BBC reaches record global audience in 2020 despite cash crunch

first_img Share The BBC last week said it will axe 520 jobs in its news department, adding to the 450 job cuts in the BBC’s regional news units announced earlier this month.  “Our international news services rank first for trust and reliability and the World Service remains a beacon of democratic values. Independent research shows that there is an exceptionally high correlation between places where people are aware of the BBC and places where people think positively about the UK.” The public service broadcaster announced it reached 468.2m people a week in 2020, with BBC News scooping up the bulk of the share with 438.3m weekly views this year.  The BBC reached its highest ever audience in 2020, the broadcaster announced today, as it faces the most serious financial difficulty in its 97-year history amid the coronavirus pandemic. The broadcaster earlier this month confirmed plans to axe free TV license fees for over-75s, after a two month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 3m households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 annual fee from 1 August, after the BBC said the delayed decision was costing it £35m a month. The cuts are part of a shake-up to the BBC’s news output, as the broadcaster attempts to modernise its service for younger audiences as part of a “significant reinvention”. Tony Hall, outgoing BBC director-general, said: “We are without question one of Britain’s strongest and best-known brands, synonymous with quality and accuracy worldwide.  India grabbed the top spot for BBC News’ biggest non-domestic audience, attracting more than 60m viewers in 2020, followed by the US in close second with 49.5m viewers and Nigeria in third place with more than 37m viewers. Poppy Wood BBC reaches record global audience in 2020 despite cash crunch The broadcaster also said that “the reduction in output means we will also reduce our pool of presenters”, adding that the Andrew Neil Show will be part of the BBC’s cancellations. The pandemic has battered the public service broadcaster’s finances, with the national lockdown and social distancing measures ripping up its summer filming schedule. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USABleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderLoan Insurance WealthHow Amal Clooney Looks Without Makeup Is Tough To HandleLoan Insurance Wealth Thursday 23 July 2020 10:56 am The publicly-funded broadcaster had already planned to save £800m before the coronavirus struck, but the pandemic has added a further £125m to the BBC’s savings list due to a slump in revenue. The broadcaster must save £25m of this by 2022.center_img The BBC’s Twitter reach doubled in 2020 to 6m, while Instagram also helped the broadcaster reap 6m views each week.  Senior executives last month said the BBC will be forced to bring back some “old classics” such as Eastenders over the summer and output will be “thinner” over the next year as filming plans remain on hold. The BBC World News channel also made significant gains over the year, reaching 112m viewers in the 12 months to July, with growth in the Americas reaching 50 per cent in 2020.   The job cuts are expected to hit the BBC’s London headquarters and will include senior management posts. BBC News will have fewer reporters, and correspondents will be asked to work across an increased range of content. whatsapp Also Read: BBC reaches record global audience in 2020 despite cash crunch whatsapp Clare Sumner, the BBC’s director of policy, told a Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) committee last month that it was a “tough period” for the broadcaster, made worse by unforeseen cancellations to its filming schedule during the pandemic. It comes as the BBC faces a period of unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus crisis, with the broadcaster’s announcing more than 900 job cuts over the past few weeks. Fran Unsworth, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “Covid-19 has changed all of our lives. We are still covering the most challenging story of our lifetimes. During this crisis audiences have turned to BBC News in their millions and I’m incredibly proud of what we, as a team, have been able to achieve.” The BBC said increasing focus on its digital operations helped it reach fresh heights, with the BBC News website attracting 53 per cent more users in 2020 compared to last year. The broadcaster said its global content has proven to be increasingly popular on social media platforms such as Youtube, which saw a 129 per cent increase in audiences for the year to 47m a week. Youtube overtook Facebook as the leading social media platform for BBC content, after the Mark Zuckerberg-headed site saw a 31 per cent increase in viewers to 43m for the year.  Show Comments ▼last_img read more

New study supports long-dismissed idea: Herpes viruses could play role in Alzheimer’s

first_img STAT+: By Sharon Begley June 21, 2018 Reprints Related: During the 14 months that the two studies have been stuck in publication limbo, experimental Alzheimer’s drugs based on the quarter-century-old “amyloid cascade hypothesis” have been flaming out, each more spectacularly than before. (The hypothesis says that production of an aberrant protein called amyloid-beta creates sticky plaques that destroy brain synapses and neurons.) This year alone has brought the demise of the Eli Lilly/AstraZeneca drug lanabecestat; Lilly’s solanezumab; and Merck’s verubecestat. That brings the number of effective Alzheimer’s treatments based on the amyloid cascade hypothesis to … zero, making the need for new ideas more urgent than ever. Tags agingdementiainfectious diseaseneurologyneuroscience For the Neuron paper, scientists led by Joel Dudley, an expert in genomics and bioinformatics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, examined 622 brains from people who died with Alzheimer’s — the largest number ever analyzed in this detail — and 322 healthy brains. He and his colleagues basically went fishing, looking for genes whose activity changes with Alzheimer’s. While doing that, “we were surprised to see evidence of herpes viruses” in the brains, said co-author Dr. Sam Gandy of Mount Sinai.advertisement In the LabNew study supports long-dismissed idea: Herpes viruses could play role in Alzheimer’s They then ran what’s called an unbiased scan, looking not for particular viruses but asking the open-ended question: What non-human genetic material is in the brains?Using several forms of molecular profiling, from DNA sequencing to proteomics, they got a clear answer: “all sorts, and lots of it.” Especially in brain regions where vast numbers of neurons die in Alzheimer’s, the scientists found that three strains of herpes virus — human herpes virus 6A, 6B, and 7 — were prevalent, reaching levels up to twice that in healthy brains.In four regions that are ravaged by Alzheimer’s — including the hippocampus, which plays a key role in memory — about one-quarter of the Alzheimer’s brains had evidence of HHV-6A, 22 percent had HHV-6B, and 29 percent had HHV-7. “The fraction of samples that had at least one of these in at least one brain region was substantially higher,” said co-author Ben Readhead of Arizona State University.“This is the first study to provide strong evidence based on unbiased approaches and large data sets that lends support” to the idea that pathogens are involved in Alzheimer’s, said Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging. About the Author Reprints The most detailed molecular analysis of hundreds of brains from people who died with Alzheimer’s disease lends support to an idea that has struggled for funding, been rejected by top journals, and met with ridicule from the Alzheimer’s orthodoxy: that viruses, bacteria, or fungi in the brain play a role in the devastating neurodegenerative disease.If pathogens either initiate or accelerate Alzheimer’s, then classes of drugs that have never been considered for the disease should be in play. The new study, published Thursday in Neuron, “should bring forward new therapeutic targets and enable the field to predict which drugs out there may be useful,” such as antimicrobials, said Suzana Petanceska of the National Institute on Aging.A second study, scheduled for publication next month, also points a finger at pathogens. “I wouldn’t say the new studies provide the smoking gun,” said neurobiologist George Perry of the University of Texas at San Antonio and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. “But I do think the evidence is continuing to build that infectious agents play a role in this disease.”advertisement Series of setbacks raises doubt on the drug industry’s next big idea to treat Alzheimer’s [email protected] Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Merely finding herpes virus, however, falls well short of demonstrating that it or other microbes cause Alzheimer’s. That idea has been kicking around since at least the 1950s but has never overcome a key objection: degenerating brains might just be more inviting to pathogens than healthy brains. In that case, the pathogens would be opportunistic, not causal, sneaking across the blood-brain barrier and taking up residence only after Alzheimer’s has developed.None of the earlier claims that infectious agents spur the development of Alzheimer’s “has held up after rigorous evaluation across multiple laboratories,” said Dr. Lennart Mucke, director of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease. Moreover, he added, previous studies showed only an association, not causation.But Dudley and his colleagues took a step toward showing causation, and therefore going beyond previous research, by finding that viruses had also slipped their genes into the DNA of cells in the Alzheimer’s brains. The viral genes seem to influence the expression, or activity, of genes associated with Alzheimer’s, including such famous ones as presenilin-1, BACE1, and several that direct the production of amyloid beta precursor proteins.The viral genes, Dudley said, seem to be activating proteins that in turn activate the Alzheimer’s genes, perhaps “acting as an environmental trigger to some of the genetic risk markers.”Another hint of causation: “Viruses are overrepresented in the worst cases of Alzheimer’s, and seem to track the severity of disease,” Gandy said. Cells infected with human herpes virus 6. Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology via NIH FDA is offering a new approach for developing Alzheimer’s drugs. What could that mean? Herpes viruses are extremely common. HHV-6 is found “in pretty much everybody over 2,” said Robert Moir of Massachusetts General Hospital, co-author of a paper on HHV6 and Alzheimer’s that will appear next month in Neuron. (Like Dudley’s, it took more than a year to be published, including time lost when the journal Cell initially accepted it for review and then rejected it.) But clearly not everyone who carries herpes virus (which often stays dormant for years ) develops Alzheimer’s.That may be because the viruses don’t usually cross the blood-brain barrier (though there is some evidence they can get in from the nose via the olfactory nerve). But in some people, for unknown reasons, they might.What this all might mean for Alzheimer’s treatment isn’t clear. The new paper “raises a lot of questions that we should be looking at,” said Heather Snyder of the Alzheimer’s Association, “including [Alzheimer’s-causing] mechanisms involving the immune system.” At minimum, said neuroscientist Miroslaw Mackiewicz of the National Institute on Aging, the study should make scientists consider “drug targets that are above and beyond” those involved in producing amyloid-beta.There’s also a simple treatment idea, suggested by a little-noticed study published in April. Scientists in Taiwan followed 8,362 people who were diagnosed with herpes infections in 2000, and 25,086 people without the infections. The herpes-infected group was 2.6 times as likely to develop dementia. But in people treated with antiviral drugs, that risk was reduced by 90 percent. Related: Sharon Begley Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. @sxbegle last_img read more

Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes to return to court in July to set possible trial date

first_img Related: Tags courtsdiagnostics BusinessEx-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes to return to court in July to set possible trial date SAN FRANCISCO — A federal court on Monday heard arguments over when to start the trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and her former No. 2 Sunny Balwani, who are accused of defrauding investors, patients, and doctors in a blood-testing scandal that has rocked the business world and captivated the public imagination.A judge proposed a trial start date of July 8, multiple news organizations reported from a status conference in federal court in San Jose on Monday. But the trial will likely start later than that, perhaps even next year. The next status conference for the case is scheduled for July 1. Whenever it happens, the trial is certain to draw attention far beyond the world of health care.Holmes and Balwani are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud. They each face a maximum of 20 years in prison and up to $2.7 million in fines, a figure that doesn’t include any cash the government might demand as restitution for the alleged fraud. Holmes and Balwani have each pleaded not guilty.advertisement According to prosecutors, the former couple presided over a yearslong fraudulent scheme, lying about the capabilities of their blood-testing technology while making grand projections about future profits. 7 questions to watch after criminal charges filed in the Theranos saga Jeff Chiu/AP About the Authors Reprints @damiangarde Holmes stepped down from the company in June, and Theranos shut down in September.The impending trial is the latest twist in a saga that began when Holmes dropped out of Stanford as a 19-year-old sophomore to found Theranos. Her company soared to a $9 billion valuation, the largest of any venture-backed health care firm, on the promise that it could diagnose scores of diseases with only the blood from a pin prick. But the story came unstuck in 2015 with a series of damning revelations in The Wall Street Journal, setting in motion a series of lawsuits, layoffs, and regulatory crackdowns that would eventually doom the company.The saga has since become the subject of a book, a podcast, and competing documentaries.It’s not clear yet what strategy Holmes’s lawyers will deploy to defend her in the upcoming trial. But a motion they filed last week suggests that it could involve jabbing at John Carreyrou, the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story of wrongdoing at Theranos and whose reporting spurred a series of regulatory investigations.“The jury should be aware that an outside actor, eager to break a story (and portray the story as a work of investigative journalism), was exerting influence on the regulatory process in a way that appears to have warped the agencies’ focus on the company and possibly biased the agencies’ findings against it,” Holmes’s lawyers wrote in their motion. In an apparent effort to bolster that defense, Holmes’s lawyers are also seeking records documenting Carreyrou’s communications with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Clarification: An earlier version of this story stated that the trial could begin this summer. It was changed to reflect the likelihood it may not begin until later. The headline was also updated. Damian Garde Last year, Holmes and Theranos settled similar fraud charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Balwani has contested the SEC charges.advertisement [email protected] National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. By Rebecca Robbins and Damian Garde April 22, 2019 Reprintslast_img read more

Crown Nominee Account 2020-21

first_imgCrown Nominee Account 2020-21 Bona Vacantia have confirmed the final 2020-2021 accounts for the Crown Nominee and the report can now be found on the GOV.UK website /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. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Government, nominee, UK, UK Government, websitelast_img read more

Musk says he’s cracking under the pressure of running Tesla

first_img The Times cited people familiar with the situation as saying Tesla has been trying to find another top level executive to help relieve some of the pressure on Musk. RELATED TAGSTeslaNews We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Report: SEC moving in on Tesla and Elon Musk with subpoenasIn the interview, Musk stood by his Aug. 7 tweet saying he had secured funding to take Tesla private in a deal that could be worth more than $20 billion. But he told the newspaper that he wrote the tweet inside a Tesla Model S while it was driving to the airport, and that no one else reviewed it.Asked if he regretted it, he said, “Why would I?”Musk, 47, has a reputation for being an eccentric visionary. But his out-of-the-blue go-private announcement raised a huge ruckus and pushed Tesla’s shares up 11 per cent in a day, raising the company’s value by $6 billion. They’ve fallen back, including a 4 per cent decline in premarket trading Friday to $323.50.There are multiple reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the disclosure. Experts say regulators likely are investigating if Musk was truthful in the tweet about having the financing set for the deal.The company said the board formed a special committee to evaluate proposals to take the company private. It later disclosed that Musk had talked with the Saudi Arabia government investment fund about the deal.Tesla didn’t respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press early Friday.Some of Musk’s stress comes from critical stock short-sellers who are betting against the company’s success. But much of it comes from Musk’s own statements issuing lofty goals for production of cars or turning a sustained profit starting this quarter. Tesla has never made money for a full year and has had only two profitable quarters since it went public in 2010.Musk told the newspaper that sometimes he did not leave the Tesla factory for three or four days straight, and that he had not taken off more than a week at a time since he was sick with malaria in 2001. See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Yet he told the newspaper he has no plans to give up his dual role as Tesla’s chairman and CEO, but added what appeared to be a plea for help.“If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know. They can have the job. Is there someone who can do the job better? They can have the reins right now,” he told the paper.The interview puts board members in a difficult position because Musk, who entered Tesla as a major investor and built the company into a force that has changed the perception of electric cars, is the company’s public identity.But Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business and law professor, said Tesla’s board has a fiduciary duty to shareholders to take action.“If the board does not get him out of this slot at a minimum on a leave of absence basis, I think the board is going to be seen by a lot of people who love the company as being derelict in their duties,” Gordon said Friday. “You can love the company, you can love Musk and hate having him be the CEO at this point.”The board has stood behind Musk despite some bizarre behaviour including a tweet labeling a diver who aided in the cave rescue of Thai soccer players as a pedophile. But Gordon said it has to act now or be open to shareholder lawsuits. He suggested replacing Musk as CEO and keeping him on as a visionary chief technical officer.The interview and other actions, Gordon said, are signs Musk no longer can handle the CEO job. Musk spent nights at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory working out production problems on its new Model 3 car that is supposed to take Tesla from niche luxury carmaker to a mass producer that competes with Detroit.But Gordon said a CEO wouldn’t live at the factory. Instead, he or she would form a team to work overnight and solve problems.RELATED Trending Videoscenter_img What do you do when your CEO confesses he’s cracking under the stress of his job? That’s the question the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla must answer after Elon Musk, the company’s impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in what he described as the most “difficult and painful year of my career.”The newspaper reported that during an hour-long telephone interview on Thursday, Musk alternated between laughter and tears, acknowledging that he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep.His comments confirmed what many in and out of the company had suspected as Musk conceded that exhaustion was affecting his personal health and that friends have come by “who are really concerned.” advertisement Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 In a Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks about the Model X car at the company’s headquarters, in Fremont, Calif.  Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press 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? 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Trucking Awesome: The best pickup innovations of the past decade

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon  Derek McNaughton / Driving Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › GMC shows off 2019 Sierra with carbon-fibre bed, two-piece tailgateAt the Ram brand, a barn-door style tailgate has been engineered, allowing drivers to drop the ‘gate in a traditional fashion or open it up like barn doors in a 60/40 split. This allows one to step closer to the truck box itself, improving access when trying to reach that item which has rolled juuust out of reach up near the cab.RamBoxSpeaking of Ram, the next innovation is very brand-specific. The aptly named RamBoxes are a pair of lockable storage units residing in the flanks of a Ram pickup bed. Accessible from curbside, they are big enough to store a rifle or collapsed fishing pole, proving that truck-makers do occasionally pay attention to the types of activities in which their typical customer takes part.In their current iteration, RamBoxes can be locked and unlocked with the truck’s key fob; are illuminated for easy night access; and have a drain plug in the bottom for evacuating water after using the Rambox to store beverages.Other brands have made attempts to replicate this success, with varying results. Nissan offers a storage solution of similar ilk, albeit one that is removable and only accessible from inside the box. This is good in terms of it not being easily accessed by nefarious passersby, but renders it useless if the owner fits a tonneau cover.Towing CamerasYour author is not ashamed to admit it took him the better part of a summer to get comfortable towing the family camper, one which spans nearly 40 feet in length. That time frame would probably have been significantly shortened if towing cameras were the norm, rather than the exception, back in 2010.All brands have some form of backup camera, allowing easier solo hookup of truck and trailer. GM has recently been crowing about its phalanx of coverage, from cameras under the sideview mirrors looking down the truck flanks; to a trailer-mounted cam that keeps an eye on what’s astern.Ram incorporates its optional air suspension into the mix, permitting low-speed reversing in its lowest setting so when the ball and pintle are aligned, the truck can raise and two can be married without having to exit and crank a handle on the trailer’s tongue jack.Backup Assists Ford, with the help of a QR-style sticker and a bit of programming, has figured out how to relieve the ignominy of getting all crossed up when reversing a trailer. Instead of sitting in the driver’s seat and trying to remember which way to turn the wheel in order to fit your 40-ft camper into a tight spot, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist uses maths and the truck’s electronic steering to help avoid an aneurysm.Armed with the length of the trailer and the distance of the axles from the tongue, a computer figures out the location of trailer’s corners and pivot point. With that information, it permits the driver to simply turn a large dial in the same direction as they want the trailer to turn.This is in stark contrast to the “turn left to go right” advice given to those just learning how to back up with a trailer. Drivers have to modulate the brakes and throttle, but the electronic steering will follow the commands you crank into that dial.Peering down the side of your car to look for vehicles in a blind spot and then warning of impending doom is not a new feature. What is new is the ability for some trucks to consider the length of the trailer you’re hauling into its warning calculations. After all, if the end of your trailer is 40 feet astern, changing lanes requires that much extra space (or more, if you’re like your author).Inputting the correct trailer length is critical here, as that is the major line of data with which the truck’s systems will work to illuminate the blind-spot monitoring light when appropriate. Still, be sure to check yer mirrors before cranking the wheel.Off-road Cameras  It’s good advice to never go off-roading alone, especially if you’re heading into an unfamiliar area. However, one’s buddy may not always be available to spot you going over that obstacle, as they may be a mile or so behind or dealing with some sort of calamity of their own. That’s where these cameras come into play. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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Instead of innovating their way into the game, some chose to sling mud in the form of derisive commercials, sarcastically labeling the things “man steps.” Their enduring popularity, and the introduction of similar steps from other brands, proved that tack didn’t work.Ford gave its tailgate step a rethink a couple of years ago, tucking the telescopic grab handle inside the ‘gate and reducing the effort required to unfold the thing in bad weather. GM saw fit to carve toeholds into the corners of its truck bumpers, a feature which first appeared in the early 2000s on its Avalanche quasi-truck. Its GMC brand now incorporates a swing-out grab handle to use with its MultiPro tailgate — this after years of poking fun at Ford. Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.Wild New TailgatesFor the better part of a century, pickup truck innovation focused on raw power and creature comforts. Lately, companies have been investing time and money not to reinvent the wheel, but to reinvent the tailgate.GMC kicked off the this-ain’t-your-father’s-tailgate movement with the aforementioned MultiPro Tailgate. With six different ways to be deployed, this origami wonder can even be outfitted with waterproof speakers to amp up your next tailgate party.RELATED 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” Gazing forward from its perch in the truck’s grille (generally hidden in the grille badge; look closely the next time you see one) the camera can let the driver know what’s going on a foot ahead of their front bumper much better than can simply craning one’s neck to peer over a truck hood. These cams make it much easier to properly place a wheel before giving it the beans. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada advertisement The sheer number of cubic dollars shovelled into the marketing of pickup trucks is said to rival that of the GDP of a small nation. All of the Detroit Three, plus the two Japan-based brands in the fight, want you to know their trucks are over-powered, over-built and over-testosteroned.Listening to them, it’d be easy to believe no one even considers buying a pickup truck without eight-wheel-drive and the capability to tow a house — not to mention that failing to own a truck at all is virtually unpatriotic.Your author is a lifelong patron at the Store of Truck, a place where experienced shoppers are adept at sussing out features they want versus the dross simply forced upon the market for the sake of “innovation.” The State of the Truck: Canada’s 2019 pickup market is a mix of ups and downslast_img read more

Drought And Wildfire Experts At CU-Boulder

first_img Published: May 29, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail NEWS TIP SHEET Drought Ken Strzepek (pronounced “stress-peck”), professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a noted expert on the application of advanced computer techniques for water and environmental management, helping with public policy and decision-making, and can offer an economic analysis of water use. He has studied the agricultural, ecological and human impacts of water resources in a number of major river basins including the Colorado River and the Nile River in Egypt, and is a consultant and adviser to industry, water management organizations, consulting firms, United Nations agencies and U.S. and foreign governments. He can be reached at (303) 492-7111 or [email protected] Brad Udall, executive director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science’s Western Water Assessment team, can comment on the impact of drought from environmental, climate, hydrological, social and legal standpoints. Udall’s research team supplies information – usually in the form of climate forecasts and regional vulnerability assessments – to help water resources decision-makers, such as the Denver water department, develop ways to cope with drought conditions. He can be reached at (303) 735-3761 or [email protected] Tom Veblen, a professor of geography, studies forest ecosystems in Colorado. He can talk about the history of wildfires, climatic influences on wildfire occurrence and the ecological effects of fires in Colorado forests, including interactions with insect pests such as the spruce beetle. He can be reached at (303) 492-8528 or [email protected] Klaus Wolter, climatologist and research associate with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, can provide a meteorological view of drought. For several years, Wolter has studied conditions in the southwestern United States and each month posts a detailed seasonal forecast for the region on the Web at He can be reached at (303) 497-6340 or [email protected] Wildfire John Daily, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Joint Center for Combustion and Environmental Research, can offer insight into wildfire behavior – how fires start and end, how they spread, and the effects of weather and fuel types. He can be reached at (303) 492-7110 or [email protected] Tim Seastedt, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, studies grassland ecosystems, biodiversity, invasive species and fire ecology. He can talk about the impact wildfires and droughts have on grasslands and prairies. He can be reached at (303) 492-0434 or [email protected]last_img read more

Sweden mulls future of Telia stake

first_img Tags Author Previous ArticleGhana cracks whip on SIM rules to curb fraudNext ArticleOrange, Vodafone mull Spanish 5G infrastructure share Telia targets cost cuts with new enterprise IoT play Related Chris Donkin Sweden’s parliament called on the country’s government to review ways to divest its 37 per cent stake in Telia, which could raise more than SEK68 billion ($7.3 billion).During a debate held to approve Telia’s latest round of share buybacks, which could effectively increase the government’s stake, politicians voted for measures to be drawn-up to divest its entire holding in the long-term.In an official statement, the parliament noted “the main task of the state is not to own and run companies”.The debate about the state’s stake in Telia has been rumbling on for some time.SwayPrior a general election in 2018, several politicians warned the government would have too much media influence should Telia’s acquisition of TV company Bonnier Broadcasting be approved. This is because the company runs commercial channels competing directly with public broadcaster SVT. The deal is still going through EU regulators.Earlier this week, Telia CEO Johan Dennelind and chair of the board Marie Ehrling released a joint statement defending its acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, stating: “Telia will safeguard the editorial independence, regardless of whether the state owns just over a third of the company or not.”The two also attempted to allay concerns on whether a reduction in state influence on Telia would open vital infrastructure to outside influences, as had been suggested by politicians keen for Sweden to maintain its stake.“We follow the debate and would like to emphasise that we welcome everyone as shareholders and have no views on state ownership of Telia,” the pair added.“It is a matter for the government and the parliament.”“We also welcome a dialogue and an analysis of Telia’s role in maintaining national security and our future role in the media market, but these issues should not be mixed with the issue of state ownership in the company.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home Sweden mulls future of Telia stake Telia claims positive start to strategy revamp AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 APR 2019 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 Telia reveals revamp to boost infrastructure assets Johan DennelindTelialast_img read more

News / Port authority greenlights talks with MSC over new home for the carrier at Antwerp

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 13/02/2014 The role of Antwerp as a north-west European hub port for the proposed P3 Alliance took another step forward this week after the port authority announced that it was to proceed with discussions with P3 partner MSC on the development of a new terminal.MSC is already Antwerp’s largest container customer, with a throughput last year of 4.6m teu, which represented more than half of the port’s total. Late last year the line applied to develop new facilities in the Deurganck dock area.Currently, its traffic goes through the MSC Home Terminal, located behind the Berendrecht lock, the largest maritime lock in the world. The terminal is operated by the carrier in conjunction with local Port Singapore affiliate PSA-HNN.In a statement, the port authority said: “MSC announced in 2013 that in order to accommodate future growth in the port of Antwerp it wished to move its operations to the Deurganck dock as it had already reached its limits in the Delwaide dock, not only in terms of terminal capacity but also in terms of the size of ships. When MSC introduces vessels of 16,000teu and 18,000teu in the near future it will be impossible for these to be handled behind the Berendrecht lock.” That was followed by a period of consultation with the port’s other stakeholders and possible investors to determine whether there were other projects or proposals of equal or greater merit.“Based on the results of the enquiry, it now appears that no alternatives of similar importance are proposed. The port authority board of directors has therefore granted authority to the management committee – with power of subdelegation – to carry out further discussions with the stakeholders concerned, in order to consider the way in which the proposed MSC project can be carried out in the port of Antwerp and in the Deurganck dock in particular,” the statement added.However, some port observers have pointed out that tey believe the lock’s dimensions would still be enough for the latest ultra-large containerships ships to pass through it.“At high water, the depth over the sill is nearly 18 metres, and the draught on the berths at the MSC Home terminal is 15.6 metres. So it’s not draught that’s the primary issue, it’s the terminal capacity,” one said.However, he added that given the size of MSC’s business in the port and its need for greater operating efficiencies, it was always going to be difficult for the port authority to turn down its request.“It seems highly likely that the port authority will give them what they want, given their importance to the port,” he said. “And it is true that for the biggest ships, it’s always going to be easier to berth at a riverside terminal than have to lock in and out, especially when arrival and sailing times are critical in terms of the tide.”Of course, MSC’s relocation – and, by proxy, its P3 partners, should the vessel-sharing agreement receive regulatory approval – would create a hole in the Delwaide operations: either an opportunity for new container carriers to enter the Antwerp business, or for the port to convert it to some other type of cargo operation.last_img read more

News / CEVA takes shelter under new CMA CGM ‘partnership’ to ward off DSV

first_img DSV may now launch a hostile takeover bid (see today’s Market Insight) for CEVA Logistics, after the 3PL yesterday signed a new “strategic partnership” deal with major shareholder CMA CGMIt’s a complex deal on paper, but essentially shows all the signs of agreement for the carrier to build up its stake in CEVA to a majority, protecting it from the advances of Denmark’s DSV.The deal is being presented as CEVA taking over the nascent logistics activities of CMA CGM “at a price to be agreed upon (failing agreement to be determined by an independent appraisal) for cash or shares”.There are no meaningful details contained in CMA CGM’s annuals. At the same time, the French company is offering to buy CEVA shares from shareholders at CHF30 per share.The company said: “This exit alternative will be provided in the form of a tender offer by CMA CGM which is open to all [CEVA] shareholders. CMA CGM is contractually obliged to formally publish the offer by means of a pre-announcement at the latest on 30 November 2018.“As a condition for CMA CGM agreeing to transfer to CEVA Logistics its freight management business and its obligation to offer an exit option to shareholders at CHF30 per share, the board of directors of CEVA Logistics has agreed that CMA CGM’s tender obligation in case of a third-party offer is waived with immediate effect, but shall be reinstalled if the offer of CMA CGM is not carried out as agreed.”CMA CGM chief executive Rodolphe Saade said: “We are convinced of CEVA Logistics’ potential. This industrial cooperation will make it possible to accelerate its required transformation and to make it a more profitable and efficient leader in logistics for the benefit of its clients, its employees and its shareholders. It reconfirms CMA CGM as the reference shareholder as well as its long-term partner.”A statement from the carrier added to its previous comments on its investment in CEVA that it would support its digital and IT investments, as well as develop synergies between the logistics operator and its ocean container transport activities.The question now is whether DSV is prepared to make a counter bid. Earlier this week, after it revealed CEVA had rejected its improved offer of CHF30 per share, it indicated it had given up on a deal.It said: “Based on the unwillingness of the board of directors of CEVA to engage directly with DSV at the price per share offered, we have decided not to pursue an acquisition of CEVA.” By Gavin van Marle 25/10/2018last_img read more