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Investors gear up for Park First legal battle

first_img The FCA is taking legal action against Whittaker, director John Slater and Park First to try and compel them to return money to investors. James Booth whatsapp Sunday 8 December 2019 7:14 pm Spaces were sold on a leasehold basis for £25,000 at Gatwick and £20,000 at Glasgow. Investors gear up for Park First legal battle They want to replace Smith & Williamson with insolvency firms Dow Schofield Watts and Quantuma. Group First Global was contacted for comment. Park First was set up by entrepreneur Toby Whittaker, who is the managing director of parent company Group First Global. The collapse of the scheme has affected more than 4,500 investors. Read more: The parking app that’s going to change how you drive Park First was not able to deliver the returns it promised, and in 2017 offered investors the option of selling back the parking space and receiving a refund, or participating in another scheme that would pay two per cent a year. Investors were told the parking spaces could be easily sold. Agents were paid 30 per cent commission to market the spaces, with commission hitting £69m.center_img Investors have also criticised City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) which stopped the company from marketing the scheme in 2016, but allowed it to continue to operate after it was restructured. Park First collapsed after it was unable to meet the surge in refund requests. Investors are meeting next week to try and drum up support for a change of administrators.  Read more: London parking spaces sold for over £200,000 Park First persuaded investors to buy parking spaces, with a promise of an eight per cent annual return, which would rise to 12 per cent over six years.  Investors in an alleged £230m parking space scam are due to meet this week to plot a legal battle against the founders of the collapsed firm in a bid to seize control over its administration. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPost FunWoman Refuses To Tip Waiter But Didn’t Realize What She Left At The TablePost Funzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryAmoMediaMan Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Her Revenge Is BrilliantAmoMediabonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.com Park First sold spaces at Gatwick and Glasgow airport to investors, promising rich returns. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com According to a report in The Sunday Times, investors in the unregulated scheme, many of who are pensioners, are meeting this week to plan their legal fight. An FCA spokesperson said: “This was a scheme that wasn’t regulated by the FCA. We stepped in, stopping the firm from taking further money and are now using all our power, including legal action against the individuals controlling the scheme, to get proper compensation for customers.” Sharelast_img read more

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Does Juneau really have the smallest Costco in the world?

first_imgBusiness | Curious Juneau | Interior | Juneau | SoutheastDoes Juneau really have the smallest Costco in the world?March 28, 2019 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Even in the middle of the workday on Tuesday, there’s steady traffic at Costco in Juneau. The city assessor’s records put its total square footage at 76,696. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/03/28COSTCO-CJ.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other day, Phil Fleming was loading up a car in the parking lot of the Costco in Juneau. He said a salty version of something you may have heard before.“Just now on the phone, actually, a woman was saying, ‘Yeah, that’s the smallest damn Costco I’ve ever seen,’” he said. “She’s comparing it to the Seattle and Anchorage ones. … It’s one of the smallest, from what I’ve heard.”But is it the smallest Costco in the world?“As far as I can tell, that is true, yes,” said Costco Wholesale Assistant Vice President Kevin Green.He oversees the warehouse club chain’s northwest regional operations. He said that’s out of 770 Costco locations on four continents.There was some wiggle room in his initial answer, so I pressed him.“Are there other ones that are close that leave you some doubt?” I asked.“No. Absolutely not,” Green said.Green said the Juneau Costco, built in 1993, was a prototype, one of only a few that small. There was also one in Sequim, Washington. A full-sized Costco eventually replaced that one.“And yeah, at the time, it was a test to see if that kind of smaller-market format would work. We’ve since decided that it probably doesn’t,” Green said. “But it does work in Juneau.”Juneau’s Costco is about half the size of a typical store, which is around 160,000 square feet. Like the one that opened in Fairbanks in November.And it’s only a third the size of the world’s biggest in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was also a test build, Green said. It opened in 2015.Size comparison by area of the largest and smallest Costco stores in Salt Lake City and Juneau. (Graphic by David Purdy/KTOO)In Juneau, Green said the geography limits growth and makes shipping challenging. But it is a profitable store, with 2-to-3 percent growth per year and 100-plus employees.Back in the parking lot, customer Steve Houlihan ventured a guess about why Juneau’s store can cut it.“I think, ’cause of the villages and all the stuff that comes remotely here, this seems like this gets a lot of use,” Houlihan said. “But it doesn’t seem like the parking lots are as full as down south. You can’t get in and out of them down south.”ToshCo is a hardware and grocery store in Gustavus, pictured here on June 2, 2018. Many of its products come directly from Costco in Juneau. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)There is one patron, about 70 miles away by boat, who’s about as transparent as can be about his dependence on Costco: Toshua Parker, founder of ToshCo.He said the hardware and grocery store in Gustavus is about eight years old now. When he started it, it was named Icy Strait Wholesale. But the community promptly rebranded it.“Everyone calls it ToshCo,” Parker said. “Before the doors opened, people started calling it that because my name’s Tosh and most of the products in the beginning all came from Costco in Juneau.”Parker said Costco’s store-brand products are pretty ubiquitous in Gustavus, which has a year-round population of about 450.But Caroline Malseed in Juneau thinks she’s missing out.“We would like it to be bigger,” she said. “More stuff.”Juneau’s not actually missing out on that much. Green said there are about 3,200 products in Juneau’s warehouse. A typical Costco warehouse has about 3,800 products at a time. That’s a small fraction of the selection at a typical big-box everything store — and part of Costco’s strategy for controlling costs.The company did explore a 12,000-square-foot expansion in 2006, though it never happened. Green said it’s still a possibility, but there are no current plans.Fleming is OK with that.“I can’t say — maybe if I saw a bigger one, then I’d be, ‘Oh yeah! We gotta have a bigger one!’ Right now I’m pretty, pretty gruntled with it,” Fleming said.I asked Green to weigh in on one more Costco controversy: Within the store, do you shop clockwise, or counterclockwise?“Um, I always go counterclockwise, yeah,” Green said. “Although, there’s some — like where we work in Issaquah, if you go into that building, you do go clockwise, because that’s the way it’s laid out. So there are some. Yeah.”Have your own Curious Juneau question? Submit it, subscribe to the Curious Juneau podcast, and catch up on past curiosities at ktoo.org/curious. Share this story:last_img read more

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GrandVision IPO: Global optician eyes €1.3bn for float

first_imgMonday 26 January 2015 8:20 pm Share Express KCS whatsapp HAL Trust, the owner of global optician GrandVision, is looking to raise as much as €1.3bn (£971m) through the company’s initial public offering on Euronext, it emerged yesterday.GrandVision is the world’s largest optical retailer and operates under a gamut of national brands, including Vision Express in the UK. It owns over 5,600 stores across 43 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The institutional offer period runs until 5 February, the company said in a statement yesterday. Shares are expected to begin trading on the Amsterdam stock exchange the next day, valuing the company at up to €5.4bn. The company aims to pay dividends of 25 to 50 per cent of profits, it said in its prospectus. Hal, an investment vehicle belonging to the Dutch Van der Vorm family, has a set an indicative price range for GrandVision of between €17.50 and €21.50 per share. That values the share placing at between €893m and €1.1bn, or as much as €1.3bn if an over-allotment option is fully exercised. ABN Amro and JP Morgan Securities are acting a joint global coordinators on the listing. The pair are joined by Barclays, HSBC and BNP Paribas as joint bookrunners. ING Bank and Rabobank are serving as joint lead managers, and Kepler Cheuvreux and Kempen & Co are co-lead managers. BEHIND THE DEALJP MORGAN SECURITIES | GEORGE HOLST 1 Holst is the head of EMEA retail at JP Morgan Securities. He has spent 16 years at JP Morgan since joining in 1999 from Baring Brothers, where he started his career as an M&A banker. 2 He is working on GrandVision’s IPO alongside JP Morgan counterparts Peter Kerckhoffs, head of Netherlands IB, and Paul Mihailovitch, managing director of ECM. 3 When not working on deals, Holst spends most of his time playing sport. He enjoys skiing and golf, but is also a self-confessed “boxing addict”.  Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: IPOs whatsapp GrandVision IPO: Global optician eyes €1.3bn for float last_img read more

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Laois senior football team for Leinster quarter-final against Westmeath is announced

first_img Facebook Laois senior football team for Leinster quarter-final against Westmeath is announced By Siun Lennon – 24th May 2019 Twitter GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin LAOIS: Graham Brody (Portlaoise); Denis Booth (The Heath), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise; Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Colm Begley (Stradbally), Patrick O’Sullivan (Portarlington); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise); Daniel O’Reilly (Graiguecullen), Conor Boyle (Portlaoise), Damien O’Connor (Timahoe); Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Colm Murphy (Portarlington), Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard)SEE ALSO – ‘I could have been dead’ – Laois footballer O’Reilly relives horror attack Facebook Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile The Laois senior football team to face Westmeath in the Leinster quarter-final this Sunday has been named.Manager John Surgue has named four changes from the side which played the division three league final against the men in maroon in April.Patrick O’Sullivan, Sean O’Flynn and Colm Murphy are all named to start, marking three intercounty championship debuts.Meanwhile, captain Stephen Attride, Donie Kingston, Marty Scully and Paul Cahillane, who all started in the league final, are not named to start.This will be Kingston’s first championship game to miss since 2012 if he doesn’t appear on the starting 15 for Sunday.Laois and Westmeath have met twice this year with Westmeath coming out on top on both occasions by three points.Ahead of the game, captain Stephen Attride says his side are braced for a ‘titanic’ tussle against the Lake county.Laois face Westmeath in the Leinster championship quarter final at 2pm on Sunday May 26 in O’Connor Park, Tullamore. WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest GAA Twitter Previous articlePortarlington topple Ballyroan-Abbey and all of tonight’s ACFL resultsNext articleFr Paddy: Increasing our Faith Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest WhatsApp GAA Home Sport GAA Laois senior football team for Leinster quarter-final against Westmeath is announced SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Teamlast_img read more

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Pandemic has millennials dreaming of home ownership

first_img Covid-19 has left many millennials working from home — and now some of them are thinking of buying a home because of the pandemic.A new poll commissioned by Scotiabank found that respondents aged 18–34 were the most optimistic about buying a home in light of the pandemic. Almost one-fifth (18%) said Covid-19 had accelerated their plans to buy a home or investment property. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Low interest rates were the main factor driving respondents’ plans to buy a home, the poll said.But many millennials believe that now may not be the right time to jump into the market. According to the poll, 32% of millennials are waiting for house prices to drop before they make a move to buy.Millennials were more likely than other respondents to believe that house prices will fall. Thirty-six per cent said house prices would come down, compared to 24% of respondents aged 35–54 and 17% of respondents 55 and older.Most renters aren’t considering getting into the housing market anytime soon, Scotiabank said. The poll found that 77% of respondents who rent have no plans of purchasing a new home in the next year or two.The 2020 Scotiabank Housing Poll was conducted by Maru Blue on Aug. 24. The online poll surveyed 1,509 respondents across Canada. Online polls can’t be assigned a margin of error because they don’t randomly sample the population. Daydreaming young couple at home 123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Vancouver Public Schools enters next phase in search for new superintendent

first_imgVancouver Public Schools enters next phase in search for new superintendentPosted by Chris BrownDate: Friday, January 22, 2021in: Newsshare 0 A total of 34 people applied to replace Steve Webb who is retiring at the end of the school yearVANCOUVER — A replacement for outgoing Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb could be selected within the next month.A total of 34 people applied for the job by the deadline on Wednesday, said Pat Nuzzo, a district spokesperson.Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb, pictured at a meeting in 2019, is set to retire at the end of June. File PhotoVancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb, pictured at a meeting in 2019, is set to retire at the end of June. File PhotoInforming the search will be a community survey, which received 637 responses, a “very large number,” said Dr. Steven Lowder with McPherson & Jacobson, a consulting firm hired by the district.“People are very, very passionate about education in this community,” Lowder said. “Not only your dedicated staff, administrators, teachers and support staff, but the community at large is very engaged, very supportive.”That report, which had not yet been released as of this publication, focused on key areas the community would like to see the district focus on when finding a replacement for Webb, who announced in November that he would be retiring at the end of June after 14 years as the district’s top administrator.“Your communities of color and poverty feel underserved,” said Lowder, noting some of the key takeaways from the survey. “That should not come as a surprise to anyone. So certainly, that’s something that will need to be addressed by the new superintendent.”The key traits people who responded to the survey were looking for in a new superintendent included someone who is visible, honest, approachable, and a visionary leader who does so with integrity and empathy.“Certainly, a master of conflict resolution, and a person who has a history of working closely with the board,” Lowder summarized.Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb, pictured at a meeting in 2019, is set to retire at the end of June. File PhotoVancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb, pictured at a meeting in 2019, is set to retire at the end of June. File PhotoMcPherson & Jacobson will be tasked with looking through the list of candidates, said Lowder, using a “three deep” investigative process to weed out candidates who may be “somewhat different from what they have on their paperwork,” said Lowder.The Board will get the chance to view the full list, but Lowder said his firm will bring forward a list of between five and 10 that they recommend as finalists.McPherson & Jacobson would then come back before the board to present the final list, along with their reasons for the choices. Board members could add back anyone else they wish to interview.The final list of top candidates will be released publicly, likely in mid-February, and the board plans to hold one or more public forums to interview finalists before making a final decision.At present, the timeline calls for a decision to be made in late February or early March, with the new superintendent taking over as soon as Webb steps down on June 30.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Friday, January 22, 2021 Next : Troubled head of Washington Employment Security Division departs for Biden Administration jobAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Celebrate Valen-Wine’s Day with Coppola Winery’s Sofia Collection

first_imgPinterest Previous articleNew Date Announced for “Research Review” at Walter Clore CenterNext articleBackpack Wine Sees National Expansion Press Release TAGSConsumerFrancis Ford Coppola WineryValentine’s Day Share Email Linkedin Twitter Home Industry News Releases Celebrate Valen-Wine’s Day with Coppola Winery’s Sofia CollectionIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessCelebrate Valen-Wine’s Day with Coppola Winery’s Sofia CollectionBy Press Release – January 19, 2017 53 0 AdvertisementTreat Yourself or Someone Special to a Bottle of Sofia Blanc de Blancs or A Can of Everyone’s Favorite, Sofia Minis! Whether you’re celebrating or boycotting love this Valentine’s Day, break out the bubbly and have a good time with Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Sofia Blanc de Blancs! Pre-wrapped in beautiful pink cellophane, this sparkling wine is the perfect pairing to go with your Valentine’s Day treats. Or enjoy the same crisp, light taste with Sofia Blanc de Blancs Minis, which come in adorable, travel-sized cans.Sofia Sofia Blanc de BlancsFruity and refreshing, Sofia Blanc de Blancs is a rare blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling. Mellow flavors of apples and pears are topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. Elegant in character, this wine is lightly textured and vibrant through the finish.SRP: $19.00Sofia Blanc de Blancs MinisSofia Mini is a single-serving of our effervescent Sofia Blanc de Blancs, tasting of fresh juicy pears, summer melon and honeysuckle. Zesty, refreshing, cool and fun, each dazzling pink can comes with its own straw for sipping, so you can take it anywhere—anytime you feel like sparkling.SRP: $5.00 per single can, $20.00 per 4-packAbout Francis Ford Coppola Winery Francis puts it best, saying the winery is “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types.  A place to celebrate the love of life.”  Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located at 300 Via Archimedes in Geyserville, California, accessed from US HWY 101 and the Independence Lane exit.  Among the many unique attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.  Francis Ford Coppola Winery opens at 11 a.m. daily.  For more information, call (707) 857-1400 or visit www.FrancisFordCoppolaWinery.com.Advertisement Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

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Jaslok Hospital performed third highest number of MRgFUS treatments in the world

first_img Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre has performed the third highest number of MRgFUS procedures in the world. Apart from being the first centre in India, it is also the only centre in the world doing near total/total ablation of prostate gland with MRgFUS.As part of this milestone celebration, the hospital organised a ‘Knowledge Forum’ based on the theme of raising awareness on MRgFUS (Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound). The forum was attended by senior doctors and medical practitioners from leading hospitals across the city and included an insightful panel discussion on the ‘Clinical application of MRgFUS’ followed by patient testimonials.Speaking about this initiative Dr S B Desai, Radiologist, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, said, “Technology is a great enabler for innovation in the medical field and these novel innovations provide improved medical aid offering better, safer and less intrusive treatments. One such marvel is MrgFUS, which is a non-invasive alternate treatment to surgery of tumours. Thus, the patient has lesser scope for complication, faster recovery and much better post operative quality of life. The reoccurrence of symptoms among treated patients is extremely rare which further validates the success rate of this treatment. It is imperative that we raise awareness and also educate our doctors to promote these treatment alternatives as it will hugely benefit the present-day consumer.”MRgFUS is a technique that uses a combination of high intensity ultrasound waves and magnetic resonance imaging to provide a non-invasive alternative treatment to surgery for tumours. The uniqueness of MRgFUS is that it focusses the ultrasound energy to a small spot about the size of a peanut inside the tumour and heats that spot sufficiently to cause cell death. The magnetic resonance enables the doctor to detect the tumour and the surroundings in 3D. It also helps in getting a real-time knowledge about the temperature changes in the treated areas and observe what has been treated.MRgFUS can be useful in treatment of uterine fibroids (symptomatic fibroids, any size, number), adenomyosis (focal definable uterine adenomyosis), facet arthropathy (low backache due to facet joint degeneration), bone metastasis, benign bone tumours and prostate cancer (localised low risk malignancy).A comparison between hysterectomy, myomectomy and MRgFUS shows that the complication rate for traditional surgery is 10-15 per cent, while for MrgFUS, it drops to 0-0.1 per cent. The hospital stay also reduces to just a day depending on the number of sessions and the recovery period is also merely a day as compared to four to six days otherwise.Since its inception, MRgFUS centre at Jaslok Hospital has successfully treated enumerable cases namely uterine fibroid(1525), adenomyosis (135), facetal arthropathy (180), bone metastasis (9), prostrate cancer (7) other bone tumours (1). Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Jaslok HospitalJaslok Hospital & Research CentreMagnetic Resonance-guided Focused UltrasoundMRgFUS treatments Related Posts News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on November 25, 2019 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Jaslok Hospital performed third highest number of MRgFUS treatments in the world For the past nine years, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre has been offering successful MRGFUS treatment Share Add Comment Comments (0) Read Articlelast_img read more

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Bar Examiners seek volunteer proctors for the August 19 online bar exam

first_imgBar Examiners seek volunteer proctors for the August 19 online bar exam A speaker or headphones for audio capabilities. A proctor does not need a webcam to proctor the examination. Only the applicants require a webcam. Jul 24, 2020 Top Stories A laptop or desktop computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. A connection of 5mbps or greater is recommended. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners is seeking volunteers to proctor its August 19 online bar examination, according to Michele Gavagni, the organization’s executive director.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person administration of this year’s bar exam was canceled by the Bar Examiners and the Supreme Court in the interest of the health and safety of the applicants.In its place, the court approved the administration of a one-day online bar examination on August 19. This bar exam is to be remotely proctored in real time during the administration of the examination.The Bar Examiners needs proctors for this administration of the examination on August 19. Proctors will need to be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on August 19.“If a full-day commitment is not possible, volunteers can select a morning or afternoon session only if that is all their schedules will permit,” Gavagni said.Proctoring requires the following:A commitment to attend an online training webinar of no more than two hours the week of August 10. The Bar Examiners will schedule multiple webinar times to ensure the volunteers are able to attend the training webinar. A commitment to proctor from 8 a.m. to 12:30 pm and/or 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19. There will be a one-hour lunch break in the daily testing schedule. A phone with texting capability to text Bar Examiners administrators is recommended, but a direct phone line will also be provided for calling the Bar Examiners during the testing day.Gavagni said it would be very helpful to receive volunteer commitments by Monday, August 3. Volunteers may email the Bar Examiners at [email protected] with their name, email address, best direct number to contact them, and time commitment (a.m., p.m., or full day).“On behalf of the entire board, thank you for considering this request for assistance with the online examination next month,” Gavagni said.last_img read more

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Wi-Fi offload powering a fifth of extra mobile data capacity

first_imgHome Wi-Fi offload powering a fifth of extra mobile data capacity Previous ArticleCzech 4G auction fails to attract newcomerNext ArticleSkype founder unconvinced by OTT messaging apps Tier one mobile operators believe Wi-Fi offload will provide 22 per cent of all additional data capacity during 2013 and 2014, according to a report published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance.The research found that by 2018, Wi-Fi offload will continue to make a similar contribution (20 per cent of additional mobile data capacity), with another 21 per cent coming from small cells integrated with Wi-Fi.Data offload currently accounts for an average of 20 per cent of a mobile operator’s data traffic but this rises to 80 per cent in densely populated areas such as transport hubs and cafes. Offload levels in homes and businesses are between 50 and 60 per cent.Just over half of the 197 respondents — the majority of which were operators (either mobile or fixed operators, as well as wireless ISPs and pure-play Wi-Fi providers) — said they are more confident about investing in Wi-Fi to supplement cellular networks than they were a year ago.This confidence is attributed to an increase in hotspot deployments and more ambitious business plans from some operators. Maravedis-Rethink, the research company that compiled the research, forecast that 10.8 million hotspots will be deployed in 2018, compared to 5.2 million in 2012.Of the respondents planning to launch a next-generation hotspot network, data offload was cited as the most pressing driver for investment.The European Commission recommended in August that more spectrum be set aside for Wi-Fi to ease pressure on 3G and 4G networks.Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, has also warned there will be a growing demand for Wi-Fi capacity with it becoming “increasingly difficult” to find significant amounts of additional spectrum that can be fully cleared for Wi-Fi and mobile broadband.In February, Cisco forecast a 13-fold growth in mobile data between 2012 and 2017, with 46 per cent of traffic offloaded to fixed or Wi-Fi networks by 2017 compared with 33 per cent in 2012. Tags Qualcomm chipsets tackle home Wi-Fi needs Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 NOV 2013 Tim Ferguson Telecom Infra Project targets Wi-Fi Author FCC fends off bid to slow Wi-Fi spectrum move Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more data offloadTechnologyWi-FiWireless Boradband Alliancelast_img read more

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