Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Are you ready for the end?Shared from Change-effect on 13 Jun 2016 in Personnel Today I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. I’m ok with that. The reality finally struck me that in a matter of weeks our world might be on the verge of substantial change. There is a very real chance that we could be collectively making the decision to leave the european union.Read full article Comments are closed.
December was a particularly busy month for Openreach who, as the Government’s major partner on this massive infrastructure project, have been working hard throughout the winter months to ensure the rollout remained on track. In total, around 800,000 homes and businesses were reached last year through the UK Government BDUK programme alongside commercial delivery, with Openreach delivering the major proportion of this achievement; and as a result of this deployment, the 95% target was achieved in December 2017.Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach, said: Wales has seen a rapid increase in the number of homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband, from 29.4% in 2010, to 94.2% by December last year. It follows the UK Government’s manifesto commitment to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by the end of 2017.Figures published by www.thinkbroadband.com have confirmed that more than 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses now have the opportunity to upgrade their internet connections to superfast speeds of 24 Mbps or faster – more than double what Ofcom advise is required by a typical family home.The £1.7 billion Government rollout of superfast broadband to areas deemed “not commercially viable” by industry has so far reached more than 4.5 million UK premises that would otherwise have been left in the connectivity slow lane, the majority of which are in rural areas. In addition to the huge benefits to our day-to-day lives that superfast speeds offer, this closing of the “digital divide” has also delivered a significant boost to local economies – creating around 50,000 new local jobs and generating an additional £8.9 billion in turnover in the areas covered by the Government rollout between 2013 and 2016.Minister for the UK Government in Wales Stuart Andrew said: Providing access to reliable, high speed broadband is probably the single most important thing we can do to ensure the sustainability of our rural communities and businesses and as such it is fantastic to hear that Wales has reached 94% for superfast broadband coverage. Wales had a much bigger gap to close than England and so it’s really positive news that they’ve made such giant steps in closing the digital divide, particularly given the very challenging topography in Wales. We know there is more to be done, but today’s announcement marks another significant leap forward in the UK Government’s efforts to ensure Wales has a broadband network fit for the digital age. We have come a long way in a short space of time, with one of the fastest broadband deployments in the world. This is an important milestone – but we’re not stopping here. We’re determined to get Britain – the whole of Britain – hooked up to decent broadband speeds. The Government’s Universal Service Obligation will make high speed broadband a legal right and we’ll be working with industry, Government and Ofcom to deliver this. In the meantime, we’ll be continuing to expand our network to address the remaining not-spots through a combination of our own commercial programmes and our partnerships with local authorities and communities. Wales experiences rapid increase in access to superfast broadband – from 29.4% of homes and businesses in 2010 to 94.2% by December 2017. The Government’s ongoing rollout is still reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week Superfast speeds have already delivered an £8.9 billion sales boost to local economies Over the last 5 years, the Government’s rollout of superfast broadband has made superfast speeds a reality for more than 4.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. But there’s still more to do in our work building a Britain that’s fit for the future. We’re reaching thousands more premises every single week, and have committed to making affordable, reliable, high speed broadband a legal right to everyone by 2020. A clause in the Government’s contracts requires suppliers to recycle funding when people take up superfast connections installed as part of the programme. Over 2.25 million homes and businesses have taken up superfast broadband in areas covered by BDUK projects. To date, BT has set aside £477 million to extend coverage over the full lifetime of the contracts – up from £292 million in December 2016 – in nations and regions around the UK.Combined with project efficiencies of at least £210 million resulting from the successful management and delivery of the programme, there will be up to £687 million available for local authorities to re-invest and take superfast speeds to those homes and businesses not already covered by existing plans.Together with other planned delivery, this will help take superfast coverage to the majority of the remaining premises over the next few years. In addition to this, the Universal Service Obligation the Government is bringing in will give everyone the legal right to high speed broadband (10Mbps or faster) by 2020, meaning that no-one is left behind, and that all UK homes and businesses have the connectivity they need in the digital age.ENDSNotes to editors: The latest broadband coverage figures are at www.thinkbroadband.com DCMS Secretary of State, Matt Hancock said: This is without doubt an extraordinary achievement and I’d like to thank the thousands of Openreach engineers and the many more of our people supporting them, who have worked so tirelessly to make this happen.
The UK Government said:The UK will guarantee Gibraltar financial services firms’ access to UK markets as now until 2020. Ahead of this, the UK Government will work closely with the Government of Gibraltar to design a replacement framework to endure beyond 2020 similarly based on shared, high standards of regulation, and enforcement of this regulation, and underpinned by modern arrangements for information-sharing, transparency and regulatory co-operation.The UK and Gibraltar have agreed to recognise the importance of enhancing our liaison on all of the environmental and fisheries implications of EU exit that are relevant to Gibraltar, whether by sharing information as openly as possible, by providing specialist expertise across a range of policy areas to support Gibraltar with its own preparations, or by considering with Gibraltar where its interests might be promoted in future through regional or international agreements.The UK has provided assurance to the Government of Gibraltar that, following EU Exit, British Citizens resident in Gibraltar will continue to be eligible for higher education home fee status at English Institutions (both during the Implementation Period and afterwards) subject to concluding a reciprocal agreement for UK students studying at Higher Education Institutions in Gibraltar.The UK has provided assurance that gambling operators based in Gibraltar will continue to access the UK market after we leave the EU in the same way they do now – and we are working towards agreement of a MOU which will enable closer working and collaboration between gambling regulators in Gibraltar and the UK.The UK is committed to work closely with the Government of Gibraltar towards transport arrangements post EU Exit that support Gibraltar’s prosperity.The UK will maintain the current reciprocal healthcare arrangement between the UK and Gibraltar. This means that Gibraltar can continue to refer an unlimited number of their patients to the UK for free elective treatment.
Costa Coffee has reported a 21.5% growth to £123.9m in UK retail system sales in its first-quarter financial results.As part of the Whitbread Group, the UK high street coffee shop chain has increased total system sales by 24.7% to £226.7m in the 13 weeks to 31 May 2012. Costa’s UK equity stores delivered like-for-like sales (LFL) of 8.4%.Andy Harrison, chief executive of Whitbread, said: “Costa has continued its excellent momentum delivering a 25.3% growth in total sales, with an 8.4% increase in UK LFL sales and strong international growth.“Our consistent investment in product quality and customer experience has helped our strong brands to outperform their competitors.”The firm opened 35 net new UK stores in the quarter, 29 in its UK retail division and six within Costa Enterprises. Costa Enterprises, which incorporates the firm’s self-branded Express machines, reported a 29.9% rise in system sales to £50.6m.The company has now set up 1,714 of the Costa Express self-serve units in total, which are found at locations such as petrol forecourts, supermarkets and newsagents.Franchise system sales were up 22.5% to £58.8m, while international system sales grew 25.8% to £52.2m.The company has said it plans to open 350 net new stores and 1,000 Costa Express units in the full year.Harrison added: “Whitbread has begun the new financial year well, with a 13.9% growth in total sales, driven by a 4.5% growth in LFL sales and the continuing expansion of Premier Inn and Costa. “We expect comparative quarterly trading to continue to be variable. April benefited substantially from a weak comparative, due to the extended Royal Wedding holiday in 2011. For the second quarter, we face tougher comparatives against a strong result last year, together with the uncertain impact of this summer’s major sporting events.”
National Sweet American Bakery Week has wrapped up for its second year after bakers nationwide got involved with the event. From 1 to 7 July bakers were encouraged to maximise the popularity of American-inspired sweet treats, with product ideas from across the ponds.Graham Ryder, owner of Peter’s Bakery in Manchester, who has taken part in the awareness week for the last two years, said: “This year we wanted to do even more to celebrate the event. We styled the bakery with red white and blue decorations and opted for a Vegas theme, producing cupcakes topped with chocolate dice, playing cards and even roulette chips – they were a big hit with our customers.”Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland for Dawn Foods, said: “We were delighted to have more bakers than ever register for this year’s National American Sweet Bakery Week. We’ve received excellent feedback from those who took part in the event, with many reporting incredible sales increases during the week.”Bakers can still get a taste of the USA through Dawn’s wider Authentic American Bakery Campaign. Follow Dawn’s virtual food blogger and bakery enthusiast Dan Jackson’s adventures across the USA as he reports on trends and sends back recipe and theming ideas using Dawn’s American bakery products.Go to www.dawnbakery.co.uk for full details, as well as the chance to enter monthly American-themed competitions and giveaways.
I spend a lot of time talking with CIOs around the world, on the infrastructure side of the house as well as the database/enterprise app side of the house. I hear first-hand, from DBAs and IT infrastructure teams alike, about the challenges they face with choosing the right infrastructure for their database and enterprise app environments. I consistently hear stories of the difficulties of meeting service-level agreements, of meeting performance objectives, of providing continuous availability, availability to recover quickly, of driving down TCO and leveraging the benefits of virtualization. Customers tell me they want a virtual, open architecture that will allow them to leverage best-in-class technologies, but are concerned about the performance impact this may have on their production databases and applications.At EMC World, I told you how EMC faced this challenge as we standardized our own business-critical applications infrastructure that included Oracle, SAP, and Exchange. Like many of our customers, our experience proved that virtual infrastructure can achieve the standardization gains across IT while being able to maximize performance for production applications and databases.I provided specific examples of this in my keynote address. Just a small amount of flash in virtualized Oracle databases in online transaction processing (OLTP) and Data Warehouse workloads delivers extreme levels of performance. How much? 3.7 million random I/Os per second for Oracle OLTP environments at very low latencies and over 32 GB/second read scan performance with over 21 TB/hour data loads for Oracle data warehouses. More importantly, this standardized approach of flash and virtualization makes a measurable impact on long-term TCO.There is also an interesting added benefit of virtualization and flash in terms of multi-year TCO for production database and application environments. A recent post by Wikibon.orghighlights the impact of how a small amount of flash, combined with virtualization of Oracle production database servers, can dramatically impact hardware, software, and maintenance TCO over a three-year period.Optimizing performance and TCO for one specific database or application is nice, but what most IT organizations are driving toward is a way to standardize how these benefits are delivered across the data center. Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP have all been offering strategies to standardize within their own field of vision. Take Oracle’s “engineered systems,” for example. Oracle applies standardization vertically and promises optimized levels of IT performance and IT productivity—at least for a part of IT. That doesn’t mean that standardization is a compromise—it just means that standardization needs to be broadly applied to be effective for all business-critical applications. A vertically integrated approach for a specific database, custom-written application, or one vendor’s stack is not easily leveraged across a virtual cloud computing environment, and several customers have found they have become locked in and can’t leverage best-of-breed technologies that could make their organizations more efficient and flexible, and avoid the single-vendor lock-in problem.Customers looking to standardize IT infrastructure for their high-performance Oracle database environments can do so without sacrificing openness and choice thanks to the new Vblock™ Specialized System for High Performance Databases. Unlike narrowly focused engineered systems, the new Vblock System delivers optimized performance for Oracle with flash, along with the Vblock System’s inherent high availability and ability to cost-effectively scale the system incrementally, all while preserving the choice to run other Oracle or non-Oracle workloads today or in the future. Targeted for large database environments requiring millions of IOPs, the system will enter limited availability (through VCE’s First Customer Ship Program) in Q4 2013, with targeted GA in Q1 2014.To help our customers optimize their unique Oracle environments, EMC has created an open, online community for Oracle customers to engage directly with EMC’s global solutions experts. Here, Oracle DBAs and IT infrastructure teams can access dozens of tested and proven solutions, training materials, and case studies from EMC/Oracle customers who have achieved impressive performance and efficiency results virtualizing their Oracle database environments.When selecting the right infrastructure for your Oracle database environment—where performance, availability, and efficiency for business-critical apps such as Oracle are paramount—don’t settle for just any engineered system. Choose the system that will best help you meet your performance objectives, availability requirements, and service-level agreements and at the same time drive down TCO.
LONDON (AP) — Google says it’s making progress on its plan to revamp Chrome user tracking technology aimed at improving privacy even as it faces challenges from regulators and officials. The company gave an update Monday on its work to remove from its Chrome browser so-called third-party cookies, which are used by a website’s advertisers or partners and can be used to track user browsing habist across the internet. They’ve been a longtime source of privacy concerns and Google said a year ago that it would do away with them, in an announcement that shook up the online advertising industry. In a blog post, Google said the proposals will “help publishers and advertisers succeed while also protecting people’s privacy as they move across the web.”
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas say they have arrested a dozen state police officers for allegedly killing 19 people, including Guatemalan migrants, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the U.S. border late in January. Tamaulipas state Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica said late Tuesday that all 12 state policemen are in custody and face charges of homicide, abuse of authority and making false statements. The killings revived memories of the gruesome 2010 massacre of 72 migrants near the town of San Fernando in the same gang-ridden state.
WNY News Now Image.ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ratified legislation requiring New York State Police to wear body cameras on Tuesday.Cuomo also ratified a measure creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office. Supporters say these new laws promote accountability, transparency, and trust in law enforcement agencies.“New York is the progressive capital of the nation, and we are leading the way by enacting real reforms to increase transparency in policing, promote accountability among our law enforcement agencies and ultimately mend that frayed relationship between the police and the community,” said Cuomo.S.8493/A.8674 requires all state troopers to wear body cameras while on patrol, and to record: Immediately before exiting a patrol vehicle to interact with a person or situationUses of force, arrests, and summonsesInteractions with criminal suspectsSearches of people and propertyCalls to a crime in progressInteractions with members of the public during investigationsInteractions with emotionally disturbed peopleWhenever an officer feels imminent dangerWhenever an officer feels the need to record time on dutyThe law also requires law enforcement to maintain video databases of all recordings. It creates no requirements for local law enforcement agencies, police departments, or sheriff’s offices.In a statement New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas H. Mungeer says, “We have never been opposed to the use of body cameras and we believe they will be more important now during this time of increased scrutiny on the law enforcement community.” Mungeer says the union has been looking into body cameras for over a year, and hopes their funding will not be taken from the existing police budget.Also Tuesday, Cuomo signed S.3595-C/A.10002, which creates the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, an independent body within the Department of Law—which is headed by the Attorney General. The new Office must review, study, audit, and make recommendation to police while increasing or protecting:Effectiveness of law enforcementPublic safetyCivil liberties and civil rightsCompliance with constitutional protections, and local, state, and federal lawsPublic confidence in law enforcementThe Office also handles misconduct complaints about any local law enforcement agency statewide, allowing for an independent review of complaints of misconduct for any local law enforcement agency. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
To cut or not to cut. That may be the question for Georgia forest landowners. But theycan’t go wrong either way, says Coleman Dangerfield.”You can earn a better return from the land by taking your trees out beyondpulpwood age,” says the University of Georgia Extension Service economist. “Butif you’ve got to have the cash after the trees have been growing for 15 years, thenclear-cut and take the profit.”Gain now or gain later. But if you can let your pine trees go a while longer, you’ll gain more profits andother benefits.”If you can let your timber stand grow beyond 25 or 30years,”Dangerfield says, “you’ll get other plants growing, wildlife will have more food and cover andthe view will be more attractive. It’s also good for the wood-buying public.”Timber sold earlier goes mainly for pulpwood.”People use a pile of paper,” Dangerfield says. That explains the projected 1.2 percent annual growth in paper and paperboardconsumption. This forest-product category is expected to grow faster than any other. Theprice should keep up with inflation, he says.If you can leave your timber alone for a generation, your trees will increase in value.Instead of pulpwood, you’ll sell for solid wood products such as veneer logs, plywood,structural panels and poles.The cut-now-cut-later decision reaches further than timber owners’ bank accounts. Forestry isbig business in Georgia. With 65 percent of the land in forests, Georgia has thesecond-highest percentage of forest land in the Southeast, behind Alabama. The industryemploys 71,849 people in Georgia and 1.6 million nationwide. Timber products comprise the largest portion of total agricultural crop value in theUnited States, valued at $46.3 billion. Georgia’s total is more than $2 billion, by far the highest in the Southeast.”Sometimes people forget where two-by-fours come from,” Dangerfield says. “Trees are an agriculturalcrop in Georgia — a very good crop for Georgia. Our trees have a purpose. They arebeautiful and we do enjoy them, but they are harvested just like corn or soybeans.”Special legislation reserves 36 million acres of timberlands for nontimber uses. Alltogether, federal, state and local governments own 131 million of the country’s 490million forest acres. Of Georgia’s 23.6 million forest acres, 1.6 million acres are publicly owned.