David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle heralds a new dawn for business

first_img whatsapp Monday 11 May 2015 9:17 pm Show Comments ▼ Express KCS David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle heralds a new dawn for business More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Share whatsapp   Sajid Javid gets promotion to top job as business secretary Greg Hands becomes second-in-command at Treasury Sterling continues its climb since the shock election result  Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled his first all-Tory government yesterday, with a slew of business-related and economic positions being handed to new faces.Former culture secretary Sajid Javid received the top government job for enterprise, becoming secretary of state for business, innovation and skills in the new cabinet. Javid, who was also financial secretary to the Treasury from 2013-14, replaces Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, who lost his seat in Twickenham in the General Election.  Thatcherite Javid left a career in banking to become a politician in 2009, having previously worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank. Cameron also named former deputy chief whip Greg Hands as George Osborne’s second-in-command as chief secretary to the Treasury. He replaces another Lib Dem, Danny Alexander, who, like Cable, lost his constituency contest last Thursday. In total, the Prime Minister has appointed 10 women to the cabinet, with Ros Altmann named new pensions minister yesterday afternoon in something of a shock turnaround, after David Gauke was earlier touted as the likely contender for the role. Meanwhile, sterling continued its climb yesterday, rising to over $1.56 during the day’s trading.  The pound has risen strongly since the Conservative victory, although this week’s jump is also attributed to the prospect of an earlier-than-expected rate hike from the Bank of England.  Tags: David Cameron General Election 2015 People Sajid Javidlast_img read more

Zurich calls on government to apply 33 per cent flat rate of pension tax

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.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.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.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.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Zurich calls on government to apply 33 per cent flat rate of pension tax The government should introduce a 33 per cent flat rate of pension tax relief to convince more people to save for retirement, insurance group Zurich has claimed today. The firm said a flat rate is a “long-term solution that gives consumers the certainty they need to save”. Research conducted by YouGov for Zurich has shown that 69 per cent of over-55s said contributing to a pension from untaxed income was the most powerful incentive for them to save for retirement.“Investing into a pension from untaxed income is a compelling incentive to lock away savings for the long-term,” said Gary Shaughnessy, Zurich UK Life boss. “Removing such a valuable tax break, as the government is considering, would drive people away from retirement saving.”He added: “Instead of scrapping pension tax relief, the government should reinforce its value by introducing a 33 per cent flat rate that would be a fairer, simpler and more sustainable solution for people of all incomes.”He added that taxing pensions upfront like ISAs would weaken the culture of long-term retirement saving. center_img Express KCS whatsapp Sunday 13 September 2015 11:17 pm whatsapplast_img read more

4 questions key to making sense of new data on Biogen’s resurrected Alzheimer’s drug

first_img 4 questions key to making sense of new data on Biogen’s resurrected Alzheimer’s drug Biotech Ruby Wallau for STAT What’s included? The annual Alzheimer’s research meeting known as CTAD was supposed to be a snoozefest this year. That all changed six weeks ago, when Biogen stunned the medical world by bringing an Alzheimer’s drug back from the dead — and vowed to make a detailed scientific case for the decision at the gathering this week.On Thursday morning, Biogen will give that highly anticipated presentation — livestreamed here — detailing data from two late-stage clinical trials of its drug, known as aducanumab. It will be the highlight of CTAD, short for Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED GET STARTED By Rebecca Robbins Dec. 4, 2019 Reprints Log In | Learn More What is it? 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. 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. Tags agingbiotechnologyBostondementiaSTAT+last_img read more

Forecast: Dense fog likely Monday morning

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementAs a weak front moves through, the humidity will briefly drop for Tuesday and Wednesday, with the coolest morning temperatures arriving on Tuesday. By Thanksgiving and beyond, humidity makes a return, albeit too low to support any significant rain chances. Temperatures will remain near normal, generally in the low 80s each afternoon.The beginning of December looks to feature a potent cold front, although details and timing are still a bit muddled. Either way, it looks like this will be the next real opportunity for a seasonable, long-term drop in temperatures and humidity. 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 Humidity builds ahead of our next front leading to widespread fog Monday morning.Despite us finally entering dry season, humidity is reluctant to take a break across the area. Muggy conditions prevailed again today and will remain for much of Monday.  As mentioned, widespread dense fog will likely develop by morning, eventually burning off by 9 or 10 a.m.  The rest of the day will feature partly cloudy skies with lowering humidity and highs near 80. All Disney World theme parks open for the first time in 17 months June 17, 2021 Firefighters respond to gas leak at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda June 17, 2021 Advertisement Looking for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ or ‘Jeopardy!’ on NBC2? June 17, 2021 Advertisement 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 Forecast: More clouds and rain Thursday June 17, 2021 7 DAY FORECASTlast_img read more

Portarlington Rugby building for the future with optimism

first_img Electric Picnic Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook Home Sport GAA Portarlington Rugby building for the future with optimism SportGAARugby Portarlington Rugby building for the future with optimism By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th October 2020 News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Ross Doyle and Stephen Oakley with some of the young guns after their area league victory over Athy recently For clubs all over Leinster, the unexpected premature end to the rugby season in March came as huge disappointment.This was certainly the case for Portarlington RFC’s senior men’s team as they were primed for promotion in the Leinster League when the season was cancelled but with a new injection of youthful talent into the senior ranks, club supporters are full of confidence that this new season can bring success as well as development.Under the direction of Player Coach Ross Doyle and Director of Rugby Paul Mannion, Port will contest Division 3 of the Leinster League and their bid for success gets underway this Sunday as they travel to take on Clane.Port only lost three ties last season and sat in second place when the lockdown interrupted proceedings and they will feel even more confident this time around with a host of returning talent and youths graduates joining the ranks.Jordan Fitzpatrick and Leinster Schools Senior Cup winner (with Cistercian College Roscrea in 2015) Keith Kavanagh have returned to the club following spells with Shannon RFC while former Leinster Youths and UCD player James Brennan is back having taken a sabbatical from rugby to train with the Irish Air Corps.Kavanagh has taken up a coaching role in the short term as he waits for surgery on a cruciate injury. Adam Lambkin and Séan Cullen have also been added to the squad having furthered their rugby education at Cistercian College Roscrea and their experience at the highest level of schools rugby will be welcomed by Ross Doyle and his coaching team.Youth and development are the focus of the clubs strategy and the addition of talented youths graduates Adam Maher, Ben Dooley, Cian McCann, Devlin McLaughlin, Jack Mallon, Nicholas Doggett and Peter Dunne has brought a new level of excitement to training and generated a revived enthusiasm in some of the more established players who have suffered some tough seasons in recent years.Ross Doyle, who has played with the club since he was a minis player and won representative honors with Leinster Juniors from 2012 to 2017, is relishing the opportunity to not just coach but line out with these players.“We are looking to build towards the future and with this squad we can do that with confidence knowing that we have players who are both talented and committed.“And even though the goal is to give the young guys plenty of experience while working on building a strong culture of doing the right things both on and off the training pitch, we can still expect to have some success in the short term.“We have a great blend of youthful enthusiasm and quality experienced players who will lead and teach the younger guys.“I really hope that we can get to a point where crowds can line the pitch at Lea Road because we are going to be playing an exciting brand of rugby. That has always been the Portarlington way”.One of those “quality experienced” players referenced by Doyle is new club captain Stephen ‘Oscar’ Oakley.The skipper comes from a committed club family with both of his parents Breda and Frank having served as club President and his sister Laura staring for the women’s team. Stephen plays at No 8 for the club and he will be expected to set the tone for the younger players when it comes to work rate, decision making and discipline.Along with the likes of Stephen Mulhall, Keelan Hunt, Andrew Wilkinson and last season’s captain Aaron Ryan, Oakley will look to help to bond the squad both on and off the pitch.“We want to build a group of guys who want to go to war together and then for pints afterwards!“We missed out on our club tour to Spain because of Covid and we hope to be able to rearrange it sooner rather than later because we know that success on the pitch requires a togetherness that only comes from not just respecting each other but wanting to be part of something special as a group.“I’m really excited by the potential in this squad and the coaching team that we are lucky enough to be working with and so I could not be more proud to have been selected to be captain”Director of Rugby Paul Mannion has just recently retired from playing. Like Doyle the former scrum half also played with the Leinster Junior team and his experience will be a huge benefit to the club as he looks to focus on encouraging boys and girls to play rugby and enjoy the experience as much as possible while developing their core skills.“Guys like myself and Ross have got so much from playing rugby and my aim is to ensure that as many kids as possible get a rugby ball into their hands and experience the fun and friendship that is available from a sport as inclusive as rugby.“We are working with minis and youths coaches to ensure that training sessions are focused on getting the kids moving and handling the ball as much as possible through a games based approach to training.“Our CCRO Páidí Mahon is doing great work getting kids playing rugby during P.E classes in the local schools and we have girls teams at every age group so there is a team for everyone in the community now”.The Captain and his parents: Stephen ‘Oscar’ Oakley with Frank and Breda OakleyAs the men’s team heads to Clane this Sunday there will be a huge sense of excitement around the squad and hopefully they will be able to see this season to its conclusion and have the success that they are working so hard to achieve.As well as Sunday’s hosts, they will need to overcome challenges from Ardee, Athboy, Dublin Dogos, North Meath, Ratoath and Tallaght if they are to achieve their goal of securing automatic promotion to Division 2.Meanwhile, Portlaoise, who are under the management of former Buccaneers and Towns Cup winner Donal Rigney, take on Athy in Division 2A today.The Leinster League have structured the competition in such a way to minimise travel.Their first six games are against Kildare opposition as they face Athy, Newbridge and North Kildare at home and away.The three Dublin-based teams – Balbriggan, De La Salle Palmerstown and Coolmine – as well as Wexford play against each other in the first six rounds before the teams then cross over to play the other teams in the division.Having been relegated in 2018, Portlaoise just missed out on promotion to Division 1B last season.SEE ALSO – Portlaoise Rugby Club elect new president ahead of 2020-2021 season RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleSenior football semi-final places up for grabs in Sunday’s Laois GAA club actionNext articleNine Talking Points following Saturday’s Laois GAA action LaoisToday Reporter TAGSPortarlington Rugby Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Slideshow: Insurance advisors keen to recommend their agencies

first_img Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive In addition, the overall average IE rating in the Report Card also has remained fairly stable during the past decade, within a range of 8.1 and 8.5. This could be part of the reason why advisors are willing to recommend their firm (Each insurance agency included in the Report Card — whether it’s a dedicated sales agency, a personal producing general agency [PPGA] or a managing general agency [MGA] — has an IE rating every year. This rating is the average of all categories for which a firm received a score on the main ratings table; the overall average IE rating is the average of every firm’s IE rating.)This slideshow takes a closer look at some of the reasons why insurance advisors are so keen to recommend their insurance agencies, and why they’re hesitant to do so sometimes, compared with each insurance agency’s IE rating during the past decade. Growing divide in advisors’ assessments IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies 2018 Insurance Advisors’ Report Card main chart RBC Life Insurance RBC Life advisors have been more willing to recommend their firm in recent years. Indeed, after hitting a 10-year low of 78.8% in 2015, things have turned around for the firm. This year, the percentage of advisors who would recommend RBC Life reached a 10-year of 98% — largely because it’s a good, stable company with a strong brand. RBC Life’s IE rating was also a healthy 8.2 this year, although it’s off slightly from the 10-year high IE rating of 8.4 in 2016 and significantly better than the 10-year low of 7.7 in 2010. Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive When insurance advisors are asked whether they would recommend their agencies to another advisor, their response is likely to be an overwhelming “yes.”In fact, during the past 10 years, 92% or more of advisors surveyed for Investment Executive’s annual Insurance Advisors’ Report Card said they would make just such a recommendation. However, that  recommendation is perhaps a little less hearty today than it has been in previous years. Great-West Life Assurance This year, GWL advisors were less keen than they have been during the past decade to recommend the PPGA to another advisor. Indeed, 2010 marked a high point for GWL, with 98.3% of advisors saying they would recommend the firm because of its strong support services and product shelf. Things took a turn for the worse in 2015, when 84.8% advisors said they would recommend GWL because of issues related to a new technology platform. However, once those issues were rectified, the percentage of advisors willing to recommend the PPGA rose above the 90% level in 2016 and 2017. This year has proven to be a setback for GWL as the percentage of advisors willing to recommend the firm and GWL’s IE rating had 10-year lows of 77.6% and 7.0, respectively, because of the recent shift to the company’s new WISE network from the former Gold Key network. IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies × IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies Freedom 55 Financial The percentage of advisors willing to recommend Freedom 55 and the dedicated sales agency’s IE rating both increased marginally this year. However, both figures have declined, in general, during the past decade. In 2009, 96% of Freedom 55 advisors said they would recommend the firm; that year, the firm also received its highest IE rating of 7.9 in the past decade because advisors felt Freedom 55 was a good place to work. That percentage dropped off sharply in 2015, as 86% of advisors said they would recommend the firm that year. The percentage of advisors willing to recommend Freedom 55 has yet to break through the 90% mark once again. In fact, this year, 87.5% of advisors said they would recommend Freedom 55, while also giving the firm its second lowest IE rating of the past decade, at 7.2, because of the uncertainty they felt about recent changes at the company. Business team with thumbs up 45281722 – hands of happy business people with thumbs. Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies Sun Life Financial (Canada) Sun Life advisors are not as keen to recommend their firm today as they have been during the past 10 years. In fact, this year marked a 10-year low for Sun Life, as only 84% said they would recommend the firm. For the most part, some advisors are hesitant to recommend others join their specific branch while others felt that advisors should think twice before joining the insurance industry, in general. Advisors have not always been so cautious about recommending Sun Life, though. In fact, 100% of advisors said they would make recommend the firm in three of the past 10 years. Advisors focused on core business Overall The percentage of insurance advisors willing to recommend their agency to another advisor has remained strong during the past 10 years, although their ranks are shrinking. For example, 2009 marked a 10-year high point with 97.4% of advisors saying they would recommend their firm. Since then, that percentage has declined and hit a 10-year low of 92% in 2015. Although that percentage did pick up in the following two years, 2018 has proven to be a setback year as 93.6% of advisors said they would be willing to recommend their firm. Meanwhile, the overall IE rating for the insurance channel has remained largely consistent during the past decade, ranging from 8.1 to 8.5. PPI Solutions Advisors who work through PPI Solutions are likely to recommend their MGA to another advisor. In fact, 100% of advisors said they would recommend the MGA five times since PPI Solutions first appeared in the Report Card in 2010. That year, advisors were unanimous in their recommendation of PPI Solutions because of its professional staff. This vote of confidence corresponded with PPI Solutions’ highest IE rating of 9.3 in the past 10 years. By 2016, though, that percentage had dropped to 88% as had the IE rating, to a still solid 9.1. This year, PPI Solutions again fell short of unanimous endorsement although the percentage of advisors willing to recommend the firm remained quite strong at 97.4%. Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies Fiona Collie Advisors are split on their back offices PPI Advisory Advisors who work through PPI Advisory are happy to recommend their MGA to another advisor — so long as that advisor is a right fight. Indeed, 100% of the MGA’s advisors said they would recommend PPI Advisory eight times in the past 10 years. The two exceptions were in 2012 and in 2015, when when 96.7% and 96.2% of advisors, respectively, said they would recommend PPI Advisory. But in 2016, 100% of advisors once again said they would recommend PPI Advisory — while the MGA’s IE rating hit a 10-year high of 9.1. Since then, advisors with PPI Advisory have remained unanimous in their willingness to recommend their MGA to seasoned advisors looking for an ethical agency that provides the tools they need to work with wealthy clients, even though the IE rating has dropped off slightly. IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies Hub Financial Advisors who run their businesses through Hub are quite happy to recommend the MGA to another advisor. Indeed, 100% of Hub advisors said they would make such a recommendation three times in the past 10 years. The first two times were in 2009 and 2010. That metric, along with the MGA’s IE rating, would remain fairly strong during the next seven years. In fact, those numbers would stay at or above 90.6% and 7.8, respectively during that time. This year, 100% of Hub advisors said they would recommend the MGA once again while Hub’s IE rating hit a 10-year high of 8.6. The reason? Advisors said the MGA supports its advisors and is a good company to work with. Keywords Insurance Advisors’ Report Card Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive IDC Worldsource Insurance Network IDC WIN advisors are adamant that other advisors should consider joining the MGA. In fact, 100% of IDC WIN advisors said they would recommend the MGA in eight of the past 10 years. Such was the case in 2011, when advisors praised IDC WIN for being a good firm that helps advisors grow their business. That year also marked a 10-year high for the MGA’s IE rating of 9.3. There have been a couple of exceptions over the years, though. For example, in 2016, 93.3% of advisors said they would recommend the firm while 97.5% of advisors said they would do so this year. Related news Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Financial Horizons Financial Horizons has received strong results — both in terms of its IE rating and the percentage of advisors who would recommend the MGA — since making its Report Card début in 2013. In both 2014 and 2018, 100% of advisors said they would recommend the MGA to another advisor; in fact, that percentage has never fallen below 97%. Furthermore, Financial Horizons has posted a solid IE rating, ranging between 8.1 and 8.8, during that time. Financial Horizons advisors often have said they would recommend their MGA because it’s ethical and well-run. Change in fortunes for three firms Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive IARC 2018: Advisors keen to recommend their agencies Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Once in a decade chance for reform

first_imgOnce in a decade chance for reform Business Council of Australia“Professor Graeme Samuel’s final report on Australia’s environmental protection laws shows that protecting the environment and major project approvals are not mutually exclusive,” Business Council President Tim Reed said.“This is a once in a decade opportunity to deliver better environmental outcomes and let businesses do what they do best – create new jobs.“The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is an outdated handbrake on investment and it isn’t working to protect Australia’s natural environment.“Significantly, these reforms represent a way forward. We all agree, lifting environmental standards and promoting economic development is a win-win.“To avoid a stop-start approach to reform, we’ll need to continue building on the unprecedented co-operation we’ve achieved with industry and environmental groups throughout this process.“Reducing duplication by accrediting state and territory processes alongside national environmental standards will make it easier to do business across the country and will provide the clear accountability and transparency needed to protect the environment.“Crucially, this plan means we can build a modern, fit-for-purpose system by learning and collaborating as we work together to improve the national standards over the next two years.“Confidence in national standards and accreditation agreements must also be delivered through strong, independent oversight that helps build public trust.“We look forward to working with the government as it delivers its response to the final report to ensure the EPBC Act is fit for purpose to deliver the environmental standards all Australians want alongside the new jobs big projects can deliver.“The Minister should be applauded for her work bringing everyone to the table to drive consensus around durable and effective reform.“We congratulate Professor Samuel and the panel for their commitment to working together to deliver better approvals processes and environmental outcomes.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, biodiversity, building, business, Business Council of Australia, conservation, Economic Development, environment, environment protection, Government, industry, Investment, Minister, outcomes, President, Professor, projectlast_img read more

Wine-Tech Share Round Calling for Industry Backing

first_imgAdvertisementInvestment to fund aggressive rollout of new technologyJune 16, 2020. Melbourne, Australia – A tech start-up, with a ground-breaking augmented reality platform, has put out a call for investors from the wine, food & beverages, and packaging industries to back its funding round.Winerytale, today opened its Public CSF Share Issue Offer, seeking to raise up to $US1.25M to roll out its much-anticipated platform to wine markets in Australia, USA, New Zealand, and South Africa.The Winerytale app, purpose built for a young adult audience, encourages users to discover the story behind each wine, which is brought to life with stunning augmented reality. The ground-breaking concept, which also combines multimedia content, virtual interaction, and social media sharing is widely expected to capture the challenging millennials wine market.Winerytale demonstration videoWinerytale founding partner, Dave Chaffey, said the response to the App had been positive.“It’s an exciting concept that consumers have absolutely taken a shining to.”“The next step for us is to make it accessible to a much larger audience.”According to Chaffey, the Capital Raise would fund an aggressive rollout to key markets.“There’s an enormous opportunity that we intend to capture. Raising capital enables us to move rapidly into new markets, to win over audiences before the first lot of competitors arrive on the scene.”Despite the promising outlook, Chaffey is aware that raising funds during a global pandemic will be a challenge.“We’ve already been bitten”, he said, “early this year, talks with two potential financiers were well advanced – then in March it all just stopped. It was the start of the pandemic, everyone was panicking. It was a time to lock down. It was just one of those things.”Chaffey is keen to avoid a repeat, for one reason – it slows down his Company’s move to market.“A rapid roll out delivers a tremendous commercial advantage, and provides a robust foundation for growth”“This is why we’re calling on investment from within – from people established in, and around the wine industry, food & beverages, and even packaging industries.”“We make no secret of our ambitions to capture an emerging global market.”“A few years from now, I hope to see a few people who have done very well.”Only time will tell, of courseDespite the challenges, the Winerytale Share Issue Offer is in a good position, opening on the back of a string of positive market announcements.Advertisement Facebook Email ReddIt Share Twitter TAGSWinerytale Pinterest Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Wine-Tech Share Round Calling for Industry BackingIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine-Tech Share Round Calling for Industry BackingBy Press Release – June 19, 2020 198 0 Previous articleWine-Tech Share Round Calling for Industry BackingNext articleLeading UK Producer Predicts English Sparkling Wine Boom Will See Production Double Over Next Decade Press Releaselast_img read more

Work Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Area

first_imgWork Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Area EnvironmentApril 17, 2013Written by: Rodger Hutchinson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A $73 million project to improve the sewerage system in the Liguanea area of St. Andrew is currently underway, which should significantly protect the aquifers.Three works are included in the project – the $33.7 million Hope Road (side roads) project; the $15 million Swallowfield Road sewerage expansion project; and the $24 million upgrading of the sewerage system serving Seymour and Retreat Avenues. They are being carried out under the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Sewerage Improvement and Expansion Project and funded through the National Water Commission’s K-Factor programme. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who toured the Hope Road works on April 16, told JIS News that the project, expected to last six months, is critical not only to the 400 users expected to benefit in this phase of the project, but is significant in helping to secure the potable water sources.“The fact is that only about 30 per cent of the country is sewered and here in the Corporate Area where the head count is greater, it is easier to do the sewering. It will be gravity fed into the main. The whole idea is to get this down into the Soapberry plant (in St. Catherine), where the capacity exists,” he said.Mr. Pickersgill said the project would help to reduce the amount of seepage from pits that render the aquifers in the Liguanea area unusable.“Unfortunately, the Liguanea Plains, with a lot of water below (in aquifers) is not usable, because of what has taken place, so the more we can sewer, the better off we’ll be in producing more potable water,” he noted.Member of Parliament for the area, Julian Robinson, told JIS News that convincing the residents to co-operate and accommodate the works and work crew was not a difficult task, as a series of community meetings and consultations were held where it was explained what the works would entail and the benefits to be derived.“We have over 200 gated communities in the constituency, and we have a lot of conversions from single dwellings to multiple-dwellings, so there is the increased pressure on the infrastructure, both for water and for sewerage. So, it is imperative that when these conversions do take place, that persons are connected to the sewer main,” he said.Roads included in the project are: Sandy Park, Donhead Avenue, Richings Avenue, Walford Close, Hopeglade Mews, Hollywood Avenue and Mews, Sandhurst Avenue, Winston Avenue, Hope Mews, Hillcrest Avenue and Glenhope Avenue.By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter RelatedWork Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Area Advertisementscenter_img RelatedWork Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Area RelatedWork Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Arealast_img read more

Improving equity in SMMUSD a ‘daunting’ but worthy task

first_imgHomeNewsEducationImproving equity in SMMUSD a ‘daunting’ but worthy task Apr. 11, 2016 at 6:20 amEducationImproving equity in SMMUSD a ‘daunting’ but worthy taskJeff Goodman5 years agojose escarceNewspedro nogueraSamohiSanta MonicaSanta Monica Collegesanta monica high schoolsanta monica newssanta monica-malibu classroom teachers associationsarah braffsmmusdTerry Deloria Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a multi-part series about the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap.Officials in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district didn’t need Pedro Noguera to tell them they have significant work to do to close the achievement gap.But with the renowned reformist on board as a consultant, district leaders have reiterated their commitment to addressing longstanding disparities in academic success along racial and socioeconomic lines.After a presentation by Noguera during which he pointed out district flaws and outlined a roadmap of solutions, the local Board of Education on Thursday afternoon expressed unanimous support for the creation of a plan to improve equity in the district.During a well-attended meeting in the  Santa Monica High School cafeteria, board members directed district staff to move forward with Noguera’s recommendations and return with detailed strategies for curbing the gulfs in outcomes between minority students and their peers.“There’s no simple solution, and everyone in this community … believes in and understands how important it is to engage in this work,” SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon said. “It’s a daunting task, and one worth doing.”What remains to be seen is how the district will get past the buzzwords of “shared vision,” “culturally responsive teaching” and “differentiated learning” to make lasting dents in the achievement gaps that persist between black and Latino students and their white and Asian counterparts.On recent state tests, district pass rates in English ranged from 45 percent for African-American students and 48 percent for Hispanic students to 78 percent for white students and 83 percent for Asians. Similarly, just 30 percent of black test-takers in SMMUSD and 33 percent of Latino students met or exceeded the math standard, while white and Asian students’ rates stood at 69 percent and 77 percent, respectively.“This community is better-positioned than most to make progress and address this issue,” Noguera said. “But there’s a tendency to confuse talking about something with doing it. We can’t think, ‘We had a meeting, and we knocked that one out.’ It’s a step in a long journey.”Noguera’s arrival in the district followed his appearance about a year ago at Santa Monica College, where Lyon and assistant superintendent Terry Deloria heard him speak. The education scholar’s consultancy is being paid $185,000 to assess the district’s problems and help implement long-term fixes.“We determined it would be a great benefit to our district if we could partner with Dr. Noguera and conduct an equity review to … make sure we were doing the best for each and every one of our students,” Lyon said.Board members and stakeholders praised the district for attempting to tackle the problems and lauded Noguera for his thorough approach. Longtime board member Jose Escarce, for one, said the current effort to close the achievement gap feels different than previous attempts in the district.“Whether we’ve misfired or not in the past is not the point,” he said. “I sense much more commitment than I ever have before. … Today is the first day of a plan that will, over time, take us to the place where we want to go.”Sarah Braff, president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association, said it will take substantial effort to enact the culture changes outlined by Noguera.“This opportunity will not succeed if we don’t all take ownership of the fact that we have not yet succeeded,” she said. It will only work if we open up our hearts and our minds to real change. We must all take this as serious as a heart attack. That’s how important it is.”[email protected] :jose escarceNewspedro nogueraSamohiSanta MonicaSanta Monica Collegesanta monica high schoolsanta monica newssanta monica-malibu classroom teachers associationsarah braffsmmusdTerry Deloriashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHow will Santa Monica handle rising sea levels?Letter: Loving Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agolast_img read more