Ireland reveals lockdown exit strategy


A week-by-week guide to the lifting of restrictions and when tourism might resume

The Irish government has laid out its five-stage strategy for easing lockdown, starting on May 18 with phase one and culminating on August 10 with phase five. 

The plan – which will only progress as per the schedule if the measures are working and they get the green light from the National Public Health Emergency Team – includes the re-opening of some hotels and holiday parks from July 20, and will allow tourists to travel offshore from August 10 at the very earliest.

Until then, government advice remains that all non-essential travel should be avoided; this including travel both into and from Ireland. Around three million British nationals usually visit the country each year. Its death toll (as of May 2) stands at 22, with 2,121 confirmed cases.

Of lockdown measures so far, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

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Edited Transcript of MA earnings conference call or presentation 29-Apr-20 1:00pm GMT


PURCHASE May 3, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Mastercard Inc earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 1:00:00pm GMT

* Ajaypal S. Banga

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC., Research Division – Senior Research Associate

BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division – MD in US Equity Research & Senior Analyst

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to Mastercard’s Q1 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please be advised that today’s conference is being recorded. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to hand the conference over to your presenter today, Executive Vice President of Investor Relations, Warren Kneeshaw. Please go ahead, sir.

Thank you, James. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for our first quarter 2020 earnings call. We hope you and your families and coworkers are all safe.

With me today are Ajay Banga , our Chief Executive Officer; … Read More

With campus life in question, high school seniors are wondering if they should still go away to college


Diego Castillo, a high school senior based in McAllen, Texas, spent months picturing a new life in Boston — he daydreamed of the friends he would meet, the places he would visit and the experiences he would have at his dream school, Boston University.

Yet when Castillo was notified that he had been accepted to BU last month, he didn’t rush to submit his enrollment deposit or procure a school ID and email.

“I had wanted to go to Boston University for a while. I wanted to get out of the state and explore,” Castillo told NBC News. “I was dead-set on it, but then the coronavirus happened and it made me reevaluate.”

As the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. grew, forcing high schools and colleges across the country to pivot to virtual learning, so did Castillo’s doubts about whether he should go away to school, particularly after he became

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Nokia & Sprint Augment 5G Network With Software Upgrade


In a concerted effort to deliver unparalleled network capacity, Nokia Corporation NOK collaborated with a leading wireless service provider — Sprint Corporation S — for the deployment of 5G network through a software upgrade on Nokia’s much-acclaimed AirScale solution. The partnership is likely to aid businesses and customers with reliable network connectivity, especially at a time when majority of communication service providers (CSPs) migrate toward experience-driven and automated 5G network operations.

Markedly, Nokia is focused on its strategy that centers on four priorities. The first priority is to lead in high-performance end-to-end networks with its CSP customers. The second priority is based on its relentless pursuit to expand network sales to select vertical markets, specifically energy, transportation, public sector, technical extra-large enterprises and webscale players. Building a strong standalone software business remains the third strategic priority. The fourth pillar aims to create new business and licensing opportunities in the consumer

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