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The easy sell to the EU that preserves the Single Market for the City

Daniel Tunkel The UK is about to seriously embark on its programme towards Brexit. We have been promised that the government will exercise the country’s right under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, which commences a two-year period of withdrawal negotiations.Those two years will be marked by considerable political activity and, though this will be much less public, a more technocratic type of activity, which will try to determine how the laws of the UK must change to give effect to Brexit. whatsapp Share Thursday 12 January 2017 5:21 am The trouble is that this never really happened. What we have had to endure for 20 years is invasive centralisation that has reached far beyond what was needed or expected. Single Market rules therefore apply to small firms of local investment advisers that have no interest in commercial access to other Member States, often in broadly the same way that they apply to major banks and brokers.The opportunity for a practical reform as part of the Brexit process needs to be taken not just by the UK, but by the other member states as well. The framework for this is actually partly in place already. Pan-EU quasi-regulators such as ESMA (securities and markets, based in Paris) and EBA (banks, currently based in London) are still only talking shops. But they could be rapidly enabled to regulate all cross-border business, leaving local regulators like the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to frame proportionate rules for their domestic markets. That would be subsidiarity at work, at long last.What’s more, the resulting system finances itself, because ESMA or EBA affiliation would be funded via levies on the banks and brokers concerned, not the UK taxpayer. The FCA would collect those fees (just as it does now) and either pass them on or spend them paying for ESMA and EBA administration desks.Last but not least, this should be a very easy sell to the EU. The European Commission in Brussels will at last be able to propose enabling regulations to fully empower its protégé regulators. And governments in other member states, under local pressure from their own voters to roll back the pervasive influence of the EU, will be able to show that they had actually done something positive to achieve this.May I implore politicians to take this proposal seriously and place it at the heart of their Brexit negotiation strategy. It’s a winning formula for Europe and Europeans of all persuasions. It is easy to frame, relatively cheap, and simple to achieve without anyone losing face. The point is that Brexit isn’t a political thing at all – unless you are a politician, that is. It is fundamentally about law: what stays the same and what changes. Why so? Because the EU is an entity that is governed by a welter of legislation, all designed to create and operate a thing called the Single Market.The Single Market is a complex set of mutual trading relationships, where 28 EU member states and a handful of other countries, such as Norway, have agreed to facilitate free trade between themselves on a number of levels, all subject to a system of rules and regulations to achieve fairness. Much to the chagrin of the pro-Brexit camp in the UK, this involves freedom for EU citizens to come and live and work in the UK (while a significant number of UK nationals now have equivalent homes and opportunities in the rest of the EU).This piece concerns the segment of the Single Market that applies to financial services. My view is that we need to preserve our access to this component of the Single Market (even if we lose touch with other aspects), because financial services remain an utterly vital part of the UK’s economy. It’s about the only major industry where the UK undeniably leads the world, and we will be fools indeed to undermine this in the interests of Brexit politics.The irony is that the Single Market in financial services is exceptionally easy to preserve. The system we have at present allows all manner of banks and investment firms to secure a licence from a single regulator, and to use this to create rights to provide their services with minimal further regulation in other member states. But it has got out of control.Under the Maastricht Treaty, the initial steps towards the Single Market promised a system that would enshrine the principle of subsidiarity. Simply put, this provided for central EU-directed rules where needed to enable a functioning market, coupled with the right for member states to continue to make their own rules where centralising was not called for. The easy sell to the EU that preserves the Single Market for the City whatsapp read more

The costs of running a business in London are starting to outweigh the benefits

Tuesday 28 February 2017 4:45 am The late, great Robin Williams once said: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’.”When the chancellor stands up to deliver the last ever Spring Budget next week, however, small businesses in London are likely to be putting party plans on hold unless Philip Hammond can pull the miraculous business rates “rabbit out of the hat” they are wishing for. The costs of running a business in London are starting to outweigh the benefits Sue Terpilowski We are therefore advocating for a new policy whereby any current so-called B1a office or B1c light industrial space in Greater London that is over 20 per cent occupied (measured by floorspace in business use) cannot be converted under PDR.Read more: Khan must ignore the Nimbys and look to the Greenbelt for housingLondon’s attraction to business is that it has a strong ecosystem of support services from the micro and small business community. Some of these firms will themselves become high growth companies from a standing start, often in the high tech sectors.We must ensure that this support system remains in place to keep the UK and London economy thriving. We need to realise that the hard costs of operating a business in the capital are starting to outweigh the benefits.A good spring clean of the burdens on business at the Spring Budget would be manna from heaven for the micro and small companies that make up 99.4 per cent of all London firms. Three quarters (74 per cent) of businesses who responded to a recent survey by the Federation of Small Businesses said business rates were one of the main issues affecting their company, followed by economic uncertainty on 36 per cent, and recruiting the right staff on 33 per cent.London is in serious danger of losing its vital support system of micro and small businesses. Our data shows that the average micro business will have to pay £17,000 in business rates from April this year following the much-criticised revaluation.Read more: Spiking business rates will lead to an East London tech exodusSo we are calling for the chancellor to create an increased inner and outer London small business rate relief (SBRR) threshold to limit the amount firms will need to pay, reflecting the specific problems faced by small companies in the capital. In inner London, the threshold should be set at £20,000 rateable value for 100 per cent relief, tapering to £23,000. In outer London, where rateable values have increased by a lower percentage, we believe the threshold for 100 per cent relief should be set at £15,000 tapering to £18,000.Increasing the thresholds to £15,000 in outer London and to £20,000 in Inner London would cost around £100m. This is a comparatively small amount in the context of the £28bn revenue derived from business rates nationwide. whatsapp whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikealldelishHere is what happens to your body when you start eating 2 eggs every dayalldelishFather's Day CollectionPrepare Fantastic Father’s Day Gifts Before They Sell OutFather’s Day CollectionLoan Insurance WealthAmal Clooney’s No Makeup Photo: Her Real Face Is Quite DifferentLoan Insurance WealthSenior Living | Search AdsSee What A Senior Living Facility Could Cost in ScottsdaleSenior Living | Search AdsThebest1.xyz10 Habits You Urgently Need To ChangeThebest1.xyzanymuscle.comThe 15 cancer-causing foods to avoidanymuscle.comAll Day Home 10 Signs of Kidney Disease You Can’t Afford to IgnoreAll Day Home Study in UK | Search AdsStudying in UK from United States Might be Easier Than You ThinkStudy in UK | Search Adshttps://anymuscle.com17 Signs You Might Have Diabeteshttps://anymuscle.com But rising business rates must not be viewed in isolation, as small firms will face an extra £2,600 in employment costs from government policy in the 2017-2018 tax year, further inflationary pressures and the uncertainty of Brexit.The Spring Budget 2017 is a critical moment for the government to show it is unashamedly pro-business, and that the chancellor recognises that small businesses are the engines of job creation. Spiralling labour costs are now threatening their growth ambitions. The Employment Allowance, created under the previous administration, has been a huge success and now it is time for this government to build on that, and help us to create the new jobs and growth that this country needs.Read more: Be under no illusions: The National Living Wage will cost jobsThe government’s approach to the self-employed will define just how pro-business it is too. A statutory definition for this group is long overdue and would be welcomed in the Budget.We are also urging the chancellor to reconsider its policy of relaxing the conversion of office space to residential space through Permitted Development Rights (PDR) – before it becomes a London crisis similar to housing. The facts are striking. More than 1.47m square metres of office floorspace could potentially be lost in PDR prior approvals. The impact is strongest in outer London where almost 20 per cent of the stock could be lost. read more

Plan to keep all of UK in EU customs union after Brexit welcomed by Dublin in Irish backstop row

first_img whatsapp Owen Bennett More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Plan to keep all of UK in EU customs union after Brexit welcomed by Dublin in Irish backstop row The proposal, seen as a way of stopping a hard border being created on the island of Ireland, would be the ‘backstop’ arrangement if no other deal could be struck between the UK and EU.The measure would stop a regulatory and customs border being created in the Irish Sea – something strongly opposed by the DUP, who are propping up Theresa May’s government.But such an arrangement, even on a temporary basis, would infuriate many Brexiteers opposed to May’s Brexit plan as it would see the UK continuing to follow EU rules on goods and agri-foods.According to the Financial Times, officials in Dublin are supportive of the plan, believed to be under consideration by Downing Street.“It looks like it would resolve that issue [of the border],” a senior Irish official involved in Brexit talks told the paper, adding: “Whether Europe accept it or not is another conversation.” Sharecenter_img Tags: Brexit Donald Tusk People Theresa May Summing up the opposition many Brexit MPs will have to the plan, the official said: “If [the UK is] accepting a customs union, what are they leaving?”That’s the big question. If effectively they accept the customs union, they’re not leaving anything really.”The Brexit negotiations are entering the final stages, with a crucial summit of EU leaders scheduled for October 19-20.If progress is made at that meeting, another get-together will be held in November to sign of the withdrawal agreement – which needs to include the backstop solution to the Irish border issue.Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, European Council president Donald Tusk reiterated his offer of a Canada-style trade deal with the UK.However, this arrangement is based on the UK agreeing that Northern Ireland should stay in the EU’s Single Market and customs union if no other way to keep the border invisible can be found. whatsapp Thursday 4 October 2018 3:31 pm A radical plan to keep the whole of the UK in a customs union with the EU after Brexit has been welcomed by Dublin, it has been reported.last_img read more

The trade war in your head? A look behind the US-China feud

first_img City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp As the US-China talks resume this week, the spectre of global trade disintegration on looms ever larger.There is one month for Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to strike a deal before the 90-day ceasefire in tit-for-tat rhetoric expires. Rebecca HardingDr Rebecca Harding is the CEO of Corilois Technologies, author and trade expert whatsapp Share It is tempting to use the zero-sum language of trade wars: it speaks to a domestic audience far more effectively than looser promises about jobs, security, and welfare. There is an implicit sense that a nation’s pride is at stake if it exports less than its partners – or, in this case, rivals.Yet global leaders should not allow this rhetoric to get in the way of reality. Manufacturing jobs were transferred across borders many decades ago, resulting in cheaper goods for consumers all over the world.Now we are seeing the same phenomenon with technology and ideas. Any attempt at reining this in appears to be shutting the stable door a long time after the horse has bolted.If negotiators on both sides acknowledge their interdependence, the concerns become ensuring global security through shared economic interests.This was always the base premise of globalisation, but it is sadly not a message that globalisation has managed to deliver. Now, with trade and foreign policy so intertwined, it is a message that Trump and Xi must rediscover in the talks this week. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org center_img Otherwise, starting a trade war will become the economic equivalent of pushing the nuclear button. From the US perspective, a flourishing market for these services is less visible than the symbolic manufacturing jobs that Trump promised to bring back to America.And the situation is made more complex by the “Made in China 2025” programme – a state-sponsored initiative to promote China’s role in the global technology and digital economy, which, according to a US think tank, represents a “real existential threat to US technological leadership”.However, the fact is that trade with China is not the win-or-lose contest that Trump has portrayed, both on the campaign trail and with his tariffs and trade war rhetoric since becoming President.It is understandable why he has taken this path. The growth of China has exacerbated the sense of exclusion felt by many of Trump’s core supporters in the US. If US businesses are outsourcing to Asia, those jobs and the rising middle classes they enable are also outsourced.The result is the populism that has created Trump’s nationalistic agenda, of which trade is the core narrative: China is the enemy because it trades more. The logic is zero sum – “I export more, you export less. I win, you lose” – but it has an intrinsic appeal to a disenchanted voter. The trade war in your head? A look behind the US-China feud At stake is $200bn of Chinese exports to the US, which will otherwise see tariffs rise to 25 per cent from 15 per cent now.China exports nearly four times the value of goods to the US as the US exports to China. These exports are dominated by electronics and machinery, while the next largest sectors are what might be expected from an emerging economy: furniture, clothing, toys, and automotive components.The two largest US export sectors to China are aerospace and soya beans (at over $14bn each), with electronics and automotives close behind.Less well-known but equally important is the US trade surplus in services with China. Of the top 10 sectors, four are in areas where intellectual property dominates: government services, information and communications, research and development, and IP licencing. Two more are based primarily on knowledge: advertising, and market research.The values are lower so they make little impact on the overall US deficit with China, but the fact remains that the process of globalisation leads to the free movement of technology, knowledge and ideas as much as it does to the free movement of goods, people and capital. Opinion Tuesday 5 February 2019 8:19 am Tags: Digital economy Donald Trump Peoplelast_img read more

Supporting women entrepreneurs could unlock $330bn worldwide as most female-owned businesses struggle to get credit, group says

first_img Tags: Trading Archive Supporting women entrepreneurs could unlock $330bn worldwide as most female-owned businesses struggle to get credit, group says whatsapp The organisation said its efforts with 5,000 women in Ethiopia helped them increase their incomes by 500 per cent over three years with the correct support.Only 3.6 per cent of women had no savings at the end of the project, down from 70 per cent at the beginning.“I’ve worked this land now for 35 years, but the land doesn’t belong to me. In our community, women don’t own land, it belongs to men,” said Yeo Nakoni, a female farmer in the Ivory Coast.She added: “When we go to the bank to ask for a loan, we’re denied because we have no collateral.”Read more: Women risk ‘financial meltdown’ over pension rights August Graham Read more: Men more likely than women to ask for big pay rises, study findsThe group said that women are better at saving, borrowing and taking risks than men.It comes after a BNY Mellon and United Nations Foundation study showed that giving women better access to financial products and services could unlock around $330bn in revenues around the world.“Economically empowering women provides an undeniable return on investment: markets grow, women thrive and families and communities are stronger,” said Kathy Calvin, chief executive of the UN Foundation.Opening up financing to women “will not only have a positive impact on individual women, but also their communities and, ultimately, national economies,” Care said in a statement. Monday 29 April 2019 12:16 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenarcenter_img whatsapp Denying female entrepreneurs access to the funds they need is costing the global economy billions, an international charity said today as it called on financial institutions to improve their products and services for women.Development organisation Care said that 80 per cent of women-owned businesses that need credit are being under-served, opening up a $1.7tn (£1.3tn) financing gap. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Nakoni pays 500 francs (£0.67) every week to a fund which provides loans to female entrepreneurs. These are paid back with interest.140,000 women are part of the same scheme, Care said. Sharelast_img read more

In a global world, citizenship is about far more than where you were born

first_img In a global world, citizenship is about far more than where you were born For individuals who have grown successful businesses, the world is opening up. Over 100 countries now welcome new citizens on the proviso that they invest in their country, including in its schools, hospitals, and infrastructure.Such economic citizenship programmes are not new – the ancient Romans had similar ideas. But they have grown particularly quickly in the last 15 years, as the movement of people and capital has increased and technology has made our world ever more global.The concept of citizenship – what it means and who is entitled to it – is evolving. And looking at demographic shifts, this isn’t something that looks set to change back any time soon.Today, most millennials don’t identify with the nation state. Research shows that more and more young people believe themselves to be “citizens of the world”, identifying predominantly with values and issues that don’t follow boundaries on a map.In the online communities we increasingly belong to, where you are from is less important than what you believe, and far less important than what you want to do with your life. Bruno Lecuyer Share Friday 31 May 2019 8:10 am For every person looking back to the traditional nation state, there is someone else, most likely younger, who feels that this movement is closing down their options, pulling up a drawbridge at a time when opportunities to “go global” have never been greater.This friction is set to continue, but one thing is certain. The future belongs to the young. In the hands of these globalists, concepts of citizenship are set to change beyond anything we can imagine. whatsapp Technology has enabled people to access knowledge faster than ever before, allowing individuals to share news and make connections, regardless of nationality, identity or language. This year, Greta Thunberg, a teenager skipping school in a climate protest in Sweden, inspired 1.6m students from 125 countries to do the same.Tellingly, the protest centred around a problem that no nation state can solve by acting alone. These were citizens of the world, holding all nations to account.Of course, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. As new ideas of citizenship grow and a younger generation looks beyond the nation state, leaders around the world are harnessing traditional concepts of nationality to win over those who are uneasy with the pace of change.Be it Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric and his weaponising of trade with China, or the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the pace of change for many has been too fast, and nationalism is a resurgent force, as evidenced by the swell of support for populist and nationalistic parties in the recent European elections.The rejection of globalisation and defence of the nation state has comforted some and worried others. It has split generations, old from young.center_img Opinion City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp “It was the greatest day of my life,” Soares said, describing when he was invited to participate in a citizenship ceremony.For him, and many like him, the aspiration to be British wasn’t about a passport. As a Brazilian he could travel to almost as many countries as he could with a UK passport.Instead, his pride at achieving citizenship was more personal than practical. When he pledged to respect the “rights and freedoms of the UK”, he said he was confirming the ideals that had attracted him to move to Britain over a decade ago.He had chosen the UK, and the UK had recognised his value.Soares’ story is just one example of how the complex issue of citizenship is in flux. A century ago, he would have had little hope of ever starting a new life on the other side of the world. But times have changed, and as the world gets smaller, peoples’ horizons are getting wider. Tags: Donald Trump People by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost Fun Last month, Marcio Soares achieved what he once thought impossible.After years of working hard and growing a successful fitness business, he was awarded British citizenship.last_img read more

Ranked: These are the UK’s top 50 CEOs

first_imgJust two women made the list – water company Severn Trent’s boss Liv Garfield in 40th and car hire firm Enterprise’s Pam Nicholson in 41st place – down from six in 2018. “Today’s job seekers are looking for leaders who share their values and will empower them to bring their full selves to work,” Glassdoor president Christian Sutherland-Wong said. But the board refused his resignation, backing him to continue and steady the ship through a successful £375m capital raise last month. Callum Keown Metro Bank and Network Rail bosses voted among most popular by staff Despite Metro Bank’s tough start to the year, chief executive Donaldson came third in recruitment firms Glassdoor’s top 50 CEOs list with a 98 per cent approval rating from employees. Anglian Water was also recently awarded the industry top prize; water company of the year. Read more: Troubled Metro Bank slashes commercial real estate lending in portfolio rebalance Network Rail boss Andrew Haines, who replaced Mark Carne in May 2018, was second also with a 98 per cent score. Water company Anglian Water’s chief executive Peter Simpson topped the table with a 99 per cent approval rating from his staff.center_img Read more: Network Rail bosses could be fined out of their own pocket to pay for delays whatsapp Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg was fourth, while Siemens boss Juergen Maier was fifth. Wednesday 19 June 2019 7:00 am Donaldson offered to step down earlier this year after the bank admitted that a swathe of commercial loans had been wrongly classified and should have been among its “risk-weighted assets.” Share Metro Bank staff have backed their boss Craig Donaldson in a list of the UK’s most popular chief executives. “More and more, we’re seeing top chief executives make decisions to shape the culture of their organisations to help recruit and retain quality talent, which has a direct correlation to fuelling business success.” whatsapplast_img read more

Tory leadership race: Who will challenge frontrunner Boris Johnson?

first_imgRead more: Rory Stewart knocked out of Tory leadership race whatsapp The final two will then be put before the 160,000-strong Tory party membership, who will decide after a series of hustings who should be the next Prime Minister. Another secret ballot will be held today, with the results announced at 1pm. There will then be another vote until only two candidates remain this evening. Thursday 20 June 2019 8:52 am Yesterday the international development secretary, Rory Stewart, was knocked out of the race after his recent surge in momentum fell away after Tuesday night’s TV debate. Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid will attempt to persuade MPs that they should be the one to go head-to-head with Johnson, the former foreign secretary who is the frontrunner in the race to replace Theresa May as Tory party leader. Boris Johnson is the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race Read more: Sterling falls to fresh 2019 low as Boris Johnson gathers support center_img More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com whatsapp Alexandra Rogers Tory MPs will today decide who will face down Boris Johnson as the contest to be the next Prime Minister enters its final round. Johnson picked up 143 votes, while Hunt came second with 54 votes. Gove picked up 51 votes and Javid came last with 38 votes. Share At the vote yesterday evening he won only 27 votes. Tory leadership race: Who will face down frontrunner Boris Johnson? last_img read more

It’s high time Britain’s fledgling cannabis industry got serious about protecting its IP

first_img Jane WainwrightJane Wainwright is a life sciences patent attorney at IP law firm Potter Clarkson. Share One of the strongest ways any business can protect its innovations is through patent protection, and the cannabis industry is no different. Indeed, there are already many patentable products and processes surrounding the substance – from novel or modified ingredients extracted from the cannabis plant and new ways of using cannabis products, to improved cultivation techniques and end-user consumption technology. Just as with any new market opening, when medical cannabis was legalised in Canada during the 1990s, we saw many small entrepreneurial businesses rushing to develop and sell new products. While some indeed delivered market-shaping inventions that endure to this day, many more found themselves falling way short on the fundamentals of IP, allowing larger corporates to rush in and take advantage. whatsapp Already a $10bn-plus industry, the legal cannabis business is rapidly going mainstream – and not just in Canada and the US. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Time is also of the essence. The cannabis industry is a hugely dynamic space with international players already making moves in the UK. Only last December, the world’s largest cannabis company, Canadian producer Canopy Growth, announced that it was establishing a UK subsidiary, Spectrum Biomedical, to supply British pharmacies. Whether the UK ends up following Canada’s lead on legalising the recreational usage of cannabis of course remains to be seen – and likely depends on whoever becomes the next Prime Minister. But if British businesses are serious about tapping into a market which could be worth as much as €115bn across Europe by 2028, they must heed the lessons learned from their pioneering Canadian counterparts. That means being acutely mindful of protecting their innovations from the outset. While many more established industries grapple with the continued uncertainties of Brexit, a real opportunity now exists for “UK Cannabis plc.” to flourish. Such players know only too well the value of IP and the potential of the UK market. Their UK and international counterparts are now very much positioned to do similarly as the market starts to open up here. What’s more, despite strict laws on medical access that have only recently begun to be relaxed, the UK actually produced some 95 tonnes of legal cannabis in 2016, making it the world’s largest exporter. Regardless of their propositions, UK businesses need to recognise the international nature of the industry. Even if this does not happen, however, as the fledgling British medical cannabis industry establishes stronger roots, protecting its innovations is only going to become more important. Taking Canada again as an example, there are now 90 publicly listed cannabis-related companies with a market value of about CA$31bn, but the top three filers of patents there are Swiss, US and British businesses. Thursday 20 June 2019 10:30 am Novel cannabis plant varieties, of which there are many, can also be protected in certain circumstances. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 07: A cannabis plant grows in the Amsterdam Cannabis College, a non profit charitable organisation that gives information on cannabis and hemp use on February 7, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has been declared a success after a reduction in anti social behaviour. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Opinion City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. You might not know it, but the UK has been steadily growing its own cannabis infrastructure for some years, with London increasingly becoming a hub for advisers and entrepreneurs looking to get on board the green rush. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OraclePost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand Solar It’s high time Britain’s fledgling cannabis industry got serious about protecting its IP last_img read more

Government unveils scheme to keep foreign students in Britain

first_img However, ministers are now keen to hold on to students, especially those who have studied a so-called stem subject – science, technology, engineering and maths. Half of stem post-graduate students in British universities come from abroad. “Breakthroughs of this kind wouldn’t be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK,” he said. “In an ageing society with an increasing burden of chronic diseases, it is vital that we diagnose earlier, personalise treatment and where possible prevent diseases from occurring altogether.” Researchers will try to understand why some people are more prone to diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The government will today reveal new plans allowing international students to stay in the UK for two years after they finish their course. Tuesday 10 September 2019 10:30 pm whatsapp Home secretary Sajid Javid tweeted in response to the policy: “About time. Should have reversed this silly policy years ago. Britain should always be open to the best talent from across the world.” It comes as the UK kicks off the largest genetics project in the world. The £200m push will sequence the genome of all 500,000 volunteers in the UK’s Biobank. The policy is announced a month after Johnson said he would relax visa rules for international scientists. The initiative let graduates work, or look for work, at any skill level. whatsapp “This project will help unlock new treatments and grow our understanding of how genetics effects our risk of disease,” said health secretary Matt Hancock. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes the initiative will help fuel scientific discoveries in Britain. He promised to go “even further” than the discovery of DNA by an international team at Cambridge 60 years ago. There is no cap on how many can apply to stay under the new scheme. Business groups have been calling for the move as part of a more liberal migration policy. Post-study visas were scrapped in 2012 when Theresa May was home secretary. August Graham Government unveils scheme to keep foreign students in Britain Share The SNP described the move as a “screeching Tory U-turn”.last_img read more

Fintechs are moving at such break-neck speeds that they’re struggling to mitigate the risks

first_imgToo many challengers are putting insurance at the bottom of the list – it becomes a last priority as they rapidly expand. But that has to change for the good of the sector.  Opinion Fintechs are moving at such break-neck speeds that they’re struggling to mitigate the risks But a lack of adequate insurance cover is leaving the corporate reputation of challenger brands hanging in the balance. We have seen instances where, if the challenger had faced losses as a result of a sophisticated digital crime, for example, they would have not been insured, and their business and client loyalty may well have been in peril.  whatsapp In fact, we are finding that a number of UK challenger firms are growing or expanding their operational footprint at a rate that outstrips their current insurance policies. As a result, they are left exposed to issues, such as new sources of criminal activity and technology-triggered complaints. Allison HollernAllison Hollern is partner and head of Global Financial Institutions at Lockton. As the financial regulators wrestle with how to police our evolving financial sector, they will undoubtedly begin to take a closer look at how well challengers are mitigating their own risks.  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 MomNoteableyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLama whatsapp The language of their basic policies may have been adequate when a small team was developing the proposition, but now that they are taking part in more complex financial activities for thousands of people, the policies fail to match up.  Many fintechs and challenger brands that are growing beyond startup status still have off-the-shelf insurance policies that are no longer fit for purpose.  The problem is that the product or service a challenger brand is providing is so new that an insurer may not readily understand what future risks the business is exposed to. In the past, the risk for financial institutions was black and white – bank robbery or giving bad advice to a fee-paying client are easier risks to understand.  The “challenger” moniker has been given to a new generation of financial brands because they are disrupting the status quo set by the financial institutions of the past. center_img Risks have to be fully defined and addressed to ensure that, if something goes wrong, all bases are covered. This takes time and dedication on the part of the challenger brand and the insurer, but it’s necessary.  But the business models of today’s challengers are more nuanced. They rarely hold physical assets and their fees may be garnered through services that go beyond traditional transactional activities. This is a concern where challengers are growing at break-neck speeds and have gone to market without first mitigating their business risks.  There are many hurdles ahead for challenger brands – but being fully insured shouldn’t be one of them.  More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share To compete with established financial firms whose brands carry a high level of trust with consumers, challengers have to ensure that their brands are as or even more trusted – brand equity is the make-or-break factor in finance.  It’s a potential ticking time bomb that could undermine the reputation that challengers have built for delivering customers innovative and seamless financial products and services. But it may be that the speed at which these tech-focused firms are expanding will leave them open to significant risk in the near future. Monday 23 September 2019 5:21 amlast_img read more

The Conservative party’s love affair with the City is back on

first_imgIn place of lectures from Theresa May about executive pay, this year’s Conservative party conference featured the new Prime Minister exulting on stage about the wonders of “dynamic free-market capitalism”.  But while the government has always appreciated the importance of the City – and the jobs and tax revenue it provides – it is fair to say that any rapprochement between Downing Street and the Square Mile has a rather more obvious cause. The Conservative party’s love affair with the City is back on Opinion whatsapp A nonsense conspiracy theory about Boris colluding with “disaster capitalist” hedge funds to short the British economy gets swiftly and viciously debunked by everyone who knows anything about the markets – but taken up eagerly by McDonnell. Every so often over the past few years, there have been articles published claiming that the City is slowly being won around by John McDonnell’s “tea offensive” – that chief executives are increasingly of the view that no-deal is more damaging to their interests than a Jeremy Corbyn-led government. That debate is still going on. But Labour’s lurch to the even further left has rendered it less an existential quandary, and more a long-term discussion point.  Admittedly, it was a pose that failed to convince anyone who had studied anything that McDonnell or Corbyn had ever said or written. But coupled with a general public sense among voters that the economy was not delivering for them, that capitalism was generating but not sharing the wealth, it pushed the Conservatives to engage in a certain amount of soul-searching about whether their priority should be to reform capitalism or defend it. In the 2017 election, Labour attempted to depict itself as a party of social democratic moderation.  And on the conference fringe, finger-wagging panels about corporate governance reform were conspicuous by their absence. In the face of a concerted European attempt to steal as many jobs as possible, employment has remained robust. The City’s increasingly prominent status as a tech hub has also been reaffirmed. As it happens, the City of London itself is an excellent emblem (and in part the cause) of Britain’s relative economic durability in the years since the Brexit vote.  Without seamless access to the markets of the continent, we needed to provide businesses, both domestic and overseas, with insuperable reasons to locate and invest here, not put more obstacles in their way. At the top of the party, there has certainly been a change of tone.  I have to admit that the focus on the sins of the business world always struck me as self-defeating. Not only did it appear to legitimise many of Labour’s criticisms of enterprise, but it also seemed foolhardy – to say the least – to alienate the very firms whose investment and innovation would be needed to carry Britain through the uncertainties of Brexit.  Robert Colvile MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech onstage on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central on October 2, 2019 in Manchester, England. The U.K. government prepares to formally submit its finalised Brexit plan to the EU today. The offer replaces the Northern Irish Backstop with border, customs and regulatory checks lasting until 2025. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) And while most of the Brexit focus has been on goods rather than services, there has been an awful lot of work going on away from the spotlight. center_img Although most of the City giants would prefer deal to no-deal, strenuous efforts have been made both by the private sector and the government to prepare for either scenario, and to minimise immediate disruption from the latter. whatsapp I have searched quite diligently for any chief executives who hold this opinion, without success. But if they do exist, they are surely reconsidering their views in the light of Labour’s party conference – whose attitude to business was less tea and more offensive. Brexit may have strained the relationship between Conservatives committed to Brexit and corporate bosses who favour the status quo. But both sides know that if the alternative is a Corbynite government, they need to hang together – rather than hanging separately. 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 MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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In the May era, conversations with those in power tended to default to what business was doing wrong. Today, there is rather more interest in what can be done to support it.  A book by a leading Corbynite outrider warning about the “financialisation” of the economy is published, without anyone involved spotting that she appears not to know what bank capital is, or how balance sheets work. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Main image credit: Getty Because in the face of an opposition which does not seem to understand or care how prosperity is generated, whose platform repeatedly subordinates private property rights to ideological imperatives, there is no question at all in Tory minds about the correct response. Have the Tories fallen back in love with business?  Share It’s not just Labour’s own pledges, such as compulsory four-day weeks and collective bargaining for all. 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Heathrow third runway plans ruled ‘unlawful’ as legal challenge upheld

first_imgHeathrow Airport’s third runway expansion has stalled, after a challenge in the high court was upheld in the Court of Appeal. Also Read: Heathrow third runway plans ruled ‘unlawful’ as legal challenge upheld Stefan Boscia and Edward Thicknesse However, his stance on the third runway now is less clear. A separate challenge issued by Heathrow Hub, authors of a rival plan to expand the airport, also failed. The Heathrow expansion has been an ongoing saga in the capital for more than a decade “We face a climate emergency and I’m delighted that the Court of Appeal has recognised that the Government cannot ignore its climate change responsibilities,” he said. “The government must now finally see sense and abandon plans for a third runway at Heathrow. “A new runway at Heathrow would have serious consequences on climate change, on air quality, on noise pollution, on road and rail networks and on the quality of life in our city. “We have concluded in particular the designation of the [policy statement] was unlawful by reason to failing to take into account the government’s commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change,” he said. It referred to the DfT’s policy document outlining the project, claiming that it does not properly deal with the impact on air quality, climate change, noise and congestion. Other parts of the challenge to the statement on noise and air quality were not upheld by the court. “In the face of a climate emergency, we can’t keep investing in airport expansion.” A spokesperson for Heathrow said that the situation was “eminently fixable”. Heathrow third runway plans ruled ‘unlawful’ as legal challenge upheld “We really are facing a climate emergency and it’s about time the government started taking action to address this. I will continue to stand up for London by doing everything I can to stop a new runway at Heathrow airport.” Today’s decision marks a huge victory for campaigners against the third runway. The challenge failed in May 2019, however the appeal was heard in October and the verdict given this morning. Liberal Democrat mayoral challenger Siobhan Benita said the decision was “excellent news for a greener London”. “By contrast, the Extended Northern Runway is a much cheaper and greener scheme,” he said. whatsapp “Heathrow has taken a lead in getting the UK aviation sector to commit to a plan to get to Net Zero emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Accord.” Share “In the meantime, we are ready to work with the government to fix the issue that the court has raised.   Also Read: Heathrow third runway plans ruled ‘unlawful’ as legal challenge upheld However, Lord Justice Lindblom found the policy statement written by the Department for Transport (DfT) “did not take account of government policy relating to the mitigation of and the adaption to climate change”. Heathrow Hub, meanwhile, still said that its option for airport expansion was the only way forward, despite its challenge being thrown out of the court. Khan said this morning’s judgement was “a victory for Londoners and future generations”. Heathrow Hub founder Jock Lowe said the review of the policy “will expose that the expensive and complicated third Runway is never going to be compatible with the UK’s climate change obligations” The court found that the government’s policy statement for the third runway was “unlawful” as it did not take into account the government’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, a challenge brought by mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Friends of the Earth, Plan B and several local authorities. Lindblom said: “The appropriate remedy is a declaration to declare the designation unlawful and prevent it has any legal effect until the secretary of state [Grant Shapps] has taken a review of it.” The issue has been an ongoing saga in the capital for more than a decade. “I’m delighted that this crucial decision paves the way for putting an end to this polluting project once and for all,” she said. The original challenge to the expansion was issued by Khan, several local authorities and environmental groups. Thursday 27 February 2020 10:35 am Boris Johnson, when has was mayor of London, vowed to lie down in front of the bulldozers to prevent the project from going ahead. They said: “The Court of Appeal dismissed all appeals against the government – including on “noise” and “air quality” – apart from one which is eminently fixable.  We will appeal to the Supreme Court on this one issue and are confident that we will be successful.  Paul McGuinness, Chair of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said: “Clearly the courts have found an irredeemably large hole in the Government’s airports national policy statement which will now have to be withdrawn.” Parliament backed the statement in 2018, voting 415-119 in favour of going ahead with Heathrow’s expansion. The group’s plan is to extend the northern runway of the airport, instead of adding a third runway. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.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.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapp The government has confirmed it will not appeal the decision, leaving the DfT to now re-write the policy statement.last_img read more

Rival states launch cyber attacks on UK and US coronavirus labs

first_img whatsapp Tuesday 5 May 2020 2:48 pm whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Rival states launch cyber attacks on UK and US coronavirus labs Tags: Coronavirus British and American spooks have issued an urgent warning after uncovering a string of cyber attacks launched by rival states against healthcare organisations fighting coronavirus. The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, has advised staff at healthcare and research organisations to make sure their passwords are secured. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousazenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNews SharperChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoNews SharperNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistate Laboratories carrying out research into the virus have also fallen victim to the “malicious” cyber campaigns. This technique involves attacking a large number of accounts with a small number of common passwords, on the basis that at least one account will use one of the common passwords. According to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), attackers have carried out so-called password spraying campaigns on a large scale. (AFP via Getty Images) “Protecting the healthcare sector is the NCSC’s first and foremost priority at this time, and we’re working closely with the NHS to keep their systems safe,” said Paul Chichester, NCSC director of operations. Share Show Comments ▼ The security officials have not named the countries behind the attacks, but they are understood to include Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Any password that could be easily guessed should be replaced by one consisting of three random words, the spooks said. Two-factor authentication should also be used to reduce the threat of compromises. The alert follows a joint advisory published last month by the NCSC and CISA, which warned that a growing number of cyber criminals and other malicious groups online are exploiting the Covid-19 outbreak for their own personal gain. “By prioritising any requests for support from health organisations and remaining in close contact with industries involved in the coronavirus response, we can inform them of any malicious activity and take the necessary steps to help them defend against it.” More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Healthcare bodies, pharmaceutical companies and local government organisations in the UK and US have all been targeted in the attacks, which are aimed at gathering information about the Covid-19 outbreak. Rival states launch cyber attacks on UK and US coronavirus labs James Warrington (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Rival states launch cyber attacks on UK and US coronavirus labs last_img read more

Retail restraint: John Lewis and Primark decline government help to play the long game

first_imgThis was true for the initial furlough scheme, and remains the case as Rishi Sunak switches to offering a £1,000 per employee bonus to companies who retain furloughed workers. Primark and John Lewis obviously want to maintain their image as socially responsible companies (Getty Images) Opinion whatsapp Two major players, however, have bucked the trend. Discount fashion retailer Primark has announced that it “shouldn’t be necessary” to take advantage of the government’s job retention bonus, passing on a potential £30m in assistance. John Lewis has said similarly that it does not expect to get any money from Whitehall, even while announcing job cuts and store closures. When the effects of Covid-19 shake out, as surely they will, there will be intense scrutiny on all businesses, and a calculation of who had “a good war”. Tim Martin, the mercurial boss of JD Wetherspoon, hit exactly the wrong note in the early days by saying he would not support workers not required at his pubs, and suggested that they could go and work for Tesco. The result was a Twitter hashtag #neverspoons and the release of an app by the same name allowing thirsty pub-goers to find alternatives in their area.  whatsapp Thursday 16 July 2020 4:35 am Primark and John Lewis obviously want to avoid a similar fare and be in a position to sell a good story to customers and maintain their image as socially responsible companies. Primark and John Lewis obviously want to maintain their image as socially responsible companies (Getty Images) Also Read: Retail restraint: John Lewis and Primark decline government help to play the long game There may be something else at work here too. The government is thinking hard about the future of retail. Last month, the Prime Minister set out sweeping plans to revitalise the high street, including the relaxation of planning laws, £96m for the “Towns Fund” to help 101 selected towns spend on improvements, and nearly £1bn for “shovel-ready” local growth projects. Last year the government commissioned a High Street Task Force, chaired by Ellandi founder Mark Robinson, to examine plans for breathing new life into the critical retail sector.  What on earth is going on? Main image credit: Getty Inevitably, the sector has looked to the government for assistance. Even the most hardened devotee of the free market has seen the Treasury’s coffers as a life belt to help companies get through the worst of the pandemic. Change and adaptation can come later. Show Comments ▼ Retail restraint: John Lewis and Primark decline government help to play the long game The stated rationale is perfectly sound. Primark argues that it already took back its furloughed staff when it reopened stores in mid-June, while John Lewis is going through its own restructuring and rationalisation which will see the closure of some major sites like Birmingham and Watford. They do not, therefore, “need” or “deserve” the financial contribution from taxpayers. They have done it all on their own. With an open-handed and open-minded culture abroad in Whitehall, John Lewis and Primark may have calculated that it could pay in the long run to be on good terms with the government. Primark and John Lewis obviously want to maintain their image as socially responsible companies (Getty Images) Also Read: Retail restraint: John Lewis and Primark decline government help to play the long game Social responsibility and close cooperation with an interventionist-minded central government are key themes, and Primark and John Lewis have cleverly spotted them. Eliot WilsonEliot Wilson is co-founder of Pivot Point and a former House of Commons official. For retail, the story of Covid-19 has been one of survival. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Some retailers grasped this truth very early on. Waitrose, the John Lewis-owned supermarket chain, set aside certain opening hours for elderly and vulnerable shoppers as early as March, while Tesco introduced dedicated time slots for NHS workers. Other brands, however, have been slower on the uptake. I have doubts about this sudden outbreak of uncontrollable honesty. Rather, I suspect that Primark and John Lewis have shrewdly perceived that reputation has become an absolutely critical brand attribute during the coronavirus crisis.  Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlush The retail sector will be transformed wholesale over the coming years — that was already clear long before anyone had heard of “Covid-19”. The question is how. But it is interesting that major players have identified potential direction of travel. last_img read more

TFL gets go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton

first_img Share Tags: UK house prices More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com Thursday 21 January 2021 7:21 am Show Comments ▼ A new development in Acton has been given the go-ahead by Ealing Council, and will provide 852 new homes for rent and sale in the area. TfL gets go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton The development covers a 3.6 hectares site and spans from Acton Town station to the level crossing towards Chiswick, TfL’s largest development to date. More than 800 homes will be built in Acton. Also Read: TfL gets go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton More than 800 homes will be built in Acton. Also Read: TfL gets go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton “We will shortly be approaching the market for a partner as we strive to deliver these homes – including hundreds of new affordable homes – as fast as we can,” he added. whatsapp Hannah Godfrey TfL head of property development Jonathan Cornelius said the plans would bring “much-needed” homes to this part of London, and was designing to benefit the local community with green spaces, improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities and new commercial opportunities for local businesses. More than 800 homes will be built in Acton. Also Read: TfL gets go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton The scheme will be made up of 50 per cent affordable housing, which will consist of a combination of homes available at a range of affordable, such as discounted market rent and London Affordable Rent, and shares ownership properties. The site, which was designed in collaboration with architects HOK and East and engineers Mott MacDonald, will also provide more than 2,300 sqm of commercial space. Work has started on almost 1,500 homes, and approval has been given for a further 6,650 homes. TfL is still awaiting planning committee decisions on almost 1,250 that have already been submitted. More than 800 homes will be built in Acton. The new homes will be spread over nine buildings and will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties. whatsapp The plans form part of TfL’s wider housing programme, which will provide more than 10,000 homes across the capital as well as a commitment to deliver 50 per cent affordable housing on average across all sites brought to the market since May 2016.last_img read more

Refugee nurses channelled into the NHS through new scheme

first_img“In this new job even giving a patient a glass of water feels totally amazing after not being able to do it for so long,” he said. (Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) Colfar, who developed the scheme at Liverpool John Moores University alongside charity Refuaid, said: “As healthcare professionals, they find it extremely difficult to restart their career. Refugee nurses are being channelled into the NHS as part of a Liverpool-based scheme, giving asylum seekers the opportunity to use their qualifications to live an independent life in the UK. “People are going from a position of total helplessness to a position that they could lead a real new life,” Colfar said, adding that “if we did not do anything they would be assigned to a life that would require social security support or a low paid job.” “I have so much experience in exactly the area that was needed,” Jarad told the BBC. “I’ve worked with so many isolated patients in intensive care respiratory units. My experience is completely relevant and I just couldn’t use it.” Palestinian national from Lebanon, Walid Jarad, had lived in just two t-shirts and two pairs of jeans for a whole year, until last month. Refugee nurses channelled into the NHS through new scheme Before fleeing political persecution in Lebanon, Jarad worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit for six years. 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(Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Refugee nurses channelled into the NHS through new scheme Share All nurses have their qualifications and previous employment verified and are then helped to register with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Millie Turner Watching his medical experience go to waste during a global pandemic, Jarad now has a job as a healthcare assistant and will become a nurse in around six months with thanks to the programme.center_img Monday 10 May 2021 9:43 am (Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Refugee nurses channelled into the NHS through new scheme NHS Scheme “This is about making them realise the potential they already had. They will be able to be independent so the return on this little investment is huge.” The first pilot course ran in February, with Jarad was one of 14 refugees from Ethiopia, Sudan, Iran, Philippines, Gambia, Honduras and Myanmar, all referred by Refuaid. whatsapp The second run of the course began in April and costs £2,150 per candidate. If they get a job after, nurses can then be offered £1,000 in relocation support while they wait for their first pay packet – funded by NHS England and Improvement. Tags: Covid-19 a year on NHS “You land here, you have no support, often no money, no idea how to get registered and you’re just trying to survive. It’s so difficult to get into the NHS without some sort of structure to help you.” The NHS is already stretched for nurses, so the four-week scheme offers an opportunity to have practical exercises in an NHS hospital simulation environment, secure job interviews and learn English. 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Alaska Supreme Court rules in favor of Kookesh, Angoon subsistence fishermen

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Food | Government | Southeast | State Government | SubsistenceAlaska Supreme Court rules in favor of Kookesh, Angoon subsistence fishermenNovember 20, 2015 by Jennifer Canfield, KTOO Share:Charges against three Southeast subsistence fishermen — including former Sen. Albert Kookesh — have once again been dismissed. In an opinion issued Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court found that because the regulation used to cite the men was not created lawfully, it’s unenforceable. The decision could have a major impact on Department of Fish and Game bag limits across the state.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/11/20KANALKU-B.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Estrada v. the State of Alaska concerned three men accused of taking more fish than their permits allowed. A fourth man, Scott Hunter, eventually pled guilty to an amended charge of fishing without a permit.Hunter, Rocky Estrada, Stanley Johnson and former Angoon Sen. Albert Kookesh were cited in July 2009 for harvesting 148 fish; their permits only allowed for 15 sockeye salmon harvested per family from Kanalku Bay near Angoon. Kookesh — who’s served in both bodies of Alaska’s Legislature and as chairman of Sealaska — says he wasn’t even fishing that day.“When I saw Fish and Game come in and start giving them citations, I was looking for something that would challenge the bag limit,” Kookesh said. At the time of the citations, he was representing Senate District C, which included a number of Southeast villages. “When I saw them giving my brothers a citation, I went over and said, ‘Here’s my permit; I want to get a citation, too.’”The charges were dismissed by a judge at first, but the state appealed.The fishermen saw the citations as unfair. Kookesh said no one in Angoon recalled the Department of Fish and Game consulting with locals informally — which the department claims it did — let alone officially. If they had, Kookesh says the resulting regulation that set the bag limit may have been more agreeable to locals. He says the department erred in not establishing a definition for “family” or explaining how they decided on 15 fish.“Less than a mile away from where we got cited, commercial fishermen were fishing, catching all the fish they wanted,” he said.In 2013, the Alaska Court of Appeals reinstated the charges. Their reasoning was that because the Legislature knew the Board of Fisheries was enacting this kind of regulation, their inaction to amend or clarify the board’s power indicated that they believed the board acted within its authority.That’s a conclusion the Supreme Court found to be beside the point.For the justices, the question wasn’t about the authority to create regulations; it was about whether those regulations were established according to the Administrative Procedures Act — a law that defines the process for creating a regulation.How extensively this decision will affect bag limits across the state is still unknown.“This may not just be for the bag limit in Angoon. There are bag limits for everything in the state — for moose, for deer, for everything. And we don’t think that this is going to be such a small Angoon case; it’s going to be an Alaska case,” Kookesh said.Fish and Game Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brooks says the department is also trying to figure out what the decision means for their subsistence management regime.“We’re going to pull together our directors on Monday morning and with the Department of Law just walk through it,” Brooks said. “It has resource management implications and they’re pretty varied. It’s commercial, sport, subsistence and wildlife. We’ve got to spend some time and figure it out.”A spokeswoman for the governor said the Walker administration is still reviewing the case.Kookesh says this is just one of many issues surrounding subsistence management in the state that will be challenged over the coming years. He says this case was really about making the department consult with people in rural Alaska.“We intended to fight this,” he said. “We intended to challenge it and we did. And today after all those years and all that heartache and all that stress, we finally got a result that we think is right.”Correction: The Alaska Supreme Court opinion issued Friday states that the fishermen were arrested at the time of their citations. A previous version of this story included that detail, which is not true.   Share this story:last_img read more

Clock is ticking on state dispute with Prudhoe Bay leaseholders

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Business | Energy & Mining | North SlopeClock is ticking on state dispute with Prudhoe Bay leaseholdersSeptember 1, 2016 by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Prudhoe Bay. The Department of Natural Resources has refused to approve the oil field’s 2016 Plan of Development until operator BP includes detailed marketing information for its massive gas reserves. (Photo courtesy BP)The clock is ticking on a dispute between Gov. Bill Walker’s administration and the state’s largest oil producers.The Department of Natural Resources has rejected the annual plan for Prudhoe Bay, demanding detailed new information on how North Slope companies plan to market the field’s natural gas reserves.But companies have resisted, arguing the information the state wants either does not exist or would be illegal to hand over.Thursday, Sept. 1, was the deadline for the field’s main operator, BP, to submit a new plan. The state now has 60 days to respond.This fight started back in January, with a letter from former Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers. The letter asked BP to include detailed information on its efforts to market the field’s oil and — more to the point — natural gas reserves.That request was new because right now there isn’t a clear path for major gas sales from Prudhoe Bay. The state and North Slope producers have been trying to build a pipeline to bring that gas to market for decades. At the time of the letter, the state was in a four-way partnership with the main Prudhoe Bay leaseholders — BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips — though that partnership is now dissolving, as the state takes control of the project.When BP submitted its plan in March, the Division of Oil and Gas responded with a bullet-point list of details it still required — including potential customers, volumes and pricing terms for natural gas sales.BP refused, calling the state’s request “extraordinary,” “unprecedented,” and “unlawful.” The company argued, in part, that sharing marketing information with competitors — including the state — would violate antitrust laws.BP also said much of the information the state wants simply doesn’t exist, because nobody is currently selling gas from the North Slope. And it pointed out the state was well aware of its major efforts to monetize its gas, through the Alaska LNG project.ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips both sent letters supporting BP’s position.The state wasn’t satisfied. On June 30, Division of Oil and Gas Director Corri Feige sent a letter declaring the Prudhoe Bay 2016 Plan of Development incomplete. The division extended the previous year’s plan and gave BP two months to try again.With the new plan submitted, the state has until Nov. 1 to respond. (BP’s most recent letter and updated plan have not been released publicly; the division said it will release the plan once it has been reviewed for confidential information.)It’s unclear what will happen if the state rejects the plan again. A company can’t operate a field without an accepted plan of development  — so in theory, at least, the dispute could disrupt production at Alaska’s largest oil field.But a Division of Oil and Gas spokesperson insisted that’s not in the cards, saying the state is confident it will get the information it wants, and the division can issue another extension — or more — if needed.Share this story:last_img read more

Walker vetoes bill that would guarantee university board seats to regions

first_imgAleutians | Arctic | North Slope | Northwest | Southcentral | Southeast | Southwest | State Government | University of Alaska | WesternWalker vetoes bill that would guarantee university board seats to regionsSeptember 9, 2016 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:The University of Alaska Board of Regents meets in June in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)Gov. Bill Walker vetoed a bill today that would have set aside University of Alaska board seats for residents from different geographic areas.The governor will continue to be able to appoint the 11 Board of Regents members without geographic limits on where they live.Supporters of House Bill 107 said the bill would increase the representation of Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai boroughs, as well as residents who live off of the road system.Walker said in a letter to House Speaker Mike Chenault that there’s no evidence that some areas are unheard, and that it’s important for board members to respect each area.He also opposed a provision that required residents to live in an area for two years before joining the board, saying it isn’t consistent with Alaska’s embrace of personal freedom.Bill sponsor Wasilla Republican Lynn Gattis said she doesn’t agree with Walker’s reasoning.“Boy, that’s a lot of BS, and you could go ahead and put that on the radio,” Gattis said. “Because I think the bottom line is, the fact that we do have very different regions. That’s why we elect representatives from those different regions. They bring a different flavor to the table.”It’s Walker’s fifth veto as governor, other than budget line-item vetoes.Share this story:last_img read more

Marijuana sells out at Rainforest Farms’ opening day

first_imgBusiness | Juneau | MarijuanaMarijuana sells out at Rainforest Farms’ opening dayNovember 25, 2016 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:The line at Rainforest Farms for its opening day of legal marijuana sales stretches down Second Street and around the corner in downtown Juneau, Nov. 25, 2016. (Photo courtesy Mary Uyanik)Friday was the opening day for marijuana retailer Rainforest Farms, and they had to close early because they sold out.Facebook users shared photos showing lines to the store running down Second Street and around the block for the first legal marijuana sales in Juneau. The business planned to open at “high noon” and close at 6 p.m., but closed early after running out of product.On Facebook, the business says it will harvest another crop this week and re-open in a few weeks. Rainforest Farms is the first business in town to make it to retail.At least 10 other ventures in town have sought state licenses in Juneau for one or more aspects of the marijuana business – separate licenses are required for growing, processing, retailing and testing.Share this story:last_img read more

Iraqi Troops Edge Deeper Into Mosul — With Caution

first_imgGovernment | Military | National News | NPR NewsIraqi Troops Edge Deeper Into Mosul — With CautionJanuary 15, 2017 by Jane Arraf, NPR News Share:Iraqi Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi with a locally made mortar. It’s almost indistinguishable from Iraqi army mortars apart from the black and white ISIS logo painted on it.Jane Arraf/for NPRIraqi forces are nearing what is expected to be the toughest part of the fight for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. As troops push toward the river dividing the city, they face new tactics from Islamic State fighters adapting to an urban environment and the limitations of U.S. air and artillery support.The more densely populated west side of the historic city, with its twisting streets and covered market, is still in ISIS hands. But Iraqi counter-terrorism troops this week for the first time reached the east bank of the Tigris River that splits the city.“We know ISIS very well by now and we knew it would take a long time,” Iraqi Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi told NPR in a recent interview near the front line.Saadi commands 12 battalions of counter-terrorism forces. He won’t say exactly how many troops are under his orders, but several thousand of his fighters have led Iraq’s battle against ISIS for the last two years, pushing them back on several fronts, from areas north of Baghdad to Tikrit to Fallujah and now in Mosul.The last time I saw Gen. Saadi was in Fallujah, as Iraqi forces took back that city in western Iraq last summer.He says ISIS is putting up a tougher fight in Mosul. The extremist group has held the Iraqi city since it overpowered the Iraqi army and police in June 2014 and declared it the capital of their self-declared Islamic state, or caliphate.“Their fighters in Mosul are tougher than they were in Fallujah,” says Saadi, over tea in an abandoned house in a village near the front line. “In Fallujah, there were just fighters and a few car bombs. Here until now, they have detonated more than 250 car bombs just against my men.”As the fight has moved into more heavily populated neighborhoods and out of the open spaces of the countryside, he and U.S. commanders say ISIS is increasingly using drones.“They are using them for many purposes,” says Saadi. “One of the purposes is to track me.”He says the small drones bought on the market are used to help ISIS snipers and suicide bombers in targeting. ISIS has begun attaching explosives to larger drones.Iraqi soldiers load rockets into a rocket launcher on the eastern side of Mosul on Friday. The fighting in and around the city has been going on for the past four months, with the Iraqi forces slowly advancing.Khalid Mohammed/APMosul was a commercial center, filled with factories and workshops. ISIS has taken machine tool shops and converted them to manufacturing military-grade mortars. It has built car bomb factories across the city and has welded steel plates onto vehicles to turn them into more lethal vehicle-borne bombs.Saadi shows us one of the locally made mortars. It’s almost indistinguishable from Iraqi army mortars apart from the black and white ISIS logo painted on it.The Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, trained by the U.S., are considered by the U.S. military to be the most professional in the Iraqi forces. Iraqi counter-terrorism troops are backed directly by U.S.-led air support. The Iraqi army and federal police are supported by Iraqi air strikes.But as the fight moves further into the city, air strikes and artillery have limited use.“Hospitals, mosques, schools, churches – those are all the places the US is not supposed to hit and all the places that ISIS is hiding in,” says Saadi.Although Iraq and international organizations have prepared camps for a flood of displaced Iraqis, relatively few have been able to leave. More than 700,000 civilians are still living in west Mosul.In last year’s battle for Fallujah, military leaders believe ISIS fighters escaped with thousands of civilians, all of them fleeing when the Iraqi army opened up a corridor.In Mosul, Iraqi forces have surrounded the city and the battle plan has allowed no escape for anyone. Civilians now running out of food and water will be able to leave only as their neighborhoods are liberated.“The civilians are a problem,” says Saadi. “Their position near the front line makes us a little worried. It means we go slowly.”Near the airport in the Kurdish capital Erbil, the deputy commander of U.S. forces in Iraq tries to explain the complexity of the fight for Mosul.Men push a cart at a makeshift river crossing next to a bridge destroyed by Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday. The Iraqi forces have reclaimed much of eastern Mosul, but the Islamic State still controls much of the western side of the city.Khalid Mohammed/AP“Picture any large metropolitan city on the U.S. East Coast — dense, older cities with smaller streets. And then picture having to eradicate all crime and any enemy force in there,” says Brig. Gen. Scott Efflandt.“It requires street by street, house by house, room by room operation,” he said. “There’s no quick way to do it. You have to walk, you have to climb stairs, you have to open doors and then repeat the process again and again and again and then when you’re doing that you have to leave someone behind to guard the area you just went through. ”That’s without U.S. troops on the frontlines.After the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003, American forces spent eight years in Iraq. Mosul is the biggest urban battle involving the U.S. in years. However, unlike previous battles, most of the 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq aren’t anywhere near the line of fire.“When we think of what we do in Iraq, it’s very difficult for people to understand we are not side by side with an Iraqi soldier shooting a rifle. It’s not what we are doing here,” says Col. Brett Sylvia, commander of the 2nd brigade, 101st Airborne Division – a force whose soldiers actually walked the streets of Mosul early in the war.Sylvia commands about 2,500 troops advising and assisting the Iraqi military, mostly at tactical operations centers.At Camp Swift, the small U.S. base outpost near Makhmour in northern Iraq where Col. Sylvia is based, a steel door connects the base to the Ninevah Operations Command. Iraqi generals sit next to U.S. officers looking at surveillance feeds from coalition aircraft .“Mosul is an area twice the size and twice the area of Washington, D.C.,” says Sylvia. “It would be tough for anyone to execute. When you put it in perspective it’s impressive what they’ve been able to achieve so far.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

St. Paul’s fur seal pups at lowest level in 100 years

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | WildlifeSt. Paul’s fur seal pups at lowest level in 100 yearsJanuary 25, 2017 by Zoë Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Northern fur seals at St. Paul Island’s Reef rookery. (Photo John Ryan/KUCB)Northern fur seal pup production on St. Paul Island has hit its lowest level since 1915.Every other year members of Seattle’s Marine Mammal Laboratory travel to the Pribilof Islands to estimate how many pups are born. Scientist Rod Towell has been a part of the counts since 1992. He says the difference at the rookeries on St. Paul is striking.“I’m not going to say it was full coverage, but it looked like a moving carpet in a sense,” Towell said. “There was movement all across the rocks. You can see them, but there’s seals moving everywhere. Whereas now it looks more patchy.”He estimates the seals are covering about half as much land as they did on his first trip to the island.St. Paul Island’s Reef rookery in 1948. (Courtesy National Marine Mammal Laboratory)The cause of the decline Towell says is a mystery.“There hasn’t been commercial pressure on St. Paul island since 1984,” Towell said. “The fur market has gone way down. We haven’t seen any real obvious mortality pressure on this population since then.”Towell believes a different research project may be the key to solving this mystery.Every year since the late 2000s, the team has tagged fur seal pups on St. Paul and St. George Islands for a new project.Towell thinks that data will help pinpoint where the population is suffering most and if there are big variations in the numbers of pups born each year.Share this story:last_img read more

Potential initiatives would enshrine Medicaid expansion, ACA provisions in state law

first_imgAudio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170821-01.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.One initiative would enshrine in state law the Medicaid expansion that Gov. Bill Walker executed. The other initiative would include several other provisions of the Affordable Care Act in state law. Anchorage Dr. Graham Glass is one of the sponsors of the Medicaid expansion initiative. His neurology and sleep medicine practice has seen a difference from the expansion. “We see patients that otherwise we probably would have never seen,” he said. “We’re able to do things such as treat their sleep apnea earlier on, before they have heart attacks and strokes and then end up being seen in the hospital as uninsured patients.” He noted that if Medicaid didn’t cover those patients, the cost to provide emergency care to them would be shifted to patients with insurance. The Medicaid expansion has covered 35,390 more Alaskans. Another 31,096 signed up for Medicaid or Denali KidCare since the ACA went into effect.  Glass said the political support for federal funding for the expansion means the state should be able to afford it. “The fact that we have a Republican president and a Republican Congress, and they were still unable to pass that repeal in any way, shape or form, makes me fairly comfortable that moving forward in the next administrations for years in the future, it’s very unlikely that that federal money will go away,” Glass said.The other initiative would require insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions. It also would allow parents to cover their children until they turn 26. And it would require health plans to have 10 essential benefits, including mental health care and prescriptions. Both initiatives are being reviewed by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s office to ensure they’re eligible to be placed on the ballot. For instance, they can’t require the state to appropriate money.  Andrea Nutty with the Alaska Nurses Association said the union’s members will support gathering signatures for the petitions. She said it’s important that the ACA protections remain in place.  “With the current instability in Washington, D.C., it’s vitally important to establish patient protections on a state level,” Nutty said.Some Alaskans, including U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, have called for ACA mandates to be scaled back in order to make insurance more affordable. Twenty-two hundred Alaskans buy individual insurance or family insurance costing roughly $1,000 a month, because they don’t receive subsidies based on income. But another 14,000 Alaskans who are subsidized pay an average of $93 a month. Nutty said there are other ways to reduce the cost of health care, beginning with making prices more transparent to the public. “It’s still vitally important that all of those essential health benefits are included in all insurance plans, because you can’t predict when life is going to throw you a curve ball,” she said. Mallott has until early October to review the initiatives. If he approves them, the sponsors must gather 32,127 signatures to petition to place each initiative on the ballot.  Share this story: Economy | Federal Government | Health | Juneau | Mental Health | Southcentral | State GovernmentPotential initiatives would enshrine Medicaid expansion, ACA provisions in state lawAugust 20, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Supporters of Medicaid expansion express their views at the state Capitol in April 2015. Doctors are sponsoring two initiatives that may appear on the 2018 ballot, one of which would enshrine the expansion in state law. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)While Congress has debated repealing the Affordable Care Act, some doctors want to make sure that at least parts of the law remain in place in Alaska. They’re sponsoring two initiatives that could be on the ballot next year.  last_img read more

Ketchikan elementary students gain gardening skills

first_imgEducation | Food | SoutheastKetchikan elementary students gain gardening skillsOctober 25, 2017 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD-Ketchikan Share:Fawn Mountain Elementary School students Cyress Tibbitts and Declan Thomas check some of the lettuce plants growing in the school’s aquaponics room. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD )Inside a small room at Ketchikan’s Fawn Mountain Elementary School is a lush garden.It’s tended by students, who are growing lettuce, zucchini and … knowledge.Audio Playerhttps://krbd-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/25AquaFawn.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“There’s another broccoli plant here. There’s zucchini, there’s basil growing here, tomatoes,” said Fawn Mountain Elementary School principal Alonso Escalante, pointing to some plants as he gives a little background on the school’s aquaponics room.A bank of grow lights inside the windowless room provides substitute sunshine, and lots of pipes circulate water throughout the system.The kids are mostly growing lettuce now, but there are a few other plants in the mix.“It’s a work in progress and once we get it dialed in, it’ll be really interesting to see how much food we can actually grow,” Escalante said. “The ultimate goal is to see if we can actually produce food for our own cafeteria. See if we can get some lettuce into our salad bar, those sorts of things.Escalante didn’t get into too much detail. Because he wants the school’s young gardeners to show off how the system works.Plants grow in the Fawn Mountain Elementary School aquaponics room. On the table are zucchini, tomatoes, basil and lettuce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Soon, two sixth-graders Bree Johnson and Everr Kistler arrive.Everr points to a tank of water next to a large table covered with plants. Swimming inside the tank are fish.“The fish poop in the water and it does this thing to the water and it makes the plants grow,” he said.The fish poop fertilizes the water, which then circulates among all the plants through the pipe system, feeding them the nutrients they need.Bree said they don’t have to add more water too often.She points out some of the plants on the table, growing in porous rocks – broccoli and cabbage, she thinks; then Everr describes the plants growing in vertical planters attached to the wall – different kinds of lettuce.They each pinched off a lettuce leaf to eat. I ask Everr how he likes it.“Tastes better with ranch,” he said.Cyress Tibbitts and Declan Thomas are my next two tour guides. Cyress tells me a little more about the vertical planters.“This is the vertical growing station. It’s where you put the plants to grow vertically, up and down,” he said. “And there’s water dripping down to water the plants. It never stops.”Declan added that the water, fertilized with fish poop, filters through the plants before heading back to the fish tank.There are some tiny bugs flying around the room. Declan said that wasn’t planned – the insects just showed up. But it’s a good thing, he said, “because we wouldn’t get fruit if they didn’t spread the stuff around. We’d have to get cotton swabs and get pollen and move it from other plants. But the flies do the work for us.”Declan said that all the plants are grown without pesticides.Escalante said Fawn Mountain’s aquaponics project started after the school won a grant from the local U.S. Coast Guard’s Chief Petty Officers Association. That group funds different projects each year through its annual Halloween Haunted House event.“That was kind of the seed, so to speak — no pun intended – that got this whole thing going,” he said.The original plan called for a separate greenhouse on school grounds, but building and heating that structure proved too costly.The aquaponics room is more budget-friendly, and with it students are learning valuable lessons, among them how to grow their own food.Share this story:last_img read more

State agencies provide stopgap timber for Southeast industry

first_imgEnvironment | Federal Government | Southeast | State Government | Syndicated | TimberState agencies provide stopgap timber for Southeast industryJanuary 10, 2018 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Forests along Peril Strait shine on a sunny Sept. 15, 2015. Several government agencies are selling timber to Southeast Alaska mills until larger stands of trees are made available. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The state just sold timber from its Southeast Alaska forest to the region’s largest mill.It’s part of a multi-agency effort to keep the area’s logging industry alive. But some say it’s time to let it go.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/01/10Supply-L.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Klawock’s Viking Lumber was the only buyer interested in the North Hollis timber sale, about 230 acres on Prince of Wales Island, the center of what’s left of Southeast’s timber industry.But it wasn’t sold under the usual bid program.It was a negotiated sale based on more than the price, State Forester Chris Maisch said.“The kind of things we’re looking for (are) would the wood be used to manufacture products in the state, how many jobs … will be created from the project,” he said. “Of course, the price being offered for the timber is also a consideration.”The state Division of Forestry said Viking is paying $375,000.00 for mostly Sitka spruce, hemlock and red cedar.It’s not huge acreage as timber sales go, but it’s one of several small state sales aimed at keeping Viking and other parts of the industry alive.“We have stepped up our timber sale program because of the shortfall of federal volume here over the last several years,” he said.The North Hollis sale was finalized in December.The state forest also sold a second parcel to Viking last year, near Coffman Cove, also on Prince of Wales Island.(Read Tongass in transition: Striking a chord with old growth trees.)Another agency also plans to provide stopgap timber.The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office is trading some controversial timberlands near cities for acreage in the Tongass National Forest.Executive Director Wyn Menefee said the office is planning for sales this year and next.“That’s going to be very vital for the timber industry down there because they’re short on timber supply and we are the ones that probably can provide, after we get the land through the lands exchange, the necessary fiber to market,” he said.The first will be near Naukati, which also is on the island.About 11,000 acres are involved, but it won’t all be sold at the same time.“We will be putting that old-growth available for timber markets in Southeast, which hopefully will give them enough breathing room to allow the Forest Service enough time to get timber on the markets,” he said.About 2,400 acres will be in the first sale, which will be offered this spring. Public comments on the overall plan are due by Jan. 15.(Read Tongass in transition: An uncertain future for Alaska’s last big mill.)The Tongass National Forest has been the largest source of timber on public lands for decades. But management changes, lawsuits and a shortage of older timber has slowed its sales.Tongass officials will offer three sales this year totaling about 1,200 acres.Spokesman Paul Robbins Jr. said two are old growth while one is young growth.“We’re also working on environmental impact statements for sales on the Petersburg and Wrangell Ranger districts, as well as multiple sales as part of the Prince of Wales landscape level analysis,” he said.Robbins said the Forest Service is working with other timber owners, including the state, the land trust, Sealaska regional Native corporation and the University of Alaska.“We convened about four or five years ago to coordinate timber sales and improve economies of scale, reduce overall costs and help the economics of timber sales for Southeast Alaska,” he said.“They just want to continue to do business the way they have been doing business,” said Bob Claus, a Prince of Wales Island resident and a member of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.He and others question sales that continue supplying old-growth timber to what he calls a dying industry. He said they’re damaging the environment, including salmon, deer and wolf habitat.“Yyou have Sealaska, you have mental health trust, you have state lands and you have the Forest Service … all pushing for more old-growth harvests out of a place that just can’t take it anymore,” he said. “They’ve already taken all the old growth that they can take. And probably more than was acceptable.”Viking Lumber continues logging old-growth trees from a previous Forest Service sale.What’s called Big Thorne involves about 6,000 acres between Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove.The Tongass is being managed under a plan to move away from harvesting old-growth trees. It calls for a new industry based on younger timber, also called second growth.But a federal agency last fall determined Congress has the right to review – and possibly overturn – the plan.If that happens, the Tongass could resume selling larger stands of older trees, which is what the industry wants.Share this story:last_img read more

Fears over caribou, access vs. mining’s economic promise — BLM releases public input on Ambler Road

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | Interior | State Government | SubsistenceFears over caribou, access vs. mining’s economic promise — BLM releases public input on Ambler RoadMay 1, 2018 by Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:A map of the proposed Ambler Road project. The Bureau of Land Management has just released a summary of the public comments on that project. (Graphic Courtesy of HDR for the Bureau of Land Management.)The Bureau of Land Management received thousands of public comments on the controversial proposed Ambler Road during the scoping period for the project, which ended in January. The BLM released a summary of those comments this week.The road, which is proposed by the state, would begin at the Dalton Highway and run over 200 miles west, along the southern edge of the Brooks Range. Proponents say it’s needed to develop the Ambler mining district.Tim La Marr with BLM said the agency received input from people on all sides of the issue.“I was impressed with the range of comments that we got,” La Marr said. “Comments from the mining industry, comments from environmental groups, a lot of comments from the tribes… comments from people throughout Alaska and people in the Lower 48 as well.”La Marr said that of the 7,000 or so written comments, most were form emails. But over 800 were unique messages, many with substantive suggestions for issues that BLM should consider as they assess the impacts of building the road.Some of those comments argue the road will lead to job growth and economic benefits for the state. Others raise concerns that it would disrupt the Western Arctic Caribou Herd’s migration, or enable more drugs and alcohol to enter rural communities.A topic that came up often in the comments was who would have access to the road. The state says the road will only be permitted for non-public, industrial use. But a number of people who commented questioned the state’s ability to keep the road closed to the public, especially over the long term.“A lot of those comments stem from the concern that if it is opened up to public use, then that opens up a huge area in Alaska that sport hunters and fishermen can start to… use those resources at the expense of subsistence uses,” La Marr said.The comments will help the agency develop an environmental impact statement for the project. That assessment will underpin BLM’s decision on whether to allow the road to be built on federal land.The state is funding the federal environmental review process. The legislature appropriated funding for the project in the past, but Governor Walker has only allowed a portion of that to be spent so far.BLM says the state has provided funding through the end of the scoping phase of the Environmental Impact Statement process. To complete the EIS, the state will need to provide BLM with additional funds.Share this story:last_img read more

Researchers try to understand why Pacific cod stocks are crashing in Gulf of Alaska

first_imgClimate Change | Fisheries | Oceans | SouthwestResearchers try to understand why Pacific cod stocks are crashing in Gulf of AlaskaMay 30, 2018 by Mitch Borden, KMXT-Kodiak Share:Marine scientists Alisa Abookire, left, and Mike Litzow clear kelp out of their seine. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT)On an island about 4 miles off of Kodiak, marine scientists working with the University of Alaska are trying to figure out why Pacific cod stocks are crashing in the Gulf of Alaska.And, how climate change may be affecting the fish when they’re young.Mike Litzow and, his wife, Alisa Abookire, try to pull in a beach seine on a soggy gray day on Long Island. But, they catch more seaweed than fish as they slowly sink deeper into the shore’s mud.“We have to get some kelp out, Liz,” Litzow said. “Oh no, it’s the freaking motherload. This will be our day right here if we aren’t careful.”This isn’t a normal fishing trip.The marine scientists are collaborating on a study for the University of Alaska Fairbanks to figure out why Pacific cod stocks are declining in the Gulf of Alaska and how warming waters may be affecting the species when they’re young.But to do that, they need cod to study, which is why they’re currently struggling to pull in a net. When the seine’s finally on shore, Litzow begins counting up the catch.There aren’t any cod among the small flopping fish, but every specimen is still inspected and recorded before they’re tossed back into the water.Litzow isn’t surprised they’re not catching any cod today because it’s probably too early for them to come into shore.As it becomes warmer though, more and more fish will begin to appear, including the small cod they’re looking for.“Over the winter and we’d set five sets and get like at the low point, 15 fish. And then in the summer, if you hit a big school fish you can get like 15,000 in one set.”Once juvenile cod begin to show up in their net, Litzow and Abookire will measure them; examine the fish to figure out what they’re eating; and collect the small ear bones, or the otoliths, of the cod, which will be used to determine the temperature of the water the fish grew up in.“There’s all kinds of information you can get over time once you catch the fish.”The reason it’s important to collect this data is the Gulf of Alaska has been unusually warm for the past few years. In that time, cod populations have crashed.Cod is an important commercial fishery in the gulf and the quota was recently cut by about 80 percent for 2018.The unusually warm water in the gulf is connected to climate change,  Litzow said.He believes, the reason the cod population declined so quickly is that juvenile cod couldn’t find enough food to sustain themselves in these warmer temperatures.That’s only a hypothesis right now, which is why Litzow and Abookire are trying to collect as much information that will help explain the collapse. “As you get a number of years together you can start to understand something about how environmental changes are affecting the population,” he said. “That’s the ultimate goal, but it does take a few years to get enough data to be able to answer questions like that.”Litzow and Abookire will be taking a lot more trips to cast their net to see what more they can learn about how cod are being affected by the changing climate in the Gulf of Alaska. Share this story:,“As you get a number of years together you can start to understand something about how environmental changes are affecting the population,” he said. “That’s the ultimate goal, but it does take a few years to get enough data to be able to answer questions like that.”Litzow and Abookire will be taking a lot more trips to cast their net to see what more they can learn about how cod are being affected by the changing climate in the Gulf of Alaska.last_img read more

VPSO director charged with leaving scene of vehicle accident, criminal mischief

first_imgCrime & CourtsVPSO director charged with leaving scene of vehicle accident, criminal mischiefJuly 27, 2018 by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Share:The director of the Tanana Chiefs Conference Village Public Safety officer program has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief.Alaska State Troopers report that 41-year-old Jody Potts of Fairbanks used her truck to push a car blocking her from getting out of a parking spot at the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area on July 4th.The car was pushed into the middle of a parking lot and sustained front end damage.Potts drove off, but a witness followed her and contacted Troopers.Potts is a rural public safety leader and has been a keynote speaker at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Asked if Potts is still on the job, TCC spokeswoman Doreen Deaton says the organization does not comment on personnel matters.A TCC statement describes Potts as an “effective advocate for public safety in Alaska for over a decade”, adding that her “tireless commitment to Interior Alaska has been instrumental to changes in policies and standards resulting in the improvement of rural public safety”.Share this story:last_img read more

Ruling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger fees

first_imgEconomy | Juneau | Southeast | TourismRuling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger feesDecember 6, 2018 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:A pair of Panamax cruise ships docked in downtown Juneau on Aug. 30, 2017. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)A federal judge has ruled Juneau can keep collecting fees from cruise ship passengers. But the judge sided with the cruise industry which sued over how the funds are spent.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/12/juneau-cruise-fees.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Juneau’s local government collects $8 per cruise ship passenger. It uses those funds to build things like bigger docks for bigger cruise ships.But it’s also funded things like extra crossing guards, public bathrooms and a seawalk it says serves the million-plus cruise ship visitors arriving downtown annually.The industry sued in 2016 alleging the city spends the money too freely. Its complaint challenged the legality of the fees which brought in more than $8 million last year and is expected to increase with the number of visitors.In his 35-page ruling, Judge H. Russel Holland accepted the industry’s arguments that fees need to be connected to the vessel. He used an example: Funding a gangplank used by both passengers and the general public would be okay. But funding a nearby sidewalk — which isn’t attached to a ship — would not be.“We don’t know exactly what this means yet and we’re still trying to digest the sum total of his order,” Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt said Thursday.This week the city put out a call for proposals from the public on how to allocate the next round of passenger fees.“We’re going to be closely reading Judge Holland’s order in figuring out what our next steps are,” Watt said.Maritime lawyer Joe Geldhof wrote the initiative that Juneau voters passed in 1999 creating the marine passenger fee.“This isn’t a win so much for the cruise ship lines and the cruise ship industry as rebuking the sort of undisciplined spending on the part of the city and borough and the recommendations by the city and borough staff,”  Geldhof said. “Judge Holland appears to have said that collecting the fees is fine, but how the funds derived from the passenger ship fees is where the big problem is.”There are also wider implications. Other coastal communities — like Ketchikan — levy their own passenger fees. And there’s the statewide head tax passed by voters in 2006 which is similarly structured. The state collected more than $18.5 million last year in passenger fees; the lion’s share went to port communities.Geldhof said the state’s attorney general needs to give guidance to other communities on how it should spend this revenue going forward.The cruise industry welcomed Thursday’s ruling.“We are pleased with the ruling and the clarity with which the judge detailed his opinion,” Cruise Lines International Association Alaska President John Binkley said in a statement. “Our primary goal was to seek guidance from the court so both the industry and communities understand the rules going forward.”The cruise lines, he added, won’t appeal.Without further appeals, this decision marks the end of a two-and-a-half-year saga that cost the City and Borough of Juneau $800,000 for its legal defense.Some of which was paid for with passenger fees.Share this story:last_img read more

This Anchorage ‘refillery’ aims to eliminate packaging waste. Here’s how it works.

first_imgBusiness | Economy | Environment | Oceans | SouthcentralThis Anchorage ‘refillery’ aims to eliminate packaging waste. Here’s how it works.September 11, 2019 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:Jennifer Gordon, one of the co-owners of Blue Market AK along with Jessica Johnson, gets her cart ready for a farmers market. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/09/ann-20190909-8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jennifer Gordon hasn’t quite figured out the right word to describe her new business venture.“‘Refillery’ is a word people have used a lot,” Gordon said.As in, a place to refill your shopping needs. Gordon is one-half of Blue Market AK, an operation that, right now, is physically housed in a refurbished wooden trailer cart parked in a garage and towed around to area farmers markets.Just as Anchorage is preparing to ban plastic bags from local retail, the new venture is trying to go a step further: eliminate packaging waste altogether.Right now, Blue Market is doing that by selling shampoo, Mason jar accessories and other sustainable-minded dry goods from the cart. But it aims to set up a permanent store selling locally-made products, food and general goods that incorporate sustainability at every level.Large bottles of mostly Alaska-made shampoos and hygiene products sold out of Blue Market AK’s cart. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers, then charged by the ounce. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)On a recent weekday, Gordon and her business partner Jessica Johnson were getting the cart prepped to haul over to a nearby farmers market. On one side were several big jugs of shampoo with dispenser pumps on top. Most of these products are locally made in Alaska. Customers bring their own glass jars or reusable plastic bottles, pump shampoo in, then pay by the ounce.Their ambition, Johnson explained, is to expand into a brick-and-mortar store selling primarily locally-made products stripped of unnecessary, disposable packaging material — even sticky, liquid, viscous products shoppers may never have encountered except inside a plastic bottle.“We’re going to have olive oil and honey and vanilla, and we hope to have all of that on tap so you can refill just about anything,” Johnson said.As the two women have hauled the Blue Market cart to farmers markets across Anchorage this summer, a lot of their work so far is about getting customers acquainted with a different conception of shopping.“It’s either educating, or it’s re-educating,” Gordon said, noting that decades ago plenty of stores sold bulk goods that were not prepackaged. “It’s remembering that it happened before and how it works.”“For other people, this is a totally new concept,” she added.It wasn’t that long ago when Alaska was significantly more commercially isolated and its residents were better-acquainted with basic conservation practices, which often entailed liberally reusing or repurposing items when the situation called for it.Besides squirts of locally-made shampoo, the women sell durable products to replace more ubiquitous disposable ones. For example, they offer cloth sandwich containers and locally-sourced beeswax wraps for transporting food, in lieu of plastic Ziploc bags.As she began thinking about how to cut out single-use plastics, Johnson said she inventoried all the disposable items in her daily habits and replaced them: reusable bags stuffed into her purse, a stainless steel straw.“I carry a spork in a little zipper bag,” she said.The two women say they are not anti-plastic, they are anti-waste.The “basket of shame,” which Johnson and Gordon set up near their cart as a repository for disposable packaging and waste that accrues in the process of commerce. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Gordon recommends that people structure a challenge for themselves to begin phasing out disposable items. That’s what she did when she posted to Facebook about trying to go a month without using disposable plastics, noting when she inevitably hit snags.She’s noticed there’s one particularly tricky modern convenience to eliminate: paper towels.“I told my family, I said, ‘We are not buying paper towels anymore, and you better not buy them either,’” she laughed.Gordon is experimenting with taking her family’s old T-shirts, cutting them up for rags and using them as a paper towel substitute. Which has rankled her teenage daughter.“I’m like, ‘Well, sorry, it’s a rag now. And that’s what we do with rags. We wash off the counter,’” she said.The business partners hope that the city’s pending ban on disposable plastic bags will spur residents to get a little more mindful about their broader consumer habits. That means taking the three R’s of sustainability — reduce, reuse, recycle — and adding one more: refuse.“The very first thing is, refuse the plastic in the first place. If you can’t do that, then reduce it. Use less,” Gordon said. “The last thing is recycle. We need to turn our concept upside-down. ‘Oh I recycle everything, so it’s OK.’ Recycling is great, but it’s the last thing.”That is particularly true for Alaskans, she added, because of how limited the recycling options are. Many items are exported out-of-state for processing, a trip that involves burning nonrenewable fossil fuels.Gordon and Johnson want Blue Market to move into a permanent site in the months ahead. Regulations on selling some of the local items are tricky, but one of their hopes is to give local growers and makers a place to sell items once the summer-season farmers markets wrap up.On the eve of a plastic bag ban, is Anchorage ready?Share this story:last_img read more

Alaskans want to ride. But a pandemic bicycle boom is making supplies scarce.

first_imgBusiness | Coronavirus | Economy | Interior | Outdoors | SouthcentralAlaskans want to ride. But a pandemic bicycle boom is making supplies scarce.May 27, 2020 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:The Bicycle Shop in Anchorage has seen a doubling of demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s doing its business in tents outside. (Courtesy Nicholas Carman)Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a rush on bicycles has stripped Goldstream Sports of much of its inventory.The $500 entry-level mountain bikes are gone from the Fairbanks store’s shelves. There are no hybrids and just a few road bikes left. And with the pandemic disrupting Asian manufacturing, it will be months before new shipments arrive.Owner Joel Buth has an of-the-moment metaphor to help baffled customers wrap their minds around the situation.“Some people come in, and they just don’t get it when I’m saying we don’t have bikes and we can’t get them,” he said. “I’m like, ‘It’s like toilet paper. It’s just gone, nationwide.’”As residents look for respite from stay-at-home orders and gym closures, Alaska bike shops are reporting a surge in demand — with an extra bump from the $1,200 COVID-19 relief checks issued by the federal government. Nationwide, bike sellers are struggling to keep up, as the coronavirus temporarily closed Asian factories and caused shortages in workers and parts.Chain Reaction Cycles in South Anchorage was so “slammed” Tuesday that nobody had time to answer a reporter’s questions, said an employee who answered the phone.At The Bicycle Shop, which has three stores in Anchorage, sales and repairs are both twice the normal level, said manager Nicholas Carman. For the first time in its 55 years in business, the company has had to turn away people who are asking for bicycle service, he added.Customers who want to buy new bikes have filled out stacks of interest forms and are being called when there’s inventory available.“People are just looking for bikes to get out and ride,” Carman said. “We hear lots of stories, but the general consensus is that they have more time.”The pandemic has caused some disruptions for stores. The Bike Shop has been doing its business in a parking lot outside its Midtown outpost.But bicycle commuters and enthusiasts were buoyed by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s decision to allow bike shops to continue operating as non-critical businesses faced closures.Carman and Buth both said that the crunch has hit their entry-level products the hardest, with $500 bikes selling out first.But the shortage has gradually climbed up their inventories, and now the least-expensive bike available at The Bicycle Shop is $1,699, Carman said.“The least expensive bikes disappeared first,” he said. “And then, quickly after that, $700 bikes, $900 bikes. At every step of the way, we all thought that it wouldn’t just continue to climb up the chain. But it’s basically just every bike that we could get from the brands that we work with is disappearing.”Buth, in Fairbanks, said he doesn’t expect the problem to be fixed before the end of the season. He has some less-expensive mountain bikes arriving in the next few weeks, but most sizes will be gone within a few days, and any orders he places now won’t show up until October or November, Buth said.Whether the pandemic will leave him better or worse off is still an open question, and he expects to have to cut his employees’ hours substantially below normal as he runs out of models to sell, he said.“Right now, what I can definitely say is that I’m in much better shape than a lot of businesses,” he said. “What the ramifications are as we go through summer… time will tell.”For Alaskans who can’t find new bikes at stores, employees there said that used models could be a good alternative, though it’s likely harder to find a good deal on Craigslist or elsewhere as demand has spiked.In the meantime, bicycle advocates are thinking about how they can make the most of the pandemic cycling boom.Bike Anchorage sent a letter this month to Berkowitz pointing out how increasingly busy trails and sidewalks are making it harder to stay socially distant.And they note that with fewer people commuting to work, there are fewer cars on the road.The group is suggesting dedicating some bikes-only lanes in busy avenues, like A Street and C Street, as well as restricting traffic in a few smaller streets to allow more recreational opportunities.“There’s a lot of demand. There’s going to have to be supply by the government,” said Dev Barrera, Bike Anchorage’s director. “Creating other spaces for cyclists, it’s going to have to happen.”A spokeswoman for Berkowitz didn’t respond to a request for comment Tuesday.Share this story:last_img read more

Gardentalk – Should you plant mystery seeds? Should you squish woolly bear caterpillars?

first_imgGardentalkGardentalk – Should you plant mystery seeds? Should you squish woolly bear caterpillars?August 17, 2020 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:A woolly bear caterpillar tries to escape its glass prison in a North Douglas kitchen in August 2019. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Alaskans say they’ve been getting unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail. Or seeds that Alaskans think they ordered from U.S. seed retailers, but they ended up coming from China or other places overseas instead.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/08/Garden081320.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t plant them, says Master Gardener Ed Buyarski. They have not been inspected for disease and may be an invasive species. They also may have not been approved for importation into the U.S.“There’s rules for that too,” Buyarski says. “Some things are not allowed because of crop seed protection.”U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service botanists examine tomato seeds sent to U. S. residents from Uzbekistan to determine if they harbor any plant pests or disease. (USDA photo)Dave Schade, head of the Alaska Division of Agriculture, encourages Alaskans to call his office at 745-7200 if they get any mystery seeds from overseas. He says his staff will ask questions about the packages and how the seeds arrived in the mail. They’ll also ask you to send the packages to their office in Palmer. From there, the mystery seeds will go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for further examination and investigation.“Tell us what you have. We’ll tell you how to get it to us,” says Schade. “We’ll collect the information of what you think happened”Schade also said the agriculture division would love to get the original packaging — and don’t open the little plastic bags with the seeds.Buyarski advises gardeners to stick with known varieties from reputable U.S. seed companies.If you do know where your seeds came from, now is the perfect time for a second planting of fast-growing greens like lettuce, mustard greens and kale.Buyarski also warns that the root maggot may be infesting root vegetables in Juneau. Do not put root maggot-infested vegetable remains into your compost. Buyarski says gardeners may be able to keep the main portion of the vegetable, but they should get rid of the roots and surrounding soil by burning them or putting them in a bag for the dump.Also, the woolly bear caterpillar is back in Juneau, chewing on trees, bushes, vegetables and herbs. They’ve been seen feasting on apple trees, alders, parsley and berry plants.Buyarski encourages gardeners to squish the caterpillars and throw them in the trash.He advises against letting children play with the caterpillars because their white hairs can irritate the skin.Share this story:last_img read more

Park rangers shoot aggressive black bear near Seward

first_imgOutdoors | Public Safety | Southcentral | WildlifePark rangers shoot aggressive black bear near SewardMay 5, 2021 by Sabine Poux, KDLL – Kenai Share:The black bear after the standoff (Photo courtesy Regina Green)Park officials killed and salvaged an aggressive black bear at Tonsina Creek Tuesday night after it bothered several groups of hikers late last week.Alaska State Parks Ranger Jack Ransom said his department and the Department of Fish & Game were worried about the safety of hikers. Tonsina Creek is a busy trail.“In this case, the bear wasn’t going anywhere, and it continued to threaten public safety,” he said.Hikers said the bear wasn’t afraid of dogs or humans. A trio passing through the area last Thursday said the bear didn’t leave them alone until they maced it on a bridge near the trailhead.It’s not uncommon to get reports of aggressive bears. But Ransom says it is uncommon to have to shoot one.“In this particular park we have not had to do this in a long time,” he said. “At least 10 years.”He says they salvaged the bear and donated it to charity. The Alaska State Troopers keep a list of organizations they can call to salvage and harvest wildlife meat when a situation like this one arises.Share this story:last_img read more

State to launch mobile platform so Alaskans can show they’re vaccinated

first_imgCoronavirus | State GovernmentState to launch mobile platform so Alaskans can show they’re vaccinatedMay 21, 2021 by Nat Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:Paper cards like this one, shown by retired chemistry teacher David Boyd at a January COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Anchorage, could be replaced by a digital system that the state of Alaska is preparing to launch. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said his administration won’t require vaccine passports.But it is getting ready to launch an online platform that Alaskans can use to look up and display their COVID-19 vaccination records, officials said at a news conference Thursday. It’s called MyIR Mobile — short for My Immunization Record — and it will also allow Alaskans to show they’ve received other types of shots, not just the ones for COVID-19.“I would really like people to think of MyIR Mobile as your old, yellow vaccination card,” said Matt Bobo, a top state vaccine official.Conservatives like Dunleavy, both in Alaska and nationally, have opposed the idea of requiring people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of accessing public spaces or services.Dunleavy issued an administrative order last month saying that the state’s executive branch “does not, and will not, require any person to produce their personal vaccine history, also referred to as a ‘vaccine passport,’ in order to travel to, or around, Alaska.” President Joe Biden’s administration has also declined to endorse or support a vaccine passport system, or a federal vaccination database.At the same time, some businesses and schools across the country have decided to require vaccinations, and need ways to confirm that customers and students have gotten the shots beyond the paper cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“I think most of the travel industry would prefer some way to validate. But we have to rely on the cards, which has been the honor system, for sure,” said Dan Blanchard, chief executive of UnCruise, which runs small-boat cruises in Southeast Alaska.Blanchard said the tourism industry would like to see a coordinated federal system of validation, since its guests come from around the country. But for now, privately designed systems like MyIR Mobile appear to be the alternative and are being used on a state-by-state basis.The platform has existed for several years to provide people with access to vaccination records and has been used by tens of thousands of people in several other states, from Washington to Arizona to Maryland, according to STCHealth, the company that makes the system.Users go through a process to validate their identity, then can get all their vaccination records from the state to show on their phone, Bobo said Thursday. Alaska health officials also said they expect to use the system to alert residents when they’re due for a vaccine booster shot.The state health department, which was recently hit by a cyberattack, is currently working through technology security reviews for MyIR Mobile, and Bobo said he can’t predict the date when the platform will launch. He and other health department officials didn’t respond to a follow-up question about how much the system would cost.Share this story:last_img read more

Charges: Anchorage man argued with homeless people before returning and opening fire

first_imgCrime & Courts | SouthcentralCharges: Anchorage man argued with homeless people before returning and opening fireJune 21, 2021 by Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media Share:Anchorage Police Department downtown headquarters on June 9, 2020 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)An Anchorage man argued with a group of homeless people in downtown Anchorage on Friday before returning to the area early the next morning with a gun, killing one woman and wounding several others, according to charging documents released Monday.Police arrested 21-year-old Anthony Lee Herring late Saturday. He’s charged with killing 37-year-old Jaclyn Welcome, and he faces attempted murder charges for shooting four other people.According to the charges, police got called about the shooting near 4th Avenue and Gambell Street at 2:43 a.m. Saturday.Witnesses told police they’d seen a distinctive gray SUV in the area right before the shooting, and they believed it belonged to an employee of a nearby gas station, the charges said. Witnesses also told police that they had seen the same employee, later identified as Herring, in a fight on Friday with a group of homeless people “who had been throwing knives at a nearby pole.”Herring told police that he’d been at home all evening Friday and hadn’t driven his vehicle, according to the charges. But he later changed his story when he was shown video of what appeared to be his car pulling into his apartment around 3 a.m. Saturday, the charges said. He then told police that he and his girlfriend had been driving around smoking marijuana, but that he had nothing to do with the shooting.According to charges, Herring’s girlfriend told police that they’d ended up at the Tesoro gas station where Herring worked on Friday night. She said that Herring complained about the homeless people nearby and “expressed anger and frustration at them.”“She stated that while sitting in his truck, they heard a shot nearby that sounded close,” said the charging document. “She stated she dove into the backseat to hide, and she heard multiple shots being fired from the truck she was in.”According to the charges, she later admitted to police that she knew Herring had fired the shots from the truck. They drove back to Herring’s apartment, and she said Herring did not say anything about the shooting to her after it happened, said the charging document.Herring faces nine felony charges related to the shooting, including for first-degree murder. On Monday, he was being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.Share this story:last_img read more

Jon Stewart is Retiring From The Daily Show

first_imgTVJon Stewart is Retiring From The Daily ShowStewart let the news slip during a taping earlier today and Comedy Central has confirmedBy Theis Duelund – February 10, 2015438ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItFirst Stephen Colbert, now Jon Stewart. Comedy Central’s uncrowned king of satire has announced he is leaving The Daily Show. In a statement made this afternoon, Comedy Central has confirmed that the 52-year-old comedian, who has shaped political satire for the 21st century the last 16 years, is parting ways with the show. The A.V. Club reported earlier today that audience members at the taping of today’s episode (episodes are shot the same day) were tweeting about Stewart’s announcement. Shortly thereafter Comedy Central posted an open letter via Twitter praising Stewart for his work and stating: “Jon Stewart will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He’s a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be part of the Comedy Central family.”Nothing more specific has been revealed so far and we’ll probably have to wait until tonight’s episode for all the details. What Stewart’s next move will be is anyone’s guess, although, with the success of his directorial debut Rosewater last summer it’s not unlikely there’s more directing in his future. We wish Stewart the best of luck in his future endeavors. And good luck to Comedy Central, who say The Daily Show will persevere. Those are some big shoes to fill. TAGSComedy CentralJon StewartStephen ColbertThe Daily ShowPrevious articleEssential T: The Al Pastor Show at Los GüichosNext articleCareer Criminal Booked For L.A.’s Scariest Car Chase in YearsTheis Duelund RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORGov. Gavin Newsom: ‘We’re Not Waiting Around for the Federal Government’Corporate’s Aparna Nancherla Is Playing Comedy’s Long GameRevisiting the L.A. Businesses in the Best Episodes of Nathan for Youlast_img read more

If You Enjoy Zydeco and BBQ, We Have Some Terrific News…

first_imgFood & DrinkMusicUncategorizedIf You Enjoy Zydeco and BBQ, We Have Some Terrific News for YouThe Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is this weekendBy Lisa Beebe – May 26, 2017638ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItMaybe you would like to spend your three-day weekend eating Southern-style barbecue, listening to zydeco, and dancing in a parade. You could buy a last-minute plane ticket to New Orleans—or you could drive out to Simi Valley and spend Saturday and Sunday at the annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.The festival, held in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, is organized by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, and 100 percent of the profits go to charities that benefit the community. Beginning at noon both days, live music stages will feature performances by the Yardbirds, the Robby Krieger Band, Mitch Ryder, Lazy Lester and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Big Chief monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, the 44’s, Kelly’s Lot, Alex Nester, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Crawdaddio, and many others. Between bands on the Cajun/zydeco stage, AJ Gibbs will offer the crowd free dance lessons.Courtesy of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music FestivalEach day, festival attendees are invited to join marching bands, stilt walkers, and costumed characters for a Mardi Gras-style parade through the park. You’ll also find food vendors serving up authentic Cajun-creole foods like jambalaya and crawfish. Single day tickets are $25 ($30 at the gate) for adults 13 and over. A two-day pass, available only in advance, is $45. Children 12 and under are free.RELATED: L.A. BBQ Makes a Comeback TAGSBBQPrevious articleBetye Saar’s Washboards Are an Artistic Act of DefianceNext articleThat Proposed 710 Tunnel Under South Pasadena Is Dead. Now What?Lisa Beebe RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThere’s a New Southern BBQ Joint In The Middle of KoreatownThe BBQ Championship Is This Weekend in Arcadia, So It Looks Like You May Be Going to Arcadia This WeekendIt Looks Like One of Austin’s Top BBQ Joints is Coming to L.A.last_img read more

This Brilliant Program Trains At-Risk Youth to Restore Classic Cars

first_imgEducationUncategorizedThis Brilliant Program Trains At-Risk Youth to Restore Classic CarsBuilding hot rods for a causeBy Zoie Matthew – November 16, 20171212ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItSome of the teens enrolled in the Lost Angels Children’s Project aren’t quite old enough to drive, but they certainly know their way around a hot rod. That’s because the program founded by mechanic Aaron Valencia, which he has run out of his tiny Lancaster auto shop since 2015, is set on teaching neighborhood kids how to restore and build custom cars. And it’s for a good cause.Students working at the Lost Angels Children’s Project.Photo courtesy of Paul AbellThree times a week, Valencia’s students, who range in age between 13 and 19 and are often in foster care or at-risk, gather in his shop after school, where he teaches them bodywork, engine maintenance, and a host of other mechanical and engineering skills that they need to achieve their ultimate goal: Restoring a classic car, which they raffle off at the end of the class to raise money for the program. But Valencia says the restoration process is about more than just crafting a cool whip; It helps the kids hone valuable skills that will help them in their own lives.“I’m not really pushing any of these kids to go get a job as a mechanic,” says Valencia. “If that’s what they want to do, great. But with classic car restoration, it’s all hands-on. The skills and the problem solving go into every aspect of life.”The 2017 charity buildPhoto courtesy of Mike MontesDuring the first half of the program, he says, the kids work on a series of small-scale art and construction projects, like building birdhouses or painting skateboard decks. Aside from preparing them for the big build that happens during the second semester, the skills they pick up—like painting, drafting blueprints, and using metalworking tools—have the potential to transfer over to any number of hands-on jobs like construction, mechanics, plumbing, or welding. Valencia says he hopes to open his students eyes to their own potential.“If you don’t know what’s out there, how do you know if you’re good at it?” says Valencia. “We try to give kids the opportunity to try a bunch of different things.”A bimonthly roundtable discussion also helps kids work thorough emotional issues they might be dealing with. Valencia, whose own struggles with addiction and homelessness during his teenage years inspired him to start the program, says creating this sense of community and support is a key part of his mission.“You’ve got anger issues, you’ve got abandonment issues, you’ve got a lot of stuff,” says Valencia. “We try and create coping mechanisms and identify some of the problems, [so the kids are] able to acknowledge it and know why they’re acting the way they act. We’re all on the same team. We’ve all been through it.”RELATED: The Power to Redeem TAGSCarsPrevious articleEverything You Need to Know About Tequila’s Cooler Cousin, MezcalNext articleWhatever Happened to Sunset Farms in Sylmar?Zoie Matthew RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORTesla Accused of Environmental Violations in U.S. and EuropeWith Polestar 2, Volvo’s EV Brand Is Set to Give Tesla a Run for Its MoneyGeneral Motors Yanks Support of Trump Efforts to Roll Back California Pollution Ruleslast_img read more

Barclays share price rises as it sets aside £500m to pay regulators over foreign exchange probe

first_imgThursday 30 October 2014 3:21 am Tags: Barclays Company Billy Ehrenberg whatsapp Barclays share price rises as it sets aside £500m to pay regulators over foreign exchange probe whatsappcenter_img Share Are Barclays’ regulatory woes about to reach a conclusion? Investors seemed confident this morning – the bank’s share price opened 1.6 per cent higher as it revealed it has put aside £500m in the face of ongoing investigations into Foreign Exchange practices.Barclays is not the only bank to have made such provisions: HSBC and RBS are also among the forex dealers at the centre of an investigation by 15 global regulators which are setting aside funds. The total between the three could reach £1bn. Regulators are investigating claims that traders from around 10 banks rigged exchange rates for financial gain.Meanwhile Barclays also said profits for the nine months to 30 September jumped 31 per cent, hitting £3.7bn. The adjusted figure was up five per cent to £4.9bn. Chief executive Antony Jenkins said:These results, with a 5 per cent increase in profits before tax, show further steady progress towards our Transform financial commitments for 2016, and demonstrate how our strategic decision to rebalance Barclays has created greater resilience in the Group.Our Core businesses – the future of Barclays – have delivered an ROE of 10.5 per cent, driven by our powerhouse Personal and Corporate Banking business and continued strong growth in Barclaycard.The bank has been the subject of heavy cost-cutting since Jenkins took over from former chief executive Bob Diamond. In May, Barclays announced plans to slash the size of its investment bank. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

“Big four” banks’ small business lending placed under official investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority

first_img whatsapp “Big four” banks’ small business lending placed under official investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority Joe Hall Thursday 6 November 2014 5:52 am Britain’s biggest banks are to be thrust under the microscope by a watchdog launching an in-depth investigation into personal current accounts and small business lending. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) believes the UK retail banking sector is failing its customers through a “crippling lack of competition and transparency”. HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander – often referred to as “the big four” – account for over 77 per cent of the market according to the CMA, which adds that there are barriers to entry and expansion for smaller banks. Earlier this year Ed Miliband promised to “dismantle the big four” and force them to sell branches to at least two new challenger banks. Miliband said in January: “We need a reckoning with our banks, not for retribution but for reform to tackle the cost of living crisis in this country.” The CMA’s investigation will last 18 months. Today’s announcement comes after a period of consultation in which it sought responses to the investigation originally proposed in July. Most respondents agreed there should be an investigation, a CMA statement said. CMA chief executive Alex Chisholm added: Effective competition in retail banking is critically important for individual bank customers, small and medium-sized businesses, and the wider economy. After carefully considering the consultation responses, most of which supported a market investigation, we remain of the view that there should be a full market investigation into the sector, conducted by a Market Reference Group drawn from the CMA’s expert panel of independent CMA members.  The investigation will be welcomed by a number of challenger banks such as Virgin Money, TSB and Aldermore. CEO of TSB, Paul Pester, said: Consumers have been crying out for a root and branch investigation like this for years and we have previously said the CMA would be uniquely placed to carry out this complete review of the market.  The Big Four banks have had a stranglehold on the market for far too long. TSB was established to bring competition to the UK and with our full ‘bricks and clicks’ capability, we are already having an impact as the challenger with the sharpest teeth.  Customers are voting with their feet – with one in every 10 opening a new bank account choosing TSB. TSB believes the CMA investigation should focus on achieving greater transparency in banking along with more choice and competition, so consumers get a better deal.   Tags: NULL Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comlast_img read more

Virgin Money IPO boosted

first_img Emma Haslett whatsapp BANKERS working on the flotation of Virgin Money are likely to exercise their “greenshoe” option when it floats later this month.A source close to the deal said enthusiasm from investors meant the company would sell an extra tranche of shares on top of the initial stake, thought to be 25 per cent, it had been planning to list. The bank is planning to float at around a 283p to 333p range, valuing the firm at £1.25bn to £1.45bn. whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunYahoo! SearchSearch For Car Donation For CharitiesYahoo! SearchMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.com Thursday 6 November 2014 8:51 pm Share Virgin Money IPO boosted Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Snapchat moves into mobile banking with the launch of Snapcash: Who will be its rivals?

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AO World revenue rises 25 per cent on improved website sales

first_img AO World revenue rises 25 per cent on improved website sales Online white goods retailer AO World said total revenue rose 25.1 per cent to £384.9m in the six months to September 30.The retailer, which launched its IPO in February, said website sales increase by 38.6 per cent during this period to £173.7m. This was offset slightly by third-party website sales, which fell 11 per cent, as the company continued to focus on AO.com. However, its pre-tax profit took a hit, falling to £779,000 from £2.1m a year earlier, largely due to the set-up costs of its earlier-than-anticipated entry into the German market.John Roberts, chief executive officer, said:The UK growth was delivered at the same time as management resource was also focused on launching our proposition in Germany, which we achieved in October some six months earlier than promised. This launch has given us confidence in our ability to replicate our model overseas.While this accelerated investment has brought forward our associated set-up costs for the period, our focus is on the long-term as we proceed with our strategy to deliver a market-leading proposition  in new categories and countries.  Although Germany has only been operating a number of weeks, we are delighted with the way our culture has transferred, with the way it’s operating and with the way sales are building. Trading for the second half of this financial year has started well.The stock has had a choppy year, along with other tech stocks in London and the US, on fears that a bubble was forming in the industry. Having floated at 400p in February, stock has since fallen to about 214p. This morning shares fell one per cent to 214.8p.  More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: AO World Company by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniorscenter_img whatsapp Jessica Morris whatsapp Tuesday 25 November 2014 3:33 am Sharelast_img read more

FCA bosses give up their bonuses over insurance scandal

first_img whatsapp Emma Haslett More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com FCA bosses give up their bonuses over insurance scandal The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said today directors including Martin Wheatley, its chief executive, will give up their bonuses as a result of an investigation into a botched press briefing over insurance. The organisation said today that Wheatley, director of supervision Clive Adamson, director of communications and international Zitah McMillan and director of markets David Lawton will all forego their bonuses over the scandal. Wheatley had stood to make £150,000, on top of his annual salary of £460,000. The FCA added that all other members of its executive committee will have their bonuses reduced by 25 per cent.The admission comes after a report published today by Simon Davis, a partner at “magic circle” law firm Clifford Chance, accused the FCA of pursuing a “high risk, poorly supervised and inadequately controlled” media strategy.The report was in response to an incident in March, when The Telegraph was briefed about the FCA’s plans to conduct a major review into life assurance, which were due to be published as part of its business plan four days after the newspaper’s report came out. When shares in major insurers plunged as a result, the FCA has been accused of being slow to react.The report suggested the briefing was “well intentioned”, but added that “when it went wrong, the FCA’s reaction was seriously inadequate and fell short of the standards expected of those it regulates”.Ahead of the report, the watchdog underwent a reshuffle, during which Adamson and McMillan both stepped down.Wheatley himself has come under fire over the scandal. When he took control of the FCA, he famously promised to take a hard line on financial firms, saying he would “shoot first and ask questions later”. Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: City bonuses employment and wages FCA UK jobs Wednesday 10 December 2014 8:27 am whatsapp last_img read more

North Korea offers joint probe with US over Sony hack

first_img North Korea offers joint probe with US over Sony hack Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp In a new twist in the Sony hack story, North Korea has apparently extended an olive branch to US offering to help investigate the attack.The Communist state has denied any involvement with the hacker group Guardians of the Peace that threatened Sony with violence unless it pulled The Interview, a comedy film about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea said the US was “spreading groundless allegations” surrounding the incident that led Sony to cancel the release of the film on Christmas Day.Sony has since said it is investigating ways to play The Interview starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. The corporation came in for criticism from US President Barack Obama for bowing to pressure from the hackers.The North Korean offer was made on Saturday, with a statement from the foreign ministry saying:As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident.Without resorting to such tortures as were used by the US CIA, we have means to prove that this incident has nothing to do with us.North Korea has been widely accused of perpetrating the hack. On Friday, the White House said the attack constituted a “serious national security matter”.Josh Earnest, a spokesperson for the White House, said:There is evidence to indicate that we have seen destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor and it is being treated by investigative agencies, both at the FBI and the Department of Justice, as seriously as you would expect. center_img Tags: Sony Jeff Misenti whatsapp Saturday 20 December 2014 7:04 amlast_img read more

FTSE 100 slips on weak British economic data – London Report

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Tesco turnaround: Dave Lewis says “We are facing the reality of the situation”. Here’s his statement in full

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David Ginola is being paid £250,000 by Paddy Power to stand for Fifa president

first_img Share Tags: Fifa crisis whatsapp  David Ginola is being paid £250,000 by bookmakers Paddy Power to stand in the Fifa presidency elections next year. The former Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa star, known for his long locks and shampoo commercials, shocked the football world last night when he revealed his intention to stand against Blatter. Ginola launched his charge for the most powerful job in football at a press conference hosted by Paddy Power in London today, where it was revealed the 47-year-old was being paid by the bookmaker, casting doubts over the legitimacy of his campaign. The Frenchman struggled to answer questions on some of the key issues affecting the football world, including third-party ownership and the international football association board. Regardless of his association with a bookmaker known more for its controversial publicity stunts than altruistic campaigns for the betterment of world sport, Ginola will have a tough task receiving the required five nominations from members of Fifa’s executive committee. However, he has insisted he is serious in his attempts to change football for the better. In an interview hosted on Paddy Power’s website he said: My aim is that people can feel they’ve been given back a voice and a respect for the world game. That people can say: “Wow, what a massive change. We had that before and now we have transparency, common-sense, defendable [sic] decisions and policies which can be understood, explained and which are crystal-clear in their philosophy”.  whatsapp center_img Show Comments ▼ Joe Hall Friday 16 January 2015 5:54 am David Ginola is being paid £250,000 by Paddy Power to stand for Fifa president last_img read more

Greece Election 2015: Will a Syriza win lead to a Greek exit?

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Expect a game of chicken between the far-left regime and its lenders.In five days the Greeks go to the polls, and the far-left Syriza party is forecast to win power – if not with an outright majority, then with a little help from like-minded candidates.The party, led by Alexis Tsipras, (above) has wooed voters with the promise of a €12bn (£9bn) spending splurge and a demand for the country’s debts to be renegotiated with its troika of lenders – the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund.Unsurprisingly, after heavy belt-tightening under Greece’s bailout programme, it’s a vote winner. Syriza is expected to take just under half of the seats in Greece’s 300-seat parliament.But it also sets Greece on a collision course with its lenders – almost daring Eurozone leaders to force a Greek exit, or “Grexit”, from the euro.So can Greece – led by Syriza – have it all its own way? Morgan Stanley thinks not. In a note yesterday, economists called Syriza’s ambition to stay in the euro, gain power and undo the bailout programme an “impossible trinity” (see below) and said one of the three would have to give. “Because Greece needs a precautionary credit line to facilitate market access, given its funding gap, a compromise between the Troika and the next Greek leadership is likely – especially given prospects of soft [restructuring of official sector loans]. but, on a three-six month view, the process looks far from smooth.”Specifically, Morgan Stanley puts odds on how this Eurozone-wide game of chicken will play out. The most promising case, with a likelihood of 55 per cent, is a “euro stay”, where Greece reaches a compromise on debt terms and goes back into a funding programme. A “euro staycation”, with a 20 per cent likelihood, would involve no initial agreement, Greece’s suspension from the Eurozone and capital controls. The third option, given a 25 per cent chance, would see a “euro exit”, significantly reducing Greece’s GDP, but also hurting the Eurozone. The problem is not so much that Greece wants to exit the euro – recent polls show as much as 75 per cent of the country wants to stay within the single currency – but that Syriza could be backed into a corner.Professor Kevin Featherstone, of the London School of Economics, said bluntly: “The risk of a Grexit doesn’t stem from intentions – on either the Greek or the European side – but from mistakes by either side in an intense period of ‘poker’ eyeballing.”Diego Iscaro, analyst at IHS Global Insight, said: “There is going to be high uncertainty. Syriza is expected to get the most votes but we could be waiting until late February or early March for a second round of elections if they can’t form a coalition. “The big question is whether Syriza would change their policy – and perhaps pay a high political price – or stick to their guns with their economic proposals – which are unlikely to be accepted by the Troika – and come away without a deal.”Iscaro, who believes there is a 30 per cent chance of a Grexit, added: “They will have to be flexible. They may get some leeway in terms of lower interest rates or an extension on maturity dates, but they’re unlikely to get a cut in nominal terms, otherwise Portugal and Ireland would line up for it too.”European leaders’ resolve will be tested even further this week, with the European Central Bank widely expected to announce quantitative easing on Thursday – despite strong German opposition and a question mark over buying Greek sovereign bonds.With the stakes so high, Morgan Stanley concluded: “The key decision may be on the continuation of the current waiver for the collateral that the Greek banks post at the ECB, which expires in March. This needs the extension of the EFSF [bailout] programme until the end of February and the existence of an IMF programme, but also a successful conclusion of the current Troika review and a follow-up arrangement between the Greek authorities and the official lenders.”By any reckoning, that’s a lot of “ifs”. 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Europeans confident growth will return and deflation will end

first_img Express KCS Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Thursday 5 February 2015 8:03 pm whatsapp THE ECONOMIC climate in Europe is improving rapidly, according to the influential Ifo survey published yesterday.Despite the Greek negotiations and the war in Ukraine, the Ifo’s index monitoring the economic climate improved from 102.3 to 112.7 in the past quarter.The sharp rise takes the index firmly above its long run average of 106.1 points. The index measuring expectations of growth also climbed, up from 100 to 109.8.Respondents also believe the current bout of flat or falling prices will not suck the Eurozone into a deflationary spiral.The survey showed inflation is expected to come in at 0.7 per cent in 2015, before accelerating to 1.6 per cent in three to five years’ time.Even in Greece, which is suffering most from a terrible GDP performance, prices are only expected to fall by 0.2 per cent this year before rising again by 1.2 per cent in the near future.Expectations are important for policymakers, individuals, and businesses. If they expect prices to rise steadily at the European Central Bank’s target – below but close to two per cent per year – then they know how to price products and pay staff.But if price expectations vary more widely, it can result in inflationary spirals, where prices and wages rise solely in anticipation of inflation, or a deflationary cycle where firms and households cut back on spending in the hope of buying when prices are lower. center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableySenior Living | Search AdsSenior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look At The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodge whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Europeans confident growth will return and deflation will end Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Upper Street aiming to fundraise £200,000 on Seedrs for growth

first_img Upper Street aiming to fundraise £200,000 on Seedrs for growth whatsapp Sunday 8 February 2015 11:08 pm whatsapp Share Express KCS center_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ LUXURY made-to-order shoe firm Upper Street has launched a £200,000 fundraising round using the London-based crowdfunding platform Seedrs as it looks to grow its online platform. The company, which was founded five years ago by Katy Chandler and Julia Elliott Brown, allows customers to design their own shoes online using 3D technology.Shoppers spend an average of £254.50 per order on the site, which claims to offer more than 5m shoe combinations. In March last year, the online retailer secured £750,000 from the British Business Bank’s Aspire Fund and Venrex Investment, the venture capital group behind the luxury stationer Smythson.Upper Street has raised £33,800 so far via the crowdfunding platform. The company was worth £2.8m before the fundraising. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableySenior Living | Search AdsSenior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look At The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MD Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Smoking hot revenues from Tweed Marijuana

first_img whatsapp Canadian marijuana company Tweed is smoking: it just posted its highest ever revenue figures.The company, which sells medicinal marijuana reported sales of $1.12m (£580,706) for the 12 months ending 31 December, and $641,309 for the fourth quarter, which ended on the same date. December was by far the biggest month for the company, with 50 per cent of its fourth quarter revenue coming during the month. Tweed is still making net losses however, $2.65m for the quarter and $7.74m for the financial year.Why it’s interestingThe world is opening up to marijuana, especially the US to the south, as the map below shows. It still remains illegal for recreational use in Canada, but cannabis can be used medicinally. Tweed was granted a licence to grow marijuana in January last year, and so is still very much in its infancy.Tweed, currently run by interim chief Bruce Linton, is one of 20 companies currently licenced to grow the plant. In 2000, when the Canadian government first legalised the drug for medicinal use, there was mayhem. The government sold straight to customers, but individuals could also grow the stuff at home for personal use or even beyond.Canada introduced the Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes regulations in April last year, and Tweed is licenced under those regulations. It prides itself on growing different strains of the plant in their ideal environment, either outdoors or indoors, on its six farms.The new rules mean that patients have to sign up to one dedicated producer, rather than shopping around. This means it’s in Tweed’s interest to offer good quality marijuana, grown in optimal conditions: anything less could mean customers go elsewhere. It’s more than worth Tweed’s while to build a solid base in an industry that soon could be worth $3.1bn (Canadian dollars).Who knows what could happen if the US manages to homogenise legislation and reconcile strict federal laws with the more lenient rules in certain states (see map).Tweed saidIt is important to reiterate that Tweed invested in a large growing platform early so we could remove any customer onboarding roadblocks.said Bruce Linton, Chairman and CEO of Tweed.This investment began to yield significant inventory in November, clients in December, and sustained growth to date. Smoking hot revenues from Tweed Marijuana Billy Ehrenberg by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comGameday NewsNASCAR Drivers Salaries Finally ReleasedGameday NewsMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesHistory 10[Gallery] The 25 Worst Casting Choices of All-TimeHistory 10ComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBall Sharecenter_img More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 26 February 2015 4:51 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 19 March 2015

first_imgWednesday 18 March 2015 8:53 pm whatsapp To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] HEALTHNumis reiterated its “buy” rating on the Abu Dhabi-based healthcare company. The broker said the firm’s “solid 2014 performance across all assets” provides a strong base for the company, and added that costs, including wages, are under “good control”, with newly opened hospitals also ramping up.HILTON FOOD GROUPShore Capital upgraded its rating on the meat-packing business, from “hold” to “buy”, ahead of full year results. The broker said new customer partnerships could be announced over time, and “with a robust track record of delivery would expect any such initiatives to be taken well by the market”. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTop 10 Fried Chicken Spots in the U.S.GayotAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Best of the Brokers for 19 March 2015 Tags: NULL Express KCS last_img read more

David Cameron’s Heat Magazine interview: Here’s everything we didn’t want to know

first_imgTuesday 31 March 2015 5:02 am David Cameron’s Heat Magazine interview: Here’s everything we didn’t want to know whatsapp With the polls showing Labour neck and neck, neither of the party leaders can afford missed beats or wasted interviews.To that end, David Cameron decided to let Heat magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lucie Cave, into the heart of Downing Street for a grilling that would put Paxo to shame. Here’s a sample of what we found out – but really didn’t need to – about Britain’s most powerful man.Spiders and rats: Cameron’s kitchen nightmaresAsked if he had any phobias, the PM said: “I’m not very keen on rats. We had one in our kitchen once, it came in through the cat flap, it was horrible, and I kind of found it in the middle of the night.”But in a revelation a little too candid even for the chillaxed PM, he added:Well, I’d like to say I stripped down to the waist and wrestled it and threw it out there but I didn’t.However, the PM is better when facing his arachnid opponents. “If there’s a spider in the bath, send for me,” said Cameron.PM fears killing crocsNot ready to let turn the conversation away from unpleasant creatures, Cameron recounted his experience with a baby amphibian:I actually had to hold a baby crocodile the other day, I didn’t like that. There was a camera on so I had to go, “Oh this is lovely”, but I was really worried I was squeezing it so tightly that actually I was going to kill it, because the guy said to me, “if this bites you, you know, you will draw blood” and I said “oh really?”Multi-tasking is still not a man’s thingIf there is one gender stereotype the progressive Tory is still willing to hold on to, it’s that of men being incapable of multi-tasking. “I’m a man, I can’t do two things at once. Don’t be ridiculous,” he told Heat. “I cannot listen to music and run. I don’t know how people do it.”But he still has a shy sidePoliticians should be used to being in the public eye and from what most of us can see they don’t resent it but relish it. But when it comes to going on summer holidays, even the most seasoned cynics may have a morsel of sympathy with the party leaders. Cave asked the PM “do you hate it when the papers have your holiday pics?”“The holiday snaps is an occupational hazard. I’d prefer it if they took ones when my t-shirt was on than off, but that’s my lookout,” Cameron replied. Asked if he would emulate Tony Blair and win Heat’s torso of the week, the PM wasn’t so hopeful.”No, I will never be a contender, there is no chance of that. I try to go for a run two or three times a week, about a two-mile run, I’ve got some circuits outside I do.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNASCAR Drivers Salaries Finally ReleasedGameday NewsComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Jeff Misenti center_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: David Cameron General Election 2015 People More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Sharelast_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 15 April 2015

first_imgTuesday 14 April 2015 8:30 pm Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share whatsapp whatsapp To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] MORRISONShore Capital said it welcomed the speedy shake-up in management under new chief executive David Potts and reiterated his “buy” rating with a target price of 200p. He said Morrisons was on track to become a more “shareholder-friendly” stock before its supermarket peers.TULLOW OILCiti issued a bullish note on Tullow yesterday and raised its rating from “neutral” to “buy”. It also lifted its price target from 406p to 433p. The bank said concerns around Tullow’s balance sheet and timing of the TEN development off the coast of Ghana are more than discounted in the current valuation.WH SMITHEspirito Santo initiated coverage on WH Smith a “buy” rating and a fair value of 1550p. The broker believes chief executive Steve Clarke has moved the business onto a different model, with less vulnerability to operational gearing and a greater capability for generating cash. Express KCS Best of the Brokers for 15 April 2015 Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily Prooflast_img read more

General Election 2015 interactive: Lord Ashcroft polls show Conservatives set to win Rochester and Strood from Ukip

first_img Tags: General Election 2015 whatsapp [custom id=”1″] Saturday 25 April 2015 11:41 am The Conservatives are on course to take the Ukip-held seat of Rochester and Strood, according to the latest Lord Ashcroft poll.The Tories would take the seat by 37 per cent to Ukip’s 30 per cent according to the survey. It pus Labour in third on 25 per cent followed by the Greens on four per cent and Lib Dems with three per cent. Ashcroft pointed out that in a poll before the by-election last year – which Ukip won – 36 per cent of those polled said they would most likely vote Conservative at the General Election. This suggests that the electorate may view the two votes as discrete events – good news for David Cameron.Ashcroft’s report also looked at other battleground seats, including Bristol West, a seat the Green Party is strongly targeting. Many Liberal Democrat supporters appear to be defecting to the Greens, which has handed Labour the lead. More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com General Election 2015 interactive: Lord Ashcroft polls show Conservatives set to win Rochester and Strood from Ukip center_img Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Billy Ehrenberg last_img read more

One in 10 parents think their children are “too clever” for apprenticeships

first_img Show Comments ▼ One in 10 parents think their children are “too clever” for apprenticeships whatsapp Share whatsapp One in 10 parents consider their children to be “too clever” for apprenticeships, new research shows – suggesting teenagers are still feeling the pressure to go to university, rather than consider alternative options.The study, by AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk, found just over 80 per cent of teachers felt they didn’t know enough about non-university options for school leavers. Considering a study published earlier this week by High Fliers Research showed the £9,000 cost of going to university means an increasing number of school leavers would rather do something else, that suggests teachers are going to have to wise up sooner, rather than later – particularly given official figures show the number of new undergrads fell 17 per cent in 2013. In fact, there were suggestions apprenticeships and other further education options are becoming increasingly acceptable – just 54 per cent of the 10,000 school and college students surveyed said they were only considering university as their next option. But with only 40 per cent of parents saying they really understand the concept of a “higher apprenticeship”, there’s still snobbery over the quality of university versus other routes.Jack Denton, co-founder of AllAboutSchoolLeavers, pointed out that employers should consider widening the net of those they employ.”The supply of vacancies must match the changing demands of the market,” he said.  Emma Haslett Thursday 25 June 2015 4:30 am Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Seven-year decline in lending to businesses set to end this year, says EY Item Club

first_img Seven-year decline in lending to businesses set to end this year, says EY Item Club Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Share whatsapp Business lending will grow for the first time since 2008, a group of economic forecasters said today. Banks lent £103.4bn to UK businesses in the first half of 2015 compared with £88.6bn in the first half of 2014. This trend is expected to continue throughout the rest of the year, according to the EY Item Club, a group of economists.It would put an end to years of contraction in business lending, which peaked at £575bn in 2008. The Item Club believes business investment will grow by an average annual rate of 6.5 per cent over the next three years, fuelling demand for borrowing.“At this rate, the rise in overall business lending this year will only be marginal,” said Omar Ali, UK head of banking and capital markets at EY. “Add further fines on the horizon, the introduction of a banking tax surcharge, ongoing regulatory reform, and the pressure to create more competition to the mix, and you can see why banks won’t be pausing to celebrate yet.”The Item club also warned that lending to smaller firms could be constricted by regulations set to be introduced in 2019. Sunday 2 August 2015 11:15 pm Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Manchester to become trade union bill battle ground as thousands of protesters plan march against government

first_img Manchester to become trade union bill battle ground as thousands of protesters plan march against government Monday 28 September 2015 1:06 pm whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastInteresticleMan Finds Wierd Cave In Scottsdale, Enters And Drops To His KneesInteresticlecenter_img Catherine Neilan whatsapp The UK’s biggest trade unions are planning to target the Conservatives’ party conference with a major rally and march throughout Manchester next Sunday.Coaches are being organised to take anti-austerity protesters from various points around parts of England and Wales to the centre of Manchester on 4 October. The march is expected to take place between 12pm and 1:30pm, when demonstrators will hold a rally outside Manchester Central. As many as 80,000 people are said to be taking part in the protest, which will attack the government’s economic agenda and trade union bill with the slogan “no to austerity, yes to workers’ rights”. The TUC, which is coordinating the event, said: “Trade  unions have a proud tradition of standing up for workers, their families and the services everyone uses. So now the government is threatening the right to strike. “In  the trade union bill, they propose to make it harder for unions to take strike action to oppose their cuts. They want to make it harder for workers to speak out – allowing employers to use agency workers to break strikes and putting huge restrictions on pickets and protests. In short, they want to silence millions of union members and threaten their right to strike. So we all need to speak out now. March in Manchester on Sunday 4 October and tell the Conservatives  that we say “No!” to austerity. And tell them that workers need a voice. That trade unions give workers a voice. And that instead of austerity, it’s a resounding “Yes” to workers’ rights.”But protesters could be met with a “ring of steel” around the conference venue, where 12,000 delegates and exhibitors are expected to descend for the fourth time since 2009.According to the Manchester Evening News, the metal fence will be erected around Manchester Central this week, while a series of road closures are also being put in place. Affected roads include Mount Street, Windmill Street and Peter Street, while Manchester Central NCP car park, certain pay and display bays and some disabled parking areas will be closed from 10pm on Saturday 3 October.   Show Comments ▼last_img read more

FTSE 100 closes at its highest level in six weeks as Glencore share price soars

first_img whatsapp Britain’s blue chip index closed up 2.8 per cent to 6,298.92 points today, its highest level since August 20, led by gains from commodities giant Glencore. Speculation had swirled over whether the Swiss miner would sell some assets to cut its debt, or even consider agreeing to a takeover. Shares in the company closed up 21.05 per cent to 115p per share.  Antofagasta ended 5.5 per cent higher at 537.50p per share, Anglo American closed up 3.78 per cent to 574.51 p per share and BHP Billiton posted gains of 2.21 per cent to 1,065p per share.Last week Reuters reported that the company was considering selling a stake in its agricultural assets. And over the weekend, the Telegraph on Sunday suggested that the company’s management would listen to offers for the entire company.Hopes that the Chinese government would take steps to boost growth in the world’s second largest economy boosted shares with significant emerging market exposure.Read more: China is key to securing London’s future”The last few times China tried to encourage economic activity by announcing a stimulus scheme it has backfired, and sent commodity related stocks crashing, but now there is the feeling that something drastic is needed.,” David Madden, market analyst at IG Group, said.Shares in emerging markets focused bank Standard Chartered closed up 6.26 per cent to 708.4p per share, while Aberdeen Asset Management ended the day 5.3 per cent higher.Oil stocks were also lifted after Brent crude posted its biggest intra-day gain in two weeks.Royal Dutch closed up 2.84 per cent to 1,668.04p per share, BG Group rose 2.76 per cent to 1,015.05p per share and BP 4.71 per cent to 368p per share. Jessica Morris FTSE 100 closes at its highest level in six weeks as Glencore share price soars whatsappcenter_img Share Monday 5 October 2015 7:41 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Show Comments ▼last_img read more

FIFA president Sepp Blatter “provisionally suspended for 90 days” by Fifa ethics committee

first_img whatsapp FIFA president Sepp Blatter “provisionally suspended for 90 days” by Fifa ethics committee Stoehlker told BBC Sport: “The news was communicated to the president this afternoon. He is calm. Remember he is the father of the ethics committee.””This is provisional for 90 days but he is not actually suspended. The committee has not yet made a decision and their meetings continue.” whatsapp He said that the Swiss attorney general’s investigation was “pending” and so far no negative findings have been made against the Fifa boss.Blatter faces criminal charges around a payment made to Uefa president, and his potential successor, Michel Platini. He’s also attracted attention for an “unfavourable” contract signed with the Carribean Football Union while disgraced former president Jack Warner was in charge.Read more: Fifa president Sepp Blatter to face criminal chargesBlatter, who has been at the helm of Fifa since 1998, and Platini have denied any wrongdoing.A final decision is likely to be made on Thursday, according to BBC Sport. Wednesday 7 October 2015 1:16 pm Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been “provisionally suspended for 90 days” by the Fifa ethics committee, according to media reports.Klaus Stoehlker, who has advised Blatter in the past, told Sky News that the committee made the ruling in light of further investigations by the Swiss authorities. Share Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Court rules Port of Rotterdam Authority acted fairly over Maasvlakte ll concessions

first_img Rotterdam’s Rechtbank Court today ruled that the Port of Rotterdam Authority does not need to pay damages to its largest container stevedore ECT.The stevedore firm had sued the municipal port authority over the award of concession agreements to Rotterdam World Gateway and APM Terminals for new box facilities on the reclaimed Maasvlakte II area.Hutchison-owned ECT had claimed €1bn in estimated losses, but the court decided that the port authority did not misuse its economic power to facilitate new players in the containers market.A statement from the district court said:Following the verdict, the port authority said “The Port of Rotterdam Authority has always acted correctly and treated the various terminal operators equally. We have always regretted that this issue led to legal proceedings.“Now that this clear ruling has been issued, we hope to be able to bring this matter quickly to a close and, together with ECT and the other stakeholders, to devote our energies to strengthening Rotterdam’s competitive position.”However ECT indicated it would consider further steps, which include taking the matter to a higher court. It added that it had started legal procedures as a result of “betrayed confidence, promises made, points of view altered and rules in common practice changed”.It said: “Since 2009, ECT has asked to settle these matters. It only went to court the moment talks did not come to a satisfactory solution.”ECT claimed the new Maasvlakte II terminals would bring 50% overcapacity in container handling operations to the port, potentially leading to a collapse in handling rates and big economic and social problems on the existing Maasvlakte area.Many in the port contest that, however, especially given the current congestion that is gripping box operations and has led to a series of container vessel calls being diverted to nearby competitor Antwerp. And the court judged that it was “inevitable that there would be temporary overcapacity”.A statement from the court said: “With its policy, the port authority served the interests of the more long-term development of the port of Rotterdam. Furthermore, it took measures to limit the negative consequences of this overcapacity.”ECT operates terminals in the port close to the city centre, on the existing Maasvlakte site and very near to Maasvlakte II, where the ECT Euromax terminal is situated.  The estimated container handling on that terminal will be 2.5m teu in 2015. Rotterdam World Gateway is expected to offer 2.4m teu capacity a year and APM Terminals 2.7m teu, with the latter scheduled to open before the end of the year.ECT has been the dominant player in Rotterdam’s container market since its inception in the mid-1960s, and relied on considerable support of Rotterdam Municipal Port Authority, as it was previously known.  The authority facilitated the construction of ECT terminals, as well as the Delta/SeaLand Terminal, which was subsequently taken over by APM Terminals following Maersk’s acquisition of the SeaLand, and is today known as the Delta Dedicated North Terminal.In its court submission, ECT also claimed that it was discriminated against operating the new terminals on the basis that that one of the criteria on which operators were selected was “competitiveness”, and was given just 15 out of the 100 points that bidders were able to score.“Given the importance of this criterion, it was not encouraging to hear HbR [Port of Rotterdam Authority] express the opinion that the number of points that ECT could expect to earn for competitiveness would be “close to zero”. When asked about the motivation for this expectation, no definitive answers were given, but it appeared that the primary concern of HbR is that the port of Rotterdam’s overall competitiveness cannot be guaranteed unless the winner of the tender for T1 engages in direct intra-port competition with ECT,” the company’s legal team argued.However, the court found no evidence of this.Its statement added: “ECT was not denied a fair chance in the tendering procedure. The court found no evidence that the port authority had made any firm commitments to ECT which it failed to honour. The terms and conditions of the agreements which the port authority made with ECT are no less favourable than those made with its rivals.”However, a small measure of support for ECT’s position came from an unlikely quarter today when the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) warned that new capacity in the port should not be rushed into operation if it led to job losses, and called for a wider social dialogue.ITF president and dockers’ section chair Paddy Crumlin explained: “This decision should not be taken as a green light to expansion without dialogue. There is a clear need for discussion around a phased implementation of Maasvlakte 2. That must include a dialogue involving all stakeholders, including the representative workers’ union, FNV Havens, and it must cover areas such as job creation, job stability and sustainability.“Without that process, the future of one of the world’s busiest and most successful ports – and one with a record of good labour relations – will be put at risk.” By Janny Kok in Rotterdam and Gavin van Marle 24/09/2014last_img read more

News / Transporters of project cargo feeling the squeeze as global oil giants economise

first_imgAgility works with the oil and gas industry both upstream and downstream, including oilfield service companies, drillers and engineering contractors that construct LNG, NGL and petrochemical complexes.“We recognise that our clients in the oilfield service industry and upstream exploration and drilling will be affected by cuts in spending,” Wattman said. “Exploration and development sector are already reducing drill count, reducing staff and postponing expenditures not committed.“While there will be decelerating investment in LNG and NGL liquid capture and conversion projects, there is still movement in the petrochemical sector and in retrofit of existing power and production facilities that are shifting to gas.”At Panalpina, oil and gas industry cargo shipments break down into two main categories: exploration and production (E&P) infrastructure and equipment, including drilling rigs, turbines and pipework; and production support, from construction materials to workers’ food and other supplies, operating equipment, computers and support vehicles.“E&P shipments are frequently oversize, and often need to be delivered urgently to ensure production stays on time,” explained Frank Bichowski, Panalpina’s global head of business development, Energy Solutions.“Production supply requires a high level of consistency and reliability to feed ongoing operations. Our own-controlled freighter network – which also includes scheduled charters, for example down to Africa’s West coast – keep a steady flow of material streaming to oilfield production sites.”Hotspots for Panalpina in 2014 included Central Asia, the Middle East and the North Sea as well as West Africa. But Bichowski said: “We are seeing a decline in all E&P areas globally. Drilling, deep water and oilfield services are affected most. Projects are likely to be delayed or cancelled at short notice, or will go through re-design or re-bidding.”The company expects prices to stabilise, albeit at a lower level, in the second half of the year. With customers focusing so closely on costs, Bichowski sees opportunities in the re-engineering of supply chains, outsourcing and shift of transport mode.“Geographically, we see growth opportunities in the oil and gas sector in the Middle East and Kenya. Furthermore, there are other areas in the energy sector that can compensate for reduced oil and gas activities: petrochemicals and power plants based on alternative energy sources such as hydro and solar,” he added.Hansa Heavy Lift, a specialist in ocean movements of project cargo, claims it is not yet suffering from the slump in the oil price. MD Joerg Roehl said: “So far our business partners have only advised us that there may be cutbacks on future projects, but there is no physical impact on any current projects or work we are involved in. We are still receiving many tenders, and opportunities as a heavylift carrier to handle projects for the coming months and years.”However, Agility’s Wattman expects to see smaller operators, squeezed by reduced cash flow and working capital, being forced to cut spending.“Mid-size and large companies will be looking to acquire or merge, further affecting the sector,” he predicts. “Agility Brazil, USA, Russia and the Middle East will probably see the greatest impact.”Simon Morris, group business development manager – oil & gas at GAC, says out-of-gauge cargo movements for new builds, refurbishments and subsea installations are “likely to continue in short to medium term”, but new projects will slow down until the oil price recovers.“Exploration will generally be on hold until the oil price recovers – unless it is ‘easy’ shallow water or land-based oil,” he added. “Where possible, newbuild deepwater projects will be postponed, cancelled or delayed.”Echoing Wattman’s comments, Morris said: “We expect a slowdown until the second half of the year, or until the price recovers to a minimum of $70 a barrel.  There will consolidation in the industry, bankruptcy and mergers.” Movers of project cargo are already feeling the impact cutbacks in capital expenditure being implemented by the global oil giants.BP, the world’s third-largest oil and gas company, today announced it is reducing investment by up to $6bn this year following a 20% fall in profits for the final quarter of 2014. The company is the latest to rein back on exploration projects as the crude oil price languishes at around $50 per barrel, close to a six-year low.Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum are all suspending new oil and gas projects while Shell is cutting spending by $15 billion over the next three years as it scraps, scales back or defers 40 of its more expensive projects. Shell is continuing is keeping faith in projects that are already underway, and will almost match last year’s capital investment of $35 billion in 2015.However, Grant Wattman (pictured), president and CEO of Agility Project Logistics, said: “Lower oil prices are likely to be with us through much of 2015, triggering industry cost reductions and investment delays. We anticipate postponement of at least one third of capital projects that have yet to get the final investment go-ahead.” By Martin Roebuck 03/02/2015last_img read more

News / Bullish UTi Worldwide warns ‘tight-margin shippers’ to expect rate increases in 2016

first_img“I believe that our industry is getting smarter from a competitive perspective, and I have seen several large clients say that they do not want to go to a bid next year because they are concerned about price increases, and are instead asking us to work creatively with them on how to improve service levels and cut-off times, and other things we can do to help them.“Their objective is to lower transport costs, but I would say right now that despite an expanding yield environment the average mega-client is scared that their rates are going to go up… and there is evidence to support that,” he said.Second-quarter revenues decreased 16.5% to $913.9m, down year-on-year from $1.09bn, while net revenues decreased 14% to $338.5m from $393.7m. The company said the decrease in net revenues was primarily related to lower air and ocean volumes in its freight forwarding arm, as well as the strengthening of the dollar against the euro and South African rand.Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBIDTA) for the period was $11m, compared to $24m the year before.Mr Feitzinger added that second-quarter volumes had been “unseasonably flat”,“In a normal progression from the first quarter to second, we would expect to see about 5% seasonal increase in airfreight kilos, and about a 10% seasonal increase in ocean freight teu. The difference between these historic norms and what we saw across all forwarding product lines in the second quarter represents almost $10m in reduced net revenue in the quarter,” he said.He admitted that UTi’s widespread IT transformation programme had seen “service levels deteriorate” and led to sustained market share losses.“Our sales people were consumed by internal matters and unable to spend sufficient time with clients. Subsequently, it took about six to nine months for us to see the full impact of this in our market share.”But he claimed that that trend had now been reversed.“After a sustained period of market share losses, our forwarding volumes have stabilised and are coming back in line with the industry. The question now becomes when we will see freight forwarding growth return, both from a rebound in our existing client shipping patterns and our own efforts to take share?”He said that the period had seen UTi win “two of the largest air and ocean contracts in recent memory”: one, a 25,000 teu intra-Asian ocean freight contract from a single client; and the other, 5m kg of new air business “in a recent global bid”.He said both clients were new to its portfolio, but that “the brisk second-quarter headwinds have hindered the speed with which we expect to arrive at our previous fiscal 2016 target”.Chief financial officer Rick Rodick forecast a full-year adjusted EBITDA of $75m-$100m. By Gavin van Marle 04/09/2015 US freight forwarder and contract logistics provider UTi Worldwide yesterday claimed its financial rebound was continuing as it released second-quarter results.But chief executive Ed Feitzinger sent a warning to major shippers that, after several years of procurement policies that simply focused on the cost of logistics and not its value, forwarders were getting wise to that and contract rate increases could be on their way next year.UTi has spent much of its turnaround programme focusing on the particular cost and margin of each shipment, finding that many blue-chip clients often represent poor profitability.“When I look at our larger clients, they have done a very good job of driving a lot of margin out of the industry in the past few years. A lot of the large clients that we, and our competitors, carry are not very profitable, especially in terms of smaller shipment sizes and the fixed costs of moving a single shipment.last_img read more

People / XPO Logistics UK plans to offer 120 apprenticeships

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 15/03/2016 XPO Logistics has revealed plans to hire 120 apprentices in the UK this year.Coinciding with the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week, which began yesterday, the company said it would hire trainees for a wide variety of roles – in HR, finance, technology, customer service, facility operations and maintenance, as well as in the core warehousing, transport and HGV driver positions.XPO Logistics’ UK & Ireland supply chain HR director Mark Simmons said: “Our apprentice programme continues to earn terrific feedback from both the apprentices and the operational leaders in our business.“Retention rates are increasing year-on-year and 97% of our current apprentices say that they see themselves having a long-term future with XPO Logistics. This is a tremendous endorsement of our training programmes.”Under its previous Norbert Dentressangle ownership, which was acquired by US-headquartered XPO last year, the firm launched its apprenticeship programme in 2013, and has since recruited over 270 apprentices across 60 sites in the UK.“This year, we are building on past success by enhancing our learning frameworks and introducing dedicated on-site apprentice coordinators. This will ensure that every one of our new apprentices receives even greater support to build a career,” Mr Simmons added.last_img read more

News / Amazon moves to Kentucky as its freight and logistics ambitions grow

first_imgIn its latest nine-month figures, Amazon show shipping revenues up 42% year-on-year to $5.97bn – a number dwarfed however by its 42% rise in shipping costs to $10.5bn.Reuters reported in December that Amazon was loading its own aircraft with big, lightweight boxes and giving the integrators, which are increasingly pricing by volume rather than weight, smaller items in a bid to cut shipping costs.Amazon noted in its results it was seeking to “expand our fulfillment capacity … to meet anticipated shipment volumes from sales of our own products as well as sales by third parties for which we provide the fulfillment services”.It added: “We seek to mitigate costs of shipping over time in part through achieving higher sales volumes, optimising placement of fulfillment centres, negotiating better terms with our suppliers, and achieving better operating efficiencies.”Last week it was reported that Amazon had started shipping products via ocean freight, with figures showing it had acted as a freight forwarder for some 150 containers from China since October – a small amount, but one that is likely to grow, and help it cut costs.It said in the latest statement that it was bringing its expertise in technological innovations to “the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for its customers”.The new air hub will service Amazon’s new fleet of Prime Air freighters by loading, unloading and sorting packages. So far 16 of the 40 aircraft under contract are operating, with more expected this year and next, from ATSG and Atlas Air. DHL last year completed a $108m investment at CVG, which could be a further boost to Amazon’s delivery network.The move came as a blow to Wilmington airport. Joe Hete, president of Wilmington-based ATSG, which launched Amazon’s air operation, said: “While we had hoped that Amazon would choose to expand the sortation and other logistics operations we manage for them here at the Wilmington Air Park and bring more jobs in southwestern Ohio, we certainly appreciate their confidence in our ability to support the development, launch and expansion of the dedicated air network that began here sixteen months ago. “The fifteen Boeing 767 freighters we lease to and operate for Amazon, plus five more coming this year, make us proud to be a part of their growth, and we remain committed to support their efforts to delight Amazon customers around the world with exceptional service every day.”A spokesman added: “We will continue to lease and operate aircraft for Amazon under our agreements with them, as well as provide ground services for their air network wherever needed.” Amazon has offered to relocate its Wilmington staff to Kentucky. Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, said: “As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralised location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees.”Amazon recently announced plans to create more than 100,000 jobs across the US over the next 18 months. It was not available to comment before publication. By Alex Lennane 01/02/2017 Amazon is to shift its Prime Air hub from Wilmington, Ohio, home of aircraft supplier ATSG, to Cincinnati, Kentucky.The move, in which Amazon will invest $1.49bn into its new CVG hub in Hebron, has triggered further speculation on the e-tailer’s growing interest in logistics.Amazon has agreed a 50-year lease on some 900 acres at the airport, similar to the size of the FedEx hub at Memphis, and expects to create more than 2,000 jobs when the site opens. A spokeswoman told The Loadstar that Amazon would “transition to utilising CVG this spring”.Colin Sebastian, an analyst for Baird Equity Research, said in a note to clients: “We estimate a $400bn-plus market opportunity for Amazon in delivery, freight forwarding, and contract logistics,” according to Reuters.last_img read more

News / Ocean Network Express CEO admits what went wrong and unveils recovery strategy

first_img The Ocean Network Express (ONE) management “underestimated the initial launch resource requirement” in April, resulting in a significant loss of business and a $400m impact on its bottom line.This was the stark admission of chief executive Jeremy Nixon to a group of investors in Tokyo this week.Profitability from synergy cost savings of $1bn a year was promised from the merger of the container businesses of Japanese shipping groups K Line, MOL and NYK – instead the carrier expects a net loss of $600m for its first year of operation.The root cause of the disastrous launch was “inevitable teething challenges”, including a lack of staff, staff familiarisation with the adopted NYK systems and “system data integrity”.Mr Nixon explained that during the height of the problems, booking and documentation staff had worked weekends and holidays in an endeavour to eliminate the launch backlog. Daily crisis meetings of senior management were held to address the issues and “kaizen” (improvement) teams were despatched to all operations centres to help revive communications.But there was a gross underestimation of ONE’s resource requirements and emergency measures also included outside recruitment.Loyal shipper customers of the Japanese carriers deserted the new entity in droves after the collapse of its booking and documentation systems. According to ONE statistics, vessel utilisation plunged to low 70% levels on both the Asia-to-US and Asia-to-Europe headhaul trades from previous individual load factors of more than 90%.And rival carriers, both inside and outside ONE’s alliance, were quick to pick up the slack.Alphaliner said recently CMA CGM and Cosco had been the biggest beneficiaries on the transpacific and on Asia-to-Europe, Hapag-Lloyd’s growth was robust as the lead line of THE Alliance.Moreover, the carrier network was “unable to collect all” the detention and demurrage charges due in the first six months, which would have resulted in ONE being obliged to pick up the tab for quay rent and extra container hire charges at terminals around the world, and for the leased equipment.Mr Nixon explained that ONE’s “group 1” rehabilitation plan consisted of the “recovery of liftings” across its main tradelanes and the “enhancement of detention and demurrage collection”.For next year, he said, the “group 2 action plan toward restructuring” will include cargo portfolio optimisation, product optimisation, organisation and synergistic effects.Meanwhile, utilisation levels have gone back to 90%+ levels on ONE’s transpacific and Asia-Europe headhaul trades, and the carrier’s management can turn its attention to the roll-out of 2019 contracts, which will include its new floating BAF application. By Mike Wackett 29/11/2018last_img read more

People / New appointments complete a ‘strong leadership team’ at Delta Cargo

first_img By Alex Lennane 11/09/2019 Delta Cargo has created a new role, vice president cargo operations and logistics, and has appointed DP World’s Rob Walpole (pictured). Mr Walpole will lead the cargo department’s global operations and the Delta Logistics Control Center teams. He was previously chief operating officer for DP World’s global logistics and supply chain, and has also been chief executive of Schenker Inc. “Rob has a strong operational background and brings extensive leadership experience in the logistics and supply chain sector,” said Shawn Cole, vice president of Delta Cargo. “We look forward to his contributions as we continue to build on the record operational performance achieved in the first half of 2019.” Delta Cargo has also appointed Matt Weisenburg as director of cargo strategy and alliances. Previously director of cargo pricing and revenue management, he replaces Lindsey Jalil who has moved to another position within Delta. And Mark DeFrancesco has become managing director for revenue management, capacity and forecasting. He joins the cargo division from Delta’s domestic pricing team.  (Chris Rank for Rank Studios)center_img Mr Cole added: “These changes complete our strong leadership team, as we continue to focus on providing our customers with industry leading products and services, as well as growing our international network.”last_img read more

News / ‘Perfect storm’ creates ‘supply chain misery’ for unhappy port of Felixstowe

first_img High winds over the weekend in the UK, added to slow-working at the port of Felixstowe and the cyber-attack on CMA CGM, will result in “supply chain misery for weeks”, according to sources.One UK NVOCC told The Loadstar the continuing problems with Felixstowe’s vehicle booking system had caused “chaos”, and it had led to carriers diverting ships at the last minute to London Gateway and Southampton,“I didn’t think it could get any worse, until I came in yesterday to find CMA CGM had been hit by a cyber-attack and they couldn’t release B/Ls or do much else,” he said.“We have our retailer customers screaming at us, as they are desperate to fill their shelves to get an early start to Christmas, in case the Covid lockdowns get harsher, and of course they have no interest in the vehicle booking system at Felixstowe, they just want their products.“And I can’t see the delivery situation getting any better any time soon; I can only see supply chain misery for weeks ahead,” he added.The Loadstar understands that CMA CGM’s UK office has begun taking manual bookings for Southampton calls, while its latest haulage-availability spreadsheet, sent to customers today and seen by The Loadstar shows that it will not take bookings to and from any port in the UK to any inland destination until at least 12 October.In a customer advisory sent today, CMA CGM UK said that while it continued to be unable take bookings at its website, “INTTRA, GT Nexus and other platforms that are used to send booking into CMA CGM are working. We encourage you to use these platforms if you have access.”It added that it could also accept bookings made via a booking template on an excel spreadsheet attacked to an email.Meanwhile, Felixstowe said on Friday “measures to manage the flow of containers to and from the port are having a positive impact”.It said it had released 1,600 additional VBS slots, as well as extending Sunday opening hours for road haulage, and was seeing the first intake of new operational staff as part of its recruitment of 100 more equipment drivers.The port claimed that, “on average there were 749 VBS slots unused each day”, which has baffled hauliers, who remain adamant they cannot get bookings and have shown The Loadstar screenshots showing zero availability.The port has again apologised to “any customers experiencing delays”, and said it was confident that the measures it had taken and the “close cooperation with our partners, will address these operational challenges”.However, according to an internal staff memo seen by The Loadstar last week, the port had so far received confirmation that seven main line vessels would “divert to competitor ports over the coming weeks”. And the port will also lose several feeder calls, following the diversion of mother vessels.“At the moment these are just a series of one-off diversions, but we have to accept that there is now a real threat for these calls to be on a permanent basis,” said the memo.It added: “We have a lot of unhappy customers,” and was requesting “a call to arms” from staff to reverse the decline in productivity at the port, which it said had resulted in a loss of market share, “as the competition has out-performed us”. By Mike Wackett 29/09/2020 Photo 62673087 © Atgimages – Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

Premium / EXCLUSIVE Snapshot: Jumping for joy as Toll regains its fighting spirit

first_img Forgotten your password? Please click here A couple of interesting reads hit the wires in the past few days adding to the Toll Group story, not because the disclosed events and talk weren’t broadly public knowledge already but they could help accelerate the corporate sale process in Melbourne. That’s my take on it, anyway.On top of that, more importantly perhaps, an internal announcement was made earlier this month by commander-in-chief Thomas Knudsen  – very conveniently for the corporate sale angle, it points to significantly brighter business … Email* Reset Email* Please Login << Go back Premium subscriber LOGIN Reset Your Password LOGIN Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Password* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium By Alessandro Pasetti 26/10/2020 New Premium subscriber REGISTERlast_img read more

Maersk in deal to provide global logistics to deliver Covid vaccine for Covaxx

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 27/10/2020 Maersk is partnering with US drug manufacturer Covaxx to provide logistics support for the delivery of  Covid-19 vaccines.Although several airlines have announced plans to be ready to transport an expected vaccine, Maersk is the first shipping line to proactively prepare for what has been described as “the biggest product launch in history”.One source told The Loadstar: “This is a big, big step for Maersk, because as it stands there is no vaccine and no one knows for sure if there will be one.”The agreement with Covaxx lays out a framework for all transport and supply chain services to deliver the vaccine around the world, but the potential vaccine itself remains a “candidate” for regulatory approval from authorities.Known as candidate UB-612, a vaccine is undergoing Phase 1 clinical trials in Thailand, with an agreement for Phase 2 trials to be conducted in the US in place.To date, it has secured pre-commitment orders for over 100 million doses globally, and last month Covaxx reached an agreement with Brazil’s largest diagnostic medical company to conduct “large-scale” human efficacy clinical trials.Co-CEO of Covaxx Mei Mei Hu said the agreement with Maersk was necessary to ensure the ability to deliver its potential vaccine, while head of special project logistics at Maersk Rob Townley said the line’s “specialised” logistics expertise put it in good stead for the vaccine’s roll-out, with the drug manufacturer planning to have dispatched one billion doses by the end of 2021.“Efficient and safe delivery of Covid-19 vaccines around the world is the most urgent logistics challenge we face today,” said Mr Townley.“AP Møller-Maersk is committed to working closely with Covaxx to ensure smooth end-to-end global delivery of this vaccine as soon as it becomes available.” © David Tulchinsky | Dreamstime.com – Maersk shipping container, trucklast_img read more

News / Exec joined logistics group ‘to steal expertise and data to set up his own firm’, claim

first_img Digital forwarder Beacon has slammed a lawsuit in the US alleging its founder misappropriated confidential information as “entirely without merit”.Vanguard Logistics yesterday filed a lawsuit against former Uber executive Fraser Robinson, alleging that with another former executive of Uber, Mr Robinson sought to “pilfer” confidential information from Vanguard.A spokesperson for Beacon told The Loadstar that the company had been taken unawares by the lawsuit.The spokesperson said: “The papers have not been issued by the court and have not been served. What we’ve seen so far is an ill-thought out action which is entirely without merit and which has been brought in the wrong jurisdiction.“Any claim will be robustly defended.”Filed with central California’s US District Court, the complaint, seen by The Loadstar, accuses Mr Robinson of multiple contract breaches, fraud, misrepresentation and misappropriation.Central to the complaint is the allegation that Mr Robinson deceived Vanguard by joining its board and “stealing [Vanguard’s] most confidential information and using it to secretly establish a rival company”.The lawsuit claims Mr Robinson had planned to found a logistics company nine months before joining Vanguard, but that he lacked “expertise…experience, data, technology”.It alleges: “Rather than invest the time and resources to acquire it lawfully, however, upon information and belief, Robinson opted instead to steal it from an existing logistics and shipping company.“His strategy – as he later let slip to [a] reporter – was to spend time inside such a company obtaining the information he would need to create Beacon.”The suit claims he pitched himself to Vanguard’s owners as being able to use development and marketing skills accrued at Uber to leverage technology and “rapidly expand” into EMEA markets.A company spokesperson said: “We trusted [him] as a director and fiduciary, this included legal stipulations around non-disclosures and protection of Vanguard’s IP; he betrayed that trust.“It is fitting that Fraser Robinson launched a company named Beacon, a word that describes a warning signal. Anybody doing business with him should certainly beware.”UK-based Beacon was incorporated in November 2018, when, Vanguard claims, Mr Robinson was bound by non-compete and non-disclosure clauses. © Wave Break Media Ltd By Alexander Whiteman 29/10/2020last_img read more

News / Asean box trade with the US growing faster than China’s as sourcing shifts

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 12/04/2021 South-east Asia’s container trade with the US is growing faster than China’s, highlighting the region’s shifting sourcing patterns.According to the Japan Maritime Center (JMC), the share of US container imports originating in Asean broke through 20% for the first time last year – while China’s share declined for the second successive year.Asean volumes were up 16.1% to 4m teu, bringing the region’s total share to 21.9%, while volumes originating in China (excluding Hong Kong), increased just 2.4% to 10.8m teu, resulting in a 0.9% loss in market share.However, China-origin cargo still accounts for almost 60% of total US imports.The JMC data shows the furniture and home electronics categories recorded the biggest volume growth from Asean, reflecting lockdown shopping trends in the US, with respective increases of 13.1% and 29.4%.Vietnam-origin cargo was the biggest winner, however, volumes shooting up 24.8% to 1.99m teu, and bringing the country’s share of US imports to 10.8%.Shipping lines have reacted to the gradual shift of sourcing to South-east Asia by adding direct calls from the region, particularly on transpacific trades.For example, in March, MSC said it was bolstering trade between South-east Asia and the US west coast with a new Sentosa service, which directly links Laem Chabang and Vung Tau (Cai Mep) with Long Beach.Meanwhile, according to the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), while the Covid-crisis has “exposed the vulnerabilities” of global value chains (GVCs), South-east Asia is “still well-positioned to benefit”.Hoe Ee Khor, AMRO’s chief economist, said: “Although we have seen some cross-border relocation of GVCs globally, the Asean+3 region will remain a highly attractive location for GVC investment in the post-pandemic world. GVCs are an integral part of Asean+3 economies, taking up half of their regional and global trade volumes, and driving regional growth.“Disruption brought about by natural disasters, trade tensions and the pandemic have restarted a debate over future trade regimes and possible GVC reconfiguration, presenting the region with both challenges and opportunities.“A China+1 strategy, where China remains the main supply and consumer node but certain operations are relocated to its neighbours, will improve resilience and diversification.”last_img read more

Martin Shkreli harassed employee’s wife and son, court documents show

first_img Tags Martin ShkreliRetrophin By Ed Silverman Dec. 17, 2015 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] Martin Shkreli was arrested on Thursday for securities fraud — but he has a history of bad behavior. Craig Ruttle/AP Reviled CEO Martin Shkreli arrested on securities fraud charges Shkreli then hacked Pierotti’s AOL, Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, according to court documents and a police report filed in Summit, N.J., where Pierotti lived.He allegedly “friended” one of Pierotti’s teenage sons and wrote, “I want you to know about your dad … he betrayed me, he stole $3 million from me.”advertisement PharmalotMartin Shkreli harassed employee’s wife and son, court documents show center_img Ed Silverman Related: Shkreli also purportedly wrote a letter to Pierotti’s wife, stating: “Your husband stole $1.6 million from me and I will get it back. I will go to any length necessary to get it back … Having frozen your husband’s stock account once, I will do so repeatedly until I get what is mine … Your pathetic excuse of a husband needs to get a job real job that does not depend on fraud to succeed … I hope to see you and your four children homeless and I will do whatever I can to assure this.”He also tweeted “hey, sweetie” to Pierotti’s wife, the police report states.A police officer who contacted Shkreli by phone said Shkreli initially denied knowing Pierotti but, after the officer told him about the Facebook friend requests, Shkreli maintained he had no recent contact with Pierotti. “Mr. Shkreli advised me that he hadn’t talked to Mr. Pierotti in over a year, so how could he be harassing him?” the officer wrote in the Dec. 27, 2013 police report.We could not reach Pierotti, but did leave a message for his attorney and will update you with any reply.In the end, the lawsuit was discontinued, according to court documents. Martin Shkreli may have a reputation for being brazen and reckless, but a clash with a former employee at Retrophin, the company Shkreli founded in 2011, underscored just how erratic the pharma bad boy could be.In a 2013 lawsuit, Shkreli asserted that his former portfolio manager Timothy Pierotti “absconded” with 350,000 shares in a company with which Retrophin did a reverse merger. Shkreli claimed these were awarded as an incentive; Pieroitti argued he bought the shares, according to court documents.What happened next is the sort of scenario that might pop up from the pages of a cheap crime novel, not what you would expect from someone who aspires to build a pharmaceutical empire.advertisement @Pharmalot About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Bacteria-fighting antitoxins offer remedy to antibiotic resistance

first_img Merck showed in clinical trials that when patients used their toxin-blocking agent in combination with traditional antibiotics, only 16 percent of patients got sick again, with few noticeable side effects of the experimental therapy.If used widely, the Merck drug, called bezlotoxumab, could help ward off tens of thousands of recurrent infections in the United States each year. “This would be a welcome addition to our medicine box,” said Dr. John Lamont, a gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston who specializes in intestinal infections and was not involved in the development of the drug.But with one in six patients still experiencing recurrences, Lamont noted, “it’s not a home run.”Bezlotoxumab could make a bigger public health dent if it can be used to stop C. diff from taking hold in the first place in at-risk patients. “Theoretically this might work,” said Lamont.Merck has not yet tested this prophylactic strategy, but AstraZeneca is already running a trial of its Staph antitoxin agent to see if it can prevent infections in people on ventilators. These assisted-breathing devices are known to put people at a heightened risk of developing Staph-related pneumonia.Still, Dr. David Shlaes, a retired antiinfectives consultant, cautioned that these drugs will only solve a small piece of the drug resistance problem. “I’m not sure that this is the answer to the bigger resistance problem,” he said.Even more effective drugs, and better stewardship of antibiotics in humans and livestock, are also needed to manage the emerging crisis of antibiotic resistance. Drug industry warming to antibiotics, but resistance outpaces new products About the Author Reprints Doctors warn that these agents, if approved, are likely to be come with a much higher sticker price than existing antibacterials. This is because drug companies need to make profits and recoup their drug development costs, but also because these drugs are “biologic” antibodies that are expensive to produce.advertisement By Asher Mullard Jan. 29, 2016 Reprints Related: Infectious disease specialists urgently need new drug options — and the situation is especially dire in the fight against Clostridium difficile, the most common type of hospital-acquired superbug.C. diff, as it’s commonly known, lays low nearly half a million Americans and kills an estimated 15,000 each year.Merck’s first-in-class drug targets one of the two toxins produced by C. diff. Although bacteria-killing antibiotics can get these infections under control, more than 25 percent of patients get a second bout of C. diff within weeks of their recovery. And for many patients the infections keep on coming back after that. “It’s a vicious cycle,” Kartsonis said. Other companies pursuing their own antitoxins against deadly pathogens include AstraZeneca and Aridis Pharmaceuticals, each of which are developing experimental drugs that neutralize a Staph toxin, and Bellus Health, which is working on a drug that blocks the E. coli toxin. A radically simple idea may open the door to a new world of antibiotics BusinessBacteria-fighting antitoxins offer remedy to antibiotic resistance [email protected] Tags antibioticsbacteriadrug development Related: Asher Mullard The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing a drug that mops up bacterial toxins while leaving microbes themselves unscathed, potentially providing infectious disease doctors with a new treatment option that might be less prone to drug resistance than existing antibiotics.It’s the first in a new wave of targeted therapies that home in on the bacterial poisons responsible for the abdominal pain, vomiting, and watery diarrhea experienced by people with gut infections. Although doctors expect to use this first antitoxin in combination with conventional antibiotics, it demonstrates that a soft touch can help ward off persistent bugs.“It’s really exciting,” said Dr. Nicholas Kartsonis, section head of infectious diseases clinical research at Merck, the drug company behind the agent. Merck announced this week that the FDA had accepted its marketing application, and that a regulatory decision is expected by the end of July. “This is really getting people enthused about working on nonantibiotic approaches to treating infections.”advertisement @ashermullard Merck’s first-in-class drug targets one of the two toxins produced by Clostridium difficile. CDClast_img read more

Divisive CEO of Google’s biotech startup turns on the charm

first_img Conrad’s corner office was small and uncluttered. One of its few adornments was a sign on his desk reading, “do epic shit.”Dressed casually in a blue T-shirt, the CEO called his decision not to answer questions for STAT’s initial article “a catastrophic error in judgment” — because he had a good story to tell: Verily is hiring like mad from thousands of applicants who represent the “cream of the crop.”In general, Conrad said, he enjoys good relationships with employees, regulators, and corporate partners.“Business is pretty dang good for us,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that there’s not some people mad. But overall, the morale here is high …”The two-hour visit at Verily included interviews with some of Conrad’s managers and a tour of Verily’s labs.Dr. Jessica Mega, chief medical officer, called Verily “a really dynamic place” that can challenge people who are not ready for rapid change. Often, she said, those individuals can find other jobs within Google.Verily’s and Conrad’s openness went only so far. Set up as a limited liability company, Verily has no legal obligation to disclose the names of board members. Asked to name the board members, Conrad acknowledged that he was one, then said, “Let the lawyers do that. We’ll get you an official statement.”The statement later provided to STAT said no additional names would be disclosed. Newsletters Sign up for Weekend Reads Our top picks for great reads, delivered to your inbox each weekend. Andrew Conrad, CEO of Verily. Verily Google’s bold bid to transform medicine hits turbulence under a divisive CEO Leave this field empty if you’re human: Brin discussed news coverage depicting a “bleak picture of management and products” at some Alphabet subsidiaries, including Verily and Nest — which makes Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats and other home devices — according to a portion of the meeting transcript that an employee read aloud to STAT. The articles were placed on the agenda at the request of Alphabet employees using the “ask me anything” feature of an internal social media system, which allows them to pose questions to Brin or cofounder Larry Page.Brin, according to the transcript, said he was “sad that former and soon-to-be former employees talked to the press” to air their concerns. The loss of some top talent from Verily doesn’t worry him, Brin said, given that overall attrition rates remain relatively low.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. BusinessDivisive CEO of Google’s biotech startup turns on the charm Privacy Policycenter_img By Charles Piller April 6, 2016 Reprints Related: Nest CEO Tony Fadell defended his actions at the meeting. Conrad didn’t speak. Asked in an email why not, his spokeswoman said, “Andy was there and available to answer questions directed to him.”On Monday, Conrad set out to counter the prevailing narrative about his company as an unhappy place. After months of refusing to be interviewed by STAT, he reversed course — going so far as to greet a reporter at a Google building with a warm handshake and exuberant welcome, and act as personal escort to Verily’s adjacent headquarters. The standard, low-rise tech building sits on one of Alphabet’s outlying campuses, a couple of miles from the “Googleplex” headquarters. Related: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — What do you do when you and your company are the subject of unflattering media coverage? If you’re Andrew Conrad — biologist, CEO of Google startup Verily Life Sciences, and consummate scientific salesman — you mount a charm offensive.Last week, STAT reported that some former employees described Conrad as so divisive, uncompromising, and impulsive that he has driven scientists and engineers to tears, and triggered an exodus of top talent. The story revealed that he had strained Verily’s relationships with regulators in Washington and rashly shifted around resources.The article prompted enough concern inside Alphabet, the holding company for Google, Verily, and other subsidiaries, that it was addressed by Google cofounder Sergey Brin at a town hall-style meeting last week. The meeting was webcast internally; such events are normally attended or viewed later by tens of thousands of employees worldwide.advertisement Google’s next big idea: Mining health data to prevent disease Tags biotechGoogleVerilylast_img read more

40 cases of hepatitis A in Va. linked to frozen strawberries

first_img Tags food poisoninghepatitis Apublic health Privacy Policy All the potentially contaminated Egyptian-sourced berries were pulled from the 96 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in Virginia no later than Aug. 8 or Aug. 9.Officials say more cases could emerge, since some symptoms take as many as 50 days to emerge. The hepatitis A virus affects the liver.advertisement By Associated Press Aug. 30, 2016 Reprints J. Scott Applewhite/AP Health40 cases of hepatitis A in Va. linked to frozen strawberries Leave this field empty if you’re human: center_img About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across the state, up from 28 cases less than a week ago.The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Monday that about 55 percent of the infected residents have been hospitalized.There are more than 500 of the smoothie franchises across the country, and Virginia is not the only state affected.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day.last_img read more

Financial toxicity: 1 in 3 cancer patients have to turn to friends or family to pay for care

first_img Veena Shankaran [email protected] First OpinionFinancial toxicity: 1 in 3 cancer patients have to turn to friends or family to pay for care Leave this field empty if you’re human: One option to help patients burdened by financial toxicity is to create a program like Social Security Disability Insurance or unemployment insurance that serves those least equipped to endure financial hardship. It would kick in at the onset of a major cancer diagnosis and provide cash assistance for a defined period. This would go beyond the cost of care, as many families say that loss of income plus out-of-pocket costs for transportation, childcare, and caregiving are even bigger burdens than the copays.Another option aims to encourage cost-saving treatments — ones supported by evidence — to achieve the same outcomes. We should adopt policies that eliminate out-of-pocket spending for newly diagnosed cancer patients provided that they and their doctors agree to follow guideline-recommended treatment plans. “For many cancers, guidelines include options that are considered equivalent therapeutically, yet the costs of the treatments might vary by fiftyfold or more,” said the National Cancer Institute.The status quo is not acceptable. The number of Americans diagnosed with cancer is projected to rise nearly 75 percent between now and 2030. A focused effort to address the all-too-common problem of financial toxicity could help prevent at least some of the suffering that invariably comes with a cancer diagnosis.Scott D. Ramsey, MD, is the director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research in Seattle. Health economist Veena Shankaran, MD, is a medical oncologist and an associate member of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research. Please enter a valid email address. The National Cancer Institute advises physicians and patients to understand that cancer’s financial impact affects both family budgets and patients’ health. According to the institute, when a loved one develops cancer, the family’s risk of significant financial hardship becomes startlingly high:Between 33 percent and 80 percent of cancer survivors exhaust their savings to finance medical expenses.Up to 34 percent borrow money from friends or family to pay for care.For those who fall into debt, the level of debt is substantial. In a study of colon cancer survivors in Washington state, the mean debt was $26,860.Bankruptcy rates among cancer survivors are 260 percent higher than among similar households without cancer.The problem of paying for cancer care is so vast that it has a name, financial toxicity, representing the “other” toxic side effect of cancer treatment. Patients who get into financial difficulty suffer high rates of emotional distress and lower quality of life. In a study we conducted with several colleagues, cancer patients who filed for bankruptcy had a 79 percent higher mortality rate compared to those who had the same cancer and did not file for bankruptcy.advertisement Tags cancerhealth carehealth care costs With the revelations of significant problems with our health care system, it is tempting to point to a single group for blame. In reality, the problem appears to be quite complex. Rapidly rising drug and hospital costs, relatively weak insurance coverage, uneven and inadequate sick leave policies of most employers, and the generally poor financial state of many families in the United States all contribute to the problem. As a result, addressing financial toxicity will require tackling multiple issues simultaneously.As part of the cancer moonshot initiative launched by Vice President Joe Biden, Family Reach has launched the Financial Treatment Project. It takes a multiple-pronged approach to addressing the financial health of patients and their families. Family Reach recently joined with our organization, the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston to measure the impact of the program on patients’ financial health and medical outcomes.We hope to find simple, nonjudgmental ways to identify when the family of a newly diagnosed cancer patient faces a high likelihood of falling into financial distress. We will also evaluate the different ways to address the problem once a high-risk case is identified, ranging from bringing in financial counselors to tapping pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs to signing up uninsured patients for the Affordable Care Act. Newsletters Sign up for Cancer Briefing A weekly look at the latest in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. About the Authors Reprintscenter_img Privacy Policy By Scott D. Ramsey and Veena Shankaran Nov. 2, 2016 Reprints [email protected] Chris Hondros/Getty Images Scott D. Ramsey Related: Cancer drugs, though cheaper in the developing world, remain unaffordable in poorer countries Maria (not her real name) was terrified when her 5-year-old son, Rafe, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She worried about his chances of survival and the side effects of the proposed treatment. What she didn’t anticipate was the financial toll his illness would take on the family. As Rafe’s medical needs intensified, caring for him became all-consuming and Maria quit her job. Although her husband was still employed, the family’s income fell to half of what it had been, and they were faced with mounting medical bills on top of the normal day-to-day expenses like groceries and gas.The financial stress ramped up quickly. Months into Rafe’s treatment, with the family’s savings obliterated, they fell behind on mortgage and utility payments. Neighbors held a fundraising drive, gathering nearly $10,000, but by then the bills were so great that the money was gone within a week. Then the power company came to shut off the electricity. By this time, Rafe was on a chemotherapy infusion pump, and the backup batteries would last only a few hours. Where to turn? What to do?We heard about Maria’s situation and similar crises at a recent retreat of Family Reach, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance to families who have fallen into severe financial distress after a family member was diagnosed with cancer. Horrific stories like Maria’s are becoming more common as the cost of treating cancer and caring for people with it grows more expensive. There is no silver bullet, but measures that promote better cost management of treatment and well-targeted financial assistance could not only relieve financial distress but also produce better outcomes and improved quality of life.advertisementlast_img read more

First Look: Decoding dyslexia by tracking frenetic neurons

first_img Tags brainneuroscienceresearchSTAT+ First Look: Decoding dyslexia by tracking frenetic neurons People with dyslexia have a harder time adapting to the sound of a foreign voice or the sight of a new word. John Gabrieli/MIT Log In | Learn More STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. New clues about the biological underpinnings of dyslexia have confounded scientists’ old assumptions, opening fresh avenues of research that might one day help treat the world’s most common learning disorder.Dyslexia, an often inherited condition that makes it difficult to read, spell, and recognize speech, has long been associated with dysfunction in the parts of the brain associated with interpreting words. But research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests dyslexia’s roots are in fact much deeper, pointing to a more complicated disorder than previously thought. By Damian Garde Dec. 29, 2016 Reprints What is it? What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. In the Lab About the Author Reprints GET STARTED National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. [email protected] @damiangarde Damian Gardelast_img read more

Storm flooding engulfs MD Anderson Cancer Center, canceling treatments for days

first_img Tags cancerhospitalspatients Casey Ross National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. By Casey Ross and Kate Sheridan Aug. 29, 2017 Reprints The cancer hospital has not been evacuated and MD Anderson administrators said they have maintained continuous care for patients staying in the hospital, even though much of the area around the hospital remains impassable. “High water conditions persist in the Texas Medical Center, and travel should not be attempted,” said Dr. Karen Lu, MD Anderson’s senior vice president and chief medical officer. “All leaks reported yesterday are under control, and patient care has not been impacted.”advertisement Tropical Storm Harvey has flooded the roads in and around MD Anderson’s primary Houston hospital, leaving one of the world’s foremost cancer centers unable to see patients for appointments or previously scheduled treatments until Thursday at the earliest.The cancer hospital issued a statement Tuesday saying the main building and several MD Anderson satellites around Houston will remain closed to appointments through Wednesday, as emergency crews work to restore operations and wait for the flood waters to recede.Pictures posted on Twitter show muddy water filling a parking garage in the facility and seeping into lobby areas of the Texas Medical Center facility.advertisement People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Road in Houston on Sunday as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images @caseymross About the Authors Reprints Kate Sheridan Dr. Ashish Kamat, a urologic oncology surgeon at the hospital, said he and many other colleagues have not been able to return to work since the storm hit.“The streets have opened up a little bit. We’re still not open for routine business and we’re not really encouraging patients to leave, even though some of them want to leave, unless they’re completely recovered,” Kamat said.center_img Privacy Policy MD Anderson also deploys so-called ride-out teams, or groups of doctors and nurses from critical specialities who can provide care for up to 650 patients in the hours and days after a storm hits. A spokeswoman said those teams were activated when Harvey swept through the area.“Things are definitely calm and under control here,” said Dr. Andrew Rhim, an assistant professor of gastroenterology, who was working at the hospital on Monday. Though the lobby and other flooded areas are cordoned off, Rhim said, no patient areas have been affected. “The cafeteria is still open,” he added.Rhim was able to make it to the hospital on Monday morning after some of the waters on the roads around the center receded. He and other staff members who lived close by arrived Monday morning to give the ride-out teams some relief — at the risk of possibly getting stranded at the hospital should floodwaters rise again. “Everyone knew to bring extra changes of clothes and water, food, and so on,” he said.Taking shelter at workThe storm caused Brays Bayou to overflow into large sections of Houston, catching residents off guard by the extent of the flooding. Many were asleep when waters cascaded into their homes, forcing them to quickly evacuate to rooftops or into the deluged streets.“My husband and I woke up to a foot of water in our apartment,” said Ron Gilmore, a public relations specialist at MD Anderson. “We grabbed a few clothes and our dogs and started walking out in waist-deep water.”He said they were able to make the mile-long trek into the medical center complex and managed to get a hotel room at the Wyndham Hotel. “We lost our car and almost everything we have of course,” he said. “But we’re fine.”Gilmore said others were in much more dire circumstances. “As we were walking, a woman came out and said, ‘Are you a doctor?’” he said. “We said no and she told us she had a neighbor going into labor. There was nothing we could do. She couldn’t reach 911.” [email protected] HospitalsStorm flooding engulfs MD Anderson Cancer Center, canceling treatments for days Leave this field empty if you’re human: Kamat, who lives close to the hospital, snapped photos showing several feet of water covering the roads and parking areas around the medical complex, which sits along Brays Bayou.MD Anderson has dealt with several severe weather events over its history, including Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, which also resulted in major flooding. The hospital upgraded its preparations following that storm, adding more than 25 floodgates, relocating electrical equipment, and installing submarine doors. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. [email protected] Please enter a valid email address. @sheridan_kate last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Senator leans on Allergan over Mohawk deal; insurers limit access to pain meds

first_img @Pharmalot GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Pharmalittle: Senator leans on Allergan over Mohawk deal; insurers limit access to pain meds Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was refreshing and invigorating, because that oh-so-familiar routine of meetings, deadlines, and the like has returned. This was inevitable, though, yes? So while you mull over what to do first, please enjoy the tidbits gathered for your edification. Hopefully, you will have a delightfully productive day …U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants Allergan (AGN) to explain its patent deal with the Mohawk tribe. “This move rips off consumers who need these drugs and closes the market to innovative new generics, and we can’t let this go-around become the new normal,” he said in a statement. He added he wants to “close loopholes that drug companies exploit to avoid competition.” Allergan told Reuters it will “provide the facts and context around this agreement.” Alex Hogan/STAT STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What is it? What’s included? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry.center_img Tags opioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+ Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Sept. 18, 2017 Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints [email protected] Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.last_img read more

Hey, Amazon: As a pharmacy benefit manager, you could create real competition for drug prices

first_imgWhat’s missingPharmacy benefit managers could easily foster price competition. They determine the drugs that will be included and favored on their formularies. These lists identify all drugs that a health plan covers and create different tiers requiring different copayments or coinsurance for different types of drugs.PBMs could make their formulary decisions based on the actual prices of drugs, after factoring in all price reductions. Instead, they enter into secret deals with manufacturers and require them to pay rebates that the pharmacy benefit managers purportedly pass through to their clients. Pharmacy benefit managers also arrange to collect other secret payments that these companies keep for themselves.advertisement [email protected] Related: Two immense problems plague the prescription drug marketplace: The costs of prescription drugs are spiraling out of control, and few people are able to access accurate information about drugs’ effectiveness, safety, or side effects, all of which are needed for wise use of these drugs.Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are contributing to the cost problem and failing to address the information problem. These companies administer prescription drug coverage for large corporations, unions, municipalities, insurance companies, federal and state governments, and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Three companies currently dominate this marketplace: Express Scripts, Caremark, and Optum. The deficiencies of these companies and other smaller PBMs create an opportunity for other entities to address both problems and entirely disrupt the prescription coverage industry.Amazon has obtained wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least a dozen states and may be preparing to launch a pharmacy benefit manager business. If it does, and it addresses the pricing and information problems, Amazon would totally transform the prescription coverage marketplace. If it enters this arena and ignores these problems, expect another large company — like Walmart or Anthem — to shake up the marketplace instead.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. David Ryder/Getty Images If prices are kept hidden, consumers can’t take more responsibility for their health care costs Related: Privacy Policy By Linda Cahn Nov. 15, 2017 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: Amazon could create an entirely different modelFor any marketplace to work effectively, people need to know the actual prices and the comparative usefulness of competing products. When it comes to prescription drugs, they currently know neither. As a new pharmacy benefit manager, Amazon could provide both sets of information and vastly improve the entire system. Here’s one way Amazon could do this:Assume that Amazon decides to open a new pharmacy benefit manager on Jan. 1, 2020. Between now and then, it would need to build two software systems that together would disseminate essential information about every drug’s actual price, as well as its effectiveness, safety, and side effects.Amazon’s next step would be to implement a new method to create price competition: pricing drugs openly, rather than by entering into secret deals with manufacturers. Amazon would do this by requiring every manufacturer to simultaneously identify its net price for every drug — including all price reductions from rebates, other payments, coupons, and the like.Having announced its new approach to drug pricing, Amazon would conduct its first Bid Day. At a single point in time — say Sept. 1, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. — the new PBM would require every manufacturer to submit its price for each of its drugs, inclusive of all price reductions, telling each manufacturer that its submitted drug prices would be used for the first six months of Amazon’s PBM operation. Amazon would also warn manufacturers that those failing to submit drug prices on the Bid Day would have their drugs identified with the drugs’ current (high) list prices. Who wins and who loses if Amazon enters the prescription drug business center_img First OpinionHey, Amazon: As a pharmacy benefit manager, you could create real competition for drug prices Related: Would Amazon really succeed as a pharmacy benefits manager? Pharmacy benefit managers’ secret deals create perverse incentives for manufacturers to increase their drug prices, not decrease them. The more money that PBMs extract from manufacturers, the more manufacturers raise their prices.Also, since pharmacy benefit managers refuse to disclose drug-by-drug rebate information, a health plan can’t determine if its PBM is favoring the lowest net-cost drugs in each therapeutic category or higher-cost drugs due to the secret monies the PBM is collecting. Making matters worse, if doctors and patients can’t see the net cost of drugs (the cost after factoring in rebates that are passed through), how can they select the lowest-cost drugs, and how can price competition exist?Today’s pharmacy benefit managers also don’t disclose how much they retain in total manufacturer payments or what services they purportedly perform to earn those payments. As a result, no one knows the extent to which PBMs’ conflicts of interest affect the decisions and choices they make.For example, many — if not most — pharmacy benefit managers contract with manufacturers to be paid what are known as inflation protection rebates. When a manufacturer increases the list price of a drug annually by more than a certain percent (say 3 percent), it must pay back some of the increase to the pharmacy benefit manager. But pharmacy benefit managers typically retain the price protection rebates they’re paid and don’t pass them through to their customers. As a result, PBMs profit when drug prices increase while everyone else incurs higher costs.Despite the large sums that pharmacy benefit managers earn, they do nothing to assemble and disseminate information about drugs’ relative effectiveness, safety, or side effects. And they aren’t likely to do so in the future, since they derive a large portion of their profits from negotiating secret deals with manufacturers to collect hidden amounts of monies for favoring higher-cost drugs. Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprints Every six months thereafter, Amazon would conduct another Bid Day, allowing manufacturers to change their prices for any drug for the next six-month period.Amazon would also make clear that it would identify all Bid Day drug prices on a new app, together with information about every drug’s effectiveness, safety, and side effects. This information would be based entirely on reliable sources, such as information manufacturers submit to the FDA to obtain drug approval, along with information submitted thereafter to satisfy FDA post-approval requirements,  and other independent drug evaluations, such as Cochrane Reports.Amazon’s app would be organized by drug and by therapeutic category, allowing any user to easily find and compare the prices of drugs and their effectiveness, safety, and side effects in every therapeutic category. Amazon would make the app available to all plan beneficiaries obtaining drugs from Amazon’s new PBM, as well as to the public.Dramatic improvementsIf Amazon implemented this approach, it could create a marketplace that fosters real competition for every type of drug.In therapeutic categories in which multiple generic drugs are available — such as diabetes treatments, drugs that lower cholesterol or high blood pressure, or drugs to treat depression or ADHD — makers of brand-name drugs would either drastically reduce their prices or lose a large percentage of their market share to generic competitors.In therapeutic categories where generic drugs are not available but there are multiple brand-name drugs and some biosimilars — such as in many of the high-cost specialty drug categories like growth hormones and treatments for hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis — makers of brand-name drugs and biosimilars would be forced to compete and continuously reduce their prices to retain market share.For therapeutic categories in which drug alternatives are not available, such as many high-cost cancer treatments, patients would have ready access to information revealing the limited effectiveness and toxic side effects of many drugs. This information would tend to decrease utilization, and therefore likely decrease costs. Linda Cahn For example, a recent study looked at 36 cancer treatments the FDA approved between 2008 and 2012 based on surrogate endpoints (like tumor response rates or progression-free survival), rather than on overall survival. Four or more years after approval, only five of the drugs had been shown to actually improve overall survival. The remaining 31 either didn’t provide any overall survival benefit (18 of the 36) or still had not demonstrated any impact on survival (13 of the 36).If Amazon made information about these 36 drugs readily available, imagine how many doctors and patients might avoid the drugs with limited effectiveness and toxic side effects. Imagine how much money might be saved.With the availability of such information, it’s likely that manufacturers would reduce their prices to reflect the drugs’ limited value. Equally important, manufacturers might devote more time to discovering drugs with greater value, knowing that drugs with little or no value would be doomed to limited sales.Revolutionizing the marketplaceCreating price competition and then providing everyone with easily accessible information about every drug’s price and its effectiveness, safety, and side effects will revolutionize the marketplace for prescription drugs. Amazon could accomplish these goals and simultaneously expose the distorted conduct of existing pharmacy benefit managers, forcing them to change.If Amazon doesn’t engage in this marketplace disruption, another company undoubtedly will.Linda Cahn is a nationally recognized expert in prescription coverage and the founder and head of Pharmacy Benefit Consultants and the National Prescription Coverage Coalition. Tags drug pricingfinancepharmaceuticalslast_img read more

Of ‘miracles’ and money: why hemophilia drugs are so expensive

first_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprints By Jenny Gold — Kaiser Health News March 8, 2018 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Trending Now: Michelle Rice, a senior vice president at the National Hemophilia Foundation, said she has been working with several insurers to help them manage costs safely. “We understand the need to control costs, but they can’t impede access to the product a patient needs,” she said.It is not yet clear whether such efforts will work, let alone spread.Sitting at a picnic bench at a park, Jessica Morris pages through Landon’s insurance documents. Over the past year, his care cost over $120,000. She wonders sometimes what would happen if they lost their coverage.“How much would you be willing to pay to have your child lead a normal life?” she said. “I don’t think that there’s anything we wouldn’t pay or sacrifice for him.”It’s a problem she prays they’ll never have to face.This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News, a national health policy news service. KHN’s coverage of these topics is supported by Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Heising-Simons Foundation Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Hemophiliacs can more easily play soccer thanks to this drug? FDA says not so fast Sanofi makes a steep bid for a hemophilia business, but did it make a good case? Jenny Gold — Kaiser Health News Leave this field empty if you’re human: Manufacturers, as well as specialty pharmacies that sell the drugs, hire patients and parents as recruiters and advisers, hold dinners and holiday parties, offer scholarships to patients, and even run summer camps for children with the disease. The Morris family regularly receives such invitations.Dr. Jonathan Ducore, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at the University of California-Davis Hemophilia Treatment Center in Sacramento, said some of his patients are persuaded by drug company presentations to switch medications. ”But the real differences between the drugs are limited,” he said.Ducore said he tells patients if he thinks they are being misled by drug makers about what a product will do. “But even though the tactics may seem a little smarmy, if it’s the patient’s choice, you have to go with it,” said Ducore, who has been Landon’s doctor since the boy was born.The first clotting factor products, which came onto the market in the mid-1960s, were derived from human blood plasma, with thousands of donations combined to create one batch. This proved disastrous in the 1980s, when donors unwittingly spread HIV into the blood supply. An estimated 4,000 people with hemophilia — about 40 percent of the patient population in the U.S. — died from AIDS as a result.In the 1990s, manufacturers introduced a product that did not carry the disease risk of plasma-based drugs — made by cloning human clotting proteins in animal cells. Companies charged a premium for this ever-more-popular “recombinant factor.”Recombinant factor is difficult and delicate to make, said Steve Garger, a development scientist at Bayer, which produces two popular factor products at its Berkeley, Calif., plant — including Landon Morris’ drug, Kogenate. Privacy Policy YUBA CITY, Calif. — When Landon Morris was diagnosed with hemophilia shortly after birth, his mother, Jessica Morris, was devastated. “It was like having your dreams — all the dreams you imagined for your child — just kind of disappear,” she recalled.Hemophilia, a rare bleeding disorder caused by a gene mutation that prevents blood from clotting properly, is typically passed from mother to son. Morris’ grandfather had it, and she remembered hearing how painful it was. “It was almost like he was bubble-wrapped,” she said. “He was coddled, because his mom didn’t want him to get hurt.”But Landon’s life turned out much different than she expected.advertisementcenter_img Examining the stubbornly high cost of these medications opens a window into why some prescription drugs the United States — especially those for rare diseases — have stratospheric prices. The short answer: Competition doesn’t do its traditional job of tamping down costs.Vying for patientsThe market for hemophilia medicines in the United States is flooded with 28 different drugs, with another 21 drugs in development. Because blood factor drugs are biological products — in this case, a protein — there are no cheaper copies, called biosimilars, available. Not only do prices rise steadily as each new product comes on the market, demand is growing — and pushing costs upward — as more and more clotting factor is used to prevent bleeding episodes, not just to treat them.Yet competition has not brought prices down in the way someone “operating at the level of undergrad Econ 101 would expect,” said Jerry Avorn, a professor at Harvard Medical School who studies prescription drug costs. Related: Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticals “He’s wild. He’s probably sometimes the roughest of them all,” she said, as she watched the 6-year-old race around a park. “He leads a totally normal life. He plays T-ball. He’ll start soccer in the fall. He runs and jumps and wrestles with his brothers.”That’s due almost entirely to his medication — the kind that wasn’t available in his grandfather’s day. For the Morris family, this type of drug — broadly known as clotting factor — is a miracle, helping Landon’s blood clot normally. And its cost is almost entirely covered by his father’s federal employee health plan.Three times each week, Jessica Landon injects the protein into son Landon’s vein to help his blood clot normally. Heidi de Marco/KHNBut for the health care system, such drugs are enormously expensive, among the priciest in the nation. Medications to treat hemophilia cost an average of more than $270,000 annually per patient, according to a 2015 Express Scripts report. If complications arise, that annual price tag can soar above $1 million. The U.S. hemophilia drug market, which serves about 20,000 patients, is worth $4.6 billion a year, according to the investment research firm AllianceBernstein.advertisement The problem is that companies have no incentive to lower prices. Patients generally don’t push back because insurers pay the bulk of the cost. And insurers tend not to object because the market for the drugs — expensive as they are — is small and the patients are especially vulnerable.For drug companies, Avorn said, “it’s a magical formula: Lifesaving drug, child at risk of bleeding to death — it kind of casts anybody who looks at costs into the role of some evil Scrooge-like person.”“The insurers don’t want to end up on the front page of the newspaper saying Little Timmy bled to death because his drug wasn’t covered,” he said.Also, because prices are high across the hemophilia market, no drug company wants to be the one to blink first. “They don’t want to get a price war started and end up at a super low price point,” said Edmund Pezalla, a consultant to pharmaceutical companies and former executive at Aetna.So, these drugmakers compete not on price but clinical benefits — such as how long the drugs’ effects last — and through intensive marketing. The pool of potential customers is so valuable that companies often vie directly for individual patients. The manufacturing process for Kogenate (pictured) and Kovaltry, Bayer’s clotting-factor products, requires the company’s factory in Berkeley, Calif., to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Eric Kayne for KHN Related: [email protected] @JennyAGold HealthOf ‘miracles’ and money: why hemophilia drugs are so expensive Inside a concrete building on the campus, kidney cells from baby hamsters are grown in stainless-steel vessels called bioreactors, and the clotting factor they produce is then purified in steel tanks kept in cold rooms. Working at full capacity, this factory produces less than a pound of clotting factor each year — but when diluted with other ingredients, it’s enough to treat thousands of patients in 80 countries.The investment in manufacturing and marketing is only part of the reason for the high cost of the drugs, said Kevin O’Leary, vice president of pricing and contracting at Bayer. Bayer does not simply add up the costs, slap on a profit margin and come up with the price, O’Leary explained.Instead, he said, the company begins by talking to insurers, doctors and patients to get a sense of what value its products bring to the market, especially compared to drugs already available. Bayer then sets a price based on both its investment and the product’s perceived worth. In the end, he said, “we’re charging a price that’s competitive with the other factor products on the market.”Bayer’s annual sales from its hemophilia drugs were 1.166 billion euros in 2016. That’s the equivalent of about $1.45 billion in the U.S.Jessica injects Landon with a blood-clotting factor. Heidi de Marco/KHNPushing back on costsIn Europe, hemophilia drugs cost less than half what they cost in the U.S. That’s because payers — usually governments — request bids and pick products based on cost and quality.Without pushback from insurers in the U.S., “the price of any drug in the U.S. is whatever the market will bear as seen by the manufacturer,” said Avorn of Harvard.Recently, a few insurance companies have quietly started to push back on costs. Bayer’s O’Leary said several insurers have approached the company and demanded rebates in exchange for offering the drug to their customers. O’Leary would not discuss the details because he said the contracts are confidential.State Medicaid programs, which provide health insurance to low-income Americans and cover about half of hemophilia patients, already receive significant rebates from hemophilia drug manufacturers.last_img read more

The Nasdaq’s newest ETF invites investors to bet on Chinese biopharma

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Investors who want to bet on China’s booming biopharma industry will soon be able to buy and sell a new basket of securities.A new exchange-traded fund dedicated to the sector will begin trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Wednesday, under the ticker CHNA. The ETF comes from the biotech investor Brad Loncar, who earlier this year launched an index tracking the performance of China’s drug industry. Biotech What’s included? The Nasdaq’s newest ETF invites investors to bet on Chinese biopharma Log In | Learn More GET STARTED By Rebecca Robbins Aug. 14, 2018 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Alex Hogan/STAT Tags biotechnologyChinafinanceSTAT+last_img read more

Amgen lowers wholesale price for its cholesterol medicine in bid to remain competitive

first_img What’s included? In the latest round of the cholesterol wars, Amgen (AMGN) is cutting the list price of its injectable cholesterol medicine by 60 percent from its original price tag, a move that the drug maker hopes will appease payers and lower out-of-pocket costs for many patients.After launching Repatha at roughly $14,500, the company is now setting a wholesale price of $5,850 per year, but this remains well above the range recommended last year by a cost-effectiveness watchdog, except for a select group of high-risk patients. The price cut comes as the Trump administration leans on drug makers to hold the line on price hikes, although Amgen officials demurred when asked whether they were trying to win political brownie points. Tags cardiologydrug pricinginsuranceMedicarepharmaceuticalsSTAT+ GET STARTED By Ed Silverman Oct. 24, 2018 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Robert Dawson/Amgen via AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot center_img What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Amgen lowers wholesale price for its cholesterol medicine in bid to remain competitive @Pharmalot [email protected] last_img read more

For a Chinese cancer drug developer, Bristol-Celgene deal is poised to have big ripple effects

first_imgBiotech By Rebecca Robbins Feb. 13, 2019 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED For a Chinese cancer drug developer, Bristol-Celgene deal is poised to have big ripple effects SAN FRANCISCO — Celgene is famous for cultivating a constellation of biotech partners — companies whose fortunes are poised to be shifted by last month’s news that Bristol-Myers Squibb plans to buy Celgene in a $74 billion deal.One of those partners is BeiGene, among the buzziest companies in China’s rising biotech sector and one that could feel ripple effects. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More GET STARTED What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? BeiGene CEO John Oyler Imaginechina via AP Tags biotechnologycancerChinaresearchSTAT+last_img read more

How our health systems are working to prevent hospital drug shortages

first_img Related: First OpinionHow our health systems are working to prevent hospital drug shortages Barclay E. Berdan @texashealth Earlier this year, for example, a physician chronicled in STAT the shortage of a generic drug used to treat pediatric cancer. Last year, the American Society of Anesthesiologists suggested that doctors “consider postponing an elective procedure when the risks of proceeding might outweigh the risks of using medications that are alternative to those in short supply or unavailable.” Recognizing the dangers of hospital drug shortages, the Food and Drug Administration has made great strides to encourage additional manufacturers to enter the market. Until recently, though, the FDA had a drug approval backlog that took most new manufacturers of existing drugs more than four years to move through, giving legacy drug makers a de facto, multiyear monopoly that not only limited options and compromised the nation’s supply but also led to dramatic price increases.In response, the agency has fast-tracked approvals in shortage categories, increasing the number of drugs on the market by nearly 17%, while cutting average reviews of new drug applications by six months. At the same time, the FDA began publishing a list of drugs that are off patent but lacking generic competition, giving manufacturers a clear set of opportune targets.Though helpful, these efforts have not produced a permanent fix to hospitals’ drug shortage problem.That is why health systems like ours have been working on new solutions to reorganize the market and create incentives to increase drug supplies at prices that won’t bust the budget.Our health systems are owners of Premier Inc., a health care improvement company that created a subsidiary called ProvideGx that is devoted to increasing the supply of shortage generic drugs. (Approximately 200 other health systems also have ownership stakes in Premier, which is publicly traded.) As an alliance of health systems, we are working to curb shortages by fundamentally altering the market dynamics between buyers and sellers of drugs. @AdventistHealth Scott Reiner By Barclay E. Berdan, Scott Reiner, and Terry Shaw Aug. 1, 2019 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. Drug shortages jeopardize the lives of children with cancer @AdventHealth Drug shortages are a major challenge for hospitals. Today, 121 key lifesaving drugs are in short supply and 70% of all hospital pharmacists report at least 50 shortages a year. Without these lifesaving drugs on hand, providers may be forced to delay medically necessary care or substitute therapies that may not be as effective. Health systems like ours can help alleviate the problem.Drug shortages are triggered by a variety of events, including natural disasters or manufacturing quality problems that take producers offline for weeks or months at a time. Some shortages occur when manufacturers have difficulty finding sources of raw materials, others when there is a sudden surge in demand due to a disease outbreak or seasonal spike in cases, such as flu season.Most shortages occur with generic drugs. Because many of these are low-margin products, too few companies produce them. As a result, many drugs have just one or two suppliers for the entire country, creating a fragile supply chain that isn’t strong enough to handle variable market demand.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Specifically, we are mitigating the risks manufacturers face when entering the market by aggregating the demand of hospital members and approaching manufacturers with a guaranteed buyer base if they enter a new market or increase their production of shortage products. This creates a predictable sales channel for the manufacturer, thereby cutting down its financial risks. In exchange, health systems get a guaranteed supply at a guaranteed price and, most importantly, patients get access to the medications they need in a timely manner.Through this work, Premier has brought one manufacturer, Baxter, back into the market to produce metoprolol, a drug used to treat high blood pressure that has been in short supply, and partnered with another, Fresenius Kabi, to increase production levels for injectable thiamine, lidocaine, diphenhydramine, hydromorphone, and morphine sulfate, all of which have been in shortage for a year or more. Over the long term, we expect to put capital to work by investing in new, competitive drug manufacturers to help lower the risk burden of entering new markets.By using creative financing and group purchasing options, we are able to create more stability in the pharmaceutical manufacturing market that will encourage new entrants to step in and provide more competition and more options for providers, hopefully addressing the drug shortage problem in a more sustainable manner.Although much good work has been done to curb drug shortages, hospital leaders must continue to step up and support new models that provide incentives to nourish the drug manufacturing market and bring it back to life. When we do this work together, we can create a circle of partnerships between buyers and sellers, reinvent the economics used to source generic drugs, and solve the shortage problem once and for all. As Helen Keller once said: “Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.”Barclay E. Berdan is CEO of Texas Health Resources, an integrated health system that provides care to 7 million residents in North Texas. Scott Reiner is CEO of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serves 4.8 million patients on the West Coast and Hawaii. Terry Shaw is president and CEO of AdventHealth, a faith-based health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Fla., that provides care to 4.7 million patients. About the Authors Reprints Tags hospitalspharmaceuticals Please enter a valid email address. One shortage of norepinephrine, a drug used to treat septic shock, resulted in a nearly 4% increase in inpatient deaths and added $13.7 billion in costs to the nation’s health care tab.advertisement Terry Shaw Privacy Policy Adobelast_img read more

Biotech veteran Tony Coles to become CEO of Pfizer neuroscience spinout Cerevel

first_img Biotech veteran Tony Coles to become CEO of Pfizer neuroscience spinout Cerevel @matthewherper Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints By Matthew Herper Sept. 9, 2019 Reprints Log In | Learn More GET STARTED What is it? Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. What’s included?center_img [email protected] Tony Coles, remembered by many investors for engineering a $10 billion biotech deal in 2013, will become chief executive of Cerevel, the Pfizer neuroscience spinout to which Bain Capital has pledged up to $350 million in funding, the company announced Monday.“From my perspective, the area of neuroscience drug discovery is the next frontier for life sciences,” Coles said in an interview. “It’s essentially what HIV AIDS and cancer were two decades ago.” STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Biotech Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags Bostonneuroscience Matthew Herper Spencer Platt/Getty Imageslast_img read more

‘The time to worry is now’: The coronavirus in China could threaten pharma’s ingredient sourcing

first_img As a novel coronavirus spreads through China and rattles the rest of the world, the pharmaceutical industry is on guard over the adequacy of its global supply chain.Over the past decade, China has become a bigger player in the market for active pharmaceutical ingredients, which are the building blocks found in each drug. China is now home to 13% of all facilities that make ingredients for medicines that are sold in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration. By comparison, 28% of such facilities are in the U.S. and 26% are in the European Union. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Jan. 27, 2020 Reprints Tags ChinaCoronavirusinfectious disease STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] Chinese workers monitor pill production at a factory in Beijing. Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images Ed Silverman What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints What’s included? @Pharmalot ‘The time to worry is now’: The coronavirus in China could threaten pharma’s ingredient sourcing Pharmalot GET STARTED Log In | Learn More last_img read more

Drug companies deliver a vote of confidence in adaptive trial for Covid-19

first_img What is it? @caseymross Ruby Wallau for STAT Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED A novel clinical trial that uses artificial intelligence to rapidly compare Covid-19 treatments has attracted participation from two major drug companies, a key milestone in the effort to shake up the way trials are conducted.Amgen and the Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai will become the first pharma companies to test their experimental therapies in REMAP-CAP, an adaptive clinical trial that seeks to rapidly evaluate potential Covid-19 treatments in patients around the world. Drug companies deliver a vote of confidence in adaptive trial for Covid-19 What’s included? Health Tech National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img GET STARTED Casey Ross About the Author Reprints Tags clinical trialsmedical technologypharmaceuticalsSTAT+ [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More By Casey Ross Nov. 10, 2020 Reprintslast_img read more

As he battles cancer, Punta Gorda boy organizes toy drive for sick kids

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement“I feel very happy,” said Alex, who has lost most of his vision as a result of his cancer. “People care. They care a lot.”The toys for the drive were delivered personally by Alex on Friday. PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Alex Meyer has every reason to be thinking of only himself right now, but that’s not the type of person he is.Alex, who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in March, recently decided to organize a toy drive for other sick kids at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers. The idea came after he learned a closet that is used to hold gifts for patients receiving treatment was empty.“He’s the kind of kid that will literally take his shirt off… and give it to somebody because they don’t have one,” Alex’s mom Tiffany said. “And he’s been that way his whole life.”Originally, Alex set a goal to collect 1,000 toys for the hospital. Once people from across the country learned of his mission, nearly twice that amount of gifts arrived. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS Retired teacher hopes to empower students with swim around Key West June 14, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentscenter_img Clewiston High School senior surprises crowd with generosity at graduation June 9, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Story2Share Former NYPD officer finds unexpected joy patrolling Fort Myers elementary school June 17, 2021 Estero’s one-of-a-kind service horse and owner spread smiles June 7, 2021last_img read more

NFL to honor health care workers by inviting those who have been vaccinated to Super Bowl LV

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementThis idea still needs the approval of health care authorities. Wednesday’s NFL meeting with team owners was focused on coronavirus. Goodell praised the league for its COVID-19 protocols and highlighted that positive coronavirus test results within the NFL declined by about half in consecutive weeks. He said this is proof that protocols implemented by the league are working. According to Goodell, family members of NFL players and staff will now be offered COVID-19 testing. Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 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 commentsDC 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 Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 COVID-19 restrictions likely kept kids out of swim class, putting them at risk June 9, 2021center_img “We shared last night with the clubs that we are making testing available for family members and other people in the household,” Goodell said. “We know that community transmission is a risk, and it’s increasing the testing to the household personnel will keep all personnel safer, not just in the homes but really transferring that to NFL personnel.” Japan to ease COVID restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics June 17, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Covid-19NFLSuper Bowl LV TAMPA, Fla. (CNN) – The NFL is planning on honoring health care workers by inviting some who have had their COVID-19 vaccines to Super Bowl LV.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called frontline health care workers “true American heroes” Wednesday, adding he hopes to invite vaccinated employees of Florida hospitals to the big game. Super Bowl LV is set for Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. “As we all know, these frontline workers are the true American heroes, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” Goodell said during a call with reporters. “We also know that we need to rely on them for months to come to distribute vaccines and continue to treat all of those that are ill from COVID and other illnesses.”last_img read more

Twins providing the spark for Lightning playoff run

first_imgLehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021 Driver slams parked cars into Lehigh Acres home June 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS 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 commentsDC 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 AdvertisementTags: basketballLehigh AcresLehigh Senior High School Advertisement“So, that’s why everyone just refers to them as ‘the twins.” Coleman said.For one of the areas top teams, ‘the twins’ have been the charge for the lightings recent seven game winning streak.“They are the kind of fuel to our fire. We go defensively, especially defensively as they go and if they are out there getting after it the rest of the team kind of feeds right off of it,” Coleman said.center_img The brothers who might as well be carbon copies of each other on the court — except for one being a righty and one a lefty — take pride in their defense and use each other as motivation on the court.“When I see him dancing someone up and he gets to talk his little trash, it just boosts me up because I usually don’t talk trash but when I see him do it I just have to,” Markel said.“That’s the way it’s been since we were kids. Every time I make a play we hype each other up,” Marvel said.A connection made through brotherly love and brotherly competition. That combined with the heartbreak of two years ago could be what puts Lehigh over the top.“They have been to a final four. They know what it takes to get there,” Coleman said.“Knowing that two years ago we had lost in the final four that pushed me a lot. So, I feel like we got something going, we are going to get it this year,” Marvel said.The Lighting have nine games left before entering postseason play. Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Year in and year out, the Lehigh boys basketball team makes a run at a state championship. This season is shaping up to be much of the same with a family connection powering the Lightning to another winning season.For Lehigh head basketball coach Greg Coleman, there is only one easy way to distinguish senior guards Markel and Marvel Carter from each other.“If they have their numbers on that’s easy,” Coleman said.Other than that… good luck. Suspect breaks into Lehigh Acres Popeyes June 11, 2021last_img read more

Salvation Army opens new Homeless Center in Fort Myers

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. — Today, Jan. 22, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, & Glades Counties opened a new Homeless Resource Day Center in Fort Myers.Lee County Commissioners joined Salvation Army officials in celebrating the new center located at 2450 Edison Ave.The center will provide people experiencing homelessness in Fort Myers a temporary place to stay.CLICK HERE to learn more about the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, & Glades County. Advertisement Homeless gather at abandoned North Fort Myers shopping plaza May 5, 2021 Cape Coral nurse & patient bond over bikes, help give thousands away June 11, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS 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 commentscenter_img Advertisement North Fort Myers homeless camp to be cleared out May 3, 2021 Advertisement Lee County Commission could allocate over $3 million to fight homelessness June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: HomelesshomelessnessSalvation Armylast_img read more

DOH-Collier to offer appointment-only COVID-19 testing this week

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Covid-19testing sites 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 Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data June 8, 2021 COVID-19 restrictions likely kept kids out of swim class, putting them at risk June 9, 2021 Advertisement NAPLES, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Collier County will offer COVID-19 testing for three days this week.The testing will be done by appointment only at the FDOH in Collier County located at 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, health officials said. COVID-19 testing will be done on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11. All appointments have been scheduled for Tuesday. To schedule an appointment call (239) 252-6220. The call center will be available Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 commentscenter_img RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementFace masks will be required. There is no referral needed to schedule an appointment, which comes also comes at no cost.Click here for more information. Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021last_img read more

Collier County businesses feel impact of record low tourism in Florida

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 Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021 AdvertisementOwner of the Beach Cafe at Lowdermilk beach, Jason Gibson said this year has been unprecedented. “2021 high January here was below half of what it was last year and we have never seen that before, same with February,” Gibson said.The pandemic putting a halt on people’s beach getaways to Naples, meaning fewer customers at his concession stand. AdvertisementTags: collier countytourism COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Local businesses in Collier County are feeling the impact of the record low tourism in the state of Florida in 2020. According to Visit Florida, in 2020 Florida saw the lowest number of visitors since 2010; with a 34 percent drop in tourism compared to 2019.  RSW Airport saw a 41.7 percent decrease in passenger traffic in 2020 from 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic having a major impact on tourism.  Amazon distribution center officially opens in Collier County June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Wounded Warriors organization accuses City of Naples of discrimination June 16, 2021 Mosquitoes swarming Collier County, crews trap 25,000 in two nights June 17, 2021 “Obviously, it hurt us but pretty much everyone is dealing with the same thing,” Gibson said.Owner of Audrey’s consignment store Quenby Tyler in Downtown Naples is also feeling the impact“We have a very multinational customer base, so a lot of our customers are coming from historically from Europe and from Canada and from other countries from all over the world actually, so we have missed out on all of that, we miss their faces,” Tyler said.Tyler is thankful, they have loyal local customers that keep her business afloat. “It could be a lot worse, it could certainly be a lot worse. I am just thankful we are in Florida, I am thankful that we are able to be open because we could be in another state where we are not open at all,” Tyler said. Advertisementlast_img read more

Animal advocates drive around the state to rehome over 200 guinea pigs

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 AdvertisementTags: FloridaNews Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Advertisement Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 ALVA, Fla.– Two animal advocates drove hundreds of animals around the state, rehoming them after receiving a call from an Alva barn owner who left more than 200 guinea pigs and rabbits in inhumane conditions. Marquelle Hendryx runs the nonprofit Broken Oak Sanctuary in Alva. She says she received a call from the distressed animal owner pleading for help toward the end of January.“It was a case of mismanagement. Different farmhands and barn help and stuff that unfortunately mis-sexed some animals,” said Hendryx. The guinea pigs and rabbits left in the barn grew to more than 250 animals. Hendryx immediately made a call to the other coast of Florida-getting in touch with 17 year old animal advocate and Pompano Beach native Dylan Warfel to help make a plan of action. The guinea pigs and rabbits were jammed into narrow cages where disease and infighting ran rampant. Some of the animals were missing limbs while others contracted things like mange and lice.“It’s definitely sad to see them there but we show up with the intention of removing them all,” said Warfel. After a five hour excavation effort, the two hundred plus animals were saved. Now the task for the animal advocates became finding places for them to adequately recover. “I don’t even think I can articulate the enormity of something like this,” Hendryx said.Warfel called humane society and other rescue organizations around the state and country. After a high volume of calls, plans to rehome the animals were arranged at human societies and other rescue organizations. Hendryx and Warfel hopped on the road to take the animals to their desired destinations themselves. “We rented a climate controlled cargo van. To be able to go and organize all of the animals was about 260 that we took,” said Hendryx. “Not every animal survives something like this.”Thankfully, many of the animals survived the trip. Some traveled as far as the midwest.“Some of these animals went as far as St. Louis, Missouri,” Hendryx said. Now that the traveling is done, Hendryx is facing astronomical bills to rehab the six guinea pigs she kept at her sanctuary.“The six guinea pigs that we kept- their first veterinarian visit was over $1200,” said Hendryx. “Some of the rabbits, they’ve already exceeded $2000 for just one rabbit.”If you would like to help the Broken Oak Sanctuary you can visit their Facebook page or their websites. You can also visit Warfel’s facebook page or their website. Advertisement“I immediately reached out to Dylan and we put our heads together because this was a very large number of animals,” said Hendryx. When the two arrived at the Alva barn, they were horrified at what they saw.“The barn itself was not a very pretty site. There was poop everywhere. Duck poop, rabbit poop, guinea pig poop,” said Warfel. “ They were cramped animals everywhere. You could smell the mange from outside the door.”  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 Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 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 commentslast_img read more

Geico Nationals ditch Big Apple for City of Palms amid pandemic

first_imgNo Content Available FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Geico High School Nationals, a nationally-ranked high school basketball championship, being played in the South for the first time in its 11 year history. “For this year, going to the East coast really wasn’t an option,” explained the tournament executive director Rashid Ghazi. The reason being COVID-19. “COVID has kind of created some unique opportunities from the way kids play, to the way tournaments are set up and because of COVID we ended up bringing the tournament to Florida and Fort Myers,” said Ghazi.  Ghazi said FSW’s reputation precedes it after consistently hosting events like the City of Palms Classic and Fort Myers Tip-Off. “The other thing about Fort Myers we really liked was that we like was the City of Palms (Classic) is held here and this venue knows how to host elite tournaments,” admits Ghazi. However, attendance at these games will be strictly limited to 40 family members that traveled with each team and tickets will not be sold to the general public. Regardless of ticket sales, FSW’s brand will be on full display for four straight days as each game will be nationally televised. “I couldn’t ask for a better commercial,” said Sander. “It’s just a great opportunity for us to reach people and for them to see our product, as far as the building, and what attracts people to come here.” The Geico Nationals begins Wednesday night and concludes Saturday afternoon with the crowning of a new national champion.  Advertisement 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 Advertisementcenter_img 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 AdvertisementTags: City of PalmsGeico Nationals AdvertisementA few of the best high school basketball teams in the country are arriving to play in a four-day, single elimination tournament to determine a national champion.But how did a tournament that has been a New York City staple since 2014 wind up on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College? “Well, we’re open. The state is open,” said FSW Director of Athletics George Sander.  RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Naples 12-year-old launches successful baking business amid pandemic

first_imgMia Pardo has turned a new hobby she picked up during the start of the COVID pandemic into an opportunity. Last year, the Naples 12-year-old launched Mia Bella Sweets from her home kitchen. She offers baked goods ranging from cakes and cookies to pies. “It just took off,” Mia said of her business. She now has dozens of customers and has had hundreds of dollars in sales since the launch. Prior to the pandemic, Mia had never baked anything on her own. She got inspired to start while watching tutorials on YouTube.  Retired teacher hopes to empower students with swim around Key West June 14, 2021 Advertisement“A lot of people got sick of being stuck at home, but it worked out in her case,” Mia’s dad, Roger, said. Pictures of Mia’s creations can be found on her Instagram page and orders for custom baked goods can be made through email at [email protected]  Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Former NYPD officer finds unexpected joy patrolling Fort Myers elementary school June 16, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Story2Share Estero’s one-of-a-kind service horse and owner spread smiles June 7, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Clewiston High School senior surprises crowd with generosity at graduation June 9, 2021last_img read more

Portlaoise claim U-19 CCFL Division 1 title

first_img Previous articleAll of this weekend’s Laois GAA FixturesNext articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, April 23, 2018 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. TAGSCCFLPortlaoise AFC By Alan Hartnett – 23rd April 2018 Portlaoise claim U-19 CCFL Division 1 title WhatsApp Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Facebook Home Sport Soccer Portlaoise claim U-19 CCFL Division 1 title SportSoccer The Portlaoise U-19 CCFL winning team Portlaoise AFC U-19s clinched the Division 1 league title following a hard fought victory in Kilbeggan on Thursday night in their last game of the season.The season went down to the wire as fellow Laois side Clonaslee United pushed them all the way and ended up in second.Portlaoise started this match well as Ronan McEvoy, Jack Langton, Alan Roberts and Jason Woods all went close to scoring in the first 20 minutes of the game but fine goalkeeping by Kilbeggan’s Cormac Harnan kept them at bay. Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Portlaoise then finally scored on 25 minutes when, after good work on the left by Jack Langton, his pinpoint cross was volley home by Ronan McEvoy.Then, on 36 minutes, the two combined again and Langton sent McEvoy through and he chipped the keeper to make it 2-0 and that’s how it finished at the break.Kilbeggan began the 2nd half in style and went close on two occasions from Peter Whelan and Conor Daly but Adam Scully in the Portlaoise made two good saves.They then scored on 60 minutes when, from a corner, Conor Ferry headed home to make it 2-1 and it was game on again.Jack Langton, David Nolan and Ronan McEvoy went close before Jason Woods scored on 70 minutes after another brilliant assist from Jack Langton to make it 3-1.Josh Malone then scored a goal for Kilbeggan on the 80th minute but Portlaoise held on and it finished 3-2 – meaning they clinched the league title among jubilant scenes at the final whistle.Best for for Portlaoise were Oisin Kiernan, Alan Roberts, Pauric Cahill, Andrew Swayne, Eoghan Brennan, Ronan McEvoy, Jason Woods and man-of-match Jack Langton who set up all 3 goals for the champions.They will now go on to the U-19 cup where they are in the quarter final stage against Mullingar.Portlaoise: Adam Scully, Eoin Carey, Oisin Kiernan, Pauric Cahill, Alan Roberts, Eoghan Brennan, Jack Langton, Andrew Swayne, Ronan McEvoy, Jason Woods, David Nolan. Subs: Jason Maher, Liam Frazier, Ronan Corr, Ruairi Burke, Mickey Nurney, Jack O’Reilly, Aaron Feane, Conor McKenna, Cillian Reddin.Management Team:Glen Scully and John (Birdie) Langton.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois Third Level team up with UCC to launch exciting new courses RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Rugby Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Follow the action as the Laois senior and minor hurlers face championship battles

first_img Brought to you in association with O’Sullivan Motors RoscreaThis day two weeks ago the Laois senior hurlers began life in the new Joe McDonagh Cup championship, a competition for the teams operating below the elite level.Where once Laois regularly came up against the likes of Kilkenny, Galway or Wexford in the Leinster championship and got occasional outings against some of the big Munster teams in the All Ireland Qualifiers, a new system introduced for 2018 sees them excluded from that top table.Instead they’d compete against Antrim, Meath, Kerry, Carlow and Westmeath in a round robin competition played over a hectic six-week period in May and June.Laois started the competition as favourites but disappointing defeats to Westmeath and Kerry have them almost out of contention before we’ve even reached the mid-way stage. Pinterest LIVE BLOG: Follow the action as the Laois senior and minor hurlers face championship battles Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding TAGSJoe McDonagh CupLaois minor hurlersLaois senior hurlersLaois v AntrimLaois v DublinLeinster MHCLive Blog Home Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Follow the action as the Laois senior and minor hurlers… SportGAAHurlingLaois Minor Hurling TeamLaois Senior Hurling Team This afternoon they take on an Antrim side with two wins to their name already. Another loss for Laois would officially end their hopes – but a win would keep their slim chances alive for another couple of weeks at least anyway.Laois have already beaten Antrim twice this year in the league and will be hoping they can continue that level of dominance over the Ulster side. Throw-in in Dunloy is at 1.30pm.The Laois minor hurlers are also in action this afternoon. They went down to Wexford last week in the opening round of the Leinster minor championship but this is also in group stages and they take on Dublin in O’Moore Park at 3.30pm.We will be live blogging both games. Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Community By Steven Miller – 19th May 2018 WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Community SEE ALSO – A selection of great photos as curtain comes down on Cumann na mBunscol finals week Previous articleFr Paddy: Angels are gifts from GodNext articlePortlaoise Prison wing ‘on lockdown’ Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Rugby Twitterlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 11, 2018

first_imgHome Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 11, 2018 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Maureen DunneCastlecuffe, Clonaslee, LaoisEx National Teacher Stratford on Slaney, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, and Rath, Ballybrittas, Co Laois. Died peacefully on the 8th of August 2018 in her 99th year at Kilminchey Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Predeceased by her brother Michael, and sister Sr. Oliver (Presentation Sisters, Kildare). She will be very sadly missed by her sister Sr. Alphonsus (Presentation Sisters, Kilcock, Co Kildare), cousins, neighbours, and friends.Reposing at the residence of her cousin Pat Dunne, Ballymacrory, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, from 6pm on Thursday evening with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing on Friday from 12 noon with removal Friday evening at 7pm arriving to St. Manman’s Church, Clonaslee for 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in St. Manman’s Cemetery, Clonaslee.Patrick (Pat) DoyleOld Caragh Court, Kildare / Baldoyle, Dublin / Stradbally, LaoisRetired member of An Garda Síochana. Formerly of Grange Abbey Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 and Stradbally, Co. Laois.Sadly missed by his loving wife Marie, son Patrick, daughters Siobhan, Claire, Laura and Emily, brother Hugh, sisters Kathleen and Marcella, daughter-in-law Alison, son-in-law Lewis, grandchildren Caoimhe, Adam, Justin, Amber, Luke, Alex and Isaac, extended family and friends.Reposing at The George Mullins Funeral Home, Kilcullen Road, Naas, on Friday from 4pm with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Saturday morning at 9.20am to arrive at The Church of Our Lady and St. David, Naas, for Funeral Mass at 10am followed by Burial in St. Corban’s Cemetery, Dublin Road, Naas.Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Friends of Naas Hospital. Donation box in church.“May He Rest In Peace”Catherine MooneyCloshawn, Attanagh, Laois / Attanagh, KilkennyDied peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her parents Statia and Martin, her brother Henry, her sister in law Carmel and her nephew Alan. Deeply regretted by her loving brothers Tom, Pat, Martin and Denis, sister Statia, sister in law Ber, brother in law Peter, her devoted nieces and nephews, Helen, Mary, Martin, Sharon, Paul, Colm, Carmel, Kevin, Ciara, Lynda, Shane and Adrian, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours, former work colleagues and friends. R.I.P.Reposing at her home from 2pm on Thursday afternoon. Funeral prayers on Thursday evening at 7.30pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Assumption Ballyouskill. Requiem Mass on Friday morning at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please.Linda Therese Smith62 St Joseph’s Tce, Mountmellick, LaoisDied peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at The Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Staff memebr of St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick.Sadly missed by her loving parents, Pete and Helen, her sisters Karen, Wendy & Debbie, her brothers Brian, Colm & Owen, nieces Jennifer, Ava, Kellie, Rebecca & Oonagh, nephews Conor, David, Brian, Cillian, Robert, Tadgh, Harry & Adam, sisters-in-law Louise Kelly & Mary McEvoy, relatives, family and a large circle of family and friends. R.I.P.Reposing today, Wednesday 8th, in Moloney’s Funeral Home from 6pm with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.30am to St Joseph’s Church Moutmellick, arriving for 11am requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St Joseph’s cemetery. House private please.Mary (May) Bernie (née Frens)Chantiere Gate, Portlaoise, LaoisDied peacefully in the loving care of The Staff of St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Funeral arrangements will be published on Tuesday. Daughter of The Late Dennis & Margaret Ferns (North Circular Road, Dublin) and sister of Bunty Ferns. Predeceased by her husband Niall Brendan Beirne (Pharmacist, Portarlington) and her late daughter Baby Brigid Beirne.Sadly missed by her niece Rita & husband Charlie, Nephews Paddy, Wally and John, Her beloved Ann, devoted friends Miriam and Nancy, Cousins The Woods Family (Durrow Co. Laois), The Bergin Family (Grennan, Attanagh Co. Laois) and The Walsh Family (Formally of North King Street Dublin), friends and The Wonderfull Staff of St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick where she resided for the last 13 years. Rest in Peace.Reposing on Wednesday morning in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick from 11am with prayers at 12.30pm. Removal to Glasnevin Cemetery for burial at 2.30pm.Laura Fitzpatrick (née Phelan)Borris-in-Ossory, Laois/Beaumont, DublinLaura Fitzpatrick (nee Phelan), Rathdowney Road, Borris in Ossory, Co. Laois and TLC Nursing Home Santry, Dublin and formerly Beaumont, Dublin. August 4th. 2018. Unexpectedly at Beaumont Hospital. Beloved wife of the Late Jim. Sadly missed by her sister Joan, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home Castletown, Mountrath, this Tuesday evening from 5 o’c with removal at 7 o’c to St. Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory arriving at 7. 30 o’c. Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning Aug. 8th. at 11 o’c with burial immediately afterwards in Derrinsallagh Cemetery, Borris in Ossory.Ellen (Elsie) O’Shea (née Simms)Church St, Ballinakill, LaoisEllen (Elsie) died on Sunday 5th August at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Christy, sons Billy, Kevin, Paul, daughters Anne and Susan, sister Nancy, sons-in-law Gerard and Eric, daughters-in-law Sheila and Carina, brother-in-law Ron, nephews and nieces, grandchildren Roisin, Padraig, Eimear, Robyn, Emma, William, Chris, Ciara, Sam and Lauryn, and a host of other relatives and friends. Reposing at The Chapel of Rest, Portlaoise Hospital from 4pm on Tuesday, with Rosary at 6.45pm. Removal at 7.30pm to St. Brigid’s Church, Ballinakill, arriving at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am with interment afterwards in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Ballinakiil.Michael LeighTullamoy, Stradbally, LaoisHusband of the late Margaret. Deeply regretted by his loving family Michael, Sarah, Kathleen and Anne, brother Pat, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grand-children, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at his residence from 5pm on Tuesday evening with Rosary at 8pm. Removal at 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoon to arrive at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Luggacurren, for Requiem Mass at 2pm. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ballyadams. House private Wednesday morning please.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, August 10, 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 11th August 2018 WhatsApp Community TAGSDeaths in Laois Rugby Facebook Community Twitter Previous articleGoals galore as O’Dempsey’s strong second half sees them past SpinkNext articleFr Paddy: The Gift Young People Bring to our Church LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Twitter WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 11, 2018 Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Laois husky bidding to become top dog in Nose of Tralee competition

first_img Community Laois husky bidding to become top dog in Nose of Tralee competition Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous article“I was so nervous, but when I got out there I had so much fun,” Laois Rose Grainne gives the lowdownNext articleUpdated Laois club hurling rankings after Round 3 of the action Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. “My dog is cute and the best dog ever. She is really harmless and loves everyone and everything. She wouldn’t hurt anyone all she wants to do is run around and play.”Ruff competition for top dog  The adorable Laois winner faces ruff competition from Kilkenny’s nose Poppy and Lexi – Mayo’s Scotty dog.Now in its fifth year, the competition sees animals from all over the country compete for the top spot of Nose of Tralee.This year is a little different, as 2018’s finalists include not just dogs, but a cat and a budgie.The winner will receive a photo shoot with David Mcauley photography, and a range of prizes from Pet Sitters Ireland, Dabble in Art, Buster Box and Naturo Pet Food.Voting has now opened for the public to decide which of the final 32 animals will be crowned the overall Nose of Tralee.This year’s crew was selected by a series of judging and public votes, and will continue on in the competition to be judged and eventually crowned by a panel of judges including author Lorna Sixsmith and comedienne Tara Flynn.The winner will be announced via a Facebook Live on the Pet Sitters Ireland Facebook Page tonight at 7pm, Tuesday 21 August.SEE ALSO – Legendary multiple winning Eurovision singer coming to Electric Picniccenter_img By Siun Lennon – 21st August 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Rugby TAGSNose of Tralee Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook WhatsApp Home We Are Laois Laois husky bidding to become top dog in Nose of Tralee competition We Are Laois A Rose of Tralee-esque competition for Ireland’s best animals is in its fifth year and this year’s finalists boast the best group yet.The ‘Nose of Tralee’ is Pet Sitters Ireland’s annual pet competition open to all 32 counties in Ireland.Laois’s contender for the top spot is a lovely black and white husky. The O’Moore county’s entrant doesn’t give a name in their bio, she is described fondly by her owner.last_img read more

Social media seminars planned for Laois hurling and football panelists

first_img Social media seminars planned for Laois hurling and football panelists WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 2nd December 2018 Pinterest Twitter TAGSsocial media Laois senior footballers and hurlers panelists may have to undergo seminars or talks on their use of social media.Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy, in his Convention report, explained that the county board are exploring introducing the messure in a bid to ‘educate panellists on the use of social media.Laois GAA were caught in a PR storm earlier this year when footballer Gary Walsh tweeted his personal opinion on the outcome of a trial in Belfast involving rugby players Paddy Jackson and Start Olding.This was prior to the Division 4 national league final against Carlow and Walsh, who was the top scorer in the country at the time, was dropped as a result of what he tweeted.Niall said: “Social media is a wonderful and powerful communication platform when used in the appropriate manner.“However as we have witnessed during the year when used in an inappropriate manner with careless and unwarranted personal remarks by individuals representing our county and club individuals mockingly posting images highlighting the misfortune of others, it can be a dangerous and disheartening tool that can cause huge damage to our association.“It is intended to explore the introduction of talks/seminars in an attempt to educate our panellists on the use of social media.”SEE ALSO – Sadness as giant of Ballinakill community Aidan Kennedy passes away Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, December 2, 2018Next articleLaois author’s work features in new Irish crime anthology 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Facebook Community WhatsApp Community Council Facebook Home Sport GAA Social media seminars planned for Laois hurling and football panelists SportGAA New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening last_img read more

In Pictures: Ballyroan-Abbey celebrate remarkable 2018 with Juvenile Awards

first_img TAGSBallyroan-Abbey In Pictures: Ballyroan-Abbey celebrate remarkable 2018 with Juvenile Awards New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articlePloughing Queen Anna May McHugh to star in new television documentaryNext articleWATCH: Courtwood footballer stars as Cadet Choir sing on RTE One LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th December 2018 SEE ALSO – Four schools in Laois set to undergo major improvement works next summer WhatsApp Facebook Facebook What a year it has been for all involved in Ballyroan-Abbey GAA.The club completed league and championship doubles at minor and U-15 ‘A’ level while their U-13s won the Plate.It was undoubtedly the minor victory which tasted the sweetest for Ballyroan-Abbey as they ended a famine at the grade. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Home Sport GAA In Pictures: Ballyroan-Abbey celebrate remarkable 2018 with Juvenile Awards SportGAAGaelic Football Pinterest It was their first win at the grade since 1971 and ended a staggering period of 47 years without tasting success.But their victory over Portarlington was far from straight forward as it took them a replay to get there.It looked like they missed their opportunity in the drawn game as Ceilum Coughlan-Maher’s late goal snatched a draw for a Portarlington side that played the majority of the final with 14 men.However, Ballyroan-Abbey were super in the replay and won by 13 points in the end.The awards night, held in the school in Ballyroan on Friday night, was extremely well attended.Guest speakers included Laois senior football boss John Sugrue while Rody McEvoy was MC on the night.Our photographer Julie Anne Miller went along on the night and snapped these brilliant photos: Community Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Laois Minister and Senator in ‘nutjob’ row in the Seanad

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleThe 11 stages of every GAA club player’s life and careerNext articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, April 14, 2019 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA By Siun Lennon – 14th April 2019 Pinterest Facebook Well-known senator David Norris labeled any one opposing an amendment put forward in the Seanad last Wednesday a ‘nutjob’, including Minister for Justice and Equality Laois TD Charlie Flanagan.The remarks towards the Laois TD came during a committee Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Seanad, where Senator Norris stated, ‘one would have to be a nutjob’ to object to an amendment by Senator Michael McDowell on Wednesday April 10.The amendment put forward by Mr McDowell stated that any member of the Judicial Appointments Commission who is eligible for appointment to any judicial office should not have to make an application to the commission to be considered for the position.As Senator McDowell called for the amendment to be passed, Minister Flanagan called for a No vote, but was informed he had no vote in the Seanad.“One would have to be a nutjob to object to the Senator’s amendment. I use the expression “nutjob” because I heard it during the week for the first time and thought it so delicious that I sought an opportunity to use it, which has now been provided,” said Senator Norris in response to Minister Flanagan’s objection.An Cathaoirleach Denis O’Donovan asked that Senator Norris ‘reflect’ on using the word nutjob in the Seanad.“For someone who has an exceptional knowledge of the English language and is a representative of Trinity College, that is an inappropriate descriptor and the Senator should reflect on its use,” said Mr O’Donovan.Minister Flanagan asked that the statement be withdrawn.“I do not mind withdrawing it. It will be on the record in any event. It will be printed and, therefore, I do not care,” said Senator Norris.Senator Norris then stated that he did not use the term in reference to Minister Flanagan, but rather in reference to ‘anybody who will not support the amendment’.Then a tit-for-tat exchange took place over the use of the word ‘nutjob’ in the Seanad.“The Cathaoirleach must agree that ‘nutjob’ is a delicious expression which is worthy of being used,” said Senator Norris.“It is not appropriate,” said Cathaoirleach O’Donovan.“It is certainly not on the list of banned words,” replied the Senator.“I am quite certain the Senator did not pick up the word when he was walking along the corridors of Trinity College,” remarked Cathaoirleach O’Donnell.“I might have done.”“I suggest that he reflect on its use.”“It could well be used in American literature, for all I know.”Minister Flanagan interjected, “The Senator does not understand the word. He regards it as being in some way delicious.”“Yes, absolutely. Nuts are lovely,” said Senator Norris.“That is outrageous,” replied Minister Flanagan.“They are frightfully good for one’s health.”“A Chathaoirligh, will you intervene, please?” asked Minister Flanagan.Mr Flanagan then called for a quorum but was told he could not act for the Chamber. The amendment was eventually passed 20-8.SEE ALSO – Former Paypal boss offers to head up taskforce in Laois with tourism, local hubs, jobs and broadband on the agenda TAGSMinister Charlie FlanagannutjobSenator David Norris 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home News Laois Minister and Senator in ‘nutjob’ row in the Seanad NewsPolitics Pinterest GAA Facebook WhatsApp Laois Minister and Senator in ‘nutjob’ row in the Seanad GAA last_img read more

Motorway misery set to continue for Laois commuters as M7 works extended

first_img WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By Alan Hartnett – 16th April 2019 GAA Home News Motorway misery set to continue for Laois commuters as M7 works extended News Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleBusiness incentive scheme extended in PortlaoiseNext articleRathdowney man flies the flag proudly for Laois at national Mr Personality festival 2019 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. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Motorway misery set to continue for Laois commuters as M7 works extended Pinterest Facebook TAGSM7 Motorway Twitter There really seems to be no end in sight for these roadworks.Kildare County Council officials have said that the improvement works on the M7 motorway will miss their intended end date.Local Labour councillor Mark Wall confirmed to Independent.ie that the project’s estimated completion date has now been pushed back to the end of July.He said: “I’m getting a lot of frustration today“Everyone was looking forward to the end of April. A lot of commuters are very frustrated.”The project will see the M7 widened from Naas to the M9, along with the bypass of Sallins and a new interchange at Osberstown, in Kildare.The council’s director of services Niall Morrissey told Newstalk Breakfast yesterday that work crews are making ‘great progress’ but the job is a daunting one.He said: “It’s a difficult job, a tight site of 14km long.“Motorists can see that sections are getting completed, we are making great progress and what you will see is the first phase from Johnstown J8 to Naas south, we’re aiming to open that up sometime next month.“People will see a huge improvement in that first section of the journey.“As that gets finished, you’ll see the crews from that site moving onto the next section and joining up with their other colleagues from Naas south onto the merger.“Back in December we projected we might get it done by April or May, but it’s a difficult site, every metre of excavation is a challenge.“Two major challenges we faced were demolition of the bridge and construction of the new bridge last weekend, which both went down very well. We’re trying not to put out too many dates, but we do see that we’re making great progress.”The roadworks mean that motorists must slow down to 60kmh from the maximum motorway speed of 120kmh.Two permanent speed vans on the M7 between Junction 8 and 11 in a bid to deter motorists from speeding back in November and thousands have been prosecuted since.SEE ALSO – Bord na Móna propose major renewable gas plant near Portlaoise GAA GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Darkness into Light success, and life-saving treatment- it’s our top stories of the week

first_img We’re back again with our Top Stories of the Week. As ever, we cover top stories from news, sport, columnists and regular features on LaoisToday.Sit back and enjoy our Top Stories of the week.NEWSDarkness into LightSee here for photos from the three different Darkness into Light events taking place in Mountmellick, The Swan and Rathdowney on Saturday morning.Knowles family see ‘massive difference’ in little Mary-Claire since life-saving treatment began 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 12th May 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Facebook Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Darkness into Light success, and life-saving treatment- it’s our top stories of… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleWATCH: 10 Questions with Rosemarie Bermingham (Sarsfields)Next articleDarkness into Light, perks of nursing abroad and praise for Laois hurlers – It’s our Tweets of the week Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Little Mary-Claire has had to fight so hard but finally she and her family have some good news…Portarlington marks first official day of Scoil Phadraig on Canal RoadPlenty of photos from the historic day hereLocal sports clubs rally around for fundraiser for Mountmellick teenagerMountmellick GAA club grounds was a hive of activity on Sunday afternoon and LaoisToday went along to take photos of the brilliant daySPORTSLaois minor footballersSeven Talking Points as Laois minor footballers go top of Group 1Portlaoise RFC U-16s claim Leinster gloryPortlaoise RFC U-16s upset all the odds to claim Leinster glory this weekWE ARE LAOISMoment In TimeThis week’s Moment in Time focuses on Fr. Patrick Kehoe’s Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2005Tweets of the Week Horse outside, tea drinking tips and political tattoos – it’s our Tweets of the WeekGood Week/Bad Week See who made last weekend’s Good Week/Bad WeekCOLUMNISTSElection Memories1999 Election Memories: The count that ended up in court as Fianna Fáil glory in their boomtown purple patchFr PaddyFr Paddy: May – the month of MarySEE ALSO –  GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Darkness into Light success, and life-saving treatment- it’s our top stories of the weeklast_img read more

In Pictures: Rosenallis NS in full colour ahead of upcoming county final

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp SEE ALSO – Laois player named in Ireland Women’s Rugby squad for first time Home Sport GAA In Pictures: Rosenallis NS in full colour ahead of upcoming county final SportGAAGaelic Football Twitter In Pictures: Rosenallis NS in full colour ahead of upcoming county final GAA County final fever will grip the county for the next month or so and we have two of them this weekend.On Saturday evening, the Laois Junior football final will be followed by the Intermediate final.The intermediate decider will see neighbours Clonaslee and Rosenallis clash in O’Moore Park at 7.15pm.Back in the 2000s, Clonaslee and Rosenallis joined forces in hurling and, as Tinnahinch, reached three senior finals.They lost twice to Castletown in 2001 and 2002 before losing again to Rathdowney-Errill in 2006.But with excitement building for the football decider this Saturday, our photographer Julie Anne Miller took a trip out to Rosenallis NS to sample the excitement among the school children.We had green hair and lots of smiles as Julie Anne made her way from class to class.Check out her brilliant pictures below: By Alan Hartnett – 27th September 2019 Facebook WhatsApp TAGSLaois IFCRosenallis NSRosenallis v Clonaslee center_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Previous articleGOAL appeals to Laois people to tog out for Jersey DayNext articleIn Pictures: Serious style as Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington bring Debs season to an end Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more