General Election 2015: Labour will not raise VAT if it wins – Ed Balls

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ General Election 2015: Labour will not raise VAT if it wins – Ed Balls Share The Labour party will lay down a significant general election marker today, with a pledge that VAT will not rise if it is elected to power on 7 May.Shadow chancellor Ed Balls will announce the new manifesto commitment during a speech in Birmingham. Balls will say: Today I can announce a clear pledge to the British people. The next Labour government will not raise VAT. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition raised the main rate of VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent in the 2010 emergency Budget.The Conservatives say that while Labour has committed to £30bn of deficit reduction, and also committed to tax hikes, Balls’s party has only admitted to one tax that will be raised so far. A Tory spokesman commented: Labour has already announced a raft of tax rises, but all but one of these would fund their spending pledges. Ed Miliband and Balls have repeatedly said they will raise taxes. It is time that they came clean with the British public about which taxes they will raise – income tax or national insurance? Balls will reject the charge today, insisting that Labour’s tax and spending plans will be fully funded. He will say: Labour can make this manifesto commitment for the next Parliament because, unlike the Tories, all of our promises are fully funded and paid for. Labour has said it would raise the top rate of tax back to 50p, lift the bank levy, and close tax loopholes Meanwhile a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said on Monday night: Danny Alexander announced weeks ago that because the Liberal Democrats have managed the economy through the last five years there’s no need to increase the rate of VAT, income tax, national insurance or corporation tax for most businesses. Monday 23 March 2015 6:20 pm whatsappcenter_img Tags: General Election 2015 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live Billy Ehrenberg More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks last_img read more

News / Pledge to sell Long Beach terminal clears the way for COSCO takeover of OOIL

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 09/07/2018 COSCO has appeased US security concerns over its acquisition of OOIL and its container arm OOCL by agreeing to concede ownership of the OOCL-operated Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) to a US trust pending its sale to a third party.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has told COSCO and its minority stake partner, state-owned Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) there were now “no unresolved national security issues related to the transaction”.Following the last-minute green light given to the $6.3bn deal last week by China’s anti-monopoly bureau, overcoming US security concerns was the final obstacle to a takeover first announced on 7 July last year.The merger will lift the new combined entity to third in the container line rankings, with a fleet capacity of 2.74m teu.Resolving the concerns of CFIUS, although not a primary pre-condition of the transaction, was certainly a potential deal breaker, given that the powerful US government agency has previously vetoed a number of deals involving Chinese buyers on the basis of a “threat to national security”.It is not known whether the final offer price will have been adjusted to reflect OOIL being obliged to sell LBCT. The transaction parties, together with the US departments of Homeland Security and Justice, have entered into a National Security Agreement under which COSCO and OOIL have committed to divest the LBCT entity to a “suitable, unrelated third party”.No details of any potential purchaser has been announced to date.According to the agreement, when COSCO has acquired 50% or more of the shares of OOIL, ownership of the terminal facility will be transferred into a US trust, of which the principal trustee will be a US citizen and under which OOIL is the beneficiary.A potential purchaser for LBCT must be acceptable to all parties, the transaction must be “commercially reasonable” and the buyer must not be a shareholder of OOIL.Upon completion of the sale the agreement will end, but until then, to be responsible for “day-to-day compliance”, OOIL will nominate a “security officer” who will not be a shareholder of OOIL.Other US businesses currently owned by OOIL – its US liner agency business, logistics business and ownership of a building in New York – will pass to the new owners.last_img read more

Are people really falling ill from touching fentanyl? In most cases, scientists say no

first_img Privacy Policy Related: Tags opioids Police officers hospitalized after incidental exposure to fentanyl. A Florida child fatally overdosed. In communities around the country, such headlines are stoking fears that a momentary brush with a tiny amount of fentanyl powder could prove fatal.The synthetic opioid, blamed for increasing numbers of overdose deaths across the U.S., is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. But experts consulted by STAT said many of the reported incidents appear to be false alarms that run counter to scientific fact and exaggerate the risks.The American College of Medical Toxicology recently issued a position paper concluding that, based on what’s been publicly released, none of the recent incidents involving first responders is consistent with opioid toxicity. The doctors, who reviewed a handful of cases, said they are not challenging the truthfulness of the officers involved. Rather, they are questioning whether their reports are verified cases of poisonings that carry the hallmarks of opioid exposure.advertisement US and China agree to work to block the potent drug fentanyl from coming into America By Casey Ross Aug. 9, 2017 Reprints Casey Ross Related: Fentanyl cannot penetrate the skin on its own. It needs moisture. That’s why, in clinical care, patients are given fentanyl patches to aid in absorption and relieve pain. The position paper by the American College of Medical Toxicology reported that, even if a large area of the body were covered with fentanyl patches, it would take 14 minutes to transmit a therapeutic dose of 100 micrograms, let alone an overdose.“For the fentanyl patch to work, you have to put a lot of fentanyl in the patch. It has to be moist and it has to be in contact with the skin for a long period of time, in a special liquid,” said Stolbach. “Those aren’t the conditions that are going to occur when somebody is incidentally exposed.”One of the most widely reported incidental overdoses occurred in East Liverpool, Ohio, where officer Chris Green became ill following a traffic stop involving drugs. Green has recovered and returned to work.The city’s police chief, John Lane, said he believes Green’s illness resulted from opioid exposure, regardless of the questions raised by toxicologists. Lane said a screening test confirmed that Green had opioids in his body, but the exact method of exposure remains unclear.He said Green collapsed moments after he brushed a small amount of powder off his shirt at the police station, after the traffic stop was over.“We don’t know if he brushed it off with his hand or rubbed his eye,” Lane said. “We think what may have happened is that he put on that Purel or Germ-X stuff, and that got it wet and maybe he absorbed it that way. We’re not sure. All we know is he overdosed from it.”The medical toxicologists group specifically warns that alcohol-based hand sanitizers should never be used, because they are ineffective in removing fentanyl and may increase drug absorption. The organization said officers should take basic precautions to prevent the remote risk of poisoning through skin contact, such as wearing nitrile gloves and immediately washing with copious amounts of water if contact does occur. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Can inhaling fentanyl cause an overdose?Toxicologists said the possibility of accidental inhalation presents a higher risk, especially in poorly ventilated spaces where public safety officials suspect fentanyl is dispersed in the air.Calello said inhaling fentanyl — or ingesting it — puts it in contact with mucous membranes in the nose or mouth, providing the drug a way into the bloodstream, which can result in poisoning.She added, however, that such circumstances are unlikely to arise during a traffic stop or in other open-air environments. “Handling an overdose victim is not going to entail a plume of aerosolized drug,” Calello said.It would take prolonged exposure to a large amount of airborne fentanyl to cause an overdose, according to the medical toxicologists. Their report references safety standards for industrial workers who manufacture fentanyl. “At the highest airborne concentration encountered by workers, an unprotected individual would require nearly 200 minutes of exposure to reach a dose of 100 mcg of fentanyl,” the report states. (100 mcg, or micrograms, is enough to have a therapeutic effect but not enough to cause an overdose.)“We would expect in an industrial fentanyl production plant there’s going to be more fentanyl in the air than there would be at any crime scene,” Hopkins’s Stolbach said.Still, in cases where first responders suspect a high concentration of airborne opioids, the medical toxicologists group recommends that officers use a respirator, in addition to wearing water-resistant coveralls to block skin exposure.Why are so many officers falling ill if the risks of poisoning are so low?Toxicologists said officers may indeed be getting sick following exposure to fentanyl or other substances, but that does not necessarily mean the drugs are the cause. Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo Establishing the truth in these cases is not just a matter of setting the record straight, but of preventing hysteria and ensuring public safety. While accidental exposure to opioids can take lives, so can undue fear of the risks. For first responders, taking extra precautions could delay lifesaving care for people suffering overdoses and distract from more pressing threats, such as a suspect at a crime scene.“We want to prevent unintended consequences,” said Dr. Diane Calello, medical director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System. “If a law enforcement professional is wearing a lot of unnecessary protective gear in a situation that requires an agile response, that in and of itself is a safety issue.”Conversely, failing to take proper precautions could also result in harm. So what’s the right balance?STAT spoke to several toxicologists and law enforcement officials to examine the underlying science of fentanyl exposure and the extent of the risk it poses to first responders and the public.Can fentanyl poison officers and others through incidental skin contact?In several incidents, officers have reportedly fallen ill after a powdered form of fentanyl came in contact with their skin or clothing.Although ingesting a pinch of fentanyl powder can be fatal, several toxicologists said contact with intact skin is extremely unlikely to cause opioid toxicity, which can occur only if the substance enters the bloodstream.“If you have fentanyl powder on your hand for five or 10 minutes, it’s inconceivable that that would be sufficient to cause you to have an overdose,” said Dr. David Juurlink, a toxicologist at the University of Toronto. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. About the Author Reprints Related: The only way to confirm a case of poisoning is to conduct a urine or blood test, or to verify that symptoms were reversed by a dose of naloxone. But such evidence is lacking in many of the cases reported around the country.“The common theme is that there is no biochemical confirmation,” Stolbach said. In most cases, the media is reporting that officers are being hospitalized, but hospitalization may just be a precaution.Juurlink said the real culprit in these cases may be a phenomenon known as the nocebo effect, in which the mere suggestion that a substance can be harmful causes people to suffer negative effects after exposure. In medical research, for example, being informed of side effects related to a pill or procedure can bring on real-life symptoms.“If in a moment of panic, a person sees powder on their skin and they’ve read reports on the internet about people having overdosed, you could see how that might cause someone to at least believe they’ve had an overdose,” Juurlink said.Indeed, some of the symptoms reportedly suffered by public safety officers, such as a racing heart, dizziness, and anxiety, are more consistent with panic than opioid poisoning. “If anything, people with opioid poisoning would have a slow heart rate,” Stolbach said.Toxicologists said law enforcement officials should be trained to recognize the objective symptoms of opioid poisoning so they can deliver the opioid antidote naloxone when appropriate. Those symptoms would take hold within a few minutes of exposure. A person would become sleepy and lethargic and start breathing at an abnormally slow rate.“That’s the typical progression,” Calello said. “From awake to sleepy, to asleep, to unconscious. The things that have been described in the news really are not what we typically see with patients who get opioids.” @caseymross HealthAre people really falling ill from touching fentanyl? In most cases, scientists say no “A lot of the symptoms are nondescript, such as vague dizziness, that don’t concern opioid poisoning,” said Dr. Andrew Stolbach, a physician at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and lead author of the paper. “And in a lot of the cases, the way that they were exposed doesn’t make sense, like brushing a small amount of powder off a uniform.” After an officer accidentally overdoses on fentanyl, a police chief calls for stronger laws [email protected] While most of the reports have involved first responders, some have involved young children, including the fatal overdose of a 10-year-old Florida boy who was found to have a mixture of heroin and fentanyl in his body. How he came in contact with opioids remains unknown, although authorities have raised the possibility that he encountered it at a community pool or walking through a neighborhood known to be a hotbed of opioid trafficking.advertisement 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. Please enter a valid email address. Hyacinth Empinado/STATlast_img read more

HHS picks members from the public for new mental health commission

first_img Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. HHS picks members from the public for new mental health commission [email protected] Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints 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. GET STARTED 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?center_img Alex Hogan/STAT WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday appointed 14 people from outside government to join a new commission tasked with addressing serious mental illness throughout the United States.The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, which consists of 10 leaders or designees from federal departments and 14 outside experts, was created via the 21st Century Cures Act, which then-President Barack Obama signed into law in December. By Lev Facher Aug. 16, 2017 Reprints Lev Facher Log In | Learn More Politics @levfacher Tags Donald Trumpmental healthpolicypoliticsSTAT+last_img read more

WATCH: Laois man completes two marathons in seven days in memory of Mountmellick friend

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Previous articleAll of this weekend’s Laois GAA fixturesNext article‘Rest of Leinster’ hurling glory for Mountrath CS following dramatic comeback Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Facebook WATCH: Laois man completes two marathons in seven days in memory of Mountmellick friend By Siun Lennon – 6th November 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSPhil KeoghRory Hyland Facebook Community In memory of RoryPhil and Eoghan ran both marathons in memory of Rory Hyland.Rory, son of Michael and Fiona Hyland, passed away in February 2017, after a seven month battle with a rare form of Leukemia.The Keoghs’ aim is to raise much needed funds for the Bone marrow for Leukemia trust.This charity is close to the hearts of the Hyland family and it receives no funding from the HSE or any other state agency.“I put my name into a hat for the New York City marathon. I didn’t think I would get picked but I did, it just turns out it’s on November 4!” laughed Phil. Council Pinterest Community Twitter Completing one marathon is a extraordinary challenge, but to run two within the space of a week on two different continents is something else altogether.This is exactly what Mountmellick man Phil Keogh has done. Phil’s son, Laois senior footballer Eoghan, ran with him in the first of the marathons – the Dublin city marathon.Phil and Eoghan both ran this on Sunday, October 28 before Phil jetted off to America seven days later to run in the New York City marathon on Sunday November 4. WhatsApp However the Mountmellick man is no stranger to marathons himself. He ran his first-ever marathon after Rory was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2016.Since then, he has run a phenomenal four marathons and eight half marathons.Phil has set up an Everydayhero page to raise money for bone marrow for Leukemia trust. On the page, he said: “Unfortunately Rory is no longer with us as he passed away.“This has inspired me to keep running and challenge myself further, for the memory of Rory who will never be forgotten by all who loved and admired his strength and courage, which he showed right to the very end of his very short life.”Phil has asked for people to donate as much or as little as they can for bone marrow for Leukemia trust.People can donate to the worthy organisation here. SEE ALSO – Laois GAA community comes together to raise huge sum for Kolbe Special School Home News Community WATCH: Laois man completes two marathons in seven days in memory of… NewsCommunity Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

FINRA issues cybersecurity alert

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter ESMA launches digital finance consultation As investors go online, criminals follow Related news 123RF “The risk of cyber events may be increased due to use of remote offices or telework arrangements, heightened anxiety among [reps] and confusion about the [Covid-19] virus,” the notice said.As a result, it called on dealers to remain vigilant for cyber threats, even as they focus on ensuring the resilience of their businesses, and the health and safety of their staffs.The alert outlines measures that firms and reps can take to address heightened cyber risks. Keywords Cybersecurity,  PandemicsCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) is warning about increased cybersecurity risks for investment firms as they cope with the shift to remote working arrangements.In an alert, FINRA said that firms and reps should take steps to address their increased vulnerability to cybersecurity attacks, and to protect both customer and dealer data that may be transmitted on home networks, dealer networks and devices. last_img read more

UWI to Research Economic Potential of Breadfruit

first_imgRelatedUWI to Research Economic Potential of Breadfruit UWI to Research Economic Potential of Breadfruit UncategorizedAugust 15, 2006 RelatedUWI to Research Economic Potential of Breadfruit RelatedUWI to Research Economic Potential of Breadfruitcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The University of the West Indies (UWI) will be undertaking research to determine the uses and economic potential of the breadfruit.The research will be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, the Northern Caribbean University and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), which has done extensive fieldwork on the fruit.Laura Roberts-Nkrumah, researcher in the Department of Food Production at the UWI’s St. Augustine campus in Trinidad, who will be undertaking the study, attended the recently held Bath Breadfruit Festival in St. Thomas, where she got a first-hand look at consumption patterns and methods of utilization.She says that in addition to observing the uses of the fruit, the aim is to ascertain the impact of the festival and the desire of young people to continue traditional uses.Mrs. Roberts-Nkrumah, who has been researching breadfruit throughout the region for the last 16 years, tells JIS News that she is impressed with a wide range of dishes and products, which highlights the versatility of the fruit.“I’ve seen a fairly wide range of different uses. What I’m interested in finding out is whether the recipes are typical of what people use in Bath or in the wider Jamaican community or whether they are just for display to show the potential of breadfruit,” she says.She points out that while breadfruit festivals are held in several countries across the region including Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the exhibits in Bath “were taking on a whole new spectrum”.“I find it interesting that people are now beginning to use the ripe breadfruit in cakes and a lot of the desert-type dishes whereas traditionally we do not really use the ripe breadfruit,” she states.She notes that the various islands have peculiar preferences. “In Jamaica and in St. Vincent, people roast breadfruit. In Trinidad and Tobago and in Grenada, the favourite way is ‘oil down’, that is steamed in coconut milk, while in the Leewards, they like it boiled,” she informs.According to the researcher, “we are looking forward to the day when people are going to be cultivating breadfruit more commercially to suit the needs of the persons, who use it in the various ways and the research is ultimately geared toward that end”.Ainsley Henriques, a member of Bath Community Council and Heritage Tours, tells JIS News that the idea of a festival was conceived in 1999 as a means of highlighting the varieties of breadfruit and the different ways the fruit can be used, and the various cultural activities in the parish.“The festival serves to heighten the need to transfer a primarily folklore experience into a commercial activity,” he adds. “There are all sorts of ways the breadfruit can be used even turned into a flour, which can then be used for bread, baking and so many other uses, so this presents a good challenge to other agencies to help the country make the transformation,” he points out.Exhibitor Miranda Brown-Allen, popularly called ‘Esmie’, who has won several medals and certificates from the Jamaica Cultural Development Corporation for creativity with breadfruit, tells JIS News that she has been attending the festival since its inception. “I love to do all the creative things with breadfruit and each time I try something and people like it, I try something else,” she says. On display at her booth was breadfruit wine, patty, gizzada, pudding, cake, punch and what she says is the crowd pleaser, the breadfruit booster. “The booster is the strong one. everything I have here is made from the breadfruit,” she adds.State Minister for Housing, Transport, Water and Works and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who opened the festival, challenged the residents and organizers of the annual event, to work together to ensure its continued success.“Bath breadfruit festival is the original breadfruit festival and since we have started it others are now recognizing the value of it and hosting their own,” he points out.He notes that the annual festival, along with planned infrastructure development in the parish, the resuscitation of the Botanical gardens and the building of a 340-room hotel for which ground will soon be broken, will see St. Thomas on the path to prosperity. Advertisementslast_img read more

Library After Hours program – a safe space for families with special needs – Wollongong

first_imgLibrary After Hours program – a safe space for families with special needs – Wollongong Wollongong City Libraries is introducing a new program to provide a safe, low-sensory and welcoming space for families living with autism or whose children are more comfortable in a low-sensory environment.We know that for these families, a trip to the Library can sometimes feel overwhelming. Starting in February 2021, Corrimal Library will deliver the first Library After Hours program to provide access to resources and activities that might otherwise be inaccessible. Families will have the opportunity to bring their children to the Library for a range of programs and activities, to borrow an item or to just spend time exploring and relax.The program will be delivered after hours at Corrimal and Wollongong Libraries on a monthly schedule.“We want all members of our community to feel welcome and confident to visit our Libraries. Libraries are safe spaces and it’s important that we continue to offer services that are relevant to all members of our diverse community,” said Wollongong City Council Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM.“From community feedback, we’ve found that some families living with autism or who have children with other special needs, feel unsure about coming to their local Library. The Library After Hours program aims to take some of the pressure off and encourage these families to visit and enjoy all that our libraries have to offer at their own pace.”As part of the program, each of the participating Libraries will be offering a range of activities including sensory Storytime, games, treasure hunts and a behind the scenes sneak peek at what happens in the Library.“The best part of Library After Hours is that it offers people an opportunity to socialise with others in a welcoming and safe space. This is especially important as we know that it can be hard to find the time and space to connect with other families when you are living with autism,” said Cr Bradbery.“The program is very flexible, and children and their families are welcome to spend their time participating in as many or as few activities as they like. Or if they’d rather read or borrow, they can browse the collections and relax.”Bookings are essential and can be made via Eventbrite.Wollongong City Libraries will continue to operate in line with the NSW Government Public Health Orders, including adhering to social distancing requirements.Locations, dates and timesCorrimal – Thursday 18 February from 5.30 to 7.30pmWollongong – Friday 19 March from 6.15 to 8.15pmCorrimal – Thursday 15 April from 5.30 to 7.30pmWollongong – Friday 21 May from 6.15 to 8.15pmCorrimal – Thursday 17 June from 5.30 to 7.30pmWollongong – Friday 16 July from 6.15 to 8.15pmCorrimal – Thursday 19 August from 5.30 to 7.30pmWollongong – Friday 17 September from 6.15 to 8.15pmCorrimal – Thursday 21 October from 5.30 to 7.30pmWollongong – Friday 19 November from 6.15 to 8.15pmCorrimal – Thursday 16 December from 5.30 to 7.30pm /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, autism, children, community, council, environment, gordon, Government, health, local council, NSW, public health, resources, social distancing, space, visit, Wollongong, Wollongong City Councillast_img read more

CARICOM States Prepare to Mitigate Possible Effects of Oil Spill

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has put in place a number of measures to tackle the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, should some countries become directly affected by it.This involves laying a legal claim, Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Bruce Golding told a closing press conference on the final day (July 7) of the 31st Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James.The oil spill began with the April 20 explosion and fire on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, leased by BP PLC, which is in charge of cleanup and containment. Since then, oil has been pouring into the Gulf from a blown-out undersea well.“Our taxpayers cannot be asked to pick up the cost of cleaning up the neglect, negligence, or recklessness of multi-national companies…we believe that there are some legal rights that we must claim, and we are positioning ourselves in the event that we have to take those steps that we can do so,” Mr. Golding outlined.“There are certain technical measures that we have identified we would need to put it place, but what we want to make sure is that we identify who is going to pay for it. I don’t think it would be fair to the government of the Bahamas who are the most exposed, but then you have Turks and Caicos that are not far away, and Haiti that could also be affected.I don’t think it would be fair for them to have to find fiscal space now to accommodate something that they have no cause in creating,” Mr. Golding continued.He disclosed that in regards to putting in place arrangements to make a claim should it become necessary, CARICOM is also being assisted by the United Nations. “Jamaica has indicated to the Bahamas that we are prepared to (provide) our own technical capability through the National Environment and Planning Agency, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, to help them,” Mr. Golding informed.The oil spill was among the priority environmental issues that the Heads discussed, along with those related to climate change. “We recorded our disappointment on what we regard to be the failure of Copenhagen to achieve what we thought what a necessary consensus on mitigation measures (and) emission caps,” Mr. Golding said.He added that the Heads were seeking to bring together the strength of the CARICOM, particularly with the efforts of St. Lucian Prime Minister, Hon. Stephenson King, who has lead responsibility on climate change issues, “to see how we can combine those efforts to have a stronger voice, and to make that voice heard to secure some acknowledgement of the peculiar vulnerability of our states”.Mr. Golding said CARICOM had agreed on a number of initiatives in order to make this case before going to the next summit on climate change in Mexico later this year. “We don’t expect to reach an agreement there, but we hope to advance that cause further, and hope that next year, we are able to convince the powerful countries that small island states have to be saved,” the CARICOM Chairman said. CARICOM States Prepare to Mitigate Possible Effects of Oil Spill Foreign AffairsJuly 8, 2010 RelatedCARICOM States Prepare to Mitigate Possible Effects of Oil Spill RelatedCARICOM States Prepare to Mitigate Possible Effects of Oil Spillcenter_img RelatedCARICOM States Prepare to Mitigate Possible Effects of Oil Spill Advertisementslast_img read more

NEW YORK – Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops due to fire hazard

first_imgHomeBriefsNEW YORK – Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops due to fire hazard Jun. 28, 2019 at 4:59 amBriefsNewsNEW YORK – Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops due to fire hazardnews2 years agoapplefire hazardMacBook Apple is recalling some MacBook Pro laptops due to a fire hazard.The batteries in the laptops can overheat, posing a safety risk. The recalled MacBook Pros have a screen that measures 15-inches diagonally and were sold between September 2015 through February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada starting at about $2,000.Apple, in Cupertino, California, said it has gotten 26 reports about overheating, including 5 reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation. There have also been 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property. The recall involves 432,000 laptops sold in the U.S. and 26,000 sold in Canada.MacBook Pro owners can check here to see if their computer is recalled and if so eligible for a free battery replacement program.Associated PressTags :applefire hazardMacBookshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLOS ANGELES – Witness says ‘snitching’ talk preceded Nipsey Hussle killingLaughing Matters – New Defense Against Rape? “She Wasn’t My Type”You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author12 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agolast_img read more