13 Jul

Best of the Brokers for 29 January 2015

first_img Best of the Brokers for 29 January 2015 Express KCS whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Wednesday 28 January 2015 8:38 pm Tags: NULL whatsapp To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] Gordon moved the property website group from a “buy” to a “sell” rating, and stated that new competitor OnTheMarket could have the effect of cutting Rightmove’s total number of customers by three per cent. Rightmove’s dominant position is already priced in, Panmure said.STAFFLINEFinnCap reiterated its “buy” rating for the human resources company, following good results for 2014. The broker noted that management has confirmed a “continued strong outlook” and said 2015 has started well for the firm, “buoyed by additional contracts from existing customers”. Read This NextYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCreamy Pumpkin Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

21 Jun

Cape Coral man thrown from car killed when vehicle flips on top of him

first_imgCCPD officers cracking down on illegal ATV’s this weekend June 11, 2021 Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 Fort Myers man arrested for stealing puppy facing new charges in stealing spree June 14, 2021 Solar panel company claims they’re legitimate after CCPD scam alert June 10, 2021 CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A 57-year-old Cape Coral man died in a single-car crash on Diplomat Parkway east on Thursday, officials said.Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department arrived at the crash around 3:40 p.m. Humberto Munoz was speeding down Diplomat Parkway and was headed towards a curve in the road, a witness who saw the crash said. The car continued straight, past the curve, and drove through a vacant lot.Eventually, Munoz slammed into a utility pole and the car rolled over multiple times. Munoz was thrown from his vehicle and the car rolled over him, officers said. Advertisement AdvertisementTags: cape coral police departmentdiplomat parkwayfatal crashcenter_img RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementMunoz was pronounced dead at the scene, officers said.The crash shut down all traffic near the 700 block of Diplomat Parkway as law enforcement worked to investigate and clear the scene. The road has since been reopened. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

20 Jun

Twitter reacts to Laois man Michael’s First Date appearance

first_imgCould she be less impressed??? FFS! Give him a chance woman! #FirstDatesIRL— McChel (@007_genevieve) March 28, 2019And Michael’s chat had them speaking about home comforts and usual routinues.Nah, I can’t come out tonight. WAYYY too busy. #FirstDatesIrl #LucozadeZero pic.twitter.com/xhqaCaXwE8— Lucozade Ireland (@LucozadeIreland) March 28, 2019 Wasn’t expecting that yes #FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/A9wZ0xN63s— Elaine (@ElaineKelly82) March 28, 2019 Pinterest It’s all good good good #FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/HkpgttKTZJ— Gavin sydes (@gavinsydes) March 28, 2019 Home We Are Laois Twitter reacts to Laois man Michael’s First Date appearance We Are Laois Previous articleIn Pictures: Laois students stun at the Enterprise AwardsNext articleElection Diary: Portlaoise Mail Centre, campaign launches and healthy meals in schools 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. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook The were first up on the show, and Mick spoke about training and the importance he places on positivity in life.People were impressed with Michael’s chat from the get-go.that laois is working his arse off #firstdatesirl— Carol mullane (@carolmullane81) March 28, 2019 Glad the Longford lady allowed herself to enjoy his company. She needs to let someone treat her nicely 😊#FirstDatesIRL— Tracey H Coe (@tracey_coe) March 28, 2019 We’ve waited what has felt like an eternity for this – but Mountrath man Michael Boyhan lit up our TV screens when he appeared on RTÉ’s First Dates tonight.Mick, who was looking very sharp in the Gibson Hotel brought the usual charm and charisma to the date as he met Colette Conway from Longford, ‘a townie to the bone!’She described herself as ‘mental mad in the head’ and was on the search for her ‘Conor McGregor’ – we’re sure our Mick could keep up!Michaels the image of McGregor, got yourself a good one there Collette #FirstDatesIRL— John O’Reilly (@Yeaheeey) March 28, 2019 – sure look– isn’t that the way– tis– sure that’s it– oh yeah– definitely– so true– arra play the ball where it lies– that’s it now– right so#firstdatesirl— Fenster (@FensterDJ) March 28, 2019He even spoke about his love life and the love of his life… hurling and camogie!Only in Ireland… 😂#FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/8UaUdELJkn— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) March 28, 2019 By Siun Lennon – 28th March 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Michael with the motivational speeches though #FirstDatesIRL— Daragh Small (@daraghs0) March 28, 2019At the end of the date, the Mountrath man walked away with a second date secured.She mellowed 😍 #FirstDatesIRL— Minnie1602 (@Minnie1602) March 28, 2019 Colette and Michael are off to the races!Who says nice guys finish last?#FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/IaQaKfDUCh— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) March 28, 2019 Twitter TAGSFirst Dates IrelandMichael Boyhan center_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Totally routing for Alan and Michael😍 #FirstDatesIRL— Alanah Mc Donnell (@AlanahMcDonnell) March 28, 2019 This has to be the greatest turn around since Barcelona’s comeback in the second leg against PSG in last years champions league #FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/XMn2oW4aiO— Gizmo mac (@gizmo2013_mac) March 28, 2019 GAA @michaelboyhan delighted to get his second date ❤️❤️ #FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/6f0vFV4FUy— Aidan Linehan (@Aidanlinehan94) March 28, 2019The Mountrath man is a familiar face to those on the Laois hurling and camogie scenes.He has been involved in both hurling and camogie underage setups, and came into the Laois U-20 hurling backroom team in a strength and conditioning role alongside manager David Cuddy.In 2017 he was strength and conditioning coach with the Laois minor hurling team and was also involved as a hurling coach in Mountrath Community School.In 2018, he was an integral part of the management team for Slieve Bloom who won the Intermediate hurling title in Laois – defeating Camross in the final.Boyhan and his family will be watching tonight’s episode in Sox’s Bar in Mountrath this evening.After the success of Michael Camross native Eoin Scully on last year’s show, we’re sure producers of the popular dating series are chomping at the bit to get another Laois man on the screen.SEE ALSO – Laois’s 1949 All-Ireland hurling finalists being remembered with iconic celebrations WhatsApp Twitter reacts to Laois man Michael’s First Date appearance Plot twist… she wasn’t looking for Conor McGregor…. she was looking for the opposite to Conor McGregor. #FirstDatesIRL— Daragh Small (@daraghs0) March 28, 2019 A talking TV guide! #FirstDatesIRL— Eoin Quinn (@eoinser) March 28, 2019The general consensus on the Twittersphere? Michael is a very sound lad.The non drinker is a sound lad. She’d want to take a step down off her own ego #FirstDatesIRL— Minnie1602 (@Minnie1602) March 28, 2019 He’s awful nervous #FirstDatesIRL @michaelboyhan pic.twitter.com/jWWpVjS6JC— James Mullaney (@mullaneyjames) March 28, 2019 GAA Pinterest What does Michael and McGregor have in common?! #FirstDatesIRL— Daragh Small (@daraghs0) March 28, 2019 GAA last_img read more

20 Jun

Laois County Council urged to up their social media game

first_img Facebook Twitter By Steven Miller – 16th July 2020 Facebook News Laois County Council urged to up their social media game Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois County Council’s use of social media “needs attention”, according to Fine Gael councillor Thomasina Connell, the new chairperson of Portlaoise Municipal District.She brought a motion to this week’s meeting in Laois County Council calling for a review of the local authority’s social media strategy.A reply from Pat Grassick, head of IT in the council, said that “use of social media … is under regular review and internal training of staff is ongoing in the use of social media.“In this context social media is part of the broader communications aspect of council business.”However, Cllr Connell wasn’t overly happy with the response saying it was an area where there was room for improvement. Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter TAGSLaois County CouncilPortlaoise Municipal DistrictThomasina Connell WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp “Other local councils put huge focus on it,” she said. “A lot of local authorities have an entire unit dedicated to communications and I’d like to see something like that.“It can be very valuable for our county and further promote tourism and industry here.“It needs improvement.” SEE ALSO – Proposals in place for a Portlaoise town bus service – with plans for two routes Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleConcerns expressed over new developments in Portlaoise – as well as anger over a ‘further erosion of Local Government”Next articleTwo Laois GAA clubs caught up in Coronavirus situation after Carlow player tests positive Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home News Council Laois County Council urged to up their social media game NewsCouncil RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic last_img read more

17 Jun

Young People Reap Success from NYS Corps Programmes

first_imgYoung People Reap Success from NYS Corps Programmes EducationSeptember 1, 2009 RelatedYoung People Reap Success from NYS Corps Programmes RelatedYoung People Reap Success from NYS Corps Programmes RelatedYoung People Reap Success from NYS Corps Programmescenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty-two year old, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) student, Sheldon Owen, is one of the many young Jamaicans who have participated in and benefited from the National Youth Service’s (NYS) corps programmes.This is a four-week training and re-socialisation programme which affords youths, between 17 and 24, much valuable work experience, through placements in private or public sector entities partnering with the NYS to facilitate and accommodate them.Sheldon, who aspires to a career in teaching, says that the training he received, while on the NYS programme, prompted this decision.“(I have chosen this field) because of the exposure I have gained from the National Youth Service. I gained experience in a teaching environment, when I did my six months of training,” he says.During the six-month stint, he was involved in the primary education corps programme assisting teachers.Having joined the service in January, 2006, Sheldon boasts that his involvement in the behaviour change model course has exposed him to the qualities of leadership.“It has also exposed me to anger management, which helps me to deal with my problems more effectively. So basically, the whole curriculum has helped me in enhancing my self esteem, thus making me a better person,” he points out.He explains that, for a while, he was “nervous”, especially when he found out that the camp was to be operated by soldiers. However, his fears were dispelled during the initial phase of orientation under the guidance and supervision of key camp personnel.Sheldon says participating in the programme heightened his awareness, made him more open minded, especially when he got the chance to represent the country in Canada. He was chosen for a cultural exchange programme- The Jamaica/ Canada Youth Exchange (JAMCANYE). This is an annual programme jointly conducted by Canada World Youth and the NYS which focuses on literacy.The programme is staged over a seven-month period, during which participants spend three and a half months in Canada and Jamaica, respectively, volunteering with different organisations.He says that another benefit he derived from the programme was the assistance he received for payment of a portion of his tuition fee.“After completing the programme successfully, you get 22 per cent of your tuition fee paid by the Government. Furthermore, if you do the JAMVAT, which is another programme under the NYS, you get 30 per cent more. So, in total, you would be getting 52 per cent of your tuition fee paid by the Government,” he points out.Once participants have completed their six-month stint, and have successfully gained entry into a tertiary institution, they should visit the NYS website or call the offices and apply for the benefits, he says.Sheldon is currently enrolled at NCU pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary teacher education, with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Information Technology.He has also volunteered as a mentor through the NYS success programme, as a teacher at the Bamboo Primary and Junior High School and Lower Buxton All-Age School, both in St. Ann.Currently he is in the process of starting a literacy programme in his community, Pepper, St. Elizabeth, to help the young and the old who might feel isolated, or alienated, because of their illiteracy. He further says the level of exposure and experience, which he has received by participating in the programme, has been a confidence booster enabling him to do whatever he wants.“The NYS programme is very significant, because it helps with the re-socialisation process of the unattached youths. A young person leaving high school, (who) is unsure of which career path to take, or just wants to take a year’s break from going to college or university, can join the NYS and get exposure, life changing experiences and also reap benefits such as assistance with your tuition fee,” he notes.Realising the positive impact that the NYS has made on his life, he has made every effort to promote the programme among young persons around him.Sheldon is imploring that all young Jamaicans who want a change in their lives become a part of the service, as the programme’s purpose and objective are not only geared towards providing jobs, but also towards the individual’s professional and personal development. Advertisementslast_img read more

16 Jun

Bangladeshi authorities, aid agencies and refugee volunteers rush to respond as massive fire leaves some 45,000 Rohingya refugees

first_imgBangladeshi authorities, aid agencies and refugee volunteers rush to respond as massive fire leaves some 45,000 Rohingya refugees UNHCRThis is a summary of what was said by Johannes van der Klaauw, UNHCR Representative in Dhaka, Bangladesh – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in GenevaA fire is seen at a Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh March 22, 2021. © Courtesy of Rohingya Right Team/MD ArakaniUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened at the loss of life and immense suffering caused by yesterday’s massive fire in the Kutupalong Balukali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.Based on provisional reports, as of this morning (Tuesday 23 March), 15 refugees are confirmed to have tragically lost their lives in the fire. More than 560 have been injured and an estimated 400 people are still missing.In support of the ongoing response led by the Bangladeshi authorities, UNHCR, in coordination with IOM and other UN and NGO partners as well as refugee volunteers, is rushing to provide critical support and protection to some 45,000 Rohingya refugees who lost their shelters and belongings in the devastating blaze.At least 10,000 shelters are estimated to have been destroyed or damaged, but figures are expected to climb in the coming days as assessments continue. Refugees who have been displaced are being temporarily accomodated within the camp community.With an unknown number of refugees having sustained burn injuries, UNHCR has provided medical supplies through ICRC in support of the management of burn patients. Emergency first aid including psychosocial support is also being provided. Health volunteers from the refugee community are helping to refer those in need of critical support services .Rohingya refugees remain at the centre of the response and have been mobilized since the fire was brought under control last night. UNHCR is preparing to reissue registration documents to those who lost theirs in the fire.So far, UNHCR has provided some 3,000 blankets, 14,500 solar lamps, 10,400 kitchen sets and 11,500 mosquito nets. Together with Oxfam, it has also made available emergency water and sanitation assistance, including construction of 20 emergency latrines, emergency tap stands, water tanks, jerry cans and water purification tablets. Four water tankers are delivering safe water to areas where those displaced by the fire are congregating.Using UNHCR’s Interactive Voice Response system, we will be able to call approximately 70 per cent of households in the most affected camps. UNHCR teams are monitoring the safety and security of temporary shelters for those displaced, and ensuring assistance meets the critical needs including for unaccompanied and separated children.Camps at Cox’s Bazar currently shelter over 870,000 Rohingya refugees. The vast majority, some 720,000, arrived in 2017, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.UNHCR 2021 appeal for Rohingya response totaling US$ 294.5 million is currently only 16 per cent funded. The effects of Monday’s lethal and destructive blaze will only exacerbate critical needs and further strain already overstretched resources. UNHCR is appealing for urgent mobilization of government and private sector donors. Their timely contributions are critical for the ongoing humanitarian response and UNHCR’s capacity to protect and assist both the Rohingya refugees and their Bangladeshi hosts. /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:Bangladesh, community, Dhaka, Emergency, Geneva, Government, health, Humanitarian, IOM, Myanmar, Oxfam, Rakhine, refugee camp, resources, Rohingya, UN, UNHCRlast_img read more

15 Jun

County to hold public forum to review and discuss equestrian facility permitting

first_imgCounty to hold public forum to review and discuss equestrian facility permittingPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, March 5, 2020in: Newsshare 0 County residents, horse owners and equestrian business operators expressed concerns about the cost and difficulty of permitting equestrian facilities in Clark CountyVANCOUVER – Clark County invites residents to participate in a facilitated forum to discuss equestrian facility permitting with county staff, community members and supporters of equestrian activities and businesses in Clark County.The forum is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m., Wed. March 25, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The meeting is open to the public.During a recent meeting of the County Councilors, county residents, horse owners and equestrian business operators expressed concerns about the cost and difficulty of permitting equestrian facilities in Clark County. The objective of the forum is for attendees and staff to review and discuss existing Clark County code requirements for equestrian facilities; and to develop a pathway to reasonable and economically feasible alternatives. Forum structureCode Administration Director Mitch Nickolds will facilitate the roundtable discussion. Staff representatives from the following departments also will participate in the discussion. Attendees will include staff, local residents, horse owners and businesses and may include other interested parties.To submit your written comment, opinion or concern in advance, please send an email to [email protected] or mail them to Attn. M. Nickolds, PO Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98660-9810. You also may deliver comments to the third-floor reception area in the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St.Please be advised that all comments received may be shared at the forum and will be available to the public. Following the forum staff will collect additional written comments submitted through 5 p.m., Fri., April 3.Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Washington Governor signs Nikki Kuhnhausen Act into law Next : Clark County TODAY • Episode 23 • March 5, 2020AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

14 Jun

CU-Wizards Series To Explore Muscles And Movement On Jan. 30

first_imgThe CU Wizards Series at the University of Colorado at Boulder will present its first program of the spring semester, “The Biology of Muscles and Movement,” on Saturday, Jan. 30.Professors Todd Gleeson and Mark Osadjan of the environmental population and organismic biology department will present the show in the Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, room 140, at 9:30 a.m.The duo plan to use demonstrations and interactive experiments to explain the structure and function of skeletal muscle. They will electrically stimulate their own muscles to illustrate muscle shortening at the molecular level and will construct a muscle cell using the children in the audience. Animals on treadmills will be used to explain the concept of muscle metabolism.Gleeson described his work with CU Wizards as fun and rewarding.”The program is a valuable exercise to show kids that science is understandable and exciting,” he said.The CU Wizards series is an annual program that provides an informal introduction to biology, astronomy, chemistry and physics to schoolchildren. It includes presentations by CU-Boulder faculty from various fields of expertise.The CU Wizards programs are free and open to the public and are recommended for children grades five through nine. Reservations are not required.Free parking is available in lot 378 east of the stadium and north of Colorado Avenue, lots 396 and 169 north of the stadium, and lot 436 east of the Engineering Center. Anyone with a disability or special need should notify the physics department at 303-492-6952. For general information about the CU-Wizards series call 303-492-4318. CU-Boulder professor Eric Cornell will present the next program in the series, “Speed,” on Feb. 27, in Duane Physics building room G-1B30. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 14, 1999 last_img read more

14 Jun

Financial Futures: Try. Test. Succeed.

first_img Published: June 17, 2019 Financial Futures supports ‘try-and-test’ practices for engaging prospective studentsJennifer Schufer and Jen Constable were intrigued. As leaders in CU Boulder’s Admissions and Strategic Relations and Communications offices, they had always thought of themselves and their teams as brave and efficient in their work. “Financial Futures took what we believed was effectively reaching students and turned it on its head,” said Schufer. Through an intensive set of guided “scrum sprints,” their teams tested ideas to engage prospective students, adapted quickly based on the data they gathered and, most importantly, “started to see failure as an opportunity to learn and adjust,” Schufer said. “It’s something that can move you forward.”Constable agrees. “We’re moving away from making assumptions about what we perceive will work to a model of try-and-test, so we can really learn what does work and what doesn’t.” Constable and Schufer point out that “failing forward” and changing course quickly, while initially uncomfortable, has reinforced the mission-driven aspects of their work and led their team to new successes.“In one of our sprints, we tested a very simple change to our transfer application page that yielded pretty amazing results,” shares Constable. “And this is just one small corner of the Financial Futures initiative,” observes Schufer. “It’s exciting to think about the whole-campus impact that will be realized through the work of individuals and teams like ours.”“The faster we try, fail, learn, succeed and repeat, the better we get at helping the world see our CU Boulder faculty, our research and our community in the most authentic way,” said Schufer. “So, when prospective students say ‘yes,’ they know CU Boulder is the right fit and that they have the potential to do amazing things at our world-class university.”Join campus leadership to hear more Financial Futures stories and project updates at the town hall meeting on June 25, 2019, from 11 a.m. to noon, in UMC 247. Categories:Financial FuturesAdministrationStrategic InitiativesCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

4 Jun

Pai wins FCC backing for net neutrality fight

first_img Chris Donkin Tags Ajit PaiFCCNet Neutrality Previous ArticleSingtel mobile business bounces back in fiscal Q4Next ArticleEuro Parliament approves move to end geoblocking Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity Home Pai wins FCC backing for net neutrality fight Related Author A majority of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) members voted to approve controversial plans from chairman Ajit Pai (pictured, centre) to disassemble the country’s net neutrality rules.At an open meeting on 18 May, the committee rubber-stamped plans unveiled earlier this month, though not without opposition from several members, including commissioner Mignon Clyburn (pictured, left).Proposals will now go to what promises to be a lively three month public consultation before a final decision is made.In what the FCC said was “a first step toward restoring internet freedom, promoting investment, innovation and choice,” members voted to approve the reversal of open internet rules brought in during the previous FCC administration in 2015.Current regulations – dubbed net neutrality laws – state ISPs must treat all internet traffic equally and are unable to prioritise specific services to the detriment of others.Critics say the rules hamper innovation and investment, while supporters maintain the 2015 order protects the integrity of the internet.At the meeting, Pai said: “Today’s notice is the start of a new chapter in the public discussion about how we can best maintain a free and open internet while making sure that ISPs have strong incentives to bring next-generation networks and services to all Americans.”“Hollow theory”Despite the result of yesterday’s vote, Pai faces detractors from both within and outside of the FCC.At the meeting, Clyburn said the proposal “contains a hollow theory of trickle-down internet economics, suggesting that if we just remove enough regulations from your broadband provider, they will automatically improve your service, pass along discounts from those speculative savings, deploy more infrastructure with haste, and treat edge providers fairly.”“It jeopardises the ability of the open internet to function tomorrow as it does today,” she added.Following the vote, The Internet Association (IA) – which counts Google, Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft as members – said current regulations were working and had not hampered investment.“The internet industry remains opposed to any changes to FCC regulations governing net neutrality,” IA president and CEO Michael Beckerman said.“ISPs should not be able to use their position as gatekeepers to prioritise their own content over others. Internet companies stand with consumers, startups, and other beneficiaries of the ecosystem in our fight to maintain a free and open internet.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 MAY 2017 FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE banslast_img read more