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Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Technology
Church spires could be used to boost mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas under an agreement between the UK government and the Church of England.The government has committed to achieving good-quality mobile connectivity across the UK by 2022.While the agreement encourages churches to sign up, they will still have to negotiate the usual planning process.Digital analysts welcomed the development but said "the devil would be in the detail"."Getting access to suitable sites, particularly in rural areas, has been a real challenge for mobile operators, so any initiative aimed at improving this will be welcomed by the industry," said Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research firm Assembly.Local agreements"What's not clear, though, is what the commercial relationship looks like. There ...
The Latest: Bureau defends Trump's oil and gas drilling plan

The Latest: Bureau defends Trump's oil and gas drilling plan

Technology
The Latest on complaints about offshore oil and gas drilling hearings (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A federal government bureau holding hearings over President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling has defended the plan despite boisterous protests. Drilling opponents held their own meeting in Hamilton, New Jersey, on Wednesday before a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting began. They're upset the bureau won't allow them to speak at a microphone. The bureau's chief environmental officer says everyone knows renewable energy is something that should be developed more but "renewables are not going to take the place of fossil fuels immediately." Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the environmental rally by video link before the bureau...
An $11 million opportunity: It’s time to think about your estate plan

An $11 million opportunity: It’s time to think about your estate plan

Finance
Here's a way for financial advisors to strengthen their client relationships: Start a chat about the legacy your client would like to leave for heirs.Such was the focal point of a panel Wednesday at the TD Ameritrade National LINC conference in Orlando."There is an opportunity for you to get into that conversation," said Michael Cyrs, a panelist and director of wealth advisory at Savant Capital. "It's a people conversation: You don't have to follow the estate-tax nuances we were dealing with in the past."The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has opened the door for financial advisors to have more meaningful conversations with their clients about their legacies – and to team up with estate-planning attorneys to update plans.The estate-tax exemption is now about $ 11 million for singles ($ 22 million fo
So you are a 401(k) plan ‘millionairess.’ Now what?

So you are a 401(k) plan ‘millionairess.’ Now what?

Finance
I recently read an article in The New York Times that detailed how, over the past 12 years, the number of women who have achieved "millionairess" status has doubled.Also, based on a recent Fidelity report that surveyed 15 million 401(k) plan participants, 20 percent of respondents with $ 1 million or more in retirement accounts are women. They invested wisely in stocks, saved more than 18 percent of their salaries and developed a consistent habit of contributing to their 401(k) plans. Many earn less than $ 150,000 annually, which makes the ability to reach this benchmark even more impressive.Achieving this goal doesn't change who you are, but it can change how you plan for your future. You worked hard and saved more, and now you have options. I've consulted with clients who have achieved t...
Northern Forest: Plan to plant 'ribbon of woodland' across England

Northern Forest: Plan to plant 'ribbon of woodland' across England

Science
Plans to create a new Northern Forest stretching from Liverpool to Hull have been kick-started by the government.It is providing £5.7m to increase tree cover along a belt spanning Manchester, Leeds and Bradford.The project will cost £500m over 25 years. The balance of the funds will need to be raised by charity.Environmentalists have welcomed the planned 50 million new trees, but say ministers must stop allowing ancient woodland to be felled.The UK has one of the lowest rates of woodland in Europe and the area to be covered by the Northern Forest is one of the most denuded in England, with tree cover less than 8%. The emphasis of the project will be to increase tree cover around major conurbations to 20%. There will also be a focus on river valleys, where there are benefits for flood prev