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BT’s Openreach to build full-fibre internet ‘like fury’ after Ofcom move

BT’s Openreach to build full-fibre internet ‘like fury’ after Ofcom move

Technology
OpenreachBT has said it will "build like fury" to roll out full-fibre internet connections after new rules announced by the UK's telecoms regulator.Ofcom has decided not to impose price caps on full-fibre connections provided by the firm's Openreach subsidiary.This gives the company the certainty it had been looking for ahead of a planned £12bn investment.However, the decision lays Ofcom open to criticism that is has given a near-monopoly operator a generous deal.That could mean more expensive internet connections for the public than might have been the case.Ofcom also froze the price curbs it levels on what Openreach charges internet service providers for its slower copper-based connections.'Ramp up'Openreach lays down and maintains the fibre-optic cables involved as well as operating the...
Covid-19: Updated vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs

Covid-19: Updated vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs

Health
Dan KitwoodNew Covid vaccines to fight variants like the one from Brazil can be fast-tracked through the approval system, says the UK's regulator the MHRA. Current vaccines may not work as well against some variants and scientists are working on updating them now. But manufacturers will not need to seek brand new approval or do lengthy clinical studies. However they will need proof that the shots trigger protective antibodies in the blood.The aim is to shorten the process, where possible, so that vaccine approval could happen in weeks and months, not years. A similar fast-track method is already used for annual flu vaccines which regularly need updating to keep up with a virus that is constantly changing by mutating. The MHRA has issued guidance, along with authorities in Australia, Canad...
View: How the government can truly make India’s state-run banks efficient just like their private sector peers

View: How the government can truly make India’s state-run banks efficient just like their private sector peers

Finance
Budget 2021 has finally made long-awaited policy pronouncements of a reformist nature in the banking and financial sector. Governments are prone to make announcements that catch headlines, but soon fade away with only half-hearted implementation. One says this with the hindsight of the declaration of divestment of the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) in 2015 and later of Air India. But genuine enthusiasm arises from the fact that after declaring that GoI would privatise public sector banks (PSBs), set up an asset reconstruction company (ARC) and establish a development finance institution (DFI) among others, the administration has started to take steps to implement these. It is encouraging that the finance ministry has already sought timelines from ministries on getting the deci...

Some families could get more than $14,000 in new Covid relief. It’s looking more and more like universal basic income

Finance
Hinterhaus ProductionsAs Congress works to finalize its latest coronavirus relief bill, some American families are poised to receive a financial windfall.Between new $ 1,400 stimulus checks and an enhanced child tax credit, that could add up to more than $ 14,000 for some families."All of the focus has been on the $ 1,400 when, in reality, for a family of four, they should be focused on the $ 14,000," said Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst at Raymond James. Mills wrote about the potential income boost this week.The new stimulus checks would provide $ 1,400 per person, including child and adult dependents.More from Personal Finance:Lawmakers question whether new child tax credit is too much or too little Still no stimulus check? What that means for your tax return this year Small bus...
Survey: Heterosexual men like sports more than all other groups

Survey: Heterosexual men like sports more than all other groups

Science
Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Most Americans like sports at least a little bit, but according to new survey data, no demographic enjoys sports quite as much as heterosexual men. Of the 4,000 survey respondents asked about their interest in sports, just 11 percent said they weren't at all interested in sports. Nearly 90 percent of the country, it turns out, is at least a little bit of a sports fan. Advertisement In fact, results showed 40 percent of respondents deemed themselves passionate sports fans. For heterosexual men, the number was 60 percent. Approximately 40 percent of respondents who identified as heterosexual or lesbian females said they were "quite a bit" or "very much so" sports fans. Just 30 percent of gay men identified as passionate sports fans. Researchers detailed the results of thei...