JD Power: Verizon Wireless ranks highest in wireless network quality performance

first_imgVerizon Wireless105 Northeast Region Average143 Northeast Region AT&T162 Overall network performance levels for wireless handsets differ depending on whether devices are used for voice calling, text messaging or data service, according to the J.D. Power and Associates U.S. 2011 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study(SM)’Volume 2 released today.The study finds that overall network performance varies widely by the type of activity being performed on the handset. For example, there are more reported problems among wireless customers while placing calls, compared with messaging and data-related activities. Overall, problems associated with calling, such as dropped calls, initial disconnects and audio issues, average 18 PP100. This compares with a reported 16 PP100 average for data-related issues, such as Web and email connection errors and excessively slow downloads. An even lower PP100 average is reported for messaging problems (5 PP100), such as transmission failures and late text messages.In addition, the specific types of problems experienced can vary greatly within each usage type. Among customers who report data-related issues, there are more reported problems for excessively slow downloads (19 PP100), compared with Web connection failures (11 PP100) or email failures (6 PP100). The same holds true for specific problems associated with making calls. There are more reported problems related to general audio issues, such as interference or voice distortion, compared with failed/late voice messages (8 PP100 vs. 5 PP100, respectively).”Based on the varying degree of consistency with overall network performance, it’s critical that wireless carriers continue to invest in improving both the voice quality and data connection-related issues that customers continue to experience,” said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power and Associates.According to Parsons, there is a financial impact in providing a high-performing network, as spending increases by an average of $10 per customer among those who have switched from a previous carrier to obtain a better network/coverage, compared with those who leave for other reasons.Now in its ninth year, the semiannual study has been expanded in 2011 to collect evaluations from wireless customers’ most recent usage activities in three areas that impact the network performance: calling, messaging and data. Overall network performance is based on 10 problem areas that impact the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web connection errors; email connection errors; and slow downloads. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) network connections, where a lower score reflects fewer problems and better network performance. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Northeast; Mid-Atlantic; Southeast; North Central; Southwest; and West.For a 14th consecutive reporting period, Verizon Wireless ranks highest in the Northeast region. Verizon Wireless achieves fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, initial connections, transmission failures and late text messages, compared with the regional averages. Verizon Wireless also ranks highest in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and West regions.In the North Central region, U.S. Cellular ranks highest for a 12th consecutive reporting period. Compared with the regional average, U.S. Cellular has fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, failed initial connections, audio problems, failed voice mails and lost calls.Additional study findings include:Wireless usage patterns continue to evolve, as fewer calls are being made or received. On average, wireless customers use 450 minutes per month, a decline of 77 minutes from 527 in 2009. Customers are using their devices more often for text messaging. The study finds that wireless customers sent/received an average of 39 text messages during an average two-day period. During the course of a month, this equals more than 500 incoming/outgoing text messages.On average, smartphone customers continue to experience more problems than do traditional handset customers’14PP100 vs. 12PP100, respectively. However, the largest gaps in reported problem rates occur with both calling and data activity. In these areas, problem rates among smartphone customers average 4 PP100 higher than among traditional device customers.Among the top 30 U.S. markets, average problem rates are lowest among wireless customers in the Salt Lake City market (9 PP100), and highest among wireless customers in the Sacramentomarket (16 PP100).The 2011 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study’Volume 2 is based on responses from 22,110 wireless customers. The study was fielded between January and June 2011.For more information on customer satisfaction with wireless service, wireless retail sales, cell phone handsets, customer care, prepaid wireless service and business wireless service, please visitJDPower.com.Network Performance PP100 Rankings T-Mobile153center_img Sprint Nextel153 CarrierIndex scoreJDPower.com Power Circle Ratings  For Consumers Included in the Northeast Region are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. 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Sterling Brown Agrees to $750,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Against Milwaukee

first_imgThe Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown has reached a tentative agreement under which he would receive $750,000 to settle a lawsuit that he filed against the city in 2018, after the police used a Taser to subdue and arrest him in a confrontation over a parking violation.Details of the agreement, which requires the approval of the Milwaukee Common Council, are included in a letter of recommendation that the city attorney, Tearman Spencer, sent to the council on Wednesday. On Friday, Mr. Brown signed the agreement, which would include an admission of a constitutional violation by the city and a commitment to changes in operating procedures by the Police Department.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Video of the episode shows officers pushing Mr. Brown to the ground at one point and using a Taser on him after he did not immediately take his hands out of his pockets when ordered to do so. The police did not pursue criminal charges against Mr. Brown.Mr. Brown contended in his original complaint that the police officers used excessive force because he is Black. Mr. Spencer’s office and the president of the Common Council did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails on Monday afternoon, and it was unclear when the Council would consider the recommendation.Mr. Brown’s lawyer, Mark Thomsen, declined to comment on the tentative agreement on Monday.In a statement on Monday, the Bucks said the team was “pleased that Sterling’s lawsuit has been mutually resolved.” – Advertisement – Speaking about the confrontation on “Good Morning America” in 2018, the Milwaukee Bucks guard said he was angered every time he watched the footage because he felt “defenseless.”Mr. Spencer, the Milwaukee city attorney, wrote in his letter to the council that he recommended the settlement “because of the unpredictability of a trial, and the city’s risk for exposure to compensatory and punitive damages, as well as additional attorney fees and costs.”The announcement came after months of protests against police brutality and calls for police reform across the country. Mr. Spencer’s letter expressed a commitment to changes in the Milwaukee Police Department’s operating procedures, though details were not specified. “No one should ever have to go through the horrifying abuse and injustice that Sterling experienced,” the Bucks said. “We commend Sterling for his courageous response to this terrible situation by repeatedly sharing his story and working tirelessly with countless local groups and organizations to help make change in our community.”In 2019, Mr. Brown rejected a settlement offer by the city for $400,000 because it did not include an admission of guilt by the city, Mr. Thomsen said at the time.A Milwaukee police officer confronted Mr. Brown in January 2018, because his car was parked in a handicapped spot. The situation escalated quickly with multiple police vehicles being called to the scene.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Covid: India’s festival season doesn’t stop for coronavirus

first_imgMillions of people are marking the Hindu festival of Diwali in India, but as shoppers pack markets in the capital, Delhi, there are concerns over rising coronavirus cases.Doctors say they’re fearful of a medical emergency.- Advertisement – India already has the second highest number of Covid cases worldwide, but a relatively low death rate. The country’s prime minister has so far ruled out a second lockdown. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

For the fourth year in a row, Istria is the best olive growing region in the world

first_imgThe best region in the world in terms of extra virgin olive oil is again Istria, for the fourth time in a row. The Tourist Board of the Istrian County has been coordinating Istrian olive growers from the very beginning and is considered a link between the oil mill and the Roman publishing house. “The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Road project demonstrates the success of private-public cooperation in the best possible way. The public sector has provided the environment and conditions for raising new plantations. Tourism has recognized the extraordinary potential in all this. He initiated education, public opinion, designed and organized a tourist product, and put Istrian olive growers in a position to show the world with their knowledge, effort and innovation that Istrian extra virgin olive oil is one of the world’s top extra quality. And not only that, nowhere in the world is there in such a small area as Istria, so many beautiful, well-equipped and professionally organized and guided olive itineraries that are today a real tourist attractionSaid the director of the Istria County Tourist Board Denis Ivošević. Among 500 EDMU in the world, 15,8% come from Istria, and in the TOP / 20 Oleum Maris from Vodnjan was named the best “company on the rise” in the world Istrian olive growers are in the company of exactly 500 of the best olive oils in the world, which means that Istria has a share of as much as 15,8 percent in the world production of premium extra virgin olive oils. A total of 79 Istrian olive growers are included in the prestigious guide Flos Olei 2019 It is an immeasurable success for Istria, where the tradition of olive growing has lasted for more than two millennia, and this kind of global success certainly contributes to the branding of Istria as a gastronomic destination.  Yesterday in Motovun, at the Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich, a presentation and distribution of the Flos Olei 2019 guide was held, where for the fourth year in a row Istria was declared the best olive growing region in the world. The popular publication Flos Olei 2019, which is considered the bible of extra virgin olive oils, includes 81 oils from Croatia, of which as many as 79 samples are from Istria, and two from Dalmatia. Interestingly, most olive growers achieved better results compared to the previous year, which is evidence of significant work on raising the quality and application of the latest scientific and technological achievements in olive growing. Marco Oreggia, founder and publisher of the famous Flos Olei guide and one of the most influential opinion leaders on extra virgin olive oils, said Floe Olei’s guide to the world of extra virgin olive oil has reached its tenth birthday and kept an intact view of high quality extra virgin olive oil. oil. “It has been 15 years since Istria debuted in our guide. These were years of great growth, thanks to a vital institutional impulse that recognized the potential and valorized the sector by supporting and monitoring producers, either in the process of recovering a tradition that is firmly rooted in Istria, or in improving quality levels. Today we can say that family farms have finally blossomed: plantations are expanding and growing, and investments in technology are also significant. They used to be small family farms, which gradually became and are becoming larger and more structured companies able to increase their production and present themselves on international markets. “Said Orreggia and concluded that Croatia, which is almost entirely represented by the Istrian region, so small compared to traditionally productive giants, is definitely becoming visible in scope and in its entirety is presented as a reality of high quality. Finally, it should be emphasized that the recent Istrian extra virgin olive oil is protected by a label of origin at the EU level. More on that in the attachment. Attachment: EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL “ISTRIA” PROTECTED AT THE LEVEL OF THE EUROPEAN UNIONlast_img read more

Spain overtakes China with 3,434 virus deaths

first_imgNATO help sought The announcement came a day after Spain’s armed forces asked NATO for humanitarian assistance to secure supplies to help curb the spread of the virus both in the military and in the civilian population. The request specified 450,000 respirators, 500,000 rapid testing kits, 500 ventilators and 1.5 million surgical masks.Despite the national lockdown imposed on March 14, which is to be extended until April 11, both deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officials warning this week would be particularly bad. “We are approaching the peak,” the ministry’s emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon said in announcing the figures.Health authorities are hoping it will soon become clear whether the lockdown is having the desired effect.The Madrid region has suffered the brunt of the epidemic with 14,597 infections — just under a third of the total — and 1,825 deaths, or 53 percent of the national figure. Madrid mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida warned the coming days would be “complicated” “psychologically” for the entire city. Spain’s coronavirus death toll overtook that of China on Wednesday, rising to 3,434 after another 738 people died as Madrid announced a multi-million-euro deal with Beijing for critical supplies.The spike in fatalities means that across the globe, only Italy — with 7,503 deaths — now has a higher death toll than Spain.In China, where the virus emerged late last year, the COVID-19 epidemic has claimed 3,281 lives.  Topics : The latest figures were announced as Spain entered the 11th day of an unprecedented lockdown to try and rein in the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has now infected 47,610 people, the health ministry said.Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, who has been in hospital since Monday, has tested positive for the virus and is improving, the government said.Two other ministers in Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government are infected.The surge in numbers has brought the medical system to the brink of collapse, with Spain struggling with a lack of medical supplies for testing, treatment and the protection of frontline workers, and a growing number of cases among healthcare personnel with more than 5,400 infected. center_img To address the shortages, Health Minister Salvador Illa said the government had inked a major deal with China. Worth some 432 million euros ($467 million), the deal will cover 550 million masks, 5.5 million rapid test kits, 950 respirators and 11 million pairs of gloves, he told a televised news conference.”We have secured entire production chains [in China] which will be working solely for the Spanish government,” he said. The supplies will be delivered “on a staggered basis, every week, with the first — a major delivery — arriving at the end of this week,” he said. He also said Spain would continue producing its own materials on a national level.  Airbus resumes productionWith hospitals on the brink of collapse, troops have set up a massive field hospital in Madrid’s vast IFEMA exhibition center which currently has 1,500 beds but which could be expanded to take in up to 5,500 people — making it the largest hospital in Spain.And with the city’s funeral services overwhelmed, officials have commandeered the Palacio de Hielo ice skating rink to serve as a temporary morgue. In a separate development, unions have been up in arms over a decision by Airbus to resume production in Spain, despite the outbreak, saying it endangered workers’ lives. So far, a total of 138 employees have tested positive for the virus with hundreds more in quarantine, but the European plane-maker resumed production on Monday, prompting unions to call an indefinite strike.last_img read more

Iraqi man arrested for assaulting, robbing transgender woman in East Java

first_imgWhen the victim’s neighbors found out about the incident WH attempted to escape but lost his way and got stuck in the building’s attic, according to the police.The police captured WH and seized what were believed to be AFH’s belongings in his bag, including two mobile phones and a motorcycle key.Solekhan said that WH and AHF were not in a relationship and they had only met each other four times — when they communicated with the help of translation app — following their first interaction through social media.From the conversation between WH and AFH, the police believe that the suspect had the intention of robbing the victim.“[WH] often told the victim that he needed money and that he wanted to borrow some money from her,” Solekhan said as quoted by kompas.com.WH is currently being detained at the Jember Police headquarters. He has been charged under Article 365 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on aggravated robbery and Article 351 of the KUHP on assault with a maximum punishment of 12 years’ imprisonment. (dpk)Topics : Jember Police chief First Insp. Solekhan Arif said that WH had gone to visit AHF with the supposed intention of a sexual encounter.After AHF let WH in the latter immediately grabbed the victim from behind and threatened to stab her, Solekhan said.AFH fought back sustaining wounds to her hands and chest.“The suspect cannot speak Indonesian. He didn’t say anything, he just immediately hit the victim,” Solekhan said on Tuesday. The police in Jember, East Java, have arrested and named an Iraqi citizen a suspect for assaulting and robbing a 30-year-old transwoman from the province’s Bondowoso regency.The suspect, identified only as WH, 40, allegedly stabbed his victim, identified only as AHF, when he visited her at her rooming house on Monday.last_img read more

Dutch schemes’ exodus from hedge funds continues

first_imgThe funds indicated that an important reason for the decision was that their investments had not produced the added value they expected.They made clear that the returns of the relatively expensive asset class had been disappointing, and sometimes even yielded negative results.In addition to the argument about costs and returns, the Avebe scheme said that its fiduciary manager, TKP Investments, had indicated that it was unlikely that hedge funds would generate better results for the short term.SPH, the €10bn Dutch pension fund for doctors, also decided to cut its hedge fund allocation last year, citing costs and complexity. Despite shrinking overall allocations, Pensioen Pro said that it had found one pension fund that had increased its exposure to hedge funds last year.The €3.6bn occupation scheme for physiotherapists (Fysiotherapeuten) said it had to shift assets to its hedge funds portfolio in order to stick to its strategic allocation of 4%, following an increase of its total assets.In December, analysis by Pensioen Pro found that hedge funds had generated a return of 19.8% for Dutch pension schemes between the start of 2013 and the middle of 2017.Access Pensioen Pro’s original article here (in Dutch). The trend of Dutch pension funds abandoning hedge funds is continuing, according to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.Citing statistical figures from supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), it said the total amount Dutch schemes have allocated to hedge funds fell again last year to €23.6bn.At the end of 2016 combined investment in hedge funds was €25.5bn, down from roughly €30bn the previous year.Additional research by Pensioen Pro showed that, for example, the pension funds Randstad (€1.1bn), Avebe (€230m) and Van Lanschot (€989n) decided to divest their holdings in funds-of-hedge-funds last year.last_img read more

​Chelsea’s Lampard considers return of Ancelotti

first_img Current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard played in that team and was asked what kind of reception the Italian will get. “A very good one,” he said. “He’s very well respected in-house and by the fans. He is a gentleman, a fantastic manager. It was a good season under him (2009-10).Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti return to Stamford Bridge after helping Chelsea win the double in the first of his two years as Blues boss. “He’s a great man-manager. On a personal level, he’s great at striking up relationships. He’s good tactically and has a great manner. I kept in touch with him now and again.” Read Also:Lampard to look at goalkeeper options at end of season Asked if he was surprised Ancelotti got sacked after his second season, Lampard added: “I wasn’t surprised. This is football and these things happen.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Gratuity pay for Bacolod workers sought

first_imgBACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio “Bing”Leonardia asked companies in this city to consider giving gratuity pay fortheir employees affected by the nearly month-long general community quarantineagainst coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). PHOTO BY BACOLOD CITY PIO The advisory cited that the negativeimpact of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses cannot be overlooked. “Our low-income earners shouldalso be able to sustain the needs of their families during the quarantineperiod.With the implementation of Department of Labor and Employment AdvisoryNo.9, series of 2020 by some, if not by majority of businesses, employees arenow facing consequences,” it added. He added the gratuity pay “is such acompassionate act that surely softens the impact crisis on these employees.” Leonardia said, under this scenariothe employees will not be able to sustain themselves in the event of aprolonged quarantine and especially if we level up to an EnhancedCommunity Quarantine where offices and businesses will be closed.center_img It further cited, one of these is theimpact of “no work, no pay” policy in case of reduced working hoursdue to flexible work arrangements. Edgar Sy, proprietor of O’Hotel and OResidences, proposed that the said benefit may also be advanced in part or infull. He recently issued Executive Advisoryfollowing their consultation with a group of business owners in this city onMarch 19, that part that they had tackled was the plight of the employees ofthe businessmen-to work out and pay at least a one-month gratuity for theiremployees during this period of community quarantine on top of their salariesand 13th month pay. Leonardia urged that all non-essentialbusinesses should adopt flexible work arrangements by reducing the numberof working days for their out-of-town employees./PNlast_img read more

Run 2 Respond Relay to finish in Hancock County

first_imgCRANBERRY ISLES — The Run 2 Respond Relay is set to reach Hancock County in the coming days as competitors approach the finish line on Great Cranberry Island.The event, which began last Wednesday in Maryland and raises money for firefighters and other emergency responders, is set to reach Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island in the afternoon tomorrow, Aug. 17. Competitors will then be ferried to Great Cranberry, where the finish line will be awaiting them.Rob Benson, a minister from Bar Harbor, will attempt to swim three miles from Northeast Harbor to Great Cranberry for the 111th and final leg of the race. Also competing in the race will be world-renowned ultrarunner Michael Wardian, who won a total of seven marathons on all seven continents — Antarctica included — in seven days last January.Following the Run 2 Respond, runners will compete in the inaugural Cranberry 100. The 100-mile race will take runners across the island 50 times.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more