City boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty

first_img“I know some small businesses are still struggling to access credit – they are in many ways the most exposed to the effects of the coronavirus,” Sunak said. Tuesday 28 April 2020 9:04 am Meanwhile, the seven largest lenders to small and medium sized businesses also welcomed the committed to a simplified application process in which they will no longer require forward projects or a future business plan when assessing a firm’s viability. HSBC, Natwest, Lloyds and others all committed to easing the documents small businesses must provide in a CBILS application. One of the City’s most senior figures has insisted banks are not “shirking their responsibilities” as the government unveiled further modifications to the controversial Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). “It’s good to see the chancellor listening to business, proving that where there’s a need to adjust schemes, he will do what it takes,” she said. 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More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Save our SMEs Christian May The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty Tags: Coronavirus Save our SMEs Sunak said banks will not need to perform any “forward looking tests of businesses viability” for such loans. His aim is to speed up how quickly the smallest firms get access to cash. Celic’s comments came after chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the CBILS scheme, which has drawn criticism for the low volume of loans issued and the complexity of the application process. whatsapp The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty Show Comments ▼ Share The UK’s smallest businesses will have guaranteed access to loans of up to £50,000 within 24 hours of applying, starting next Monday, Sunak revealed yesterday. The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty Talking to City A.M. editor Christian May on The City View podcast today, Celic praised “the enormous amount of work put in at very short notice” to get the loan schemes off the ground. But he conceded that “there will need to be fine tuning and lessons learned as we go on.”  “It will be vital to maintain this approach in the months to come. Every job saved today will ensure a faster recovery tomorrow.” Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director-general, welcomed the change on CBILS. Miles Celic, chief executive of industry group TheCityUK, said that banks were doing “their level best” to address demand for loans in what he called “an unprecedented situation.” The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty The City UK boss Miles Celic has defended the banks’ role in handling CBILS loans amid the UK coronavirus crisis (Getty Images) Also Read: TheCityUK boss: Banks not ‘shirking’ CBILS duty “They will need extra support to get through this crisis. Some businesses will not want to take on more debt… but for some others loans will be a part of the answer.”last_img read more

FCA tells insurers to assess products in light of coronavirus pandemic

first_img“For the insurance sector, consumers face potential harm from payment terms on policies, as well as the long-term risk of becoming uninsured and suffering losses as a result of not being able to keep up with their policy premiums. It’s critical that firms assess a customer’s risk of financial distress in a dynamic way – customers that were not even on the radar of vulnerability two months ago may now be exposed to serious financial difficulty.” Also Read: FCA tells insurers to assess products in light of coronavirus pandemic James Booth Simon Morris a financial services partner at law firm CMS said: “This guidance shows the FCA’s product governance policy in action and emphasises the FCA’s evolving role as a product value policeman. FCA tells insurers to assess products in light of coronavirus pandemic whatsapp Also Read: FCA tells insurers to assess products in light of coronavirus pandemic Examples of changes given by the FCA include changing how benefits are delivered, refunding some premiums or suspending monthly payments for a certain period of time. Mark Turner, managing director at financial consultancy Duff & Phelps, said: “Firms cannot rely on customers identifying inappropriate cover themselves. The FCA gives the example of comprehensive car insurance for a car that cannot currently be used. But also, there may be cases where customers are underinsured, such as those with homes that might be vacant for long periods of time. whatsapp The FCA said firms should review products where benefits cannot be provided – such as boiler services due to lockdown measures – or where there has been a “fundamental change in risk” and products are now providing little or no use to customers – such as public liability insurance for closed businesses.center_img “While termed ‘guidance’, this document goes a great deal further than a helpful steer. Read alongside the FCA’s other current material, it is clear that firms which fail to react positively will be subject to supervisory scrutiny, with a particular focus on the senior managers with responsibility for product design and distribution.” The regulator said firms should review their products and decided on any actions within six months. Sheldon Mills, interim executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “Customers should expect value from the insurance products that they buy, but the exceptional circumstances of coronavirus may have materially reduced the value they are getting. “Today’s guidance is designed to protect consumers by directing insurance firms to review the products they offer to ensure they provide appropriate value and take action where there has been a fundamental change in risk or where certain benefits can no longer be provided. “Firms may choose to go further than this guidance, and we recognise that some firms have already taken steps to support customers, which we welcome.” Show Comments ▼ Share Wednesday 3 June 2020 3:47 pm The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today provided insurers with guidance on what they need to do to assess the value of their products in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndolast_img read more

Black Friday 2015 UK predictions: This year’s event is gearing up to be the UK’s first ever £1bn shopping day

first_imgWednesday 14 October 2015 9:44 am Clara Guibourg Black Friday, a shopping phenomenon imported from the US, falls on 27 November this year.Read more: The best deals to expect on Black Friday 2015Last year, retailers were unprepared for the unprecedented surge in sales, which smashed industry experts’ forecasts by almost 50 per cent: Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillUndoTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallUndoBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeUndo We predict that in 2015 the frenzy of Black Friday, heightened by national press coverage, will lead to the first £1bn online shopping day in the UK. Glen Burson, chief technology officer at commerce consultancy Salmon, said: whatsapp whatsapp Black Friday’s surge in sales in November 2014 threw traditional British pre-Christmas shopping habits into disarray.Shoppers, lured to online retailers with significantly discounted cash promotions, spent an estimated £810m online in a single day. Share Show Comments ▼ Black Friday 2015 UK predictions: This year’s event is gearing up to be the UK’s first ever £1bn shopping day With the mania of Black Friday less than two months away, UK shoppers are getting ready to spend more money than they ever have before in one day.Retailers are braced for the biggest shopping day of the year, after last year’s frenzy shocked many unprepared sellers – and this year sales are set to climb higher still. Black Friday 2015 could mark a milestone, as retail analysts are suggesting it looks set to be the UK’s first ever £1bn shopping day. Two-thirds of UK shoppers were unimpressed by retailers’ preparations for the manic demand on the day last year. last_img read more

I’m going to #sciencemarch in Washington. Here’s why

first_imgUnder the Microscope About the Author Reprints I’m going to #sciencemarch in Washington. Here’s why Mike Reddy for STAT STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags educationimmigrationpolicyresearchWhite House What is it? [email protected] Sara Whitlockcenter_img When the March for Science happens, I’m going to be there. I’ll be marching on behalf of muzzled government scientists who can’t share their work. I’ll be marching against a president who has said alarming things about vaccines and climate change.But I’m also going to march on behalf of scientists who should be in the US, but won’t be, because of the executive order on immigration President Trump signed on Friday. I am appalled by his temporary ban on immigration from seven nations not only for humanitarian reasons, but also because I am concerned for my fellow scientists and the scientific enterprise. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED 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 What’s included? By Sara Whitlock Jan. 30, 2017 Reprintslast_img read more

Laois in London: All you need to know to enjoy a weekend across the water

first_img Rugby TAGSLaois in London Home Sport GAA Laois in London: All you need to know to enjoy a weekend… SportGAA Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Council Pinterest WhatsApp Our Guide to London Excitement is building today as hundreds of Laois people are heading to Dublin airport to depart for London.On Sunday, the Laois footballers will face London in Division 4 of the National Football League and it is estimated that more than 1,300 supporters from the O’Moore County will be present by throw in 1pm.The LaoisToday team will be present from Saturday afternoon and if you see us, make sure to come over and say hello.Of the 1,300, we’re sure many of you have been over to London before but for those of you that haven’t, here’s our handy guide to ensure your weekend goes well.AirportsThere are five main airports which service London from Ireland. Luton, Stanstead, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.The closest of these to Ruislip is Heathrow and if you land there the quickest way to get to where you want to go is by taxi.The rest of the airports are a good bit further away so should you land there, you are looking at buses or trains to avoid extreme costs.Things To DoShould you arrive on Friday, we’d be suggesting you get to wherever your hotel is, check in and have a good night locally.And if you’re there on Saturday, there is a range of things sporting and non sporting that you can do.As regards live sport on TV, there is a feast. Manchester United host Liverpool in the Premier League at 12.30pm with Ireland then taking on Scotland in the Six Nations at 2.15pm.But if you fancy sampling some live soccer while you’re in London, there are a number of local teams in action.In the Premier League, there is an all-London clash on Saturday evening at 5.30pm as Chelsea host Crystal Palace.While in the lower divisions, the likes of Millwall, QPR, Wimbledon and Luton are all playing around the city from 3pm.And if you want to go and do something completely non-sport related, there are a number of tourist attractions worth checking out – chiefly the London Eye and historic Tower of London.You can get up close and personal with underwater creatures at SEALIFE London aquarium or explore the Science Museum, London’s interactive hub of science and technology. Both are perfect for fun family days out in London.You could also soak up some culture at London museums, visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, or take the perfect picture with Big Ben; just some of the many iconic places to go in London.And of course, don’t forget about the whole reason you are there – the match on Sunday.Throw in in Ruislip is at 1pm on Sunday as the Laois footballers will look to win for the fifth straight game running.Places to eat and drinkOn the day of the game, the clubhouse in Ruislip would appear to have every supporters need sorted.According to London GAA secretary Mark Gottsche, most away supporters come straight to the ground as there is bar and food facilities in the clubhouse.But for those of you who are there between one and two days earlier, there are a number of popular bars and restaurants near Ruislip.The most popular is the Hop Pole on Putney Bridge Road which serves good food and has multiple screens for sport.Other popular spots include Waxy O’Connors, Roddy’s Bar, The New Inn and McGettigan’s.Watch out for LaoisTodayAlan, Julie and Siún will land in London on Saturday afternoon.So if you see then in the airport, in a pub or at the match itself, make sure to call over to them and say hello.If you’re really nice, you might get yourself a coveted LaoisToday hat!SEE ALSO – So called ‘Pest From the West’ weather event is ‘Fake News’ Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Previous articleWinner announced in the Dunamaise Arts Centre The 4 of Us competitionNext articleSt Joseph’s to host Memorial Match in honour of late Liam Kealy Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Community Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Laois in London: All you need to know to enjoy a weekend across the water RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 9th March 2018 Pinterestlast_img read more

Remember the Game: Laois’s last trip across the Irish Sea in 1993

first_img Facebook Remember the Game: Laois’s last trip across the Irish Sea in 1993 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Home We Are Laois Remember the Game Remember the Game: Laois’s last trip across the Irish Sea in 1993 We Are LaoisRemember the Game SEE ALSO – Laois in London: Everything you need to know to enjoy your trip Rugby Treacy’s Bar and Restaurant were Laois’s main sponsors at the time and owner Tommy Treacy generously also sponsored the media to make the trip to cover the game.Among those to go over were Jack Nolan, who reported on the game for Midlands 103 (as he will again this Sunday) as well as Brian Keyes from the Leinster Express and photographer Alf Harvey. 25 years on and Jack and Alf are still visible at many Laois GAA games while Brian Keyes is now editor of the Kilkenny People newspaper in his native county.Laois would have to overcome an early scare to progress through to the final, while Lancashire could only be commended for giving a much fancied Laois side a big scare.Brian Keyes wrote in the Leinster Express in his report that the match was played on a “Sunday League” type pitch similar to what you’d see in the Phoenix Park.Lancashire made Laois work and within the first 10 minutes the English side has banged in 2-2, leaving Laois shocked.To be fair to Laois, it was the only period of the game that they looked under pressure and not in control. It was very much a one-sided affair from there on in albeit Laois would have to wait until the final quarter to take the lead.The Laois junior football team that won the Leinster final in 1993 – they later went on to beat Lancashire in the All Ireland semi-final in ManchesterThe introduction of Tom Bowe gave Laois a much needed boost and he became a threatening force racking up three points. Michael O’Brien’s goal helped Laois’s comeback efforts greatly, while a fine display from Mark Behan on the frees allowed him get eight points, with five frees.The win came off the back of a gritty, hard-working performance and despite the early set back, Laois never looked in danger. The win would book their spot in the final against Cork, but that would prove to be a step too far for Laois losing out by a couple of points.We’ve dug up Alf Harvey’s photos from that trip in 1993, photos that he presented in a frame to Tommy Treacy after the trip.LAOIS TEAM: Emmet Burke; Brian Kirwan, Declan Cryan, Kevin Phelan; Brian Keville, John O’Reilly, John Buggie; PJ Dempsey (0-2), Adrian Phelan; Tommy Gorman (0-1), Liam Ramsbottom, David Sweeney (0-1); Peter Coffey (0-3), Mark Behan (0-8), Michael O’Brien (1-1). Subs: Tom Bowe (0-3), Evan Bennett, Padraig Dunne. Council Pinterest TAGS1993LancashireLaois junior footballersLaois v LancashireManchester Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining By Sean Hennessy – 10th March 2018 Laois 1-19  Lancashire 2-61993 Junior All-Ireland Football Semi-FinalLaois head to London this weekend to take on London in Division 4 of the Allianz Football League.It’ll be the first time in 25 years that a Laois football team traveled across the Irish Sea for a match.In July 1993, the Laois junior football team squared up to  Lancashire in Manchester for a place in the All-Ireland final.While the Laois no longer field a junior team, back then it was the second string side and many of the players had already or would go on to play for the senior side. They were also under the management of senior manager Richie Connor and won the Leinster title by beating Louth in O’Moore Park in June of that year.The trip to Manchester was certainly a novel one and just as now a number of Laois supporters made the journey. Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleAuction of 3,000 items from The Shelbourne and Clery’s in LaoisNext articleOur Top Tweets and Facebook Comments of the Week Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community last_img read more

Twin pin fakes disappear from Dandong

first_img Twin pin fakes disappear from Dandong News By Daily NK – 2016.08.09 4:32pm NewsEconomy AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHAREcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest “Rumors have been spreading that Pyongyang officially requested the city to ban sales of the inexpensive ripoff pins back in May in light of the 7th Party Congress, citing concerns over negative implications for the leadership’s ‘Highest Dignity’ [Kim Jong Un],” a source privy to North Korea affairs in China told Daily NK. “Those cheap products that they used to sell in Dandong near the Yalu riverside [bordering North Korea] haven’t been seen for months.”Dandong’s proximity to North Korea makes it a popular destination for foreign and local tourists alike, many of whom seek out the dual-portrait lapel pins as souvenirs from their trip. Before the crackdown, vendors in Dandong, encouraged by the growing demand, typically sold counterfeit versions for less than a bowl of soup, at approximately 10 RMB (12,000 KPW).The availability of such a cheap  portrait badges in an area teeming with North Koreans, the source surmised, would have been a barrier in Kim Jong Un’s quest to stabilize his leadership by emphasizing the “Highest Dignity,” hence the request to ban sales.“Now [North Korean] traders or people on travel permits [in and around Dandong] balk when asked to sell their lapel pins [to vendors unable to obtain pins due to the crackdown],” a different source in Dandong said, “because these days, going without your badge could raise questions about your political ideology and lead to harsh punishment.”The lapel pin depicting Kim Il Sung’s likeness was first proposed in November 1970 during the 5th Party Congress, and soon thereafter manufactured as a circular pin. Two years later, to commemorate his 60th birthday, the North produced a pin in the form of its national flag with Kim Il Sung depicted in the center.  In the 1980s, to distinguish it from the circular pin and, by extension, the masses, Kim Jong Il presented the flag-shaped emblem only to Party cadres of secretary rank or higher. Suddenly, the flag pin conferred power and was accordingly difficult to obtain on the black market.Much changed the following decade. When the Public Distribution System collapsed and triggered a widespread famine, generating a black market trade of both authentic and imitation badges. This reporter and countless others pawned off their pins, at that time considered more valuable than cash, to slide out of scrapes with Ministry of People’s Security personnel. By the same token, they could be bought back again to gain the confidence of potential business partners or simply to show off.These types of transactions still occur inside North Korea–the dual portrait pin trades for roughly 20 to 25 USD (170,000-200,000 KPW)–but eroding loyalty for the regime continues to whittle away at the badge’s gravitas. North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Official badges featuring Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Image: Daily NK US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Double-portrait lapel pins featuring North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, once easily purchased as souvenirs just across the border in Dandong, China, have all but disappeared from the local market.   News last_img read more

Canada launches ClimateWest hub to support climate-change adaptation in Prairies

first_imgCanada launches ClimateWest hub to support climate-change adaptation in Prairies From: Environment and Climate Change CanadaToday, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Terry Duguid, announced federal funding of $1.95 million over three years for the launch of ClimateWest, a new non-profit regional hub for climate services for the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Based in Winnipeg, ClimateWest will provide tailored and easily accessible regional climate information, data, tools, and training to ensure communities, businesses, and governments become more resilient in the face of a changing climate.The ClimateWest hub launches Tuesday, January 19.Canadians across the country are seeing an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change. These weather events are hitting harder and more often than ever before, and Canadians must be prepared for their impacts.That’s why today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Terry Duguid, announced federal funding of $1.95 million over three years for the launch of ClimateWest, a new non-profit regional hub for climate services for the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Based in Winnipeg, ClimateWest will provide tailored and easily accessible regional climate information, data, tools, and training to ensure communities, businesses, and governments become more resilient in the face of a changing climate.Driven by the unique needs of those who live and work in the Prairie provinces, ClimateWest will support several different areas, including the agriculture industry, rural and Indigenous communities, businesses, and all levels of government. Knowledge sharing and data mobilization through ClimateWest will make accessing the leading climate science easier as Canadians work together to build climate resilience in the Prairies and across the country.Information from ClimateWest can support adaptation efforts like the following:Municipal engineers taking climate adaptation into account in infrastructure standards, like culvert size and storm-water design to reduce flooding impactsWatershed associations planning as they consider increased risk of flood and droughtRemote and northern communities assessing their food security due to climate change impacts on transportation and wildlife habitatUsing these tools to understand the potential impacts of climate change will help communities build resilience to climate change, which will contribute to job creation, increased social equity, and improved health in the Prairies.Quotes“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the new ClimateWest collaboration. By ensuring communities in the Prairies have access to the tools they need, like climate projections to help reduce the impact of flooding and support for risk assessments and other climate-adaptation planning, we are supporting our communities while becoming more resilient in the face of our changing climate.”– Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change“ClimateWest is the newest addition to a growing network of climate-expert organizations supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Centre for Climate Services. The network includes Ouranos (Quebec) and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (BC). Collaboration is at the core of each of these regional climate centres. Regional-climate-data hubs support efforts to make all communities more resilient to extreme weather events. Better access to region-specific climate data means that businesses and individuals can better plan for the future.”– Jane Hilderman, Executive Director of ClimateWestQuick factsSix of the ten most expensive weather events in Canada have occurred in the Prairies since 2010, including the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and the 2013 Calgary-and-surrounding-area flooding.Between 1993 and 2018, insured losses due to extreme weather in the Prairies exceeded $12.5 billion. The total costs including uninsured losses are much higher.ClimateWest builds on the strengths of its founding organizations: the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre, and the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative.The Government of Canada launched the Canadian Centre for Climate Services in October 2018 and began creating regional hubs with the provinces so that Canadians could have the information and support needed to make communities and the economy more resilient to impacts of climate change. /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:Agriculture, Canada, climate change, director, environment, Government, Indigenous, infrastructure, pacific, Prairie, research, resilience, risk assessment, Secretary, sustainable, universitylast_img read more

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Myanmar 1 March

first_imgStatement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Myanmar 1 March From: Global Affairs Canada“Canada is deeply concerned by and unequivocally condemns the Myanmar military’s recent use of force against peaceful protesters, and demands that the Tatmadaw immediately stop using violence against its own people.”The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:“Canada is deeply concerned by and unequivocally condemns the Myanmar military’s recent use of force against peaceful protesters, and demands that the Tatmadaw immediately stop using violence against its own people.“On Friday, at the United Nations General Assembly, the international community condemned the actions of the Tatmadaw and urged the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.“In response to peaceful civilian protests across the country calling for the restoration of democracy, the Tatmadaw has used appalling violence, including lethal force, on its own people.“No regime that would use force to suppress the democratically expressed will of its people can be legitimate.“We call on the international community to unite in condemning these violent acts.“Those responsible for this violence will be held to account, and Canada will consider additional measures in response. We stand with the people of Myanmar.” /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:Assembly, Canada, community, Democracy, Force, Foreign Affairs, Government, military, Minister, Myanmar, UN, United Nations, violencelast_img read more

CU-Boulder Professor Receives National Education Award

first_imgUniversity of Colorado at Boulder Distinguished Professor William Wood has received the American Society for Cell Biology’s top education award, the seventh annual Bruce Alberts Award for Distinguished Contributions to Science Education. A professor in CU-Boulder’s department of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, Wood was honored for his ongoing efforts to promote science-based teaching methods. He also was cited for his 1974 textbook, “Biochemistry: A Problems Approach,” that still is considered a revolutionary textbook by the science education community. The award was presented to Wood at the society’s 44th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. last month. The award was established to honor Bruce N. Alberts, current president of the National Academy of Sciences and a longtime faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco. “Bill has been an innovator in biology education from the time he started at Caltech,” said Alberts. “He showed us a way to teach kids to think instead of just memorizing.” Wood was instrumental in launching the first National Academies of Science Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education in Biology last summer in Madison, Wis. He also served on a 1999 National Research Council committee to evaluate advanced placement science courses in American high schools. “We need to learn how to do a better job of educating our undergraduates,” said Wood. “We should approach our teaching the same way we approach science, gathering evidence for the best techniques to use.” Wood received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Stanford University before beginning his teaching career at the California Institute of Technology in 1965. He came to CU-Boulder in 1975 as a visiting professor in MCD biology and became a full-time faculty member in 1978. He went on to serve multiple tenures as both chair and associate chair of the department. In 1972, at age 34, Wood became one of the youngest members of the National Academy of Sciences. He was elected to the NAS for his pioneering research on the formation of complicated viruses that infect bacteria. He was named a CU distinguished professor in 2002. Wood received a prestigious Humboldt Research Award in 2004 in recognition of a lifetime of scientific achievements, including groundbreaking work that could produce a better understanding of how genetic defects can lead to the birth of malformed children. Wood’s teaching award is the second prestigious teaching award given to a CU-Boulder faculty member in recent months. Distinguished Professor Carl Wieman of physics was named the national Professor of the Year last November by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 30, 2005 last_img read more