Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media has committed to provide fibre-to-the-premises to at least a quarter of the four million new homes and businesses being added to its network as part of its Project Lightning investment.Virgin Media has said it will connect a total of 17 million premises to its network by 2019. The operator said the move would make it the largest wholly fibre broadband network in the country.The operator has already begun rolling out FTTP in Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire, with work expected to begin soon in West Yorkshire, Devon and East Sussex. Virgin Media issuing new techniques including ‘narrow trenching to deploy fibre at lower cost and with greater speed than has hitherto been the case.“While some companies talk a good game, Virgin Media is putting its money where its mouth is and laying fibre to the premise alongside our superior HFC network – delivering the fastest widely available broadband speeds,” said CEO Tom Mockridge.“In just over one year we’ve laid enough new cable to stretch all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats, reaching a quarter of a million more homes and businesses – and there’s much more to come.”
Netflix is set for a new original series that will be executive produced by La La Land creator Damien Chazelle.The eight-episode IMG series, named The Eddy, will premiere exclusively to Netflix members around the world.Chazelle will also direct two episodes. This is England creator Jack Thorne will write the series and Alan Paul (Six Feet Under) will also executive produce the title.The Eddy is a musical drama series that will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic. It is set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris, revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them.Erik Barmack, vice president of international originals at Netflix, said: “From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in Whiplash to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in La La Land, Damien’s work is emotional and electrifying.“We couldn’t be happier that he will be shooting The Eddy in France and that we will bring this bold, global and multilingual series to our members around the world.”The SVOD giant has brought in a range of multilingual originals this year, including Spanish-language titles Las Chicas del Cable and Elite. TBI recently revealed it had ordered a new supernatural-themed drama from UK-based New Pictures.Netflix is also set to unveil two original documentary shorts, Heroin(e) and Long Shot, at the Telluride Film Festival. The docs are set to launch globally on the platform.
The biggest conflict among Republicans and Democrats on the drug issue centers on the GOP’s reluctance to give the government a role in directly negotiating prices. Adding to the pressure is the clear indication that the issue will be front and center in the 2020 campaign. Some states, such as California, are looking to find ways to bring down drug costs on their own. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has proposed that the state have direct negotiations with drugmakers. Such efforts could mean cutting off consumers’ access to some drugs, if manufacturers don’t agree to a price the state likes, and that is a painful choice for officials and patients. When House committee assignments were released this week, women were appointed to lead many of the key panels that have a hand in health policy, including the chairman and top Republican on the Appropriations Committee and two Energy and Commerce subcommittees. The House Democratic Caucus now has more liberal members and fewer conservatives, so the party’s efforts to roll back restrictions on abortion are likely to be more robust. That could also trigger some big battles with Republicans through the legislative session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is putting a bill on the Senate floor that would make permanent the Hyde Amendment — which bars federal funding of abortions in nearly all circumstances. But it seems unlikely that bill could be passed by the Senate, where it needs 60 votes, and even some Republicans are believed to oppose it. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 17 2019 Related StoriesComputer-generated flu vaccine enters clinical trials in the USVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyCharacterizing and Isolating (Bio)macromolecular Structures using MALSPlus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:Julie Rovner: Bloomberg News’ “This JPMorgan Health Conference Is So Packed Attendees Are Meeting in the Bathroom,” by Kristen V BrownJoanne Kenen: The New York Times’ “The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips,” by Ted AlcornMargot Sanger-Katz: Kaiser Health News’ “Patients Turn To GoFundMe When Money And Hope Run Out,” by Mark ZdechlikAlice Ollstein: The Washington Post’s “Federal Officials Launch Audit of D.C. Government’s Opioid Grant Spending,” by Peter JamisonThis story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Many drugmakers have announced price increases with the start of the new year. The new Congress wants to do something about that. And even though both Republicans and Democrats want to address the politically potent issue of drug prices, it is unclear what they might be able to agree on.Battle lines are forming between the House and Senate on the matter of abortion. The House is led by abortion-rights supporters and, since the election, the Senate has become slightly more against abortion.And even though the majority of the Department of Health and Human Services remains unaffected by the partial government shutdown, the lapse of funding for other agencies is having spillover effects on health programs.This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Politico.Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:
Aramco is contemplating listing on a domestic stock exchange said reports on March 19, 2018 Saudi Arabia plans to sell shares of Saudi Aramco on a local exchange and may scuttle entirely an earlier plan for an overseas listing, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Saudi Arabia plans to build futuristic city for innovators This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Aramco had previously discussed an initial public offering in the latter half of 2018 and had been eyeing a listing on New York or another international exchange.However, the oil giant is now contemplating listing on a domestic stock exchange, viewing the legal risks of listing in New York as considerable, said The Journal, which cited unnamed officials as well as some public comments from top Saudi officials.The report also said the earliest a listing could take place would be April 2019.The report comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to meet Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who has publicly lobbied for a US Aramco listing.The Aramco IPO had previously been seen as potentially raising $100 billion, but higher oil prices have helped mitigate the need for additional funds, The Journal said.The IPO forms the cornerstone of the petro-state’s reform program to wean the economy off its reliance on oil revenues.Until 2014, oil income made up more than 90 percent of public revenues in Saudi Arabia.But following a protracted global oil slump, the kingdom is seeking to diversify its economy and privatize some state assets alongside new measures such as a value-added tax. Citation: Aramco eyes local IPO, may spike overseas listing: report (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-aramco-eyes-local-ipo-spike.html Explore further © 2018 AFP
Explore further Bloomberg News said the tiny chips were place in gadgets made for Amazon and Apple, and possibly for other companies and government agencies.The article comes as China-US relations are strained by a long-running trade war, claims of intellectual property theft by Beijing and an accusation China is trying to sway upcoming elections.The chip story “plays heavily into the view that the Sino-US trade stoush is not just about Trump’s infatuation with the size of the US-China bilateral trade balance”, said Ray Attrill, head of foreign exchange strategy at the National Australia Bank. “But is a much more geopolitical affair as well as being related to China’s desire to dominate the technology sphere. It means that an early resolution of Sino-US trade issued is not a realistic prospect.”The sell-off comes as tech firms around the world struggle on profit-taking following a healthy rally in recent years, while chip makers are also being hurt by falling demand.In morning Hong Kong trade PC maker Lenovo tanked more than 17 percent, while mainland-based telecoms equipment maker ZTE plunged 11.4 percent.AAC Technologies a Hong Kong firm listed in the city, sank almost two percent, while in Taipei HTC sank 3.6 percent, Realtek was almost seven percent off and Delta Electronics retreated 4.5 percent.”Electronics produced in China may be viewed unsafe due to this news, and tech shares are falling in general because of that,” said Ray K W Kwok, an analyst at CGS-CIMB Securities Hong Kong.With around a third of its revenue coming from North America, Lenovo could be in particular trouble.And ZTE was already struggling to recover its losses for the year after collapsing 40 percent in June in response to a Washington decision to ban US companies from selling crucial hardware and software components to it for seven years. While the ban was eventually lifted after it agreed to pay a huge fine, its share price remains subdued.”The hack report has nothing to do with Lenovo, but since Lenovo sells PCs and servers there, some investors may have concerns on a sentiment level,” Dennis Guan, a senior analyst at eFusion Capital. “It’s just too hard to predict how things will develop.”The report added to already tense relations between the world’s top two economies as they slug out a trade war that has seen them impose tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of goods.Vice President Mike Pence added to the uncertainty by accusing Beijing of military aggression, commercial theft and rising human rights violations, while saying it was bent on interfering in upcoming US elections.”There can be no doubt—China is meddling in America’s democracy,” he warned. Citation: Lenovo shares pummelled in Hong Kong after microchip report (2018, October 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-lenovo-pummelled-hong-kong-microchip.html China’s Lenovo led a sharp tech sell-off in Asia on Friday after a report said Beijing had used microchips inserted in US computer goods as part of a drive to steal technology secrets. China’s ZTE dives 39% at resumption of trading in Hong Kong © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The plunge in Lenovo and ZTE’s shares comes as tech firms around the world suffer losses following recent strong gains
COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL To attract more medical tourists to Kerala, CII is organising the seventh edition of Kerala Health Tourism (KHT 2019) on July 3 and 4 in Kochi. The summit will deliberate on the theme “Kerala an emerging global hotspot for medical value traveller”. Delegates from nine countries – Bangladesh, Oman, Africa, Jeddah, Cambodia, Iraq, Maldives, Yemen, Uzbekistan – will participate in the summit. Quoting a recent study, the organisers said India has nearly 18 per cent of the global medical tourism market. The country’s medical tourism industry is estimated to be worth $9 billion, and could account for 20 per cent of the global market by 2020. NITI Aayog identified it as a major source of foreign exchange earnings for India. Although Kerala is the leading State in India for tourism, tourists travelling to the State for medical needs isminimal. A rare combination of advanced facilities, skilled doctors, and low cost of treatment are the advantages Kerala possesses but unfortunately the State is not able to attract the medical tourists to the fullest of its potential. Published on June 25, 2019 SHARE COMMENTS