Vivendi withdrew from a bid to remove several members of Telecom Italia’s board and publicly backed the operator’s CEO, Financial Times reported, hours before its proposal was set to be voted on by the Italian operator’s shareholders.Sources at the meeting told the newspaper the France-based company requested its petition was revoked at the opening of the Telecom Italia meeting at 11am CET today (29 March). Its move comes two weeks after reports proxy advisers had warned shareholders against voting for the proposal.The about-turn is surprising given Vivendi has been aggressively pressing for an urgent vote on removal of the board members since December 2018. It also made a number of scathing comments about the performance and actions of the operator’s current executive team.After Vivendi was informed the issue would be discussed at the shareholder meeting in March, it accused the operator of “delaying tactics” which it said had a “greater negative impact on TIM’s financial results every day.”Long-standing disputeVivendi, which is operator’s largest single shareholder, has been waging a war of words since it lost control of Telecom Italia’s board in May 2018.Its campaign reached a new level of intensity when Telecom Italia CEO, and former Vivendi employee, Amos Genish was ousted and replaced by Luigi Gubitosi in November. In addition to the withdrawal of its request for a vote on the make-up of the board, Vivendi publicly backed Gubitosi. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Home Vivendi makes 11th hour u-turn on TIM demand Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Author Previous ArticleDocomo set for Hong Kong exitNext ArticleKenyan politicians eye tighter mobile money rules Related Tags Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAR 2019 Español Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy Telecom ItaliaVivendi
Slough-based Euromar has succeeded in its fourth bid for a one-vehicle international licence after Traffic Commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney was satisfied about the repute of sole Director Marek Orzechowski.The firm had been called to a Bristol Public Inquiry (PI) because of concerns over finance, repute and professional competence. Mr Orzechowski was the sole director of Polski Express Transport which twice in 2010 sought a five-vehicle international licence. Those applications were withdrawn by Central Licensing Unit (CLU) as the application fee failed and could not be processed. In 2014 and 2016 Euromar sought a one-vehicle international licence. Both applications were refused on financial grounds, decisions upheld by the Upper Tribunal on appeal [routeone/Court Reports/5 August 2015 and 19 April 2017].In April the TC ordered Euromar and Mr Orzechowski to pay £125 after they failed to attend a PI into its third application for a licence [routeone/Court Report/23 May].The TC held that the firm met the financial requirement after receiving an undertaking relating to finance and was satisfied that professional competence would be met after Mr Orzechowski, who acquired his CPC in Poland in 2004, undertook to attend a refresher training course.Consideration of whether Mr Orzechowski met the requirement to be of good repute was adjourned by the TC for him to take legal advice and make representations in relation to a decision by the First-tier Tribunal (Tax) on 14 August 2013.It had rejected his appeal against a decision of HMRC refusing to return a vehicle that had been seized after it was found smuggling 32,760 cigarettes into the country on which excise duty had not been paid [routeone/Court Report/5 September].The TC granted the firm’s application after being satisfied by representations made by Mr Orzechowski and a response from HMRC. The grant was subject to two undertakings; namely that Mr Orzechowski attend an established two-day TM refresher course by 30 November 2018 and that the company would provide evidence to demonstrate financial standing in April and October 2019.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn 2007, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched an initiative to plant a million trees in 10 years. This week, officials reached their goal — two years ahead of schedule.The one-millionth tree, an eight-year-old, 25-foot-tall lacebark elm, was planted Tuesday in the Bronx. Leaders behind the greening effort say they finished ahead of schedule because so many people were willing to volunteer.A half-dozen poor neighborhoods, which were devoid of trees and reporting high rates of asthma, were singled out for mass plantings as a part of a city-wide environmental plan focused on creating new parkland and battling climate change. The trees would filter urban air pollutants and provide shade that keeps concrete and asphalt streets from heating up.RELATED: Ecuador Breaks World Record for Planting Most Trees in One DayThree-quarters of the trees planted as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative were added to existing parks, but others sprouted along streets, at schools and churches, outside of private businesses, and in people’s backyards.City Hall teamed up with actress and singer Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project to raise $30 million toward the tree plantings. Over the course of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, the city expanded its number of trees by 20 percent.FUN: City Assigns Trees Email Addresses So Folks Can Report Problems, They Send Love Letters, InsteadThe one-millionth tree was planted in the ground at the Joyce Kilmer Park. Yes, that Joyce Kilmer — the poet who wrote “Trees.”(READ more at the New York Times) — Photo by tubafil, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
by John McClaughry In two short weeks the Vermont legislature will be back in Montpelier. The central issue will be contriving some way to produce a balanced General Fund budget for 2017 – without any visible increases in taxes. Every year for the past five the legislature has faced nagging deficits. For the current fiscal year (FY16) the legislature will have to find at least $28 million to fill the gap, plus withdrawing at least $10 million from the Human Resources Reserve Fund. But solving the FY16 budget problem will be a minor chore compared with the FY17 problem, especially since Gov. Shumlin has (so far) ruled out new taxes for that purpose.The Joint Fiscal Committee, the legislature’s budget monitor, projects what’s called “the hungry alligator”: a FY17 deficit of $58.5 million. For FY18: $80 million. For FY19: $75 million. For FY 20: $95 million.Former finance and tax commissioner Tom Pelham has pointed out that the “2011 to 2016 spending increase of 22.1 % compares to a state population growth of three tenths of a percent, inflation growth of 7.7%, and an estimated Gross State Product growth of 15.4%… State spending has grown by a staggering and unsustainable amount over the past five years.”The Vermont State Employees Retirement System is only 74% funded, and the retirement fund for teachers is only 58% funded. For the first time the state is borrowing $30 million from its own cash flow to cover unfunded retired teacher health benefits. This gives the state a slightly higher interest rate return than does the credit market, but also opens a tempting opportunity for fiscal mismanagement.Looking beyond the General Fund, the Transportation Fund spends about $250 million a year. JFO observes that of four thousand bridges in the state, 569 are obsolete and 279 are structurally deficient. Gov. Shumlin wants more incentives for (affluent) people to buy electric vehicles which, whatever their merits, do not pay the motor fuel tax that is the main revenue source of the T-Fund.Each year for the past six years the legislature has increased one or both of the two school property tax rates that feed the Education Fund. In the coming election year, legislators are likely to be asked to explain why public education spending has increased 42% over the past 10 years, while the number of pupils has decreased by 21.5% over the same period.Many voters who pleaded for homestead property tax relief last election day are disappointed – if not angry – to learn that the legislature’s “solution” is not property tax relief, but consolidation into mega-districts. Last spring the legislature and governor offered homestead property tax rate reductions to prod school district voters to rapidly consolidate (Act 46). The reductions for districts that accept the offer will have to be made up by taxpayers in the districts that do not.These new unified districts may (conceivably) be more efficient, when they shut down smaller high-cost schools. Whether those savings will survive the inevitable growth of educational bureaucracies remains an open question. Many people believe that the combination of tax incentives and pressure from Montpelier to consolidate will have the practical effect of shrinking parental choice in education.As a backdrop to the budget struggle, consider that Vermont now exhibits the second lowest fertility rate in the country (the lowest six states are all in New England). And despite a reported unemployment rate of less than four percent, the trend of Vermont’s age 25-64 labor force population has been negative since 2010.This is a picture of a high-tax fiscally stressed state, fewer babies being born, its working population shrinking, and the over-65 share of the population growing, with their increased medical costs.Vermont does offer some economic advantages – a clean environment, good schools, low crime rate, reliable labor force. Whether those advantages can overcome cold weather, high taxation, regulatory excess, artificially high electricity costs (to combat “climate change”), deferred infrastructure maintenance, unfunded pension obligations, and a regrettable reputation for being the incubator for advanced governmental experiments remains to be seen. One has a right to be skeptical.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org(link is external)).
November 1, 2008 Regular News L awyers and CPAs plan ‘meet and greets’ in 16 cities on November 6 The Florida Bar, the Florida Institute of CPAs, and the American Association of Attorney-CPAs will hold “Meet & Greets” November 6 in 16 cities across the state. The events – which are fully supported by the Bar’s Business Law and Tax sections – is intended to bring lawyers and CPAs together to share stories, make new contacts, and rekindle old friendships. The events, which will be held at UBS Financial Services, Inc., offices, will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information and to find the city closest to you, see the flyer. Lawyers and CPAs plan ‘meet and greets’ in 16 cities on November 6
Summary: New research suggests that trigger warnings have little or no benefit in cushioning the blow of potentially disturbing content and, in some cases, may make things worse. Worryingly, the researchers discovered that trigger warnings seem to increase the extent to which people see trauma as central to their identity, which can worsen the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the long run. In academic settings, a trigger warning is typically an alert given by a teacher or professor that upcoming content or course materials may be distressing to individuals who have experienced certain traumatic life events. Such warnings are intended to give students the opportunity to step outside of the lecture hall or to overlook certain passages in reading assignments. According to a 2016 survey conducted by National Public Radio, about half of professors said they have used a trigger warning in advance of introducing potentially difficult material. Overall, the researchers found little statistical differences in the reactions of both groups. Neither seemed to be spared the emotional impact of reading the text. Whether trigger warnings are explicitly harmful was less clear, though Jones and his colleagues did find evidence that trigger warnings increased the belief that their trauma is an essential part of a survivor’s life story, which research has shown is countertherapeutic. The debate about trigger warnings has raged over the past decade, yet until very recently there was no science or research to inform the practice. “Science is perhaps the most powerful tool we have available for finding the truth. Why did no one think to use it earlier?” Jones concluded. A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science shines additional light on this ongoing debate and finds that trigger warnings offer little to no help in avoiding painful memories and perhaps are even harmful for the survivors of past emotional trauma. “Over the past decade, there has been extensive debate on the appropriateness of trigger warnings, particularly in academic environments, where they have been accused of promoting censorship,” Jones said. “Other critics have suggested the trigger warnings may create an unrealistic bubble, free from negative thoughts, which would not prepare students for life beyond academia.”Until recently, much of this debate was based on conjecture with little scientific research to back up claims either way. “I was surprised that something so small—a few trigger warnings in a short experiment—could influence the way someone views their trauma,” noted Jones. “In our culture, I think we overemphasize how important trauma should be in a person’s life. Trigger warnings are one example of this.” # # # To improve the body of research on this topic, Jones and his colleagues conducted a randomized experiment among two groups of people who had experienced a serious trauma in the past. For some, traumatic events leave deep psychological scars that can resurface many years later as renewed emotional pain or unwanted memories. In an effort to spare survivors reminders of past trauma, some institutions and individuals provide so-called trigger warnings, alerts that an upcoming program or text may contain unsettling content. Recently, however, a growing body of research has called into question the effectiveness of trigger warnings. “Specifically, we found that trigger warnings did not help trauma survivors brace themselves to face potentially upsetting content,” said Payton Jones, a researcher at Harvard University and lead author on the study. “In some cases, they made things worse.” Clinical Psychological Science publishes advances in clinical science and provides a venue for cutting-edge research across a wide range of conceptual views, approaches, and topics. For a copy of this article, “Helping or Harming? The Effect of Trigger Warnings on Individuals With Trauma Histories,” and access to other research in Psychological Science, contact [email protected] Jones, P. J., et al. (2020) Helping or Harming? The Effect of Trigger Warnings on Individuals With Trauma Histories. Clinical Psychological Science, https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702620921341 Both groups read a series of literature passages. One group received trigger warnings prior to distressing passages while the other did not. Participants rated their emotions after reading each passage and also completed a series of questionnaires at the end. APS is the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders. Our members provide a richer understanding of the world through their research, teaching, and application of psychological science. 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LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Social and economic disadvantages play a significant role in why blacks face a much higher risk than whites of developing cognitive impairment later in life, indicates a national study led by a Michigan State University sociologist.The odds that blacks will develop cognitive impairment, including dementia, in later life were 2.52 times greater than the odds for whites. Much of that racial disparity was explained by childhood disadvantages, such as growing up poor and in the segregated South, and lower socioeconomic status in adulthood, particularly educational attainment.Surprisingly, racial differences in health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, and health behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, did not explain much of the racial gap in cognitive impairment, said Zhenmei Zhang, MSU associate professor of sociology. While the findings do not fully explain blacks’ higher risk of cognitive impairment, they point to a strong need for policymakers to focus more on reducing racial gaps in socioeconomic resources over the lifespan, she said. The federally funded study is published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.“Social policies such as increasing educational resources in low-income communities, providing economic support to poor students and their families, improving graduation rates in high schools and colleges, and eliminating discrimination against blacks in the job market may significantly reduce racial disparities in cognitive impairment in later life,” Zhang said.Zhang and colleagues analyzed survey data from 8,946 participants in the Health and Retirement Study. The information was collected in multiple waves over a 12-year period (1998-2010); participants were aged 65 or older at the start of the study.Once the researchers took into account the various socioeconomic factors, which include childhood disadvantages, the odds ratio of cognitive impairment between blacks and whites – or the racial gap – was reduced considerably, from 2.52 to 1.45. That means socioeconomic factors explained a significant amount of the racial gap.Cognitive impairment among the elderly is a growing problem – spending on dementia care alone exceeds $100 billion a year in the United States – but it hits blacks particularly hard, Zhang noted. The Alzheimer’s Association has identified Alzheimer’s disease among blacks as an emerging public health crisis.“As people live longer and longer, it becomes an even bigger issue,” Zhang said. Email
From Feb 12 to Apr 9, a total of 9,282 US healthcare professionals (HCPs) were infected with COVID-19, according to a paper published yesterday in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.In the same journal, researchers published a case report on three HCPs infected with the novel coronavirus after contact with the first patient with community-acquired COVID-19 in a Solano County, California, hospital in February.Also, a study published today in Nature Medicine of 94 COVID-19 patients in Guangzhou, China, estimated that 44% of secondary case-patients were infected before the index patient experienced symptoms.Healthcare workers made up 3% to 11% of casesThe CDC researchers analyzed preliminary data on confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus reported from 50 states, 4 territories and islands, and Washington D.C., excluding returned travelers from Wuhan, China, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship in January and February.Only 3% of the 315,531 cases involved HCPs, but they accounted for 1,689 (11%) of 15,194 cases in states with more complete reporting of occupational status.Occupational status was available for only 49,370 (16%) of the 315,531 cases, 19% of which were identified as HCPs. Of the workers reporting contact with COVID-19 patients in the 14 days before symptom onset, 780 (55%) reported contact at work, 384 (27%) had contact at home, 187 (13%) had contact in the community, and 72 (5%) had contact in more than one setting.Of the infected HCPs with data on age, sex, and underlying diseases, median age was 42 years, 6,603 (73%) were women, and 1,779 (38%) had at least one underlying disease.Of the 3,801 (41%) infected HCPs with data on race, 2,743 (72%) were white, 801 (21%) were black, 199 (5%) were Asian, and 58 (2%) were other or multiracial. Of 3,624 (39%) with data on ethnicity, 3,252 (90%) were non-Hispanic/Latino, and 372 (10%) were Hispanic/Latino.The vast majority (6,760 [90%]) were not hospitalized, but 184 (2% to 5%) were admitted to an intensive care unit, and 27 (0.3% to 0.6%) died. Death rates were highest in HCPs 65 years and older (10 in that age-group [37%] died).A total of 4,336 (92%) of infected HCPs said they had one or more symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Two-thirds (3,122) reported muscle pain, while 3,048 (65%) said they had a headache. Loss of taste or smell was added to the patient record for 750 (16%) for “other” symptoms.”It is critical to ensure the health and safety of HCP, both at work and in the community,” the authors wrote. “Improving surveillance through routine reporting of occupation and industry not only benefits HCP, but all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.”Noting that contact tracing alone is unlikely to identify many at-risk workers, they called for screening all HCPs for fever and respiratory symptoms before shifts, prioritizing them for testing, having flexible and nonpunitive leave policies to discourage working while sick, provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), and assignment of older HCPs to telehealth, administration, or clinics reserved for non-coronavirus patients.The authors noted that the number of infected HCPs is likely an underestimate because of the low percentage of records reporting occupation and the high likelihood that some workers with mild or asymptomatic disease did not get tested.In the California case report, two of the three infected HCPs were present during aerosol-generating procedures and were not wearing PPE because transmission-based precautions were not yet in use.Substantial transmission before symptom onsetIn the Nature Medicine study, Chinese researchers identified patterns of coronavirus shedding from throat swabs and modeled contagiousness profiles from a separate sample involving 77 pairs of infector-infectee transmission.They collected 414 swabs from the 94 patients from symptom onset to 32 days later. In 44% of the secondary cases (95% confidence interval [CI], 25% to 69%), viral load was highest at symptom onset, indicating that COVID-19 may be most infectious before or at symptom onset.Viral loads gradually decreased until about day 21, when they were no longer detectable, with no obvious differences between sexes, age-groups, or illness severity.Of the secondary case-patients, 47 (50%) were male, and median age was 47 years. Sixty-one (66%) had moderate illness characterized by fever and/or respiratory symptoms and evidence of pneumonia on radiographs; none had severe or critical illness on hospitalization.The results suggest that COVID-19’s infectiousness profile is closer to that of the flu than that of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which is most infectious about 7 to 10 days after symptom onset, improving the ability to stop disease spread through isolation and quarantine.”Significant presymptomatic transmission would probably reduce the effectiveness of control measures that are initiated by symptom onset, such as isolation, contact tracing, and enhanced hygiene or use of face masks for symptomatic persons,” the authors wrote, adding that social distancing would likely be a key strategy.Using data on the 77 infector-infectee pairs, the researchers estimated the mean time from symptom onset in the index patient to symptom onset in the secondary patients, or the serial interval, at 5.8 days (95% CI, 4.8 to 6.8 days) and the median serial interval at 5.2 days (95% CI, 4.1 to 6.4)”Assuming an incubation period distribution of mean 5.2 days from a separate study of early COVID-19 cases, we inferred that infectiousness started from 2.3 days (95% CI, 0.8 – 3.0 days) before symptom onset and peaked at 0.7 days (95% CI, −0.2 – 2.0 days) before symptom onset,” they said. They added that contagiousness declined quickly over 7 days and pointed out that isolating most patients after symptoms began prevented some post-symptomatic transmission.Sensitivity analysis showed that holding constant the start of contagiousness from 1 to 7 days before symptoms began, infectiousness peaked 0 to 2 days before symptoms appeared, and 46% to 55% of transmissions occurred in the presymptomatic period.Their simulation revealed that the percentage of serial intervals shorter than 2 days would be larger if infectiousness was assumed to begin before symptoms emerged. Based on the 7.6% negative serial intervals estimated from the infector-infectee pairs, infectiousness at least 2 days before symptom onset and peak infectiousness 2 days before to 1 day after is likely.”More inclusive criteria for contact tracing to capture potential transmission events 2 to 3 days before symptom onset should be urgently considered for effective control of the outbreak,” they said.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban before the Middle Tennessee game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday September 12, 2015. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)TUSCALOOSA – With the process focused on taking it one day at a time, Alabama coach Nick Saban will often say he doesn’t remember what happened last week, let alone last year.But Saban remembers the Crimson Tide’s final interception against Ole Miss in last season’s game as if it happened yesterday.“We were going two-minute, and I remember it well, and I’ve seen it this week again,” Saban said. “We had the ball on the 17-yard line. There was 40 seconds to go in the game, something like that. We took a shot. The guy (tight end O.J. Howard) was open early, we (quarterback Blake Sims) kind of threw it late. The corner (Senquez Golson) did a great job of recovering and overlapping and made a great play. It’s one we wish we had back, and I’m sure Blake wishes he had it back.“When you call plays and they don’t work, you wish you could have it back. That’s always the case. We had a chance on the play, we just didn’t execute like we needed to and they made a great play on it.”The play handed the Crimson Tide its lone regular season loss, and ended its 10-game winning streak against the Rebels. Alabama gets a shot at revenge on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny. ESPN will televise the game with College GameDay setting the atmosphere before. Ole Miss hasn’t beaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa since 1988, and the Rebels have never beaten the Tide in back-to-back seasons.During his Alabama tenure, Saban is 9-1 in revenge games with LSU being the lone team to defeat the Tide in back-to-back seasons (2010 and 2011 regular season).“I don’t really think it’s about revenge,” Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “Of course, everybody knows they beat us last year and we don’t like to lose. We’re coming in trying not to lose this year. Just focusing on this year, this game. Like we always say, it’s a new year and a new team so we’re still trying to build our identity.”So far, the two teams have been creating two different types of identities. Alabama looked fine in its season opener against Wisconsin (35-17 victory), but had some noticeable struggles in its home opener versus Middle Tennessee State. Playmakers like Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry have carried the load offensively. And the defense has done a good job of creating turnovers thus far.But the Tide’s kicking game is still a question mark while some also have concerns about the quarterback situation with Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman.Conversely, Ole Miss has looked like world beaters through two games, scoring 76 and 73 points in the two contests. But neither of Ole Miss’ first two opponents presented the challenges Alabama.Saturday serves as a bit of a barometer game for both sides.“I think we’re doing everything we can to get our team to play the best we possibly can against a very, very good team,” Saban said. “We’re going to continue to try to progress throughout the course of the season. Resiliency in our league and our division has been very important, and I think the teams that continue to improve have the best chance to be successful in the long run. We’re trying to do everything we can to play the best we can in this game and continue to improve in the future.”
Del Bosque was asked about the chief and said he would “put my hand in the fire for him”. The Spain coach explained: “I would put my hand in the fire for the president because I know that he has football’s best interests at heart – he defends the game with passion wherever he goes and he always wants the best for the sport.” Upd. at 21:29 “Football is so powerful that no one person is bigger than it,” he said. CEST Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has backed Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar, against corruption allegations in the FIFA scandal. Sport EN Del Bosque thinks that football will not be tarnished by the scandal in the long run. 29/05/2015 “Football will always come back stronger. In football, and in society, there will always been something which is unlawful but in the end, the good will always shine through.”