London and the South East could get an inch of snow during evening rush hour tonight

Friday 10 February 2017 3:52 pm Emma Haslett Brace yourselves: London could get as much as an inch of snow during evening rush hour tonight, after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for London and the South East.This morning it said showers in and around the capital could bring accumulations of 2cm-3cm, and warned commuters to brace themselves for disruption to transport, as well as slippery conditions on roads and pavements.  Meanwhile, if the cloud does clear, stargazers are in for an astronomical feast tonight, with a lunar eclipse, so-called “snow moon” and the New Year comet all visible. The comet will be visible from earth for the first time since 2011 as it makes its way across the northern hemisphere. Read more: Don’t miss the snow moon, New Year comet and Lunar eclipse this Friday Share whatsapp London and the South East could get an inch of snow during evening rush hour tonight “Sleet and snow showers will feed into parts of Kent and perhaps Sussex during Friday evening and overnight into Saturday,” it said”These may align for a time to bring a small area of more persistent snow with some accumulations.”However, it added: “Many parts, however, will see little or no cover, and and where it falls it is likely to melt through Saturday.” Even if you’re not affected by the snow, wrap up warm over the weekend: temperatures are expected to stay below three degrees celsius today, inching up to four degrees tomorrow and five degrees on Sunday. Bracing. https://twitter.com/metoffice/status/830051211634028544/video/1 whatsapp Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted ChildThe WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapThis Is How Often You Should Cut Your HairVegamour by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinancial 10NHL Player’s Wife Is Hands Down The Most Beautiful Woman In The WorldFinancial 10UndoHealth & Human Research9 Foods That Naturally Cleanse Your Kidneys – Health & Human ResearchHealth & Human ResearchUndoWeniixTop 5 Best Affordable Sports Cars 2021 – WENIIXWeniixUndoHealthy ZoneWarning! 10 Subtle Signs of Kidney Diseases that Should Never Be IgnoredHealthy ZoneUndoHealth SincereTop 10 Largest Fruits In The WorldHealth SincereUndoSoolideAtlantis finally found! Ancient kingdom discovered under a lake in Turkey.SoolideUndoNutrition ExplainedWhat Happens to Your Body if You Eat Beetroot Every Day?Nutrition ExplainedUndoTip ParentsWhat I Ordered vs. What I GotTip ParentsUndoYahoo! SearchSearch For Walk In Tubs For Seniors, Here’s What It Might Cost YouYahoo! SearchUndo read more

US-China trade war: Markets feel the strain as new tariffs take hold

Thursday 23 August 2018 3:29 pm Fresh tariffs were accompanied by a war of words between Washington and Beijing today as the superpowers’ trade war threatened to escalate.Previously announced tariffs of 25 per cent applying to $16bn (£12.5bn) worth of Chinese goods came into force today, met with equivalent retaliatory measures. IG analyst Joshua Mahony said: “There seems to be little headway being make over the months, and the inability of the Chinese to appease Trump’s demands mean that this is likely to rumble on for some time yet.”However, with the bar set so low, there is also the potential for some sort of half-hearted announcement which sets out an agreement to work towards specific targets, in a similar ilk to that seen with the EU.”Minutes released today from the European Central Bank’s latest policy meeting suggested China’s stock market is suffering most from the trade war. In its global outlook report published today, Moody’s stated that further tariffs are likely to dampen international growth in the coming year.Economists polled by Reuters expected the US economy to become a casualty of the trade war and slow in the coming quarters. A majority of the 56 economists questioned by the agency predicted the present rate of 4.1 per cent growth to halve by the end of next year.Read more: Dollar slides after Trump’s criticism of the Fed whatsapp US-China trade war: Markets feel the strain as new tariffs take hold Tim Abington China has introduced duties on 333 American products, including coal, steel products and fuel. A combined $100bn of products are now subject to tariffs from both countries.Read more: Two days of trade negotiations to begin between US and ChinaAsian shares fell today at the escalation of the trade war. The Hong Kong Hang Seng declined 0.4 per cent, while the South Korean KOSPI and the Tokyo Stock Exchange also slumped. Asian stock markets have declined since January, and the China Securities Index 300 has slid 20 per cent since the conflict began in March.As low-level trade talks continued today between the two nations, a war of words brewed. The Chinese Commerce Ministry described Washington as “obstinate” and said it plans to file a complaint to the World Trade Organisation, citing the US tariffs as a violation of WTO regulations.Meanwhile, US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC: “At the end of the day, we have many more bullets than they do.” It follows president Trump calling China “spoiled” earlier this week. Chinese state newspaper Xinhua wrote in its editorial today that “Washington’s huff-and-puff bluster and now-or-never ultimatum will only cut short the odds of a productive dialogue”.China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang declined to share an update on the progress of the talks, but said: “We hope that China and the US could sit down calmly, talk to each other in earnest, and reach a mutually beneficial outcome.”Trump has previously stated that the tariffs are designed to protect American technology and IP. So far tariffs have been largely limited to immediate goods, but duties planned for September are intended for consumer goods.The US would impose a 25 per cent tax on $200bn of Chinese goods, while China plans to target $60bn worth of US products.Consumer spending contributes to two-thirds of the US economy, and the coming tariffs are expected to have a negative impact on US growth. More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Share read more

Sony raises profit outlook by a third amid lockdown home entertainment boom

first_imgWednesday 3 February 2021 8:14 am Historically better known for hardware like the Walkman music player and TVs, Sony has invested heavily in recent years in beefing up its entertainment content and distribution business. whatsapp That shift to the new games console is also expected to encourage gamers to move to online downloads or subscription services, helping Sony boost the profitability of its gaming unit. The coronavirus has curbed travel and kept people away from bars and restaurants in many countries. With more time to kill at home amid lockdowns, many have spent instead on games or streamed content to stay entertained, according to the Reuters report. Japanese electronics and media giant Sony Corp on Wednesday hiked its full-year profit outlook by a third as it taps surging demand for video games, music and movies as people feast on home entertainment amid Covid19 lockdowns. Reuters reports this morning. Show Comments ▼ Sony raises profit outlook by a third amid lockdown home entertainment boom In December it agreed to buy AT&T Inc’s animation business Crunchyroll, giving it 3 million subscribers across 200 countries. On Tuesday it announced the planned $430m purchase of record label Kobalt Music Group, which specialises in independent musicians, Reuters reported. Tags: Sony Shift to games console At the same time, Sony is streamlining its consumer electronics business, with plans this year to close a factory in Malaysia which manufactures home audio equipment, headphones and other products. Third quarter operating profit for the October-December quarter jumped 20 per cent to 359.2bn yen from a year ago, sailing past a consensus 179bn yen estimate from six analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. That means that like Japan’s Nintendo Co and its Switch games console, Sony is getting a boost from strong demand for its new PlayStation 5. Launched in core markets in November, the console, which sells for as much as $500, quickly sold out on online retail sites in the United States and Japan. More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com Sony now expects 94bn yen ($8.95bn) in operating profit in the 12 months through March compared with the 700bn yen it previously expected. That prediction is well above an average 812.9bn yen profit forecast from 18 analysts, Refinitiv data shows. Share whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishUndoPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoEliteSinglesThis Is Where the Majority of Divorced Over 40 Are Finding Love Again in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Living In Scottsdale is Now Affordable! (See Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndoPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets DetectiveUndo Also Read: Sony raises profit outlook by a third amid lockdown home entertainment boom Michiel Willems Also Read: Sony raises profit outlook by a third amid lockdown home entertainment boom last_img read more

Dust settles on state’s new Douglas offices, but employee concerns haven’t gone quiet

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Southeast | State Government | SyndicatedDust settles on state’s new Douglas offices, but employee concerns haven’t gone quietSeptember 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Jenkins Share:The state’s newly renovated offices in Douglas follow the universal space standards. Note the angled ceiling. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)After a class action grievance, a regime change, a year of renovations and buying hundreds of $8,000 workstations, state employees are finally moving into their new offices in Douglas. Although the dust has settled, concerns over the new layout have not gone quiet.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/09/20OFFICE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Brian Frenette is the regional supervisor for sport fish. He recently moved back into the renovated building and likes how the new space is flooded with light. Gone are tall cubicle partitions and dark hallways.“Certainly is a lot brighter, there’s no question,” he said.But there are some design choices Frenette says employees find puzzling, like how the ceiling bows toward the middle.“Lower in the center, higher on the walls and I don’t know what that is for. Other than to maybe give the impression that more light is being drawn to the center of the building.”He said people think it’s a mistake but it’s intentional.“I don’t understand it. Some people look at it awhile and say it’s making me nauseous. After a while you just get used to it.”Some changes employees may not get used to. As a supervisor, Frenette gets his own office but most won’t.The building has been redesigned for universal space standards, a cost and space saving plan implemented by then-Gov. Sean Parnell. Some work stations were whittled down to about half the square footage. Each cost the state more than $8,000.“Well there were a number of concerns our members had. Reduced space for them to work, less privacy,” said Jim Duncan, the executive director of the Alaska State Employees Association.The union filed a class action grievance over the state office layout about two years ago, citing safety and health concerns for its members. But eventually reached an understanding with the Walker administration.“The arbitration is still in place, we are just not moving it forward,” said Duncan. “We had an agreement, an understanding from the administration that they would complete the projects that were underway under the previous administration.”The exterior of the state’s newly renovated Douglas Island Office Building. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)The changes have already happened in Anchorage’s Atwood Building and a floor of Juneau’s State Office Building. Douglas now has 32 vacant spaces.Andy Mills, a spokesperson, says the Walker-Mallott administration is evaluating if new standards are worth it. And he realizes if it continues, it could affect him.“The space standards would actually entail me not having an office,” Mills said. “I certainly think that when you’re looking at difficult budget times, I think most folks understand you want to look at everything possible when it’s a decision between programs, people or space. But at the same time you need to be fair and respectful to the employees.”He said some of the sacrifices, he wouldn’t mind. His floor of the state office building has outdated furniture and a tiny break room with no seating.“If you came and saw it, it’s a fairly small room. It’s the size of a closet.”The renovated offices, on the other hand, come with roomier break rooms and updated kitchen appliances. It’s designed to increase collaboration. But Mills says “universal space standards” does sound a bit drab.“It sounds like it’s a gray box that might be uninviting. But the customizability of the systems furniture when folks get a chance to look at it is probably a little more versatile what they would have first thought,” Mills said.With the push of a button, Brian Frenette demonstrates how he can raise his desk to work in a standing or sitting position.He said the new layout has bit of learning curve. The front counter is intermingled with Wildlife Conservation and Sport Fish to provide easier access for the public. The Department of Corrections moves in this week.But for some employees, he said there have been concerns.“I think what most people will probably tell you what they’re having to give up is separation–from their coworkers in order to get work done and not be disturbed,” he said. “Whether or not that comes to light as being a big issue or a small issue we’ll see as time goes.”Frenette says they’re looking at white noise machines as a possible solution. The state has no immediate plans to roll out more universal space standards offices.Video Playerhttp://doa.alaska.gov/dgs/USS/docs/2013-USS-Overview.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundDownload File: http://doa.alaska.gov/dgs/USS/docs/2013-USS-Overview.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska public health officials are watching a deadly measles outbreak in Samoa

first_imgHealthAlaska public health officials are watching a deadly measles outbreak in SamoaDecember 2, 2019 by Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media Share:(Photo courtesy Gates Foundation, Flickr Creative Commons)An ongoing measles outbreak in the South Pacific country of Samoa has killed more than 50 people and sickened thousands more, prompting the government to close schools and launch a mass vaccination campaign.While Alaska is more than 4,500 miles away, health officials are paying attention.“Alaskans travel all over the world, so there’s always the potential to get an import case coming into our state,” said Matthew Bobo, immunization program manager for the state of Alaska. “We’re always constantly monitoring.”Alaska’s measles immunization rate remains below the national average, and below the level necessary to fully protect a community from the disease. To reach herd immunity, researchers said a community must have an immunization rate above 90%.In Samoa, the measles vaccination rate plunged below 40% last year, according to estimates from the World Health Organization. In Alaska, as of 2016, approximately 88% of children age 2 and under had received a measles vaccine, Bobo said. It presents a clear risk.“There might be a case floating around in the population,” he said. “If your child doesn’t have that protection, then they could possibly get the illness.”Nationwide, there were only 10 cases reported in the month of October. There hasn’t been a reported case of measles in Alaska since a Kenai Peninsula teenager was diagnosed in July, Bobo said. The last case in Anchorage was reported in 2015.Still, public health officials around the state are taking steps to spread awareness. A September update to the Department of Health and Social Services website warns that “The state is not currently in outbreak status, but measles is still circulating globally and we could still see more cases in Alaska.”In Anchorage, the homepage of the public health department’s website features a public health alert telling visitors what they need to know to protect against measles.Drew Shannon, a public health nurse with the Anchorage Health Department, said education and access to vaccines remain some of the most important tools available to combat the spread of the disease. While measles cases in Alaska are now rare, Anchorage is nicknamed the “Air Crossroads of the World,” and people across the state maintain family connections around the globe.“An outbreak is only a plane ride away,” Shannon said. “So if somebody gets infected where they’re having an outbreak in another country, they can return to Alaska with that infection and then spread it to those who are most at-risk and vulnerable for it.”Those vulnerable groups include infants, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinating other community members against the spread of disease remains the best way to protect the community as a whole, state and local public health officials said.Measles immunizations are currently available at retail pharmacies and public health centers around the state.Share this story:last_img read more

Premium / Analysis: Maersk Line’s parent is facing some difficult financial decisions

first_img Email* Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset Your Password Please Login Premium subscriber LOGIN LOGIN New Premium subscriber REGISTER << Go back By Alessandro Pasetti 16/08/2016 Password* The third quarter of 2016 marks a watershed for AP Møeller-Maersk. As the corporate structure of the Danish conglomerate remains under scrutiny, any “progress of the review” will be disclosed by the end of September, according to chief executive Soren Skou.The board is clearly forced to come up with a masterpiece in terms of corporate finance, proving it has learned from its past mistakes.Having misjudged the cycle in the recent times under the stewardship of Nils Andersen, it must now decide ... Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Email* Resetlast_img read more

Hearts and minds remain at the ‘jangmadang’ despite propaganda push

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR On May9th, the seventh Workers’ Party Congress in North Korean history came to aclose. Following the event, multiple publications on the topic have shown up inthe state-run Rodong Sinmun. Today, we will take a scrupulous look at thesepublications and try to discern truth from distortion. Joining us is secretary general of the Association for North Korean Defectors, So Jae Pyong. 1. As expected, the May 10th issue of Rodong Sinmun isplastered with headlines and photos of the recent Workers’ Party Congress. Mostof these photos are of Kim Jong Un. There is a lot of chatter that he had adifficult time at the event. What do you think? Well, RodongSinmun only published pictures of Kim Jong Un posing. However, sitting down atthe congress all day long, for multiple days in a row, would certainly be roughfor someone in his physical condition. During his address, which ran for three hours consecutive, his voice washoarse and his bearing shoddy. In the video, we can see that he started theaddress by placing his speech on the podium and reading, but by the halfwaypoint, he was holding it and sort of leaning on the table in front of him.Interestingly,we saw him holding the script close to his face while reading, which is anindicator of poor eyesight for someone his age. Also, his voice is not thesonorous voice of a man in his 30s, but the gravelly voice of a man in his 50s.It’s clear that he is in less than ideal shape and is easily fatigued. 2. The lastpage of the May 10th issue is loaded with various pleas to the military andpopulace. They advocate “continuing to progress the dominance of socialism at ‘MallimaSpeed’.” How do you think North Koreans are reacting to this type of rhetoric?According to everyone in North Korea with whom I’ve spoken regarding the event, thepeople couldn’t care less about these pleas or their leader’s address. Theywere completely drained from the “70-Day Battle” leading up to the congress andwere eagerly awaiting its finish. Furthermore, the people were hoping forpolicy change regarding the markets and agriculture–their means of survival–but nothing substantive was mentioned. Furthermore, there is a lot discontent with the variousslogans emphasizing this new ‘Mallima Speed’. They are saying, “We barely madeit by on ‘Chollima Speed’ [a slogan from previous eras], why would ‘MallimaSpeed’ be any better?” They are calling it Kim Jong Un’s anachronisticpropaganda. North Koreans are upset with a leader that is unabashedly ignorantof his people. Especially notable is the fact that when asked about the congress and related messaging, most people show indifference. Theirbodies were in front of the TV watching the congress, but their minds were atthe jangmadang [market economy]. 3. Let’smove on to the May 13th issue. On the front page, there is a commemorativephoto with every participant at the congress. Both the background and thepicture itself are quite spectacular. I would wager there is a propagandaagenda at play here, but I’m curious how the people think when they see a photolike this.The ageof influencing people through a photo like has long since passed. North Koreans grimaceat this picture and call it “Kim Jong Un and the cadres’ Party” and “a disgracefulsight that has nothing to do with the real people.” There is also talk thatsome even spit on the picture after seeing it, criticizing its irrelevance totheir lives. 4. We saw anarticle emphasizing grain production on page five of the 13th issue of theRodong Sinmun entitled, “This Year’s Uphill Battle for Grain” and then againon the front page on the 16th issue, “Band Together for the Rice-PlantingBattle.” It would appear that North Korea is still dealing with their chronicgrain underproduction. What seems to be the problem?The mainproblem is that even the farmers themselves are suffering from hunger and aretherefore turning their attention away from their official farm duties andworking private secret farms on the side. This is because they till the earthtirelessly all year long on their official farms only to have their producetaken away for the military and State rations. They are only met with povertyand starvation based on this system so it’s easy to see their lack of drive towork hard for more production. Based on this, they have no other choice but tohave an almost forced production system on the collective farms. The governmentneeds to implement some kind of policy to improve the quality of the lives ofthese farmers but that just simply isn’t the case. Farmers have zero interestin the production of their crops because of this system. They’re really onlyfocused on their separate, private crops. I think the only way to alleviate thehunger and poverty that citizens are suffering from is to completely do awaywith this type of quota system.5. After thecongress there was a mass rally, “Rise up for the construction of the greatsocialist state” in Nampo, South Hwanghae Province. Everyone had alreadysuffered working on the “70-Day Battle” for the party congress, but thenwere bothered with more preparations even after it had ended. Do you think thiscreated more dissatisfaction among citizens?From whatI’ve gathered from my sources in North, those that participated in the partycongress all returned to their homes on May 16th. Those thatreturned first from the congress to Nampo, South Hwanghae Province did indeedhold a mass rally, which can really only be considered forced labor considering how exhausted residents are from the protracted mobilizations preceding the Party Congress. I predict that some citizens will probably be relatively vocal about their discontent.  News center_img Hearts and minds remain at the ‘jangmadang’ despite propaganda push By Daily NK – 2016.05.22 8:36pm News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)last_img read more

Agriculture urged to engage with Government on Reef regulations

first_imgAgriculture urged to engage with Government on Reef regulations AgForce is urging everyone who works in or has an interest in protecting Queensland’s agriculture industry, and the Great Barrier Reef, to have their say on draft Reef regulations for new or expanded cropping and horticulture during the Government’s public consultation period.AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said it was important that as many people as possible – people interested in cropping, soil cultivation, and anyone who values the future of food security in Australia – to write to the Queensland Government between now and 17 February to make their voice heard.“This latest Standard up for public consultation follows others that have already been implemented and continues a worrying trend of levelling complete responsibility for maintaining the water quality of the Reef with agriculture,” Mr Guerin said.“The facts are agriculture’s role couldn’t be smaller.“Industry groups and many independent Reef scientists are now challenging general scientific opinion that farm runoff affects Reef health.“Of much greater significance are the effects from rising sea temperatures on the Reef.“Pollution from manufacturing and transport – the kinds of greenhouse gases that remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and cause real damage, much longer and far worse than anything that can be directed at agriculture.“What is true, however, is that the continued implementation of Reef regulations and standards by the Queensland Government will decimate agriculture, many farming families, entire communities, and the industries reliant on primary production.“It seems to me, and to many others that I have spoken to during this time of COVID, that this is the last thing we should be doing.“Instead, we need to focus on strengthening agriculture and our regions, not binding farmers up in unnecessary actions on land and record-keeping that do not address the major issues of increasing ocean temperatures and coral predation on the Reef.“The Reef and agriculture can co-exist. But it will take genuine consultation from all sides to make any changes.AgForce estimates that producers managing approximately 2.7 million hectares of undeveloped or unused cropping land across six Reef catchments will need to apply for a permit prior to commencing any soil cultivation after 1 June 2021.Mr Guerin said this latest Reef Standard would apply to all crops grown and sold off-farm for a fee or reward.“That’s going to come at a cost, and that, along with the expense from other Reef Standards that have already been implemented, is going to drive people away from the industry and restrict greatly, if not completely halt, any thought of a northern expansion,” Mr Guerin said.“AgForce supports the position of the Federal Government and other industry groups who have been calling for the establishment of an Office of Science Integrity to ensure quality assurance of science used to inform Reef policy.“We will continue to offer constructive feedback on industry’s behalf if the Queensland Government wants to listen.“We believe them when they say they want agriculture to help rebuild Queensland’s economy post-COVID.“Well, the test is here now to see if they will continue down the path of laying the burden of responsibility for the Reef solely at the feet of agriculture, or if they will meet us at the table and find constructive ways forward.”To have your say on the updated draft standard conditions for new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities in the Great Barrier Reef catchments, contact the State Government’s Office of Great Barrier Reef before 17 February 2021 on 07 3330 5154, or visit qld.gov.au/ReefRegulations. /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:AgForce, Agriculture, atmosphere, Australia, Federal, federal government, Government, Great Barrier Reef, horticulture, industry, pollution, production, public consultation, QLD, Queensland, Scientists, security, water qualitylast_img read more

Nick Walkley steps down as Homes England CEO

first_imgNick Walkley steps down as Homes England CEO Nick joined the Homes and Communities Agency as Chief Executive in March 2017 and has led a far-reaching overhaul of the organisation, built around the move to Homes England with a bold mission and strategic plan to increase housing supply and change the housing market.In a statement, Nick said:I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and I’d like to thank my colleagues and our many industry partners for their dedication and support. My successor will find an organisation brimming with talent, purpose and heart. Homes England is well-positioned to support the country’s economic recovery and I wish my colleagues the very best.Peter Freeman, Chair of the Homes England Board, said in a statement:On behalf of the Board and colleagues, I would like to thank Nick for his outstanding leadership in building a dynamic, commercial delivery agency. The country faces some crucial choices about how we emerge from the pandemic and Homes England stands ready to support the Government in stimulating economic recovery and increasing housing supply.Nick Walkley will step down on 28 February. Gordon More, the agency’s Chief Investment Officer, will act as Interim CEO, supported by Lynda McMullan, Chief Financial Officer, and an executive team drawn from the public and private sectors.NotesNick Walkley joined the Homes and Communities Agency in March 2017. In February 2018, the HCA was relaunched as Homes England with a new mandate to intervene in the housing market in support of the Government’s ambitions to build 300,000 homes per annum by the mid-2020s.During Nick Walkley’s tenure, the agency has frequently met or exceeded its performance targets, while delivering several market-shaping deals. This includes agreeing a total of £1.7bn of strategic partnerships with multiple housing associations, significant land acquisitions and developments such as Burgess Hill, York Central and Northstowe, a ground-breaking partnership with Japan’s Sekisui to revolutionise modular construction in this country that was voted ‘deal of the decade’In the Government’s 2020 Spending Review, the agency secured £7.4bn to invest in affordable homes across the country and is preparing to open the new Help to Buy programme to support more first-time buyers into home ownership. /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:building, Central, deal, gordon, Government, heart, industry, Investment, Japan, leadership, market, pandemic, spending, UK, UK Government, Yorklast_img read more

Let’s talk about Rx use: What is an opioid?

first_img Published: Nov. 28, 2018 • By Health and Wellness Services There are many reasons someone may take a prescription medication. We know these prescriptions are only safe when taken as directed by a medical professional for a specific health purpose, but for those who still choose to use outside of these conditions,* there are some things to be aware of.Whether you’ve heard about the opioid crisis, are concerned about a friend or just want to know more about prescription use and safety, here are the basics.*It is illegal to take a prescription medication that was not prescribed to you directly.What is an opioid?There’s a lot of media coverage on opioid use in our country. It’s important to know what opioids actually are, where they come from and what the risks of use include.Opioids are drugs derived from opium, also called opiates. Opioids include semi-synthetic and synthetic opiates, which include illicit drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl. Opioids also include prescription pain medications, such as morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone (Oxycontin).Opioid overdoses can be fatal and difficult to predict. The best prevention is to avoid opioid use unless explicitly prescribed to you with specific instructions by a medical professional. However, if someone still chooses to use, noting the factors that can contribute to an overdose may help save a life.Types of other prescription medicationsSafety and risks with prescription medications depends on the type of medication in use. It’s good to be aware of the associated effects with each.Depressants are medications such as Xanax and Oxycontin, which can create feelings of sedation in users. They can also slow down or stop breathing.Stimulants are medications such as Adderall, which activate the body’s systems and increase heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. They can also create feelings of alertness.Mixing any of these with other substances, including alcohol, can seriously increase the risk of negative effects and can be fatal in some cases. It is illegal to use prescription medications that were prescribed to someone else; doing so also may increase the risk of negative effects, as the actual contents of the medication are unknown to the user.To keep yourself, others and the environment safe, safely dispose of any unused prescription medication in the safe disposal box at the CU Boulder Police Department.Risk factors for overdoseQuality. Substance potency varies substantially and may be cut with dangerous, high-potency opioids.Mixing. Mixing opioids, in particular, with alcohol or other medications such as benzodiazepines can slow the respiratory system and stop breathing.Tolerance. Tolerance decreases after periods without use including detoxification, hospitalization or if a person resumes use after recovery.Environment. Using in isolated environments decreases the likelihood of someone being able to help in an overdose situation.Health problems. Underlying health problems, especially chronic lung diseases such as emphysema or sleep apnea, can slow the respiratory system—even when the user is not aware they may have these underlying health problems.How to help a friendFor those interested in recovery and treating addiction, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (located in Wardenburg Health Center and C4C S440) provides individual therapy, referrals to community resources and ongoing suboxone treatment, which provides medically assisted support to those with an opioid addiction.The CU Collegiate Recovery Center, located in UMC 102, provides meetings and support groups, recovery-focused housing, events and activities, peer support and more for students in recovery or interested in pursuing recovering.Health Promotion, located in UMC 411, also provides trainings throughout the semester on recognizing and responding to an overdose; stay tuned to CU Boulder Today for more information.Get more information about alcohol and other drugs policies and resources at CU Boulder.Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more