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Issue:- 8 May 2014

Appeal to capture spirit of rural North's next generation

THE Country Land and Business Association Limited. (CLA) are launching an appeal to find the best amateur photographs of young people taken in the rural North. The Association wants to display a collection of images on its stand at this year's Great Yorkshire Show, which illustrate young people at work or play in the countryside.   CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said:- "Encouraging more young people to live and work in the countryside is one of the key challenges for the rural economy and this competition is an opportunity to celebrate all of the young people who are already out there enjoying and making a living in rural areas. Whether it's a picture of parent and child herding sheep, a young farmer working in the fields or even a young family walking in the countryside, we'd like to receive as many different types of photo as we can. It doesn't matter if the photo is taken with an expensive camera or a smart phone - what we are looking for is a picture that captures the spirit of young people being connected to the land. So head out into the countryside this weekend and start snapping!"  Visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show between 8 July and 10 July 2014, will be asked to vote for their favourite photograph and the winning photographer will be given a £50 Marks and Spencer voucher and a bottle of Champagne. The top ten most popular images will also be displayed on the North page of the CLA website.   Anyone who would like to take part can email a jpeg image (maximum of 2 images of no more than 2 meg size per entrant) to:- or send a print to:- CLA North, Aske Stables, Aske, Richmond, DL10 5HG. Full terms and conditions are available on application. Closing date for entries is Friday, 20 June 2014.

Ofcom looks at UK's Mobile Coverage in its Annual Plan

IMPROVING mobile coverage is an important area of work for Ofcom, as highlighted in their 2014/15 Annual Plan.  So, too, they are looking at ensuring that all apparatus is used in accordance with the law.  As part of this work, Ofcom wants to develop a better understanding of the role end user mobile coverage enhancers could play in improving indoor mobile coverage. Such solutions could sit alongside others such as femtocells and smart repeaters. Ofcom is seeking to establish whether end user repeaters having certain characteristics or used in certain circumstances might provide enhanced coverage solutions for consumers. This would have to be achieved without causing interference or other relevant adverse effects to mobile networks and/or other mobile users. Ofcom intends to use the responses to this call for inputs to inform its future approach towards any use of self-installed mobile repeaters. In particular, to help inform whether Ofcom should consider making changes that would permit the use of user installed mobile repeaters under a licence exemption, and if so the conditions that should be attached to any such use.  This does not necessarily mean any exemption will be made. It may not be possible to identify repeaters and circumstances of use meeting the relevant conditions.  In addition, any approach ultimately taken would need to balance the benefits against the risks (of, for example, adverse effects on networks and other users).  The call for inputs can be found here.  Also please do email our newsroom with your views on this topic, to our main email address:-

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