first_imgFriday 19 October 2018 7:58 am Share How dare MPs be such brazen hypocrites over abuse claims Such self-interested apathy would rightly never fly in the private sector, especially not in what we’re now calling the #MeToo era.But politics is a dirty game – which apparently means you can act as dirtily, sleazily, inappropriately as you want, and the colour of your rosette or your stance on Brexit will absolve you of all your sins.Of course, the Tories are hardly blameless either.On the blue side, there have been a plethora of calls for Bercow to go now – most dramatically from the chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller. In fact, a whole range of Conservatives have chimed in, coincidentally including many who have been gunning for Bercow for years.One does not, however, recall similar Tory unity last year, when the then defence secretary Michael Fallon resigned after a series of complaints about his improper conduct.At the time, Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale warned that the scandal over Westminster sexual abuse claims were a “witch hunt”. He does not appear to be defending hunted witches like Bercow now.And when Damian Green’s position in the cabinet was at risk following accusations of inappropriate sexual advances and pornography found on his work computer, David Davis threatened to resign as Brexit secretary in solidarity.He didn’t actually do it when Green was eventually sacked, but that’s beside the point – no similar support has been proffered in this instance.The message from both sides is clear: sexual harassment should only be taken seriously if you can score political points in the process – and if it’s your teammate in the crosshairs, defend them at all costs.After the Presidents Club debacle at the start of the year, it was asked whether the City could ever restore its reputation from revelations of such a toxic and overtly sexist culture. The fact that few are making similar arguments about parliament tells us, sadly, that the battle has already been lost.We expect no better from our elected representatives – and so no better is exactly what we’re going to get.Read more: Bercow ‘must quit’ over damning report into parliamentary bullying Inappropriate touching. Groping. Sexual slurs. whatsapp And the response from those at the top has been… well, deferential, subservient, acquiescent, and silent.If ever there were a moment when we could hope for some cross-party unity, this was it. Instead, the Cox report immediately turned into a political football in the never-ending game of Brexit.The Labour party, which has worker rights and protections woven into its very foundation, has contorted itself in knots over the report. The problem is the recommendation that the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, stand down earlier than expected.Bercow is not specifically named, but Cox clearly considers him part of the problem, with criticism of how complaints were handled, and the damning conclusion that “the levers of change are regarded as part of the change that is needed”.That is to say nothing of the specific accusations of bullying made against Bercow himself earlier this year (which the speaker denies). These are not detailed in the Cox report, but were partly why it was commissioned in the first place – a fact that has not gone unnoticed. 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Similar, though less widespread, harassment of junior men.When the news broke that this toxic behaviour was widespread in Hollywood, it was met with an international outcry and a social media movement that has blazed for over a year.Read more: Sexists in the City? Fewer than there were, but we can do betterWhen, last January, similar conduct was unveiled at the Presidents Club, a London fundraising event for businessmen, it sent shockwaves through the City, sparking calls for the capital’s business community to take a long, hard look at its sexist culture.But this week, former high court judge Dame Laura Cox released her report detailing the appalling treatment to which parliamentary staffers are subjected in Westminster, against a backdrop of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence”. Rachel Cunliffe Inconveniently for Labour MPs, Bercow is a major ally when it comes to challenging the government over Brexit. Crucial votes are on the horizon, and with razor-thin margins, a speaker sympathetic to the Remain cause could make all the difference.That’s why we’ve seen some truly shocking displays of hypocrisy. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, among others, argued that Brexit meant it wasn’t the right time to change speaker. Other Labour MPs have decided to stay deafeningly quiet.But Dame Margaret Beckett went further, admitting that “abuse is terrible… but yes if it comes to it, the constitutional future of this country… trumps bad behaviour”.In other words, I’m sorry you were the victim of bullying and harassment, but getting our way on Brexit is more important to us than ensuring you are safe at work.Imagine if a chief executive were to show such callousness. We accept that your manager bullied you, your colleagues harassed you, your professionalism was undermined, your complaints dismissed, your position compromised, your body groped… but our company’s bottom line and reputation is more important right now. Sorry-not-sorry. See yourself out. 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first_img“It is likely to be a last hurrah before we see an even sharper slide in the November numbers, a month from now,” warned Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets. “One thing seems certain, Q4 is likely to see a sharp slowdown from the resilience that we saw in Q3.” UK retail sales outperform expectations ahead of second lockdown Non-essential retailers will reopen their doors for the first time in months on Monday whatsapp Friday 20 November 2020 7:29 am Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, warned of a staggering rise next month. “Looking ahead, the second “lockdown” has prompted us to pencil-in a 10 per cent month-to-month decline in retail sales volumes in November, which would leave them 4 per cent below their pre-Covid level.” Share Angharad Carrick Show Comments ▼ “Retail sales likely will set a new peak in December, if as we expect, non-essential shops are allowed to reopen at the beginning of the month,” he added. Non-essential retailers will reopen their doors for the first time in months on Monday Also Read: UK retail sales outperform expectations ahead of second lockdown All sectors saw strong growth for online sales when compared with the pre-pandemic level, in contrast ot the little or negative growth seen in stores.  Retail fuel sales are yet to make a full recovery from the falls in March and April because of a reduction in road traffic. Sales remained 8.8 per cent below February’s figures. center_img The year-on-year growth rate in the volume of retail sales increased 5.8 per cent, with research suggesting consumers took advantage of cut-price deals and starting their Christmas shopping earlier.  UK retail sales rose for the sixth consecutive month, smashing analysts’ expectations as Britons stocked up on goods ahead of new restrictions.  Household goods jumped 3.2 per cent amid a trend of home improvement, while food store sales dipped 0.2 per cent month-on-month but were still 3.5 per cent above the pre-pandemic level in February. Clothing stores and fuel were the only sectors still below their pre-lockdown sales. Retail sales have recovered somewhat since non-essential stores were allowed to reopen in June, but the reintroduction of a second lockdown will likely knock consumer spending.  But analysts and economists have warned that this could be the last month of growth in retail sales volumes as the economic recovery stalls in the face of new restrictions. In October UK retail sales volumes grew 1.2 per cent, well ahead of the 0.0 per cent expected, said the Office for National Statistics. Volumes are now 6.7 per cent higher than in February 2020.  whatsapp The increase was driven by a 6.4 per cent month-on-month rise in non-store sales as consumers hunkered down in the face of a second wave. Non-essential retailers will reopen their doors for the first time in months on Monday Also Read: UK retail sales outperform expectations ahead of second lockdown last_img read more

first_img For over 20 years, shippers have been legally obliged to declare the correct weight of the containers they have contracted shipping lines to carry – the fact that many routinely have not really ought to be a question of law enforcement.After all, transgressors are hiding in plain sight; all the details are on the bills of lading and if there was accident with a container where the weight had been misdeclared, it ought to be relatively simply to find and prosecute those that caused it.Whether a further piece of legislation is needed to enforce the enforcement ought to be a moot point; except it isn’t, because the verified gross mass (VGM) amendment to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations on containers will enter force on 1 July, and yes, will add another layer of regulation to the industry.Opponents argue it is needless – and while there are good grounds for that argument, they are trying to close a stable door years after the horse has bolted.One of the largest US shipper bodies, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), recently called on regulatory body the US Coast Guard to delay implementation in the US for another year, because – to overly simplify a nine-page position paper that you can find here – its members weren’t aware of it, and now that they are, the implications appear unpalatable.There are number of points which, in our opinion, the AgTC appears to be flatly wrong – many of which are summarised by this rebuttal from the World Shipping Council: Comments on AgTC Position Paper for Release (2).To suggest that the shipping industry was not consulted on the SOLAS amendment is more than faintly insulting to scores of people from all sides of the shipping industry – carriers, terminals, forwarders and shippers – who spent years helping shape the legislation.The apparently invisible law-making procedure took what seemed like an eon, and was extensively covered in the international trade press. This correspondent and at least another five or six journalists have written tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands by freelancers paid by the word to fill blank pages) over the course of several years, as we charted its progress: from a series of incidents of overweight containers identified as the cause of a score or more of maritime accidents; through formation of a working group at the IMO; the detailed negotiations over the working and scope of the legislation; the subsequent vote at the IMO; and ratification by member states, including the US.And that final piece of the jigsaw occurred over two years ago, and since then there have been a series of conferences, seminars and working groups, white papers, articles and analyses produced and disseminated… and to even the most casual observer – and let’s face it, there aren’t many of those – it was evident that there would be issues with its implementation.There are a lot of holes, an abundance of “what ifs…” and they will take time to iron out once it becomes part of normal working practices. And yes, there will be glitches in supply chains.Are we really to believe that what bills itself as the largest exporters’ lobby group in the world’s largest economy didn’t know that such a fundamental piece of regulation was on its way? Personally, that stretches disbelief to new dimensions.It might well be that being in such close proximity to the IMO – The Loadstar’s office is two and a half miles from its HQ – means we are more aware of its machinations, but that’s not much of an excuse in today’s interconnected world. Anyway, I know scores or companies and industry groups in the UK, Europe and across North America which are very well-acquainted with the legislation (if not entirely certain of the how global supply chains will look post-implementation, but then who is?).As British International Freight Association director general Robert Keen said at recent seminar: “It’s here, it’s law and we’ve just got to get on with it.”But what if they/we/ don’t/can’t?Surely the implications of the US unilaterally reversing its ratification – which is effectively what the AgTC intends with its call for to delay implementation – are actually more serious than actual implementation? By Gavin van Marle 12/02/2016last_img read more

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Felipe Dana/AP 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? Sanofi Pasteur has rejected a request from the US Army to set an affordable US price for a Zika virus vaccine that the company is developing with American taxpayer funds, prompting an angry response from Senator Bernie Sanders.For months, Sanders has pushed the Army to negotiate a more favorable agreement with Sanofi, which is one of the world’s largest vaccine makers and which has already received a $43 million US research grant. But Sanofi recently refused, according to an Army timeline of events reviewed by STAT. By Ed Silverman May 17, 2017 Reprints Exclusive Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? GET STARTEDcenter_img @Pharmalot Log In | Learn More Tags pharmaceuticalspolicypoliticsVaccinesZika Virus [email protected] Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Sanofi rejects US Army request for ‘fair’ pricing for a Zika vaccine last_img read more

first_img As the coronavirus spreads, a drug that once raised the world’s hopes is given a second shot By Meghana Keshavan March 18, 2020 Reprints Related: Frustrated and afraid about protective gear shortages, health workers are scouring for masks on their own Related: In recent days, the country and states have taken several aggressive measures to control the spread of coronavirus. What are your thoughts?I think they’ve been reasonable. I think our initial response was too small, and it may have contributed to some of the spread. I think that it’s essential for people to listen now, and do their part in stopping the spread. I know that it is difficult for those not affected by this to fully understand, and to them this may seem overblown. But it is important.Seattle was hit first, and hard. Did you have any preparation before Covid-19 arrived in Washington state? Well, when Ebola happened, we went through practice drills. This has been very different. For this, we had a whole bunch of educators, and for the first couple days of it, educators were out on the floors. I work night shifts, so I don’t normally see these people, but they were there to help us out, and make sure that we were putting on everything appropriately. Nurse Stephanie Bandyk at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Courtesy Stephanie Bandyk U.S. communities are braced for coronavirus outbreaks. Seattle is already in the thick of it Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. @megkesh Have you seen any critical patients recover yet? I know at least one of my patients was discharged. Actually, his family sent our whole unit a bunch of pizza. There are people that are recovering, and getting out of the hospital. I just don’t think that there’s a lot of the recoveries that are being reported.Not many American Covid-19 patients who’ve required critical care have spoken with the media yet. Do you have any thoughts as to why? And how are they doing?Well, if these patients want to talk to somebody, they’ll want to talk with their family. Unless they’re imminently dying, there are no visitors allowed in the hospital. And even then, if they’re positive, then their entire family has to stay home in quarantine, anyway. It’s been challenging navigating that.We’ve had to talk with lots of families who are unable to be at the bedside. They don’t know what’s going on with their loved ones — all they know is that their loved one is intubated, sedated, and Covid-positive.But at least some patients are able to look at their phones, or use iPads. We’ve been loaning patients iPads, actually, so they can have more contact with the outside world — and their families. It’s hard to be isolated as a patient right now.A lot of people are carefully following the news, and are very worried. Any advice? Don’t rush into the hospitals. A lot are setting up hotlines for people to call. The issue with going to the ER: You’ll end up with people who probably don’t have it, mixed in with the people who do — so you run that risk of actually getting severely ill.If you call, you can talk about your symptoms with a nurse over the phone, and they can help you decide whether to go to the hospital. Don’t bombard the ER.And don’t panic.This has all been very challenging. Are you concerned you’ll get ill? How are you holding up? I’ve been fine. I’ve been working, and taking precautions. I think concern is a natural reaction, but I’m not anxious about it. I set up a clean area at the entrance to my home for me to change in and out of scrubs. I change and shower at work as well. I’m making sure to stay as healthy as I can, so that I can continue to care for others.Some of my colleagues are nervous about working with Covid-19 patients, but a lot of people are just kind of happy to be here and to help out. We still have a lot of smiling faces, and jokes, and chocolate. I feel like people have been working really well together as a team, and help out where they see others who need help. And I think leadership has been really open and honest, and trying to get us all the information they can.For now, I just go in and do what I can. I hope they get better, and go from there. If I can help somebody, I want to. That’s where I’m at. [email protected] About the Author Reprintscenter_img It was a little confusing at first, but several days after we got our first case, they got more organized with it. They were having little in-services in the hospital before people would start their shift, to teach them how to don and doff all their protective equipment properly.Things are changing almost daily, with what they want us to do and not do — but we’re trying to follow CDC guidelines for most of it.How has Covid-19 testing been going in the Seattle area?It was terrible at first — only the Department of Health was able to do it. It had a two-day turnaround time at first. Then, after the University of Washington stepped in, the turnaround time became just one day. Now, though, so many tests are being run that all of ours are going through LabCorp. The turnaround time had previously improved, but now it’s back to taking days.We’re seeing reports that some Seattle health workers are making their own masks out of office supplies. Does your hospital have enough equipment? In the ICU, we do. I think that situation applies more to health care workers that are in spots where they don’t really need masks, but want to protect themselves anyway. But for the areas that need the masks, they are there.We do have some things that are in short supply, so we’ve been asked to reuse what we can. We can reuse N95 masks for a little while before we have to throw them out, and there are some cloth gowns that will get washed and come back to us.But we’ve so far had enough personal protective equipment — it’s been pretty well-rationed. In terms of our N95 masks, if we used up the box, we’ve had to call our nursing supervisor to get another box. It’s all kept under lock and key, so people don’t take stuff home. Related: “The number of patients is just going to increase from here,” Bandyk said. “That’s just kind of how it is.”The interview has been edited for clarity and length.advertisement Related: Meghana Keshavan A critical question in getting a handle on coronavirus: What role do kids play in spreading it? Health‘It’s been kind of rough’: At the epicenter of the pandemic, a Seattle ICU nurse treats two patients at a time Stephanie Bandyk is on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic: A registered nurse who works in the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Swedish Hospital, she has helped treat some of the earliest patients infected with the novel coronavirus in the U.S. She has been working overnight shifts, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. in the state hardest hit by the new disease. There have been more than 1,000 cases of Covid-19 reported in Washington state, and at least 52 deaths.In the most serious cases, the virulent pathogen has triggered severe pneumonia, and even multiple organ shutdown and death. Others in the Seattle area, as Bandyk points out, have had mild symptoms and have been able to self-treat at home.STAT chatted with Bandyk about her experience in a Seattle ICU, as the coronavirus case count there steadily rises.advertisement What sorts of patients are you treating? All sorts. Mostly older people, and the most serious cases are the people with other comorbidities. But we’ve even had some 20-year-olds in critical care. In another hospital here in Washington, some children are being treated for Covid-19 as well. People think kids don’t get sick — but some of them do.It’s important to note that in most of these coronavirus cases, however, most people don’t need to be in the hospital. I know a lot of people are freaked out, worrying they’ll end up in the ICU. A lot of people are able to deal with this at home. What symptoms are the critical patients experiencing? First, they’ve started out with just a dry cough. After that, they end up with shortness of breath, and high fevers — above 104. When the shortness of breath gets to be too much of an issue, that’s when patients tend to come to the hospital. You can only feel like that for so long before your body gets exhausted, and says “we can’t do this anymore.” So, at that point, we can see this on chest X-rays, and sometimes we have to intubate. Multiple organ shutdown, for some patients, comes later.So what does your job as an ICU nurse entail? I’m the nurse. So I do everything. (Laughs.)I have respiratory therapists that I work with, and they help me out with the ventilator. Then there’s an ICU doctor that rounds the floor, and they’ll usually help me out with whatever I need, but mostly, they drive the care. They’ll figure out what antibiotic, or what antiviral, or whatever drug it is that a patient needs. From there, we watch labs, replace electrolytes, and basically make sure they don’t get worse.It’s been kind of rough right now, because we can’t have as many people in the rooms as we normally would. Normally, ICU nurses take care of two patients at a time. For a while, we were limiting one Covid-19 patient per ICU nurse. But we’re back to our normal ratio again, because we’re getting more and more patients now. Last night, I had two patients.And I’ve been doing OK, because my patients are doing all right — but it gets a little bit difficult when you’ve got patients that are really bad and getting worse, and you get stuck in a room. Thankfully, we’ve all been helping each other out, so all the patients have been getting the care that they need.We have 16 beds on my unit, and five were positive Covid-19 patients. Four of them were rule-out patients that we’re waiting for lab tests to come back, and the rest were just normal ICU patients.We actually have travel nurses that are here, now, to help us out with everything.Is your hospital using experimental drugs, like Gilead’s antiviral remdesivir? Remdesivir — yes, we’ve been doing that, if patients consent before getting the drug. As far as we’re concerned, giving out this drug has been very controlled. The pharmacy actually hand-delivers the remdesivir to you, and you have to hang the medication within four hours of them giving it to you. Tags Coronavirushospitalsinfectious diseasenursinglast_img read more

first_imgCollaboration continues to protect our Passage Sunshine Coast CouncilThis February 16-18, join Healthy Land and Water, Sunshine Coast Council, and more than 30 stakeholder groups, who’ve been collaborating for more than a decade, to preserve and improve the values of our Pumicestone Passage and its catchment.Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Peter Cox said the Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021: Insights for a healthy future, was an exciting three-day event at USC that would review what we already know about the Pumicestone Catchment, and identify how we can continue working together to conserve and restore this special area.“The Pumicestone Passage and its catchment has high environmental values, it’s part of the Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay Marine Park and encompasses our spectacular Glass House Mountains,” Cr Cox said.“Its sheltered waters are a place where locals and visitors can reconnect with nature and its diverse habitats sustain regional fisheries, marine turtles, dugong and more bird species than Kakadu – making its protection even more important.“The event hosted by Healthy Land and Water in collaboration with community, research, industry, government and Traditional Owner groups, will bring together wisdom, knowledge and know-how, galvanising interest and energy for a healthy future for the Pumicestone Passage and its catchment.“There is an extensive and diverse line-up of local speakers, including Sunshine Coast Council staff.“Knowledge gathered through the event will help to inform the next Pumicestone Catchment Action Plan and an updated SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan.“Together these plans will support our preservation and enjoyment of the Passage and its catchment into the future.” /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, community, council, energy, environment, future, Glass House Mountains, Government, house, industry, line-up, liveability, QLD, Queensland, research, species, Sunshine Coast, U.S., USClast_img read more

first_img See More Videos Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS After that vehicle’s launch, Automobili Pininfarina wants to build an electric SUV in the US$185,000 range, something to tackle trucks like the Bentley Bentayga or Lamborghini’s new Urus.The new European-based brand is meant in part to help Mahindra get a foothold in that continent. It will be operated separately from the Italian styling house itself, which will continue to take outside contract work.  The hypercar is claimed to be able to accelerate to 100 km/h from zero in less than two seconds before moving on to a top speed above 400 km/h. The battery will offer a range of roughly 500 km, and the car will be equipped with level 3 autonomous capabilities, beyond those available in most cars today.It is rumoured the PF-Zero will be able to move out like that thanks to four electric motors, one in each wheel, that together deliver close to some 2,000 horsepower. Curb weight should be less than 2,000 kilograms. Fewer than 100 will be built at a price of roughly US$2.5 million each.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A sketch of the Automobili Pininfarina hypercar codenamed PF-Zero. advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSNews Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A sketch of the Automobili Pininfarina hypercar codenamed PF-Zero. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Iconic Italian car design firm Pininfarina plans to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2020 by building a 400-km/h electric hypercar, the first vehicle to be launched under its new electric luxury car brand Automobili Pininfarina.The new company was officially incorporated mid-April by India’s Mahindra & Mahindra, which purchased a controlling stake in Pininfarina in 2015.The design firm – known for styling basically every Ferrari of the last half-century – will work with Mahindra – which builds Formula E electric race cars – to together assemble the limited-production fully electric hypercar, codenamed PF-Zero, before moving on to a super-luxury electric SUV. It’s rumoured Croation electric supercar manufacturer Rimac may also lend some of its expertise. Trending in Canadalast_img read more

first_img Do habitable worlds require magnetic fields? In this presentation, Libera principal investigator and LASP scientist Peter Pilewskie will discuss the Libera mission objectives and expected improvements in the understanding of Earth’s radiative energy budget and climate. [Full abstract on lecture web page.] Location: Peter Pilewskie New Earth-climate measurements from space: the Libera mission Panel of EMM team members: Pete Withnell, Mike Chaffin, Mohsen Al Awadhi and Heather Reed Time: Speaker: Gary Rottman Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020 Time: Location: Date: Abstract: Location: David Brain Date: Gary Rottman—LASP scientist from 1972-2005 and the first SORCE principal investigator from 1989-2005—will discuss LASP’s decades of solar science missions and the contribution of SORCE to the critical, continuous solar data record. Rottman directed the development, launch, and early operations of SORCE until his retirement in 2005. [Full abstract on lecture web page.] Speaker: 7:00-8:00pm Zoom (Video link is on the this lecture’s webpage.) Machine Learning at LASP: How we train computers to identify patterns in space data Fran Bagenal From cereal box to 757: NASA studies extrasolar planets with instruments of all sizes About Leadership Features & News Events & Seminars Location: In this talk, a panel of EMM engineering and science team members discuss EMM’s project engineering, mission science and the novel and successful space exploration partnership between an Arab nation and US academic research institutions. Zoom (Video link to come on the this lecture’s webpage) Location: Wednesday, May 05, 2021 Abstract: Kevin France Mars exploration in 2021 and beyond Speaker: The Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE)—2003 to 2020: Understanding the Role of Our Sun in Climate Abstract: Location: Speaker: Time: Abstract: Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021 Date: Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 Date: Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 Time: LASP Scientist David Brain will explain why it’s obviously true that planets require magnetic fields in order to be habitable. And then he will explain why it’s obviously false. Finally, he will discuss different approaches to answering the question and summarize the progress that has been made over the past few years, including by an international team of scientists led out of LASP. In this talk, LASP scientist Kevin France will discuss recent and future missions—from small to large—that study extrasolar planets and their host stars. Featured Public Eventcenter_img 7:00-8:00pm LASP software engineer Wendy Carande will discuss how machine learning is applied to the data collected at LASP. From predicting when a large solar flare is likely to occur to identifying outliers in telemetry data, machine learning has become a valuable tool for many LASP projects, but it has also presented challenges that will be explored.​ [Full abstract on lecture web page.] A unique journey to Mars: The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Time: Speaker: Abstract: Public Lectures Time: 7:00-8:00pm Zoom (Video link is on the this lecture’s webpage. Click title above.) Abstract: (Video link to come on the this lecture’s webpage) We are pleased to announce the return of our public lectures—virtually at this time—beginning on October 7.  (Note: New time, 7:00-8:00pm)Please see below for the current schedule of our Fall 2020 LASP Public Webinar Series. Additional webinars will be listed as they are finalized.Useful information for attending our webinars:Free and open to the public7:00 – 8:00 PMZoom Webinar (Click here to register for the May lecture)First Wednesdays, October-May (unless otherwise noted)For more information, contact the LASP Office of Communications and Outreach at [email protected] of the 2018-2020 Public Lecture Series and other seasons can be viewed on the LASP YouTube channel. Time: 7:00-8:00pm Date: Date: Events Calendar Public Lectures Special Events Seminars for Scientists Magnetosphere Seminars Non-LASP Seminars Speaker: 7:00-8:00pm Zoom (Video link is on the this lecture’s webpage. Click title above.) In this talk, LASP scientist and MAVEN principal investigator Bruce Jakosky will discuss recent, ongoing, and future Mars exploration, international collaboration, possible human missions, and whether we can change the Martian climate to better allow humans to survive on the surface. Current Schedule: Zoom (Video link to come on this lecture’s webpage) Time: Location: Juno update at Jupiter: What’s happening to the Great Red Spot? Bruce Jakosky Zoom (Video link is on the this lecture’s webpage.) Wednesday, Feb 03, 2021 7:00-8:00pm Date: SPECIAL JANUARY LECTURELASP scientist Fran Bagenal will show how Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been observed by telescopes on Earth as well as from spacecraft near Jupiter. The storm has noticeably shrunk in size over the past 40 years…Will it disappear? Will it grow back to the size it was during the Voyager epoch? [Full abstract on lecture web page.] Publications CU Students at LASP Jobs LASP Tours Address & Directions Visitor Information Contact Acknowledgments Giving to LASP Scholarships and Fellowships LASP Staff Personnel Pages Abstract: 7:00-8:00pm Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020 Speaker: Date: Zoom (Video link is on the this lecture’s webpage. 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first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMayor says Non-Payment of Property tax Handicaps Local Gov’t Mayor says Non-Payment of Property tax Handicaps Local Gov’t Local GovernmentApril 9, 2010 RelatedMayor says Non-Payment of Property tax Handicaps Local Gov’tcenter_img RelatedMayor says Non-Payment of Property tax Handicaps Local Gov’t FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, has urged land owners to pay their property taxes, which is an essential source of funding for Local Government activities.“I take this opportunity to encourage…all Jamaican property owners to co-operate and pay your taxes, because it is so essential to the basic requirements for the effective running of the country,” Mr. McKenzie said.The Mayor was addressing the launch of the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s (NSWMA) Public Relations Campaign, at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Wednesday (April 7).He pointed out that, despite several measures in place to encourage payment of property taxes, the compliance rate is only 55 per cent, adding that he was of the hope that stark laws be put in place to discourage non-compliance.“I’m longing to see the day when a law is instituted that persons who continue to defy the system and fail to pay your property taxes, you lose it, and it becomes the property of the state,” he said.Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie addressing the launch of the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s (NSWMA) 2010-2011 Public Relations Campaign, at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Wednesday (April 7). Pictured at the head table from left, are Master of Ceremony, Jerry Davy; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight; and Executive Director of the NSWMA, Joan Gordon Webley.The Mayor stated that the non-payment of property taxes has affected several of the country’s operations, such as the cleaning of gullies and drains, the provision of street lights and the effective collection of garbage. Mentioning the controversy about the quality of garbage collection, he noted that when these taxes are not paid, then there are no funds to meet the cost of garbage collection.“No matter how patriotic Jamaicans (they) are, these men and women are not going to go out there to collect the garbage and take it to the landfill if there is no money to pay them,” he stated.Pointing to the new increases in property taxes, Mayor McKenzie noted that this will provide additional funds for the maintenance and expansion of street lighting; collection and disposal of solid waste; community infrastructure and beautification; the administration of Local Authorities; and the rehabilitation of parochial roads.“Property taxes are not used to put on cocktail parties, it is not used to finance overseas trips, it is used for your own personal benefit,” he added.However, he said it was time for the Government to revisit property taxes rates, as it was unfair for some persons to be paying a meagre $9-10,000 a year for properties valued up to $100 million.Mr. McKenzie said it was the ‘big’ individuals who can afford it who are evading paying property tax, while the burden falls on the ‘small’ people. He also reminded the audience that there would be no waivers this year, as some persons wanted to make it “a habit.”last_img read more

first_imgRelatedJamaicans Celebrate Independence in the U.S. RelatedJamaicans Celebrate Independence in the U.S. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail WASHINGTON — Jamaicans residing in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, USA have moved into celebration mode, with a number of official events scheduled to mark the 49th anniversary of the country’s independence planned for the next three weeks. August 4 – 21, the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington D.C. under the leadership of Her Excellency Ambassador Audrey Marks, will be engaged in a number of activities supported by leading Jamaican organisations. On Thursday, August 4, an open house will be held at the Embassy, between Noon and 4 p.m. It will provide an opportunity for the public to meet the Ambassador and other members of staff. It will also showcase Embassy activities and promote various aspects of Jamaican culture. On Independence Day, Saturday, August 6, two organizations will stage Independence Balls – the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM) and “Team Jamaica Bickle”, Philadelphia chapter.  JAM’s Ball, under the distinguished patronage of Ambassador Marks, will be at the Martins West Conference Centre, Baltimore, and is expected to attract about 400 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica. Baltimore’s Mayor, Stephanie Blake, will be the guest speaker. This year, JAM will present the Marcus Garvey UNIA Award for outstanding educational and community service to Professor of Biology at Morgan State University, Dr. Joseph Whittaker, while U.S. congressman Elijah Cummins will be conferred with honorary membership for his support of the Jamaican and Caribbean communities and Nicolas Nathan for his outstanding support for JAM.  In Philadelphia, “Team Jamaica Bickle” will stage their second annual Independence Ball at the Double-Tree Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. The organization will honour Jamaica’s outgoing Honorary Consul in Pennsylvania, Dr. Alston Meade and former Consul General to New York, Dr. Basil Bryan for outstanding contribution to the Jamaican community in Philadelphia. The Dumbarton Chapel at Howard University’s School of Law is the venue for the annual Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, August 7, starting at 11 a.m. General Secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, the Rev. Karl Johnson, will deliver the sermon. Ambassador Marks will give the official welcome and deliver Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s Independence Message. Members of the diplomatic corps, Washington D.C.’s Mayor, Vincent Gray, and members and representatives of the U.S. Congress will also attend the service.  On Saturday, August 13, the Jamaica Nationals Association (JNA) will celebrate with their annual gala at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. This calendar event will be attended by members of the diplomatic corps, Mayor Vincent Gray and members and representatives of the U.S. Congress, the Jamaican community and friends of Jamaica. Popular Channel 7 anchor, Maureen Bunyan, and D.C.’s Michael Campbell will serve as Masters of Ceremony. Patrons will be entertained by saxophonist Walter Tates Jr., Kenny Lurlou and the All Stars Reggae Band and DJ Paul Mack. Proceeds will benefit JNA’s Student Scholarship Programme, which provides books for students in the USA and Jamaica. On Sunday, August 14, JAM will hold its annual Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Baltimore Central New Testament Church of God, commencing at 5 p.m. The curtains come down on the festivities on Sunday, August 21, with the annual cultural day, staged by JAM at the Lake, Clifton Park in Baltimore, Maryland commencing at Noon. The day will feature activities for the entire family. “We are continuing the tradition of sharing the Jamaican spirit in the years to come, and we encourage all of our friends to embrace this year’s theme, ‘The Journey Continues’, and join us in the upcoming celebrations,” said Ambassador Marks.center_img Jamaicans Celebrate Independence in the U.S. CultureJuly 29, 2011 RelatedJamaicans Celebrate Independence in the U.S.last_img read more