Heathrow launches supply chain tour to reach out to more small businesses ahead of third runway expansion

whatsapp Event Date East Midlands Chamber Welsh government Business Summit Scotland Liverpool & Sefton Chamber Business Summit North East Tuesday 23 November Scottish Chambers Rebecca Smith Business Summit North West Friday 8 September whatsapp Devon Chamber Tuesday 5 July Read more: Heathrow plans to halve late-running departures to reduce noise for localsThe airport spends over £1.5bn annually with more than 1,200 suppliers from around the UK and there will be more work on the horizon with expansion.Construction of the runway will be the UK’s largest infrastructure project and Heathrow says small and medium-sized businesses will be “critical” to delivering the £16bn investment.Heathrow expansion programme director Phil Wilbraham said: “We’re keen to sustain a diverse supply chain and embrace innovation to help achieve new standards of delivery which includes our commitment to Heathrow 2.0. We will work with the supply chain for innovative and affordable solutions.”Its new sustainability strategy Heathrow 2.0 was unveiled last week, including a pledge to make expansion growth carbon neutral, and also committed to establishing business summits in all 12 regions of the UK by 2025.The 2017 Heathrow business summit schedule: Thursday 15 June Yesterday, the Welsh government said airlines wanting to fly from Wales to Heathrow will be able to bid for a share of a proposed £10m route fund. The airport has signed a “strategic partnership” agreement with ministers to identify business opportunities from the planned third runway.Read more: The only direct flight between Heathrow and Barbados is launching this yearUnder the partnership, they have agreed to hold a summit on 5 July at Cardiff to help Welsh firms secure contracts at the airport. Tuesday 7 March 2017 12:01 am North East Chamber Wednesday 18 October Heathrow is seeking to bolster its supply chain with small and medium-sized businesses to help deliver its expansion plans for the third runway.The UK’s biggest airport will host six business summits across the UK this year to appeal to more small British firms and give them insight into Heathrow’s major suppliers to help them win new contracts in the future. Business Summit Midlands Friday 12 May Business Summit South West In partnership with: Heathrow launches supply chain tour to reach out to more small businesses ahead of third runway expansion Share Business Summit Wales read more

Budget 2017: London Mayor Sadiq Khan “disappointed” there was no Budget backing for Crossrail 2

Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeArticles VallyTop 10 Richest Golfers Ever In 2021Articles VallyUndoAnyMuscle.comNatural Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Suffering From CancerAnyMuscle.comUndoHealth.recetasget10 Disturbing Things Your Nails Reveal About Your HealthHealth.recetasgetUndoMiaw StoreSome acts from your cat may be a sign for alarm. 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London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “disappointed” that the government didn’t back Crossrail 2 in today’s Budget.While the mayor said he was pleased to see progress on devolution, other areas were notably missing from Philip Hammond’s announcements. Rebecca Smith Budget 2017: London Mayor Sadiq Khan “disappointed” there was no Budget backing for Crossrail 2 The lack of mention on Crossrail 2 came as London Assembly members today passed a motion urging the government to crack on with Crossrail 2, saying the capital’s transport network will “grind to a halt” without it.The Assembly said at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures should the government neglect the project. It agreed a unanimous motion asking the Transport secretary to approve Transport for London’s (TfL) strategic outline business case for Crossrail 2 without delay.Caroline Pidgeon, who proposed the motion, said it was “incredibly concerning” that the chancellor could set out his plans for infrastructure “but completely fail to mention the huge need for Crossrail 2”. We have waited over 40 years for Crossrail. A similar wait for Crossrail 2 would be a disaster. Share This Assembly said that Crossrail 2 wouldn’t just boost the capital. Some 40 per cent of the transport benefits and 30 per cent of the new housing would be delivered outside London.  Crossrail 2 is vitally needed to relieve congestion on busy routes into central London and support economic development in and around the capital.It would also create better connections across the South East and the whole country. We cannot afford for the scheme to be delayed or held back. 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How artificial intelligence is re-coding the way we manage our money

While there are many reasons to be excited about the potential of these witty machines, any excitement is often drowned out by the fear that we are heading towards an apocalypse of AI’s making.“Ahh! The robots are coming!” We hear people cry in the streets, as these clever machines set about to harvest our organs. Except this is not the Matrix.People often seem to get so wrapped up in visions of a dystopian future that they dismiss how beneficial intelligent machines could be in every corner of our lives.As in previous industrial revolutions that have gone before us, concerns always mount on the impact these changes will have on our livelihoods – and understandably so.Of course, it’s blue-collar jobs that largely bear the brunt of this change, and while we often talk about AI replacing manual labour roles that are easy to automate, we underestimate the impact on white-collar jobs. How artificial intelligence is re-coding the way we manage our money Wednesday 14 March 2018 11:31 am   It was 1950 when Alan Turing developed a test which looked at a machine’s ability to generate responses that were so human-like that you wouldn’t be able to tell it was a computer.Fast forward almost seven decades, and we are now at a tipping point in tech, as artificial intelligence (AI) nudges us into the so-called fourth industrial revolution. Even professional roles, such as lawyers and fund managers, will be replaced by these intelligent machines in the imminent future. “No one should be under any illusion; there is an AI company looking to replace all of our jobs,” says Simon Bussy from Altus, pointing to a study by the University of Oxford and Yale University which estimates that computers could outperform humans in all tasks by 2060. Many of us will see this change happen within our lifetime – a sobering thought by any means. There’s no doubt that jobs which require maths and logic – such as financial advice – could be better served by computers.Organisations are already automating investment processes through complex algorithms, and the shift towards AI-programmed investment management is fully underway.But what about letting a robot manage your entire financial plan? Would you be happy for a computer to help you make tricky decisions about your money? Even complex financial advice is often made up of a number of small binary decisions.Recommendations are formed by collecting data and searching the marketplace, before weighing up the various options. As well as crunching data, AI can also identify patterns in a user’s browsing and purchasing histories, proactively customising advice to suit a customer’s needs.So what if a robot could help advisers with the heavy lifting? This would certainly make the advice process less clunky and arduous for consumers.US-based fintech firm Pefin is one of the first companies to bring AI into financial advice.The company uses between two million and five million data points for every customer, taking personal behaviours and market conditions into account, while learning in the process. Katherine Denham Share Today, AI is very narrow in what it can do; it’s very task-specific – more washing machine than terminator On British soil, Wealth Wizards launched a white label AI tool last week called Turo (named of course after computer guru Turing), which is being marketed to advice firms.The service essentially learns from a sample of an advice company’s decisions, mirroring the style of the human adviser, and weighing up the financial options of clients in the same way. For example, it could explain why a client should transfer their defined benefit pension, or go into drawdown.But while tools like Turo are able to learn from humans, it’s inevitable that AI will also perform better than humans. Just take DeepMind. The AI company developed a system called AlphaGo, which thrashed the world champion at the complex board game of Go. “Not only has it taught itself to play better than humans, but it taught itself to play in a unique way,” says Bussy.So, imagine if you could turn that level of thinking to financial services to address the advice gap? It could look at things in ways that humans haven’t done before.We’ve been talking about the rise of robo-advisers for years now. While some companies will claim to be AI- driven, Bussy argues that pre-coding a decision tree is not really AI at all.“Today, AI is very narrow in what it can do; it’s very task-specific – more washing machine than terminator,” Bussy chuckles.But the real robo-advisers are marching in, and organisations are now really beginning to push the boundaries and use machine learning techniques to drive better financial decisions.In the UK, the number of financial advisers has dropped off a cliff, plummeting from 300,000 back in 1986 to just 22,000 now. But tech is often heralded as the answer to our widening advice gap.“While there has been a steady decline in advisers, people need advice more than ever,” says Andrew Firth, chief executive of Wealth Wizards, pointing out that people are living for longer and need to plan for a longer period after they stop work.And while the pension freedoms have opened the door for people to make choices about their retirement funds, arriving at a decision is now far more complex – meaning most people need an adviser to give them a helping hand. The question now is whether that hand will continue to be a human one.As it stands, people generally still want to deal with people when it comes to their personal finances.This is why Wealth Wizards, for example, augments, rather than replaces the financial adviser, so that customers have the validation of a human at certain points in the process.Firth stresses that this is not about replacing human advisers, adding: “There is still a really big role for human interaction and judgement.”Existing AI offerings in financial advice often use what Bussy describes as “blackbox solutions” – that is, you don’t know how the computer has arrived at decisions. This means it’s difficult to provide evidence on suitability, which is particularly problematic from a regulatory perspective.Digital advice companies are currently grappling with this problem.There are other issues that businesses and consumers alike need to take into consideration, such as the inherent bias of the data that is used to train the machines.And of course, privacy and trust issues remain a big concern for consumers who are worried how intelligent machines could use their information.China is fast becoming the exemplar in this fusion of AI and fintech – just look at the likes of Alibaba and Tencent, which are completely re-coding the way people manage their personal finances.We should take heed of these developments in China, as this country is offering a vision of what financial management could look like in the future.Ultimately, organisations that don’t use machine learning will become a pale imitation of those that do. And as Bussy puts it: “It’s those people who have a healthy disregard of the status quo that are going to win.”In the UK financial services industry, uptake and development of AI solutions have been tepid at best, particularly in the private banking, wealth management, life and pensions sectors.Meanwhile, our skills shortage continues to hold us back.Even the latest Altus white paper, which looks at the future of financial advice, admits that the UK has been late to the party.In fact, it wasn’t until late last year that a light bulb finally went off, finally spurring the government to set aside £75m to invest in AI.While there is only a tiny number of people who have computer science PhDs in an AI-related subject, Wealth Wizard’s chief technology officer Peet Denny says: “There are few scientists, but there are many people who can solve problems with the science that’s been produced.”So while the role of AI integrates further into financial management, this doesn’t mean human advisers will be lost to machines any time soon.In fact, if these clever computers can utilise the knowledge of financial advisers, this can be used by an increasing number of people, creating massive efficiencies – robots will essentially become the calculator in the maths exam.If we can make the process of advice faster, cleaner, and more transparent, perhaps it will really encourage more people to finally take charge of their finances.Don Schuerman, chief tech officer at Pegasystems, says: “The best chess player in the world is not a human, or a computer, it’s a human and computer playing together.”Let’s not underestimate how much richer AI-supported advice could make all of us. whatsapp whatsapp read more

Home Office backtracks on plans to scrap ‘golden visas’ for rich investors

first_imgTuesday 11 December 2018 12:27 pm James Booth Home Office backtracks on plans to scrap ‘golden visas’ for rich investors whatsapp However, today the Home Office confirmed that the visas were not suspended.A spokesperson said: “The tier 1 (investor) visa is not currently suspended, however we remain committed to reforming the route.“A further announcement will be made in due course.”Last week Nokes said: “I have been clear that we will not tolerate people who do not play by the rules and seek to abuse the system.”She added: “That is why I am bringing forward these new measures which will make sure that only genuine investors, who intend to support UK businesses, can benefit from our immigration system.” Tier 1 investor visas allow non-European Union residents over three years entry to the UK in return for £2m in investment in UK bonds, share capital or loan capital in UK companiesThe Times reports that the suspension is due to opposition from other government departments.Philip Barth, partner and head of immigration at law firm Irwin Mitchell said: “This is no way to run an immigration policy, effectively trying to legislate by press release.”He added: “There were eyebrows raised when the change of policy was hastily announced through a press release with no prior consultation with immigration law practitioners and no formal Home Office notice, and to have backtracked so quickly shows that much more care needs to be taken with this kind of policy.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars center_img Share The Home Office has rowed back on plans to halt visas for wealthy investors just days after the suspension was announced.Last week immigration minister Caroline Nokes announced that the visas would be suspended at midnight last Friday amid fears about money laundering and organised crimes. whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Audit watchdog ‘whitewashed’ my HBOS evidence, says whistleblower

first_img The UK audit watchdog has been accused of brushing-off a whistleblower who claimed HBOS had understated loan-loss provisions in its 2007 accounts.An MP described the handling of the case as “astounding”. Louis Ashworth Wednesday 6 February 2019 8:23 pm whatsapp Kevin Hollinrake MP, chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking, said: “It is astounding that the FRC completely disregarded Kennedy’s evidence. He is clearly a very cogent witness to the cover up of bank losses on a phenomenal scale.”In November, Lloyds apologised and paid an undisclosed amount in compensation to another whistleblower, Sally Masterton, who produced an internal report that criticised the lender’s handling of a large-scale fraud.Masterton, a former senior risk officer at HBOS, raised concerns about Lloyds’s awareness of fraudulent asset-stripping activities at the bank in an extensive document released last summer.“Kennedy’s account also corroborates the original whistle-blower, Sally Masterton, who had been the subject of a blatant attempt to discredit her and her evidence, which was described as unsubstantiated,” said Hollinrake. Audit watchdog ‘whitewashed’ my HBOS evidence, says whistleblower Rob Kennedy, a former employee in the lender’s corporate division, was part of the team that worked directly to calculate the provision and report it to HBOS’s senior management during 2007 and 2008.Emails seen by City A.M. appear to show Kennedy receiving little attention after he contacted the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in 2017 to provide information, which he claimed showed senior managers slashing the model-generated provision figure.“I went to the FRC and I just got whitewashed,” he told a representative of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking in an interview last month, a transcript of which has been seen by this paper. “I was astonished by their response,” he added.He accused auditor KPMG, which was cleared in September 2017 of any wrongdoing by an FRC probe into its audit of HBOS, of “absolute fabrication” in its response to the watchdog’s investigation.The work carried out by KPMG “did not fall significantly short of the standards reasonably to be expected of the audit, the test that a tribunal would apply,” the FRC said at the time. Tags: Company HBOS Lloyds Banking Group whatsapp Share The emails were first reported on by the Financial Times.The new claims emerged during a parliamentary hearing yesterday, at which FRC chief executive Stephen Haddrill faced questions from MPs. Conservative MP Stephen Kerr, vice-chair of the APPG on Fair Banking, claimed the FRC had “brushed off” Kennedy.“If we’re thinking about the same case, it’s not true that they’ve been ignored,” said Haddrill. “Indeed, we have been looking further into that information, as indeed have other regulators.”KPMG rejected Haddrill’s claim that the FRC was still probing parts of its audit work for HBOS. “We strongly refute these allegations, which we believe to have no basis in fact,” said a spokesperson for the accountancy firm. “The events that led to the failure of HBOS have been subject to many investigations with which we have co-operated fully. We have no further comment to make.”An FRC spokesperson said: “We do not publish the identity of any individual who approaches us as a whistleblower. However, we take such approaches seriously and have clear procedures for dealing with matters raised by whistleblowers and other complainants.” Figures from KPMG’s 2007 audit of HBOS were used to support a £4bn rights issue during the financial crisis, which ultimately failed to reverse the bank’s fortunes. HBOS was subsequently bought out by rival Lloyds Banking Group.In an earlier review of HBOS’s loan-loss provisioning – the process by which a bank sets aside an expense to cover against issues such as losses or defaults on money it has lent – the FRC ruled there had been no grounds to suspect misconduct.In an email to the FRC, sent in April 2017, Kennedy told the watchdog: “I know the models calculated a provision way beyond expectations, and [a senior HBOS manager], told us ‘we may as well throw away the f**king keys to the business’ if the model’s provision found their way into the accounts.”The FRC subsequently contacted him, and two days later Kennedy spoke to two officials over the phone. He was then sent an email by Ros Stow, the FRC’s head of case examinations and enquiries, in which he was told the watchdog had already decided against a fully-fledged probe into loan-loss provisioning, and was informed about the “ongoing” investigation into the audit.Kennedy was not contacted further by the FRC. He retired from HBOS in 2016.last_img read more

Brands, stop focusing on follower numbers and look for talent instead

first_imgRead more: Fyre Festival and why influencers may need regulation Unfortunately, this has driven the commoditisation of content and talent. Viewing talent through this lens can lead to a lack of creativity and authenticity, as well as a lower quality of content. Ultimately, this is damaging the reputation of the industry and is causing a lack of trust. whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.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.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com About a decade ago, a generation of talent organically found their voice and a loyal audience on digital platforms such as YouTube, dramatically changing the media landscape. While their followings were impressive, it wasn’t the numbers that struck me – it was the passion, knowledge, creativity, and relatability that they were bringing to their audiences through online content.  The fifth series of popular reality series Love Island is in full swing. With the contestants’ social media followings growing by the thousands, we are reminded of the seductiveness of numbers to define success. Shaping what to do with that common ground in a way that works for everyone requires experience, which if I’m honest is hard to find in an industry that has only been around for a short time. We firmly believe that this is the most innovative and exciting industry in a generation – but it’s being tarnished by a lack of experience and low-quality partnerships.  The other problem with influencer homogeneity is that it has led to an obsession with data, with the industry attributing value to influencers based on numbers alone. This is causing many creators to buy fake followers in an effort to be discovered. That’s not to say that there isn’t a place for celebrities and reality TV stars who build a presence online – of course there is. But it is important to understand the distinction, and make informed decisions from this. It is now incredibly easy for anyone to call themselves an “influencer” – a term which has become symptomatic of the challenges facing the industry today. The biggest is that it has lumped everyone labelled an influencer into a homogenous mass of people. It doesn’t distinguish the “talent” – those creators who have an expertise to share, produce high-quality content, have a purpose in what they do, and maintain a deep connection and dialogue with their trusting community – from those who use the influencer label as a means to define their status, but have no real value beyond that.  To combat this, brands should come at everything through a talent-first lens. It’s about putting yourself in the shoes of talent to ensure that creativity and authenticity come first.  As the industry has evolved at pace, and the volume of content creators has spiralled, this unique talent has taken a back seat in the eyes of many who seek to define the industry under the catchall term “influencer”.  Main photo credit: Jules Ameel / Getty Images Being a digital-first talent is about having a natural ability to do something that people want to be part of: from fitness and make-up artistry through to cleaning and food creations, and sharing that online.  The problem with the industry whatsapp Digital-first talent are real, authentic, accessible, and honest. Find the talented influencers People become influential because of the talent that they bring. No two creators are the same, and their value should not be measured by the number of followers they have or how many likes they accrue from post to post. BLOOMINGTON, MN – APRIL 15: Social media makeup celebrity ILuvSarahii meets fans during the NYX Cosmetics opening at the Mall of America on April 15, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup ) Doing so means that the talent are true to who they are, their audience gets something that they value, and the brands benefit from great results.  Share It’s not always plain sailing operating in a new world, and challenges are a byproduct of being innovative.  This is dangerous, and leads to a number of complications. Under the influence: brands must stop focusing on follower counts But if the industry is to rebuild trust, the value of truly talented content creators must be realised, so that only the most creative, strategic, authentic and effective campaigns are delivered.  Ultimately, it’s about finding common ground between the talent, the brand, and the audience.  I can guarantee that the best talent-led brand partnerships are yet to come. Data is still important, of course, but it should be combined with expert insight and experience to inform talent selection, not dictate it. Without that layer of human knowledge, it’s impossible to determine whether a talented creator is the right fit. Dom SmalesDom Smales is chief executive and founder of talent management business Gleam Futures. Monday 15 July 2019 10:18 amlast_img read more

Swiss investment adviser calls on Credit Suisse chairman to quit over spying scandal

first_imgVincent Kaufmann, who leads the Ethos Foundation, said today that Rohner staying on as chairman for another year as planned was not desirable.  Swiss investment adviser calls on Credit Suisse chairman to quit over spying scandal It emerged yesterday that three of the bank’s top shareholders have backed Thiam in the boardroom battle following reports Rohner was drawing up a list of candidates to replace the chief executive.  Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam (L) and chairman Urs Rohner are locked in a power struggle at the bank (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Swiss investment adviser calls on Credit Suisse chairman to quit over spying scandal whatsapp Anna Menin Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam (L) and chairman Urs Rohner are locked in a power struggle at the bank (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Swiss investment adviser calls on Credit Suisse chairman to quit over spying scandal The chairman of Harris Associates, which owns 8.4 per cent of the bank, said “we are at the stage now where it is one or the other” and said the company backed Thiam.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoFactablePut Baking Soda Around The Base Of A Tomato Plant, Here’s WhyFactableUndoCrowdy FanCouple Who Waits 9 Years To Open Their Wedding Present Gets A Rude AwakeningCrowdy FanUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndo Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime US hedge fund Eminence Capital and London-based Silchester International Investors also both threw their weight behind the chief executive.  Credit Suisse declined to comment.  Share Show Comments ▼ Kaufmann also told Reuters that Thiam should leave Credit Suisse if it emerges that he was lying about his awareness of the spying, but said that Rohner should be first to quit. The head of a prominent Swiss investment adviser has called on Credit Suisse chairman Urs Rohner to step down, as a boardroom battle sparked by the bank spying on executives escalates.  Rohner has been locked in a power struggle with chief executive Tidjane Thiam since the revelation in September that the Swiss lender had hired a corporate espionage agency to tail a former executive after he defected to arch-rival UBS. “Can we afford an additional year of tensions between the chairman, the chief executive, the media and the trust of the employees and the clients? All this makes us think we need to change quicker.” whatsapp Thursday 6 February 2020 2:15 pm “These cases within the management team make our doubts even stronger as to how the board is supervising the bank’s management and how the chief executive is supervising his colleagues,” Kaufmann, who has been a critic of Rohner for years, told Reuters. Kaufmann’s comments put further pressure on the Swiss lender to overhaul its leadership team, as the bank’s investors take sides in the aftermath of the spying scandal.  Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam (L) and chairman Urs Rohner are locked in a power struggle at the bank (AFP via Getty Images) Tags: Credit Suisselast_img read more

UK economy faces coronavirus downgrade, Mark Carney warns

first_img whatsapp Coronavirus risks UK economic downgrade, Mark Carney warns He told Sky that a zero carbon economy would need substantial business investment. But opportunities exist for firms that decide to invest. “The measures that are needed in order to move towards net zero are associated with huge swaths of investment in the economy,” he said. “Investment, not cost. The UK faces the prospect of faltering economic growth as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned today. Joe Curtis Mark Carney says global supply chains are tightening in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus risks UK economic downgrade, Mark Carney warns While it is too early to predict the size of the economic hit on the UK, there will be one as a result of less economic activity, Carney told Sky News. whatsapp Friday 28 February 2020 7:24 am Mark Carney says global supply chains are tightening in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus risks UK economic downgrade, Mark Carney warns Mark Carney says global supply chains are tightening in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Getty Images) As a result the Bank is monitoring British banks to ensure they are robust enough to avoid the Covid-19 crisis prompting another financial crisis. “There’s less tourism – as you can see on our streets here in the UK. That’s lower activity as well. “What we are picking up with some of our bigger companies and companies around the world is that supply chains… are getting a little tight,” Carney said. “That’s lower activity. He also said it was “too early to tell” whether Brexit could harm the economy. Previously Carney has issued dire worst case scenario forecasts for Brexit, had the UK left the EU without a deal. The coronavirus outbreak wrought havoc on global stocks yesterday as cases outside China spiked. “We’re not picking that up yet at all in the European and UK economic indicators, but if the world is slower than the UK, a very open economy, will have an impact.” And Carney also spoke of his new role as a climate change financial adviser at the United Nations on the Prime Minister’s behalf.center_img “I guess it’s too early to tell. I think the economy will go through a period of reorganisation,” he said. “That will have an impact for a time. But [in the long run] it is too early to tell.” Brexit “We would expect world growth would be lower than it otherwise would be, and that has a knock-on effect on the UK. Show Comments ▼ The Bank has already spotted a squeeze on world supply chains from the coronavirus epidemic that started in China at the turn of the New Year, Carney said. Global stocks have lost £2.9 trillion. Climate change So far this week the spreading coronavirus threat has wiped £158bn off the FTSE 100, according to AJ Bell. “All of those opportunities are growth.” Mark Carney says global supply chains are tightening in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus risks UK economic downgrade, Mark Carney warns His comments came after Northern Ireland confirmed its first case of coronavirus yesterday. And the UK counted two more cases of Covid-19 to bring its total to 15. Share “But the most important thing is to make sure the system is functioning. We’re very confident about that, and we’re on top of it.” Mark Carney says global supply chains are tightening in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus risks UK economic downgrade, Mark Carney warns Carney also warned of the UK’s low productivity, which a former Bank executive has also warned City A.M. is a growing threat to capitalism. “BP was pointing out a couple of weeks ago there are huge opportunities in artificial intelligence and advanced materials, huge opportunities in just the way commerce is organised. “It’s too early to tell what it means for the UK, or its magnitude,” he told Sky. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Donald Trump asks ‘genius’ drug companies to help Boris Johnson

first_img“He’s been a really good friend…we have made tremendous progress on therapeutics…and I’ve asked two of the leading companies, these are brilliant companies – ebola, AIDS, others – they’ve come with the solutions and just have done incredible jobs…And I’ve asked them to contact London immediately, they have offices in London, these are major companies, but more than major, more than size, they’re genius,” Trump said. WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 06: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. Infected with COIVD-19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted intensive care at a hospital in London Monday as the U.S. death toll surpassed 10,000. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Also Read: Donald Trump says he has asked ‘genius’ drug companies to help with Boris Johnson’s covid-19 treatment Trump also repeatedly talked up the merits of the drug hydroxychloroquine in treating covid-19, but his officials cautioned there was no proof it was an effective treatment for the virus. whatsapp Tuesday 7 April 2020 8:30 am James Booth WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 06: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. Infected with COIVD-19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted intensive care at a hospital in London Monday as the U.S. death toll surpassed 10,000. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Also Read: Donald Trump says he has asked ‘genius’ drug companies to help with Boris Johnson’s covid-19 treatment Earlier in the day he spoke to the heads of four US pharmaceutical and biotech companies: Amgen, Gilead, Genetech and Regeneron. WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 06: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. Infected with COIVD-19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted intensive care at a hospital in London Monday as the U.S. death toll surpassed 10,000. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Donald Trump says he has asked ‘genius’ drug companies to help with Boris Johnson’s covid-19 treatment Trump said he had asked two unnamed drug companies to help Johnson with his treatment and also said he had contacted the Prime Minister’s doctors.center_img US President Donald Trump said last night that he had asked “genius” drug companies to help Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was admitted to intensive care last night after his struggle with covid-19 took a turn for the worst. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Share “We’re very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care this afternoon, a little while ago and Americans are all praying for his recovery,” Trump told the White House’s daily coronavirus press conference late last night. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndo Show Comments ▼ “We’ve contacted all of Boris’s doctors and we’ll see what is going to take place…but when you get brought into intensive care that gets very serious,” Trump said.last_img read more

Progress on post-Brexit talks ‘disappointing’, says Barnier

first_imgFriday 24 April 2020 3:04 pm The EU’s chief negotiator has said that progress between the bloc and the UK in the post-Brexit trade talks has thus far been “disappointing”. Barnier said that there were four areas where there had been a lack of progress, including questions of UK access to the single market, fishing, and justice. whatsapp (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Progress on post-Brexit talks ‘disappointing’, says Barnier Michel Barnier said that despite having set such a tight timeline for the talks, the UK had failed to move on a number of key issues. whatsapp He added that though the UK had indicated it was keen to make progress by the June deadline, it had only been willing to do so on a limited number of issues. “We will not make progress on the so called “level playing field” and the governance provisions until the EU drops its insistence on imposing conditions on the UK which are not found in the EU’s other trade agreements and which do not take account of the fact that we have left the EU as an independent state”. Tags: Brexit Edward Thicknesse However, City A.M. reported earlier this week that civil servants in the negotiating team are increasingly frustrated that the government refuses to countenance the idea of an extension, while political appointees are keen to press home the UK’s departure. Share (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Progress on post-Brexit talks ‘disappointing’, says Barnier center_img Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The UK has until the end of June to extend the transition period, which is due to expire on 31 December, but ministers have thus far been adamant that it will not change.  The next round of talks are due to be held during the weeks beginning 11 May and 1 June. “This considerably reduces the practical value of the zero tariff zero quota aspiration we both share”. “[It] cannot impose this very short calendar for negotiations and at the same time not move, not progress on certain subjects that are important for the European Union”. “We need to make progress on all issues in parallel. We need to find solutions for the most difficult topics. The UK cannot refuse to extend the transition and at the same time slow down discussions on important areas,” he said. Show Comments ▼ Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Barnier said: “[The UK] has imposed this very rigorous calendar, exceptional for such an important negotiation. They added that “detail of the EU’s offer on goods trade falls well short of recent precedent in FTAs it has agreed with other sovereign countries”. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Progress on post-Brexit talks ‘disappointing’, says Barnier More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com A UK government spokesperson agreed that “limited progress [had been] made in bridging the gaps between us and the EU”.  last_img read more

Michael Spencer: Government must find way to ease ‘agonising’ UK lockdown

first_imgTuesday 5 May 2020 7:10 am Michael Spencer, billionaire financier, has urged the UK to ease lockdown measures to help businesses Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images Also Read: Michael Spencer: Government must find way to ease ‘agonising’ UK lockdown Billionaire financier Michael Spencer has urged the government to “be brave” in its approach to easing the UK lockdown, warning the “agonising” effects of the economic shutdown risk causing lasting damage to British businesses.  Christian May In a wide-ranging interview with City A.M., Spencer: Michael Spencer, billionaire financier, has urged the UK to ease lockdown measures to help businesses Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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But he warned that the policy is “agonising from an economic and human point of view.”  Spencer said that the longer the economy is “left in its paralysed state the greater the damage that accumulates”. Michael Spencer: Government must find way to ease ‘agonising’ UK lockdown The City grandee and long-standing donor to the Conservative party said “the sooner we can rebuild our economy, the better”. He also said he was “encouraged” by reports of the government planning to allow certain businesses to reopen amid the UK lockdown. 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Spencer also urged the government to trust that people will act sensibly and responsibly as he warned against a barrage of new laws to enforce post-lockdown measures on the UK. However, he said that “the devil is in the detail” for the UK, adding: “I personally believe quite strongly that they [ministers] should be quite bold in rowing back from the lockdown.” Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

US jobless claims pass 40m as economy staggers under coronavirus

first_imgOverall, 40.7m people have applied for unemployment benefits in the last 10 weeks, a quarter of the American workforce, according to new data from the US labor department. The dire new figures came as the US passed another unwelcome milestone, with 100,000 coronavirus deaths now confirmed in the country. In contrast, the highest monthly jobless claims figure during the 2008-2009 financial crisis was 800,000. whatsapp (Getty Images) US jobless claims pass 40m as economy staggers under coronavirus (Getty Images) Also Read: US jobless claims pass 40m as economy staggers under coronavirus (Getty Images) Also Read: US jobless claims pass 40m as economy staggers under coronavirus Share However, in rare glimpse of hope, jobless continuous claims, a record of those who have been collecting benefits for two weeks or more, fell 4m to 21m. Edward Thicknesse Although the new total represents the eighth consecutive fall in weekly claims since the peak of 6.9m in March, the level is still far above previous highs. Richard Flynn, managing director at Charles Schwab, said: “Initial jobless claims have continued to tick down, but still-high unemployment numbers are weighing heavily on individual states’ labour forces. Thursday 28 May 2020 2:09 pm “While many workers will get their jobs back, some will not as temporary layoffs become permanent.  “However, the longer the current downturn lasts, the more risk there is to the economy’s ability to bounce back because recessions tend to destroy productive capacity”. “In response, the Fed and Congress are providing relief to build a bridge between the current economic downturn and the potential recovery.  Artur Baluszynski, head of research at Henderson Rowe, said the figures represented “the worst contraction in employment since the Great Depression”. Despite some non-essential businesses beginning to reopen, the weekly figure only showed a small drop from the previous total of 2.4m. A further 2.1m people in the US filed for unemployment claims last week, bringing the total to more than 40m since mid-March. whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

BoE hires Accenture in £150m deal to overhaul payments system

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAGloriousaMan Says He’s From 2030, Presents ProofGloriousaBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout Thursday 30 July 2020 11:44 am “The renewal programme is a key priority not just for the Bank but also the wider UK payments industry. It will support a resilient financial system that protects the UK’s financial and monetary stability in the years to come. Harry Robertson (AFP via Getty Images) Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Sulabh Agarwal, a managing director at Accenture who leads its global payments practice, said: “The rise of digital and instant payments in recent years has dramatically changed the way we pay.” He said this reflected “changes in the needs of households and companies”. The firm will overhaul the real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service, the backbone of the country’s huge payments system. “The renewed system will enable financial institutions to access a more modern and secure payments platform.” The firm will help “to increase resilience and access, offer wider interoperability, improve user functionality and strengthen the end-to-end risk management,” the Bank said. Share RTGS settles an average £685bn of payments each working day. It is where banks hold their sterling reserves. And it also provides settlement to the Chaps and Visa payments systems among numerous others. Today, it said Dublin-based multinational Accenture had won the contract. Victoria Cleland, the BoE’s director for payments, said: “I look forward to working with Accenture.” The Bank of England has been using the system since 1996. It launched a procurement process to update it in February last year. “The renewed RTGS service will be designed not only to benefit everyone in the country who makes payments, but to keep the UK at the leading edge of payments innovation.” (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: BoE hires Accenture in £150m deal to overhaul payments system BoE hires Accenture in £150m deal to overhaul payments system She said the Bank would “develop and deliver a system that is fit for the future, supporting continued innovation in UK and global payments”. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: BoE hires Accenture in £150m deal to overhaul payments system The Bank of England has hired IT consulting firm Accenture to refresh a key part of the UK’s crucial payments system in a deal worth up to £150m. Bank of England responds to changes in paymentslast_img read more

Tory MP says Gavin Williamson could be in line for autumn axeing

first_img Share The algorithm used to moderate A-level results by regulator Ofqual based on predicted grades, and a school’s previous exam history, has led to numerous examples of students receiving steep grade downgrades that have often meant missing out on university offers. Stefan Boscia “Ultimately, the Prime Minister is in charge,” he said. Show Comments ▼ Monday 17 August 2020 5:28 pm Gavin Williamson’s U-turn comes just days after he declared there would be “no U-turn, no change”. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Tory backbencher says Gavin Williamson could be in line for autumn axeing by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald Williamson was sacked from his last cabinet role as defence secretary under Theresa May, after leaking information about Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network. Freeman, who was formerly a transport minister, told Times Radio that Williamson could soon be facing the axe. Students will now instead be awarded their predicted grades unmoderated. Several opposition MPs are already asking for his resignation for his part in the A-levels drama. Tory backbencher says Gavin Williamson could be in line for autumn axeing “I think he will want to take firm control of this and get a grip and show that his government is taking the life chances of a generation of children seriously…I’m told the Prime Minister’s you know, planning to reshuffle in the autumn, and I dare say he wants to take everything into account.” Almost 40 per cent of A-level grades awarded were lower than predicted following moderation. Tory backbencher and former minister George Freeman has said the government’s A-levels U-turn has been a “total shambles” and that Gavin Williamson may be sacked in an autumn reshuffle. Gavin Williamson’s U-turn comes just days after he declared there would be “no U-turn, no change”. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Tory backbencher says Gavin Williamson could be in line for autumn axeing He then went on to help manage Boris Johnson’s Conservative party leadership campaign by leading the whipping operation. whatsapp Gavin Williamson’s U-turn comes just days after he declared there would be “no U-turn, no change”. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Williamson was forced today to scrap his emergency A-level grading system, after an uproar from parents, students and teachers about it being unfair. whatsapp Williamson’s U-turn comes just days after he declared there would be “no U-turn, no change”. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Quarantine quagmire – when will UK plc be open for business?

first_img Travellers from most countries must currently quarantine on arrival in the UK (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Quarantine quagmire – when will UK plc be open for business? There are no fewer than four government departments which have a say in the policy – the Department for Transport, the Foreign Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health. Not to mention Downing Street too. Show Comments ▼ The quarantine system has become fragmented due to different policies from Westminster and the devolved administrations, especially Scotland which has added the whole of Greece to its quarantine list, when the country remains well below the 20 per 100,000 cases over seven days threshold. whatsapp Travellers from most countries must currently quarantine on arrival in the UK (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Quarantine quagmire – when will UK plc be open for business? Paul Charles is CEO of The PC Agency travel consultancy Share This is a system which could surely be applied in the UK for those visiting from low-risk green or amber countries? The answer lies in testing and more testing, and thankfully innovation abroad may give the government the best answer on how to get out of the quarantine quagmire. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Fewer jobs leads to less consumer spending and a rise in physical and mental health issues. That is before you add in the economic damage caused by tour operators and travel agents failing and tens of thousands of people losing their jobs due to lack of demand.  Of course, social distancing measures would have to be adhered to and quarantine could be enforced if anyone breaks the rules, but this would be a major step forward in opening up our economy. This approach would massively reduce the unworkable 14-day quarantine and help get the economy moving again. 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From November, it will allow anyone coming from the UK to arrive, show a negative Covid-19 test, and then freely enjoy the country without having to quarantine or take a second test.  Opinion This is for anyone staying under 72 hours, or three days, enough for a business trip, great weekend break or ski holiday in the winter season.center_img If ever the term “too many cooks” needed a case study, then you’d need look no further than the government’s quarantine policy for those arriving in the UK.  whatsapp The policy is even more confusing for UK tourists wishing to seek sunshine beyond our shores.  Travellers from most countries must currently quarantine on arrival in the UK (AFP via Getty Images) Quarantine quagmire – when will UK plc be open for business? It will be a cruel winter for the travel sector unless the government changes course. Visitors are not coming because the 14-day quarantine policy has effectively put up the closed sign on UK plc.  Friday 18 September 2020 1:45 am The existing policy, of frequently moving countries on and off the quarantine list, can not last. It creates anxiety among consumers who have holidays booked, damages the recovery in the travel sector, and tells the world not to bother visiting the UK. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that the collapse of international visitors to the UK is around £60m per day, or £22bn this year alone, a fact that is blindingly obvious walking around the tourist-free streets of central London. Paul Charles The beauty of the system is that it would put the onus on the traveller to organise and pay for a private test in their origin country. If they want to travel, then they would need to be prepared to pay for their own test. It would also remove any additional pressure on the NHS as secondary tests would need to be paid for too, as offered by private facilities. Quarantine kills travel. It puts off people from booking and reduces demand. As a policy it can not continue if we are to revive the travel and hospitality sectors. It’s the ultimate dog’s dinner and it is causing enormous pain and harm to the travel sector and to consumers. Whichever figure you look at makes for unpleasant reading. Testing is the answer as well for those of us leaving the UK and returning. We would show a negative Covid certificate on arrival, having paid for a test in the origin country, then quarantine for just four days and have a second test, paid for by ourselves, on day five. Why would any business or leisure traveller choose to visit Britain and Northern Ireland if they have to quarantine for 14 days before even being allowed to walk around the block of their own hotel?last_img read more

Thomas Cook is back – but how long will it last?

first_img Tags: Thomas Cook Group Show Comments ▼ But that is not all. The pandemic will likely change the reasons people are travelling as much as it will change the frequency and cost people travel at. A lot of people will question the value of flying and travelling. Thomas Cook needs to find new ways to reframe the travel experience and a reason for passengers to fall in love with travel again. Peter KnappPeter Knapp is chief creative officer at global branding agency Landor by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workoutbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreaker (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Thomas Cook is back – but how long will the digital travel company last? Share whatsapp Thomas Cook is back – but how long will the digital travel company last? Opinion Launching a new travel brand during a pandemic is brave. Launching a travel brand synonymous with failure is even braver. But backed by a new owner and a reinvented online-only model, Thomas Cook is back. (AFP via Getty Images) The move to online-only makes sense. Its airline was conspicuously old-fashioned. And in a market today polarised between low-cost, low frills short haul airlines and luxury, long-haul carriers, it lost any sense of differentiation it once had. But have no doubts about it, this is a risky move. Unless it reinvents itself, especially in the new era of travel, it will carry all the bad baggage of the past and risk going in the same direction: down. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Thomas Cook is back – but how long will the digital travel company last? For airports this may include things like how they manage lounges and how they organise queues at the check-in desk. For airlines it will be how they arrange seating in their cabins. Ultimately, the winners will be the ones that demonstrate they can be trusted in this new era of heightened hygiene, health and safety. There is no denying that this will be a challenge for the new Thomas Cook. Its name and recent history won’t help. But if it is able to confront these challenges, learn the lessons from its past and tap into its heritage and pedigree in holiday destinations, it may stand a fighting chance. That is the opportunity for Thomas Cook. By learning the lessons from the past and being responsive to the needs of travellers and passengers as we adapt to the new ways of travel, the brand has the chance to be at the vanguard in this new era of travel, a brand that is empathetic to customer requirements, safety conscious and, crucially, agile. Peter Knapp is chairman and chief creative officer at global branding consultancy Landor. Historically, travel and tourism has been about adventure – experiencing something different from everyday life. But now people are looking for reassurance. The travel industry – from airlines to destinations – will need to balance the paradoxical components of adventure and safety. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp The travel industry has always been predicated on safety being a primary issue. Without the notion of safety, people will not travel. During this pandemic, this is now the case more than ever, making the travel sector a very challenging one to be in. The brands that will come out of this situation the fastest and the best will be the ones that demonstrate a thorough approach to safety.  It will take hard work and time to reposition the travel brand in the market. Let’s be honest, we have long memories. And it will not be enough to simply state its market position and bank on its name being enough. Thomas Cook needs to rebuild trust – that starts with its brand but also extends to the destinations it offers to consumers.  Friday 18 September 2020 4:30 amlast_img read more

BoE reaction: Will interest rates go negative?

first_imgFriday 18 September 2020 4:35 pm She said that reflected “a slightly stronger rebound into the third quarter”. Douglas also flagged that there was “no mention of the risks to growth into 2021, which is where some MPC members had expressed a lot more concern”. The Bank said its fast data had shown the UK’s economic recovery was stronger than it had predicted in August. “Consumption has continued to recover during the summer and is now at around its start-of-year level in aggregate,” it said. Here’s what economists and analysts made of the Bank’s latest meeting. Jacqui Douglas, macro strategist at TD Securities, said the statement was “more upbeat than we had expected”. The Bank gave little indication that it plans to boost stimulus in November. But many analysts predict it will increase its bond-buying target as demand built up during lockdown peters out. All nine members of the monetary policy committee (MPC) voted in favour of continuing this monetary policy. But analysts, investors and traders continued to hotly debate how the Bank will proceed in the coming months. The Bank of England held interest rates and bond-buying yesterday, but said coronavirus cases could derail the recovery (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Bank of England reaction: Will interest rates go negative? Andrew Wishart, UK economist at consultancy Capital Economics, expected quantitative easing (QE) to “remain the tool of choice” for months ahead. Under QE, the Bank creates money and buys government and corporate bonds to keep borrowing costs low. “That the BoE is merely beginning to consult on the implications of negative rates confirms this is not an active policy option in the near-term,” he said.  They also said the BoE will begin “structured engagement” with the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on “policy considerations” in the fourth quarter. Wishart said he predicted “more than the consensus expects”. He said: “We’ve pencilled in an extra £250bn of QE over the course of the next year, with an instalment of £100bn in November.” whatsapp The Bank of England held interest rates and bond-buying yesterday, but said coronavirus cases could derail the recovery (AFP via Getty Images) The Bank of England held interest rates and bond-buying yesterday, but said coronavirus cases could derail the recovery (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Bank of England reaction: Will interest rates go negative? “The Bank will only start working out how to put negative rates into practice in the fourth quarter,” he said. “And even then it will remain concerned about their effectiveness when banks are absorbing loan losses.” Yet Nigel Green, founder and chief executive of De Vere Group, took the minutes more seriously. He said that personal financial strategies should be reviewed to ensure they are “negative interest rate ready”. Share John Abiona and Harry Robertson The Bank of England (BoE) held monetary policy steady yesterday for the second meeting in a row. Interest rates were left at 0.1 per cent and bond-buying at £745bn in a business-as-usual decision.center_img Eyes turn to the November meeting The Bank of England held interest rates and bond-buying yesterday, but said coronavirus cases could derail the recovery (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Bank of England reaction: Will interest rates go negative? Bank of England reaction: Will interest rates go negative? “This would have been unimaginable even a few months ago. But the shifts have been seismic this year.” Bank flags ‘unusually uncertain’ outlook Most of the talk after yesterday’s decision was about negative interest rates. The meeting’s minutes showed that the MPC discussed how they could be implemented, should the economy need them. whatsapp Pantheon Macroeconomics’ chief UK economist Samuel Tombs said: “Our view remains that the MPC will authorise a further £50bn of asset purchases before the end of this year, and then a further £50bn of purchases in the first quarter [of 2021].” However, chief UK economist at Oxford Economics Andrew Goodwin said, the “structured engagement” with the PRA was nothing more than a formality. 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The Bank was relatively upbeat about the economy, saying the recovery had been “a little stronger” than expected. However, it warned that coronavirus could knock it off course. Read more: Bank of England keeps policy on hold and flags solid recovery Show Comments ▼ Negative interest rates: to cut or not to cut? However, the Bank cautioned that the spread of Covid in the UK and Europe could knock the recovery off track. The pound slid yesterday after the meeting’s minutes showed that the Bank was taking the possibility of negative interest rates relatively seriously.last_img read more

Anneliese Dodds pitches Labour as party of fiscal responsibility

first_img“Because you’re only as cavalier with public money as our current chancellor, if you don’t know the value of it.” Dodds also called for more coronavirus support for businesses, including a kind of targeted extension of the furlough scheme for some sectors. Dodds used her speech at the virtual Labour conference to call out the government for being “cavalier” with public money, adding that she would “ensure that public money was always spent wisely”. Monday 21 September 2020 11:59 am Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has said Labour will be a party of fiscal responsibility under its new leadership, while setting out a three-point plan to protect UK businesses from the economic crisis. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Anneliese Dodds at a trip to Stevenage. (Getty Images) Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Anneliese Dodds at a trip to Stevenage. (Getty Images) Also Read: Anneliese Dodds pitches Labour as party of fiscal responsibility whatsapp Anneliese Dodds pitches Labour as party of fiscal responsibility Show Comments ▼ Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Anneliese Dodds at a trip to Stevenage. (Getty Images) Also Read: Anneliese Dodds pitches Labour as party of fiscal responsibility Respondong to Dodds, chief secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay said: “All Sir Keir Starmer and his team have to offer are the recycled economic plans of Jeremy Corbyn, which would hold our country back and hinder our recovery from coronavirus.” “A responsible approach to the national finances,” Dodds said. center_img The party’s virtual 2020 conference began yesterday, with the tagline of “A New Leadership” in a bid by Sir Keir Starmer’s top team to distance itself from former party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The shadow chancellor called for a “job recovery scheme” to replace the furlough scheme, due to end next month. “The scheme would incentivise targeted businesses to bring back more workers part-time, instead of bringing some back full time, and letting others go.” Stefan Boscia Share Dodds also called for the government to bring forward £3bn earmarked for jobs training as a part of their proposal and for the government to set up a “a business rebuilding programme”. Dodds’ speech continued that trend as she emphasised the need for a closer relationship with businesses and more careful fiscal spending, while also offering to work with the government to help the country’s economic recovery. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data whatsapp “[The scheme] would enable businesses in key sectors to bring staff back to work, on reduced hours, with government backing wages for the rest of the week,” she said.last_img read more

Top lawyer at City firm attacks £100,000 starting salaries

first_imgFriday 23 October 2020 12:06 pm Also Read: Top lawyer at City firm attacks £100,000 starting salaries And Kirkland & Ellis NQ lawyers can earn up to £150,000 according to The Lawyer’s research, while Latham & Watkins lawyers can enjoy a £130,000 salary. Junior salaries in US firms overshadow their UK-headquartered rivals, with some big firms offering newly qualified solicitors up to £140,000. “The levels of pay in major private practice law firms are completely unsustainable”, Richard Foley, senior partner at Pinsent Masons told the Innovative Lawyers Summit on Thursday. whatsapp Top lawyer at City firm attacks £100,000 starting salaries US firm White & Case this month announced pay for newly qualified lawyers would increase by £25,000 to £130,000 from January and those with two-years experience will receive a £30,000 rise. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Salaries among the Magic Circle – the UK’s elite corporate firms – are considerably lower than its US lawyers.A&O and Freshfields offer newly qualified lawyers salaries of £93,000 and £100,000 respectively, while Slaughter and May offers £83,000. Share whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout Also Read: Top lawyer at City firm attacks £100,000 starting salaries Some US firms in London don’t have training contract programmes, or have a small intake, so they have pursued an aggressive lateral hire strategy. The senior partner of a top law firm has criticised starting salaries soaring to six figures for some newly qualified solicitors saying they are “unsustainable”. Angharad Carrick US firms are considerably more financially secure, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which saw some UK firms pause pay packages and furlough staff.  The growing presence of US firms in the City has subsequently sparked a bidding war for the top talent and pushed salaries comfortably into six figures. “You see stuff in the press about £125,000 as a starting salary for an NQ [newly qualified solicitor]… If I was on the other side of the table, I would be thinking how much more value am I going to get from that person?” he added. Between March and October this year 1,514 deals were announced in the UK valued at $148bn, compared to 6,877 deals in the US worth a staggering $788bn Pinsent Masons currently pays its London-based newly qualified solicitors £72,500. last_img read more

Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss

first_img Share whatsapp Michiel Willems whatsapp Also Read: Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss Tags: Edtech FinTech Healthtech Proptech Tech City Yes, despite the macro-headwinds from Covid, economic backdrop and Brexit, we are in a really strong position as an industry and the future looks very positive. We’re hopeful and optimistic that the innovation economy will be a leading light and driver for job creation, support the recovery from Covid and deliver further solutions to tackle the pandemic through advances in healthcare and life science technologies. Also Read: Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss Vaccines are being rolled out, the economy is slowly reopening. Are you optimistic about the remainder of this year? We are seeing the creation and deployment of new technologies that are helping with day-to-day life and it’s exciting to see what additional innovation we will see in the future from UK companies.   In recent months we have glimpsed potential opportunities for the post-Covid economy: the huge acceleration in technology adoption, both corporate and personal.  And that’s good news for London’s technology and innovation space. Also Read: Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss Also Read: Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss We also expect to see positive M&A and IPO activity across the UK and Europe with Brexit having a minimal short-term impact. This in turn should result in the recycling of talent, capital and expertise into the ecosystem in the next 12-24 months which is a very positive sign and indicator of future potential and growth.   How have Covid and the ongoing pandemic impacted your work and lending decisions?       Yes, if we don’t address several key issues, it could impact the UK’s medium and long-term growth and attractiveness. Challenges include ensuring access to broader talent beyond tech, such as in operations, sales, marketing and product, plus the need to ensure that regulatory and trade issues are ironed out to help the UK remain competitive as we refine the rules and regulation. This will help make the UK an attractive and frictionless business environment to both start and scale new companies. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepedia Valuations continued to balloon in 2020 bolstered by larger and quicker rounds, widening the divide between those companies with easy access to funding and those without. A big concern at the onset of the pandemic was the impact it would have on the exit environment for VC-backed companies, but high-profile listings in Q4 elevated 2020 to a banner year for liquidity. Late-stage valuations are expected to increase as general partners are sitting on record levels of dry powder and will continue to pay a premium for the perceived best companies. But to get startups’ ambitious growth plans off the ground and put the pandemic recovery into motion, sources of capital are needed: financing that Silicon Valley Bank provides to both innovation companies and their investors. Show Comments ▼ In many ways we have seen record breaking progress and momentum as an ecosystem but unfortunately Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) is not an area that has followed at the same pace and we still have a tremendous amount of work to do to make the innovation economy more diverse and inclusive. We need to translate the conversations around DE&I into real tangible results. I’m optimistic that we have seen a shift in attitude, but collectively as an industry we know we have to put the talk into action to make a real difference. High-profile listings in Q4 elevated 2020 to a banner year for liquidity Erin Platts, EMEA head and president of the UK branch at Silicon Valley Bank And what about the long term? They touch on post-Brexit market conditions and why the two fintech heavyweight is optimistic about company formation and job creation in the UK innovation economy. This has accelerated demand for our banking and lending services at SVB, but there is not a one size fits all approach.   We have remained committed to this market and have tried to be consistent and proactive in our support; whether that be through continued lending, introductions to capital or talent or sharing best practices across our portfolio.  Finally, diversity and equality are increasingly on the radar of tech investors and other City firms. Do you feel most fintech players have a serious strategy in place or is it merely hollow talk? For example, look at differences in pay.   Wednesday 12 May 2021 4:43 pm Covid has bifurcated the market, with some sectors having thrived and overperformed, whilst others like Travel and Hospitality have unfortunately suffered due to lockdown. The net outcome is that we’ve seen fantastic growth overall as an innovation sector as the pandemic has accelerated innovation and driven adoption in a number of ways across online spending, gaming, ed-tech, cyber security and beyond. Also Read: Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss Also Read: Evening Read: Investors sit on record levels of dry powder, says Silicon Valley Bank’s UK boss We have to look at the short-term and medium to long-term impact we expect Brexit to have on the innovation economy. In the short-term, we expect the momentum and pent-up demand for investing in UK tech and healthcare companies to continue. This is based on the breadth and depth of the quality of UK companies that exist today as well as the billions of pounds worth of capital, or dry powder, to deploy across all life stages. Fintech and tech valuations are often sky-high, some investors call them unrealistic and even problematic. What do you make of that? Erin, you moved to London more than 15 years ago, as the fifth employee to help build the London team at SVB. The word Brexit did not even exist back then. Now we are in a post-Brexit world, how will this impact London’s investment space and digital innovation economy? In a wide-ranging interview, Erin Platts, EMEA head and president of the UK branch at Silicon Valley Bank, sits down with City A.M. to discuss the current state of the start-up and tech sector in London and beyond. 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Glasses worn by Hollywood star Emma Stone in Cruella stolen in £500,000 London burglary

first_img“These distinctive frames have a far bigger value at a charity auction than to the criminals who vandalised our store and will struggle to sell them. Luxury glasses worn in the new Disney film Cruella are among hundreds of pairs worth up to £500,000 stolen from a designer eyewear store. “If you are offered any of these frames or have any information you can share, please let us or the local police know. whatsapp “The thieves probably didn’t know they had also stolen glasses recently made for the film Cruella which were due to be auctioned off for charity. The hundreds of pairs taken in the incident, which took place in the early hours of June 9, included sunglasses and optical frames with an estimated retail value of up to £500,000. The burglars’ haul included six frames worn in Cruella, the origin story of the Disney villain from 101 Dalmatians, starring Emma Stone and Dame Emma Thompson. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 02:13hrs on Wednesday, 9 June to reports of a burglary at a commercial property in Sloane Square, SW1. CCTV shows thieves smashing into the Tom Davies shop in Sloane Square, central London, and clearing glasses off the shelves into a tray. Michiel Willems “Enquiries are ongoing; there have been no arrests.” “Unless you’re one of the thieves, in which case we will happily hand you over to the authorities.” whatsapp Also Read: Cruella is a fabulous origin story for Disney’s most enduring villain Also Read: London murder probe: Human remains found in Neasden in search for 20-year-old Agnes Akom A “wanted” poster issued by the store following the burglary said: “If you are offered any sunglasses with “TOM DAVIES FOR CRUELLA” engraved on the inside arm, please can you let us know @tdtomdavies. A spokesman for the store said Stone and Dame Emma each wore two pairs of glasses that were stolen. Share “Officers attended and it was reported that a quantity of sunglasses had been stolen by a group of men who had left before police arrived. “Our store was broken into on 9 June at 2am and hundreds of frames were taken. “If you have the glasses in your possession, we will swap them for a pair of Tom Davies sunglasses. Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 15 June 2021 6:53 pm Glasses worn by Hollywood star Emma Stone in Cruella stolen in £500,000 London burglary last_img read more

Photos: Youth hockey players learn to play

first_imgJuneau Bantam standout Greyson Liebelt works one-on-one with Jacob King who is getting his first taste of hockey at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Kyla Bentz helps Violet Young get acquainted with the ice during JDIA’s Learn to Play afternoon at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Randy Host (left) enjoys some ice time with his son Mack at JDIA’s Learn to Play afternoon at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Adeline Janson flashes a quick smile through her hockey cage while skates around Treadwell Ice Arena at JDIA’s Learn to Play afternoon. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Darryl Tseu is greeted by a smiling Brealle Ward during JDIA’s Learn to Play afternoon at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Colter Polley takes Liam Haggerty for a ride while Haggerty maintains puck possession along the boards. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Jack York works with Braedon Pearson during JDIA’s Learn to Play afternoon at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Photo by Steve Quinn)Share this story: Juneau | SportsPhotos: Youth hockey players learn to playSeptember 8, 2015 by Steve Quinn Share:The Juneau Douglas Ice Association and Treadwell Ice Arena sponsored a Learn to Play hockey event at Treadwell last month.More than 50 youths showed up and took the ice with volunteer coaches and players looking to make the game fun for those on the ice for the first time.Owen Squires (right) looks for the puck shot by Joshua Mazon during JDIA’s Learn to Play afternoon at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Photo by Steve Quinn)last_img read more

Warm water Blob is prime suspect in marine mortality, habitat changes

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/03/01pawpart2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The mass of warm water, which grew to several thousand miles in width, became more apparent as it showed up in the northeast Pacific, the Gulf of Alaska, and then down the coast to Baja California.Bond said they’ve all been a bit simplistic in thinking about The Blob physically moving around the northeast Pacific Ocean.“For example last winter, very warm air coming up along the West Coast, record heat in the Pacific Northwest, and so forth,” Bond said. “It wasn’t just The Blob getting bodily moved with the mean currents.”Bond said it’s the lack of surface fluxes, or transfer of energy through cooling, evaporation, wind and turbulence to cool the ocean. The Blob’s persistence over two years may have been partly due to a weak atmospheric pressure system called the Aleutian Low that did not generate the usual storms and necessary winds for cooling the sea surface.“There’s a lot of north-south and east-west things here happening,” Dewey said. “I’m cautious about saying there’s one smoking gun.”Dewey suggests that a storm in August 2012 blew out much of the summer sea ice in the Arctic. The lack of ice cover allowed for more heat retention in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean, and less cold water eventually flowed south into the Gulf of Alaska.“It’s not so much as where did the warm water come from,” Dewey said. “We had an absence of cooling.”There’s evidence that an earlier version of the warm water anomaly appeared in 2004 and 2011, and some scientists believe the current Blob may be dying or already dead. But dissenters like Dewey believe there is still enough heat energy deep below the surface to keep anomaly active through this summer.“Is it dead yet?” Dewey asked. “So, the Monty Python reference here: ‘I’m not quite dead’ to go on the cart. But, no, perhaps it’s very ill.”Ecologists, biologists and oceanographers appear to be hoping for the worst for The Blob.“That’s what frightens me,” Peterson said. “It’s not so much the big problems we’ve had last year and this year. But if this goes on one more year, we’re going to have a lot of dead salmon on the beach, a lot of dead sea lions, a lot of dead fur seals, a lot of dead auklets, murres. It’s just going to be a nightmare.”Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass on the southwest shore of Kodiak Island, near the mouth of the Sikhoi River in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of NOAA/edson_ca)One big wild card is El Niño, the phenomenon associated with equatorial warming of the Pacific Ocean. This year’s El Niño is among the top three strongest events ever recorded, and it could influence marine and atmospheric circulation patterns that stir up the water column and cool the sea surface. It could help kill The Blob, or as one scientist suggested, it could also set the scene for an oceanic tag team wrestling match in which The Blob’s impacts are later exacerbated and prolonged by El Niño along the West Coast.Oceanographers and atmospheric scientists say there is a good chance that El Niño will probably peter out by summer, followed by the pendulum swinging the other way to equatorial cooling, or La Niña, later this year.“So, we have to pray for La Niña,” quipped Miller after hearing hours of dire reports of possible cascading biological catastrophes.About 100 researchers specializing in salmon ecology will participate in a three-day conference in Juneau in late March. Discussions will center on how the recent warm water conditions may affect this season’s salmon production from Alaska to California.(Correction: Restored dropped contraction in the sentence referring to correlation vs. causation that was the result of an editing error.)Share this story: Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/03/01pawpart1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Biologists and ecologists reported on a distressing list of affected marine species at a recent two-day workshop at the University of Washington. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering held last May in La Jolla, California, that primarily featured climatologists. oceanographers and marine researchers.“I just wanted to point out that ‘14 and ‘15 have been two of the warmest years on record for temperatures in coastal Alaska,” said Russell Hopcroft of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, hinting at the potential environmental and economic impacts of the warm water anomaly that has lingered in the northeast Pacific Ocean for the last two years.“This is fed back through the state and may even be responsible for increased wildfires in the past year,” Hopcroft said.Out at sea, the warm water mass may be depriving fish, seabirds and seaweed of their normal food sources. Water temperatures down to a depth of 300 feet have ranged from 2 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.One theory considered by marine researchers and biologists is a distinct layer of warm water on top of cold water is creating stratification of the water column in which plankton and nitrate nutrients are prevented from rising to the surface.“Certainly the salmon returning this year — the pinks that only go out for two years, so they were out in 2014 and 2015 — were coming back about half weight,” said Richard Dewey of Ocean Networks Canada and the University of Victoria. “The herring are half weight.”“And so, the northeast Pacific has been pretty malnourished,” Dewey said. “I think the nourishment comes from the wind mixing of nutrients up into the Gulf of Alaska.”A microscopic photo of Neocalanus cristatus, a large lipid-rich, sub-Arctic species of copepod. It’s a form of plankton found commonly in the Gulf of Alaska as well as off the Pacific Northwest in late-winter and spring. (Image courtesy Bill Peterson/NOAA-NMFS Newport Research Station)Young salmon and herring usually feed on plankton, but some plankton species such as warm water copepods have fewer lipids or less fat content than cold water species.For the first time in his over 30-year career, Bill Peterson, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Newport Research Station in Oregon, said he saw 11 new species of warm water copepods just appear on the West Coast.“The copepods tell us that water came from a long ways away,” Peterson said. “Where it came from, I don’t know. But it’s an issue we have to solve, I think. This water just didn’t sit there and warm up. It came from someplace different.”As an example, an alarming spike in sea lion strandings along the California coast over the last two years may be caused, in part, by the incoming mass of warm water. Upwelling of ocean water near the coast would normally stir up cold water copepods that would be a major food source for sardines and anchovies. That upwelling was reduced dramatically or completely overwhelmed when the warm water mass moved right up to the shoreline. Sardine and anchovy populations relocated northward to find food, and sea lions may have been deprived of a major food source for themselves and their pups.The bodies of common murres litter the beaches of Prince William Sound and many other areas around Alaska. Some of the seabirds have been found some 350 miles inland, around Fairbanks. (Photo by David Irons)It’s possible such breakdowns in the marine food web were also the cause of the extraordinary number of whale strandings, as many as 30 were reported along Alaska’s coastline last year. There’s also the near-complete collapse of the pollock hatchling population around Kodiak Island, and this winter’s die-off of over 22,000 common murres in Alaska. Recent speculation has included starvation as a possible cause of the seabird deaths.Scientists are also curious about whether The Blob was responsible for absence of nitrate nutrients that led to jellyfish blooms and devastation of kelp beds along the West Coast.There was also an observed shift in the diatom population, outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisoning, and crashes in the populations of Cassin’s auklets, Heermann’s gulls and other seabirds.Eric Bjorkstedt, fisheries researcher at California’s Humboldt State University and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, said they’re seeing more algae blooms which spread toxins such as demoic acid that pervade the entire food web. Bjorkstedt said one of his colleagues described it as a “wicked cauldron of nastiness.”“That might explain why crab are so affected,” Bjorkstedt said. “This is a big deal, especially in our little neck of the woods where crab is a huge part of the economy. The fact that it’s still closed because of demoic acid is a big problem.”Sea star wasting disease is affecting starfish populations throughout the Pacific, from Alaska to Baja California. (Photo by Kit Harma/pacificrockyintertidal.org)Steve Fradkin, a coastal ecologist at Olympic National Park in Washington state, said they’re investigating a potential link to a disease that has infected over 22 species of sea stars all along the West Coast.“The incidence of sea star wasting disease appears to be related to warm water temperature anomalies,” Fradkin said. “So, whenever the temperature anomaly is 1 and a half degrees or greater, we see a spike in sea star wasting disease.”Northern fur seal pups on St. Paul Island, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)Some species may be able to tolerate such a dramatic temperature change for only a short period of time. For example, reports of California sea lion and Northern and Guadalupe fur seal strandings noticeably jumped in 2014, and then skyrocketed to unprecedented levels in 2015.“Warm anomalies have persisted for more than two years, and it looks like the real killer was the second year,” said Art Miller, research oceanographer at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla. “So, perhaps animals could be resilient to one bad year. But if you start stacking them up, things could start to get precipitously worse.”Birth of The Blob, and death by El Niño?Of course, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. Whale and seabird die-offs, for example, have not yet been conclusively linked to the lack of forage. Scientists want to do more research before pinning any blame on The Blob, or even going as far as suggesting that the phenomenon is a product of climate change.Nicholas Bond, the Washington state climatologist who first highlighted the warm water anomaly and coined the nickname that evokes images of the old Steve McQueen teen horror movie, believes the genesis of The Blob was in the far western, subtropical Pacific Ocean in 2013.“It really is a mix of different mechanisms here, and at different places and different times,” Bond said. Listen to part 2 of the broadcast version of the story: Climate Change | Economy | Environment | Fisheries | Science & TechWarm water Blob is prime suspect in marine mortality, habitat changesMarch 6, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Scientists performed a necropsy on this fin whale, found on Whale Island in the Kodiak Archipelago inJune 2015. It was the only whale that scientists were able to access to get a sample for testing. (Photo courtesy Bree Witteveen/Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program)Scientists are increasingly alarmed about the potential for more species die-offs and other adverse effects on marine mammals and seabirds if the suspected cause, a huge anomaly of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean, persists into summer. The warm seawater may be a catalyst for a variety of ongoing ecological incidents along the West Coast, including a breakdown in the marine food web. Listen to part 1 of the broadcast version of the story:last_img read more

Sitka Tribe opens biotoxin lab to monitor PSP

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Business | Climate Change | Environment | Fisheries | Food | Science & Tech | Southeast | SubsistenceSitka Tribe opens biotoxin lab to monitor PSPApril 25, 2016 by Emily Kwong, KCAW Share:Lab manager Michael Jamros stands with Chris Whitehead, founder of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research group. The lab hopes to be regional testing hub for commercial and casual shellfish harvesters alike. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)With warming ocean temperatures, the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning can linger all year-round, and Alaska has only one Food and Drug Administration certified laboratory to test shellfish. There are no labs to protect those digging for their dinner, but that may soon change.At the end of the month, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska will open an environmental research laboratory and – with all hope – take a bite out of the testing market.This time last year, the room in the corner of Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s (STA) Resource Protection Department was bare. And now, it’s got a fume hood, test tubes in every color, and a $49,000 machine.Michael Jamros is the lab’s new manager. And the “robot” in question is a plate reader, one of several machines that can analyze toxins in shellfish. After the shellfish arrive, Jamros shucks all the meat out and puts it in a blender to homogenize it. He then extracts the toxins and removes the solids using a centrifuge.Using a pipette, Jamros will dispense the solution in 96 tiny wells on one plastic plate. Imagine filling a tray with batter for 96 muffins, but instead of putting it in an oven, he feeds it into a plate reader.Jamros is running an ELISA assay, measuring the toxicity of each well. The results appear on his laptop. “From here we have our data that we can calculate from and figure out how much toxin is in our samples,” he said.You hear that? Data. Cold, hard numbers that take the guesswork out of eating butter clams or blue mussels. In Southeast, there’s never been a way for subsistence harvesters to assess the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning or measure harmful algal blooms, or HABs, which load shellfish with toxins until now.Chris Whitehead is STA’s environmental program manager and the driving force behind the lab, set to open in May. “Native people have been harvesting clams for thousands of year. A lot of the elders I talk to don’t do it anymore because they just don’t know. So, to be able to bring that back and be able to utilize that resource is huge,” Whitehead said.When he came to Sitka in 2013, Whitehead wanted to create a warning system for clam diggers, like in Washington state. “The Washington Department of Health has a great website so you can see what beaches are open or closed. And when I got to Alaska there wasn’t anything.”Whitehead called up Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which tests all commercial shellfish for the state. He discovered, however, there would be a time lag to ship shellfish to Anchorage and await results. “The turnaround time for the (DEC) data – to actually be usable for us and to prevent human health issues – wasn’t going to work,” he said.Given this, Whitehead decided to pursue a local solution by creating his own marine biotoxin program right here in Southeast. He locked in $1 million in grant funding for the next three years. He formed Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT), a coalition of 13 other tribes in the region and organized trainings for them with state and federal agencies, like NOAA, to be “eyes in the water,” monitoring local beaches for toxic blooms.“So those sites will be monitored at the expense of the tribe and the resources that the tribes have every other week. So every tide cycle pretty much,” Whitehead said.The lab uses new technology, including the ELISA and receptor binding assay (RBA), to test for the presence of toxins in shellfish, without resorting to live mice. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)Jerry Borchert was in Sitka to lead one of those trainings. Borchert coordinates marine biotoxin management for the state of Washington.In speaking with KCAW, he said, “My first time here was a year ago in September. It was a smaller group. I think there were six tribes at the time and for a lot of these folks, this was brand-new to them. Looking at plankton, trying to identify what a harmful species looks like, how to record it, how to share this information, and it’s those same tribes in the beginning that are now the teachers and the program is expanding. This is amazing.”With the new laboratory, subsistence harvesters can hopefully send their shellfish to Sitka and get test results back in one business day. Eventually, the lab hopes to run tests for commercial entities – like shellfish growers and processors.But some hurdles remain. The lab needs the blessing of an alphabet soup of agencies, like the FDA, to become a full-fledged regulatory lab, on par with the one on Anchorage. Borchert said, “Long term stability is something I’m a little concerned with. The state regulatory folks are finally coming to these workshops and I’m hoping they can recognize what can happen.”For his part, Whitehead is taking it one step at a time. The lab is running test samples all this month and sending their results to NOAA in Seattle, for verification. If those check out, the lab will begin accepting subsistence shellfish as early as May.Share this story:last_img read more

One Alaskan’s quest to transform how we clean up oil spills

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Environment | Oceans | WildlifeOne Alaskan’s quest to transform how we clean up oil spillsNovember 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Kevin Kennedy works on a piece of one of his oil spill cleanup devices. (Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Cleaning up after a major oil spill is a huge challenge. After the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, for example, the federal government estimates responders removed only about a quarter of the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil released.One Alaskan thinks he’s figured out a better way to do it. He doesn’t work in a lab, he doesn’t have any fancy degrees and he’s not backed by the government or a big company. But some experts think he might be on to something.His name is Kevin Kennedy, and he spends a lot of time poking around what he refers to as his “mad scientist den.”It’s a garage that smells strongly of oil, cluttered with mechanical parts and tools, right behind Kennedy’s house in South Anchorage. Here, Kennedy has poured his soul — and, he says, his retirement — into developing a new kind of oil spill cleanup technology.Kennedy knows just how damaging an oil spill can be. On Good Friday in 1989, he was getting his shrimp boat ready for a day of work in Prince William Sound.“I didn’t have any idea how big it was until I got three-and-a-half, four hours out of Whittier and got to Knight Island Pass,” said Kennedy.  “And then you could smell it. And then you could start seeing it. And it just kept coming and coming and coming.”That was Kennedy’s last day as a shrimper — he helped with the cleanup effort, instead. Since the Exxon Valdez, Kennedy has gone from occasional tinkering to all-consuming work to develop a better way to clean up oil spills.On his website, Kennedy has posted videos of his inventions at work — there’s one of what he calls the Otter Skimmer chugging away on a spill off Louisiana’s coast. A net extends into the ocean, corralling the oil towards a little red pontoon boat. There, a device separates the oil from the water and pumps it into a storage container.Kennedy claims it works a lot better than the equipment response teams use to clean up oil spills today.“Nobody makes anything that works in Alaska until it hits the beach,” said Kennedy.But for a self-taught, self-funded inventor like Kennedy, trying to break into the market has been a long, hard journey. Over the years, Matt Melton has heard Kennedy’s pitch a lot. Melton is general manager of an oil spill response team based in Anchorage called the Alaska Chadux Corporation.“In the last 10 years that I’ve been in this business, Kevin’s been there, too,” said Melton. “He’s just always there — it’s quite amazing. He’s a unique man.”Melton says Kennedy’s an unconventional figure in the oil spill response world — but he also thinks he may be on to something. He says Kennedy’s device is efficient at separating oil from water, which makes it easier to store the waste during a cleanup. Alaska Chadux Corporation can’t endorse his equipment, but on certain uniquely challenging spills, Melton says he thinks Kennedy’s device might come in handy.“If I had an oil spill tomorrow and I called Kevin and he had one sitting on his shelf, I’d take it in a second,” said Melton.But oil spill response teams like Melton’s still aren’t rushing to buy Kennedy’s technology. Most already have cleanup equipment on hand that meets all their requirements and they’re used to using that equipment. And some experts disagree with Kennedy’s assertion that the equipment hasn’t improved at all since the Exxon Valdez.“The bread and butter — the basic equipment — hasn’t changed a whole lot… but there have been certain improvements to some of the equipment,” said Richard Bernhardt, who works on oil spill response with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.Bernhardt says skimmers have gotten a lot more efficient since Exxon Valdez. Barkley Lloyd agrees — he’s the president and general manager of Alaska Clean Seas, an oil spill response group on the North Slope. But Lloyd says that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.“You always want more,” said Lloyd. “It’s always great to have the solution to everything.”Kennedy says he isn’t promising the solution to everything — but he thinks his spill technology is an important step in the right direction.“I’d be a fool to sit there and say it’s because I’m going to save the world. When I first started into this, it was because I knew that there was a better way to do it.”Kennedy is determined to keep pushing forward until response teams actually start using his invention to clean up oil spills. Then, he says he doesn’t want to invent another thing again.Correction: According to NOAA, burning, skimming and direct recovery from the wellhead of the BP spill removed about a quarter of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NOAA does not count chemical dispersal as removal, as an earlier version of this story implied. Share this story:last_img read more

Officers in fatal Cody Eyre shooting won’t be charged

first_imgInterior | Juneau | Public SafetyOfficers in fatal Cody Eyre shooting won’t be chargedOctober 1, 2018 by Dan Bross, KUAC Share:The state will not charge officers who shot a Fairbanks man last Christmas Eve. An Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions report says three state troopers and two Fairbanks police officers lawfully used deadly force against 20-year-old Cody Eyre, originally from Juneau.Citing the report, Fairbanks police spokeswoman Yumi McCullough described what police and troopers said led to police firing on Eyre.Cody Eyre at a family cabin in Cantwell in winter 2017. (Photo courtesy Samantha Eyre-Harrison)“Mr. Eyre did point his gun at the officers and made some pretty strong statements towards them,” she said. “I don’t want to repeat them, because they are pretty graphic. They are in the declination letter, and that made the officers fear for their lives, the lives of their fellow officers and they were close to a residential area, and needed to make sure that threat was stopped.”The report says officers were initially contacted to check on Eyre by a friend in Wasilla who said he’d seen Eyre on Facebook talking about killing himself. Eyre’s mother called 911 for help, saying her son was depressed, had been drinking and had left the house on foot with a holstered handgun. The report says Eyre pointed his gun at an officer, and repeatedly threatened to kill himself as officers followed him along roads on the east side of Fairbanks.There is police body cam footage of the encounter, but McCullough said its release has been delayed until an Oct. 10 press conference.“Both agencies agreed that it was very important to make sure that the letter was available to the public prior to the video,” she said.McCullough added that the video also has to be edited down before public release. The report details repeated attempts by officers to get Eyre to drop his gun and to get him help before the situation escalates.“Officers don’t take incidents like this very lightly at all,” McCullough said. “And we are concerned about the Eyre family and know that they have suffered a loss and want to be respectful to them.”The report said five officers fired more than 40 rounds in two volleys. In between, they said Eyre was still a threat. First aid was administered but Eyre died a short time later at the hospital. The fatal wound was shot to the back of his head.Eyre’s handgun was not fired and only carried a single round. Speaking remotely from California, family attorney Mark Choate said they are disappointed with the Office of Special Prosecution report.“The decision to not prosecute does not mean that the shooting was ‘justified,’” Choate said. “The decision to not prosecute simply means that the special prosecutor determined that it could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the conduct was criminal. We remain convinced that the evidence will show that Cody’s death was the result of poor training and judgment by a SWAT-ed up group of officers who failed in their primary duty to protect Cody.”Cody Eyre was Alaska Native, and his family believes race was a factor in how law enforcement responded. They are preparing a civil rights lawsuit, and plan to issue a press release soon.Share this story:last_img read more

House bill would pay roughly $900 PFDs under new formula

first_imgEconomy | Government | Politics | State GovernmentHouse bill would pay roughly $900 PFDs under new formulaMarch 4, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, responds to a question from one of his colleagues in a House Resources Committee meeting, Feb, 10, 2020. Kopp chairs the House Rules Committee, which introduced a bill on March 4, 2020, that would change the formula used to pay for PFDs .(Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)Leaders of the Alaska House majority have introduced a bill that would set permanent fund dividends at roughly $900. That’s a little more than half of the $1,600 dividends paid out the last two years and significantly less than the roughly $3,000 Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants under the formula set in state law.House Bill 306 would change the formula for paying PFDs. Dividends would be one-fifth of the state’s annual draw from permanent fund earnings. The rest of the draw would pay for government services.Anchorage Republican Representative Chuck Kopp is the chair of the House Rules Committee, which introduced the bill.“This bill introduces stability,” he said. “It shows a clear picture of what we need to do going forward, and gives a sustainable dividend for future Alaskans.”The bill would close roughly 90% of the $1.5 billion gap between what the state spends and what it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.Kopp says the House majority supports the philosophy behind the bill, but the details will have to be worked out in the House Finance Committee.Defenders of the dividend note that it’s a significant share of lower-income Alaskans’ income. Kopp says the proposed formula would provide stability to both the state’s economy and to dividends.“We are the only state that gives away money to every man, woman and child,” he said. “I don’t think it was ever meant to be a public assistance program. Certainly, we have many Alaskans who are dependent on it, and I’m very sensitive to that.”Wasilla Republican Representative Cathy Tilton is the leading minority-caucus Republican on the finance committee. She expressed skepticism toward the concept.“My initial reaction is that this bill weighs heavily toward government spending and not so much toward the people,” she said. “So, it is not a bill that I can support at this particular time. I do look forward to conversation and that maybe we’ll be able to come closer together.”Tilton wants the bill to require a vote by the public on the formula change. And she wants a constitutional amendment to limit state spending.The finance committee is scheduled to discuss the bill next week.Share this story:last_img read more

Kensington Mine to quarantine workers traveling to Juneau

first_imgCoronavirus | Economy | Energy & Mining | Health | Juneau | Public Safety | SoutheastKensington Mine to quarantine workers traveling to JuneauMarch 25, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:A manager walks past Kensington Gold Mine’s Elmira deposit on Oct. 15, 2019. It’s one of the areas Coeur Alaska is currently exploring. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska)Employees and contract workers at Kensington Mine will now be required to spend 14 days in quarantine in a Juneau hotel. That’s if they arrive from outside Alaska or a coronavirus-infected community.Coeur Alaska announced the new measures — effective immediately — on Wednesday afternoon for the Juneau-area gold mine.The move follows a similar protocol by Hecla Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island. The workforce at both remote mine sites includes out-of-state workers who transit through Juneau’s airport.Both companies say they are quarantining their workforce in local hotels and moving to 28-day shifts to reduce the frequency of travel.“Coeur Alaska is working with a hotel and restaurants in Juneau to provide lodging and food for our out of state employees and contractors,” Coeur Alaska spokesperson Jan Trigg wrote in a statement. “Hopefully this will help to offset some of the economic losses these businesses are experiencing due to the COVID-19 situation.”Employees that live in Juneau that have traveled Outside will be expected to observe the quarantine in their own homes, she added.Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has exempted a number of industries — including miners — from a statewide quarantine for people arriving from out of state. But employers in industries considered critical must file plans on how they will prevent the spread of coronavirus in Alaska.Some Alaska doctors have criticized the exemptions, saying “hunker down” and quarantine measures are necessary to prevent COVID-19 cases from spiking and overwhelming local hospitals. Physicians object to Juneau’s coronavirus quarantine exemptionsShare this story:last_img read more

Do you ski, sled or ride Montana Creek? The city wants to hear from you.

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Local Government | OutdoorsDo you ski, sled or ride Montana Creek? The city wants to hear from you.September 5, 2020 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The gate across Montana Creek Road restricts access beyond the Hank Harmon Rifle Range from November through May. (Photo courtesy of Frankie Pillifant)Winter is coming and competition over a popular trail in Juneau has pit winter sports enthusiasts against each other. One group says they should have exclusive winter access to the snow. The other feels that public lands should be shared among all users. Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/09/07access.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For half the year, a locked gate blocks vehicle access on Montana Creek Road past a certain point.That wasn’t always the case, but dumping and other illegal activities became a concern several years ago.Now, snowmachines and four-wheelers access the road through a side entrance in the winter. That’s caused problems for the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, which has its own grooming equipment and spends hundreds of hours maintaining a cross country trail along the road.“We’re expending member dollars to buy the equipment and the fuel and the repairs, and then if somebody goes up there on a motorized (vehicle), it takes us hours to fix it,” said Frankie Pillifant, president of the club. “You can’t simply just run up there and groom it, smooth it down. It takes more work.”She said in other places she’s lived in Alaska, like Anchorage and Fairbanks, there’s plenty of space and snow for cross country skiing. But in Juneau, that’s not the case. “Montana Creek is what we call our snow hole. It has snow when there’s no snow anywhere else to ski on, whether it’s the campground or the lake or Eaglecrest,” Pillifant said. With winters getting warmer, it’s getting harder to access reliable snow for skiing. The club has permission from the city to maintain the groomed trail throughout the winter. Pillifant said safety is also an issue when motorized vehicles are on the narrow road. So the club sent a request to the city asking them to restrict winter access so that only cross country skiers, hikers and other non-motorized users could access the road. But, Montana Creek is also the way to get to state lands popular with All-Terrain Vehicle and snowmachine riders. That request didn’t sit well with them. “We’re all for, you know, having all kinds of activities in that area,” said Darin Crapo from the Juneau Off-Road Association. “It’s public land. It should be shared publicly.”The group circulated a petition that has more than a thousand signatures and encouraged off-road enthusiasts to let the city know how they feel about losing access to Montana Creek. The response has been vocal online. ATV and snow machine users have limited options to ride legally in Juneau.“It sets, to me, a dangerous precedent where what else are we going to lose? Who else is going to lose? What’s the next group that gets denied something?” Crapo said. He said he tried to reach out to the ski club to find a compromise between off road vehicles and cross country skiers. But, that conversation didn’t go anywhere. Pillifant said she feels they already have a compromise.“If it went the way we’d like it, we get it from November to May and they get it from May to November,” she said.In the end, the city will decide who gets winter access. Parks and Recreation is collecting public comment between now and Sept. 30.Members of the Parks and Rec Advisory Committee and the Juneau Assembly have already received a number of messages about the topic. The committee is scheduled to discuss it on Oct. 12. They’ll likely make a recommendation to the city manager.Hopefully, that happens before the snow starts to fall. The city is also working on a Juneau trails plan — a document that lays out priorities for the local trail system for the next two decades. A survey asking locals to weigh-in had more than 1,300 responses by the end of August. A draft of that plan is expected by next spring.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska’s congressional delegation takes heat from Trump fans as Electoral College count nears

first_imgFederal Government | Government | PoliticsAlaska’s congressional delegation takes heat from Trump fans as Electoral College count nearsJanuary 6, 2021 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:(Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)There may be division in the country over November’s presidential election, but not on the Dan Fagan Show in Anchorage.During his show, on radio station KENI during morning drive-time, it’s accepted as gospel that the election was “stolen” from President Trump. Fagan tells listeners that Alaska’s U.S. senators and congressman are letting them down.“Lisa H. Murkowski, she is the enemy,” he said. “She’s part of the communists, so we expect (this of) her. But Dan Sullivan and Don Young have surrendered. They’re waving the white flag, saying ‘Yeah, that’s OK. Steal the election. We’re cool with that.’”Congress meets Wednesday to count the Electoral College votes showing Joe Biden won November’s presidential election. Alaska Republicans are split over what the state’s congressional delegation should do.For the record, the Trump campaign has been unable to prove in any of 60 legal challenges that there was fraud on a scale that would have changed the election outcome. And of Alaska’s three-member delegation, only Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced in advance she’d affirm the Electoral College vote. (Also, her middle initial is A, not “H.”)At least 25 Senate Republicans said they won’t challenge the count, so there’s not much question the election results will stand.Robin Phillips of Anchorage said the question of what the Alaska delegation should do is dividing die-hard Republicans, even within her family.“I was talking with my mom and my sister, and you’ve got three different opinions,” said Phillips, who is active in the Republican Party.Her mom, former Alaska House Speaker Gail Phillips, thinks the delegation should agree to the certification and let the nation move on. Robin feels the same way, but also wants changes in how elections are run. She said her sister believes otherwise and shared her opinion with the delegation.“She 100% believes that, you know, as long as one voter is disenfranchised, then it shouldn’t count,” Robin Phillips said of her sibling.While Sullivan and Young didn’t announce how they intend to vote on Electoral College challenges, they have acknowledged Biden as the president-elect. Trump supporters on social media are not happy about it.Share this story:last_img read more

The village of Shungnak hasn’t had fuel since April

first_imgCommunity | NorthwestThe village of Shungnak hasn’t had fuel since AprilJune 19, 2021 by Nicole Edmison, KOTZ – Kotzebue Share:The Native Village of Shungnak (Photo courtesy of Northwest Arctic Borough)The Northwest Arctic Borough village of Shungnak has not had any gasoline since April and is looking at a long wait for a new fuel truck.Shungnak is about 280 river miles east of Kotzebue, up the winding Kobuk River. The only year-round access is a 150-mile airplane ride. You can also get there by river in the summer and snowmachine in the winter. The roughly 270 residents get their gasoline from the Shungnak Native Store, but the store hasn’t been able to supply any since April. Tribal administrator Kathy Custer says the village is facing several logistical challenges.Fuel is delivered to the village by air in the winter and Glenda Douglas, the manager of the Shungnak Native Store, said the 70s-era vintage fuel truck they used to transport fuel from the airport to the store has been broken down since last year.“The one that we did have was very old,” Douglas said.Douglas said the first summer barge is scheduled to arrive in the village later this week with a fresh fuel supply, which can be transported to the tanks without a truck.“Crowley usually brings their own line that runs from the barge to our tank farm,” Douglas said.But there are a few more hurdles still in the way. The gasoline pump at the store isn’t operational.“The stove oil side is good,” Douglas said. “It’s just our gas side that isn’t working right now.”Douglas says that while they work on fixing the gas pump, village residents have been traveling ten miles up the river to get fuel in Kobuk.An additional problem Shungnak residents face is the fuel they do have is contaminated with water. Douglas said there are two gasoline tanks at the Shungnak Native Store and workers have transferred all of the contaminated fuel to one tank, so they can refill the clean tank with the fresh fuel shipment arriving by barge. She said she hopes the store can get someone to Shungnak to help them clean the water-fouled tank before too long.A new fuel truck will have to travel by air to the village, adding to the overall expense, as there will only be one more barge coming in the fall.“They’d fly it here to Shungnak because we missed the barge,” Douglas said. “Unless we’re able to wait for this fall.”Douglas says the Native Village of Shungnak is working on a grant to purchase a new fuel truck. The village will likely face another fuel shortage this winter if these issues can’t be addressed in the coming months.Share this story:last_img read more

2021 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations and Details

first_imgAwards WatchEntertainment IndustryFilm2021 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations and DetailsThe SAG Awards are on April 4, 2021By Brittany Martin – February 4, 20211278ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItAwards shows are really back, despite…everything. While the ceremonies may not look quite like they did in past years, Hollywood will still find ways to celebrate its achievements, and we’ll still watch. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the SAG Awards.When are the SAG Awards?Normally the awards take place in January, but for 2021 the ceremony has been moved to April 4, starting at 6 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on TBS, and then replayed on TNT.Who is hosting the SAG Awards?No host for the one-hour telecast has been announced. A press release says this year’s broadcast “expands on our signature I am an Actor opening” in addition to the awards presentations.Will the show be in-person or remote? A statement on the the Screen Actors Guild website regarding ticketing suggests the event will be at least partially in-person, but without an audience in the venue.Who is nominated for the 2021 SAG Awards?Nominations were announced on February 4, 2021, in an Instagram Live ceremony presented by Lily Collins and Daveed Diggs. A full list of nominees is here.RELATED: All Hollywood Awards CoverageStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSAwards WatchGolden GlobesPrevious articleThe DA’s Office Is No Longer Sending Representatives to Parole Hearings. A Rape Case Has People Questioning the PolicyNext articleThe SAG Awards Nominations Right Some of Yesterday’s WrongsBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe 2022 Golden Globes Have Been Booted by NBCThe Oscars Red Carpet Was Back in a Big WayThe Oscars Are On, but What About All Those Star-Studded Parties?last_img read more

US customs wants to stop chasing Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube knock-offs

first_imgPac-Man may still be cool from an ironic perspective – but let’s face it, when you put it next to modern video games like Call of Duty, it doesn’t really compare. But that hasn’t stopped US customs officials from their crusade against rip-off artists: the coin-operated arcade version of the video game has been the subject of an official “exclusion order”, which bans US businesses from importing Pac-Man knock-offs, since 1982. But the US International Trade Commission (ITC) thinks it can use the time it spends sniffing out counterfeit, er, Pac-Men (Pac-Mans?) better. In fact, it’s asked a trade panel to lift the restrictions on trademarks covered by six import bans, including ones on Rubik’s Cubes (or, as the ITC puts it, “certain cube puzzles”), cardboard kaleidoscopes, and “certain novelty glasses”, the origin of which we can only speculate over.This doesn’t necessarily mean that, for example, a flood of Rubik’s Cube wannabes will now enter the market: the ITC is asking for public input over whether it should lift the import bans – meaning if Hasbro, the toy’s manufacturer, still feels its trademark is worth defending, it can apply to have the ban kept in place.Nevertheless, we’re choosing to look forward to a new, more egalitarian era of Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cubing. To celebrate, let’s all watch a video of the 2013 “speed cubing” championship. whatsapp Tags: NULL Emma Haslett More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Monday 27 October 2014 11:14 amcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenar Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp US customs wants to stop chasing Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube knock-offs last_img read more

British companies considering hiring hackers to fight cyber criminals

first_img whatsapp Share Sunday 16 November 2014 11:16 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Joseph Millis center_img British companies considering hiring hackers to fight cyber criminals by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity 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 MirrorThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DavePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Show Comments ▼ British companies are considering turning to ex-hackers in a bid to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals, according to latest research released today by KPMG. The professional services company surveyed 300 senior IT and human resources professionals in firms employing 500-plus staff to assess how they were protecting themselves against cyber security breaches. Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) said they were facing new cyber security challenges which demanded new cyber skills. According to the research, 53 per cent of companies are consider turning to “poachers turned game-keepers” to keep up to speed. Just over half (52 per cent) would also consider recruiting an expert even if they had a previous criminal record.Serena Gonsalves-Fersch, head of KPMG’s cyber security academy, said: “The increasing awareness of the cyber threat means the majority of UK companies are clear on their strategy for dealing with any skills gaps. However, they wouldn’t hire pickpockets to be security guards, so the fact that companies are considering former hackers as recruits clearly shows how desperate they are to stay ahead of the game.” Tags: Cybercrimelast_img read more

Bond is back for the 24th time & he‘s got a new motor

first_img More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 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.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ PINEWOOD studios yesterday announced that 007 will be returning to the screens for the 24th time in a film entitled Spectre. Daniel Craig will again play the suave British agent James Bond and it will also star Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci – all pictured above. Bond will have a new set of super wheels, too, an Aston Martin DB10. Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniors Tags: NULLcenter_img whatsapp Thursday 4 December 2014 9:00 pm Bond is back for the 24th time & he‘s got a new motor whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Everybody panic: Twitter was down for five hours yesterday

first_img Emma Haslett More From Our Partners Native 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.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Share Twitter users experienced widespread outages yesterday afternoon. In a blog post published overnight, the service admitted that some users had been unable to sign in to Twitter between 4am and 9.25am Pacific Standard Time – that’s between midday and 5.25pm UK time. The glitch largely affected Android users, signing them out on their devices and leaving them unable to sign back in.Users speculated that the glitch had been caused by a bug which led Twitter’s servers to think it was 29 December 2015. https://twitter.com/AnonyPress/status/549378742691569664Twitter said:This issue was due to a bug in our front-tend code, which has been patched. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. whatsapp whatsapp Monday 29 December 2014 8:08 am Everybody panic: Twitter was down for five hours yesterday Show Comments ▼ Tags: Twitterlast_img read more

H&M dresses up warm as strong winter collection boosts its sales

first_img H&M dresses up warm as strong winter collection boosts its sales Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, yesterday reported higher-than-expected sales growth in December, helped by strong collections and colder weather after an unusually mild autumn in Europe.For Sweden-based H&M, it was the ninth consecutive month that the company, which is also benefiting from a recovering North American economy, achieved sales clearly or slightly above analysts’ expectations in Reuters polls.The company, which is second only to Zara-owner Inditex in annual sales, said its revenue rose 15 per cent year-on-year in December, above a 13 per cent increase forecast by analysts.This compared with a 10 per cent rise in November.Analyst Niklas Ekman at brokerage Carnegie said H&M’s sales growth stood out in the sector as it seemed to be shrugging off weak fashion demand across Europe, especially in Germany, the retailer’s biggest market. “They are defying gravity,” he said.European fashion retailers, most recently Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, complained of weak demand for high-margin winter clothing at the start of the season. However, colder weather in December has since appeared to help sales. whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 15 January 2015 9:07 pm Express KCS Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Allied Irish Banks chief executive David Duffy quits to join Clydesdale Bank

first_img Lynsey Barber Monday 19 January 2015 3:26 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldGive It LoveRemember These Rare Sisters? See Them NowGive It Lovezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Allied Irish Banks chief executive David Duffy quits to join Clydesdale Bank Allied Irish Banks (AIB) chief executive David Duffy has resigned after just over three years in the top job at the state-owned Irish bank in order to join Clydesdale Bank as its new boss.Clydesdale, which is owned by National Australia Bank (NAB), announced the departure of current boss David Thorburn earlier this month. NAB has publicly declared plans to exit the UK: last October it said it was hoping to IPO Clydesdale so it can transfer its focus onto its core markets in Australia and New Zealand.A date for Duffy’s departure from AIB has not been decided as the search for a successor begins – but AIB chairman Richard Pym said: “I am very sorry to see David leave AIB. During David’s tenure as CEO the bank has been transformed from an organisation in difficulty to one which returned to profit in the first half of 2014 and which is well positioned to deliver on its strategic objectives to customers and shareholders.”The bank, which was rescued by the Irish government in 2010 with a £29bn bailout during the financial crisis, is also in the process of going public, taking its first step towards a listing last week by appointing Goldman Sachs to advise on its re-listing, which is expected to net £16.4bn for taxpayers.Duffy, who joined AIB at the end of 2011 a year after the Irish government , said he is leaving to pursue opportunities overseas. “My time at AIB has been immensely rewarding both professionally and personally. The bank is well positioned to contribute to Irish economic recovery and to serve customer needs. Having returned to profitability, received approval of the Bank’s restructuring plan and passed the recent ECB/EBA comprehensive assessment, I believe now is the right time for a new CEO to lead the bank through the next phase of its recovery and growth and a multi-year process of returning capital to the Irish State,” said Duffy. last_img read more

How Companies House destroyed a family business with a single typo

first_img Tags: NULL Wednesday 28 January 2015 4:36 am If you’re having a bad morning, spare a thought for the owners of Taylor and Sons, a 124 year-old Cardiff-based military equipment supplier which was pushed into administration – after a typo made by Companies House.A High Court judge has ruled that the government body must pay out £8.8m to the owners of the company, after it mistakenly listed it in February 2009 as having been “wound up” – when in fact, it was Taylor and Son (with a crucial missing “s”), which had gone bust.   The outcome, said the claimants, was that when Taylor and Sons’ customers and suppliers checked its records, they were put off doing business with it. In fact, Philip Davison-Sebry, the company’s former managing director, said that despite its attempts to reassure them, within three weeks all 3,000 of its suppliers had terminated their orders, while credit facilities were withdrawn. And while the typo was fixed within three days, “word had got around” and customers – including Tata Steel, with whom it had a £400,000-a-month deal – cancelled their contracts.Davison-Sebry added that one client had called him while he was on holiday. “They said they weren’t happy at all I was on holiday, asking how could I be on holiday at a time like this?”Mr Justice Edis concluded there was no reason the company should have gone into administration, apart from the mistake by Companies House, and that the “assumption of responsibility” was therefore on the government body.”Balancing the harm actually done to the company in this case against the potential adverse impact upon Companies House it is clear that the balance favours the loss falling on Companies House rather than the company.’To say that it was also owed to every other company on the register is only to say that a hospital owes a duty to each patient which it treats, and may come to owe duties to many thousands of people in the course of a year. That is of course true, but not a reason for denying that the hospital ever owes any duty.” How Companies House destroyed a family business with a single typo Emma Haslett Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.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.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

General Election 2015: The London battlegrounds that could hold the balance of power

first_img General Election 2015: The London battlegrounds that could hold the balance of power Show Comments ▼ Thursday 5 February 2015 7:42 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoArticles SkillHe Left Wife For Her Sister, Then She Wins It AllArticles SkillUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoRest WowCouple Makes A Bet: No Eating Out, No Alcohol, No Cheat Meals. A Year…Rest WowUndo Share ashley.kirk whatsapp whatsapp London could hold the balance of power in the upcoming General Election, with the major parties gearing up to target at least 11 of its tightest seats.Five London constituencies feature in Labour’s top 50 target seats – Hendon, Brent Central, Brentford & Isleworth, Croydon Central and Enfield North. The Conservatives are looking to take six seats from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, including the seat currently held by the shadow Lord Chancellor, Sadiq Khan.If viewing on a mobile device, scroll to the right of the map to scroll past it.In 2010, Labour lost seven seats in the capital. It did, however, manage to gain Bethnal Green and Bow from the Respect Party.The Conservatives picked up seven constituencies – six from Labour and one from the Liberal Democrats . While the Liberal Democrats lost Richmond Park to the Tories, the party managed to gain Brent Central from Labour.Aside from the 11 constituencies mapped above, all other London constituencies have a majority of over 3,000 and are safer seats for the party that holds them.As it stands, the breakdown of London’s 73 constituencies is:Labour Party – 38Conservative – 28Liberal Democrats – 7Below are London’s seats to watch in 2015, where some of the election’s most closely-fought contests are likely to happen. Hampstead and KilburnThis constituency, straddling the boroughs of Camden and Brent, was created for the 2010 General Election and was the closest three-way marginal seat. Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson MP won with a majority of just 42 – just 0.1 per cent of the vote. While Labour got 32.8 per cent, the Conservatives 32.7 per cent and Lib Dems 31.2 per cent.Jackson is standing down for the 2015 election, so the party’s candidate is now Tulip Siddiq. The constituency is number one on the Tories’ target list, with the party fielding Simon Marcus to attempt to win the seat.HendonThe Conservative MP Matthew Offord holds this seat by just 106 votes. It is likely to be a close-fought battle with Labour placing the seat as third on their target list.The constituency has one of Barnet’s largest Jewish communities and large Asian and black populations. Andrew Dismore, the Labour candidate hoping to win back the seat, was MP for the Middlesex seat between 1997 and 2010.Brent CentralBrent Central’s Lib Dem MP, Sarah Teather, is stepping down from the seat for the 2015 election. Ibrahim Taguri will be the new candidate faced with defending the Lib Dem’s 3 per cent majority.Labour’s candidate is Dawn Butler, former MP for Brent South, who lost to Teather in 2010. The seat is 23rd on Labour’s target list.Sutton and CheamThe Coalition partners will be fighting hard to gain Sutton & Cheam with the Liberal Democrats defending a 3.3 per cent lead over the Tories.Paul Burstow MP is a health minister and has spoken out against government plans to close the A&E and maternity wards at St Helier Hospital. The Conservative candidate, Paul Scully, is running with a campaign to protect local frontline services.The constituency is also home to several major employers, including Reed Business Publishing and Sainsbury’s. In 2010, Labour only achieved seven per cent of the vote here.Brentford and IsleworthThis marginal seat is currently held by Conservative Mary Macleod with a 3.6 per cent majority of 1,958 votes. It was taken from Labour in 2010, with the party slipping from majorities of greater than 20 per cent in 1997 and 2001.The expansion of Heathrow Airport, to the west of the seat, is likely to be a big factor in the way people decide. Both Mary Macleod and Labour’s candidate, Ruth Cadbury, have said they will fight the proposals.Enfield NorthEnfield North is London’s northernmost seat. It has mirrored national trends – swinging from the Tories in 1997 and returning to the party in 2010. Nick de Bois MP is now the incumbent, with a 3.8 per cent majority.Its MP has lost his campaign to prevent the downgrading of A&E and maternity services at Chase Farm hospital. The seat is 29th on Labour’s list of target seats for 2015, concentrating on the party’s stronghold in the east of the constituency.ElthamEltham is a marginal Labour-held seat covering the south of the borough of Greenwich. The constituency is largely surburban, home to many commuters and a large amount of green space. Clive Efford has been its MP since 1997, when Labour won with 54.6 per cent of the vote.This lead was reduced to 41.5 per cent in 2010, with a four per cent majority over the Conservatives. It is now 25th on the Tories’ target list. TootingShadow Lord Chancellor Sadiq Khan has been Tooting’s MP since 2005. The Conservatives are hoping to assail his five per cent majority with their candidate, local businessman Dan Watkins. The seat is 29th on their target list.The constituency is split in half – with the Tories performing better in the north and Labour in the south, which includes Tooting itself. Tags: General Election 2015last_img read more

UK Coal fails to convince Cable

first_img whatsapp More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Share Tags: NULL UK Coal fails to convince Cable BUSINESS secretary Vince Cable has refused a request from UK Coal and Hatfield Colliery for £300m of state aid, which means the UK’s last three remaining deep coal mines are set to close by the end of the year. UK Coal, which runs Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire and Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire, and Hatfield Colliery in South Yorkshire, had been seeking government grants to allow them to delay closing until 2018.Cable said the funding did not make economic sense, and a spokesman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills told City A.M.: “We must bear in mind value for taxpayer money.”UK Coal and Hatfield Colliery declined to comment yesterday. Show Comments ▼ Sunday 8 February 2015 11:07 pm Express KCS last_img read more

UK expected to grow faster on lower oil prices

first_img Share Tuesday 10 February 2015 9:10 pm Express KCS Show Comments ▼ UK expected to grow faster on lower oil prices THE UK’S economic growth is speeding up this year, an economic forecaster has said.The National Institute of Economic and Social Research estimates the economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the three months ending in January. Official estimates place growth in the three months to December at 0.5 per cent. Niesr attribute the acceleration in growth to the private services sector. Niesr also said yesterday it expected 2.9 per cent economic growth this year, up from 2.6 per cent in 2014, due almost entirely to sharp falls in oil prices. Brent crude oil – a North Sea benchmark – is currently $57 per barrel, about half what it was last July. However, it warned economic weakness in the Eurozone – the UK’s biggest export market – will prove a hindrance to significant improvement.The forecast eases fears that the UK’s recovery is losing traction. The three-month on three-month rate of growth slowed in the final quarter of the year from 0.7 per cent in the three months to September. It also grew 0.8 per cent in the three months to June. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img whatsapp whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastUndo Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Mansion tax, shmansion tax: This £24m Notting Hill home sold just before the General Election

first_imgFriday 29 May 2015 4:54 am Property types may have been worried about the looming spectre of a  mansion tax during the run-up to the General Election – but that concern clearly didn’t stretch to one billionaire buyer, who forked out £24m on a house in Notting Hill.An “unmodernised” end-of-terrace home on Kensington Park Gardens, which comes complete with eight bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, two dressing rooms, four cloakrooms, a staff flat, a swimming pool, a linen room – and even the ultimate London luxury, off-street parking – sold a few weeks before the election. The 11,660 sq ft home will have cost the buyer just shy of £2.8m in stamp duty, said estate agent Marsh & Parsons, which sold the house, which added that it was a positive sign for the prime central London market. The view from the top: the buyer also gets access to private garden Ladbroke Square (Source: Marsh & Parsons)”Buyers are learning to live with the new higher stamp duty costs above £937,000,” said Keith Gorny, the director of Marsh & Parsons Prime Sales. “Prime London property continues to be a highly sought-after asset.”And it looks like the end of uncertainty over mansion tax – both Labour and the Liberal Democrats had threatened an annual tax on homes worth more than £2m – has paid off for London’s prime residential property market. Figures earlier this week by estate agent comparison site Getagent.co.uk found the number of properties worth £2m plus listed on it have doubled since the election. “For the first time in a while we’ve got serious interest, people talking about offering more viewings,” Nick Davies, from agent Stirling Ackroyd, told City A.M. Emma Haslett whatsapp Mansion tax, shmansion tax: This £24m Notting Hill home sold just before the General Election whatsapp Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It Wise Share Tags: London house priceslast_img read more

American Apparel issues its founder with restraining order

first_img American Apparel issues its founder with restraining order Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressUndoLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseUndo Express KCS whatsapp Share Tags: NULLcenter_img Tuesday 2 June 2015 8:59 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com IT’S A special case when the company you founded takes out a restraining order against you, but American Apparel’s relationship with founder and former boss Dov Charney is a special case.The company confirmed in a regulatory filing yesterday that it had been granted a restraining order against Charney, who was dramatically ousted from his role after a series of sexual harassment lawsuits last year, by a court in Delaware.The order backs up a standstill agreement reached last year, which prevents Charney from removing board members and making negative press statements against the company and its employees. The former boss was finally ousted in December, after months of wrangling. Although he was fired from his position as chairman and suspended from his roles as president and chief executive in June, he was brought back as a consultant after he threatened to sue the company. The board hoped that ousting Charney, known for his controversial leadership (including regularly stripping off at work), would transform the company’s fortunes. But yesterday shares were trading at 55 cents, 3.22 per cent down, their lowest since December. last_img read more

Gatwick executive blasts Heathrow as a monopoly as its traffic numbers make case for expansion

first_img whatsapp Thursday 25 June 2015 10:45 am Gatwick Airport today announced record passenger growth – which senior executives said adds to Gatwick’s case that it should be recommended for expansion.The airport had the busiest year in its history, with 38.7m passengers travelling through it in the year to the end of March. On one day in August there were 906 traffic movements – a world record for a single runway airport. It announced turnover of £638m, a 7.5 per increase from the year before. Consequently, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), were up 13.2 per cent to £297.3m, with profit before tax of £83.8m.Nick Dunn, the airport’s chief financial officer, told City A.M. the positive financial numbers made a clear case for Gatwick being chosen by the Davies commission for a new runway, instead of what he describes as the “monopoly” of Heathrow:It’s quite clear we need more capacity, and that we can offer the best solution for the UK to get the sort of connectivity it needs.He said if the independent Davies commission, which is looking into the issue for the government, recommend Heathrow, regional airports like Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh will suffer as passengers are drawn there instead.If they further entrench the monopoly that is Heathrow, by giving Heathrow a third runway, then all the airports round the UK suffer.Dunn added that Gatwick can also deliver expansion “5 years ahead of another alternative. The quicker we get on with this, and the quicker we get it built, the qucker the benefits start to flow.”The Davies commission is likely to put its recommendations to the government any day now. Chairman Sir Howard Davies has even put back the date at which he is going to start at RBS in order to deal with the potential fall out. whatsapp Charlotte Henry Henry Share More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Gatwick executive blasts Heathrow as a monopoly as its traffic numbers make case for expansion Show Comments ▼ Tags: London airport expansionlast_img read more

Tory bosses: Just three candidates on the Conservative mayoral ballot

first_imgMonday 6 July 2015 9:25 pm Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS center_img Voters will be able to choose among no more than three candidates when the Conservative party holds an open primary later this year to select its candidate for mayor of London.Applications to be the Tory candidate for London mayor closed yesterday, but the party has not released an official list of hopefuls.Bookmakers put Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith as the odds-on favourite to win the nomination, but London MEP Syed Kamall, gay rights campaigner Ivan Massow, deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh, London Assembly member Andrew Boff, local councillor Simon Fawthrop and former England footballer Sol Campbell have all said that they want to be the Tory candidate for City Hall’s top job.But voters will only be able to choose from a shortlist of two or three candidates, CCHQ confirmed yesterday, with a selection committee made up of Conservative regional officers, area chairmen and deputy chairmen deciding who gets on the ballot.Massow told City A.M. that he disagreed with the process: “They need to select someone who is not politics as usual.”“An open primary with all of the candidates would have given them a better chance of finding that person,” he added.A party spokesperson told City A.M.: “The process has been designed to get as many Londoners involved as possible so they have the best candidate to represent them.” whatsapp Tory bosses: Just three candidates on the Conservative mayoral ballot Tags: London mayoral election 2016last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is no shock to famous author Stiglitz

first_img 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 VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It Wise Share Outspoken economist Joseph Stiglitz said yesterday that the rise of extreme socialist candidates such as Jeremy Corbyn is a predictable consequence of austerity measures imposed across Europe since the financial crisis. Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is no shock to famous author Stiglitz Sunday 26 July 2015 11:25 pm whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Tags: Jeremy Corbyn People More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 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.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comlast_img read more

EU referendum: Two-thirds of Conservative MPs still undecided about Brexit – but Eurosceptics have the edge

first_img whatsapp Catherine Neilan Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndo whatsappcenter_img Share Friday 2 October 2015 8:36 am Almost two-thirds of Tory MPs are undecided about whether the UK should stay in the European Union – but up to one in five are likely to vote for Brexit, new research suggests.  The research, published ahead of the Conservative party conference which starts on Sunday, found that opponents of membership “have a slight edge” but noted that “contrary to many people’s perceptions, the party as a whole is relatively balanced”. The study put the lawmakers in five categories: firmly in, in-leaning, swing voters, out-leaning and firmly out.  In total 203 Tory MPs came out as swing voters, while there were 47 out-leaning MPs and 22 who were firmly out.  Just 14 MPs were firmly in, while 44 were in-leaning.  And, as this graphic below shows, breaking those figures down, backbenchers appear to be more sceptical than their cabinet and frontbench colleagues.   Pawel Swidlicki, policy analyst at Open Europe, said: “The high number of swing voter MPs underlines how important it will be for David Cameron to secure a comprehensive and ambitious reform package in order to ensure that the bulk of his party, as well as the wider public, sees any recommendation to remain within the EU as credible.  “Looking through what Tory MPs have said, opting out of ‘ever closer union’, securing safeguards for non-euro member states, changes to EU free movement rules and pro-competitiveness reforms are the most commonly cited criteria for judging the outcome of the renegotiation – individuals will place greater weight on some of these issues than others. Many know that their constituents are most concerned about immigration, so free movement is a crucial issue.” It was essential for Cameron to make good progress in these areas during his reform negotiations, Swidlicki added.  Not only would this boost the chances of him winning his own party, it would also help maintain “party unity” after the referendum, he noted.  EU referendum: Two-thirds of Conservative MPs still undecided about Brexit – but Eurosceptics have the edge last_img read more

Bad customer experience is costing mobile operators £1.6bn

first_imgWednesday 7 October 2015 5:42 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Bad customer experience is costing mobile operators £1.6bn center_img Share Bad customer experience is costing UK mobile operators as much as £1.6bn, as nearly half of Britons have suffered a bad experience with their phone company.If you’ve ever been spitting mad at your phone company, you’re far from alone. Some one in 10 Britons have had a customer experience bad enough it made them leave the operator, new research shows. And what’s worse – operators don’t even handle customer complaints right. According to a recent Ofcom study, what upsets us most about phone operators is (unsurprisingly) the price. Ironically, though, the second-most complained about area is the way companies handle customer complaints.Vodafone was the most complained about company, followed by EE.And this isn’t without consequence, as poor customer service could be costing these companies dearly in lost revenues. Millions of dissatisfied customers changing phone operators cost companies £1.6bn, according to the research by customer engagement company Thunderhead, based on customers spending an average of £371 per year.Glen Manchester, chief executive of Thunderhead, said operators need to put customers “back at the centre of their business”:By failing to properly understand where customers are in their journey and how they want companies to communicate with them, mobile operators are pushing their customers out the door, and waving goodbye to perfectly good revenue as they do soWorse still, a £1.6bn revenue loss could just be the tip of the iceberg, as the research suggest we’re likely to spread a bad experience of a company to as many as 18 people. Clara Guibourg last_img read more

News / Click and collect could save traditional retailers in a multichannel shopping world

first_img Despite the rapid growth of online retailers such as Amazon and ASOS, their lack of physical stores and susceptibility of supply chains could be a key advantage for conventional retailers as they struggle to win back market share, according to former Deutsche Post-DHL board member John Allen.Now on the board of electronic retailer Dixons, grappling with the multichannel retailing challenge, Mr Allen claimed that last-mile delivery was the “Achilles’ heel” of online-only retailers. He said it remained their only route to consumers, while conventional stores were increasingly important in a multichannel environment.In a keynote speech at the EFT 3PL summit in Amsterdam this week, Mr Allen said: “At Dixons, the internet plays a role in some 80% of our sales. Because no two customers complete sales the same way, we have had to develop an online model so they can buy in a variety of ways.”He remains skeptical about the use of delivery drones, although he admitted they could have “some applications” and that some shoppers wanted a speedy delivery.“However, while all this is stuff about delivery is going on, the bricks-and-mortar retailers have an incredibly powerful resource: click and collect.“Shoppers like it; it’s customer-friendly, low-cost for retailers and it gets customers in stores and creates opportunities for further sales,” he said.He added that more than 50% of John Lewis’ online sales were click and collect, with a large number of these collected by customers at its Waitrose stores.“The challenge for 3PLs and parcel companies is whether they can provide an alternative to click and collect,” he said.At the same time, delivery companies have to face up to the challenge of online-only retailers developing their own logistics networks.In its half-year results released this week, Royal Mail said overall that growth in UK parcel deliveries was likely to be limited to just 1-2% for the next two years as a result of Amazon’s decision to set up its own delivery company.“This decision was driven not by cost but by having control over the delivery to the end consumer,” said Mr Allen, who also argued that the story changes for different retail verticals.“In my sector, conventional stores are growing by 2-3% and online by 20%, and this means several challenges for retailers.“First is the need for total visibility of inventory to do a multi-channel, as all the volumes have to be in a single inventory no matter what channel they are sold through. As an example, one particular shoe retailer has its own stores, a concession in Selfridges and sells online, but if there’s strong demand for a particular product in London, they move stock from somewhere it is not selling, say Norwich.“Secondly, we need to move from transaction-based business to a consumer-based business, which means we need to develop a single view of the customer.“And lastly, cross-border movements will intensify the struggle, while at the same time e-commerce is also causing disruption to distribution businesses and wholesalers,” he said.However, he argued the grocery sector was facing even greater challenges due to changing consumer habits.“The mega-superstore has ceased to become relevant – they are too large and they are in the wrong locations – and there is nothing harder to shift than a bricks-and-mortar store. What do you do with it?“As a result, margins are almost certainly going to fall for supermarkets and the returns are going to come down with a bang – the question is, how they are going to respond?”However, that pressure would create opportunities fro logistics providers, he said.“But here’s a cheery prediction: as capex falls and margins are squeezed, there will be more opportunities for 3PLs because I suspect that supermarkets will have to become more selective about what they spend their cash on.”He revealed that Dixons had decided to respond to the price challenge of Amazon, and would shortly deploy an online price calculator in its stores.“Five years ago there was a 20% price difference between our stores and Amazon, unfortunately in Amazon’s favour. Now that is down to just 1%, and we should see people showrooms as an opportunity rather than a threat.”And retailers need to cut costs could be helped by collaboration with competitors, he suggested.“Retailers ideally should collaborate on the last-mile deliveries. But will they? Almost certainly not. There are businesses whose profitability is going to be destroyed over the next few years, and unfortunately that is the worst time to collaborate.“However, collaboration could be imposed upon retailers by regulation, where cities like London create hubs on their outer limits for collections and limit inner-city deliveries, forcing retailers to share transport,” he said. By Gavin van Marle in Amsterdam 21/11/2014last_img read more

Gefco eyes more expansion as it wards off major competition to acquire IJS Global

first_img Gefco has beaten interest from three other large logistics companies to acquire Dutch forwarder IJS Global.The deal, in the making for some four months, is expected to be completed by mid-October, once final approvals are given by antitrust authorities in Austria and Germany.IJS, with 500 employees, had revenues of some €160m last year, dwarfed by Gefco’s €4.1bn turnover. But, founded in 2004 and bought by private equity company Nimbus in May last year, IJS Global appears to have been much sought after.“We were approached by various companies,” said CEO Sjoerd Van Loon, who will take on a CEO role for all Gefco’s overseas freight forwarding activities. By Alex Lennane 23/09/2015 “Nimbus was reluctant to sell, but the persistence of some players and some serious offers persuaded it to hold a limited auction, to keep discussions short.”The two new sister companies claim complementary businesses and networks. Gefco, formerly owned by PSA Peugeot Citroën, specialises in automotive logistics. PSA sold a 75% stake in 2012 to Russian Railways, in a bid to compete with Deutsche Bahn and SNCF’s expansion into global logistics. Gefco, whose headquarters remain in France, has been expanding in Central Asia, the Middle East, East Asia and South America.The acquisition will allow Gefco to develop its presence in the world’s two primary freight forwarding areas – China and South-east Asia and the US – and will also give Gefco a greater presence in the UK, Netherlands and Germany, and obtain a foothold in the Australian market.IJS Global, in contrast, has focused on the hi-tech, consumer goods, aerospace, humanitarian, defence, off shore and spares industries and healthcare.“When we started the business we were not interested in chasing kilos, but focusing on industry verticals such as pharma,” Mr Van Loon told The Loadstar. “The logical step has been to develop the company and make it ready for the next level of growth. What made Gefco attractive to us was the network expansion and complementary businesses.”He said he had no concerns over any potential exposure to the weak Russian market.“We’ve been talking to Gefco, not its shareholders. What makes it interesting is what Gefco is able to do. It has its own strategic vision. We have an immediate interest in bringing Gefco’s network to our customers – and vice versa for Gefco. Its strength and networks in the automotive business will be attractive for our time-critical clients.”He added that the Asia-Europe landbridge also offered good prospects.“We are definitely interested in Asia-Europe rail. We handle a lot of volumes from Asia and firmly believe in the development of rail, but we couldn’t enter that market because of the strength of existing players in Europe. But now we will definitely look to rail.”Sjoerd Van LoonMr Van Loon said he was also enjoying peer-to-peer discussions with Gefco.“I am very excited by the prospect of working with a logistics company rather than private equity. Dealing with financiers involves different sorts of discussions. They are interested in return on investment. But there is a tremendous opportunity in talking to someone who understands the transport business.”The companies have not disclosed a price for the deal, but German media suggests that the deal involved around €64m.Luc Nadal, chairman of the Gefco management board said in a statement: “This operation will allow Gefco to enhance its position as the preferred partner of international industrial companies. We have all the assets to become a major overseas player.”last_img read more

People / Claire Phillips becomes Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s sales manager for continental Europe

first_img Virgin Atlantic Cargo has appointed Claire Phillips as its regional sales manager for Continental Europe.The role will involve working with the carrier’s 17 GSA partners in the region, which generates about 15% of the cargo arm’s annual revenue.Ms Phillips has worked at the airline for five years, most recently in customer service training but also as route development manager and capacity controller. Her new role, which will see her become responsible for revenue and budgets in continental Europe, starts on Monday.“The knowledge and experience Claire has gained from her previous posts within Virgin Atlantic Cargo will enable her to quickly establish herself in her new role and further develop our sales strategies across Europe,” said Ryan Ellis, head of GSA territory management. By Alex Lennane 01/09/2016 “This is an extremely important and growing region in our global network and enables customers across Continental Europe to access the Virgin Atlantic network from over 60 receiving points.”Ms Phillips added: “It’s only when customers start to book cargo with Virgin Atlantic that they realise the wide choice of access points we offer into our international network. I look forward to supporting our customers and GSA partners in the region and to identifying new opportunities and countries where we can achieve further growth.”Ms Phillips will be based at the airline’s headquarters at London’s Gatwick Airport.last_img read more

Comment / Libya: insecurity and political divisions continue to threaten international shipping

first_img By Eliza Richardson, geopolitical risk analyst, PGI Intelligence 27/09/2016 © Woravit Vijitpanya There are growing concerns over the risk to international shipping in the southern Mediterranean, following recent confrontations between Libyan maritime authorities and foreign vessels.Last month, the Libyan Navy fired on a vessel operated by medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Bourbon Argos, marking the first time Libyan authorities have fired directly on a rescue vessel since the conflict there began in 2011.Naval personnel eventually boarded the vessel, which was in international waters, 24 nautical miles off the Libyan coast.A similar episode took place on 11 September when Libyan coastguards fired warning shots at a rescue vessel belonging to German charity group Sea-Eye, although this did not cause injuries or significant damage.The coastguard subsequently detained two crew members on suspicion of illicit fuel smuggling before releasing them 24 hours later.Since civil war broke out in Libya in 2011, shippers have faced a number of operational and security challenges. Military forces conducted at least three air strikes against commercial vessels in 2015, and recent confrontations between maritime security forces and foreign vessels indicate that the threat of attack continues.In July, the eastern House of Representatives authority (HoR), which opposes the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), threatened to attack any unauthorised oil tanker entering Libyan waters with air strikes. Although no such attack has been launched, the precedent for aerial bombardments targeting unrecognised commercial vessels suggests that there remains cause for concern.The situation is exacerbated by the poor discipline of the Libyan naval forces and a lack of enforcement of internationally accepted standards of engagement even when operating in international waters.During the MSF incident, the charity reported that armed men on a speedboat fired at least 13 bullets at their vessel, some hitting the ship’s bridge. However, this account is disputed by the Libyan Navy, which countered that just five warning shots were fired and the ship was not boarded.Such incidents are difficult to mitigate, given the isolation of vessels at sea and the difficulty in enforcing protocols.The incident highlights how even vessels experienced in operating in the region and utilising AIS, which displays the ship’s details to any naval forces, can encounter potentially life-threatening confrontations with Libyan security forces.The Bourbon Argos has been operating off Libya since May 2015 and was clearly marked, indicating that authorities should have been familiar with the vessel. The Sea-Eye incident differs in that the vessel accidentally strayed into Libyan waters, although it is highly likely that the vessel’s AIS was turned on, given that the charity’s website was providing live tracking of its route.The presence of two competing administrations in Libya, the GNA and the HoR, also makes it difficult for shippers to know who to obtain authorisation from, increasing the risk of vessel seizures, searches and attacks by local security forces.Maritime security forces affiliated with both the HoR and GNA have continued to detain and search foreign commercial and charity vessels in recent months, with at least two reports of foreign-owned merchant vessels being detained in July, although it is possible other incidents went unreported.On 30 July, a Canadian cargo ship was detained in Tobruk and searched by the coastguard affiliated with the HoR, weeks after a Comoros-flagged vessel was briefly detained off Ras Hilial. In both instances, the vessels were suspected of smuggling weapons or oil, although they were later accused of not obtaining the correct permit to enter Libyan waters.Moreover, neither the GNA nor the HoR are coherent forces and have wide-ranging allegiances to numerous others forces and militia. As these factions look to prevent rivals from accessing international trade and remain suspicious of any vessels within or near Libyan territorial waters, there will be the potential for further attacks, seizures and detention of foreign vessels and their crews.The threat to vessels near Libya’s territorial waters is likely to continue for the foreseeable future as a result of the political divisions onshore, the failure to train and instil professionalism among local maritime forces, and the widespread smuggling operations off the coast of Libyalast_img read more

News / UK apparel importers ‘forgotten’ by THE Alliance network planners

first_img By Gavin van Marle 28/03/2017 © Joyfull | Dreamstime.com – Colombo harbor THE Alliance appears to have forgotten UK apparel shippers in the reorganisation of its Asia-Europe strings, according to one leading high street retailer.European importers are poring over the new alliance schedules to work out which ones best fit their supply chains.For many UK clothing retailers, Bangladesh continues to be one of the most important sourcing locations, but its principal port, Chittagong, is unable to handle deepsea mainline Asia-Europe vessels. Shippers are reliant on feeder connections between the Bangladeshi gateway and Colombo in Sri Lanka.However, the source told The Loadstar the port call rotation of THE Alliance’s Far East-Europe 5 (FE5) service, the only one to call at Colombo and which has London Gateway as its last port of call after Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp, meant the service was simply not suitable for the faster transit times required by clothing retailers.“The damage is done after the vessel leaves Colombo. The transit time to the UK is 23 days, As a retailer, you would need some kind of Tardis to get your supply chain right,” he said.The FE5 service has a rotation of Laem Chabang-Cai Mep-Singapore-Colombo-Rotterdam- Hamburg-Antwerp-London Gateway- Jeddah-Colombo-Singapore-Laem Chabang.The importer continued: “We have been told that it is due to a call further up the route in Asia, and that there are a lot of shippers in Northern Europe who are taking cargo from there – time will tell whether the carriers revisit that decision. At the moment, it [the FE5] is useless for us, but if in six months the rotation is changed we will be happy to look at it again.”In contrast, the 2M partners offer a transit time of 15 days from Colombo to Felixstowe and 20 days to Southampton on their AE1 service, with a westbound port rotation of Shanghai-Ningbo-Hong Kong-Yantian-Tanjung Pelepas-Colombo-Felixstowe-Rotterdam-Southampton-BremerhavenThe Ocean Alliance’s Loop 6 has a transit time of 19 days to Felixstowe. Its westbound port rotation runs Kaohsiung-Ningbo-Shanghai-Taipei-Yantian-Colombo-Rotterdam-Felixstowe-Hamburg.The FE5’s elongated transit time between Colombo and the UK will also work to the detriment of Sri Lanka, which itself has a sizeable clothing and textile industry.At the recent Brexit seminar organised by the Freight Transport Association, the chairman of Sri Lanka’s Shippers’ Council, Michael Joseph Sean van Dort, said the UK represented a $1bn market for the island, with 10% of its exports bound for the UK.He added: “Articles of apparel make up our biggest exports and 41% of them are shipped to the UK. Sri Lanka has competencies that Britain demands,” he said.last_img read more

News / CMA CGM to acquire Brazilian cabotage line Mercosul from Maersk

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 14/06/2017 CMA CGM is to acquire Maersk’s Brazilian shipping line subsidiary, Mercosul, as it looks to expand its South American business.The deal is also crucial for Maersk, which needs to dispose of Mercosul before it can go ahead with its acquisition of Germany’s Latin America specialist carrier, Hamburg Sud.In addition to operating deepsea services connecting Latin America with Europe, North America and Asia, Hamburg Sud also owns Brazilian cabotage carrier Alianca, and industry analyst Alphaliner today suggested that, together, Alianca and Mercosul would be too strong in Brazil’s domestic shipping market for the authorities.“Maersk Line had to sell Mercosul Line as a concession to obtain approval from Brazil’s antitrust regulator, Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (Administrative Council for Economic Defense or CADE), for its planned takeover of Hamburg Süd,” it said.“The acquisition had raised competition issues in the Brazilian cabotage trade, as Mercosul and Hamburg Süd’s Brazilian offshoot, Aliança di Navegaçao, would together control close to 80% of the cabotage container trade, leaving Brazilian carrier Log-In Logistica as the only other domestic Brazilian-flagged carrier of importance.”Shipping services carrying domestic cargo between Brazilian ports remain restricted under the country’s cabotage laws – vessels have to be Brazilian-owned, -flagged and -crewed.Mercosul operates four 2,500 teu vessels owned by Maersk, which will be transferred to CMA CGM as part of the deal. The company was launched in 1996 and purchased by Maersk 10 years later.According to vesselsvalue.com, Aliança di Navegaçao also owns four containerships, ranging from 2,500 to 4,800 teu, while Log-In Logistica owns four 1,670-2,800 teu ships and is expecting a fifth to be delivered: the 2006-built 2,700 teu Arosia, acquired from German shipowner Peter Dohle last week for $10.2m.The Mercosul sale to CMA CGM also remains subject to Brazilian regulatory approval as well as the closing of Maersk’s Hamburg Süd acquisition, which is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.However, the French carrier said the acquisition would allow CMA CGM to “strengthen its service offering to and South America, most notably in Brazil, a market with a strong potential for development, especially on cabotage and door-to-door services”.Chief executive Rodolphe Saade added: “The acquisition of Mercosul represents a milestone in CMA CGM’s development strategy in South America. It is a well-managed company and we will leverage this platform to expand our footprint and service offerings to and from Latin America, seizing opportunities linked to the high growth prospects in this region.“As a result, CMA CGM will be able to propose complete door-to-door services continue providing best-in-class services to its customers.”The purchase price was not disclosed, but Maersk said Mercosul revenue was $128m last year and “offers strong profitability”. It employs 92 land-based and 160 sea-going staff.Maersk chief operating officer Sporen Toft said: “Mercosul is a highly respected and well-run company with an excellent fleet and customer value proposition. Its dedicated talents are well regarded both internally and externally. CMA CGM is a good fit for Mercosul and we are confident that they will continue to develop the company.”It will represent CMA CGM’s 12th liner acquisition since the 1996 merger when CMA bought France’s state-owned CGM.last_img read more

People / SeaCube Container Leasing appoints industry veteran Jim Kachidurian as CCO

first_img SeaCube Container Leasing has appointed Jim Kachidurian as its new chief commercial officer.Mr Kachidurian brings with him experience from across a range of roles, having started his container leasing career with Transocean in the late 1980s.After this he moved to Textainer, becoming director of marketing for the Western Americas in the mid-90s.Mr Kachidurian subsequently moved on to a role at General Electric, spending more than a decade with the company, holding numerous roles, including business segment leader for GE rail services.In 2010 he became senior vice president of client relations role at Donlen before moving on to Stoughton Trailers last year as SVP of sales and marketing.This latest appointment will see him reporting to chief executive Robert Sappio, who described Mr Kachidruain as an “experienced executive with a record of success”.“Jim will be responsible for our customer-facing functions that will dictate the success of SeaCube in strengthening its role as a premium supplier of containers and intermodal assets,” said Mr Sappio.“He will promote the development and implementation of evolving business strategies to drive profitable growth and will be leading global sales and marketing and the trading team.” By Alexander Whiteman 29/11/2017last_img read more

News / Artificial intelligence and big data can take global freight into a new era

first_img Hong Kong-based Gravity Supply Chain is utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to bring e-commerce-style supply chain visibility to international freight.Gravity co-founder and chief operating officer Darren Palfrey said that thanks to a career in supply chain management with retailers and manufacturers, he had spotted a gap in the market.“My co-founder, Graham Parker, and I were both looking for tech with real-time supply chain visibility,” he told The Loadstar.“But all we could find were expensive ERP-like systems with no guarantee of return on investment (RoI), or smaller niche systems, which were quite fragmented and needed manual keying and processes, which aren’t conducive to real-time.”Established in 2014, Gravity’s cloud-based platform uses an advanced application programming interface (API), AI and big data to overlay around 40,000 external data sources – including data from carriers, ports, news feeds and social media – into a single interface in real time.This solves the problem of the fragmentation of people, processes and platforms that exists in supply chains, Mr Palfrey claimed.“With logistics providers or retailers, the vast majority of what’s happening with their supply chain and logistics operations is happening outside their four walls, so we’ve invested heavily into how we can bring data into a business from various external sources.”As an example, he said a customer case study had revealed that for just one purchase order – from overseas manufacturer to product delivery – more than 200 processes were needed, involving 10 parties, 50 people and 10 non-integrated systems.To make this process more efficient, Gravity digitises freight bookings by integrating users, such as freight forwarders, with manufacturers and carriers.“We’re digitising the external operations that the forwarder has, as well as the visibility and the capabilities around that,” Mr Palfrey added.He said this helped both shippers and forwarders enhance supply chain visibility and execution for first- and mid-mile freight movements, giving the “same visibility as e-commerce, but for the international leg.”Gravity’s users are split 50:50 between shippers and freight forwarders, with the latter receiving the software as a white-label product to offer to their customers. For example, Hong Kong-based 3PL Tigers offers Tigers Gravity to help shippers plan their supply chains.While some forwarders prefer to develop in-house systems, due to concerns over intellectual property, Mr Palfrey said this mindset was slowly changing as many recognised the benefits of deploying third-party technology.“It takes a lot of capital and time to build a system, and once they do it themselves it can quickly become outdated. So it’s easier to come to people like us offering flexible and modern systems, because ultimately we’ve got to keep it best-in-class or we’ll go out of business.”Despite the widespread digitisation taking place across the industry, he said, people and relationships would remain the most important aspects of freight forwarding.“It’s a service industry and you can’t digitise that element of your business, so we’re trying to deliver a solution that enables the logistics industry to continue to deliver that high level of service and focus on the core competencies, but do it more efficiently and add more value to their customers.“There’s a lot happening around machine learning and big data, and it’s a bit like blockchain in terms of people saying it’s going to change the world, but I think in the next two-to-three years, the winners are going to be people who can apply that technology to something tangible.” By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 15/03/2018 © Diego Vito Cervo | Dreamstime.com – Business man with shipping containerslast_img read more

People / Three more years as HMM president for CK Yoo

first_img Hyundai Merchant Marine has extended the contract of president CK Yoo (pictured) by three years, following a vote by shareholders and institutional investors.Mr Yoo, who was previously head of Incheon Port Authority, was brought in to manage HMM’s widespread restructuring following financial difficulties.“All employees of HMM – with a sense of great duty and mission as the only national ocean carrier – will give our all to leap forward as one of the top global shipping carriers. “We believe that HMM will gain great cost-competitiveness and strengthen its sales power,” he said.Prior to joining Incheon Port Authority, he had previously worked at HMM, joining it in 1986 and being named head of Europe in 2002.In 2008 he was named president and chief executive of Hyundai Ship Management and then returned to HMM as president in 2012 but left it in 2014 to become president of IPA. He returned to HMM in September 2016. By Gavin van Marle 03/04/2018last_img read more

News / Forwarders braced for impact on trade in China retaliation to latest Trump tariffs

first_img“Our president appears to be more than willing to escalate the issue to get the reprieves he wants from the Chinese,” he said.“We’ve seen that he considers himself a shrewd negotiator – well, these tactics may work in the real estate world, but I’m not sure how far they’ll go in international trade.”According to Mr Fried, his members are worried about the implications of what has been described as an “unnecessary” spat will have on volumes.While he does not believe there will be any initial impact from moves by both China and the US, he said it would not be long before volumes were hit.“Once the costs are passed on to consumers you’ll quickly see consumer confidence erode. This [latest move by the US] will exacerbate the issue as far as cargo volumes are concerned.”Furthermore, Mr Fried is concerned the problems will not be limited to volumes between the US and China, with expectations that the EU may be pulled in.While US manufacturing output has hit some of its highest numbers in four years, Mr Fried said the US could not afford to be engaging in this “tit-for-tat” logic.“They are no longer making steel in Pittsburgh, for example” he continued. “Where the US once made everything, it has turned towards the global economy, and for that reason it is important for the country to be part of the global economy.” By Alexander Whiteman 11/07/2018 © Nuthawut Somsuk center_img Forwarders are advised to brace themselves as the China-US trade war kicks up a gear.The US administration has announced plans for a further $200bn worth of tariffs on Chinese exports.This follows Bloomberg reports this week that President Donald Trump was eyeing tariffs on “every single Chinese import”.Executive director of the Air Forwarders Association, Brandon Fried, told The Loadstar these threats should be taken seriously.last_img read more

News / The drive to cut transport emissions has begun, but only moving slowly

first_img“It’s part of an intelligent supply chain for the future.”But he warned: “You can’t chase the cheapest prices on the market with that.”The problem is that while customers are starting to insist on greener credentials from suppliers, they are less keen to pay for them. Forwarders and transport providers, nevertheless, need to make changes to the way they work.“A consistent sustainability strategy is a hot topic for our customers today,” said Frank Verhoeven, chief executive of Vos Logistics.“We are having a big drive towards bio energy, electricity and hydrogen. Investments will be higher, and costs will go up.”But, he added, that was likely to be only in the short term.”Electric trucks are, in fact, much simpler than a diesel engine, so costs in the longer term will go down. But there is a long way to go to get electric and hydrogen into business.”Vos Logistics offers biodiesel for customers – at the moment restricted to shippers whose business model is driven primarily by an environmental strategy.Mr Verhoeven said he had to give up using rail as a more sustainable option, owing to its “lack of flexibility, inability to recover from problems and lack of cohesion among state-owned players”.And he believes regulation hinders some innovation. He wants to use Eco Combis, ‘super-lorries’ that can be up to 32 metres long, but “legislation is withholding us”. The  vehicles are not allowed to cross borders and are even banned in many countries. Mr Verhoeven did note, however, that a Dutch initiative was starting pilot projects with them.Onnew fuels, he said: “I am certain they will come”. Tesla, Nikola and Rivian have attracted sufficient investment to start production, which he said “is not just about chancing the engine – it’s completely different.”From quad bikes (UPS, DHL) to solar-powered warehouses (Ceva), there are plenty of ways companies can embrace the new reality. But one of the greatest levers for change will be increased efficiencies from technology and innovation, which will allow companies the time and money to work on sustainable practices.“Greater efficiencies free people to work on innovation,” said Mr Verhoeven. “You can get a better focus on projects that will benefit the company.”Peter Harris, director of sustainability Europe for UPS, said: “Efficiency is a platform on which alternative means of transport can be created.” Finally, there is movement among logistics companies to make changes to meet the target for the transport sector to cut emissions by 90% in the next 30 years.But there are still significant hurdles, mostly around cost.Gebrüder Weiss has implemented changes that saves 25,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, through initiatives such as a wind park and using LNG trucks.“We can also provide information on your CO2 emissions for a shipment, said Alex Horak, business development high-tech industries. By Alex Lennane 21/10/2019center_img © Adrian825last_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: setback for Merck, Valeant to offer discounts at Walgreens

first_img Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. And it is especially busy in front of the Pharmalot campus, where a work crew is installing new water mains. This is all very exciting, but we are retreating to the quieter Pharmalot cafeteria to fire up our latest coffee kettle. A few cups of stimulation should do the trick. Meanwhile, here are your tidbits. Have a smashing day and drop us a line when something fascinating arises …A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel dealt Merck a setback by voting that the drug maker should not be allowed to claim that its Vytorin cholesterol-lowering treatments lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary heart disease, Reuters reports. An 18,000-patient trial called Improve-It showed the drug did lower cardiovascular risks, but most panel members believed the benefit from the drug is too small.Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim are in exclusive talks over a $25 billion swap of the French drug maker’s Merial animal health business for the family-owned German company’s consumer health operation, Bloomberg News writes. A deal would give Sanofi the largest market share in the fragmented global consumer health-care business, while Boehringer Ingelheim would become the world’s second-largest supplier of animal-health products.advertisement By Ed Silverman Dec. 15, 2015 Reprints @Pharmalot Natco, which has a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, won regulatory permission to launch a generic version of the Harvoni hepatitis C treatment in India, The Economic Times says.Amgen has reacquired all product rights to three drugs — Prolia, Vectibix and Xgeva — from GlaxoSmithKline in 48 markets around the world, Pharma Times writes.The FDA is trying to sort out how to negotiate three new user fee agreements this year, as well as fill a large number of staff vacancies, Regulatory Focus tells us.The FDA approved the first and only medicine that is able to treat a chemotherapy overdose or severe allergic reactions, according to Pharma Times. Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Hogan/STATcenter_img About the Author Reprints PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: setback for Merck, Valeant to offer discounts at Walgreens Valeant Pharmaceuticals reached a 20-year agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance in which the drug maker will offer discounts for a range of products, CNBC reports. For instance, Valeant plans to cut prices on its branded prescription-based skin and eye care products by 10 percent. The deal comes after Valeant has sustained withering criticism of its pricing practices.Want to put a halt to tax inversions? The solution is simple enough — change the tax code, writes investor Carl Icahn in an op-ed in The New York Times.advertisement [email protected] Tags cholesterolMerckValeant Pharmaceuticalslast_img read more

More people on Earth now obese than underweight

first_imgHealthMore people on Earth now obese than underweight At the current pace, the researchers estimate, 18 percent of men and 21 percent of women worldwide will be obese by 2025. The study also showed that over the same four decades, the proportion of underweight men dropped from around 14 percent to 9 percent, and the proportion of underweight women fell by a similar amount, from 15 percent to 10 percent.Ezzati said that the numbers of underweight and overweight women reached a rough equilibrium around 2004, and for men the crossover happened in 2011.As a group, high-income, English-speaking countries had the highest average BMI — and the United States led that group. More than 25 percent of the world’s severely obese men and almost 20 percent of the world’s severely obese women are American.But it’s the impact of the obesity epidemic on developing nations that’s especially troubling to Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“People always think obesity is a first-world problem, but it’s becoming just as bad, if not worse, in developing areas,” Feigl-Ding said. “In America, you can ameliorate your diet or blood sugar, or take cholesterol medicine, but in these developing countries, once things get bad, the mortality rates can’t be checked.”The world’s highest BMI populations are found in the island nations of Polynesia and Micronesia, where, for the region as a whole, more than 38 percent of men and more than half of women are obese. Obesity rates stubborn despite federal push for healthier meals Tags BMInutritionobesity People exercise as part of treatment at the Aimin Fat Reduction Hospital in Tianjin, China. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Imagescenter_img “Both sides of this are worrisome,” said Majid Ezzati, an environmental health researcher at Imperial College London who led the study published Thursday in the Lancet.Ezzati and his colleagues analyzed data from 1975 to 2014 across 19.2 million adults from 186 countries. Over the 40-year span, they found, the proportion of obese men worldwide more than tripled, to roughly 11 percent, and the proportion of obese women more than doubled, to about 15 percent.advertisement By Bob Tedeschi March 31, 2016 Reprints The world is on an eating binge.According to a new study, body mass index levels are spiking worldwide — so much so that obese people now outnumber the underweight population for perhaps the first time in global history.And there’s no silver lining: The underweight population may have dropped, but it’s a slow decline compared to the rapid rise in obesity and the related health problems that come with excessive body fat.advertisement Related:last_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Odds of an early-stage biotech drug winning approval are slim

first_img @Pharmalot Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman May 26, 2016 Reprints A day after Sanofi stepped up its pursuit of Medivation, Celgene and Gilead Sciences may make their own bids for the drug maker, Bloomberg News reports. So far, Sanofi is the only company to go public with an offer, although Medivation has rebuffed the $9.3 billion bid. A few other drug makers are believed to be interested in Medivation, including Pfizer, Amgen, AstraZeneca, and Novartis.The FDA Office of Prescription Drug Promotion issued just two letters in this year’s first quarter, maintaining last year’s pace, which also marked a record low in annual enforcement, the Eye on FDA blog tells us. “The drop in enforcement naturally raises questions,” blogger Mark Senak writes. “Has industry gotten really really good with compliance? Has OPDP lost interest?”advertisement Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Odds of an early-stage biotech drug winning approval are slim Alex Hogan/STATcenter_img [email protected] Walgreens agreed to place Theranos blood-testing centers in thousands of its stores without fully validating the technology, because the retailer worried Elizabeth Holmes would balk if it pushed too hard, the Wall Street Journal writes. The relationship fell apart, but the paper suggests the episode is a good case study of what can go wrong when an established company, which craves growth, bets on an unproven startup.Two former Sigma Pharmaceuticals executives were each fined $25,000, but avoided immediate jail time, for falsifying company accounts, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Former chief executive Elmo de Alwis and his chief financial officer Mark Smith also pleaded guilty to additional charges relating to misleading the company’s auditors and board of directors.Sanofi’s once-a-day shot for diabetes that combines two drugs was recommended by a regulatory panel Wednesday, Bloomberg News tells us. A similar drug from Novo Nordisk also received support from the panel on Tuesday.Deborah Dunsire, who once ran Millennium Pharmaceuticals, is no longer chief executive of Forum Pharmaceuticals, and her departure follows clinical setbacks, Xconomy reports.Eli Lilly and Pfizer plan to seek regulatory approval by 2018 for a new type of pain drug that could be an alternative to opioids for osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, and cancer pain, Reuters says.Astellas Pharma, Daiichi Sankyo, and Takeda will collaborate on a biomarker database taken from healthy patients to compare with those involved in preclinical and clinical research, according to PMLive. About the Author Reprints Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, and as busy as usual as we stare at the overwhelming to-do list. No doubt, you can relate. So time to fight back with a few cups of stimulation. Our flavor today is Southern Pecan, which was in short supply for a distressing while. And now, on with the show. Here are a few items of interest to help you along. Hope you have a smashing day and, of course, do keep in touch …The overall likelihood that an early-stage biotech drug will get approved is barely 10 percent, according to a new study from the BIO industry trade group. And for all indications, other than cancer, the odds are 12 percent. Of the 14 major disease areas studied, hematology had the best approval odds at 26 percent, while cancer meds have only a 5 percent chance.Joe Papa, the new Valeant Pharmaceuticals chief executive, will receive compensation that is tied to a so-called “vesting accelerator,” TheStreet tells us. The rewards, which were outlined in a regulatory filing, will reflect progress on issues such as government and customer relations and succession planning. The idea is this approach will make a “significant change” in re-establishing the trust of patients and hospitals.advertisement Tags FDAMedivationTheranoslast_img read more

Giving newborns medicine is a dangerous guessing game. Can we make it safer?

first_img Giving newborns medicine is a dangerous guessing game. Can we make it safer? Tags hospitalspediatricspharmaceuticalspolicy Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Megan Scudellari By Megan Scudellari Jan. 3, 2017 Reprints What’s included? GET STARTEDcenter_img Health Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED BOSTON — Two rows of plastic cocoons line the walls of the neonatal intensive care unit, sheltering babies so tiny, their little hands can’t wrap around their parents’ index fingers. Many have been treated with multiple medications in their short lives: antibiotics, anesthetics, narcotics, diuretics.And most of the drugs coursing through their fragile bodies have not been approved for use in newborns. What is it? [email protected] Nurse Anita Carew checks on a patient in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center, in Boston. Kayana Szymczak for STATlast_img read more

California health officials say 111 terminally ill ended lives under new law

first_img Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. SAN DIEGO — California health officials reported Tuesday that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after a 2016 law made the option legal in the nation’s most populous state.The data was part of the California Department of Public Health’s first report on the law since it went into effect June 9, 2016.According to the data generated from forms doctors were required to submit between June 9 and Dec. 31, 2016, a total of 191 people received life-ending drugs after being diagnosed with having less than six months to live and 111 people took them and died. Another 21 individuals died before taking the drugs. The outcomes of 59 others who received the prescriptions were not reported by their doctors within the six-month period, according to the report.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: How the new law is used in trend-setting California could provide a window to what would happen if the practice spreads across the U.S. Doctor-assisted deaths are also legal in Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and Washington D.C.advertisement Associated Press Please enter a valid email address. By Associated Press June 28, 2017 Reprints Of those who died, 87 percent were 60 years old or older, most were white, college educated, receiving hospice or palliative care and had health insurance, either provided by the state or private carriers. The median age was 73, and the majority had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, according to the report. A total of 173 doctors reported prescribing life-ending drugs for their patients. About the Author Reprints California officials said caution should be exercised in trying to draw conclusions from the report that is based on only six months of data.The law passed in California after 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who was dying from brain cancer, had to move to Oregon in 2014 so she could end her life.Christian Burkin, spokesman for California Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, who helped write the law, said while the data is limited, the numbers showing who took the drugs and also how many requested the prescriptions but did not take the drugs indicate the End of Life Option Act is being implemented as Eggman and the other authors of the law intended.“Basically it mirrors the experience in Oregon,” Burkin said.Oregon, which has one-tenth the population of California, was the first state to adopt such a law in 1997. It reported 204 people received life-ending prescriptions last year, and of those, 133 people died from ingesting the drugs, including 19 recipients from prior years. Most were older than 65 and had cancer.Some see providing the choice to the dying as a logical evolution in a medical care system advanced in helping people live longer but limited in preventing slow, painful deaths.Critics say they are concerned that the option will lead to hasty decisions, misdiagnoses and waning support for palliative care, in which dying people can be sedated to relieve suffering.Eggman will chair a state hearing this fall that will take a deeper look at how the law is playing out in California and include the testimonies of families with terminally ill people who have used the law.— Julie Watson Debbie Ziegler, mother of Brittany Maynard, speaks to reporters in Sacramento in 2015 after the passage of legislation that allowed terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. Carl Costas/AP HealthCalifornia health officials say 111 terminally ill ended lives under new law Tags end of lifelast_img read more

Better late than never: Changing what you eat can change how soon you’ll die

first_img About the Author Reprints @sheridan_kate Those who improved their diet not only saw reduced overall mortality but also specifically a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. (Likewise, people whose diet quality declined over time had a higher risk of mortality.) However, diet changes showed no effect on mortality rates from cancer. The results were published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.“This is a big step in nutritional epidemiology research, as we had a large sample size, with a very long follow-up that allowed us to examine changes in diet quality and subsequent risk of mortality,” said Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, a professor of food and nutrition science at Ohio University.Studying diet in detailThe study used survey data from two massive, national cohorts: the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Both studies, based at Harvard, have been ongoing for decades. Participants filled out questionnaires every four years about how often they ate various types of food.The choices they made were analyzed using three dietary quality scoring systems, including the Alternate Healthy Eating Index. The results were mostly similar across all the systems. All kinds of evidence point to the positive effects a good diet can have on our health. But what about those of us who are just now paying attention to that memo?A new study shows that such diet changes are better late than never — as long as those new healthy habits stick.That came from researchers at Harvard’s school of public health who tracked what over 70,000 people have eaten for decades. They found that long-term improvements in diet were associated with a significantly decreased risk of death.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. [email protected] By Kate Sheridan July 12, 2017 Reprints For example, cutting out most red and processed meat and adding one serving of nuts and legumes — a category that includes beans and lentils — per day could be enough of a change to decrease mortality risk.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Kale crackers and hibiscus tea: My five days on a ‘fasting diet’ Because there were so many people, researchers were able to adjust their analysis for a bunch of possible lifestyle and health changes, like a person getting diagnosed with a chronic illness or deciding to start or stop smoking.However, even a large group like this comes with limitations. Not only were the subjects all health professionals, but the group was overwhelmingly white. The findings, while meaningful, are also just an association; there’s no guarantee that eating healthier causes the decreased mortality rates.“Although generalizability could be one limitation,” Sotos-Prieto said, “the homogeneity of socioeconomic status in our study may help reduce confounding by such variable.”Other studies with more diversity in their subject pools have found similar results, she noted.The cost of healthy eatingRenata Micha, a professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy who was not involved in the research, echoed Sotos-Prieto. “These findings, though derived by a relatively homogeneous U.S. population, are generally in agreement with what are seeing in other settings and populations,” she said — adding that shifting towards better eating habits might have an even larger impact for people with lower income levels.center_img FDA to delay rule requiring new nutrition facts panel on food General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. HealthBetter late than never: Changing what you eat can change how soon you’ll die Leave this field empty if you’re human: However, healthier choices can also be more expensive — one meta-analysis published in 2013 estimated that meals made with healthier options could cost someone up to $1.50 more per day.“Decreasing the cost of healthy food by means of public health interventions, such as economic incentives (subsidies) in existing major systems such as SNAP in the U.S., would be a vital key step towards that direction,” Micha said. Related: Kate Sheridan Matthew Mead/AP Specifically, making mostly healthier choices for 12 years could decrease someone’s risk of death during the next 12 years by 20 percent. Related: Tags nutritionlast_img read more

For the first CAR-T therapy, early sales are weak but hopes are still sky high

first_img Tags cancerSTAT+ STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Damian Garde The first CAR-T treatment to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration racked up just $12 million in sales last quarter, a reminder that the therapy has a long way to go if it’s ever going to meet Wall Street’s blockbuster expectations.Analysts expect Novartis’ Kymriah, which costs $475,000 for a one-time dose, to bring in about $159 million this year, according to Evaluate Pharma, meaning the drug maker is going to need to pick up the commercial pace if it hopes to avoid disappointment. By Damian Garde April 19, 2018 Reprints What’s included? For the first CAR-T therapy, early sales are weak but hopes are still sky high Log In | Learn More @damiangarde center_img About the Author Reprints GET STARTED [email protected] DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Biotech last_img read more

Pharmalittle: House to grill pharma wholesalers over opioids; Novartis tries a gambit to promote biosimilars

first_img By Ed Silverman May 7, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalittle: House to grill pharma wholesalers over opioids; Novartis tries a gambit to promote biosimilars Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and refreshing because, once again, that predictable routine of meetings, deadlines, and the like has returned. After all, the world keeps spinning. And to cope, yes, we are relying on cups of stimulation to help us along. Feel free to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to get you going. Hope your day is simply smashing and do keep in touch. We enjoy your notes and dossiers …Gabapentin, a 25-year-old generic pill long seen as a low-risk way to treat seizures, nerve pain, and other ailments, is the latest drug raising red flags that is not part of the opioid family at the center of the nation’s drug epidemic, the Associated Press writess. It is one of the most prescribed medications in the U.S., ranking ninth over the last year, according to prescription tracker GoodRx. Researchers attribute the recent surge to tighter restrictions on opioid painkillers, which have left doctors searching for alternatives for their patients.center_img Log In | Learn More GET STARTED @Pharmalot Ed Silverman Tags drug pricinglegalopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+Vaccines Pharmalot [email protected] What is it?last_img read more

A Baltimore pastor, preaching about vaccines to the Black community, emphasizes personal agency

first_img ‘Our top headache’: How data collection is posing new challenges in the Covid-19 vaccination effort Related: Related: HealthA Baltimore pastor, preaching about vaccines to the Black community, emphasizes personal agency How has your congregation been?They’re doing amazingly well. I think they feel that as a church of a few hundred people on the corner of Liberty Heights and Copley Road, [Liberty Grace] has gotten exposure, nationally and internationally, who’d have thunk it?We’re on calls with Robert Wood Johnson and Johns Hopkins speaking for the African American community, the only religious community on any of these calls or Zoom sessions. We’re speaking for the Black church. The name of Liberty Grace is on NBC, members of my church are walking with me on NBC with Lester Holt talking about their concerns related to Covid. How did that happen? How is your pastor on MSNBC, in the middle of the day, talking about these issues? How are people in Australia and in the Middle East talking about Liberty Grace? This was not the case when I talked to you several months ago. STAT News has opened the door, and the church has stepped through the door. “The moment I become a sole encourager of the vaccine, of taking the vaccine, I lose my credibility, because then, ‘He is no longer looking out for us, he’s looking out for industry, he’s looking out for researchers, he’s looking out for the government, he’s looking out for pharmaceutical [companies],’” King suggested. He wants to bring “a community facts, and [to have] the trust that they have the intelligence to make their own decision.”STAT caught up with him to talk more about how he still makes sure he’s leading by example, how he plans to continue his work, and what all of it means for the future of equity in medicine. The text below was lightly edited for length and clarity. With science and scripture, a Baltimore pastor is fighting Covid-19 vaccine skepticism How Teladoc is teeing itself up to dominate in telehealth after the pandemic subsides STAT+: Related: Please enter a valid email address. What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned from talking to people in your community, and also from disseminating these messages and working with all these organizations? What have you learned about vaccine strategy for marginalized groups?I’ve really learned the power of pastors who have focused on community and their health and well-being. It has reiterated for me the resiliency of the communities that I serve. Lastly, it has reinforced that, because of the pandemic, it is overwhelmingly obvious that our health concerns are connected in ways that we didn’t see before. This has opened the door of real possibility to connect industries that were not connected before, people that were not connected before, conversations that didn’t happen before. I wasn’t talking to Hopkins before. I wasn’t talking to the Milken Institute before. I wasn’t talking to Pfizer, Sanofi before.What I’m seeing is institutions that, for different reasons, maybe it’s return on investment, maybe it’s lowering [hospital] readmissions, maybe it’s increasing profits, maybe it’s getting more minorities to participate in clinical trials, or maybe it’s just about helping the people in the community, but this pandemic has given us a real chance at bringing all those entities together for the good of the people. And that’s what I’m hoping. King admitted that even in his own congregation, there is still plenty of hesitancy — hesitancy he is working to overcome by continuing to share information and connect his congregation with the likes of Pfizer, Johns Hopkins University, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.One thing he isn’t doing? Pledging, publicly, that he’ll take a vaccine as soon as it’s available to him. Unlike other public health officials, King is keeping mum about his own plans to take the vaccine or skip it.advertisement Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Baltimore pastor Terris King Eric Kruszewski for STAT Related: A pastor definitely occupies a unique position in public health in that sense.Absolutely. And, in addition to being a pastor, I’m a pastor who has worked with pharmaceutical companies as a health care executive. I’m a pastor who’s also a scientist, who has studied the areas of how these institutions should engage with African American communities. I don’t look at this as a typical pastor would, which causes not only my church, but other churches throughout the city of Baltimore, to utilize me as a subject matter expert.Let me give you an example. People [were] starting to protest that the vaccine is not being offered in the African American community. But [a group of local Black] pastors came to me, and because I sit on the advisory council of the health commissioner, I reached out to her, and we reached out to the mayor, and we were able to meet with this group [of people protesting the lack of outreach]. [We were able to] come up with some agreement, and really put the fire out that the group had. So this is the role of serving not just for my church, I’m the bridge between health care, science, the sanctuary, and the community.Do you think the government has done a good job of showing these images of Joe Biden getting the vaccine? Has it helped at all?If I listen to what the community is saying, Fauci and Vice President Kamala Harris probably had even a greater effect. They did say, “I want to see Fauci take it. I want to see Kamala take it.” Now, how it moves the needle? I don’t know. I think even more impactful is the fact that there are first responders that they know, people who work in hospitals that they personally know who’ve taken the vaccine, ‘cause “I know you, and you’re still alive, you’re still healthy, you’re still OK.”center_img Privacy Policy So you won’t tell them if and when you do get it?I haven’t gotten it yet, I haven’t been offered it yet. But when I get the vaccine, if I do, they will know. There’s nothing to hide. When I get it, it’s not going to be for the purpose of saying, “You all better get it too.” They know the comorbidities that I have as a cancer survivor.But isn’t it true that if one of your congregants sees you get the vaccine, sees that it isn’t harmful to you, won’t that be a positive influence?Oh, it definitely will influence some others to do that. I’m not discounting that at all.But you’re not actively encouraging them to take the vaccine?I don’t know about that. By bringing people facts, are you encouraging them to take the vaccine? If they’re operating on myths and you bring them facts, is that an encouragement?The moment I become a sole encourager of the vaccine, of taking the vaccine, I lose my credibility, because then, “He is no longer looking out for us, he’s looking out for industry, he’s looking out for researchers, he’s looking out for the government, he’s looking out for pharmaceuticals.” I’m not willing to compromise my position, which is to be a person who brings a population facts, brings a community facts, and has the trust that they have the intelligence to make their own decision. ‘A milestone in oncology’: Amgen’s KRAS-blocking drug proves effective for lung cancer patients in clinical trial Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Related: Terris King is intimately familiar with the Black community’s skepticism about Covid-19 vaccines.The Baltimore pastor — who has also worked for 30 years in federal and other public health programs — has been using his remote pulpit for almost a year to preach about the power and safety of vaccines, weaving together science and religion in a way he may be uniquely qualified to do. STAT first spoke with him in August about his work combining grassroots organizing efforts and religious teachings to explain the Covid-19 vaccine and arm his community with enough information to make their own decisions about it.Now, there are two authorized Covid-19 vaccines, and more expected soon. But in surveys, over one-third of Black Americans say they won’t get vaccinated, versus a quarter of white Americans, and early numbers suggest uptake in the Black community is as much as two to three times lower than the rate for white Americans.advertisement By Amy Sokolow Feb. 2, 2021 Reprints New cancer patients — especially Black people — are more susceptible to severe Covid-19 infections How do you think the vaccine communication strategy nationally and locally has gone? Do you think it was botched, or do you think it was effective?I don’t know what the communication strategy was nationally. I mean, honestly, I’m not trying to cast any shade on anyone. I don’t know what the communication strategy was. Now, the communication strategy on a local level, I gather, is forming. But, I mean, what actually are we talking about? There are no commercials. There are no — I mean, what’s the strategy?Do you think it’s too late?No, I think that this is the time to develop a communication strategy, in a hurried way.Once you acknowledge the pain in the past and in the present, once you make a promise about addressing and funding health care services to underserved populations, and moving quickly, all of that can be covered in less than a minute [in an advertisement].“We know we know what you’ve been through, we acknowledge that there’s been wrongs placed upon you by the health care research systems of the past. We get Tuskegee, we get Henrietta Lacks, we get the unequal treatment of people of color in this country by the systems. And because of that, here’s what we’re doing. And then because of that, we need you to do something.” That’s the message. “We need you, not only for the government, but for your mom, or your dad, or your grandma, we need you to take this vaccine.” That’s the simple message, and I think that will be impactful.This is the time for the media blitz. We got a new administration, you couldn’t do this communication prior to [this]. If we don’t trust this administration, we ain’t gonna trust any. Do that media blitz and acknowledge the pain and the hurt and say, “Here’s what we’re gonna do, and this is what we need you to do for your country.” Do you think the message is sinking in?I think the message that’s sinking in is “this is a personal decision.” I think the intent of my message is to bring them facts. I think the message is sinking in that some of the things that they may have believed were myths, but if you’re asking me, “Do I think I’ve convinced them, with these facts, to take the vaccine?” That’s not my purpose. It never was. I’m their pastor, not their decision-maker.Is that why you aren’t telling your congregation or the media whether you, yourself, will take the vaccine? I don’t understand why that’s important.I think many people see it as a “leading by example” thing.I am leading by example. I’m bringing scientists to the community. I’m making sure my congregation is informed. I’m not having church [in person] on Sunday morning. I’m practicing social distancing, washing my hands, and covering my face. And I’m advocating every policy and principle that is taught by CDC and other places of government. How am I not leading by example?I decide what a positive example is for my community. No institution tells me what a positive example should do. With painstaking effort, Black doctors’ group takes aim at Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy How has your community responded to the development of the vaccines? Now that they’re here, what has changed?We are not monolithic. We don’t all think the same about this vaccine. There are African Americans who served in the military, and who are first responders. In many instances, their perspective, particularly military folks who are accustomed to multiple vaccines, is very positive.The vast majority of the population has been hesitant. Though their questions may be about safety and efficacy, and what’s in it, and what effect it will have on genes, and what effect it will have because of their comorbidities, the real issues have been about the history and the treatment of African Americans, both historically and currently, in the health care system. Right now it’s a mixture, but the vast majority are still pretty negative about the vaccine. Leave this field empty if you’re human: What have you done in your congregation to combat some of the vaccine skepticism that you’ve heard? And what progress have you made with those efforts?I had Johns Hopkins, Pfizer, and Sanofi on the line for prayer services one night, and [congregants] got to listen to a presentation that was really focused on the issue of [flu and Covid-19] vaccines. And it went very, very well. And Sanofi was moved in such a way that they actually made a presentation and had conversations with their executives, to give them some perspectives on what needs to be done as they struggle with the issue of the lack of African Americans in clinical trials.I’m [also] part of a Johns Hopkins effort [to hold] focus groups with members of my congregation and other churches. And what we’re doing, many of the questions that they’ve had, we’re bringing those facts to them. Some of the people have said, “Well, my questions are answered, I’m gonna take it.” But many of them haven’t.Are you also continuing to talk about the vaccines in your sermons?I talk about Covid, and the facts, along with the impact of the political issues that we’ve faced, every Sunday. Most recently, my focus has been on the words of prophet Hosea: “My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge.” So what I’m bringing to them is knowledge. What I’m bringing to them is facts, but the fact-givers don’t have all the answers. This is a walk of faith. When you hear Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, [the head of infectious disease research at the National Institutes of Health], there are some things he says, “We don’t know, but we believe this will happen.” So at the end of the day, we walk by faith, and not by sight, and they’re hearing that every Sunday. Related: Tags Health Disparitiespublic healthstatesVaccineslast_img read more

Bristol Myers Squibb agrees to pay $75 million to settle allegations of underpaying Medicaid rebates

first_img What is it? What’s included? GET STARTED [email protected] Courtesy Bristol Myers Squibb Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints After years of litigation, Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) agreed to pay $75 million, plus interest, to resolve allegations of knowingly underpaying rebates that were owed to state Medicaid programs.The settlement, which the company had signaled a year ago was in the works, stems from a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2013 by the former head of a health care industry trade group who had filed similar suits against several drug makers. @Pharmalot Ed Silvermancenter_img Log In | Learn More Pharmalot Bristol Myers Squibb agrees to pay $75 million to settle allegations of underpaying Medicaid rebates By Ed Silverman April 2, 2021 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Tags drug pricinglegalSTAT+last_img read more

Biden introduces key members of economic team

first_imgHere’s a schedule of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day events January 20, 2021 Security increases around the state in preparation for the Biden Inauguration January 20, 2021 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 Tanden is the CEO and president of the left-leaning Center for American Progress and the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden previously served as a senior adviser for health reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She was the director of domestic policy for the Obama campaign, and served as policy director for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign. The announcement of Tanden sparked more outrage than any nominee has so far, with progressive Democrats and Republicans expressing opposition.Rouse has served as the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, as well as a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. She previously served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and also worked at the National Economic Council in the Clinton administration as a special assistant to the president.Boushey has been one of Biden’s chief economic policy advisers during the campaign and was named as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Boushey is a longtime economic counselor to Biden and currently serves as president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a nonprofit she cofounded in 2013.Bernstein is a longtime economic adviser to Biden and was named as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Bernstein previously served as the executive director of the White House task force on the middle class and as an economic adviser to President Barack Obama. He was also the deputy chief economist at the Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. WATCH LIVE: 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day Coverage January 20, 2021 (CNN) — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced key members of his economic team at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, including Janet Yellen, who would be the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary.“A first-rate team that’s going to get us through this ongoing economic crisis and help us build the economy back, not just build it back, build it back better than it was before,” Biden said. Biden’s transition team on Monday announced several economic nominees who would make history if confirmed by the US Senate. In addition to Yellen, the team includes: Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, who would be the first Black deputy Treasury secretary; Cecilia Rouse, who would be the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisers; and Neera Tanden, who would be the first woman of color and first South Asian American to become director of the Office of Management and Budget.Biden also announced his plans to appoint Jared Bernstein, a longtime economic adviser to Biden, and Heather Boushey, one of Biden’s chief economic policy advisers during the campaign, as members of the Council of Economic Advisers. Bernstein and Boushey do not need Senate confirmation. Florida minimum wage could increase to $15 even sooner once Biden takes office January 19, 2021 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 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: economic teamJoe Biden AdvertisementBiden has moved quickly to build out his administration and name a diverse group of key White House senior advisers and Cabinet posts. The President-elect has long pledged to shape an administration that looks like and reflects the diversity of the country.Yellen already made history as the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve. She also previously served for four years as the vice chair of the board, and president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for four years prior to that. Yellen was also chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 1999.Adeyemo currently serves as the president of the Obama Foundation. He served in many roles during the Obama administration, including the President’s senior international economic adviser, deputy national security adviser, deputy director of the National Economic Council, the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and senior adviser and deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Treasury. Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Covid tongue’ could be the latest coronavirus symptom

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Covid tongue 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 RELATEDTOPICS No Content Available AdvertisementWithin that group 11% had inflammation of the small bumps on the tongue, 6% had a swollen and inflamed tongue, 6% had mouth ulcers, 4 % had “patchy” areas on the tongue and 4% has tissue swelling, NBC reports. “Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!” Spector tweeted this month. 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 The CDC does not yet list tongue issues as part of its list of COVID-19 symptoms other than loss of taste. A new coronavirus symptom may have emerged: ‘Covid tongue.’Tim Spector, a British researcher, and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, has been helping to track warning signs of COVID-19, NBC News reports. He is reporting increasing cases of covid-positive people complaining of tongue discoloration, enlargement, and other oral problems. Spector said more than a third of infected patients do not have the typical symptoms of COVID-19 in the first three days so it’s important to look for other symptoms like covid toes, skin rashes and now covid tongue. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found that more than a tenth of the over 650 covid patients studied had “oral cavity findings.” Researchers will still need to determine whether any mouth and tongue issues are indeed symptoms of COVID-19, NBC reports. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, March 25

Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 May 31, 2021 Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Thursday, March 25. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,027,429 (+5,773)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 33,589 (+109)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 114,275 (+ 292)LEE COUNTY – 61,572 (+184) | 910 (+1)COLLIER COUNTY –32,004 (+54) | 492 (+2)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –11,313 (+39) | 389 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,446 (+4) | 77 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY –4,017 (+10) | 81 (+1)GLADES COUNTY – 923 (+1) | 19 (+0) Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 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 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 2021 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 Advertisement Advertisement read more

Four injured in Collier County I-75 crash

first_imgAdvertisementTags: collier countycrashI-75 Advertisement Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Two vans collided in the westbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Collier County on Thursday night, officials said. A 55-year-old man from Immokalee was driving a van west on I-75 with a 59-year-old Immokalee woman. He was driving under the speed limit with the flashers on. Behind them, a 21-year-old Fort Myers man was driving a van with a 22-year-old Fort Myers woman, who wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. The man didn’t see that the van in front of him was driving at a slow speed and collided with it, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said.Both vans swerved off the road, drove into the right shoulder and then crashed into the guardrail, troopers said. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementThe Fort Myers man and woman suffered serious injuries in the crash and the Immokalee man and woman sustained only minor injuries.center_img Amazon distribution center officially opens in Collier County June 16, 2021 Wounded Warriors organization accuses City of Naples of discrimination June 16, 2021 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 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 Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021last_img read more

Health Matters: Headaches Caused by Neck Pain

first_imgHealth Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 From how you sleep to how you sit, physical therapists say when it comes to headaches your posture can play a big role. “At the top of the neck are some very sensitive nerves and blood vessels, and when our head is slightly poking forward, which it tends to do when we are relaxed and we start to slump, our chin slightly starts to jump forward. It puts a lot of pressure on nerves and blood vessels,” explained Kath Kinross, a physical therapist with Lee Health. If your headache starts in the back of the neck and comes up over the top of the head, the pain is most likely starting in the neck. “There are many different types of headaches, but even people who suffer from migraines may find that their migraines are worsened by neck problems. If the head is not sitting in a good alignment over the neck that can very much influence the joint sensations, the muscle tension, and that can also add to headaches,” she said. Which is why she says posture and good body mechanics are so important. “As I slump down, now my head is poking more forward. So that space where those blood vessels are just got compressed. So if I can keep my low back supported, my head will tend to come up to a better position,” said Kinross. Limiting your pillows at night and modifying how you sit during the day can improve your neck pain and prevent headaches. Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021 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 This 4-Step Protocol Is a Trusted Solution for Mosquito Control RELATEDTOPICS By Bayer Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: headachesHealth Matterskath kinrossLee Healthneck painphysical therapyposture 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 Sponsored Content AdvertisementView More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health – Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org Dr. Kurt Vandock discusses the ideal protocol for mosquito control and shares proven ways to enhance customer service. Advertisementlast_img read more

Mulhare and Morrissey the winners as road race season gets underway

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLaois AthleticsLaois Athletics Road Races Home Sport Athletics Mulhare and Morrissey the winners as road race season gets underway SportAthletics Facebook Community Rugby Mulhare and Morrissey the winners as road race season gets underway SEE ALSO – Laois boss challenges Kingston to show more intent to earn place The 2018 Downey’s Nissan/Laois Athletics road race series began on Sunday with the Novice championship races hosted in St Abban’s AC and held in Monavea, Crettyard.Weather conditions were good with no rain and very little wind. The juvenile development races got the day underway with the girls and boys U-8 250m race. Laura Ayres and Johnny McGrath of St Abban’s AC both won out taking gold.The programme continued through up to the u/18 950 m event , and  then all attention switched to the first of the main events of the day, the ladies novice race.Twenty four athletes from five clubs to the line. Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise AC took on the race from the start and was never in trouble, Caitlin McDonald of St Abban’s AC ran a lonely race for second.It was a different situation for third with Maria Cuddy and Anna Duggan of Portlaoise AC along with Maeve Maher of St Abban’s AC all battling it out for bronze. Maria Cuddy pulled away in the late stages of the 3km race to take bronze.The men were next up in the 6km. Thirty athletes from seven clubs took to the start line. This was probably the best men’s novice championship race in the last few years with only eight seconds seperating the top five on the day.It was a slow start with the pace picking up on the second of four and half laps. There was a group of eight men all in with a shout of a medal coming onto the last lap where a strong break saw five athletes trying to break each other the last 1km.Rory Morrissey of Mountmellick AC used his track experience to win gold from Niall Foley of St Abban’s AC second and Richie Reid of Portlaoise AC winning bronze.Individual ladies1st – Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC)2nd – Caitlin McDonald (St Abban’s AC)3rd – Maria Cuddy (Portlaoise AC)Individual men1st – Rory Morrissey (Mountmellick AC)2nd – Niall Foley (St Abban’s AC)3rd – Richie Reid (Portlaoise AC)Ladies Team1st – Portlaoise AC2nd – St Abban’s AC A3rd – St Abban’s AC BMen’s Team1st – Portlaoise AC2nd – St Michael’s AC3rd – St Abban’s AC Pinterest WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 5th February 2018 center_img Pinterest Council Twitter Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOver €500,000 digital technology investment for Laois schoolsNext articleDo you know a baby or toddler who’d make a good bib brand ambassador? Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. 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. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

€56k worth of cocaine seized in armed raid in Laois

first_img Rugby Home News Crime €56k worth of cocaine seized in armed raid in Laois NewsCrime Concern over the local use of cocaine Gardai have sezied a substantial sum of cocaine following a raid at a house in Laois.€56,000 worth of the drug was discovered following a search of a house at Landsdown Court in Portarlington.The search took place on Friday night at 8.50pmThe Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by armed Regional Support Unit and the Divisional Task Force, searched property.The raid took place on the same night that canabis herb with an estimated street value of €1.6 million was found at a premises in Carlow.A large sum of cash was also recovered and two men were arrested.“As part of ongoing investigations being conducted by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, targeting serious and organised cross jurisdictional criminal activity with the assistance of Europol, a search was carried out at a premises located on Tullow Road, Carlow,” said a Garda press release.SEE ALSO – Carlow footballer Murphy launches Twitter attack on Laois wing back Previous articleOur pick of the Top Stories of the WeekNext articleUPDATED: Laois man the victim of a serious assault in Carlow Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Council Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste €56k worth of cocaine seized in armed raid in Laois Community TAGScocaine Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 2nd April 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestlast_img read more

Introducing the 2018 LaoisToday Senior football Team of the Year

first_img Pinterest The SFC came to a conclusion two weeks ago as Portlaoise defeated O’Dempsey’s to defend the Jack Delaney cup.The Town have now won 11 of the last 12 Laois championships and their grip on football in the county shows no signs of relenting.They lead the way on our Team of the Year with seven spots while defeated finalists O’Dempsey’s have four. TAGSSFC Team of the Year 2018 Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter In total, five of the sixteen clubs who competed have representation on the team.There are players like Ross Munnelly, Aaron Forbes, Colm Begley, Evan Lowry, Jody Dillon, Danny Bolger, Peter O’Leary, Kevin Meaney, Gareth Dillon and Kevin Ryan who can consider themselves unlucky to miss out – but we could only pick 15.Check it out below:1 – Graham Brody (Portlaoise)Graham Brody on one of his runs out the fieldThis came down to a decision between Brody and Graiguecullen keeper Danny Bolger. An the All-Star nominee shades it for his brilliant save in the final with Matthew Finlay.Being the Portlaoise keeper means Brody invariably has very little to do but when he was needed early in the first half, he came up with the goods.2 – Gary Saunders (Portlaoise)Saunders made our Team of the Week selections more often than not and is fully deserving of his place here.Solid as rock in the full back line – it is hard to believe he is just out of minor. A really promising player with a big future with Portlaoise and Laois.3 – David Seale (Portlaoise)David Seale lost his place in the team last year through injury but came back for the Leinster defeat against Moorefield where he held Eanna O’Connor very well despite the loss.However, he nailed down the full back jersey this year and like Saunders beside him, barely put a foot wrong.4 – Adam Campion (St Joseph’s)Adam Campion is a player with a lot of potential and it is a bit of a mystery how he has never really got a chance with Laois.He has incredible pace and is a really sticky corner back. Has carried that form into the Laois Divisional competition for the East Central too.5 – Robbie Kehoe (O’Dempsey’s)Robbie Kehoe had a brilliant year for O’Dempsey’s and was one of the main men behind their push to their first final in decades.A combative wing back who’s direct running style can unlock defences. Would certainly have something to offer to Laois if he committed.6 – Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen)There really is no other player in Laois as versatile as Mark Timmons. Throughout different stages of the championship, he operated at full back, centre back and in the forwards.He scored freely too and Laois manager John Sugrue will be delighted that he is back for another year of inter-county football too.7 – Marty Scully (Ballyroan-Abbey)A forward for much of his career, Marty Scully has transformed himself into a powerful and tough-tackling wing back this year.The only Ballyroan-Abbey representative on the team was heavily involved in the two titanic tussles his side played out with Arles-Kilcruise and really stood out.8 – Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise)Kieran Lillis had a brilliant year for Laois and he carried that form into the club championship with Portlaoise where he ruled the skies.He dominated whatever midfield pairing he encountered throughout and if he can remain injury free, he will only continue to get better.9 – Barry Kelly (O’Dempsey’s)Barry Kelly last played for Laois as an U-21 six years ago but his displays this year have shown he is certainly worth a shot with the seniors now.He has incredible pace and an ability to carry the ball which he displayed time and time again throughout O’Dempsey’s run to the final.10 – Brian Byrne (Graiguecullen)Brian Byrne – Photo Paul DarganA Laois U-21 last year, Brian Byrne is improving all the time. And in a Graiguecullen forward line without the likes of Ian Fleming, Ambrose Doran, Daniel O’Reilly and Barry Brennan – he carried the can for most of the year.An extremely intelligent player who can score and has blistering pace. Certainly looks capable of stepping up to the Laois senior team now.11 – Conor Boyle (Portlaoise)Conor BoyleConor Boyle oozes class and quality. He has a wand of a left foot and uses it to devastating effect for Portlaoise.He was chosen as Player of the Year recently and is very much deserving of the accolade for his level of consistent performances this term.12 – Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)Mark BarryLike the aforementioned Saunders, Mark Barry is another player who recently graduated to the adult ranks – and what a first year he enjoyed.Barry was part of the O’Dempsey’s team that completed back-to-back league titles and consistently stood out with brilliant scores and assists on the way to the final. A real prospect.13 – Craig Rogers (Portlaoise)Craig Rogers powers forward for Portlaoise in the Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football final at O’Moore Park. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR PhotoThere were many stories that came out of Portlaoise’s season but one of them was the resurgence of Craig Rogers.After being regraded to intermediate last year, it looked like his days as a senior footballer for the Town were over. But Rogers came back with a renewed enthusiasm this year and routinely showed the quality that he possesses.14 – Ricky Maher (Portlaoise)Ricky Maher is the ultimate example of someone persevering for years and finally getting what he wanted.The forward spent almost a decade trying to break into the Portlaoise senior football team and when he got his opportunity this year – he nailed it. He scored two goals in the final and was deservedly named man of the match.15 – Matthew Finlay (O’Dempsey’s)Matthew Finlay in action for O’Dempsey’s in their Laois SFC clash against Ballylinan in O’Moore ParkMatthew ‘Hatch’ Finlay finished the year as the highest scorer in the Laois SFC and was most certainly O’Dempsey’s best player.His free-taking ability and his habit of popping up with goals were all very important for his side. He will surely get a chance with Laois off the back of it.SEE ALSO – Laois family make stunning winning start to Ireland’s Fittest Family By LaoisToday Reporter – 29th October 2018 Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ center_img Council Facebook Home Sport GAA Introducing the 2018 LaoisToday Senior football Team of the Year SportGAAGaelic Football Pinterest Community Twitter Introducing the 2018 LaoisToday Senior football Team of the Year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Previous articleProperty Watch: The five most expensive houses for sale in LaoisNext articleAppeal launched to find stolen car in Laois LaoisToday Reporter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

BREAKING: Huge delays on M7 outside Portlaoise following accident

first_img Emergency services are at the scene of an accident outside Portlaoise this afternoon.The incident occurred on the M7 outhbound between J18 Portlaoise West and J19 M8, just before the toll plaza.AA Roadwatch are reporting that ’emergency services are en route to an overturned car’.They say that traffic is extremely heavy on approach.An eyewitness described the traffic as being at ‘a standstill’.The eyewitness said: “Traffic is at a standstill in both lanes heading away from Portlaoise towards the toll plaza.“Fire brigade and ambulances are also there at present.”It is unclear at this stage if anyone has been injured.More to Follow.SEE ALSO – Mountrath student named Laois Spelling Bee Champion for 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMountrath student named Laois Spelling Bee Champion for 2019Next articleSome big clashes in store as draws made for Laois hurling championships Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Home News BREAKING: Huge delays on M7 outside Portlaoise following accident News TAGSaccident Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council Twitter BREAKING: Huge delays on M7 outside Portlaoise following accident Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 27th February 2019 last_img read more

Jobs boost for Laois, sterling service to the community and outrage on Twitter – it’s our top stories of the week

first_imgHome We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Jobs boost for Laois, sterling service to the community and outrage on… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Jobs boost for Laois, sterling service to the community and outrage on Twitter – it’s our top stories of the week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Siun Lennon – 14th April 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshincenter_img Twitter WhatsApp GAA GAA WhatsApp Fine Gael’s Vivienne Phelan, who is running in the Portarlington/Graiguecullen area, caused outrage when she said she was “fed up hearing about student nurses and their payment for placement.” She has since posted a retraction to her Tweet on the social media site.Long serving Laois fire fighter retires from serviceDermot Healion from Mountmellick has decided to hang up his helmet after a sterling period of service.Three new Autism classes for LaoisThe Department of Education & Skills have approved three new Special Autism (ASD) Primary classes/units within the county.Good news for Laois commuters regarding Dublin-Limerick bus serviceA replacement bus service will operate between the towns and villages of Borris-in-Ossory, Pike of Rushall, Castletown and Mountrath, taking over from JJ Kavanagh’s service, which stopped in those areas.SPORTScoil Chríost Rí are ready for World championships The Scoil Chríost Rí basketball side have jetted off to the ISF world championships in Crete.Before they flew over we profiled the team representing Ireland in the world basketball championships and spoke to Ciara and Amy Byrne about balancing their huge sporting demandsLaois secondary schools Track & Field championshipsBoys and girls from secondary schools all over Laois competed in the Laois secondary schools Track & Fields championships in St Abban’s this weekPortlaoise Ladies Hockey celebrate successful season with awards nightPortlaoise Ladies Hockey Club held their end of season social night and award-giving ceremony on Friday April 5.Women in Sport: Meet one of Laois’s greatest camogie playersThis week’s Women in Sport interview focuses on a name long synonymous with Laois camogie – Sarah-Anne FitzgeraldLaois GAA appoint new Games Development ManagerKerry native Mike Henchy will manage and oversee the operational delivery of coaching and games programmes in the countyLaois rugby player selected on Leinster team for USA tournamentOuthalf Conor Kelly has been selected for the Cara Cup which will see Leinster take on Munster ‘A’ and the New England Free JacksWE ARE LAOISMoment In TimeThis week’s Moment in Time focused on when President Mary McAleese visited an Abbeyleix school in 2008My Club & IFrom West Virginia to Abbeyleix in search of soccer gloryTweets of the WeekFuture predictions, a monkey and a fashion shoot – It’s our Tweets of the WeekTop stories of the weekHousehold incomes, wonder goals and Emmy nominations – it’s our top stories of the weekCOLUMNISTS Father PaddyFather Paddy’s column this week focused on the theme of the Parable of the Prodigal Son challenging us allSEE ALSO – Laois trio call for county’s support ahead of All-Ireland Student Enterprise final We’re back with another installment of our top stories of the week.Read on to find out more on a recent huge jobs announcement for Laois, a Twitter retraction by a local candidate and the team representing Ireland in the ISF world championships in Crete.NEWSJobs boost for Laois as multi-national company unveil massive plansA multi-national company has just unveiled plans to bring 75 jobs to Laois.Local Election candidate posts retraction after tweet on nurses causes uproar TAGSTop StoriesTop stories of the week Previous articleElection memories on the way as LaoisToday set to take trip down a political memory laneNext articleSt Conleth’s and Ballyfin ladies are on their way to the All-Ireland Feile Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory last_img read more

Council candidates do battle with one eye on next general election in Roscrea and Nenagh

first_imgHome Politics Local Elections Council candidates do battle with one eye on next general election in… PoliticsLocal ElectionsNews 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin In the last local elections Fine Gael and Labour were the big losers, taking a hit of six and five seats respectively and both will be hoping to restore some of that lost ground as a staging post for the next general election. Not to do so could prove ominous.Independents DayWith three of its TDs the Independents, Michael Lowry, Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy, it’s no wonder that Tipp has so many independent councillors, although a large element of its 13 independent councillors are former disaffected members of other parties.The configuration in Tipperary after the 2014 elections was Independents 13; Fine Gael 10; Fianna Fáil 10; Sinn Féin 5 and Labour 1.But this has fragmented even further since the last locals as two SF councillors have resigned from the party in high profile public disputes. David Doran in Thurles and Seamus Morris the popular Nenagh based postman are contesting Friday’s elections once more but on this occasion as independents.Such fractures will seriously impede Sinn Féin’s hopes of making a Dáil breakthrough here in Tipp.Fianna Fáil focusRoscrea’s Michael Smith was the comfortable poll topper in 2014 with a massive 2,568 votes in the nine-seater Templemore-Thurles electoral area. He is justifiably disappointed that this has not been enough to give him another run at the Dáil for Fianna Fáil, due to gender and geographic balance on the ticket.Even though the new electoral areas have defined Roscrea-Templemore as a four-seater, Smith should still comfortably head the poll and will not have relinquished his Dail ambitions.The Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill who was also successful in this district in the last local elections is Thurles based and his running partner for the Dáil next time out is Sandra Farrell. A great deal will hinge on how the former Labour Mayor of Nenagh fairs this time out now that she’s running for FF.Lowry menAnother former Labour man running in Roscrea on this occasion is Shane Lee, a young man who also lined out at U-21 hurling in the past for Tipp.He had a good gallop in 2014 for Labour finishing with over 1500 though failing to get elected. He quit Labour and was quickly signed up by the Michael Lowry party machine and is running for them on this occasion as an independent.However, also on the ticket is sitting Cllr Eddie Moran who is also a Lowry man and it will be interesting how this shakes down between the two of them in this tight four-seater.Return of Noel CoonanThe other significant one to watch in this electoral area is the return of Noel Coonan. The Templemore based former Fine Gael TD who lost his Dail seat in 2016 is attempting to revive his political career by returning to the fray in the Council elections.Giving him every assistance is his party colleague Cllr Joe Bourke who has sacrificed himself to step aside so as to give Noel Coonan a free run at it.Coonan certainly owes him one and will be hoping that a strong outing will help leverage him back in to the national political scene but only time will tell.Alan Kelly countryAlan Kelly TD, the man who would be leader of the Labour Party is pinning his hopes on the performance of the Nenagh nurse, Louise Morgan-Walsh.After losing Shane Lee to the Lowry camp and with Labour struggling to rebuild, Alan Kelly will need a strong performance in Nenagh to help secure his political base in his own heartland. There is a great deal at stake, not just the Labour leadership but even his own Dáil seat next time round.Lowry and McGrath watchAlso making sure to protect their base are independent TDs, Michael Lowry and Mattie McGrath.Michael Lowry’s son, Micheál is running again for the third time and will be expected to comfortably return in Thurles, while further south in the Cahir four-seater, Mattie McGrath’s daughter Maureen is having her first outing and will be looking to top the poll as a show of strength for their independent machine.At stake for them all is not just the Council seats but a platform and launching pad for the next general election which could possibly come hot on the heels of the locals.This is how they voted in 2014 in the massive nine-seater Templemore-Thurles district, which has now been reconfigured, with eight electoral districts in Tipp instead of the previous five and Roscrea-Templemore is now a highly competitive 4-seater, which will give some interesting indicators as to the prospects of the parties facing in to the next general election.Nenagh – 5 seatsGerard Darcy (Fine Gael)Conor Delaney (Fine Gael)Joe Hannigan (Independent)Damien Hough (Fianna Fáil)Graham King (Independent)Hughie McGrath (Independent)Louise Morgan Walsh (Labour Party)Séamus Morris (Independent)Brendan Murphy (Fianna Fáil)Damian O’Donoughue (Sinn Féin)Michael O’Meara (Independent)Roscrea-Templemore – 4 seatsWilliam Bergin (Fianna Fáil)Noel J Coonan (Fine Gael)Jonathan Cullen (Fine Gael)Michael ‘Chinny’ Donovan (Sinn Féin)Shane Lee (Independent)Eddie Moran (Independent)Tommy Murphy (Independent)Michael Smith (Fianna Fáil)Thurles – 5 seatsTommy Barrett (Independent)Michael Bracken (Independent)Fergal Butler (Fianna Fáil)David Doran (Independent)Catherine Fogarty (Independent)Seamus Hanafin (Fianna Fáil)Micheál Lowry (Independent)Ciara Mccormack (Sinn Féin)Jim Ryan (Independent)Peter Ryan (Fine Gael)Sean Ryan (Fianna Fáil)How they voted in 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA TAGS2019 Local ElectionsFianna FailFine GaelLabourNenaghRoscreaSinn FeinTemplemoreThurlesTipperary Image courtesy of the Irish Times Brought to you in association with People First Credit UnionThere is more at stake in Friday’s local elections than the Council seats in Tipperary as parties and personalities shape up with at least one eye on the next general election, which some suggest, may be just around the corner.Tipperary is one of the biggest constituencies in the country, since north and south were combined into one five-seater. This is reflected in the makeup of the Council there with 40 seats up for grabs, more than twice that of Laois which has 19.There is another significant change in Tipperary on this occasion too compared with 2014 when north and south riding were amalgamated into one local authority structure for the first time.Changes from 2014In 2014 when the two local authority entities in Tipp were eventually combined into one County Council it brought to an end the Tipperary North and South designation which had prevailed for more than a century.The new Tipperary County Council was divided up into five local electoral areas, with the administrative operations of the new local authority divided between bases in Clonmel and Nenagh, although the County’s Chief Executive is based in Nenagh.Five years on this has been further altered for the 2019 elections from five electoral wards to eight, so we are not comparing directly like-with-like, although there is still the same total of 40 Council seats at stake.There are 79 candidates contesting, so half are certain to lose out. That is down on the 85 candidates that ran five years ago, reflecting a trend that is apparent around the country with a lower number in the field. Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory SEE ALSO – Changes on the way in Offaly as women seek to make their mark Facebook GAA Pinterest Council candidates do battle with one eye on next general election in Roscrea and Nenagh WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Some of the great deals on offer in Minogue Furniture Tullamore four-day Flash SaleNext articleLaois to receive €151,070 funding across 12 clubs for sports capital projects John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. By John Whelan – 21st May 2019 GAA WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

In Pictures: 5th and 6th Class Town Leagues a huge success

first_imgHome Sport GAA In Pictures: 5th and 6th Class Town Leagues a huge success SportGAA During the months of April and May six schools took part in a 5th & 6th class Town Hurling/Camogie League.Senior Holy Family NS, Scoil Bhride Knockmay, Gaelscoil, Educate Together, Emo NS and The Heath all took to playing fields around Portlaoise to battle it out.Each school participated in five matches which were played in LOETB Centre of Excellence and the Finals were held in O’Moore Park. By Alan Hartnett – 4th June 2019 There was five finals for both Boys and Girls; four Cup Finals, six Shield Finals.This Town League was set up to supplement the GAA PE Programme that is currently running in most of the schools in the Portlaoise Urban Area.In addition to this the Town League caters for 5th and 6th class children who did not get the opportunity to play for their school in the County Cumann na mBunscol competitions.Laois GAA are now planning for further leagues for 2nd/3rd and 4th class children where they will run a hurling and football blitz day for each class.Finally, Laois GAA and all the clubs from the Portlaoise urban area would like to thank all their National Schools, teachers and pupils for their support.Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was there at the finals day where she captured some brilliant pictures.Check them out below: Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest SEE ALSO – Injury problems for Laois footballers and hurlers ahead of huge weekend Facebook WhatsApp GAA Twitter In Pictures: 5th and 6th Class Town Leagues a huge success WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook TAGSLaois GAATown Leagues Twitter Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Previous articleBusy road in Laois closed due to crashNext articleIn Pictures: Kids steal the show at the Barrowhouse and Killeen annual tractor run Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.last_img read more

Drugs worth €120,000 seized in Portlaoise

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA By Siun Lennon – 5th June 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting smuggling. If you have any information about smuggling please contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone number 1800 295 295.SEE ALSO – ‘Nowhere close to passing’ and bad smells among complaints by those who failed driving tests in Laois and the Midlands Facebook GAA On Monday June 3 Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 6kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €120,000.The illegal drugs were discovered concealed in a carved wooden ornament originating from Thailand which was declared as a ‘wedding present’ and was destined for an address in Dublin.Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest WhatsApp Drugs worth €120,000 seized in Portlaoise Facebook Previous articleFine Gael and Fianna Fail set to strike deal to continue control of Laois County CouncilNext articleThirty-one extra Special Needs Assistants for Laois schools this September Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter TAGSDrug Seizure RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Pinterest Home News Crime Drugs worth €120,000 seized in Portlaoise NewsCrime WhatsApp Twitter Yesterday, Tuesday June 4, Revenue officers at Dublin Port seized 1.15kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €23,000. The detection was made with the assistance of Revenue dectector dog Robbie when officers stopped a foot passenger who was travelling from Holyhead. A male was arrested and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.Separately, after routine operations yesterday, Revenue officers in Dublin Port also seized a 9 month old pit bull terrier cross breed puppy when they stopped and questioned a man in his fifties who was travelling to the UK.The man did not have a pet passport for the puppy as required under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.The puppy was transferred into the care of the DSPCA, where he is receiving veterinary attention and a follow up investigation is now underway.Revenue collaborates closely with the DSPCA and other bodies to combat illegal puppy trading.last_img read more

Calls for urgent action of road safety in Laois village

first_img WhatsApp His motion was seconded by Cllr Paddy Bracken.In the first instance the response from the Area Engineer, Mr Farhan Nasiem was that the road design office will arrange a meeting on site with the councillor to identify the exact location and the issues involved. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR However, Cllr Kelly tried to capitalise on the momentum in the room and general agreement that the Ballyfin works were important and urgent. He asked that they be designated as a special project and allocated the €25,000 discretionary funding which was allocated to the councillors in each electoral district.But while his colleagues were sympathetic their generosity didn’t stretch that far as some members from other areas of the district felt he was jumping the gun. The allocation of the discretionary fund is a matter for all six Borris-Mountmellick Area councillors, something they would determine as a group and not one for Cllr Kelly to go off on a solo run.“Everyone has to get a fair bite of the cherry,” observed Cllr Ollie Clooney from Durrow.The proposal remains in the melting pot and we await developments as do the people of Ballyfin.See Also: ‘Subversive’ Ballyfin poet publishes latest collection Twitter Cllr Kelly said it is an ongoing and dangerous problem of road safety on a busy stretch of road. Locals are of the view that the flashing lights are located too close to the national school.Ramps may be required he thought. He gave the example of a very busy stretch of main road between the Curragh and Kilcullen which had installed five ramps to successfully combat speeding.Director of Services, Donal Brennan said that the works could be considered when the councillors set out their priorities in their roads programme. Pinterest By John Whelan – 22nd November 2019 TAGSBallyfinBallyfin road safety WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook GAA center_img Facebook Pinterest Calls for urgent action of road safety in Laois village Home News Council Calls for urgent action of road safety in Laois village NewsCouncil The local authority have been urged to intervene to tackle a series of road safety issues in a Laois village.On foot of a recent well attended public meeting in Ballyfin, local councillors have followed though to put the matters on their priority list of works.The issue was raised by Cllr James Kelly who called on the Council to address the road safety issues in Ballyfin at the national school, the Catholic Church and the GAA Club, which are all nearby on the same stretch of road. Previous articleEmo National School table quiz a huge successNext articleFirst of the new Laois Juvenile Divisional Competitions set for finals tonight John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. Twitter GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Strong Scoil Chríost Rí go in search of more All Ireland basketball medals

first_img Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Facebook TAGSScoil Chríost ri basketball All roads lead to the National Basketball Arena next Wednesday, January 22 for the All Ireland Schools Basketball Senior A Cup Final.Scoil Chríost Rí will take on Mercy Waterford with tip off at 11am.The Senior ‘A’ All Ireland is the only title to have eluded the school over the years but they will face stiff opposition in Mercy Waterford.The players are well used to playing against each other at club level and they are always close affairs.Indeed, Portlaoise Panthers play Waterford Wildcats two days later in the All Ireland U18 ‘A’ Club Cup Final with many of the same players involved.Scoil Chríost Rí put themselves into the last six in the All Ireland Senior ‘A’ League Championship after winning the play-off blitz on Friday, January 17.They had strong wins over Loreto Kilkenny, winning 57-,38 and Our Lady’s Castleblaney on a sscoreline of 62-30.The Quarter and Semi Finals will be played in the National Arena on Tuesday, February 4.Elsewhere, the school’s U-15 ‘A’ and U-14 ‘A’ girls were also in action recently at the All Ireland play-offs.Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise U-15 ‘A’ basketball team are through to the All Ireland U-15’A’ Cup Semi Final where they will play Pres Castleisland on Tuesday, March 24 at 12pm.Should they win, they will play the winner of Gort Galway and Virginia Cavan in the final on the same day.In the recent Qualifying Tournament hosted in Scoil Chríost Rí, they had strong wins over Gael Colaiste Mhuire AG Cork and Ennis to set up a winner take all final game against Mounthawk Tralee.In an absorbing game of high quality, the Portlaoise girls just about got over the line by one basket after overtime 45 to 43.Unfortunately, Pres Castleisland beat the girls in the U-14 ‘A’ Cup Final last year but the performances at the qualifiers from the Laois girls suggest that they will have a real crack at the title in March.The U-14 ‘A’ Cup team were unfortunate to narrowly lose their first two games in the Qualifying Tournament in Cork against Mhuire AG Cork and Castleisland Community School before registering an emphatic win over Rathmore Kerry in their final game.They showed that they will be very competitive at these age groups in the coming years and are well set to perform well in the upcoming First and Second Year League Championships.SEE ALSO – Remember The Game: Knockbeg do enough in to progress in 2011 Leinster Twitter Home Sport Basketball Strong Scoil Chríost Rí go in search of more All Ireland basketball… SportBasketball Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic By Aedín Dunne – 19th January 2020 News Twitter Previous articleBig win for Portlaoise in Leinster hockey leagueNext articleWeekend Read: 10 reasons to be positive in Laois as new decade stretches out ahead of us Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Strong Scoil Chríost Rí go in search of more All Ireland basketball medalslast_img read more

John F Headen: The history behind the great Laois song ‘The Skies O’er Ballyroan’

first_imgSkies O’er Ballyroan LyricsI love the sunny shores of FranceI love the Italian skiesWhere beauty beams o’er fields and streamsAnd nature reigns sublimeI love the Alps, the winding RhoneThe classic Po and RhoneBut ten times more do I adoreThe skies o’er BallyroanThe golden sun ne’er shone uponA sweeter little townThe purling rill that runs the millThough hazel shades run downThe moat high crowned with noble treesIts origins unknownIts silver grays illume the placeFor miles round BallyroanThe chapel spire high over allPoints to the crystal skyThe vesper’s chimes proclaim the timeWhen evening worships nightAnd home the hearty workman hikesHis hour of toil now flownWith songs of cheer and Scully’s beerEnlivens BallyroanOh Ballyroan, me native homeWith grief my heart is soreWithin my breast and you oppressedI’d act the hero’s partIf I should fall for Ireland’s causeLike Emmett and Wolfe ToneThen my last sigh to God on highWould be for BallyroanBallyroan Gaels celebrate after winning the SFC final at O’Moore park in 2006. Picture: Alf HarveyBallyroan Gaels celebrate after winning the SFC final at O’Moore park in 2006.Picture: Alf Harvey.Martin Scully who was originally from Ballyroan was Mayor of Conneticut in the USA from 1914 to 1918Scully’s Skies O’er Ballyroan pub in the village of BallyroanSEE ALSO – Remember the Game: Ballyroan-Abbey win Leinster club title in 2008 TAGSBallyroanSkies Oer Ballyroan Home Columnists John F Headen: The history behind the great Laois song ‘The Skies… Columnists Facebook Pinterest By John Headen – 29th March 2020 One of the most popular Laois songs is The Skies O’er Ballyroan. Written nearly 150 years ago, it has been recorded by various artists including Dolores Keane, Danny Doyle, Sean Tyrrell, Chris Andretti and othersDolores Keane credits Thomas Hodges, a schoolmaster in Ballyroa,n with writing the song in the 1870s. Hodges emigrated to Waterbury in Conneticut a city about 80 miles north east. of New York, bringing the song with him.Waterbury is known as the Brass capital of America because of Brass ware manufacturing. Hodges’ family had a Brass and Bell foundry at 99 Middle Abbey St in Dublin in the mid 19th century.Waterbury was the emigration city for the parish of Abbeyleix in the years after the famine.A book by American author Janet Maher called From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City published in recent years records the links between Ballyroan,Abbeyleix and Waterbury.Martin Scully born in Mount Eagle in 1856 was the Lord Mayor of Waterbury from 1914-18. His son Vincent was Lord Mayor from 1940-43.The graveyard in Waterbury records a lot of  names from Abbeyleix ParishThe Skies O’er Ballyroan was a popular song amongst Laois emigrants in nearby New York city and in the 1920s  Phil Fitzpatrick, a policeman with the NYPD, and a native of Aughavas, Co Leitrim liked the song so much that he wrote his own words to Hodges song which he called Lovely Leitrim. Phil Fitzpatrick sadly lost his life on duty during a botched robbery in 194.Larry Cunningham recorded Lovely Leitrim in 1965 and it was in Ireland’s Top 10 for four weeks.Thomas Hodges qualified as a physician and moved to Chicago where he died.The Skies O’er Ballyroan still remains a favourite with Laois people worldwide.It also an anthem for Ballyroan folk at times of celebration – see photos below from the 2006 Laois senior football final won by Ballyroan Gaels when the song was belted out in O’Moore Park.There was also a rendition of the song when Mary Sweeney (nee Scully) was re-elected to Laois County Council last May. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR John F Headen: The history behind the great Laois song ‘The Skies O’er Ballyroan’ Previous articleLaois County Council takes the lead to assist citizens during Covid-19Next articleSunsets, Hannah Montana and The GOAT – It’s all in our Tweets of the Week John Headen Twittercenter_img News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 8, 2020

first_img TAGSDeaths Twitter Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Sr. Madeline MaherKilcock, Kildare / Portlaoise, LaoisMaher Sr. Madeline, Presentation Sisters, Kilcock, Co. Kildare, 6th May 2020, peacefully in the tender care of the Sisters and staff, Shalom Nursing Home. Predeceased by her parents James and Margaret, her sisters Margaret, Kathleen and Mary, her brothers Seamus, Michael and Fr. Paul. Deeply regretted by her sisters Bridget, Patricia, Nora and Angela, her brother Noel, nieces, nephews, Presentation Community; extended family and friends.Rest in PeaceA Mass to celebrate Sr. Madeline’s life will be held at a later date. In accordance with government guidelines on public gatherings, a private burial will take place.Michael CullenKilteale, Stradbally, LaoisCullen, Kilteale, Stradbally. May 5th 2020 Peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Michael (Mick), dearly loved husband to Breda annd cherished father to Debbie and David. Adoring grandfather to Anna, Cillian, Dylan and Adam. Deeply regretted by his loving family, mother Kay Cullen, brothers, sisters, brothers, in law, sisters in law, son in law Kevin, daughter in law Julia, cousins, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceGiven the exceptional climate and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place, at 12 noon on Thursday in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam. Burial afterwards in Kilteale cemetery.Declan DooceyAbbeyleix, Laois / Castletown, LaoisDeclan Doocey, Abbeyleix and formaly of Aughafan, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Died May 5th 2020 following a tragic accident. Predeceased by his brothers Paddy, Sean and Billy sister Patricia (Allen). Deeply regretted by his loving family Helen, Mark, Paul, Conor, partner Grace, brothers, sisters, daughters in law, Doireann and Eadaoin, grandchildren Ella, Coel and Mia, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.May Declan Rest In Peace.In accordance with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place for family only. A celebration of Declan’s life will be held at a later date.Micheál DorganViolet Hill, Dublin 11, Dublin / LaoisDorgan, Micheál, Violet Hill, Dublin 11, formerly Laois, 4th May 2020. Peacefully in the Mater Hospital. Predeceased by his parents Catherine and Seán, sister Sheila and brother Liam. Micheál devoted and loving husband of Mary, wise and kind father of Noel, Jennifer, Colette, Deirdre, Tracy, Suzanne and Enda. Proud and loving grandfather of Jennifer, Garry, Christopher, Alan, Olly, Ava, Ben and Lucy. Sadly missed by his brothers Dermot and Noel,sons-in-law Vincent, Shay and Mark, daughters-in-law Janet and Githa, sisters-in-law Brigid, Nora and Mary, brother-in-law Denis, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.May he rest in peaceWhile we would love to have everyone with us at this sad time, in accordance with government restrictions a private funeral will take place. Micheál’s mass can be viewed on http://ballygallparish.ie/index.php/myballygalltv/SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Thursday, May 7, 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePredicted grades set to replace Leaving Cert as exams to be cancelledNext articleLaois primary school awarded Blue Star Programme 5-year award LaoisToday Reporter Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 8, 2020 Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Friday, May 8, 2020 Deaths Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th May 2020 last_img read more

Fundraiser launched for Laois woman in Australia following MS diagnosis

first_imgHome News Fundraiser launched for Laois woman in Australia following MS diagnosis News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By Alan Hartnett – 21st July 2020 Facebook News TAGSAnnmarie GallagherAustraliaMultiple sclerosis A fundraiser has been launched for a Laois woman living in Australia who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.Annmarie Gallagher, who is from Portarlington, has been living in Sydney for the last three years.Annmarie is a care worker and according to her cousin Christina Gallagher, she tried to continue to work after her diagnosis but now is no longer able to do so. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp SEE ALSO – Gardai break up noisy Saturday night rally in the Slieve Blooms Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Twitter Previous articleBallyroan call for council support for new walking track in villageNext articlePortlaoise Hospital Coronavirus patient remains in Intensive Care Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp According to Christina, being so far away from home is taking its toll on Annmarie but she is not well enough currently to be able to fly back to Ireland.She explained: “Anyone that knows Annmarie will know how much of a big heart she has and how she lives life with a very positive mindset.“Annmarie is a care worker and has tried to carry on working but she just isn’t able.“Since her diagnosis, Annmarie has tried to remain positive and carry on being independent but it’s taking it’s toll on her mental and physical well being making daily tasks near impossible.“Being so far away from home with little family is very stressful for her at the minute and our main aim is to build her up enough strength to get her home to Ireland to her family and a bigger support system.”The family’s immediate concern is the cost of her current medical fees which are more than $3,000 per month.Christina said: “Right now Annmarie is unable to fly as her body is in extreme pain most days.“Australia has an amazing healthcare system but unfortunately Annmarie is on a temporary visa and this care comes at a high cost.“Annmarie needs to see her neurologist, GP, physio therapist, MRI scans, blood tests and also a psychologist. Her medication alone is going to cost $3000 a month.”The long term plan is to get Annmarie home, but for now, any help will be greatly appreciated by her family.Christine said: “Any help towards these costs would take alot of stress away for Annmarie.“The price of a coffee and a share can go along way. Please help if you can so Annmarie can concentrate on rest and deal with her diagnosis.“Any donations are greatly appreciated from Annmarie and her family.” Electric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Fundraiser launched for Laois woman in Australia following MS diagnosis Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

Coronavirus: 322 new cases and five additional deaths as no advice on Christmas travel yet

first_img TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 3rd November 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Electric Picnic News Pinterest Coronavirus: 322 new cases and five additional deaths as no advice on Christmas travel yet Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img Twitter Previous articleShortscreen shot in Slieve Blooms and written by Laois man features on RTENext article588 Laois farmers to receive €2.1 million as GLAS Payments arrive early Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. There have been five more deaths from Coronavirus as well as 322 new cases, according to figures released today.Of today’s cases, 8 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people drops to 194.8 from 201.9 yesterday.It is the fourth day in a row that the Laois figure has declined. It had peaked at 256.21 on October 27 following a steady rise over the previous month. The rate is now at its lowest point in Laois since October 20.The national average is now 228.Of today’s cases: WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest 156 are men / 166 are women64% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 37 years old96 in Dublin, 35 in Meath, 23 in Cork, 17 in Louth, 16 in Waterford and the remaining 135 cases are spread across 18 other counties.As of 2pm today 296 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 42 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Due to the efforts of people across Ireland, we are seeing improvements with COVID-19. However, we must remember that maintaining this downward trend is now the most crucial thing. The value of our progress depends on continuing the safe behaviour that got us to this position. I urge everyone to keep it up, to ensure these initial trends continue.”New Cases in LaoisNovember 2 – 8November 1 – 18October 31 – 7October 30 – 5October 29 – 11October 28 – 11October 27 – 6October 26 – 11October 25 – 14October 24 – 19October 23 – 7October 22 – 13October 21 – 15October 20 – 1914-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationNovember 2 –November 1 – 201.9October 31 – 205.4October 30 – 222.5October 29 – 233.8October 28 – 230.2October 27 – 256.21October 26 – 252.67October 25 – 244.4October 24 – 234.96October 23 – 221.97October 22 – 219.2October 21 – 222October 20 – 212.5New cases in Laois during past 14 daysNovember 2 –November 1 – 171October 31 – 174October 30 – 191October 29 – 198October 28 – 195October 27 – 217October 26 – 214October 25 – 207October 24 – 199October 23 – 188October 22 – 186October 21 – 188October 20 – 180Christmas TravelChief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said it is too early to give advice to people on travelling home to Ireland for Christmas.Speaking at the Oireachtas Transport Committee, he said that the National Public Health Emergency Team has to ensure that the country is not put at risk with arrangements that could lead to the importation of the disease in December.Dr Holohan said that international travel will represent a prominent area of risk as Covid-19 comes under control nationally.In relation to travelling home for Christmas, he said that NPHET could not provide advice now because he said it relates to factors that are not known at this stage.He told the committee that once the virus is brought back under control in Ireland the risks of importation will have to be carefully managed. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Coronavirus: 322 new cases and five additional deaths as no advice on… News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

first_img Facebook Facebook Home We Are Laois The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven… We Are Laois She had been missing from the Kileen area of Laois since Wednesday November 11.4 – Gardai to take action as elderly being harassed by aggressive beggars in PortlaoiseThe Chief Superintendent of the Laois-Offaly Garda Division says his force will take decisive action to stamp out aggressive begging in Portlaoise.Mr Scanlan only learned of what has been happening in Lyster Square when Councillor Caroline Dwane Stanley informed him of it at the meeting.5 – Mary Therese Lowndes: Senseless mink farmingMary Therese’s latest column caused a real stir as she examined mink farming in Laois and around the world.6 – Property Watch: From €280,000 to €450,000 – five homes currently for sale in Ballyfin and RosenallisThere’s a selection of fine properties currently on the market in the Rosenallis and Ballyfin areas of Laois.Close to the Slieve Bloom mountains, in a rural setting and in communities with a strong identity, it’s easy to see why they make for sought-after homes.7 – Open letter to all those involved in Laois hurling discussions for 2021Our letter to all involved in the discussions with Eddie Brennan that are ongoing.8 – Sadness following the passing of Laois publicanThere is sadness in the village of Timahoe today following the passing of one of their publicans.Liam Rambottom, of Ramsbottoms Bar in the village, died on Sunday November 15.9 – In Pictures: End of an era as Laois principal retires after 37 years of serviceThere were tears of joy and sadness as Maurette Maher said goodbye to the staff and students of Derrylamogue NS last month.The Rosenallis school bid farewell to principal Mrs Maher for the final time on Friday, October 23, as she brought her 37-year teaching career to an end.10 – Laois athlete awarded huge college scholarship in AmericaLaois teenager Ava O’Connor has been awarded a huge college scholarship in America.The Emo native, who runs for Tullamore Harriers, has been granted a scholarship by Adams State in Colorado. Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st November 2020 WhatsApp 1 – Laois priest scoops top prize in Carlow GAA drawThe third staging of the Carlow GAA Development Draw took place recently and a Laois priest scooped the first price.Fr Jim O’Connell claimed the €10,000 cash first prize – finishing ahead of a very famous racing family.2 – Gardai and Army Bomb Disposal Unit attend Laois house to deal with suspect deviceGardai and members of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit attended a house in Laois during the week.A suspect device was left outside a house in O’Moore Place in Portlaoise shortly after 2am.3 – Laois teenager found safe and well following Garda appealGardaí have thanked the public for their assistance after 16 year old Lythia Tebay was located safe and well this afternoon. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous articleCalls to replace key Council worker as elderly ‘left vulnerable’ in Covid-19 pandemicNext articleBeautiful tribute following sad passing of Monasterevin GAA chairman LaoisToday Reporter News Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic last_img read more

Laois people have one of the ‘lowest disposable incomes’ in the country

first_img Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 2nd March 2021 Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival TAGSBrian Stanleydisposable income Pinterest Council Brian Stanley The midlands is at the bottom of the league regarding personal disposable income, compared to all other regions in the country.Laois and Offaly fare particularly poorly according to the most recent data from the Central Statistics Office.According to Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley, the average disposable income in Laois stood at €17,302 – a drop of €561 from the previous year.The state average is €20,714 and the Sinn Fein TD described this as ‘extremely disappointing’.Deputy Stanley said: “The figures are deeply disappointing as they show not just that the four midlands counties are at the bottom in terms of income but the gap is actually widening with other regions such as Dublin and Limerick.“The latest figures are from 2017 and 2018 and these illustrate how incomes per person actually dropped between the two years in all four counties.“In 2018 Laois stood at €17,302, a drop of €561, Offaly was €16,907 which is down €294, Longford at €17,410 fell €533 and while Westmeath has the highest income out of the four counties – income fell there by €340 to €17,889.“Compare these figures to Dublin where disposable personal income is at €24,969 or Limerick on €23,302 – it is clear that the Midlands and in particular Laois and Offaly are way behind.“The two counties are also well below the state average of €21,270. This is despite our strategic location and our much improved road network.“With the latest figures based on 2018, they don’t capture the impact of the closure of the ESB power plants at Shannonbridge and Lough Ree, or the cessation of peat harvesting by Bord Na Mona.“The job losses from them will have a profound effect on all four counties.”He called on the government to focus more on job creation in Laois and Offaly.He said: “It is time now for a new focus by government, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland along with the semi state companies like Bord Na Móna, ESB and Coilte to create quality jobs in counties like Laois and Offaly.“Substantial EU funding is also needed for to provide a major stimulus and reboot the economy in both counties.”SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: From The Heath to the Cayman Islands – life by the beach, GAA and missing a decent pint WhatsApp Laois people have one of the ‘lowest disposable incomes’ in the country Facebook Twitter Home News Community Laois people have one of the ‘lowest disposable incomes’ in the country NewsCommunity Pinterest Previous articleCoronavirus: 14 further death and 359 new cases as decision on Johnson and Johnson vaccine dueNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApplast_img read more

Update: ESB say they are not liable for pole that has been ‘crashed into three times and is still standing’

first_img Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 24th March 2021 Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Update: ESB say they are not liable for pole that has been ‘crashed into three times and is still standing’ Electric Picnic TAGSBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick MunicipalESBOllie Clooney “Nobody wants to see a fatality here and this is exactly what could happen if the pole is not removed.”In response to Cllr Clooney’s call, engineer Edmund Kenny said he would arrange a meeting between the council and the ESB. Home News Council Update: ESB say they are not liable for pole that has been… NewsCouncil Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR He said: “Laois County Council will visit the site with the utility provider to ascertain whose responsibility it is to relocate the pole.”But now, the ESB have released a statement to say that they have carried out a site survey and they are not liable.They said: “The poles in question are not ESB Networks Assets.“ESB are not responsible for moving them and are not liable for any of the safety issues you indicate that they are presenting to the public.“This has been verified by the Local ESB Networks Supervisor during a site visit today.”Separately, Cllr Clooney called on the Council to repair the dangerous footpath on the Derry Road, DurrowHe said: “We are trying to encourage people to get out and walk so we need to provide the service.“This footpath is very poor and needs to be repaired.”In reply, engineer Edmund Kenny said: “Laois County Council will survey the footpath identified and revert to the Elected Member once complete.”SEE ALSO – Tragic news as Gardai end search for missing Laois man Pole on The Swan Road, Durrow The ESB say they are not liable for a pole on a Laois road after a Laois County Councillor called on them to ‘cop on and act before somebody is killed’.Speaking at a recent meeting of the Borris-In-Ossory-Mountmellick Municipal District, Cllr Ollie Clooney outlined the issues with the offending pole which is located on the Swan Road near The Harps GAA pitch.He said: “This pole has nine lives – it has been crashed into three times and it is still standing. Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleMeet the Laois man playing an integral role in the Republic of Ireland’s 2022 World Cup hopesNext articleThe Midweek Podcast: Local Garda tries his hand at comedy, Mountrath to feature in short film documentary and Ballyroan musician’s fundraiser for Cuisle Centre Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles seeking to hire sales assistant in Portlaoise

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Electric Picnic Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months JOB VACANCY: First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles seeking to hire sales assistant in Portlaoise Facebook Pinterest Home Jobs JOB VACANCY: First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles seeking to hire sales assistant… Jobscenter_img Council Previous articleFrom the LaoisToday Archives: Former Knockbeg College student is a millionaire in the Big AppleNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, March 30, 2021 LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles in Clonminam Industrial Estate in Portlaoise are seeking to fill the following position.Sales AssistantHours per week: 409-6pmExperience in sales neededReady for immediate startTo Apply:Email: [email protected] 8681680SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 30th March 2021 last_img read more

150-Day Battle for Strong and Prosperous State Underway

first_img News NewsEconomy SHARE News 150-Day Battle for Strong and Prosperous State Underway Facebook Twitter AvatarJung Kwon Ho North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Jung Kwon Ho – 2009.05.06 5:14pm Shenyang, China — It has been reported that the North Korean authorities have instructed committees of the Party to undertake a “150-day battle” to achieve enhanced production targets. The instruction was conveyed to the entire membership of the Workers Party in a secret letter from the Central Committee of the Party in March. A source from North Pyongan Province told The Daily NK on the 4th, “The 150-day battle will progress from May 10th, the foundation day of the Workers’ Party, to October 10th. The fundamental aims are the construction of houses, the normalization of farming and railroads and enhancing the activities of local factories and mines.” A source from North Hamkyung Province also reported the same information, saying that, “A decree from the Central Committee of the Party was handed down entitled, ‘On carrying out the 150-day battle.’ However, the details have not been reported.” The reason why Pyongyang is encouraging members of the Workers Party to embark on the 150-day battle is nothing less than its own salvation; to build a “strong and prosperous state” by 2012 in the current situation where foreign aid is decreasing due to several recent, provocative acts including the missile launch of April 5th. Sources analyze that the authorities have decided, not for the first time, to try and squeeze fresh production achievements from the manpower of the citizens. One of the sources said, “The backdrop to the 150-day battle is to prepare an economic breakthrough to achieve their purpose: completion of the strong and prosperous state by 2012. There is also another meaning: that we are trying to form the foundations to live by ourselves, standing up to the U.S. sanctions against us.” The Workers Party handed over the secret letter, “Announcement to members of the Party,” on March 10, immediately after the delegates’ election to the Supreme People’s Assembly. In the letter, it suggested detailed tasks to complete a strong and prosperous socialist state by 2012. The precise production goals for the strong and prosperous state announced in the letter were to generate 7.76 million kilowatts of electricity a year, produce 33 million metric tons of metal, 13 million metric tons of coal and 7 million metric tons of food, move 72 million metric tons of freight and, additionally, modernize the economy and technology-intensive industries. North Korea has suggested such targets and undertaken citizen renovation campaigns when it has faced difficulties before. The most obvious cases were the “100-day battle” of 1978 and the “200-day battle” which took place 10 years later. During the “200-day battle” of 1988, the North Korean authorities completed facilities for the 13rd World Festival of Youth and Students, the first phase of construction of both the Suncheon Vinylon Complex and Sariwon Kalium Fertilizer Factory, and the construction of a 100 kilowatt hydraulic power plant and extension at the Kim Chaek Steel Mill. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Wreaths in Use for Propaganda

first_img News By Lee Seok Young – 2011.12.22 12:37pm Wreaths in Use for Propaganda AvatarLee Seok Young News Wreaths to memorialize the death of Kim Jong Il are being sent to North Korea across the Sino-North Korea border and being used there in propaganda emphasizing that Kim Jong Il was a global inspiration, a source told Daily NK yesterday. According to a Yangkang Province source, Party and administrative officials, trading enterprise workers, traders visiting China and persons on legally sanctioned visits to family have been sending back wreaths, and in at least one case this has been done under orders.The source explained, “According to one National Security Agency (NSA) man, an order was handed down by the provincial Party to workers at provincial NSA security command that oversees anti-espionage and border issues instructing them to get wreaths from China.” Although delegations cannot pass North Korean customs, the source added, wreaths are being accepted.A North Hamkyung Province source agreed, saying, “I saw a wreath that had Chinese writing on it that probably came in through Namyang Customs House.”In turn, the wreaths are apparently being set up at the foot of statues of Kim Il Sung, according to the source, who said, “Through Party organizations they are propagandizing the idea that ‘You can feel in the sending of wreaths by foreigners that comrade Kim Jong Il was a global father figure.’” Facebook Twitter NewsEconomycenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News last_img read more

Neither Mission nor Prudence in Kim’s Expression

first_img Facebook Twitter News SHARE AvatarPark Seong Guk Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Neither Mission nor Prudence in Kim’s Expressioncenter_img News By Park Seong Guk – 2012.02.09 11:12am Kim Jong Nam has revealed more about the rule of Kim Jong Eun and his view of the future of North Korea in previously unreleased e-mails between he and Tokyo Shimbun editor Yoji Komi .“In that young man’s expression I can see neither the mission nor the prudence of a man who has become the successor to a troubled country like North Korea, nor the expression of a man worrying about a future vision for the state,” Kim is quoted as saying in one of the correspondences.“In North Korea, the amount people who are earning money have to pay in bribes to high-ranking officials in order to survive is rising. A corrupt system like this absolutely will collapse. It reminds me of the Soviet Union right before it collapsed,” he reportedly goes on. “The people’s trust in the North Korean leadership collapsed thanks to the currency redenomination,” he also comments in an e-mail dated December 13th, shortly before the death of Kim Jong Il on the 17th. “An ageing leader, an inexperienced successor and a sunk economy… nations surrounding North Korea can’t help seeing it as dangerous.”“North Korea passed responsibility onto Party Planning and Finance head Park Nam Ki and executed him, but the people all know perfectly well that the currency redenomination could not have been done by a mere cadre,” he adds.Kim also offers a withering critique of the North Korean regime’s propagandist media in a November exchange, saying of Workers’ Party publication Rodong Shinmun, which is now available in print and online in both Korean and English, “They don’t have enough paper to print it so people can’t read it. For the electronic version you need to have a computer, but how many North Korean people actually have one… and even if they do, there is no electricity so how are they going to use it.”The formerly unreleased set of e-mails are to be officially released by Japanese monthly magazine Bungeishunju in its March edition, but were revealed by South Korean daily newspaper Donga Ilbo today. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Rodong: Kim Has Signed Off on War Plans

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter Rodong: Kim Has Signed Off on War Plans News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHAREcenter_img North Korea, having declared its readiness to nullify the Korean War Armistice Agreement one day and then threatened Seoul and Washington with nuclear destruction the next, has warned in a front page Rodong Shinmun editorial that Kim Jong Eun has already approved Chosun People’s Army operational plans.The daily propaganda publication of the Chosun Workers’ Party, Rodong Shinmun declared in the editorial, entitled ‘Let’s Safeguard the People’s Divine Independence and Achieve Final Victory’, “Every arm of the military and every soldier is waiting for the order to charge forth, in a state of frenzy for the decisive battle with the enemy.” It added, “The satellite launch and underground nuclear test conducted last year and this demonstrated to our enemies that our revolutionary armed forces can turn invasion bases into a sea of fire no matter where in the world they are. It is the Mt. Baekdu way to respond to any enemy that threatens us with nuclear weapons with various more powerful, our-style nuclear attack methods.”“Our battle strategy has already been approved [by Kim Jong Eun],” it stressed. “Our ten million soldiers and citizens are full of the will to destroy the enemy.”Rodong Shinmun published no fewer than 15 articles today involving threats to South Korea and the U.S. All were related to ongoing joint ROK-U.S. military exercises, which the North Korea leadership considers to be a provocation. Such threats are issued annually during similar exercises, although this year has seen a marked rise in aggressive rhetoric, leading some commentators to fear that North Korea has been emboldened by its successful nuclear test on February 12th and is beginning to implement a more threatening strategy against the South. By Kang Mi Jin – 2013.03.07 6:38pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Lessons from Germany for transitional justice in NK

first_imgNews Image: TJWG Lessons from Germany for transitional justice in NK North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China By Daily NK – 2015.08.03 5:58pm SHARE Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea’s apprehension of citizenswithout due process of law, its systematic political prison camps, and myriadother violations of human rights are gradually gaining more attention from theinternational community. And so, within this social milieu, a group of NGOsconvened to shed light on how to bring about justice for North Korean human rights victims. Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG),National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), Social Science Korea (SSK)Human Right Forum, and Heart for Korea (HEKO) hosted a joint symposiumentitled, “Transitional Justice Measures in Germany and Crimes Against Humanityin North Korea,” in Seoul on July 28th. This conference sought to devise methods for South Korea and the international community to approach andcombat the systematic violation of human rights by North Korean securityentities. At the forefront of discussions taking place at theconference was the topic of Germany’s treatment of the legacies of human rightsabuses committed by former East German policing organs. Upon reunification of the country, West Germany extended relative tolerance to human rightsperpetrators of East Germany; this tolerance was ascribed to what was deemed as patentrepentance on the part of the former governing party of East Germany, the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED).“The Ministry for State Security of EastGermany had committed a multitude of human rights violations; however, only ahandful of commanders were punished while lower-ranking officers who simply followedsuperiors’ commands were pardoned,” Park Sang Bong, the head of GermanReunification Research Institute, explained at the event. Daily NK followed up after the event withHubert Younghwan Lee, head of TJWG, who added, “Sadly, it commonly happens inmany societies in transition that the majority of perpetrators are not heldfully accountable because, among other reasons, politicians are often afraid ofpunishing those who can mobilize a group that resists transition. Politiciansbelieve that strong punishments might further exacerbate internal political conflictsand thus hinder the processes for reconciliation and peace. However, impunityoften comes at the expense of truth and justice for victims of serious abuses” Nevertheless, reunification is not the onlyviable channel to see justice for those who have long suffered frommethodical oppression of their most basic human rights. Koo Jeong Woo,associate professor at Sungkyunkwan University, explained, “North Korea hassigned various human rights treaties. It ratified the International Covenant onCivil and Political Rights in 1981, the Convention on the Rights of the Childin 1990, Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities in 2013,etc. That gives the international community the legal foundation to hold NorthKorea accountable for its violations of these treaties.” Lee expounded on this assertion, pointing out that while Germany offers useful insight in terms of a reunification scenario on the Korean Peninsula, a different window of opportunity may open for socio-political change in North Korea– even without reunification. “To be prepared for such acase, we need to pay attention to many other countries where transitionhappened internally,” he said. News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department storelast_img read more

State monopolizes blueberry harvest for export

first_img News By Daily NK – 2016.08.24 6:39pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News State monopolizes blueberry harvest for export Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders SHARE The authorities in northerly Ryanggang Province have mobilized local students and civilians to pick blueberries for export in order to raise much-needed foreign currency. The stringent oversight surrounding this year’s harvest is drawing complaints from residents of other regions, who are disallowed from participating and therefore deprived of the potential profits.“As in years past, the authorities have called on everyone from elementary school students to college students, workers, farmers, and soldiers to harvest the berries. But this year, people from other provinces are not allowed to participate,” said a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK. This news was corroborated by multiple sources in Ryanggang Province.Blueberries, which are used as an ingredient in a variety of foodstuffs, are one of the specialties of the Mt. Paektu region and grow throughout the province. The fruit is then sold cheaply to foreign-currency earning enterprises or processing plants in the local region, where it is processed and exported, namely to China.Historically, residents were allowed to keep any surplus berries to use at their discretion, provided they fulfilled their state-mandated quota. The allure of potential profits drew in annual crowds from across the country.This year, however, with sanctions occluding a number of once viable foreign-currency earning channels, the leadership is desperate to export a larger percentage of the harvest and prevent it from trickling into domestic markets, according to the source.To this end, State Security Department and Ministry of People’s Security personnel have cordoned off pockets with high concentrations of the lucrative fruit with signs stating “off limits for civilians.” Patrol units cover swaths of the surrounding areas to perform random identification checks and send non-Ryanggang residents back from whence they came, and if they are discovered with blueberries on their person, confiscate the supply.“Ryanggang residents are the ones mobilized for berry picking, so they’re still able to make some money from it, but those from other regions have to make sure they’re not caught by monitoring agents,” he explained. “In the past, agents would turn a blind eye to outsiders, but this year—presumably because they’re short on the foreign currency front– they’re being very strict about cracking down.”This is especially distressing for those hailing from far-flung corners of North Korea, some of whom sell the residential rights to their homes to fund the trip to Ryanggang Province, assuming they will recoup their losses with berry sales; however, the heightened regulations and overall political climate looming over this year’s harvest suggest that for many, if not most, the gamble will not pay off.For most, however, the potential benefits still outweigh the outsized risks. “1 kg of blueberries trades for 5-6 RMB and predicted to steadily rise. As a result, [people from outside Ryanggang Province] are expected to take their chances playing cat and mouse with the patrol agents,” he concluded. center_img NewsEconomy AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Prof Kim Young Soo evaluates Moon’s North Korea policy

first_img Prof Kim Young Soo evaluates Moon’s North Korea policy Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Daily NK – 2017.08.25 4:25pm SHARE UMG: Although there is no response yet from the North, I imagine that diverse forms of exchange and dialogue will resume. Where should the Moon government focus its efforts?Kim: Humanitarian aid comes to mind as one possibility to bring the two sides closer together. Resolving the suspended engagement projects – namely the Kaesong Industrial Park and the Kumgang Mountain tourism area – might be an important place to start. Moon Jae In approached North Korean International Olympic Committee Representative Ung Chang with ideas for cooperation, but Ung thought they were naive. I think that Kaesong and Kumgang are not the primary issues. North Korea is the root of the problem. In the past, it was ambiguous whether the projects were important or not, but now it is clear. The most fundamental point is to avoid mutual slander and hostile policies. That is why Moon Jae-In recommended starting with easier things first during his Berlin speech. Everything becomes politicized. I don’t think that Kaesong and Kumgang will be the first knots to be untied. UMG: As international sanctions against the North continue to get stronger, we have yet to see indications that they will have their intended effects. Some raise the argument that it will not be feasible to achieve the desired result without more buy-in from China. And some people are skeptical about the efficacy of sanctions in general. What’s your position? Sanctions are effective against countries that are dependent on the international community, but not effective in the short term for places where loyalty to the leadership is high. North Korea is very adaptable. At this point, only about 4 in every 100 sanctions measures have had their intended effect. The regime is working hard to avoid the negative fallout of all of these measures. They can change the names of people and companies, split and rebrand companies, and conduct trade illicitly.  Finally, secondary sanctions have been brought up. Now that the US has designated China’s Bank of Dandong as an institution of primary money laundering concern, the situation has become more severe. The price of gasoline has risen and then fallen. So there has been some sort of effect. Specifically targeting Kim Jong Un and his inner circle is another way to hurt the regime. It’s humiliating for them, and that’s the biggest effect.   UMG: Seeing as previous strategies have failed to elicit major changes in the North, what do you think the Moon administration should focus on to achieve success? Moon Jae In has focused on dialogue, but I think if he changes that phrase to improving relations it will really hit home more. It will feel more calming. Another unfortunate element of the strategy is that, until now, contacts between the North and South have been very unilateral. The central government takes the central stage in dialogue. Just as it is important to have the minor vessels supporting the main arteries in delivering blood throughout the body, it would be beneficial to have more input and less restrictions on NGOs and local governments. The South Korean government has a new Minister of Unification, but does it really make a difference in terms of policy? If anything goes wrong, the Unification Ministry gets the blame. I thought that this government would support NGOs and individuals that aim to pursue exchange programs like family reunions with the North. If the South really believes that the North isn’t a hostile country, why control such contacts so thoroughly? The methods being pursued are just as restrictive as previous administrations. It seems that the central government does not want to lose its leadership role in spearheading improving relations with the North. But the administration is emphasizing democratization. It would be fine if Moon let these people and groups take the initiative. If anything went wrong, the government could take responsibility. Why is the administration still trying to establish talks with Kim Jong Un? We have to win the hearts and minds of the North Korean people. America didn’t succeed in this regard with the Iraqi people, which made things difficult.   RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? North Korea’s trade volume increased last year despite the intensification of international sanctions. It has become clear that participation by the Chinese government will play a central role in ongoing efforts to reign in North Korea’s destabilizing behavior. For further insights into this dynamic, we spoke to Sogang University Professor Kim Young Soo (pictured left).Unification Media Group (UMG): South Korea’s President Moon announced 100 tasks that he will seek to address during his five-year term. These include a pledge to denuclearize North Korea and establish peace on the peninsula, promises that were repeated during his election campaign and during his Berlin speech. What has been your evaluation of his progress?  Kim Young Soo (Kim): The Moon Jae-In administration has set out its goals, but now the issue comes down to the implementation of the plans. Government spending on diplomacy and security is comparatively smaller than for the economic sector, but still has some weight. The problem is whether they can execute the plans as they’ve been drawn up. Trial and error will steer the ship. Instead of criticizing the plans, let’s look at how they may get implemented. We’ve been through many different governments, and it’s unlikely that Moon’s policies will veer far away from the charted course. Right now, the government is assessing the information from past processes of trial and error. The list of 100 tasks has all sorts of pledges in it, but many of these will probably not eventuate. In the end, the most important indicators of the leadership’s strength will be: How effectively does Moon lead?How much support do the people give him?How much cooperation can he secure from neighboring countries?These are the factors that we carefully need to assess. UMG: Moon has announced that he wants to use negotiations to denuclearize the North by 2020. How realistic is this goal? Kim: Since the presidency of Kim Dae Jung, our government has talked about halting the North’s nuclear program but Pyongyang has always rejected these attempts. The first thing we need to look for is whether or not the North’s nuclear weapons will be considered negotiable or not. When it comes to a negotiation, it’s necessary to understand your counterpart’s position. Negotiation is a process of give and take. If negotiations are not conducted in this way, it’s unlikely that nuclear weapons can be addressed through talks. UMG: The early launch of the North Korean Human Rights Foundation – which has been stuck in political mire – was also mentioned. Do you think that President Moon will take on the same stance towards the Foundation that previous liberal governments have? Kim: I think the fact that the launch was mentioned as a goal in and of itself is a sign of just how hard it’s going to be to get the Foundation up and running. The composition of the council is supposed to be divided between the ruling party and the minority party. Now that the South Korean government is pushing for momentum behind North-South dialogue, it’s hard to simultaneously pursue the human rights issue. It’s like using fire and water at the same time. What is the possibility of setting up dialogue if the South does something that the North clearly detests? I don’t think human rights are at the forefront of this administration’s agenda. UMG: The Moon Presidency is pursuing a two-track policy using pressure to try to restart negotiations – but might this be a counterproductive strategy? Kim: There’s no need to have one exclusive track. The hard part will be deciding on the right course based on the circumstances. But for North Korea, the multi-track approach is not favorable. North Korea is severely isolated and minimally dependent on the outside world, so the more contacts with the outside world it has, the harder it becomes for the regime to maintain control. So the Pyongyang leadership might actually prefer when the South maintains a strong policy against it. There is actual meaning to the ideas of “change through contact,” and “one step at a time.” We should focus on these ideas. We have to show the outside world why the two track solution is preferable, even if there is criticism. If the South was able to establish military dialogue with the North, as requested, that would have been a real accomplishment to support the two track approach. From the government’s perspective, it’s a shame it didn’t work out. UMG: North Korea hasn’t made a direct response to the South’s offer to conduct military dialogue. Why do you think the Kim regime is rejecting Moon Jae In’s offer to connect? Kim: First of all, the North’s goals are quite different from the South’s. North Korea wants to retain their nukes and the South wants it to disarm. Kim Jong Un seized the opportunity of the G20 summit in Berlin to advise his diplomats to find a way to establish a peace treaty. Since the 1970s, North Korea has been looking for a way to open bilateral dialogue with the US. Kim Jong Un is still feeling out the Moon administration and as of yet, there has not been any North Korean state media articles specifically criticizing Moon himself. In the midst of this, Kim Jong Un has received the new title of Party Chairman. This is a significant change. Kim Jong Un has absolute power over the decision making process, and no one else has the authority to initiate alternative decisions. Now that nuclear weapons have been publicly announced, it would be counter-revolutionary and anti-party to suggest denuclearization. Looking at the internal power dynamic, it is easy to see how complicated the issue is for the North.   Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fragile peace on the Korean peninsula – can it last?

first_img SHARE Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Tensions on the Korean peninsula have simmered in the midst of a flurry of diplomatic engagement after North Korea accepted a South Korean government invitation to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, which begin this week. These were the first bilateral high level talks to occur between the two countries in two years. However, despite the improvements, the possibility remains that the North could engage in further provocative behavior.    North Korea’s eagerness to participate in the Olympics has led observers to believe that the Olympics will be peaceful, but questions remain as to whether that fragile peace will last after the event ends. For further insights, Daily NK recently interviewed Yoon Duk Min, former director of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (picture shown left). Yoon noted that it is extremely fortunate that the Olympic Games will be peaceful owing to the North’s participation, “but it is extremely difficult to foresee what will occur after the Games draw to a close.” Asked about the risk factors in the equation, Yoon explained that North Korea has demonstrated its intention to complete its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and they will need to conduct at least two or three more tests to advance towards this goal. “The possibility is high that the North will engage in provocative actions after the Olympics,” he said.  “After North Korea completes its nuclear weapons program, it will then try to negotiate with the US. The North will ask the US to treat it like Pakistan, acknowledging it as a de facto nuclear power. The likelihood is high that it will use its ability to strike the US mainland to strengthen its negotiating position.”“Despite its severe economic difficulties, North Korea conducted 25 ballistic missile tests and its 6th nuclear test last year,” Yoon added. “The North has tried to gain recognition as a nuclear power by squandering one to two billion US dollars of foreign currency to develop these weapons programs while ignoring the needs of its people. Since Kim Jong Un declared that the North has completed its nuclear program, it’s clear that he will try to negotiate with the US after the Olympics.”           The North’s strategy, according to Yoon, is ultimately to gain recognition as a nuclear power. It will try to bargain with the US, promising not to conduct any more ICBM tests that demonstrate a range that could strike the US on the condition that Washington overlooks the North’s continued possession of its existing nuclear weapons. With this in mind, Yoon estimates that the chances are high that North Korea could try to engage in diplomatic talks with the US this year. “The situation on the peninsula after the Olympics end will depend on North Korea. Because the situation could deteriorate if North Korea engages in another provocation, the international community’s task is to deliberate on how we can safely achieve denuclearization of the North,” Yoon pointed out.Yoon argues that South Korea should work proactively through the ironclad US-Korea relationship and reach out to the international community, including China, to come up with a solution to achieve denuclearization. It is important for the South Korean government to focus not only on improving North-South relations and engaging in inter-Korean dialogue, but also to serve as the lead in solving the North Korean nuclear problem.    “The international community is watching the manner in which South Korea is approaching the denuclearization of the North. They are waiting to see the extent to which the South is resolving the problem. The South should prioritize peninsular peace and denuclearization over North-South dialogue. As a member of the international community, it has this responsibility,” Yoon concluded. Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2018.02.07 11:55pm Fragile peace on the Korean peninsula – can it last?last_img read more

OSC sets dates for Maple TMX hearing

The Ontario Securities Commission has scheduled two days of public consultation to consider the proposed restructuring of the trading landscape in Canada, the regulator said Friday. The OSC has slated a policy hearing for December 1 & 2 to consider the application by Maple Group Acquisition Corp., which is seeking to consolidate the trading business by acquiring TMX Group Inc., Alpha Trading Systems LP, and Alpha Trading Systems Inc. Maple is also seeking to integrate the clearing side of the market by acquiring The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited and, indirectly, CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. Quebec’s Autorité des marchés financiers has scheduled hearings for November 24 and 25 to consider Maple’s application from its perspective. AMF sets dates for Maple TMX acquisition hearing The deal, which raises significant public policy issues, also needs approval from the securities regulators in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as the federal Competition Bureau. The OSC says that at its hearing, it will consider submissions responding to a notice issued by OSC staff on October 7, the application itself, various undertakings that Maple will be making as part of its proposals, and any other issues that arise in connection with the proposals. OSC seeks input on Maple Group takeover of TMX Group Submissions on the initial notice are due by November 7. The OSC plans to issue another notice by November 21, outlining the list of witnesses seeking to appear at the hearing. OSC to reconsider Kingship’s acquisition plans Brookfield Asset Management to buy 19.9% stake in American Equity Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Keywords Mergers and acquisitionsCompanies TMX Group Ltd., Ontario Securities Commission, TMX Group Inc. Competition Bureau won’t challenge Maple TMX deal Related news read more

TSX, Wall Street headed for positive pre holiday open

Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Keywords Marketwatch Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Oil futures climbed above the $100 mark before inching lower as improved growth in the U.S. is expected to boost demand for crude. The February crude contract was up 27 cents to $99.80 a barrel. The February gold contract slid $1.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was up five cents to $3.47. Investors were set to hear figures on Canada’s gross domestic product growth in October on Friday morning. On Wall Street, Dow futures were up 55 points at 12,158 and S&P 500 futures were higher by 6.7 points at 1,255.8. Nasdaq futures were ahead 8.75 points to 2,269.5. Trading volume is expected to be low Friday and into next week as many traders take a break over Christmas and New Year. The TSX and most global markets are closed Monday for Christmas, while Toronto markets will remain closed on Tuesday for Boxing Day. Investor sentiment has been cheered up in recent weeks by evidence of a rebound in the U.S. _ the world’s biggest economy and a crucial export market for many countries in Asia. On Thursday, data showed the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since April 2008, the third week in a row that applications fell. The Conference Board reported that its measure of future economic activity jumped last month, the second straight gain. Investors were also encouraged by an agreement in the U.S. Congress to extend a payroll tax cut for two months. China’s benchmark in Shanghai gained 0.9% to 2,204.78 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.4% to 18,629.17. Japan’s financial markets were closed for a public holiday. Chinese shares were pushed higher by the announcement of government plans to begin construction of as many as eight million subsidized homes, half of which should be completed next year. Shares in cement, power, and real estate companies led gains. Credit ratings agency Fitch said it expects growth in Asia’s developing economies will slow slightly next year but still expand by a robust 6.8%, which should help bolster the region’s wealthier nations. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector The Toronto stock market was set for a rise Friday as oil moved higher, briefly shooting above $100 a barrel, and sentiment improved on signs the U.S. economy is moving in a positive direction. The Canadian dollar gained 0.25 of a cent to 98.18 cents US. Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Financial Horizons to acquire Audis Canada

Keywords Managing General AgenciesCompanies Financial Horizons Group Inc. Related news IE Staff Two MGAs acquired by Financial Horizons Group Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Managing general agencies (MGAs) Financial Horizons Inc. and Audis Canada Ltd. have signed letters of intent to join forces, the companies announced on Wednesday. Under the deal, Kitchener, Ont.-based Financial Horizons will purchase 100% of the shares of Winnipeg-based Audis Canada in exchange for cash and shares in Financial Horizons’ parent company, Granite Global Solutions. The transaction is expected to close by Oct. 31, 2012. Empire Life becomes minority shareholder in Ontario MGA Audis is one of the largest MGAs in Western Canada, representing more than 1,000 independent financial and insurance advisors. It has offices in Winnipeg and Calgary. Once the deal is complete, Financial Horizons Inc. will have more than 5,500 brokers, more than $4.2 billion in segregated fund assets and more than $300 million of life premium in force. “This is another major step in the growth of Financial Horizons,” said John Hamilton, president and CEO of Financial Horizons. “The addition of Audis gives the company representation across Canada.” Financial Horizons operates with three divisions in Canada: an Ontario and Atlantic division; a Quebec division; and a Western Canada division. Dan Powell, president of Audis Canada, will act as president of the Western Canada division. The management team, office locations, and staff of Audis Canada will essentially remain unchanged, the companies said. For the immediate future, Audis will continue to operate under the Audis Canada banner. “This is a very positive move for our brokers,” said Powell. “I have been looking for an organization that shared my priority of providing our brokers with the best service in the industry and Financial Horizons shares that priority. This is a great opportunity for all of the Audis staff and brokers, and it further enhances our relationships with the life companies.” PPI announces brand refresh Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Debt still a problem for Canadians: PwC

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Furthermore, many Canadians don’t intend to put off any big purcases, the survey suggests, even though they struggle to control their debt. For example, roughly 65% of Canadians are willing to postpone purchasing a car, down from nearly 70% last year. Similarly, the survey found that roughly 55% of respondents would consider putting off the purchase of a new house or starting renovations compared with the over 60% of people who were willing to do so in 2012. With debt levels remaining so high, PwC warns that it isn’t just consumers who should be cautious but financial institutions as well. “With the average Canadian debt sitting at more than 160% of disposable income, the current trend is unsustainable—both for consumers and the banks who lend to them,” said John MacKinlay, national financial services consulting leader at PwC in a statement. “We advise Canadians to take a hard look at their discretionary spending and prepare to make some tough choices.” Companies PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP Despite resolutions to the contrary many Canadians are failing to lower their personal debt, according to a survey released by Toronto-based PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) on Tuesday. The PwC Consumer Lending Survey found that while 60% of Canadians said they intended to reduce their debt in 2012 only 23% did so successfully. Roughly a quarter of those people did not come close to meeting their debt elimination goals. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Fiona Collie read more

Investor Education Fund launches mortgage calculator

IE Staff IEF developed this calculator on the heels of its 2013 Home Equity as a Source of Retirement Income survey, released earlier this year. Getting real about the house A key finding from the survey was that one-quarter of homeowners over 50 expect to have debt on their principal residence after they retire, with a median debt of $71,000. “When planning your mortgage, it is essential to consider how much debt you can afford to take on, while still being able to save and invest for your long- and short-term goals,” says Tom Hamza, president of IEF, the leading Canadian authority on financial literacy, financial education and research. “Even small changes to the interest rate and payment schedule can save thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage,” adds Hamza. Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low The Investor Education Fund (IEF) website has introduced a new mortgage calculator to its arsenal of one-stop tools and calculators. GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca‘s mortgage calculator enables users to calculate their monthly mortgage payments and immediately see the impact of changes to mortgage term, amortization, interest rates and payments on the lifetime cost of mortgage. Most significantly, the calculator examines scenarios of payment, extra payment and affordability all at the same time. FSRA consults on standards for residential mortgage lending OSFI proposes new stress test for uninsured mortgages Related news Keywords Websites,  MortgagesCompanies Investor Education Fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Disclosure not enough for investors

Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter As the debate around fees continues, in Canada and the world, disclosure will become only one part of the answer rather than the whole solution, according to Susan Wolburgh Jenah, president and CEO of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. “In the area of investor education,” said Wolburgh Jenah speaking as part of a panel at the 2013 IFIE-IOSCO Global Investor Education in Toronto on Thursday, “we can’t just assume that disclosure is the default position. It’s simply not — on its own — an effective enough tool to people.” Rebuilding investor trust is key Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Financial literacyCompanies International Forum for Investor Education, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Election kicks off two-day global conference IIROC to host IFIE-IOSCO Investor Education Conference Fiona Collie IIROC to publish glossary of designations BCSC likes Facebook Instead, industry members and regulators must look for ways to reach out to investors through media that make sense to them. For example, Wolburgh Jenah pointed to social media and the Internet as the best ways to communicate with younger people. As well, regulators, both in Canada and globally, are starting to “push the envelope,” said Wolburgh Jenah, by saying that in some instances disclosure is not enough when recommending certain products or strategies to clients and other measures may be required. Furthermore, Wolburgh Jenah said that while little has been decided on in this area, having a conversation about disclosure at all is a big step. “The fact that there is an open, constructive debate going on around these issues is a real sea change,” she said. read more

CC&L Financial opens New York office

IE Staff Related news Hasenauer will be responsible for developing distribution of CC&L Financial Group’s institutional asset management services in the United States. He has hired Gary Simonette as vice president of institutional sales as part of the planned growth initiative for the firm in the U.S. marketplace. Hasenauer and Simonette worked together at Aviva Investors until May of this year. Hasenauer most recently served as Managing Director and Head of Institutional Sales at Aviva Investors North America, where he was responsible for direct sales and client service to the institutional marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, he led the sub-advisory business for Credit Suisse Asset Management in the Americas. He graduated with a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A in finance from Fordham University. CC&L Financial Group is the largest independent and privately owned asset manager in Canada. Its affiliate investment managers collectively manage over $46 billion in assets. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Toronto-based Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Tuesday announced that Eric Hasenauer has joined the firm as senior vice president and head of U.S. institutional sales. Having just opened a U.S.-based office for Connor Clark & Lunn (USA) in New York, Hasenauer reports to Warren Stoddart, co-CEO for CC&L Financial Group. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter CETFA elects new board leader Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Connor Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd., Clark & Lunn Financial Group read more

BMO chief economist reviews 2013’s economic surprises

first_img Keywords Economic forecasts As 2013 winds down, Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter released his list of the five most interesting and, at times, surprising economic developments from the year. He also gives his five “fearless” predictions for 2014. In descending order, here is Porter’s list of the interesting and the surprising of 2013: 1. The U.S. government managed the biggest one-year decline in the budgetary deficit on record. In a single year, the shortfall plunged US$400 billion to US$680 billion. 2. Despite the doomsayers, the Canadian housing market added to economic growth in 2013 as sales rose rather than fell, and prices increased rather than corrected. 3. The euro was the strongest major currency in the world in 2013. The weakest? The South African rand, hammered by a steep drop in gold prices. 4. Gold suffered its first price decline in 13 years, tumbling about 28 per cent. 5. The U.S. stock market was on track to outperform bonds by the widest margin in 50 years as the New York market heads for one of its best years since the 1990s and U.S. 10-year treasuries weakened for only the fifth time in 30 years. Porter’s expectations for 2014: 1. The economic gap between Central Canada and the West will narrow as Ontario stands to gain most from the pick-up in the U.S. economy. In what Porter calls “a stretch” — Ontario may beat out Saskatchewan in growth. 2. The U.S. will lead the G7 in growth. Possibly, the U.S. employment rate will drop below Canada’s for the first time since the start of the 2008-09 recession. 3. The Bank of Canada will stay put on interest rates. That’s an easy one, but the stretch, says Porter, is that no major central bank will change interest rates in 2014. 4. The U.S. Federal Reserve ends QE3 (the latest instalment of quantitative easing) and the markets don’t panic. The stretch call is that the TSX will finally begin to compete with New York for gains. 5. Inflation will continue to be non-existent in the industrialized world. It’s possible that troubled Italy will keep price increases more modest than even the U.S. and Germany. Related news Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Economy lost 68,000 jobs in Maycenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Feds trust CCMR will withstand Quebec court challenge

first_img The federal government is confident that its plan for a national securities regulator will stand up in a court of law, according to Finance Minister Joe Oliver. “We believe that the structure that we’ve established for the Co-operative Capital Markets Regulator (CCMR) is consistent with the 2011 Supreme Court [of Canada (SCC)] decision, so we’re very comfortable it will withstand the constitutional challenge,” said Oliver at an event in Toronto on Thursday. “It’s been structured in a way to respond to all the directions that the Supreme Court laid out.” Tessie Sanci Budget promises funding for national regulator effort Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Sparks fly between SRO leaders at IFIC conference CMRA does not violate constitution, Supreme Court rules The federal finance minister was responding to the Quebec provincial government’s announcement earlier on Tuesday that it intends to bring the current plan for the CCMR before the Court of Appeal of Quebec for a ruling on its constitutionality. The province is using a 2011 SCC ruling, which found that securities regulation is mainly within provincial jurisdiction. That decision indicated it would be open to the federal government and participating provinces creating a co-operative model that respects provincial jurisdiction but still allows policy-makers to handle national issues, such as systemic risk. Quebec is concerned about two key points in the current plan for the CCMR, which includes a new federal law that would apply even to provinces that opt out of participation in the national regulator; and that Ottawa would have a veto within the new authority. This is a “situation that is unacceptable if the division of powers is to be respected,” according to the province’s statement announcing its constitutional challenge. Oliver called the CCMR an important initiative for the country that will enhance the regulation of Canada’s capital markets. “That regulation is not broken by any means. It’s sophisticated, but it can, in fact, be improved,” he added. “We see advantages for the capital markets in terms of enhanced investor protection, more effective enforcement and better oversight of systemic risk.” The CCMR is to launch in the autumn of 2016, with rules and revised legislation for the new body expected to be published this summer. Thus far, Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon are the provinces and territory participating in the CCMR. Keywords National securities regulator Related newslast_img read more

iA Financial launches new version of lifetime retirement income option

first_img Keywords Group retirement savings plansCompanies Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Related news Franklin Templeton introduces five-year increments to target date lineup Quebec City-based Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (iA Financial Group) Tuesday announced the launch of an improved version of SecurOption – Lifetime Retirement Income, the guaranteed lifetime retirement income option of its group retirement plans. Offered in the iA Financial’s DPSPs and group RRSPs, SecurOption allows members to build guaranteed lifetime retirement income the amount of which is known in advance, through their accumulation plan. The new version provides an increase to the annuity based on the amount as well as the complete integration of data in all its tools. “SecurOption addresses our clients’ dire need for income security,” says Renée Laflamme, executive vice president, group benefits and retirement solutions, in a statement. “Many members of defined contribution retirement plans have less tolerance to risks related to financial markets, worry about outliving their savings, and look for new ways to ensure a guaranteed retirement income supplement for their retirement.” The new version of SecurOption is described in detail at securoption.com/advisor. CLHIA delays implementation of Guideline G19 by six monthscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BMO Investments introduces funds for group RRSPs, DIY investorslast_img read more

BMO InvestorLine, Aequitas NEO Exchange form partnership

first_img The arrangement gives BMO InvestorLine clients access to real-time quotes and direct online trading of Toronto-based Invesco Canada Ltd.’s PowerShares DWA Global Momentum Index exchange-traded fund (ETF), the NEO Exchange’s only listing. That ETF is the “forerunner of more NEO Exchange-listed ETFs soon to be announced,” according to a statement released on Tuesday. BMO InvestorLine is the first bank-owned online broker to partner with the exchange in order to provide its self-directed investors the ability to trade NEO-listed securities directly through a discount brokerage platform. “It is a tremendous testimony to our continued focus on ensuring that our clients have the ability to trade and access quotes across all Canadian securities, regardless of where they are listed,” says Julie Barker-Merz, president of BMO InvestorLine, in a statement. Photo copyright: Bloomberg BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Tessie Sanci Biden’s pick for SEC flags trading-app gimmicks for scrutiny Related news BMO InvestorLine Inc. and Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc., both based in Toronto, have formed a partnership that gives clients of the discount brokerage access to the securities listed on the NEO exchange. center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Discount brokeragesCompanies BMO InvestorLine, Aequitas NEO Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Family of novice investor who killed himself sue Robinhoodlast_img read more

Immigration fuels Canada’s population growth

first_img Immigration likely to miss targets again in 2021: RBC Related news Driven by an increase in immigration to record levels, Canada’s population surged by 1.2% over the past year, Statistics Canada announced on Wednesday. According to preliminary estimates, Canada’s population was 36.3 million as of July 1, StatsCan says. This represents an increase of 437,815 during the year, which is the highest population increase since 1988/1989, when the population grew by 485,034. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton “This acceleration in population growth was mainly attributable to the record number of immigrants (320,932) who arrived in the country,” says the national statistical agency in a news release. “The arrival of Syrian refugees since November 2015 contributed to the increase in immigration in Canada.” The previous record for immigration was set in 2009/2010, when 270,581 people migrated to Canada. “The country had not received such a large number of immigrants in a single annual period since the early 1910s during the settlement of Western Canada,” StatsCan adds. The population also continues to age, StatsCan reports, with the average age rising 0.1 years to 40.6 years old. The proportion of those aged 65 and older also rose by 0.4 percentage points to 16.5% of the total population. center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Immigrants, not reckless lending, are driving Canada’s housing boom: NBF RBC report says immigration slowdown threatens Canadian economy Keywords Immigrants last_img read more

SEC sanctions offshore binary options trading firm

first_img Australian court finds against binary options firm Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sanctioned Israel-based EZTD Inc., an offshore binary options trading firm, and ordered it to pay more than US$1.7 million for “misleading investors into trading binary options over the internet.” ETZD has agreed to forfeit approximately US$1.5 million in revenue obtained from U.S. customers and pay a US$200,000 penalty. It also no longer sells binary options in the U.S. market. The firm, which was not registered, failed to disclose that investors are much more likely to lose money, rather than to earn money, trading on its platforms, according to the SEC’s order. In addition, the SEC notes that less than 3% of the approximately 4,000 U.S. investors that opened accounts with the firm generated any profits. “EZTD’s revenue was largely derived from customer trading losses, yet EZTD emphasized the profitability of trading in binary options,” says Stephanie Avakian, deputy director of the SEC’s division of enforcement, in a statement. “Companies dealing in binary options must disclose more than general statements about investment risk so investors in these instruments understand that the odds are stacked against them.” The SEC also warned that there may be other firms out there committing similar violations and issued an investor alert warning about the risk of dealing with unregistered, offshore firms, and detailing red flags that may signal binary options fraud. “We continue to receive numerous investor complaints involving binary options websites,” says Lori Schock, director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, in a statement. “If you have trouble withdrawing your money from an online binary options trading platform, be aware that you may be the victim of a scam and should not give the platform any more money.” Canadian regulators also have repeatedly issued their own warnings about unregistered binary options trading firms soliciting investors here. Aussies join binary options bancenter_img OSC sanctions binary options enabler Keywords Binary optionsCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

Understanding mindset the key to client relationships

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Scott Greenberg Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:16Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -3:16 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

IOSCO flags risks of OTC leveraged products

first_img James Langton The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is sounding the alarm about complex, leveraged over-the-counter (OTC) products being sold to retail investors. Amid rule overhaul, SEC to review protections for complex products Related news Keywords LeverageCompanies Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development IOSCO issued report on Wednesday that flags risks related to the marketing and sale of complex OTC leveraged products, such as rolling-spot forex contracts, contracts for difference (CFDs), and binary options, to retail investors. The report, which is based on a survey of IOSCO members, indicates that regulators are concerned that retail investors may not be able to assess the risks associated with these products, or to withstand the losses that they may suffer in these products. Several studies have shown that, “a large majority of investors in these complex products lose money, giving rise to investor complaints,” IOSCO says in a statement. Not only can the products perform poorly, but regulators also cited difficulties related to clients withdrawing their funds, and aggressive, or misleading, marketing and sales practices. IOSCO members are also particularly concerned by the cross-border offering of these sorts of products, noting that these, “cross-border promotional campaigns are often aggressive and/or misleading in some jurisdictions.” Another cross-border concern is jurisdictions that ban the sale of these products to domestic investors but don’t take regulatory action if the investors are foreign. Regulators often struggle to track unlicensed foreign firms that may provide false addresses or use anonymous domain registrations for their websites. “The survey results indicate that many unlicensed firms are scams,” IOSCO says. Feedback sought on incentives for order routing Separately, IOSCO on Wednesday published a consultation paper on the practice of paying for order flow, and the use of other sorts of order routing incentives, and how regulators around the world are addressing these issues. The paper provides an overview of the practices used by regulators to oversee the incentives for order routing, and the conflicts this creates. The consultation paper examines the regulatory conduct requirements for brokers or firms to manage conflicts of interest associated with routing orders and obtaining best execution. It also assesses how these requirements interact with market practices in different jurisdictions to affect order routing incentives, and how these incentives influence the behaviour of brokers towards their clients. The paper is based on a survey of regulators and their efforts to address these sorts of incentives, which includes compensation paid between brokers and third parties, order internalization practices, and the provision of goods and services that are bundled with execution services, such as broker research. The paper does not propose the immediate adoption of any reforms in this area, but it does call on firms to consider the findings of the report. It also seeks feedback on whether IOSCO should undertake any further work in this area. Comments on the paper are due by Feb. 21, 2017. Photo copyright: polygraphus/123RF IIROC warns about risky ETFs in choppy markets Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Unsuitable leveraging results in fine, ban for ex-fund rep Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

IFIC introduces advisor centre portal

first_img New course eases fund reps’ access to alt funds The Toronto-based Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) launched a new advisor centre portal on its website on Wednesday to help advisors stay current on important industry topics. IFIC introduces advisor centre portal Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CFA Institute launches ESG credential globally “Today’s financial advisor works in a rapidly changing environment marked by changing client needs, ongoing regulatory developments and innovations in technology,” says Paul Bourque, president and CEO of IFIC, in a statement. “Our new advisor centre provides insights and tools to help advisors keep on top of these changes so they can better help their clients understand their investments and make informed decisions.” The advisor centre offers resources connected to key topics, which include mutual fund fees, serving vulnerable investors, hot regulatory topics and tools and tips meant to help advisors with the implementation of the second phase of the client relationship model. In addition, advisors can filter the resources by type, which allows for easy access to infographics, presentations, summaries and more. The new portal also connects advisors directly to the website of Mississauga, Ont.-based IFSE Institute, IFIC’s education arm. “Continuing education and ever-increasing proficiency are high priorities for all IFIC members,” says Bourque. “The advisor centre creates a one-stop gateway to a wealth of information and practical tools to help our members and the advisor community pursue those goals.” The portal, which is mobile device-friendly, is available on IFIC’s website. Photo copyright: sebra/123RF Keywords Continuing educationCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada IIROC launches consultation on competency requirements for reps Tessie Sanci Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

IIROC to allow restricted reps to trade in exempt securities

first_imgJames Langton The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has issued an exemption to allow investment dealers that employ mutual fund reps to also allow certain reps to trade in exempt securities. Historically, IIROC has allowed investment dealers to employ mutual fund-only reps for up to 270 days, ostensibly while they upgrade their proficiency to full-service status. New exemption aimed at savvy investors in Alberta, Saskatchewan Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img At its meeting on Sept. 13, the IIROC board granted relief to dealers from the requirement to trade only in mutual funds, such that individuals employed by dealer and registered as both dealing representative (mutual fund dealer) and dealing representative (exempt market dealer) who transfer to the IIROC platform may continue to trade and advise in exempt market securities upon transfer, IIROC says in a notice. “The board determined that this exemption is not prejudicial to the interests of [dealers], their clients or the public. Specifically: transitioning clients, who hold exempt market securities, to the IIROC platform is in the public interest since IIROC has robust rules and a mature supervisory regime and oversight. An uninterrupted relationship between clients and their financial representative is also in the [dealers’], the clients’ and the public’s interest,” the notice says. The risk of client harm during the transition period is mitigated by the fact that the reps are registered with the provincial regulators, the notice says, and that IIROC dealers have their own supervisory structures, which are subject to IIROC’s oversight. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Exempt marketCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada BFI investors plead for firm’s salelast_img read more

Financial sector key to solving Canada’s productivity problem: report

first_img Facilitating financial services innovation is key solving Canada’s productivity problem, according to a report published Tuesday from the C.D. Howe Institute.The report from the Toronto-based think-tank, Productivity and the Financial Sector – What’s Missing?, calls for policy reform to enable greater innovation in the Canadian financial sector, with the ultimate goal of enhancing economic productivity. Outlook for global financial sector improves ECB sees elevated risks to financial stability in Europe Related news Office buildings in Toronto’s financial district niloo138/123RF James Langton Productivity in the financial services sector is being “held back by a policy approach that does not properly evaluate the link between competition and productivity,” argues the report, as well as a regulatory structure that doesn’t adhere to international standards in certain respects.For example, the report highlights the lack of a national securities regulator, the mix of federally- and provincially-regulated financial institutions, and the lack of a federal market conduct regulator for insurers, as some of the key differences between Canada and other jurisdictions.“Closing these gaps and ensuring investors understand how co-ordination in Canada works should improve our ability to attract foreign capital,” the report says.“Political and constitutional considerations restrict what governments can do, but some achievable goals include improving intergovernmental sharing of market data related to, for example, the analysis of financial stability in capital markets and strengthening links between market-conduct regulators across provinces and functions.”Moreover, the existing rules in the financial sector “are not well tailored to smaller players,” the report says.It argues that adopting a “functional” approach to regulation could serve to remove barriers to the development of fintechs, while also preserving consumer protection.As well, policymakers should pursue regulatory oversight that is proportionate to functional risk, the report says. “If a particular function’s failure is unlikely to pose a risk to the system, oversight need not be as strict as in the case where failure puts the system in jeopardy,” it suggests.Indeed, policymakers should consider whether Canadian regulators should incorporate a “more explicit productivity mandate,” according to the report which could incorporate some of the “innovative ideas” coming out of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, with its focus on competition and productivity.“Removing the regulatory and policy obstacles would result in enhanced productivity, which in return will generate sustainable economic growth,” the report concludes.Also readOutlook 2018: Prospects for the Financial Services Sector Look to the financial sector to boost productivity: CD Howe Keywords Financial services industry Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Canadian home sales fall in February, average price down

first_img Canadian Press Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD On a month-over-month basis, national home sales in February were down 9.1% compared with January.The national average price for homes sold in February was $468,350, down 5.2% from the same month in 2018.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, two of the country’s most active and expensive markets, the national average price was just under $371,000.In its updated outlook for the year, the association says it expects home sales in Canada to pull back by 1.6 per cent to 450,400 in 2019, a change that would mark the weakest annual sales since 2010. Sales in 2020 are forecast to gain two per cent to 459,400. Related news The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in February fell compared with a year ago and the average selling price also moved lower.The association says sales last month were down 4.4% compared with February of 2018. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords Housing,  Economic indicators Architecture of the colorful houses on the steep streets of St John's, Newfoundland, Canada ggw/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

first_imgCompared with a year earlier, consumers paid less in July for gasoline, internet services and traveller accommodation, the report said.Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9% increase in the cost of fresh vegetables compared to July 2018. The consumer price index also found higher costs, year-over-year, for auto insurance, mortgage interest and passenger vehicles.The overall 2% reading for July came in a few ticks above market expectations.Royce Mendes, senior economist for CIBC Capital Markets, said the higher-than-predicted number was supported by a temporary spike in airline fares that he attributed to a methodological change by Statistics Canada. It also occurred last year, he said.“The rise in inflation is really just a bit of a flash in the pan and, as a result, won’t do much to alter the thinking at the Bank of Canada,” Mendes said.He added the bank is more preoccupied at the moment with economic growth, the impacts of the U.S.-China trade war and weakening global conditions than risks to the inflation outlook. The central bank’s next policy meeting is scheduled for Sept. 4.The Canadian economy has continued to perform well despite mounting international concerns.The report Wednesday also showed that core inflation, which excludes volatile items like gasoline, was once again close to target last month.The average of Canada’s three gauges for core inflation, which are considered better measures of underlying price pressures, was 2.03%, up slightly from a revised reading of 2% in June.On their own, the headline and core numbers don’t put immediate pressure on the inflation-targeting Bank of Canada to adjust interest rates. The central bank can move the interest rate as a tool to try and promote or cool off inflation.But amid deteriorating global economic conditions related to the trade war, some economists have predicted governor Stephen Poloz will reduce interest rates this fall — and perhaps as early as Sept. 4. Other major central banks have already signalled a more dovish turn on monetary policy.BMO chief economist Douglas Porter said at the very least Wednesday’s stronger-than-expected inflation reading “dims the odds of a September surprise” from the Bank of Canada, but that October’s option remains open.“Inflation in Canada remains remarkably stable right around the Bank of Canada’s target, and looks to remain there for a spell,” Porter wrote in a research note to clients.“With their measures of core also holding tight around the target, inflation is giving the bank no free pass to trim rates, although it’s also not so high as to block the door completely.”Porter added that the Bank of Canada’s decision on rates will come down to its assessment of how trade risks will affect domestic growth.A closer look at the inflation data for July shows gas prices took less of a year-over-year fall than in the previous month’s report. The smaller drop applied more upward pressure on the headline number as consumers paid more for gas in July compared with June.By omitting pump prices, the agency said last month’s overall annual inflation number was 2.4%.Prices, the report said, increased in all eight of its major categories compared with a year earlier. However, annual price pressures in the services index slowed last month to 2.4%, down from 2.8%.By region, consumer prices slowed the most in Manitoba and British Columbia, the report said. Statistics Canada attributed the deceleration in Manitoba to the July 1 drop in the province’s retail sales tax.On a month-to-month basis, the agency said consumers paid 2.5% less for telephone services in July compared with June. The drop followed pricing changes across the industry as wireless companies faced tougher competition.The agency said the decrease in phone plan costs was offset somewhat by higher price tags on devices like smartphones and tablets. From June to July, the price of these devices rose 42.5%. Andy BlatchfordCanadian Press Canadian annual inflation hit the Bank of Canada’s ideal target for a second straight month, providing a stretch of price stability that’s unlikely to weigh heavily on next month’s interest-rate decision.The inflation number came in at 2% last month, Statistics Canada said Wednesday, which kept it right at the mid-point of the central bank’s range of 1% to 3%. Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers 123RF Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Inflation,  Economic indicators Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Canadians’ financial confidence dims: IG survey

first_imgThe survey — conducted by Ipsos with a sample of 2,600 respondents from across Canada between Sept. 23 and 30 — found that overall confidence in the stock market and the Canadian and global economies was more or less unchanged from last year.“What contributed to the small decline year-over-year, are areas related to personal finance,” the report found.“While this year’s result showed a small decrease, the good news is that the main factors which contributed to it are well within all Canadians’ control to change,” Jeff Carney, president and CEO of IG Wealth Management, said in a statement.The survey found that both seniors (aged 65 and over) and recent immigrants to Canada (people who have been in Canada for less than three years) are more confident than the national average. The index reading for seniors came in at 64, and recent immigrants recorded a 66 on the index.“It’s encouraging to see that both seniors and newcomers scored higher than the national average when it comes to their level of financial confidence, especially since both groups have many unique challenges,” Carney said.“For example, many Canadians are so focused on saving for retirement that they don’t realize how complicated retirement can be including developing an RRSP withdrawal strategy and taxation optimization. And those who are new to Canada face a variety of challenges, including understanding new financial systems, savings, taxation and getting access to credit to get their families settled,” he noted.The credibility interval for an online survey of 2,600 respondents is ±2.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth Survey finds 10% of Canadians plan to leave their advisor Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Related news How remote work is changing the industry and advisors Businessman balancing bear bull financial managing stock market illustration lightwise/123RF Keywords Surveys,  Wealth managementCompanies IG Wealth Management While their confidence in the stock market and the economy hasn’t wavered, Canadians are feeling a bit less confident about their personal finances, according to a new survey from IG Wealth Management.The Winnipeg-based firm reported results from its latest IG Financial Confidence Index survey, which saw its overall reading decline by three points from 59 to 56. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Funds shuttered at Invesco Canada, Purpose Investments

first_imgSubject to approval, the closures will be effective Aug. 7 and investors will receive a 60-day notice next month. All four funds are closed to new investors, while existing investors can make purchases until July 24.Toronto-based Purpose Investments Inc. also announced a fund closure on Friday. Effective July 20, the asset manager will terminate the Purpose Pension Portfolio Fund.The decision to shutter that fund, and redeem all issues and shares of its various series, was made because of its “relatively low assets under management and the costs associated with maintaining a fund of this size,” the company said in a release.Shares of the portfolio fund are no longer available for purchase. Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Invesco Canada Ltd. is closing four funds.Those funds are: Invesco Canadian Core Plus Bond Class; Invesco Short-Term Income Class; Invesco Energy Class and Invesco Resources Fund. Related news Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies Invesco Canada Ltd., Purpose Investments Inc. IG Wealth amends product shelf IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Close of businesswoman making announcement in paper trumpet 123RFlast_img read more

Alberta downgraded to AA- by Fitch

first_img Keywords Credit ratingsCompanies Fitch Ratings Related news High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch The rating agency said that it expects Alberta to record a deficit of around $20 billion in fiscal 2021, up from the $6.8 billion deficit originally anticipated in the provincial budgetFitch is also forecasting a 7.5% decline in nominal GDP for the province in 2020, followed by 4.7% growth in 2021, and 3.7% after that.Alongside the downgrade, Fitch lowered its rating outlook on Alberta from stable to negative, citing the risk that added stressors could lead to a further deterioration in credit quality.“The negative outlook is based on the potential that the risks identified in the rating case scenario are not sufficiently addressed by policy actions likely to be taken by the province through fiscal 2025,” it said. On the heels of downgrading Canada’s AAA sovereign rating last week, Fitch Rating is reducing Alberta’s rating to AA- from AA, citing the effects of Covid-19 on the province’s balance sheet.Fitch said it downgraded Alberta due to “sharply higher provincial borrowing” during the current economic crisis, and the future recovery, which will raise its debt-to-GDP ratio. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Sovereign defaults hit record level in 2020: Fitch Climate tide turns against oil companies: Moody’slast_img read more

Canadian home sales climb again, set record for August: CREA

first_img Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth Canada posted record home sales and prices in August, but the increase was uneven, as the housing market levelled off in some regions.Home sales in August climbed 6.2% compared with July to hit a record for the month, with gains led by the Greater Toronto Area and B.C.’s Lower Mainland, the Canadian Real Estate Association said on Tuesday. Canadian Press Compared with a year ago, sales in August were up 33.5%. CREA noted, however, unlike the countrywide home sales spike in June and July, sales in August were up in about 60% of local markets.“One change in August is that some regional disparity is starting to show again, after all markets were rebounding in unison in recent months,” wrote Robert Kavcic, BMO senior economist, in a note to clients.“(Sales) were driven by gains in Toronto and surrounding markets, as well as Vancouver/Victoria, but others like Calgary and Regina have ebbed…We suspect this regional split will re-establish itself as the dust settles.”The national average home price also set another record in August at more than $586,000, up 18.5% compared with a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, two of Canada’s most active and expensive housing markets, lowers the national average price by about $122,000.Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton saw some of the biggest surges in home prices last month, but prices were nearly flat in Calgary, Edmonton and St. John’s, CREA said.Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper attributed the climbing prices with a housing shortage, calling the 18.5% uptick “unhealthy.”CREA said that it would only take 2.6 months to sell the houses currently on the market, as housing inventory fell to a record low, especially in Ontario.“Both number of homes people are buying and the number of newly listed homes are rising significantly. This cannot hide the fact that August 2020 was the worst on record for available housing,” Soper said.After fears about listing their houses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more sellers are returning to the market. CREA said that in August, new supply outpaced the rise in sales for the first time since May.Home sales in Canada came to a near halt in the spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but have surged through the summer, helped by pent up demand and low mortgage rates. CREA said in addition to a record for August it was the sixth-highest monthly sales figure of any month.The record-busting sales activity means the housing market has caught up to last year’s levels, despite weeks of inactivity this spring. Year-to-date, sales in August were up 0.8% from the first eight months of 2019, CREA said.But Shaun Cathcart, CREA’s senior economist, said comparing 2020 with 2019 sets a “low bar.”“[The] first half of 2019 wasn’t really anything to write home about,” said Cathcart.“[With] eight months now in the books and activity showing signs of moderating in September, 2020 is looking like it will go down as a fairly middling year overall — weaker than in a non-Covid world but quite a bit better than we would have given it back in April.”Soper agreed that 2020’s sales numbers look strong, in part, because the 2019 market was “unusually slow” amid a set of new laws that pressured housing for about 18 months, ending last August. Now, 2020 is set to be another extraordinary year, as banks begin collecting deferred mortgage payments and jobless rates threaten to languish for the rest of the year.“The residual impact of rising unemployment and the end of mortgage deferrals should have a dampening affect demand overall, and bring some balance to the market by the end of the year. The real question is what happens in the spring of 2021,” Soper said. Miniature House on A Financial Graph iStock Related news Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Keywords Real estate,  Economy Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Investors unfazed by market turmoil: survey

first_imgwoman with laptop jacoblund/iStock Survey finds 10% of Canadians plan to leave their advisor Keywords Risk profile,  Surveys Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter How remote work is changing the industry and advisors Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Covid-19 may have caused a market crash in March, but it hasn’t had much of an effect on investors’ self-reported risk tolerance.A new survey conducted for the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) found that 37% of investors said they had a “very” or “fairly” aggressive risk tolerance in 2020 — up from 35% in 2017. Sixty per cent of respondents said they were conservative investors — down from 63% in 2017. “Despite the economic environment in 2020, it’s encouraging that Canadian investors’ confidence and risk tolerance has remained relatively steady,” Louis Morisset, chair of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers, said in a statement.The survey asked respondents to choose between four hypothetical investment portfolios.A plurality of respondents (31%) chose Portfolio B, with a potential rate of return between -7% and +20% over a one-year period. More than one-quarter (28%) of respondents chose Portfolio A, the most conservative option, with a potential annual rate of return of between -2% and 13%.Fourteen per cent chose Portfolio C (rate of return: -13% to 28%), and 7% chose Portfolio D (rate of return: -20% to 37%). Nineteen per cent of respondents said they didn’t know which portfolio to choose.Overall, 48% of respondents said they had reviewed their risk tolerance within the past year, down from an all-time high of 62% in 2006. Fifty-five per cent said they reviewed their risk tolerance frequently, while 43% said they were non-frequent reviewers.Advisor background checksThe survey found that 33% of investors who have a financial advisor did a background check on their advisor — up from 31% in 2017.Investors were most likely to rely on advisor references, including reviews and recommendations from others (19%), followed by information provided by a bank (14%). Thirteen per cent said they relied on online searches or recommendations from friends, family and co-workers.Four per cent said they researched their advisors on LinkedIn, and 2% said they used Facebook. Three per cent said they looked up their advisors through a provincial or federal securities regulator, down from 4% in 2017.The 2020 CSA Investor Index Survey was conducted online by Innovative Research Group from Aug. 24 to Sept. 8. The survey included responses from 7,537 adults across Canada. Results were weighted by age, gender and province or territory, as well as an August national telephone survey of 1,223 adult respondents.last_img read more

Fiduciary duty breach caught by whistleblower

first_img“The whistleblower in this matter provided key evidence that supported charges related to a breach of fiduciary duties owed to investors,” said Jane Norberg, chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “This award highlights the impact whistleblower information has on the SEC’s ability to enforce the federal securities laws and the value whistleblowers can offer to the investing public.”Separately, the SEC also announced that Norberg is leaving the agency later this month.Norberg served as the whistleblower office’s first deputy chief, and took over as chief in 2016.Under her watch, the SEC streamlined the awards review and adjudication process, and managed an expansion of its staff.The office’s deputy chief, Emily Pasquinelli, will serve as acting chief after Norberg leaves.So far, the SEC has awarded a total of US$762 million to 148 whistleblowers since 2012. In the first six months of fiscal 2021, it has already paid out US$200 million to 40 tipsters under the program, surpassing the record set in fiscal 2020.These whistleblower cases have generated more than US$3.1 billion in sanctions, including more than US$1.8 billion in disgorgement, with $760 million of that total returned to harmed investors, the agency reported. Keywords Whistleblowers,  Enforcement,  Fiduciary dutyCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Whistleblower lightwise/123RF James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A tipster who reported a breach of the fiduciary duty owed to investors has received a multi-million dollar award from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program.The SEC paid a whistleblower US$2.5 million for an initial tip and ongoing assistance to the regulator’s investigation that helped lead to a successful enforcement action. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Related news BFI investors plead for firm’s salelast_img read more

Winners of Library Service’s Reading Competition Participate in Motorcade

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Winners of the St. Mary leg of the Jamaica Library Service’s National Reading Competition were presented to the people of the parish on Thursday(July 27) during a motorcade from Highgate to Port Maria.Those participating in the motorcade were Roshawn Thompson of Port Maria Primary School, winner of the six to eight category; Malessa Henry of Trinity Primary School, winner of the nine to 11 category; Patrice Christie of St. Mary High School, winner of the 12 to 14 age group; Sheson James, winner of the 15 to 20 age group and Dacio Harrison, winner of the 21 and over group.They will go on to represent St. Mary in the national finals, which will be held in September.Keisha Campbell, Contest coordinator for St. Mary, said that the reading competition, held between April and June, was aimed at encouraging residents to develop the habit of reading.Miss Campbell said the assignment given to the competitors varied in accordance with their ages and comprised: writing a letter about books read during the competition; completing cross word puzzles; rewriting stories to create different endings; book and script reviews; comprehension exercises; and the paraphrasing of stories read during the competition.She congratulated the winners and also commended the other participants, noting that in addition to the prizes received by the winners, certificates of participation were presented to all the competitors.Miss Campbell said she was “highly encouraged” by the enthusiasm of the people of St. Mary towards the competition and expressed confidence that the programme would achieve its objective of encouraging more people to read. RelatedWinners of Library Service’s Reading Competition Participate in Motorcade RelatedWinners of Library Service’s Reading Competition Participate in Motorcade Winners of Library Service’s Reading Competition Participate in Motorcade UncategorizedAugust 2, 2006center_img RelatedWinners of Library Service’s Reading Competition Participate in Motorcade Advertisementslast_img read more

No Evidence of Fallout From Caricom Special Visa

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedNo Evidence of Fallout From Caricom Special Visa FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Hon. Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has said there was no evidence of cancellations in tourist bookings as a result of the CARICOM Special Visa, which has been put in place for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC).“To date, we have no evidence of any cancellations due to the need for obtaining a visa.we have evidence of very buoyant bookings,” Mrs. Assamba said, as she addressed a press conference yesterday (Jan. 9) at the New Kingston offices of the Jamaica Tourist Board.She noted that the Ministry was working very closely with tour operators, travel agents, travellers and the immigration department, to ensure that there was no fallout from the process.“We know that whenever there are changes, there is a lot of resistance to change, but the visa is a fact of life. We are working with all our partners internally and externally to ensure that we do not have any falloffs in visitor arrivals,” she told journalists.With its implementation delayed by a month, the visa regime will take effect from February 1 to May 15 in CWC host countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.Nationals of all countries except Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States and all CARICOM nationals except Haiti, will be required to obtain the CARICOM Special Visa to enter the host countries during the four-month period.President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Horace Peterkin, said recently that the visa requirement had resulted in losses to some local hotels, as visitors have cancelled their bookings to travel to destinations, which do not require visas. He however welcomed the one-month delay in its implementation. RelatedNo Evidence of Fallout From Caricom Special Visacenter_img RelatedNo Evidence of Fallout From Caricom Special Visa No Evidence of Fallout From Caricom Special Visa UncategorizedJanuary 10, 2007last_img read more

National Independent Investigative Authority to be Established

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A National Independent Investigative Authority (NIIA) will be established to strengthen the investigative capacities of the state against corruption, and trans-national organised crime.Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips made the announcement in his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 13).“The authority will undertake investigations on its own initiative, on receipt of a complaint by any person in writing or by referral from another public body, and will have available to it, all the relevant investigative powers, and will be appropriately supervised by an independent entity appointed by the Governor General,” he explained. The NIIA will investigate actions taken by any public servant, public body, and person, who may be implicated in the course of the investigations, if the action constitutes: a threat to integrity of the operation of the public body; an act of corruption; an abuse of powers; an abuse or infringement of human rights; an abuse of public trust; a financial crime or a trans-national or serious organised crime. RelatedNational Independent Investigative Authority to be Established RelatedNational Independent Investigative Authority to be Established Advertisementscenter_img National Independent Investigative Authority to be Established UncategorizedJune 14, 2007 RelatedNational Independent Investigative Authority to be Establishedlast_img read more

Energy Policy Being Fast Tracked

first_imgAdvertisements Energy Policy Being Fast Tracked UncategorizedFebruary 24, 2008 RelatedEnergy Policy Being Fast Tracked RelatedEnergy Policy Being Fast Trackedcenter_img RelatedEnergy Policy Being Fast Tracked FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Energy, Mining and Telecommunications, Clive Mullings has said that efforts are being made to have Government’s Energy Policy promulgated into law before the end of the 2007/08 legislative year on March 31.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Mullings said the Policy was tabled in Parliament as a Green Paper, which facilitated a series of consultations, which were held over the last four to six weeks.“We went from St. Thomas to Portmore, the University (of the West Indies), we were in Westmoreland, and Mandeville, among other places. In those meetings and consultations, we took note of all the concerns and suggestions, distilled them, and that will come to inform the Energy Policy to move (it) from a Green Paper to a White Paper, and then have it promulgated into law,” Mr. Mullings explained.The consultations, Mr. Mullings said, were co-ordinated by team members from units within the Ministry. He described the participants who attended as being “very enthusiastic,” raising concerns about renewable energy options, particularly solar, the cost of electricity, and energy conservation measures. Consequent on the feedback, he said that, “what we have to do now is table the White Paper, and then we move on from there.”“So, we are trying to fit it (promulgation of Energy Policy) in this legislative year. If not, (then) as soon as the new (2008/09) legislative year starts in April,” the Minister added.On a related matter, Mr. Mullings disclosed that he would be making a Cabinet submission on Monday February 25) regarding a proposed Conservation Policy. This, he pointed out, would set in motion a public education programme islandwide, once the submission is approved.“Having commenced the process with the Energy Policy, what we need to do now is the public education sensitization, so that we can have true conservation ‘buy-in’, which is absolutely crucial.The submission will be made to Cabinet and the outcome of (discussions on) this will determine the way forward in terms of the framework,” Mr. Mullings informed.He also pointed out that there would be symbiotic links between the Energy Policy and the proposed Conservation Policy and attendant public education thrust.“What we need to do now, until we move to that White (Energy Policy) Paper, is to bring into effect those recommendations as it relates to building codes and others. In terms of sensitization, it is largely how we can ramp up the issue of conservation, for that takes in a whole lot in terms of trying to influence lifestyles,” Mr. Mullings said.last_img read more

Students of May Day High Graduate from Summer Programme

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedStudents of May Day High Graduate from Summer Programme RelatedStudents of May Day High Graduate from Summer Programme Students of May Day High Graduate from Summer Programme UncategorizedAugust 26, 2008center_img RelatedStudents of May Day High Graduate from Summer Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 32 students from the May Day High School in Manchester were presented with certificates on August 22, for participating in a summer programme run by TEACH Caribbean, a group of Jamaican Rhodes Scholars, who graduated from Oxford University in the United Kingdom (UK).The programme, which began in 2006, is called Jamaica Math Science and English Project (JaMSE). It seeks to improve quality education offered by non-traditional high schools in rural areas, using innovative methods and curricula, taught by graduates from the British university.Mathematics teacher at May Day High School, Earl Lillie, said the summer programme has helped the students, as their proficiency in the subjects has improved.“We are grateful to the partners and the teachers, and the feedback that I am getting is that the students’ marks in Mathematics, Science and English, have increased significantly during the summer programme. With this success in mind, it is hoped that the programme will be extended to schools throughout Jamaica. The entire May Day family says thanks to all who made it possible for our students to benefit from this wonderful programme,” Mr. Lillie said, at the presentation ceremony.President of TEACH Caribbean, Mariame McIntosh, told the gathering that she has gained from the country and wanted to give back, hence the formation of her group. “All that I am, and what I have become, really started in my formative years in Jamaica,” she said.Miss McIntosh said the programme is making strides, based on reports from the schools. “Students, please continue to be as engaged as you are, continue to perform and one day you might be here talking to others on how you have been helped by this programme,” she said.In his greetings, Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, noted that the initiative has encouraged him, and he would be providing support from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).“This programme encourages me to continue some of the work that I do as Member of Parliament. And it reinforces a point that must be made over and over, that the fact that one is from humble beginnings, should not be a hindrance to them excelling in a chosen field, and with you as students being exposed to the best minds in the world, and with you making the best of the knowledge imparted here, Jamaica will continue to shine on the world stage,” Mr. Bunting said.Meanwhile, Janet Jobson, a teacher with this year’s programme, said the four-week experience in Jamaica was rewarding, “We go home each day feeling very inspired after we review the work of our students and the experience was rewarding,” she said.Local sponsors of the programme included, GraceKennedy Foundation, Windalco and Jamalco.last_img read more

Jamaica overtakes Cancun as Third Most Popular Destination for Canadians

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica has overtaken Cancun as the third most popular destination for Canadians.Between January and September this year, the number of stopover visitors from Canada was 190,000, the same number recorded for all of 2007.Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has said that Jamaica would now be working to overtake the Dominican Republic as the number two destination for Canadians, and then Cuba, the number one spot.Addressing Jamaica’s travel partners in Vancouver, Canada, on October 16, the Minister thanked them for their assistance in making Jamaica a favourite destination for Canadians.Commending the Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), in Canada, Sandra Scott and her team, the Minister said a projection of 250,000 Canadian visitors to Jamaica by the end of the year and 300,000 visitors for 2009, is not far-fetched.“We are projecting 300,000 persons, because we have the capacity to do it. Even at its present size, Jamaica’s potential is well beyond 300,000 visitors annually from Canada,” he said.Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (right), in discussion with Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JAMVAC), Lionel Reid and Past President of the Jamaica Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia (JCCABC), MaryAnn Thompson, at a function where he addressed Jamaica’s travel partners in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on October 16 at the Sutton Place Hotel.The Minister pointed out that there would be a total of 53 flights per week from Canada to Jamaica, and that the country has the capacity in terms of rooms and attractions to support the increase.Despite the current economic crunch and financial difficulties being experienced around the world, and the sensitivity of the tourism industry to external shocks, Mr. Bartlett said tourism usually “bounces back and bounces back quickly.”The Minister invited everyone present to visit “tallawah Jamaica, where the finest rum is brewed and the people are iconic,” and experience for themselves “why 42 per cent of our visitors annually are repeat visitors, and why we have visitors who have come to Jamaica for 35 and 40 years.”He said that although Jamaica has a perception as a destination with safety issues, the island keeps having record arrivals every single year, because a visitor is a treasure and “we embrace visitors even when we are a little aggressive with each other or intolerant of each other.”“Destination Jamaica is the safest destination for visitors in the world. Our record of visitor safety is impeccable. That is why I repeat once you go, you know. We have learnt you must entertain strangers, because in doing so, you may be entertaining angels,” he said.Marketing Representative for the JTB in Western Canada, Sahara Abu-Ulbeh, brought the travel partners up-to-date on recent developments and future happenings in Jamaica’s tourism industry. Several partners made presentations, including representatives from Air Canada Vacations, Sandals, SuperClubs, Transat Holidays, Thomas Cook, Total Vacations, and WestJet Airlines.Accompanying the Minister were Director General in the Ministry of Tourism, Carole Guntley and Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JAMVAC).Lionel Reid. RelatedJamaica overtakes Cancun as Third Most Popular Destination for Canadians RelatedJamaica overtakes Cancun as Third Most Popular Destination for Canadians Jamaica overtakes Cancun as Third Most Popular Destination for Canadians UncategorizedOctober 22, 2008center_img RelatedJamaica overtakes Cancun as Third Most Popular Destination for Canadians Advertisementslast_img read more

H.E. Xi Jinping, Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China Visits 11th to 14th February 2009

first_imgRelatedH.E. Xi Jinping, Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China Visits 11th to 14th February 2009 H.E. Xi Jinping, Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China Visits 11th to 14th February 2009 Foreign AffairsFebruary 2, 2009 RelatedH.E. Xi Jinping, Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China Visits 11th to 14th February 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, will pay an official visit to the island from 11th to the 14th February, 2009.The Vice-President will meet with the Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding, The Leader of the Opposition, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, the President of the Senate, Senator Dr. the Honourable Oswald Harding, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honourable Delroy Chuck.Prime Minister Golding will hold discussions with Vice-President Xi on bilateral and multilateral issues as well as on international political developments.Agreements are expected to be concluded in the areas of agriculture, finance, education and infrastructural development.The Vice-President and members of his delegation will hold private meetings with Chinese company representatives, members of the Chinese community and staff of the Chinese Embassy.The Vice-President will visit the University of the West Indies, Mona, where an unveiling ceremony for a Confucius Institute will take place.He will also visit Montego Bay where he will be presented with the Keys to the City by the Mayor, His Worship Councillor Charles Sinclair. While in Montego Bay, he will break ground for the Montego Bay Convention Centre, a project partially funded through a Chinese loan.center_img RelatedH.E. Xi Jinping, Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China Visits 11th to 14th February 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

St. Ann parish Council Staging Series of Public Meetings

first_imgRelatedSt. Ann parish Council Staging Series of Public Meetings RelatedSt. Ann parish Council Staging Series of Public Meetings St. Ann parish Council Staging Series of Public Meetings Local GovernmentMarch 5, 2009 RelatedSt. Ann parish Council Staging Series of Public Meetingscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Ann Parish Council is staging a series of town hall meetings to hear the concerns of residents and to discuss ways in which service to communities can be improved.Secretary/Manager at the St. Ann Parish Council, Clinton Gordon, said that the meetings were in keeping with the need to reach out to communities and to encourage greater participation by residents in local government.“Transparency, equity and participation are hallmarks of the new face of governance in local government. Eminent in that operation is how we involve our citizens in the process, how we interact with them, how we hear from them and how we communicate with them,” he stated.He was addressing the second in the series of meetings held recently at the Anglican Church Hall in St. Ann’s Bay, where councillors, heads of departments and representatives of utility companies were on hand to respond to the queries and concerns of residents.The main concern of residents at the meeting was the poor state of roads in areas such as Charles Town, Seville Heights and Windsor Heights.Superintendent of Roads and Works, Ivor Earl, assured the residents that the Council was aware of the problem and was working to correct the situation. He explained that priority was being given to the “worst off” areas.“We are aware of the problems but we ask that you, the residents, be patient as we do our best to make things better. Everybody wants their roads to be repaired and we understand that, but we cannot repair everybody’s road at the same time, so that is why we have to work on the roads as they appear on our list for attention,” he stated.Eva Murdock, a resident of St. Ann’s Bay and former Council member, told JIS News that she was happy that the Council was conducting the meetings and reaching out to the people across the parish.She however expressed disappointment with the low turnout of residents. “Ever so often, community members complain about the problems they face and when the opportunity arises for them to come and air their views they do not turn up,” Mrs. Murdock lamented, noting that the meeting was nevertheless informative and it was evident that persons benefited tremendously from the dialogue. Advertisementslast_img read more

Young People Urged to Do Their Part to Ensure Food Security

first_imgRelatedYoung People Urged to Do Their Part to Ensure Food Security RelatedYoung People Urged to Do Their Part to Ensure Food Security Advertisements Young People Urged to Do Their Part to Ensure Food Security AgricultureMarch 16, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s youth are being encouraged to plant backyard gardens to ensure reliable food supply as the global crisis worsens.Delivering the keynote address at the Clarendon 4-H Clubs Annual Parish Achievement Day and Expo at the Denbigh Showgrounds in the parish on March 11, Detective Corporal Dane Brown of the May Pen police, told the youngsters they were not too young to be a part of the initiative to ensure food security.“If we are to have food security, we will have to return to the soil. We will have to be using up the space in our backyard, we’ll have to return to farming, we’ll have to set up a little patch…you are not too young to understand that there is a real problem in the world as it relates to food,” he stated.He informed the students that an insufficient food supply would negatively affect the total population, leading to various problems, which would ultimately affect the country’s development.“Where we do not have sufficient food to feed ourselves, then you, the children, will not be able to learn. There will be all kinds of problems such as malnutrition, you can’t learn. If we are going to have real food security, we are going to have to grow what we eat and eat what we grow,” he pointed out.Several displays of agricultural produce, processed foods, and craft items were put on by the various schools and agencies which participated, including Ebony Park HEART Academy, the Coffee Industry Board, National Youth Service (NYS) and the Drug Abuse Secretariat. RelatedYoung People Urged to Do Their Part to Ensure Food Securitylast_img read more

Renewable Energy Website Providing Critical Information

first_imgRelatedRenewable Energy Website Providing Critical Information Renewable Energy Website Providing Critical Information TechnologyApril 25, 2009 RelatedRenewable Energy Website Providing Critical Information RelatedRenewable Energy Website Providing Critical Informationcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), James Moss-Solomon, has disclosed that the Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) has received over 100, 000 hits since it was enabled at the beginning of April.The website, located at www.cipore.org, was officially launched yesterday (April 24), at the Scientific Research Council, on Hope Road, Kingston.CIPORE is the information and communication system for the exchange of renewable energy information for the region. Information on the website is available in the four major languages of the Caribbean; French, Spanish, English and Dutch.However, Mr. Moss-Solomon said CIPORE is more than a website. “I like to think of it as a developmental tool, because it is providing more than just specific information, it is giving you a broader view across the region as to what is really happening,” he pointed out.The platform includes an information centre with articles and speeches on renewable energy, a projects database, legislation, statistics, and energy calculator. There is also a communications centre, which features a directory, forums, chat rooms and access to host live meetings with up to 20 persons online from anywhere in the world. Other features are: a demonstration centre; country pages for each participating territory; and a news section devoted to Renewable Energy developments in the region.Uploading of information to CIPORE will be done from the National Focal Points (NFPs) in the 13 participating territories.Programme Manager for the CARICOM Secretariat’s Energy Unit, Joseph Williams noted that CIPORE is an important tool that could be used to harmonise energy initiatives across the region. “The entrance of the CIPORE will necessarily mark the exit of ignorance as far as renewable energy is concerned,” he added.Mr. Williams also noted that potential investors and entrepreneurs could use the website as a tool for improving their businesses. CIPORE emerged out of a Memorandum of Understanding between the SRC and CARICOM, which was signed on September 26, 2008. The Caribbean Energy Information System,which is headquartered at the SRC, won the consultancy to develop the platform, which was also funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Advertisementslast_img read more

Minister Tufton for Agriculture Investment Seminar in New York

first_imgRelatedMinister Tufton for Agriculture Investment Seminar in New York RelatedMinister Tufton for Agriculture Investment Seminar in New York RelatedMinister Tufton for Agriculture Investment Seminar in New York Minister Tufton for Agriculture Investment Seminar in New York AgricultureMay 6, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, will highlight opportunities for investment in Jamaica’s agricultural sector at a seminar slated for May 12 in New York City USA.Themed, ‘Farming is Back’, the session, which is being organised and hosted by the Jamaican Consulate in New York, will focus on production, post harvest processing, greenhouse technology, among other areas. There will also be an interactive segment with questions and answers.The seminar is part of the Government’s aim to engage the Diaspora in investment opportunities as part of efforts to boost agricultural production and improve food security.“Members of the Diaspora are being invited to participate and take advantage of a golden opportunity to invest in Jamaica, as working together in developing viable and exciting projects in agriculture will redound to our mutual benefit,” said Consul-General to New York, Geneive Brown Metzger.She noted that Jamaica’s total agricultural export is less than US$200 million, indicating there is an urgent need for the country to take advantage of the extended American ethnic market, estimated to be worth $142 billion.The Jamaican Government is promoting investment in greenhouse technology to boost agricultural production and is training young farmers in greenhouse skills, under a Modified Environment Agriculture certification programme, which is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).In his show of support for the programme, Dr. Tufton said that he is confident that as long as the available technology is properly utilised, the country could see significant increases in domestic food crops within the next few years.The seminar is expected to get underway at 7:00 p.m. and due to space constraints, interested persons are being urged to call the Consulate General at 212-935-9000, extension 20 or 21, on or before Monday, May 11. Advertisementslast_img read more

65 Labour Day Projects Registered in St. Mary

first_imgRelated65 Labour Day Projects Registered in St. Mary Related65 Labour Day Projects Registered in St. Mary Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of 65 projects have so far been registered with the St. Mary Labour Day Committee, as preparations for Labour Day in the parish get into high gear.Parish Manager for the Social Development Commission (SDC), in St. Mary, Janet Rose-Bryan, said the projects include road repairs, the cleaning-up of communities, the refurbishing of Government buildings, the painting of basic schools and the bushing of roadways.The parish project will be the beautification of Port Maria, with special emphasis on Hudson Street, Stennet Street, and the Trinity area of the town.Mrs. Rose Bryan said the registered projects are spread across various communities of the parish, adding that they are being spearheaded by a wide cross-section of community organisations, including church groups, youth organisations, parent teachers associations, police youth clubs and citizens associations.She explained that the parish project will be spearheaded by the St. Mary Parish Council, in partnership with the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce, and pointed out that the work to be carried out will involve the planting of trees, the planting of roadside barriers, the painting of no parking signs and the bushing of roadways.Mrs. Rose-Bryan said that every effort will be made to finish the work on Labour Day, and that projects not completed on the day will continue with the objective of bringing them to a successful conclusion as early as possible.center_img Related65 Labour Day Projects Registered in St. Mary 65 Labour Day Projects Registered in St. Mary CultureMay 22, 2009last_img read more

Keep Hope Alive – GG

first_imgKeep Hope Alive – GG Governor GeneralSeptember 18, 2009 RelatedKeep Hope Alive – GG RelatedKeep Hope Alive – GG Advertisementscenter_img RelatedKeep Hope Alive – GG FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, took his ‘I Believe’ message to the parish of Hanover yesterday (Sept. 17), urging residents, who gathered at the Anglican Church Hall in Lucea, to keep hope alive in these challenging times.“I believe that despite our challenges, our setbacks and our despair, we are a nation, which has been blessed with a rich heritage, abundant resources and the prospect of a bright future,” he stated.“We are a people of hope, and we must keep hope alive at all times,” he added.Noting that Hanover has the potential to make a significant contribution to national development, he cited opportunities in tourism, including promoting the culture of the parish, in addition to unique products, cuisine and places of interest.The Governor-General, who was accompanied by Her Excellency Lady Allen, visited the Hopewell High and Rhodes Hall High Schools, where, in separate addresses, he encouraged the students to have confidence in themselves, strive to make a good impression within their schools, and leave such a legacy, that they will always be remembered in a positive way.He also urged the leadership of the schools to “believe in our young people, train them, have faith in them, that they will not betray the values that we have put in them; values of fairness, morality, and justice.”He also stopped at the Hanover Parish Library, where he officially declared open an exhibition on the life and works of cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley.At that brief ceremony, he underscored the importance of the preservation of the nation’s heritage, for the benefit of future generations.The Governor-General’s visit to Hanover formed part of a scheduled tour of all parishes across the island.last_img read more

Minister Charles Names New IDT Chairman

first_imgMinister Charles Names New IDT Chairman LabourOctober 9, 2009 RelatedMinister Charles Names New IDT Chairman RelatedMinister Charles Names New IDT Chairman FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Attorney-at-law, Noman Wright Q.C. has been appointed as the new chairman of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT).The announcement was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Pearnel Charles, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 6), as he piloted a Bill amending the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act (LRIDA) which will, finally, allow non-unionised workers access to the IDT.“We believe that the wealth of legal experience which Mr. Wright has garnered will be an asset to the IDT, and will increase its capacity to offer quality service to the Jamaican workforce,” Mr. Charles told the House.He said that Mr. Wright’s reputation of being “fair and thorough” should also increase confidence in the impartiality of the Tribunal.Mr. Charles said his Ministry has also discussed with the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), the possibility of appointing Clinton Davis, a former deputy chairman of the IDT, and Charles Jones, former Chief Personnel Officer in the Office of the Services Commission, as deputy chairmen of the Tribunal.“Collectively, these men will offer their expertise to the IDT and assist in improving the efficiency of the Tribunal,” Mr. Charles said.Mr. Wright’s appointment became effective on October 1. Mr. Jones and Mr. Davis are likely to be appointed on November 1. Mr. Davis is expected to deal specifically with the non-unionised workers’ issues.Mr. Charles said that these developments are part of his ministry’s efforts to strengthen the IDT, to effectively respond to major changes anticipated with the new provisions of the LRIDA currently before Parliament. These provisions will allow the Minister to appoint more deputy chairmen to facilitate the establishment of more panels to hear disputes, and allow for the expeditious settlement of disputes.The former chairman of the IDT was trade unionist Donovan Hunter. Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Anthony Irons, is the current Deputy Chairman.center_img RelatedMinister Charles Names New IDT Chairman Advertisementslast_img read more

Take Blessings of 2009 into New Year – GG

first_imgAdvertisements Take Blessings of 2009 into New Year – GG Governor GeneralJanuary 6, 2010 RelatedTake Blessings of 2009 into New Year – GG RelatedTake Blessings of 2009 into New Year – GGcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on Jamaicans to be optimistic and to carry the blessings of 2009 into the New Year.“Let us brighten the future with past blessings…take the blessings of the past year into the New Year and stop being pessimistic, stop being downcast, stop being fearful and fretful, because (God) will take care of you,” he said in his address at a national prayer gathering held today (January 6) at the National Arena in Kingston.He noted that despite the forebodings, hardships, and predictions, 2009 had “tremendous blessings” as there were no hurricanes or earthquakes and despite the fact that times are hard, there was food to eat.The Governor-General also implored persons to be more loving towards each other, noting that so many people are depressed, despondent and just need somebody to encourage them.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left) addresses the Power of Faith Ministries’ national prayer gathering held at the National Arena in Kingston on Wednesday, January 6.“We have to help somebody, encourage somebody, share with somebody, care for somebody, be a good neighbour to somebody,” he said.Staged by The Power of Faith Ministries of Portmore, the prayer gathering, dubbed ‘Heal the Family – Heal the Nation’, was held under the theme: ‘This is the Turning Point’.The Governor-General went on to praise the work of the Ministry and its leader, Bishop Dr. Delford Davis, and noted his appreciation of the fact that heads of churches and umbrella groups were united in the cause to heal the nation.“This unity, which is being shown here in the church, must be modelled to the rest of the nation, because we play a very significant role, and the nation is looking to the church for this type of leadership. When the church is united, the nation will also be united, because we are connected with the nation in every nook and cranny,” he said. RelatedTake Blessings of 2009 into New Year – GGlast_img read more

Shaw Promises Fiscal Responsibility Framework this Year

first_imgRelatedShaw Promises Fiscal Responsibility Framework this Year RelatedShaw Promises Fiscal Responsibility Framework this Year Advertisements Shaw Promises Fiscal Responsibility Framework this Year Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 20, 2010center_img RelatedShaw Promises Fiscal Responsibility Framework this Year FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As part of its management of public expenditure, the Government will enact legislation, before the end of 2010/11, to put in place a fiscal responsibility framework.This as it anticipates final approval from the IMF executive Board for a standby loan facility of US$1.25 billion this month.In a presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 19), Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the legislation, which will give way to the Fiscal Responsibility Framework (FRF), is part of the objective of the fiscal consolidation strategy which is focussed on streamlining expenditure and reforming the public sector.Fiscal consolidation is one of the three pillars that are fundamental to the Government’s economic pogramme, Mr. Shaw said.“The overall objective is to operationalise the key principles of prudent fiscal management, in order to ensure that the institutional framework is consistent with achieving the Government’s short-and medium-term fiscal targets,” he pointed out.The FRF will, therefore, provide for clearly articulated fiscal policies, including medium-term fiscal framework; greater transparency through various reporting requirements; more stringent accountability in the management of public funds; and better oversight of fiscal policy and the management of such funds.“The FRF will provide for improved public financial management, through expanding the coverage of the budget to all general Government institutions, enshrining the principle of no spending without prior budget appropriation; and requiring approval by Parliament of the budget of each of the self-financed public bodies,” he explained.The legislation committee has considered two bills: the Financial Administration and Audit (Amendment) Act; and the Public Bodies Management and Accountability (Amendment) Act, 2010.These Acts seek to establish the legal framework for the FRF, and to empower the Minister to improve the management of public finances by addressing current weaknesses in the fiscal policy and administrative systems in the country.The law will provide for specific principles of fiscal management and the fiscal targets to be achieved in the medium term; the annual tabling of a fiscal policy paper with the national budget, as well as the presentation of an accompanying debt management strategy; fiscal discipline in budget preparation and execution; prior approval from the Minister for borrowing by public bodies; and independent assessment by the Auditor General on the Government’s adherence to the principles of fiscal prudence.last_img read more

Financial Regulations to Target Capital Adequacy

first_imgRelatedFinancial Regulations to Target Capital Adequacy Financial Regulations to Target Capital Adequacy Finance & Public ServiceMarch 4, 2010 RelatedFinancial Regulations to Target Capital Adequacy FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Financial Services Commission (FSC) and the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), the main regulators of the financial services sector will shortly address issues of capital adequacy and margin requirements for securities dealers, as recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).According to Deputy Executive Director of the FSC, George Roper, while the changes to capitalisation and margin requirements cannot be specified at this time, the existing framework is to be reviewed, with technical assistance provided through the IMF.In an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) the FSC Executive sought to allay the fears of securities dealers, that the increased regulatory role of the FSC and the BOJ will constitute overregulation of the sector.With respect to the BOJ, he explained that there was a growing trend for central banks, worldwide, to broaden their mandate in financial surveillance for purposes of monitoring financial system stability, given their role as lenders of last resort.In the case of the FSC, he noted that the regulators were aware of the issue of overregulation and the need to address it in a coordinated manner.“The issue of overregulation can be addressed through appropriate coordination and reporting mechanisms, and will involve close collaboration among the FSC, the BOJ and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service,” he said.“There are already established processes for formal collaboration, but the operation of the BOJ’s financial stability mandate would require additional operational protocols,” he advised.With respect to the allusion in the IMF Memorandum of Understanding that some securities dealers are not well capitalised, while others have become overleveraged as a result of lax controls, Mr. Roper explained that the capital adequacy of dealerships had improved in 2009 for the sector as a whole, and was above current regulatory benchmarks.He added that the IMF’s diagnosis of the financial sector problems are indications of the need for improvement in the FSC’s existing regulatory framework, rather than as a widespread failure on the part of licensees to meet regulatory requirements.“Currently, the FSC relies on two indicators of capital adequacy for the securities dealers, namely the ratio of capital to total assets and the ratio of ‘tier one’ and ‘tier two’ capital to risk weighted assets. The FSC requires that securities dealers maintain capital sufficient to satisfy certain minimum thresholds. Based on the latest quarterly filings from licensees, as at the end-September 2009, the ratio of capital to total assets for securities firms taken as a whole stood at 9.6 per cent compared to an FSC minimum benchmark of 6 per cent. The ratio of tier one and tier two capital to risk weighted assets stood at 53.8 per cent compared to an FSC minimum benchmark of 10 per cent,” he emphasised.This outturn compares with ratios of capital to total assets and tier one and tier two capital to risk weighted assets of 8.2 per cent and 39.6 per cent, respectively at the end of December 2008, at the height of the global financial crisis.Mr. Roper also noted that, at any point in time, capitalization levels would always vary among licensed entities.“There is an established procedure to resolve issues of inadequate capital, by either requiring shareholders to inject additional capital, or requiring the entity to adjust its balance sheet to reduce the riskiness of its portfolios, according to an agreed timetable. In the event that the solvency of the entity is threatened and additional capital is not forthcoming, there are established powers available to the FSC under its governing statutes to seek an orderly resolution,” he said.Mr. Roper also advised that the FSC was currently undertaking a review of the relevant legislation for regulating collective investment schemes, with a view to strengthening the overall framework, as well as allowing for appropriate regulatory oversight for different types of collective investment schemes.With specific reference to the recent re-focus on the mutual funds market, Mr. Roper explained that in the past it had not been possible for locally established mutual funds to be established and marketed in Jamaica, due to certain inconsistencies with the mutual fund regulations, the Companies Act and the taxation regime.“The Government has now committed to removing these obstacles as part of the structural conditionalities under the Stand-by Arrangement agreed with the IMF. Notwithstanding these problems, current regulations allow for the registration and marketing of overseas-based mutual funds, and several such funds have been actively marketed to investors in Jamaica.”He also observed that the Government recently lifted the 11-plus year-old moratorium on the registration of new unit trust and unit trust products.This has opened the way for new locally-based collective investment schemes to be established. This development improves the outlook for more robust financial system stability, as it provides additional avenues for securities dealers to progressively re-align their business models, restructure their balance sheets to reduce their direct exposures to riskier instruments and to provide alternative avenues for the generation of income from fees and commissions.center_img RelatedFinancial Regulations to Target Capital Adequacy Advertisementslast_img read more

Dine Out Goldfields – week two

first_imgDine Out Goldfields – week two Our second ‘Dine Out Goldfields’ event will held this Saturday, 5 December from 5 to 9pm in the Maryborough CBD.The event will include pop-up dining areas, entertainment and a pop-up market.The Central Goldfields Art Gallery will also open its doors from 5 to 8pm as part of the event. Head along and enjoy the Community Arts Exhibition. A curator’s tour will be held at 5.30pm.The event series aims to support the local business community and encourage the community to get out and celebrate the festive season.‘Dine Out Goldfields’ will also be held in the Maryborough CBD on Saturday 19 December from 5 to 9pm.The initiative is funded by the State Government’s Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package and supports the work of the JumpStart High Street program. /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:Arts, business, Central, Central Goldfields, Central Goldfields Shire Council, community, Government, local council, market, Maryborough, season, Victorialast_img read more

Continuing our plan to be a Renewable Energy Powerhouse

first_imgContinuing our plan to be a Renewable Energy Powerhouse Guy Barnett,Minister for EnergyToday’s release of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan (TREAP) is an important milestone for our State and will cement our reputation as the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia.The TREAP clearly outlines how Tasmania will achieve our immense renewable energy potential, setting clear targets and actions that will build on Tasmania’s natural competitive advantages, attract large scale investment and significantly grow and expand Tasmania’s renewable energy sector into the future.We have already made significant progress in driving our renewable energy future since our draft action plan was released earlier this year.Tasmania is now 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy, and we have legislated our world leading target to double our renewable generation to 200 per cent of our current needs by 2040.The Project Marinus and Battery of the Nation Memorandum of Understanding, signed with the Australian Government earlier this month, is another major milestone on Tasmania’s journey to being the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia.We have also completed the initial funding round of our $50 million Renewable Hydrogen Industry support package and commenced the rollout of the $16 million Energising Tasmania skills and training initiative, supporting the development of the skilled workforce our renewable energy future will need.As well as guiding our ongoing targets and renewable projects, the Action plan also includes:Establishing “Renewables Tasmania” to better plan, coordinate and promote the development of renewable energy and continue to oversee the management and regulation of our energy sector to deliver affordable, reliable and secure energy supplies;Developing a Tasmanian policy framework to coordinate the renewable energy growth required to achieve the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Targets and to support Tasmanian large-scale renewable energy projects;Developing a Tasmanian Renewable Energy Centre for Excellence with the potential to establish a world class centre for innovative research, training and collaboration required to support growth in the renewable energy sector;Developing an “Energy Customer Empowerment Blueprint” to ensure Tasmanian customers are empowered to manage their energy needs and take advantage of new technology and market offerings;A commitment to maximise the local Tasmanian business and employment opportunities from renewable projects as well as renewable development opportunities for the Antarctic.The Plan also includes our firm commitment to achieving the lowest regulated electricity prices in Australia for residential and small business customers by 2022. We are well on track to achieve this target, but we can and will do more.The Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan will establish the platform to transform Tasmania from being Australia’s renewable energy powerhouse into a world leading provider of clean, reliable and affordable energy.The Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan can be found here: www.renewablestasmania.tas.gov.au/TREAP /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, business, electricity, employment, empowerment, Government, Investment, Minister, regulation, renewable, renewable energy, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, technologylast_img read more

Holiday vigilance to protect older Australians in aged care

first_imgHoliday vigilance to protect older Australians in aged care The health and safety of older Australians should be a priority this holiday season with families urged to keep in contact with those most in need – but to take appropriate precautions.While restrictions have eased across Australia, providers and families living across the Northern Beaches and Penrith areas of Sydney must abide by the current visitation guidelines.Until further notice all staff and visitors at residential facilities must wear a surgical mask.Additionally, until at least Wednesday 30 December, all residential aged care facilities across the Northern Beaches LGA must exclude visitors, except those performing essential caring functions.Up to two people are permitted to visit loved ones in residential aged care facilities in Greater Sydney including the local government areas of Central Coast and Wollongong.The rule also applies for Greater Sydney residents visiting regional aged care facilities.There are no restrictions on people from regional NSW visiting residents in regional facilities.Updated advice for Residential Aged Care facilities and Home Care Service providers can be found here.Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said aged care providers and families were required to follow the relevant visitation guidelines to ensure loved ones could maintain contact.“We know where there is community transmission there is a serious risk of the virus spreading to aged care settings,” Minister Colbeck said.“It is a difficult time for residents, families, providers and staff at facilities across this region but it’s vital we prioritise and protect our most vulnerable.“Of course, we want families to maintain contact with their relatives in aged care, and a phone call or video call will mean a lot to those who can’t have visitors.“Staff and management will continue to provide compassion and understanding, while also being a strong line of defence for those in their care from the coronavirus.”Australian Government support for aged care providers in the Northern Beaches hotspot is already being provided, including asymptomatic testing, supplies of personal protective equipment as required, and workforce surge and support where needed.A new three-tier escalation plan, backed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), outlines how providers can respond to the COVID-19 threat level in the local community and ramp the response up or down as needed.The AHPPC guidelines outline visitation recommendations providers can put in place if they are in a defined hotspot with localised outbreaks of cases (Tier 2) and when there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community (Tier 3).“Residents must be protected in the least restrictive manner and their health needs must be balanced with their personal wellbeing,” Minister Colbeck said.Additionally, Minister Colbeck said the Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19, developed in conjunction with consumer peak bodies sets out a nationally consistent, principles-based approach to maintaining residents’ visitation and communication – the Government welcomes the latest version of the code.In conjunction with the new visitation guidelines, it offers clarity for residents and families.“It is an important time of the year for families to re-connect, particularly as we return to COVID-normal environments with the current exception of the Sydney hotspots,” Minister Colbeck said.“The social distancing measures we have all adopted will protect our families.“Don’t visit if you are unwell, practise good hand and cough hygiene, and follow the advice available from staff at the aged care facility.”All aged care providers are urged to ensure their outbreak management plan is up to date and ready to be activated. They must also be alert to any staff or care recipients experiencing respiratory and flu like symptoms.The Visitation Guidelines for Residential Aged Care can be found here.The COVID-19 escalation tiers and aged care provider responses can be found here.The Older Persons COVID Support Line can offer information and support to seniors who need assistance or are feeling worried and isolated. The line can be reached on free call 1800 171 866.Mental health support is available to all Australians by calling Lifeline (13 11 14) or BeyondBlue (1800 512 348) and further resources are available on the Department of Health’s Head to Health website. /Media 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:aged care, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, communication, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Department of Health, Government, health, health and safety, healthcare, home care, mental health, NSW, resources, Wollongonglast_img read more

Extraordinary public service at centre of New Year Honours List 2021

first_imgExtraordinary public service at centre of New Year Honours List 2021 The New Year Honours List 2021, published on Thursday 31 December, demonstrates the incredible efforts of hundreds of public sector and community workers throughout 2020 and beyond.The New Year Year Honours List is the most ethnically diverse honours list yet, with 14.2% of recipients coming from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.In a year that has truly tested the resolve and determination of those on the frontline, the New Year Honours List includes 1,239 recipients, recognised for their extraordinary contributions in all four nations of the United Kingdom.Public sector workers make up 14.8% of the list and include firefighters, medical professionals, teachers, police officers and local government workers – all of whom are being recognised for making a huge individual impact, and in particular in the response to COVID-19.An MBE goes to Special Chief Officer Mark Owen, who returned from retirement to lead the Special Constabulary’s response in North Wales.An MBE goes to Karen McDowell for services to the LGBTQ community and fire service in Northern Ireland.Charity Helpline Housing Adviser for Shelter Nadeem Khan receives a BEM – unable to return to the UK because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he worked from his personal laptop from a rooftop in Lahore, Pakistan delivering housing advice to over 500 people over three months via web chat to people over 5,000 miles away in the UK.Included in the List are 123 (10%) health and social care workers – from British Red Cross Ambulance Crew to care home managers – all have played a part in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.A BEM goes to Cath Fitzsimmons from Greater Manchester, a former palliative care nurse who came out of retirement for COVID-19.Dr Azeem Alam, 28 years old from Harpenden, Herts receives the BEM for founding BiteMedicine, which provides free medical education for medical students, physician associates and aspiring doctors during COVID-19, teaching over 10,000 students worldwide via online, live webinars.Deputy Director of Nursing Jacky Copping, 55 from Beccles, Suffolk, receives an MBE for initiating Face Fit Testing at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ensuring that frontline workers were properly protected against Covid-19.This Honours List highlights how Britain’s business sector has stepped up to deliver for the country during COVID-19. From small business owners diverting their resources or changing business models to support the response effort to supermarket workers making sure all their vulnerable customers were stocked up with essential items – this Honours List showcases 111 recipients (9%) being recognised for services to business and the economy.Publican Caroline Halfhide, aged 51 from Ash in Somerset receives MBE for changing her pub into a village shop for residents to drastically minimise the need for travel to nearby towns for food and essentials.Founder and CEO of Pembrokeshire Frame, Jennifer Sims, 76 years old, receives the BEM for launching #Bagsofcare Community Fridge Free Bags Scheme, providing hot meals and free bags of food to the vulnerable, the elderly and those struggling financially due to the pandemic.The majority of awards are for the contributions people have made in their communities. Of those receiving an award, 65% are recognised for their community work.Captain Emma Henderson, living in Moray in Scotland receives an MBE for founding Project Wingman, creating a first class lounge experience in hospitals in the UK for NHS workers.The oldest person on the list is Anne Baker from Salisbury in Wiltshire, who at 106 years old receives an MBE for fundraising for the NSPCC.She is closely followed by 104 year old Ruth Saunders, receiving an MBE for walking a marathon to raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.The youngest recipient is 20 year old Samah Khalil, the Youth Mayor of Oldham. She receives a BEM for her work in empowering young people.Architect David Chipperfield is awarded a Companion of Honour, for services to architecture.Actor Sheila Hancock receives a damehood for services to drama and charity, as does conductor and musicologist Professor Jane Glover for services to music and make-up artist Patricia McGrath for services to the fashion, the beauty industry and to diversity.A damehood is also awarded to Angela Eagle MP for parliamentary and political service. The Right Honourables Geoffrey Cox QC MP and Thomas Clarke MP receive knighthoods for parliamentary and political service, and public and political service respectively.In sport, Director of Rugby at Exeter Chiefs Robert Baxter receives an OBE and Captain Joe Simmonds receives a MBE, both for services to Rugby Union Football. Former professional rugby player Rob Burrow receives an MBE for the awareness he has raised around motor neuron disease particularly during the pandemic. MBEs are also awarded to former England footballers Jimmy Greaves and Ron Flowers for services to football.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:In a year when so many have made sacrifices to protect our NHS and save people’s lives, the outstanding efforts of those receiving honours today are a welcome reminder of the strength of human spirit, and of what can be achieved through courage and compassion.The 2021 New Year Honours offer us an opportunity to salute their dedication and recognise many who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to our country.As we begin a new year and continue to come together to fight this virus, may their service and stories be an inspiration to us all.The honours system continues to champion diversity at all levels and celebrates the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the UK. Of the 1,239 people who receive an award:1,123 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level:397 at BEM476 at MBE250 at OBE803 (65%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity;603 women are recognised in the List, representing 49% of the total;14.2% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background;6.9% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010); and4% of recipients identified as being LGBT+.Read the full New Year Honours list and /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. 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Statement by Minister Chagger on Tamil Heritage Month 2 January

first_imgStatement by Minister Chagger on Tamil Heritage Month 2 January From: Canadian HeritageJanuary is Tamil Heritage MonthToday marks the start of Tamil Heritage Month. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions Canadians of Tamil descent have made to Canada, as well as their extraordinary language and culture.Canada is the proud home of one of the world’s largest Tamil diasporas. Tamil Canadians have enriched, and continue to enrich, our national fabric through their many achievements in business, politics, and sports, to name a few areas. This month provides us an opportunity to show our appreciation for their invaluable contributions in building an even stronger and consciously more inclusive Canada. /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:building, business, Canada, culture, Government, language, Minister, sports, worldlast_img read more

Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien Regarding National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan

first_imgStatement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien Regarding National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan The White HousePresident Trump has released the “National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan,” which sets forth how the United States government will defend the American economy through enhanced cybersecurity coordination, policies and practices, aimed at mitigating risks to the maritime sub-sector, promoting prosperity through information and intelligence sharing, and preserving and increasing the nation’s cyber workforce.President Trump designated the cybersecurity of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) as a top priority for national defense, homeland security, and economic competitiveness in the 2017 National Security Strategy. The MTS contributes to one quarter of all United States gross domestic product, or approximately $5.4 trillion. MTS operators are increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to maximize the reliability and efficiency of maritime commerce. This plan articulates how the United States government can buy down the potential catastrophic risks to our national security and economic prosperity created by technology innovations to strengthen maritime commerce efficiency and reliability.The National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan unifies maritime cybersecurity resources, stakeholders, and initiatives to aggressively mitigate current and near-term maritime cyberspace threats and vulnerabilities while complementing the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The Plan identifies government priority actions to close maritime cybersecurity gaps and vulnerabilities over the next five years.This Administration continues to defend American workers and American prosperity while strengthening our national security. President Trump has taken numerous steps to bolster cybersecurity measures, promote American workers, defend American technology, and lead the world in technological innovation. Today’s release furthers the President’s successes at bridging the private and public technological and industrial sectors to benefit the American people and protect the American way of life.Read the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan Here /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:america, american, cybersecurity, cyberspace, Economy, efficiency, Government, innovation, intelligence, maritime, President, resources, security, technology, United States, White House, worldlast_img read more

CIPO and European Patent Office to formalize their Patent Prosecution Highway program

first_imgCIPO and European Patent Office to formalize their Patent Prosecution Highway program From: Canadian Intellectual Property OfficeThe Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between the 2 offices will become permanent on January 6, 2021.The offices have agreed to extend the agreement, following the completion of a pilot program that started in January 2015.The PPH enables applicants filing a patent at either CIPO or the EPO to have their application processed faster at the other office. This helps increase the efficiency and quality of the patent-granting process by enabling the offices to benefit from each other’s work.Since its launch, the PPH has generated over 1,400 requests at CIPO (as of March 31, 2020) and over 200 requests at the EPO (as of September 30, 2020).More details about the program and its eligibility requirements are available on CIPO’s website.Quotes“I am pleased to continue our deep partnership with the EPO. Over the past 5 years, the PPH program between the EPO and CIPO has strengthened our offices’ ability to provide high-quality and timely intellectual property services to our clients and help businesses compete globally. We look forward to sustaining this valuable collaboration on a permanent basis and continuing to support clients of our patent systems.”– Konstantinos Georgaras, CIPO Chief Executive Officer (interim)“I am very pleased to announce the continuation of the PPH with CIPO as a permanent service to our users. We believe it will promote cross-filing activity in Europe and Canada, improve market access and bilateral trade, and benefit users of the patent system in both regions.”– António Campinos, EPO President /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:agreement, Canada, efficiency, Europe, european, Government, launch, market, patent, pilot, President, property, prosecution, quality, trade, websitelast_img read more

Lockdown loneliness, homeworking and financial worries impact mental health

first_imgLockdown loneliness, homeworking and financial worries impact mental health New research has found that the first coronavirus lockdown saw more people reporting common mental disorders in the UK, but that mental health began to recover once the lockdown eased. As the UK enters a further period of restrictions, this analysis highlights the particular issues that impacted on the mental health of adults in the UK during lockdown.Looking in detail at the reasons that could be behind mental health issues, the analysis shows that the increase in mental health disorders during the first lockdown appears to have been linked to people feeling lonely, having Covid symptoms, working from home, caring for children and struggling financially. Recovery is possible though, as the study also found that in subsequent months, the prevalence of common mental disorders among UK adults reduced to pre-pandemic levels.The study looked at over 13,000 interviews from a representative sample of UK adults in 2019-20 that measured people’s mental health before the pandemic and compared it to how their mental health had changed in monthly new surveys between April and July this year. Almost 30% of adults living in the UK who had not reported a common mental disorder before the pandemic reported experiencing one in April this year, but in May, this figure fell to under 13%.The researchers, from The University of Manchester and the University of Essex, believe people’s mental health may have improved by July as lockdown restrictions were lifted, and because people’s worries about work, money and the pandemic eased when the government announced its measures to protect jobs. However, they also suggest people may simply have adjusted to their new circumstances.Previous research has shown mental health and wellbeing declining during the pandemic, especially in April, but this research was able to look at specific causes of stress. It showed, for example:• no effect on mental health of having healthcare treatments cancelled or postponed• the immediate problem of paying bills also did not affect mental health, but broader financial concerns, both current and expected, did have an effect• the chance of having common mental disorders increased for the unemployed in July compared to June• by contrast, the chance of people who were furloughed suffering worsening mental health decreased steadily from April• spending more time on childcare or home schooling was associated with a small increase in the risk of suffering common mental disorders, at least until June• loneliness was the largest predictor of common mental disorders, and this pattern was fairly consistent from April to July.The researchers point out that it is important to keep monitoring people’s mental health as lockdowns continue, and economic uncertainty causes unemployment and redundancies to increase.“We haven’t seen the ‘devastating’ effects on mental health that some media reports suggested, and it may be that people’s mental wellbeing recovered by July because they simply got used to the stress of the pandemic and its social and economic effects – but it’s very important that we keep monitoring the situation to see the what happens in the long term, especially as restrictions on normal life continue,” Tarani added.“This is the first population representative study in the UK to analyse longitudinal changes in mental health,” said Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society. “These data show that the prevalence of common mental disorders was highest during the first lockdown, with more than one in three adults living in the UK reporting problematic levels of mental health.“As the pandemic and lockdown progressed, differences in mental health disorders emerged. Despite the lifting of many lockdown conditions by July and a decrease in the levels of many of the psychological and social stressors, common mental disorders continued to affect people who were lonely and those who were made redundant, had financial problems or had childcare or home schooling duties.” /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. 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On electoral changes in Hong Kong

first_imgOn electoral changes in Hong Kong Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand and Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Australia today issued the following joint statement:The Governments of Australia and New Zealand, like G7 counterparts, are deeply concerned that changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system passed by the National People’s Congress on 11 March further undermine rights and freedoms and the high degree of autonomy guaranteed by China to Hong Kong until 2047 under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.Australia and New Zealand have always wanted Hong Kong to succeed, given its role as a significant hub for finance, trade, and our communities overseas. This depends on Hong Kong continuing to enjoy a high degree of autonomy and respecting the rule of law.These changes run contrary to the ultimate aim of a Hong Kong Chief Executive elected through universal suffrage, weaken Hong Kong’s democratic institutions, and erode freedom of speech and association – all of which are set out in the Basic Law. This is a significant step which will further undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy.We urge the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities to uphold their commitments, allow genuine avenues for the people of Hong Kong to participate in their governance, and protect the role of the Legislative Council as a forum for the expression of diverse views and scrutiny of government. /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:Australia, autonomy, China, chinese, Congress, Foreign Affairs, freedom of speech, G7, Government, Hong Kong, Marise Payne, Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, New Zealand, rule of law, womenlast_img read more

Our clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future is working

first_imgOur clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future is working Peter Gutwein,PremierOver 12 months on since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores, we are securing Tasmania’s future thanks to the decisive action we took to protect our community and the incredible efforts of all Tasmanians.We are now emerging from the crisis with optimism, with a strong economy and business confidence leading the nation, and a clear focus on securing Tasmania’s future.Our clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future is working to rebuild the economy and to create jobs, and to ensure we have the essential services that all Tasmanians need.The figures speak for themselves, with employment back up to pre-pandemic levels at 261,200.Jobs were up by 1.5 per cent in February, the largest monthly growth rate in the country.Unemployment is down – we now have the second lowest unemployment rate of the states at 5.7 per cent.The participation rate is back up to pre-pandemic levels. The youth unemployment rate is down to the third lowest of any State.Job vacancies are up 52 per cent over the year – the highest in the nation.Businesses are confident, and because they are confident, they are investing and hiring, with business investment in the December quarter growing by 8.2 per cent in the quarter, and 7.4 per cent higher than the year before.This has flowed through to our economy, with retail trade in January 9.3 per cent higher than last year, before the pandemic, and in the year to January, our merchandise exports were higher than the previous year, bucking the national trend.And, in January, building approvals were up by 40.3 per cent compared to January last year, and the number of construction loans in January was up – nearly triple the number 12 months earlier before the pandemic, and higher than the national growth over the same period.Building approvals were 3,538 in the 12 months to January 2021, 14.1 per cent more than the previous year.It all confirms our plan is working, and our landmark $5 billion infrastructure program will continue this momentum, underpinning 25,000 jobs and securing Tasmania’s future.But we know that we need to do more and that’s why I have accepted all 52 PESRAC recommendations that will help support Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.Our clear plan will deliver the essential services Tasmanians need in health, mental health, education, to increase housing supply, put downward pressure on rents, and will support even more Tasmanians to own their home.The contrast with Labor couldn’t be greater, with the Opposition having no clear plan for Tasmania’s future.And with the indecisive Opposition Leader Rebecca White constantly changing her mind on the key issues facing Tasmania, no one has any real idea what Labor actually stands for.We won’t be distracted by Labor’s inconsistency and negativity, we will continue implementing our clear plan to secure our State’s future, for all Tasmanians. /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:AusPol, Australia, building, business, community, covid-19, Economy, education, employment, Government, infrastructure, Investment, mental health, optimism, pandemic, Premier, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, unemploymentlast_img read more

New Wurdi Baierr Stadium officially open

first_imgNew Wurdi Baierr Stadium officially open Surf Coast’s new multipurpose indoor stadium – called Wurdi Baierr Stadium – is officially open.Pronounced word-ee bay-ear, and named after the Wadawurrung words for “‘big gathering place”, the stadium comprises four courts, a café, meeting rooms, change facilities, all abilities design features and additional car parking.Located in the community and civic precinct in the north of Torquay, the stadium offers a range of sports and fitness related activities, including basketball, netball, futsal, badminton, volleyball, exercise classes and kinder gym. It is also used by Surf Coast Secondary College.Senator Sarah Henderson, Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman and Surf Coast Secondary College Principal Erin Wright joined Surf Coast Shire Mayor Cr Libby Stapleton to formally open the $13.5 million facility today.The stadium was funded by the Surf Coast Shire Council ($5.5 million), the Australian Government, through the Building Better Regions Fund ($5 million), and the Victorian Government, via the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund ($3 million).Surf Coast Shire Mayor Cr Libby Stapleton said locals had already embraced the new stadium.“I’m hearing from so many people about the huge positive impact it’s already having, and how much it’s been needed. To have four courts all under the one roof means parents don’t have to drive into Geelong or go between venues when they have multiple kids playing sport,” she said.“It also means we now have a stadium open seven days a week – so more people can connect and get active more often,” Cr Stapleton said. Senator Sarah Henderson said Wurdi Baierr Stadium was a welcome addition to the area.“Backed by $5 million from the Morrison Liberal Government, the Wurdi Baierr Stadium is a wonderful asset for the Surf Coast community. This investment reflects our government’s determination to build better regions by providing essential sports and community infrastructure,” Senator Henderson said.Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman said sport was the lifeblood of local communities like Torquay and Jan Juc.“This fantastic new Wurdi Baierr Stadium will make a real difference to indoor sport and provide a real boost for the local community. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to enjoy their local sport and recreation and lead healthy and active lifestyles,” Mr Cheeseman said. /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:Australian, Australian Government, basketball, building, community, exercise, fitness, Geelong, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Jan Juc, local council, Morrison, Surf Coast, Surf Coast Shire, Torquay, Victorialast_img read more

RSPCA animal welfare scorecard shines a spotlight on regulation of slaughtering establishiments

first_imgRSPCA animal welfare scorecard shines a spotlight on regulation of slaughtering establishiments RSPCA WAFrom RSPCA Australia:The RSPCA has today released a detailed report and interactive map that highlights the current state of animal welfare regulation at Australian slaughtering establishments.The scorecard allows the public to compare, for the first time, the way governments regulate animal welfare in abattoirs, knackeries and poultry processors across the country – a move that will not only increase transparency but also strengthen the push for better and more consistent regulation.RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones said that the report and scorecard shone a spotlight on significant gaps in animal welfare regulation across the processing industry.“For a long time, the RSPCA has been concerned about the differences in how Australian slaughtering establishments are regulated between states and territories, and what this means for the welfare of animals at those facilities,” said Dr Jones.“Voluntary industry standards that go above minimum regulatory requirements can improve animal welfare outcomes when they’re in place.“But the public should be able to have confidence that all animals in Australia are handled and slaughtered humanely. With the current regulatory system, having that confidence is not always possible.“If we are going to have surety that animal welfare is being upheld at these establishments – which affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals every day – then better regulation is how we achieve it. This is crucial to improving the outcomes for Australian farm animals.”Dr Jones said the report and scorecard examine seven key measures: animal welfare requirements, audit frequency, auditor training, oversight, CCTV use, company training, and transparency.“One thing is clear from this report, and that is that in many areas – such as CCTV use – there’s still a long way to go before we can say that all animals slaughtered at Australian abattoirs, poultry processors and knackeries are handled and killed humanely.“There’s a lot the public doesn’t know about animal welfare in Australian slaughtering establishments – including even how many animals are being slaughtered.“That’s why the RSPCA has released this report and scorecard, to give the community a greater insight into exactly how animal welfare is being regulated at Australian abattoirs, knackeries and poultry processors.“We urge government and industry to take note of this report and scorecard. The resumption of progress on the development of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Processing Establishments provides a crucial opportunity to put in place measures to genuinely improve animal welfare and meet the community’s expectations.” /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:animal, animal welfare, audit, Australia, Australian, CCTV, community, Government, industry, interactive map, livestock, meet, outcomes, regulation, RSPCA, RSPCA WAlast_img read more

Fisheries and Oceans Canada strengthens protections for inshore commercial licence holders on East Coast

first_imgFisheries and Oceans Canada strengthens protections for inshore commercial licence holders on East Coast From: Fisheries and Oceans CanadaThe inshore fisheries of Canada’s East Coast are often family-run businesses that drive rural, local, regional, and national economies. The fisheries are the pride of our coastal communities, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting their growth and prosperity.Ottawa, Ontario – The inshore fisheries of Canada’s East Coast are often family-run businesses that drive rural, local, regional, and national economies. The fisheries are the pride of our coastal communities, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting their growth and prosperity.In December 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada published amended regulations that aim to strengthen and protect the independence of licence holders in commercial inshore fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.These amended regulations address a longstanding request from independent inshore commercial licence holders to formalize a variety of policies that govern their licences, including:ensuring inshore commercial licence holders retain the benefits generated by fishing, and are the ones personally fishing that licence;supporting the Owner/Operator and Fleet Separation Policies by prohibiting certain types of corporations from holding licences in the inshore sector; andintroducing eligibility criteria that will prevent the Minister from issuing inshore licences to Independent Core licence holders that have transferred the use or control of the rights and privileges conferred by the licence to a third party.As of April 1, 2021, all of these amended regulatory provisions will come into force. Inshore Independent Core licence holders will be required to:confirm that they are compliant with the amended regulations by completing the new electronic Declaration of Inshore Regulations Compliance. This declaration is available via the National Online Licensing System (NOLS); andmaintain a crew registry of all the crew members working aboard the vessel on every fishing trip. This information must be maintained for a period of five years. Details of the information required will be outlined in commercial licence conditions.These new measures are in place to strengthen the independence of hard-working inshore licence holders and to ensure that economic benefits stay with them and within their communities.Quotes“The Inshore Regulatory Amendments coming into force marks the beginning of a stronger, more independent inshore fishery. By enshrining the policies of owner-operator and fleet separation into law, we’ll help ensure that the revenue from the fishery stays in our coastal and rural communities. Thank you to the harvesters whose advocacy and partnership have led to these changes that will bring greater prosperity and opportunity to Atlantic Canada.”The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardQuick factsIn June 2019, Canada modernized the Fisheries Act.In December 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada published amended regulations-amending the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985 and the Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations-taking further action to preserve and protect the independence of licence holders in commercial inshore fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. /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:Canada, crew, Fisheries, fishing, Force, Government, Internet, Jordan, law, licence, maritime, Minister, online, Ottawa, revenuelast_img read more

Large cruise ships banned from entering Venice Lagoon

first_imgLarge cruise ships banned from entering Venice Lagoon UNESCO welcomes the Italian government’s decision to ban large cruise ships from the Venice Lagoon. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee urged Italy in 2014 to ban large ships and oil tankers from entering the Venice Lagoon. Sometimes weighing up to 40,000 tonnes, they undermine the Venice lagoon and its ecological balance. The decree-law announced by the Italian Government is a very positive step in the implementation of the recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee.While a UNESCO/ICOMOS/Ramsar Convention advisory mission, conducted in January 2020, considered that the redirection of cruise ships to a temporary terminal in the port of Maghera could be a temporary solution, the Organization will also remain attentive to the solutions put in place by Italy, which is considering, in particular, the possibilities of using the existing canals (the industrial canal to Port Marghera and the Canale Vittorio Emanuele III) to bypass the historic centre.In the spirit of the international safeguarding campaign launched after the historic floods in Venice in 1966, UNESCO will provide all the necessary assistance and support to Italy to protect the outstanding universal value of this World Heritage property in the long term.Venice, one of the most beautiful historic cities in the world and an emblematic World Heritage site since 1987, has been threatened on several fronts for many years. It faces complex and systemic problems, such as the impact of tides and underwater movements on the foundations of historic buildings, the negative human-induced effects on the ecosystem of its lagoon, and the transformation of its historic vernacular habitat for commercial and tourist reasons leading to the exodus of inhabitants, among other issues. Long before the COVID-19 crisis, mass tourism, especially cruise tourism, was also a major threat to the city and its environment. /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:campaign, covid-19, crisis, Cruise, cruise ship, ecosystem, environment, Government, habitat, Impact, Italy, oil, property, tourism, Unesco, worldlast_img read more

Prime Minister’s statement on death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

first_imgPrime Minister’s statement on death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.He was the longest serving consort in history,one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war at Cape Matapan, where he was mentioned in despatches for braveryand in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking and from that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post war era.Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young peopleand at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.We remember the Duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty The Queen.Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her “strength and stay”, of more than 70 years.And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband “a greater debt than he would ever claim or we shall ever know” and I am sure that estimate is correct.So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queenwe offer our condolences to her and to all her familyand we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. /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:anniversary, commonwealth, conflict, death, Family, Father, Government, happiness, Minister, Prime Minister, prince, Queen, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, wedding, worldlast_img read more

$22.7M to provide high-speed Internet access to close to 3,000 households in Memphrémagog RCM by

first_img$22.7M to provide high-speed Internet access to close to 3,000 households in Memphrémagog RCM by From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaThanks to a joint investment of $22.7M made as part of Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, close to 3,000 households in the Memphremagog region will have access to Cogeco high-speed Internet services by September 2022. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead;Thanks to a joint investment of $22.7M made as part of Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, close to 3,000 households in the Memphremagog region will have access to Cogeco high-speed Internet services by September 2022. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead; Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet) and member of the National Assembly for Orford alongside Cogeco Connexion President, Frédéric Perron, made the announcement today. The investments announced will accelerate the deployment of reliable, high performing infrastructure in the following municipalities:Memphrémagog RCM:Austin, Ayer’s Cliff, Bolton-Est, Eastman, Hatley, Canton de Hatley, Magog City, Ogden, Canton d’Orford, Canton de Potton, Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton, Canton de Stanstead, Stanstead City, Stukely-Sud.Over the next months, Cogeco will take an inventory of the targeted regions to ensure that no households will be left without service.Today, high-speed Internet services are considered indispensable, and there is global consensus on this. The digital economy and access to high-performing, reliable and affordable Internet service are now at the core of our communities’ economic and social growth. The projects funded under Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed are a key part of the digital shift in Quebec and will promote access to telemedicine, distance learning, entertainment, online sales and telework.Quotes“This announcement marks a major step forward in this file in Quebec. Thanks to this Ottawa-Quebec partnership, which also brings together Internet providers, we are going to break down the technical barriers with which we have had to deal since we’ve formed government. Together, we will ensure that every household and business in the Eastern Townships has access to high speed internet by the Fall of 2022”.– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead“I am so happy for the people of my riding who will finally be able to telecommute, grow their small businesses, study from home or virtually meet their loved ones. Today’s announcement is the result of incredible teamwork with our allies in the Government of Quebec. I cannot describe to you how satisfied I will be when every household in my riding is connected to high speed Internet. This is an issue I have worked hard on since being elected and I will continue to do so until our goal is achieved.”– Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi“Our ambitious goal is to provide high-speed Internet access to the entire population of Quebec by the fall of 2022. With today’s announcement, we are giving ourselves the means to achieve our ambitions. Thanks to the partnership agreement with Cogeco, it will be possible to deploy quality infrastructure in Memphremagog and thus guarantee access to high-performance Internet services. We are investing heavily to allow Quebec to be the leader in connectivity.”– Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet)“For Cogeco, this is an unequivocal commitment to the Memphremagog region, and we are pleased to have an even stronger impact in our communities. We are delighted to be part of this major project that will mark the history of Quebec and its citizens in the regions. “– Frédéric Perron, President of Cogeco ConnectionQuick factsOperation High Speed is a joint initiative of the governments of Canada and Quebec to connect 148,000 households, particularly through unprecedented agreements with six of the biggest telecommunications companies.Operation High Speed will give Quebec the highest connectivity rate in Canada, at 99%.The goal is to reach 100% of households throughout Quebec by September 2022. However, there are still approximately 36,000 households for which no deployment plans have been established. These households are in areas that are particularly difficult to reach and sparsely populated. Technological solutions are currently being considered, and the strategy chosen to reach these households by September 2022 will be announced at a later date.The Government of Canada has allocated billions of dollars for Internet infrastructure in rural and remote areas, including $ 1.75 billion under the Universal Broadband Fund. /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:Agriculture, Austin, broadband, Canada, Eastern, Government, infrastructure, internet infrastructure, Investment, operation, Orford, Ottawa, parliament, Small Business, speed, telemedicinelast_img read more

NRAR attends Tocal, Riverina and Norco Primex field days

first_imgNRAR attends Tocal, Riverina and Norco Primex field days Throughout April and May, officers from the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) will attend the Tocal, Riverina and Norco Primex field days to speak to the community about the NSW water rules.Tim Gilbert, NRAR’s Director of Regulatory Capability & Coordination, says the field days are an excellent opportunity for the regulator to talk directly with the water community about its operations.“At all three field days, we will have NRAR staff onsite to talk to attendees about our approach to water compliance. We have ‘boots-on-the-ground’ and ‘eyes-in-the-sky’ to ensure that water is used lawfully,” Mr Gilbert said.“Water is our most precious natural resource. We can only protect it when we all follow the rules.”NRAR’s staff will also discuss the regulator’s Know the Rules campaign, which encourages water users to learn about the state’s water laws. The first video in this campaign encourages water users to understand the conditions of their water licences and approvals.The field days will focus on other important topics including metering, harvestable rights, controlled activities, logbooks and floodworks.“We will be on the ground to listen to feedback from the community. It’s an opportunity for them to tell us what other tools or resources they would like to see and what we can do to make it easier for them to understand and follow the rules.”Staff will demonstrate the suite of e-tools available to water users and provide fact sheets and advice to help water users carry out self-assessments of their operations.NRAR’s staff will be at Tocal Field Days 30 April – 2 May, Riverina Field Days on 14 and 15 May, and at Norco Primex Field Days between 20 – 22 MayTo see the work NRAR does, go to its public register on the NRAR website industry.nsw.gov.au/nrar. Go to ‘Reports and data’, then ‘NRAR Public Register’. /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:campaign, community, director, Government, industry, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, resources, video, Water, websitelast_img read more

Communities Uprooted by Recent Violence in Palma Require Greater Support

first_imgCommunities Uprooted by Recent Violence in Palma Require Greater Support IOMMore than 30,000 people displaced by recent violence in northern Mozambique face increased hardship as the humanitarian situation intensifies across Cabo Delgado province. Funds are urgently needed to respond to the emergency, which has displaced nearly 700,000 since the onset of violence in October 2017.IOM’s Director of Operations and Emergencies, Jeff Labovitz, visited Mozambique this week to express condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the recent attacks in Palma, and solidarity with displaced and affected communities in Cabo Delgado.“Cabo Delgado has seen unprecedented, rapidly increasing levels of displacement over the past year. Displaced people are vulnerable and in need of urgent and comprehensive humanitarian assistance,” said Labovitz.“IOM is working with UN and non-governmental partners and supports the Government of Mozambique to alleviate the suffering of people who’ve been suddenly driven from their homes and communities.”Labovitz met with humanitarian partners and government representatives, including from ministries and local authorities in the capital, Maputo, and in Cabo Delgado. He also visited resettlement sites in Metuge District and the Transit Site in Pemba, which hosts people recently displaced from Palma.He spoke with host families and with displaced people. Many expressed their desire to move to a safer place where they could resettle.At the Transit Centre Labovitz spoke with Rabia, a woman displaced from Palma who recounted her harrowing experience:“My husband was killed, but my two children and I survived. We moved between locations for several days without food or money. We made our way to Afungi and from there we boarded a flight to Pemba.”“I am going to persevere, but the situation is very difficult. I don’t know how I’m going to provide for my children without a space to live or equipment to start farming,” she added.IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) continues to record, on a daily basis, increased numbers of people displaced from Palma to safer areas. Several days in the last month have seen more than 1,000 arrivals per day. Of the displaced, 75 per cent are women and children – including pregnant women and unaccompanied children – and more than 1,000 of the total have been elderly.“Remarkably the communities of Cabo Delgado – who themselves have increasing humanitarian needs – host the vast majority of displaced individuals. Support from the international community is needed to relieve some of this pressure and focus more attention and support,” continued Labovitz.He commended the government’s provision of land for displaced families in resettlement sites, which enable families to cultivate land and restart their lives. IOM-supported efforts to establish these sites aim to ensure more dignified living conditions for residents.IOM is working together with humanitarian partners to carry out multi-sectoral assessments in order to guide the delivery of humanitarian supplies, including in hard-to-reach areas. The situation in Cabo Delgado remains critical, especially in areas that, due to the security situation, are inaccessible to humanitarian actors.“Sadly, calls for greater funding for this emergency have gone largely unmet. We need to come together to ensure that people have access to water and sanitation, shelter and food and are protected from gender-based violence and other forms of abuse,” Labovitz said.IOM continues to provide support to people displaced from Cabo Delgado through the provision of psychosocial support, protection assistance, support and referrals for health services, shelter and non-food items, camp coordination and camp management. The Organization is also tracking populations and their needs through DTM to inform the response. Most recent displacement figures are available here.In 2021, IOM requires USD 58 million to support emergency and post crisis efforts in Mozambique under IOM Mozambique Crisis Response Plan, which includes USD 21.7 million to respond to immediate lifesaving humanitarian needs in northern Mozambique through this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan.IOM’s Global Crisis Response Platform provides an overview of IOM’s plans and funding requirements to respond to the evolving needs and aspirations of those impacted by, or at risk of, crisis and displacement in 2021 and beyond. /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:children, community, director, Elderly, Emergency, Farming, Government, health services, Humanitarian, IOM, Maputo, Mozambique, security, U.S., UN, violencelast_img read more

Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses

first_imgFee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced.“We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for tourism businesses, many of whom continue to face major challenges due to fewer international visitors,” Dr Ayesha Verrall says.“The fee waiver extension is about providing financial relief and support to around 1000 concessionaires and permit holders as the sector adapts to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19.“It is part of a wider recovery plan, and alongside our Jobs for Nature programme it represents a substantial investment in our tourism industry and the people employed in it.“Concession fees support DOC’s vital work protecting Aotearoa’s special places and species.“The waiver will be reviewed again later this year to either confirm the reinstatement of fees on January 1 2022, or provide a further waiver if extraordinary circumstances warrant it.“For now, this decision provides certainty for operators as they plan for the year ahead,” Dr Ayesha Verrall said.Businesses that have received the waiver to date, will continue to have fees waived until 31 December 2021.When fees are reinstated DOC will continue to be flexible and provide payment options, such as deferred payment plans, for businesses who are struggling to pay their fees on time. /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:conservation, covid-19, financial relief, Government, industry, Investment, jobs, Minister, New Zealand, pandemic, species, tourism, warrantlast_img read more

Every school with Reception class offered early language training

first_imgEvery school with Reception class offered early language training Every state school with a Reception class in England can now apply for training and resources through an early years catch-up programme funded by the Government, to support thousands more pupils with vital communication skills.Delivered by the Nuffield Foundation and backed by an extra £8 million of investment, recruitment has launched for the second wave of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI), a programme proven to be effective in raising outcomes in Reception-age children’s early language, communication and speech skills – particularly those who need the most support to overcome the disruption of the pandemic.Part of the Government’s major investment to build back better from the pandemic, it builds on last summer’s £9 million investment to launch the first wave of NELI, which means 62,000 four and five-year-olds are receiving extra support to get their education back on track after time spent away from the classroom.Visiting All Saints C of E Primary School in Merton, one of more than 6,600 schools already receiving the intervention through its first wave, Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford spoke to staff delivering the programme about the positive changes on Reception children’s confidence with language and communication and how the it has helped them re-engage with their classmates.Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:We know the first years of a child’s life can be the most formative, which is why this Government is making it a priority to make sure all children have the best start in life.Speaking and communicating with confidence sets a child up for success in life, so it’s vital that we support children to grow in confidence with these skills – especially those for whom English is not their first language or who have been more isolated during the pandemic than their peers.The early results from Nuffield are very encouraging and I encourage every school with a Reception class to sign up in this second phase.The £8 million expansion was announced by the Prime Minister in February as part of the new £700 million package to tackle lost learning, following the original £9 million investment as part of the National Tutoring Programme in June 2020.The expansion for the 2021-22 schools year will be managed and delivered by the Nuffield Foundation on the Government’s behalf, supported again by the University of Oxford and Oxford University Press.Developed by researchers at the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield and York, NELI helps young pupils identified as needing targeted language support, offering individual and small-group language teaching sessions to between three and six pupils, run by a trained teaching assistant or early years professional.Nearly 20,000 staff members have already received online training and the intervention is run over 20 weeks. Sessions with the children feature ‘Ted’ the NELI puppet for games that help them concentrate on their speaking, listening and learning.Angela Filsell, headteacher of All Saints’ Church of England Primary School, said:We are incredibly proud to welcome children from all communities to All Saints’, many of whom join us with little or no knowledge of English. Over the years, we’ve observed that many children in the later years of primary school struggle to write full and coherent sentences that feature good vocabulary choices, so we have looked at how we can improve that support.By electing to take part in the NELI programme we recognised the need to take a ‘bottom up’ approach in order improve speaking and listening skills, which in the long run increases children’s progress and attainment across the curriculum. This programme compliments, and is layered on top of, our wide curriculum offer, which includes elements of Talk for Writing. We are very proud of our child-led curriculum here.Eleven children were highlighted in the NELI screening process, which was easily accessed online. We run two groups three times each week, alongside additional one-to-one sessions. We’ve also invested time and made NELI a key priority. This commitment has yielded great results, even prior to the midway point being reached.A further outcome has been improved behaviour, as the children become less frustrated socially and can communicate their wants and needs. The online training for staff was engaging and Ted [the puppet used in NELI training] is a favourite with the children.Findings from the most recent trial of NELI funded by the Education Endowment Foundation found that children receiving the intervention made an extra three months additional progress in their oral language skills compared to children who did not.Josh Hillman, Director of Education at Nuffield Foundation, said:The disruption to early education caused by the pandemic is far from over, with opportunities for pre-school children to develop their language skills significantly reduced by restrictions on social interaction.Rigorous evaluations have proven that NELI helps children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with English as an additional language, to accelerate their language development and early literacy skills. We would encourage all schools who have not yet done so to register to receive the free training and resources to deliver this successful programme.Alongside the investment in NELI, the government also announced in February a £10 million investment for an early language programme to help nursery-age children affected by the pandemic. The Department for Education is separately investing £20 million in a professional development programme for staff working in pre-reception early years settings to boost standards in early language, literacy and maths among young children in disadvantaged areas.Children in reception year will also benefit from the government’s £650m catch up premium for schools, to ensure they have the support they need to make up for lost teaching time. Sir Kevan Collins has been appointed as Education Recovery Commissioner to help develop and implement long term solutions to help pupils most impacted by time out of the classroom.Schools can find out more information and complete their registration to receive NELI here. Places on the programme are limited and registration is offered on a first come first served basis. /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:Commissioner, communication, disadvantaged, English, first year, Ford, Government, Investment, Merton, Oxford, Prime Minister, professional development, Sheffield, UK, UK Government, university, University of Oxford, Yorklast_img read more

One year after George Floyd: When will white Americans rise up for justice?

first_imgOne year after George Floyd: When will white Americans rise up for justice? A Los Angeles Police helicopter hovers as Joyce Robertson, foreground, clenches her fist in Los Angeles after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd. (AP photo by Jae C. Hong)In the long and terrible history of violence against Black people in America, the police killing of George Floyd one year ago may someday stand as a historical marker: After all that the nation has been through, we may have imagined that we had made indelible progress, but the way that Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin planted his knee in Floyd’s neck was a blunt counterpoint.Following this instance of “grotesque and banal racialized violence,” UC Berkeley author and social justice scholar Savala Nolan was surprised by the upwelling of anger and revulsion among so many Americans across lines of race, class and culture. Tens of millions of people protested, the vast majority of them peacefully, and the outrage reached from the street outside of Cup Foods in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, to corporate boardrooms and the highest ranks of the U.S. military and government.Over the last several months, Berkeley News has examined racial justice in America in a series of stories.But for the death of George Floyd to have the power to advance racial justice, Nolan said, it falls to white people to understand what happened that day, and why it happened. White families and white communities will have to think more deeply and have difficult discussions about their own roles in racial oppression.“We’ve yet to have a sustained, determined, critical mass of white people demand and fight for an end to racial hierarchy, whatever that may cost them,” Nolan said. “We just haven’t seen that.”Savala Nolan is the executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Her writing has been featured on NPR and in Vogue, Time, Forbes, Huffington Post and Health, among others. Her first book – Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body – will be released by Simon & Schuster in July.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Savala Nolan (Photo by Jim Block)Berkeley News: Do you recall your initial reaction to the police killing of George Floyd?Savala Nolan: I don’t. And my lack of recall isn’t incidental. These killings are so common, in our own lifetime and historically, that unless you’re at the epicenter of the event, they can blur together. It’s tough for me to distinguish the memory and emotion of learning about George Floyd’s murder from learning about what happened to Breonna Taylor, or Ma’Khia Bryant, or Daunte Wright, and so on.What I can tell you is that the common denominator is pain. I’m wary of saying that, because I wonder sometimes whether our culture is just a little too comfortable with Black pain, a little too acclimated. I don’t want to add to that familiar pile we all seem to pass and glance at, nodding our heads knowingly, before we move on with our day. But it’s also just a fact.What binds these killings together for me is a dark, physical sense of grief. Of being crushed. Of anger. Of an open wound being brutally reinjured.I can also tell you that I cannot and will not watch the video of Floyd’s death. I have seen split seconds of it when I couldn’t avoid it, but I wince. Reflexively, I turn away. Some people felt they needed to watch it to bear witness, to integrate it into themselves, and if it’s a Black person making that call, okay.But I don’t want to take it into myself, and I squirm away from the idea of seeing such a profoundly intimate moment in Floyd’s life – the moment his life was taken from him – while knowing so little else about him. That’s as true now as it was a year ago.When you consider the national reaction to the murder, is there anything that particularly strikes you or surprises you?It surprised me that the reaction, especially among non-Black people, was so swift and strong – not because it didn’t deserve a swift and strong reaction, but because there is nothing new about slow, public Black death at the hands of state power or quasi-state power.So why now? A lynching takes time; being beaten by cops takes time; bleeding out after being shot takes time. Several minutes at least. Have we forgotten this? Had we begun to think of death – Black death – as something so quick it was unstoppable? And did that false notion make the length of this event – the number of moments during which Floyd’s death could have been stopped – hit us differently? Had we forgotten that witnessing black death has often been integral to the enterprise of white supremacy? That both Black and white people have been meant to see Black death and draw lessons from it?Consider a lynching. Consider the popular postcards made of photographs of lynchings, which extended both the duration and public scope of the event as they were mailed around the country. I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I’m pondering them.Why, when the killing of George Floyd shares so much with other wrongful Black deaths, did it spark the conscience of so many non-Black people?What do you think that we, as a society, have learned from the police killing of George Floyd?It’s way too soon to tell. As a culture, we like to get to the ‘lesson learned’ part as quickly as possible, without necessarily doing the deep wrestling with the lesson itself. We want to do the flash-card style learning when this is really like an old-school math problem – show me your work. Especially with race – recall how quick some were to declare us ‘post-racial’ after Barack Obama was elected. So I get the question, but I believe it’s way too soon to say what we’ve learned. Collectively, we are still processing.But let me not totally refrain from answering. As a Black woman, what have I learned? Not much.I already knew these events happened regularly. I already knew they could be extraordinarily grotesque – nine minutes. And banal – the casualness of Officer Chauvin’s expression and body language. Perhaps there was more to be learned for the average white person – more of a bracing, slap-across-the-cheek moment, in which the reality of how regular, grotesque and banal racialized violence can be suddenly crystallized.And people who are neither white nor Black can fall into either camp – meaning, they can have more of a Black political consciousness and not have been surprised, or more of a white political consciousness and have been caught off guard.Let me add that not being surprised is different than not being moved. Of course, Black people, and others, were moved to tears, despair, protest and so on by Floyd’s tragic and preventable death. The regularity of these events does not diminish our grief. It intensifies it.Chauvin was handcuffed and take to prison after being found guilty in the murder of George Floyd. (Court TV photo via AP)A few weeks ago, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter. Among many people, it seemed, there was a sense: ‘Justice has been done, at last.’ But what’s your view? How should we understand the verdict?I view the verdict as a significant but very small moment of accountability. I don’t view it as justice. Justice is fair treatment. Justice was off the table the moment Floyd was killed, or somewhere in the nine minutes before then. Justice would mean Floyd going to work today, seeing spring flowers, breaking bread with his loved ones. Justice isn’t possible now that he’s dead.I think people may have been overjoyed and relieved after the verdict – as I was – simply because accountability is so rare. Black people, and those of us who aren’t Black but who have a progressive political consciousness, are used to perpetrators facing no consequences, or only the mildest of consequences, for violating our civil and human rights.In those few moments when we knew the jury had reached a verdict but did not know what it was, I sat on my couch with my entire body clenched, texting furiously with all the people I know who were also tense and clenched, some Black and some not, because we understand that no matter how clear and compelling the evidence, we cannot count on accountability.Right around the time Chauvin was being tried and then found guilty, there was a surge of incidents in which other white officers shot or killed other Black people. And I can’t help but wonder: Did the guilty verdict really resolve anything? After decades, after centuries, is it possible that we are instead going deeper into this crisis of racial antagonism and violence against Black people and other people of color?The verdict can’t resolve anything except the extent to which a single officer will be held legally accountable for his choices. The urge to think the verdict will ‘resolve’ the racial hierarchy in our country, or its violent manifestations, is a little like the giddy declaration that we were suddenly ‘post-racial’ after Obama was inaugurated – it’s trying to get to ‘lessons learned’ way too quickly.Whether we’re barreling deeper into a crisis of racial antagonism and violence is a good question, and the answer is really up to white people. White people are more proximate to power in our culture, and white folks are the ones whose committed efforts and long-haul protest have historically been missing. I’m not talking about individual white people, per se. I’m talking about a critical mass of white people.We’ve yet to have a sustained, determined, critical mass of white people demand and fight for an end to racial hierarchy, whatever that may cost them. We just haven’t seen that. Black and brown people have been fighting to end racial hierarchy, at great cost, including their lives, for centuries. We’ve been here already! We’re up to our knees and elbows in this mud – others are just getting their fingernails dirty.So whether we turn toward liberation and equity or toward violence and degradation is, in large part, up to what white people want. This doesn’t mean the efforts of BIPOC aren’t useful or necessary – they are. But you can’t cross a river if everyone in the boat is paddling in different directions. And if some of those people have bigger paddles – more power, or proximity to power – the direction of their strokes is critically important.A mural honors George Floyd, near the site of his death in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Lorie Shaull via Flickr)When you consider all of the people who sided against Black Lives Matter after Ferguson, and again after Minneapolis, when you consider the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement that has sprung up as a reaction to the BLM protests – what is needed to have a constructive discussion that really addresses our deep racial tensions?I reject a bit of the premise here. ‘Our’ deep racial tensions are primarily tensions white people have, within themselves and among themselves, about whether and how to deal with the catastrophically unfair system of hierarchy they’ve inherited, internalized and live on top of. Those tensions get directed at people of color, but they don’t necessarily belong to us.The constructive discussion that most needs to happen is among white people. Many of the white folks who doubled down on their anti-black views after Ferguson, etc., did so because they didn’t get the intervention and education they needed from other, more clear-eyed white folks in their lives. We really need to understand that. Would-be white allies really need to understand that.Because 75% of white people don’t have any Black friends, and the rest are likely to have only one! The work – the constructive discussion – has to be white-to-white before it can be interracial, or at the very least it must happen concurrently. Yes, we need discussion across racial groups – but only when the white people entering the discussion are doing the internal and public work of assessing and addressing their own relationship to white supremacy. How it shows up in their preferences, their choices, their spaces and so on.The same is true, though to a much lesser extent, about anti-Black racism among non-Black people of color, by the way. But the heavy lifting lies with white folks. We literally cannot arrive at productive interracial conversations if white allies ignore or put off hard conversations with other white people. Think of it as a numbers game – there just aren’t enough Black people, let alone Black people who are friends with white people, to do it on our own.So if you’re white, and aim to be an ally, ask yourself: Am I talking to the other white people I know about racial equity? Am I engaging my spouse? Am I bringing it up with my parents? My friends? If the answer is no, or not really, then what’s going on there? Maybe something is at stake for you if you insist on these conversations. Maybe apathy is very, very comfortable. But get to the bottom of what’s anchoring your silence. That’s a prerequisite to progress.Are you optimistic that we can have this discussion, that we can bridge this divide?I’m optimistic that, to borrow from artist Alisha B. Wormsley, there are Black people in the future. That we will continue. That they can’t kill us all. That we’ll continue to be born, to love, to parent, to expand as a people for centuries to come. That we’ll continue to create and recreate art and music and community and style and philosophy and literature and joy.I’m always and forever optimistic about Blackness. /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:america, art and music, Berkeley, corporate, education, Ferguson, Forbes, Government, health, helicopter, Human Rights, interview, Obama, Robertson, social justice, treatment, university, University of California, Berkeleylast_img read more

74th World Health Assembly WHO’s work in health emergencies, WHO strengthening and mental health in emergencies

first_img74th World Health Assembly WHO’s work in health emergencies, WHO strengthening and mental health in emergencies Thank you for the papers and presentations. The UK has been a strong advocate for the World Health Emergencies programme since its inception in 2016. The programme has achieved a huge amount in its first five years, saving countless lives and stopping dozens of health emergencies in their tracks.COVID-19 has demonstrated, however, that we must go further and faster in strengthening global preparedness for health emergencies. Indeed, to prevent the next pandemic the UK believes that we need a paradigm shift, with a strengthened WHO; new, legally-binding obligations for member states with the means to ensure compliance, including for the IHR; and adequate, sustainable financing for pandemic prevention and preparedness.This is why the United Kingdom strongly supports the resolutions being adopted by the World Health Assembly today.The WHO Strengthening Resolution contains no fewer than 65 operative paragraphs, laying the foundations for immediate reform in all the most important areas, from One Health to the Emergency Committee; and from alert systems to peer reviews. It rightly calls upon Member States, as well as WHO, to strengthen preparedness. We commend the EU for its stewardship of this enormous piece of work, and we look forward to getting started together on implementation in the Working Group established by the Resolution as soon as this Assembly concludes.The UK believes that in the longer term, we must go even further to deliver the paradigm shift we need. This is why we have worked closely with Chile, the EU and many other countries to bring to the Assembly a decision relating to a new pandemic treaty or convention. We thank delegates for their constructive and committed approach to the discussions in this area, which have enabled us to agree to hold a Special Session of the Assembly in November focused specifically on this issue. We align with the joint statement on this decision by our colleague from South Africa.We also welcome the resolution on mental health preparedness and commend Thailand for its leadership on this important issue.On the Health Emergencies programme specifically, at previous governing bodies we have flagged the need to strengthen functional capacities, including HR, deployment processes, administrative and reporting capacity; and increase capacity in priority countries facing emergencies.The ongoing commission examining sexual exploitation and abuse in the DRC highlights the increased risk of such issues in context of emergencies and conflict. WHO’s systems in emergencies and in all its work must be fully equipped to prevent and respond to these abuses.As we have heard from the reviews, the requirements on the Emergencies Programme have grown exponentially while it’s budget has grown only incrementally. This is unsustainable. The Programme must be sufficiently funded if we expect it to protect us all from health threats. This is one reason for the UK’s significant and fully flexible core contribution and we encourage others to continue to invest in this vital collective endeavour. /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:Africa, Chile, EU, Europe, Government, health, leadership, mental health, prevention, sexual exploitation, South Africa, sustainable, Thailand, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, WHOlast_img read more

COVID restrictions to ease in Mitchell

first_imgCOVID restrictions to ease in Mitchell COVID-19 restrictions will ease in regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June, including Mitchell Shire.Please see the COVID section of our website for service updates and for links to information from the Victorian Government about the restrictions, testing, vaccinations, exposure sites, payments and support. /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:covid-19, exposure, Government, local council, Mitchell, Mitchell Shire Council, testing, vaccinations, Victoria, websitelast_img read more

Girls soccer: Columbia River’s tradition goes beyond all the victories

first_imgGirls soccer: Columbia River’s tradition goes beyond all the victoriesPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Friday, September 27, 2019in: Sportsshare 0 guestLabel Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Website The Chieftains take pride in the past and the future of their program VANCOUVER — Here they are again, doing their thing.They don’t concern themselves with what outsiders think of them. They just focus on their process.After all, that process has worked for the Columbia River girls soccer team for a decade now. Yaneisy Rodriguez earned first-team, all-league status last year and is back, helping Columbia River into first place early in the season. Photo by Mike SchultzYaneisy Rodriguez earned first-team, all-league status last year and is back, helping Columbia River into first place early in the season. Photo by Mike SchultzWith a bunch of all-stars, or with few all-stars, with a league championship or not, the Chieftains always seem to be a huge part of the postseason.A year ago, the Chieftains did not rebuild. They reloaded. The 2016 squad won a state title. The 2017 team finished second. The 2018 team? Oh, they lost five regular-season matches. They did not win a league title. Still, which team from the 2A Greater St. Helens League made it to the final four again? Yes, the Chieftains, who finished third in state.Columbia River was part of an amazing 2018 for the sport in Clark County. Camas, Prairie, and King’s Way Christian all reached the final weekend of play in their classifications.Columbia River would like a repeat performance in Class 2A. And the Chieftains just do not care if others think they can do it or not. Because these Chieftains, by playing for the present, are shining a light on the past, and with an eye toward the future. This program has helped build their character, and they have helped to make this program special. “Making it that far spoke to the values of this team,” said Yaneisy Rodriguez, the only returning first-team all-leaguer from Columbia River this season. “We spent countless hours on team building. Team breakfasts. Team sleepovers. It was ‘We’ before ‘I.’ The leaders were able to pick us up after those losses and carry us to state.”Shalece Easley said that last year, the team found a way to improve after every loss. That perseverance led the Chieftains back to the state’s final four. Photo by Mike SchultzShalece Easley said that last year, the team found a way to improve after every loss. That perseverance led the Chieftains back to the state’s final four. Photo by Mike SchultzNow it’s the 2019 squad’s turn to take those lessons and teach the newcomers, maintain that championship mentality.“The team chemistry is really, really great,” Columbia River coach Filomon Afenegus said, noting that even though the program graduated a number of leaders last school year, this team has not skipped a beat. “This group has filled those roles. They’ve shown it’s OK to compete, to hold each other accountable. They’re doing great.”Shalece Easley and Reggie Griffith are among the team leaders, too. They were second-team, all-league selections a year ago. So, too, was Sydney Flores-Tucker. However, a knee injury she suffered in the spring ended what would have been her senior season. Still, Flores-Tucker is on the team as a manager. “It’s Columbia River soccer,” she said. She just had to remain a part of it.“It’s like a family,” Griffith noted.Reggie Griffith said Columbia River soccer is a family. Photo by Mike SchultzReggie Griffith said Columbia River soccer is a family. Photo by Mike SchultzSo here are the Chieftains, fueled by some saying that maybe Hockinson will repeat as league champions, or maybe Ridgefield is better this season.Easley acknowledged that she had a few doubts at the beginning of last season.“I was kind of scared,” she said. “How are we going to do?”The team lost to Hockinson twice. “Every single time we lost, we found a way to get better,” Easley said.Then the Chieftains made their playoff run.“We managed to pull together. That was one of the biggest accomplishments for us,” Easley said. “We still managed to pull ourselves up and play as hard as we could.”“Going to the final four proved how much we w