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Ofcom takes aim at scam calls

first_img Tags Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation Home Ofcom takes aim at scam calls Previous ArticleHuawei backdoor to Google apps slams shutNext ArticleVodafone shares unused 4G spectrum to connect rural areas Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more UK operators splash £1.4B in latest 5G auction AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 OCT 2019 UK launches regulator targeting tech giants Yanitsa Boyadzhieva UK regulator Ofcom took action against scam calls and imposed new rules to cap the cost of calling phone numbers starting with 070.The watchdog announced in a statement that the new wholesale price cap of calling 070 numbers is now aligned with the maximum charge for calls to mobile numbers, currently around 0.5 pence per minute.Before the new regulation, any company controlling an 070 number could charge the caller’s phone company a wholesale price of as much as 39 pence per minute, and phone providers charged between 45 pence and £1.10 per minute for calls to ‘070’ numbers.Ofcom explained 070 numbers are designed to be used as a ‘follow me’ service, where calls are diverted from one number to another, so the person being called can keep their own number private.Numbers starting with 070 are often used in classified adverts or by small businesses and making calls to such numbers costs more than phoning mobile numbers.However, it is common for users to take 070 numbers as mobile numbers, which begin with 07, which has created an open door for scams and fake calls. This has led to higher consumer phone bills.“We uncovered evidence of scams, such as missed calls and fake job adverts, that took advantage of consumers’ lack of awareness of these high prices. An estimated minimum of 20 per cent of 070 calls involved some form of fraudulent activity”, Ofcom said.The regulator believes the new pricing cap will remove the incentive for scams by “significantly cutting the money that can be made from using these numbers”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back costOfcomwholesale price Author Relatedlast_img read more

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Bartomeu targets Lars Bender to strengthen his election campaign at Barça

first_img His characteristics — he recovers lots of balls and is good technically — is ideal for Barça’s style. He’s also combative and is good in the air due to being 184cm tall. In cases of emergency, he has also played as a right-back. His contract runs until 2019. Even though he has impressed in the Bundesliga, Bender, whose brother plays for Borussia Dortmund, was not included in Germany’s World Cup squad.  Despite FIFA’s transfer ban, Barça continue to scour the market for reinforcements. Elections are also close and president Josep Maria Bartomeu is sounding out possible signings to boost his campaign.  Upd. on 19/02/2015 at 15:03 CET 18/02/2015 One of those names is Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender. The central midfielder is 25 and can play as a pivot or further forward. He has been playing for the German club since 2009 and his price would be close to €30 million.  J.M Bertran First contact has already been made, as reported by ‘La Porteria’ on BTV. Bender looks like the new commission’s preferred choice to join Barça.  He came through at TSV 1860 Munich and is now a reference in Leverkusen’s side, which he has been a part of for five seasons. As well as Barça, Arsenal are also interested in Bender.last_img read more

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Draws Announced For Round Two Of Womens Irish Hockey Trophy

first_imgThe draw for the Second round of the Womens Irish Hockey Trophy has taken place this afternoon. Should Greenfields get over Our Lady’s Terenure on the 25th of November, they will be at home to Mossley Ladies from Newtownabbey. Galway Hockey Club’s reward for beating Clontarf last weekend is a trip to Cork to take on Cork Church of Ireland. The draw for the first round of the Womens Irish Hockey Challenge has also been made this afternoon. Greenfield’s second team have been drawn away to Enniskillen while NUIG’ Second Team will also be on the road as they have been drawn away to Cork Wanderers. These Games will be played on the 18th of November.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email NUI Galway were beaten on Penalties last weekend by Waterford in the first round. Second Round Matches will be played on the 9th of December.last_img read more

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Donegal woman bags €52,000 on Winning Streak

first_imgA Donegal-based businesswoman got the chance of a lifetime to spin the wheel on RTE’s Winning Streak last Saturday– to win a whopping  €52,000!Getting to spin the famous wheel on the Winning Streak game show never came into the mind of Annmarie Doherty, who lives in Greencastle, Co. Donegal – it was enough for her to just appear on the show.  But the Derry native won a massive €30,000 on the wheel to add to the €22,000 in cash she won earlier in the show.Annmarie plans to buy a new car with her winnings as her old one recently failed the NCT. She said she will also treat her husband, Michael, who will soon be turning 50, and their twin boys Finn and Loughlin (14). Annmarie Doherty from Greencastle, Co. Donegal, pictured at the presentation of the Winning Streak winners’ cheques with Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host; Annmarie Doherty, the winning player; Niall Andrews, Head of Sales and Operations at the National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak game show co-host. Pic: Mac Innes Photography.Leading up to the programme, Annmarie was a mixed bag of nerves and excitement. Annmarie picked up her winning ticket from GALA Express, Drung, Quigley’s Point, Co. Donegal.She said she was overwhelmed by the many well-wishers in her community and the number of texts and messages from far and wide wishing her luck.Annmarie told hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy how she and Michael were childhood sweethearts who lost touch. But they reconnected in their twenties when they were living and studying in Trinity College in Dublin where Michael was studying Computer Science and Annmarie Business and Economics. Annmarie also has a Master’s Degree in Woman Studies from UCD.The couple, now married for 25 years, have pooled their expertise and run their own business a   Motarme –  a business-to-business technology marketing firm. Before that Annemarie worked for a range of Chambers of Commerce and also in marketing and public relations for Local Enterprise Boards. She was also the former President of the Donegal Women in Business Network. A grand total of €184,000 was won on this week’s episode of the Winning Streak National Lottery game show.Donegal woman bags €52,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bowlsby Sentenced to 10 Years in Walmart Pipe Bomb Case

first_imgLarry Bowlsby, 49, of Warrenton, Missouri, pleaded guilty in October and was sentenced on Thursday.A news release from the Department of Justice said filed court documents and Thursday’s sentencing hearing show that sometime before Sept. 26, 2007, Bowlsby built a pipe bomb. Court records indicate that on Sept. 26, 2007, Bowlsby and two minors entered the Walmart in Sylva, and once inside, Bowlsby placed the pipe bomb in the bag of one of the minors but removed it once he was inside the store.The release said court records show Bowlsby took the cart and the pipe bomb to the camping supplies section of the store, where he placed it among the small propane cylinders for camp stoves, ignited the device and left the area. The device detonated and caused an explosion. Court records show five people were nearby when the device exploded and had to be taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Bowlsby and the two minors drove away in Bowlsby’s vehicle.Authorities were also able to recover Bowlsby’s fingerprint from the shopping cart. Law enforcement ran the print against national databases in 2007 with no success. However, they ran it again in 2016, and the print matched Bowlsby, whose prints were put into the system after he was arrested in Colorado in 2008 and eventually pleaded guilty to charges.Bowlsby is in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. The man who detonated a pipe bomb in Sylva’s Walmart has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. The incident happened in 2007.last_img read more

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This Week at TouringPlans – May 5, 2019

first_imgYou’ve heard of Crocs. You’ve heard of fanny packs. But have you heard of Crocs with their own built-in fanny packs? Let us know if you’d wear these on your Disney vacation.Did you know that to get ready for Galaxy’s Edge, Brian and Angela have been doing a full rewatch of all the Star Wars movies? You can watch along and discuss the films with them on our YouTube channel. This is what they’ve done so far:Return of the JediEmpire Strikes BackA New HopeRogue OneSolo: A Star Wars StoryRevenge of the SithAttack of the ClonesThe Phantom Menace The Week AheadIf you’re planning to the visit to the parks soon, here’s what’s going on this week.The week ahead at Walt Disney WorldThe week ahead at DisneylandThe week ahead at Universal OrlandoThe week ahead on Disney Cruise LineSave time! Save money! Have fun! For complete access to all of our great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, customizable Touring Plans, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE, subscribe to TouringPlans.com.For the latest news on all things Disney and Universal, follow our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Share This!Welcome to your one-stop shop for our news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando, and more.Walt Disney World News of the WeekFred has some updates to the Crowd Calendar for May 2019 and beyond. See if the updates impact your trip.New rules about strollers and smoking went into effect this week. Do they impact your park touring?Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting a new official logo. What to you think of the new look?With Galaxy’s Edge opening later this summer at WDW, Disney has announced Extra, Extra Magic Hours for later in the year, with some parks opening at 6:00 a.m. for WDW hotel guests.What’s cuter than otters? Nothing. The answer is that nothing is cuter than otters. And good news–you can now get your fix at Otter Grotto at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.Confused about Disney World tickets? We have EVERYTHING you need to know about the Park Hopper option in this handy FAQ.Fancy Nancy is now greeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And you can get a fancy makeover too. Oh la la!Angela tours the studio and 1-bedroom villas at Disney World’s Copper Creek villas at the Wilderness Lodge. This tour is a follow-up to last week’s look at the swoon-worthy Copper Creek cabins. Is Copper Creek on your list of places to stay during your next Disney visit?Free dining season is upon us. Here’s the offer for Disney Visa cardholders.Ever bugged by flying critters at WDW? Julia has the info you need about Lovebug season.There’s a new table service restaurant coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in the Toy Story Land area. What are your thoughts on Roundup Rodeo BBQ?Brian answers reader questions on YouTube about all aspects of trip planning.The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew over Epcot on Thursday. Were you able to see the awe-inspiring display?Julia has a rundown of your breakfast options in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora.There’s a new signature experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom. Would you treat your princess to this?John showed us how to find deals on WDW hotels via Priceline. Here’s the scoop for the month of May.Minnie Mouse greeted guests in a new floral frock at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival.Disneyland News of the WeekSTAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE IS OPENING THIS MONTH AT DISNEYLAND! (Can you tell we’re excited!) Rikki has the 411 on how to make reservations to visit this new land.Universal Orlando News of the WeekJust in time for summer, Derek’s Saturday Six this week tells you everything you need to know about Universal’s Volcano Bay water park. Everybody into the pool!Planning a trip to Universal Orlando this holiday season? We’ve got news about some discounts that might make your trip a little easier.Brian takes us on a tour of Marvel Superhero Island at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Oh Marvel, you and your licensing agreements with Disney and Universal confuse me so.Derek’s Saturday Six covered the six top reasons we love Universal’s Marvel Superhero Island. Can you tell that Avengers: Endgame was released last week and everyone at TouringPlans had superheroes on the brain.Merchandise ReportsLooking to save money on Disney souvenirs? Derek is back with his monthly report on what’s you can find at the Disney outlet stores in Orlando. One word: Banshees.They’ll soon be digging up the personalized paving stones that have encircled the Magic Kingdom for decades. You can now buy a personalized Disney paving stone online as a memento.Disney’s Animal Kingdom is selling some interesting beaded jewelry. These would make a great Mother’s Day gift.The Trophy Room store at Disney Springs is closing at the end of the month.The Basin shop at Disney Springs is offering three exclusive sugar whips scrubs available only at that location. Are you unicorn, mermaid, or fruity?Uniqlo is offering fun Star Wars tees at all their stores, including the Disney Springs location.Beyond the ParksAdventures by Disney just announced their latest itineraries. They’re headed to Egypt soon! Is an AbD trip on your bucket list?Fun Stuff!last_img read more

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Warning Signs: Recruiters Reveal Their Biggest Turnoffs

first_imgThe interaction between candidates and recruiters during a job interview plays a key role in whether or not an applicant is hired. Everything from a candidate’s appearance to how well he or she communicates creates either favorable or unfavorable impressions for recruiters tasked with determining the candidate’s fit for the organization and the role before moving him or her along in the process.[SHRM members-only toolkit: Interviewing Candidates]SHRM Online asked a few talent acquisition professionals what most alarms or impresses them—with either red or green flags—during candidate interviews. Here’s what they said.Warning SignsBeing unprepared or inauthentic trigger the most common alarm bells for recruiters.”One of the biggest red flags when candidates are interviewing is when they show up without a resume,” said Catherine Pylant, senior corporate recruiter at Wal-Mart. “It is near impossible to have a progressive conversation without being able to review their experience. I always recommend to my candidates to not only bring one copy, but bring three as you never know how many interviewers may be in the room.”Simply stated, candidates will be judged by the amount of effort they put into the process. “If you show up prepared, ready, open to new ideas, conversations and opportunity, and can go with the flow, you will go far,” said Erin Stevens, SHRM-CP, corporate recruiter with MasterBrand Cabinets in Jasper, Ind. “Not being prepared, being negative, complaining or not [being] open to the process will definitely hinder a candidate.”Stevens compared the interaction between candidates and recruiters to dating—with each party responsible for setting the mood. “You have two people, both mutually looking for something they like in each other. If one of them shows no interest, or is rude or unprepared for the journey, the relationship will not form properly and is doomed from the beginning. This is why it’s so important for not only the candidate to be prepared but for the company to provide that candidate with a great experience.”When candidates are challenging to work with throughout the interview process, it is usually an early sign of what it will be like to have them as part of the organization, Pylant said. “If they have a [slow] response [time], making it difficult to schedule the interview steps, or [are] constantly changing what they are looking for in regards to compensation and responsibility, a recruiter needs to really take a step back and uncover what is really motivating them to make a move.”To continue reading, please click here.last_img read more

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Napoleon’s Glance – the Art of Web Strategy

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web center_img Related Posts In my day job I’m currently working on a Web Strategy for my company. I’ve created web strategies in the past and I enjoy doing them. At the previous company I worked for, a telecommunications multinational, I wrote a Web Strategy to merge the websites of the New Zealand and Australian offices. Unfortunately for me this was in the middle of a major downsizing, so part of the strategy was to hand over management of the websites to the larger Australian office (most other business units suffered the same fate). So I was in a sense falling on my own sword, along with many other New Zealanders at that company. Such is life in the corporate world! Anyway, this post is the beginning of a series on the subject of Web Strategy.What better way to begin by asking the question: what does it mean to think strategically? Specifically I’m talking about IT strategy, and even more specifically Web Strategy. First let me give you an example of strategy from the IT arena.Elephant StrategyIn December 2002, I read an inspiring book by a master strategist in the field of IT – Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM from 1993 to 2002. The book was titled Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? and it’s a must-read for anybody who fancies themselves as a strategist. Gerstner was a few levels above what my station is currently – his strategic focus was on the company as a whole, whereas mine is limited to the Web Presence of my company. But you can apply the principles he espouses in his book to any level of strategy.Here is a summary of the brief notes I made during December 2002:– Don’t spend a lot of time on problem definition – focus on solutions and actions. – Solve problems laterally. – He [Gerstner] liked people who had “strong technical underpinnings” combined with an “uncanny ability to translate technical complexities into common language”. – His strategy to keep IBM together: “genuine problem solving, the ability to apply complex technologies to solve business challenges, and integration.” – “Fixing IBM was all about execution…I wanted – IBM needed – an enormous sense of urgency.” – IBM’s “two forces” circa 1994:     1) “over time the IT industry would be services-led, not technology-led”     2) “networked model of computing that would replace the PC-dominated world of 1994.” – The Stack: (from bottom up) Systems / Middleware Software / Applications Software / Services – Focus over breadth – His kind of executive took personal ownership of and responsibility for end results –> they had to be drivers, detail-oriented, leading by example. – [this is my favourite!] “The first task was to eradicate process itself…few rules, codes, or books of procedures. We started with a statement of principles.” – “I’m looking for people who make things happen, not who watch and debate things happening.” – From Analysis Paralysis to Make Decisions and Move Forward with Urgency (80/20). – The fundamentals of successful enterprises and executives: focused, superb at execution, abound with personal leadership.From these selected notes, we can glean that coming up with an IT Strategy involves setting high-level plans and principles to abide by. But let’s define what a ‘strategy’ is more formally.Defining StrategyHere’s a selection of definitions of the word ‘strategy’, via Google:– An elaborate and systematic plan of action – A framework guiding those choices that determine the nature and direction to attain the objective. – An agreed-upon course of action and direction that helps manage the relationship between an organization and its environment. – A general direction set for the organization and its various components to achieve a desired state in the future. – Noun. Means to achieve an objective. – A systematic plan of action to reach predefined goals. – A plan or technique for achieving some end. – A strategy is a series of planned and sequenced tasks to achieve a goal. Strategies must be clearly stated and be observable. – A careful plan or method used to reach a goal. – A long-range plan whose merit cannot be evaluated until sometime after those creating it have left the organization. (that last one from netfunny.com)Military StrategyOf course no article on strategy would be complete without a reference to Sun Tze’s The Art of War:“All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”…and a reference to Napoleon:“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.”That’s an apt definition for the Age of the Internet! Incidentally, the title of this post, “Napolean’s Glance”, means the following:“The term Napolean’s glance comes from the early strategy literature. The word strategy entered the English language in 1810, as military scholars rushed to study the battles of Napolean Bonaparte, the most successful general in history. Over the next two centuries, the study of strategy spread to other fields, especially business. The first scholarly study of strategy, On War (1832) by Carl von Clausewitz, showed the key to Napolean’s success to be coup d’oeil, which means “glance” in French. Today coup d’oeil is recognized as expert intuition: in a flash of insight, one draws on what worked in the past in a new combination to suit the present situation.”Web StrategySo with all of this general (ha ha, little joke) knowledge about strategy under your belts, let me now try and define what a Web Strategy is. For a business, a Web Strategy must be closely linked to the overall company strategy. So the first step in creating a Web Strategy is to review the company’s overall strategic goals. Then you must determine how web technologies can be used to help achieve the company’s goals. For this, you need to understand the Web medium and how to leverage the latest web technologies. (a side note: you will use the word “leverage” a lot when creating a Web Strategy. Also the word “synergy”). The next step is to review your existing website and other online activities, and compare these to competitors and industry benchmarks. Then go ahead and create your Web Strategy. Well, it’s not quite that straight forward! There are many other things involved in creating a Web Strategy – identifying stakeholders, defining requirements, doing SWOT analysis, drawing lots of Visio diagrams, leveraging IT jargon, etc. I will explore these more specific activities in future articles. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Play by the Rules Webinar

first_imgThe Play by the Rules Webinar is coming up on the 7th October – What Would You Do?: Resolving contemporary ethical issues in sport. For more details and to register click on the link: http://www.playbytherules.net.au/news-centre/hot-topics/1452-free-webinarHere is some information around questions you may have about the webinar summarised below:•               You only need an internet connection to join a webinar – it’s a live online seminar. So you can join in from anywhere and yes, you’ll be able to ask questions and make comments through the live ‘chat function’. •               The webinar is aimed at people working or involved in grassroots sport – so the ethical dilemmas we’ll address are pretty much issues you’ll be familiar with. •               You’ll get a free copy of the Ethical Decision Making Framework that we’ll work through on the webinar. It should help you work through issues.Related LinksWebinarlast_img read more

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a month ago​Football League clubs reject “compassionate re-entry” of Bury

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Football League clubs reject “compassionate re-entry” of Buryby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveA proposal for Bury to be readmitted to League Two next season was rejected by the English Football League’s 71 member clubs at a meeting on Thursday, reports BBC Sport.Bury, who were in League One, were expelled from the EFL in August after a last-ditch takeover bid collapsed.Earlier this week, a group trying to rescue Bury submitted a plan for “compassionate re-entry” to League Two.However, an EFL statement said “it became clear that the proposal did not have the necessary support”.It added that EFL clubs’ “preferred direction of travel” was “extending the existing principle of a reduction in relegation across all divisions as a means of returning to 72 clubs now and for the future”.It means only one team will go down from League Two this campaign, rather than two, while three clubs will go down from League One.Bury will now have to apply to the Football Association for a place in non-league football. last_img read more

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