Fr Paddy: Ode to a mouse or a spider

first_img Fr Paddy: Ode to a mouse or a spider Previous articlePortlaoise Hospital services need to be secured by new Government, says StanleyNext articleMary Theresa Lowndes: Why do we always have to have a scapegoat? Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter. WhatsApp By Fr Paddy – 18th July 2020 Robbie Burns writes well on the little things. When he was ploughing, he disturbed the home of a mouse. He apologised in a poem. ‘Ode to a mouse.’He admits, too, how careless humans are and disrespectful of the social status of life where every little mouse (and everything else) has a place.But then he wanders towards his own problems:Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!The present only toucheth thee:But Och! I backward cast my e’e,On prospects drear!An’ forward tho’ I canna see,I guess an’ fear!Robbie had a friend in Robert the Bruce (of Scotland). The Scottish myth catches an important message, for all of us.Robert was on the run from the English and was hiding in a cave. He watched a little spider building a web. It didn’t matter how often the spider failed, he kept going until he finished the job. Robert was inspired. And so we can. It is the little things always.“The best laid schemes of mice and men (and women too) go often askew.”  (Burns)The blessedness of little things:Oh it is the little things. It is the gestures. The smile. The word. The call. The thank you. The hello. The – is there anything I can do?  The appreciation. The praise. The touch. The shopping for the cocooned.The neighbours on the roads as a guard of honour for the funerals. The handing in of the Trócaire boxes. The collections in case the parish might be short.The opening up. The disinfecting of the churches. The tidy up. The patience of everyone. The small talk of life; the chatter; the gossip; the bantering; the raimeis of everyday.And what then is prayer? It is noticing the little things. The little people. The little gifts. The little beauty. The hidden gems. The wonder.  It is being able to see. To take off the shoes. To bow the head. To be grateful. To being aware.To looking back and remembering the graciousness of life in people. It is looking around and seeing the Godly image in everyone.It is being at Mass and knowing that it is holy ground and listening. It is watching with amusement and amazement the scatter of seed in life and seeing the gentle growth.It is the marvel of Isaiah’s words on the effectiveness of God’s word which depends on our response. Oh it is the little things that matter. Every day and every moment is grace and blessing.God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.Living one day at a time;enjoying one moment at a time;accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;taking, as He did, this sinful worldas it is, not as I would have it;trusting that He will make all things rightif I surrender to His Will;that I may be reasonably happy in this lifeand supremely happy with HimSEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: Suicide – a pandemic that continues to devastate Facebook WhatsApp News Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Home Columnists Fr Paddy: Ode to a mouse or a spider Columnists Twitter Twitter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Impact from lower oil prices likely won’t be as bad as 2015: Poloz

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Interest ratesCompanies Bank of Canada Related news Even with the latest collapse in oil prices, governor Stephen Poloz insisted Thursday that he expects interest-rate hikes will still be needed over time. The central bank has been gradually raising rates for more than a year, thanks to the stronger economy.The arrival, however, of future rate increases will likely be more gradual than many observers had predicted just a few days ago. Market watchers, many of whom had expected the bank to increase the rate again in January, are now predicting a slower pace following the concerns expressed by Poloz in recent days regarding recent economic developments.On Wednesday, the bank left the rate unchanged at 1.75% as it underlined fresh negatives, such as the recent drop in oil prices.In explaining the rate decision Thursday, Poloz appeared less inclined to make a move any time soon.“The current level of interest rates remains appropriate for the time being,” Poloz said Thursday in a speech at an event hosted by CFA Society Toronto.“We continue to judge that the policy interest rate will need to rise… The pace at which this process occurs, of course, will remain decidedly data dependent.”The bank said Wednesday the timing of future increases will now depend on several factors — the persistence of the crude slump, the ability of corporate investment to pick up its pace and how much room the overall economy still has left to grow without stoking inflation.The bank raised its key interest rate target at its October meeting — its fifth increase since the summer of 2017.But much has changed in just six weeks.In the speech Thursday, Poloz said the data since October has been “on the disappointing side” and that the economy has less momentum heading into the final three months of 2018 than the bank believed it would.Poloz pointed to an unexpected decline in business investment over the summer as a key development — but he said the dive in oil prices has been the most-important “new shock.”“It is already clear that a painful adjustment is developing for Western Canada, and there will be a meaningful impact on the Canadian macroeconomy,” he said.“That said, given the consolidation that has taken place in the energy sector since 2014, the net effects of lower oil prices on the Canadian economy as a whole, dollar for dollar, should be smaller than they were in 2015.”He said oil and gas production now makes up just 3.5% of Canada’s economy, compared with 6% in 2014. In the years that have followed the last slump, the sector has adjusted its cost structures, wages and employment levels, Poloz said.Poloz also said that in 2015 about 30% of all business investment in Canada was in the oil and gas sector, while today it’s only around 18%. That means investment had farther to fall a few years ago.Looking at the positive side, Poloz said the latest oil-price slump has arrived at a time when Canada’s economy is running close to full tilt and the unemployment rate is at a 40-year low.He added he remains hopeful business investment will rebound now that much of the uncertainty surrounding North American free trade has eased with the new agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada.The central bank, he said, will also be watching for signs the economy can still grow without fuelling inflation. Poloz pointed to recent downward revisions to gross domestic product data that suggested there’s still some room for non-inflationary growth.Moving forward, the bank will scrutinize the results of its quarterly survey of business executives, to be published Dec. 21, for clues on corporate sentiment. Poloz said the bank will also meet with leaders in the energy sector, as it did following the oil-price collapse in late 2014 and early 2015.In a news conference Thursday following his speech, Poloz was asked about the chances a rate cut could be needed to deal with the latest oil slump.“I’m just not going to comment on that for now,” he said. “We have to do our work in order to understand the shock better and what its magnitude actually is.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter graph with canadian flag grkistock/123RF Rising interest rates could dampen stimulus impact: PBO BoE predicts best economic year for the U.K. since 1941 Andy Blatchford Fed warns U.S. financial system remains vulnerable The hit from low oil prices in Western Canada will reverberate across the national economy — but they should have less cross-country bite than the crisis of 2015, the head of the Bank of Canada said Thursday.The 2015 oil-price crash contributed at the time to a slight, technical recession and prompted the central bank to cut interest rates to boost Canada’s economy — twice. last_img read more

Facts about tuition and salary increases for the 2014-15 academic year

first_img Published: March 21, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado Board of Regents on Friday, March 21, voted to raise tuition at CU-Boulder for the 2014-15 academic year by 3.3 percent – one of the lowest tuition increases in the past decade. The facts below explain how tuition functions to fund the university’s main academic mission and offer some explanations on commonly asked questions about tuition and CU finances. — The regents approved a tuition increase to pay for a modest rise in expenses next year. CU-Boulder’s tuition is increasing by 3.3 percent, which equates to an additional $144 per semester or $12 per credit hour for a College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate student. This tuition increase pays for expenses such as the salaries for faculty and staff, health care costs, deferred maintenance, compliance with state and federal laws, utility increases and other basic expenses, which grow each year.– At the March 21 meeting, the Regents also approved mandated and merit salary increases for CU-Boulder faculty and staff, effective in their July 31 paychecks. For classified staff, this funds a long-deserved and legally mandated pay raise that includes a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase, with the possibility of an additional increase of up to 1 percent based on merit. Faculty and university staff employees are eligible for up to a 3 percent salary increase based on merit.– For the upcoming fiscal year, additional tuition dollars and a one-time state funding increase will help the campus make key investments, including: Funding for the second year of the Esteemed Scholars Program, providing scholarships to Colorado high school seniors with exceptional GPAs and test scores Raises for our faculty and staff, ensuring that CU-Boulder stays competitive and retains the best and brightest employees Enhancement to the tuition benefit for dependents of CU-Boulder’s faculty and staff Investment in much-needed deferred maintenance on our campus’s aging facilities Funding for critical initiatives to be in compliance with federal and state laws– The university is grateful for the sacrifices of Colorado families, alumni and families across the nation who are saving to send their young people to CU-Boulder. We are working hard at the state level to increase funding to CU-Boulder so that the cost of a valuable CU degree is not placed squarely on the shoulders of parents and students. For the upcoming fiscal year, the state is projected to give an extra $6 million in one-time funding to CU-Boulder — an amount we are grateful to receive, but which, by itself, does not provide nearly enough support to negate the need for a tuition increase. You can be a part of our efforts to secure more funding by becoming a CU Advocate.– You can also make your feelings about tuition increases and state support for CU-Boulder known to CU’s Board of Regents at https://www.cu.edu/regents/RgntsPUB0101.html or by emailing Chancellor DiStefano at [email protected]last_img read more

Staff Council shares results of family care survey

first_imgCampus Winter Break – A Letter from HR and Staff Council Dear Staff, Human Resources and Staff Council have received inquiries and comments about the recently… Read more Published: Jan. 27, 2021 Child care is foundational to our economy. Without it, many parents cannot work or reach their career potential. As child care programs rapidly closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the degree to which work is enabled by child care became obvious, particularly for the large percentage of employees parenting a child while working remotely. Recent studies have found that many working parents lost a job or reduced their hours due to a lack of child care. For CU Staff members, anxieties about the coming semester abound. While they may be able to rely on their institutions for support in matters of employment, they feel very much on their own in dealing with the personal costs of the pandemic or are unaware of the resources available to them. To gain a deeper sense of how Staff Council might advocate for staff and advise administration at the UCB campus, the Council sent staff a survey in order to gather data about child and elder care related issues that have become more prominent due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the 2 weeks the survey was open, 191 employees provided their input.Key Takeaways Approximately 83% of respondents said that providing and arranging child or elder care made their current employment with CU Boulder more challenging due to the many new and unforeseen circumstances of the pandemic.We learned that many employees are missing days of work,  continuously reorganizing  work schedules, working evenings, and having a tough time focusing on work because of the ever-changing child and elder care demands.These stressors are also impacting employees’ well-being – mentally, physically, and financially – and have made it harder to balance  time, juggle multiple roles (parent/teacher/caregiver etc.) and complete basic day-to-day tasks.4 primary themes, related to how CU can be more supportive of staff who have child or elder care responsibilitiesFlexible work schedulesEmotional well-being supportDiscounted child care and resources, andA more consistent level of support among managers across campus.In an effort to support our CU staff community, Staff Council wants to ensure your voices are heard. We are collaborating with administration to make progress as soon as we can, and are presently exploring how to act on your feedback. Recommendations from surveyMore options for mental health support to help lessen the stressors that are leading some staff toward burnout.Ways administratively to balance the unique work scenarios faced by staff, ie.Those who cannot work remotely – considering what changes can be made to provide relief so they do not have to choose between exhausting their benefits and educating their children.For remote workers – providing periodic mindfulness breaks that are built into their daily schedule to help create a less stressful work day.Continue discussions with Faculty & the Administration to explore the possibility of providing more on campus child care resources (options) including but not limited to:      Collaboration with the School of Education in creating programs that allow for hands on learning while caring for the children of staff via campus daycare and after school programs.Expansion of present child care programs on campus at a rate that is affordable to staff.Expanding communications concerning child / elder care resources available to staff.While we acknowledge that campus leadership has been very understanding of the unique circumstances we are presently working under, a more uniform policy of support needs to be implemented to ensure that all are treated equally.ResultsAn anonymized version of our survey results can be found on our website. Staff Council will share additional insights from our exploration sessions with the Administration over the next weeks / months. Updates will be posted to both the Staff Council Website as well as future articles in CU Boulder Today!Categories:Be represented.Tags:2021 Staff Council Election Results, Meet Your New 2021 Representatives The candidates made their cases and staff cast their ballots. The Elections Committee verified the… Read more Related Articles HR Answers Your Winter Break Questions What will Winter Break look like this year? Winter break will run from Dec. 25… Read more last_img read more

E. & J. Gallo Announces Acquisition of J Vineyards & Winery

first_imgShare Email TAGSE&J GallofeaturedJ Vineyards & Winery Previous articleTEXSOM International Wine Awards Announces WinnersNext articleRussian River Valley Serves as Host Location for Inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction Press Release Twitter Facebook Linkedin AdvertisementMODESTO, Calif. March 24, 2015 – E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) and J Vineyards & Winery announced today that Gallo has agreed to purchase the critically-acclaimed sparkling wine producer. Founded in 1986 by Judy Jordan, J Vineyards & Winery is located in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley and produces a wide range of prized sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division, “We are very excited to add the J Vineyards & Winery brands to our premium portfolio of wines. The brand’s contemporary elegance has a unique position in the marketplace.” He added, “J Vineyards & Winery is well known for their award-winning sparkling wines and we look forward to carrying on the winery’s reputation of making elegant, luxurious wines.”The acquisition, which includes the Healdsburg winery and more than 300 acres spread over nine vineyards within the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVAs, expands Gallo’s presence and properties in California’s prestigious North Coast wine country. Gallo already owns nine wineries strategically located in wine regions throughout California and Washington.“Over the last 30 years, I have created and built J Vineyards & Winery from a small sparkling wine house to an iconic luxury brand producing not only sparkling wines but also award-winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris,” said founder Judy Jordan. She added, “I am proud to announce today that I have found the perfect fit to take this beautiful company to even greater heights. E. & J. Gallo is also privately owned and shares similar core values as both companies are dedicated to a balance of quality, community, and financial sustainability. I look forward to my new chapter of building a mentorship platform as I honor and salute the outstanding new stewards of J Vineyards & Winery.”Demeter Group, a San Francisco-based investment bank for beverage alcohol companies, acted as J Vineyards & Winery’s exclusive financial advisor on the transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is scheduled to close this Friday, March 27.About E. & J. Gallo WineryEstablished in 1933 in Modesto, California, by Ernest and Julio Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery has become the world’s largest winery and the foremost winery in the art of grape growing, winemaking, distribution and marketing of wines. With nine wineries strategically located in wine regions in both California and Washington and access to grapes from vineyards in all of the premier grape-growing areas of both states, Gallo produces wines in every category, to suit every taste. Gallo imports wine and spirits from nine different countries around the world. Some of the brands in Gallo’s wine portfolio include Gallo Family Vineyards, Barefoot Cellars, Apothic, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Bridlewood, Mirassou Winery, Frei Brothers Reserve, William Hill Estate, Edna Valley Vineyard, Columbia Winery, Martín Códax, Brancaia, LaMarca and Ecco Domani. The Winery is also expanding its portfolio with distilled spirits and has recently added New Amsterdam Gin, New Amsterdam Vodka, Familia Camarena Tequila and Shellback Rum.About J Vineyards & WineryJ Vineyards & Winery is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway south of Healdsburg. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines, produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation. Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery is Certified Sustainable through the California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance.Advertisement Pinterest ReddIt Home Industry News Releases E. & J. Gallo Announces Acquisition of J Vineyards & WineryIndustry News ReleasesE. & J. Gallo Announces Acquisition of J Vineyards & WineryBy Press Release – March 24, 2015 111 0 last_img read more

Rock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals

first_imgRelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is promising a “rock star” atmosphere at this year’s Festival Song Competition finals scheduled for July 30 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston.Speaking at a Think Tank session held on July 28, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Kingston headquarters, Coordinator for the competition, David Reid, said that patrons would definitely get their money’s worth.“We’ll have a pre-show party led by Swatch International. The show itself will be filled with high technology and many surprises… you are going to believe that you are in a rock concert,” he said.The show will get underway at 7:00 p.m. and arrangements have been made for possible crowd overflow. “We have done our assessment and we have two mega screens that we will be putting up to accommodate the overflow outside of the stands. So persons who come and can’t get into the stands will enjoy the show by watching it on the screens in a real party atmosphere,” Mr. Reid said.Meanwhile, the Festival Song Coordinator told JIS News that the 10 songs, vying for lucrative prize money, as well as the 2010 Festival Song title, are of high quality and have been vetted by a panel of experienced and expert judges, who are satisfied that the lyrics and melody are original and impactful.“We have singers and songwriters from across the island and overseas whose songs have the ability to reach a wide cross section of the Jamaica population,” he boasted.Since June 19, the finalists have been on promotional drives across the island, as well as working with top directors and producers on a Jamaica Festival Song Album. They are expected to make appearances until the grand finals on July 30.“We have been promoting the competition with the finalists. They have been involved in a series of road shows, they performed at the RJR Jamaica St.Leger Race Day at Caymanas Track, the Sumfest Beach Party and Little Ochi Seafood Carnival. They will perform at the Claro lunch hour concert on July 29 and the Bank of Jamaica lunch hour concert on July 30 ahead of the finals that same night,” the Festival Song Coordinator informed.This year’s winner will receive $1 million courtesy of the main sponsor, Claro, and a 2010 Nissan Tiida from Fidelity Motors, in what is the most lucrative prize package in the history of the competition.All 10 song writers will also receive $100,000 in cash from the CHASE Fund. Other sponsors include Real Vibes Party Wine, Excelsior, Ting, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, the KSAC and the Jamaica Information Service.Mr. Reid is urging Jamaicans to support this year’s competition, which is being held under the theme: ‘True Jamaican Patriot’.Tickets are available at all JCDC offices island wide, Music Mart in the Twin Gates Plaza, and at the Portmore Mall Pharmacy. VIP tickets, which will only be available pre-sold, will cost $1000, while regular adult tickets will cost $700 pre-sold, and $800 at the gate. Children’s tickets cost $300. RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finalscenter_img Rock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals CultureJuly 29, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Hobbits and leadership: Society members meet new justices

first_imgHobbits and leadership: Society members meet new justices Justice Jamie R. GrosshansSamwise Gamgee from “Lord of the Rings” is a pretty good example of the leadership and professionalism qualities than should be emulated in the real world, including the legal system.Supreme Court Justice Jamie Grosshans cited the hobbit when asked what literary character would best demonstrate professionalism and leadership, the themes of this year’s Supreme Court Historical Society’s Supreme Evening.Part of the January 28 virtual program had Grosshans and fellow Justice John Couriel, both of whom joined the court last year, interviewed by society Trustee Fred Karlinsky so society members would get to better know the newest justices.“This was a friend of someone who was called to do something very noble,” said Grosshans of her choice of Sam as a literary hero. “He wasn’t asked to do anything, he volunteered. He took a journey, he was loyal, he was faithful, and at the end of the day he was the one who ended up saving Frodo and throwing that ring into the fire and saving the world.“He was true to what he believed in from day one…. He’s not the main character, he’s not even the hero that everyone talks about from ‘Lord of the Rings,’ but in my mind, he plays such a pivotal role in saving the world.”Karlinsky asked Couriel a slightly different version — who his real-world models of professionalism and leadership are.“I have an embarrassment of riches on that side,” he replied, citing his time both in private practice and in the Southern District of Florida’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.Justice John CourielHe specifically named former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who hired him, and Andrew Lourie and Matthew Menchel, who he worked with at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was later partners with at Kobre & Kim LLP.“I see them both as professional role models and models of principled public service,” Couriel said.Asked what he found intriguing and frustrating about the law, Couriel cited the same thing, what he called “the public meaning of the law.”That, he said, involved looking at not what the Legislature “intended” but by what it “meant.” The distinction, Couriel added, is “what…the words of the bargain they [legislators] struck and the executive signed actually mean. And that sounds really straightforward and sometimes it is very straightforward and it serves as a bit of an anchor when you’re grappling with the concepts of what we do here.“That is both a very liberating idea, because I think once you accept that is what the law is about, you realize that we live in a democracy and have only ourselves to hold accountable for what our legislators do and it’s a very humbling thing to put around the judicial role as well.”Asked about advice for young lawyers, he cited something learned from his physician wife, Dr. Rebecca Toonkel, who is also a medical school instructor.“They learn a message, ‘see one, do one, teach one’ for just about every procedure they do, and that’s pretty good for the law,” Couriel said. “First watch, see one, watch and pick the right mentors to watch. Then do it, actually get in there and take that deposition, argue that motion, seek an opportunity to do it. Then teach, immediately pass on what you’ve learned. I think that’s the way to gain and distribute knowledge without stepping on toes.”Invited to give advice on the pitfalls of social media and other instant internet postings, Couriel said lawyers must remember they are seen as lawyers in all settings.“Whether you want it to or not, it does follow you everywhere you go and that includes online,” he said. “It requires members of the Bar to be extremely judicious about what they say and do publicly and how they hold themselves out, remembering they represent the cause of justice in our society.”While some mistakes are inevitable, Couriel said “an awareness of the risk is really important for young lawyers.”On the same question, Grosshans said, “I always tell young lawyers when they ask for advice that your reputation follows you forever…. So always remember each word matters, each action matters. A client will come and go, a case will come and go, but your reputation is with you forever.”Karlinsky asked Justice Grosshans what perspective she brings to the court, and she noted that she had her own solo firm doing family law and criminal work, following her first job as a prosecutor in the Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s office.“I know what it’s like to have a small firm, I know what it’s like to have employees, I know what it’s like to bill on that level, and I have really enjoyed being able to bring that perspective to the court,” Grosshans said.The idea of being a lawyer and having her own firm was not something she had expected growing up in a small Mississippi town. Grosshans said there were no women lawyers and no litigators. “Then I finished school, I woke up, I said, ‘You know, being a lawyer sounds like an interesting career choice,’” she recounted.“If you had asked me in law school, ‘Would you be doing criminal defense and family law,’ I would have looked shocked,” she said. “I never wanted to do that. Then it turns out I love it. It was such a rewarding part of my career. I felt I was really able to assist people in some of their darkest times.”Grosshans attributed her interest in joining the bench to a talk she heard several years ago from Ninth Circuit Judge John Jordan.“He spoke at a law-related event here and was really so expressive and persuasive about people considering this pathway, the service element, and just being able to give back to the community and the state,” Grosshans said. “That was really the first time that I had thought through doing that. I remember looking at my husband [attorney Joshua Grosshans] and saying, ‘I might like to do that someday.’”While Grosshans had no lawyers in her family, Couriel’s paternal grandfather and great grandfather were lawyers and judges in Cuba.“It felt very much like coming home to follow the same career path here in the United States,” he said.Both sets of grandparents left Cuba to emigrate to the U.S., his maternal grandparents with his mother and his paternal grandparents following his father, who had come alone in 1960 as part of the Pedro Pan operation where unaccompanied children were sent to the U.S.Now that he’s the father of 8- and 9-year olds, Couriel said he understands the courage of that decision.Grosshans, too, has young children at home, three under the age of 12, plus a small dog named Teddy Roosevelt, who she said has the former president’s “grumpy expression.”The full interviews have been posted on the society’s YouTube Channel. Couriel’s interview is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA-IexXFTgE and Grosshans’ is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCPyBK2-6ME. Feb 03, 2021 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Storieslast_img read more

Huawei goes all out on video, 5G and cloud at MWC17

first_imgHomeMWC17 Huawei goes all out on video, 5G and cloud at MWC17 Huawei used its pre-Mobile World Congress 2017 media briefing to position itself as “the real business partner for operators”, stating that “only when the carriers grow can Huawei grow”.In a presentation in London today, Zhilei Zou, president of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group (pictured, far left), said “we want to improve operations efficiency and network opportunity, so the end user needs can be met”.Acknowledging the telecoms industry today is very different from that of ten years ago, the executive said the market is nonetheless “broader and deeper than our imagination”.“As long as you can seize the opportunity, you can have good growth,” he claimed.VideoHuawei focused on video as a source of growth for operators, having previously argued this is becoming a basic service for operators. Such offerings can have benefits in terms of reduced churn and increased ARPU, Zou said.“If they can do a good job in the video business, they can do well elsewhere,” he observed.Kunlong Li, director of Huawei’s carrier video business (pictured, far right), highlighted the experience of an operator in South Korea where video revenue matches broadband revenue. He also said in the US, video on demand revenue now matches box office spend.For operators, there is also the opportunity to monetise video services in several different ways. At the base level is the monetisation of broadband capacity; above this is “experience monetisation”, for example charging more for 4K video services; and on the top “ecosystem monetisation”, offering opportunities through avenues such as advertising, gaming, shopping, education and e-health.“The most important part of video is the user experience: experience is the king. That is why the operator is so important as a key player in this game – it’s because the network has never been as critical as now,” Li said.5GUnsurprisingly, the path to 5G will also be a key theme for Huawei in Barcelona, with the company promising its first phase of commercial products will be available in 2018 to support early operator deployments.Ken Wang, president of global marketing and solution sales with the vendor (pictured, second left), said operators need to be ready for the new technology on three fronts: network architecture ready, spectrum ready, and business ready.Peter Zhou, CMO of the wireless network product line (pictured, centre), identified three key opportunities for 5G. Video again received attention, along with openings in vertical markets.However, Huawei again positioned 5G as a way to improve household broadband connectivity, noting there remains a massive number of properties which require either broadband access or, where broadband access is available, would benefit from a speed boost.Zhou also reiterated the need for operators to deploy 4.5G technology as a stepping stone to 5G, stating there are 68 such networks commercially, increasing to more than 120 this year.“To develop 5G oriented services, we don’t need to wait until 5G networks are ready,” he said.All cloudZho said Huawei is taking “concrete steps” in evolving towards an All Cloud architecture, building on announcements made by the company and at its 2016 Global Mobile Broadband Forum.Noting the company in the past “developed a lot of boxes”, he said the focus shifted to how to use assets in the most effective manner and it today has “no vested interests to protect” in the evolution to the cloud.Libin Dai, director of the network transformation management department, carrier business group marketing (pictured, second right), said: “Huawei is committed to becoming the advocator, enabler and leader of all cloud, so within two-to-three years, Huawei will adopt that strategy in all products and solutions, to enable the business success of our customers”.He said the company is set to update on seven new all cloud products and solutions at Mobile World Congress. Author Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 FEB 2017 5GcloudHuaweimobile videoMWC17 Previous ArticleWhatsApp rolls out two-factor authentication securityNext ArticleNorway’s banks partner to seize mobile wallet initiative Tags Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more last_img read more

O’Sullivan reaches U.S. Women’s Amateur quarters

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – Hannah O’Sullivan routed two more opponents Thursday to advance to the U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinals at Portland Golf Club. The 17-year-old O’Sullivan, from Chandler, Arizona, beat France’s Justine Dreher, 7 and 6, in the second round, and topped Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, Colorado, 4 and 3, in the third. “I’m feeling really good about my game,” O’Sullivan said. “I’m just trying to be as confident as possible and taking it one shot at a time. It’s been working out pretty well.” On Wednesday in the first round of match play, O’Sullivan beat Haley Mills of Tyler, Texas, 7 and 6. O’Sullivan won the Symetra Tour’s Gateway Classic in February in Mesa, Arizona, at 16 to become the youngest winner in the history of the professional circuit. O’Sullivan will face SMU junior Lindsey McCurdy of Liberty Hill, Texas. McCurdy beat 2014 winner Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, 4 and 3, and Oregon’s Caroline Inglis of Eugene 1 up. In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, France’s Mathilda Cappeliez will play Anna Newell of Tampa, Florida. In the third round, Cappeliez beat Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, California, 3 and 2, and Newell topped Bailey Tardy of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, 2 and 1. In the lower bracket, England’s Bronte Law will play Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Florida; and Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California, will face Mika Liu of Los Angeles. Law beat U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea, 4 and 2; Brooks edged Maddie McCrary of Wylie, Texas, in 20 holes; Wu topped Lydia Choi of Los Angeles, 5 and 4; and Liu beat Cindy Ha of Demarest, New Jersey, 4 and 3. Law is a junior at UCLA. “I’ve learned from match-play experience that you have to treat every single opponent equally because someone has their hot day, someone doesn’t,” said Law, No. 2 in the women’s world amateur ranking. “I don’t treat anyone differently out there on the course.”last_img read more

Man arrested after Supervalu store in Strabane robbed at knifepoint

first_img A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery following an incident at a supermarket in Strabane this morning.Just before 8am, when the shop was due to open, a masked man carrying a knife went into the store in the toen centre.The man went to the cigarette counter in the Supervalu store and threatened a member of staff.The man left the store, threatening another member of staff as he did.Then just before 9am police arrested a man at the river slipway at Upper Main Street.The PSNI have said he is currently assisting them with their enquiries.The armed robbery is the second in Strabane inside eight days.Last week a masked man armed with a knife walked into a shop on Beechmount Avenue and demanded the contents of the till.The man escaped on foot with around 300 pounds.Police have said they do not believe that incident is linked to a recent wave of robberies in Strabane. Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Google+ Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – July 24, 2014 center_img Man arrested after Supervalu store in Strabane robbed at knifepoint Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Previous articleProud Mum Kim shares North’s first stepsNext articleProtest at Carnagarve proposals to take place on Glenburnie Beach today News Highland News Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitterlast_img read more