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Royal Bank of Scotland testing new Natwest digital business banking platform

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has started testing a new business banking platform alongside a separate digital retail bank.The platform, which is being run under the Natwest brand, is in very early-stage tests with a small number of small businesses. Some £425m will be given to challenger banks to help them develop new business lending products, with another £275m to give small firms an incentive to switch their bank accounts away from RBS.MPs on the Treasury Select Committee and other bodies have repeatedly called for more competition in small business borrowing, amid concerns that the sector is underserved.Read more: RBS boss ‘withheld information’ from parliament More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com The business bank tests are running alongside a separate retail banking offering in development, Press Association first reported.Britain’s legacy banks are racing to update their systems and keep pace with digital-only challenger banks and other competitors who are pouring money into new technology for customers, with RBS under particular pressure to revamp its systems after a string of scandals.Read more: If the regulator won’t regulate, who will?RBS has faced repeated censure for the actions of its global restructuring group (GRG), which regulators have condemned for unethical business practices related mainly to overcharging small business customers.Meanwhile, smaller competitors in the business lending space will be provided a boost by a £700m boost paid by RBS to settle state aid concerns, following the bank’s bailout a decade ago. Share Jasper Jolly Tuesday 18 September 2018 4:02 pm Royal Bank of Scotland testing new Natwest digital business banking platform last_img read more

Tory Brexiters draw up list of terms for backing Theresa May’s exit deal

first_img Alexandra Rogers Sunday 3 March 2019 4:30 pm Tory Brexiters have drawn up a list of conditions that Theresa May needs to satisfy in order to receive their backing in a looming crunch Commons vote on her Brexit deal.Members of the European Research Group (ERG), chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg, have drawn up “three tests” that May has to meet in order for them to overturn the parliamentary defeat she suffered in January when 230 MPs voted against her deal. International trade secretary Liam Fox told the BBC today that while he wanted the UK leave on the scheduled exit date of the 29 March, he was willing to accept a delay if it meant ensuring there was a “smooth Brexit”.Meanwhile, the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said an extension to Article 50 to June was looking “very likely” and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that a “technical extension” of up to two months would be needed. Share whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Tory Brexiters draw up list of terms for backing Theresa May’s exit deal Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunUndoParenting FactorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonParenting FactorUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesUndo Tags: Brexit People Theresa May They want to oversee any agreement that the attorney general Geoffrey Cox reaches with Brussels, in which he is attempting to extract from EU leaders an admission that the Irish backstop – the policy that will keep the UK in a customs union with the EU to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland – is temporary in nature.The Sunday Times reported that the tests have been drawn up with Nigel Dodds, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up May’s government. The DUP has warned it will not accept the backstop in its current form out of fear Northern Ireland will be treated differently to the rest of the UK.The document makes three demands, namely that there be a “clearly worded, legally binding treaty clause “that overrides the text of the withdrawal agreement; language that moves beyond restating the “temporary nature of the backstop” to Cox’s preferred words that it would “endure indefinitely”, and a “clear and unconditional route of out the backstop if trade talks fail”, including through a time limit or unilateral exit mechanism.The signs that the ERG Brexiters may be partial to May’s deal come after the Prime Minister agreed last week to allow MPs another vote on her deal by 12 March. If that fails, she will hold a vote on whether MPs want to see a no-deal Brexit. If the majority of MPs express that they are against leaving the EU without a deal, there will be a vote on 14 March on whether Article 50 – the mechanism by which the UK leaves the EU – should be extended.Many Brexiteers are concerned that a delay to Article 50 will pave the way for a reversal of the referendum result, in allowing time for a second referendum to be held.last_img read more

PM Johnson toughens UK fines ahead of lockdown easing

first_imgThursday 13 August 2020 10:30 pm Additionally, the easing of lockdown rules will not apply to any UK region currently under watch by local health authorities for increased infection rates. Show Comments ▼ Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques, as well as sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars, will be ordered to remain closed. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: PM Johnson toughens enforcement measures ahead of lockdown easing “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent. That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. What’s staying shut under lockdown? These include: Fines for repeat offenders of mandatory face covering rules will double to a maximum of £3,200 in the coming weeks, the government said today. (AFP via Getty Images) Share Enforcement measures in the UK are set to get tougher ahead of further lockdown easing this weekend, with fines for breaking the rules set to double. Indoor theatres, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences, while a pilot of a small number of sporting events will be run ahead of allowing spectators to return on 1 October. Wedding receptions in the form of a sit-down meal for up to 30 guests will now be permitted, as long as the venue and event has been determined Covid-19 secure under UK lockdown rules. Indoor play and indoor soft play, bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos will be permitted to reopen. Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be allowed to offer all close contact services — including front of the face treatments such as eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments and facials.center_img City of ManchesterTraffordStockportOldhamBuryWiganBoltonTamesideRochdaleSalfordBlackburn with DarwenBurnleyHyndburnPendlePrestonRossendaleBradfordCalderdaleKirklees whatsapp PM Johnson toughens enforcement measures ahead of lockdown easing (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: PM Johnson toughens enforcement measures ahead of lockdown easing What’s opening this weekend? Tags: Blackburn Coronavirus Leicester Manchester Oldham West Yorkshire Finally the government will allow a number of pilots to take place at event venues to help plan how best to restart indoor business events, with conferences allowed to resume from 1 October. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.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.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com whatsapp 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.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USABleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory It comes as some of the final parts of England’s economy left to reopen will be permitted to restart business on Saturday. New fines will also be introduced for people hosting raves or other unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people, as Britain seeks to combat a spike in partying in breach of UK lockdown rules. Emily Nicolle last_img read more

General Election 2015: What does Tony Blair really think of Ed Miliband?

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Duo busted for illegal Mexican drug operation in Charlotte County

first_imgAdvertisementDC 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 AdvertisementOfficers found: Albendazole, an anti-worm medication. Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxer. Augmentin, an antibiotic.These are just some of the 27 different prescription drugs recovered by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. The drugs were found in the back of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.  Deputies pulled over Esteban Garcia and passenger Lorenzo Martinez. The deputy’s trained eye spotted a box labeled “Tramadol,” a known controlled substance. That’s when the deputy knew this wasn’t a routine traffic stop. “These are routinely dangerous,” said Florida Gulf Coast University Forensic Studies Professor David Thomas. “You never know what you’re going to find.”The long list of drugs, all smuggled from Mexico, goes on.Pharmacists told NBC-2’s Gage Goulding the drugs aren’t big name, often abused drugs like Oxy-Contin, Adderall or Ambien. “A lot of antibiotics, some anti-inflammatories, some muscle relaxers,” said Dr. Richard Lawrence of Fort Myers Prescription Shop. “Nothing that I would’ve seen that would’ve carried a lot of street potential or abuse potential.”These pills are actually what you would get from your local pharmacy. “Each pill may have a street value of 15 dollars, depending on the nature of the pill.” said Professor Thomas. The question though — are they real? “It may be the right medicine but not the right, accurate dosing,” said Dr. Lawrence. “It may not even be the right medicine in there.”People said they wouldn’t dare try buying smuggled prescriptions. “Not on your life,” said Charlotte County resident David Zanardelli. “I don’t know what’s coming in from Mexico.”“No, I would prefer to buy them in the US,” said Traci Losito. That’s a smart idea. “The FDA puts in a lot of effort and regulatory policies to make sure that what we get is safe,” said Dr. Lawrence. As for Garcia and Martinez, authorities said they are both still locked up inside the Charlotte County Jail. They each are facing 29 charges with their bond set at $5,000 per charge. “Lock them up,” said Zanardelli. “And lock them up with the drugs and let them take them in jail.” Woman arrested during drug bust at Fort Myers home June 10, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Officecrimedrug bust Two men arrested for stealing construction equipment form site in Estero June 17, 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 Englewood mother joins teenage son behind bars for involvement in accidental shooting June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Three women arrested during Punta Gorda drug bust June 16, 2021 CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — An early morning traffic stop in Charlotte County was anything but routine. Deputies pulled over a pickup truck for a faulty headlight just after midnight on Tuesday. It wasn’t who they found inside that caught their attention, it was what was inside. The stop lead to a major drug bust. Police said they found prescription drugs smuggled from Mexico.  Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Sunday, March 7

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended 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 Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Sunday, March 7. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 1,944,995 (+4098)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 32,266(+66)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 109,506 (+196)LEE COUNTY – 58,768 (+115) | 889 (+0) COLLIER COUNTY – 30,777 (+52) | 465 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY – 10,836 (+13) | 373 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,346 (+2) | 75 (+1)DESOTO COUNTY – 3,872 (+14) | 76 (+1)GLADES COUNTY – 907 (+0) | 16 (+0) 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 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 May 31, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

WATCH: ‘It was what dreams are made of’ – Remembering the great Laois horse who conquered them all

first_img Pinterest Home Sport Other Sport WATCH: ‘It was what dreams are made of’ – Remembering the great… SportOther Sport Twitter Facebook WATCH: ‘It was what dreams are made of’ – Remembering the great Laois horse who conquered them all The Irish Grand National will take place on Bank Holiday Monday in Fairyhouse this weekend.Back in 2017, there were wild celebrations in Coolrain when a Laois bred horse went and won the famous race.Our Duke, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington, galloped to success as a seven year-old.The horse was born and bred in Camross by the Cooper family who enjoyed many great days before and after that race.Their journey took them on to the Gold Cup in Cheltenham the following year – where unfortunately things just didn’t go to plan on the day.And worse news followed in April 2018 when Our Duke took a heart attack and sadly died.Sloan Cooper joined Leon Blanche of Boylesports for a series of mini interviews that have been published on Twitter in recent days.Reflecting on the success four years ago, Sloan recalls it as like a dream come through. TAGSIrish Grand NationalOur DukeSloan Cooper Electric Picnic Council 💬 “It’s unbelievable. You wouldn’t even dream of it”How does it feel to win the biggest national hunt race in Ireland? 🏇Sloan Cooper recalls the time Our Duke won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National in 2017. 🕰#Racing #BoyleSportsIGN @BoyleSportsLB pic.twitter.com/yB9JfPIR9y— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) March 31, 2021💬 “The horse wasn’t jumping good enough to go to Cheltenham”🏇 Sloan Cooper explains to @BoyleSportsLB why he decided to send his horse Our Duke to the BoyleSports Irish Grand National instead of Cheltenham.#Racing #BoyleSportsIGN @Fairyhouse pic.twitter.com/VENiFdclCk— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) March 31, 2021 ❓ “The only question mark we had before the race was his jumping but he only touched one fence.”Our Duke owner Sloan Cooper looks back at the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Grand [email protected] #BoyleSportsIGN pic.twitter.com/Bg0pSEKPoo— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) April 1, 2021SEE ALSO – EXCLUSIVE: Asian investors behind Laois Utd aim to ‘have European football within five years and in the Champions League by 2030’ He said: “It is unbelievable to see a foal there and have it go on to win the biggest National Hunt race in Ireland.“It is what dreams are made of and we were always confident that we had a Grade 1 horse.“Winning the Grade 1 Neville’s Hotel in Leopardstown the Christmas before was a massive day out for us.“I remember going up there 25 or 30 years ago and horses coming over from Britain to win the Grade 1s and take home the spoils.“Little did we ever think as a family that we would be in that situation.”You can check out the full interview with Sloan in the clips below:🐴 “From the day he was born he had a presence about him.”Our Duke’s owner Sloan Cooper reminisces on the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Grand National [email protected] #BoyleSportsIGN pic.twitter.com/HtR88x6Lft— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) April 1, 2021 Twittercenter_img Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe show goes on at Laois Martial Arts as zoom classes offer hope and motivation to studentsNext articleA strong start to fundraiser launched in memory of beloved Laois man 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 WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 2nd April 2021 Electric Picnic Facebooklast_img read more

Sun Hwa’s Shield of Fame

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion AvatarMok Yong Jae By Mok Yong Jae – 2011.02.22 3:42pm SHARE [imText1]Director Yang Young Hee’s “Goodbye Pyongyang”, a documentary about life in the North Korean capital shot entirely on a small camcorder, will make its much-awaited debut on March 3rd. The film, which shows Pyongyang and its citizens up until 2005, is centered on footage of Yang’s own family going about their lives.Goodbye Pyongyang looks behind the veil of the North Korean capital to its inner core, unravelling much of the mystery that surrounding it. Images of the city centre and its people are so vivid and raw that Yang has already drawn suspicion from some quarters about how such a film could be shot in the first place.Yang is currently banned from North Korea, because her previous work, “Dear Pyongyang”, scooped a host of awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Asia First Film festivals. Now, with the high profile release of “Goodbye Pyongyang”, some people close to Yang have expressed fears for the safety of her family in North Korea.Last week The Daily NK met with Yang Young Hee to talk about “Goodbye Pyongyang” and the film’s main character, Sun Hwa.– “Dear Pyongyang” and “Goodbye Pyongyang” have both drawn a lot of attention. Because of this work we understand that you have been banned from entering North Korea. Is your family inside the country OK?I always have some worries about whether harm will come to them. However, in 2005, before I was barred from going back to North Korea I told my brother (Sun Hwa’s father) that I wanted to make a new film with Sun Hwa as the main character. He was really surprised by that, and jokingly called me a ‘really interesting person’, but he did give me permission to do the film. He told me to live life to the fullest, for all of my brothers and my parents who dedicated their lives to the Chosen Soren (Chongryon). He said, ‘If no one else in our family, at the very least you should say everything you want to say, go everywhere you want to go and live your life freely, right?’ I was very grateful to hear that, but also somewhat worried.I still exchange letters with Sun Hwa though, and thankfully she and the rest of the family in Pyongyang are alright.– If you keep making movies then they will be in danger eventually, don’t you think?It was for precisely that reason that I thought; since we have begun this process, to protect them I should make them even more well-known. “Dear Pyongyang” drew a lot of attention from overseas, and after I got banned from entering North Korea the Chosen Soren sent me a letter telling me to apologize. But instead of an apology I made “Goodbye Pyongyang”. That was my expression of intent, if you will.– And why of all people did you choose Sun Hwa to be the star?I have had a few identity crises in my time. Even as a Korean living in Japan I grew up with a North Korean education from the Chosen Soren. I expressed this kind of double identity, my alter ego, through Sun Hwa.Sun Hwa was born in North Korea and she has grown up with a North Korean education, but she has also grown up with the items my family sent her from Japan. There isn’t a day that goes by where they don’t use something or other from Japan. On top of that, every time I met Sun Hwa I would tell her stories about Japan and other places. This so-called double identity is something Sun Hwa and I have in common, and it’s why I think of her as my alter ego.I was curious to see what sort of values this “duality” Sun Hwa had grown up with would lead her to develop. She followed my advice that learning a foreign language is a good way to make a living, and got into the School of English and Literature at Kim Il Sung University. Now she writes letters to me in English.– The last scene where Sun Hwa turns off the camcorder and asks questions about acting is impressive.Yes, when she gets like that I feel very sympathetic for her. She is a normal, everyday girl who has nothing to do with politics. Just the fact that she felt compelled to turn off the camcorder to ask me questions about acting in other countries says a lot about the brutal reality of North Korea. How sad is it that she had to be on her guard even to have such a simple conversation with me? This young girl recognized that talking about foreign culture could possibly land herself or her family in a lot of hot water. But I always made sure to keep the camera rolling when she got like that.Despite living amongst this gloomy situation in North Korea, Sun Hwa never loses her smile. At the end of the film there is a blackout in her house and she falls over herself laughing and calling it an ‘honorable blackout’. Do you think any of us who are hardened and worn out from the hustle and bustle of city life would laugh like Sun Hwa in the same situation?– You put a bright spin on what is a dark situation in North Korea. What is it that you wanted to use this movie to say?I have a bright personality so I guess that kind of comes out in the movie. I didn’t want to convey an image of North Korea as a dark and shut off place. I just wanted to tell this story of people and families who somehow manage to stay upbeat despite their circumstances.The last scene with the power outage is a symbol of reality for many North Korean people. In a place with no light they turn their dire situation into one of laughter and smiles. Even in that environment they stay resolute. I wanted to use this film to show the everyday lives of such people in North Korea.– Describe “Goodbye Pyongyang” in just a few words.Goodbye Pyongyang is a ‘video letter’ to my niece, Sun Hwa. I wish I could sit with her next to me at the preview and world premiere for this film. I hope that day will come.[imText2] Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twittercenter_img Analysis & Opinion Sun Hwa’s Shield of Fame Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

Women leaving workforce faster than men

first_img Related news Mothers with children under six only made up 41% of the labour force in February and yet they account for two-thirds of the exodus.The study warns that this pattern could slow down the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and impact the future of industries largely dominated by women.The economists behind the study are particularly worried because the high number of women who have lost their jobs during the pandemic are not temporarily laid off and don’t appear to be looking for work like their male counterparts.RBC says this could be happening because women are more likely to work in industries slower to recover from COVID-19 restrictions, their ability to work from home may be much lower than men because they dominate the hospitality, retail and arts sectors and they often take on more onerous responsibilities associated with raising kids. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian Press Shot of a stressed businesswoman sitting on the floor outside the boardroom iStock A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Keywords Coronavirus,  WomenCompanies Royal Bank of Canada Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO A new report from Royal Bank of Canada says more than 20,000 women left Canada’s workforce between February and October, but about triple the number of men joined it.The study says raising children is likely the cause of the exodus, which is seeing women between ages 20 and 24 and 35 and 39 abandoning work faster than most other cohorts. CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCanlast_img read more

27 Public Hospitals In Energy Efficiency Programme

first_imgRelated27 Public Hospitals In Energy Efficiency Programme 27 Public Hospitals In Energy Efficiency Programme UncategorizedJune 8, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty seven public hospitals across the island are now included in the Energy Efficiency Programme. The programme, which aims to promote energy conservation in the public sector, is jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at a cost of US$1.35 million.“Public hospitals are major consumers of energy in Jamaica, accounting for nine percent of the energy used by the state,” Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce told the House of Representatives on Wednesday (June 6), during his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate.The projects, which are at various stages of implementation, include: the installation of solar water heaters; upgrading of steam generation and distribution systems; installation of steam sterilizer; power factor correction; lighting efficiency improvement; air conditioning system upgrading; and energy audits.Mr. Paulwell informed that a number of educational institutions in major centres across the island are also involved in the project. “The effectiveness of the programme will be evaluated on a regular basis, in order to quantify the cost benefit in a meaningful manner,” said the Minister. In the meantime, Mr. Paulwell pointed out that a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy has now been established as a Unit at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). “The Centre will conduct feasibility studies on renewable energy projects, identify potential investors and facilitate implementation of projects. In addition, the Centre will focus on building technical capacity in renewable energy technologies,” explained Mr. Paulwell.The objective of the centre is to diversify Jamaica’s energy base by encouraging a selection of indigenous energy options. It also seeks to enhance the contribution of renewable energy to the energy mix by bringing focus to the development and diversification of renewable energy resources and technologies.“The centre will act as a one stop agency, aggressively seeking to attract the best technologies and methods as well as identify the financial and fiscal incentives necessary to increase the levels of investment in renewable energy,” Mr. Paulwell said. Related27 Public Hospitals In Energy Efficiency Programmecenter_img Related27 Public Hospitals In Energy Efficiency Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

By President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin

first_imgBy President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin The White HouseOn March 17, President Joe Biden hosted Taoiseach Micheál Martin for a virtual bilateral meeting. The leaders reaffirmed the deep, historic partnership and extraordinary people-to-people ties between the United States and Ireland, and they committed to working together to address areas of shared interest.Combating COVID-19The top priority of the President and the Taoiseach is ending the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring global health security, and pursuing a sustainable economic recovery in the United States and Ireland.The President and the Taoiseach agreed to cooperate in global efforts to defeat the pandemic, build resilience, and prevent future outbreaks.They committed to working with each other, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and COVAX to address the urgent need for delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen international institutions responsible for global health. They committed to working together to reopen our economies and restore global travel safely.The President and the Taoiseach recognized the need for a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery plan that addresses the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and underrepresented and minority groups.Addressing Global ChallengesThe President and the Taoiseach affirmed their shared commitment to addressing global challenges bilaterally and through multilateral institutions, including the European Union, of which Ireland is a member.The leaders emphasized their commitment to multilateral institutions, which play a central role in promoting peace, prosperity, and stability.In the United Nations Security Council, the United States and Ireland will cooperate on shared priorities of peacekeeping, conflict resolution, women’s rights, climate and security, and promoting democratic values, rule of law, and respect for human rights. The President and the Taoiseach underscored the need to promote our shared democratic values and the international rules-based order. The two leaders pledged to strengthen efforts to address non-traditional security threats, including violent extremism, natural disasters, food insecurity, and humanitarian access, as well as to cooperate and build capacity in cyber space.Both leaders regard climate action as a critical issue. They committed to working together to implement strong domestic policies and international action designed to increase climate resilience. They expressed their commitment to strengthening the implementation of the Paris Agreement. They also agreed to work together to ensure environmental protection in the Arctic region.The President and the Taoiseach agreed on the importance of a strong relationship between the United States and Europe based on a shared history and values, as we work together to support economic recovery and help to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.Increasing Our Shared ProsperityThe President and the Taoiseach recognized the importance of a predictable, open, and transparent economic policy framework that encourages two-way foreign investment and promotes fair trade and competition.Recognized the importance of job creation in both the United States and Ireland, and highlighted the hundreds of thousands of jobs in both countries supported by strong two-way flows of investment.The President and the Taoiseach agreed to support deepening trade and investment between the European Union and the United States.The leaders committed to continue developing global cooperation in many areas, including global tax reform; data protection; science, technology, and innovation; and transatlantic trade, including through the work of the OECD.They emphasized the strategic importance of democracies working together to hold international trading partners accountable to standards of open and free market trade policies.Supporting the Good Friday AgreementThe United States and Ireland are unequivocally committed to the Good Friday Agreement (also known as the Belfast Agreement), which has been the bedrock of peace, stability, and prosperity in Northern Ireland.The President and the Taoiseach underscored the importance of preserving the hard-won gains of the peace process for all the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland.They agreed on the importance of the democratic institutions established under the Agreement, including the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, continuing to work on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland and delivering on the commitments of the Good Friday Agreement, and subsequent agreements.They emphasized the vital role of the British and Irish governments as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, the contribution of local leaders from across Northern Ireland’s political spectrum, and the important and supportive role of the United States. They called for the good faith implementation of international agreements designed to address the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland.The President and the Taoiseach paid tribute to the late John Hume, whose life work was invaluable to the advancement of the peace process in Northern Ireland.Strengthening People-to-People TiesThe United States and Ireland are committed to broadening and deepening the breadth of people to people ties between the two nations, including through collaborative research projects, cultural programs, educational exchanges, and tourism.The President and the Taoiseach agreed to encourage the return and expansion of student exchanges between the United States and Ireland after the pandemic. The leaders expressed their support for an earned path to citizenship for immigrants in the United States, as proposed in the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.The leaders welcomed the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Health of Ireland and Northern Ireland and the United States’ National Cancer Institute, which established the Ireland/Northern Ireland/NCI Cancer Consortium in October 1999. This partnership aims, through cross-border and transatlantic collaborations, to enhance cancer research and cancer care for the benefit of patients on the island of Ireland and in the United States.The leaders also welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Poetry Ireland and the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. The program, titled “Hope Rhymes” affirms the inspirational power of poetry. It aims to deepen appreciation of each other’s poetic cultures and to facilitate a sharing of experience between poetry teachers and students across the United States and Ireland. /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:Arctic, British, Europe, european, European Union, foreign investment, Government, health, hope, Ireland, National Cancer Institute, OECD, Paris, Security Council, United Nations, United States, White House, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Green Party plans significant rewrite of social security legislation

first_imgGreen Party plans significant rewrite of social security legislation Green Party of Aotearoa New ZealandThe Green Party is putting a Member’s Bill into the ballot today which will be a significant step towards overhauling the Social Security Act.Green Party spokesperson for Social Development & Employment Ricardo Menéndez March will submit his Social Security (Purpose and Principles for the Elimination of Hardship) Amendment Bill today that will incorporate recommendations one and two of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s 2019 report. One of the key changes to the Principles of the Act will be to mandate the welfare system to “eliminate hardship”, rather than just “help alleviate hardship” as the Act currently says.“Everyone deserves to live with dignity, but our current social safety net doesn’t do enough to help people get by and fully participate in their communities,” Ricardo Menéndez March says.“My Bill will be a significant step in our plan to totally rewrite the social security legislation and eliminate hardship, not just alleviate it.“This Bill will be the start of changing the way Work and Income works on a day-to-day basis and the decision-making framework they must use when assisting people.“As well as this Bill to change the purpose and principles of the Social Security Act, the Green Party will begin work on completely rewriting the legislation to be fairer and simpler, along the lines of our Poverty Action Plan, including a Guaranteed Minimum Income.“We will work with affected communities and experts to develop new social security legislation. New Zealanders have been waiting too long for the Government to make the Social Security Act fairer and simpler, so the Green Party is going to do it.“The Welfare Expert Advisory Group said the current system is not delivering for our most vulnerable New Zealanders. Too many people are leading desperate lives with seriously inadequate incomes. The WEAG was clear and unequivocal that significant change is needed.“That report was delivered more than two years ago. People are struggling right now and we cannot wait any longer to get the help they need to live with dignity.“Tinkering around the edges will not deliver the fundamental change that is needed.“This is why I am submitting this Bill and why the Green Party will embark on rewriting the entire social security legislation.” /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:amendment, employment, Government, Green Party, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, legislation, New Zealand, Safety, security, Social Development, social securitylast_img read more

Council invites community groups to apply for funding

first_imgCouncil invites community groups to apply for funding Wingecarribee ShireWingecarribee Shire Council is calling on local community groups to apply for funding as part of this year’s ClubGRANTS scheme.ClubGRANTS is an initiative of the NSW Government and Clubs NSW to provide funding for community development projects and services that have a direct impact on residents in the Wingecarribee Shire.Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Ms Cath Brennan, explained that funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across the Shire.“The ClubsGRANTS Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for community groups to raise the profile of their group or project which may otherwise struggle to get off the ground,” said Ms Brennan.“I would encourage local community groups that meet the criteria for funding to make sure they submit an application before the deadline.”Applications should have a strong focus on residents of the Shire and be able to deliver sustainable outcomes. Local priorities for funding should target either older people, young people, children or persons experiencing social disadvantage.Organisations must be registered as not-for-profit and only projects which directly benefit residents of Wingecarribee Shire will be considered. /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, council, Government, Impact, local council, meet, NSW, older people, outcomes, project, sustainable, Wingecarribee Shirelast_img read more

CU Engage Center launches

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 4, 2015 Housed in the CU-Boulder School of Education, the new CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research offers a campuswide resource for initiatives that work in partnership with local communities to address complex public challenges through research and coursework.Led by Faculty Director Ben Kirshner and Associate Directors Roudy Hildreth and Leticia Sanchez, CU Engage expands upon the work of the former Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement (IECE), and directs several community engagement programs, including CU Dialogues, INVST Community Studies, Public Achievement and Puksta Scholars. In addition, CU Engage is the home of the Leadership Studies Minor, in collaboration with the Newton Chair in Leadership.New Initiatives for Students and FacultyCU Engage is hosting ongoing Community Conversations with members of the CU campus, Boulder County, and the Denver metro area that continue to inform the center’s strategic planning and campus leadership in developing mutually beneficial, ethical partnerships. In addition, the center is offering several new opportunities:Faculty Fellows Program in Community-Based Learning. Faculty members interested in developing academic courses that integrate student learning with community engagement are invited to join a cohort-based professional development opportunity that will focus on creating mutually beneficial partnerships among instructors, students, and community groups. Visit colorado.edu/cuengage/faculty-staff to learn more. Applications due Feb. 27.Graduate Fellowship in Community-Based Research and Creative Work. Doctoral students are invited to apply to this cohort-based fellowship to gain training, financial support, and access to professional networks in collaborative, community-based forms of research and creative work. Interested doctoral students should email [email protected] to be updated about the application instructions and deadline.Undergraduate Participatory Action Research. Supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), CU Engage staff members work with undergraduate students to inquire and take action about issues relevant to their experiences and aspirations. On Feb. 11, 12 – 1 p.m. in the UMC Gallery Room, a UROP project team will present findings on the experiences of students of color with community engagement opportunities on campus. All are welcome to attend.Why CU Engage?CU Engage offers one response to current challenges in higher education. In today’s workforce, employers are increasingly demanding that college graduates are prepared for the kinds of skills that can’t be measured on a traditional test: Can you work in teams? Do you persist after failure? Are you capable of participating in diverse cultural practices and groups?Universities also play a central role in preparing students to become active participants in society who generate solutions to major public challenges, ranging from racial inequality to climate change. Learning how to participate in practices of a democracy, such as dialogue and group decision-making, and to engage in deliberation about evidence-based public policy are critical for human development and civic renewal.To meet these demands, CU Engage aims to build a community of students, staff and faculty who integrate CU’s academic mission with community engagement, consistent with CU-Boulder’s Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan.The initiatives described above offer a starting point for the center’s work in forming equity-oriented partnerships, organizing opportunities for students to learn alongside community members, and supporting faculty and students in developing ethical and rigorous participatory research methods. To learn more, please visit colorado.edu/cuengage.last_img read more

Bihar sets quarantine centres ready, state to witness massive influx of migrants

first_imgBihar sets quarantine centres ready, state to witness massive influx of migrants Add Comment BhagalpurBiharDarbhangaNitish KumarPatnaquarantine Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News Public Health WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asks officials to pull up their socks and enquired about the arrangements for the mandatory 21-day quarantineA massive influx of migrant workers is expected in Bihar in the near future and arrangements must be in place for their mandatory 21-day quarantine, medical tests, treatment and economic rehabilitation, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said.At a marathon meeting in Patna which lasted for close to six hours, Kumar asked officials to pull up their socks as the migrants, students and pilgrims, said to be in millions, seemed poised to return home in droves on board special trains run by the Centre.“We must ensure that the quarantine centres have excellent food, shelter, sanitation and medical facilities.The isolation centres must be in place at block and panchayat levels.“If needed, we shall set up more centres as the number of people returning could be huge,” Kumar said at the meeting.The meeting was attended, among others, by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar and Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey.District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police across the state were also connected through video conferences.“There must be an adequate number of vehicles in place for ferrying people from railway stations to quarantine facilities close to their homes. There should be awareness drives in villages, with messages blared on loudspeakers about precautions needed in the current situation,” the chief minister said.The incidence of coronavirus outbreak in the state was low, initially, but there has been a spike of late, partly because of people coming from outside Bihar, carrying the infection, he said.Bihar has reported 466 COVID-19 cases till Friday.“Now, we must brace ourselves for the situation that may arise out of a large influx that is expected in the wake of the Centre’s revised guidelines with regard to the lockdown,” he said.The chief minister also said, “We must now have many more testing centres. If required, these should be available at the district level. Accordingly, testing kits too must be arranged and adequate supply of medicines should be ensured.” At present, testing of samples is being conducted at only six places the RMRI, an ICMR centre here, AIIMS, Patna, besides state-run hospitals PMCH and IGIMS, both situated in the capital city, in addition to SKMCH at Muzaffarpur and DMCH at Darbhanga.The seventh testing facility at Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Bhagalpur is scheduled to become functional from Sunday. Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By Press Trust of India on May 2, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Dental Care Critical to Overall Health

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedDental Care Critical to Overall Health Dental Care Critical to Overall Health Health & WellnessMarch 31, 2012 RelatedDental Care Critical to Overall Health RelatedDental Care Critical to Overall Health FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health will be increasing its promotion of oral and dental care as part of the prevention services at the primary health care level. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said that embedding oral health care into preventive and healthy lifestyle-related services provided at the clinics, will make significant contribution towards poverty reduction, as children and other vulnerable groups will be able to access these services. In a message delivered by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller, on Thursday March 29th official launch of the Jamaica Dental Students’ Association (JADSA) at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Ferguson pointed to the importance of oral health to general health care and well-being. He said that oral care becomes even more imperative, given the high prevalence of lifestyle diseases in the country, as many of the same risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases are linked to the development of oral and dental health problems and vice versa. He noted that persons in the lower socioeconomic group are usually at greatest risk for poor oral health due to the high cost of these services in the private sector and so providing these services at the clinics, is critical in achieving a better quality of life for all. Dr. Ferguson commended the students of the Doctor of Dental Surgery programme at the University of the West Indies (UWI) for creating the JADSA, which he said, is essential to sharing ideas and boosting dental health especially at the community level. “It is my hope that you will take your role as dental professionals seriously, not only for economic gains, but also for what you can do to develop your country and positively impact your community,” he added. President, JADSA, Nicole-Ann Bromfield, said the association seeks to change the mindset of Jamaicans, who view going to the dentist as a curative measure. “We aim to focus on the preventative aspects of the profession through numerous outreach programmes, which we plan to implement on an annual basis,” she said. Miss Bromfield informed that of the 348 registered dentists in the island, only 200 are practising. “The one in 17,000 ratio of dentist to Jamaicans is too large and we hope that JADSA will work to include holding on to our dental professionals once they are trained,” she stated. JADSA will primarily function as sponsor for the various needs of the students of the Doctor of Dental Surgery programme. The executive has ensured that philanthropic efforts geared towards improving dental health awareness and ultimately, proficient dentistry across the island, is an important objective of the not-for-profit organization. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more