Keeper Nealon the hero as Portlaoise hurlers defeat 2017 Leinster finalists in Aughrim

first_img Council Keeper Nealon the hero as Portlaoise hurlers defeat 2017 Leinster finalists in Aughrim By Alan Hartnett – 3rd November 2018 Pinterest Community Portlaoise keeper Eoghan Nealon was their hero Portlaoise 0-16 Glenealy 1-10Leinster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter FinalTeddy Fennelly’s Portlaoise hurlers have made a winning start to their Leinster campaign with a fine win over Wicklow senior champions Glenealy in Aughrim.And keeper Eoghan Nealon was their hero as his penalty save in injury time in the second half allowed Portlaoise to hang on.Glenealy were fancied here having reached the Leinster final last year where they were just edged out by eventual All-Ireland finalists St Patrick’s Ballyragget.Portlaoise played with the breeze in the first half but it was the home side who got the better start with Jonathon O’Neill Snr landing a free and one from play for Glenealy.Portlaoise battled back through Cian Taylor and Cathal Duggan and then had a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty.Cormac Rigney took it, but Glenealy keeper Cian O’Sullivan, who was the hero in their county final win over Carnew Emmet’s two weeks ago, pulled off a fine save.The sides were level at 0-4 each at the midpoint of the half but as the wind strengthened, Portlaoise took advantage of it to pull clear by the break.Cormac Rigney was flawless on frees and his accuracy helped Portlaoise into a 0-11 to 0-5 lead at half time.Glenealy now had the breeze and they score two points on the resumption of play but Portlaoise dug deep and went into a nine point lead with ten minutes to go.However, Glenealy were given a lifeline with eight minutes to play when they were awarded a penalty.Danny Stanuton converted it and the gap was back to six points and a tense closing few moments lay ahead.The home team hit three more points, with an exceptional one from Gavin Weir, to cut the gap to three as we headed for injury time.And then Glenealy were awarded a penalty but this time Portlaoise keeper Eoghan Nealon pulled off a remarkable save from Cian O’Sullivan.Portlaoise were now down to 14 men after Chris Lynch picked up a second yellow card but they held on from here and will now face Offaly side Ballinamere in O’Moore Park on November 17.They defeated Dublin champions Faughs by 3-16 to 2-11 in Parnell Park this afternoon.PORTLAOISE: Eoghan Nealon; Joe Geaney, Chris Lynch, Frank Flanagan; Brian Mulligan, Cahir Healy, Ciaran McEvoy; Dean Lynch, Gary Bergin; Tommy Fitzgerald, Colm Gleeson, Cormac Rigney; Keith Murphy, Cian Taylor, Cathal Duggan. Subs: Dylan Feane, Lee Davis, Shane CuddySEE ALSO – Laois soccer players aim to do the double and win the FAI Women’s Cup Final this weekend Home Sport GAA Keeper Nealon the hero as Portlaoise hurlers defeat 2017 Leinster finalists in… SportGAAHurling New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Previous articleChristmas trees, Peter Casey and awkward jokes – it’s our tweets of the weekNext articleLaois mum of three delighted as stolen car recovered Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Community TAGSLeinster IHCPortlaoise Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Central bankers go green

first_img To help lead the transition to sustainable finance, the world’s central bankers have set up their own fund for green investing.The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced the launch of a new open-ended fund for central banks to invest their reserves in green bonds. hand nurturing and watering young baby plants growing in germination sequence on fertile soil with natural green background 123RF/Weerapat Kiatdumrong James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Green bondsCompanies Bank for International Settlements Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The fund, which is denominated in U.S. dollars, is managed in-house by BIS Asset Management as part of its pool for fixed income investment products.The fund will invest in bonds have a minimum credit rating of A-, and must comply with the International Capital Market Association’s green bond principles and/or the Climate Bond Standard published by the Climate Bonds Initiative.“Responding to a growing demand for climate-friendly investments among official institutions, the BIS’s green bond fund initiative helps central banks to incorporate environmental sustainability objectives in the management of their reserves,” the BIS said.Additionally, it says that the initiative aims to support the growth of the green bond market, and the adoption of best practices in that market.“We are confident that, by aggregating the investment power of central banks, we can influence the behaviour of market participants and have some impact on how green investment standards develop,” said Peter Zöllner, head of the BIS banking department.last_img read more

Agriculture Technology Centre Critical to Regional Development – CARICOM Secretary General

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail CARICOM Secretary General Dr. Edwin Carrington, says the establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Agriculture, is critical to the development of the sector in the region.Speaking at the launch of the Centre at the Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, on Tuesday, March 24, he said, “You have guaranteed that the entire region will be involved, will benefit and will certainly in years to come be grateful for this day in Jamaica.”Meanwhile, Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Jesus Silva Fernandez, said that Spain is pleased to be partnering with CARICOM and the Government of Jamaica in making agriculture a priority.The Centre of Excellence was established through a grant, to CARICOM, of US$3 million from the Spanish Agency for International Development and Co-operation (Caecid). The grant will be used to fund the first three years of the Centre’s operations.“When we sat down two years ago with CARICOM partners in our joint commission that took place in Kingston, we agreed that agriculture should be one of the biggest priorities. not only for the region but also for the efforts of Spain in the Caribbean region,” he informed.He expressed the hope that his Government’s assistance will also include the provision of expertise.“The most important part is certainly the training. The training of the farmers because we want our funds to benefit the people of Jamaica and the people of the Caribbean and we hope that we will be assisting you not only with money but also with what we have been doing up to now, with expertise. With experts that will be coming here and sharing the experience with your farmers to try to find results in the short term,” the Ambassador said. RelatedAgriculture Technology Centre Critical to Regional Development – CARICOM Secretary General Advertisements RelatedAgriculture Technology Centre Critical to Regional Development – CARICOM Secretary Generalcenter_img Agriculture Technology Centre Critical to Regional Development – CARICOM Secretary General AgricultureMarch 30, 2009 RelatedAgriculture Technology Centre Critical to Regional Development – CARICOM Secretary Generallast_img read more

RIC interest rate cut continues to back farmers

first_imgRIC interest rate cut continues to back farmers The Hon David Littleproud MPMinister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency ManagementFarmers and farm-related small businesses across regional Australia will be further supported from today, with the interest rate on Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans dropping to a record low of 1.77 percent.This interest rate drop to record low levels, comes as part of a regular six-monthly review of the RIC’s concessional interest rate.Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, and Minister for Finance, Simon Birmingham, said the reduced interest rate would provide significant financial assistance to farmers and farm-related small businesses that are in most financial need.“The Australian Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to back Australia’s farmers during tough times like drought,” Minister Littleproud said.“We remain committed to providing practical help to rural and regional communities to achieve economic growth and agricultural productivity.”Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham said RIC loans continued to provide crucial financial assistance to farmers who need it most.“This further rate reduction will put more money in the pockets of our hardworking farmers, helping to boost their cash-flow and support them to further invest in growing their operations,” Minister Birmingham said.“These loans are all about backing Australian farmers who are doing it tough by helping them to rebound and continue to support regional economies and regional jobs.”Fast FactsRIC loan programs encourage growth, investment and resilience in Australia’s rural and regional communities. The RIC’s suite of loan programs includes Drought Loans, Farm Investment Loans, AgBiz Drought Loans and the recently launched AgriStarter Loan. Drought Loans assist farmers in preparing for, managing and recovering from drought. The loans can refinance existing debt, fund drought-related activities or productivity enhancements, or pay for operating expenses. AgBiz Drought Loans assist small agriculture dependent businesses manage through drought. The loans can refinance existing debt or pay for operating expenses. /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:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, drought, Emergency, Emergency Management, Fast Facts, finance, Government, Investment, Minister, record low, resilience, Small Business, the Pocketlast_img read more

Record line up for Bundaberg Cup

first_imgRecord line up for Bundaberg Cup Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport The Honourable Stirling HinchliffeThis weekend more than 900 touch footballers from across Queensland are in Bundaberg for the sixth Bundaberg Cup. Sixty-three teams have registered, up from 48 teams last year, making the event one of the largest Bundaberg Cups ever. Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the Bundaberg Cup would deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic benefit to the region with 75 per cent of competitor teams from outside of Bundaberg. “Local accommodation providers, hotels, cafes and restaurants will benefit with almost 1,000 touch footballers and spectators in town for the weekend,” Mr Smith said. “Now in the sixth year of competition, Bundaberg is proving itself to be one of the major touch football cities in Queensland. “This is another opportunity to showcase our region which is already so famous for producing Australia’s best small crops, world-famous distilleries and breweries and being the gateway to the southern Great Barrier Reef. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing the high-quality touch footy on display. “Good luck to all of the teams, but I’ll be cheering on the Bundy locals the loudest.” Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Bundaberg Cup was a great celebration of sport for both players and spectators. “It’s fantastic to see the growth of touch in Queensland and athletes of all abilities and experience in Bundaberg for a weekend festival of football,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “The Bundaberg Cup is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar because we know how important events of this calibre are for supporting jobs, local business and helping Queensland tourism to rebuild better after COVID-19. “With the majority of competitors and spectators from outside Bundaberg, it’s also the perfect opportunity to explore some of the many wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.”The Bundaberg Cup is one of Australia’s richest Touch Football knockouts with a $20,000 prize pool across nine social and competitive divisions. Clive Churchill Medallist and event ambassador Scott Prince will be on the field this weekend. “I’m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg and competing,” he said. It’s a great event, not only in terms of the prize money on offer, but the social aspect and connections you make. I’m thrilled to see the large numbers competing this year, it’s going to be awesome.” The Bundaberg Cup is proudly supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s Tourism and Events Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council. /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:Ambassador, athletes, Australia, Bundaberg, business, Churchill, Clive, festival, football, Government, Great Barrier Reef, Minister, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, southern, Stirlinglast_img read more

Recognition for two outstanding teachers

first_imgRecognition for two outstanding teachers Two Sydney academics were awarded citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Federal Government’s Australian Awards for University Teaching. The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) recognise teaching excellence and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to student learning. In the 2020 awards recently announced by Universities Australia, Dr Fiona Stanaway from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and Dr Mahyar Shirvanimoghaddam from the Faculty of Engineering, received citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison congratulated Dr Stanaway and Dr Shirvanimoghaddam on their citations.“The awards recognise and celebrate the impact of educators on student outcomes and are an outstanding testament to the innovative approaches taken to support and engage students with their learning,” said Professor Pattison.“Congratulations to our colleagues on being recognised for their extraordinary work to enhance learning experiences and contribute to a culture of excellence in teaching, delivered during a period of significant challenge and uncertainty for higher education.” Teaching is one of my passions and has also been a great creative outlet. Dr Fiona Stanaway Dr Fiona StanawayDr Fiona StanawayDr Stanaway, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology, received her citation for developing clinically authentic and creative learning experiences that inspire clinician students to develop and apply epidemiological skills to drive improvements in patient care.“I am thrilled to have received recognition for my commitment and dedication to high-quality teaching and my efforts to inspire and motivate my students to learn epidemiology,” said Dr Stanaway.“Teaching is one of my passions and has also been a great creative outlet. Coming up with innovative ways to explain complex ideas and engage my busy clinician students in an online environment has not been without its challenges, but the effort has definitely been worth it.” I am delighted to have received recognition for the Idea Factory, a multidisciplinary student learning framework we initiated in 2018.Dr Mahyar ShirvanimoghaddamDr Mahyar ShirvanimoghaddamDr Mahyar ShirvanimoghaddamDr Shirvanimoghaddam, Academic Fellow in Telecommunications, received his citation for enhancing the learning experience by engaging students in multidisciplinary learning and developing work-related capabilities and critical thinking skills.“I am delighted to have received recognition for the Idea Factory, a multidisciplinary student learning framework we initiated in 2018. Since then more than 300 engineering and business students have participated in the project, which resulted in more than 30 innovative product ideas and prototypes,” said Dr Shirvanimoghaddam.“The project enables students from various disciplines to work together in groups and develop a commercial product from beginning to end. I hope this can be further expanded across the University to engage students from all disciplines to solve real-world problems.“I would like to thank my colleagues at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering and Sydney Business School, the tutors I have been working with, and all the students who have contributed to the development of the Idea Factory.” /University 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, Australian, education, Engineering, environment, Federal, federal government, Government, health, patient care, Professor, students, Sydney, telecommunications, Universities Australia, university, University of Sydneylast_img read more

First 2018 Honda Civic Type R sells for US$200,000 at auction

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Honda Civic Type-R Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos Roughly a week ago, the very first 2018 Honda Civic Type R available to the public was listed on Bring a Trailer.The car was a donation from Honda, with the entire proceeds of the sale going directly to the Pediatric Brain Tumour Foundation charity. Now, one lucky bidder is taking the Civic Type R No. 1 home for US$200,000, with that fat bid unofficially making it the most expensive Honda Civic ever sold. The new Civic Type R is nothing short of exciting for Honda enthusiasts, with over 300 horsepower heading to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, plus a number of other performance upgrades. Naturally, the Civic Type R is also styled far more aggressively than the standard Civic, with copious (and functional) ducts, wings and spoilers. Trending Videos RELATED TAGSCivicHondaHatchbackPerformanceNew VehiclesPerformance VehiclesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive TechnologyBrain CancerCancerCars and Car DesignChildren’s HealthCulture and LifestyleHealth and FitnessHonda CivicHonda Motor Co. Ltd.Passenger CarsPediatric Brain Tumor FoundationPediatric CancerScience and TechnologyTechnologyVehicle Controlcenter_img advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Nonetheless, while the idea of paying US$200,000 for a Civic might not make sense for some, it was essentially a giant donation to a great cause with the added bonus of getting the very first 2018 Type R with a 00001 serial number. last_img read more

Expect an all-electric Mini Cooper for 2019

first_imgTrending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Other upcoming electric BMWs include the i8 Spyder coming later this year, along with a 3 Series and X3 by 2020, and a BMW iNEXT in 2021. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 By 2019, we could see more electrified Minis. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca For 2019, the three-door Mini will be available with a purely electric drivetrain.The decision stems from BMW wanting to offer electric drivetrains as an option on every single model in their lineup. In eight years, BMW expects electric models to make up between 15 and 25 per cent of its sales volume. BMW already has two dedicated factories for the electric components that make up the drivetrain.The drivetrain will be made in either Dingolfling or Landshut, Germany, It will then be sent off to Mini’s factory in Oxford, England, for final assembly. By 2021, BMW also intends to produce the 5 and 7 Series plug-in hybrids alongisde the electric Mini in those two factories. See More Videoscenter_img RELATED TAGSMINISE 3 DoorHatchbackElectricElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesBMW 3 SeriesBMW 7 SeriesBMW AGBMW X SeriesEuropeGermanyOxford (England)Western Europe The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder Ramps Up To Handle Pandemic, Common Flu Outbreak

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 22, 2006 Departments across the University of Colorado at Boulder have been gearing up since last spring for the possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak in the event the H5N1, or avian influenza virus, makes its way to the United States and begins spreading from person-to-person. Sylvia Dane, emergency management coordinator for the Boulder campus, drafted the CU-Boulder Pandemic Response Plan with the help of staff, faculty and students over the summer, outlining how CU-Boulder would handle an avian or pandemic flu outbreak. The plan was finalized in June and will be revised as conditions warrant. “Should an avian flu outbreak occur, the university will coordinate very closely with Boulder County Public Health in responding to the needs of the campus. Individual departments will implement their plans, and overall campus response will be coordinated by the campus policy group,” said Dane. The policy group consists of the chancellor and vice chancellors, their key staff members, the campus police chief and legal counsel. Paul Tabolt, vice chancellor for administration, initiated campus planning for a pandemic during the spring semester in response to rising international concern. The avian flu virus is spread easily among birds but does not readily infect humans. Although there are rare instances where humans have contracted avian flu, some medical experts are concerned that the H5N1 strain of avian flu could mutate and spread more easily among people. The seasonal flu that officials predict will be most prevalent this year is different from avian flu, Dane said. The Boulder campus Pandemic Response Plan and the Pandemic Communications Plan have resulted in a slate of communication methods for educating students, faculty and staff. In addition to other communication efforts, a Web site has been created to increase understanding of pandemic flu and offer ways to prevent and prepare for flu. Three primary themes of the site are “understand, prevent and prepare.” For more information on the site go to: www.colorado.edu/safety/pandemicflu/index.html. Wallet cards with the web link have been created to distribute on campus in addition to a slide show, stickers and brochures. Travel precautions also are particularly important for faculty, some of whom travel frequently in the course of their work. Students and staff are encouraged to be aware of conditions abroad before they take a trip. Tips for safe travel are posted at: www.colorado.edu/safety/pandemicflu/prevent/. Since the spread of avian or pandemic flu would create widespread societal disruption, campus departments are working on business continuity plans to maintain operations, Dane said. “We estimate that, were a pandemic-level flu to occur, absenteeism among students, faculty and staff could reach up to 40 percent,” Dane said. “Given the possibility of high levels of absenteeism, departments need to address how they would continue to provide basic services.” Pandemic flu scenarios for the campus include the possible departure of most of CU-Boulder’s on-site residential student population. However, if certain geographic areas are quarantined, it’s possible that underclassmen who live in CU-Boulder’s 22 residence halls would not be able to leave campus. “In addition to planning for the likelihood that many students would leave campus during a pandemic, we also need to prepare for the likelihood that county and state authorities will restrict travel to control the spread of an avian or other flu,” Dane said. “That means we need to plan for disruptions and for a campus with some students in residence halls but far fewer faculty and staff on site.” In the meantime, efforts to bolster the annual preparation for common flu have been underway for several months. The Wardenburg Health Center, in conjunction with the pandemic planning committee, has developed a series of messages to prepare students, faculty and staff for the common, or seasonal, flu, focusing on flu prevention practices to reduce the impacts of flu on class attendance, residence hall illness and functioning of campus workplaces. About 90 dispensers of hand sanitizer have been installed throughout campus since the beginning of October. Seventeen campus buildings have been equipped with two or three dispensers each installed in ground-floor bathrooms close to main entrances in buildings, including Hellems Arts and Sciences, Imig Music, Duane Physics, Muenzinger Psychology, the Engineering Center, Cristol Chemistry and Norlin Library, among others. Flu kits also have been distributed to new students since the beginning of the school year, and buildings all over campus will display flyers with flu prevention messages, encouraging students, faculty and staff to make their classrooms, laboratories, and offices “No Flu Zones” to help prevent the spread of flu. The campaign will run for eight weeks. For more information on CU-Boulder’s pandemic and common flu plans see: www.colorado.edu/safety/pandemicflu/prepare/, www.colorado.edu/healthcenter/, www.colorado.edu/healthcenter/downloads/avianflu.pdf. To request a copy of the CU-Boulder Pandemic Response Plan, send an e-mail message to [email protected]last_img read more

Blog: Is Iliad set to become next European powerhouse?

first_img From being known as France’s disruptive newcomer which instigated a long-running price war forcing the big boys to slash charges, billionaire Xavier Niel’s Iliad is now starting to establish itself in the mobile sector as a major European player.This week the company struck a €3.5 billion deal, including debt, to take control of Poland’s Play, a move which, if it clears the relevant regulatory checks, adds 15 million subscribers to its portfolio and would see it enter a country with huge potential.Iliad’s proposed push into Poland comes two years after it replicated its disruptive domestic model and took the fight to Italy’s major players, launching as the country’s fourth operator, where it has steadily grown its market share to 8 per cent as of end-June.Indeed, Niel is renowned for going to market with aggressive price plans and effectively upsetting the status quo by undercutting the established competition.Looking back, it did exactly that in France in 2012, when it added mobile to its fixed-line offering, launching its Free brand to rival Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom.And six years later, it made similar strides in Italy.In its statement announcing the Play deal, Iliad explained it was attracted to the operator as both companies had a lot in common, experiencing “exceptional growth” over the past 15 years.It added both had been “game changers in our markets” by opening access to mobile usage, describing the tie-up as a perfect strategic fit.However, there was also an indication from the French company that the deal would mark a shift away from its established underdog approach.Iliad said adding Play to its operations “cemented” its position as a pan-European mobile player, operating in three of the region’s largest markets.And to underline its point, the company said it had 41 million subscribers across those three markets, making it the sixth-largest mobile operator in Europe.Different dynamicUnlike mobile entrances in France and Italy, its push into Poland represents a different dynamic for Iliad, considering it will hardly be starting from scratch.Play, with a 29 per cent market share built up since launching in 2007, is now ahead of Deutsche Telekom’s local T-Mobile unit, Orange Polska and Polkomtel.Kester Mann, director for consumer and connectivity at CCS Insight also pointed out similarities between Iliad and Play, which are both known for being challenger brands based on simple pricing.But, while Iliad is indeed taking control of the country’s current largest operator, it doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look to shake things up.“With many household budgets strained due to the impact of Covid-19, the timing of Iliad’s investment into a disruptive provider appears astute,” explained Mann. “Poland is a country with 38 million people, so there will be plenty of opportunity for further growth and disruption. Notably, with a broadband penetration of 55 per cent, it will see an opportunity to disrupt in this market.”Mann noted Poland is somewhat different to Italy and France, particularly when it comes to consumer pricing.Play, for example, is already synonymous with value-for-money offers, so Iliad’s approach in Italy is unlikely to have the same impact in Poland.Despite a heritage of low prices, Mann believes rivals in Poland will need to remain “on-guard”.But its biggest impact could lie in a foray into the broadband market, a push it has also embarked on in Italy.“A move into fixed-line and likely also convergence, will probably be the biggest impact from the deal that consumers will see. It will likely use its experience from other markets to drive this strategy,” added Mann.In a research note to Bloomberg, Haitong Bank analyst Konrad Ksiezopolski added if Iliad does indeed harbour convergence ambitions, more acquisitions in Poland, in particular fixed-line assets, could well be on the cards.Taking on Europe’s big boysThe Play acquisition comes less than a year after Niel tightened his grip on the company through a €1.4 billion share buy-back, increasing his holding to 72 per cent.At the time, the move was positioned as a way to offer shareholders a way out following quarterly declines.Indeed, the Play deal has met with something of a cool reception, with Iliad’s share price dropping 3 per cent immediately after it was announced.Iliad remains under pressure to invest in its networks in Italy and France, and Stephane Beyazian, an analyst at MainFirst Bank, said the “adventure in Poland” was a surprise for investors who would have liked to see improvements in existing markets first.Any scepticism is, however, unlikely to deter the boss. Mann believes the company could well be targeting further growth, with any opportunity to expand or disrupt an appealing prospect.“Iliad is a maverick company and in Niel it has a major shareholder with deep pockets. It would be no surprise to see it make further additions to its European portfolio,” he said.The company has already shown it is not afraid to enter more established markets, like Italy, or emerging ones, like Poland.Iliad has made its Polish play. The location of its next playground is anyone’s guess.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Previous ArticleZTE and China Mobile announce industry’s first 5G smart transportation demonstration cityNext ArticleAT&T, Microsoft boost IoT security Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Kavit Majithia Author HomeBlog Blog: Is Iliad set to become next European powerhouse?center_img Blog AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore6 22 SEP 2020 Tags Quad-play appetites growing in Europe Iliadlast_img read more