EU-UK trade deal must share social and environmental standards says Barnier

first_img Read more: European stocks rally as Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is approved Saturday 21 December 2019 2:14 pm whatsapp Michel Barnier has called on the UK to agree to common social and environmental standards in order to agree a free trade deal (AFP via Getty Images) It would mean any free trade agreement with the UK would have to ensure a level playing field on standards, state aid and tax.  Share EU-UK trade deal must share social and environmental standards, says Barnier whatsapp “Like the UK, we will keep our strategic interests in mind,” Barnier said. “We know that competing on social and environmental standards – rather than on skills, innovation, and quality – leads only to a race to the bottom that puts workers, consumers, and the planet on the losing side.”  More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that there would be no alignment with EU rules in a trade deal that he wants to agree with the bloc next year. Michael Searles The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator wrote an opinion piece on Project Syndicate published on Friday, which said the EU wanted to make the most of the short time available. Show Comments ▼ The European Union want to agree common social and environmental standards in any free trade agreement with the UK to avoid a “race to the bottom”, Michel Barnier has said. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalistMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory Barnier also said that any agreement made by the end of 2020 – the deadline for which Johnson is hoping to set for the transition period – would likely need expanding in subsequent years. Read more: CBI welcomes Prime Minister’s Brexit trade deal deadlinelast_img read more

3 to 5 inches of snow forecasted for Monday; winter weather advisory issued

first_imgJuneau | Weather3 to 5 inches of snow forecasted for Monday; winter weather advisory issuedFebruary 26, 2018 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:A pedestrian walks into the State Office Building in downtown Juneau on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon today. The National Weather Service in Juneau says we can expect about 3 to 5 inches of snow.The snow started falling after 3 a.m., meteorologist intern Sharon Sullivan said.“Heavier snow fall is what we’ll expect out of this,” Sullivan said. “That’ll mostly be late morning hours that it’ll be effective.”That’s on top of weekend storm totals The weather service office reported 5.3 inches of snow on Back Loop Road.Douglas received about 7 inches of snow over the weekend. And Petersburg reported about 10 inches.“Kind of as this intitial snow falls, we’ll have some areas of blowing snow,” Sullivan said. “Also will be a concern are 20- to 30-foot seas in the gulf.”Winds will pick up later this afternoon. Sullivan said 45 mph winds are expected in the northern inner channels, and those winds will work their way down the channel.Lingering showers are expected into Tuesday.Share this story:last_img read more

News / ‘The shambles that is Felixstowe port is costing everyone time and money’

first_img The UK’s biggest container port at Felixstowe (POF) is buckling under the strain of a “sharp spike in import volumes”, triggering hauliers and forwarders to criticise the management’s “contemptuous attitude” towards them.“It is a complete s**t show and, if we as hauliers treated our customers with the same distain as the POF treats hauliers, we would be out of business by the end of the month,” said haulier David Perfect.Hauliers like Thurrock-based D Perfect & Sons have reported increasing difficulty in securing bookings on the ports vehicle booking system (VBS) over the past month, with one forwarder sending The Loadstar a screenshot of the sparse availability at Trinity terminal yesterday.“The ‘UK’s premier port’ is a sign that should be taken down immediately,” said one.“The shambles that is Felixstowe port is costing everyone time and money. Forwarders, warehouse operators, hauliers and, ultimately, the importers and exporters – but probably not themselves.”The disastrous migration in June 2018 to a new in-house terminal operating system appears to be at the root of the current VBS problems, as the system is “still not functioning to full strength”, according to an insider.Mr Perfect told The Loadstar he struggled to find the words to describe the port’s attitude towards his sector.“The VBS help desk does the opposite job to what it should do. We’re turning away at least 10 jobs a day at Felixstowe. A few years back, 90% of our business was at Felixstowe, nowadays it is just 10%,” he said.“The Felixstowe Port Users Association has absolutely no leverage with the port, it is just paying lip service, and the lines themselves don’t want to know, they just want their boats emptied,” he added.“Everywhere is busy at the moment, due to peak season, but at least at Gateway and Southampton they will talk to you.”And the situation is likely to get much worse in the coming weeks as congestion on the Felixstowe quay forces carriers to “cut and run”, leaving some imports to be discharged at Rotterdam for eventual relay back to the UK, and exports left stranded on the quay.Felixstowe told forwarders that from yesterday to 7pm on Tuesday, it will not accept export empty containers at the port via rail. Rail providers can only take full containers on the train services from the port; empties must be left inland or diverted to other ports.Rail is said to account for 35% of the port’s throughput, 30% are empties.One forwarder, who blamed the problems on high volumes and shortage of labour, noted that the plan would cause major disruption and additional costs.Two Felixstowe-calling carriers told The Loadstar this morning they had already stopped receiving empties at the terminal and were diverting some exports to London Gateway and Southampton.“We may well have to skip the Felixstowe call with one or more of our strings in the coming weeks,” one warned, while the other  said the situation at Felixstowe was “currently under review”.One NVOCC contact told The Loadstar this morning he had been told by a carrier that, after devanning in Essex, he must return his empty containers to Liverpool instead of Felixstowe.Although there has been no official response or acknowledgement from the port to the widespread complaints, The Loadstar understands from a source that the difficulties “have been caused by a sharp spike in import volumes”, which the port has attempted to mitigate by “releasing additional bookings to help meet demand”. [email protected] By Mike Wackett 17/09/2020last_img read more

Overworked, injured, and underfed: North Korea’s youth shock troops

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Today’s guest served from 1979-1987 as a Speed Battle Youth Shock Trooper in North Korea. Jo Chung Hee will offer his testimony regarding the labor exploitation that he experienced while serving the regime. Can you please introduce yourself? I am from Pyongsong City in South Pyongan Province. In February 2011, I escaped North Korea, and entered South Korea one month later. You worked as a shock trooper for about 10 years. Can you start by telling us some background information about North Korea’s Shock Troops? The Speed Battle Shock Troop was established on May 16, 1975. At the time, the country was experiencing an economic downturn, so Kim Jong Il introduced the idea of shock troops as a way to address the problems. The shock troops were ordered to assist state construction projects and were sent to work on projects all over the country, including North Korea’s famous monuments. North Koreans are at least 17 years old when they graduate from Middle-High School. After graduation, most students are immediately placed in a college prep school, a shock troop unit, a military unit, or a job. You must have known that being a shock trooper would be difficult. I’m curious why you ended up going down that path.  Most people go to the army or university when they graduate. But there are some people who have little choice but to become shock troopers. People like me – who are ethnic Koreans from Japan or their offspring – are regarded as part of the hostile class. Those in the hostile class are banned from entering university and are not sent to the military. It’s a form of discrimination. Everyone knows how hard it is to be a shock trooper. Nobody wants to go. I didn’t have much of a choice.  Where was the unit that were you assigned to? The region for each unit isn’t fixed. We get dispatched all over the country, depending on where we’re needed. For example, I was mobilized to participate in group construction at Pyongyang’s People’s University, Kwangbok Street, and a television factory in the Taedong River region. The shock troops are organized like the military. I was assigned to the First Brigade of the Speed Battle Central Youth Shock Troops. Usually, there are 14 brigades. Today, each province has its own Youth Shock Troops, composed of 11 or 12 brigades. In total, there are about 40,000-50,000 shock troopers throughout the country.  Working for so many years on such laborious construction projects must have been extremely strenuous. Yes. An incident from 1979 comes to mind. We were dispatched that summer to a small island in the Taedong River in Pyongyang City. Kim Jong Il ordered the construction of a villa on the island. Our brigade had five squads, and I was in the second squad. The second squad received a good evaluation, so we were ordered to work on the villa. Our squad was told to complete the foundation within a week. So we worked tirelessly without sleep for a week straight. Because the construction had to be a secret, we weren’t given heavy equipment. We only had shovels and pickaxes and were told to get to work.      Our squad had about 300 people. Can you imagine 300 people working under such conditions without sleep for a week? We had breaks that only lasted about 5-10 minutes. We weren’t allowed to sit. We just stood around and took a drink of water. The only time we were allowed to sit was during mealtimes. We were so exhausted that we could hardly drink water. We just wanted to use that time to try and catch up on sleep, but we were told to finish our meals and get back to work.  After a week of carrying on like this, we finished construction of the foundation. Up until that time, we actually had no clue what kind of construction we were doing. At the final stages of the job, however, Workers Party partisans came and fed us bread and candy. Only then, did they tell us what it was – a villa for Kim Jong Il. Before that, we were given a bulgogi party to celebrate the completion of the foundation. But none of us could eat; instead, we collapsed and slept. What was the daily workload like for the shock troops?In the summer, we woke up at 5:30-6:00 AM for morning work and exercise. After this, we were given some time to read the paper and eat breakfast. Even eating breakfast was done in the military style – we had to line up and sing songs. If we didn’t sing or line up properly, we had to run laps around the track. That’s the kind of hardship we underwent just for a bowl of rice. After breakfast comes morning inspection. They look at our clothes and tools to see if they pass the standards. Our clothes were North Korean-style. It was closer to an exercise outfit than a military uniform. After that, we sent to work from about 9am until noon. For lunch, I thought we would get an hour to eat, but we only got about 30 minutes. The food was given out in containers. Female workers would portion the food and hand it out so we could quickly eat it right at the construction site. The meal was usually a rice ball, which was packed and had bits of vegetable in it. After we finished lunch, we went back to work. We were supposed to finish our assignments by 7pm. But we were sometimes given assignments after that. On some occasions they wouldn’t feed us dinner until 10pm. On other occasions, they would withhold the food until we finished our work around midnight. That happened often. Did you get enough to eat? Considering you were participating in such grueling labor, one would think you’d need to eat an awful lot. The national daily allowance was officially 700 grams. But not everyone received the full amount. There were various codes and regulations that they used to change the amount. So in actuality they gave us about 580 grams per day. When divided up, that is less than 200 grams per meal. There were some occasions when we were also provided with soup at lunch, but the rice was put in the soup the previous day, so it was all soggy by the time we ate it. We could use up all the energy in the soup within an hour. So the shock troops really have to use their own ingenuity to fill their stomachs. In the fall, we would ransack fields that we passed by. We stole every bit of food we could get our hands on. We would also grab farm animals and wildlife to eat. How much was your monthly salary? When I entered the shock troops, I received approximately 56 KPW. At that time, laborers were receiving about 80 – 100 KPW. That means that I got about half the going rate. Of course, our clothing and food was provided, so this accounts for some of the difference, but it was such a small amount that we couldn’t possibly save much. After the July 1st Measures were implemented [in 2002], our pay went up to 1,000 – 2,000 KPW. The problem was that the cost of living was also rising, and necessities like rice cost 5,000 per kg, so we still couldn’t afford much. Even though they provided us with some food, in reality, it wasn’t that much different from starving. The quantity was meager and the quality was low.   When you worked on large construction projects, what kind of equipment were you given? The shock troops work without any special construction equipment. We had to use our own strength. We were sent to sites with nothing but spades and pick axes. The construction companies working alongside us brought proper equipment to the site, but only their workers were allowed to use them. Sometimes the equipment would vary slightly depending on the job. For apartment buildings and the Grand People’s Study House [central library in Pyongyang], we were given spades, pick axes, hammers, burlap sacks, and various plastering tools. But most of the time, we were using our hands to do the job.    Did they provide the proper safety equipment? We had safety helmets, but they were made of woven plants. They began to fall apart after just a few days of use. We were given new helmets once a year. No one could survive if a large rock fell on their head while wearing one of those. On the other hand, company commanders and higher-ranking officers were given plastic hardhats. That made it easy for anyone passing by to distinguish the company commanders from the normal recruits. Later, shock troopers began to die in large numbers, so a safety monitor was assigned. But all that person did was blow a whistle and yell out which way to run when the soil collapsed and things came crashing down around us.       Were there any accidents that you particularly remember? The ground is frozen in the winter, making it very hard to dig. During those times, we had to dig deeper. One time when we were digging, the ground beneath us began to shift. The two shock troopers who were at the bottom of the hole got buried under the dirt and died. Now that I think about it, two normally healthy young people should have been able to crawl out of it. But they were both suffering from malnutrition.     For those injured or killed on a worksite, is there any treatment available or compensation given?Originally, North Korea was set up to have free medical treatment. So if we got hurt, they did send us to the hospital. But the hospitals were in a sorry state, so it was hard to get proper treatment. I went into the shock troops with a friend. He was the eldest son in his family, so they were expecting big things of him. His father served in the Vietnam War and was designated a war hero. One day, my friend’s legs were severed while working on a construction job. They took him to the hospital, but they didn’t have any blood there, so they couldn’t give him proper treatment.  My friend was type B, and luckily enough, I was as well. So I donated a good amount of blood to him. However, in the end, it wasn’t enough to save him. Before he closed his eyes, he called out my name and said, “I’m going to die before I can even get married.” What really infuriated me was the fact that the story published about my friend’s death in the Rodong Sinmun [North Korea’s party-run publication] had his dying words changed to, “Please finish the construction of the railroad.” Seeing them use my friend’s death as propaganda really made me seethe with anger. If you were unable to finish a construction job inside the allotted time, what happened? We never failed to reach a construction goal. We did whatever was necessary to accomplish the mission. We always tried to finish one day earlier than we were instructed to. On occasion, we worked on 24-hour rotations to make that happen. We had to finish, even if it meant not sleeping for a week, or even ten days. Our top commanders pushed us to use whatever means necessary to do so. If you could go back in time to your 17-year old self, would you choose to go into the shock troops again? I sometimes wonder myself how I was able to live such a life for 10 years. Sometimes I dream about the shock troops. I don’t have any other nightmares except for these. I’ve gotten much older now and I’ve been in South Korea for quite a bit of time, but I still have bad dreams about the shock troops. I wake up to find my bed is covered in cold sweat.   Facebook Twitter News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)center_img By Daily NK – 2017.03.17 11:04am News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Overworked, injured, and underfed: North Korea’s youth shock troopslast_img read more

Franklin Templeton to acquire majority stake in K2 Advisors

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Hedge funds Boosting fixed-income returns with liquid alternatives The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012. Beginning in 2016, Franklin Templeton will acquire the remainder of K2 over a multi-year period. K2, co-founded in 1994 by William A. Douglass III and David C. Saunders, is a fund of hedge funds management company with strong risk management, manager selection and asset allocation capabilities. K2 has a multi-team investment process and manager evaluation expertise that has resulted in over 18 years of strong growth and performance that ranks among the leaders in the industry. No changes are planned for the K2 investment management processes. K2 has a global presence with 115 employees in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Australia and Hong Kong, and approximately US$9.3 billion in assets under management as of August 31, 2012. “One of the ways that we have built Franklin Templeton’s global business is by making strategic investments in smaller, highly experienced asset management companies whose expertise complements Franklin Templeton’s global offerings and meets our world-class standards,” said Greg Johnson, CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments., in a release. “This new relationship with K2 is an important step in our overall plan to expand Franklin Templeton’s alternative strategies and solutions platform.” Related news IE Staff Global banks warn of possible losses from hedge fund default Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN), which operates as Franklin Templeton Investments and is the parent company of Toronto-based Franklin Templeton Investments Corp., has agreed to acquire a majority stake in K2 Advisors Holdings LLC, an independent fund of hedge funds manager. San Mateo, Calif.-based Franklin Templeton said Wednesday that the acquisition of Stamford, Conn.-based K2 will enhance its alternative investments and multi-asset solutions platforms. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Hedge fund managers discuss Covid-19 playbooks, interest rates read more

Nasdaq launches lower access fee program

first_imgJames Langton Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. is studying the effects of lower market access fees, with the launch of an experiment designed to assess the impact on various elements of market structure. Nasdaq said Monday it is experimenting with lower access fees for 14 stocks, representing both small and large cap companies. It is cutting the access fee for those stocks to 5¢ per 100 shares from 30¢ per 100 shares, and reducing the rebates for providing liquidity too. Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. Related news Negative 2021 outlook on exchange, clearing sector: Fitch Nasdaq sharpens market surveillancecenter_img Canadian IPO market limps through Q3, PwC reports The exchange is expecting the experiment to generate valuable data about the impact of access fees on a variety of market metrics, such as the level of off-exchange trading, price discovery, trading costs, displayed liquidity and execution quality. The experiment will last for at least four months, and Nasdaq says that its economic and statistical research group will publicly post the results of the program. “We have a bias to action and finding solutions based on empirical evidence,” said Tom Wittman, head of global equities and executive vice president of global trading and market services at Nasdaq. “Today we move forward proactively with our experimental pricing program to see how lowered access fees affects the quality of the markets for investors and public companies,” he added. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Martin Lavigne to step down as head of NBF Wealth Management

first_img PenderFund names new SVP for investments CETFA elects new board leader The head of National Bank Financial Wealth Management is leaving his position at the end of the week, Finance et Investissement reported on Tuesday.NBF Wealth Management president Martin Lavigne will be replaced by Jonathan Durocher on May 8, the bank told the Montreal-based newspaper. Durocher has been president of National Bank Investments since 2014. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning IE Staff Keywords Wealth management,  Appointments Horn speaker for public relations sign symbol, vintage color - sun with blue sky 123RF An internal memo said Lavigne’s decision to leave the role was mutual, as he explores other opportunities and spends more time with his family, Finance et Investissement reported.The memo said Lavigne helped the firm become an industry leader over his nine years in the role.Durocher, the memo said, who spent several years as vice-president of NBF Wealth Management, is passionate about financial advice. He’s also worked in partnership with various fintechs and is a board member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada.Finance et Investissement is the sister publication to Investment Executive. Both publications are owned by Newcom Media. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

UK enshrines new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035

first_imgUK enshrines new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035 UK government to set in law world’s most ambitious climate change target, cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levelsfor the first time, UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissionsthis would bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050The UK government will set the world’s most ambitious climate change target into law to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, announced today (Tuesday 20 April).In line with the recommendation from the independent Climate Change Committee, this sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037, taking the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050. The Carbon Budget will ensure Britain remains on track to end its contribution to climate change while remaining consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts towards 1.5°C.For the first time, this Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions – an important part of the government’s decarbonisation efforts that will allow for these emissions to be accounted for consistently.This comes ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the opening session of the US Leaders’ Summit on Climate, hosted by President Biden on Earth Day (22 April). The Prime Minister will urge countries to raise ambition on tackling climate change and join the UK in setting stretching targets for reducing emissions by 2030 to align with net zero.The government is already working towards its commitment to reduce emissions in 2030 by at least 68% compared to 1990 levels through the UK’s latest Nationally Determined Contribution – the highest reduction target made by a major economy to date. Today’s world-leading announcement builds on this goal to achieve a 78% reduction by 2035.The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021, with legislation setting out the UK government’s commitments laid in Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday 21 April).Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:We want to continue to raise the bar on tackling climate change, and that’s why we’re setting the most ambitious target to cut emissions in the world.The UK will be home to pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions, laying the foundations for decades of economic growth in a way that creates thousands of jobs.We want to see world leaders follow our lead and match our ambition in the run up to the crucial climate summit COP26, as we will only build back greener and protect our planet if we come together to take action.Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:The UK is leading the world in tackling climate change and today’s announcement means our low carbon future is now in sight. The targets we’ve set ourselves in the sixth Carbon Budget will see us go further and faster than any other major economy to achieve a completely carbon neutral future.This latest target shows the world that the UK is serious about protecting the health of our planet, while also seizing the new economic opportunities it will bring and capitalising on green technologies – yet another step as we build back greener from the pandemic we lead the world towards a cleaner, more prosperous future for this generation and those to come.The UK over-achieved against its first and second Carbon Budgets and is on track to outperform the third Carbon Budget which ends in 2022. This is due to significant cuts in greenhouse gases across the economy and industry, with the UK bringing emissions down 44% overall between 1990 and 2019, and two-thirds in the power sector.Moreover, the UK continues to break records in renewable electricity generation, which has more than quadrupled since 2010 while low carbon electricity overall now gives us over 50% of our total generation.Prior to enshrining its net zero commitment in law, the UK had a target of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050 – through today’s sixth Carbon Budget announcement, the government is aiming to achieve almost the same level 15 years earlier.Through its presidency of the crucial UN climate summit, COP26, which will take place in Glasgow later this year, the UK is urging countries and companies around the world to join the UK in delivering net zero globally by the middle of the century and set ambitious targets for cutting emissions by 2030.COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma, said:This hugely positive step forward for the UK sets a gold standard for ambitious Paris-aligned action that I urge others to keep pace with ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year. We must collectively keep 1.5 degrees of warming in reach and the next decade is the most critical period for us to change the perilous course we are currently on.Long term targets must be backed up with credible delivery plans and setting this net zero focused sixth Carbon Budget builds on the world leading legal framework in our Climate Change Act. If we are to tackle the climate crisis and safeguard lives, livelihoods and nature for future generations, others must follow the UK’s example.The government has already laid the groundwork to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050, starting with ambitious strategies that support polluting industries to decarbonise while growing the economy and creating new, long-term green jobs.This includes the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, an ambitious blueprint for the world’s first low carbon industrial sector, slashing emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years, as well as over £1 billion government funding to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals.Further, the UK is the first G7 country to agree a landmark North Sea Transition Deal to support the oil and gas industry’s transition to clean, green energy while supporting 40,000 jobs. Through the deal, the sector has committed to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, while the government, sector and trade unions will work together over the next decade and beyond to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production.Everyone needs to play a role in tackling climate change and bringing businesses and the public along is vital to reach the UK’s climate change goals. Ahead of COP26, the government launched the campaign, Together For Our Planet, calling on businesses, civil society groups, schools and the British public to take action on climate change. This UK-wide initiative contributed to last month’s milestone achievement of securing pledges from a third of the UK’s largest businesses to eliminate their contribution to climate change by 2050.Each of these leading measures to tackle climate change, alongside the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution and the government’s Energy White Paper, will help the UK’s trajectory towards meeting the new sixth Carbon Budget.The government will look to meet this reduction target through investing and capitalising on new green technologies and innovation, whilst maintaining people’s freedom of choice, including on their diet. That is why the government’s sixth Carbon Budget of 78% is based on its own analysis and does not follow each of the Climate Change Committee’s specific policy recommendations.The UK is bringing forward bold blueprints setting out its own vision for transitioning to a net zero economy and how the government can support the public in transitioning to low carbon technologies, including publishing the Heating and Building Strategy and Transport Decarbonisation Plan later this Spring.The cross-government Net Zero Strategy will also be published ahead of COP26, with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng currently commissioning work across Whitehall to help inform the ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy.Moreover, government analysis finds that costs of action on climate change are outweighed by the significant benefits – reducing polluting emissions, as well as bringing fuel savings, improvements to air quality and enhancing biodiversity. The government expects the costs of meeting net zero to continue to fall as green technology advances, industries decarbonise and private sector investment grows.Reaching net zero will also be essential to sustainable long-term growth and therefore the health of public finances, as well as open up new opportunities for the UK economy, jobs and trade – and the government’s ambitious proposals are essential to seizing these opportunities.HM Treasury will publish its Net Zero Review in the coming months setting out how government plans to maximise economic growth opportunities from the net zero transition while ensuring contributions are fair between consumers, businesses and the British taxpayer.Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change Lord Deben said:The UK’s sixth Carbon Budget is the product of the most comprehensive examination ever undertaken of thepath to a fully decarbonised economy. I am delighted that the government has accepted my Committee’s recommendations in full.CBI Chief Economist Rain Newton-Smith said:Setting the sixth Carbon Budget in line with the Climate Change Committee recommendations puts the UK on a credible path to achieve its net-zero emissions target.As COP26 hosts, the UK government is leading by example by setting this stretching target. Business stands ready to deliver with the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that are driving emissions down every year. By tackling this together, we can reap the benefits of transition to a low-carbon economy.The target emphasises the importance of the 2020s as a decade of delivery on our climate ambitions, and urgent action is needed now to make this a reality.Executive Director of Green Alliance Shaun Spiers said:By accepting the Climate Change Committee’s recommendations for the sixth Carbon Budget, the government has sent out a resounding message, domestically and internationally, that the UK is taking its net zero emissions target seriously. The inclusion of international aviation and shipping is particularly important, showing climate leadership in the year we are hosting the Glasgow climate summit. What we need now is to ensure there is no gap between ambition and policy, so the UK has the right tools in its armoury to meet these targets.Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group Nick Molho said:The government should be commended for adopting the ambitious and evidence-based recommendations from the Climate Change Committee for the sixth Carbon Budget. The emission cuts set out in the Budget represent essential next steps the UK needs to take to ensure a credible, cost-effective, and timely pathway to net zero emissions by 2050. The inclusion of the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions is a particularly welcome addition and will help to accelerate the development of sector-specific decarbonisation plans.Focus must now turn to strengthening the UK’s policy framework to meet this new target, by putting in place a detailed and cross-departmental net zero strategy that will drive private investment in low carbon goods and services, supply chains, jobs and skills.The UK is the first country to enter legally binding long-term carbon budgets into legislation, first introduced as part of the 2008 Climate Change Act. Since then, 5 carbon budgets have been put into law putting the UK on track to meet our ambitious goal to eliminate our contribution to climate change by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions.  Notes The sixth Carbon Budget will commit us in law to the fastest fall in greenhouse gas emissions of any major economy between 1990 and 2035, making it one of the most ambitious climate targets in the worldon 9 December, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) published its advice on the level at which to set Carbon Budget 6 (CB6), covering 2033 to 2037. The CCC recommended that CB6 should be set at 965 MtCO2e, reducing emissions 78% from 1990 to 2035 (including international aviation and shipping emissions)the government is laying legislation on 21 April to set the budget at the level recommended by the CCC. This is a highly ambitious target for the mid-2030s - close to the UK’s previous 2050 target (an 80% reduction on 1990) just 2 years ago and consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts towards 1.5°Csetting CB6 is about the government’s ambition to cut emissions, rather than announcing specific policies that will deliver that reduction in emissions. We will bring forward policies to meet carbon budgets, and the Net Zero Strategy, to be published before COP26, will set out our vision for transitioning to a net zero economyCB6 includes emissions from International Aviation and Shipping (IAS) for the first time. Previous carbon budgets have formally excluded these emissions, instead leaving ‘headroom’ for them. However, IAS emissions were included in the CCC’s advice, and are included in our 2050 net zero target, which was set on a whole economy basisthe CCC also recommended in December 2020 that the UK government set a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of at least 68% (excluding International Aviation and Shipping emissions) by 2030. The government accepted this advice and communicated its NDC to the UNFCCC on 12 December. Carbon Budget 6 continues the ambitious trajectory recommended by the CCC through the 2030sfollowing the CCC’s recommended budget level does not mean we are following their specific policy recommendations. Our published analysis is based on the government’s own assumptions and does not, for example, assume the CCC’s change in people’s diet. Ahead of COP26, we will be setting out our own vision for net zero, and ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy to meet carbon budgetsfollowing the CCC’s recommended budget level does not mean the government’s sixth Carbon Budget follows each of their specific policy recommendations. The government’s published analysis and calculations of 78% are based on the government’s own assumptions and does not, for example, assume the CCC’s change in people’s diet. Ahead of COP26, we will be setting out our own vision for net zero, and ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy to meet carbon budgets /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:Boris Johnson, Britain, British, Earth, future generation, G7, global warming, Government, greenhouse gas emissions, industrial revolution, infrastructure, Paris, U.S., UK, UK Government, UN, UNFCCClast_img read more

Crime Prevention Strategy to Focus on At-Risk Youth

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Government is placing increased focus on crime prevention with measures being put in place to target at-risk youth.He said that while the country has made significant progress in putting a dent in crime, with a 40 per cent reduction in homicides over the last three years, the Government is determined to employ measures for further reductions.“We have an increased emphasis around prevention. There is hope, we have made progress, and we are determined to continue to make progress, and we want to engage the entire society in this mission, whether in the Diaspora, or locally. We take this on as a societal issue,” he stated.Mr. Bunting was addressing a session at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Sunday, June 17, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.He informed that the Ministry is engaging the umbrella group of churches to reach out to targeted groups, and persons from service clubs are mentoring young people in juvenile correctional facilities, many of whom, he noted, have never had a positive role model in their lives.“We have one group that is working with persons at the Tower Street Correctional Centre that is helping them and teaching them life skills and anger management. We have a group in Manchester that has trained first responders in domestic violence, while many faith-based groups and some of our conscious entertainers partner with us,” he noted further.He informed that 500 young people are benefitting from an on-the-job internship programme with the engineering regiment of the army, where they are engaged in construction projects, and the number will be increased to 2,000 per year.“They spend a year; they are not soldiers. They work in developing construction skills; they work in developing hurricane relief homes after Hurricane Sandy. They are doing legitimate construction projects. Transformation takes place with the young people,” Minister Bunting said.Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, who responded to concerns about praedial larceny, implored farmers to “stay with cases before the courts”.He stated that many cases involving agriculture theft cannot result in imprisonment or fines, as some farmers refuse to attend court.He also called on farmers to get registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), noting that when they register, it is easier for the police to track and identify stolen produce.Commissioner Ellington informed that many police stations are open for farmers to do the registration.Contact: Garfield L. Angus RelatedJamaican Culture on display as JCDC Performing Arts Finals get underway Advertisements RelatedWomen and Musicians Urged to Remain Positive Influences Crime Prevention Strategy to Focus on At-Risk Youth CultureJune 18, 2013Written by: Garfield L. Anguscenter_img RelatedJCDC to Unveil Slate of Activities for 50th Anniversary Photo: Yhomo HutchinsonMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting (centre), listens intently to Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, Captain Peter Whittingham (2nd left), during an interactive discussion session at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, now underway at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Others (from left) are: Chair of the Metropolitan Black Association Charitable Trust United Kingdom, Superintendent Leroy Logan; Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington; and Executive Director of Jamaica, Professor Neville Ying Neville Ying. Crime Prevention Strategy to Focus on At-Risk YouthJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

PM Urges Parents to Ensure Children Attend School

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedQC Velma Hylton Requests Exclusion from Commission of Enquiry RelatedPM Optimistic About Country’s Future Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is appealing to parents to ensure their children attend school and get an education.Mrs. Simpson Miller said even if the parents themselves cannot read, they should show interest in their children’s education.She also called on communities to protect the children, and issued a stern warning to those abusing the children, telling them to “stop it”. PM Urges Parents to Ensure Children Attend School Office of the Prime MinisterApril 9, 2014Written by: Andrea Braham RelatedPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to Travel Overseas for a Private Eventcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PM Urges Parents to Ensure Children Attend SchoolJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is appealing to parents to ensure their children attend school and get an education.Mrs. Simpson Miller said even if the parents themselves cannot read, they should show interest in their children’s education by ensuring that the homework is done and by checking with their teachers to see how they are progressing in school.She also called on communities to protect the children, and issued a stern warning to those abusing the children, telling them to “stop it”.“I think it is important for parents, the communities and the school community to see to the protection and education of our children. They are the future,” Mrs. Simpson Miller told JIS News.The Prime Minister was at the Greenwich All Age School in her South West St. Andrew constituency on April 9, where she read to a class of Grade One students as part of Western Union Reading Week activities, being celebrated under the theme: ‘A Great Reader makes A Great Leader’.She spoke with the children about National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, and stressed the importance of getting a good education, reading some of Garvey’s words for emphasis.Following the children’s rendition of the song, ‘I Am A Promise, I Am a Possibility’, the Prime Minister told them that they have the potential to become anything that they want to be.“I am hoping that one day we have Ministers of government from this school…Years gone by, I sat in a classroom just like this at the Marlie Hill Primary School. Today, I am Prime Minister of Jamaica. You can be anything you want to be,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.Speaking to JIS News following her classroom experience, Mrs. Simpson Miller expressed pride at the large number of students from her constituency who are currently enrolled in tertiary institutions and who have already graduated and are now working.“I pay special attention to education. It is a premium for me in terms of the students we assist in the constituency in tertiary institutions. I might not be able to do a number of other things at the same time, but I feel that if we can educate the people, we will be able to lift the standard of living of  persons in the constituency and certainly to lift the profile of the area,”  Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She also congratulated the principal and staff of the Greenwich Town All Age School for the work that they have been doing in educating the children of the surrounding communities.Mrs. Simpson Miller commended GraceKennedy Money Services group for the Reading Week activities, which are part of  the I-PLEDGE (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) programme, which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education. The programme was designed to support community development, with an emphasis on primary education.She further noted that it would be good to get other corporate entities involved in similar programmes, so that it can be expanded outside of Kingston and into deep rural Jamaica.In the meantime, Chief Executive Officer, GraceKennedy Limited, Don Wehby, said the company remains just as enthusiastic about the reading programme as when it first started in 2004.Mr. Wehby said the company believes in doing all it can to help promote the growth, education and development of the nation’s children. Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has students of Grade 1S at the Greenwich All Age School in South West St. Andrew, reading from the board on April 9. The Prime Minister was participating in Western Union National Reading Week activities, being celebrated from April 7-11 under the theme: ‘A Great Reader Makes A Great Leader’.last_img read more