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September 4, 2021

Netherlands and Ireland suspend rollout of Astrazeneca jab

first_imgIn a blog post, Facebook said it will also launch a tool providing users with information about where to get Covid-19 vaccines and adding a Covid-19 information area to its photo-sharing site Instagram. Dr Karina Butler, head of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac), said the country had taken the decision after Norway reported a “cluster of four serious, very rare, very serious clotting events… that would normally be involved and in younger people.” whatsapp Thailand, Denmark, Iceland and Norway all suspended vaccinations using the Astrazeneca jab last week during an investigation into a blood clot-related death of a patient in Denmark. German officials later U-turned on the figure, suggesting it had been a miscommunication from government ministers. But the headlines were enough to sow public mistrust in the vaccine across the continent.  Facebook this morning announced it will label all vaccine-related posts after the social media platform was accused of allowing misinformation to run rife. Astrazeneca has insisted there is no evidence of an increased risk of clotting due to its Covid vaccine, made in collaboration with the University of Oxford.  The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday there was no evidence of a link between the events and the jabs, stressing that “the vaccine’s benefits currently still outweigh the risks”. It urged countries to continue with their vaccination campaigns. Netherlands and Ireland suspend rollout of Astrazeneca jab Also Read: Netherlands and Ireland suspend rollout of Astrazeneca jab Erroneous reports in various German media outlets in January claimed the vaccine was only eight per cent effective in over-65s. “We can’t allow any doubts about the vaccine,” Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said. “We have to make sure everything is right, so it is wise to pause for now.” In a statement, the Dutch government said it was acting out of precaution following reports of possible serious side effects across the continent. Various other European countries, including Italy and Austria, have temporarily stopped using two different batches of the Astrazeneca vaccine, after reports of a “serious adverse event” linked to one batch in Italy, and a death and illness in Austria related to another batch. Poppy Wood The Netherlands followed suit this morning, announcing a similar two-week ban on the Astrazeneca vaccine. Ireland announced the two-week ban yesterday after Norway reported that one person had died and three had been admitted to hospital after receiving the shot. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse Also Read: Netherlands and Ireland suspend rollout of Astrazeneca jab “These very small but very rare serious events in people that you might not otherwise expect it, that raised a signal, a safety signal,” she said. Monday 15 March 2021 7:31 am whatsapp It added that the number of blood clots in people who have received the Astrazeneca vaccine is no higher than that seen in the general population. So far, 22 blood clots have been reported among the 3m people who have received the Astrazeneca jab as of 9 March. The Netherlands and Ireland have joined a growing list of countries that have temporarily suspended the rollout of the Astrazeneca vaccine over possible side effects. Share Show Comments ▼ Scepticism around the Astrazeneca vaccine has continued to amplify after false reports in German media earlier this year relating to its efficacy among older patients. Tags: Coronavirus Vaccinelast_img read more

August 24, 2021

Fishermen’s network creates map of ocean floor to reduce bycatch

first_imgFisheries | Science & Tech | SoutheastFishermen’s network creates map of ocean floor to reduce bycatchMarch 8, 2018 by Emily Kwong, KCAW Share:This screenshot from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information shows bathymetry data for an area near Sitka. Bathymetry is study of the floors of water bodies. (Creative Commons image by Jesse Varner)They say a rising tide lifts all boats, but what about a rising data set?The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association is nearing completion of a bathymetric map to help local fishermen catch more efficiently. The map was made possible through a network of small boat fishermen that have spent the past decade gathering data on the bottom of the sea floor.Stephen Rhoads was exploring the open ocean with the click of a mouse.“This is a great image of how good our data is getting,” he told a group of fellow fishermen.A bathymetric map that details the rise and fall of the ocean floor, Rhoads demonstrated the latest version during a workshop Tuesday afternoon.Sitka Sound is presented in vivid detail.“To the west of that is state data and to the east of that is our user data,” Rhoads said. “We’re getting pretty close on the shape of the bottom.”Fishermen have long used soundings to visualize in their mind what the seafloor looks like and target species known to gather near certain topographical features.With these maps, Rhoads is able to home in on those locations more precisely.Rhoads toggles with a slider, which paints the map with colors to represent different depths.“Most of the time when I’m fishing, I use the discrete mode because my brain gets stuck in, ‘Fish in the green, that’s where they’re at.’”The fishermen in the room are more than the future users of this product.They were its data scientists too, pinging the seafloor with echo sounds for years while out fishing.At the end of every season, the Fishery Conservation Network sent their data to the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association.Like pieces of a puzzle, the fishermen’s association reconciled the local data set with federal and state maps, working in concert with a software company called Nobletec TimeZero.Executive Director Linda Behnken said the result is one of the most complex bathymetric databases on the eastern side of the Gulf of Alaska.“ One-hundred-forty-million data points have been contributed. It’s been a lot of years getting to this point,” she said. “We’re really excited about the level of detail we have now and the quality of the maps.”The fishermen’s association is now ready to share these maps with the fishermen who helped make them. The .xyz file can be run on a $1,000 computer that supports the Nobletec software.Fishermen are invited to contribute to and cleanup the data set while out on the water.The goal of all of the bathymetry project is to make Sitka’s small boat fleet more competitive and efficient.Behnken said the project was born out of a desire to help the fleet target the fish they want and avoid the fish they don’t.“For example, halibut tend to be hard bottom areas rather than sandier, muddy bottom,” she said. “But if you get into hard bottom with too many pinnacles, then you get too many rockfish.”In addition to reducing bycatch, Behnken hopes the maps will help fishermen avoid areas that host sensitive species, like corals and sponge, and protect their gear.Fishermen can start downloading the database on March 15.The maps are available to all ALFA members in good standing at $600.The Nobletec software costs $3,000.All participating fishermen will sign user agreements pledging not to share the data outside of the network.Share this story:last_img read more

July 13, 2021

Global M&A activity goes above $3trn for the year – and healthcare takes the crown

first_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Share Global M&A activity goes above $3trn for the year – and healthcare takes the crown Tuesday 18 August 2015 7:16 am Sarah Spickernell center_img whatsapp The total value of global mergers and acquisitions has surpassed $3trn (£1.9trn) for 2015, according to figures released by Dealogic.  It is the fastest this point has been reached since 2007, when total activity went above $3trn on 23 July. In 2014 the point was not passed until November. The deal that pushed it above the mark was made last week on 11 August, when Carlyle Group and GIC made a $8bn bid for Symantec Corp’s Veritas data storage business.Healthcare the biggest sectorThe healthcare industry has been the queen of mergers and acquisitions this year, with total deals amounting to $482.3bn. We are only seven months in, and already this has exceeded the full year record of $430bn achieved by the industry in 2014.  Technology and oil & gas fall into second and third place, with total deals reaching $382bn and $294.2bn, respectively. The biggest individual deal goes to Royal Dutch Shell, which has a pending bid of $81.5bn for BG Group.  More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes whatsapp Tags: Mergers and acquisitionslast_img read more

June 21, 2021

Rare Van Gogh masterpiece sells for $15.4 million in Paris

RELATEDTOPICS Tom Brady rookie card sells for $2.25M at auction April 6, 2021 World’s most famous equation goes up for auction May 15, 2021 AdvertisementTags: auctionparisVan Gogh AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Rare Super Mario Bros. game sells for $660,000 April 5, 2021 PARIS (AP) – A rare painting by Vincent Van Gogh was sold at an auction Thursday by Sotheby’s Paris for 13.1 million euros ($15.4 million).The sale of the piece, “Street Scene in Montmartre,” was highly anticipated as it was one of the few paintings by the Dutch Impressionist master to still have been in private hands, reported the Associated Press.The auction house had expected it to sell for between 5 million euros and 8 million euros.The work had remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years, out of the public eye, reported AP. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments The painting was among over 30 works being sold by Sotheby’s on Thursday from masters including Modigliani, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Degas, Klee and Magritte. Advertisement AdvertisementThe painting depicts a windmill named the Pepper Mill, seen from the street under a bright sky, with a man, a woman and a little girl walking in front of wooden palisades that surrounded the place.Van Gogh painted the piece in 1887, one year after he moved to Paris and lived in Montmartre while he was lodging with his brother Theo.Van Gogh left the French capital in 1888 for southern France, where he lived until his death in 1890, reported AP. ‘I miss you:’ JFK’s letters to Swedish lover go up for auction May 7, 2021 read more

June 20, 2021

Strong Laois representation in first weekend of All Ireland League rugby season

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleJoe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 192 Renault Captur from €60 per weekNext articleManchester United striker makes young Laois boy’s dreams come through Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp Twitter There was a number of Laois players involved on the opening weekend of the top two divisions of the Energia All Ireland League.Laois players were involved with Shannon, Naas, Terenure and Old Wesley as the top club rugby competions in the country got underway.Ballacolla man Liam Hyland, who has played senior rugby with UCD and Garryowen, is now in the Terenure colours and was prop as Terenure got their season off to a good start in Division 1A with a 22-19 win away to Ulster side Ballynahinch. TAGSBryan CrokeCraig TelfordIan CondellKeith KavanaghLiam HylandLuke RigneyRory Stynes Pinterest GAA GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twittercenter_img Pinterest Strong Laois representation in first weekend of All Ireland League rugby season Home Sport Rugby Strong Laois representation in first weekend of All Ireland League rugby season SportRugby By Steven Miller – 8th October 2019 GAA Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Among his team-mates was Tim Schmidt, who is son of Ireland coach Joe, and was previously on the books of French giants Toulouse.In Division 1B, the famed Shannon club had two Laois players involved. Keith Kavanagh from Killenard, who has been with them for the past couple of seasons was scrum-half in their narrow 22-20 loss at home to Old Belvedere, while former Portlaoise underage player Luke Rigney made his debut off the bench in the front row.Rigney continues a proud rugby tradition for the Rigney family as his father Des played senior for Buccaneers along with his brothers Brian, Colm and Donal in the late 1990s/early 2000s.Rory Stynes kicked two conversions and a penalty for Old Wesley in their 1B win over Banbridge while Craig Telford and Ian Condell, who previously captained UL Bohs in Limerick, were on the bench.Elsewhere there was two Laois lads involved with the Naas team that were beaten 13-7 away to Armagh.Croke, who started out with Portlaoise and previously played with Boyne and more recently on his travels with clubs in London and Australia, was out-half while 18-year-old Craig Adams was on the wing.Craig is another who started out with Portlaoise and is in just his first year out of school having previously played a number of years senior cup rugby with Dublin school Kings Hospital.SEE ALSO – Connacht rugby debut for young Laois man RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

June 20, 2021

Moment in Time: Mountrath GAA awards night in 2009

first_img TAGS2009Moment in TimeMountrath Moment in Time: Mountrath GAA awards night in 2009 Previous articleCoronavirus: Six further deaths and 612 new cases as positive impact of vaccine showingNext articleJOB VACANCY: Laois Sawmills currently seeking to hire Loader Driver Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest When will we get nights like these again?Our dive into Alf Harvey’s archives this week brings back to February 2009 and a Mountrath GAA awards night.Held in Mountrath Golf Club, it was a straight-forward enough event.A few presentations, a bit to eat, a couple of drinks and some live music. What not to like?It’s the type of socialising, mixing, chatting and laughing the provides so many people with a simple form of enjoyment.The Strain the Spuds band kept the crowd entertained and as always Alf captured a selection of images.You can check out the images below and with a bit of luck we’ll see nights of this nature return once more at some stage in 2021.No doubt it’ll bring people down memory lane and the usual question – where did those years go at all?! Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Facebook Electric Picnic Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: Mountrath GAA awards night in 2009 We Are LaoisMoment in Time Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp SEE ALSO – Check out more great photos from 2009 By Steven Miller – 28th February 2021 Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date last_img read more

June 18, 2021

FINRA gets approval to require firms to report Treasury transactions

first_img “TRACE will provide an effective structure for FINRA members to report trades in Treasuries so that more information about this important market is available to regulators,” says Steven Joachim, executive vice president of transparency services at FINRA, in a news release. The initiative follows an episode of unexplained volatility in the U.S. Treasury markets in 2014, which pushed regulators to enhance their oversight in these markets. “The new requirement will significantly enhance the ability of FINRA and other regulators to understand trading activity in Treasury securities. Leveraging the existing TRACE platform will reduce the burden on firms to comply with the new reporting obligations,” Joachim added. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords BondCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Shining a brighter light on bond markets Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Fund managers invited into BoC backstopcenter_img Fed to weigh further options for aiding U.S. economy in peril The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced on Wednesday that its proposal to require its member firms to report transactions in Treasury securities to its Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) has received approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The requirement, which will take effect July 10, 2017, will apply to all U.S. Treasury securities except savings bonds. The new reporting requirement is intended to enhance regulatory oversight of the Treasury market, FINRA is not currently planning to publicly disseminate the data it collects. Related news James Langton last_img read more

June 16, 2021

Ground-Breaking App Turns Melbourne Into A Giant Game

first_imgGround-Breaking App Turns Melbourne Into A Giant Game VIC PremierWith school holidays in full swing, a major new creative project is inviting people of all ages back to the city by turning the CBD into a giant game.Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson joined artist, game maker and RMIT academic Dr Troy Innocent for a demonstration of 64 Ways of Being, a free game app that turns a walking tour of Melbourne into an audio theatre performance, a history exploration and an inspiring creative experience.Backed by the Andrews Labor Government through the Creative State Commissions program, the game, which can be accessed on any smartphone, uses augmented reality in the style of popular games like Pokémon Go. It was created by Dr Innocent, working with live arts collecting One Step At A Time Like This and game developer Millipede.Developed over two years, the project brought together more than 20 Victorian performers, coders, games developers, researchers, musicians, Traditional Owners, cultural groups and translators to research and select key sites across the city and find creative, immersive ways to bring their stories to life.The game traverses a three-kilometre trail across the city stretching from Parliament to Queensbridge by the Yarra River. Along the way, players will explore laneways and iconic sites where they will collect puzzle pieces, follow characters, or hear stories about the city.Players will learn about the river that once flowed down Elizabeth Street while watching eels swim around the trams via their smartphone. They might also meet a digital character in Croft Alley or uncover hidden worlds in Chinatown.The Creative State Commissions program was created to support ground-breaking creative ideas that boost Victoria’s reputation as a creative state, attract tourism and make a lasting impact on creative careers and the wider community.With the CBD game now live, the team plans to expand the game into other locations across Melbourne over the next 12 months including St Kilda, Footscray, Fitzroy and Collingwood with the potential to expand to other regions or to take this Victorian-made games model to other countries in future.The free 64 Ways of Being app can be downloaded from the Apple store and Google Play. For more information, visit  www.64waysofbeing.comAs stated by Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson“We are proud to back this local project that will showcase our great city in a new way and demonstrate once again why Victoria is the creative state and home of digital games.” “The 64 Ways of Being app puts Victorian innovation on show, providing opportunities for creative workers with a free, COVIDSafe activity that everyone can enjoy.”As stated by RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow and project lead Dr Troy Innocent“64 Ways of Being has been an amazing opportunity to collaborate with other creative practitioners. We’re really excited to see how Melburnians and visitors embrace it.” /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:Andrews, Apple, augmented reality, AusPol, Australia, China, Collingwood, demonstration, exploration, Google, Government, Melbourne, parliament, research fellow, RMIT, senior research fellow, Victoria, Yarralast_img read more

June 14, 2021

Focus on academics: What to do if you find yourself in academic ‘hot water’

first_imgAsk classmates to join you in a study group. A study group is convenient because each member brings his/her own strengths to contribute. Though you might not have the best grasp on one topic, it’s possible that you’ll be able to share your expertise in another topic area.Finally, take advantage of the numerous academic support offices available on campus. Your academic advisor is a great resource. He or she can assess your degree status, counsel you on your academic options and direct you to resources—both personal and academic—that can help you successfully navigate the end of the semester.Click here for more information about academic advising.Click here to learn about academic support resources.Click here for information about stress management and general health and wellness resources. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Get interactive with your notes: use highlighters, tabs, and underlining to emphasize important topics, vocabulary or concepts. The end of the semester is a stressful time for all college students, but even more so for those who may find themselves in academic “hot water.” Maybe you skipped a few too many lectures, or perhaps you didn’t properly prepare for an important test. Suddenly the thought of studying for final exams leaves you overwhelmed with anxiety.With just about a month before finals, there is still time to improve your academic standing and avoid or lessen the stress of desperately trying to improve your grades.For starters, assess your status in each of your classes so you can create an effective strategy for improvement. Meet with each of your instructors as soon as possible, and ask him/her for honest feedback about where you stand in the class and what opportunities exist for improvement through the end of the term. Though you can access some of your course grades online through Desire2Learn (D2L), by meeting with your instructors one-on-one you will also be able to ask for clarification about major course concepts or the format of upcoming exams.Start studying immediately! Study tips:Begin by going through your class notes. If you don’t have these, ask a classmate to borrow his/hers. Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: Nov. 12, 2015 Take short breaks during a long study session. This will give you a chance to process what you’re learning and refresh you for resuming your studying. Make your own flashcards, and consider reviewing them with a classmate. The more frequently you see course material the more likely you are to remember it. Take into account what kind of learner you are: if you are a visual learner, consider drawing diagrams that are based on course lectures.last_img read more

June 4, 2021

Wind mulls tower sale; awaits progress on 3 Italia merger — report

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 SEP 2014 3 ItaliaFinancialHutchison WhampoaItalytowersVimpelComWind Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: Globe wins appeal, China tower firm gets to work & moreNext ArticleMotorola launches $250 smartwatch; revamps Moto X, Moto G Wind in Italy is reported to be inviting bids to acquire 11,000 of the towers that support its network as talks between its parent Vimpelcom and Hutchison regarding a merger with 3 Italia stall.The potential deal in which a company would buy the towers and lease them back to Wind is likely to be worth at least €500 million and would help the operator reduce its debt, which stood at €9.6 billion at the end of June. Such a transaction would leave Wind with less than half of its masts.Sources said that Wind’s advisers have approached more than 30 potential bidders including Spanish toll road operator Abertis and infrastructure companies EI Towers, Macquarie, Antin, American Tower and Crown Castle.It is believed a shortlist of seven companies will be drawn up by the end of the month, with bids submitted thereafter.The deal for Wind and 3 Italia to merge has been held up by governance issues as well as Wind’s hefty debt, with a Reuters source claiming an agreement could end up being delayed until the first quarter of 2015.It was reported in June that 3 Italia’s owner Hutchison had resumed talks with Vimpelcom following the European approval of Telefonica’s benchmark acquisition of E-Plus in Germany, which, like the Wind-3 Italia deal, involved reducing the number of national operators from four to three.However, it is understood that after investing €500 million in Wind earlier this year, and with instability in its core markets of Russia and Ukraine, Vimpelcom isn’t desperate to dispose of its Italian business.The issue of control of the merged entity is also holding up talks: when talks resumed in June, Hutchison appeared to want majority control of the combined business, while Vimpelcom preferred an equal split.At the end of the second quarter, 3 Italia had 9.8 million connections, according to GSMA Intelligence figures. This made it the smallest operator in Italy behind Vodafone (26.9 million connections), Telecom Italia (25.6 million) and Wind (21.9 million).Going by these figures, the combination of 3 Italia and Wind would make the resultant business the market leader with just under 32 million connections. Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot Related Tags Google dismisses Italy claims of market position abuse Home Wind mulls tower sale; awaits progress on 3 Italia merger — report Author Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tim Ferguson Vantage augura nuevas fusiones y adquisiciones de torres en Europalast_img read more