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News / A quieter year for air cargo? Not according to expansion-minded carriers

first_imgMeanwhile, CargologicGermany, soon to be launched by the owner of Volga-Dnepr Group, has received its first aircraft, before its Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) has arrived. The first 737-400SF, to be dedicated to the intra-Europe e-commerce market, arrived this month at Leipzig/Halle.Volga-Dnepr subsidiary Atran, based in Russia, is about to begin operating an additional 737-800BCF, which has arrived in Moscow, while sister airline AirBridgeCargo is set to receive a 747-8F next month.And there are also new cargo routes. India’s Spicejet has added weekly flights between Hong Kong and Guwahati with 737 freighters, a boost for the perishables business. The carrier took on its first freighter in September and plans to add three more.However, Spicejet’s cargo ambitions have, in part, been stymied by Pakistan. According to local media, Pakistan’s civil aviation authority has blocked at least five Spicejet cargo flights from operating into Afghanistan since December.The Indian-Afghanistan air corridor, launched in 2017, connects Afghanistan with Delhi and Mumbai. Pakistan has already blocked the land route for trade between its neighbours.Meanwhile in Qatar, the national carrier has announced two new freighter routes, to Guadalajara, and Almaty. The latter will see a twice-weekly 777 freighter depart Doha on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Almaty the same day. On the return, the freighters arrive into Doha via Hong Kong.Major imports into Almaty include general cargo, fashion and hi-tech products, noted the carrier.“The new addition further strengthens our global freighter network while expanding our footprint in Europe, which is a key market for air freight,” said Qatar Airways’ chief officer cargo, Guillaume Halleux.“Customers globally are offered a direct connection for imports into Almaty from our hub in Doha and can count on us for efficient and world-class service.” By Alex Lennane 24/01/2019 Despite expectations that the air freight market could soften this year, airlines seem keen to upgrade their fleets and networks, according to several announcements this month.Yesterday, All Nippon Airways said it would introduce a new 777 freighter, in anticipation of increased demand for routes between Asia and North America.Partner Lufthansa Cargo has said it would bring in four 777 freighters this year, two leased, and two bought, of which two will go to DHL joint-venture Aerologic.The German carrier, which currently operates five 777 freighters, also told media it would begin to retire its ageing 12-strong MD-11F fleet, with two set to go by the year end.last_img read more

News / Ceva and CMA CGM unveil cross-border service for ocean boxes in Asia

first_img By Alex Lennane 12/06/2019 Laem Chabang port © Juan Jose Vadell Ceva’s new box line shareholder is starting to think vertically: CMA CGM announced today it would join it to launch a cross-border service for ocean freight containers used by customers in Thailand and Laos. In a bid to cut emissions, as well as being more convenient for customers, containers will no longer have to return to their origin, but can be left at a newly expanded CMA CGM container depot operated by Ceva, outside Vientiane in Laos. The initiative also means there is no need for an empty return leg to Thailand’s Laem Chabang port.The container depot will support all CMA CGM Group carriers and will provide storage, repacking and assembly services within the free-trade zone from which it operates. Elaine Low, South-east Asia executive vice president for Ceva, said: “Our close co-operation with CMA CGM to deliver a unique industry proposition has been warmly welcomed by customers in both Laos and Northeastern Thailand.  “It serves as a concrete example of the tangible benefits of the strategic partnership with CMA CGM, providing customers with faster access to our global network and adding value to their supply chains, as well as helping preserve the environment.” The increasingly vertical element to carriers and forwarders has not had any impact on rivals, or suppliers so far. One large forwarder told The Loadstar he believed Ceva’s new ownership would not impact his business and that Maersk’s move into the logistics market would not affect ocean carrier decisions.  “Customers will base their decision on offering and service, so there would be no material impact from the fact it is owned by a supplier. And we have seen no effect so far from Maersk’s move towards forwarding – it always had Damco anyway.”last_img read more

Clewiston woman airlifted to hospital after Hendry County crash

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In Pictures: O’Dempseys celebrate Division 1A success

first_img Previous articlePreview to this weekend’s Towns Cup actionNext articleIn Pictures: All the style at Camross Dinner Dance Siun Lennonún 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. In Pictures: O’Dempseys celebrate Division 1A success Home Lifestyle In Pictures: O’Dempseys celebrate Division 1A success LifestyleOut and About Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest WhatsApp O’Dempsey’s didn’t have far to go tonight as they celebrated their Division 1 ‘A’ success in The Heritage Killenard.The style was second to none, with some of the men even being kitted out in blue and gold O’Dempsey’s ties for the occasion.O’Dempsey’s were crowned ACFL Division 1A champions after defeating St Joseph’s by four points in July.Matthew and Micheal Finlay were their chief scorers as they amassed 1-6 between them on the night.They had a long road to the final – first defeating Ballyroan-Abbey, The Heath, Graiguecullen, losing to Stradbally, beating Arles-Killeen and St Joseph’s, drawing with Portlaoise, and defeating St Joseph’s again in the final.The cup was present on the night as were the medals to be presented to the players.O’Dempsey’s also made it to the quarter-finals of the Senior football championship, where they were beaten by the eventual winners Portlaoise. Facebook Rugby 1 of 20 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter SEE ALSO – Laois footballers beat Waterford to continue unbeaten league start Community Facebook TAGSO’Dempsey’s Council Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 11th February 2018 last_img read more

WATCH: Ploughing BACK ON for tomorrow as clean-up operations get underway

first_img Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening The National Ploughing championship is back on for Thursday, September 20.Many farmers, exhibitors and punters alike were left at limbo and disappointed today as day two of the National Ploughing Championship was called off due to Storm Ali battering the Irish countryside.Clean-up operations for tomorrow were taking place this evening and exhibitor Jenny Miller was on-hand to show us the event of the clean up operations taking place in Screggan.Larger tents such as the Fashion Tent and the Innovation Tent looked unharmed, whereas smaller tents such as MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s tent were severely damaged.What will happen for the rest of the week? Managing Director Anna May McHugh has released a statement apologizing to punters for the postponement today.She said that remedial works will continue in earnest to have the site operational for tomorrow.Ms McHugh stated “It is with deep regret that due to the adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Ali and following lengthy consultations with the Gardai, Offaly Emergency Services and Met Eireann and on their advisement it was determined that the site was unsafe to open.“The good news is that we are now back on site, and the services such as electricity and internet access have been restored, and the clean-up operation is well underway. Most exhibitors are now setting about rebuilding their stands in preparation tomorrow morning and a band of volunteers and staff will be working throughout the night to ensure the site is ready to open at 9am,” she added. TAGSNational Ploughing Championships Previous article“Portlaoise Hospital – 12 months on and no consultation yet”Next articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the Killeshin v Graiguecullen SFC replay Siun Lennonún 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. WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img The possibility of the Ploughing championship opening on Friday of this week is also a question that is on everyone’s lips.We’ll have more updates on the Ploughing as they come.SEE ALSO – Power outages and fallen trees in Laois due to Storm Ali Twitter By Siun Lennon – 19th September 2018 Home News Community WATCH: Ploughing BACK ON for tomorrow as clean-up operations get underway NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Community Council WATCH: Ploughing BACK ON for tomorrow as clean-up operations get underway Facebooklast_img read more

Manulife appoints new CFO

Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) Thursday announced the appointment of Steve Roder as incoming senior executive vice president and CFO. Roder’s responsibilities will include management and oversight of the company’s global financial affairs, including actuarial and capital management, treasury, controllership, taxation, financial regulation, investor relations and reinsurance activities. IE Staff Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. Related news Roder will report directly to Donald Guloien, Manulife president and CEO. His appointment is expected to become effective in the beginning of June, subject to immigration approvals. “Steve’s extensive experience in Asia, his hands-on experience in our core business, his impeccable career in public accounting and finance, and his well-known capability as a leader, communicator and straight-shooter were exactly the qualities we were looking for,” Guloien said in a release. “Steve significantly adds to our body of Asian experience here in the Toronto head office, brings great financial acumen, and adds significant strength to our overall management team,” Guloien added. From 2007 to 2010, Roder was CFO for AIA Group Ltd. During his tenure with AIA, he gained valuable experience developing positive relationships with regulators, investors, rating-agencies and other key stakeholders across multiple jurisdictions. He also modernized the finance function by driving finance transformation, achieving major improvements in process and control, and building the tax, investor relations and business analysis functions. Prior to AIA, Roder headed KPMG’s financial services practice in Asia. During his 16 years as a partner at KPMG, he worked in London, Hong Kong and Japan advising CEOs, CFOs, and boards of directors of some of the world’s largest financial institutions. In addition to English, Mr. Roder also speaks Japanese to an advanced level. Roder has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southampton, U.K., is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA). He is former chairman of the Expert Panel on Insurance of the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, former President of the Royal Society of St. George, Tokyo, and former chairman of the British School in Tokyo. Roder will succeed Michael Bell who will be returning to Philadelphia to rejoin his family. Bell’s departure was announced in February 2012. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning PenderFund names new SVP for investments CETFA elects new board leader Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

CSA report: divisions remain over “best interest”

first_imgCSA report: divisions remain over “best interest” James Langton Regulators in Ontario and New Brunswick are prepared to proceed with a “best interest” requirement for advisors, but their counterpartsin Quebec, Alberta, and Manitoba are now siding with British Columbia in explicitly rejecting the idea, according to a notice published today by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan remain open to the notion, pending the outcome of further work by Ontario and New Brunswick. Related news Keywords Best interest standardCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators FCA seeks consumer duty standards FINRA to focus on retail investors in its reviews this year Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The CSA notice sets out the status of a consultation on both a best interest standard and a series of “targeted reforms” to client/advisor relationships. It indicates that regulators are aligned on the idea of adopting those reforms, including measures to beef up suitability, know-your-client and know-your-product requirements, bolstering disclosure and regulating business titles more closely. Reforms involving proficiency will be addressed in a separate project. However, the idea of introducing a best interest standard remains a key point of divergence within the CSA. From the outset, Ontario and New Brunswick were in favour and B.C. was explicitly opposed to the idea, with the other regulators falling somewhere in the middle. Today’s notice makes clear that, in the wake of the consultations so far, Ontario and New Brunswick still want to adopt a best interest standard — but that the rest of the provinces remain unconvinced. “The [Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)] and the [Financial and Consumer Services Commission (FCNB)] are committed to further work to articulate a regulatory best interest standard and will carry out further consultation with stakeholders and [self-regulatory organizations] in order to be responsive to comments received on this proposal during the consultation process,” the notice says. Read: Industry applauds Sousa’s regulatory proposals Read: Advisors favour “best interest” standard Regulators in B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Manitoba, however, are ruling out the idea. “In their view, in the current regulatory and business environment, implementing the targeted reforms to deal with specific harms identified will meaningfully and practically lead to better investor outcomes and advance the best interest of all investors,” the notice says. Regulators in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan are focused on finalizing the targeted reforms for now, but “may be open to further considering a regulatory best interest standard provided substantial revisions are made to add clarity and predictability,” the notice says. The CSA indicates that it will continue working on many of the targeted reforms over the coming year, and aims to produce rule proposals that will then go out for public comment. The best interest consultations “will continue on a parallel path,” it says. Commenting on the status of the project, Grant Vingoe, vice chairman of the OSC, says, “While we are unanimous on raising the bar, fair to say, this was a challenging discussion, with different points of view across the country. We believe there was tremendous value in putting these perspectives on the table and giving investors and market participants the opportunity to weigh in. However, we’ve reached a fork in the road and are taking the route we feel is best.” Vingoe says the OSC is prepared to “demonstrate leadership” on the issue of introducing a best interest requirement. “This is about doing the right thing and fulfilling one of our greatest responsibilities as a regulator: delivering effective investor protection to the public we serve,” he says. “It’s what investors expect and deserve.” There’s more work that needs to be done to establish how the best interest standard would apply across the various business models in the market, Vingoe says, adding that the OSC will be undertaking further consultations along with regulators in New Brunswick. Photo copyright: rido/123RF Investment firms, dealers face MiFID II review Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Update on University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgUpdate on University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine CSLMedia Webcast Conference: Friday 11th December 20209.00am AEDT / 8:00am AEST. See end of release for detailsFriday, 11th December, 2020: The University of Queensland (UQ) and CSL today announce that the Phase 1 trial of the UQ-CSL v451 COVID-19 vaccine has shown that it elicits a robust response towards the virus and has a strong safety profile. There were no serious adverse events or safety concerns reported in the 216 trial participants. However, following consultation with the Australian Government, CSL will not progress the vaccine candidate to Phase 2/3 clinical trials.The University of Queensland commenced a Phase 1 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate – v451 – in July 2020, to assess safety and immunogenicity in healthy volunteers. CSL was working towards taking responsibility for the Phase 2/3 clinical trial and large-scale manufacture of the vaccine, upon completion of successful trials.The Phase 1 data also showed the generation of antibodies directed towards fragments of a protein (gp41), which is a component used to stablise the vaccine. Trial participants were fully informed of the possibility of a partial immune response to this component, but it was unexpected that the levels induced would interfere with certain HIV tests.There is no possibility the vaccine causes infection, and routine follow up tests confirmed there is no HIV virus present.With advice from experts, CSL and UQ have worked through the implications that this issue presents to rolling out the vaccine into broad populations. It is generally agreed that significant changes would need to be made to well-established HIV testing procedures in the healthcare setting to accommodate rollout of this vaccine. Therefore, CSL and the Australian Government have agreed vaccine development will not proceed to Phase 2/3 trials.The Phase 1 trial will continue, where further analysis of the data will show how long the antibodies persist, with studies so far showing that levels are already falling. The University of Queensland plans to submit the full data for peer review publication.UQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry, said while the outcome was disappointing, she was immensely proud of the UQ team who had shouldered a heavy burden of responsibility while the world watched on. “I also want to thank our many partners, our donors – including the Federal and Queensland Government – and of course the 216 Queenslanders who so willingly volunteered for the Phase 1 trials.”UQ vaccine co-lead, Professor Paul Young, said that although it was possible to re-engineer the vaccine, the team did not have the luxury of time needed. “Doing so would set back development by another 12 or so months, and while this is a tough decision to take, the urgent need for a vaccine has to be everyone’s priority.”“I said at the start of vaccine development that there were no guarantees, but what is really encouraging is that the core technology approach we used has passed the major clinical test. It is a safe and well-tolerated vaccine, producing the strong virus-neutralising effect that we were hoping to see. So we will continue to push forward and we are confident that with further work the Molecular Clamp technology will be a robust platform for future vaccine development here in Australia and to meet future biosecurity needs.”Dr Andrew Nash, Chief Scientific Officer for CSL said “This outcome highlights the risk of failure associated with early vaccine development, and the rigorous assessment involved in making decisions as to what discoveries advance.”“This project has only been made possible by the innovative science developed by world-class scientists at The University of Queensland and the strong collaboration between our organisations, and many others, over the last 10 months. CSL and Seqirus are committed to continuing our work to protect the Australian population against COVID-19. Manufacture of approximately 30 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine candidate is underway, with first doses planned for release to Australia early next year. In addition, CSL has agreed at the request of the Australian Government to manufacture an additional 20 million doses.”UQ and CSL acknowledge the support of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in partnering to enable the rapid development of the vaccine candidate through clinical trials. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:antibodies, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, clinical trials, conference, CSL, Government, healthcare, HIV, immune response, Queensland, Scientists, technology, university, University of Queenslandlast_img read more

Boost for housebuilders as Homes England prepares to launch new dynamic purchasing system

first_imgBoost for housebuilders as Homes England prepares to launch new dynamic purchasing system Housebuilders will soon find it easier than ever to access Homes England land, following a revamp in the Government’s delivery agency’s approach to land disposals.On 1 September Homes England will launch its new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), marking a significant shift in the way the agency procures housebuilders, as well as increasing flexibility and accessibility.For the first time, housebuilders will be able to join the agency’s list of preferred developers whenever they choose. The Delivery Partner DPS is replacing the existing Delivery Partner Panel (DPP3), which housebuilders and developers are currently only able to join when it is renewed, once every four years.The Delivery Partner DPS will also be available to our public sector partners to help them procure a developer or contractor to build homes on sites they own.Stephen Kinsella, Chief Land and Development Officer at Homes England, said:This new digital system marks a huge step forward, making it much easier for developers to bid for our land. I’d encourage our current partners, as well as those we haven’t worked with before, to get their applications in so we can work together to create great places to live. We are one of the largest vendors of residential land with sites for tens of thousands of homes being disposed over the next 3 years being channeled through this new approach.Applications are being sought from housebuilders who share Homes England’s ambitions to build more sustainably, and for high-quality design and placemaking. By switching from a framework to a DPS, Homes England is also simplifying access for smaller developers and new entrants, helping to further diversify the market.The application process will also take the size of the developer into account. For example, SMEs bidding to deliver smaller sites will benefit from simpler entry criteria whereas the entry criteria for developers bidding to deliver larger strategic sites will be proportionately more testing.Today marks the opening of the application phase for this new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). This initial application phase will run from 24 May 2021 to 25 June 2021 and the official launch of the new system will follow shortly afterward on 1 September 2021.Successful applicants will become members of the DPS when it launches on 1 September 2021 and applications will then re-open on an ongoing basis enabling new market entrants to join at any time.Notes /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:Accessibility, digital, Government, launch, market, testing, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson wins the Distinguished Judicial Service Award

first_imgJudge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson wins the Distinguished Judicial Service Award Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson of the Leon County Court system since 2008, is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services, was presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady at a February 7 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.In addition to the demands of her court docket, Ashenafi-Richardson averages 15 to 25 hours a week in service to various legal or judicial programs, organizations and statewide committees.Ashenafi-Richardson, who is the first Ethiopian-born person to serve as a judge in the United States, also was the first African-American elected president of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and the Tallahassee Bar Association. She is immediate past-president of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court.During her term as president of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, the organization provided legal assistance through programs such as Law School for Laymen and Living Will workshops. TWL also offered legal counseling to battered women and their children, and mentorship programs for local students.With the Tallahassee Bar Association, Ashenafi-Richardson is a regular leader in a diversity symposium, aimed at high school students in Leon County. The students visit the courts and enjoy a lunch at which they meet local leaders.Another signature event is the Table for Eight, at which TBA members talk about the legal profession with law students. “Judge Nina is the go-to star,” said Eric Milles, current president of the TBA. “She just lifts everyone up.”Ashenafi-Richardson helped in a recent collaboration between the Stafford Inn of Court and the Tallahassee Bar Association, to help the St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court commit to more pro bono hours in the wake of Hurricane Michael.She also is a member of Founders of Justice of North Florida Legal Services, helping educate the bench, bar and community about the importance of access to justice for all. She recently served on a subcommittee of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice.Ashenafi-Richardson came to the United States from Ethiopia as a young child. Her father was director of the Center for African-American Culture at Florida State University, the same university where Ashenafi-Richardson later would earn her law degree. In 2001, before she was elected to the bench, Ashenafi-Richardson received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 2nd Judicial Circuit. Feb 07, 2019 Regular Newslast_img read more

‘All is Calm’ to spread message of togetherness at Broad Stage

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentArts‘All is Calm’ to spread message of togetherness at Broad Stage Dec. 21, 2018 at 5:00 amArtsEntertainmentFeaturedNews‘All is Calm’ to spread message of togetherness at Broad StageAngel Carreras2 years agobroad stageentertainmentAll is Calm 2018 Tour Photo by Dan Norman This Christmas season, where family infighting is aplenty, try taking peaceful inspiration from… war?“All Is Calm” will play at the Broad Stage for the first time this Saturday, December 22nd. The acapella play tells the real-life story of a truce between Allied and German soldiers during Christmas in World War I.Minneapolis-based Artistic Director Peter Rothstein created the play over a decade ago, fascinated with the events that took place.“I wanted to create the piece for a number of years, thinking how it could be a piece of musical theater; the climax has a lack of conflict, and the whole thing isn’t a traditional drama. But musical theater always has a good story.”In this Christmas tale, soldiers were fighting to the death. Spending most of their time in the trenches waiting to exchange gunfire, most of the soldiers actually died due to their environmental conditions — influenza, pneumonia and foot rot, just to name a few — rather than from being shot.Rothstein says that in his research, he discovered that the two sets of at-odds soldiers eventually found peace with each other realizing they wouldn’t be home to see their families soon as their commanding officers told them.Though there was a language barrier between the two, they’d sing to each other from the trenches at an attempt of humor. Eventually, soldiers would take a leap of faith, pulling themselves up from the trenches to sing carols as a truce, at least for a Christmas Day.Rothstein says he chose to make this play acapella as opposed to musical in an attempt to maintain a somewhat somber tone.“It doesn’t look and feel like a traditional musical,” he said, noting that actors still provide music via their voice. “It feels more like a documentary, something meditative.”Rothstein adds that all text — dialogue and song — is taken from actual accounts in the war and even graveyard inscriptions.One actor bringing those words to life is Andrew Hey.Hey said he was attracted to the project due to the positive word of mouth around the Minneapolis area. Additionally, as an actor, he said he felt it was his duty to help tell the stories of soldiers who all to often end up becoming just a faceless statistic.He described a moment while touring the play in Wisconsin where he found a list of veterans who had connections to the school, some of which who died in WWI. He said he Googled the individual names and got a “no results” message, a sobering moment for the actor.“That really struck me,” he said. “I wonder how many soldiers who died in that war never had their story told or completely disappeared because they never had a chance to live their lives. To me, that’s why this story is important.”Both actor and artistic director said due to polarizing times, this message is one that audiences can comfort themselves with.“I think that it’s particularly important today,” Hey said. “The soldiers in one of the most brutal wars in human history were able to find common ground and respect for each other. So can we.”Theater Latté Da’s All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914 takes place at The Broad Stage Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Tickets, starting at $45, are on sale at or by calling [email protected] Tags :broad stageentertainmentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLA sheriff says he will remove immigration agents from jailNew laws for the New YearYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews14 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Jolla Sailfish SDK due in Q1 2013

first_imgHomeAppsNews Jolla Sailfish SDK due in Q1 2013 Apple announces WatchKit availability Apps Tags Samsung dev tools focus on health, connected homes & wearables Previous ArticleJuniper: NFC absence on iPhone 5 to hold back market adoptionNext ArticleTop 25 developers dominate app revenue Tim Ferguson JollaMeegoSailfishSDKcenter_img Author Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 DEC 2012 Related Jolla announced the SDK for its Sailfish smartphone OS will be available in the first quarter of 2013.The Finnish start-up is planning to build devices using an OS which is based on Nokia’s former MeeGo platform, and offer tools to enable developers to write apps for the OS.Jolla is currently putting the finishing touches to the SDK after receiving feedback from its community.It has not announced whether it intends launching a developer support programme, stating only that it will “disclose more information regarding this during next year”.The start-up recently announced that it had struck a deal for Finland’s number-three operator DNA to market Jolla smartphones in Finland when they enter the market.It has also partnered with ST-Ericsson for its smartphone chipsets and has a distribution deal with Chinese phone retailer D.Phone.It is unclear when the first smartphones running Sailfish will make their debut.Nokia launched the open-source MeeGo OS in partnership with Intel in 2010, but largely abandoned it when it Nokia adopted Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform for its smartphones. Jolla looks to boost ecosystem with developer initiativelast_img read more

Cut Line: Source of Inspiration

first_imgIn the lull between major championship storms, we search for new ways to describe Jarrod Lyle’s inspiring return to golf, and a reason why Bubba Watson’s search history appears to be half empty. Made Cut Lyle’s legacy. In many ways it was like he’d never left. For Jarrod Lyle, his opening 67 at the Midwest Classic on Thursday felt like old times, four birdies, 14 pars, that familiar welcoming smile. There were no outward signs of the scars left by the graft-versus-host disease he will likely deal with the rest of his life, the byproduct of the stem cell transplant that allowed him to beat leukemia for the second time, or the hours of chemotherapy he had to endure. It was the best possible start for Lyle, who began the first of three rehabilitation starts on the Tour this week as he prepares to return to the PGA Tour this fall for the first time since being diagnosed in early 2012. “I always said through my treatment that if I never hit another golf shot I could walk away from the game and be happy,” Lyle said. “I wasn’t going to live or die by playing golf. I live and die by my family (wife Briony and daughter Lusi). It means the world to me to have them both here and supporting me in my golf again. I’ll do anything for those two.” Lyle’s fate as a professional golfer remains unknown, but his status as an inspiring tale was solidified long ago. Pool party. For all those who continue to question the International Golf Federation’s decision to use 72-hole, individual stroke play as the format for the 2016 Olympic Games, this week’s International Crown will only rekindle that debate. The first-year team event will include pool play the first three days with each team playing two best-ball matches against every country in its pool. The top two countries in each pool – plus one wild card – will advance to Sunday’s final round of singles play. While the format may be on the Mensa side of confusing, it could create a few compelling match ups and even some rare Saturday drama. As for the Olympic dream, that ship – at least as it relates to the ’16 Games – has sailed. But it’s never too soon to start a campaign for the 2020 Games. Tweet of the week: @bencranegolf (Ben Crane) “Being at a tournament and not starting in it is a new experience. Makes me love/appreciate the game more. Going to qualify outright next year.” There are a lot of reasons to respect Crane’s decision to fly from Oregon to England for a chance to play in the Open Championship (which he did not). Perspective just makes it that much more endearing. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Another Monty moment. European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley may have been a consensus choice for many of his potential players, but for those of us who carry notebooks for a living there may never be another captain like Colin Montgomerie. The outspoken Scot made the 2010 matches particularly entertaining thanks to a steady diet of juicy sound bites, and this week at the Senior Open Championship in Wales he gave the U.S. team some early bulletin board material. “If (Bernhard) Langer and I were paired together in the foursomes, we’d feel we could bring a point home for Europe,” Montgomerie said. “We’d need to sit out the four-ball (matches) though – we’d be knackered.” Considering Montgomerie and Langer’s solid play on the Champions Tour this season – they’ve combined to win five times, including the last two senior majors – perhaps they could make a game of it against America’s best. The U.S. team may not like Monty’s take, but they can’t be surprised he would say it. Missed Cut Being Bubba. Considering the level of background noise and vitriol that permeates sports today it’s not surprising to discover a professional athlete who has elected to tune out. “Sometimes you can get too much bad talk or negative talk where you think you’re the worst golfer in the world. Next week I could probably win; this week I’ll probably miss the cut. It fluctuates,” said Bubba Watson after explaining that he had removed the internet from his phone. “I’m trying to stay away from negative and positive, just remain even keel. As long as my wife loves me and my child thinks daddy is the greatest, then I’m good to go.” Cut Line often wonders why more players don’t follow a similar path. But where Watson drew a few double takes was when he was asked if he ever read the positive comments about him. “There’s not been one positive thing. I’m waiting on that one. Then I’ll start reading. Well, I can’t read yet, but I’ll start,” he said. Which prompted a quick Google search: “He swings out of his shoes with a pink-shafted driver, his golf ball traveling distances that are awed and admired. Bubba Golf, it is called, often with disbelief and wonder.”, April 13, 2014 “This wasn’t Bubba golf as much as it was simply great golf.” -Associated Press, Feb. 16, 2014 (following his victory at the Northern Trust Open) “Even after Saturday’s 74 left him tied with Spieth, Watson remained unfazed on his way to a sixth PGA Tour. It seems Bubba has grown up.”, April 13, 2014 “Watson swings with an individuality and majesty that belongs with other mind-blowing athletic motions, like Tim (The Freak) Lincecum’s pitching delivery or sprinter Usain Bolt’s stride.” -Golf Digest, August 2009 “For Watson, the tears pour because when blessings flow, he often asks the question, why? … With gifts that great, the better question is, why not?”, April 13, 2014 All of which makes your scribe wonder what exactly Watson was searching for before he nixed the Internet from his phone?last_img read more

Free Speech on Campus: Considering State and Federal Action

first_img Free Speech Free Speech on Campus: Considering State and Federal ActionSarah ChaffeeMay 6, 2019, 11:33 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All In March, President Trump issued an executive order calling for free speech on university campuses as a requirement for receiving federal research funding. In order for this order have teeth, several agencies would need to comply and put systems in place to carry it out. In my work for the Center for Science & Culture, I deal regularly with abridgements of academic freedom and free speech — the crisis is real, not least when it comes to science. Will this executive order work? Things get messy when considering who should regulate, given the Federal Government’s extensive funding provided for research at state and local institutions. But unravelling that knot is not what I wish to do here. Rather, I’d like to make the case that some of the best ways to uphold free speech come from state and local action. The Extra MileFirst, state residents and legislators may be alumni or they may have sent sons and daughters to these institutions. They have a vested interest in the integrity of these universities that federal regulators don’t. I grew up in a neighborhood with a block watch, and at times mail theft, planned city zoning changes, and other issues came up. My neighbors have vastly varying political and religious viewpoints and income levels, but the neighborhood always came together. I remember an all-neighborhood meeting with the mayor in attendance, as well as my family going to city hall with other neighbors to testify. The city council members did not have as clear ideas about how to further the best interests of the neighborhood as did the community itself. In the same way, community members are likely to go the extra mile to enhance the quality of their university and the education it provides.   Second, public universities are state and local entities, not federal ones. Compared with federal legislation and federal regulation, decisions at the state level are likely to be much more responsive to change and constituent opinion. One reason for this is the vast amount of work federal policymakers and regulators may be dealing with, and the likelihood that they may have no reason to prioritize any particular institution in your own state. People are more likely to be able to influence policies at the state or local level — one easy reason for this is that the ratio of officials to constituents/people they serve is much higher at state and local levels than at the Federal Government level.  Another reason is that one can access local officials much more easily — stop by their offices in person, or schedule a phone call, etc. Since many local and state level officials are elected, they try to make themselves available to constituents. The Federal Government is much less accessible to the man on the street. An Invitation to Get InvolvedPerhaps you find yourself concerned about free speech on the public university campuses in your state. Maybe your son or daughter is a student, and knows there is something he or she can’t say in class, or propose to do with a student group, that would be perfectly acceptable at some private institutions. I encourage you to become involved. Learn as much as you can about the climate at your local public university, then talk to your legislators about free speech and academic freedom. For more information, see the Free Science website, and in particular our Student Academic Freedom in Science resolution.There is no easy fix here. The President’s signature on a piece of paper won’t restore open inquiry on campuses. What’s needed is effort and energy at the state and local levels. The good news is that you can play a part in making a difference!Photo credit: David Everett Strickler via Unsplash. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Tagsacademic freedomblock watchCenter for Science & CultureconstituentsDonal Trumpexecutive orderFederal Governmentfederal regulatorsFree Sciencefree speechmail theftneighborsofficialspublic educationresearch fundingstatesStudent Academic Freedom in Science resolutionuniversitieszoning,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Sarah ChaffeeNow a teacher, Sarah Chaffee served as Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. She earned her B.A. in Government. During college she interned at Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office and for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Before coming to Discovery, she worked for a private land trust with holdings in the Southwest. 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Fire breaks out at well known Donegal nightclub

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Fire breaks out at well known Donegal nightclub Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twittercenter_img Pinterest Twitter Previous articleSix projects in Donegal approved for Leader FundingNext articleBan on sale of menthol cigarettes from May News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A fire broke out last night at a well known Donegal nightclub.The fire broke out shortly after 9pm last night at the old Dodge nightclub in Gweedore, that had been closed for some time.The blaze was brought under control as a number of fire brigades attended the scene.No one was injured but the fire is believed to have begun in the lower level of the nightclub.Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty has commended the work done by the emergency services. By News Highland – January 4, 2020 Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Cross border health cooperation will continue after Brexit – Harris

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – September 8, 2017 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Cross border health cooperation will continue after Brexit – Harris Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Twitter Pinterestcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Health Minister Simon Harris is hosting an All-Island Civic Dialogue on the implications of Brexit for Cross-border Health Co-operation today in Dundalk.Opening the event, Minister Harris referenced a number of important cross border health initiatives on an all-island basis, including the new jointly funded Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, and the arrangement which gives Donegal heart attack patients round the clock direct access to specialist services in Derry.Minister Harris said he understands that people will have concerns about whether these services will continue after Brexit, and said ensuring continuity of health services are key priorities for him and his department.He said cross-border health co-operation will continue post-Brexit because it makes perfect sense for it to continue. Minister Harris concluded it is in the best interests of patients and of common benefit to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.**********************************Minister’s opening speech -I would like to warmly welcome everyone here today. I know that people have travelled from across the island to be here this morning, and I am very pleased to see such a good level of attendance and broad participation.The UK’s decision to leave the EU raises significant and complex issues for the island of Ireland. Both North and South, we share many interests and concerns. This is why the Government initiated a series of All Island Civic Dialogue events as part of ongoing consultation work on Brexit.Today will provide an invaluable opportunity to hear directly your concerns about the potential impact of Brexit for cross-border health co-operation and, most importantly, how we can seek to manage this collectively on an all-island basis.Brexit poses a number of unprecedented challenges across all sectors but the Government is determined to achieve the best possible outcomes for the island of Ireland.We have been preparing for some time. Well before the UK referendum, the Government had started to analyse our main areas of concern and to prepare a contingency framework. Following the referendum, this work was built on and intensified. There has also been extensive engagement with all sectors across the island of Ireland.Early on, the Government identified its four headline priorities arising from Brexit. These priorities are to minimise the impact on our trade and the economy; to protect the Northern Ireland Peace Process, including through maintaining an open border; to continue the Common Travel Area with the UK; and to work for a positive future for the European UnionThe Government has carried out an extensive programme of engagement, led by the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, to ensure that these priorities and the particular challenges Brexit poses for Ireland are understood by our EU partners and the EU institutions. The acknowledgement of Ireland’s unique circumstances by both the EU and the UK has been the result of this major Government campaign of engagement.The EU directives for the negotiations include very strong acknowledgement of Ireland’s unique circumstances, the need to protect the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement, and our intention to maintain bilateral arrangements with the UK, like the Common Travel Area, which are in conformity with EU law. Ireland also secured the agreement of its EU partners on the need to recognise the unique constitutional status of Northern Ireland.These are excellent outcomes, showing that the Government’s extensive political, diplomatic and official campaign of recent months has been effective in ensuring understanding and recognition of Ireland’s unique circumstances and specific issues.The negotiations between the EU and the UK have now started and I would like to take a moment to outline how these will work.Firstly, it is worth noting that Ireland is negotiating from a position of strength as one of the remaining 27 EU Member States. The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his team, the Commission Task Force, are negotiating on behalf of EU Member States. He and his team are well prepared for these negotiations, based on extensive consultations with Member States. We have been working very closely with the Task Force to ensure that Ireland’s positions are fully reflected in the negotiations.There are two phases to the negotiations. The first phase of negotiations – on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU – began in June. This first phase covers a number of issues including the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU, financial matters, the unique Irish issues, and the relocation of the EU agencies currently located in the UK – the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency.The European Medicines Agency plays a vital role in protecting the health of 500 million EU citizens through the scientific evaluation and safety monitoring of human and veterinary medicines. So it is essential that its operations are not negatively affected by the need to relocate from London to another European city.I believe that Dublin provides the best solution for the new home of the EMA to allow business continuity and maintain current operational efficiency in the interest of European patients. I have submitted Ireland’s bid setting out all the advantages that Dublin has to offer as a safe, multicultural city with excellent connectivity and transport links, as well as the package of financial and other supports that the Irish authorities would provide to assist a move to Dublin.We will continue to do all that we can to promote Ireland’s bid ahead of a decision being taken in November.The Taoiseach will meet with his fellow European leaders at the European Council in October to discuss whether there has been “sufficient progress” on the first phase of negotiations to start parallel discussions on the next phase. This second phase will cover the future relationship between the EU and the UK, including the future trading relationship and any possible transition measures.It is positive to see convergence between the UK and Ireland on the shared objectives to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the gains of the peace process, and good progress has been made on the Common Travel Area. However, it is clear that a lot of work is still required ahead of any decision by the European Council on whether sufficient progress has been made.The negotiations are going to be a long process and the outcome is far from determined. In a worst-case scenario, if no deal is reached in the negotiations then the EU Treaties would cease to apply to the UK on 29 March 2019, although the European Council in agreement with the UK could unanimously decide to extend this deadline. A lack of agreement, resulting in a disorderly withdrawal, would be damaging for all concerned, particularly Ireland.That is why we are keen that the negotiations progress in a positive and constructive manner. We want the future relationship between the EU and the UK to be as close and positive as possible and we will work hard with all our partners to achieve that.While Ireland doesn’t want the UK to leave the European Union, Single Market or the Customs Union, that is ultimately a decision for the UK.We greatly value our membership of the European Union. We value our access to the Single Market and the benefits our exporters derive from EU trade agreements with other countries. More broadly, we value being part of a Union with other like-minded democracies which share our values and interests.The European Union has opened up our economy, offered us the opportunity to prosper and championed the progressive journey of social reform we have undertaken together.It is important to remember the enormous achievements of the Union over very many years. The EU remains the best structure for advancing prosperity, promoting peace, and confronting the many and complex challenges countries face.Indeed, this has been particularly evident with regard to Northern Ireland. The transition from violent conflict to peace and political stability in Northern Ireland stands as a positive example of the European peace project.The EU provides fundamental support to the deepening of peace and reconciliation which is relied upon and supported by people, North and South, and across all communities. It has directly underpinned the Northern Ireland Peace Process in several ways. The common EU membership of Ireland and the UK has facilitated an island with an open border, common trading and regulatory standards, a shared framework of inter-governmental co-operation and a sense of shared European identity which provides a crucial reassurance to the minority nationalist community in Northern Ireland.The EU has also provided direct financial supports administered through the Special EU Programmes Body, which is a body established as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The EU PEACE and INTERREG programmes have made an enormous contribution to cross-border co-operation and remain important drivers of regional development. As part of the Government’s work on Brexit, agreement has been reached on a safeguard clause that has enabled Letters of Offer to issue to programme beneficiaries for both the PEACE and INTERREG programmes.Now that that short term objective has been achieved, the medium term objective is to ensure the full and successful implementation of the programmes out to 2020, during a period in which the UK is expected to leave the EU and the UK allocation of European Regional Development Funding funding may no longer be available. The long term objective is to secure agreement to successor programmes post-2020. Work is continuing to ensure the successful implementation of the current programme as well as successor programmes post-2020.With regard to the health sector and cross-border co-operation specifically, under the current programme, INTERREG V, approximately €47.7m worth of funding has been offered to eight innovative cross-border health and social care initiatives. This funding will be used to reduce health inequalities, transition health services from an institutional to community-based setting and increase efficiencies through increased use of e-health technologies, on both sides of the border.Under the previous programme, INTERREG IVA which operated between 2009 and 2015, €30 million was also allocated to the Co-Operation and Working Together Partnership for cross-border health and social care initiatives.I’d like to acknowledge the role of our Chief Rapporteur today, Tom Daly, in that regard who is the former Director General of CAWT and only retired recently. Although we have already gotten him out of retirement for today’s event!I’m also delighted that we have the current Director General of CAWT, Damien McCallion, here as one of our panellists along with:Ruth Taillon, who is the Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies,Eddie Rooney, who is the former CEO of the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency,and Muiris O’Connor, who is Head of the R&D and Health Analytics Division in my Department.We are lucky to have a panel of such distinguished guests and I am very much looking forward to the discussion, which will be chaired by our moderator today, RTE’s Northern Ireland Editor, Tommie Gorman. I’d like to thank you all for taking part in today’s important event.I’ve spoken already about INTERREG. Many other cross-border projects have been undertaken in recent years that make a significant difference to the lives of patients both North and South.These include the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, which offers cancer patients from Donegal access to radiotherapy across the border in Derry, reducing their travel time significantly.In July 2016, a new Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory opened at Crumlin Hospital in Dublin, which provides emergency surgery to babies born with congenital heart disease in Northern Ireland, in addition to providing services to patients from the South.And Donegal patients having a STEMI heart attack now have 24/7 access to Primary Percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) services in Altnagelvin hospital.In addition to the above, potential areas for future collaboration continue to be identified and considered.I understand that many of you will have concerns about whether these services and cross-border health co-operation will continue following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. I would like to reassure you that ensuring continuity of health services and avoiding any changes that would have a negative impact on human health are the key priorities of my Department in addressing the implications of Brexit.Cross-border health co-operation will continue post-Brexit because it makes perfect sense for it to continue. It is in the best interests of patients and of common benefit to Ireland and Northern Ireland.Brexit will undoubtedly pose challenges for the health sector, as it will for every other sector. But I have no doubt that the strength and maturity of networks and relationships that have built up over time will be of great benefit as we seek to manage the implications of Brexit collectively on an all-island basis.It is important to be clear that until the UK formally withdraws from the Union, it remains a full member, with all of its existing rights and obligations and there are therefore no immediate changes in the area of health. The UK’s no longer being an EU Member State may present extra hurdles that we need to overcome but I can reassure everyone here today that commitment to cross-border health co-operation remains unwavering.Work is underway to examine and address the implications of Brexit for the health sector. My Department, the HSE and other agencies are continuing to conduct analysis, preparations and contingency planning to mitigate the impact of Brexit on the health sector.Ireland’s preparations for Brexit continue to be strongly co-ordinated from the centre of Government, and regular contact is being maintained with Departments on cross-cutting issues of relevance for the health sector. Engagement is also continuing at political and official level with the EU, other Member States, and the UK as appropriate.The purpose of today’s Dialogue event is to hear from you about your concerns regarding the implications of Brexit for cross-border health co-operation, as well as any potential solutions or ideas you wish to put forward. This will be a very valuable input to the work of my Department, its agencies and wider Government on Brexit.I do not wish to pre-empt the outcome of our panel discussion or breakout sessions.However, I will provide a flavour of some issues being considered by my Department as part of its contingency planning.The issue of access to health services in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU member states under the Treatment Abroad Scheme or Cross Border Directive is being considered.The health sector has a highly mobile workforce and how Brexit may impact on the health and social care workforce, including the recognition and assurance of professional qualifications is being examined.On regulatory issues, it is clear that having a single set of rules across the European Union is enormously helpful – to protect human health, to ensure consumer protection and to provide a level playing field for industry. The implications of the UK no longer being part of a harmonised regulatory system in relation to food safety standards, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics are being examined.The implications of Brexit for networks and organisations such as the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, European Reference Networks on rare diseases, or the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are also under consideration.Ensuring continuity in the supply of medicines and medical devices following the UK’s departure from the EU is a priority.The majority of these issues are all related to wider issues that are not exclusive to the health sector, or indeed to Ireland. While Brexit will have a particular impact on Ireland, we must remember that we are one of the 27 remaining EU Member States and that the EU’s interests are Ireland’s interests.I am greatly looking forward to hearing your comments and concerns regarding the implications of Brexit for cross-border health co-operation and I would encourage you all to think about the types of interventions required to mitigate these impacts. Our focus must be on collectively finding solutions to the challenges Brexit poses so that we can continue to make important progress in relation to cross-border health co-operation.I’ll finish by saying again that I am delighted that we are here today to consider the implications of Brexit cross-border health co-operation. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for giving of your time and energy to participate in today’s event. 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