FCC seeks more precise wireless emergency alerts

first_img The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order to improve geographic targeting of the emergency alerts sent by mobile operators in a bid to improve accuracy.The Wireless Emergency Alerts system allows authorities to send critical information to the public in short messages over mobile networks. Alerts may cover warnings of severe weather, evacuation or shelter-in place orders and missing person notifications.Under the new order, operators will be required to deliver alerts across 100 per cent of the target area chosen by an alert originator with an overshoot of no more than one-tenth of a mile. Where coverage is not available, operators must deliver alerts across the covered area which best approximates the target. The rule will go into effect on 30 November 2019.Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (pictured, far right) said alerts sent “to the right person at the right time in the right place can be the difference between life and death”, but noted “repeated imprecision” can cause citizens to disregard warnings. FCC chairman Ajit Pai (pictured, centre) said bringing a “finer brush to bear” will help get alerts to people who actually need them.Commissioner Michael O’Rielly (pictured, second from right) expressed concern operators would not be able to meet the 22-month implementation timeline, arguing the commission “cannot wish technology into existence”. He said further consideration is needed regarding how to implement the move “such as the need for hardware or software changes and updating new standards. This doesn’t happen overnight.”O’Rielly noted the commission will entertain a waiver of the implementation deadline if the standard process is delayed.The move comes after a record year of natural disasters in the US and the erroneous deployment of an alert in Hawaii earlier this month warning of an impending missile attack. FCC moves on China Unicom block Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleCake prepares to take on Safari, ChromeNext ArticleGlobe Telecom selects Openet back-office platform US coalition calls for FCC spectrum shake-up Home FCC seeks more precise wireless emergency alerts Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Related Web companies renew US net neutrality campaign Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 JAN 2018 Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Authorlast_img read more

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5 keys for Vols vs. Bowling Green

first_imgTennessee defensive end Derek Barnett could rack up sacks against Bowling Green on Saturday.Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett could rack up sacks against Bowling Green on Saturday.Tennessee, ranked 25th in the country, opens its season Saturday against Bowling Green (3 p.m., SEC Network) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. It’s the first meeting between the two schools.Here are five keys for the Vols in the opener.1. Get ahead early: Teams from the Mid-American Conference are often scrappy. In 2012, Bowling Green went to Florida and hung around for three quarters after grabbing an early lead. Last season’s Falcons also had a tendency to score on their first drive. Tennessee needs to score on at least one of its first few drives to get the home-state crowd into the game and strip the Falcons of their upset mentality.2. Pulverize the line: Bowling Green has an experienced offensive line, but so did Iowa in last season’s TaxSlayer Bowl and the Vols easily won that matchup. There should be plenty of sack opportunities for Curt Maggitt and Derek Barnett. Few things are as deflating to an offensive line as negative plays, and Tennessee’s defensive front has potential to force a large number of them.3. Find your five: There remains some uncertainty regarding Tennessee’s offensive line personnel. This is the position group that held this team back a season ago. The Vols need to go into the Oklahoma game with their best possible line intact. The opener should provide a good opportunity to figure out which players fit that mold.4. Don’t lose your man: Bowling Green can score points quickly, and Butch Jones was full of praise for quarterback Matt Johnson. Tennessee’s secondary was banged up this preseason and is down a couple bodies this season. Last season, some receivers had monstrous games against the Vols. The Falcons could have success moving the ball through the air.5. Put Quinten in: If all goes according to plan for the Vols, second-string quarterback Quinten Dormady, a true freshman, will enter the game in the second half. Josh Dobbs is likely to have an injury scare or two throughout the course of the season due to playing style. The more work Tennessee can get Dormady the better in case he is thrust into the starting role.Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] or on Twitter @MattSlovin.TENNESSEE VS. BOWLING GREENWhere: Nissan StadiumWhen: 3 p.m. SaturdayTV: SEC NetworkRadio: 104.5-FMLast meeting: First meetingButch Jones ‘pleased’ with Vols’ preparation for openerTennessee’s 10 most impactful sophomoreslast_img read more

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Souhan; Golfers Get it, NBA Bubble Could be Short-Lived [PODCAST]

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip The PGA Tour returned this week with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.  The golfers all tested negative for Covid-19 and have adjusted to what is a new normal on the PGA tour with no spectators.  Star Tribune Sports Columnist Jim Souhan says golfers are determined to stay healthy and safe and can pull this off.  360p About Connatix V56490 1/1 About Connatix V56490center_img 1080p HD The NBA is planning a return to play in July with some of the teams only expected to stay in the bubble in Orlando for 35-40 days.  The shortest stay will be by the teams that don’t make it into the top 16.  All but 4 teams will leave the bubble after 67 days.  The NBA is requiring players and the families of players to stay in this bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida to complete the NBA season.  Jim says not all the players are on-board with this.The Twins selected 3 more players in the MLB draft Thursday.  Jim says with the selections of 1st baseman Aaron Sabato of North Carolina in the 1st round and outfielder Alerick Soulaire from Tennessee in the 2nd round the Twins are clearly looking for offense over defense early in the draft.  Jim says the college players they took could make it to the majors within the next couple years while the high school players selected could take 4 to 5 years to make it to the majors.Enter your number to get our free mobile app Auto (360p) 720p HDlast_img read more

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Cricket Australia hopeful of Windies tour amidst COVID-19 threat

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia,  CMC – Cricket Australia have pencilled West Indies into its summer programme and says they are confident they can pull off the itinerary amidst the threat posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the itinerary released yesterday, Cricket Australia have scheduled the Windies for three Twenty20 Internationals from October 4-9, with India to follow immediately afterwards in another three-match series.The games represent part of Australia’s preparation for the T20 World Cup set to bowl off here from October 18 to November 15 but which remains under a cloud due to the coronavirus outbreak.Cricket Australia chief executive, Kevin Roberts, said the governing body had been encouraged by the way authorities here had managed the pandemic. “While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21,” Roberts said.  “We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required.”No cricket has been staged globally in nearly three months after governments across the world scrambled to lock down their respective borders, to mitigate against the spread of the virus. Australia was among the first countries to initiate lockdowns back in March and Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week the borders were unlikely to reopen “anytime soon”.The country has recorded 7 155 infections and 103 deaths.Roberts said Cricket Australia’s summer programme, which also includes a one-day series against Zimbabwe in August and a women’s one-day and T20 series against neighbouring New Zealand in September/October, would only go ahead once the environment remained safe. “We are engaged in ongoing discussions with federal and state governments, our venues and the touring nations to continually understand and monitor the situation in front of us, which is evolving every day,” he explained.“We’ll continue to act in accordance with public health advice and government protocols to ensure the safety of the public, players and support staff.”last_img read more

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NPFL Super Six: Victory Against Rangers will Win Us League Title – Ibrahim Musa…

first_imgKano Pillars Technical Adviser, Ibrahim Musa believes that victory against Rangers today in the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Championship Playoffs would all but seal the league title for his side.Unbeaten Pillars take on Rangers in the first meeting between both sides since the 2018 Aiteo Cup final in October which Pillars lost on penalties having squandered a three-goal lead with just thirteen minutes left in the second half.Pillars currently lead the playoffs by a point from second-placed Enyimba who are on six points and Musa believes another three points for his side against Rangers will take them to ten points – a tally he believes should prove insurmountable for other sides and enough to win the league for the Sai Masu Gida.“I am targeting one match, it’s ok for me [to win the league]. Rangers which is another great match for me, when I win Rangers, I’ve got what I want. If I can get that three points, I don’t think that there is any team who can get that ten points,” Musa declared.RelatedNPFL Super Six: Ibrahim Musa Blames Players for Kano Pillars Draw (AUDIO)June 5, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Pillars’ Ibrahim Musa Hungry For More Away Victories (AUDIO)March 21, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Ibrahim Musa Faults Ogabor Despite Favourable Result in Lafia (AUDIO)May 10, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

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Christian evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

first_imgRon Galella Ltd./WireImage(NEW YORK) — The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the world’s most famous Christian evangelists, has died, a family spokesman said Wednesday. He was 99.Graham died at his North Carolina home Wednesday morning, spokesman Mark DeMoss said.At a press briefing Wednesday night, DeMoss said Graham — whose body he said is currently at Morris Funeral Home in Asheville, North Carolina — was not in the company of any family members when he died. DeMoss said Graham died in his sleep, and that an attendant nurse would have been the only person with him.DeMoss said Graham’s body is slated to move Thursday afternoon to the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville. A private family prayer service will be held Saturday morning. Beginning Monday, for at least two days, Graham’s body will lie in repose at the Graham family home.Then next Friday, a 90-minute funeral will be held at which his son Franklin Graham will speak, in addition to his other children. The hymns chosen for the funeral are some of Graham’s favorite. In fact, he personally approved the details of the service years ago.After the funeral, Graham’s body will be buried at a cross-shaped brick walkway in the northeast side of the Billy Graham Library, next to his wife Ruth, who was buried in 2007. The interment will be private and family-only. Casket was made by inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary prison in Angola. Invitations have been extended to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as living ex-presidents, DeMoss said.Known as “America’s pastor,” Graham was a key figure in the revival of the U.S. evangelical Christian movement. The preacher began holding revival meetings in the 1940s and went on to become an adviser to several U.S. presidents.He had been in poor health in recent years, and had turned his international ministry over to son Franklin Graham. Graham did not have cancer, despite reports claiming otherwise, his spokesman said. Despite numerous hospitalizations in recent years, Graham’s work remained in the public eye late into his life. In 2011, around his 93rd birthday, he released what The Associated Press said was his 30th book, “Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well,” on the subject of aging. Also in 2011, audio files documenting six decades of his ministry were put online in a searchable database.Graham brought evangelical Christianity into the mainstream. As a spiritual adviser to U.S. presidents, he had great access to the White House.“Each one I’ve known long before they ever became president, been in their homes many times; always called them by their first names, until they became president,” Graham said of several former presidents.He was especially close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes.Bill Clinton turned to him after his much publicized sex scandal, and George W. Bush credited Graham with helping him to quit drinking alcohol.When asked how his life would be different if it were not for Billy Graham, George W. Bush said simply, “I wouldn’t be president.”Donald and Melania Trump met Graham at the preacher’s 95th birthday party in 2013, but they never met after Trump took office as president.The evangelist brought his “Billy Graham Crusades” around the world, preaching to more than 210 million people in 185 countries and territories. His largest such gathering drew 1 million people in Seoul, South Korea, in the 1970s. As Graham prepared at age 86 for what he called his final U.S. crusade, a three-day event in New York City the weekend of June 25, 2005, he pondered his own mortality.“Do I fear death?” he asked at a news conference. “No. I look forward to death with great anticipation. I’m looking forward to seeing God face to face, and that could happen any day.”Graham was met with criticism in February 2002, when audiotapes released by the National Archives revealed a 1972 conversation with Nixon at the White House in which Graham said Jewish people had a “stranglehold” on the media.He later apologized and said his work with Jewish people over the years belied that remark.Billy Graham had been admitted numerous times in recent years to Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, for a pulmonary condition. Upon being admitted Nov. 30, 2011, he was seen “alert, smiling and waving at hospital staff,” his family said in a statement at the time.He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1989. He also suffered from prostate cancer and hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain, according to The Associated Press. In January 2004, he fell and fractured his left hip, and afterward used a walker to move about.A born preacherGraham was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and raised on a dairy farm in nearby Montreat. The eldest of four children in a strict Presbyterian family, he was known as “Billy Frank” in his teenage years.His life began to change at age 16 when he heard the fiery sermon of a traveling evangelist named Mordecai Ham, who persuaded him to give his life to Christ during a spiritual revival. He attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, but left after one semester, saying the religious school was too strict.He went on to Florida Bible Institute, now called Trinity College, near Tampa and was ordained a Southern Baptist minister in 1939.At Wheaton College in Illinois, he majored in anthropology. In 1943, he married fellow Wheaton student Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of a missionary doctor. They remained married until her death in 2007. From 1947 to 1952, Graham served as president of Northwestern College in Minneapolis. It was during this period that he began holding revival meetings with singer George Beverly Shea and song leader Cliff Barrows.By 1949, his career was taking off as some 10,000 people were turning out to hear Graham’s preaching on a regular basis. A New York City crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957 ran nightly for 16 weeks.Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950, running it for 50 years before retiring and handing it over to his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, in November 2000.Graham began preaching overseas in 1954 with a visit to Great Britain, where more than 2 million people attended his rallies. He held hundreds of rallies around the world, including South Africa, South Korea, Poland and Romania. In 1990, he toured China, something he would later call the “greatest crusade of my life.”Graham’s autobiography, “Just As I Am,” was published in 1997. Family businessAfter Franklin Graham took over as CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the elder Graham continued to serve as chairman of the board. Franklin Graham also ran his own ministry, the Samaritan’s Purse international relief organization.The other four Graham children also got into the family business, either through their own ministries or evangelical speaking.Graham is survived by three daughters, two sons, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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