, calling themselves People with a Mission, was formed after residents noticed children playing in the street because people were drinking alcohol and using drugs in the park, often leaving broken bottles and drug paraphernalia behind. The group is led by five women – Shireen Sonday, Ursula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs, Vanessa Reynolds and Nuraan Kalam. On Saturday February 11, as a show of solidarity to reclaim the park from the “unsavoury characters”, People with a Mission held a sports day for the children in the area. However, before the games could begin, everybody rallied around to clean the park, especially picking up all pieces of glass. People with a Mission’s spokesperson, Ms Jacobs, said: “It’s not safe for the children to play in the streets. In this road in particular, there is a huge number of vehicles coming in and out, because there is a shebeen operating here, and drug houses. We just had enough and started with the project. There are always broken beer bottles and illegal activities taking place in the park, preventing children from playing there. “On Saturday February 4, we came together and hosted a fun day for the children, where they made a map, and gave ideas of what they want done in the park – should it be reconstructed and closed up by the council.” The group also distributed letters to all their neighbours in Anthony and Petunia roads, explaining their aim and inviting them to be a part of it. The children’s suggestions about upgrading the park, accompanied a proposal People with a Mission presented to Ward 44 councillor, Anthony Moses. Mr Moses also attended the sports day. “I am quite encouraged by the community who have taken a positive stance in cleaning the park. Recently, I have done a number of site visits with officials, and I’ve noted the anti-social behaviour within the park, the condition of the play equipment and a number of service delivery issues within the area. The community decided to come up with a positive plan in reclaiming the park – as a recreational space for positive change. I have also discussed with some of the community members how we can upgrade the park and the surrounding area, which includes the other parks and public open spaces. I am currently walking and cycling through the ward and are looking at improvements within the area,” Mr Moses said.Ms Jacobs said it was pity that there were not many recreational facilities for children from marginalised communities, and, as a result, the risk of these children engaging in harmful activities as they grew older remained high.“Many homes and communities have become sites of oppression, as a result of the impact of substance and alcohol abuse and other issues. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Many children cannot access their right to education as pre-school is unaffordable for various reasons, and as a result they roam the street. Strangers and vulnerable children can be a dangerous mix. Our project aims to advocate care, and to provide a platform for our children and young people in our community to shine as the bright stars they can become. Reclaiming the park is the first step,” Ms Jacobs said. The children were introduced to some sport they are not familiar with, including volleyball. 1 of 2center_img Ursula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs and Shireen Sonday are three of the five women who started an initiative to reclaim their communitys park.last_img read more

The great train drought

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: A derailment near Overvaal on September 4 of 42 laden coal wagons forming part of a 200-vehicle train blocked the busy Richards Bay line for at least two days. The latest in a series of problems, the blockage sparked further concern among the country’s coal mining companies, who are becoming increasingly restive about the inability of Transnet Freight Rail to move their traffic.The seven large mining groups and smaller partners which jointly operate the Richards Bay Coal Terminal are investing R1bn in the Phase V expansion programme, which will lift the port’s capacity from 72 million to 91 million tonnes a year when completed in mid-2009. They are also ramping up their own operations to meet strong world demand for coal.According to Executive General Manager Mxolisi Mgojo of Exxaro Resources, Phase V will lift its export capacity from 4 million to 6·3 million tonnes/year, and the mines could be producing 10 million tonnes within four or five years. The other miners have similar objectives. Mgojo reports a ‘positive engagement’ with TFR, but he remains concerned that the railway will be unable to provide sufficient capacity.Transnet presented a report to the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises on August 26, in which the state-owned holding group announced that it had successfully completed its ‘turnaround strategy’ adopted in 2004. Group Chief Executive Maria Ramos said the strategic goal was ‘to create freight transport capacity at a lower cost to the economy through supply chain integration across functions and divisions’, with TFR focusing on 14 key corridors including the coal line.The corridor strategy lies at the heart of Transnet’s port and railway Master Plan, which was recently endorsed by Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin and awaits government approval. This includes an R80bn investment programme, which will see R9·4bn spent on the Richards Bay line, where the purchase of 110 new locos will help to boost ?capacity to 81 million tonnes/year by 2012. However, TFR says any further increase to 91 million tonnes would be dependent upon demand and feasibility studies. Frustrated by slow progress, mining executives meeting in Johannesburg for the Coaltrans conference on September 8 suggested that the time had come to look at private investment in rail capacity. One option would be for the coal producers to fund new locos, wagons and sidings, on the same basis as TFR’s recent deal with Kumba Resources to upgrade the Sishen – Saldanha iron ore route (RG 9.08 p555).Others are looking at the possibility of setting up private or part-private operators to compete with TFR. Pointing out how the ‘great train drought of 2008’ was hurting the smaller companies in particular, Tom Kearney of Bisichi Mining suggested that ‘there needs to be a re-think of how new capacity can be provided’.last_img read more

DB torpedoes a freight-oriented network

first_imgGERMANY: European proposals to give freight trains priority on international corridors have provoked a fierce reaction from Berlin. Murray Hughes reports.,Attentive readers may recall the raising of an editorial eyebrow in our report on the ‘Freight without Frontiers’ conference in Paris on October 29 last year. We remarked that there was no speaker from Deutsche Bahn which, being Europe’s largest player in the rail freight business, suggested to us that all was not well among Europe’s rail freight policy makers. And so it turns out.The likely explanation for this omission has since become clear. Rightly or wrongly, DB has decided that it does not want, or does not need, regulations that require priority to be given to freight trains. Indeed, it is campaigning fiercely against the proposal, firing off a salvo on January 12 in the form of a strongly-worded letter to German politicians from Dr Otto Wiesheu, DB’s Board Member for Economics & Political Affairs.The trigger for DB’s missive was the European Commission’s publication on December 11 of A European Rail Network for Competitive Freight, a proposal for regulations that would include binding requirements on infrastructure managers to reserve capacity for freight trains on specified corridors and to ensure that freight on these routes had priority over passenger trains in the event of disruption. We understand that the rules would apply on corridors where freight traffic exceeded 80 billion tonne-km a year.DB has no quarrel with the EU’s objectives but notes in a position paper that the Commission’s approach is ‘fundamentally inappropriate’ and that its ‘proposals do not strengthen rail freight but actually weaken the entire rail sector’. While DB supports the corridor-based development of rail freight, it argues that the Commission fails to take into account the different characteristics of individual networks, noting that ‘in Germany only a small proportion of freight traffic travels long distances on corridors’, which in practice form an integral part of its network. Corridor-based rules, it says, ‘would have substantial feedback effects on the entire network, and in particular on passenger traffic’.Johann Metzner, spokesman for European Affairs at DB’s Berlin headquarters, argues that DB has a mix of traffic on most of its network. Even the Rhein corridor, where two double-track routes parallel the river and a high speed line links Köln with the Frankfurt region, falls into this category, he says. Of major concern to DB is the effect that giving priority to freight would have on regular-interval passenger timetables, as ‘adjustments of just a few minutes can cause entire regular-interval passenger train systems to collapse’, according to the position paper.DB also draws attention to European rules which require railways to compensate passengers for delayed services, something that would sit unhappily alongside regulations requiring passenger trains to be held while freight trains take precedence on routes where tracks are shared.The flexibility of the dispatching function would be under threat too, notes Metzner. ‘The dispatcher needs flexibility to deal with problems’, and during periods of disruption, the dispatcher’s aim is to restore the timetable as quickly as possible. Were dispatchers obliged to give priority to freight trains, their discretionary powers would be compromised. ‘Legislation would be detrimental to 170 years of development of the business, and at some point it will wreck the system’, Metzner remarks, adding that the bodies set up to manage traffic in the corridors would inevitably come into conflict with DB’s seven traffic management centres.The proposals envisage that infrastructure managers in a given corridor ‘would be obliged to reserve capacity for freight traffic prior to defining the annual working timetable’, DB says, and this capacity would be determined ‘on the basis of market studies and in consultation with the potential users of the corridors’. DB suggests that this would be quite impractical, while it would also limit the scope for requesting paths at short notice and ‘entail a severe risk that it would not be possible to make optimum use of the already scarce infrastructure capacity’.As if all this were not enough, DB contends that the proposed regulations would contravene the subsidiarity principle, being ‘inadmissible intervention in the responsibility of the member states’. It appears that member states would submit proposals for corridors to the Commission, which would appoint a committee drawn from member states to recommend a corridor on the basis of a qualified majority. ‘A member state could therefore be over-ruled by a committee from other member states’, says Metzner.Quite what all this means for Europe’s rail freight business is not yet clear. What is certain, though, is that attempts to lobby for a European freight priority network are now seriously hobbled. Metzner says that the German government supports DB’s point of view, and that the CER agrees that the proposed capacity reservation rules are not satisfactory. On the other hand, the European Rail Freight Association has welcomed the Commission’s proposals, noting that the plans ‘will provide for a longer planning and financing perspective for the infrastructure managers coupled with quality and performance-related results for which the entire rail freight sector is striving.’In reality, road haulage remains a constant threat to the viability of rail freight, and there is still a prospect of high-capacity lorries making it even more difficult for rail to compete. While the European Commission has rejected calls for 25 m lorries weighing up to 60 tonnes to be allowed general access to the road network, it has left open the option of bilateral agreements on selected corridors, threatening parallel rail freight services as hauliers leap ahead in the productivity stakes. The answer may well be corridor management in some form, possibly in market-driven commercial ventures. For the moment, however, the attempt to bring about priority for freight trains through legislation, at least as currently proposed, looks unlikely to succeed without significant amendments.last_img read more

From Brazil: Chelsea reopen talks for Willian renewal – Frank Lampard…

first_imgGoal reporter Bruno Andrade says the Blues are now making a ‘last and decisive’ attempt to extend the winger’s contract with the club.Chelsea are set to do ‘nearly’ everything to give Willian a new deal, and there are two reasons for that.Firstly, Frank Lampard has asked the club to keep him. And secondly, there’s worry over the chance he could leave the Blues to join one of their London rivals.Embed from Getty ImagesThe report claims that Willian wants to continue in the Premier League, where Arsenal and Tottenham both want him. He’s recently been approached by a Chinese club, but that’s been ruled out, especially because he wants to continue featuring for the national team.Goal writes that the player continues demanding a three-year contract, and in the first rounds of negotiations, Chelsea had offered two years. So for a deal to be reached, someone must give Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTemenos by CNBC CatalystIs a Digital Revolution Crucial for Banks to Stay Ahead in a Post-Pandemic World?Temenos by CNBC CatalystUndo Chelsea have reopened talks for the renewal of Willian, according to claims from Brazil today.last_img read more

Whitecaps split Wednesday doubleheader thanks to offensive eruption in Game 1

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Tom Brady injury update: Patriots star (calf) limited practice participant

first_imgThis was described as “minor”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019Brady and the Patriots have gotten off to a fantastic start this season, topping the Steelers by 30 points in their opener and following that up with a 43-0 win over the Dolphins in Week 2. Brady, 42, has completed 68.8% of his passes and thrown for five touchdowns with no interceptions through the first two games of 2019.  Solid Sunday for the 🐐@TomBrady | #GoPats— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 10, 2019The Patriots are set to host the 0-2 Jets on Sunday. Brady’s backup is rookie Jarrett Stidham, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft out of Auburn. New England released veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer after Stidham completed 61 of his 90 passes for 731 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in the preseason. Related News Antonio Brown won’t face prosecution for alleged sexual assault incident in Pennsylvania Tom Brady is apparently dealing with a calf injury. The star Patriots quarterback was a limited participant in practice Wednesday because of the issue, the team announced. It is unclear when Brady suffered the injury, but it is considered “minor,” according to a report from Isaiah Wynn injury update: Patriots offensive lineman (foot) to be placed on IR, report says Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey to play against Titans, Doug Marrone sayslast_img read more