TORONTO – A Canadian who survived the Second World War nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.Setsuko Thurlow, 85, was 13-years-old and living in Hiroshima when the U.S. dropped the first of two nuclear weapons on Japan.Thurlow, who married a Canadian and moved to Toronto in the 1950s, will accept the awards with the executive director of ICAN, Beatrice Fihn, in Oslo, Norway in December.ICAN says Thurlow has been a leading figure in its movement since its launch in 2007.ICAN says she played a key role in efforts at the United Nations to adapt a landmark treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.Thurlow has campaigned against nuclear weapons for her entire life and said in a release on Thursday that she is “deeply humbled” to be asked to be invited to the Nobel Prize ceremony.“It has been such a privilege to work with so many passionate and inspirational ICAN campaigners around the world over the past decade. The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful tool that we can now use to advance our cause,” she said.Nobel said earlier this year that it was recognizing ICAN for its work in drawing attention to the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”
CHICAGO — Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery fell 7.40 cents at $4.9020 a bushel; Sept. corn lost 7.20 cents at $4.0560 bushel; Sept. oats was off 2.40 cents at $2.55 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans was 4.20 cents lower at 8.7340 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Aug. live cattle was up .30 cent at $1.0788 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose .88 cent at $1.4220 a pound; Aug. lean hogs fell .58 cent at .8240 a pound.The Associated Press
On Friday, university heads bowed to lecturers’ demands and agreed to meet on Tuesday for talks with University and Colleges Union (UCU), which represents academic and campus staff. But a leaked email, seen by The Telegraph, discloses that the vice-Chancellor membership body Universities UK (UUK) will not go back on plans to make controversial changes to the pension scheme. Students face further disruption during the summer term, as a leaked letter reveals that university heads will refuse to alter their decision on pension reforms. Hours before… Lecturers are poised to escalate their protests in the coming months, threatening to wreak havoc on students who are due to sit their exams and finals.
After Larry Smith accepted his First Citizen award, he shared a list of the top 10 things he appreciates about the community.The 10th item on his list: volunteers.Actually, Smith’s own long list of volunteer contributions is why he was named First Citizen for 2017.While Smith built an impressive résumé as an Army officer, public administrator and then elected official, “This award isn’t about doing great things in your day job,” noted Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.“It is a recognition of what you do in your spare time, after work, in the evenings and on the weekends,” she said during Thursday’s event at WareHouse ’23. “Larry has done a ton.”Those community contributions were illustrated by a parade during the award ceremony. Marching down the middle of the room, participants waved placards representing some of the organizations and causes that have benefited from Smith’s involvement: The Parks Foundation of Clark County; Meals on Wheels People; Riverview Elementary Lunch Buddies; The Historic Trust; Community Military Appreciation Committee; Clark County Veterans Assistance Center; Council for the Homeless; and the American Red Cross of Southwest Washington.John Deeder, former Evergreen school superintendent, was one of several people who cited that community participation in supporting Smith’s nomination.“The thing about Larry, he is engaged in so many things,” Deeder said before the formal activities kicked off. “He is always about helping other people. He cares about this community.“He didn’t grow up here, but he made it his home,” Deeder added.The Army colonel and his family came here in 1989 when Smith served as the 104th Division’s senior Army adviser at Vancouver Barracks. When his 26-year Army hitch ended in 1991, Smith, wife Patti and their daughter Kirsten decided to stay.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen hailed the progress his old side have made in their backline over the past five yearsThe Reds will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign.Back then, under now-Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool nearly claimed their first English league title since 1990 – only to end up finishing two points behind winners Manchester City.But this season Liverpool are yet to lose a single one of their 18 games with just seven goals conceded in the process.And Owen is now backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to go one better this time around due to their improvements in defence.“They’ve got a better defence,” said Owen on the Premier League website.“You can look at [Daniel] Sturridge, [Raheem] Sterling and Suarez, and say, ‘Who’s the best?’ Those three, or [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah and [Roberto] Firmino, and you can debate it all night long.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But the facts of the matter are, their defence now, they don’t ever look like conceding.“Brilliant goalkeeper, brilliant back four, protection in front of that back four. They’re looking ominous.”Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville also agrees that Klopp’s team is better than the one coached by Rodgers five years ago.“They’re a better team than the Brendan Rodgers team,” said the six-time Premier League winner.“I know they had [Luis] Suarez, they had Steven Gerrard, but I think they’re a better team [now].“They’ve got a better squad, they’re playing better football, they’re in control, it’s worrying for us Man Utd fans that’s for sure.”Liverpool defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night.
Omar Qudrat on his campaign for the 52nd Congressional District Interview by Carlos Amezcua KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:14 PM KUSI Newsroom October 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In November, voters in the 52nd Congressional District will decide who will represent them on Capitol Hill. Republican candidate Omar Qudrat joined us on Good Morning San Diego to discuss his campaign.Omar’s campaign supplied KUSI with the following information about the candidate:A native Southern Californian, Omar is a former U.S. Department of Defense official and is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. Omar was a counter-terrorism Prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Defense where his office had worldwide jurisdiction over violations of the law of war committed by al Qaeda and associated forces. Omar spent 18 months in Afghanistan as a civilian Defense Department official. Omar is the son of immigrants from Afghanistan and his family fought hard for the American Dream. Omar is running to end veteran homelessness, modernize education, lift up our least well off, secure the nation, and protect the American Dream Posted: October 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
Microsoft has finally confirmed what many gamers have been concerned about for the past few weeks: the Xbox One requires an Internet connection in order to function.A new set of details under the heading of “Xbox One: Details on Connectivity, Licensing and Privacy Features” has been made live on Xbox.com confirming or putting to rest many of the rumors that have been circulating about the new console.Microsoft has been denying the Xbox One is an always connected device, and while that is true, you can’t use the machine for an extended period of time without one. The Xbox One must access the Internet once every 24 hours in order to continue to function as a games console. If you are logged in to a friend’s console, then a connection is required once every hour. Functionality including watching TV or disc based entertainment (DVDs, Blu-ray) can all be done offline, however.It has also been confirmed how game discs, licensing, and game trading/resales will work. Microsoft sees discs as just a way to get the game on to your console. Games must be installed and then exist solely on your hard drive with a copy also available in the cloud. That cloud copy means you can log in to other consoles and continue playing the game. You can also allow up to 10 family members to play your games from their accounts.There’s bad news for those of us who enjoy trading or reselling games, though. Microsoft is allowing game licenses to be sold for cash or credit with a retailer, but the ability to do this for specific titles is decided by the publisher. So if EA release a new Madden on Xbox One, for example, they can block trading or resales if they so wish or demand a fee be paid for doing so. I fear many publishers will choose to at least charge a fee, but trade-in blocking could become popular.The same is true if you want to give a game you’ve bought to a friend to try. Microsoft allows you to transfer the license to another owner only once, and for a maximum lending period of 30 days. Again, publishers can block this feature for any and all games if they wish.Microsoft also tackles privacy, which has been a concern due to the Xbox One always being turned on in some form. It has been made clear you can switch the console off almost completely, to the point where it is only listening for voice commands to turn itself back on. Kinect can be left on, put into a paused state, or turned off completely even when playing games. Microsoft also makes it clear no personal data leaves the Xbox One without you first giving your permission to share it. It sounds like this can be done on a per game basis, so expect lots of “Do you agree to share…” confirmation screens during installs.By releasing this new information Microsoft is definitely changing the landscape for console gaming. Regardless of how they spin it, you can’t own and use this console as a games playing device without it be hooked up to the Internet. For many, I think that’s going to be a deal breaker, and if the PS4 doesn’t have such a requirement then it will become the only next-gen console a (substantial?) section of the gaming community will consider buying.
It is not often that you walk up to a restaurant in Delhi and bump into a queue. Unless of course, it is age-old favourites like Karim’s (the Jama Masjid outlet) or Khan Chacha. And of course there is Big Chill which continues to be a hot favourite. Of course, the Pizza Huts and McDonald’s of the world do not count. But from the queue we saw when we went to Nando’s for a review (other restaurants in the mall were pretty full too, to be fair. But none of them really had a bunch of 15-20 people waiting outside), we could safely say that the international chain, which has opened its outlet in a south Delhi mall, can be added to the list. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The place has a chirpy feel and is spread over a fairly large area. African art adorns the walls. The service is prompt and the staff is helpful. Their signature is their Peri Peri chicken which they serve in enormous quantities (a quarter plate will be more than enough for three people). You can have the juicy, tender chicken on its own or pair it with side dishes like rice to make it a complete meal. What I liked about the place is that it gives you an option to choose your spice level. So even if you are not too fond of spicy stuff, you can still enjoy a flavourful meal (because all their chicken is marinated, as the menu clearly mentions) without getting too worked up by the hot sauces. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo some extent the place will remind you of KFC, only here you can find more options. Though it is essentially a chicken place (their international outlets are almost all about chicken), vegetarian dishes have been incorporated in the menu perhaps keeping India in mind. DETAILAt: Nando’s, 315 & 316, 2nd Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant KunjTimings: Noon to 11.30 pm Meal for two: Rs 1,000 approx
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WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A horrific motor vehicle accident on the St Chad’s road today (October 1) saw two Quantum taxis colliding head-on.The accident took place just before the Ezakheni turn-off, leaving bystanders in disbelief that there were no fatalities.One of the taxis was allegedly picking up passengers at the side of the road when the accident happened.Two people sustained moderate injuries and five minor injuries.Police, Public Safety, medical emergency services and towing personnel were on scene.
Simpler procedures to change gender identity and legally allowing gay couples to adopt are the next challenges for the island’s LGBTI community, which has seen great strides in how it is treated over the last year.Tuesday was the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), which also marked the beginning of the third Pride Festival in Cyprus that will culminate in the Pride Parade in Nicosia on May 28.The international day aims to bring to the fore, the “stigma and prejudice” faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) community in Cyprus, ie “10 per cent of the population, some 85,000 Cypriots”, head of rights group ACCEPT Costas Gavrielides said on Tuesday.“The vision of ACCEPT is a society without discriminations and prejudices, based on respect for every citizen and the acceptance of his or her diversity especially when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity,” Gavrielides said.For the first time we can speak of achieving great goals, he added, as last year the law on cohabitation agreements was passed, as well as the criminalisation of public incitement to violence or hatred due to homophobia or transphobia. In addition to this, very successful pride festivals and parades were held in the last two years, he said.These acts have seen Cyprus climb the annual list prepared by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) that reflects the legal and human rights situation for LGBTI people in European countries.“For the first time our country does not rank last among EU countries. For the first time we have moved from 28th to the 19th place,” Gavrielides said.Our score rose from 18 per cent to 32 per cent, while among 49 countries worldwide, Cyprus has this year moved up from the 39th to the 26th place, Gavrielides said.“We are on a good track but a lot remains to be done as Cyprus is still below the EU average,” he said.To reach the EU average, “Cyprus still needs to take steps to safeguard equal treatment in providing services, education and health”, Gavrielides said, as well as “equality in family through the choice of civil marriage for homosexual couples, adoption, legal recognition of gender identity without humiliating medical procedures and proper implementation of decisions for LGBTI asylum seekers.“The prohibition of adoption by homosexual couples is unconstitutional and we call on the Supreme court to examine it,” he added.The group also said that “the prohibition of medically assisted reproduction for lesbians, and the choice of surrogacy for homosexual couples” was unconstitutional as it is discriminatory. “The state should not dictate to its people how to live their lives nor forbid them to have families”.It is time, Gavrielides said, for the discussion to begin on the legal change of gender identity for trans people. That is, “the legal procedure by which trans people may change their name and their gender, according to how they feel and not how the state categorises them”.The legal recognition of gender change is very important as it will make day to day issues much simpler for trans people like picking up parcels, opening a bank account, applying for utility services, or even using a personalised card for public road transportation.“All these could be a problem if a person’s gender identity is not the same as that indicated on their ID card, or other official documents,” he said. “They are treated as using fake documents and they are forced to reveal they are trans without them wanting to do so. This violates their right for privacy”.He added that many trans people are excluded from society and the job market.President Nicos Anastasiades sent out a message on the occasion of IDAHO; “We recognise and respect fundamental human rights. Avoiding discrimination (is) among our top values,” he tweeted on Tuesday.And on Tuesday the Aglandjia municipality became the first local government authority to hoist the rainbow flag, Gavrielides said, with the Turkish Cypriot Nicosia municipality hoisted the rainbow flag near the Ledra street crossing in the north.The Pride Festival, which takes place between May 17 and 28, includes film screenings, plays, a human library, a book presentation, a public discussion, a street play, and free AIDS HIV tests in Nicosia and Limassol.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Tags: FOIA Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township says he supports bipartisan legislation introduced today to make state government more transparent.“This is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan,” Reilly said.Reilly joined colleagues in the announcement of the bill package to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls for a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators, called the Legislative Open Records Act.“I believe government should be held accountable to the people they serve,” he said.Michigan is one of just two states where public records disclosure does not apply to the governor’s office.The Legislative Open Records Act would exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the lawmaker’s district, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.Today’s bill package introduction comes in the wake of the House’s recent announcement that its website now includes the salary information of every representative and employee, another move toward increased transparency.### 01Feb Reilly on board with new state government transparency initiative
Categories: Eisen News House approves historic reforms to reduce car ratesThe Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Gary Eisen announced.Rep. Eisen voted in favor of the plan to offer drivers personal injury coverage options, rein in medical costs and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“It’s been a priority to give drivers relief and by working together we can reform the highest average auto insurance premiums in the nation,” Eisen, of St. Clair Township, said after the vote. “This plan better serves the interests of Michigan drivers.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:· Guarantees lower rates for all Michigan drivers.· Gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies.· Stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims.· Combats fraudulent claims to help lower costs.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.##### 09May Rep. Eisen votes to reform highest auto insurance premiums in the nation
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 14, 2014; BloombergRemember all the multi-billion settlements with national banks concerning their deleterious mortgage practices? Nonprofits might be interested in what’s happening to these crucial dollars that were meant to help homeowners stave off foreclosures.The latest news is the announcement of a “deal” between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the spending of New York State’s $613 million share of the JPMorgan Chase settlement. A deal? Apparently, Cuomo and Schneiderman have agreed to divide the first $163 million of the settlement—$81.5 million will be controlled by Cuomo for housing programs and an equal amount controlled by Schneiderman for anti-foreclosure initiatives.An earlier deal would have given Schneiderman 85 percent of the settlement funds to pursue principal reduction and refinance restructured mortgages, but Cuomo’s office viewed this as giving the AG too much financial control and too little accountability oversight. The debate, however, might have really been between the Governor and the AG over the Governor’s attraction to the possibility of budget-filling revenues.The $25 billion settlement reached with five national banks and the specific deal with JPMorgan Chase for a settlement of $13 billion look like eye-popping numbers, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suggests that these deals are sort of bogus and that the settlements will cost the banks only a small percentage of the big topline numbers.Warren points out that the five-bank settlement includes giving the banks $17 billion in credits for merely adhering to mortgage disclosure rules and wiping out a separate $400 claim of the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency by promising to comply with the settlement terms. Even the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase settlement is less than it appears: Of the $13 billion, $7.5 billion is tax deductible for the bank, another $4 billion wiped out what the bank had previously agreed to pay in a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, $2 billion more goes toward principal reductions (essentially giving JPMorgan Chase credit for mortgage payments it was likely not to have been paid in any case), and $2 billion will be credits for increasing lending in lower-income neighborhoods.In many cases, some of these costs may be charges against the banks’ litigation reserves, already factored into the economics of their continued profitability. And the big banks are still highly profitable. Bank of America’s fourth quarter 2013 profits exceeded expectations on Wall Street, though that was accompanied by a significant reduction in its mortgage business and a big increase in its lucrative wealth management business. After three years of record profits, JPMorgan Chase’s profitability declined by seven percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, but that still amounted to $5.28 billion in net income and “minus one-time items” a profit of $1.40 a share. Profits for JPMorgan Chase’s mortgage originations, however, rose 34 percent despite all of its obligations for settlement payments. For the entire year, Wells Fargo, with $21.9 billion in profits, bested JPMorgan Chase at $17.9 billion as the nation’s most profitable bank, hardly an indication that the banks’ multiple settlements are causing them much bottom-line pain.The reality is that settlements look good on paper, but it is the performance on the ground that counts. That’s where the nonprofit sector’s advocacy is truly important, both ensuring that the settlements negotiated behind the scenes don’t turn into Potemkin Village punishments and that the actual disbursements do what they are supposed to do to ameliorate bank abuses.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
The number of digital TV homes around the world will double between now and 2017, according to the latest report from Digital TV Research.The forecasts, which cover 80 territories, say that the 2017 total will rise to 1.3 billion and that, at that point, global digital penetration will have reached 86.7%.Of the 648 million digital TV homes to be added between 2011 and 2017, 259 million will come from digital cable. Homes taking DTT but not subscribing to cable, DTH or IPTV will bring in a further 174 million, with pay DTT adding five million, according to the report. Pay IPTV will increase by 114 million, with pay DTH up 66 million and free-to-air DTH 31 million.Pay TV penetration (analogue and digital combined) reached half of the world’s TV households by end-2010, and will rise to 63% by end-2017, according to the report. Pay TV penetration at end-2017 will range from 87% in North America to 22% in the Middle East and Africa. Pay TV penetration will remain highest in the Netherlands, at 99.5% by end-2017. However, China will have the most pay TV subs, at 315 million by end-2017, followed by India with 145 million, according to the report.Simon Murray, report author, said: “There were still 714 million analogue TV households by end-2011. However, this total will fall to 202 million by end-2017. Analogue penetration will drop from 51.4% at end-2011 to 13.3% by end-2017.”
Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Kerry Taylor to senior VP, Youth & Music. The role involves overseeing all branding activity and taking responsibility for all non-music-related content on the international MTV channels.Taylor will report to VIMN CEO Bob Bakish in the new role as well as continuing in her current position as senior VP and general manager of MTV for VIMN UK, reporting to David Lynn, executive VP of all VIMN operations in the UK, Australia, Russia, and Hungary.Taylor will take the lead in deciding how the MTV brand is positioned and presented as well as in developing original programmes and identifying acquisitions.Bakish said: “[Taylor] has led our MTV portfolio in the UK to so many noteworthy accomplishments and I’m confident that, under her leadership, we will continue the successful evolution of the MTV brand and to deliver entertaining and compelling content to MTV viewers around the world.”Taylor first joined VIMN as VP of marketing, creative & consumer press for MTV UK & Ireland in September 2007. Prior to that she was director, marketing & on-air for Living TV, Bravo, Challenge and Trouble at Virgin Media.
The number of HD channels in Russia has multiplied by almost five times in the last year and a half, according to research group TelecomDaily.According to TelecomDaily, the number of HD channels available in the Russian market has grown from 10 to 45 over the last 18 months, with the expectation that this will increase to 50 by the end of the year.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has added music channel Disco Polo Music to its programming line-up.The channel joints 16 other music services on the platform, including Eska TV, Polo TV and Stars.tv.
Glenn HowerMultichannel networks (MCNs) are “key to reaching younger online video viewers” with millennials watching 5.5 hours of internet video per week on smartphones and six hours per week on tablets, according to Parks Associates.The US-based research firm claims that there will be more than 200 million online video viewers in North America by 2016 with 18 to 24 year-olds, or millennials, “often favouring short-form YouTube content like PewDiePie and Jenna Marbles.”“Millennials, who watch the most internet video content, have been a difficult demographic for content providers and distributors to reach. As audiences for internet video personalities grow, content companies have taken note of the potential to leverage these viewers and monetise internet video by aggregating creator channels into multichannel networks,” said Glenn Hower, research analyst, Parks Associates.“Internet video is in the midst of significant changes. Online content creators, once representing a collection of popular but disparate viral videos, have emerged to establish audiences that contribute recurring viewership, much like traditional television and video.”
BT Sport’s Champions League presenter teamBT added 97,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, taking its total to 1.4 million. The company said that viewership of its BT Sport offering had increased by 46% thanks in part to coverage of Champions League and Europa League football.BT said that 20 football matches recorded peak concurrent viewing above one million viewers between August and the end of the year, compared with only 12 for the previous season. The majority of both consumer and commercial BT Sport customers take the full range of the company’s sports channels, according to BT.BT also saw a strong boost to its mobile numbers, with 300,000 new mobile customers added in the quarter. Overall, the telco added 6,000 customers, the first growth in its consumer base in over 10 years, compared with a decline of 60,000 for the same period last year.BT Consumer posted a revenue increase of 11% to £1.2 billion (€1.6 billion) for the quarter, including a 23% increase in broadband and TV revenue. Operating costs increased by 12% thanks to BT’s investment in rights for BT Sport Europe. However consumer division EBITDA grew by 8% to £250 million.“BT Consumer had a standout quarter, increasing its overall line base for the first time in well over a decade and capturing 71% of new broadband customers. Good customer growth in broadband, TV and mobile helped to grow ARPU by 7%. Customers like what we’re offering, whether that’s superfast broadband, Champions League football or mobile data bundles. BT Global Services also did well with good revenue growth in continental Europe and Asia,” said CEO Gavin Patterson.BT took the opportunity to defend the record of Openreach, its infrastructure arm now subject to numerous calls from rivals to be subject to a forced sale. The telco said that the growth of broadband usage during the period of Openreach’s existence had been explosive, and that the group had now deployed fibre to over 24 million premises from a standing start in 2009, including 500,000 homes passed in the third quarter.BT itself added 250,000 fibre customers in the quarter, taking its retail base to 3.7 million, with 46% of the company’s broadband customers now on fibre.“Fibre is underpinning the growth at Openreach with almost half a million premises taking up the service this quarter via dozens of service providers. The fibre market is highly competitive and growing all the time, which is great news for the UK economy. Our superfast fibre broadband network is available to well over 24m homes and businesses. We will help take fibre coverage to 95% of the country by the end of 2017, with plans to go even further. Our G.fast trials are progressing well. The UK is poised to take the important journey from superfast to ultrafast broadband and BT is well placed to lead the charge,” said Patterson.The results came as BT completed the acquisition of EE, bringing Deutsche Telekom on board as a shareholder, and announced a new operational structure with EE retaining its brand in a separate division under Marc Allera.