Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 JUN 2018 Italy’s 5G spectrum auction plans were cast into doubt as reports emerged broadcasters had launched a legal appeal against rules for vacating the 700MHz band, while separately the country’s mobile operators were tipped to boycott the whole process.Within hours of each other, separate news reports emerged on Reuters and Bloomberg suggesting the auction – tipped to raise €2.5 billion for the government – would not be as straightforward as suggested when communications regulator Agcom unveiled plans in May.Sources quoted by Reuters revealed broadcasters Mediaset and Claro Communication lodged a joint appeal to an Italian court against the rules set out for the upcoming auction, which require them to clear frequencies in the 700MHz band currently used for broadcast services by 2022.Although vacating the frequencies is subject to EU legislation, any legal action on timelines or other issues would still likely delay the auction while the process is underway, potentially risking a “leading position” in European 5G Italian politicians were extremely vocal about in late 2017.ShunnedAs revelations of legal action came to light, separate reports in Bloomberg suggested the country’s mobile operators were mulling boycotting the auction altogether.Its sources said operators believed the starting price was too high and bidding rules too rigid for them to take part as it is currently structured.Complaints were also raised that mobile operators would be unable to use the 700MHz band – which is said to offer higher grade 5G services – until 2022.Italy’s planned 5G auction will be organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and will cover the sale of frequencies in 694MHz to 790MHz; 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz; and 26.5GHz to 27.5GHz bands.It planned to offer two blocks of 80MHz and two of 20MHz in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz bands, while five lots of 200MHz will be available in the 26.5GHz to 27.5GHz bands. Home Italian authorities face double blow over 5G auction 5G auction700MHz auctionItaly Tags Google dismisses Italy claims of market position abuse Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot Previous ArticleSamsung start-up unit sets up AI venture fundNext ArticleZTE pursues $11B credit line in US comeback bid Author Related 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
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Michelle Wie still loves the game. She may be one of golf’s great mysteries, but that’s what cuts through the fog when you sort through all the riddles in all the twists and turns in a career that makes the 27-year-old seem like she has been around forever. Wie is the broken player who is putting herself back together yet again. How is she managing to do it once more? She loves the game. It’s the only explanation. “You have to hand it to her,” said David Leadbetter, her long-time swing coach. “She’s gutted it out through all the difficult times. She’s hung in there through all the injuries, through all the criticism that so many nasty people have thrown at her, when she could very easily have just chucked in the towel and said ‘This isn’t fun anymore. This isn’t worth it anymore. I’ve got enough money, what the hell am I doing?’ She’s a fighter, she really is.” Wie arrives for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club this week as a threat to win. That’s a head scratcher when you think back to a year ago and the awful slump she was mired in when she arrived at this championship. She shot 78 and 80 to miss the cut at Sahalee and left the Great Northwest looking totally lost. She left looking as if she might finally be broken for good. KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Articles, photos and videos Wie missed the cut or withdrew in 10 of 12 events last summer. Just look at her now. You can’t knock this woman out. Up off the mat, Wie’s radiating with renewed confidence. With her final-round 64 Sunday at the Walmart NW Arkansas championship, Wie tied for fourth. The week before that, she tied for second at the Meijer Classic. The week before that, she tied for third at the ShopRite Classic. That’s four finishes of T-4 or better now in her last five starts. “I came into this year really motivated, but feeling like I had nothing to lose,” Wie told GolfChannel.com after hitting balls on the range Tuesday at Olympia Fields. This is starting to feel like that roll Wie got on before she won twice in 2014, before she won the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. “She’s seeing results, and she’s really getting some confidence,” Leadbetter said. “I don’t think she’s far away from winning. I really don’t. She’s got her game to where she could really do some damage the second half of this season.” Wie’s heating up at the right time with three majors over the next six weeks and with the Solheim Cup just eight weeks away. “This year just felt like a fresh start,” Wie said. What has fueled this latest resurgence? Three things stand out. *Wie is healthy. *She has found and grooved a dependable stock fade. *She has completely turned around her putting with an on-again, off-again claw grip. Wie used to like to hit her irons with a fairly straight ball flight, while hitting a draw with her driver. Now, she hits a fade nearly all the time, with her irons and woods. “I’ve been a streaky player in the past, so I was just trying to find more consistency, to be able to hit more fairways when I needed to,” Wie said. She actually found the fade last season. “I changed to it last year, which I think is a reason I struggled,” said Wie, a four-time LPGA winner. “Anytime you try to change your ball flight, it takes time.” Wie ditched her unorthodox table-top putting stance after missing the cut in the season opener in the Bahamas this year. She said she hit the ball great there but putted awfully. Frustrated, she sought out Leadbetter at the Honda Classic near her home in Jupiter, coaxing him away from the PGA Tour pros to go work with her at the Bear’s Club. “That was the turning point for me,” Wie said. That’s where Leadbetter made a radical suggestion. “He proposed I putt with the claw grip,” Wie said. “It’s funny how things work with David and I, how he will suggest something that I’ve been thinking about. “I tinkered around with it, and it felt good.” As is Wie’s way, she has tinkered with Leadbetter’s suggestion, putting her own distinctive signature on the claw. At first, she went all claw, with a Sergio-style claw grip. Then she modified it, going to a version of a claw setup. She would set up with the claw grip, then move her hand back to a conventional grip just before taking the putter back. The key to that move was keeping her elbow bent as if she was still in the claw grip. “With the conventional grip, she kept her elbow bent as if she was still in the claw grip, almost like a violinist, working back and forth on a constant plane and arc,” Leadbetter said. Today, Wie still has some weird science working for her, and she’s OK with that. Now, she’s setting up consistently in the claw grip, sometimes making the stroke with it, sometimes moving back into a conventional grip, just before taking the putter back. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” Leadbetter said. “She says her brain tells her what’s comfortable when she’s about to make the stroke, and she just goes with it.” Lydia Ko used to alternate her grips during a round, going from left-hand low to conventional. She would go left-hand low for shorter putts, conventional for longer putts. Wie confirms it doesn’t work like that for her. “I make my decision as I’m over the ball,” Wie said. “I call it the ‘Whatever System.’ But I feel great about it.” Leadbetter likes Wie’s consistent upright posture and stance, whether she goes claw or not. “Putting is such a catalyst to everything,” Leadbetter said. “Look, you can hit the ball great, but if you can’t capitalize on the shot you hit … She’s making putts, and she’s making lengthy putts.” Leadbetter knows he may never cure Wie of her love of tinkering, but he also knows that’s how her creative mind works. It keeps her loving the game.
Mario games shine and Yakuza re-enters Top 40 | UK boxed chartsSuper Mario 3D All-Stars holds No.1 for a fourth straight weekChristopher DringHead of Games B2BSunday 7th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKIt was another strong week for Nintendo in the UK this week, and in particular for its iconic mascot.Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is the best-selling boxed game in the UK for a fourth straight week, holding No.1 despite an 18% drop in sales. Meanwhile, other Mario titles in the charts enjoyed a sales uptick.Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is up to No.4 from No.6 following a 7% sales increase. Meanwhile, Super Mario 3D All-Stars re-enters the Top Ten at No.6 after a 36% sales uptick. The Mario collection was created to mark the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros, and it is being discontinued at the end of the month (including the digital version). Nintendo spent the week reminding fans that the games will be removed from sale, which may explain some of the boost.A little further down, Super Mario Odyssey has moved from No.17 to No.13 after a 5% sales increase.It was a strong week for Nintendo overall. Six of the boxed Top Ten were Nintendo Switch games, and they all increased in sales week-on-week. The biggest riser was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which rose from No.7 to No.3 after a 40% sales boost. Animal Crossing saw an update this week featuring items and clothing from the Mario series.There were no new releases in the charts, although Yakuza: Like A Dragon returns to the Top 40 at No.35 following the release of the PS5 version.Elsewhere, Spider-Man: Miles Morales holds No.2 after a slight 19% drop in sales, which suggests PS5 stock is still coming in strongly in the UK. However, PS4 hit The Last of Us Part 2 drops from No.3 to No.11. The game had re-entered the charts last week following price discounting.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Last week’s new releases dropped heavily week-on-week. New Switch RPG Bravely Default 2 drops from No.11 to No.33 following a 74% sales drop. Meanwhile, Persona 5 Strikers, which debuted at No.5 last week, has disappeared from the boxed charts altogether.This data only counts physical game sales.Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending March 6th:Last WeekThis WeekTitle11Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury2 2Spider-Man: Miles Morales73Animal Crossing: New Horizons64Mario Kart 8: Deluxe85Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 136Super Mario 3D All-Stars97Grand Theft Auto 5108Minecraft (Switch)149Ring Fit Adventure1210Assassin’s Creed ValhallaCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 15 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday advanced the nomination of retired Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose to be Vermont’s next US Marshal. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Governor Phil Scott (R) had jointly recommended LaRose to President Trump in January to fill the vacancy, and the President nominated him in June.The nomination now goes to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Once confirmed by the full Senate, LaRose will oversee all U.S. Marshals Service operations in Vermont. With offices in Burlington and Rutland, the Marshals Service plays a crucial role in protecting public safety in Vermont and is responsible for apprehending fugitives and sex offenders as well as managing federal prisoners and protecting federal courthouses.Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which considered and approved the nomination.Chief LaRose served Essex as a police officer for more than 36 years, including more than five years as Chief of Police. In their letter to the President, Leahy and Scott cited his experience in teaching recruits and officers at the Vermont Police Academy for 25 years, and the fact that he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.In a joint statement after the Judiciary Committee’s action on Thursday, Leahy and Scott said: “Brad is a dedicated public servant whose decades of law enforcement experience and support from the community made him exceedingly qualified for this position. His integrity, character and leadership throughout his years of service will serve the people of Vermont well.”Scott and Leahy emphasized the importance to Vermont of the federal partnership role in combatting the addiction to heroin and other opioids, and Chief LaRose’s valuable experience in that effort. “As our state continues to lead on addressing the opioid epidemic, Brad has a demonstrated understanding of the seriousness of this issue and the ability to work with partners across federal, state and local levels,” they said. Scott and Leahy concluded: “We were proud to join together to recommend Brad for this important vacancy, and we greatly appreciate the President’s nomination and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approving his nomination.”The Marshals Service, created in 1789, is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. The Marshals Service takes the lead in security of the courts and the entire judicial system and is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative, working with federal prosecutors and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.For reference, their January 9 letter to the President follows, BELOW.January 9, 2018The Honorable Donald J. TrumpThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW(link is external)Washington D.C., 20500Dear Mr. President:We write to recommend Brad LaRose of Richmond, Vermont, for the position of United States Marshal for the District of Vermont.Similar to the process we used to recommend Christina Nolan for the position of United States Attorney, we worked together, as the senior Senator from Vermont and the Governor of Vermont, in a bipartisan fashion to identify and interview a range of highly qualified and well-respected candidates to serve as United States Marshal for our state. We have agreed that Brad has the experience, leadership credentials, and character to serve in this important role. He is well regarded in his home community, and in the community of Essex, Vermont (Vermont’s second largest community), where he has served as a police officer for more than 36 years, including more than five years as Chief of Police.As we have noted previously, Vermont, like so many states, has been combating the addiction to heroin and other opioids. Brad understands the challenges of this epidemic and the value of interagency coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. As a police chief, Brad has contributed personnel to the joint drug task force and helped his officers transition into, and out of, undercover work. He has also taught both basic recruits and experienced officers at the Vermont Police Academy for 25 years. In addition, he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has an associate degree in Law Enforcement and a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies.Over his 37-year law enforcement career, Brad has earned reputation as a leader of integrity and high standards who gets results. We are confident that Brad would make an excellent United States Marshal for the State of Vermont.We are proud to join together to recommend Brad for this important vacancy and ask that you consider him for nomination. Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working with you.(SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY and GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT)Source: (THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018) – Leahy and Scott
The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 became clearer Monday with Japan head coach Eddie Jones naming a provisional squad of 41 players, and the Japan Rugby Football Union confirming the Brave Blossoms’ schedule ahead of the tournament, which kicks off in England on Sept. 18.“I have named 41 players who will attend our first camp in January to be checked medically and also do some strength and conditioning testing,” Jones said. “This is the forerunner to our World Cup campaign, which starts in April.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES There are four uncapped players in the squad — forwards Ryu Sioapelatu Holani, Kazuhiko Usami and Tsuyoshi Murata and back Tim Bennetts — though Jones didn’t altogether rule out that others may be added over time.“There is no permanency about the squad,” Jones said. “But players outside it have been told to change certain aspects of their game. Unless they can change they won’t be in contention.“Our target is quite clearly set on making the quarterfinals of the World Cup and creating a new history for Japan rugby. The players at the first camp will understand the responsibility that carries and the commitment they have to make personally — to first make the (final) squad (of 31) and then obviously play well at the World Cup.”Jones said that two players — Takuya Yamasawa and Amanaki Lelei Mafi — had not been included due to injury and, while he was hopeful both would recover in time, he admitted it would be difficult for either of them to make the plane to England.The remainder of the squad are players that Jones has relied on for the last three years, meaning at this stage there is no spot for Leicester Tigers’ Christian Loamanu, who recently became eligible to play for Japan again after having a ban for drug use lifted by the JRFU.Japan will play 12 tests in the lead-up to its opening game at the World Cup on Sept. 19 against two-time world champion South Africa.The Brave Blossoms will take on Hong Kong and South Korea both home and away in the newly formatted Asian Rugby Championship in April and May, followed by four games against opponents to be determined by World Rugby in the Pacific Nations Cup, which will be held in the United States and Canada in July and August.A test against an unnamed side will be held in Japan on Aug. 15, followed by two tests at home against Uruguay before the squad travels to England, where it will play Georgia in Gloucester on Sept. 5.“We can’t control that, it is what we get,” Jones said when asked if he would have liked to have taken on sides ranked higher than the Brave Blossoms in the world rankings.“Southern Hemisphere sides don’t want to travel to Japan for warm-up games, and we didn’t want to go to Europe too early. We had to look at teams that wanted to travel to Japan. And while Uruguay is probably not perfect, it is what we’ve got.”Japan has won just one and drawn two of its 24 World Cup games, but Jones is hopeful this year’s tournament will be a different affair.“Japan haven’t won a game at the World Cup in 20 years, and there is a reason we have not won for so long,” he said. “I do not want to repeat those mistakes. We must put ourselves in a position to be the best prepared squad. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but when I look at the squad I really feel it is capable of making the quarterfinals.” RELATED PHOTOS Names in the frame: Japan head coach Eddie Jones speaks at a news conference Monday to announce his provisional 41-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. | KYODO KEYWORDS Brave Blossoms, Rugby World Cup, 2015 Rugby World Cup IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5