RBS swings to loss in wake of £900m PPI charges

first_imgHe added: “Profits were all but wiped out by another £900m provision for PPI mis selling, and net interest margin was trimmed to just 1.97 per cent as the flattening of the yield curve this summer left even less room for the bank to make money on lending.” ‘A tough economic environment’ Read more: A tour around Goldman’s new London HQ Signage is seen at the front of a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland in central London on October 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND Tolga Akmen / Tolga Akmen (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images) The taxpayer-controlled lender confirmed last month that Alison Rose, an RBS lifer who previously served as the firm’s deputy chief executive at NatWest Holdings, is replacing Ross McEwan as the firm’s chief executive. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) swung to a loss during the last quarter as a rush of payment protection insurance (PPI) claims caused a £900m hit to the lender’s balance sheet. Shares in the spotlight Chief financial officer Katie Murray described the results as a “solid underlying performance in a tough economic operating environment.” Read more: PPI claims drive surge in company complaints Shares in the bank were down roughly 3.5 per cent in early morning trading. In a statement she said: “These results demonstrate our solid underlying performance in a tough operating environment. The core retail and commercial bank continues to perform well, and we are making good progress against our targets for the year. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistateUndo whatsapp On Brexit, Murray told reporters this morning: “As far as RBS is concerned, our preparations in place.” Thursday 24 October 2019 8:14 am She added: “Larger corporates are holding back a bit in terms of investments.” A challenging quarter in the NatWest Markets division, where total income plunged by £419m to £150m in the wake of flattening yield curves, also dragged down the bank. RBS reports an operating loss of £8m for the nine months to the end of September 2019, falling from £961m in the same period last year.center_img No easy start for Rose “There was no easy start for new RBS CEO Alison Rose with third quarter numbers today underlining the tough conditions for banks,” said Ed Monk, associate director from Fidelity Personal Investing’s share dealing service. The bank’s Common Equity Tier One capital ratio, a key measure for financial health, was 15.7 per cent during the last three months, falling from 16 per cent in the same period last year. Conduct and litigation costs have hit £750m for the third quarter, bringing the year-to-date total up to £810m. Rose, who is the first woman to lead one of Britain’s big four banks, will start her new role next week but is not expected to unveil the firm’s broader strategy until February. However, Shore Capital described the results as “disappointing”, with banking analyst Gary Greenwood concluding: “The shares have rallied recently on optimism that a no deal Brexit can be avoided, thus closing some of the gap to our current fair value of 275p (18 per cent upside) but are likely to trade down today on a disappointing update.” PPI charges have hit a number of large British banks in recent months, with a flood of last-minute claims ahead of an August deadline pushing up costs for lenders. RBS swings to loss in wake of £900m PPI charges whatsapp Shares in RBS have climbed roughly 12 per cent in the last month, with hopes of a Brexit deal boosting investor optimism for the stock. Share The PPI deadline has brought down the curtain on a major financial scandal that involved banks and loan providers mis-selling policies to people who did not need them between 1990 and 2010. Sebastian McCarthy The PPI saga “We have seen strong growth across the business and our sustained high levels of capital and liquidity mean we are well positioned to support our customers in these uncertain times.”last_img read more

Poll predicts Tory majority of 28, halved from a fortnight ago

first_imgHowever, with 85 seats with a margin of error of 5 per cent or less, YouGov said it could not yet rule out a hung parliament. The final MRP poll of 2019 found that were the election to be held tomorrow, the Conservatives would be on course for 339 seats, 22 more than they won in 2017. Read more: General Election: 2019 Conservatives on course for 1992 style victory In another of 2017’s shock seats, Canterbury, in which Labour overturned a hundred years of Tory dominance, it is expected to double its lead to 12 points. (ITV via Getty Images) Read more: General Election: Boris Johnson sets out 100 day plan as polls predict Tory majority Labour is now ahead in Tom Watson’s former seat of West Bromwich East and Workington. Labour is expected to retain all of its seats in the south of the principality. Tuesday 10 December 2019 10:30 pm In terms of vote share, the Tories are predicted to take 43 per cent of the vote, with Labour on 34 per cent. Unlike in 2017, when Labour began to close the gap with a few weeks to go before stalling in the final days, the surge seems to have begin as the campaign reaches its climax. The poll shows that the majority of the seats expected to change hands are those that Labour won from the Conservatives in 2017. The Liberal Democrats have the chance to claim a major scalp in Esther and Walton, the seat of foreign secretary Dominic Raab. “As things currently stand there are 85 seats with a margin of error of 5 per cent or less.” In a further sign that the election polls are narrowing, a comprehensive poll conducted by YouGov suggested the expected Tory majority to be 28 – a significant fall from the 68 they predicted a fortnight ago. In Wales, Labour has a tight race in store, with two of its six seats in the north, including Wrexham, predicted to fall to the Tories. In all six of these seats the difference between first and second is five points or less, which makes them too close to call.center_img Despite winning the seat with a majority of 23,000 in 2017, the poll suggests tactical voting will push the Lib Dems to 44 per cent of the vote share, within touching distance of the Tories on 46 per cent. Share Chris Curtis, YouGov’s political research manager, said: “The margins are extremely tight and small swings in a small number of seats, perhaps from tactical voting and a continuation of Labour’s recent upward trend, means we can’t currently rule out a hung parliament. The poll also finds that Labour will keep hold of Kensington on Thursday, which it won from the Conservatives by just 20 votes in 2017. Labour currently holds a slender lead in the constituency, of 38 to 36 per cent of vote share. Last month the party was set to lose 44 seats to the Conservatives, but this has now narrowed to 29. Poll predicts Tory majority of 28, halved from a fortnight ago Labour are set to lose 31 seats to fall to 231, which would be the party’s worst performance since 1983 in terms of seats. Andy Silvester The recovery has been strongest in Remain areas. In seats that Labour is defending which have a majority of less than 8,000, the party has increased its vote share by 6 per cent. whatsapp whatsapp Since November’s model the poll showed that Labour had pulled back in many of the seats. The Liberal Democrats are expected to increase their number of seats by three to 15, whilst the SNP will gain six more to take their total to 41. Show Comments ▼ Tags: General election 2019last_img read more

Nevada prosecutors drop domestic violence charges against former Alaska political consultant

first_imgCrime & Courts | PoliticsNevada prosecutors drop domestic violence charges against former Alaska political consultantJanuary 21, 2020 by Nat Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:Prosecutors in Nevada have dismissed all charges against a former Alaska political consultant who was accused of assaulting his former fiancee.Ben Sparks was campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan when Sullivan was elected in 2014. As a veteran Republican political consultant, Sparks’ case made national news two years ago when he was charged with kidnapping and domestic battery, and his ex-fiancee released a signed five-page sex contract that described her as Sparks’ “slave and property.”Sullivan, at the time, called the allegations and reports “shocking and extremely disturbing.”Prosecutors dismissed five of the felony charges against Sparks in October, but they said at the time that they wanted to pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against him.Last week, prosecutors dropped that charge, too, saying Sparks’ ex-fiancee had become ill and wouldn’t be able to testify at trial for a long time, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.Sparks’ attorney told the newspaper that the allegations against him were fabricated.Share this story:last_img read more

A new tool tracks health disparities in the U.S. — and highlights major data gaps

first_img Acknowledging its ‘white patriarchy’ and racist past, the AMA pledges to dismantle causes of health inequities About the Author Reprints It wasn’t until late 2020 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started releasing detailed Covid-19 case surveillance data to a limited pool of applicants, a county-level database that drives the Health Equity Tracker today. “We got access to it in late December, early January,” said Larry Adams, a Google.org fellow working on the project. “Which was serendipitous because Covid Tracking Project stopped publishing their data in early March.”advertisement Could AI tools for breast cancer worsen disparities? Patchy public data in FDA filings fuel concern Tags CoronavirusHealth Disparitiesmedical technology Related: Related: A health worker takes a chest X-ray of a Covid-19 patient at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images The impact of Covid-19 on individual health will long outlive the public emergency, and the tracker will aim to highlight the disparities in those long-term outcomes.“I think the most important thing to do right now is to not lose focus on Covid,” Adams said. “The CDC only tracks cases, hospitalizations, and deaths; there’s no indication of long Covid, there’s no indication of disability.”Eventually, the pandemic will end, and the virus may settle in next to other endemic sources of disease. Then, the tracker hopes bring in other sources of data — from the American Community Survey and elsewhere — to provide a fuller picture of the country’s health outcomes, and the social, economic, and political factors driving them.Dunlap is looking ahead to incorporating more data into the tracker that can shine light on the relationship between local leadership and community health, or political determinants of health.“I think that the policy decisions that were made at the height of the pandemic and will continue to be made provide the most clear roadmap for a way out of these times of crisis,” said Dunlap. “If we can get that right, we’ve got a model to move forward.” [email protected] Reporting at the federal level is just one slice of the problem. A Satcher analysis of Covid Tracking Project data published this month found that while almost all states started reporting some race and ethnicity data after the August deadline set by the Trump administration to do so, the proportion of records missing the data only dropped from 29% to 23% between April and November 2020.“Sometimes people don’t collect it; they just don’t ask,” said Adams. “Sometimes a provider can just check a box on behalf of the patient. Sometimes the patient refuses to answer — and there are legitimate reasons somebody might not want to answer.”Common standards for reporting race and ethnicity come from the Office of Management and Budget, which uses five race categories and two ethnicity categories. But those checkboxes don’t come close to representing every American’s self-identified race and ethnicity. “For very high level aggregations, I think the current OMB standards work,” said Janet Hamilton, executive director of the Council and State and Territorial Epidemiologists. “But I think the OMB standards often do not have the granularity that I think are meaningful for individuals.”Sometimes there simply isn’t enough bandwidth to collect and report data. “In a provider’s office you can never not include time and resources” when adding another step to administrative work, said Hamilton, “but I also think the infrastructure itself is not well set up to facilitate the reporting process.” Race and ethnicity is recorded frequently in electronic medical records, for example — but when a lab order is placed through the EMR, Hamilton explained, that data doesn’t automatically carry over. Labs are a critical reporting path for epidemiological information.Solutions to those problems don’t come easy. Hamilton said the federal government could provide more incentives to encourage reporting, more of a carrot than a stick. “What we don’t want, when we talk about sticks, is that the stick becomes something that impedes care,” said Hamilton. “What we don’t want is for someone to say, ‘Okay, we’re not going to offer services because this data is hard for us to collect.’” Related: How the Covid pandemic ends: Scientists look to the past to see the future Today, the tracker includes the 26 million lines from that restricted CDC database, each of which represents a single Covid-19 patient — including their state and county, race and ethnicity, sex, age, whether they were hospitalized, and whether they died. It combines that information with state-level health insurance and poverty data from the American Community Survey, and details on diabetes and COPD prevalence from America’s Health Rankings.Pairing these resources allows users to easily identify patterns across a limited number of health determinants and outcomes. Critically, the tracker’s county-level Covid-19 data makes it a cinch to visualize to what degree Covid-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color, by comparing the share of total Covid-19 cases against a group’s share of the population.(Health Equity Tracker) In New Haven County, Connecticut, for example, the Hispanic or Latino population accounted for 31% of Covid-19 cases but just 18% of the population; Black or African American community members accounted for 16% of cases while making up 13% of the population.The CDC’s centralized resource could be more powerful for researchers given the scope of its data, but it is difficult for the public to access and still has major gaps. In the New Haven data, half of all records reported unknown race and ethnicity. And there are roughly 7 million cases missing from seven states that haven’t provided sufficient data disaggregated by race and ethnicity to the CDC. On the tracker’s national Covid-19 maps, those states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming — appear in grey.That missing and unlabeled data doesn’t erase the mountains of evidence for the structural inequities baked into the health system. Still, it prevents the kind of detailed epidemiological work that can prove powerful in unseating those problems. “We have no idea whether the missing data is distributed according to the rest of the population,” said Adams. “I think all of the data deserves deep inspection.”Dunlap agreed: “That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.” Katie Palmer Over and over, the pandemic has reinforced the reality of racial disparities in the U.S. health system. But that story remains difficult to see in the data, which is still inconsistently collected and reported across the country.On Wednesday, a coalition of researchers and advocates launched a tool they hope will fill some of those gaps: the Health Equity Tracker, a portal that collects, analyzes, and makes visible data on some of the inequities entrenched in U.S. medicine.“For far too long it’s been ‘no data, no problem,’” said Nelson Dunlap, chief of staff at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, which developed the tool with funding and resources from Google.org, Gilead Sciences, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and CDC Foundation. By making data that do exist on racial health disparities accessible, the tracker aims to empower local advocates to drive change in their communities — and inspire action to fill in holes in data that are themselves reinforced by structural racism. In the tracker’s display, 38% of federally-collected Covid-19 cases report unknown race and ethnicity.advertisement Health TechA new tool tracks health disparities in the U.S. — and highlights major data gaps Health Tech Correspondent Katie Palmer is a health tech correspondent at STAT. Those gaps are exemplified by the winding path the group had to take to access its Covid-19 data. At its inception, the tracker used state-reported race and ethnicity data collected by the Atlantic’s Covid Tracking Project — a foundation-funded, volunteer-driven effort that, in the absence of a strong, public-facing federal data effort, became a de facto data authority after launching in March 2020; it started tracking race and ethnicity the next month. @KatieMPalmer By Katie Palmer May 26, 2021 Reprintslast_img read more

Christians to Make Inroad in Atheist NK?

first_img SHARE AvatarIm Jeong Jin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Christians to Make Inroad in Atheist NK? Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinacenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Recent reports that North Korea is co-producing a film portraying the life of Paek Sun Haeng, a female Christian philanthropist who lived during the Japanese occupation of Korea and who is widely respected in the country, have raised a few eyebrows.This is because while foreign-funded films made in North Korea are rare enough, a foreign-funded film made in North Korea that portrays the life of a Christian is something else again. North Korea, since the production of “My Home” in 1949, has made little other than an endless stream of films that either idolize Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il or champion themes closely linked to notions of socialist virtue, including displays of opposition to either South Korea, the United States, Japan or all three, and the Korean War.Indeed, ever since Kim Jong Il established the “Party’s Ten Principles for the Establishment of the One-Ideology System”, North Korean films have been mostly a tool of ideological control, while during the entire 60 years of North Korean motion picture history, there has never been a film that portrayed Christians in a positive light. In those cases where a Christian took on the role of main character at all, the films were made to warn against the ills of religion. One such film “The Family of Choe Hak Sin”, produced in 1966, characterizes all Christians as pro-American sycophants.“The Family of Choe Hak Sin” was based upon a play first produced in 1955, whose plot was said to have been provided by Kim Il Sung. The story goes that Kim Il Sung met a pastor in Daedong Province, Pyongyang, during an on-site inspection, whose life story he relayed to Paek In Jun, a novelist, who then turned the story into a piece of literary work.In it, Choe Hak Sin is a pastor who receives a pro-American education from a young age, and whose family members go their own separate ways in terms of ideology and religion after the demise of the Japanese Empire.When the Korean People’s Army is in retreat during the Korean War, Choe actively supports the U.S. troops’ advance into North Korea. However, it turns out that the U.S. troops are no more than occupiers, pillagers and criminals. Choe only breaks free of his delusion after his sons and daughters are raped and murdered and his family torn apart by U.S. soldiers.“The Collected Works of Kim Il Sung” also states the following:“In our country (North Korea), even religious leaders have been transformed. In one village before the war, there was a pastor who stayed home and did nothing but criticize our Party, just waiting for the U.S. imperialists to take over. When the KPA retreated, he was the first to welcome them with the U.S. national flag in hand. But the U.S. invaders had no sooner set their foot inside the village than they looted the villagers’ poultry and sexually abused the women. They even violated the pastor’s daughter. Seeing this, the pastor realized that the U.S. came to deceive people using Jesus, and from that point on, he discarded his belief in Jesus. When the KPA came marching in again, he welcomed the troops with the Republic’s national flag. He has been working for the Party ever since.”One North Korean defector who crossed the border in 2009 from a position in the art industry agreed that North Korea agreeing to make the film is unusual, saying, “It is atypical of North Korea to make a movie portraying a Christian. But as there is Kim Il Sung’s ‘official’ evaluation of Paek Sun Haeng as a ‘woman who practiced exemplary frugality’, the scenario of the movie will be based on that evaluation.” News News News By Im Jeong Jin – 2011.01.20 4:25pm last_img read more

Infirmaries to be Improved

first_imgRelatedInfirmaries to be Improved Advertisements RelatedInfirmaries to be Improved RelatedInfirmaries to be Improvedcenter_img Infirmaries to be Improved UncategorizedJune 27, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is moving to improve infirmaries across the island, in an effort to have a safer environment for the over 1,500 residents.The residents include the aged, the disabled, the mentally challenged, the abandoned, and the homeless.Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government Reform in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Montague, in his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 24, said that the Government intends to move to smaller houses, so that rather than having one infirmary per parish, there would be an average of four per parish or one per constituency.“This will mean smaller populations, more community involvement; and because it is now a house, the residents will contribute to their welfare as well as the upkeep of the home,” he said, adding that citizens would find it more manageable to contribute a four burner stove than an industrial one.The State Minister informed that the Government will, in the long term, be looking at removing some houses, selling the land, and putting the funds into a Trust for the upkeep of the homes. He pointed out that, it has been proposed to place generators in all the homes as well as install solar panels and windmills to reduce energy cost. He further noted that the initial investment would be expensive, but over time it is recoverable.Mr. Montague also pointed out that the training programme for the staff of the infirmaries and poor relief officers in the Council would be reviewed, while intensifying their in-service training.The State Minister said that in addition to the plan of action for the infirmaries, it has been recognized that drop in centres in urban areas are desirable, and “we are starting in the tourist areas.”“In moving ahead on this initiative, we are currently working with the Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, the St. Ann Parish Council, and other stakeholders to identify lands and funding for a facility in that area,” he said.last_img read more

Philosopher shines light on dark world of misinformation

first_imgPhilosopher shines light on dark world of misinformation A consequence of the social media business model is that their algorithms often serve us extreme content that arouses emotion, whether or not the content is based in fact.Deception, conspiracy theories, and misleading information topics of UBCO eventMisinformation isn’t hard to find.It’s polluting news feeds on social media, fills the pages of numerous websites-and it’s even alive and well on some cable television channels.But how can we combat the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories while preserving free speech?Dr. Dan Ryder is an associate professor of philosophy in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and organizer of this year’s Roger Gale Symposium. He’s organizing a virtual event, called the Misinformation Age, on Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5.You’ve expressed growing concern over how authoritarian regimes are using mass media to misinform the public. Can you explain what you mean?When I think about authoritarian regimes in relation to misinformation, two very different things come to mind. First, we have regimes like those in Russia and China who exert careful control over social media content, and spread misinformation within their own countries and abroad.Second, we have these partial democracies-or democracies with authoritarian leanings-using the problem of misinformation as an excuse to interfere with free speech.For example, the free press was already quite restricted in Singapore, but now they’re forced to operate within new laws created to stop the spread of ‘false statements of fact,’ with rule-breakers facing stiff penalties and government powers in place that can require retractions and corrections.This means the Singapore government has added a new tool to its arsenal to control the media. It’s part of a worrisome worldwide trend.As you mentioned, social media platforms are tools increasingly used to spread misinformation. Do owners of these platforms have a moral obligation to monitor and remove this type of content?This is a tricky issue. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg quite plausibly says that it isn’t his company’s place to decide what’s true, and that their role is only to provide an unfettered venue for the free exchange of ideas.But on the other hand, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others aren’t just allowing people to post their ideas online without interference. Their opaque newsfeeds and search algorithms determine what users see; and they want us to keep reading, watching or scrolling so they can collect our data and use it to sell advertising.A consequence of this business model is that their algorithms often serve us extreme content that arouses emotion, whether or not the content is based in fact. It’s Facebook that’s suggesting we join this group, or YouTube recommending this video. And there’s research to suggest these algorithms have pulled people down rabbit holes of falsehood, conspiracy and hatred. So it’s hard to argue the tech companies are blameless.That said, they seem to have taken more responsibility lately. For example, Twitter removed Donald Trump’s account after ample evidence he was communicating in bad faith. But the question of how to fix the problem without harming free speech remains to be answered.In your opinion, is it possible to combat misinformation while preserving free speech?There are three different places to take action against misinformation: production, distribution and consumption. We’ve talked a bit about the first two-but it’s actually the third one, information consumption, where I think intervening is least likely to harm free speech.The idea is to make sure people are resistant to misinformation-that they are media literate and have good critical thinking skills.If people are more media literate it’s harder for misinformation to grow and spread. For example, good thinkers rightly scoff at QAnon nonsense and don’t share it.Finland has been a bit of a poster child for this strategy. Their efforts to integrate media literacy and critical thinking beginning from the earliest ages are much lauded.Is it enough? I’m not sure. And since it’s a pretty long-term solution, does it leave our short-term problems unaddressed? I’m hoping the panellists at this week’s event can cast some light on these questions. /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:business, China, conspiracy, Donald Trump, Facebook, Finland, Government, production, Professor, research, Russia, Singapore, social media, Trump, Twitter, university, University of British Columbia, Zuckerberglast_img read more

UK Government launches new £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’

first_imgUK Government launches new £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’ First areas to benefit from £5bn government funding for fastest broadband connections to help recovery from the pandemic, growth and levelling upExtra £210m worth of vouchers released to help those with slow speeds£110m to connect up to 7,000 rural GP surgeries, libraries and schoolsCall for evidence on using satellite and 5G technology to connect very hard to reach areasMore than one million hard to reach homes and businesses will have next generation gigabit broadband built to them in the first phase of a £5 billion government infrastructure project.Up to 510,000 homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Tees Valley will be the first to benefit as part of ‘Project Gigabit’.Their available speeds will rocket to more than 1,000 megabits or one gigabit per second. It means families no longer having to battle over bandwidth and will give people in rural areas the freedom to live and work more flexibly. Contracts for these first areas will go to tender in the spring with spades in the ground in the first half of 2022.In June the government expects to announce the next procurements to connect up to 640,000 premises in Norfolk, Shropshire, Suffolk, Worcestershire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.The government-funded projects will prioritise areas that currently have slow connections and which would otherwise have been left behind in broadband companies’ rollout plans.Gigabit broadband is being rolled out rapidly – from one in ten households in 2019 to almost two in five today. The UK is on track for one of the fastest rollouts in Europe and for half of all households to have access to gigabit speeds by the end of this year.Project Gigabit will accelerate our recovery from covid, fire up high growth sectors like tech and the creative industries and level up the country, spreading wealth and creating jobs the breadth of Britain.The successful Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is also being relaunched with up to £210 million to give people in eligible rural areas immediate financial help to get gigabit speeds.On top of this the government is making up to £110 million available to connect public sector buildings – such as GP surgeries, libraries and schools – in the hardest to reach parts of the UK with this revolutionary infrastructure.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:Project Gigabit is the rocket boost that we need to get lightning-fast broadband to all areas of the country. This broadband revolution will fire up people’s businesses and homes, and the vital public services that we all rely on, so we can continue to level up and build back better from this pandemic.Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said:Project Gigabit is our national mission to plug in and power up every corner of the UK and get us gigafit for the future.We have already made rapid progress, with almost 40 percent of homes and businesses now able to access next-generation gigabit speeds, compared to just 9 percent in 2019. Now we are setting out our plans to invest £5 billion in remote and rural areas so that no one is left behind by the connectivity revolution.That means no more battling over the bandwidth, more freedom to live and work anywhere in the country, and tens of thousands of new jobs created as we deliver a game-changing infrastructure upgrade.Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach said:We’re already building Full Fibre broadband to 20 million homes and businesses under our own steam – including in rural and hard-to-reach areas – and we welcome this as a vital next step to connect the toughest parts of the UK.We’ll be considering these proposals for the final 20% with interest and we’re keen to support the Government. This is a massive opportunity to level-up the country and boost the bounce-back after the pandemic, so it’s important the process moves quickly and that all operators do their bit.Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:Project Gigabit is another welcome accelerant that will propel the UK towards a Full Fibre future, supporting economic growth and levelling up opportunity right across the country. As the nation’s largest independent Full Fibre platform, with a build programme underway to a third of the UK market, CityFibre is ready to extend our network even further to reach rural communities. We look forward to participating in this important programme to ensure no one is left behind.Gareth Williams, Gigaclear CEO, said:As a rural operator already delivering multiple ‘Superfast’ BDUK contracts, we are naturally delighted to see the next step in the development of the Outside In programme.We are fully supportive of the Government’s ambition to roll out gigabit capable connectivity across the country as quickly as possible, the importance of which has been further highlighted by the COVID pandemic.We look forward to playing an active role in meeting this ambition and will review these opportunities in detail.Delivery Plan for Project GigabitThe government is today responding to its public consultation Planning for Gigabit Delivery in 2021 which sought views on how to spend its record £5 billion funding commitment for gigabit broadband in hard to reach areas.It outlined a strategy to make local, regional and cross-regional contracts available for broadband network providers of all different sizes to bid for. The first procurements to be announced are:110,000 to 130,000 premises in Durham, South Tyneside & Tees Valley and areas of Northumberland – including Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside60,000 to 80,000 premises in West Cumbria including in the Lake District National Park30,000 to 50,000 premises in North and West Northumberland and East Cumbria – including Brampton and Rothbury120,00 to 140,000 premises in Cambridgeshire and adjacent areas – including Peterborough and parts of Northamptonshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Rutland40,000 to 60,000 premises in East Cornwall – including Launceston, Callington and Looe30,000 to 50,000 premises in West Cornwall – including in Cambourne-Pool-Redruth and Penzance and the Isles of ScillyOn top of these six regional contracts, there will be further local supplier contracts in Essex and Dorset. This first release of procurement contracts for England follows central Scotland recently being named as the first area to receive Project Gigabit funding. The UK and Scottish government are discussing the potential for further Project Gigabit contracts in Scotland, which could be delivered alongside Scotland’s R100 programme.There are already major programmes delivering gigabit broadband in the devolved administrations, including R100 in Scotland and Phase 3 of the UK government’s previous superfast broadband programme in Wales. Project Gigabit builds on the £2.6 billion Superfast programme, which is now predominantly funding gigabit-capable rather than superfast connections.In Northern Ireland, the UK government has invested £150 million in Project Stratum, which will connect approximately 76,000 homes and businesses to gigabit broadband. The first live connections under the scheme were delivered last week in County Tyrone.Additionally between September and December 2020, the government approved a further £490 million in new contracts via the Superfast Broadband programme across the UK to connect a further 172,000 premises to gigabit in Scotland, Cheshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Devon and Somerset.Gigabit Broadband Voucher SchemeFor rural homes and businesses across the UK currently struggling with slow broadband speeds, the government is investing up to £210 million to build on the success of its Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.Launched in March 2018, the scheme provided eligible areas across the UK with vouchers to cover the installation costs of bringing gigabit connectivity to people’s homes and businesses. So far more than 66,000 vouchers worth up to £127 million have been issued to premises across the UK.The new vouchers worth up to £1,500 for residents and up to £3,500 for businesses will go live on 8 April 2021 and mean that rural areas will not have to wait for supplier contracts under Project Gigabit to reach them.There will be a new online postcode checker available so people can check if their home or business is eligible for a voucher.Public sector buildingsProject Gigabit will invest up to £110 million to connect public buildings such as rural schools, doctors’ surgeries and libraries to gigabit broadband. This will help GPs provide remote video consultations and allow whole classes of schoolchildren to be online at once with no interruptions.The government wants to connect up to 7,000 rural public buildings in order to improve public services. They will act as hubs to get gigabit-capable networks into the heart of countryside communities and incentivise other broadband companies to build off them.The Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) continues to engage with local bodies and government departments to identify suitable projects, and expects the first of these to be progressed this summer.Very Hard to Reach Areas – Call for evidenceThe UK has some very remote places that may be too expensive to build a gigabit-capable broadband network to, even with substantial public subsidy.Thanks to completed or pending government-funded projects, less than 0.3% of the country or less than 100,000 premises are likely to fall into this category.For these premises, which are mainly located in remote and isolated locations in Scotland and Wales, and some National Parks in England, a call for evidence has been launched to explore the barriers to improving their broadband and how innovative new technologies might help change this.This could lead to the government encouraging industry to use new wireless equipment, low-orbit satellites or high altitude platforms to beam faster connections to far-flung homes and businesses.The government has already made investments in wireless, satellite and hybrid-fibre technologies, and continues to explore emerging technologies in this area. Some of these technologies are also gigabit-capable and eligible for UK Gigabit Programme funding today. /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:5G, Boris Johnson, Callington, Darlington, Europe, Government, Ireland, Launceston, Peterborough, planning, Rothbury, Scotland, scottish, UK, UK Government, Williamslast_img read more

Public health alert – stay at home order

first_imgPublic health alert – stay at home order Anyone travelling to NSW who has been in Victoria after 4pm today (Thursday) must follow the stay-at-home measures that will apply in Victoria, which were announced by the Victorian Government this morning.This means anyone arriving in NSW who has been in Victoria since 4pm today must remain at their home or place of residence in NSW for the seven-day duration of the Victorian measures.People will only be permitted to leave their places of residence for limited reasons, including shopping for essential items, medical care, caregiving, outdoor exercise, and essential work or education, if you cannot do it from home.People subject to the stay-at-home measures in Victoria should not be travelling to NSW unless they are permitted to do so.NSW residents in border communities will have different requirements, recognising the daily interaction of residents in these communities with regional Victoria.For NSW residents living along the Victorian border, the seven-day stay-at-home requirement will only apply to people who have been outside the border region in Victoria since 4pm today. The border communities are defined by the map which was used for the previous ‘bubble’ arrangements.Anyone arriving in NSW by air, rail or road from Victoria (except those travelling within the defined border region) must complete a travel declaration that confirms they have not attended any of the growing number of venues of concern. Anyone who has attended a venue of concern must not travel to NSW; instead, they should follow the health advice on the Victorian Health website.The declaration form is available on the Service NSW website, and can be completed in the 24-hour period before entering NSW or on arrival. The information gathered via the travel declarations is vital in allowing NSW Health to contact travellers if necessary.NSW Health continues to urge people have been in Victoria since 12 May to check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website regularly to see if they have visited any of these venues of concern, and if so, immediately follow the relevant public health advice.If you attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.NSW strongly advises against all non-essential travel to Victoria at this time. People who do choose to travel will be required to follow the Victorian stay-at-home requirements on their return to NSW. /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:Australia, Border, Department of Health, education, exercise, Government, health, healthcare, Human, Human Services, NSW, NSW Health, public health, Service NSW, travel, Victoria, websitelast_img read more

How to write about your experience designing online, hybrid or remote courses

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Google PlusShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Over the last eight months, graduate students teaching or assisting in teaching courses have had a whirlwind experience. With moving from in-person to remote classes without much time to design an online curriculum, as well as designing hybrid courses that prepare for both expected and unexpected transitions into and out of online delivery—you’ve learned a lot. As we continue to navigate the pandemic for the near future, many courses will remain hybrid or online. There’s also some indication that the pandemic may have changed the way we think about work permanently. With this, online proficiency at collaborating and delivering information will be more important than ever in the months and years ahead. Knowing how to demonstrate that proficiency in job documents like resumes and cover letters can be valuable for those contemplating both the academic and the industry job market. Here are some tips for accomplishing that goal.Focus on skillsThink about the skills and abilities you used to change up your teaching. Consider how they fit into your resume or CV, but also consider how they translate to other areas. Flexibility, adaptability and enthusiasm are important in any job, especially during the pandemic. How can you show your mastery of these key abilities through your teaching accomplishments? One way might be to add details about the circumstances you were responding to into your existing bullet points. You could also also craft a sentence about your adaptability, as demonstrated by your teaching through the pandemic, for inclusion in a cover letter.Talk about techWhat technologies have you used to make your online instruction easier—or possible? What goes into managing a Zoom class that wasn’t required in person? How have you increased or altered your use of Canvas or other online learning management systems to support your lecture or student engagement techniques? Make sure that you are representing these software products in the skills section of your resume as well as in the bullet points.Think about processWhat pedagogical techniques or theories did you lean on during your pivots into and away from online or hybrid courses? How did you increase student engagement with your material and subject? How did you measure success, and what outcomes did you achieve? The insights you gain through interrogation of your process will help you craft a successful teaching statement. They will also help you offer compelling examples of your successes and the lessons you learned from your failures for your applications, whether inside or outside academia.If you consider the process, focus on skills and include the technologies you’ve mastered as you took your courses online, you can demonstrate your accomplishments in your cover letter and CV or resume, and effectively market yourself and your instructional skills.For more tips, meet with a career development advisor. Schedule a Zoom appointment through LiveChat (available Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by emailing [email protected] You can also stop by for a Zoom drop-in Mondays and Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.last_img read more