UK firms warned trade with more than 40 non-EU locations will be disrupted post-Brexit, as current trade deals depend on EU membership

Norway Russia San Marino Serbia Read more: Is it the EU that’s unprepared for the implications of Brexit? Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe Morocco South Africa Tunisia A new relationship with the EU is potentially only two years down the track, so it is critical that businesses – of every size, sector and region – know, understand and feel comfortable navigating information and data about trading globally in order to make informed decisions for their futures. UK firms are today being warned they might want to look further afield than the EU for areas where trade could be interrupted. The UK’s current trade arrangements with over 40 locations, including South Korea, Switzerland and Mexico, are in place because of the country’s EU membership, warns a report by law firm Clifford Chance and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Share Iraq Jordan Kazakhstan Lebanon AMERICAS “The changes to come won’t just affect big UK businesses that export to the EU or through EU trade deals,” cautioned Jessica Gladstone, an international law and trade partner at Clifford Chance. “For example, any UK or EU27 manufacturer that is part of a complex EU supply chain could be at risk because of the way FTAs work.”This is just one of many issues that could trip businesses up if they aren’t prepared.”Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general, added: whatsapp Algeria Cameroon Egypt Ivory Coast Switzerland The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Turkey Ukraine whatsapp Mexico Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Israel ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST Iceland Kosovo Moldova Montenegro AFRICA The EU, and countries which have EU trade deals, make up 85 per cent of the UK’s current trade.Theresa May had much to say about trade in her landmark Brexit speech last month. The Prime Minister promised a “a bolder embrace of free trade” for the UK outside the EU.However, May also warned EU members who didn’t want to play ball at the negotiating table that she was willing to fall back onto WTO rules, adding: “No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.” Here’s the full list of areas with current EU trade treaties identified in the Clifford Chance report: EUROPEAN COUNTRIES Albania Andorra Bosnia and Herzegovina Faroe Islands Hayley Kirton CARIFORUM States Central America Chile Columbia and Peru Palestinian Authority South Korea Syria For example, the UK at present trades with South Korea through the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Any businesses relying on this agreement could find themselves in hot water post-Brexit until an equivalent UK-South Korea deal is put in place.Read more: Lord mayor is the latest to lead a Chinese trade missionThe EU is also in the process of negotiating or finalising about 30 further trade treaties, including ones with China and Japan, as well as the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The UK will not be able to benefit from these once it is no longer an EU member.The EU and the US have also gone through 15 rounds of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. However, it is not clear how quickly this particular deal will progress now that President Donald Trump, who has already pulled the US’ involvement from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is in the White House.Read more: Labour shortages start to bite in UK sectors employing many EU nationals UK firms warned trade with more than 40 non-EU locations will be disrupted post-Brexit, as current trade deals depend on EU membership Monday 13 February 2017 4:50 pm read more

Tustumena sailings will resume in June after crew member tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgAleutians | Coronavirus | TransportationTustumena sailings will resume in June after crew member tests positive for COVID-19June 9, 2020 by Hope McKenney & Maggie Nelson, KUCB Share:Per company protocol, crew and passengers are not required to have a COVID-19 test prior to boarding AMHS vessels. (Photo by KUCB)Sailings for the M/V Tustumena will resume later this month, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.Initially, on June 8, the DOT said it would cancel all of the state ferry’s sailings “indefinitely” after a crew member on the Tustumena tested positive for COVID-19. The positive result came just hours after the vessel arrived in Unalaska Saturday.Officials said the indefinite suspension was due to a shortage of crew. However, a day later, DOT said sailings are expected to resume June 27 when the ship departs from Homer to Kodiak.The Tustumena arrived in Homer late Monday night, having sailed back to port without making any stops along the Aleutian chain.Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska’s state epidemiologist, said in a Monday press briefing that the 35 crew members and six remaining round-trip passengers were set to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Homer. Only the symptomatic crew member was tested while in Unalaska.“Crew and passengers can leave the ferry [in Homer] while their swab results are pending if they’re returning to their final destination or home where they can appropriately quarantine for 14 days, and they have private transportation to their final destination, and that private transportation would not expose new individuals,” McLaughlin said.If passengers and crew cannot meet those three criteria they will likely have to quarantine for 14 days on the vessel.John Falvey, general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System, said it will likely be difficult for many of the 35 crew members to meet those conditions because many are from the Anchorage and Kenai area or the Lower 48, and use public transportation to get to and from the Tustumena’s port in Homer.Officials from the state’s health department said all but one of the individuals they’ve identified as close contacts of the COVID-19 positive crew member are fellow ferry workers on the ship.  A separate ferry worker is currently quarantining at home officials said.Any passengers on board the Tustumena’s journey last week should remain in quarantine for 14 days. Officials made an exception for those passengers who only briefly boarded in Unalaska for the northbound leg on Saturday afternoon.Meadow Bailey, communications director for the DOT, confirmed that marine highway leadership knew there was a potential COVID-19 case among the crew before boarding began.“A lot of these decisions were happening simultaneously — first notifying all of the required officials and then working to determine if we could get a [COVID-19] test, and what the arrangements would need to be, and how quickly that test could be returned,” said Bailey. “So those decisions and that scenario were happening at the same time.”Officials contacted Iliuliuk Family and Health Services at 3:30 p.m., clinic staff tested the crew member at 5 p.m., and they received the positive test results at approximately 6 p.m., according to Bailey. AMHS personnel then asked Unalaskans to disembark.Falvey said there’s minimal risk to those approximately 21 northbound passengers because they didn’t come in contact with the sick crew member who was isolated in a ventilation-secured cabin with a face covering on.Still, state health officials said out of an “abundance of caution,” those passengers should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, but they needn’t quarantine.In response to the coronavirus pandemic, AMHS implemented enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocols at all of its facilities and aboard all vessels earlier this month, in order to protect the health and safety of its customers and employees. Measures include limiting the number of passengers allowed on its ferries and requiring that passengers complete a health screening form before boarding. However, per company protocol, crew and passengers are not required to have a COVID-19 test prior to boarding AMHS vessels.When asked if the first positive case among ferry workers is an indication that the State of Alaska opened up too soon, Dr. Anne Zink said the state has “clearly met the criteria to open up.” And although communities around the state are seeing spikes in numbers, it is now up to Alaskans to work together to help minimize risk.Share this story:last_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 09 February 2015

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News / Jakarta Airport to build major air cargo village as Indonesia eyes global freight hub status

first_imgID 137640816 © Benoit Ricoine | Dreamstime.com This has led to “exponential” growth in cargo handled at Soekarno-Hatta, he explained, volumes jumping from 700,000 tonnes to 900,000 tonnes in just a couple of years.Countrywide, airport volumes increased 11.2% to 1.12m tonnes last year, according to the transportation ministry.“They can’t keep up with the growth and a lot of that is coming from e-commerce and freighters coming in from China,” Mr Dmello added.Furthermore, the US-China trade war is increasing the amount of cargo entering Indonesia for export to the US.“There’s a lot of cargo coming into Jakarta and Bali from China, getting repackaged and relabelled and sent to the US. So that’s created an industry in itself.”Accelerating passenger numbers are driving the airport upgrades, with both domestic and international flights increasing 15-20% a year. Construction of the third passenger terminal was recently completed and work is due to begin this year on the fourth and a third runway.Mr Dmello said the cargo village must be demolished to make way for Terminal 4 and state airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP2) will first build a “world class” cargo facility to better compete with regional rivals.For example, throughput at the current cargo facility is just 4-5 tonnes per square metre; less than half the 10 tonnes typically achieved at large hubs.“Jakarta is falling behind,” said Mr Dmello. “If you look at the current trend with all the big boys in e-commerce, they’re not making a base in Indonesia because they don’t feel comfortable doing it. Instead, they’re serving us from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and even Delhi. So there’s an issue here.”However, the government has recognised this, he added, and believes “the way forward is global and local private participation in financing, know-how and operations under build-operate-transfer and public-private-partnership models”.Expected to be completed by 2022, the new 1.5m-tonne facility will include three cargo terminal operators. Mr Dmello said one concession was still available, and AP2 has asked local firms to partner with experienced international players to bid for the contract.Major ground handlers such as Swissport, Menzies Aviation, HACTL and SATS are all rumoured to be circling the project.The end goal is to turn Jakarta into a major air cargo transhipment hub, according to Mr Dmello.“At the moment no one’s got faith in the cargo handling efficiencies and cost – it all goes through Singapore, Bangkok and Malaysia. Everyone wants to be here, so they serve us via other ASEAN cities, which isn’t optimal, but they do so in order to ensure global standards are met.“A lot of the Middle Eastern carriers are flying widebodies into Jakarta but they go out empty. So we could become a major hub if we improve the cargo handling and the customs processes for transhipment.” Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is preparing to build a 148,000sq metre cargo village that could finally turn Indonesia into a major hub for air freight.Construction of its fourth passenger terminal, to meet growing demand, will mean the demolition of the airport’s current cargo facility, which is bursting at the seams, due to Indonesia’s massive e-commerce growth.Valkyn Dmello, an advisor with local firm BSA Logistics, told The Loadstar: “In Indonesia the uptake of e-commerce is incredible.“People here really embrace it and buy everything on their phones. With nearly 270 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, with the average age just 29, and the middle class is roaring.”center_img By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 28/03/2019last_img read more

New lungs could help my patient live. She also needed people to surround her

first_img [email protected] Daniela Lamas @danielalamasmd By Daniela Lamas March 26, 2018 Reprints Trending Now: I stand and pull out my stethoscope. As if on cue, you start to unbutton your cardigan. What a silly outfit to have worn, your expression says, all these buttons to undo. I place my stethoscope on your chest and hear the Velcro noise of air moving in and out of your scarred lungs. I notice the way that years of low oxygen have left your fingernails curved and misshapen.“Do you have any other questions?” I ask as I sit back down. You re-button your sweater.There is so much that I want you to know. I want to tell you about the patients in the ICU who might never really make it out of the limbo of recurrent hospitalizations and ventilator dependence. I also want to tell you about the woman who’s back to riding her motorcycle and the man whose transplanted lungs allowed him to meet his grandson. I want to show you all the other ones too, the people in the middle, fighting infections or the slow progression of rejection, navigating their way toward a new normal. I want to ask you if you are willing to risk what you have now to grasp at the good.But you shake your head. “No,” you say, thumbing through your fresh new binder of information. “No more questions right now.”I think I can understand. You’re not there yet. You are still counting your three people and there is a limit to what you can take in today. Maybe your family will rally behind you and you’ll get lungs and make it back home in weeks. Maybe it will take months and more procedures, and though it won’t be exactly as you’d hoped, the transplant will give you the time to find new things in the world to enjoy. Or maybe none of that will come to pass. Maybe you’ll decide against transplant altogether. I can’t know any of that in this visit.All I can do, in this moment, is to be present. I can answer your questions. I can tell you what you will need in order to move forward. And then I can gather my papers and pause for a moment, before the next patient, to watch as you leave.Daniela Lamas, M.D., is a pulmonary and critical care doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Ariadne Labs, and the author of “You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and In Between,” published this week by Little, Brown and Company. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy You don’t think of yourself as alone. You have an adult son and daughter, but they live out of state. And then there is your sister, but her husband’s been sick, too. Three people. You should probably talk with the doctor about this, about what you’ll need to ask of these people, and how much they will have to commit.center_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprints When you were diagnosed with lung scarring called pulmonary fibrosis nearly three years ago, the doctor said you might be dead by now. When the weeks and months passed and you did not die, you tried to think he was wrong. But then the cough worsened, you couldn’t catch your breath, and your doctor gave you the oxygen and a referral here, to talk about a lung transplant.The video ends. It was nearly an hour long and a blur of facts and faces. All you can remember was the part when they said you would need three people to make up your “support team.” Three people.advertisement Adobe This is how it begins.Before we can talk about how your body will be cut open to make way for new lungs, you must sit in a meeting room and watch an informational video.You settle in next to a woman who carries an oxygen tank like you do, plastic prongs in her nose. She gives you a half-smile. Her son — you assume it is her son — is sitting with her and taking notes, and you feel a little jolt that you are alone here.advertisement Tags patients Leave this field empty if you’re human: The young woman at the front desk startles you when she calls your name. It’s just a few steps to the exam room but it all feels so slow with the oxygen. This is where you’ll see the doctor.You readjust your sweater. You don’t get dressed up much these days, but you chose a cardigan this morning, real shoes instead of sneakers. Though you tell yourself that what you wear won’t affect the decision of whether you are a good candidate for a transplant, it’s better to be safe.I’m running a few minutes behind, scanning your chart. You’re already waiting in the exam room when I arrive, and you move to stand, but the oxygen tubing is all tangled in the legs of the chair, so I tell you not to worry.I explain that my role is to learn some more about you, answer questions, and help you begin to decide if a transplant is the right path. You nod. I encourage you to tell me everything, from the start. Whatever I record in your note today will travel with you from visit to visit, in the electronic record’s version of forever, so I want to get it right.We begin. You tell me about the misdiagnoses of asthma and allergies, referrals from specialist to specialist, and then, finally, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis.I ask you about what your life is like now. As you think about your days, you realize — for what feels like the first time — how small your world has become. You have not taken a walk outside for years. Just doing your laundry steals a day’s energy.I tell you that you’re a good candidate for lungs, if this is something that you want. You’re relatively young and otherwise healthy. Your weight is not too high and not too low. You do not take high-dose steroids or narcotics. I feel comfortable scheduling you for the next step, which is an overnight in the hospital. But you are alone here, and so I have to ask you about your people. Those three people.This part always feels hard, as being alone is so wrapped up in shame, yet I have to ask. No one can survive a lung transplant’s physical and emotional toll without support. Being loved is a kind of a prerequisite.You say you have people, adult children and a sister. But here’s the truth: You’re not sure that there are three. So I encourage you to talk to your children, to talk to your sister, to tell them the stakes. People step up, I say, though I also know that fear can just as easily make people back away. I hope this isn’t what happens for you. You nod again. First OpinionNew lungs could help my patient live. She also needed people to surround her last_img read more

Previewed and Profiled: Contenders line up for a senior hurling championship like none before

first_img TAGSLaois SHC Previewed and Profiled: Contenders line up for a senior hurling championship like none before The changes to the championship, enforced because of the shorter season, means only two teams instead of three will go through to the knockout stages. There will be no semi-finals.That should mean there is no safety net for the stronger teams; it should mean that there will be more cut and thrust to the group games; there should be no meaningless games.It could see teams go through on scoring difference. But it could be an opportunity for the outsiders to cause a shock and possibly knock out one of the bigger names.Every championship since 2006 has been won by one of the four big clubs. It’s hard to see anyone from outside that top four doing so either.The two groups are evenly balanced in every way: two recent championship winners and two outsiders in each; the favourites meeting in the first round.Champions Rathdowney-Errill have never successfully defended their title. Indeed they’ve never even got back to a final as defending champions.The margins are slim but Rathdowney-Errill do deserve to start as favourites.Group ARathdowney-ErrillManager: John DelaneySelectors: Enda Meagher, Liam Wynne, Kevin Galvin and Niall DelaneyMain Man: Mark KavanaghLast year: Went unbeaten throughout the championship to win the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the sixth time in their short history. Eased through the group stages with big wins over Ballinakill, Portlaoise and Castletown before just scraping by champions Camross in the semi-final. Then had too much for Borris-Kilcotton in the final before losing the Leinster club semi-final to Carlow champions St Mullin’s by a point.Prospects: They have been installed as favourites and are undoubtedly the team to beat. Had things been different in that final against Camross in 2018, they could well be going for three-in-a-row this year. Instead they’ll be keen to put titles back-to-back for the first time in their short history.With the exception of the semi-final against Camross last year they were relatively comfortable in all of last year’s games and their subsequent showing in Leinster when they could have reached the provincial final was the best showing by a Laois club since Castletown were at their peak.If the word on Brian Campion not playing senior is true, he’ll be a big loss in defence though the likes of Brandon McGinley and Paddy McCane should be more central again this year and Darren King and Damien Bowe are back from their travels.Deserve to start as favourites.Odds: 7/4Clough-BallacollaManager: Declan LaffanSelectors: Pad McEvoy, Shane Maher, Ollie Hally and Pat CleereMain Man: Willie HylandLast year: Came through a tough group unbeaten with impressive wins over Camross and Borris-Kilcotton. But an injury to Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher and illness to Lee Cleere derailed their season and they were beaten by Borris-Kilcotton in the semi-final.Prospects: Declan Laffan from Loughmore-Castleiney has come in as manager, replacing Canice Coonan, which makes it another change at the helm, just as it has been almost every season over the past decade.Were desperately unlucky last year having topped the toughest group only to lose two of  their top players prior to the semi-final. While some of their older players have plenty of miles on the clock, they have a good spread of talent, no shortage of scoring power and some young players like Diarmuid Conway, Mark Hennessy and Jordan Walshe developing nicely.At 5/1, they would appear to offer a bit of value but if they lose to Rathdowney-Errill in their opening game, they would have to be careful against Abbeyleix or Castletown.Should make the semi-final but by no means a dead cert.Odds: 5/1AbbeyleixManager: Lorcan MahonySelectors: Tom Carroll, Brian Bergin, PJ Corby and Chris MurrayMain Man: Enda RowlandLast year: Found themselves in a very tough group and suffered losses to Camross, Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton. Maintained their senior status by beating Portlaoise in the relegation final.Prospects: Lorcan Mahony has taken over as manager and as always they’ll teeter between challenging for a semi-final place and holding on to their senior status. Ryan Peacock returning is a big boost but injuries to Rory McEvoy and Alan Lynch, as well as the Daniel Coffey and Mark Cahill are abroad and will be a loss.The first game against Castletown could make or break their season.Odds: 25/1CastletownManager: Martin CareySelectors: Robbie Delaney, Brian O’Conor and Patrick CuddyMain Man: Ryan MullaneyLast year: Group wins over Ballinakill and Portlaoise meant they finished second in their group behind Rathdowney-Errill and they gave Camross a good game in the quarter-final before running out of steam in the final quarter.Prospects: They played well for long stages against Camross in last year’s quarter-final and a bit more composure could have seen them record a shock in that one.To reach the last four this year, they will more than likely have to win two games, and at least one against Rathdowney-Errill or Clough-Ballacolla.Kilkenny’s Martin Carey has stayed in charge for a second season and while they don’t have the same depth as some of the stronger teams, they have a nice smattering of quality.Odds: 14/1Group A Fixtures Round 1 – Castletown v Abbeyleix; Rathdowney-Errill v Clough-BallacollaRound 2 – Clough-Ballacolla v Abbeyleix; Rathdowney-Errill v CastletownRound 3 – Clough-Ballacolla v Castletown; Rathdowney-Errill v AbbeyleixGroup BCamrossManager: Tommy DelaneySelectors: Damien Keenan, Fran Hogan and Paul KavanaghMain Man: Zane KeenanLast year: Beaten by a last-minute goal in the semi-final by Rathdowney-Errill. Had earlier lost group games to Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla but secured their quarter-final place thanks to a win over Abbeyleix – and then beat Castletown in the quarter-final.Team News: Zane Keenan is backing having missed most of last season due to a cruciate injury while Thomas Dunphy is available again after he missed the knockout stages due to sickness last year. Eoin Gaughan and Craig Carroll fully established themselves last year while the likes of Oisin Bennett, Liam Delaney and Eoin Dowling will be expected to step up this time around.Prospects: Will have been disappointed at how they performed throughout last year’s championship but only for an injury time goal from Ross King in the semi-final, they could well have won their third title in a row.For the fourth year running they have a new manager with last year’s intermediate-winning management team, headed by former multiple county final winner, Tommy Delaney, as he takes over from Brendan Lowry. The first game against Borris-Kilcotton is a big one and if they win it, they should go through to the semi-finals. Nobody will fancy them in the knockout stages.Odds: 5/2Borris-KilcottonManager: Ciaran ComerfordSelectors: Trevor Moore and Eoin BerginMain Man: PJ ScullyLast year: Beaten in the final by Rathdowney-Errill having beaten Clough-Ballacolla in the semi-final and Ballinakill in the quarter-final. In the group stages they beat Camross and Abbeyleix but lost to Ballacolla.Prospects: As with Camross, the first game is huge. Win and they have some breathing space, lose and they could be vulnerable. Also under new management, they’ll have been disappointed with their showing in last year’s final but in PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy and Neil Foyle, they have plenty of scoring power up front. Brian Stapleton and Noel Delaney have been regraded to intermediate, hinting at a change of the guard in defence.Should make the knockout stages but have improving to do on last year’s showing if they’re to win their second title.Odds: 11/4BallinakillManager: Jimmy WalshSelectors: Brendan O’Mara, Eoin Delaney and Eimear BarryMain Man: Cha DwyerLast year: Came third in the group stage behind Rathdowney-Errill and Castletown but a win over Portlaoise was enough to get them through. Were badly beaten by Borris-Kilcotton in the quarter-final.Prospects: With a small panel and some of their key players getting older, they struggled last year with only a win over relegated Portlaoise to show for their season. Yet under the management of Jimmy Walsh, whose playing career has been cut short by injury, they’ll make the most of their resources again.The Coronavirus meant Cha Dwyer cut short his travels and is available while the arrival of the talented O’Shaughnessy brothers, who have played for the Laois minors in the past two seasons, gives them further options. John Walsh isn’t available. Their first game against Rosenallis could be seen as a de facto relegation play off but if they win it, they’ll have a cut at Camross and Borris-Kilcotton to get to the last four.RosenallisManager: Brian TroySelectors: James Dooley and Nicky DunneMain Man: John LennonLast year: The club enjoyed an excellent season in hurling and football, winning both second tier championships and will be the only dual senior club in 2020.Prospects: Playing both senior football and hurling will be a challenge for a club that largely draws on the same group of players. The transfer of John O’Loughlin will be a boost to a team that has no shortage of talent and with their best players at the right age to have a go at the senior grade.Only four years since they were playing in the third tier, this will be a step up but they have a great opportunity in the opening game against Ballinakill to set themselves up.Odds: 33/1Group B Fixtures Round 1 – Camross v Borris-Kilcotton; Ballinakill v RosenallisRound 2 – Ballinakill v Borris-Kilcotton; Camross v RosenallisRound 3 – Camross v Ballinakill; Rosenallis v Borris-KilcottonSEE ALSO – Previewed and Profiled: Wide open intermediate hurling championship set to commence RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest News WhatsApp Facebook Home Sport GAA Previewed and Profiled: Contenders line up for a senior hurling championship like… SportGAAHurlingLaois SHC Electric Picnic WhatsAppcenter_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, July 29, 2020Next article‘You’d freeze in them’ – Outrage as estates in Laois left off retrofitting list 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. Brought to you in association with TelfordsThough the season is starting at more or less the same time as previous years, there is no doubting that this year’s Laois Shopping Centre SHC will be much different.There has been no league form to go off, no teams have players on J1s, the county season halted in March, meaning the clubs’ top players aren’t coming back after a draining campaign with Laois.It’s hard to tell who will benefit most. Last year’s championship, more than other recent season, had a clear enough divide: the top four of Rathdowney-Errill, Camross, Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla are much stronger than the next four.Will that continue, or can the likes of Castletown or Abbeyleix bridge the gap? Can Ballinakill recapture the competitiveness that made them so difficult to play against previously? Can newcomers Rosenallis manage the latest step up? It’s only four years since they were in the third tier in both hurling and football in Laois. This year they’ll be the county’s only dual senior club. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By Steven Miller – 29th July 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Uriminzokkiri Strikes 6.15 Unity Note

first_img SHARE Uriminzokkiri Strikes 6.15 Unity Note News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2011.06.15 3:34pm News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] In an effort to promote anti-Americanism and anti-Lee Myung Bak sentiment in South Korea, Uriminzokkiri, the propaganda website operated by North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, has grasped the 11th anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration (6.15 Joint Declaration in Korean) to emphasize the solidarity of the peoples of North and South Korea. In an editorial entitled, ‘6.15 Joint Declaration: Doctrine for the Unity of the People, Outline for Independent Unification’, Uriminzokkiri today asserted, “The 6.15 Joint Declaration is a doctrine for popular unity, about combining the strength of our people, who love both the country and people; it is about denouncing foreign influence; and it is a commitment to an outline of independent unification to accomplish the independent, peaceful unification of the motherland by our people’s power.” It goes on to emphasize, “The unification of the motherland is an achievement of national independence, and the owners of that are the peoples of North and South. No other power can solve the unification problem instead of our people.”“Our nation’s people must constantly strengthen their national unity,” it continues. “That means it is important to eliminate the root causes which disrupt the unity and reconciliation of the people. Right now, the root causes which are disrupting the unity and reconciliation of the people are the flunkies who are spreading the seeds of hostility, confrontation and discord and their schemes dependant on foreign powers.” “The South Chosun people must hold even higher the banner of anti-American independence, which they have already raised,” it concludes, in a clear effort to incite an anti-American reaction.center_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Fitch places Australia’s Macquarie Group on rating watch

Fitch Ratings has put Australian banking giant, Macquarie Group Ltd., and its Australian subsidiaries, on rating watch negative, citing the challenges facing banks generally. The rating agency says that the move stems from its broad review of the largest banking institutions in the world, and follows the announcement of a similar review of Australia’s four major banks. “The review of [Macquarie] has been prompted in part by challenges facing financial institutions globally, in particular those that are more exposed to market-oriented income,” Fitch says, adding that its action is not tied to any specific earnings or capital information about the firm. Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Indeed, it notes that Macquarie maintains a liquid balance sheet, and its asset quality, capital and exposure to market risk continue to compare favourably with other large global trading and universal banks. Also, Macquarie’s focus is on facilitating client transactions rather than transacting on its own account, which reduces the group’s exposure to market risk. However, Fitch also points out that three of the firm’s six divisions (Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Securities, and fixed income, commodities and currencies) are market-oriented, which adds volatility to the group’s earnings not normally seen in more traditional commercial banks. Macquarie’s three other divisions (Macquarie Funds Group, corporate and asset finance, and banking and financial services) exhibit less earnings volatility and have grown in recent years, it adds. In addition to reviewing potential earnings volatility, Fitch will examine what, if any, impact the subdued environment for market-oriented businesses globally may have on investor sentiment towards Macquarie. The firm’s use of wholesale funding will also be taken into consideration. Fitch says it expects to resolve the rating watch within a short time, and that any downgrades are most likely to be limited to one notch. Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Banking industry TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning read more

Richard Rodriguez To Discuss The “Browning Of America” At CU-Boulder, Denver April 19-20

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 7, 2002 Richard Rodriguez, award-winning author and regular essayist on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” will discuss what he calls the “browning of America” April 19 at 7 p.m. in room 100 of the Mathematics Building at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rodriguez also will speak April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Denver Public Library conference center, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. Both events are free and open to the public and both will be preceded by a reception and book signing at 6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at both events. “When Rodriguez speaks, words carry an electric charge,” said CU-Boulder history Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick, chair of the Center of the American West. “You can disagree with him, but you cannot remain unmoved.” In his latest book, a memoir titled “Brown: The Last Discovery of America,” Rodriguez explores the idea that America, due to its long-enduring presence of Hispanics, is in the 21st century becoming Latinized, becoming brown. Rodriguez is an editor at the Pacific News Services in San Francisco and a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and the Sunday opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. He also is the author of “Hunger of Memory” and “Days of Obligation.” Rodriguez appears regularly as an essayist on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS. Rodriguez, a Catholic, gay, Republican Mexican-American, has examined the intersection of his private life with public issues, especially in matters of class and ethnicity. According to Rodriguez, America has been brown since its inception in that both color and country are the amalgam of European, African and Indian cultures and a product of the past. Yet modern American culture tries to classify its citizens as either black or white, he said. Both of the talks are sponsored by the CU-Boulder Center of the American West. The Denver event is co-sponsored by the Denver Public Library and the Tattered Cover Book Store.  For more information call the CU-Boulder Center of the American West at (303) 492-4879 or visit http://www.centerwest.org.last_img read more

How To Advance Diversity In School Choice Programs Is Focus Of CU Conference

first_img Published: Jan. 17, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Leaders of Colorado’s school choice community will join researchers, educators and educational policy-makers Jan. 23 for an all-day conference at the University of Colorado School of Law to discuss current and future potential effects of school choice policies on integration and segregation. Titled “Diverse Choices: Making School Choice Work for All Colorado Students,” the conference will be held in the Fleming Law Building courtroom from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch as well as conference materials. To register in advance, contact Tiffany Duncan at [email protected] Co-sponsored by CU-Boulder’s Education Public Interest Center, the Denver-based Piton Foundation and the Denver law firm of Holland and Hart, the conference will focus on the possibility of advancing diversity within school choice systems. School choice in Colorado has created a new era in the way parents and schools make enrollment decisions, said Kevin Welner, associate professor of education at CU-Boulder, adding that common types of schools include open enrollment, magnet schools and charter schools. According to Welner, during the morning session, leaders of Colorado’s school choice community will join educational researchers to discuss the effects of choice on integration and segregation. In the afternoon, panelists from around the United States will present concrete, practical options available to schools and districts in Colorado while local and national lawyers will summarize the legal implications of pursuing such options — particularly, race-conscious student assignment policies, said Welner. Panelists will include Ken Howe and Michele Moses from CU-Boulder’s School of Education; Nina Lopez, Colorado League of Charter Schools; Paul Teske, CU-Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs; Richard Cole, assistant attorney general of Massachusetts and Ken Roberge, school board member with the Boulder Valley School District, among others. For more information visit the conference Web page at http://education.colorado.edu/epic/index.asplast_img read more