SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two South Korean women are in trouble with authorities after being caught lying about MERS to get time off work.South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Friday that police charged a 20-year-old saleswoman at a department store for spreading a rumor online that it was hiding an outbreak of MERS among staff. Her boyfriend was charged for helping her post the rumor on Facebook via another user. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The woman, who lives in Incheon near Seoul, told police that she began the rumor hoping the store would close and she could take time off. The Facebook post was taken down after it prompted a complaint by the department store.More than 120 people in South Korea have contracted MERS and 11 have died since the country reported its first case last month. The outbreak has been contained within hospitals but it has caused widespread fears and rumors. Nearly 3,000 schools and kindergartens remained closed Friday and more than 3,000 people are quarantined at home after possible contact with MERS patients.Another woman living in central Seoul was off work for two days when her employer sent her a text message. A person who identified himself as her husband replied that she was asleep at a hospital after testing positive for MERS.Yonhap said police and health workers found the woman at her home after being called by her employer. She wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms of MERS, such as fever or cough.She told authorities that she did not want to go to work.Among nations in the OECD rich club, South Koreans have the second-longest working hours behind Mexico.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
Share January 19, 2016 674 Views Home builder confidence in January 2016 changed very little from December’s level, but this only means that economists were spot on with their predictions for the new year.Last month, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes decreased to 61 but was later revised to 60. This month, builders’ confidence rests at 60 as well, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).“After eight months hovering in the low 60s, builder sentiment is reflecting that many markets continue to show a gradual improvement, which should bode well for future home sales in the year ahead,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Missouri.The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.In January, only one HMI component experienced an increase, while the other two components decreased month-over-month, the NAHB reported.The component measuring current sales conditions rose two points to 67 in January. The component gauging sales expectations in the next six months fell three points to 63, while the buyer traffic index dropped two points to 44.According to the data, regionally, in terms of three-month moving averages for regional HMI, all four regions decreased slightly. The Northeast, Midwest and West all fell one point to 49, 57, and 75, respectively. The South declined two points to 61.“January’s HMI reading is right in line with our forecast of modest growth for housing,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The economic outlook remains promising, as consumers regain confidence and home values increase, which will help the housing market move forward.” Builder Confidence Steady; Confirms Modest Growth Forecast for 2016 Builder Confidence Home Builders National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo Housing Market Index 2016-01-19 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
A 31-year-old man appeared in court in the UK on Wednesday charged with the Christmas murder of pub worker Juliana Tudos who was found dead in a park.Tudos, 22, a Moldovan citizen born in Russia and adopted by her Cypriot step-father went missing on Christmas Eve after she finished her shift bartending at the World’s End pub in Camden.Kasim Lewis is accused of killing Tudos between December 24 and December 27.Tudos, who also called herself Julie, was found dead in Finsbury Park, near her north London home, on December 27.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury.Lewis, of Friern Barnet, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and spoke to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality.The hearing lasted no more than 90 seconds.Tudos, who police said was of Russian and Greek origin, was last seen by friends at around 8pm on Christmas Eve when she headed for a bus home from Camden.She was due to meet them at another friend’s home in Enfield, north London, later that evening before spending Christmas Day there, but never arrived.Police said CCTV footage showed her on the periphery of the park shortly after 8.20pm.Her body was found three days later in a disused building located in the north-eastern area of the park.Lewis was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchMedical Coding Jobs Are In Demand: See What You Could Earn. Research Medical Coding Class OnlineYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
13Jan Rep. Cole praises House leadership’s first bill intro, focused on reducing income taxes Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Cole, income tax, reducing This week the Michigan House of Representatives announced a plan to reduce income taxes on Michigan residents.Northern Michigan residents will see an immediate tax relief under the proposed plan to receive additional reprieve every year as the rate decreases over time.“The state has a budget surplus and that money should go back to the hardworking Michigan citizens,” said state Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona. “I am thrilled that this is the very first piece of legislation that Speaker Pro-Tempore Rep. Lee Chatfield is introducing to the 99th Michigan Legislature.“By reducing the income tax we will allow folks to keep more of what they earn, resulting in an even better Michigan to work, play and raise a family.”House Bill 4001 will immediately reduce the income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018 and phase out 0.1 percent every year until eliminated.#####
Categories: Hornberger News,News State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted to more quickly provide sales tax relief for Michigan car buyers, joining her House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This is good news for the auto industry, and car buyers in Macomb and St. Clair counties,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “It will save money for families. And it will make Michigan more competitive as a location to buy vehicles.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.#### 17Jan Hornberger votes to override veto, bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan car buyers
08Apr Rep. Schroeder invites residents to meet with her on April 22 State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to her in-district coffee hour on Monday, April 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Her office hour will be hosted at The Coffee Bucket, located at 3549 Airport Road, Suite 104 in Waterford Township because she feels it is important to help our local small businesses that help our communities.“Talking directly with the people of Oakland County is one of the most enjoyable parts of being your state representative,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I look forward to hearing your thoughts and insights on the issues facing our state and how I can better serve you.”“It is also vital to help our local small businesses, especially ones like The Coffee Bucket that donate their proceeds to victims of natural disasters. A part of the larger group Disaster Relief at Work, or “D.R.A.W.”, this business exemplifies the selfless and best side of Waterford, and Michigan as a whole.”No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to join her. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Schroeder at (517) 373-0615 or via email at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Schroeder News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 8, 2014; Courier-JournalKosair once operated its own children’s hospital, but closed it in 1982 to help establish the Kosair Children’s Hospital to be managed by Norton Healthcare. An agreement about how donations were to be used was struck at that time, but now a fight between Kosair and Norton has gone public, with Kosair charities alleging that Norton is not sticking to the terms. Kosair is the largest donor to Kosair Children’s Hospital, devoting more than $6 million each year to the facility. Over the span of years, it has given $114 million to the hospital, which is operated by a parent company, Norton Healthcare. But this week, Kosair Charities has filed suit against Norton, saying that it is refusing to provide a proper accounting of funds.In the suit, Kosair alleges that Norton has improperly enriched itself, and it wants all donations expended in alleged violation of their agreement with Norton to be returned. “We have an obligation to the kids and our donors to make sure the money is being used to help children,” said Randy Coe, president of Kosair Charities. “We don’t want our money to go into the Norton pot.”Norton responded that “over the last few years, Kosair Charities has engaged in a systematic pattern of raising baseless allegations in an effort to avoid its contractual obligations to the children’s hospital that carries its name.”Norton spokesperson Thomas Johnson categorically denied that “money designated for Kosair Children’s Hospital was somehow spent for any other purpose or in any other Norton Healthcare facility…It is preposterous for Kosair Charities to suggest they do not know where their contributions go or how they are used. In fact, Kosair Charities gets to designate specifically how a significant part of their dollars are spent using a menu of options we provide to them. The remainder is spent in accordance with the terms of the agreement.”According to Norton, Kosair Charities is behind by more than $6 million in its pledged gifts while “continuing to advertise and take credit” for contributions to the hospital. The suit also alleges that Norton charges “rack rates” for indigent patients against Kosair donations instead of actual costs or the lower rates negotiated with insurers and the government. For example, according to the suit, in one case a patient incurred charges of $1,526, but Norton applied $9,711 of Kosair donations and the $8,185 difference “went back to Norton and did not benefit KCH at all.”Kosair Charities’ complaints also include the commingling of funds counter to the agreement, the salary levels of executives, Norton’s inaccurate use of the Kosair name on other medical facilities, and the fact that the hospital is ranked fairly low among other area insitutions, as per U.S. News.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share9TweetShareEmail9 Shares Oaxaca Teachers / Ashleigh NushawgJune 20, 2016, Washington PostProtest for education reform in America is almost always conducted civilly, if not artfully, such as with the acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman. Education reform critic Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, no doubt has one of the toughest jobs in the country, defending the value of traditional public schools against private and parochial schools, the growth of homeschooling, and the encroachment of charter schools as an alternative public education option competing for students, teachers, and funding within public school districts. Americans fight over ownership of the term “education reform” and fight over their opposing views of the Common Core State Standards. In Mexico this past weekend, teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) who stand opposed to mandatory testing of teachers as part of Mexico’s education reform and the arrest of their colleagues blockaded roads in Oaxaca, Mexico in a weeks-long strike. Six people were killed and more than 100 injured, including federal and state police. Protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails; riot police fired on the demonstrators. Protest leaders claimed that eight were killed and 22 people had disappeared.Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said it would open an investigation into the deaths. Some analysts blamed the federal government for the violence. “They know the limitations of the Mexican cops. Despite that, they sent them in there with guns,” said Rodolfo Soriano-Nuñez, a sociologist who formerly worked in the federal education ministry. “The whole thing is a mess.” Peña Nieto’s administration has made education reform—and wresting power from the teachers union—a priority. Authorities opposed how the union’s dissident factions could control decisions over state education budgets, teacher appointments and other administrative decisions.The National Security Commission initially claimed that the federal and state police were unarmed. But raw footage taken by the Associated Press showing at least one police officer firing a gun forced their story to change. The authorities conceded that the police were armed, but claimed that they and the protesters were fired upon by outside elements.Oaxaca is a tourist destination. But the education system there is impoverished.In the poor southern region where Oaxaca is located, teachers are tasked with the daily challenge of providing shelter and food for their students, along with the mandate to boost test scores and improve reading comprehension. There, teachers quite literally must build the schools in which they work and then find furniture to fill their classrooms. Students arrive at school barefoot, ache with intestinal parasites, and learn native languages before Spanish.This violent clash evokes memories of the 2006 teacher union uprising in Oaxaca. All sides were accused of corrupt behavior. “There are no saints, there are no heroes, down there,” said Soriano-Nuñez.—James SchafferShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shares
Israel-based media monitoring and management specialist Actus Digital has been chosen by Liberty Global’s content arm Chellomedia to provide its Actus monitoring and analysis system to Chello Multicanal’s Barcelona facility.The Actus installation is used by Chello Multicanal staff including the programming department to monitor all distributed channels, advertising for proof of delivery of commercials, senior managers for reporting, and two technical teams who proactively monitor broadcast performance.The Actus installation at Chello Multicanal features monitoring of up to 16 audio tracks per TV channel, closed captions and subtitles from several tracks as well as recording and archiving at near-HD data rates and screen size, according to Actus Digital.
BT today launches its new sports channel line-up today, along with the new BT Sport website and an app selected Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.BT’s suite of BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN goes live at 6pm this evening, and are available to subscribers via BT’s TV service or on Sky. BT is offering the channels free for customers of BT Broadband.The new BT Sport website will offer a range of free content, including sports news, features, a ‘women in sport’ section and full channel listings. BT Broadband customers who have signed up to BT Sport will be able to stream the channels live to their PC or Mac.The app, which can be used over 3G, 4G and WiFi connections, will offer live streams, highlights, news and features.“It’s finally a reality that ‘Great sport happens here’. It’s just over a year since we secured our Barclays Premier League rights and only six months since we started to build our exciting new studio in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have some tremendously talented presenters and experts who are passionate about sport,” said John Petter, managing director, BT Retail Consumer.
The BBC has launched a Cbeebies Playtime mobile app for kids, available on the Android, iOS and Kindle Fire platforms in the UK.The app allows young kids to play along with characters from shows including Alphablocks, Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom and Something Special’s Mr Tumble. Parents have the option to record dedicated messages for their children in a ‘Grown-ups’ area as well as viewing tips on how to use the app.The app can be used without access to the web once downloaded and is free to download and play. The BBC said itwould add more content online over the summer, including new games related to Cbeebies shows.The app currently allows families to create profiles for up to four children, allowing them to collect CBeebies bugs as rewards for their progress, and listen to messages left by their parents. Each profile features a hot air balloon that children can personalise, which transports them into the CBeebies Playtime world where they can choose to play one of four games. These are: Alphablocks Word Magic, designed to help children develop confidence in reading and writing by learning how to spell a range of words; Octonauts Cadet Training, a game that allows kids to help the Octonauts in a variety of missions to rescue sea creatures; Something Special Paint Pop, providing the ability to help characters decorate their clothes and accessories, and Tree Fu Tom Chuckleberry Chase, which allows kids to practise motor skills and development movement, according to the BBC.Patrick Healy, head of product for BBC Children’s, said: “We know that our audience want to interact with CBeebies on the go, and we’re delighted to launch CBeebies Playtime on such a wide range of devices. The app has been designed to be as accessible and secure as possible, allowing all young children to get the most out of the app, whilst giving parents the assurance and level of control they need.”
Simon GreenBT Sport has already gained more momentum than previous UK rivals to Sky Sports, though still has “a long way to go,” according to the head of BT Sport Simon Green.Speaking at the Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, Green said that he accepts BT is still “building credibility” in the sports market, but said that it had made big strides in the 17 weeks that its sports channel line-up has been live.Referring to BT Sports’ Premier League Football rights, Green said: “This last Sunday, one of our best games so far, was the Spurs vs. Manchester United game. That peaked at over 1.1 million viewers. That shows that so far in those 17 short weeks, we’ve already got a momentum which is a long way ahead of where Setanta was or where ESPN was.”BT Sport’s existing rights includes rugby union, UFC fighting and from 2015/16 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football. Green said: “We’re pleased with this content. However, we do understand that there is a long way to go. We’re not at that point where this business case is absolutely certain.”Stressing the need to build the BT Sport brand, Green said its on-air talent lends BT Sport a personality, and that its original sports-themed programming “improve the customers’ perception of our company” – despite not delivering the ratings of Premier League football.“The future is by no means certain. We will go out and acquire more content. Recently we purchased the NBA. It’s a big, big value brand. It doesn’t necessarily deliver huge viewing numbers, but…it is a very valuable piece of content for us in terms of lifting our brand in the eyes of our customers,” said Green.“For us, acquiring content is sometimes less about that short-term business plan. Three years for Champions League rights is not enough to get a return on the amount that BT is paying for it. This is a long-term strategy for BT. So it’s much more about satisfying the market at that time, getting the price right to win the rights.”
Turkey’s Dogus Media is using Kaltura’s online video platform for its tvyo ad-supported multiscreen TV service. The tvyo platform, based on a hybrid on-premise and cloud architecture, supports Flash and HTML5 players and makes content available on a range of iOS and Android devices, PCs, Roku players and six smart TV platforms.Tyvo offers eight live TV channels and a wide range of VoD content.The platform provided by Kaltura incorporate social TV features including allowing users to tweet from the same screen on which they are watching content thanks to automatic recognition of Twitter hashtags of on-air shows.Other functions include ‘follow me TV’, allowing viewers to start watching a show on one scree and then pick up on another.“We saw a gap in the market for a multi-screen, multi-platform OTT service in Turkey and searched for an online video platform that could not only meet our requirements at launch but could grow with us,” said Alp Ocal, Group Manager, Digital Video, Dogus Media Group.“Kaltura fitted the bill perfectly because it offers a hybrid cloud/on-premise infrastructure that has already proven to be cost-effective, scalable and flexible. Additionally, the loading speed of Kaltura’s video player has ensured that our customers’ quality of experience on their chosen device is second to none.”
Russian telecom operator Rostelecom reached 2.4 million IPTV subscribers at the end of June, up 4% quarter-on-quarter but a massive 29% year-on-year. Overall, Rostelecom had 7.7 million pay TV customers across all networks, up 1% quarter-on-quarter and up 7% year-on-year.Pay TV contributed revenues of RUB6.959 billion (€145 million) in the first half, up 27% year-on-year, out of Rostelecom’s total consolidated revenue of RUB156.37 billion, down 2%.The number of broadband subscribers grew 7% year-on-year to RUB10.9 million. The number of subscribers connected by fibre increased by 27% year-on-year to 4.5 million, or 41% of the subscriber base.
Orange has struck an agreement with Canal+ to bundle the Canalsat Panorama bouquet of channels with its fibre offering from now until the end of this year.The deal will see Orange offer the bouquet, which includes a large number of family-focused channels, kids services and entertainment and factual channels in HD quality, as part of its fibre offering, which passes five million homes in France, with 1.1 million customers currently.The pair said they would announce further common initaitives aimed at their subscribers in the autumn.The deal was announced ahead of Orange’s second quarter financials today.Orange had 8.1 million TV customers in Europe as of June 30, against 7.4 million a year earlier.Orange said that fibre and TV content in France and Spain had led its 4.4% uptick in revenues in the quarter, following equally solid growth in the first quarter.Mobile service revenue continued to decline at a sharper rate of 5.2% in the second quarter, hit by reduced roaming fees.Overall, Orange revenues were €20 billion for the first half, up 0.3% on a comparable basis, while fixed broadband revenues rose 4.7% in the course of the six months.In France Orange had 6.51 million TV customers, against 6.15 million a year earlier.In Spain, Orange had 381,000 customers to its satellite and internet TV offering, with 2.8x growth over the prior year driven by the success of its football offering.Orange Belgium had 10,500 homes connected to its new combined internet and IPTV offering that uses regulated cable access to reach subscribers.Orange in central Europe had 387,000 TV customers collectively, against 339,000 a year earlier.
The European Broadcasting Union’s Eurovision has struck a deal with Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) to provide worldwide news gathering broadcast facilities and a permanent connection to the Eurovision global fibre network.The deal means that DMI will be able to access the services that Eurovision provides to broadcasters to enhance news reporting as well as being able to benefit from tailor-made packages designed to meet their needs, according to the EBU.The Dubai government-controlled DMI operates a range of TV channels covering news, sport and entertainment as well as Dubai Radio.“We are proud to be offering reliable and robust connectivity to DMI via our network. At Eurovision we aim to be the standard-bearer for quality of service and reliability around the world. Extending our services to Dubai Media Incorporated, one of the largest media organisations in the United Arab Emirates, reinforces our forward thinking approach in understanding our customer’s business needs better than any other organisation. This agreement now means that Dubai TV, Dubai Sports and Dubai Racing will be able to rely on a strong network and broadcast services for their media requirements,” said Graham Warren, director of network at Eurovision.“As part of Dubai Media Incorporated’s clear vision to focus on innovation and quality to deliver creative and meaningful media content, we are constantly looking to enhance our offering to our viewers,” said Saleh Lootah, chief technology officer at DMI.“Our association with Eurovision will help us to source content from various locations around the world by tapping into their worldwide network. This will result in a better viewer experience. Eurovision’s robust worldwide connectivity and state of the art facilities in major cities will ensure that we can receive our content at very short notice for any important event anywhere in the world. For us, this is essential so we can ensure that we deliver the latest news to our viewers on time.”
Netflix is the most positively talked about brand among millennials, according to YouGov BrandIndex data.The research firm found the SVOD giant to top the poll of 18-34 year-olds, ahead of other tech companies like Facebook, Apple, AirBnB and Spotify.Asked which brands they had talked to friends and family about in the previous two weeks – whether online or in person – 73.8% said that they had heard something positive about Netflix.Facebook came in second at 73.5%, followed by the brands Apple (73.3%), iPhone (71.1%), AirBnB (70.5%) and Primark (70.4%). The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Spotify, Ikea, Wetherspoons, and Playstation“Netflix continues to be extremely popular with a younger generation of viewers who remain drawn to the service thanks to a range of original and exclusive content,” said YouGov.“The brand has harnessed the power of word of mouth recommendations, which has helped to foster growth around the world. Of course, one of the challenges for the service now is to expand as deeply into other age groups.”
Vodafone lost 71,000 TV customers during its fiscal first half thanks largely to its loss of football rights in Spain, which has allowed rivals Telefónica and Orange to pick off disgruntled sports fans from its subscriber base. Vodafone said that, “following challenging current trading and economic conditions” in the Spanish market, its cash flow would be lower than expected and it recorded an impairment charge of €2.9 billion on its Spanish investment for the six months to September.Vodafone Spain’s TV base decline d by 98,000 customers in the first half, thanks to the decision not invest in “unprofitable” rights to Champions League and La Liga football. Vodafone’s broadband base in Spain also fell by 118,000 oer the same period. The company admitted that its Spanish unti had been hit by discounted TV and football offerings launched by Telefónica/Movistar. Vodafone had 1.262 million Spanish TV customers at the end of September compared with 1.37 million a year earlier.On the positive side, Vodafone said that, its mobile contract base grew by 35,000.Service revenue in Spain fell by 4.7% over the first half, including a dip of 7.2% in the second quarter, when the loss of football made its impact. Adjusted EBITDA excluding one-offs declined by 20.7%.Overall, Vodafone had 13.7 million television customers at the end of the quarter, and 6.2 million converged customers. The company added 384,000 broadband customers and 616,000 converged customers – partly due to the first-time recognition of prepaid mobile customers in Germany in this category. Vodafone added 744,000 customers to its next-generation network in the quarter.Vodafone Germany had 7.63 million TV customers at the end of the period, down from 7.697 million a year earlier, and down 43,000 over the course of the first half.In Germany, Vodafone added 115,000 broadband customers in the first half, boosted by its GigaKombi offer. The company also completed analogue switch off for 42% of its cable customer base, which it said was enabling the efficient rollout of DOCSIS 3.1. Vodafone is targeting eight million homes to be covered by Gigabit-capable technology by the end of this year.Vodafone’s TV losses in Spain and Germany were partly offset by modest gains in smaller markets including Italy and Portugal. Overall, Vodafone had 9.677 million TV customers at the end of the period.Overall, Vodafone posted revenues of €21.8 billion for the first half down 5.5%, and an operating loss of €2.1 billion, compared with a profit of €2 billion fo the same period last year.Vodafone’s new CEO Nick Read said the group had “taken decisive commercial and operational actions to respond to challenging competitive conditions in Italy and Spain” and was on track to reduce net operating expenses.Read said that a focus on organic growth and the planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and CEE assets provided confidence that it would be able to grow free cash flow, which underpins its dividend, despite concerns about the debt the group has taken on to finance the Liberty acquisition.Commenting on the results, Paolo Pescatore, SVP of consumer services at MIDiA Research, said: “Another challenging quarter. Everything points towards growth in convergence underlined by fixed line broadband, especially fibre; in some part this reinforces the acquisition of Liberty Global’s selected European assets. Retaining subscribers will be tough given the breadth of promotional offers especially in Southern Europe.”
ShareTweet Detectives at Strand Road in Derry are investigating the report of a robbery at commercial premises in the Drumleck Drive area of the city. Detective Sergeant Richard Donnell said: “We received a report around 7:45pm on Monday (13th May) that two males with their faces covered entered a shop a short time earlier, between 7:30pm and 7:40pm.“When one of the men tried to gain access behind the counter and was stopped by a staff member, the second man produced a golf club and used it to smash a glass counter. “This was a very distressing ordeal for the staff member. While she was not physically injured, she was left shaken.“A 20-year-old man has since been charged with a number of offences, including attempted robbery and criminal damage. He is due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 18 May.“Enquiries are ongoing and I want to appeal to anyone who may have been in the Drumleck Drive area between 7:30pm and 7:45pm and saw two males acting suspiciously, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1325 of 13/05/19.“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Police probe after reported robbery in Drumleck Drive area of the Derry was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShaun Keenan