State changes food stamp rules for “able-bodied adults without dependents”

first_imgShare this story: Economy | Food | Government | State GovernmentState changes food stamp rules for “able-bodied adults without dependents”August 3, 2015 by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA Share:In this letter dated June 24, 2015, the state Department of Health and Social Services informs food stamp recipients of changes to the program.A change in state policy will end access to food stamps for thousands of Alaskans.A letter sent out from the Division of Public Assistance on June 24th to all state residents receiving Food Stamps says “able-bodied adults without dependents” who do not meet the program’s work requirements will no longer be eligible three months into the new year.Most food stamp recipients will not be affected. The work requirements hit those who are between ages 18 and 49, do not have a noted disability status, and have no dependents.But the letter has left many worried they will lose important access to food.“We received… five, six calls just in the last week,” said Derrick Pennington, who works for the LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center in Wasilla, although he added most of the clients he serves fall within the exempted categories.Still, Pennington said many feel unsure, “Folks who received the letter and are just really confused about whether or not their benefits are going to be impacted. ”Work requirements have been a contentious part of public assistance rules since a 1996 change to the federal laws. Alaska suspended the work requirements in 2004 because of high unemployment rates.The state’s Department of Health and Social Services has also fielded questions from concerned residents, according to Public Information Officer Sarana Schell. In an email, Schell wrote, “With improving economic conditions throughout the country, many states no longer qualify for these statewide waiver, including Alaska.”Officials have requested a waiver covering 28 borough and census areas, along with 155 Native villages where unemployment is 20 percent above the national average. The only area not covered by that request is Anchorage, where as many as 3,000 residents stand to be affected.Schell wrote the Public Assistance Director’s letter is intended to inform recipients about how to meet work requirements so as to keep as many people as possible qualified for the Food Stamps program.last_img read more

House Approves Resolution to Adopt 2007 Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System

first_imgRelatedHouse Approves Resolution to Adopt 2007 Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System RelatedHouse Approves Resolution to Adopt 2007 Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System House Approves Resolution to Adopt 2007 Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System UncategorizedFebruary 14, 2007 RelatedHouse Approves Resolution to Adopt 2007 Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding Systemcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A resolution seeking to implement the 2007 Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System was adopted in the House of Representatives yesterday (February 13).The Customs Tariff (Revision) (Amendment) Resolution 2007 was moved by Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Fitz Jackson.“The Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System regarded as the common language of international trade is the World Customs Organisation international multipurpose product nomenclature used as the basis for customs tariffs, and collection of international trade statistics,” explained Mr. Jackson.He further said that the System consisted of “a comprehensive classification system in which all commodities are classified and identified by six digital harmonized commodity description and coding system code”.“It represents a major contribution towards synchronization of customs and international trade procedures further contributing to international trade facilitation efforts,” Mr. Jackson noted.He also informed that the System is revised at regular intervals, to ensure that it reflects changes in technology and patterns of international trade. The Minister added that amendments to the fourth schedule of the Customs Tariff (Revision) Resolution 1972 contained 354 sets of amendments in response to present security, commercial, and technological developments.“The amendments were driven by changes in trade patterns and practices, technological progress, the necessity to clarify text to ensure uniform interpretation, and the need to make provision for specific social and environmental developments,” he further explained.The State Minister added that the changes included deletion of a number of headings and the merger of others, as well as the creation and the restructuring of new headings or subheadings. There is also the improvement in the wording of the classification to prevent misclassification and misunderstanding.“As a contracting party to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System convention, Jamaica is required to adopt these amendments with immediate effect,” said Mr. Jackson. The motion was supported by the Opposition. Advertisementslast_img read more

Two Projects Introduced at Beecham Primary to Increase Attendance

first_imgTwo Projects Introduced at Beecham Primary to Increase Attendance EducationNovember 28, 2009 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Two projects, aimed at bringing about an increase in attendance at the Beecham Primary School in St. Mary, are in progress at the institution, with support from the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.The projects are a pig rearing venture and a computer technology programme, which have been implemented as part of a policy initiative being driven by the Ministry of Education to address the problem of low attendance affecting some of the island’s primary schools.A total of $200,000 was donated by the Ministry of Education towards the establishment of the projects, while $180,000 was given by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.The computer technology project is aimed at arousing the interest of students, which should result in increased attendance, while the pig rearing project is expected to generate income, in order to provide financial assistance for needy students at the school.Both projects were launched at a ceremony at the school on November 23, which was attended by a wide cross section of persons, including members of the school fraternity, representatives of the business community and the University of the West Indies School of Education.Special guests at the function were Dr. Susan Henderson and Miss Jenny Jones of the University of the West Indies School of Education. They gave an overview of the Ministry of Education’s National School Attendance Programme, and reported on the progress being made by the initiative in the schools in which it has already been implemented.Keynote speaker was the Ministry of Education’s Territorial Education Officer for Western St. Mary, Mrs. Maureen Cunningham.She congratulated the school for conceptualising the projects and encouraged the students to aim at success by developing high self esteem and endeavouring to do their home work, attend school regularly and involve themselves in extra curricular activities. She also challenged the parents to become mentors for their children and exhorted them to always ensure that they embrace proper values and attitudes.Turning to the wider community, Mrs. Cunningham called on the members to give their full support to the school and encouraged them to view it as their own and ensure that it is protected.She challenged the teachers of the school to continue to play their part in nurturing the lives of the students by maintaining good pupil-teacher relationships, making lessons interesting and establishing a proper channel of communication between themselves and the students.During the function, seven members of the school’s Parent Teachers Association were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for the support they have given to the institution over the years. Those honoured were Mrs. Zenlyn Bariffe, Mrs. Georgett Bariffe, Mrs. Novelet Riley, Mr. Huddel Stubbs, Mrs. Gail Anderson, Mrs. Jesel Condel and Mrs. Lorain Burford. RelatedTwo Projects Introduced at Beecham Primary to Increase Attendancecenter_img RelatedTwo Projects Introduced at Beecham Primary to Increase Attendance RelatedTwo Projects Introduced at Beecham Primary to Increase Attendancelast_img read more

OPSS support new standard for battery safety

first_imgOPSS support new standard for battery safety In recent months OPSS has been working with consumers and businesses to raise awareness of the potential hazards posed to children by button batteries. This important work began following a report into undetected button battery ingestion in children by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) who recommended that:OPSS develops a strategy to improve button/coin cell battery safety by producing a fast-track standard covering/considering battery design, product casing, packaging and safe retailing practices.OPSS highlights to the general public the dangers of button/coin cell batteries.On 30 April 2021, the UK National Standards Body (BSI), sponsored by OPSS published the first standard to address the safety issues posed by button (non-lithium) and coin (lithium) batteries. The new Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standard, PAS 7055:2021, Button and coin batteries – Safety requirements – Specification, is aligned with The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR), which requires that new and used consumer products placed on the market are safe.Download the PAS 7055:2021, Button and coin batteries – Safety requirements – Specification for free.Graham Russell, Chief Executive of the Office for Product Safety and Standards said:As product design and technology evolves, batteries are now available in a wide range of consumer products. PAS 7055 is an important step for OPSS to help protect consumers and help businesses adopt a consistent approach to product design with button batteries.The standard has been developed by a steering group of consumers and experts from battery, retail and safety industries. The steering group consisted of:British and Irish Portable Battery Association (BIPBA)British Retail Consortium (BRC)BSI Consumer and Public Interest NetworkChild Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)Davies Development and Testing LtdElectrical Safety First (ESF)National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)UL LLCOffice for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)The PAS specifies safety requirements for button and coin batteries up to 32 mm in diameter to mitigate the risk of ingestion. It also defines the safety requirements for manufacturers and producers of button and coin batteries, including the consumer products that use them, and the retailers and distributors of these products. The requirements cover labelling, instructions and packaging, alignment of safety and health warnings, merchandising, safe disposal and product safety of typical consumer products using button and coin batteries. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:accident, British, children, Download, Government, healthcare, investigation, prevention, public interest, Retail, royal society, Russell, Society, technology, testing, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Op-ed: ‘Why would anyone object to a medically up-to-date (sex ed) curriculum?’

first_imgName*Email*Website guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabel Op-ed: ‘Why would anyone object to a medically up-to-date (sex ed) curriculum?’Posted by Andi Schwartz, Webmaster/Graphic DesignerDate: Thursday, November 21, 2019in: Columns, Opinionshare 0 SW Washington Parent’s Rights in Education members offer their views of Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors’ decision Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.comIf you testify in a court of law, you’re required to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  If you’re a reporter with left-leaning tendencies, you don’t have to worry about such demands. You get to cherry pick what suits your narrative and disregard the rest. SW Washington Parents’ Rights in Education members offer their views of Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors’ recent decision to not adopt “medically up-to-date” sexual health education curriculum.According to the narrative, Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) had the opportunity to adopt “medically up-to-date” sexual health education curriculum, but instead took a step back when they rescinded their policy to teach sex ed on Oct. 28th. Why would anyone object to a medically up-to-date curriculum?  If you were being told the whole truth you’d know that the proposed Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum, as it’s written, pushes the withdrawal method without telling kids about the 22 percent failure rate; tells them that emergency contraception can be taken for up to 5 days without telling them it’s much less effective on day 5; doesn’t provide the failure rates for condoms; talks about oral and anal sex without telling them the risks of each; and embraces transgender ideology and language without telling students that the vast majority of kids with gender dysphoria (80-95 percent) will identify with their natal sex before reaching adulthood.  Students also engage in various role-playing exercises regarding dating and sex that normalize teenage sex, and are repeatedly told they can obtain abortions, birth control, and STI testing without parental knowledge. The Co-Directors of Curriculum agreed to a few adjustments, but parents decided it wasn’t enough. But why withdraw sex-ed altogether?  The previous sex-ed curriculum was more acceptable, but the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) said it could no longer be used, creating the conundrum.  OSPI is also in the process of working with legislators (and Planned Parenthood) to mandate Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) be taught in all districts in the state. The board decided to suspend the BGPS requirement to teach sex-ed pending the outcome of the next legislative session when two bills mandating CSE statewide, SB 5395 and HB 2184, will be debated. The action caught the attention of Planned Parenthood, which promptly set up informational, strategy, and door knocking events (some since cancelled) in Battle Ground and elsewhere to push CSE, including a presentation in Longview with OSPI Sexual Health Education Program Supervisor, Laurie Dils.  Why is OSPI in bed (pun intended) with an organization that profits from peddling contraceptives, abortion, and now transgender treatments to teens? With such an effort to mandate CSE, you’d think parents must be clamoring for it.  Not so. 58 percent of respondents in OSPI’s own survey said they did not want CSE.   Further, a health impact review of SB 5395, couldn’t estimate the potential magnitude of impact on health outcomes, including changes in the rate of STIs or teen pregnancies. The school board directors spoke of their concerns about bullying, an area that FLASH is supposed to address, but also said that there are a number of Obama era policies still in place that are effectively tying their hands on how much they can do.  Instead of providing adequate consequences for bullies, we’re to believe a 2-3 week sex-ed curriculum is going to stop bullying. SW Washington Parent’s Rights in Education encourages parents to look at the sex-ed curriculum being taught in your school, talk to the school board, and opt your child out of instruction, though remember with these topics being integrated into other subjects, it’s nearly impossible to avoid them altogether.  For a good, basic sex-ed curriculum check online for the federally approved The Alternative. Then contact your legislators and tell them that curriculum decisions should be made at the local level. Parents have ultimate rights and responsibility for the care of their children, not school officials with an agenda, and the media who support them. SW Washington Parents’ Rights in Education AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark Countyshare 0 Previous : Battle Ground offers reduced utility rates for senior citizens with low income Next : Tracy Doriot elected as BIA of Washington State’s first vice presidentAdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. 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Phi Beta Kappa Kicks Off New Lecture Series April 14 At CU-Boulder

first_img Published: April 12, 2000 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The first of a new annual series of lectures given by Alpha of Colorado Phi Beta Kappa Scholars will be held Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Humanities Building, room 1B50, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A reception will follow. Professor Laurel Rasplica Rodd, chair of the East Asian Languages and Civilizations department, is the first scholar featured in the program. Her presentation, “The Day the Mountains Move: Yosano Akiko, 1878-1942,” is illustrated with slides and introduces this celebrated Japanese woman poet and social critic, whose extraordinary poetry, distinctly female voice and sharp critical eye make her one of the leading figures of 20th century Japan.Yosano is admired today for her new manifestation of women’s potential, both in her own life and in a body of poetry that assures her a permanent place in world literature. According to Jerry Peterson, president of Alpha of Colorado, the Campus Scholars program is modeled on the national Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars program, which in the past has brought scholars to the Boulder campus. The new program honors CU-Boulder scholars by providing opportunities for lectures in classes outside of the professors’ departments, in addition to public presentations. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and best-known scholastic honorary, recognizing outstanding graduates in the liberal arts, including all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Alpha of Colorado will initiate new members on April 23 at 5 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University Memorial Center. For more information, contact Jerry Peterson at (303) 492-2889.last_img read more

Auraria, 3 CU police departments sign pledge for mental health awareness

first_imgPublished: Sept. 11, 2019 The police departments that patrol all four University of Colorado campuses have signed a pledge to participate in the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) One Mind Campaign. This includes the CU Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Anschutz Medical Campus police departments, as well as the Auraria Police Department, which provides police services for the CU Denver campus. The campaign requires police departments to complete certain steps that aim for successful interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness.“We all know how important it is for our officers to understand how to help people we encounter who may be dealing with mental illness,” said CU Boulder Police Chief Doreen Jokerst. “By completing this program, we are committing to provide the best service to our community.”To complete the One Mind Campaign, police departments must pledge to implement the following steps:Establish a sustainable partnership with one or more community mental health organization(s)Develop and implement a policy addressing police response to persons affected by mental illnessTrain and certify all of the agency’s sworn officers in mental health first aid or other equivalent mental health awareness programProvide Crisis Intervention Team training to a minimum of 20 percent of the agency’s sworn officers“UCCS Police believes the One Mind Campaign will help our department to better understand the complexities of mental health calls for service,” said Marc Pino, chief of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Police Department. “We are excited by this partnership to better respond to our community.”Randy Repola, police chief at the Anschutz Medical Campus added that both sworn police officers and civilian staff will receive the training.“Partnering with community mental health efforts is consistent with our campus’ priority to escalate work in mental health and wellness,” he said. “We are acutely aware of the need for trained officers who are prepared to interact with persons experiencing mental health crisis in our community.”Chief Michael Phibbs of the Auraria Higher Education Center believes that “Understanding the difference between mental health issues and simple criminal behavior is critical to policing in urban environments. The One Mind Campaign will move law enforcement agencies in a positive direction to better serve all members of their community.”Under the One Mind Campaign guidelines, law enforcement agencies have 12 to 36 months to implement the four practices.Tags:2019 Newslast_img read more

State of the Campus: Fiscal resilience

first_imgDear Faculty and Staff,The pandemic has had a big financial impact across society, including universities. Recently, I spoke with Chief Financial Officer Carla Ho-a and Vice Provost Ann Schmiesing to talk about how it affects all of us, specifically:The hard truth about the budgetOur biggest financial riskAnd our financial outlookThis is the third and final installment of our State of the Campus conversations. In the first two we explored diversity, equity and inclusion and how we are coping with COVID. I think you’ll find what our panelists had to say very interesting.center_img Phil DiStefano Chancellorlast_img

Biden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the start

first_imgHomeNewsBiden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the start Jan. 16, 2021 at 5:00 amNewsBiden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the startGuest Author5 months agoBidenFile photo. Getting 100 million shots into Americans’ arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths.“You have my word: We will manage the hell out of this operation,” Biden said. But he also underscored a need for Congress to approve more money and for people to keep following basic precautions, such as wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and frequently washing their hands.“This is not a political issue,” Biden said. “This is about saving lives. I know it’s become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing to happen.”Biden spoke a day after unveiling a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” to confront the virus and provide temporary support for a shaky economy. About $400 billion of the plan is focused on measures aimed at controlling the virus. Those range from mass vaccination centers to more sophisticated scientific analysis of new strains and squads of local health workers to trace the contacts of infected people.On Friday, Biden pledged to maximize the available supply of vaccines and materials needed to administer them, using a Cold War-era law called the Defense Production Act to direct private manufacturing.He also seconded the Trump’s administration’s call earlier this week for states to start vaccinating more seniors, reaching those 65 and older as well as younger people with certain health problems. Until now states have been focused on inoculating health care workers, and some are starting to vaccinate people 75 and older. Relatively few are providing shots to people between 65 and 75.Another carryover from the Trump administration plan: Biden said he intends to mobilize local pharmacies to administer vaccines.Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert and emergency physician, said Biden should aim higher.“At this point, mass vaccination is our last and best chance to restoring normalcy,” she said. “There should be no expenses spared in the vaccine rollout. A hundred million in 100 days needs to be seen as only a start.”As Biden spoke, some governors blasted the Trump administration for what at least one said was “deception” in suggesting earlier this week a reserve of vaccine doses was ready to ship, augmenting supplies. An administration official said states have still not ordered all of the doses allocated to them, and called it a problem with states’ expectations.Biden committed to better communication with the states, to avoid surprises about how much vaccine they can expect. His plan calls for the federal government to fully reimburse states that mobilize their National Guard to help distribute vaccines.The plan comes as a divided nation is in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 389,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S.The political outlook for Biden’s rescue plan remains unclear, although a powerful business lobbying group welcomed its focus on controlling the pandemic.Biden has long held that economic recovery is inextricably linked with controlling the coronavirus.That squares with the judgment of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful business lobbying group and traditionally an adversary of Democrats. “We must defeat COVID before we can restore our economy and that requires turbocharging our vaccination efforts,” the Chamber said in a statement Thursday night that welcomed Biden’s plan but stopped short of endorsing it.Under Biden’s multipronged virus strategy, about $20 billion would be allocated for a more disciplined focus on vaccination, on top of some $8 billion already approved by Congress. Biden has called for setting up mass vaccination centers and sending mobile units to hard-to-reach areas.On Friday, he announced former FDA chief David Kessler as his chief science officer for the vaccine drive. Kessler has been advising Biden as a co-chair of his advisory board on the coronavirus pandemic. A pediatrician and attorney, he has emphasized the need to ease public concerns about the safety of the coronavirus vaccines. Confidence in the FDA’s review process is critical to ramping up the effort to vaccinate millions of Americans.With the backing of Congress and the expertise of private and government scientists, the Trump administration delivered two highly effective vaccines and more are on the way. Yet a month after the first shots were given, the nation’s vaccination campaign is off to a slow start with about 12.3 million doses administered out more than 31 million delivered, or 39%.About 10.6 million individuals have received first or second doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the American Hospital Association estimates that close to 246 million must be vaccinated to reach widespread or “herd” immunity by the summer. Vaccines currently available require to shots to be fully effective.Biden has called the vaccine rollout “a dismal failure so far.”“We need to be getting to more than 3 million vaccinations a day, rapidly,” said Wen.The plan also provides $50 billion to expand testing, which is seen as key to reopening most schools by the end of the new administration’s first 100 days. About $130 billion would be allocated to help schools reopen without risking further contagion.The plan would fund the hiring of 100,000 public health workers, to focus on encouraging people to get vaccinated and on tracing the contacts of those infected with the coronavirus.There’s also a proposal to boost investment in genetic sequencing, to help track new virus strains including the more contagious variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.Throughout the plan, there’s a focus on ensuring that minority communities that have borne the brunt of the pandemic are not shortchanged on vaccines and treatments, aides said.With the new proposals comes a call to redouble efforts on the basics.Biden is asking Americans to override their sense of pandemic fatigue and recommit to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding indoor gatherings, particularly larger ones. It’s still the surest way to slow the COVID-19 wave, with more than 4,400 deaths reported just on Tuesday.Tags :Bidenshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDumping Trump, Ditching MitchSMPD prepares for inauguration dayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Iliad mulls fundraising options

first_imgHome Iliad mulls fundraising options Chris Donkin Previous ArticleSoftBank hands Arm means to aggressively expandNext ArticleUS ratchets pressure on UK over Huawei XL Axiata cautions on slow growth Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 MAR 2019 Asia Iliad fixes on Italy wireline market movecenter_img France-based operator group Iliad began reviewing its options for 5,700 mobile sites as it seeks to raise cash to accelerate network rollout across its two markets.As part of its 2018 annual results statement, the company said it was looking into forming an “industrial partnership” with an unnamed investor to raise funds to speed-up infrastructure deployment and “maximise value creation”.It is not clear if the company is looking to sell-off the assets completely or divest a stake in the units.During 2018 Iliad entered its second market, Italy, though simultaneously the operator was losing subscribers in its home market as it changed its strategy to attract a higher ARPU base.In a statement, Iliad said its unit in France had moved to “less aggressive and more targeted promotions” during 2018 in addition to introducing new loyalty policies. During the year it lost 254,000 mobile subscribers in its home market, ending December with a base of 13.4 million.Iliad set up shop in Italy in May 2018, with a strategy based on significantly undercutting rivals’ pricing. It claimed “outstanding commercial success” having secured 2.8 million subscribers by the end of the year.Overall net profit for 2018 was €330 million, down 18.5 per cent year-on-year. Revenue in France fell 2 per cent year-on-year to €4.8 billion, due primarily to a decline in takings from its landline division. In Italy revenue was €125 million, resulting in an operating loss in the country of €52 million.Iliad’s net debt at the end of the year was €4 billion, up from €2.5 billion at end-2017, with high capital expenditure costs recorded in Italy as it continues to construct its network. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back MTN plots fintech, infrastructure spin-offs 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 Tags earningsIliadlast_img read more