John McDonnell at the Labour Party Conference 2015: Balance the budget by going after Google, Starbucks, Amazon and Vodafone

first_img Show Comments ▼ Monday 28 September 2015 3:44 pm Emma Haslett Share The newly-appointed shadow chancellor of the exchequer John McDonnell used his first major conference speech today as Jeremy Corbyn’s right-hand man to attack the government’s austerity plan and go after big companies like Starbucks, Google, Amazon and Vodafone.  Calling the Conservatives the party of the “one per cent”, McDonnell said austerity was “not an economic necessity, but a political choice”. Read more: Corbyn’s PMQs could be revolutionary – but there are three things he needs to consider “The leadership of the Conservative Party made a conscious decision six years ago that the very richest would be protected and it wouldn’t be those who caused the economic crisis, who would pay for it.” He said a Labour government would instead narrow the deficit by “forc[ing] people like Starbucks, Vodafone, Amazon and Google and all the others to pay their fair share of taxes”. The shadow chancellor added Labour will cut what he called the “corporate welfare system”, saying: “There will be cuts to subsidies paid to companies that take the money and fail to provide the jobs, cuts to the use of taxpayers’ money subsidising poverty paying bosses, cuts to the billion pound tax breaks given to buy to let landlords for repairing their properties, whether they undertake the repairs or not.” Read more: Four reasons why Corbyn fails to convince small businesses McDonnell also said a Labour government would use “active monetary policy to stimulate demand where necessary” and turn the business department “into a powerful economic development department, in charge of public investment, infrastructure planning and setting new standards at work for all employees”. Shadow business secretary Angela Eagle addressed the conference earlier today. McDonnell used the opportunity to attack  George Osborne’s trip to China last week, saying he found Tory opposition to the renationalisation of railways “ironic when George Osborne was touring China selling off to the Chinese State Bank any British asset he could lay his hands on”. Osborne announced the bidding process for phase one of the HS2 project at an event in Chengdu, China, last week, inviting Chinese and other foreign companies to bid on at least seven new contracts worth £11.8bn.  “It seems the state nationalising our assets is ok with the Tories as long as it’s the Chinese state or in the case of our railways the Dutch or French,” McDonnell said. The new shadow chancellor also questioned whether the Treasury and Bank of England are “fit for purpose”, telling conference delegates that he was convening a team to review the institutions’ operations. Rejecting claims that a Corbyn government would seek to return the Bank to political oversight, McDonnell said: “Let me be clear that we will guarantee the independence of the Bank of England. “It is time though to open a debate on the Bank’s mandate,” he added.  whatsapp whatsapp John McDonnell at the Labour Party Conference 2015: Balance the budget by going after Google, Starbucks, Amazon and Vodafone Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressUndoTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallUndo More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comlast_img read more

‘I failed’: Operation Warp Speed leader takes responsibility for Covid-19 vaccine distribution confusion

first_imgHealth‘I failed’: Operation Warp Speed leader takes responsibility for Covid-19 vaccine distribution confusion By Erin Brodwin Dec. 19, 2020 Reprints Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter. [email protected] A side-by-side comparison of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines Typical vaccine distribution programs, he said, involve collecting vaccines and distributing them several weeks later. The Covid-19 vaccine distribution process has been markedly more complex, as the vaccine requires two doses spaced three to four weeks apart. To provide states with a continuous supply of vaccines, OWS will not release first doses until it has second doses on hand, Perna said. Determining how to do so has been a challenge, he added. “It looked very good on paper,” Perna said. “Paper plans are very good. Execution is where we learn, and we adapted accordingly.”Perna also denied there have been any vaccine production issues on the part of Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, responding to additional concerns that emerged last week from HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about Pfizer’s capacity to produce the necessary doses. Perna said he was confident that the rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna, which was authorized on Friday, would go more smoothly.  On Friday, a day after governors in at least 14 states said that the federal government had suddenly slashed the number of vaccine doses initially planned for shipping, the Department of Health and Human Services blamed the problem on poor planning, saying in a statement that it overestimated the number of weekly allocations it could release to states. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Perna on Saturday said investigating what went wrong took several days.advertisement Related: Army Gen. Gustave Perna, the military leader of Operation Warp Speed, speaks during a White House event in November. Evan Vucci/AP The first shipments of that vaccine — which does not require extreme cold storage — are expected to arrive in states Monday, at which time Perna said he would personally brief governors on the status of available doses. In the meantime, OWS had begun shipping the supplies required to administer the vaccine, such as syringes, Perna said.“There is no problem with the Pfizer vaccine. There is no problem with the Moderna vaccine,” Perna said. “It was a planning error and I am responsible. I don’t know how to say it any clearer than that.”center_img @erbrod About the Author Reprints The military leader of Operation Warp Speed, Gen. Gustave Perna, said Saturday that he takes sole responsibility for last week’s confusion over the allotment of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to states, which led more than a dozen governors to complain that they had received far fewer doses than originally promised.“Where I failed — I failed, nobody else failed — was to have a clear understanding of that cadence” of the vaccine distribution process, Perna said, adding: “It was my fault. I gave guidance. I am the one that approved the forecast sheets.”The striking mea culpa — rare among U.S. officials in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic — came during a briefing in which Perna, the chief operating officer of OWS, said repeatedly that he had underestimated the time required to get the vaccine doses approved for distribution to states. The chaos over allotments followed labeling confusion that caused hospital pharmacists at several health systems to throw away one in every six doses of the first vaccines distributed.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Erin Brodwin Privacy Policy Tags CoronavirusVaccineslast_img read more

Some SWFL residents petition to name road after former President Trump

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement Driver slams into parked cars in Lehigh Acres, deputies blame foul weather June 17, 2021 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 Advertisement“I think that that’s not a good idea,” Dennis Deseck of Missouri said. On the other side, one Trump supporter from Fort Myers is supportive of the petition.“I wouldn’t have any problem if they change it,” Larry Powell said. Memorial roadway designations aren’t new. Florida’s Turnpike was renamed the Ronald Reagan Highway in the late 90’s. NBC2 looked into the process and the petition would need 100 percent approval from residents living on the street where the name change would happen, as well as 50 percent of those who own property on that same street.Randy Scott who started the petition couldn’t be reached for comment. LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump is calling the East Coast of Florida home, but a group of residents in Lehigh Acres are petitioning to have him there… sort of.The group in Lehigh Acres started a petition asking Lee County Commissioners to change Homestead Road to Donald J. Trump Way. But, the process to change the name isn’t easy.Homestead Road is located between Lee Boulevard and Alabama Road.Randy Scott made a post on Facebook Thursday morning asking people to sign his petition to change the road’s name to honor the 45th President of the United States. Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 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 Suspect breaks into Lehigh Acres Popeyes June 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Donald TrumpHomesteadLehigh Acres Lehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021last_img read more

Tense Times Down on the Farm

first_img AvatarJeong Jae Sung There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Jeong Jae Sung – 2012.08.18 6:35pm News The North Korean authorities are attempting to bring privately farmed land in and around existing cooperative farms back under the control of the state, Daily NK has learned. The move appears to be one of a number of farm management measures being implemented in the weeks prior to the launching of the country’s new economic management system later this year.The news was received on the 17th from a resident of North Hamkyung Province currently in China on business. According to the individual, “Homes scattered in twos and threes within the boundaries of cooperative farms are all being razed and everyone is being gathered in zones of what they are calling ‘modern residences’.”“The management committee told us that this is necessary because homes are currently too spread out so the land cannot be used effectively,” the source explained. “They also said that in the end farmers will benefit because they will get 30% of production once small plots and the land that houses currently sits on all reverts to the state.”However, the source said most farmers are not inclined to agree with the official version of the future. He went on, “They say that they are adjusting the basic norms of cooperative farming under the new agricultural reforms, but you’d struggle to find a farmer who thinks production will rise. People are rightly worrying that it is really just a means of taking away people’s private plots.”The farmland management project also reportedly involves redrawing the boundaries of farms, improving water supply management systems and more; however, local farmers, accustomed to mistreatment at the hands of the state, seem to see it as a means of enhancing control of the populace and nationalizing privately farmed land.“The authorities are coming up with all these reasons, like ‘This is designed to reduce the farmers’ inconvenience’, ‘It improves the supply system’ or ‘We are building modern socialist dwellings to suit the times’,” the source said, before adding dryly, “But who is going to believe that?”The source said that he was present at a meeting where a village cooperative farm management committee official described the current project as ‘Party-level farmland rearrangement’, but noted that he has not personally seen any documents to the same effect. News SHARE News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Tense Times Down on the Farm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

FAIR Canada, CCEL launch project to protect vulnerable clients

first_img James Langton Caregiving costs for aging Canadians having impact on families Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Specifically, the two groups have launched a joint project to consider developing a mechanism that would allow financial services firms and advisors to “take urgent, short-term protective action” for vulnerable clients in situations in which they suspect that a client may be a victim of elder financial abuse or in situations in which an immediate financial decision is required but the client may be suffering from diminished mental capacity. Currently, firms and advisors may be concerned about reporting suspected abuse, or acting to prevent it, as a result of concerns about breaching their confidentiality obligations under securities rules and privacy legislation, FAIR Canada and the CCEL note. At the same time, firms and advisors risk being liable for either failing to prevent abuse or taking directions from a mentally unfit client. The project, which is being funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, aims to explore these issues and come up with a set of recommendations for better preventing theses abuses while also respecting clients’ autonomy and privacy rights. “A key outcome of this project will be the development of recommendations, including a practical framework, to allow for positive steps to be taken in these vulnerable types of financial situations and for the investment community to play a positive role in their client’s lives, without increasing risks to the individual consumer,” the groups note. FAIR Canada and the CCEL have issued a consultation paper on the subject and have consultation sessions planned over the next couple of weeks. They hope to issue a report, including recommendations, by the end of August. Photo copyright: lisafx/123RF Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL), a non-profit organization that advocates for legal reform, are teaming up to examine the creation of procedures that could enable investment advisors and financial services firms to step in and help protect vulnerable clients in certain situations. OSC names members of Seniors Expert Advisory Committee How to avoid abuse by PoAs for property Ontario introduces home improvement tax credit for seniors for 2021 Keywords Seniors,  Financial abuseCompanies FAIR Canada last_img read more

Over £1 billion savings for motorists as whiplash reforms come into force

first_imgOver £1 billion savings for motorists as whiplash reforms come into force car insurance premiums expected to be slashed by around £35 a yearnew online portal to make claims process simplerMmedical evidence now mandatory under clamp down on exaggerated claimsThe changes are designed to reduce the unacceptably high number of whiplash claims made each year, with more than 550,000 in 2019/20 alone, which will allow insurers to cut premiums for millions of drivers.The reforms include a new user-friendly online portal for road traffic accident claims under £5,000 – simplifying the process and removing the need for expensive lawyers. They also introduce a ban on settling whiplash cases without medical evidence – a practice which has opened the door to fraudulent or embellished claims.Insurers have pledged to pass on the savings these reforms will create to drivers – worth a total of £1.2 billion.Despite the UK having some of the safest roads in Europe with fewer crashes reported year-on-year since 2013, road traffic accident claims are more than 40% higher than in 2006. This has been fuelled by a reported increase in exaggerated and often disproportionate claims, driving up the costs of premiums for ordinary motorists. The Government is determined to clamp down on this behaviour and help reduce the cost of insurance for drivers.The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, said:For too long the system for making whiplash claims has been open to abuse by individuals looking for an easy payday – with ordinary motorists paying the price.Our changes, which come into force today, will put an end to this greedy opportunism and ultimately see savings put back into the pockets of the country’s drivers.Dominic Clayden, Chief Executive of Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), who operate the new Official Injury Claim online claims portal, said:We are pleased to have delivered on our remit to build a service that meets the requirements of these important policy changes.MIB’s focus has always been about making sure the new legal process is as easy and straight forward as possible for anyone who might need to make a claim.To make sure the service works well for everyone we will continue our work with the Ministry of Justice to listen to feedback and to make further enhancements.Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:There are almost as many lurid headlines about whiplash claims as there are claims themselves.This new system should mean legitimate cases are easier and quicker to deal with, fraudulent claims are more likely to fail and all drivers benefit from decreases in their insurance premiums.Key changes that have been introduced today include:A new digital portal to make a claim for any road traffic related personal injury valued at under £5,000, including claims for whiplash. This means claimants can settle their own claim without the use of a lawyer if they wish. It is anticipated that the majority of road traffic accident claims will use the portal in future.Increasing the small claims track limit for road traffic accident-related (RTA) personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000. Therefore the majority of all RTA related claims will now proceed through the cheaper small claims track where legal costs are not recoverable.A new fixed tariff of compensation for whiplash injuries setting out how much can be claimed for an injury, depending on how long it impacted the claimant with the duration up to two years. It provides claimants with a clear guide to how much their injury would be worth when they make their claim.A ban on the practice of seeking or offering to settle whiplash claims without first obtaining medical evidence.The reforms are part of measures contained in Part 1 of the Civil Liability Act 2018.The new online portal will revolutionise how claims are made, creating a system that is simple and more efficient to use. It has been tested by professionals in the industry and reviewed to ensure it is easy to understand – with user-guides available to explain how to make and progress a claim at every stage. For those who require additional assistance, a helpline will also be available.Meanwhile, the increase to the small claims track limit for road traffic accident injuries will mean that claimants whose compensation is valued at less than the £5,000 can use the new portal – in most cases sparing them court appearances, fees and legal costs.The new whiplash tariffs will give claimants clarity, predictability, and certainty about how much their claim will be worth, while ensuring costs are controlled and that compensation is proportionate to the injury suffered.NotesThe online Official Injury Claim portal, developed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), will guide users through the steps required to make their claim. A user guide, language support service and a telephone helpline are available to those who need further assistance. The new portal will be used for accidents that happen on 31 May 2021 or after.Fraudulent claims are limited by requiring all whiplash claimants to provide medical evidence of their injury before any settlement can be made. Currently claims can be settled without this. The portal itself does not seek to identify fraudulent cases but will require medical evidence to be submitted as part of the process for such claims.Neither the Guide, nor the telephone helpline, will provide any legal advice.The ‘Guide to Making a Claim’ is designed to support claimants when making a personal injury claim using the Official Injury Claim portal. The guide explains the key legal terms and procedures used in the legal framework that underpins this service – the RTA Small Claims Pre-Action Protocol. It also details what can be claimed for and describes the steps involved, as well as providing more information about the underlying legislation (for example, the Pre-Action Protocol).The guide has been developed in association with expert legal practitioners and the voluntary and community sector to ensure that it is both accurate and clear about what needs to be done.Two further guides are also available for users to help them navigate the new online system and, where necessary, the court process. These are the Guide to Changes to the Small Claims Limit for Injury Claims (Referring to Part 26 of the Civil Procedure Rules); and the Guide to Practice Direction 27B.The telephone helpline can also be used by those who are unable to use the digital system, for example if they do not have an internet connection.The latest figures for 2020 show that there were 650,000 road traffic accident related claims of which 550,000 were whiplash related.The new tariff which sets out the base level compensation for various injuries can be found here: RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation which explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. /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:community, compensation, director, Europe, Government, industry, insurance, Internet, legislation, mobility, research, settlement, the Pocket, Transport, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Allison Corral maintains the family legacy at Prairie basketball

first_imgAllison Corral maintains the family legacy at Prairie basketballPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Monday, December 30, 2019in: Sportsshare 0 Point guard has shown strength dealing with diabetes, other ailments, while playing four years of varsity ball VANCOUVER — The family name stands for excellence.She was 5 years old when she saw one of her sisters sign her letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Southern California.Prairie senior Allison Corral has dealt with health issues for most of her life. Basketball has been there throughout, as well. Photo by Mike SchultzPrairie senior Allison Corral has dealt with health issues for most of her life. Basketball has been there throughout, as well. Photo by Mike SchultzFour years later, she watched another sister sign with the University of Washington.Allison Corral always figured she would be next, that she, too, would get to celebrate a signing day with a prestigious, Division I program during her senior year at Prairie High School.That is not going to happen. In fact, her present-day plans do not include college basketball at all.The family name still stands for excellence, though.It still has great standing in this game that means to much to the Corrals, so much to “Allie.”Allison Corral might not become a Division I scholarship athlete like her older sisters, but she has left her own mark with the Prairie Falcons. Photo by Mike SchultzAllison Corral might not become a Division I scholarship athlete like her older sisters, but she has left her own mark with the Prairie Falcons. Photo by Mike SchultzOnly, in her case, excellence comes from being strong enough to continue playing this game. Her body, after all, has conspired against her for years.Still, she plays. For her teammates. For herself. For that name.Allison Corral is preparing for her final months of basketball with the Prairie Falcons. And she expects to leave the game on her terms. “For the longest time, I dreamed of playing D-I basketball, following my sisters’ footsteps of course,” Allison said, referring to Ashley and Heather Corral.But that internal battle was fierce.Allison Corral stopped growing at 5-foot-2. While no one can say for sure, the family believes her myriad health issues played a role. Allison’s older sisters are 5-9 and 6-1. Photo by Mike SchultzAllison Corral stopped growing at 5-foot-2. While no one can say for sure, the family believes her myriad health issues played a role. Allison’s older sisters are 5-9 and 6-1. Photo by Mike SchultzAllison Corral was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before the age of 3. At 6, it was determined she had celiac disease. At 8, Addison’s disease. And before she was 10, doctors noticed she had a salt disorder, as well.Still, she played.Practices could become a chore. Muscle fatigue. Blood sugar ups and downs. Games could take a lot out of her, too.By the time she was 14, she had a feeling that she was just not going to be among the elite, big enough for big-time college basketball.“It was kind of dream crushing,” she said. “I had to be realistic with myself. I’m glad I knew ahead of time, years before my senior year. Gave me more time to think and plan on what I wanted to do.”Allison Corral has been a starter in all four seasons at Prairie. She helped the Falcons win a Class 3A state title last year. She said she does not plan on playing college basketball, so this would be her final season of organized ball. Photo by Mike SchultzAllison Corral has been a starter in all four seasons at Prairie. She helped the Falcons win a Class 3A state title last year. She said she does not plan on playing college basketball, so this would be her final season of organized ball. Photo by Mike SchultzThat plan still includes college. Just not basketball. She wants to attend Boise State University, become a teacher and, perhaps, a coach. After all, she knows the game. She is a Corral.“I’ll always love basketball. I’m just ready,” Corral said.Corral, at 5-foot-2, could find a smaller college to play. She has the talent to even still dream of a Division I scholarship if, for example, she went to a junior college first. That is just not for her, though. She has friends who used basketball to pay for college but had to go to a college that they did not prefer. Corral said it is not worth it to her, to compromise.Beginning next academic year, Allison Corral, who has been playing basketball pretty much since she could walk, will walk away from basketball.“Just being a student,” she said.Even after figuring the big scholarship was not going to be in the cards, she still entered high school thinking about a smaller place to play.A couple years later, another setback. Appendicitis sent her into surgery. She missed her last two AAU tournaments prior to her junior year of high school. That is when she had another epiphany.“I was not that heart-broken that I missed the basketball tournaments,” she said.Oh, she missed hanging out with her friends, traveling and the stuff off the court. That made her sad, missing those moments. Not so much, though, the action on the court.“I knew I wasn’t in love with basketball as much as I used to be,” she said.Ashley Corral, far left, sits next to her mother, Hala, as they watch the Prairie Falcons play in a recent game. Hala is the head coach, Ashley is an assistant, and Allison Corral is playing her senior season with the Falcons. Photo by Mike SchultzAshley Corral, far left, sits next to her mother, Hala, as they watch the Prairie Falcons play in a recent game. Hala is the head coach, Ashley is an assistant, and Allison Corral is playing her senior season with the Falcons. Photo by Mike SchultzFinding peace with her decision lifted a weight off her shoulders. She could just have fun for the last two years of high school basketball, playing for head coach Hala Corral, her mom. Ashley is an assistant with the program, too.Last year, the Corral family found some more magic, helping the Falcons to the seventh state title in program history.“Junior season was the dream season,” Allison Corral said. “Me and my teammates, we weren’t just teammates. All of us were so close. We knew going into the season, if we put the work in, state was ours. Every day we went to practice, we were practicing to win state.”All of the practices through the years have taken a toll on Corral as she has dealt with her body’s many issues.Her blood sugar has to be monitored. She wears an insulin pump. Diabetes is only part of the problem when it comes to her diet, due to celiac disease, which makes her allergic to gluten. Then there is Addison’s disease, which means she does not produce enough crotozel. That makes her body slower to heal from any stress such as injury or illness. She takes medication daily, and her doses increase during stressful times. Not exactly ideal for an athlete.“It’s really hard to go up to a coach and say, ‘I don’t feel good. I need to sit out,’” Allison said.Not as difficult anymore with her mom as the head coach, but certainly it was a challenge in the past.Allison wondered if the coaches thought she was just taking a break for no other reason than not wanting to practice.“I’ve never done that,” she said.When the blood sugar drops, though, she has to head to the sideline, drink some juice, regain her focus. “Everything she has is treatable,” her mom says. “It’s something we can manage. But going through it every day is hard. There are days she feels absolutely terrible. She battles through it and guts it out. She never wants to sit out practice. Most of her teammates understand she has to take a break.”For most of her life, Allison Corral has been a regular at doctor’s appointments. Her medical team has charted just about every point of data possible. Years ago, Hala said, Allison was projected to be as tall as her sisters. Ashley is 5-9 and Heather is 6-1.No one has told Allison that she is 5-2 because of her health issues, but it is clear the family believes those issues played a contributing factor.“They really don’t know why her growth stopped,” Hala Corral said. “Everything was on target. Then everything just stopped.”So instead of heading to a power conference to play college basketball as a 5-10 super athlete, the 5-2 Allison is just hoping to be the best high school point guard she can be this season. The team’s expectations remain high. Prairie graduated three starters last year and another starter moved out of state. Allison is the lone returning starter. And of the other players in the main rotation last season, only one returns.The Falcons, playing their traditional tough schedule, started this season 2-4.  Allison Corral said she still believes this team will improve enough to make it back to state. The plan is to place, to bring home a trophy to Prairie.As far as her personal goals, she knows what she wants out of her senior season.“If it’s going to be my last time playing basketball, just have as much fun as possible while winning and being the best leader I can be,” she said.If this truly is the end of her basketball career, Allison Corral maintained the family legacy … in her own way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Brush PrairieClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Goodwill on pace for record year of donations Next : New year, new laws in WashingtonAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel guestLabel Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentscenter_img Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. 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Gartner: Smartphone sales outstripping feature phones

first_img Gartner said that smartphone sales to end users had overtaken sales of feature phones for the first time in the second quarter of 2013, with the company standing by its forecast of 1.82 billion units for this full-year.Rival research firm IDC has already made this claim, previously stating that smartphones were dominating the market during the first quarter of the year, although the discrepancy appears to be based on the definitions used. IDC uses the term “shipments”, which includes sales to retail and operator partners that have not so-far reached customers, while Gartner bases its figures on “sales to end users”.According to Gartner, some 225 million smartphones were sold in Q2, representing growth of 46.5 per cent year-on-year, while feature phone sales were 210 million units, down 21 per cent.Asia Pacific (74.1 per cent), Latin America (55.7 per cent) and Eastern Europe (31.6 per cent) showed the highest smartphone growth, although sales grew across all regions.Samsung was the largest mobile phone vendor during the period, selling 107.53 million units, with Nokia in a solid second position on 60.95 million – giving market shares of 24.7 per cent and 14 per cent respectively. Nokia’s market share is still almost twice that of third-placed Apple (31.9 million units, 7.3 per cent market share), although it is seeing competition from a range of ambitious regional and Chinese manufacturers.“Flagship devices brought to market in time for the holidays, and the continued price reduction of smartphones, will drive consumer adoption in the second half of the year,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. Author Related Tags Previous ArticleTOT delays Thai 3G expansion; considers infrastructure fundNext ArticleO2’s LTE tariffs confirm 4G pricing complexity Steve Costello KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Devices center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 AUG 2013 Smartphone shipments to ride 5G wave Google taps retail with NYC store Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more AppleGartnerIDCNokiaSamsung HomeDevicesNews Gartner: Smartphone sales outstripping feature phoneslast_img read more

SpiderCloud chief plans virtualisation push in “coming months”

first_img ServicesSpiderCloudTechnology VIDEO INTERVIEW: Mike Gallagher, CEO of SpiderCloud, a small-cell specialist for the enterprise, told Mobile World Live that the company would shortly be making announcements related to virtualisation and the data centre cloud.“You’ll see some [new] things with our architecture, which will expand our reach and marketplace,” he said. “There’s a lot of new and exciting innovation we have. We’re not done yet. You have to continue to re-invest and re-invent yourself.”Gallagher’s comments come at a time when SpiderCloud, a US-based start-up, is already making waves in the small-cell market.At this year’s Mobile Word Congress, SpiderCloud announced a deal with Cisco that sees its kit rebranded and offered to the US tech giant’s enterprise customers and channel partners.“It’s a very exciting deal for us,” said Gallagher, who described it as a natural fit for both companies.SpiderCloud can take advantage of Cisco’s enormous enterprise and service provider presence, while Cisco – said Gallagher – can fill a niche product gap in its portfolio. “It’s a global OEM deal and they get to brand our entire product line,” enthused the SpiderCloud chief. “We’re doing some custom development products for them as well,” he added.Gallagher doesn’t see the Cisco tie-up as an admission that SpiderCloud necessarily needed a helping hand – he pointed out large contract wins with Vodafone and Verizon Wireless that were achieved off their own bat – but rather that it should help quicken the pace of growth.“We’re trying to scale the company as large as we can, and getting partners, especially global partners, is a very important part of our go-to-market strategy,” he saidExpansion is very much on Gallagher’s mind, especially after raising another $20 million in funding in February, bringing the total raised to date (since 2007) to $125 million.The money, said the CEO, would be used “to scale the business”. He claimed that “technology risk is off the table”.“The technology scales and is better than anyone else’s,” he asserted. “It’s just about getting to operators and scaling the [SpiderCloud] business from a sales and operational support perspective.”There are no immediate plans to raise more money. “We’ll be cash-flow positive this year,” he said.SpiderCloud has won operator contracts in the Americas (America Movil is also a customer) and Europe, and with a recent win with Pakistan’s Warid Telecom, Gallagher thinks Asia and the Middle East will be the next areas of growth for the company. “Asia is exploding for us,” he said.Watch the whole video here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 MAY 2015 Vodafone ups diversity efforts IFA Berlin to get fresh format Ken Wieland Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Author Home SpiderCloud chief plans virtualisation push in “coming months” CTA, Trump push for tech skills training Previous ArticleTelenor reports strong Q1 with “all time high” revenueNext ArticleEC chief unveils telecoms reform, warns Europe just at “starting line” Tags Relatedlast_img read more

Four arrests in Derry in connection with dissident republican activity

first_img Pinterest Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Four arrests in Derry in connection with dissident republican activity Facebook LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By News Highland – September 25, 2015 Facebook Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Four people have been arrested in Derry overnight in connection with dissident terrorist activity.Four men, aged aged 38, 42, 45 and 46 , were detained when a car was stopped and searched at Ringfort Road area at approximately 9 o’clock last night.The suspects have been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning, and enquiries are continuing. Previous articleLetterkenny Institute of Technology New Entrant Sports Scholarships.Next articleMc Conalogue slams Failte Ireland over delay in funding for Malin Head facilities News Highland Twitter Google+last_img read more