Over half of Swisscom’s fixed broadband subscribers now use its TV service. The operator said the number of Swisscom TV users had increased by 29.5% year-on-year to reach 943,000 at the end of September, 885,000 of whom are fixed-fee subscribers. Swisscom said that over 380,000 of its TV customer used its catch-up service, with allows programmg from about 70 channels to be watched for up to 30 hours after they have been broadcast.Swisscom’s fixed broadband base grew by 4.3% year-on-year to reach 1.78 million.Italian subsidiary Fastweb’s broadband subscriber base grew by 12.1% year-on-year to reach 1.91 million, which Swisscom attributed in part to its bundled TV and broadband package offered in partnership with Sky Italia.Separately, Swisscom has named Urs Schaeppi as its new CEO, Schaeppi was formerly head of Swisscom’s corporate activities.
Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster Bungling Japanese officials sparked a nuclear scare after a violent, late-night earthquake by ticking the wrong box on a fax form—inadvertently alerting authorities to a potential accident. Employees of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata—where the 6.4-magnitude quake struck—faxed a message to local authorities seeking to allay any fears of damage.But TEPCO workers accidentally ticked the wrong box on the form, mistakenly indicating there was an abnormality at the plant rather than there was no problem. One official filled out the form, and it was checked by a colleague before being sent.Many Japanese government departments and companies still rely on fax machines for communication.TEPCO’s Tokyo headquarters noticed the mistake, and a correction was published 17 minutes after the original release, the firm’s Tokyo-based spokesman told AFP.Kashiwazaki city mayor Masahiro Sakurai saw the incorrectly filled-out form and immediately directed staff to check what was happening. The mayor hit out at TEPCO, which also operated the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant—site of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl—when an earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011.”When a real earthquake is happening, not a drill, this is a massive error,” Sakurai told local reporters, according to the Mainichi Shimbun daily.”It is extremely poor on their part to make errors in the most important and basic information at a time of crisis,” he said, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. TEPCO apologised and vowed not to make the same mistake.The late-night quake prompted a tsunami advisory, but only small ripples of 10 centimetres (three inches) were recorded.The government said up to 26 people were injured—two seriously, although not life-threatening. Citation: Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark Japan nuclear scare (2019, June 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-bungling-japan-nuclear.html Explore further © 2019 AFP Officials at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant sparked a scare by ticking the wrong box on a fax form This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Marketplace developments across the country, including in Minnesota, Maryland, Georgia and California.Pioneer Press: MNsure Struggles To Keep Up With ‘Life Event’ ChangesWhen a new baby arrives, parents want the infant quickly added to their health insurance. But for 78 new moms in Dakota County this year, the process bogged down for months because of a change to Minnesota’s new MNsure health insurance exchange (Snowbeck, 9/1).The Baltimore Sun: Some Drop Maryland Exchange Programs During Last Month Maryland’s health exchange reported Friday a decline in the number of people who were covered by private plans through the online insurance portal created by the Affordable Care Act. But the total number of people obtaining coverage through the exchange still grew to 433,947 because of people signing up for Medicaid (Cohn, 8/29). Georgia Health News: Another Insurance Deadline Only Days AwayMore than 20,000 Georgians have until next Friday to provide missing information or they will lose their insurance exchange coverage Sept. 30. The regional administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told GHN on Friday that most of the data discrepancies involve immigration or citizenship issues (Miller, 8/29).Los Angeles Times: Shelley Rouillard Checks Up On Health Plans In California As director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, Shelley Rouillard is the chief regulator for health plans that cover more than 21 million Californians. She’s also a major player in the state’s implementation of the federal health law. … Her agency is currently investigating whether two of the state’s largest health insurers, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, violated state law in connection with their provider networks on Obamacare policies. “This department wants to make sure health plans are following the law and patients are getting care when they need it,” Rouillard said (Terhune, 8/31). Exchange Roundup: MNSure Bogs Down; Md. Consumers Drop Coverage This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Share this article Crime and Incidents “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Licon’s family as they grieve with us during this difficult time,” the CHP said in a statement.“Our hearts are heavy after the immeasurable loss of a friend, father, husband, and hero,” the CHP also said on Facebook.“Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here.” A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver on Interstate 15 near Lake Elsinore, officials said.The crash took place at around 4:30 p.m. on April 6. The officer was sent to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries, reported NBC Los Angeles. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Incredibly sad day for the family of Sgt Steve Licon, the CHP, & State of Calif. Sgt Licon was a great leader, valued member of the CHP family, & a dedicated public servant who sacrificed his life serving the people of Calif. Condolences to wife Ann, & daughters Marissa & Kelly. pic.twitter.com/avKiaiQ03T— Warren Stanley (@CHPCommissioner) April 7, 2019 The CHP identified the officer who died as Riverside Sgt. Steve Licon, who had been on the police force, according to the report. Before the accident, Licon was conducting a traffic stop when a gray Toyota Carolla crashed into his motorcycle, the CHP said. “Sgt Licon was a great leader, valued member of the CHP family, & a dedicated public servant who sacrificed his life serving the people of Calif. Condolences to wife Ann, & daughters Marissa & Kelly,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley wrote.Three people in all were hurt during the crash, and they were all transported to the hospital in unknown condition, according to the report. Just saw the procession for CHP Sgt. Steve Licon pass us by on Inland Valley Dr. They just left the hospital and are heading to the coroner’s office. @KTLA pic.twitter.com/oItuGwHJsd— Carlos Saucedo (@Carlos_Saucedo) April 7, 2019 Show Discussion “Just as we ride to honor officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice, we mourn the loss of another. Sgt Steve Licon of the CHP Riverside Area gave his life protecting & serving his community today. The thoughts & prayers of the LAPD are w/ his family & fellow officers tonight,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore tweeted.The incident took place on I-15 near Indian Truck Trail and Nichols Road, KTLA reported.Details about the crash were not provided to local news outlets.Traffic Stops Dangerous for PoliceIn recent weeks, there have been several dramatic instances of police getting involved in shootouts or getting into dangerous situations with suspects during traffic stops.On Sept. 18, a sheriff’s office in Colorado posted footage of a man rolling out of a stopped vehicle, pointing a gun at officers. “As he continued to advance out of the vehicle deputies shot [him] multiple times, fatally wounding him,” the office said.The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (pdf) said traffic stops are notoriously dangerous for police officers in the United States. The leading causes for officers being shot and killed in 2017 occurred when they were responding to domestic incidents and while conducting traffic stops, the group’s annual report states.And, according to the most recent figures published by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A greater percentage of male drivers (12 percent) than female drivers (8 percent) were stopped by police during 2011.” It adds: “In 2011, about 3 percent of traffic stops led to a search of the driver, the vehicle, or both. Police were more likely to search male drivers (4 percent) than female drivers (2 percent).” CHP Officer Killed by Suspected DUI Driver on Interstate 15 in Southern California By Jack Phillips April 7, 2019 Updated: April 7, 2019 Share A police car in a file photo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)